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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We have brewed this special festive ale using malted barley, a variety of high impact specialist hops and hand picked spruce tips which are only ripe for picking during a two week window in the spring. The resiny sweetness of the spruce and malt is countered by a huge hop character, which is just delicious. Limited batch of 800 bottles.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thmsboyd (198) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2017
Share of 1L swing-top courtesy of Craig. 2010 release BBE: Dec 15. Opened approx. 20 hrs prior to review. Fridge temp. Pours a thick, murky, reddish brown body, heavy with yeast sediment. A loose ring of foam circles the glass. Very high intensity nose dominated by blackcurrant and raisin with an acetic edge. Very sour, with a light malty sweetness and slight roasted bitterness following on. Medium-bodied and velvety on the tongue, carbonation is low and the finish fairly abrupt. Wanted to avoid being too harsh, given this has probably been aged a bit too far and wasnt drunk fresh. Perhaps a year or two earlier, this could have been sublime.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (655) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2016
330ml bottle. Amber with a nice white head. Aroma is sweet, sprucy. Flavour is similar, a bit like Fraoch but with added Christmas. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ianwelby (1212) - SCOTLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Clear amber, thin head. Spicy, fruity hop aroma. Taste is spicy, resinous, hoppy. Crisp and refreshing when chilled. Nice and a bit different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
overtheline (118) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2016
330ml bottle from aldi pours a clear mid amber with white head. Nose is really fruity, hoppy, sweet, almost floral sweet, and spicy. Maybe smells like manuaka honey?? Not tasted or smelled that for years! That is what comes into my head though. Tastes really hoppy but then widens into spices, berry fruits and honey. Sweet and slightly warming finish A strange and very enjoyable beer. Hats off.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (1773) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle at Aarhus tasting. Pours copper colour with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, some warming spices. Quite sweet, light bitterness, light sour. Finish dry, sweet and slightly sour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17225) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting, my place. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are berries, fruits, hops, caramel and malt. Sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (10880) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark golden with an offwhite head. Aroma of malt, light caramel, spice, spruce. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, caramel, sweet spicy, spruce. Medium body, average to lively carbonation, sweet finish. 081016

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
chrisv10 (16029) - DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle, 7%. Clear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices, toasted and biscuit. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, biscuit, spices, herbs, sweet and a little bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rasmus40 (18359) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and herbal. Flavor is quite sweet. Sweet finish. Lacks bitterness. 081016

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13557) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter very herbal spicy flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.


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