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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Garrison Spruce Beer Review


I know it has taken me a long time to try and review this beer, but better late than never...funny how many of my posts start like that.

The beer has a deep mahogany/red color and pours with a short tan head. The aroma is very unique and interesting but not in a bad way. It is sweet and malty with strong notes of dried fruits, spruce, oak and some roasted nuts.

The taste is also unique and very enjoyable. It starts off on a thick, syrupy note which has the right amount sweetness and bitterness. It reminds me a little of molasses. The sweetness comes from what imagine is the spruce, but it quickly disappears and makes way for heavier, bitter flavours which last all the way til the finish. The finish is where the flavours blossom and the sweetness and bitterness come together to create a very satisfying end to a very unique beer. Some smoke, sweet herbs and dried fruits also appear and compliment the rest of the flavours very nicely.

The high alcohol content is masked nicely, even with all the sweetness.

Scores:
Cost - $5.30
Taste - 8.4/10
ABV - 7.5%

Overall - 8.3/10...loses 0.1 for the high cost, but overall a very well done beer (at least this batch)


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