Magic Hat Brewery and Performing Arts Center 5 Bartlett Bay Road South Burlington, VT 05403 USA 802-658-2739802-658-2739Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Magic Hat Magic Hat Wooly Spruce ESB was sent to me by the folks at Magic Hat a week before Thanksgiving 2012.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: This copper penny colored brew has a noticeable carbonation that constructs a light tan rocky head that falls faster than a third world dictator.

Aroma: The first impression is so unusual that the sensors say “Go back and try that again… we weren’t ready!”… Ok… the second try at the first impression. Some sort of spicy mint is front and center… that is what it seems to be. A second lingering visit finds that aroma going citric. The third nose-dive gets the same impression.

Mouth feel: This is a mouth-full brew.

Flavor:  The first impression is, after the refreshment, is a long lasting note that was found in the aromatics. It’s not a Christmas Tree but it is not a vegetal flavor either. If this is “spruce” well I be hornswoggled.

 Finish: There is a rather lengthy finish sauntered away by the “Spruce”…

Comments: This looks like the traditional but slightly thin pale ale. There was such a thin head I was sure it would be slathered in resin but it wasn’t. The particular flavor that I am assuming is spruce is something you will either like or not.

A good use for this beer is to order it on a first date and one for your companion and see their reaction. Are they adventurous? Or are they Buds that need nipping in the beginning?

The Brewery: Magic Hat