Started this afternoon with a bottle of Wooly ESB, "A Coniferous Concoction" brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington, Vermont. Why coniferous? Because these guys brewed this beer with Spruce. As usual, the label is pretty fun. An abstract Santa sits on his sleigh crafted out of the beer name script. Some tree cutouts hang in the background completing the theme. 4.5% alcohol. This bottle was provided to me by the brewery.
Herbal, spicy hops and a hint of evergreen in the aroma. Orange citrus flavors start and are quickly met by a hefty dose of spruce, providing quite a nice little bite. Tangy, resinous, herbal. There is a bit of sweetness in the background as well, so while hoppy, this beer isn't out of control bitter. Medium body, crisp with good carbonation. The finish is dry and full of more spruce. Interesting and pretty decent all around.