Brew Review-Yards Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale
This is another historical recreation brew from Yards. This spruce ale is based on one of Ben Franklin’s recipes. It pours a deep amber. Quite frothy and creamy head. Thin mouthfeel. The nose smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and spruce. So, holiday spices basically. Fruit flavors hit the pallet first and the herbal earthiness is balanced out by a molasses backing. The finish reminded me of an herbal cough drop’s medicinal flavor. A good beer for cold weather. I could not see drinking more than two in one sitting. I doubt Ben Franklin did either. He probably had a draft or two. Then old Ben went off inventing stuff and entertaining ladies of a liberated disposition. Let freedom ring!
Don Von Matterhorn