GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a dark brown/black with low fine tan head. Smell is almost entirely sweet fruity blackberry, but thereís a small hint of some roasted malts in the back. Palate is quite nice, some soft yet active carbonation and a medium body. Taste is not as sweet as the smell would have you expect, you really donít get much taste at all, just a bit of sweetness at first, then some slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
Gerbeer (2394) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown/red with one finger of head. Aromas of blackberry jam and roasted malts. Similar taste though more than a bit acidic. But overall quite nice.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample. Again Iím surprised I havenít rated this earlier. Pours clear black, very pale tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is light roast, lots of blackberry... Very pleasant nose, but little here thatís not blackberry. Flavours of (surprise!) blackberry, medium roast, nice body and weight. No "artificial" fruit character, nice spice and balance. A lively fruit beer with some real complexity in the mouth.
noctivagans (16) - - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great. Beer. Iím not one for fruity ales, but this one pours a beautiful deep ruby-red/mahogany, and tastes even better. Subtle but encaptivating hints of blackberry poke through a strong malty sweetness. Good for a bottle or two for sure.
BreWedge (399) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a large head. Aromas were ripe blueberry/blackberry sweetness with a touch of tart citrus. Taste was reflective of smell but was more tart blueberry/blackberry rather than sweet. There was also a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was relatively thin, moderate carbonation, medium bitter finish. A unique beer, would consider it again.
reebtogi (4885) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours a dark browish red color with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild berries with some chocolate and mild hops. Taste is a berry and choclate malty sweetness with a mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some mild carbonation. This is a quite well done fruity porter and highly recommended.
radiomgb (2517) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The first sip makes you realize that this has no characteristics to a porter at all, seems just like a malty fruit beer. Not overly great to tell you the truth, the roasty blackberries and the sickly sweetness of this just donít make a great combo. Seems to linger forever as well, not enjoyable.
Seriously, the LCBO de-lists Dogfish 60 Minute IPA and have the balls to bring this in?? What a bunch of......
650ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario.
Opened on September 30, 2010.
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Someoneís already said this smells like Blackberry Nutrigrain bars... well, Iíll go one step further and say it looks and tastes like that, too.
Alcohol is strong on the palate, at first this factor didnít seem well balanced, but as I went through the bottle it seemed to work more and more... Iím not against hot alcohol flavours as they can contribute as a flavour in, say, a barley wine. But here they seemed to take away from the beerís fullness, at least at the beginning.
Itís nice to see a brewery taking risks, and I gave a few more points for this. Hey Belgiumís got Kriek and Framboise lambics; why canít the BC interior have blackberry porters? Exciting times, for sure, and Iím glad to have given this beer my first rating (after having tried hundreds of beers in my life).
Lagerboy (1575) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear darkest brown with an amber hue, light brown foamy head lingers. Fruity chocolate, smokey malt aroma. Dark berry roasty malt taste, with a touch of chocolate. Low hopped, no bitterness. Average carbonation, medium bodied. Finishes sweet and clean. LF (Lagerboy Friendly)
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Definitely my favorite beer of the Victoria BCís Great Canadian beer festival This past Aug 2011. Pours very nice, and has a great head which clings and hangs around. The aroma has the perception of roasted black malts with a good sweet blueberry. The taste follows the same. Great balance of sweet and bitterness. Just the right amount of blueberry flavor. My fridge sees this bottle as often as possible.