PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purpley brown. Light pink tinged tan head. Hint of blackberries in the nose. Sweet and sour berries with a fairly good acidity. Fruity finish. I enjoyed this alot.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a pinkish purple body with a purplish beige head. Aroma of blackberries, earthiness, grape juice, and wet leather. Flavor of blackberries, grape jam, and earthiness with somewhat sticky mouthfeel and a dry oak finish.
ilovedarkbeer (2140) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a brown hazy color with a medium sized canvas colored head that has a purple tint to it. Pretty good lacing. Nose is blackberries, concord grapes and jam and a faint hint of graham cracker. Mouthfeel is tangy fizzy and acidic and the taste is mostly a combination of communion grape juice, sap, and blackberries. The tastes splits in half on the finish meaning the up front flavors quickly fade. Tasty.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge, rocky, light brown head that leaves good lacing covering a very dark, hazy purple-brown body. Aroma of blackberry syrup, blackberry seeds, fruit jam and grapes. Taste is a bit vinous with grape, blackberry, silt and leather. Lively bubbles with a dry mouthfeel.
mar (4466) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep purple pour with a 1 finger beige head. aroma of blackberries and some sourness. nice on the palate with a very smooth flavor of blackberries and wood.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a brown, purple, with thick brown head. Aroma of grape and blackberry. Flavor of a light grape jolly rancher, fruity. Mouthfeel is light with fizzy carbonation. Pretty good stuff!
Travlr (9839) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Ken and Rich at Über. Dark and cloudy maroon with pale head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Full bodied, sour with background of sweetish blackberries. Finish of oak and slight hoppiness with a bit of must.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle by way of RiversideAK shared with the phoenix crew.
pours a very dark brown amber with a touch of purple-y syrah/blackberry juice color. it’s topped by a large foamy pink tinted tan head.
the aroma is full of real blackberries though not quite ripened. it’s also a bit vinous... kinda burgundian pinot mixed with faint caramel-y malt, grass and a touch of smokey barrel wood.
the palate is very tart and very dry... true unripened blackberries and caramel malt yet little to no residual sweetness. digging deeper i find vanilla, flowers and some oak along with what seems like some tannins. though it may just be the fruit skins and seeds? i don’t really get much sour... the tartness seems to come from the fruit. light to medium bodied and crisp on the tongue. the lack of sugar makes it feel a bit thinner in the mouth.
i’m diggin’ this one next to a surly coffee bender. the bitterness in the coffee makes the malt jump out from behind the dry blackberry brew!
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample courtesy of hellbilly at the hellbilly holiday tasting. Good blackberry aroma. Red body with pink head. Good beery flavor along with some sour and tart, good mix. Thanks Josh
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample courtesy of hellbilly at the hellbilly holiday tasting. Deep maroon color pour with a foamy pink head. Aroma of berries and malt. Flavor of slightly under-ripe, sour raspberries. Very good when mixed with a bit of impy stout. Very tasty brew. Thanks Joshua!