Scopey (5506) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at CGarvie tasting (release #1). It pours very dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is buttered toast, roasted malt....not much else. The taste is dark fruit, berry, light tanginess, roasty, earth, faint jam, toast, light spice and wood. Medium body and fine carbonation. Odd...tastes better than the buttery smell anyways!
demmbonz (450) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from sledutah. Delicious blackberry aroma from a dark pour. Nice fruity flavor over the malty porter. Just a hint of spruce tips. A bit sour on the finish.
BenH (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with tan head. Strange aroma, buttery, sweaty. Similar taste, sweaty socks, some fruit. Tangy, slightly sour. Not great
cgarvieuk (13110) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at home Release 1 ... deep in black ... thin tan lacing ... soft butter ... roast malts ... soft off butter flavour ... soft roast ... soft blackberry ... shame as this is nice behind the butter ...
matthewjk (856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Certainly not your traditional porter! I sort of like it! Never thought I would describe a porter as "refreshing," but this one is. It actually blends / melds pretty well. Not something I would drink all the time, but nice to try.
Braudog (5485) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Perfect visuals for an American porter. Big, dark, black, frothy and rich-looking. The aroma is killer -- full of sweet roast, hops, and a bit of spruce. This drinks with a big time mouthfeel, and full of flavor. The spruce adds and phenomenal factor, a bit of earthy flourish to an already full-up porter. Brilliant. I want more. (#4987, 4/15/2013)
gruberm (314) - - APR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearing backlog. No comments. Apologies, future ratings will have detail.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Messy aroma of clove, smoke and maple. Deep brownish black with thin foam. Over carbonated flavors of maple, toffee and very smokey. Slight metallic flavor with a weak coffee finish. Overall, itís very messy and unbalanced. The flavor is all over the place. Iíd give this a D rating.
Beergeek23322 (2022) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
January 2013. 22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Floral and resin notes with some berries blended in, but overall this one did not work for me.
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/21/13, Release 1
Aroma: The nose is pretty much what I expected, a mix of roasted malts, fruit, and spruce
Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head and some light, spotty lace
Flavor: The taste gets rather sweet, similar to the nose, but the fruit comes out a touch more
Palate: The body is light-medium, but not watery, with fairly smooth feel, and a short finish
Rating #1 of the (real) 2013 Tourney! (I donít count the new first round - aka Play-in games.) This wasnít one of my favorite efforts from Epic. Itís not even so much that I didnít enjoy the blackberry and spruce, but itís more that I feel like the underlying Porter was only okay, and then the ingredient additions didnít really improve or hurt the beer much (though the blackberry is probably responsible for the fact that thereís too much sweetness). This series can be a bit hit or miss, and this one, though not terrible, felt closer to a miss.