Thisis12ptfont (857) - 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 (2342) - 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 (4027) - 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.
obguthr (3923) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like a plastic strawberry shortcake doll that my sister used to have in the 1980s. Iím no doll sniffer, it was supposed to smell like strawberries. It had some weird kind of artificial berry perfume to make it smell that way. Clear garnet, medium yellow head, good lacing. Mulberry flavor, slightly tart. Apple core at midpalate. Iím not a fan of fruit flavored porters, but this was respectable.
BVery (6622) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Barley Johns. Clear reddish mahogany pour. Blueberry and spruce comes out, with a little coffee. Slightly sour finish.
kathouse (1040) - Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap pours deep mahogany brown with a thick frothy foam. Grainy aroma has low fruit and coffee. Medium body. Blueberry and coffee flavors would be ok by themselves but donít mix well together. Finish is like aluminum.
jeremytoni (3002) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a sourish aftertaste.
odinstyr (561) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light brown with a small tan head. Smells of spruce, chocolate. Taste is bitter and moderately sweet, spruce, blackberry, hint of chocolate.
maxwelldeux (3698) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head. Nose is rather toasty, but not all that strong. Taste is actually a bit sour at the end, which is interesting. Not hugely flavorful, but not bad.
Mittenator (1354) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber to flight glass. Bad. Just plain bad. Any aroma and flavor was artificial and chemicalesque. A dud for all six of us that split it.