Nsanders (391) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red brown with a thick khaki head. Aroma is malty, pine, with very mellow sugar and berry in the background. Taste is sweet, sour, bitter, all in quick succession. It has a soapy water consistency. The spruce seemed much more dominant than the blackberries, it would be interesting to try a version of this less the spruce.
Tmoney99 (9953) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting and good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee and sweet resin aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Strykzone of FB Chat. Release 1. Poured a rich brown with a medium sized tan head. Medium in body. Lively mouthfeel but still smooth .Flavor is compex and roasted malts. with berry, citrus, and chocolate in the finish, Really well blended beer. The spruce tips add zing Really.really tasty
Strykzone (4377) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke and shared with him via facebook chat. Release #1 and 5.9 ABV. A lot of red is with the dark brown during the pour. A one finger tan head. This smells like a berry cobbler with big malts. That berry fruit is tasted throughout and the roasted malts and chocolate malts work nicely. The spruce is tasted and adds a spiciness. Ron spotted this. Citrusy hops. The finish was a little thin and the fruit came out even more and then the last sip brought more chocolate.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle ( release #2 7.0 abv.) Pours brown with a reddish tint and little soapy off white head. Aroma has roasted malt and earthy scents along with some subtle berry notes. Taste is more roasted malt and bitterness with the blueberries showing more in the taste. Palate is thin with a chalky dry finish. Decent, but nothing I would go out and get again.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours mahogany with a loose tan head of foam. The aroma is a little blueberry esters, a little dusty nuttiness, a mineral note and just a dash of roasted malts. The taste is similar where I get a sliver of sweet dark fruity esters mixing with a mildly tart note, some nuttiness and then roasted malts. Into the finish some highly roasted malts join in too. There seems to be an off flavor too that’s sort of tartness or maybe a light astringency that is a tad off putting. OK, the label states Spruce Tips, maybe that’s what’s going on.
Ratman197 (8828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap t Bakcountry Pizza poured a clear reddbrown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roastiness, cocoa, light fruittiness and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, roastiness and liught fruittiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour, light brown head. Roasted malts, resinous flavors, some interesting dark fruity notes, a hint of cocoa and maybe a tart note. A bit of coffee as well.
ekoerper (581) - Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, release #2. Aroma: coffee, roast malts, some biscuit, berry notes, a touch of pine, bit of chocolate.
Appearance: pours black, fairly dark but not opaque, nice khaki head with good retention and lots of lacing.
Flavor: coffee, roast, and chocolate hit first, followed by berry and hints of pine. Toasty malt notes, a bit of sweetness, bitterness is low but sufficient to provide some balance. Interesting blend of flavors.
Palate: medium body and carbonation, smooth.
Overall: decent porter.
DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, release #2, 7% ABV. Clear dark brown color, with a hint of red. Thin light brown head. Good spreads of lace. Some spruce tip in the nose, hint of the berry. Medium body, lighter than you’d expect for a 7% porter. Maybe a bit on the thin side. Smoother, light carbonation. Not much to the texture, though it does make for easy drinking. Just a little bit of dark chocolate. Big blackberry flavor - though not cloying sweet nor articifical-tasting. More of a lightly tart taste, with a more bitter finish. Pretty authentic feel to it, and this avoids having a syrupy texture that fake blueberry beers can have. More of a clean more dry finish. The dark berry is pretty big here though, almost more of a fruit beer than a porter. Light piney hop and spruce tip work together. A bit sweet and fruity though, could use more portery goodness. A bit thin too, but otherwise a enjoyable, creative fruit beer / porter hybrid.