ekoerper (589) - 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 (6375) - 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.
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bod mahogany with a nice tan head. The blueberry addition adds subtle complexity but nothing remarkable. Some dark fruit. Tartness. Minimal sweetness.
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
At Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Fest 2013. Clear dark brownish amber with a nose like burnt toast, funky cheese (in a good way), and roasted dark malt. Flavor is smooth and dark with a certain funkiness like fish or cheese (I didn’t know what ingredients were in this beer when I wrote these notes...reading the description this makes more sense now...), burnt toffee, and earthy toast. Not really diggin it.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown to cola red color. Minimal head. Aroma is your typical porter. The taste hits first as spruce followed by the porter medium roast notes with the blackberry appearing in the background as a minor note. Very good to me has a nice minor fizz on the palate too.
Butters (3764) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark clear brown with ring of offwhite head. Nose is weird sweetness and a tootsie roll character. Flavor is also unusual, but kinda enjoyable. The blackberry juice is evident, as well as the sprucy finish, but I can’t say that I really care for it all that much. Roasty with cocoa. Its definitely different from your everyday porter. kudos for trying something new though.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured dark brown to black with a tan head that left some good lacing. aroma,chocolate, coffee, toast, citrus, alcohol, spruce. flavor bitter sweet chocolate, berries, tart.
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Welcome beer, I acquired from a recent US trip. Sour at the beginning, this porter yields tasty tart fruit. Black with a big head. Some spruce taste. Decent drinkability.
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown w/. Light tan head. Slight sour, light malty body, lingering hoppy bitter.
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TheBeerGod (5250) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Release #2 at 7% ABV. Opaque dark brown with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, soft chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is tart berries, soft roasted malt, and faint chocolate. Body is light and has a strong, spritzy carbonation. Lingering berry tartness throughout. Ends with more soft chocolate, tart berries, and roasted malt. Too much blackberry and not much else. Disappointing...