BBB63 (6358) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle (Batch 2) and served in snifter: Pours a muddled deep brown with a light tan ring of foam and good lace. The aroma has a moderate fruitiness but could not tell it was Blackberries. Some piney and herbal esters. Very light nutty notes as well. The taste is twangy but really not much else until you get to the resiny and soapy finish from the Spruce. This really needs to have more richer Porter notes IMO. Overall:
E for effort, nice idea, willingness to try new combinations. Okay Blackberry undertones.
F for execution, Spruce brings a herbal soapy character to the edges and finish... not enough true roasty and nutty Porter notes.
Itzjerm (1577) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Very unique beer. Aroma is blueberry. Flavor is porter then slight sour sweet berry and ends with a noticeable spruce slap in the face. Not very malty Looks cloudy with thin head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
evapjep (7) - Castle Rock, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great porter for the price, the dark berry notes work very well with this style! Could use a little more depth and the finish goes a little off if I were to complain...
drjay44 (2849) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. Release #3. SLC #2145. Pours a medium, gradually diminishing, beige head, with some lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 34) body.....nose is chocolate, coffee from the roasted malts, light berry notes from the additives, light herbal notes from the hops, balance to the roasted malts.....taste is lightly sweet, with hints of raspberry from the spruce, light blackberry notes, heavier, chocolate, coffee from the roasted malts, light herbal hop bitterness on the finish, combined with a heavy lingering, roasted malt bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, foamy carbonation. The blackberry and spruce contribution was quite light and dominated by the roasted malts. Hop contribution was minimal. Body was The net is a pleasant but quite simple example of a Porter. It would be better with more caramel/crystal malt notes. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
Stuu666 (5538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roast chocolate, butterscotch, taste is roasted, light fruitiness.
bluejacket74 (1477) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, Release #3, 6.3% ABV, SLC #2145. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there’s a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, blackberries, and coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, blackberries, wood, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of tart dark fruit. The label says there’s spruce tips in this brew, but I can’t say I noticed any. I picked up more of the roasty and fruitiness more than anything else. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, glad I got to try it! Certainly worth a try if you’ve never had it before, I know I wouldn’t turn one down. $7.99 a bomber.
Ernest (6538) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle (release 3).
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, husks, cocoa powder), with notes of lemon juice, bile, car tires, juniper berries, dirt.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, heavily bitter, very unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Wow. This literally made me wince every time it hit my tongue. Very sour and very dirty...impossible to drink; I could not stomach more than 3 sips. Horrible batch.
Nivekkcul (15) - - OCT 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best beer I have had in a while. The taste is amazing. Slightly effervescent but dark with a great finish
slowrunner77 (6547) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The porter itself is solid. Supplemented with light spruce herbalness. The blackberry lends a sweetness and tartness to the flavor. Different, but good."
fakebeersnob (209) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
After reading reviews I was expecting just a light berry taste. I am getting overwhelming jam taste. Light porter, don’t really get the spruce on it. Towards the very end I am getting a bit of a burnt taste, but overwhelmingly very berry flavored. Hideout’s Blueberry cobbler was better.
keanex (1590) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Even through the darkest light the center of this appears black, the edges are a deep purple to garnet hued though with some sediment showing. The head is short, quickly forming a thin tan coating with a bubbly edge.
Aroma: The aroma smells a bit of jam with a dash of pine needles. The aroma is weak and fruity mostly, not appealing or painful.
Taste: Very slight chocolate upfront and throughout with a dash of fruitiness and pine on the finish lingering a minute. Nothing bold, very light in flavor. The chocolate malts show through more as I drink it, but this is a bit watery. The finish is sort of piney, sort of metallic.
Palate: A bit watery with light carbonation.
Overall: A very meh porter. I see that the second release was higher in ABV so maybe Epic saw that this was too thin also? Very thin and lacking in much character. It’s inoffensive, but it’s nothing I would want to drink again in this state.