BBB63 (5693) - 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.
keanex (1218) - 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.
milewide (1361) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blueberry flavor was excellent. Didn’t catch the spruce. Minor roast contribution. Three cheers for Epic’s innovations!
mikedR (862) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. Strong blackberry infused flavor. Port base is good. Surprisingly carbonated -- a fizzy pour. Slightly tart; nor sweet.
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badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black with a fizzy tan head. Sweet milk chocolate and roasted grain aroma. Silky bright medium bodied palate. Tastes of milk chocolate, cherry, citrus, and vanilla with a malty finish.
djd07 (2745) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with beige head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is bready malt and faint blueberry. Thin mouthfeel with tangy berry and resin. Decent.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle v1:   Deep cola, thin frothy tannish head, little lacing.   Roasted malts, ashy, charred wood on the nose.   Faint spruce tip, but not much in the way of blackberries.   Minor dark chocolate, or bakers chocolate.   Ashy, very ashy, roasted malts, light bitterness, bakers chocolate.   Not too bitter, not all that malty.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   A little astringent on the finish.   Not a very clean example.   Wished it had more blackberries.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a tan head. Light lacing with a film of retention. Nose of light roast, chocolate, blackberry and some roasty sourness. Tastes of blackberry and/or blueberry extract, dark chocolate, light candy sweetness and dries out on the backend. Medium feel, medium body, and a light sourness.
BOSSbrewer (1228) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich black with a nice persistent head. Nice lacing. Lots of berries on the nose and flavor. Too sweet though. Very sweet.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Malibu Sundowner. Dark brown, just about black, with a khaki head. Interesting nose. Definitely get some berries which add a light tartness. Herbal pine and spruce, roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Mild caramel sweetness. Flavor is roast, berries, and herbs. Decent amount of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. A hint of ash, light sweetness, and a dry finish. Interesting, but not bad.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, release #1. Poured cola brown with a short, reddish-tinted beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter blackberries, vanilla, and cocoa with light herbal accents.. lots more blackberry jam on the back of the nose.. not totally my thing, but it was aiight. The flavor found similar stuff.. cocoa, vanilla, and blackberry meat at the core, with light earthy and herbal bitterness around.. picked up a little tart blackberry seed over cocoa and vanilla on the moderately-roasty finish. Light-medium bodied and dry on the palate.. a bit tangy from the berries and the spruce.. this was OK, but I probably would’ve preferred straight-up porter.