Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, lots of blackberry on the nose. Sweet dark malts and light brown sugars, and lots of blackberry.
Beese (940) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 17 April 2013. Poured a very dark ruby, near black with a tan head and some lacing. Strong berry aroma with some liquorice and dark malt. Flavour was off balance with too much blackberry sweetness, which was Ribena-esque. This masked the roasted malt and dark fruit flavours, which were more to the fore in the palate.
Otterdance (156) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nch Beer Fest. Very dark brown. Blackberries punching you in the face with their sweet, slightly acidic bobbly fists. The tartness complement the roast malts surprisingly well, making this a nice change of pace from other porters.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUL 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft JDW somewhere in York this Spring. Nice medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Aroma fruity blackberry. Taste dark liquorice blackberry jam. Clean at the ending
Rasmus40 (9597) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Crosse Keys, City, London. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and blackberries. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Light dry and moderate bitter finish. 250413
fairwater (124) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Back of Beyond. Aroma is all blackberry. Deep black, tight head. Flavour is yet more blackberry, some sweetness, light bitterness. More a dark, boozy, blackberry drink than a porter, but wonderfully drinkable. Like this one.
jmgreenuk (3263) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at The White Swan, Solihull. Poured a very dark mahogany with a reddish hue and a thick tan head. The aroma was fruity and of course dominated by those blackberries! The flavour is is rich, and earthy, with dark chocolate and lots of blackberry on the palate. It’s medium bitter and the fruit does not dominate. This is a very unusual and tasty ale. I’m surprised the ratings are not better.
mr_h (2321) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask by handpump at Sir John Moore, Glasgow - clear very dark brown near black, medium tan head, strong berry fruit and malty aroma, intermittent lacing, blackberry flavour, somewhat bitter for a porter, dry fruity finish
Theydon_Bois (6500) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Lawrence Sheriff, Rugby, 17/04/13.
Light black with a thin tan head formed of small bubbles.
Nose is dark malt, strawberry liqourice, berry fruits, sugars, bubblegum.
Taste is blackberry forward, light roast malt, molasses, liqourice, artificial sugars.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweetish finish with lingering berry fruit.
Ok - a little OTT on the blackberry front, akin to dumping a large amount of sweet blackberry cordial into the beer, the balance good have been better with more subtle fruit flavours.
mR_fr0g (1798) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at moon under water watford JDW. Rich black with dark ruby hues. Persistent light tan head.sweet aroma of choc soft roast and a little tattness. Flavour is a little artificial cherry soft roast plum quite sweet. Flabby palete.