tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a brilliant amber/brown with a fizzy dirty white head. As the bubbles pop in the head, it sounds like Rice Krispies. The aroma wreeks of that fake fruit flavoring that I can get at the homebrew shop. To me, not much of the malt get through in the nose. The flavor is just okay. Some peaty smoke, and light roast bitterness get through, but the fruit comes off syrupy. Way too much carbonation make this an almost harsh drink, I canít say that I really enjoy this one very much.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep-hazed copper/sepia with a foamy-to-fizzy cream-colored head. Aromas of burnt grain, dank hopping, light smoke, nuttiness and ice cream. Flavor finds caramel malt and mild, fruity sweet/sourness that is not overdone. Mid-bodied with a sugar-water mouthfeel and a dirty, dry finish. More of a Scotch Ale with fruity edges than a Fruit Beer.
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Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
"...subtle hint of blackberry..." My buttocks! Handsome pour, a clear light brown body with a fizzy off-white head. The aroma is tolerable, caramel and butterscotch with the blackberry SUBTLY creeping in. The flavor is dominated by the fruit coupled with an odd nutty bitterness and the faintest trace of smoke. Finishes on a SUBTLE fruit note.
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Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a coppery-orange with a short cap of beige head... some light sediment suspended in there. Nose was of lightly-processed blackberries, toasty caramel and butterscotch, grassy hops, and hints of cheese. I was afraid that the berries would dominate the flavor, but they undertook a nice complementary role instead... along with toasted caramel, toffee, and grassy & piney hops. The back-end may have a tiny bit of peat to it. Sweet and lighter-bodied on the palate. Smoky berry finish was kinda cool. Solid beer and definitely exceeded expectations!
Braudog (5739) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft samples at the St Louis Microfest 5/13/06: This presents dark brown with a good tan topping. Itís got a different smoky edge to it with the berry on top. Pretty good offering from one of my emerging favorite brewers.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma like a geuze, which I love. :) Itís got that sour vinegar-y, funky cheese thing going on, but layered nicely over the butterscotch, alcohol, berry-berry kix aroma. The flavors were like blackberry perservatives, butterscotch, carmel, strawberry, malts, and a nice smooth mouthfeel to round it out well. Still has a bit of funk to it, but Iíll take it!
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark amber color. The aroma is slightly vinegary with a strong raspberry and blackberry flavor. The flavor is well balanced with a doughy presence. Some blackberries and nutty in the taste. A little thin on the palate but overall not a bad fruit beer
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark amber color with a nice eggshell head on it. Aroma has some nice sour cherry funk goin on. The taste is very bland at first and then follows with a nice subtle berry flavor. It tastes kinda like those bottlecap things i used to get on halloween back in the day, or a very chill version of a pixie stick.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2006 12 oz Bottle: Pours a dark amber color, with little to no head or carbonation at all- like a tint of purple in an amber ale. The aroma is rather sweet. Some aromas of sweet sugary malts, and some tiny notes of blackberry, and various berries I imagine in the mountains and hops/grass. The flavor is light up front with a bolder finish. the light flavor upfront is black/blueberries, the finish is syrupy, sweet brown sugar, malts, and some other flavors of raisins/figs, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Nothing special by any means ... just an average beer.
Indra (2616) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. bottle. Predominantly sweet aroma, malty, sugary, toasty and lightly toffeeish with hints of the blackberry and some flowers showing through. Medium-dark amber in color, mostly clear, although this is bottle-conditioned, since I poured it without disturbing the sediment. Head is fine, slight and subsiding. Flavor is a suitable match or the aroma, fully malty and sweet, plenty of caramel and brown sugar overlaying everything and with moderately strong suggestions of blackberry in the finish, which also features some very light bitterness and citric hop flavor before being overcome by the malts and lightly syrupy fruitiness. Palate is effervescent and a tad thin, body is light-medium. Strangely, I was actually sort of in the mood for what I thought this was and still came out a bit disappointed.