BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The name pretty much says it all - it’s a blackberry flavored malty medium bodied ale. Semi-full bodied with the fruity taste not overpowering, just noticeable and balanced in pretty well with the malt taste.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear copper amber with a thick, frothy, and lightly-lacing cream-colored head. Aroma is dry, grainy, and earthy with some buried rich caramel and lightly tart blackberry fruitiness. Body starts with some fizzy sweetness and a hint of blackberry sourness, thining considerably before a very dry, sticky, semi-burnt finish. I don’t think that fruit flavors mix very well with Scottish ales. At least the lack of balance leaves something to be desired here.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Peachy fruitiness and round malt sweetness distract from the said blackberries...Roasted and toasted malts form a pleasurable body, accompanied by level-headed sweetness and well-integrated fruit...Nothing spectacular, but an interesting idea nonetheless...
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear orange-hued brown body under a smooth white head. Blackberry extract starts off the aroma with a windmill cookie malt behind it. I had hope for this beer from the aroma, but the flavor kills it. Very fake fruit syrup flavor (has a metallic bitterness) over some earthy brown malt. The nasty extract bitterness really comes out in the finish.
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy brown and red. The head is just slightly tan. The aroma is musty moss with some faint blackberries. The taste is slightly smoky caramel. The blackberry taste is in the background and finish, but certainly far from dominant. The rather thin body is a little surprising. This is a nice twist on the style. I would like to try the regular Scottish ale without the fruit.
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A little different. Pours a darkish amber witha little bit of a beige head. Aroma of blackberries (duh!) and malt. Blackberry is not as strong as I expected, but present none the less (kind of a behind the scenes player that makes a brief appearance now and again.) The texture of the beer is a bit wierd... almost a grainy feel... maybe connected to the smokey taste that also lurks in the background. Malty caramel and so on... tastes a lot like a Scottish ale with a bit more smokey flavor and a little hint of berries.
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep caramel color. Sweet malt and odd berry aroma, well blackberry aroma. Caramelly sweet malt with a long berryish finish. Eeesh. I’d rather just have a scottish ale. I loved the Wheach, but this one’s a total miss.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured muddy amber with a tan head. Aroma is malty and smokey with a slight hint of berries. Watery body. Can taste the berry flavor in the finish. Sweet malty flavor at start and mid. Smooth, but WAY to THIN.
RockYerFaceOff (32) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured a deep amber. Initially, because of the cold bottle, I couldn’t taste the blackberry at all. As the beer was air-warmed, the fruity sweetness became more apparent. The liked the way the beer felt going down. Smooth. I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again, but it was $3 for a six-pack, so honestly, I got more than my money’s worth.
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
why blackberry? why, i don’t know. / slightly tart, and malty ale. smells better than it tastes. aroma of berries and a note of chocolate. the palate is a bit sharp, a little fizzy. overall, i don’t care.