TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Pours a hazy ruby red/pink with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that left lacing. Aroma of strawberry hard candy, blueberries, alcohol Flavor of the same berries, a little more medicinal in the flavor with some alcohol burn, more strawberry as it warmed also getting some tart notes and bitterness. Some light rye, dry for being a fruity beer...rye may be presenting the bitterness Iím picking up also.
pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
reddish brown pour with a thin white head. Strong berry aroma. Flavor had a strong fruit kick with a slight acidity. Some graininess and a touch of hops rounded it out. Finished slightly tart with a bit of an alcohol kick.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. We tried this at a tasting side-by-side with a growler of Soft Parade. Darker and hazier than the Soft Parade. Purple-brown in color with a thin white head. Aroma was of blunted berries and some white paper. Tart on the tongue, and not as dry as itís cousin beer. Still fairly dry, though. The body was lighter than I had expected. Nice mix of berry and delicately sweet cereal grain flavors.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle at DLD thanks to Yaniv! Poured deeper, hazy brown with a well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up lots of darker spices upfront with mixed berry tartness not far behind.. dark and most certainly intriguing. The flavor had lots of blackberry tartness with rising dark spices and alcohol warmth toward the back.. grainy berry seeds ride out the tart, lengthy finish.. tasty! Tart and effervescent on the palate with a dry, grainy back-end.. well-balanced and I really enjoyed the berry component.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 after hauling this from my basement to dld i was ready for a warm disappointment.. i refused to give it to joe in a trade because i thought it would be too terrible and didnt want to be a JO to this nice generous trader.... boy was i wrong... this thing was good!... now that i remember it, the nonimperial one got better as it warmed and this was a pleasant surprise. fruity and spicy the tartness reminds me of a toned down fruity lambic... a refreshing fruit drink with a crip taste....
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
DLD í08, thanks for sharing Yaniv. Pours a Rich red, tannish thin head. Fruity nose, big with raspberry and a bit creamy. Very sharp thoug. Creamy small bubbles, but a beer on the thinner side. Hot alcohol! Lighty strong raspberry without a ton of depth. Dry, a bit sour perhaps, in the fruit sense. Lingering alcohol. This is an interesting beer at least.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing a bottle, Weepie. The body is deep ruby with a slightly pinkish head. The aroma is very fruity with all kinds of dark berries. There is also a pancake note. The taste is vineous with blackberries and burnt pancakes. A fairly dry finish with a taste like sucking fruit pits. Good for those that want a dry fruit beer.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brewpub. Deep ruby pour with slightly pink tinted foamy head. Sweet berries on the nose, also a whiff of alcohol presence. Taste is as expected, sweet. The individual flavors of the fruit come through as the beer warms. Also a hint of caramel. Sour finish. Nice carbonation, which works well with the fruit flavors. Easy drinking for 10%. Very enjoyable.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2010 MBGF07. I donít know what Mike is on. This wasnít that bad. Hazy dark amber with a tiny white head. The aroma is caramel, raspberry, cherry and light spice. The flavor is moderately sweet and vinous with berry, toffee and cherry liquor. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation.
Had this from a bottle, and it was far superior to the MBGF07 rating (3.3). Adjusted accordingly.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
MiBGF 07: Reddish copper hue with a small fading head. The aroma has notes of biscuity and buttery malts, fruity berry vapours, earthy yeast aromatics and a tad phenolic. The taste has a weird blackberry and cherry twang supported by grassy hops and a medical cleaner finish. Just not digging this and the experience reminds me too much of DFH Fort! (Oh, where is the Blueberry, I did not get any of that here). The mouth feel is lively and aggressive with a sharp bite and warming finish.
WTF!?!? Something just was not right about this beer, the only beer at the fest I dumped out. YUCK! A huge disappointment from a brewery I really enjoyed last year.