queenholly (2566) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2012
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Generic artificial berry aroma. Deep purple with a small pink head. Artificial berry and alcohol flavor. Light fizzy body. Really bad alcopop ... ’nuf said.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Blue Dog. Pours turbid, merlot colored with fizzy pink head. Nose is earthy blackberry and red wine grapes. Tastes very sweet, with notes if blackberry, grape juice, and an odd finishing flavor. Light alcopoppy palate that isn’t complex.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep purple with a quickly fading purplish head that leaves no lacing. Aroma of heavy blackberry and grapes, smells a bit too much like kool-aid and not enough like beer. It kind of tastes like kool-aid (or grape soda) too but at least it pounds the taste of the fruit home unlike a lot of fruit beers out there. It has a bit of artificial aftertaste and leaves me scratching my head to why AB has to make these fruity beers at 8%.
Ughsmash (6968) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured clear burgundy with a pink-tinted beige head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of blackberries with honey and pale malt backing.. as expected and not particularly enticing. The flavor found sweetened blackberry meat, honey, and a touch of vanilla at the core.. lightly tart blackberry seeds, black pepper, and prickly carbonation around.. copying and a bit sharp on the finish. Medium-bodied with high carbonation on the palate.. too sweet.. OK feel overall. There is a market for this, and I’m not it.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2012
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle @ home. Just another pos that I have to clean out of girlfriend’s fridge before I leave for Europe. What a gem. Deep purple appearance with a lavender head. Aroma is half purple stuff and half grape drank. Really smells like koolaid. Blackberry, grape juice, cough syrup flavor. Fucked up shit. I’ve had better mixed purple drinks in the dorm as a freshman.
Cybercat (2910) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a thick, though not persistent, tan head. Blackberry dominates the aroma - and I love blackberries, but it doesn’t really smell like a beer. Flavor is pleasant, sweet and fruity - but not really like a beer. Might as well be fruit juice - doesn’t quite taste like wine or cider, either. Texture is smooth and fizzy, but body leaves something to be desired. I don’t believe I’ll be looking for its "sister" beers.
wlajwl (3474) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 14, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is blackberries, cherries and a hint of malts. The flavor is blackberries, sweetness and a mild hint of hops in the finish.
unclemattie (3995) - Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz twist-off bottle, purple cap w/ dog. Purple Drink color, pink head. Aroma of berries, rich juice syrup scent. Tart and sweet syrupy nose. Cough syrup flavor. Mixed berries and some actual beer flavor hidden under all of the fruit syrup. Sweet finish. I liked this better than Wild Red! (3362)
pnesbit (76) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark purple pour with a small pink off white head. Aroma of nothing hut huge blackberry with a touch of wheat. Taste of huge wheat blackberry with a sweet malty slightly lingering finish. Med heavy body with a very sweet possibly overly sweet finish. Overall good beer but it would overpower food but it would be a great dessert beer that barb would love.. haha.
bluemooner (580) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a dark purple with a medium purple head. Aroma is very strong berry. Flavor is dominated by fruit, specifically berries and grape. Does not resemble a beer much at all; mostly reminiscent of grape or berry soda. Light body with plenty of carbonation and alcohol not very noticeable. Not good.