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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
All of us here at Epic are happy to introduce the newest exponential libation—Blue Law Porter. This is a medium-bodied porter to which we added blackberry puree at the end of primary fermentation and finished it with spruce tip extract harvested from Blue Spruce trees found on the grounds of Utah’s State Capitol building. It has a roasting profile with a fruity tartness and an aftertaste of resinous spruce.
Rel. 1 - 5.9 ABV
Rel. 2 - 7.0 ABV
Rel. 3 - 6.3 ABV

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2.9
ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/21/13, Release 1

Aroma: The nose is pretty much what I expected, a mix of roasted malts, fruit, and spruce
Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head and some light, spotty lace
Flavor: The taste gets rather sweet, similar to the nose, but the fruit comes out a touch more
Palate: The body is light-medium, but not watery, with fairly smooth feel, and a short finish
Overall Impression: Rating #1 of the (real) 2013 Tourney! (I don’t count the new first round - aka Play-in games.) This wasn’t one of my favorite efforts from Epic. It’s not even so much that I didn’t enjoy the blackberry and spruce, but it’s more that I feel like the underlying Porter was only okay, and then the ingredient additions didn’t really improve or hurt the beer much (though the blackberry is probably responsible for the fact that there’s too much sweetness). This series can be a bit hit or miss, and this one, though not terrible, felt closer to a miss.

2.9
obguthr (6530) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Smells like a plastic strawberry shortcake doll that my sister used to have in the 1980s. I’m no doll sniffer, it was supposed to smell like strawberries. It had some weird kind of artificial berry perfume to make it smell that way. Clear garnet, medium yellow head, good lacing. Mulberry flavor, slightly tart. Apple core at midpalate. I’m not a fan of fruit flavored porters, but this was respectable.

3
BVery (10711) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Tap at Barley Johns. Clear reddish mahogany pour. Blueberry and spruce comes out, with a little coffee. Slightly sour finish.

3.1
kathouse (1925) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Tap pours deep mahogany brown with a thick frothy foam. Grainy aroma has low fruit and coffee. Medium body. Blueberry and coffee flavors would be ok by themselves but don’t mix well together. Finish is like aluminum.

2.9
jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Light toasted malty flavor with a sourish aftertaste.

3.2
odinstyr (817) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours a light brown with a small tan head. Smells of spruce, chocolate. Taste is bitter and moderately sweet, spruce, blackberry, hint of chocolate.

3.1
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head. Nose is rather toasty, but not all that strong. Taste is actually a bit sour at the end, which is interesting. Not hugely flavorful, but not bad.

1.9
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bomber to flight glass. Bad. Just plain bad. Any aroma and flavor was artificial and chemicalesque. A dud for all six of us that split it.

3.6
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, and pine. It pours a reddish-brown that is mostly transparent when held to the light. It has a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The finish has mild pine and faint roast. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.4
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a slightly hazed very deep brown hue with a small, off-white head with marginal head retention. Aromas are of cocoa, milk chocolate, dark fruits, bitter, earthy, berries, licorice, iodine, nutty, high protein grain, toasty. Coffee, molasses, fruity. Flavors are of roast, cola, molasses, and jammy berries. Pretty dry. Mild rustic, resiny, earthy character. Smooth roast, tart red wine. Clean albeit dry finish. Not bad. Bitter finish. Moderate carbonation, thin. Not bad


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