GarrettB (1620) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2017 BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle (Batch 2) and served in snifter: Pours a muddled deep brown with a light tan ring of foam and good lace. The aroma has a moderate fruitiness but could not tell it was Blackberries. Some piney and herbal esters. Very light nutty notes as well. The taste is twangy but really not much else until you get to the resiny and soapy finish from the Spruce. This really needs to have more richer Porter notes IMO. Overall:
E for effort, nice idea, willingness to try new combinations. Okay Blackberry undertones.
F for execution, Spruce brings a herbal soapy character to the edges and finish... not enough true roasty and nutty Porter notes.
December 30th, 2014 - Blue berries and chocolate are the dominant theme here with the Blue Law Porter. Malty looking, but not too dark, the brew allows some red light in on the perimeter to brighten up the color in the white winter Colorado sun. The smell is sort of low and malty, with some generic chocolate hits. Most importantly, I detect lots of blueberry and a sweeter baked blueberry note reminiscent of blueberry cobbler. More acidic and "twangy" on the tongue than it is in the aroma, the Blue Law catches me a little by surprise, but the taste makes more sense when it registers as raw blueberry skins, offering that slight floral bitterness. More bitter than sweet, the Blue Law also offers a lighter mouthfeel. What is notably absent is the taste of spruce tips, promised in the commercial description as a fun twist on the style. Perhaps they are buried under the malt bill, but if so, they’re too far under my crude palate to catch. Ron (4060) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle, Rel 2: The aroma has some chocolate, vanilla, and pine. It pours a translucent reddish color that some light can shine thru. It has a large beige head that quickly fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The finish has lots of pine and faint roast. It’s light-medium bodied with little carbonation. Not my type of Porter. Itzjerm (3056) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bomber. Very unique beer. Aroma is blueberry. Flavor is porter then slight sour sweet berry and ends with a noticeable spruce slap in the face. Not very malty Looks cloudy with thin head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone evapjep (7) - Castle Rock, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
Great porter for the price, the dark berry notes work very well with this style! Could use a little more depth and the finish goes a little off if I were to complain... drjay44 (3771) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2015
651 ml. bottle. Release #3. SLC #2145. Pours a medium, gradually diminishing, beige head, with some lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 34) body.....nose is chocolate, coffee from the roasted malts, light berry notes from the additives, light herbal notes from the hops, balance to the roasted malts.....taste is lightly sweet, with hints of raspberry from the spruce, light blackberry notes, heavier, chocolate, coffee from the roasted malts, light herbal hop bitterness on the finish, combined with a heavy lingering, roasted malt bitterness, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, foamy carbonation. The blackberry and spruce contribution was quite light and dominated by the roasted malts. Hop contribution was minimal. Body was The net is a pleasant but quite simple example of a Porter. It would be better with more caramel/crystal malt notes. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6
Stuu666 (14187) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roast chocolate, butterscotch, taste is roasted, light fruitiness. bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2015
22 ounce bottle, Release #3, 6.3% ABV, SLC #2145. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there’s a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, blackberries, and coffee. It tastes like roasted malt, blackberries, wood, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of tart dark fruit. The label says there’s spruce tips in this brew, but I can’t say I noticed any. I picked up more of the roasty and fruitiness more than anything else. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, glad I got to try it! Certainly worth a try if you’ve never had it before, I know I wouldn’t turn one down. $7.99 a bomber. Ernest (7746) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle (release 3).
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, husks, cocoa powder), with notes of lemon juice, bile, car tires, juniper berries, dirt.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, heavily bitter, very unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Wow. This literally made me wince every time it hit my tongue. Very sour and very dirty...impossible to drink; I could not stomach more than 3 sips. Horrible batch. Nivekkcul (15) - - OCT 19, 2014
This is the best beer I have had in a while. The taste is amazing. Slightly effervescent but dark with a great finish slowrunner77 (12466) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
The porter itself is solid. Supplemented with light spruce herbalness. The blackberry lends a sweetness and tartness to the flavor. Different, but good."