Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bomber, thanks to Nathan, I believe. Poured clear cola brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet darker berries, cola, and some caramel with vanilla and earthy overtones.. candied overall, and not all that bad. The flavor had toasted caramel and the same berries as the nose, with cocoa and cola coming through on the edges.. sweet chocolate-covered berry finish.. a little medicinal. Light-bodied with scratchy carbonation on the palate.. the dark malts did some good things in here, and I’d consider drinking another (not today, but at some point). noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Trade thanks to Brigadier. Dark, clear red-brown pour, fast-fading beige head, minimal lace. Aroma of cherries and raspberries, bordering on the artificial, something in the dark fruit register of roasted malts, too. Flavor, not so good. The fruit flavors may well be natural, but the fruit, alcohol, and sugar come together like cherry cough syrup. Decidedly chemical edge. Thin bodied, yet also cloying. shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
8/13/2009: Hoppin’ Frog Smashin’ Berry Dark Ale... Aroma: BERRIES... from a mile away! Smells like black cherry Kool-Aid, but fresher and not powdery or really that artificial. Appearance: Dark ruby brown (cola), transparent; fleeting off-white to beige head. Flavor: Uh, definitely smells better than it tastes! The flavor is weak (although the berry is definitely there!), thin, and watery. The powery fruit (black cherry, with powdered raspberry) sticks in the throat and is almost gagging! Very dry. Palate: Medium-light, thin. Overall: Not that much different from the non-dark version. This one is somehow different from than the other, but I’m not sure how. It looks obviously looks darker, but other than that, it is just sweeter with the same berry-like punch.
22 fl. oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #19 for this beer.
Bottle from Jungle Jim’s.
Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark berry aroma. Medium body with a thin smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Drinkable soft beer, but only worth having once. Braudog (6671) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark red-black with barely a whisper of a head. The aroma is starkly berry-laden, sweet and woodsy. The drink, however, is one of mere restrained berry flavors within a sweet malt beer. This doesn’t have much of a body to it, and instead comes across like a watery fruit syrup or children’s cough medicine. Could be much better. (#3624, 8/2/2009)
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Amber/brown body with a filmy stagnant head and spotty lacing. Black berry and raspberry in the aroma with some toasted malt and a very offsetting medicinal scent. Too distracting from the berries and malt. Light bodied and sticky sweet with a real empty finish. Cough syrup, concentrated berry juice and cardboard round out the bad flavor. Not very good, glad it was free. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Weird ass beer. Tastes like an amber mixed with berry kool aid. Simple as that. I wouldn’t recommend this one. riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Lots of berries on the aroma. It seems very essence-y, almost like now and laters or something, but I like that smell so it works for me. A touch of roasted malt sweetness underneath akin to brown ale. Pours dark brown with no head, and some red hues. More berry sweetness in the flavors, crunch berries, fruit soda, and some dark malt, light roast. Really it works, I like fruity pop like grape and strawberry soda, and I like beer - this seemed to comingle very well and didn’t come across as off putting or gross IMO. Lowe1983 (1589) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Very strong berry aroma on this one and that’s about it on the aroma. Strong berry flavor at the beginning with a hint of nuttiness. Flavor dies down at the end for the most part and has some low carbonation. MrBunn (2807) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a thin brown with little head and aromas of berries... that’s it... just berries. Flavor is better than Smashin Berry, but still a little bit too much on the berries. There is a bit of dark malt that peeks through the raspberry/blackberry/strawberry patch, but this is still overly berried and comes across as too artificial.