jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle-pours a tight light tan head and hazy dark red/orange color. Aroma is dark fruit, sweet medium malt, some earthy/spice hops. Taste is tart dark fruit, sweet medium malt, some earthy/spice hops. Courtesy yobdoog.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this is a distint rating taken during michigan winter beer festival, 2009...unfortunately, notes were not taken on most of these beers, but numbers are accurate.
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish brown pour. Lots of berries and malt in the aroma. Flavor is too sweet...tons of fruit and sugar. Over the top.
Tessic (1077) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This fruit beer poured a dark brown colour with next to no head, even after a vigorous pour. To the nose there are scents of ripe fruit, grapes, jam and sugar. First taste is very sharp with a slight bitterness followed by a strong blackberry flavour. Flavours of wine, jam and sour grapes. Finish is bitter with just the blackberry flavour lingering. Very sour palate.
jcr (2627) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Ruby brown clear body. Off-white head that is fully diminishing. Aroma if heavy on berries and light candy and fresh grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter and moderately acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture that turns a little syrupy in the finish and moderate to lively carbonation. Like a berry drink that turns bitter/sour/acidic. It’s a blackberry sweet tart except the flavors aren’t working together well.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
In bottle. I was hopeful about this beer, and thought the aroma was promising. Then I tasted it and was sad. It tasted bitter, but not in a fun hop way. And I couldn’t taste berries. I don’t think I have found a fruit beer with such an extreme contrast between aroma and taste.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 2, 2009
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
In the bottle from a Mackinaw City Quickie Mart. Pours black with a giant foamy light brown head. The aroma is an amazingly deep and rich smelling blackberry. The flavor does not match the scent: this is a sour beer whose tartness does not match the aroma. Sort of a plastic-chemical-like finish. Yuk.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of dmschefke. Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of blackberries, sweet malt. Tastes of sweet fruit with some honey and a caramelly finish.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown with red tints and a thin beige head. The raspberries, blackberries, and other miscellaneous berries come out but they seem somewhat fake ... a little bit of nuts and chocolate comes through and makes me wonder if this supposed to be a porter or a brown ale or just an amber. Fruity berries flavors taste a little thin with some chocolate and roasted malts leading to a slighlty bitter from the roast and sweet from the fruit finish, which isn’t all that enjoyable. The bitter odd finish kinda kicks this beer in the head. Best to think of this as a weak brown or amber with fruit and a touch of roasted malt.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled twice at the MBGF. Pours a dark shade of amber with a trim off white head. Smells of berries, for sure. Tastes thin, but full of blackberry flavor and almost like buttery popcorn. Very approachable.