Blue Law Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-15-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
79
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
23.42%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by Halcyondays:
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white head, fair lace, good head retention.

S: Dark malt and chocolate, some roast, missing the berry.

T: Nice classic porter chocolate malt flavour, hint of charcoal, the blackberries really come in on the finish adding a nice touch.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp and soft, easy drinking.

O: I like what the berries brought here, I couldn't find the spruce, comparing it to a beer like Alaskan Winter Ale where the spruce is overt, I just couldn't see it. A real nice effort, price sucks, but for a one time try, OK.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark reddish-brown colour. Smells like sweet blueberry maple syrup, earthy hops, roasted malts, and smokey pine. Tastes like sweet blueberry juice initially, hint of mocha, light earthy and spruce aftertaste; with a toastedness on the finish. Light er than expected. All flavours are distinguishable, yet very balanced, and not too intense.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My Welcome beer, I acquired from a recent US trip. Sour at the beginning, this porter yields tasty tart fruit. Black with a big head. Some spruce taste. Decent drinkability, though on the edgy side and more malting and more spruce would have been my preference.

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light brownish amber with little head

S - faint roasted malts, coffee

T - creamy, roasted malts, coffee, faint chocolate, some yeast, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was disappointing. I was hoping for something full flavored, balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable. This is instead mildly flavored and quite subdued if not a tad bland. It was nice to try once, but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ananh
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Picked up at the COOP tonight for ~$6.... Poured into my slim tulip while listening to music and screwing around online. Dark tan head leaves fairly decent lacing... standard dark walnut brew.

Nose has all the expected roastiness and light chocolate... the spruce comes off as a little bit like menthol... no real berry in the aroma that I can pick out.

Flavor mirrors the nose... but I think I get a little bit berry toward the end of the palate that is delivered with some residual sweetness.. again, the spruce only manifests on the finish... I honestly would have just pegged it as a standard porter without help from the label.

Body and carbonation are good for the style.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and poured with a short light beige head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of blackberries and spruce in the nose. The spruce tips seem to stand out more as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that that the spruce tips are more prevalent. There are some notes of chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite interesting but I thought that it could have used less spruce tips in both the aromas and flavors. It was also difficult to taste the underlying porter.

Note: Release #2

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of swimnadd
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Steve, release #2. This one is 7.0%, 650ml bottle into a tulip.

Black with a tan head. Light lacing with a film of retention. Nose of light roast, chocolate, blackberry and some roasty sourness. Tastes of blackberry and/or blueberry extract, dark chocolate, light candy sweetness and dries out on the backend. Medium feel, medium body, and a light sourness. Simple, but pretty boring.

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Photo of soulcougher
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Benish
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release #1

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark amber in color (almost black and looks darker from a distance) with some moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface and some brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head (with a twinge of old lady hair blue) that quickly reduces to a couple of small thin patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just more than moderate amounts of aromas of blackberries with some much lighter notes of roasted malts and just a hint of spruce.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light flavors of blackberry. There is a light hint of spruce and mild amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This is a very interesting beer and judging from some of the other reviews, I'm glad that I got the first release as it seems like the blackberries were more pronounced (as well as the spruce not being too intense).

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Blue Law Porter from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.
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