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Blue Law Porter | Epic Brewing Company

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Blue Law PorterBlue Law Porter

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-15-2012

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3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BA says this is 5.9% ABV, but my bottle says 7.0%... just thought I'd point that out. New recipe, perhaps?

Served in a DFH oversized snifter.

A: Viscious pour, huge mocha head, and with liquid below that about as black as night. Looks good.

S: No real raspberry and only faint roast. Still, I could tell this was a porter. Too understated to my mind.

T: Okay, I got the fruit now, but didn't particularly care for its flavor in this setting. Pretty weird actually, and infinitely memorable. Nevertheless, I prefer a smokier flavor in my porters and I'm aware that the brewer(s) weren't heading in that direction.

M: The carbonation was enough, the lacing mildly splotchy, and no booze detected. However, this was pretty bland in that area as well.

O: I think in this particular case, what I like in the style and what the brewer(s) intended just didn't meet in the middle. C'est le vie.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of Mitchster
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.99 for a 22oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with Muntons Maris Otter, Briess 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Briess 2-Row Carapils Malt, Weyermann CaraMunich III, Briess 2-Row Chocolate Malt, Weyermann Munich Malt Type I, Briess 2-Row Black Malt, Briess Roasted Barley and Oregon Fruit Blackberry Puree. Hopped with Chinook, Perle, Tettnang. For this bottling, the brewers doubled the amount of Chinook hops in the dry hop in order to bring out additional piney characteristics, complimentary to the Blue Spruce tip extract. 7.0% ABV.

Pours out to a nearly opaque dark chestnut, not black, forming a modest light tan head with ok retention and good lacing. Carbonation is on the mild side, about 2.0 carbs. The aroma is pretty good/ Lots of nice roasted malt character with malted chocolate milk, a touch of light roast coffee, subtle hops, a clean neutral ferment and the blackberries, which come across as distinctly blueberry to me. Mouthfeel is moderately tart, not as full bodied as I was hoping nor as full bodied as the nose would have you believe, with a roasted malt tannic astringency which completely envelops the mouth in the aftertaste. The taste is overall pretty average. The spruce doesn't come through at all. Zero. Nadda. The blueberry flavor overshadows even the roasted malts and hops, throwing the whole beer out of balance.

I'm not really getting into this beer. The spruce would be a nice counterpoint if it existed, and the chinook doesn't add any appreciable pine character. I think the blackberry/spruce concept would go further in a beer that didn't have as many roasted malts, more along an ESB or amber ale. The label did inspire me though. I just racked a Belgian Golden Strong onto some blueberries and balsam. We'll see how it turns out. This one is worth a try, but I can't honestly recommend it, nor would I buy it again.

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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.


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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive reddish brown in the Aventius weissbier bulb, with a nice foam. Spritzy on the tongue with some frothy creaminess after each pour. Modest aroma of roasted grain.

Inescapable chocolate flavor. A pleasant maltiness. Slightly tart and a little muddy. Dark malt with some burnt sugar and caramel. Not very sweet, but malty just the same. A bitter tang for the aftertaste without much actual hop flavor. That funny earthy fruitiness like blackberry seeds leaves a less than pleasant taste in the mouth.

I can't see much attraction for this, but it's a decent gulp. The lighter side of dark. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

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Blue Law Porter from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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