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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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 21
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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share at drewone's place.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, berries, earth, and cocoa. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour fruity finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i have been waiting some time to try this one, a porter with blackberry and spruce tips, something very unique and delicious, although its not perfect. has a deeo pruple glow in the light beneath the brown, and the head is off white but it doesnt last. looks a little thin for what it is, definitely lighter than others, but the nose is great. there is both a tartness and a sweetness to the fruit, but its radiant. the spruce is way back, i wish it was more lively there, i love spruce, and i keep looking for it, but if its there, its lost to the fruit. the flavor is nice though, berries are heavy, and the base porter is nice, more english than anything else, with some yeast character and a real lightness at the expense of body and ashy roast intensity. fruit lingers in the finish, but its on the tarter side here, lovely. chocolate covered dried berry is what i taste, not much spruce happening unfortunately. i wish for more body, as much as its drinkable as it is, i want a bigger richer base beer for these flavors, especially in winter. a few tweaks this could be epic (no pun intended). more spruce and more body would make it really pop off, but i still like it a lot. on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; Release 2, bottled 12/6/2012. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, blackberry, roasted malt, toast, caramel, floral, coffee, light spruce, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roasted malt notes with blackberry and light spruce tip additions; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, blackberry, toast, caramel, floral, pine, light coffee, and toasted earthiness. Slight pine bitterness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, blackberry, roasted malt, toast, caramel, floral, pine, light coffee, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and fruit flavors; with a very nice malt/fruit balance with light-moderate spruce presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited porter. Good balance of roasted malt and fruit flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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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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 mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.


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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
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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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 DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Blue Law Porter from Epic Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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