Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin light brown head of fine bubbles. Head dissipates quickly. Intense blueberry aroma with some roasted grains and a hint of chocolate malt. Kind of smells like the cereal Boo-berry. Color is a very dark brown. Nice and roasty flavor . Little bit dry and astringent. The blueberry flavor is no where near as intense as the aroma. Lots of roasted grains, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finishes roasty and fruity. An interesting gimmick but not a good beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Bought a six-pack of this and never thought I would finish it. I thought it was disgusting at first, but a few days later It really grew on me. I still donít think itís great, but it is good. Iím not even sure if Iím rating the right beer here, The one I had said it was 7.5% ABV and was described as an oatmeal, blueberry stout. I felt a little funny drinking this from a flute, but it did taste better in a flute than in an English pint glass. The more of it I drank, the more appealing it became. This was not a beer for the faint of heart.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brown, that was nearly black in the glass with lots of red highlights and a small to average fizzy, light tan head that almost fully diminished and left fair to good lacing. The aroma was light burnt malt and maybe a hint of chocolate, but mostly blueberry. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter and slightly sour with a long duration. It started with sweet blueberries then moved toward sour and bitter ones with a little burnt malt.
bubbleflubber (2131) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black opaque pour, with a deep brown head that tames to a thin cap, leaving soapy lace. Aromas of fresh blueberries. Coffee, spices, blueberries and roasted malts in the flavor, with the spices really coming through in the finish. Pretty well integrated, but enough stout to possibly take it out of the "fruit beer" category. Almost porter-esque, if not for the heavy blueberry effervescence. Medium mouthfeel, almost wanting to be dry, but steering clear somehow. Not bad, but different.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I enjoyed the AB version more. Pours a dark brown body. Aroma is blueberries, spices, and sweet malt. Flavor is blueberries and some sweet malt. A decent brew.
TheBeerGod (5861) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Near black pour. Small dense brown head. Aroma is very much blueberry and roasted malts. Maybe even some funky hand-soap (but not in a bad way). Taste is spicy with blueberry, roasted malts, cold coffee, and hint of cocoa. Body is medium but has some astringency due to the tart berries. Ends with more berry notes, more hand-soap (here it becomes a burden), some tartness, roasted malts and dark choco notes. Odd.
DocLock (9242) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours onyx with 3 fingers of light brown head that is very clingy, and great lacing. The nose is wonderful. like a handful of freshly picked blueberries, right down to that white peppery note, plus hints of dark roasty malt and cacao. The flavor is dark malty, with a solid natural blueberry flavor, plus some chocolate late. I loved this beer, and I plan on making it a regular spring/summer occupant of the DLBF.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown, almost black color with a beige head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is just what you would expect--some roasted and coffee flavors and lots of blueberries. As strong as the blueberry smell was, I was a little concerned, but the blueberry flavor in the beer was more subtle. In this case, the sweetness of the blueberry was there, but not overpowering. Just enough to do a nice job of complementing the stout beer. Could use a little more chocolate or coffee malt, but still solid. iím not usually a fan of fruity beers, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, slightly transparent, plum-brown color. A foamy, light brown head leaves behind sudsy sheets of lacing that mostly rejoin the body, with some jagged flares that remain. The nose is quite fruity, showing notes of blueberry, plum, and even a touch of boysenberry. Roasty coffee and a bit of bakerís chocolate complete the aroma. Flavors are roasty and bittersweet, as the aforementioned fruity elements clash starkly with the coffee and the bitter chocolate. Unlike Dark Horse Tres, a truly great blueberry stout, this one just seems to be severely lacking in integration. Medium bodied and highly carbonated, this one finishes prickly and peppery when cold, but smoothing out considerably as it warms. The oatmeal really helps to smooth things out. Its not horrible, but its also far from great. Bumping up the chocolate malt bill would help this one out tremendously.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a moderate sized brown head. Aroma was a nice balance between roasted chocolate malt and sweetness of berries. Flavor was dark chocolate up front, which was soon joined by the blueberries, contributing as little sweetness, as well as bitterness and some pepper. Sweet berry finish. Better than I expected.
Holdwine (1146) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This combo caught my attention, so I had to try it. Light blueberry on the nose. Burnt blueberry on the tongue. Decent stout used as a base. Still trying to decide if I like it.... still waiting...okay, Iíve finished the bottle. It was a neat experiment, but I am glad I only got one.