Braudog (5645) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Midnight crimson with a firm but relatively thin top of foam. The unmistakable blueberry aroma is pervasive enough to reach my olfactory senses from at least 2 feet away. But somehow at the first quaff, thereís almost no sign of the blueberries on my palate. Instead, I get a quite ashy stoutiness. There is something more that must equate to the tannins from the berries, but without the aroma, Iíd not have figured that out. Good alternative to dessert. (#3325, 2/17/2008)
abcfan (711) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer looks very nice-dark almost black in color with a creamy tan head. Smells very blueberry (of course). Mouthful is very thin for a stout and the blueberry flavor dissolves into a bitter finish. Its decent.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
According to my bottleís label, this was brewed by Pyramid for Buffalo Billís Brewery. I was under the impression that contract beers were supposed to go under the actual brewer. (?) Be that as it may -
Itís about time one of these overly fruited up Stouts was listed under Fruit Beer. And this time itís one with my bane of the fruit world, the dreaded blueberry. Nice look, a dark mahogany body - nearly black - with a creamy tan head, but it reeks of a fruit that overpowers any beverage or food that itís added to. Oh, thereís a touch of roasted barley and coffee, too, but you may as well have stuck your nose into a freshly baked pie. Thereís more of those roasted ingredients in the flavor, but the blueberries take on an off bitterness that detracts from the Stout-ness of it all. The finish is dry, bitter, and burnt.
Gotta go now and brush my teeth and gargle... then drink a few sane IPAs...
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jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a huge beige head. Blueberries dominate the aroma against a background of lightly roasted malt. In the flavor, the blueberry is more subdued; it letís the stout be a stout. When the fruit does come in, itís more tart than sweet. Well done.
Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours utterly black with creamy tan head. Aroma is blueberry, of course, and roasty coffee. Taste is of a thinner stout with a lovely sweet and tart blueberry taste. Very nice.
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Mike for the bottle! Poured clear, deep garnety-brown with a short-lived cap of tan head. I really dug the aroma.. plenty of fresh blueberries draped over sweeter chocolates.. light roast to it all, and very sweet. The flavor wasnít quite as good, but still hung in there well.. sweeter chocolates and oats at the core with with tart, fresh blueberries all-around.. the berries and chocolate stick around for a long finish. Medium-plus bodied with creamy carbonation (a bit too high, but still alright).. nice usage of the berries. Good beer.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Labelled as Blueberry Oatmeal Stout. Blueberries are subtle, maybe a little too subtle. I donít know if blueberries are a good mix with a dark beer, raspberries work. It was an okay beer, but nothing remarkable.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blackish brown, creamy tan head. Roasted sweet blueberry cream nose sits on wafts of mild chocolate and coffee tones. Dark toasted blueberry muffin flavors balance on hints of ashy chocolate and coffee. A nice hop dose late rounds this out well. Light to medium bodied, soft fluffy carbonation, bitterseweet finish. ABV of 7.5% is very well hidden. No problem with this brew at all. Well executed and tasty...
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Mike. Pours black, but not quite opaque. Brown mostly lasting head. Great big olí blueberry aroms with some traces of roast. Big blueberry flavor as well. Seems to be some oatiness to go along with the roasted stouty character. Med/full body. Fluffy mouthfeel. High carbonation. Dry finish. Blueberries.being my favorite give this beer a little bump.
nuplastikk (4332) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Deep black color. Roasted and chocolate flavors give way to a sweet, mild blueberry finish. The blueberry is not overwhelming by any measure, but it wonít go unnoticed either. A pretty good beer, mostly just for the innovation.