bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Not too shabby. I was a little hesitant due to not having good experiences with deliberate fruit-flavored stouts. Pours an oily black with no head and a slight amber ring around the top. The blueberries stand out in the aroma along with some chocolate and coffee. The first taste of this kind of threw me. It was all coffee and no blueberries, not necessarily bad but different. Beyond that first taste I was able to pick up the blueberries initially and it would tail off to a malty, coffee finish with just a little bit of a mocha taste. All in all, a decent session brew.
Re-rate: Newly released batch...Damn this is a fine brew. Aroma consists of heavily roasted malt, some chocolate and a bit of espresso bean....none of which can stake its claim like the natural pressed blueberry aromas...amazing!! Slick body and palate, flavors are dark chocolate and fresh blueberry...simple enough, yet effective as hell.
tarsparky (12) - Flint, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Definite smell of blueberries - tasting them is a different story. I tasted coffee more than anything else, although I did get a hint of blueberry at the end of each sip. Pours a thick chocolate color, with no head, or, virtually, no head. Thick mouthfeel, and it burns the nose slightly. Iím not sure Iím a fan of Stout, so, that may cloud my judgement a little. I can drink this, which says something - I used to not drink dark beers at all.
JK (4527) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tres has a great aroma of natural blueberry. I havnít had many blueberry beers but this is the best so far. Good roasted malt flavor, just a little sweetness and more blueberry. Full palate and quie good overall.
after4ever (6182) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12-oz. Thanks, SecretSanta! Pours an opaque black with virtually no head. Whatís there is a dark orangey tan ring of foam. Kinda watery looking. Plenty of blueberry on the nose, followed by roast and chocolate. Medium attack, some body there and some carb but neither of them are remarkably abundant or scarce. More of a forwardly roasty flavor with a blueberry finish than the other way around. Some hollow, nutty hop on the finish along with the berries. Interesting beer.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of styles.
pours a very dark black with an aroma of dark chocolate and blueberries. flavor was the same. even though I thought this sounded good, the mix of the blueberries with the dark roast of the stout, didnít do it for me. not bad, just kind of an odd flavor combination.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loved the blueberry intermingled with the chocolate and coffee on the nose. Similar flavor but the blueberry was a bit subdued in comparison but still excellent. Dark brown almost black pour.
Skyview (5242) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Rileyís Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a near opaque dark brown, near black, brew with a dark tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is blueberries, even at a distance away as I poured for our guests. Close up aroma has chocolate, some mocha, roasted barley malt, and mild fruit. Taste is a little gritty, carbonated, and lighter than the first two Dark Horse stouts. Finish is sweet at first and then slightly bitter. The aroma is better than the taste. Reminds me of going out for pancakes the next morning.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased from Rileyís Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a dark black, opaque color with a thick layer of medium bubbled, well sustaining, roasted tan head. Upon opening the bottle, my nostils were immediately flooded with an enticing blueberry aroma. From the glass, wafts a juicy plume of wild blueberry perfume, dripping with late summer juice in that tannin-richness that can only be found in wild blueberries. Behind the blueberries lay some light molasses and dark chocolate, but the blueberries are the heavily weighted aromatic dominance. Beautiful, but Iíd like to see some more malty character strength to balance it out a bit. Light to medium bodied, sparkling carbonation mouthfeel. Iím actually a bit surprised by the thinness of the mouthfeel; it would be nice to have a bit more chewiness on the palate. After the juicy aroma, I was expecting greatness from the flavor, but instead I got average. Blueberries and light roast coffee that linger together long into the finish. Tastes pretty good, but Iím left waiting for more flavor profiles to develop and they never do. I really feel this beer would be spectacular with a bit more malt complexity to back it up. Instead, itís just a pretty good dry stout with a great blueberrry aroma and average blueberry flavor.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane shared a 12 oz. bottle of this. Dark pour with almost no head. Aroma was of blueberries and roasted malt. Flavor was the same. Very light, tart blueberry flavor along with the roasty, chocolaty flavors of the stout. Good beer, but the combination of tartness and roastiness was a bit odd.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of artusory, many thanks again! Nice black pour with a somewhat fizzy tan head, as usual a nice start for a DH stout. Letting the brew warm a little I get a nice whiff of blueberry muffins...some dark chocolate, roasted malts...some light sour coffee as well. The blueberry/malt element seem to stand out the most..but overall the aroma was fairly light. THe flavor seemded to have a bit more punch with juicy blueberry, roasty malts, dry dark chocolate...even some vinous elements come out in this one...a nice mix between savory and dry which makes this this one a winner for the evening of a hot day. Medium/somewhat thick body with a present yet soft carbonation. Roasty, toasty, juicy, and a bit bittersweet in and out until it comes to a head to the fruity/roasty/dry finish. Another exceptional stout from Dark Horse...if the rumors ARE true and this brewey is going to distro to Ohio...well... call me excited. As the beer warms the roastiness of the aroma ssems to stand out more as the fruit subsides. Real nice brew.