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.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drunk on 4/14. Black with tan head. Roasted malt/dark fruit/blueberry aroma. Pleasant blueberry/roasted malt taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Great balance and complexity.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried not rate this too low, considering that I am not a big fan or stouts with fruit. I think considering that, this is a good one for the style. Nice malt and chocolate, with a bitter backbone, and faint finishing blueberries, or at least dark fruits. If you like stouts with fruit, try this one.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Rich Oís. Pours black with amber edges and thin tan head. The aroma is blueberry muffins, anise, and some spice. The flavor is blueberry, lemon, coffee, cinnamon, and scented candles. The finish is slightly floral. This mixture of flavors didnít really float my boat, but itís still a pretty good beer.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up my father in Michigan. Thaks Pops! Pour is dark dark dark brown with a thin tan head that fades. Lacing throughout. Nose is of chocolate, roasted malts, and blueberries. So far, so good. Taste is full with chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee (didnt smell any of it, weird), roasted malts, and some fruitiness in the end but it would be hard for me to decipher blueberries. Thin to Medium body with a smooth, bitter and fruity finish. A unique beer and really much better than your average dry stout.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle pours a thick oily black color with a tiny brown lacing that quickly fades. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts and faint bluberries. Taste is of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and blueberries. The blueberries taste really ripe and fresh. An innovative yet excellent brew.
theisti (3243) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from tjthresh, thanks Tom! Pour is black, with a nice fluffy tan head. There is some nice lacing and carbonation in the pour. The aroma is Blueberry, roasted malt, and dark chocolate sweetness in that order. Surprisingly, the taste not big Blueberry, more of a roasty stout with Blueberry highlights. The balance of this one was really nice, though not sure if this is personal favorite style.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a dark, dark brown color with a maroon tinge; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Blueberries and roasted malts and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel, with light carbonation: shows overripe blueberries and roasted malts upfront, followed by dark chocolate and hints of a citrus bitterness; well-balanced and maintains a pleasant viscosity for a 4.5% beer. Ends quite dry, showing milk chocolate and roasted malts.