atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with large compact uniform brown head. The aroma is full of blueberries, coffed, and chocolate. The blueberry seems quite fresh. Not like a beer aroma Iíve had before. Nice coffee and roasted malts with a blueberry muffin flavor and a coco character that lends depth and a bit of chocolate bitterness. Feel is a bit chalky and of nice depth for a stout. Nice unique beer. I donít know of another like it. Sweet, roasted and fruity. Blueberry is probably my favorite fruit and I think Dark Horse did a great job of getting past the femine stigma associated with fruit beers.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (Dec 2005). Pours at cellar temperature into my Chouffe tulip with a very thick, stable dark brown head atop a jet body.....the fresh blueberry-dominant nose is apparent a few feet away, instantly upon opening, and the bare hints of milk chocolate merely add delight.....in the body, the berries and dark roastiness of the stout donít mix quite so well, a bitter-lactic-fruity-acidic combustion ensues and Iím not quite sure what element is the victor, though it is quite interesting to watch (and taste). In the end, much more bitter and roasty than a "fruit beer" would typically be, but with a shallower profile than many stouts...somehow, it maintains enough character to be drinkable, even excellent, though I would conclude after this sample that blueberries are not the first fruit to think of melding into a stout. Full, perfectly (moderately) carbonated body.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blueberry greets the nose as soon as the cap is opened. Pours a very dark dirty motor oil pour... pretty dark brown head too, but more bubbly than creamy. Eventually fades to a nice creamy ring. Nose has candied blueberry + roasty dark chocolate. Tart blueberry and dry roasty malt. Piney blueberry skins, dark bitter 99% chocolate. Sweet glazed doughnuts. Very good and enjoyable.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. What to expect? Apparently one hell of a stout. Pours black as midnight with a rich brown head. My first thought is of a blueberry pie crust with traces of chocolate and plenty of dark roasts. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. This brewery knows stouts.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown with minimal head. The pour looked very thick. Aroma had a touch of blueberries with roasted malt. Flavor was mostly malt with a hint of coffee. I really didnít get any blueberry in the flavor. Overall a pretty good brew.
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of Silphium. Fifth beer of our Dark Horse Brewing tasting. Pours deep black with a nice size, lasting, foamy brown head -- looking good! Aroma starts off all blueberry but as you smell deeper you get roasted malt, coffee and smoke -- quite nice and original. The flavour, WOW, is that ever different! Fruit followed by smoke, coffee, some mild sourness and then hops -- all nicely balanced. Palate is creamy and dry. Medium bodied. I really like this, a very interesting and delicious Stout. Dark Horse are blowing us away tonight.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, his bottle. Poured opaque thick black with a large, lasting, creamy-foamy-shiny brown head. Initial aroma was of fresh blueberries, but as I drew my nose closer to the glass, whoa! - solid, overroast malt - nutty with plenty of bakerís chocolate - woodsmoke, tons of bitter hops, also sour cherry and coffee - this is a great-smelling, dry treat for the nostrils. Taste is almost campfire smoky, burnt, bitter (hops and tart fruits), with coffee-like acidity in the longish finish, which also seemed to have a fair bit of black pepper just as an added benefit. The palate on this one is acidic, thick, creamy and even a little fizzy - I loved it, but calling this a fruit beer is insane - itís a stout with some fruit added, that canít really even be tasted, just smelled.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black pour, about a fingers worth of dark tan head. Aroma was mostly blueberries, with a hint of roastiness. Flavor blueberries and a roasty bitterness. Enjoyable brew.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 Bottle: Black, very black, moderate dark brown head, foamy, with spotty lacing. † Aroma of wild blueberries, pepper, and even a bit of soap. † Dry flavor of wild and immature blueberries, as well as the soap noticed on the nose albeit it is a bit more subtle here. † Roasted malts are there, but they are overshadowed by the soapiness at the finish. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Finishes very soapy, with a dry immature blueberry tinge. † I soooo wanted to like this one, but the blueberry was too peppery and soapy. † Thanks jtw for the bottles!
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The blueberries in the aroma and finish were WAY too big of a distraction for me, especially since Iíve never been that fond of the fruit. Great pour, a deep, dark brown with a creamy brown head. Itís got an extremely smooth mouthfeel that delivers a flavorful treat of of roasted malts & barley, dark dried fruits, brown sugar.... and those damned blueberries. I probably wouldíve rated this much higher had they used gooseberries, boysenberries, raspberries, prunes... Anything but blueberries!
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