sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 9/24/07. 12oz bottle. Pitch with an opaque hue. Tan ring of head. Fruity bready aromas with a hint of spices. Rosemary, thyme, rye bread. Hmm. Interesting nose. Toasty fruity and spicy. Full bodied and wonderfully complex layers and juxtapositioning. Cola malts and Italian spices. Bready and sugary. Bitter rye and coffee. Nectar. Lingering tart berries and bitter coffee astringency. Totally odd spices, but its a lovely ride. Boom. Peppery and piney. Intense but not completely good. Berry notes are mild yet adequate. Subtle citrus. Crazy complexity. Lovely palate. Moderate effect.
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch black color stout with a small deep brown color head. Aroma of strong blueberry is well mix with some medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between fresh and sweet blueberry and some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. I am not usually fond of fruit in stout but I thought this mix worked very well and the balance between fruit, sweetness and bitterness from the malt was well achieved. Body was quite full with some light carbonation.
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2007 Very dark head. Strong blueberry aroma. Not as blueberry for the taste. This grew on me as I was about halfway through. Could possibly buy more.
Rerate; thought about this one and went back for a six. I think this might be my favorite stout going right now.
sunevdj (3440) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2010 Thanks to Secret Santa in July, BBB63. Pours black with a brown head. Smells og blueberries and toasted malts. Medium sweetness. Aromas of toasted malts. Also clear blueberry notes, especially towards the end of each sip. Maybe a bit medicin-like. Reminds me of the not-liquirish-notes of a Blå Gajol (not the drink). Dry toasted finish again with blueberry notes. Very nice mix, quite unusual... a bit too dry in the finish, maybe (minor detail).
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The blueberry nose is undeniable. Very nice. Not artificial, but real, freshly crushed blueberries. There’s a hint of coffee behind the sweet/tart blueberries. Pours black with a quickly disappearing brown head. Nicely balanced on the palate with blueberries fading into some lightly roasted malt and espresso flavors. Medium bodied. I like how they used the tartness of the blueberries for aroma and not to make it into a syrupy fruit beer. Nice!
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Disclaimer: I love blueberries, and I love stout, so I was pretty much destined to love this beer.
Pours opaque black with a thick orange-brown head. Aroma of fresh blueberries and roasted espresso. Tart blueberry flavor blends well with traditional sout character - molasses, coffee, and cocoa. Neutral mouthfeel. Long roasted coffee finish is quite dry.
Bottle acquired via trade with drewbeerme - thanks, man!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 12oz bottle from EithCubes - thanks, Mike! You really can’t miss the blueberry smell, can you? But it’s not the smell of those crappy ones they use at IHOP or anything; these actually smell real and natural. The dark, almost rounded taste of the berry is well suited for the way some stouts veer away from bitters into a nice yeast/malt combo - and Tres is certainly one of those. There’s a hint of roast in there, to be sure, but the full malty body really blends well with the dark fruits. Palate’s a bit thin but this is very fine stuff, which I’ll seek out again.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with MrRomero, strong tart aroma of blackberries underscored by a roasted malt aroma. Pours a nice dark color with a light tan head. Tart blueberries contrast nicely with the dark roasted malts. Nice dry finish with a lighter palate, and high levels of carbonation. This a was a nice brew.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: I opened this bottle and smelled the blueberries right off the bat. I like blueberries. Blueberries in beer is right up my alley. Big aroma of blueberries and as that subsides, a bit of roasty stout-like qualities come out. Lots of roasted malt in the flavor and pretty dry also. Quite a bit of carbonation. A good stout with the addition of blueberries make this a winner.
decaturstevo (5394) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer that had been in the cellar for almost a year. Almost drank it alone a number of times. Finally cracked it open at Beer_Hawks cellar clearing tasting. A combination of blueberries, smoke, and coffee on the nose. A dark brown almost black pour with a lite tan head and lace. A flavor that is weighted heavy on the front by the blueberries then fades to a rich coffee with both flavors wrapped in a full smoky flavor. A bit foamy but not fizzy. Palate is full bodied past the carbonation? A very complex beer overall. With flavors from everywhere. Nice.