ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a nearly black color, similar to the Too cream stout. Aggressively poured, this features a four-finger tan colored head. Like its brethren, it seriously looks like an imperial stout.
S: There is some unsweetened chocolate and roasted barley here, but beneath that is a slight hint of blueberry. Not enough to kill the balance by any stretch, but enough to interest the olfactory senses.
T: At first, the typical notes of roast, chocolate, and coffee open things up. But then the finish comes, loaded with blueberry. I feel like the blueberry notes do a good job of not getting in the way of the stout qualities - some sips sees the roast/chocolate win out, others see the blueberry as the dominant flavor. Ultimately, the two elements blend together reasonably well.
M: Compared with One and Too, this seems rather thin. This aids drinkability admirably, however it doesn’t have the decadent feel of the other two.
O: Not a pure stout, but it works well as a stout/fruit beer hybrid. The blueberry does a good job of blending in with the base, never fully overpowering things. I’d gladly drink this one again.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled December 2nd and poured March 20th. $2.19 single.
Appearance: Pitch black with a seriously dark brown head that goes down quickly and leaves a small film on top of the beer. No lacing.
Smell: Welp, roast and blueberry. Dark chocolate covered blueberry kind of vibe, but with coffee in there as well. Pleasant to my nose holes. It doesn’t smell like a burst of blueberries all over the place, but it’s clearly there and not in an overbearing fashion.
Taste/feel: First thing I notice without a doubt is the body on this beer -- quite full with only a mildly prickly carbonation on it. The blueberry and other stouty characteristics work incredibly well together. There’s a sweet, slightly sour blueberry character, and then the roasted bitterness. Rather than dominate the beer, the blueberry compliments it very nicely without becoming too much. The blueberry is implemented very well in Tres, and Bell’s Cherry Stout is looking quite a bit less appetizing (if that’s even possible for some people) after having this. The sweetness and sour/tanginess from the blueberries in this beer doesn’t leave an unappealing, artificial sort of aftertaste that Bell’s Cherry Stout does. The aftertaste is very mildly bitter with a blueberry flavor. As a whole, this isn’t a bitter beer much at all, thanks to the blueberries. There’s a slight bit of it from the roasted malt, which is to be expected, but it’s nicely balanced overall. As for the alcohol, not noticeable at all in any way.
One of my new favorites from Dark Horse. It’s not often you see a fruit infused stout turn out to be as tasty as this one is. Again, the blueberry is there to accent this beer -- not turn it into fruit juice. If I had any complaint, it’d be that I’d like it to be a bit more bold on the flavor. More blueberry and more roasty depth. This stuff tastes great as it is, but uhm... maybe an Imperial version, Dark Horse? Just a thought. Definitely try this one out.
SlovakSniper (2825) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cette bière qui est noire affiche une belle et solide tête mousseuse brune. Une dentelle se déroule entre chaque gorgée. Son nez est très appétissant avec ses notes rôties, son café, ses parfums de gâteau et ses effluves grandissants de bleuets enrobés de chocolat noir. En bouche, son caractère rôti et torréfié est bien balancé par les saveurs uniques du petit fruit bleu et par les notes plus douces projetées par les malts. Au palais, j’aime la sensation crémeuse de ce corps bien traversé par les bulles. En finale, une bonne dose de torréfaction se manifeste à la remorque d’une expression chocolatée noire et amère.
Angelmonster (108) - Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice 2 finger dark chocolate head. Body is pitch black with no light escaping. Head retention was surprisingly quickly diminished and lacing was above average.
Smells of freshly blended blueberries. Surprised that the blueberries smelled so fresh and not too sweet or artificial. Other aromas are of dark semi sweet chocolate, roasted espresso, and bits of smoked malt. Hops are nowhere to be found and alcohol is hidden well for a stout almost 8%.
Taste is bits of chocolate covered blueberries mixed with a smoked porter. Charred oak and some coffee cut the fruity sweetness. Light bitterness is in the aftertaste and alcohol is barely detected.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a good amount of carbonation. Head died pretty fast, wish it stuck around to cut the carbonation.
Overall this beer was pretty good. Never had a blueberry stout before and I was pleasantly surprised. Extremely drinkable, wish it was available in my region.
fluffy (1334) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You really wouldn't think it would work, but somehow it does. The flavor of the berry without the cloying sweetness. Well done.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tstezzi (1) - - APR 8, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blueberry flavoring hard to detect. Nice taste, didn’t love the palate. Great looking dark color.
Vells (544) - LATVIA - MAR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After too cream stout, that seemed quite boring, this is awesome. Blueberry aroma does exactly needed refreshing kick and pleasantly makes up to aroma, palate flavor. In other aspects I liked this brew as well. Sweet, quite light roasted maltiness, bit licorice, nice dark choco and ofc.. blueberries. Well balanced enjoyable brew
MSBrindbergs (110) - - APR 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fat på The Flying Scotsman.
Svart vätska med lite brunt skum.
Mycket rostat, lite kaffe i doften.
Smaken är rätt tam, men efter en stund kommer en syrlighet av blåbär.
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks to Bacterial. Thankfully shared with friends. Pours deep dark brown. Aroma is straight up blueberry muffin. This is a brunch beer for sure. Taste: quite floral, artificial blueberry, toast and roast chocolate. Wow ... based on my reaction to Cascade’s Blueberry, there’s a good chance my mouth does not appreciate what blueberries bring to beer. This is a neat novelty beer, and the smell was way cool, but once it got into my mouth all I could think was "gross." But, it’s exactly as it purports to be.
parkerj (14) - - APR 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
the aroma is ALL blueberry.
great blueberry flavor without being overly sweet. it’s also got a great roasty flavor behind the blueberry
edwardbass (424) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Very dark black color. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted grain, coffee and blueberries. Taste is roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted grain and reined-in blueberries - just enough that you can taste it and so that it melds nicely with the traditional stout flavors. It has a light-to-medium body. A very pleasant stout that I would drink again.