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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 489   ABV: 16.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In brewing, BBL is the notation for “barrel,” a unit of measurement equal to 31 gallons. This is not to be confused with an oak barrel, which typically holds nearly two BBLs of beer. Still with us? Great. Blue BBLs, then, is a special blend of our bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with our bourbon barrel-aged sour stout, plus an addition of juicy blueberries, which imparts vinous tones. The acidity from the sour stout seamlessly balances the sweet malt character of the imperial stout, and the tannins from the berries amplify the fruity character, altogether exhibiting notes of red wine, blueberry skins, rich toffee, roast and singed oak.
30% Sour Stout and 70% Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with blueberries added

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4.2
Chalumeaux (1660) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops. Pours thick black with a tinge of purple with a lacey head. Aromas of candy blueberry and chocolate. Taste is chocolate then moves to tart berry and finishes with a nice boozy punch.

3.3
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Black pour, with a beige head. Sweet, sugary imperial stout, lots of blueberry candy, some chocolate, caramel, bourbon, booze, and mild sour notes. Not really what I was expecting, not really a sour ale. It wasn’t working for me.

4.2
JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of sour berries, sweet dark malts and chocolate. Flavor starts with chocolate malt, moving to tart berry before a sweet and tart finish.

3.9
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pours black and thick, with the slightest tinge of purple/red on the outside of the beer surface. Bottle foamed a bit with a light purple head before pouring, but the beer never felt overcarbonated. The aroma was sweet with typical Bruery Imperial Stout notes, but there was a mild fermented fruit note hiding in there as well. Fruit was significantly more prominent on the palate, which opened tart, followed up with sweetness, and then finished tart as well. Delicious and drank much smaller than the 15%+ ABV would suggest.

4
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2015
2014 Hoarders bottle. Crazy nose of sour blueberry, vanilla, light caramel, and straight boiling sugar. Pours dark purple. Awesome taste of very sweet blueberry, light oak, vanilla, mild cream, cereal grains, a touch of chocolate, and only minor acidity. Medium body with barely any carbonation and a slightly tart finish. Phenomenal blended sour stout.

3.9
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Nearly black. Tan pour. Nice mix of berries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light tartness, chocolate. Good beer.

3.9
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
(750ml bottle) clearish brown, hints of purple, fine tan bubbles. Nose of sweet bourbon, wood, blueberries, vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet also, blueberry, bourbon, caramel, Just a slight tart touch, rich and decadent. The alcohol content is hidden well too. So delicious.

4
AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Thanks Eric for sending this one over. One of the very few Hoarders beers I’ve gotten to try. 75CL enjoyed at 40F but allowed to warm split 2 ways in stemware.

A - Pitch black pour, barely any head formed.

S - The nose is akin to Melange 3. Toffee, chocolate candies with caramel, faded bitterness, maple syrup with the addition of wine notes. I don’t get a blueberry nose.

T - Well darn, this is really incredible! The label and category here on rateBeer had me thinking this was a straight up sour ale. It’s not. It’s like drinking Black Tuesday with a small injection of a mildly funky tart taste that honestly tastes like the tartness you’d get from blueberries alone. Maybe it’ll get more sour with time? Either way, blueberries hit in the middle and finish. Nice malty imperial stout, lots of old ale characters.really great

M - Viscous, thick, barely any carbonation. leaves behind a lot of blueberry, tart malty notes with barrel

O - Very impressed by this beer. Wow.


4.4
djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with small tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is toffee, wood, blueberry. Medium mouth with nice sweetness, blueberry, toffee, really enjoyed this

3.9
PartyFowle (954) - - DEC 28, 2014
Thick, oily dark chocolate brown. Very little head formation. Rich, sugary nose. Chocolate syrup, ethanol, blackberry, vanilla, soft maple. The alcohol and the sugar burn the nostrils. Sweet and stout-like up front -- lots of chocolate and bourbon and oak. Mid-palate, the blueberries emerge, again sweet. Acidity settles in at the finish, melding with vanilla bean and cocoa once again. Thick, creamy body with mild, peppery CO2. Rich and sweet, but tasty.


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