RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Warm up your holiday season with this rich chocolate oatmeal stout brewed with English hops and blueberries. This winter seasonal is balanced with Kent Goldings and cascade hops, 7.9% ABV.

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3.4
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pour is clear dark brown with a light tan head. Smells like blueberry filling in a pie. Pretty dang good smelling to be honest. The stout comes through much more so than any berry flavor does which is nice. I get a nice roasted barley character, some smooth oats, and only a few hints of sweet berries in the finish. This brew mixes pretty well which I did not expect. Has a very light body but very well blended tasty flavors. Heck, I might buy this again.

3.5
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Bottle. This brew pours with the standard characteristics of a good stout - black as midnight in color, small, tight tan head. The aroma is huge on blueberry. The flavor is very mellow, sweet, creamy, with a ton of fruit. It is probably what I would hand a person new to the style. It is very easy to drink, and was very enjoyable.

2.7
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Fruity but not so super blueberry. Hidden in the not so rich stout. Some hints of chocolate and cream. Some bitterness and dry end. Easy and drinkable and could have more fruit for me.

3.3
ganache (6056) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 This beer’s 50th rating. Bottle. Firm, yummy blueberry nose, thankfuilly not blindingly artificial. No stout smell to speak of. Very dark brown pour with a very creamy, rocky light brown head. Good lacing. Roasty mostly very dry stout with sweet blueberries accenting nicely. Good blending, no element too far apart from the next. Some nice chocolate on the bottom. Creamy, lightly prickling feel, has a lot of body for something I’m labeling medium (it’s filling!). Overall, a close second to DH’s Tres, and I don’t think I’d ever turn either down. Yum! [2008.08.08: 3.3]

Update: (Screw-top) Wow, huge jammy blueberry nose is much stronger than I expected. Taste in mouth confirms this is very much more a fruit beer than a stout, although it’s still rather successful in achieving its aims. It’s funny, I would have thought I’d have come across more commercial blueberry stouts over the past few thousand beers, but nope, not really at all. I’d rank this as something of a guilty pleasure, well made enough, yes, but really missing out at a chance at transcendence (with roast, etc.). [2014.01.13: 3.3]

3
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Matta. The aroma is comprised, as one might expect if they carefully investigated the malt bill of the beer, interviewed the principles involved with its creation and production or read the beer’s label, mostly of a strong blueberry aroma. Chocolate is present as well, but it a chalky, low-grade version or rather it gives off the aroma of one. The blueberry itself smells a touch chemical in origin, but I do not know that it is. The body is full black and supports a diminishing, but creamy mocha head. The first sip is quite sweet. Chocolate, coffee and blueberry, which again seem to have the slightly bitter and alcohol-tinged taint of a chemical source, make up the bulk of the middle flavor ranges. The finish is mostly comprised of dark fruit and chocolate but the aftertaste is of perfume and chemical solvents. The mouth feel is full and thick though which makes it enjoyable to swallow if not necessarily to taste.

2.8
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
kinda a unique beer but in a good way, the taste of cocoa and coffee is there but the flavor of blueberry is kinda interesting in the overall flavor.

2.8
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2008
The aroma is nice with blueberry, coffee, toasted malt, and chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall it’s OK.

3.1
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12 oz bottle from Grapes and Barley. Big blueberry aroma from open bottle that dissipated to notes of roast and chocolate malts. Black with big creamy tan head. Roast malt flavors with some blueberry in the background with a moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Medium dry finish with some nice roast and bitterness lingering.

3.7
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle on 07/03/2008. Black body with a large creamy tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate and blueberries in the aroma. More roasted and chocolate malt with blueberries shining through followed by a mild bitter finish. Certainly not overpowered by fruit, and well balanaced. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

3.9
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle... Pours midnight black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is a nice swirl of blueberry, coffee and chocolate. Full-bodied and creamy with prickly carbonation. Sweet, acrid and fruity. Chocolate, blueberry and coffee with decent bitterness. Surprisingly well-done. I’ll be drinking more of this. Underrated, I think.


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