Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

Thanks to my Dad, Steven Rosley for getting my this as a component to the around the world winter mixer pack from world market. Used as a comparative tasting to the Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout.

Appearance: Soapy tan grey head that sticks to the sides of the glass in a spotted random matter of lacing. Black in color but not as thick looking as the Tres.
Aroma: More of candied blueberry sugars with a limited barley and malt character. The tartness of the beer is immediately apparent.
Taste: Just blueberry, it lacks the flavors of any real stout and just exhibits the tastes of a blueberry fruit puree. Sure the color is deceiving, but all is masked by the tart fruitiness of this beer. Some barley tannin or Golding bitterness in the end,but doesn't work well with the flavor. Too sweet to start and an uncomplimentary addition of complexity to the beer that throws it all off.
Mouthfeel: The texture is quite smooth and drinkable, but not as thick as the Tres. The beer goes down a lot more fluidly, but has some thickness to it as compared to the Tres which both starts and ends thick. Carbonation is very light and forgiving, contributing little to the overall development of flavor.
Overall Impression: Eh, not a very impressive beer. Perhaps a great one as an introductory beer to girls who have spent their lives in the Milwaukee macro-beer section, but nothing to be really enjoyed and savored. By all means get it for the girl who needs a gateway to the good beer. You need to start somewhere.


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