Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Bruery Blue BBLS - Sour Stout And Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels With Blueberries Added
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is The Bruery Blue BBLS - Sour Stout And Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels With Blueberries Added.
From the The Bruery website: “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. A special blend of our bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with our bourbon barrel aged sour stout, plus an addition of juicy blueberries, Blue BBLs finishes with incredibly vinous tones. The acidity from the sour stout matches perfectly with the sweet malt character of the imperial stout and the fruity tannins from the berries round everything together. Notes of red wine, blueberry skins, toffee and roasted oak. A fine addition to the line up of Hoarders Society exclusive ales.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours black with a thin tan head with light lacing and boozy legs.
Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, fruity, oak, vanilla, caramel and funk.
Taste: Chocolate, dark malts, bourbon, vanilla, sour and funky, blueberries, oak and a touch of coffee in the finish.
Overall: A back and forth battle between sweet and sour, The Bruery Blue BBLS - Sour Stout And Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels With Blueberries Added is interesting. This 15.9% ABV offering is something I would drink again, but I’d share the bottle. Unique and worth a try if you can find it.
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