The Bruery Blue BBLs

bluebbls

“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.”

Final Rating: 4.03/5
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with Scott – thank you very much!

Pours a deep mocha body with a modest 1″ light brown fizzy head that reduces quickly to leave little retention and lacing.

Big bourbon aromas on the nose, a tart berry aroma, anise, dark fruits, and some light chocolate.

On tongue, upfront is sweet caramel, toffee, followed by a lightly tart berries, heavy bourbon and oak, with chocolate covered blueberries and a deep roasty chocolate/coffee taste on the finish. Pretty boozy. Leaves a toasty aftertaste on the tongue. Body is medium, could be heavier with low carbonation.

Overall a very unique combination of flavors, super complex and worth a try. I’m going to cellar one and see if it cools down down the road.

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