Blueberry Pancake Pastry Stout

Blueberry Pancake Pastry Stout, Gnarly Barley Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

This high gravity beast is jam packed with blueberry purée and maple syrup plus a dollop of lactose to round out that mouthfeel. The malt bill is really dialed in, featuring such beauties as Maris Otter Malt, Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat, and Chocolate Malt. Nice and toasty for that genuine fireside experience.
 

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ABV: 
10.2%
Malts: 
Maris Otter, Roasted Barley, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Blueberry Pancake Pastry Stout by Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (Category 34B) from the 2015 BJCP Style guidelines. 

Moderate aromas of unsweetened dark chocolate, fresh cacao beans with a very low maple syrup and lactose note are found. A little bit of alcohol develops as it warms.

The beer poured opaque with a dark blueish-brown head that had modest retention. When swirling the glass to rouse the aromatics, the sample seemed viscous.

The first thought that comes to the mind after the initial first sip is chocolate-blueberry pancakes. You’ll find unsweetened dark chocolate flavors from the roasted malts with a subtle but noticeable blueberry note followed by maple syrup sweetness. The sweetness in the maple syrup balances the unsweetened dark chocolate nicely. Notes of hops in the flavor are absent. There is a mildly strong undercurrent of alcohols as we approached the finish. The beer seems balanced enough to support the added blueberry, maple syrup and lactose notes that seem in harmony. One flavor emerges that suggests fluffy pancakes quite possibly from the play of the added lactose and maple syrup combination.

This beer is full-bodied with moderately high carbonation. It has a touch of warming alcohols but without the harsh sensations. The added lactose gives it a creaminess in the mouthfeel, which increases its drinkability. There is a slight tartness on the mouthfeel possibly due to the blueberry puree fermentation.

An interesting approach, no doubt. The flavors -- although disjointed on paper for a beer, really seem to make sense in the flavor. It isn’t every day that you come across a beer that includes domestic ingredients like blueberries, maple syrup and lactose, as well as one that tries to recreate one of this judge’s favorite breakfast dishes: blueberry pancakes! This blueberry pancake pastry stout works rather well and is surprisingly very drinkable, because at the end of the day isn’t that what matters most?

Brewery Introduction

Established in 2014, Gnarly Barley Brewing is located in a 14,000 square foot facility in Hammond, Louisiana and consists of a two-vessel 30bbl Brewhouse, one hot and one cold liquor tank, a 690bbl cellar and a whole lot of passion for craft beer. An open air taproom, known as the Gnar Bar,... Read More

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