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Blueberry Oatmeal Stout

March, 2017
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Blueberry Oatmeal Stout is being evaluated as a Fruit Beer (2015 BJCP Category 29A). A mix of blueberry fruit and a back note of roast grains dominates the aroma. There are also hints of stone fruit, although whether from strength of the malts or the mixing of the fruit and grains is indeterminable. The color is nearly black and nearly opaque with garnet highlights when held to a light. A tan, light head persists on top. The flavor belies not just the blueberry fruit, but alcohol flavors that indicate a beer that is stronger than your typical oatmeal stout. Rich roast malt flavors and, again, some stone fruit character is quite apparent. The mouthfeel is medium-full, possibly from the use of oatmeal in the grain bill. The dark grains lend some astringency that balances well with the residual malt sweetness and the blueberry flavor. The strength of the beer works well with the fruit addition, lending a balance between relatively intense dark grains, alcohol, and fruit character. This is a fruit beer that can work for everyone, unless you happen to despise blueberries, stouts, or both. If that is not you, I would recommend trying this beer for its creativity and fermentation quality.