Blitzen's Blueberry Porter | Fitger's Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZAP on 12-22-2004

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of FitgerFanatic
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slyke
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler - picked up at Fitger's two days ago. Review is of the first beer from the growler.

Look: Opaque black a bit of purple at the edges - pours with a 1/2 inch of tan head that falls to a thin cap.

Smell: A subtle note of coffee with a touch of blueberry.

Taste: Roastiness, a bit of coffee, and the tart flavor of blueberries. A crisp finish with a note of blueberry aftertaste.

Feel: Medium bodied, slightly coating.

Overall: This is a very nice beer. A nice balance between the blueberry and the coffee/roastiness.


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Photo of VashonGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olafphysics
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Dude_710
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of elcrawl
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ArfArf
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of MplsMel
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from HogWildLiquor courtesy of Secret Santa 2010, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, some fruit, a touch of hops and a bit of an acidic quality.

T: The taste starts out with a sour flavor of tart blueberries up front. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in but it's on the thin side for the style. There are flavors of coffee and chocolate in the background along with a faint hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it's something a little different so in that there is some novelty but overall it's just a mediocre beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always like getting beers that are either unavailable to me, or I have never tasted, which falls in to both categories in this instance. Thanks to hogwildliquor for the opportunity. Immediately upon pouring, the head shoots up very quickly, leading me to believe that this bottle might be infected. Some wet cardboard, light blueberry, and suspicions were correct. The flavor is not as bad, bu the problem is that it foams up so quickly in your mouth that ya barely get a chance to truly enjoy it. I am not really sure that blueberries and porter really mix in general. In this case they do not at all. It is unfortunate that this bottle is infected, as it might make for an interesting brew in other circumstances.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather interesting one in the middle of the tasting last evening. Not really sure where I pulled this one out of but it was there none the less. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/08/2010.

The pour was way too much to handle as purple foam was everywhere. Light purple filling the entire glass immediately and completely. Letting this warm up to room temp gave a much better pour as the light brown and purple tinted ale could finally be seen. Still retained tons of lacing through from the initially over carbonated pour. Aroma was light, fruity. Blueberries leading the charge here followed by light chocolate and roasted malts, but it came across a touch light for me. Same for the feel, very light for the style with a touch too much carbonation. I think if it was not billed a porter it would have faired much better, but alas it was and that is that. Nice flavor though. Good use of fruit as it was not overpowering and seemed to blend in quite well. Smooth finish with a nice touch of blueberry fading off on the tongue as it went by.

Overall decent, nothing mind blowing here by any means, but decent. I would not have an issue with trying this one again, just maybe not bill it out as a porter and we are good to go.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice enough. Small tan head didnt really want to stick around, receded to leave a thin collar without lacings.

Juicy blueberry, hazelnut with some cocao and espresso. A touch of pale bread like malt.

An interesting beverage. The blueberry flavour takes the forefront but ends up being overtaken by the roasted malts with flavours of cocao and espresso. A milk or lactose like presence also emerges. A faint, bitter and earthy herbal, vegetal quality from the hops. is also noted

In my opinion this beer falls down slightly in that a touch more body would really improve its impact upon the palate. It feels a touch too thin and watery. But i suppose those are exactly the kinds of beer one should serve in a brewpub.

This is very drinkable, and the slight knocks against it, being a touch too blueberry forward and light bodied, also make this quite approachable and drinkable. Its also quite enjoyable

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee and blueberry. There were mild coffee notes.

T - It tasted of way too much blueberry. There was some roasty malt and toffee, but it was overpowered by the super sweet blueberry.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light bodied ale.

D - This didn't do it for me. Too much insanely sweet blueberry not enough porter.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown body with a dense purplish-tan head.
S: Smells like blueberry coffee. Really sweet. Also some milk chocolate.
T: Similar to the smell. Less of the coffee but still there. Blueberries predominate followed by the chocolatiness.
M: Silky and smooth.
D: A bit too sweet to have too many, but great to have every now and then.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in my pint glass, with a nice creamy tan head, utter opacity, looking good, very good...

Blueberry flavor bursts out of the aroma, matched with mild cocoa and roasted malt. A nice match of the fruit flavor and the inherent flavors of the porter itself. Roasty, grainy, some espresso touches, as well, with the fruit floating lightly above.

Taste: mmmm, blueberries, mmmm, dark, rich ale....yum, light hints of coffee and cocoa, ...delicious. Mouthfeel isn't too large, and that's a plus, aids the drinkability, Blueberry smacks the lips from the start on each subsequent sip, smothers the tongue, then fades back, riding off the palate, but remains memorable.

This is delicious. Plain and simple. A well-met matching of full, rich porter and blueberry fruit. I love this. Wow. Just absolutely delicious.
Dries out at the end, but the fruity flavor really remains, and lingers enough to urge on an extra sipping...

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Photo of dfried
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid black with some garnet at the edges, even out of a growler it had a large coco colored head that dropped to a solid film. Rich malty aroma, chocolaty, maybe even a little sherry like. Blueberries are there but far from over powering, they lingered in the background providing some extra fruitiness and sweetness. The flavor is quite a bit porter. Rich and chocolaty, deep toasted malts but the body stays light enough not to be like a stout. I would say its about comparable to the taste of Anchor Porter. Then the blueberries come in and are quite suttle. In the e-mail about the release of this beer they said they used 660 pounds of wild blueberries, so I was expecting a little stronger flavor from them, but it is really good where it is at. Tasty and drinkable.

Verdict: if you don't like fruit beers, you would have to at least admit this was a good porter, especially since the blueberries are not overwhelming or synthetic like blueberry pie. If you do like fruit beers you would say this is a damn good blueberry porter.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coarse dark root beer-esque pour, with a creamy equally frothy head and lacy tanness. Blackberry candles and a hint of raspberry chocolate, lightly eminating from the aroma. Flavor is a bit sour and bubbly. Flavor is actually somewhat bland. Light blueberry candy/wine over a gently roasted malt. Palate is salty, corase and way too dry. I would have a expected a silky smooth richness to this beer. Evaporating airy palate takes this beer away too soon. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this brew was overattenuated. RETASTED. Two days later, this beer had more heft, more body and more flavor. It was silky, the head was darker, the blueberries really shone through in that fresh wild blueberries on the side of the road flavor, with a hint more chocolate and sugar. Don’t know what was up with that first round.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer with a bubbly brown head. Soon there is just a bubbly collar that leaves a moderate amount of lace. What a nice aroma. Like blueberry muffins coming out of the oven. So damn comforting. The flavor follows through with the sweet blueberries, but also has more of a roasted malt presence. Seems just a titch acidic, but not out of line. The body is medium at best and the mouthfeel could use just a bit more carbonation. This is a nice beer. Would be good with breakfast.

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is how the Brewer describes this beer:"Locally grown blueberries are added to a robust chocolate porter. A very tasty union."

Review from the growler....Dark brown color with a small tan head....awesome aroma of fresh picked and mashed blueberries along with a sweet chocolate aroma...the nose it top notch...body is a bit light...not horribly so but I wish it had a bit more meat to it...taste is a bit acidic from the Blueberries..the cocoa complements nicely but is definitely secondary....

Overall definitely a beer to try....a bit more dark roasted maltiness and this would be a true is it's very good..if you like Blueberries you'll like this...what I like is the blueberry flavor tastes "natural" not like blueberry syrup was added....that might be the most impresive aspect of this beer.

I debated on the mouthfeel score....3.5-4.0...I went with the 4.0..probably more of a 3.75....

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Blitzen's Blueberry Porter from Fitger's Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 22 ratings