Blue BBLs
Bruery Terreux

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #338
ABV:
15.9%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,418
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
290
From:
Bruery Terreux
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  72
Gots
  53
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: 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.

40 IBUs
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 290 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 Vintage
375ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black in color with some light creeping through, one-finger foamy khaki head has short retention

S- chocolate covered blueberries up front, chocolate fudge, marshmallow, some port wine qualities, hint of acidic vinegar, oaky bourbon and vanilla

T- chocolate and blueberries up front with some malty sweet notes are immediately followed by a sharp, but not overpowering acidic tartness. Mid-palate gives candy bar nougat, booze soaked blueberries, cocoa and marshmallows. The finish gives a light balsamic vinegar tartness and linger of blueberries and chocolate

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a tart finish, abv is hidden quite well

O- just enough tartness to compliment the malty notes and the blueberries, this one drinks way too easy for 16% abv

 848 characters

Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 version poured into a snifter. A clear cola brown out of the bottle, the beer assumed a very dark hue in the glass. A small light tan head formed but quickly retreated, leaving only a few wisps of foam. The aroma favored the sour aspect with tart cherries. There was also faint oak and bourbon, but not much blueberry. The taste was a completely different matter. The imperial stout dominated, with rich chocolate, coffee, and bourbon flavors. The blueberries mixed very well here, almost dessert like and seemingly covered in chocolate. The sour notes were also there but much more restrained, shining the most on the finish. For a 16+% beer, the booziness was quite low. The body was surprisingly light for the size of the beer, possibly from the sour blend. Slick and smooth. Overall this was simply fantastic. Highly recommended!

 838 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at the source in Placentia a few years back. One of those $3 tasters. Pours black. For a beer called "blue" ___ it sure is a different color than blue. I get why later on the name varied out to black and blue bbls. Anyways, black pour, almost no head, just black motor oil with no head to speak of. Aroma of typical roasted malt and heavy barrel presence with some blueberry juice. Honestly like the way northwoods bourbon county does this better.

Taste made me question the sour stout part of the blend, cynically I wondered if this was unintentionally soured and then they had to figure out a way to not have to dump that beer, so much like the old world circa 19th century beers, they just blended the sour with fresh unsoured beer. I dunno, but I do know it didn't work for me like I hoped. There was roast at times, sour at times (mild) and then fruit juice and oak like a spiked fruited red wine, but it never really came together. Like, derde golf was weird, but everything came together nicely.

 1,031 characters

Photo of jwilcox767
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Inky black/brown darkness, opaque.
S: Dark roasty malts, a bit of blueberry, barrel woodiness.
T: Sour blueberry stout in your face. Boozy, balanced. Slight tannic notes.
F: Definitely full bodied, crisp, but not thick. Smooth throughout. Perfect carbonation.
O: Simply amazing. I've never had a sour stout, but this knocked it out of the park. Get more, now and forever.

 382 characters

Photo of BWood
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pretty dark. Not much head. Held up to the light there is some brown Coca Cola color coming through.

S: nice barrel up front. Caramel hits along with slight blueberry jam.

T: I am not a fan of sours really. But this blend is amazing. Barrel and base stout are there. Finish is like a Cab wine. Dry and with nice tannin notes. Blueberry at the end comes through nice. And a slight sour sting.

F: dry and crisp. Not a thick beer. But I guess that’s not what it’s trying to be. Smooth until the end where the sour bite it.

O: great beer for the style. I think this is the most sour like beer I could handle. All the parts come together nicely.

 655 characters

Photo of 562Brew
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 edition:

Started out hot and boozy at first taste. As it mellowed, the beer had a very enjoyable jam taste from the blueberry. A very subtle sourness blends well with the base.

 182 characters

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sourness and bourbon with some oaky caramel and vanilla with some hints of blueberries and roasted malts
T: Taste is sweet and chocolatey up front before some light sourness comes in. Good blueberry flavors at times as well with plenty of bourbon barrel character with that oak, caramel and vanilla. Nice roasted malts and light coffee add some complexity. Swallow is juicy blueberries, light sourness, chocolate and roasted malts with some lingering barrel flavors of caramel vanilla and oak with the blueberry fading out last
M: This beer has a fairly full body that is a little slick. Carbonation is on the low side but that's okay given the style and a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is an outstanding beer. It has great flavors and complexity that makes this one a joy to drink. It isn't super boozy but you can tell that it is a big beer that has spent some time in barrels. The new iteration tastes just as good too so don't get too bent up searching for the older bottles.

 1,194 characters

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Moderately strong blueberry notes upfront, light alcohol, with mild vanilla and moderately light sourness on the finish.

A: Jet black color, totally opaque with a beige head that quickly dissipates into a super fine ring around the glass.

T: Blueberries, followed by a moderate chocolate like malts, moderate sweetness, with a light roast bitterness and moderate sour finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is an alcoholic warmth, but is smooth and not harsh.

O: Solid; the beer has a great blueberry nose and flavor that works well with the blend of imperial stout and sour stout. However, the beer could be even better with a little less alcoholic heat and slightly less sourness.

 717 characters

Photo of AndrewP17
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours very dark and the aroma instantly hits you with chocolate and blueberries. taste is a lot of blueberry with a red wine kick. feel is thick maybe a little too thick for this style of beer.

 195 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark, black, looks oily and syrupy (because it is), with a very small head, basically non-existent, and no lacing.

Smells like juicy and fleshy bluberries, sweet and sour (mostly sweet), with port wine, massive chocolate syrup, that classic Bruery bourbon sweetness, and oak.

This blend is 30% sour stout and 70% Black Tuesday. Even though it's only 30%, the sour stout is really a dominating factor, as this is pretty lip smacking, with lots of sour red wine/port wine, and sour blueberry. The blueberry is more sour than sweet in the taste, the reverse of the aroma. There's still a lot of the Black Tuesday base to be had, as there's lots of dark fruit and milk chocolate. This is quite sweet- with the sour flavors, this is a very intense beer for sure. The bourbon flavor is layered nicely through it all, as well.

This is medium bodied, and incredibly syrupy feeling, making it a very slow sipper. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but at a certain point, there's no hiding the alcohol in a stout of this strength.

This is pretty interesting, and definitely worth a try, but it's a little fatiguing.

 1,132 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is chocolate, vinegar and a sweet, almost gummy blueberry aroma. Strange. Beer opens chocolate covered blueberry, molasses and brown sugar with a dry tartness. Vinegar acidity, booze and oak in the middle with the same chocolate, fudge and dark berry fruit flavors at the end. Decent and very unique. Body is thick for a dark sour and thin for an imperial stout. Low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and dry going down. I'm not sure how to feel about the texture.

A weird straddling of the styles. The problem here is that the Bruery sours are not my thing. And while the blend with an imperial stout helps, this still leaves me wanting just the stout portion.

 750 characters

Photo of unclekeith
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 750 into a snifter at room temp

L: Darkness! Inky opaque black with a minimal head
A: Blueberries and bourbon, caramel, sweetness
T: Bourbon, sweet, with a nice sour twang in the back
M: Full bodied
O: A very interesting combination of flavors - unquote me beer, big abv well hidden

 290 characters

Photo of Beersnake1
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 poured from fridge temp to Bruery tulip.

Look - Black with some hints of purple. Very little carbonation

Smell - blueberries!!! The sour is evident. Bourbon is there too.

Taste - this is a flavor explosion. The typical big flavors of the strong Bruery beers is there, but the blueberries even it out and add some really nice notes. There is a bit of sour, a bit of caramel, and a touch of bitterness on the back end. This is such an amazing combination, and truly unique. I absolutely love it.

 503 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Sept. 10, 2016
Consumed: Sept. 11, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double/Imperial Stout
Misc.: Could not read the bottle, but earlier that I read that it was bottled in January 2016; ABV on bottle is 16.3 pct.; Wax top

Thanks, Chris!

Got the privilege of getting to try this after Chris game me most of the bottle. I have to admit it sounds interesting. Basically a barrel-aged blend of Black Tuesday and Tart of Darkness, with blueberries added. We’ll see how this comes out.

Poured a medium-to-dark/light black-brown color with no head. Awful lacing. Minimal retention. Tried not to knock this too much in that I got it after it had been opened. Minimal lacing. Minimal retention. (Sight - 2.00)

Smelled a nice mix of stout and tart on the nose, which I’m pleasantly surprised about. Recently I got to try a Melange that similar blends (70 percent stout, 30 percent sour) and that was really more sour. Getting notes of that Black Tuesday first though. Chocolate, bourbon, toffee and sugary brown sugar. On the other side I got dark blueberry, blackberry, purple grape. earthy red wine and some oak. I’m digging it. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste came in a tad hot and warm, but settled as it went down. Really viney and red winey. Almost getting some Port wine in there. Blueberries, dark fruits - purple grape, pomegranate, black cherry and maybe even a touch of plum. More sour/tart than the nose. Also got bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, hints of dark maple syrup, blueberry skins (yes I read the bottle for that one, but I agree) and caramel. Came in hot and boozy, but does not taste anywhere near 16.3 pct. as it warmed. Lovely. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this one. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.25)

4.11 | 92 | A-

 1,998 characters

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with a friend alongside Chocolate Salty BBLS, and the 2 beers were spectacular. We poured this beer first. Pours almost black as night. The nose on this beer was phenomenal. Oaky notes alongside a tart blueberry wafted through my nostrils. Tart blueberry taste with a very good chocolate finish.

 307 characters

Photo of IKR
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage

Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized dark beige head that slowly faded. The dark beige head has hints of purple in it. Good looking beer.

Smell: Fruity notes featuring the blueberries and modest grape/wine notes. Also, prominent Bourbon and a bit of brown sugar.

Taste: Bourbon, blueberry, grape/fruity notes, brown sugar, and mild oak notes combine to form a tasty, smooth and cohesive flavor profile. The different flavor notes play well together. This beer pulls a magic trick with it's listed ABV. It drinks like it's less than half it's listed alcohol content.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied. No real alcohol heat to speak of.

Overall: Tasty beer who's unusual makeup results in a tasty and unique treat. Pushing the envelope pays off for the Bruery when all goes well and this is one of those beers that clearly shows that. One tasty and complex treat.

 905 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

gosh this is impressive. i know of no other brewery doing strong ales to this level. special liquid right here, honored and lucky to have some. a blend of sour stout and imperial stout, both in bourbon barrels, with a ton of blueberries added. i think the sourness is just right, a little tartness from the fruit picks up a more lactic pucker in this, but the blend is on point, its not too much, it doesnt take over. the bourbon is as powerful here as in any of the bruery bourbon barrel beers, lots of time on this i am sure. oaky and tannic, vanilla and brown sugar abound, its very sweet, but also very calculated. for how strong this is, there is very little residual yeast character, it just tastes strong and sweet, not like yeast at all. even the sourness is clean in it. the beer seems much lighter than most of their stouts, almost even looks more brown (and slightly purple) than most stouts would, and i dont get a ton of the heavy dark grain here either, not as roasty, more barrel char than roasted malt. the berries start tart and finish sweet, very obviously blueberry, almost like that syrup you get at dennys or something, concentrated and intense, just right for this beer. it seems to cut some of the dark grain and sweetness, although to booze is still very prominent. even though its boozy, i never would have guessed its this strong, it certainly doesnt drink this strong! a special beer, just fine at room temperature, and another example of why the bruery really has no equals out there. well worth trading for if you do that kind of thing...

 1,567 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Battle share, thanks to Darrel. Relatively smooth brew, despite the super high ABV. Gentle warmth, not burn, and the berries are still very much in evidence even with all of the stoutness and sourness going on. Very complex, very dark, very tasty, well worth the effort.

 270 characters

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/18/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge tart blueberry, cherry, red wine, plum, raisin, chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, light vinegar/funk, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, blueberries, a light fruity/funky yeast notes; with great strength. A bit of alcohol booze appears as it warms. Taste of huge tart blueberry, cherry, red wine, plum, raisin, chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, light vinegar/funk, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/acidic tartness, tannic oak spiciness, and light roasted bitterness; with lingering notes of blueberry, dark fruit, red wine, chocolate, cocoa, fudge, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, blueberries, a light fruity/funky yeast flavors; with a great malt/tannic/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly drying from acidic/tannic notes as well. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly silky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with moderate warming and minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged/fruited sour imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, bourbon barrel, blueberries, a light fruity/funky yeast flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the enormous ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,977 characters

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one smells like a red wine and drinks more along the lines of a red wine than a blended stout/sour.

I got mostly blueberries and tannins on the palate, with a little bit of sour and a little bit of bitter chocolate.

This was a confusing beer.

 251 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super dark beer with a light brown head with a tint of blue. No lacing and lower carbonation in this one. Smell is amazing. It has sour blueberries, oak, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla all followed by some tartness and booziness. The taste is sour blueberries first and is then followed by a nice sweetness accented by chocolate and booze. Nice syrupy mouthfeel. Really fantastic beer.

 385 characters

Photo of cvm4
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

L - Pours a moderately thin black body with a bubbly barely half finger tan head. The body of the pour really reminds me of Tart of Darkness.

S - First whiff, a mix of oaky vanilla bourbon and blueberries. A bit of alcohol heat midway on. Roasted malts and chocolate pop at the end.

T - Wow! Rich, sweet bourbon and tart blueberries just coat the palette. Chocolate, brown sugar and light roasted malts swirl around as well. It's not really a sour stout, but the perfect combination of stout and sour stout that are accentuated by the blueberries.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Slick bodied with a dry finish. Alcohol heat is present, but not distracting.

O - Very rich, complex and unique. The blueberry is holding up very well. This was such a treat!

 790 characters

Photo of nawpnawp
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Being that So Happens It's Tuesday is my favorite stout, I always have to try any variant/mix of it. I was hoping, given it is mixed with 30% sour ale, that it would be a little more tart than it is. Instead, it simply enhances the blueberries that have been added.

Normally, I love all things blueberry, but as I try more beers with blueberries added, I find that it just doesn't work for me. If you like blueberry flavored stouts, this is definitely a good one. However, I will just stick to the base beer next time.

 524 characters

Photo of johnInLA
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I should start with the disclosure that I don't consider this an Imperial Stout but rather a dark sour ale. For me Imperial Stouts are not sour. So please take my review within that context.

2016 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Mostly black with a touch of brown.

Nose has blueberry, cherry, raisin, oak caramel.

Flavor has much if what is in the nose, with the addition of a mild balanced sourness that enhances the fruit flavors.

Overall I find this beer to be very complex with many flavors that are well balanced. My only criticism is the alcohol warmth is a bit heavy. But even that mostly faded as the beer oxidized.

I'll be buying this again next year if they brew it again.

 709 characters

Photo of Wolberjs
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room. Blueberries definitely turn the stout a little red. Not pitch black, a little light domes through. Very subtle nose. Hint of blueberry sour and maybe a little chocolate. Pleasant. Taste follows the nose except the sour comes through more.l with a little bourbon Oakeyness on he finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a little sour bite at the end. Overall a very unique and tasty stout. I love sour stouts and blueberries so that boosts the rating a bit. If you don't like blueberries and sour stouts stay away.

 543 characters

Blue BBLs from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 290 ratings