Blue BBLs | Bruery Terreux

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
brueryterreux.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jhartley on 09-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,646
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
284
pDev:
8%
 
 
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69
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Photo of pkalix
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taospowder
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWood
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of uturn
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 562Brew
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 284 ratings