Blue BBLs | Bruery Terreux

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Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States

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

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Reviews by cvm4:
Photo of cvm4
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ThickNStout
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Indigo wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 9/25/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown with slight lavender highlights but rests in the glass oil black. An occasional tiny clump of bubbles around the edge is the closest thing to retention. Zero lace.

Smells of sweet bourbon, blueberries, oaky vanilla, alcohol, chocolate and caramel. Occasional faint whisps of semi sour dark fruit. Interesting.

Rich, full flavors of sweet bourbon, chocolate, tart blueberries, caramel, mild roast, vaguely sour dark fruit, brown sugar, faint vinegar, earth and healthy alcohol kick. The blend of fruity blueberry, bold barrel aged stout and mild sour is unlike any other I've tried. Despite the definite booze heat, this goes down much smoother than expected for its near 16% abv.

Slick, syrupy, full feel with a gut warming booze presence and fairly mild carbonation. Notes of mildly sour blueberry maple syrup and bourbon infused caramel create a tasty, lingering finish.

I'm happy to report that Blue BBLs is holding up quite well. I had feared that the great blueberry flavor would fade and/or the sour would take over. Instead, I return a little over a year after release to find everything still in balance but with the edges smoothed a bit. This was another successful experiment from The Bruery and worth checking out if given the opportunity.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dangerously drinkable at 15.9%

Pours a very dark, viscous black body with a fizzy head that disappears like it was never there. The legs on the glass remind me of a dark bourbon.

Smells like a chocolatey, fruity pie. Initial fruity aroma isn't blueberries, or maybe my nose isn't used to tart blueberries. Reminded me a little more of black berries. Lots of that chocolate thrown in with the huge roasted oak.

Initial taste renders something really unique in a sour stout that is this big. Lots of sour blueberry on the tongue which mellows out to a smooth, oak/chocolate bomb. After sitting around and getting warmer it tastes like a desert. The chocolate really comes out and blends well with the blueberry and tart bugs. YUM.

If you get a chance to drink this you better do it. A unique beer that is also good. I wouldn't mind seeing something a little lower on the ABV side, but not a serious issue.

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Photo of Buck86
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Looks pretty similar to BT, opaque though a bit less viscous than I remember BT from last year (2014 BT is next up tonight). The edge shows just a hint of purple/blue color where the light can penetrate the beer.
S: Quite strange, bit of bourbon and alcohol. Bit of sour and funk. I can't remember the last time I took a big whiff of fresh blueberries (only artificial smell comes to mind) so I can't say with certainty that it reeks of blueberries but it smells present
M: Full, as expected w/ a heavy BT component. A touch thinner but only marginally. Rich and coats the pallet to provide a nice finish.
T:I really enjoy this one. Up front is classic BT flavors with bourbon and oak-y vanilla signatures. Very mild tartness follows completed by a wash of sweet blueberry to finish.
O: This is an incredibly complex beer that flows back and forth between sweet, sour and sweet again seamlessly. It improves upon a Melange1 type blend in adjoining the sweet and sour components more smoothly and the addition of blueberry helps to further round out the flavors.

Sweet+Sour beers are some of my favorites (Sang Noir and M1 come to mind) but I wasn't quite sure what to expect on this one and now it is quickly becoming one of my favorites from the Bru-Crew this year. I had 2013 M1 recently and it seemed more disjointed than I remembered going from sweetness to a sharp sourness quickly. Blue BBLs seems to have ironed out that wonderfully. As I write and finish off a warming pour the berries continue to break out and impress me further; let this one sit for a 10 minutes before you get moving, you will thank me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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...

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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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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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

Photo of Intlpostman
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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