Tasting: May 14, 2016
Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (fruit added)
Beer #: 937
Bourbon Barrel Aged Tres Blueberry
Each year, Dark Horse Brewing of Marshall, Michigan releases (in order) five stouts:
At the brewery’s annual 4 Elf festival, they release a barrel-aged version of Plead the 5th as well as some other “brewery only” goodies. This wax-dipped bottle was part of the 2015 4 Elf Festival and came as a bonus beer. In fact, my trade partner sent two bottles. Plead the 5th was my favorite of the five. While the blueberry influence was artificial in Tres Blueberry, it was interesting. I’m excited to see what influence a bourbon barrel will have on this stout.
Frankly, I don’t get much in the way of a barrel influence. Not surprised that the blueberry remains more of a lab created essence than real fruit. I really don’t see any difference with this and the base version so, I’ll peg Bourbon Barrel Aged Tres Blueberry at the same 87 points.