After reading John’s beer review, I thought it had been too long since my last beer review. Oh man, I found a good place to start.
I was in Anderson’s today, patrolling the beer section, when the associate asked me if I needed help. I told him flat out, “I want to more stout and porters, something smooth.” He gave me a smile and told me he had just the beer. After about 4 steps we had arrived at this 22 oz Blue Labeled bottle. “Shipyard Smashed Blueberry Porter”! Interesting, but what is it? A hybrid between a scottish ale and a porter… or so the bottle says.
I unwrap the gold aluminum from the top and pop off the top. As I bring the bottle to my nose I can smell the blueberries from afar. I close my eyes and imagine a blueberry bush in front of me. The sun is beating softly on my skin. I put my hand out to feel the berries, and open my eyes. Oh Right. I’m in ohio and it is overcast and cold, but this beer will warm me up.
I take my first drink and hold it in my mouth. As I breathe I can taste the blueberries. Wow, this has to extremely fruity. As I swallow, I am reminded this isn’t a fruit drink. The full bodied liquid has a strong coffe and roast taste to it. It was almost as though there were two different drinks, a pre fruity drink and a post porter drink.
I put my thumb over the top and fliped it to mix up the tastes, which was not the smartest idea. The beer fizzed and I had to chug some of it. When it settled I went back to tasting. The tastes combined a little, but was still mostly separate. It’s like the blueberry taste stays in my mouth, but the porter taste lingers in my throat. It may be odd but I like it!
At 9% A/V and 22 oz. this could get the party started. As I drink the bottle, I am continually reminded of the separation of taste. If you want a fruity beer, I wouldn’t start with this one. If you want a porter, this probably isn’t your best bet. But if you want to try something different, this is a great place to start. You won’t be disappointed by the fruitiness of the porterness, they mix very well and create a unique taste that I enjoyed the whole way through.
I give this a 4 frosty beer mugs out of 5.