Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Smashed Blueberry

Today I'm drinking Smashed Blueberry brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. This beer is part of Pugsley's Signature Series and is presented in a 22 ounce bottle with a deep purple label on it. The story on the back says this is a Porter-Scotch Ale hybrid. Interesting.

Well, I was totally not expecting such a dark beer, so let's start with that. Malty cocoa powder with sweet milky aroma. I guess you can smell some berries, but it's a bit lost in the other rich scents. Holy harsh alcohol to start. The 9.0% alcohol buries everything else in the beginning. There is also plenty of chocolate and tart berry flavors to go around, but only after your liver gets used to the beer. Some coffee flavors add extra dimension and bitterness, and there is a roasted malt in the background.

I'm sorry--this is terrible. Nothing is right about this beer. Acidic, alcoholic, astringent in alphabetical arrangement! Barely a fruity mention and the rest of the flavors are not jiving well with each other or the alcohol. What a mess! I did allow the beer to warm up to the suggested 55 degrees F and though that was slightly helpful, I still didn't even finish half the bottle. Horrible. Don't bother.

I'm sorry these pictures are a little blurry, but it's like the end of the world outside right now. Driving rain, darkness, heavy wind. All at 5pm. Not ideal for photography lessons.

Traverse Bay Fruit Co. Dried Blueberries, 4-Pound Box

Green Mountain Wild Mountain Blueberry, 24-Count K-Cups for Keurig Brewers


Lost said...

I had this stuff at the American Craft Beer Festival. I love sweet beers, but this stuff was tooth-achingly too sweet. Gross!


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hmmm. I don't remember any sweetness at all. Just alcohol, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Regardless, it hurt my teeth too.

Carolyn Jung said...

Portland has such amazing micro brews. I need a trip there just to sample all of 'em, plus all those great summer berries there.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hi Carolyn. Thanks for stopping by. This one's from Portland, Maine. I know you're on the west coast and Portland, Oregon is certainly a beer mecca. Both are great but wondering which you meant.

BTW, if you do go to Portland, Maine, grab the berries, but skip this beer. There are many others to choose.

Anonymous said...

It's not my favorite, but I didn't think it was terrible. I can handle it in small doses. From what I think I remember when I tasted it, the biggest problem I had was that I thought it was overly alcoholic.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, hated it. Alcohol was one of the mega issues though.