Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout


Review Date 7/5/2020   By John Staradumsky


 My daughter went to Florida, and all I got was a T-Shirt. Just kidding! She brought me back beer! Good daughter! Truth be told, I was not very happy with the idea of her and her boyfriend going there. Florida had just passed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, cause for much concern. She went anyway, and promised to bring me back beer, which she did. Back in March, she had bought me a ticket to Taco Mac’s Secret Stash Bach beer festival for my birthday. Due to coronavirus, it was postponed, but while she was in Destin, it was finally canceled and a refund issued to her account.

So, she went to a beer store in Florida, and I got to shop virtually for beer to make up for that. She took pictures of all the beers they had for sale, and I simply circled the ones I wanted. I did, of course, pick some local brews, but one of the beers that caught my eye was Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout from the Saugatuck brewery of Douglas, Michigan.

Here’s what Saugatuck says about this beer:

A rich, sweet stout with classic malt characteristics with a bold, unique twist. This beer tastes like you crammed a fat stack of blueberry pancakes into a pint glass and smothered it with maple syrup. Channel your inner lumberjack, because it’s in for a real treat.

I will say one thing about Saugatuck, they definitely get the win for truth in advertising with this one. As I sipped the beer, it surely reminded me of a big stack of maple syrup smothered blueberry pancakes. My daughter and her boyfriend pulled up with my treasure chest full of beer on July 3rd. I had a number to choose from when I enjoyed a few beers on July 4th, but Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout jumped to the top of the list. The beer has an alcohol content of 6% by volume and sold for $10.79 a six-pack. My cans are stamped 05/05/20 on the bottom which I assume is the date they were packaged.

Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout pours to a dark brownish black color with a thick tan head and a nose of bright blueberry fruit and rich maple. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body with a bit of malt but a lot more fresh fruit blueberry flavor. Just like a fresh handful of blueberries from my backyard, studded into a fresh pancake off the griddle. The maple flavors flow over it all, gently sweet, and the beer finishes drenched in semi-sweet, slightly sticky (but not cloying) maple syrup.

Saugatuck Blueberry Maple Stout is not really roasty stout-like as much as a theme beer, but this one delivers the theme and it is delicious. How to style it? You could call this a sweet stout, or a fruit beer, or a spiced beer (the maple). The blueberry stands o9ut most to me, so I will call this a fruit beer.

I made an excellent choice with this beer, and I will be on the lookout for more Saugatuck beers in the future.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, canned