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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

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very good

1,176 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1176
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really nice, light tasting, stout. Mild amounts of blueberry flavors. Mild alcohol presence. Medium amount of sweetness. But so well balanced that it just drinks so well. To me, not as full bodied as it claims, but that's ok. It's nice to have a light, fruity stout that goes down smoothly. My second beer (regular Pt5 was the first) from this brewery. And I'm not disappointed so far. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 15:50:31 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a stone snifter.

Looks thin, but has rather low ABV for a stout so that is understandable. Has a good smell - nice roasty notes, with some light chocolate and lots blueberry. Taste has less blueberry than the nose but it still very present and makes for a solid brew. Fairly well balanced but needs a little more body IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:33:48 | More by hops202
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours dark black, opaque, with a 2 inch light mocha colored head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells include chocolate, roasted malt, and blueberries.

This stout has a wonderful dry roasted malt flavor, with lots of bitter dark chocolate. The blueberries are subtle and not overpowering, providing a little bit of sweetness and very mild tartness. Even without the blueberries, this would be an outstanding stout- the roasted character is perfect. The blueberry flavor and aroma get stronger and sweeter as the beer warms, without ever getting cloying.

Medium to full body, very drinkable, scary drinkable, actually. No alcohol presence.

An amazing stout, Dark Horse continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:31:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of elNopalero


4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color with cocoa colored creamy foam that creates a thick layer lasting on end.

It's an understated blueberry aroma that pairs well with the stout’s pronounced roastiness.

Rather than being a sweet milk stout this is dry and roasty, robust with an understated blueberry note.

Terrifically enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:41:00 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Freshie


3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

...And I'm back.

A - Dark as night with thin wispy caramel head.

S - The fruit comes across on the aroma, with usual stout notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Carbonation is sharp and fruit taste mixes well with hops. Back of the palate is where a lot of the earthy malt and chocolate notes take shape.

M - A bit oily, but still clean on the back end.

A good take on a classic style, might be worth a new look when the season warms up. Think summer bbq at night or bonfire on the beach!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:06:54 | More by Freshie
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter. As a brewer I understand the complexity of fruit incorporation to any type of beer, let alone the incorporation of blue berries into a stout. Total blueberry and coffee roast, along with a subtle sweetness from a light? lactose addition. Medium body, with a nice chocolaty roast finish. Carbs fill the gap...Nice job guys!! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:03:48 | More by Jaxbrew
Photo of Alextricity


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2nd and poured March 20th. $2.19 single.

Appearance: Pitch black with a seriously dark brown head that goes down quickly and leaves a small film on top of the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Welp, roast and blueberry. Dark chocolate covered blueberry kind of vibe, but with coffee in there as well. Pleasant to my nose holes. It doesn't smell like a burst of blueberries all over the place, but it's clearly there and not in an overbearing fashion.

Taste/feel: First thing I notice without a doubt is the body on this beer -- quite full with only a mildly prickly carbonation on it. The blueberry and other stouty characteristics work incredibly well together. There's a sweet, slightly sour blueberry character, and then the roasted bitterness. Rather than dominate the beer, the blueberry compliments it very nicely without becoming too much. The blueberry is implemented very well in Tres, and Bell's Cherry Stout is looking quite a bit less appetizing (if that's even possible for some people) after having this. The sweetness and sour/tanginess from the blueberries in this beer doesn't leave an unappealing, artificial sort of aftertaste that Bell's Cherry Stout does. The aftertaste is very mildly bitter with a blueberry flavor. As a whole, this isn't a bitter beer much at all, thanks to the blueberries. There's a slight bit of it from the roasted malt, which is to be expected, but it's nicely balanced overall. As for the alcohol, not noticeable at all in any way.

One of my new favorites from Dark Horse. It's not often you see a fruit infused stout turn out to be as tasty as this one is. Again, the blueberry is there to accent this beer -- not turn it into fruit juice. If I had any complaint, it'd be that I'd like it to be a bit more bold on the flavor. More blueberry and more roasty depth. This stuff tastes great as it is, but uhm... maybe an Imperial version, Dark Horse? Just a thought. Definitely try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 19:11:11 | More by Alextricity
Photo of ONUMello


3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black but only a 1/2-finger head that disappeared almost immediately
S: The blueberry notes certainly come front and center. Coffee underneath that, but not a lot else. Not a common combination but it works
T: The coffee comes through more here, the blueberry less but again it's a fairly tasty combo, I just wish there was more complexity
M: Medium-bodied
O: Overall my only complaint is not much complexity, though overall this is very tasty. I'd love to bake this into a dessert with blueberries

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:27:02 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Roasty, chocolaty aroma with a solid blueberry presence. Also some caramel.

T- The dark roast is the main player in the flavor with the blueberry complementing nicely and bringing a good sweetness to the table. Alcohol is very well hidden creating a smooth drink that has me coming back for more and more sips.

M- Semi-creamy and viscous with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Though I like Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry just a tad better, this is a very well done blueberry stout with balanced flavors, a soft mouthfeel and enticing aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:49:15 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Copernicandream


4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz snifter. This is the second time I've had this, I wasn't a fan of the first but something about the subtle REAL blueberry flavor has me at epiphany.

A: Dark black with two fingers of frothy dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Blueberry, not juice but real fruit. Roasted malt - chocolate/coffee.

T: Blueberry on the front end, fading into a melody of rich toasted malt. The blueberry flavor is much more subtle than the smell. Its a little different than the native fruit, as if slightly dessicated - imagine a blueberry raisin, as if they were left in the sun after being picked.

M: Moderate, smooth, creamy. I think the addition of the fruit may have watered down the recipe minimally.

O: Always try a beer twice. I was unhappy with the amount of blueberry on my first try - I guess I was expecting a fruit beer. This is a stout with a blueberry aroma and maybe some flavor in that first sip of head. I will be picking up another 4 pk if I see one still on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:42:41 | More by Copernicandream
Photo of ToddHolder


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Global Brew. Huge aroma of blueberry muffins, jet black with minimal head. Surprisingly not as much blueberry when tasted. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt with subtle blueberry. Not thick or syrupy, rather smooth mouthfeel with a nice finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 17:15:29 | More by ToddHolder
Photo of Jho3325


4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A. Pours pitch black with moderate mocha colored head that dissipates quickly.

S. This beer smells fantastic. You immediately get hit with the blueberry notes -even before I started the pour the blueberry was quite noticeable. There is an underlying coffee and roasts smell as well.

T. Upfront it is all blueberry but not in a synthetic or overly sweet way. The coffee and roasted malted notes come through on the finish. A hint of blueberry marks the aftertaste.

M. Very smooth, but a touch watery. However, it does not detract from the experience.

O. This is a solid stout that allows the blueberry to shine without the overly sweet or a fake blueberry taste. I was not sure how the blueberry would blend with the coffee and roasted notes, but it holds up nicely without making it candy.

Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:41:51 | More by Jho3325
Photo of BradC


4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark and black with a light tan head out of a 12 oz bottle

Smells of dark chocolate, blueberries, coffee

Tastes of chocolate, blueberry is there with some burnt coffee and a slight hop bitterness

Full bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation

Great fruit stout, the blueberry goes great with the with dark grains. Will definitely look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:45:26 | More by BradC
Photo of tomgetz


4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap in snifter glass.

A: Deep, dark black with a beautiful tan head.

S: Malts of a stout with a hint of sweetness.

T: Initially, there is a deep, dark stout taste. Finishes with a pleasant, slightly sweet blueberry taste.

M: Full bodied.

O: This is a terrific stout. Unique with the addition of blueberries.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 03:14:23 | More by tomgetz
Photo of KYGunner


4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black and opaque this had a deeply brown head that built itself thickly but disappated just as fast.

The scent is beautifully structured with blueberry sweetness and coffee dryness. Blueberry coffee anyone?

The flavor is very nice with a dry coffee, roasted grain, chocolate malt, and blueberry muffin.

The feel is dry yet sprite with an easy smoothness.

This may be the best fruit stout I've had. It manages to mix disparate concepts, fruit sweetness and stout roast. The blueberry comes out more bready as a muffin but that seems to work with the overall stout properties.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:55:03 | More by KYGunner
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark and opaque with two fingers of dark head. I get lots of blueberries on the nose. They mix with the roasty notes and produce a fairly unique aroma.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm feel and a flavor that demands explaining. Up front, there is a nice malty sweetness and a slight tart note from the blueberries. The flavors kind of die a bit just shy of mid-palate, then the roasty notes come in and complement the other flavors. The blueberries linger a little on the finish along with a faint coffee-like roasty bitterness.

My scores are probably a bit lower then they should be simply because I don't care all that much for blueberries. That said, the fact that my scores are as high as they are is indicative of the quality of this beer. The sweet, roasty, and tart flavors defy logic and actually come together to make a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 23:45:28 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Mullinger1980


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

I will review this in the form of a poem , as I sit in my robe by a roaring fire. My dog Boo-Boo, who sits by my side through thick and thin agrees with this review. The poem is entitled "My Boo Love the Blue, But Where is the Blue?"

A deep mahogany lace caresses the inside of my beer-clean glass.
Floppy ears and pink bows lay up against my ass
As I hold you to the light, colorful whispers of onyx and freshly cooled obsidian tickle my pupils
As I hold you to my lips, my erection quadruples
I smell you blueberries, but only a little and like my drunk father
You don't write... or bother
You remind me of mom, 'cause you said you'd be there
And just like the blueberries, you never cared
So good job because I'll just be a stout
And the other flavors will laugh, because I'll always be without

So what I'm trying to say is it's light on the blueberries but I'll be ok. Boo-Boo says hi.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 22:42:26 | More by Mullinger1980
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is wonderful. I find myself lost in the beer isle of my local liquor store. I see this 4 pack and it calls out to me. (I always wait for one to do that to me) Ive had this beer again and again, over the years. Ill agree with some other posts I have seen, as the head does not have very good retention, but when it is there is has a nice red color. This beer is pitch black and oily. It has the most wonderful aroma of blueberries and smokey malts. Dark Horse makes a fantastic stout, Ive had them all, but this one is my favorite. If there wasnt blueberries in it and it was just a little thicker, this would be a perfect regular stout. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is the slightest bite, which I figure comes from the fruit. While the taste is definitely not what you would expect, and I only say that because you would think Blueberry would be most prominent, which it is not, the rest of the smell meets taste in perfect symmetry. The mouth feel is watery for a stout of this ABV, but it is almost chewy, which I like. This is art in my opinion, and its relatively cheap, in my opinion, for a beer of this quality. Id love to have this on tap. I recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 07:26:38 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of Brandegee


3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour into wide-mouthed tulip goblet...sampled directly following One Oatmeal Stout and Too Cream Stout. Over time, of course.
A: Very similar to One and Too, with a thick, inky pour and healthy chocolate brown head that fades away quickly.
S: Pretty much all blueberry, and a sharp smell at that, almost artificial like Booberry cereal. Somehow it's not that objectionable and begs a sip.
T: Ah, we are getting closer. The Oatmeal didn't work and the Cream got much closer, but this style of stout is working despite a heavy blueberry aroma. The sweet berry flavor itself is subtle and matched by assertive toasted/chocolate malt flavors.
M: This is probably obvious to most, but I'm fairly convinced Dark Horse is using the same basic recipe and tweaking it for the four styles. The same carbonation is level is present and the undertones are similar.
O: I'll take a blueberry stout over a generic blueberry APA any day. The flavor is just much more suitable to a thick, dark beer and this one is pleasant and distinctive, and is a nice alternative to spiced winter ales. Alcohol and antioxidants? Sure!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:11:36 | More by Brandegee
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with a beautiful label. Very classy artwork. Can't think of a better label for a Blueberry Stout. Poured into a Standard American pint glass.

A - black on the pour with the darkest of ruby gleaming through the bottom corners when held to the light. Brown head had some very impressive size on the pour. Sits very well, finally leaving a fairly fluffy ring of lace leaving some stick to the walls of the glass.

S - big blueberry whiff up front followed by blueberry underlying classic American stout aromas. Bittersweet chocolate and dark malts with the faintest of black coffee and expresso. Very delicious dessert like aroma.

T - I'm not a big blueberry kind of person. Not in beer anyway. But this flavor is about as good as one could get. Nice shot of blueberry sweetness up front followed once again by sturdy but traditional American stout flavors. Rich milk chocolate sweetness with bold dark chocolate bitterness. Excellent dark malt character with a hint of roast. Light hint of black coffee bean before a malty finish. The real gem with Tres is its ability to get the blueberry across up front and continue the semi candy tart throughout without taking anything away from its classic stout style.

M - medium bodied and nice texture. Just enough thickness to keep a real deal smoothness. The blueberry really adds to that smooth character. This is one anyone could drink. It's super smooth.

O - Tres Blueberry is just delicious. It would be a very good stout without the addition of blueberry. But by adding it they've created a ridiculously smooth bodied stout without really even needing a thicker texture. This stout gets its blueberry notes across but takes nothing away from the stout experience itself. Maybe one of the better examples of pulling a bold stout off.'most overdue the fruit. This has a slap of fruit while still delivering a true American Stout. This is a true classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 15:45:27 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of Stevedore


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 326-13 Julian date. Poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet today, 12/29/2013. Third of the Dark Horse series of stouts.

Pours a beautiful dark black body, a bit oily, not super viscous as is the story with the earlier 2. Comes with a lovely dark brown/mocha head with 2 fingers' worth, good retention, leaving a decent-sized collar and a thin film covering the top of the beer. Looks exactly just like the others.

This beer smells like a blueberry bomb. It's fantastic and complements the underlying malts well- a small bit of roast, a good bit of milk chocolate sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness, and hints of espresso. But the blueberry steals the show. Phenomenal and so delicious to sniff.

The flavour profile doesn't live up to the smell, but that's okay. In the beginning, there is a bit of a faint chocolatey roast malt presence, kind of watered down but it's there. And in the middle, a ton of straight up blueberry jam, which is awesome. And it finishes with a brief hint of chocolate covered blueberries which fades into an earthy, roasty coffee bitterness. Very interesting, though the profile doesn't quite come together quite as seamlessly as I'd like.

Same story as with the Too Cream Stout- medium bodied, a bit watery. Aftertaste is a earthy black coffee bitterness. Nothing super special, but solidly drinkable.

Very great smelling beer, showcases the blueberries quite well. Somewhat the same for the flavour, though it could be executed a little bit better. I'm not going to complain that much just because this beer smells so damn good. As far as I know there aren't a lot of blueberry stouts out there, so this one is at least unique and interesting. I still prefer One Oatmeal to this, but this one I'll certainly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:31:10 | More by Stevedore
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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours ink black, dark tan head is a quarter inch thick, dissipates to a film and then nothing.

Smells of blueberries and blueberry muffins along with a hint of brown sugar.

Tastes of light cocoa, brown sugar, blueberry muffins, and a bit of oak.

Full viscous body with velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very enjoyable stout that perfectly integrates enjoyable blueberry flavors. An excellent and unique stout that is well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:17:24 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Pencible


4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of dark tan head.
S: It smelled like died blueberries and dark chocolate, with some coffee and cream.
T: It tasted like sweet blueberries and bitter dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee and cream. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a very nice blueberry stout. The scent and taste were simple but delicious. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth so it was easy to drink. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:22:40 | More by Pencible
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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. A dark stout labelled as a blueberry with an actual honest-to-goodness blueberry taste. DH really pulled off a feat with this issue. Tough to combine a good stout taste with a blueberry flavor without one drowning the other but the balance is remarkable here. Drink it if you like a stout or drink it if you like blueberry but if you like both then this is a must-have.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 12:59:35 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with no light seeping through, dark brown foamy head eventually completely reduces, leaving just a ring

S- wow, the first thing that I thought of was a chocolate blueberry muffin (if there is such a thing). Fresh blueberry juice with melted chocolate, some dried fig & caramel, underlying tones of coffee, very interesting

T- dark fruity malt flavors up front with toffee-like sweetness, the blueberry kicks in mid-palate and pairs nicely with some chocolaty notes, lingers of fresh coffee with a dry finish and more chocolate

M- medium body with lively carbonation produce a big foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- my first blueberry stout, and one that I would try again. Loved the aroma and the blueberry worked nicely with the chocolaty malt

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:30:42 | More by Treyliff
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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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