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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

637 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 637
Hads: 1,656
Avg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 130
Gots: 195 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Tres Blueberry Stout is decent....I typically do not like fruity stouts but this one is good. The beer poured an opaque black with tan head that is not leaving a lace. The scent has roast and blueberry. The taste starts roasty and finishes with a blueberry zeal. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall its a stout worth trying.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with some deep brown highlights. Not much head retention. The beer smells strong of blueberries, with a roasted character that gets pushed to the background. Flavor is wonderful. Roasted dark malts with the addition of some sort of artificial blueberry flavor. I would be hard-pressed to believe this flavor was created by using actual blueberries. I also don't see that as a problem here, this finished product is truly an impressive one.

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Photo of DudMan
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/18/16 12 oz bottle. Pours dark black w chocolate one finger head. Little to no lacing. Smells of blueberries and chocolate. Tastes exactly the same as the smell with a roast malt finish. Slightly sweet. Nice mouthfeel. A great beer. Would be great with dessert.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color with a half finger mocha head. Practically no retention and also no lacing. Smell is amazing. Blueberry is definitely the star of the show, with a good deal of chocolate, a bit of coffee, and a hint of roasted malt. Taste is more balanced and still good, but the blueberry is a bit sweet and does not go well with the bitterness on the back end. Feel is full side of medium and slick, but feels sticky in the after taste. Overall a solid stout, but the sweetness from the blueberry is a bit much for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome!!! man, dark horse kills it in my limited experience, i love the innovation and execution intersection, its way northeast on the X Y grid of excellence. stunning. a rich dark velvety look to it, no light coming in, no blueberry color either, and a tall inch of head the color of breakfast tea with cream. great aromatic to it, like opening a fresh box of blueberry morning cereal, that old post creation from sometime in the 90s, with the tiny little dried blueberries in it. its true to the fruit, but like that dried wild thing, slight tang. some dark chocolate in nose and taste too, but its not overly cocoa laden or anything, the blueberry is surprisingly forward for how boldly flavored the base stout is. a little java roast in there, but the blueberry cuts both the burnt and the bitter, amazing how much fruit flavor is showing through. lovely stuff. smooth and creamy in feel, enough sweet and tang, but it finishes fluffy and bitter. awesome on the tongue even minutes after the swallow. carbonation is way high for the style, which i dig, and the 7.5% abv i think is spot on for whats all happening here. drinks a bit lighter than that. in love with this, wish i had a few more bottles, and that these guys would start sending some beer out to colorado! bangin, bangtastic, bangalicious

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from draft at Emil's on December 30, 2015. Look is black with a two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is blueberry, dark cocoa, smoke and dark roasted malt aromas. Taste is blueberry, bitter dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth sweet finish.

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Photo of redsahx
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This one was a pleasant surprise. Poured from a bottle. Pitch black with a slight mocha head. I thought I smelled smoke mixed with the blueberry. Sure enough, upon tasting, the smokiness stands out even more, which I like. Nice mix of slight blueberry sweetness giving way to a smokey finish. Reminds me of a well done smoked Porter with blueberry mixed in. I liked this even better than their smoked stout.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blueberry taste is subtle but adds a nice refreshing quality to the beer. It's a similar feel to what I got from Dragon's Milk with raspberry. Mouthfeel is solid and the normal roasty, malty characteristics of an imperial stout interact well with the fruit.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like others have said, immediately upon opening the bottle you smell the bluebery.

Pours pitch black with a light tan head.

Blueberry on the nose too, chocolate, roasted malts.

Medium mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation.. perfect if you ask me.

Faint blueberry sits nice in back of the roasted malts. It doesnt overpower. You can smell the blueberry in the burps as well, just being honest.

My first beer from Dark Horse. Ive been dying to try their beers and my local Yankee Spirits has most of their line. Looking forward to try more.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Another great stout from Dark Horse.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice thick jet black with a short but very creamy and lasting head. Still has a nice layer even when halfway finished. I wish I would have given it a more agressive pour but I'll know next time.

Big blueberry smell when first poured and I get more now and again when taking a sip. REALLY nice toasted malt and dark roast coffee taste but without any of the burnt flavor. Milky creamy mouthfeel but not gummy. This would probably pair great as a dessert beer with some good white chocolate. Really well balanced and flavorful. At 7.5 ABV it has a bit of a kick to it but still no alcohol taste. Bravo DH!

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Photo of marley2112
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As a stout, a nice creamy body with plenty of roasty goodness. Lots of nice blueberry in the aroma, but I was hoping for more of it to come through in the taste.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 2011325:
Pour is jet black with a somewhat deep tan head. Head ends up frothy and some lacing is present.
Nose upon opening the bottle is like blueberry pie. Sniffing closer to the glass I get more coffee porter notes in decent strength. I get muted blueberry in the background.

Initial tastes follow the closer nose, Porter/stout neutral coffee notes, maybe a light nuttiness. The blueberry hits softly in the end of the taste, and with more strength as the beer warms. Pretty light lingering unsweetened coffee/chocolate taste.
Light carbonation works for this beer. Tad watery and most of the flavor seems to run off my tongue.

Nice beer, nice American stout/porter (per my differentiation). Initially I was thinking the blueberry was barely a part of the beer. Definitely giving this a little warmth opened up some notes and allowed the beer to meld a little better.

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Photo of MNJR
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Underpinning the blueberry is a fine, sturdy stout. The color is opaque. The head is rich and clings to the glass like melted marshmallows. The flavor is rich and deep, a smoky, earthy stout with a hint of blackberry of brandy from the blueberries. Not too sweet. The flavor is sharp and crisp. The carbonation is a bit rough for a stout, but the overall flavor and quality of the beer is excellent. Very good.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours jet black, there is absolutely no light getting through this. Frothy mocha-brown head.
S- Blueberry, dark bready malt, smells of a slightly burnt blueberry muffin
T- Dark coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoky finish, the blueberry is almost non existent in the taste, but it does provide a slight tartness on the finish.
M- Creamy and smooth, full-bodied, low carbonation.
O- I'm wary when it comes to fruit in beer, but I decided to give this a shot and I'm glad I did. The blueberry is really only in the smell, which is phenomenal, and it actually fades after a few minutes. The slight tartness of the blueberry blends perfectly with the smokiness and roasted malts making this a great all around stout that offers something a bit different.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Jet black, motor oil look. Nice mocha head. Sexy looking beer.
Smell - Yep......blueberries! Roasted malts, some sweetness, coffee, chocolate
Taste - blueberry, tons of roasted notes, candied like sweetness, coffee and some chocolate.
Feel - Very smooth/silky mouthfeel

Overall - An interesting take on a stout. I enjoyed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a tulip at dad's house while watching Walking Dead upstairs.

L : Luscious dark motor oil colored body, with strikes of purple. The head is angry red as it forms, and then lightens to a shade of brown. It leaves sparse lacing up barely as it recedes.

S : Blueberries. Oh, the blueberries. With chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, and yeast...and a fine touch of alcohol.

T : Malty and large roasted notes to start, with a giant chocolate and coffee presence. Blueberries come later with the bitterness of a barely ripe one. Some fig notes and slight alcohol burn accompany this lovely assault. Finishes off with trailing bitter blueberry and roast malts.

F : Medium bodied with an emphasis on creaminess, propping it up just a bit. I could have done with a thicker feel, but it's adequate here. Mild carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O : Looking forward to the next 3 out of the pack in the days/weeks/months to come.

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Photo of cmf
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Comes out jet black, opaque and smelling like blueberries. Sweet blueberry aroma with some yeast. Aqueous mouthfeel, unlike a typical thick stout. Sweet malts mixed with the blueberry aroma. Overall the stout is a little sweet for me, a good desert beer.

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Photo of hardysf
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy head, tried to hard pour, oops. Smell was of light chocolate and a hint of blueberries. Smelled a little lackluster, expecting more. Taste was good. Chocolate, some roasted malts and a touch of blueberry. Dinged on mouthfeel as I thought this was thin. Not sticky at all, lacking a popping flavor to me.

Ok, but not dark horses finest beer.

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Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark black. The nose has a nice blueberry forward aroma followed by chocolate. The body has a really nice blend of blueberry front and chocolate back invoking a taste of chocolate covered blueberries. The bottle was very low carbed which worked very well with the beer. It gave it a very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, viscous with brown highlights and a brown sugar colored head that lingers and laces
S - Smells of blueberries and molasses
T - Smoky flavor with coffee and an umami, almost mushroomy note. Only a tiny hint of blueberry. Sophisticated flavors integrated nicely.
F - Strong, crisp carbonation but smooth and thick.

Excellent beer with complex flavors and nose, a thick mouthfeel and a beautiful brown head that turns heads. Smelling blueberries is better than drinking fakey blueberry beer, imho. Consequently, I'd say this is blueberry beer done the right way.

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a mild aroma of blueberries. Favor is a light roasted malt with an almost blueberry muffin like flavor. Drink is very smooth. Overall and inter straying stout

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Photo of Redrover
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap during my recent trip to Boston. I found it at the Parrish II on tap served in a standard pint.

The beer is jet black with s skim of brown head.

I can smell the blueberries while the beer is sitting at the bar.

I get an initial taste of blueberries quickly followed by lots of darkly roasted malts and a touch of brown sugar. The heavy roast adds a bit of bitterness which plays well with the blueberry notes. The berries emerge mid glass and in the aftertaste.

The mouth is medium and a bit chewy.

I liked this one a lot but it would be a once a night beer for me.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark stout with the smell of blueberries and chocolate. A faint whiff of alcohol in the nose. The taste is what was advertised in the smell. A nice chocolate malt taste with the blueberries and sweetness coming in the middle. The ending is a nice malty aftertaste with the perfect level of bitter hoppiness. This is an exquisitely balanced beer that reminds me of chocolate covered blueberries.

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Photo of justinp444
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a 2 inch caramel head with a black body. Smell is of blueberry compote, roasted malt, some earth, and caramel. Taste is nice roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, blueberries, and chocolate. It has a smooth moderate mouth feel with a full body.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Put this one in my basement about two and a half years ago and completely forgot about it until now. Waleeee, let's see what we get!

Look - Typical thick, deep black body with a half inch of tan head. Leaves a faitr amount of lacing as it goes down.

Smell - The blueberries are surely prevelant in this one, almost like fresh pancakes of the like. Not picking up much in the way of coffee or anything roasted, though a faint hit of toast lies on the end.

Taste - Nowwwww we're getting to the stout in this stout. Nice and roasted on the forefront leading to a medium smack of blueberry with a tinge of sweetness.

Feel - Sits nicely, though a bit bubbly for the style.

Overall - A tasty, easy drinker with mostly typical stout qualities. Give it a shot next winter.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.