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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,499 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

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Ratings: 1,499 | Reviews: 615
Photo of bnes09
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blueberry notes blend well with the roasted character in the aroma a flavor. Adds a nice, balanced sweetness and depth to the beer. Very well done fruited stout.

Photo of BrentLepping
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a little shocked that this beer isn't more highly regarded.

Yeah, it's not some amped-up Imperial Stout and it hasn't been aged in any spirit barrels, but the base stout itself is fantastic (a perfect blend of roastiness with hints of dark chocolate malt, coffee and raisins) and the blueberry addition is perfectly crafted.

I love this beer and for $11 a 4-pack, it cannot be beat.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blueberries add a nice subtle touch to the aroma and taste of this stout. Feel is nice as well. Enjoyable . . . Try it.

Photo of Bone53
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black pour with a two finger brown head

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee, hints of blueberry, lactose although im not sure if theres any in here. I get a wonderful whiff of the blueberry as i swirl the glass

Taste : I mostly get milk chocolate, roasted malts, ever so slight coffee, and that lactose i picked up on the nose, but there is definitely subtle artificial blueberry notes throughout that almost ruins it for me (but not quite). Weird aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, but almost too light for the style. Goes down smooth with slight bitterness

Overeall: This is definitely a different take on a stout. Its decently good. I enjoy that its not a blueberry bomb and that the stout flavors can meld with it. There is some sort of subtle off flavor i get however, perhaps from the artificial flavoring. I also get a sense of lactose on the finish that is odd to me becuase i dont think its a milk stout. For me the aftertaste is the biggest negative to this beer. All in all worth checking out as a fun beer, but its a one and done for me.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty, fruity, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of blueberries and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses, vanilla, and cream. Huge scent of blueberries throughout. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, and prune. A very solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, roasty, and fruity dark malt forward taste with big notes of blueberries and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with some good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, burnt toast, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Good taste of sweet blueberries along with some sweet notes of molasses, cream, and vanilla. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, and prune. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty juicy. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Stout. The blueberries add a nice fruity kick without making things overly sweet. Solid chocolate malt notes.

Photo of BigCheese
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Salty Pig.

Pours a motor oil black with a cardboard colored head.

Smell is a mix of blueberry and roasted chocolaty malts.

Taste is a great balance of roasted bitter sweet coco, espresso, with hints of blueberry. It manages to mantain some of the tartness/bittenress of the blueberries that nicely contrasts the malty sweetness. Flavors are really nicely balanced, when I ordered this I was afraid it would have too much blueberry. The flavor is definitely there, but it doesnt overwhelm. ABV is well masked.

I endorse this beer!

Photo of KillerJigger
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smell was great! A bit thin for my liking.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black petroleum in a glass with just a sliver of caramel head.

Smell is overwhelmingly blueberry to the exclusion of everything else, except a hint of roasted barley in the finish.

Taste is more subtle and refined than the aroma. The fruit presence is clear, but not sweet, as if the blueberry is only a ghost that lingers from beginning until long after the beer is finished. Some roasted barley qualities also round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. Medium thickness with perhaps too much carbonation... I wish this beer was thicker and smoother

Overall, a nice sipper for a cold day, that reminds of summer but is thoroughly imbued with the essence of winter

Photo of Brian44Les
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh not my type of beer, but that doesn't mean it's not a 10/10 for someone else

Photo of Bobsbigbeershow
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very tasty stout, but don't be intimidated by the addition of blueberry. The fruit adds very mild undertones, not at all overpowering.

Photo of snoopy5023
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The blueberries gives the look a darkish purple, kinda sexy, ha. The smell is not over powering, mild one can say. It is kind of sweet for stout, but not all that bad. It feels light on the tongue, however, it is very easy to swallow. Overall, this is one of those stouts that you can get sexy with your woman with. Not too boozy, yet not too overpowering either. Would I buy it again, yes.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into stout glass. Very dark brownand opaque. Half finger of tan head that settles to a ring. Aroma is roasty with clear but not overpowering blueberry. Also, there is dark roast coffee and a little alcohol. Taste is initially roast coffee and dark cocoa bitterness with blueberry and chocolate sweetness. Medium-full body, creamy and a bit oily in texture, low carbonation, lingering berry sweetness on the finish.

Photo of MaximalC
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours forth from the bottle a rich, dark, chestnut color, precipitating nearly an inch of fluffy, mocha foam--excellent presentation. The aroma smells distinctly of roasted malt, peat, and salted caramel. Hints of blueberry tickle the senses just prior to imbibing.

The taste is milder than the aroma would suggest, with roasted malt and a surprisingly appreciable dose of authentic blueberry. It’s not especially complex, which is fine, because it would appear to hit its mark regardless. Shades of peat peek through on the back end once the blueberry has subsided. The mouthfeel is quite prickly and exceedingly dry, probably due to the high carbonation and untempered roastiness. The 7.5% ABV is virtually invisible. The body is a little lighter than I prefer for a stout, but not unheard of.

Overall, this is a solid stout with a twist, for those times when you’re in the mood for something a little different. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I have no real complaints, either.

Photo of teromous
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a very viscous pour as it forms an oily black body with a thick dark brown head that looks very nice but fades out to a thin layer leaving no lacing.

Aroma: I can smell a roasted aroma from about a foot and a half away from the glass. On closer approach I get a roasted coffee-like aroma. There is a berry aroma to the beer after pulling the glass away. I wouldn't be able to identify it as blueberry without reading the label.

Taste: Roasted flavors here; some dark roast coffee and a high cocoa content bakers chcolate. I don't pickup blueberry while actually drinking the beer. My burps taste a bit like blueberries but that's a stretch...

Mouthfeel: It has a nice thick mouthfeel. It is easy to drink.

Overall: A good stout, but I wouldn't call it a blueberry stout. Skip it if you are looking for something that has blueberry flavor. I didn't expect this thing to taste like Kool-aid or anything...but some blueberry flavor would have been nice.

Photo of gillagorilla
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (353-13 5148-51, so just a bit over a year old)

A: Pitch black with a small mocha head and a miniscule collar. Almost no lacing.
S: Smells deliciously of sweet malts. Touch of fruitiness in there of blueberries.
T: Reminds me of a bad craft soda. Seems like artificial blueberry. I don't know if the blueberry kills the stout, but the base stout doesn't really seem like good itself.
M: Weird strong carbonation that is like a fresh craft soda.
O: Just not good. Really weird.

Photo of mschantz
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep opaque black with just a skin of head. Nose is dominated by smoke and roast but the berry is clearly present. Flavor is dry and smokey with a bit of berry sweetness balancing. Palate was exceptionly clean even all these big flavors.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its was good, but the blueberry taste was real fake

Photo of AllDayAdams
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer last night and when I first opened the beer the blueberry smell was strong. Not a bad beer but I was thinking the blueberry taste should have been a little stronger..

Photo of wiseguywood
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It isn't bad, enjoy the blueberry, but this combo could be better. Nice try Dark Horse.

Photo of shundahai
2.67/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't have a great analysis here. I just didn't enjoy the flavor of the beer.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

thin, artificial blueberry flavor and generally not very good

Photo of oldmankoch
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty descent "fruit" stout. It lacks for lacing and is really thin which is a shame; however, it smells like a proper stout with dark chocolate, oak, char, and malt with a hint of blueberries. Taste is similar with the blueberries amping up the dark fruit on the palate.

Photo of mazo
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent thick brown head. Nice sweet smell. Good stout texture. Not quite as thick as I like my stout but damn good. Would definitely consider buying this to share with friends who like something different to try! Not what I'd buy a case of to knock back at home by myself. But still a great beer. For me it's a winter beer. Not a hot hard day at work beer.

Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

I'm actually enjoying one right now... I love the smell and color... definitely blueberry... nice change from all the raspberry beer's... a BA version would be probably really good...

Photo of dorlandenator
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Desert in a bottle. Tastes so good, but having more than two isn't recommended. Kind of like a brownie - you can have too much a good thing.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.