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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,506 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 617
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 121
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Ratings: 1,506 | Reviews: 617
Reviews by Buddha22:
Photo of Buddha22
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Great black color With nice tan head. The lacing is decent around the glass. Tres blueberry = very blueberry in the nose that accompanies the roasted malts nicely and hints of chocolate come through the nose also. Taste is chocolate and blueberry mixture with a little hop bitterness on the back end, but very faint. Medium to full bodied. Decent drinkability.

Overall I like how Dark Horse worked the blueberry into this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very, very dark brown - let's just call it black, pretty thick looking with a nice, creamy and frothy leather-tan head that perches and doesn't go anywhere for a while. Nice retention, and even a few spots of dripping lace - very nice looking stout, right here.

Would you be surprised if I told you this beer smells like blueberries? Probably not. But it does. It's got a very dense and sweet blueberry aroma that piles high - it doesn't taste as authentic as I was hoping, though. The blueberry aroma is more like a blueberry syrup or a blueberry concentrate than an actual blueberry. Nitpicking much? Nevertheless, it still smells nice, and I'm a big fan of blueberries. Some light fudgy, dark chocolate notes play around in the back, but tremble in the shadow of the blue fruit.

The body is a tad thinner than expected, especially given the thick looking pour and the "glorping" noise this beer makes as I swirl the glass. Blueberry overtones are cast throughout the entire sip. Filling in the spaces are some deep, bittersweet fudge and very mild coffee notes. The malt itself has a large roastiness to it, adding some bitterness to the mix as well. There is certainly a notable hop presence here, being mostly leafy and herbal.

The blueberry comes out more and more as the beer warms up, until it becomes mainly dominant with blueberries. But then again, what else would you expect from a blueberry stout? There is a nice contrast between the sweetness from the blueberries and the bitterness from the roasted malts and hops. Once this beer gets near room temp, however, the blueberries dominate and the sweetness comes alive even more. Aftertaste is filled with more berries and a heavy coating of thick, dark fudge as well.

Drinkable and overall pretty tasty. Nice fruit addition without being too gimmicky or played out. Blueberry might be a little too much as this one approaches warmer temps, though. Although I still don't know how I feel about fruity stouts - this one may make a believer out of certain skeptics.

Photo of jewski
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into a 16oz. pint glass.

Dark brown, nearly black with a thick brown head. Strong smell of blueberries and faintly of chocolate malts and coffee. The smell is scares me into thinking this will be a lot of blueberries and not much else to back it up.

Flavor is about 180 degrees away from the smell. First flavor that comes through is a light blueberry tartness followed by a heavy chocolate and coffee stout taste with a nice roasted mocha finish. Blueberry flavor is very subtle and make a solid stout all the more interesting.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin compared to the robust flavor. Drinkability is good for a nice roasty stout.

Photo of tomgetz
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of brown head. Head has good persistence.

S - Definitely a good blueberry presence to go with roasted malts and hints of coffee.

T - This works surprisingly well, with blueberries and chocolate with a faint coffee presence. Nice.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a great level of carbonation.

O - I liked this more than I was expecting to for a fruit complemented stout. Dark Horse makes some very good stouts and this is no exception.

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

A great example of Extreme Beer, simply thinking outside the box. Take a stout and add fruit to it, yeah its been done before but its still extreme. Killer, this stout is BLACK ... nothing off of the edges when put to the light. Black. Thick cropping of brown lace sticks to the glass quite well. Lots of blueberry in the aroma with layers of underneath of dark chocolate, hints of smoked charcoal, French Roast coffee and carob powder. Semi-creamy medium body, deep smoothness is pleasing to the palate. Mellow but very present blueberry flavor in the middle with some malt sweetness. Malt flavors run quick from mild caramel to a solid roasted grain. Hop bitterness is held to a minimum which is best because the roasted flavors do a fine job at balancing. Sweet finish.

While I am not a fruit beer nut I do enjoy a well crafted one, Dark Horse gets it right here with a great balance of sweet to roast and enough blueberry to go around with out being overkill.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a jet black body with a small light brown head that scatters some small wisps of lace. Bold aroma boasts blueberry puree and milk chocolate. Nice! Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Taste has subdued roasty malt notes of light coffee and chocolate kissed by a fresh blueberry puree. Very interesting, but it works quite well. The blueberry flavor is subtle and integrates very well into the stout's roasty character. An excellent fruit stout.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, viscous with a full finger of cocoa-colored head that disappears as quickly as it forms.
Tight, thin lacing remains as I work my way thru this brew.
Rich aroma...blueberry syrup, chocolate, and a small dose of alcohol.
Taste is one serious stout...roasted malt, dark chocolate, a small amount of blueberries, seeming to add the only sweetness to this one. Very dry in the finish...an almost burnt quality lingers on the pallet, but in a good way. Not detecting the alcohol my nose encountered.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied and the carbonation is where I enjoy it...not sure of the abv, but this is a dessert beer for me. Not one I'd enjoy more than a couple pints...man, having this on tap would be glorious.
Another fine brew from the folks at Dark Horse.

Photo of codysjb
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS sniffer
A: Pours a Black body with a Brown head that dissipates quickly
S: Coffee, smoke, stout flavor with some minor blueberry notes. As it warmed up the blueberry became more prevalent and the smoke faded away.
T: Weird at first with some blueberry but more smoke BBQ flavor. As it got warmed this switched around.
M: Full blueberry flavor, little smoke.
O: Interesting, very unique and it changed a lot depending on the temperature of the beer. A lot going on but it wasn’t all balanced. Still good but not Dark Horse’s most impressive beer. B/B+ beer.

Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: blueberry, dark coffee roast, and some cream

Taste: bitter coffee that turns to dark chocolate and blueberry

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy body, sweetish start with a bitterness in the middle that turns sweet to the end, medium carbonation

Drinkability: Wow I really like this beer. The blueberry really goes well with the roastiness of the stout. The blueberry tastes natural and not syrupy--yet the beeriness is still there. Could have several. New favorite from the brewery.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a touch of blueberries. There is not as much fruit in the aroma as I expected. The flavor is different, as the fruit is much more apparent. I get a lot of blueberry character as well as some roasted malt and a touch of smoke. The beer has a slight medicinal tastes, but it works OK in this beer. There is a strong, lingering blueberry aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blueberries on the nose, allthough my wife swears she smells only black licorice, and tastes only black licorice. Taste is all blueberry up front (to me), coffee after i've swallowed. The after taste is better for me then the in my mouth taste. The taste transition from blueberry to coffee is pretty cool though. Very different. much sweeter than i like from a stout. Something that any stout lover should try at least once based purely upon the peculiararity of it, allthough once was enough for me.

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial thick purplish-tan head, leaving a thin line behind.

Smell: Dry roasted malts with chocolate, licorice, molasses and coffee. Just a titch of blueberry in the aroma.

Taste: Wow, what a great mix of flavors. Starts off with mostly dried out roasted malts of chocolate, molasses and licorice. Then ends with an odd but delicious & enticing mix of bitter coffee and sweet & tart blueberry. The blueberry becomes a lot more noticeable as it warms.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, pretty creamy body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Never would have guessed that blueberry and a stout would go so well together. Just fantastic.

Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, joshrosborne!

Black throughout and a small dark brown head that eventually leaves no lacing down the glass, surprisingly. The beer looks thick and appropriate.

The aroma does get better and better as it comes to room temperature. When cooler, it had quite a bit of mineral and artificial fruit flavor. As it nears room temperature, a nice chocolate covered blueberry and roast aroma appears.

The flavor is nice, with more and more blueberry presenting next to the chocolate and roast flavors as the beer comes to temperature.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A nice specialty stout, and fairly well done, but I see no need to revisit a blueberry stout.

Photo of boatshoes
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up down at From the Vine in Columbus. I'm a fan of Dark Horse and was excited to give it a shot, the first in the series that I've tried.

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with a surprisingly large finger and a half or so of dark brown head sitting on top. Dies back in short order leaving a thin coating across the top of the beer.

Smell- Very interesting nose. Lots of rich roasted malts and bitter chocolate in particular. Some burnt dark roast coffee in the background as well. However, the most unique element of the nose is the blueberry, which shows through subtly and really smells of fresh blueberry skins.

Taste- Huge notes of bitter dark chocolate and rich French roast come across first. A bold and tasty stout for that along, but again the most interesting part of the flavor profile is that subtle undertone of blueberry skins. It adds just the slightest fruity tartness to the finish on the beer and makes it quite unique.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is big, rich and well carbonated and the flavor profile has just the right amount of complexity for the ABV to make this very sessionable.

Overall, a very interesting and well integrated stout. I liked the addition of blueberry and look forward to trying more of the stouts in the series. Recommended.

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 Doc_Hops
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Tres Blueberry pours BLACK- a jet black color with absolutely no light passing through, not even on the edges of the glass. The head is booming at first and then slowly retreats to a thin layer.

S- Lots of roasted malt in the beginning giving way to some sweet blueberry notes. It actually smells like a blueberry pie that has burnt crust.

T- Malt definitely dominates the palate. Lots of burnt/ roasted notes but the underlying sweetness definitely comes from the blueberries. Somewhat dry finish on the back end with a lingering aftertaste that is all dark fruit.

M- Good, full bodied beer here. It's silky, perfect for the style and somewhat high in alcohol but you would not know it based on the mouthfeel.

O- quite a tasty brew. It's got everything you would look for in an American Stout with some nice fruit notes. It's very smooth and fairly easy to drink. This brewery is definitely on the rise for me and I cannot wait to try more of their stuff.

Serving Type- 12oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Thanks for reading.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, it was a brief reprieve from a big ipa tailgating day at the ballpark . . .

A good dark cola appearance, little carbonation. Blueberry aroma abound.

Dry taste, but without bitterness or hopping usually. The roast from the malt has a little too much contribution though. Once you get accustomed to it, it approaches a smooth mouthfeel. Not a thick sludge stout by any means. A great palate cleanser relatively speaking (as long as you aren't drinking other fruit beers I guess). Minimal coffee feel. Not overly sweet like bad fruit beers. Still tastes like beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Smokin' Joe's this beer was amazing, dark roasted malts bring out that dark chocolate/slight coffee hint. As the nose opens up you realize there's a nice earthy blueberry character taking hold, low alcohol minimalizes interference from other flavors. Overall you take the first sip and you realize dark roasted malts/creaminess/blueberry all at once almost overwhelming but excessently awesome version of a fruit stout. I will grab a four pack when available in OH, but this version on tap at Smokin' Joe's was my beer of the night. Mouthfeel was creamy alcohol was smooth or non-existent on the palate, excellent version of a great beer. Drinkability overall was Class A, the type of beer I want to experience again and again from today's craft brewing industry...you can just tell this beer is labor intensive.

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Fat Cat pint glass. The bottom of the empty bottle was black due to a layer of sediment.

A: Pours opaque and black with a small, creamy, light brown head that is quite durable. Full coats of lacing are left behind after each tilt of the glass.

Aroma: Dark roasted grains; baked blueberries; blueberry syrup; coffee; dark chocolate.

Taste: Blueberry and dark roasted grains of about equal strength complement each other. This stout has a light and well-chosen sweetness despite dark chocolate and coffee notes. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Feel: Creamy and full body with soft medium-low carbonation.

O: Not quite as delicious as Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry, this flavorful stout does have an ample blueberry component, an appealing aroma, and nicely balanced flavors.

Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge on 10/30/08

Pours black with a finger of tan.

I smell loads of blueberries with coffee and chocolate. That's all you need as that was what was promised.

Tastes the same without being overly sweet. I find this absolutely delectable albeit one glass of this is more than enough.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black inky body with a thick dark tan head that boils with tiny bubbles and then settles to a smooth cream head that last pretty long. This beer is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft dark roasted malt aroma with a soft hint of dried blueberries in the background.

T- This beer has a dark dry black roasted malt flavor with a slight chalky note and a finish of tart blueberries. There is a soft dark caramel malt flavor as it warms and a soft maple syrup note when it is warm.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- There is not much depth or complexity to this beer and the odd flavor of blueberries taste more like an off flavor that a compliment to the stout.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a heavier viscosity than I expect, extremely thick and very much black with medium brown edges. The brown head almost reaches one finger and has a spritzy sort of look. It stays for a little bit before it fades, and it doesn't have a whole lot of stick to it, leaving some spotty lacing in moderation.
As with the entire lineup, roast is the main component, but in the aroma the blueberrry comes out nicely. There's a little wood as well.
Roast is heavy, along with an element of charred wood. There's also a hint of bittersweet cocoa. All of this is over the blueberry, and the one thing about a beer like this is that I want it to come out strongly and be a forward aspect. Blueberry can certainly be tasted, but I want to taste more of it.
The body is thick and rich. There's a good carbonation that isn't too high but gives it some creaminess, along with just enough crispness to make for an even feel that doesn't bite too much for a stout.

Photo of mully
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a -- black no softening around the edges pours with a thick head but it falls to an 1/8 of an inch that stays around

s -- roasted black malts, blue berries and black strap molasses

t -- blueberries, hops shine in but don't overwhelm, patent and crystal malts are a solid backbone, there is a slight residual sweetness left

m -- robust -- after taste is short

d -- very good beer back to back drinking could come too easily

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.