Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by Josievan:
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this on tap at Ribco in Rock Island, IL.
Appearance: Tres Blueberry Stout is a very opaque, dark brown color. This is one of the darkest heads I've seen on a stout. The color of the foam is almost a charcoal gray mixed with brown.
Smell: Big roasted chocolate malts dominate. The blueberry is there, but in the background. This works well for the overall aroma.
Taste: The beer has all your great stout tastes of roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate, mild bitterness, etc. Where it differs, of course, is the blueberry flavor. However, there's not as much blueberry as I was bracing myself for. I wouldn't call it faint, just subtle. Where the blueberry really comes through is on the finish. Blueberry and bitterness mingle in a long-lasting but pleasing aftertaste.
With a beer with blueberry in the name, it would be fair to assume Tres Blueberry to be quite sweet. However, this is not the case. Your average milk/sweet stout is decidedly sweeter than this. Any sweetness that is here does come from the blueberry, but the malt has a toasty quality much more so than sweet.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-bodied and not overly carbonated, which fits the flavor profile well.
Drinkability: As far as stouts go, especially specifically flavored ones, it doesn't take me long to finish my pint. Although it isn't overly sweet, there is still that underlying fruit flavor, so I'm not sure I'd want more than a couple at one time.
Notes: I like stouts and I like fruit beers (know I'm in the minority for the latter), so I'm very pleased to announce that Dark Horse has adeptly combined both styles to produce something delicious and unique! However, Tres Blueberry is definitely a stout first and foremost, as any flavored stout should be. It's a stout's stout, which just so happens to taste like blueberrys. Tres Bien!
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2010 23:29:40 | More by Josievan
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4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
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
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
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
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
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
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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