Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by dciBA:
1.78/5 rDev -55.3%
Thanks to Boxcar01 for this intriguing bottle in trade...
Poured from the 12oz bottle into my heavy based pint glass. Deep dark black, with 1/4" of brown head that seems to be lingering. Solid layer of lacing.
Blueberries hit your nose pretty hard initially. That's followed up by dark roasted coffee beans. There's also some smoakiness in the nose as well.
Taste is mostly sweet blueberries. The coffee in the nose comes through in the taste as well, but is overpowered by the blueberries. The blueberry flavor is overly sweet, cloyingly so and is making this beer hard to palate.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin for the style. Carbonation is on the high side making for a fizzy/odd mouthfeel. I'm in the minority here but I thought this was an awful beer. I normally don't slam a beer like this but it tastes like blueberry soda mixed with bad coffee.
04-03-2011 23:36:23 | More by dciBA
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3.86/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-18-2013 11:43:09 | More by tectactoe
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-02-2005 09:26:04 | More by jewski
4.71/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
01-26-2014 03:14:23 | More by tomgetz
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-23-2011 06:19:56 | More by warnerry
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
03-10-2008 03:16:21 | More by Jason
3.98/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-23-2007 13:51:34 | More by merlin48
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-20-2007 00:59:08 | More by warriorsoul
3.98/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-20-2012 14:53:30 | More by codysjb
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
02-04-2011 15:00:36 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
10-10-2010 17:57:47 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
05-12-2011 01:45:46 | More by 1Adam12
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
02-18-2011 01:19:22 | More by bsp77
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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