Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2013 11:43:09 | More by tectactoe
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3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black but only a 1/2-finger head that disappeared almost immediately
S: The blueberry notes certainly come front and center. Coffee underneath that, but not a lot else. Not a common combination but it works
T: The coffee comes through more here, the blueberry less but again it's a fairly tasty combo, I just wish there was more complexity
O: Overall my only complaint is not much complexity, though overall this is very tasty. I'd love to bake this into a dessert with blueberries
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 19:27:02 | More by ONUMello
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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