Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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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
2.35/5 rDev -41%
12oz bottle poured into snifter; thanks to Jesse13713 for this one!
A: Pours a dark brown/black with a finger of brown foamy head, which dissipates moderately quickly without leaving lacing. Really amazed at how dark this given the low ABV; I would have expected something approaching double digits before checking on here, just from the appearance.
S: Lots of blueberry aroma here, tons of roasted chocolate, almost charred malts, with accents of wood, smoke, and vanilla. As the beer approaches room temperature it smells almost like blueberry juice.
T: Again, roasted chocolate malts provide the backbone for taste, at least in the front of the sip. Blueberry dominates the middle- not sure if I can pick anything else up beyond a bit of chocolate, and blueberry lingers for quite a while on the finish. At warmer temperatures the blueberry gains a tangy, almost bitter quality, which knocks taste down a bit.
M: Much like appearance, this is very good for a 4.5% stout. Medium-bodied and very smooth, with light carbonation and a bit of a stickiness left over on the finish.
D: A mostly hit or miss beer across its individual categories, the blueberry intensity here (without a great flavor to back it up) was just too much for this one to go down easily at all.
02-21-2011 06:29:37 | More by AwYeh
2.38/5 rDev -40.2%
12oz bottle acquired in a trade.
Was curious about this beer. Never had a blueberry stout before.
A: pitch black, with a small but very dark brown head.
S: Blueberries are very apparent, along with the roasted chocolate smell of the stout. Hints of coffee. Was excited after smelling it.
T: Yuck. It definitely smelled like blueberries more than it tasted. In fact, it almost had a vegetable taste to it that I didn't find pleasant at all. Thankfully the roasted malt takes charge, but still not enough to mask the unpleasantness of it.
08-07-2006 17:26:40 | More by Callenak
2.5/5 rDev -37.2%
Pours black with a medium brown head that lingers at about an eighth of an inch. Little lacing.
Odd blueberry aroma that comes across as artificial. Slightly sweet, yeasty bread, light chocolate, roasted malts.
Upfront taste is slightly roasted bready malts and a little sweetness. Taste follows through the middle. Blueberry flavor comes through at the finish but it is very artificial like soap or plastic--not good. Finish is heavy on the blueberry plus some chocolate roastyness.
Medium body, smooth and slightly creamy, clean finish. Moderate carbonation keeps it from being syrupy.
Overall not a vey enjoyable beer. Really odd blueberry flavor and aroma. Tough to drink a whole bottle of this.
07-03-2011 22:21:54 | More by sidetracked
2.63/5 rDev -33.9%
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a thick, dark brown color with a sticky mocha tan head that slowly settles. Some lace left as the head calms. Dark chocolate notes with an almost pepper like hint as well. For only 7% is smells a touch boozy as well. Light blueberry flavor in the beginning that is quickly dominated by a growing leather and roast flavor. A couple of sips of this pretty much told me exactly what kind a beer this was. Lingering roast with a slight alcohol burn. meh. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Nice look but the aroma and smell leave a lot to be desired.
10-24-2011 01:07:20 | More by kbutler1
2.68/5 rDev -32.7%
The first blueberry stout that I've ever tried...
pours an oily, black that allows no light and froths only so slightly as to acknowledge a cocoa colored head. The bouquet is blueberry dominated, though it has a nice roasty (rather than sweet) tone.
To taste, the blueberry burst, which is fizzy and sweet, is subdued by a dry stout cocoa flavor. The two seem to cancel each other out and create and absent aftertaste. In other words, an explosion of flavor followed by an eerie calm. While this mix-and-match flavor profile interested me at first, I quickly grew tired of it and struggled, perhaps because of its heaviness, to finish my pint.
I'll take a pass on this one.
11-21-2005 16:43:22 | More by benito
2.69/5 rDev -32.4%
Wasn’t sure about this one but worth a try. Pours pitch black with a brown one finger head. Really gorgeous pour. Aroma not helping me want to drink this. I can tell it is a mix of blueberry and chocolate, but really, it kind of smells like vomit (by kind of, I mean it literally smells like last night’s dinner coming back for an encore). Just weird. Luckily, the flvaor starts out okay. Not much blueberry going on to start, but the flavor is very roasty with hints of chocolate. Definite bitterness--not expected at this level from a sweet stout--and there are definitely hops here. Slight tinge of blueberry. Roasty smokey aftertaste with some cocoa. As I get through it a bit more the blueberry really starts coming out on the finish, and then all the way through. This just ends up becoming an all blueberry beer. Sweeter and sweeter as I go. Ultimately a drainpour. I just can’t deal with this one. Admittedly, I am not a huge blueberry fan anyway. Higher carbonation for a stout, which keeps it a bit lighter than It actually is on the palate. Overall I guess they hit what they were going for. But need to work on that truly effed up aroma pI would think even for those who are blueberry fans. Certainly different and interestingly complex, but not for me. It was worth a try.
02-02-2013 16:51:53 | More by BMMillsy
2.7/5 rDev -32.2%
Ok, it's official, I don't like blueberry stouts. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a mocha head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing and retention. The aromas are a blend of chocolate, coffee, and blueberries. The blueberries are very prominant and is definitely the main attraction. I personally just don't find the this marriage to be enjoyable. This has all of the great qualities I expect from a DH stout, but the blueberries really make this unpleasant. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Coffee/expresso is in the mix. The flavors aren't too sweet. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. I was milking this one, due to the unpleasant after taste.
I've had a couple blueberry stouts before, and I didn't enjoy them. I figured if I didn't enjoy a blueberry stout from Dark Horse, who can make one I'd enjoy? If you've had a blueberry stout before and enjoyed it, then I'd definitely recommend this one. You can't really ask for much more, I just don't appreciate the flavors.
01-26-2012 22:04:37 | More by BB1313
District of Columbia
2.73/5 rDev -31.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: A moderately fast pour creates a huge medium-brown head -- like a bubby Imperial stout. The head settles pretty quickly back down. The body is oily black and impenetrable to light. I'm a veteran stout drinker and even I was a little intimidated. Maybe too much intimidation for a flavored stout.
Smell: The blueberry is there, trailing behind the main malt aroma. The scent is bittersweet sugary malt and maybe a little boozy. The alcohol gives it a slight odor of disinfectant.
Taste: The flavor profile on the first quick sip is that of a very DARK stout. Very roasty, even a little ashy. When I hold it a bit longer, I do get some faint blueberry -- pleasant and not overwhelming -- but the body of the flavor is missing. There's black barley base and a drop of blueberry and nothing to fill it out. I'm really trying to get some malt profile but there's almost none. Disappointingly plain. No hops, either.
Mouthfeel: The body is fairly thick and leaves an ashy dryness in the back of the mouth. Carb is light-to-moderate.
Overall: Maybe I just got a bad one, but there was almost no flavor in this beer. It was just ash tray and some blueberry. With a rounder malt profile this would have been a far better experience.
06-05-2013 00:44:45 | More by fountainofyouth
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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