Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 123
Gots: 150 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and thick, blueberry somewhat natural aroma, and oily roast aroma. ABove avrage mouthfeel, almost no head, certainly no lace. A decent dry stout, assisted by some blueberries. Chocolate is bittersweet. Decent balance and good flavour for only 4.5% abv. Little carbonation. Thanks Jon.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GrandCruDrew and Bay01 for sending me bottles of this one!

Pours a thick opaque black with a nice 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thick frothy lace that drips back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells exactly like chocolate covered blueberries. Awesome. Taste is pure bittersweet dark chocolate covered dried blueberries. A very complex balance between the roasted and chocolate flavors and the blueberry. An almost perfect level of carbonation leaves this beer feeling very crisp yet smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a shockingly exceptional beer. I was expecting this to be way different with a fake tasting fruit flavor. This is a beer I could drink all night long without getting tired of it, especially at the 4.5% ABV it has. I am super glad I have 2 more bottles of this in my cellar to enjoy at a later time.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with some hints of dark malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of blueberries but these are balanced off by flavors of underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a nice balance between fruity and stout flavors. It is very easy to drink for the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a 16-ounce pint glass with the Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA logo on it.

A: Pours a very dark, rich brown with a mocha-colored head. The head is a little light, perhaps a bit less than a finger with a decent amount of carbonation visible on top.

S: Dark malt up front, soon overpowered by the glow of blueberries. A slight hint of alcohol.

T: Very intriguing. Blueberries up front, fading into darker malts and a decent amount of bitterness. Hints of unrefined cocoa. A decent amount of coffee in the finish. I was worried about blueberry overkill, but that was definitely unfounded.

M: Creamy with a lasting carbonation. Leaves the palate slightly dry.

D: Quite drinkable. I was a little bit skeptical of this one and wasn't quite willing to go after the 4-pack, but was lucky enough to see a single of this. This will definitely be a yearly purchase.

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dense black with a modest mocha head that leaves an occasional shard of lace

Smell: Distinctively different, with wafts of blueberry mixing with the underlying fudgy aroma; could be a bit bolder but that is a quibble

Taste: Starts with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by a strong blueberry element which also adds a fudgy dimension at mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness tends to get a bit cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is s creative treat and I wish I had tasted it a week ago as I was at a Dogfish Head beer dinner in Richmond and the couple sitting next to me was trying to think of a good blueberry beer. I had no answer then but I do, now. I only wish it were not quite so sweet.

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

Dark Horse continues to explore the deeper side of beer with the third installment of stout: Tres Blueberry Stout. Its ingenious infusion of the roasty ale with supple background notes of Blueberry hits home with simplicity and respect.

But as any stout would, Tres opens with the deepest shade of brown without going black. With no hint of clarity, the beer is opaque and is solidly statured. Beautiful in its darkest weight, the beer builds a sturdy, slightly tanned head that caps the beer throughout and trails with pocketed lace.

At first, blueberry rises to the nose with the fundamental stout-like roast coming a split second later- concerning because of the shift of focus that goes from beer to fruit would upset the balance. However a minute of patience and a swirl of the glass allows the roasty elements of coffee, cocoa, walnut, and slight campfire to gain prominence. Thereafter, the mellow notes of blueberry resonate in true fruit form.

And that's where the taste picks up... the taste of roasted malt takes command with pleasantly scorched toffee, French pressed coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and mild smoke with nutty underpinnings all inform the taste buds about the base stout flavor. Blueberry additions recede in taste more so than they do in aroma. They peak through the malts but never rival for balance. Instead they simply decorate the roast elements with harmony and ballet. Woodish hops add a bitter finish that is easily mistaken for coffee and cocoa bitterness in its place.

Full bodied, the beer's robust textures are mainly attributed to the starch of barley along with creamy carbonation. But as the beer slowly sheds its marshmallowy texture, the dry roast mouthfeel rises and commands the textures heading into finish. Semi-dry and with light roast and ash, the beer is warm and smooth in its closure, and without a hint of berry-like astringency.

An indefinite linger of roast and fruit extend well into the next sip, but resists the malty textures that would accompany it. Tres is a fantastic stout that's been dress rehearsed in blueberry dress clothes.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch black color stout with a small deep brown color head. Aroma of strong blueberry is well mix with some medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between fresh and sweet blueberry and some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. I am not usually fond of fruit in stout but I thought this mix worked very well and the balance between fruit, sweetness and bitterness from the malt was well achieved. Body was quite full with some light carbonation.

Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a deep black color with a brown colored head on top. The head has a good retention to it and the lacing is a little sticky too. The smell of the beer is not really all that great. It's too acidic I think, it makes the beer smell a little like puke. There is a hint of blueberry on the nose but not enough. The taste of the beer is quite nice, plenty of blueberry flavors with some heavy roasted malts in there too. The mouthfeel was pretty heavy and creamy. Overall it was a good brew but the smell just turns me off a little.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Devil's food cake with no highlights to speak of. It'd be cool if there was a hint of blueberry at the edges, but no such luck. The three finger cap looks like cappuchino frosting and is about as thick and rich. I don't mind the lack of lace one bit because Tres looks like a stout lover's stout.

Immediately after the pour, when I was trying to focus on the beer's appearance, I thought the aroma might get the ultimate score. Fragrant clouds of blueberry-infused fudge greeted my nose and made my mouth water. Up close it isn't even close to that special, but it's still damn good. Do I smell black pepper as well?

Just like One (Oatmeal) and Too (Cream), Tres is fabulous stout. I don't think Dark Horse changed much from beer to beer, but then I'm glad they didn't since they hit the bull's eye the first time around. I'm not sure that I've ever had a really good blueberry stout. I have now.

Tres tastes like the darkest, most fudgey chocolate cake imaginable, with blueberry juice added to the liquid ingredients and chunks of dried blueberries soaked in blueberry brandy added to the dry ingredients. I'm still getting a cracked black pepperiness that I could take or leave. It does, however, make an already interesting beer even more interesting.

For some reason, Too's mouthfeel was on the light side. This beer rights the ship, but my bottle is a little too carbonated for my liking. Underneath the bubbles, though, it's easy to appreciate the chewy smoothness of a well-brewed, incredibly malty beer.

I'm a huge fan of Dark Horse's Holiday Stout Series. It's too bad that I only have one more to go. Tres Blueberry Stout is a delicious marriage of fruit and roasted barley. If you're lucky enough to see this stuff on the shelves, don't hesitate. Tres is tres magnifique.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Therefore, I chose this one as my nightcap last night. I have been gradually working my way through the lineup of these, and have been generally more then pleased with the results so far, lets just see now how one a blueberry stout can hold up. The pour was just as I would have expected, dark as night and completely opaque. A very nice dark chocolate colored head rose up to a height of around two inches before finally settling back down to a thin layer across the top on the glass that lasted throughout the session.

The aroma was where its at. Very nice rich, sweet stout aroma, with the definite hint of blueberry inside. First impressions were that this was not your cheap artificial flavor, but rather a really nice blend that was done during brewing. There was a very nice coffee and chocolate layer in here as well, with the blueberry not being the strongest player, but definitely strong enough not to be ignored. The flavor as well was very strong, very sweet, and very good. A rich sweet stout that did not have the slightest hint of alcohol is what greeted me right away. Very nice touches of coffee and lactose, with a touch of vanilla are evident right off the bat. I was not able to detect the Blueberry in the flavor at first, then the finish hit me. Like a blueberry muffin, very nice with just the right amount of tartness throughout. This was easily one of the better fruit beers I have ever tasted. It was not overdone, rather just a touch put in there so that it accentuated the underlying ale beautifully. Really very nice and an awesomely sessionable nightcap for sure.

Overall, I thought this was excellent and was easily my favorite among all of the ones that I had before. I would love to try this one on tap, as I am sure it would be outstanding. If you can get this it is a must try. One of the best, and most unique stouts I have had in quite some time.

Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Year old bottle, shared with Kmpitz2. Thanks Kevin!

Jet black body, creamy mocha tinged foam. No perception of purple here, more of a milk chocolatey tan color. Initial aroma is fantastic, fresh blueberries just like the smell of a fresh basket from the store. Also reminded me of the aroma of blueberry yogurt, without the lactic quality. Underlying chocolate that meshes perfectly, producing a unique berry/chocolate blend. Very enticing!

Flavors of chocolatey malt, mellow roast notes, not much blueberry, save for a twinge in the finish to accompany the slight bitter tang. Very smooth, it felt slightly lighter than Too Cream Stout. Big points for creativity, and executing the concept so well.

A four-pack would be very tempting to finish in a sitting...

Edit 04/08: Just drank 2 of these from the latest release, and it holds up well after a year.

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this one for quite some time; thanks Michael!

A: The beer is nearly black in color with a small-ish tan head on top.

S: Tons of sweet blueberries in the nose. A bit sugary and overly sweet like blueberry pie, but still pleasant. The coffee and roasted notes keep things from becoming cloying.

T: The blueberry flavor is certainly there and is much the way you would expect from the nose. The coffee, roast, and bitter chocolate are more noticeable here and provide a bit more balance.

M: Medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation for the style, but seems to work for this beer.

D: One of those different/interesting beers that actually was quite good. I look forward to having another one of these.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a plain, unassuming black body with a small tan head.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a pleasant, clear-cut blueberry scent. Though crammed into one sentence, I assure you it is a really lovely aroma.

Taste: Blueberry fruitiness right out of the game. Some sweet dark malts struggle to keep up. Taste of sugar-crusted chocolate muffin tops. More blueberries for the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It's actually pretty nice. The flavors contrast and complement each other quite well.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Hoping to work my way through all five of these stouts this year. For some reason, I decided to start here, with number three. Go figure. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of darkly sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, dank blueberries, and some molasses thrown in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, but the conflict between the dark chocolate/bitter roasted malts and the blueberries is apparent from the get-go. It ends up coming off as too bitter, too pithy (sort of) for me. The body is lightly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a pretty good beer, but the flavors involved just don't seem to mesh entirely well. I can drink it, just not very easily and without complete enjoyment. Close, though...

Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a black color with no light coming through. There is a two finger dark tan/almost brown head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet ripe blueberries dominate along with some roast.

Taste: Sweet and roast with the berries more in the background than the smell. There are some dark chocolate notes as well. There is a weird aftertaste that is kind of off putting.

Mouthfeel: Thick for the abv. and a bit grainy. The carbonation is mild.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer other than the after taste. I don't think I'd have more because of it.

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

Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout is an interesting see-saw of a beer, hitting you upfront with a sweetish and somewhat tart blueberry flavor and aroma (there's less in the aroma than the flavor), and then turning spot-on-a-dime and hammering home dark, rich malts with a solid bitterness and roasted character. The fruitiness helps to cut through it and keep it refreshing, or at least interesting, while the blunt darkness of the end-side offers it great depth. Some grassy, leafy hops flutter here and there in the finish, and there's an edge of black coffee "acrid" character (but it's not acidic as many beers this dark can be) and dark bittersweet chocolate, but very little blueberry. Odd!!! It's an unusual combination that works, and although I've seen this done with raspberry and cherry, I think that the blueberry might be a better (or at least more distinct) choice because it stands out so readily. And of course we're talking about extract here, but it really makes no difference. It does the job, and it's done nicely. In fact, you couldn't do it with real blueberries, they just wouldn't cut it. They'd ferment through and leave too little behind (and more of a fruit-pulp character than any recognizable blueberry). As for drinkablility however, I'm not sure the playfulness and teeter-totter gentility of this beer could keep up beyond one serving. It's very well done and interesting, but I think I'd have to move on after one or two of these. Certainly worth trying however!

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 1 ½ fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Luckily, this retains with more of a foamy than fizzy look around the edges, leaving a good looking creamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma surprises me with its strength. Smooth roasted chocolate malts and earthy hops are prevalent but man; those blueberries are really at the forefront of this and can't be missed.

The taste is chocolate sweetness and roast up front, with a firm dose of prickly spicy hops helping to balance out some of the thicker aspects of the malts. The blueberry flavor is a lot more controlled here than it was in the aroma, coming out along the back of the profile where it mixes with notes of lingering roast and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up where the roast and hops are but then gets silkier towards the back where all of that berry flavor and sweetness dwell. Unlike the One and Too that I drank previous to this, this is actually showing a bit too much beef in the body, which is ridiculous because it's ABV is half of what those other two have. Weird...

Blueberries can be quite potent in beer but I was pleased to find that they were handled pretty favorable in this Stout, especially in the taste, where they didn't come off as artificial tasting at all and were well integrated with the rest of the flavors. Just a bit too heavy feeling to be totally sessionable but this was overall pretty nice.

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark colored fluffy 1.5 fingered head that fades at a medium pace, over jet black beer with a bit of lacing.

Nose reeks of blueberries, a bit of frozen blueberries, as well as blueberry pancakes, and even blueberry jam. A light creamy stout under that, creamy dark malts, touch of roast and chocolate. The blueberry overpowers almost everything else.

Taste brings some blueberry, but not quite as much as the nose. A decent bitter scorched malt earthy flavor comes through, some roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, hints of creamy stout flavors, a slight bit of a spicy and earthy hop presence with some bitterness. It's fairly fluffy, and gets a decent bitterness, some decent baltic porter like dark malt flavors start to come through late. It finishes fairly dry with lingering baltic porter like flavors and some frozen blueberries.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation.

Drink is good, no real heavy, overpowering, or off flavors. The blueberry flavor and especially aroma is a little heavier than desired, but doesn't really effect drinkability. Def sessionable when it comes to booze and smoothness.

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

When Wesley Snipes said always bet on black, I think he meant to always bet on this beer. This is the blackest beer I have ever seen. A thin tan head tops it off. Nose is toasty, minor tar like molasses, and blueberries of course. Flavor is a nice deep roast with a sweet blueberry accent. Really good balance. I am guessing, but it seems like they used real blueberries here. Whereas there isn't really a mass of complexity, there is definitely a great robust flavor. Smooth and thick liquid feel and a low carbonation. Damn drinkable. In my quest for the best blueberry beer out there, this is the winner by a mile so far.

Thanks to brewandbbq for the chance to enjoy this one.

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a tasting glass.

The stout appears black, opaque with thick medium tan cap w/ tight bead and thick lace collects. The aroma has a pleasant blueberry aroma with slight floral scent and there is a hint of cocoa with slight bitter aroma and mild caramel odor. The feel is very good with a sturdy medium body and mild sweetness w/ slight bitter hint and mild roast level w/ gentle fruit tanginess and semi-dry finish with subtle alcohol.

This stout has a moderate malt sweetness on entry with mild bitter tinge and sweet element of blueberry -the blueberry tastes like natural fruit, not extract with elements of spice from the hops and gentle bitter tinges. The caramel and dark malt flavors form a solid base for the blueberry to be supported by with mild toastiness and semi-dry flavor as it finishes. I really enjoyed this and think it has just enough blueberry without going overboard and losing sight of the base stout. I am a fan of blueberry so I could probably enjoy it in any style as long as it is done well. I think Dark Horse did a great job of combining the two flavors.

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 russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes: got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff!

Pours like motor oil with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Blueberries with a touch of cocoa

T: Dark chocolate, dryness,leafy hops & a touch of blueberry up front. Cocoa & coffee dominate as this warms with a touch blueberries on the tip of the tongue. Finishes dry & chocolaty

MF: Oily, rich with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks really easy, would be winner with or without the blueberries

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Surprisingly nice, this one was. I tend to approach beers like this with slight caution, but I'd definitely go back for another.

Served in a nonic, a rich obsidian black with a half-inch of creamy mocha head that domed precariously over the rim of the glass; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma heavy with dark roasty malts, and a distinctive scent of fresh-baked blueberry muffins. I know how hard it is to successfully meld fruit with the dark malts of a rich stout and get a satisfying result, but I think Dark Horse really nailed it with this one. Very roasty on the tongue, lots of dark malts, notes of coffee and dark chocolate, and an ubiquitous presence of fresh blueberries. Well, it delivered what it promised. Good balance, heavier-medium body, nice flavor, and quite drinkable overall. Again, I want more. Can't imagine it'd be quite as good if not fresh though.

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 kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward appealing label art and branded pry-off cap acquired in a trade and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and the beer's current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous silky smooth dark rich tan colour; wow. Great thickness, great creaminess, great (~10+ minute) retention. Ideal supple soft complexion. Luscious and appealing. Damn that's creamy. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head width is a good three fingers.

Body colour is an opaque solid dark black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looking rather good for the style; it's hard to stand out amidst the plethora of good stouts out there, but this one does - at least in terms of appearance. I'm hoping the taste delivers as well.

Sm: Definite distinctive blueberry; it isn't just a general berry or currant note, and it doesn't come off like an artificial preserve or syrup. Just genuine blueberry jumping out and really evoking the fruity juicy notes it's going for. Dark malts, chocolate malt. Very light buried roasted barley. Maybe some middling coffee. Cream. Caramel. Marshmallow. Oats. Definitely on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, with blueberry clearly dominating.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, nor is any significant hop profile.

Aroma is moderate in strength overall.

T/Mf: Fudgy chocolate cake mixed with juicy sticky blueberry fruit and blueberry juice. Marshmallow. Dark malts and chocolate malt fill out the body nicely. Some cream. I'm not getting any coffee notes. Buried roast lends a hint of bitterness to help balance the dominant sweetness. Fairly complex overall, with some subtlety. Oats really smoothen it out, but it never gets slick or gushed. Flavour intensity is above average. Depth of flavour is average.

One thing I love about it is its marriage of genuine fruit with the conventional notes of an American style stout; neither is overbearing and both work together rather than against eachother. It'd be so easy for the blueberry to come off artificial or syrupy, but it never does.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character comes through.

Not a hot or boozy feel. Not harsh, biting, or oily. Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness to maintain the flavour duration - which is slightly above average. Creamy. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Borders on refreshing - not a common trait for a stout. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored specificially to it. Overall, the texture is well executed. Good carbonation, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. I'd certainly get it again. This is my first Dark Horse beer and already I'm starting to understand why the brewery has such a good reputation. I could down a couple of these in a night, but wouldn't want to kill a 6er. This would be marvelous on nitro. I'd recommend it to friends. Really happy I got to try this. Now I'm even more excited for the Plead the 5th I have in me fridge. It succeeds at combining fruit elements with a stout base, but it won't blow you away. Just a solid beer with an uncommon flavour profile for the style.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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