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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,356 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 120
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Ratings: 1,356 | Reviews: 591 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Sammy, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

t0rin0, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.8%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

zestar, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +0.8%

acurtis, May 11, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.8%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Texasfan549, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

metter98, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

GRG1313, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

brentk56, Oct 07, 2008
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 19, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

emerge077, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

JAHMUR, Feb 13, 2012
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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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