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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

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627 Reviews
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Reviews: 627
Hads: 1,601
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 129
Gots: 174 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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 weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a black color with a thick tan head that refuses to yield. Lots of scattered thick tan lacing all over the glass.
Smell is odd with a funky dark roast coffee and blueberries. A mild bit of medicinal nonsense coming through that isn't overly appealing but the pleasantries buried in the back of this one keep me intrigued.
Taste is sweet with blueberries, roasty, rich, with creaminess coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, fully bodied, along with the blueberry sweetness lingering.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, slight blueberry. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, picking up more of the blueberry now. Medium body, got some heat for a 4.5 ABV brew, lol Drinkable, very tasty brew, always wanted to try this one. Thanks Bill.

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Real nice looking half-inch dark(!) mocha head atop a black beer. Head doesn't stick around long and no lacing.

S- Chocolate...and maybe if you were looking for it, blueberries.

T- Drink starts off sweet with the blueberries then that is overcome with the chocolatey goodness. Mmm.

M- Thick mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- In celebration for purchasing my third (ha) car. Enjoyed this one, especially how it felt in my mouth, although the blueberry aspect was lacking it seemed. Thanks MammothBrew!

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable vanilla, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and blueberry. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but is dominated by blueberry, vanilla and coffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish.

Nothing really extraordinary here (though the blueberry component is a nice touch), but for a relatively low alcohol stout, this beer is pretty nice.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger brown head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Blueberry nose and flavor is roasted coffee and blueberry. $2.95 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black inky body with a thick dark tan head that boils with tiny bubbles and then settles to a smooth cream head that last pretty long. This beer is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft dark roasted malt aroma with a soft hint of dried blueberries in the background.

T- This beer has a dark dry black roasted malt flavor with a slight chalky note and a finish of tart blueberries. There is a soft dark caramel malt flavor as it warms and a soft maple syrup note when it is warm.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- There is not much depth or complexity to this beer and the odd flavor of blueberries taste more like an off flavor that a compliment to the stout.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium bodied black with a one finger, creamy dark khaki head. It looks like it should. The aromas are of light blueberry, bitter chocolate, and light malty sweetness. You definitely pick up the blueberry first but it isn't overpowering by any means. The flavors too are blueberry upfront followed by both sweet and bitter chocolates and a mild coffee roast. The blueberry presents itself well here as well. This beer drinks very, very smoothly and is overly drinkable. The flavors and aromas are presented quite well and get the blueberry across in a light and appealing manner. This is one of Dark Horse's better offerings and worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The median beer in my run through Dark Horse's numbered stouts. Originally reviewed on 12-Sep-08 (that bottle was from brewcrew76).

A: The stout pours with a midnight darkness, pitch black. The head is dark, a deep tan color that quickly recedes to a thin pool.

S: The blueberries are evident as soon as you open up the bottle. Up close, the roasted malts are intertwined with the blueberries, toasted chocolate mixed with fruit.

T: Fantastic combination. The stout body is robust, dark and burnt with cocoa powder and chocolate prevalent throughout. Blueberries are the second flavor to emerge. Slightly tart up front, they soon reveal a juicy sweetness that melds well with the bold stout body. A dash of pepper (!?!) finishes things off.

M: I'm more to the full flavor of the stout as opposed to the tart sweetness of tbe blueberry. Fact is, both flavors are quite nice together.

D: The stout tastes bigger than it is. Full and filling, this beer would be perfect on a cold winter night.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bridgids.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy 2.5 finger dark mocha color that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lastig cap. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with lots of chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee, burnt toast and a subtle dark fruit presence. The dark berry presence is well integrated, balancng out the deep roasty notes.

Full bodied with a nice creamy texture that adds fullness and complexity. Verydry and roasty with hits of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee bean and burnt toast hut this is balanced out by subtle dry spic and swee dark fruit. The bluberry presence is evident but not verly sweet balancing outthe roasted malt notes very well. Slight alcohol warmth onthe finish. Pretty drinkable for how heavy it is.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/24/12
*From notes

A: Extremely dark, surprisingly so in fact. A good pour yields a rich and creamy 2.25 finger head. Nice retention follows.

S: Hand-dipped, dark chocolate covered blueberries. But it's not as in your face as one might expect.

T: Like the bouquet, this isn't as "BLUEBERRY!!" as I'd hoped for or expected. It's merely a solid stout with a kiss of fruit up front. This rides to the mid, where it fights an earthy quality that I credit to the malt. The finish showcases notes of black coffee and char. The lasting quality of medicinal mint becomes more and more pronounced as it warms.

M: This is a pretty big beer for the moderate ABV. Creamy, almost milkshake like. It really helps to seel & deliver the fruit forward profile of the brew.

O: This long-time want is an odd beer to decipher. I'm a sucker for blueberry beers, yet this isn't nearly the fruit bomb I was hoping it would be. It's signifigantly more balanced, and therefore it probably appeals to a much larger drinking contingent.

All in all though, I dug Tres Blueberry. It's always a pleasure to imbibe Dark Horse's stouty concoctions, this being no exception. Recommended.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant chocolate and blueberry aroma. The fruit taste is also present in the taste but more subtle, making the malt shine more. Ideal balance between sweet and bitter. The body is pretty light for a stout, making it very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden for the 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer (I couldn't even find real highlights) with a dense, dark brown head. Decent retention and lacing as well. It smelled like a combination of blueberry pancakes and roast/coffee - like breakfast. The blueberries came through in the flavour as well, along with some chocolate character and a bitter roast in the finish. Moderate bitterness overall. The body and carbonation were on the light side of medium and produced a slightly creamy texture. There was a little dryness as well. I was surprised at how well the blueberry flavour came through, particularly with all the dark malts. Different and tasty!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours from the 12oz bottle a very dark brown bordering on black with a 1 finger head of tan foam.

The smell is a nice mix of blueberries and roasted malt. A bit of toffee sneaks its way through.

The taste is very nice! The blueberries are well done and compliment a very roasty taste and heck, there's a nice smokey flavour here as well as some good notes of chocolate. Some malt sweetness brings everything together and colour me impressed. On paper, this *sounds* like it could be a real mess but it's anything but a mess. A real treat, I say.

Medium bodied with ditto for the carbonation, it finishes slightly bitter from the roast, slightly sweet from the fruit and the malt. The foam is just a few swirls now and there's not much lacing. Big deal. ;^)

Drinkability? I have to say that I'm very happy that this is only 4.5%...it makes the drinkability of this Stout so much easier to call. I could drink a lot of this and not get bored at all. Well done Dark Horse!!

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at Julio's. Definately have to go back and snag a sixer of this. This was poured into a Duvel Tulip after a rather nice, rich dark fountain poured out of my bottle immediately after opening.

A - Poured a deep dark black but with some nice roasty dark chocolate hues along the edges. There was a nice one finger head that faded to leave a dark brown halo. Very nice.

S - As soon as I cracked this open I could smell blueberries. And chocolate. But wow the blueberries is incredibly impressive. Theres some nice roasty malt notes too, and, for some reason, I can smell alcohol. Why?? This is only 4.5%!

T - Those nice, potent blueberry aromas are somewhat overpowered by the typical stouty goodness. Nice roasty malts and chocolate shine through this stout. There is, however, a simply wonderful blueberry aftertaste.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this stout. Not heavy or syrupy, nor is it thin. Right amount of carbonation with this one.

D - Wow, just wow. I need to get some more of this. Infact, I'd love to keep this in the fridge and have it year round. There is great stout qualities here with some really tasty real, natural blueberry aromas and flavors. Definately need more of this!

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Photo of markgugs
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug glass

A: Pours like many stouts, a nice inky brown/black with very little head. Keeps swirling along the top of the mug after a bit, hardly any lacing at all. Looks nice if you like stouts, won't make you drool with desire if you don't.

S: Considering that this is a fruit/veggie beer, the smell/scent of blueberries is not as overpowering as it could have been, though it's definitely there. After those first initial whiffs, it's more of a "standard" stout smell (roasted cocao, dark fruits, etc.).

T: Okay, I'm not sure how to approach this one. As far as it being a tasty stout, it most certainly is, but there is very, very little actual blueberry flavor IMO. It is far more attuned toward a quality roasted stout, with hints of cocoa, dessert fruits (I suppose this is where the faint blueberry notes come in), and a sweetened baker's chocolate. The cocoa sticks with your palate with each sip, but otherwise it finishes quickly. Not bad, not exceptional.

M: This beer feels brilliant in the ol' mouth, it just coats the tongue and roof of the mouth and flows down the throat so well. Wow, that sounds rather, errr, beerographic. A perfect blend of texture and carbonation.

D: Given that this beer is NOT very fruity or sweet, I think it'd be pretty easy to drink several in a night. A fantastic after-dinner drink, or for sitting around with friends. Not sure of the ABV since it's not listed, but the drinkability is solid.

I'm very new to Dark Horse Brewing Co., but thanks to my friend Dan from Michigan, I'm getting the opportunity to sample some of these wondrous brews. Seek them out!

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one biegaman!

Pours a very opaque black, dark edges, almost purple, they must have used a shitload of blueberries in this. Almost not head, bit of brown lacing sticks to the glass and rings the edges of the beer. Smell is nice, blueberries to the max, nice roasty chocolate, some spice, very rich, fresh baked goods! Taste is nice roast, some chocolate, burnt flavour, blueberries, prunes, quite nice, little bit weaker than the aroma but still quite something, a good fruit beer. Mouthfeel is thick, very full bodied, low carbonation, bit weak in the flavour, dry finish. Thanks for sharing Jan!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fine looking beer. Black body. Thick crop of deep brown froth to cap it off. Lacing is quite nice...bountiful. Nice aroma. Plump, sweet blueberries contrast with the gritty and roasty black malts of this stout. This beer is about 80% stout, 20% fruit...which is good. It works. The main gist of the of the flavor is deep, dark roasted malts with a nice burnt edge to it. And the sugar coated blueberries give a ghostly presence in the background. The creamy mouthfeel lends to a very drinkable stout. This is good.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright dark brown under a 1” tan to brown foam cap
S: chocolate blueberry with some most rich dark cake in the background and a hint of grain.
T: The palate starts with blueberry and then a chocolate coffee background emerges with growing dark malt sugars.
F: Fine and soft medium low carbonation in a medium full body.
O: The beluberry and the dark malts work surprisingly well together in this blueberry flavored stout.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, it was a brief reprieve from a big ipa tailgating day at the ballpark . . .

A good dark cola appearance, little carbonation. Blueberry aroma abound.

Dry taste, but without bitterness or hopping usually. The roast from the malt has a little too much contribution though. Once you get accustomed to it, it approaches a smooth mouthfeel. Not a thick sludge stout by any means. A great palate cleanser relatively speaking (as long as you aren't drinking other fruit beers I guess). Minimal coffee feel. Not overly sweet like bad fruit beers. Still tastes like beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is OK. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and blueberries. None of the aromas overpower the other, which is good. The taste is the same as the aroma, the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and blueberry flavors all mesh well together and none are overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, creamy and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, and at only 4.5% ABV it's also quite sessionable. This is a very good fruit stout, and I would definitely buy this again the next time I see it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - WOW what a body! Especially for 4.5 percent! Pours a thick dark stout with an impressive inch of dark mocha head. How do you do it guys?

S - Smell from the bottle is straight up blueberry, almost candy like. In the glass roast and chocolate make itself well know.

T - Impressive amount of roast in the flavor. Almost too much at first but as it warms more chocolate and coffee flavors make itself know. Blueberry is hard to detect maybe a slight tart in the end finish but kind of covered on top of all this hardcore stout roast! Man O man!

M - Even for 4.5% it still has a rather medium body really more heavy than expected for a fruit beer.

D - Was impressed by how creamy and roasty this beer was but really expected more fruit flavor. Still if your looking for a "flavored" stout this one is perfect. Harsh yet mildly sweet with subdued fruit flavor. Awesome.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This beer is black with no light transmission whatsoever, completely opaque. Thin foam the color of milk chocolate. The smell is roasted malt and a little blueberry, actually much more pleasant than you'd expect. The taste is also so much better than you'd think, the sweetness from the blueberry plays nicely with the bitterness of the roasted malts, this is delicious. Dark Horse is a great brewery, Double Crooked Tree + Perkolator and now this exceptional beer.

BuckeyeSox provided the bottle, and while I've previously passed over this in stores in MI, I will start buying it on future trips. This is very good.

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Photo of claspada
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black motor oil with no head and little to no carbonation evident.

Aromas begin with blueberries and coffee. When I actually bring the glass to my nostrils I get, you guessed it a crap ton of blueberry coffee. As it warms I get more soy sauce and smoked malt. A little off-putting than I remember having in the bottle several months ago.

The taste is not as dominant as the nose but thank goodness. Initially you get lots of bitter dark baker's cocoa and lesser fudge brownies a consistent artificial blueberry maple syrup.

The mouthfeel is so so so full for a 4 and change ABV beer. Carbonation is low and could definitely use a bit more considering the style. A little too syrupy. Chewy and so so so full bodied.

Overall this is not as amazing as I remember in the bottle when I first sampled last year. This is much more roasted and smokey than I remember and I prefer the lighter coffee and chocolate from the bottled version than this thick roasted acrid example.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass...A dark brown body with a huge dark tan head that rises several fingers. There is incredible lacing and retention...The aroma is very strong, as I wait for the head to fall fresh blueberries start to waif over rom a few feet away. Weirdly, as I get closer the aroma lets me down as the blueberries come off more generic and chemical. Also quite a bit of alcohol for a 4.5% beer. Weird bitter note too that are hops, totally inappropriate... The taste is really weird and boring. The blueberries come off as bitter, only a hint of sweet blueberries. There is a strange medicinal note, aloe, light very bitter, hop finish. Not very interesting or good enough that I want to keep drinking.

Interesting idea, just not executed very good. Pass.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black, with a billowing, frothy, extremely dark mocha head that slowly dissipates.

Blueberry is evident as soon as the bottle is opened, sweet and tart, simultaneously. There's a sweet, nutty malt character, with hints of roast, cocoa, and coffee.

Flavor reveals a tart blueberry note, which becomes slightly sweeter mid palate, carrying into the roasty, lightly bitter finish. Blueberry is definitely dominant until the end.

Body is a touch full, with carbonation on the light side, and light alcohol warmth.

It's blueberry. It's a stout. I wish the blueberry weren't so dominant, but were more of an accent to a nice stout. Not something I'd drink regularly.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.