Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +15.6%
This is totally out of my comfort zone, since I am not a fruity guy, I prefer AIPAs to stouts and I usually defer to CANs vice bottles, but I was goaded into the purchase by one of the co-owners of The Fridge.
My pour resulted in two-plus fingers of thick deep-brown head with good retention. Color was a stygian, dense dark brown that allowed for ZERO light penetration. Nose was, indeed, tres blueberry! Redolent with blueberries, in fact. How can you go wrong with blueberries? They are full of antioxidants and I like to pop a handful in my mouth and bite down for an explosion of blueberries. That is what this tasted like, along with a slight coffee-like bitterness. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium and if it could have been just a little creamier, I would have been heaven-sent. Finish lingered with the taste of blueberry and I was thankful that I followed someone else's suggestion.
07-28-2012 23:54:36 | More by woodychandler
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours nearly black in color with a head that is very darkly tanned to almost brown. The head is about a finger strong and displays very good retension. Nose of this beer has an abundant amount of dark/burnt grain character along with chocolate, coffee and overall it is just very roasty. However, behind the normal stout character and aroma there is the fruity sweetness and smell of blueberries. Taste of this beer is a bit puzzling...but in a good way. It has a solid taste profile of a well made stout: flavors of bitter burnt grains, chocolate, coffee and even the alcohol is present. However, there is no getting around it, there is clearly a blueberry flavor added in there as well. Each sip yields a different experience from the blueberry's standpoint: sometimes blending throughout the body playing an interesting role with the other flavors, to sometimes being sweet, bold and upfront and then yet almost nonexistent until the finish in other sips. The feel of this beer is light and the carbonation is quite high. In fact, I would have marked the feel and drinkability higher but the carbonation is a bit over the top.
Very interesting experience. I have had other fruited stouts and enjoyed them as much as I enjoy this one. The blueberry was an interesting choice and I think it goes well.
03-15-2010 17:39:43 | More by stakem
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
Served on-tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very dark amber highlights and a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dense dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film covering about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of dark roasted malts and blueberry.
T: Upfront there are light flavors of dark roasted malts which are followed by some light flavors of natural blueberry - the blueberry is not sweet or artificial tasting. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade almost instantly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: Overall the beer is very well balanced between the flavors from the malts and the blueberry. I thought this was pretty interesting but not sure I would have another in a single session.
04-05-2013 01:47:17 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-27-2010 01:46:49 | More by akorsak
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
(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.
02-19-2007 23:32:40 | More by rhoadsrage
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-02-2012 23:06:33 | More by jdhilt
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.43/5 rDev -13.8%
Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.
Pours a 1 finger dark tan head. Very full head. Decent retention due to the etching. Very little amount of lace. Color is a very dark brown, basically black. A nice looking stout.
Aroma: The obvious blueberry is there. Very tart and fresh. There is a very smokey aroma coming from this beer that I am not liking. Very malty and chocolatey. Roasted aroma as well.
Taste: Blueberries, but very well blended. Very roasted taste. Smokey. I can't get over the smoke here. Chocolate. A lot of malts going down. Tarty for a stout, but not what I was expecting.
Mouthfeel: tart, smooth, and a little creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Leaves a very smokey aftertaste. The smoke is just all over this beer. It is too much for me.
Overall, I didn't like this beer as much as I thought I would. It was way too smokey. I would have rather had more blueberries instead of the smoke. I will not being having this again.
06-17-2009 20:21:20 | More by mothman
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Tres went into a regular kitchen glass, my second in the series, I hope to try all 5 someday.
Tres appears black in the glass with some brown trimmings around town. There is some yeast clumps on the bottom of the bottle so be careful pouring. A nice dark brown foam on top almost creamy looking became a ring around the glass with minor stickage on the glass.
After letting this warm for a few the blueberry really came out to blossom, it became the main scent with almost a captain crunch berry smell. Under that roasted malt, chocolate, slight grain. I'm wondering if they use regular berries or puree or the like for this. While the berries are big you can tell there is a stout under them.
This could be one of the best 'berry' infused stouts that i've had. While the berries are big they don't overshadow the stout and don't taste artificial. Blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate a hint of vanilla finished with more berries. I was going in expecting bad things but this is a pleasant surprise.
The feel is semi thick with a slight syrup vibe going for it. The carbonation is low but felt with a slight prick in the beginning before I was bombarded by berry sweetness. Finishes smooth and coating. I can't believe this is only 4.5%, it feels like it's much more with the body.
I liked this very much, I'm leary on blueberry beers because I find the taste to be a lot like morning cereals, but Dark Horse really impressed me with this offering. I would not drink more than one in a sitting even with the low ABV, but I see myself getting this again in the future.
02-05-2010 22:19:05 | More by BARFLYB
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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.
12-17-2009 01:26:51 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled this year(new label). Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, blueberry, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Fantastic aromas, smells very much like fresh blueberries. Very authentic. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, blueberry, coffee, caramel, toast, and light herbal hops. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, blueberry, coffee, roasted malt, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors; very nice showcase of the blueberry and roasted chocolate notes. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice highly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 7%, with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a highly excellent stout. Probably the best I have had with fruit in it. Great balance and big robust flavors; with very smooth drinking for the alcohol level.
03-14-2012 04:22:24 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.01/5 rDev +0.8%
Typical stout appearance. Near black opaque body with a thick beige head. The aroma brings the blueberries right away. Blueberry, chocolate, roast. Smells very inviting. The flavor offers more roast and chocolate initially, with blueberries coming in mid palate. Quite tasty. Medium bodied with a bit of sweetness, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Dry finish. I would definitely have this again.
02-28-2013 03:22:08 | More by Huhzubendah
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Black onyx that leaves little - actually make that no - room for highlighting. The beer is decidedly opaque and neither the angle at which it's held nor the brightness of the light behind it are likely to change that. Its head, on the other hand, is markedly coloured a brilliant and rich looking caramel tone. It looks like someone sprinkled brown sugar atop and then torched it. Its rusty pigmentation actually stains the walls of the glass.
The aroma doesn't overstate the contribution of the blueberries but it does make their inclusion apparent. Foremost, however, is this tremendously roasty malt profile that is replete with notes of charred oak, smokey grains, burnt toast, bitter cocoa and black coffee. Pound for pound I give this as much complexity and character as anything bourbon-barrel aged or containing the word 'imperial' in its moniker.
Coffee, chocolate and caramel are flavourful enough on their own - add blueberries into the mix and you have yourself one seriously decadent, indulgent treat. Those tastes of dark chocolate and espresso stay locked in and linger for a considerable time after each gulp. The berries take a less aggressive approach but can be equally impressionable on any given sip. Think rich tiramisu made with heavy-roast espresso and blueberry brandy.
The mouthfeel has a nice play between bitter, chunky cocoa nibs and tart, fully ripened blueberries and sweet, caramelized malts. The only problem is that its fourth characteristic - an ultra smokey, heavily roasted, intense espresso-type bitterness - is slightly disproportionate to the others. I'm also finding the beer just a tad thin considering the gratifying richness of its flavour. The alcohol I'd guess around the 7% range.
I've had the privilege of trying Tres Blueberry Stout on many occasions now and each time I come back to it I am more impressed and gratified. The way that Dark Horse has managed to integrate the tart, tannic, wild and dark berry flavour of the fruit into this classically rich base of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts is nothing short of mouthwatering (not to say downright heavenly if paired with the right dessert). Highly recommended.
09-11-2009 23:20:41 | More by biegaman
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
06-18-2012 15:08:43 | More by John_M
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured from the bottle, into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.
WOW! What an absolutely great dark brown chocolate, and uniform folding head on this. Pours out of the bottle nearly black, body appearance is incredibly dark black/brown. Faint tiny foam lacing around the glass in sheets as I swirll and tilt. This thing looks unreal.
Nose is what it is. Blueberry, not syrupy, not jammy, not sugary, just fruit blueberry. It's a great example of the fruit on the nose. a faint malt and roast, but it is wonderfully fruit dominant very nicely. Nearly perfect.
Taste is a big ambush, but I like it. Tobacco fronting palate mixing with almost coffee and char. Fruit angle completely seems oblivious but who cares. Incredibly aftertaste of char and ashes character. No sense of sweetness or tasting blueberry. A true roasty stout and good.
Overall, it's a smelling blueberry cigar dipped in a big roasty malty stout. Absolutley love this even if it doesn't taste like blueberry. Fantastic!
01-20-2012 02:31:53 | More by smakawhat
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
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!
03-26-2007 22:30:24 | More by Viggo
4.18/5 rDev +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.
04-17-2007 03:28:42 | More by Bighuge
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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