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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 119
Gots: 94 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of DannyDan
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. All black with a brown head that has decent lacing and good retention.
S. Can smell blueberries along with some roasted chocolate, coffee and malts.
T. Get some chocolate, than some coffee, followed by some blueberries and a little hint of hops and some roasted malts.. The blueberries balance nicely with the chocolate and coffee to give this beer a nice pleasant taste. The mouthfeel is a creamy feel that ends on the dry side after the last drop is swallowed, and with a 4.5% alcohol and not being too filling makes this a nice six pack to take to a party.

DannyDan, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this, I always wanted to homebrew a blueberry infused stout or dark beer.

A- Like Uno and Too, this one is pitch black with a dark mocha, creamy head that has good retention and size. Several spot spots of dark lace.

S- Blueberries from several feet away, ripe and fresh. Once I get past that, I find the more traditional roasty characteristics of a stout. Sort of like a blueberry iced coffee in a way.

T- The stout takes over here. Lots of roast malt, bitter cocoa and coffee hints. The blueberry is decent in the flavor but doesn't impress me like the aroma. It is pretty nice but kind of clashes with the bitter roast stout attribute.

MF- Silky smooth carbonation in a sort of light end body. Bitter from what seems like the roast part of the beer.

DB- Alright flavor after a very nice aroma. The fruit flavor feels more artificial in the taste, it doesn't blend very great with the huge stout flavors present.

cbutova, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of stonermouse
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a superb color for a "blueberry stout." It is a deep, dark brown, and actually has a touch of purple in the body and in the head. Really cool stuff. The head does dissapate a little too quickly, but overall this one looks great.

Smell is blueberry-forward when poured and when a little cool. Aroma mellows as the brew warms.

Taste is interesting, I guess. The blueberry sweetness would be superb alone, but with the coffee, they just don't quite mix. The coffee flavor is a fairly standard columbia roast up front, but leaves a coffee-grind dry aftertaste that is pretty unpleasant. The blueberry flavor is fairly sweet and smooth, but the flavors just don't mix.

Mouthfeel is acceptable as well. The coffee is a bit sticky and hangs around in the aftertaste, but the sweetness from the blueberries goes away. I wish it was the other way around.

Drinkability is good here, as the flavors are mild enough and clean enough to please. This brew could pass as a dessert brew, although it could stand for a bump in ABV to beef it up.

stonermouse, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as with other dark horse stouts, this pours jet black with a dark brown cascading head that quickly recedes whilst leaving some lacing.

very strong aroma. the glass is sitting feet away from me and I can still smell it. blueberries. thats about it, though. blueberry muffins.

the flavor brings in more of a stout characteristic than the aroma, with plenty of roast (as is consistent with dark horse brews) and some bakers chocolate. but the blueberry is there. it overpowers at points, then falls to the background at others. the flavors really come in stages in this one instead of melding into one. interesting.

pretty full bodied with a touch too much prickly carbonation and a weird burnt blueberry aftertaste that isn't unpleasant.

drinks surprisingly well. I was going to pass on this one as most fruity dark beers have been not for me, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. would revisit. would probably go well with certain culinary dishes as well. will keep that in mind.

silentjay, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viscous and solid black with a mocha head that is short with subtle lacing.

Pure fresh blueberries fill the nose. Surprisingly, no malt scent.

Lots of roasty malt and fresh blueberries. Notes of coffee and fresh flowers as well.

Medium body, frothy and full carbonation with a roasty and dry finish.

A one of a kind beer that is well done. Maybe sessionable, but the roast may prevent it a bit. Dark Horse is becoming one of my favorite breweries with beers like this one.

jera1350, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of jale
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Reno's west in Lansing.

A; Pours a deep black with 2 fingers of a tan head. Lacing lasts a while.

S: Big roasted malt aroma. Slight fruit sourness.

T: Roasted almost burnt malt flavor. Light sweet bluebeery flavor does'nt overpower, just adds to the big stout taste.

M: Carbonation is just right. Not to thick for a big stout like this.

D: Love this. Could drink many more.

jale, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a modest mocha head that lingers for a decent amount of time. Minimal lacing.

S: Blueberry is certainly dominant, along with subtler dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and tobacco. The very first thing that came to mind is the Skoal Berry Blend dip that I used to do from time to time in college. The smell isn't unpleasant, however, the blueberry doesn't smell natural, and the fact that it conjures up memories of snuff isn't a good thing.

T: Taste is identical to the smell ... blueberry, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hops and tobacco. Fairly well balanced but there is just something about this that doesn't taste right. And again, this tastes just like Skoal.

M: On the heavier side of medium with quite a bit of carbonation, which is a little off-putting. I think I would enjoy this a lot more, at least in terms of mouthfeel, with toned down carbonation and a bit more body. However, the mouthfeel was one of the better aspects of this beer as it is.

D: Take the blueberries out of this and it would be much more drinkable, in my opinion. That is to say, if you can get past the dominant taste, it would probably go down rather easily as the underlying aromas and flavors are right up my alley and seem to be fairly balanced on the back end.

I absolutely love blueberries, however, this just didn't agree with me. I haven't had another blueberry stout to compare this to, so maybe the flavor I'm picking up on is simply a product of combining roasted malt, hops, and tobacco, and is rather typical. I really wish I had liked this more, but it's just not for me.

Mississipping, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of LuthersLager
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like drinking blueberry pie!

Dark Horse is my local watering hole and the annual release of this beer creates excitement like kids at Christmas - and it usually comes out around Christmas... nice coincidence.

When you hold this beer up to your nose you smell blueberries. I believe, from talking with the bar staff (not any of the brewing staff) that the beer sits in a secondary fermenter with Michigan blueberries for months. I might be wrong, but I hope not - I like when beers are romanced with details like that.

The blueberry flavor is clearly there, not ridiculous like drinking some weird acai-blueberry crap at your health club. This beer is balanced giving you enough roasted malt and blueberry to make you think of blueberry pie. And for us Michiganders, blueberry pie at Christmas, made from berries from the falls harvest is... well there I go romanticizing beer again. Just drink one!

LuthersLager, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tres blueberry by dark horse. 6.59 4-pack.

grows on ya. holds up well.

a 4-4.5 indigo purplish black body, a one and half finger burnt sienna head takes its time to settle down. couple more months in the bottle though, and a snap crackle head forms and dissipates in seconds.

s 4-4.5 smells like about half blueberry juice, half roasted malt and half dark chocolate. that's right, loving how powerful this nose is--about 1.5 times the aroma of a normal stout.

t 2 ummm, hmmm ... that's a lot of burnt there. that's enough burnt to obliterate the berry along with just about anything unlucky enough to be swimming around with it. and 4.5% seems implausibly low. i think this beer is actually more in the 7% range. after about 1/4 of a glass my buds have been incinerated into numbness, which does help the medicine go down actually. but it's as though the brewery caught fire during the fermentation of this stuff.

two and a half more months in the bottle has perhaps screwed with the carbonation, but the flavor has mellowed a little and might now deserve a 2.5.

m 4 like it matters, but the mouthfeel isn't half bad. medium plus with fairly creamy co2.
(months later mouthfeel is more of a 3, lacks the creamyness).

d 1.5-2 looks, smells, and feels nice. tastes like arson.

yet not a bad one for when you have a bit of a cold, i guess. the charcoal can cut through just about anything.

brewmudgeon, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of mrandypandy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thats been in mmy cellar for quite some time. I felt like something different and this seemed appropriate.

A - Pours a smooth dark black. Medium tan head on pour dies down to nothing.
S - Blueberries and spices mixed with a caramel sweetness.
T - Blueberries. No other way to cut it. A tinge of roasted malt in the finish, some chocolate, but the blueberry dominates.
M - Medium body. Surprisingly good carbonation.
D - Not very complex besides the blueberry flavor, but it's a restrained blueberry. Less of a fan as the beer warms.

Overall - Quite an interesting combination of blueberry and stout. I wasn't sure what to expect but was happily surprised. Not sure how old this bottle is, but it's held up well. I found this beer was better colder, and became harder to drink as it warmed. Regardless, worth a shot.

mrandypandy, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a touch of blueberries. There is not as much fruit in the aroma as I expected. The flavor is different, as the fruit is much more apparent. I get a lot of blueberry character as well as some roasted malt and a touch of smoke. The beer has a slight medicinal tastes, but it works OK in this beer. There is a strong, lingering blueberry aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - finger of foamy khaki colored head, with just an ever so slight blue/purplish tint. the beer itself is pretty much pitch black.

S - blueberry muffins! ripe and slightly tart, cut into by some roasted malts and just a hint of dark roasted coffee. other notes of vanilla, nuts, and chocolate.

T - blueberries are present, a little more sour here than the nose and almost take on a medicinal-like quality. chocolate malt and well overdone coffee attempt to balance the sweetness.

M - thin bodied with active carbonation, a touch on the astringent side. foamy and falls apart in the mouth due to lack of body. lingering roasty bitterness with a slightly tart fruitiness.

D - high hopes after a strong start falls just a bit short. might work well as a dessert or even breakfast beer, split with a friend.

Stigs, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Soneast
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt brown, almost black color. Grows a bubbly, 2-finger thick, brown colored head that initially recedes quickly, but then gets to about a quart-inch layer, which hangs on through the entire glass, depositing quite a bit of lace.

Well, definitely blueberries on the nose. Typical stout qualities comprise the bulk of aromas, some nice roasted malt character, burnt chocolate and caramels. The blueberry really seems to work well in the aroma, lets hope the flavor follows suit.

Fortunately the blueberries hang on into the flavor profile. Admittedly not as pronounced as in the aroma. The stout characteristics take front seat, with bitter chocolate and roasted malt flavors and there is definitely a hint of black pepper. The blueberries come in right at the beginning of the sip as well as towards the finish, right before the balancing bitterness takes over. The combo of flavors is really quite delicious!

Dark Horse's Tres taken as a regular American stout is really good, add in the blueberry aroma/flavors and you got something special. Easy drinking as far as stouts go, not much alcohol but a ton of flavor.

Soneast, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of chicano4craft
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another generous extra from LostCook

Pours pitch black that won't let any light penetrate. Hugh creamy, tan head that disappears pretty fast. Leaves a nice thin layer of head. Pretty good looking.

The nose has a lot of blueberry at first. After it sits you have to work to find it again. There's some sweet chocolate. Pretty clean.

Nice chocolate roast in the taste. Creamy with the blueberry fighting to get through. I'm glad the stout is at the forefront. The fruit is purely complimentary.

Great mouthfeel. Easy drinking and not too heavy. The best non Russian or Imperial stout I've had in a long time.

chicano4craft, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of TheStove
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with light head. This is definitely a meaty stout with obvious sediment.

Smells of malt and blueberry are apparent from the beginning. Traces of lactose/milk mix with the blueberry.

Drink starts with some carbonation which gives way to rich toasted and chocolate malts mixed with blueberry. The blueberry flavor is apparent but not overwhelming and gives way to a light lactose sweetness. All flavors sit on the tongue post sip with a light dryness. The interplay of chocolate malt and blueberry is almost reminiscent of one of those chocolate bars that come with fruit incorporated right into them.

An excellent stout though with some weird carbonation and a fair level of sweetness I don't know if I could have this one all night.

TheStove, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

a - pours pitch black with a thick, one-finger, cappuccino colored head, decent retention and lacing

s - wow, the blueberry really comes through on the aroma, definitely the dominant smell, toasty malt and dark chocolate also prominent

t - toasty malt and dark chocolate provide for a moderately sweet start, blueberries come out on the midpalate and linger on the palate for quite awhile after swallowing, bittersweet chocolate dries out the sweetness a bit on the finish, thus providing a balanced finish, alcohol is nonexistant, not a ton going on here, but the flavors are nice and clean

m - medium-bodied, carbonation on the lower side, pretty creamy, no alcohol warming, well-balanced finish

d - flavors are nice though not complex, one bottle is probably enough for me, the low abv is nice

Pretty good stout that really showcases the blueberries. Well worth a try for something unique.

WeisGuy, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A rough pour yielded a dark brown beer with red highlights with a thin dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin scum and collar leaving no lace down the glass.
S: Notes of fresh blueberry juice, molasses and licorice. Blueberry smell only really noticeable right after the pour.
T: Dark roasted malts, vanilla, coconut and slight berry. Very roasted and toasted flavors. Not very sweet actually. Slight fruity twist to it. Finish has some sweetness to it, and the aftertaste is roasted with a blueberry syrupy chocolate flavor to it.
M: Very airy mouthfeel, almost spongey carbonation. Medium body with a faint trace of alcohol in the finish, especially as the beer warms.
D: Pretty good stout but not one I would want to drink very often. Blueberry works well with the roasted character of this beer, but it's not that noticeable and doesn't really add enough to this beer to make me want to choose it over a number of other stouts.

scottfrie, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, no light passing, and a tall cinnamon head from an aggressive pour.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, and light blueberries.

I love the subtlety of the blueberries. It's just the right amount to add flavor yet not dominate. It complements the pleasant chocolate and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy with light carbonation.

Bonus points for drinkability for low abv while maintaining flavor and great mouthfeel.

Vonerichs, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Mikasa widemouth. Pours pitch black with an initial three finger light brown head. Dissipates to a quarter inch fluffy layer over the course of a minute.

Smell has three dominant characteritsics, blueberry, chocolate, and coffee, all of which are controlled and play off of each other very nicely.

Taste reveals a blueberry florally perfumed front fading quickly into bittersweet chocolate and light coffee. Closer to a 4.75 score than a 4.5 score.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, slightly chewy. I would like a bit more thickness but this is very good.

The flavors are all very bold. I couldn't see myself sessioning this beer but I would definitely enjoy the two or three that I'd have before I was done.

STEG, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to pouring this bottle into my favorite glass, kicking back and savoring this.

Pour - well, its a stout so not much to say here. It pours dark, dark brown with a rather thin white head.

Aroma - lots of the usual toasty, roasty, malty notes with some hints at caramel, coffee and chocolate.

Taste - this is where things get interesting. The first sip had me thinking to myself...malt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, lots of roasty and toasty flavors and wait..where is the blueberry. But, as this one warmed a bit I started to taste a subtle bit of sweet and sourness. Could it be? Yes, that flavor began to become more apparent and it mixed wonderfully with all the stout flavors. Who would have thought? Absolutely delicious stout on its own but the blueberries really make this something great.

Overall - loved it. I wish I had a lot more bottles of these. When you get one in a trade its always bittersweet.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I'd buy a lot more if I could.

indiapaleale, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared this bottle with the wifey the other night, this came as an extra in a trade with...Kevin? Probably. Thank you low resolution due to impaired memory beer trading friend from the midwest.

Beer is black and even after a violent pour forms no head, at all. Its not even brown at the corners. Odd. No lacing or legs on the glass. Just looks like black water.

The aroma is really strong but not so much in the blueberry department. I really have to hunt for them, there is an almost tobacco aroma to this beer, very roasty and strong.

Beer is medium bodied and mildly fruity / sweet in the palate. Not sure what to think about it. It is really quite bitter. I am not really enjoying this beer and I'm glad I split it at this point. Not a repeat. Didn't taste like blueberries or smell like them. What a wreck.

drabmuh, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown body that appears black...a fizzy, mahogany brown head stands about two fingers...it has some retention and settles into not quite a cap but a ring with a hole in the middle...not much lacing

S - I can smell the blueberries as I pour the beer...the bluberry aroma reminds me of bluberry pie...mix that with the stout characteristics of chocolate and roasted malts

T - The taste mirrors the nose...blueberries are up front...they are sweet and never present themselves as cloying or fake tasting...the roasted malts are strong from the middle to the end of the beer...chocolate is a dominate flavor...a bit of cocoa bitterness presents itself at the end

M - Medium bodied...this one boarders on being full bodied...smooth and coats the palate...I just don't like all the carbonation...it would have tasted like a bluberry soda if the blueberry presence would have been syrupy

D - This is the second bluberry stout I've tasted and this version blew the other one out of the water...it was like putting dark chocolate on your blueberry pie

thain709, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, decent head generation. Nice looking beer.

S: Smells dark and roasty. I do not get any blueberry at all.

T: It is a good tasting stout- but no blueberry! If I had bought it looking for blueberry, I would have been disappointed!

M: Creamy, good carbonation.

D: No problem to have quite a few of these!

Spica66, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown in color with a mocha thinnish head that quickly disappears and no lacing whatsoever.
S-Roasted malts and dark chocolate aromas overwhelm the hint of blueberries/
T-Sweet and blueberry up front and again just not enough blueberry flavor for what I expected. These flavors do become a little stronger as the beer warmed. The finish is a nice malty earthy aftertaste.
M-Thin to moderate thickness, body and feel to this beer. The carbonation is mild.
D-I was expecting a blueberry explosion and didn't get it but nonetheless a good beer overall and worth getting again.

bierenutz, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Black as expected. There is a massive 2.5 finger espresso colored head that forms quite quickly. It takes a bit for it to subside leaving about a fingers worth lovely espresso colored head.

S - My favorite part about this beer. The smell is this tremendous sweet fresh blueberry. There is a very faint roasted malt and chocolate smell which just enhances the sweetness that is already present. Great nose.

T - Interesting. The blueberry has seemed to take a back seat to the other flavors here. Quite the opposite of the nose. The end has a bittersweet chocolate favor to it that adds nicely to what blueberry presence there is.Very bitter aftertaste that I can only assume comes from some hop presence.

M - Much more carbonated than the others in this series. A nice creamy texture though.

D - Not too heavy a stout, and it shouldnt be at only 4.5%.

KAP1356, Jul 09, 2010
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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