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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 121
Gots: 115 | FT: 4
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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 phiberoptik
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours thick, dark black with carmel colored thick head (sloppy pour)that sticks around for quite a while although there is no lacing afterwards. As was said below, it leaves an oily residue behind.

The smell hits you with blueberries right away and malts. Blueberry is very prominent in the smell. At first taste, I was fighting to even find the blueberry. Just a light hint of it in the taste. Chocolate, coffee, malts, slight black pepper spicyness come on before any fruit notes. I would have preferred a more pronounced blueberry flavor but there are no bad flavors to this beer.

Maybe its all of the IPA drinking I have been doing lately but this beer was. not as easy for me to drink as some stouts I have had. It has the heavy, almost chewiness of imperial stouts without the ABV. Just by the magnitude of this beer, I would have expected it to have twice the ABV that it does. This could be a full meal!

Photo of alleykatking
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle. Had during the Dark Horse tasting.

A- Pours a jet black color. No real head comes about from the pour. Oily slickness on the sides of the glass but no lacing at all.

S- Roasted malts with some light coffee notes in the front of this. The blueberry part comes into play in the undertones and with such full aroma. The artifical smell is not there and this smell like it is made with real blueberries.

T- Taste at first was of light roasted malts and some coffee notes. The blueberry flavor somes into play in the middle of the beer with light roastedness coming back into play on the ending of it.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Light roasted malts left on the palate while the aftertaste is more blueberry forward. Oily slickness left all over the palate.

D- Very drinkable stout that fuses roastedness and fruit as well. Dark Horse just seems to not do wrong with anything they do.

Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Beer Engine. Poured into a pint glass on my Birthday! Appearance is black with no head.

Smell is amazing. Blueberry (but nice, not bitter, fake, or too sweet) and a heavy roasted malt component. Nice balance.

Taste follows. This could be my new session beer. Roasty malt gives hints of chocolate and coffee, while blueberry is clean and just enough to add without becoming gimmick-ey.

Smooth mouthfeel. Medium carb. All comes together well to create a nice feel for the beer.

Drinkability was good as well. I think this is a winner - Dark Horse walks the line without falling into fruit hell. Nice beer, fellas!

Photo of levifunk
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark, large head that holds for a while

S - Blueberry + malts

T - Very even flavor. Blueberry is much stronger in smell than in taste.

M - kind of thick, but carbonation keeps it refreshing

D - Very easy to drink! I'd recommend this to anyone.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

3/27/10 on tap in a tulip.

Appearance: Midnight black, with no light escaping anywhere. It arrived with a thin tan head, which receded to the edge of the glass and left slight lacing on the way down.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee and chocolate malt is the dominant aroma; blueberry provides a secondary presence on the nose.

Taste: Surprisingly bitter all the way through. The coffee and chocolate start off strong with a dark roasted malt back, adding a light but firm blueberry taste. A touch of cigars in the middle, and the coffee is the taste left standing at the end. A fairly strong bitter aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, a good fit for this stout.

Drinkability: a strong, moderately complex stout. The blueberry flavor provides a nice change of pace from the traditional variety. The bitter aftertaste will slow me down a little bit, but this is a good stout to rotate into the mix.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of beerguru15
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Blueberry stout is quite dark in color with a medium tan head that seemed to stay awhile

Instantly when opening the bottle your'e presented with a smell of Blueberries followed by a slight coffee smell.

When first taking a sip, you notice how smooth it is, though not quite as strong as the smell makes you believe it will be. You can slightly taste the Blueberries but this is definately not a strong stout.

The mouthfeel was good and the aftertaste didn't last long.

Overall this isn't a bad beer, though kind of disappointing as I thought it would be a little stronger.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized snifter.

Pours dark black with a finger-high tan head. Not too much lacing to speak of. The smell is delicious blueberries but it isn't overdone- this blueberry aroma sits atop a strong foundation of the delicious chocolate roasted malt. Black coffee in the background.

First on the palate is the cocoa and coffee flavors. However, this is quickly followed by the taste of fresh blueberries. Wonderful ballance, again the blueberry is not overdone but is certainly noticeable and present.

Overall a great, complex, fruit based stout. It is unique to be sure but delicious nonetheless. Not sure if I could drink more than two- perfect for a desert beer. Pick this up if you see it.

Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very black, small brownish head, dissipated without much lacing. Very opaque, no light coming through on this. Pretty dark in the bar, so that's not happening. Was wondering if there would be any blue in it, but wasn't expecting that.

S - Deep blueberry smell, really that's a lot of what this is. Slight stout smell, but not much.

T - Deep blueberry taste as well, that's about all I'm getting on this one. There are some weak stout notes, but it's really a blueberry drink. Not too sweet, more like the blueberries I used to put in my cereal for breakfast.

M - Milky, somewhat thick, low carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Highly drinkable due to ease of taste and low alcohol. Doesn't taste much like beer, think you could give this to anyone, even BMC drinkers and they'd be able to enjoy it pretty easily. Not sure if blueberry is the right direction to head with a stout, think it might work better in a wild ale. A good attempt, solid beer, but it would be great if someone could do a novelty stout like this and make something really kickass.

Photo of kirok1999
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque....really opaque. Totally black with a bit of wispy head and nice legs.
Smell is lots of blueberries with just a hint of the stout behind it. Bit of coffee and some typical stout notes.
Taste is a bit thin compared to the smell. The blueberries don't overpower at all. The stout is very mild as are the blueberries. A bit disappointing an nothing really comes through as a dominant note.
Mouthfeel is thin and the beer is a bit too carbonated for a stout. Not bad to sip but needs the right food

Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle through a BIF. Poured it into a pint glass at 49 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger dark tan head that pour retention. . The head is thick and foamy. The color of the beer is dark and opaque. There is some effervescence bubble on the side of the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A bright blueberry aroma escorted by roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, and floral esters. There are hints of wood and a funky odd meat aroma ( it is hard to describe). I smelted the beer at least 5 five times to be sure and ask my mom she got the odd aroma.

Taste: A bitter bright rich blueberry with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malt, and anise. There is a good hop flavor ( floral esters, grapefruit, and some pine). Ironic the odd meat aroma doesn't follow through to the taste.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent, bitter, and dry. The body of the beer is medium with a medium full finish. This is an odd beer combo but somehow works fairly well. The blueberry stand out and the stout is hidden a little bit. I would have like to seen it be equal.

Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: curved pint glass, dense mocha head with great retention atop the black stout

s: a rich, heavy chocolate roast stout with moderate aromas of real blueberry, the juicy blue fruit blends and contrasts well with the smoky malts, something in here mimics black pepper, hops take a backseat, an incredible chocolate-blueberry mash-up

m: medium carbonation, body on the lighter side of full

t: a roasty body heavy on the dark chocolate - even cakelike at times - carries a very well balanced, genuine blueberry flavor, smoky and peppery in the finish, lingering molasses and espresso, just excellent

d: no problems here - a great application of fruit to an already top notch stout

single from the Foodery, NL, Philadelphia

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

Pours black with big rocky brown head. Sticks around for a while, but eventually fades. Smell is decent, two-dimensional. Blueberries, and roast coffee. Not terrible, but not melded at all. Taste is along the same lines. Good blueberry notes, on top of a decent stout. Typical roasted flavors with some chocolate. MF is very smooth and oily. I like the carbonation level. Decently drinkable, not something I would want to make a night out of.

Photo of philbe311
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers worth of creamy rich slightly rocky medium tan head that displays terrific retention... An opaque flat black color...

S - I wasn't sure what to expect, but the aroma really works... At first there is the traditional stout scents roasted malt and a hint of coffee followed by the subdued but undeniable aroma of mildly sweet blueberries... The blueberry aroma becomes increasingly potent as the beer approaches room temperature... There's also a mild mix of spices...

T - Hints of cocoa and coffee to start... Next is sweetness of fresh blueberries... The roasted malt rises at finish and lingers for quite a while... Excellent balance and impressive complexity...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Creamy and rich... Exceedingly smooth... Chalky textured finish...

D - Darkhorse has a top notch winner on their hands here... The addition of blueberries makes the a truly unique offering... Wonderfully executed in all facets with many memorable characteristics... If that's not enough, the 4.5% ABV makes this exceedingly quaffable... I wasn't really sure what to expect as my past experience with fruit infused stouts hasn't been positive, but this a top notch offering in every respect... Have I mentioned, I'm really impressed...

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a quarter inch brown head that eventually thins out, becoming patchy.
Smell is blueberry with rich, chocolatey malts. Toasty notes come in as well. Very good.
Taste is again blueberry and chocolatey malts up front. Slightly bitter, roasty notes come in after, with some peppery hops finishing it out. Again, very good.
Mouthfeel is pretty crisp and surprisingly dry on the finish. Medium body.
Quite drinkable. The flavor is very well-balanced, with the blueberries being easily detectable but not overwhelming by any means. Wish I knew what the ABV is on this one, but whatever it is, it's not noticeable.
Excellent beer.

Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color, with a 1 finger dark tan head which fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Smells of blueberries, dark roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and the blueberries are present, but not as strong as I thought they might be. Medium bodied, and average carbonation. A nice easy to drink Stout, which I would buy again.

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

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.

Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Flat black in color. Opaque. Served with about a finger of creamy tannish colored head. Little lacing.

S: A nice wiff of Blueberry and chocolate. Very interesting. But the blueberry fades (becomes overpowered or drowned out) as you drink the beer.

T: Dark roasted malts. Baker's chocolate and cocoa. There is a faint note of blueberry if you search for it, but if I was tasting this blind I would never have picked up on the blueberry flavor. Predominately dry cocoa and heavily roasted malts.

M: On the heavier side with a decent bit of carbonation, but a little lighter than I was expecting. However, with an ABV of 4.5%, this isn't anywhere near an Imperial, so any discrepancy on what I was expecting versus what this beer is may be my own mistaken expectations.

D: Good, but at the end of the day, the blueberry is lost. I will say it was nice that the blueberry was not overdone and the blueberry does work well with this beer, but it is also on the light side, leading to a better than average, but not overly unique stout.

Photo of Patrick999
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking pour. Excellent opaque body, your standard creamy-mocha-looking head. Lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass, is this beer unfiltered?

Aroma of blueberry and chocolate - not an artificial blueberry smell, either. Like a high-grade chocolate bar with blueberries. Blueberry pancakes as it warms...really nice.

On the palate, it isn't really blueberry that comes through the loudest - it's roasted malt. Big roasty char for a beer this low in ABV. Some tart fruitiness that I might not have even been able to pick out as blueberry. I appreciate that Dark Horse didn't make a mainstream blueberry beer here, but I almost think they used a bit too much restraint. I'd like to taste a slightly heavier hand with the blueberry. Minor critique - I'm still very happy with the way this beer tastes.

Good creamy thickness in the feel, it feels like a bigger beer than it is.

At 4.5%, this is actually a pretty muscular stout. While you don't feel much alcohol, the big roasty flavors probably limit this to 2 glasses or so - once again proving that "big beers" don't necessarily have to be high in ABV. A good idea, and very well executed.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff black malt earthiness as well a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The blueberry aroma is fresh and damn enticing. There is a nice roasted character here. The taste is decent. It's bone dry with lots of roasted black malts present. It goes down easy with a bit of prickly carbonation. The blueberry flavoring seems artificial; most likely extract, which is disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an interesting beer that I believe needs some minute tinkering. It's a good drinker that I wouldn't shy away from buying in the future.

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark, near black with a minimal khaki colored head, minimal retention and ok lacing. Smell is of earth, ash, roasted nuts, cocoa powder and blueberry. Dark roasted malts are at the forefront with a earthy, ashy quality to them. The blueberry comes through and does not over power, akin to a blueberry pancake. Hints of cocoa powder and a slight bittering at the end. Body is medium, semi creamy with maybe a touch too much carbonation. Very nice beer where the fruit flavor is neither over or underpowered in relation to the other ingredients, would have prefered a little more body and creamyness to compliment the flavors.

Photo of tedsox31
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on bottle, right after the raspberry offering, also by Dark Horse.

I poured this into a snifter, which was a nearly black color. The head is dark brown and sticks around. Some lacing is left as I drink it.

The blueberry is not overwhelming in its presence, but rather complements the chocolate and coffee notes. I really like the combination of the two sides together.

The taste is very roasty, full of chocolate and coffee. The blueberry in the taste is very similar to the aroma; it's there but not overwhelming. In this instance, I could have used a bit more blueberry. There is some sweetness, but more of a roasted taste, which is good.

The mouthfeel is typical carbonation for the style, and a rounded body with some creamy/velvety texture.

Overall, a good fruit stout. I would have preferred more fruit character, but the roasted notes are well-balanced.

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

Dark Horse- Tres

A- Deep dark brownish black with an enormous dark tan head. Small lacing.
S- Roasted smokey mlt with bitter sweet bakers chocolate and a light touch of blueberries.
T- Semi sweet chocolate with a smokey ashy charcoal and burnt oak. Light sweet touch of blueberries lingers but never overpowers. Light roasted coffee bean finish.
M- Semi sweet throughout with a nice roasted coffee bitterness. Sweet berry touch.

Overall- Better than I was expecting. Blueberries are represented perfectly!

Photo of Josievan
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Ribco in Rock Island, IL.

Appearance: Tres Blueberry Stout is a very opaque, dark brown color. This is one of the darkest heads I've seen on a stout. The color of the foam is almost a charcoal gray mixed with brown.

Smell: Big roasted chocolate malts dominate. The blueberry is there, but in the background. This works well for the overall aroma.

Taste: The beer has all your great stout tastes of roasted malt, hints of dark chocolate, mild bitterness, etc. Where it differs, of course, is the blueberry flavor. However, there's not as much blueberry as I was bracing myself for. I wouldn't call it faint, just subtle. Where the blueberry really comes through is on the finish. Blueberry and bitterness mingle in a long-lasting but pleasing aftertaste.

With a beer with blueberry in the name, it would be fair to assume Tres Blueberry to be quite sweet. However, this is not the case. Your average milk/sweet stout is decidedly sweeter than this. Any sweetness that is here does come from the blueberry, but the malt has a toasty quality much more so than sweet.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-bodied and not overly carbonated, which fits the flavor profile well.

Drinkability: As far as stouts go, especially specifically flavored ones, it doesn't take me long to finish my pint. Although it isn't overly sweet, there is still that underlying fruit flavor, so I'm not sure I'd want more than a couple at one time.

Notes: I like stouts and I like fruit beers (know I'm in the minority for the latter), so I'm very pleased to announce that Dark Horse has adeptly combined both styles to produce something delicious and unique! However, Tres Blueberry is definitely a stout first and foremost, as any flavored stout should be. It's a stout's stout, which just so happens to taste like blueberrys. Tres Bien!

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep, opaque black with just the slightest chocolate brown edges when held to the light. The head is a surprisingly dark brown and started out at about a half a finger and sunk down to practically nothing in seconds. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malts and perhaps some caramel. The blueberries play terrifically with the dark chocolate. It's a sweet smell but not cloyingly so.

Taste: The dark chocolate is at the forefront with the blueberries following close behind. Again like the smell the intermingling of these two flavors just works perfectly. The blueberry flavor is fairly strong but not overpowering and it doesn't bring an absurd level of sweetness with it. The roasted malts also help to keep things from getting too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium to full body with a bit of creaminess to it. Carbonation is present enough to make the flavors pop, but could be a tad on the low side.

Drinkability: Dark Horse has done a great job striking a balance between the flavors of a traditional stout and the addition of blueberries. I could certainly drink a few more of these.

I'd say this beer goes beyond being just a good stout with fruit added but one of the best standard stouts I've had full stop. This is the first beer from Dark Horse I've sampled and color me impressed. I will definitely be picking up more of their beers.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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