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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,356 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of carps12
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto my st sebastiaan tuplip. Thanks brian2345 for the extra. Pours black with thin brown head on the edges. Smells of roasted malt, light chocolate, mild fruit, some cinnamon, nothing special. Tastes the same with roasted malt dominating and light fruit. Mouthfeel is very carbonated that finishes with just a slight bittterness. One is good enough for me. Way to much carbonation.

carps12, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Polish beer mug. Courtesy of Ryan's Ghetto Fabulous BIF!

Pours an asphalt-black, opaque body with a thin, fleeting head of light brown. Hints of syrupy brownness creep in at the edges. The aroma is a thing of beauty: rich, dusty, dark chocolate notes enveloped by a thick, voluptuous blueberry-vanilla drizzle. Cobbler and coffee round out the profile with roasted malt and soil. At some point, I'm reminded of an Oreo.

Roast is much more pronounced in the flavor, with a burnt coffee core that holds up notes of chocolate and toasted caramel. The blueberry is all but an afterthought--a vinous tart note that's overridden by a snappy, almost impeding carbonation level. The body is as thin as you'd expect for a 4.5% stout, with a smooth finish that leaves some sticky residuals as if it were a much bigger Imperial Stout. Still, the low ABV adds to the drinkability, as does the fact that this is a very tasty beer from a solid Michigan brewery.

wagenvolks, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On opening, the smell of hot blueberry pie filling was very much in evidence. There was a short and fleeting tan head atop an opaque liquid with a small ring and very little lace. The surface area was curiously sparkling with dots of carbonation here and there, subdued in appearance with an intriguing aroma. When getting closer to that aroma, there was some cocoa, bakers chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate covered raisins in that order.

The taste was overwhelmingly of blueberry with a sweetness that seemed true to the fruit itself. Some mocha chocolate notes, a slightly understated coffee presence, more sweet than bitter and quite delicious. The real bitterness, although understated, came at the finish with a touch of nutty astringency that lasted quite long. There was a slightly creamy texture and it was a bit thin in body for a stout. I could drink several of these in a sitting, an abundance of natural berry fruit set in a dark malt backdrop,very nicely done by Dark Horse Brewing Company, another winning recipe well worth the $1.99 I paid for it at Merchants in Dearborn; too bad I didn't pick up six more of these!

ThatWineGuy, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes: got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff!

Pours like motor oil with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Blueberries with a touch of cocoa

T: Dark chocolate, dryness,leafy hops & a touch of blueberry up front. Cocoa & coffee dominate as this warms with a touch blueberries on the tip of the tongue. Finishes dry & chocolaty

MF: Oily, rich with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks really easy, would be winner with or without the blueberries

russpowell, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
Comes an opaque black color with an extremely thick, brown head.
Smells more mild than the taste but very similar. There is the roasted malts, leaning towards chocolate and espresso. Almost as an afterthought there is the blueberry that can't be missed but isn't the star of the show.
Very smooth and creamy, full bodied and quite filling.
Good stuff, glad to have tried it.

ThickestHead, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out such dark brown that it appears almost black. There is a 1/3" creamy brown head that recedes quickly to a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam. Sipping leaves a thin sheet of foam that quickly turns into speckles and legs. But very soon the ring and thin foam are gone and lacing speckles are few but still present.

Smell: The aroma here is dominated by blueberries. Then there is chocolate and hints of coffee in the back ground, along with some faint sweet dark roasted malt smell.

Taste: The taste here is a magical combination of blueberries coated in dark chocolate. Initially there is sweetness with the blueberry and chocolate but then the roasted malt asserts itself and brings the bitterness of dark chocolate and roasted malt into play. Underneath it all is a background layer of coffee flavor that seems to come and go but never take center stage, leaving it to the chocolate and blueberries.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light-bodied to medium-bodied and very smooth. The carbonation only shows itself in a light soft pricking feeling and is pretty much non-existent by the end of the beer. The finish is long and begins in the sweetness of blueberry flavor but ends with dark roasted malt and hints of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Since I love blueberries I had high hopes for this beer and I was not disappointed. I really like this beer, the flavors just work. This is arguably the nicest fruit beer I've had and I could easily sip it all night. I'm already looking forward to my next one even before this one is finished.

drtth, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of blueberry muffins. Also sort of smells like glue...Flavor is lightly roasted with the sweet blueberry/glue. Interesting stout but the blueberry flavor is a bit odd to me. I'll have to try this again...

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Almost black in color with some brown highlights. Tan head leaves a little lacing. Smells like fresh Maine blueberries with a whisper of cocoa. Flavor is darkest chocolate with tart blueberries and a roasted finish. Interesting taste, I like the subtlety. Nice medium body, dry on the palate.

illidurit, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Nice murky brown black body with 1 finger brown crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves a sole ring of lace.

Smell: Oh mama I found da blueberries! Also roast malts and perhaps coffee notes.

Taste: Roast malt and blueberries up front. Followed by a bitterness and hint of coffee. A bit disjointed but not bad.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin but thats what I expected with the use of fresh fruit.

Drinkability: Thin, low abv, easy session stout.

koopa, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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!!

Bitterbill, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A--Black in color with a finger of dark brown head in my 25 oz. snifter. Didn't get any lacing but there was nice retention

S--Roasted malts dominate, chocolate, floral hops, a hint of candy-like sweetness

T--The taste is almost a mirror to the nose. I'm not really picking up any sort of fruit taste, even as it warms up a little. Just a nice, solid stout overall but it would help if there was some blueberry actually present

M--Medium bodied and oily, a slight carbonation sting

T--A very nice session stout, it is hard to pack much flavor into a 4.5% beer though so it doesn't peak my interest too much

alcstradamus, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tyson for sending this want along. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of coco colored head that turned to a thick lace. The body of this brew was the typical midnight black for any stout.

The aromas reminded me of a blueberry coffee, being from Maine yes there is such an animal. There is a slight chocolate smell as well but once I thought of the blubbery coffee I pretty much kept coming back to that. The flavors are toward the smoked side with slight blueberry fruit sweetness to it had a medium to full feel in my mouth with a slight carbonation.
I liked this beer it was real interesting. I think one a sitting is all I could take, but it was enjoyable to drink. Like Maxwell house "good to the last drop".
They need to market this in Maine it would sell great

joepais, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mothman, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass. This huge want of mine was an extra courtesy of Jon (aqsprint) - thanks!

Poured around 50 degrees and up. I should say before starting that I love, love, love blueberries, so you may want to consider this a biased review.

Pours black, hints of brown around the edges, with a very thin layer of brown bubbles that disappears fairly quickly. Nice stickage when swirled.

Nose is just fantastic - beautiful blueberry mingles with ultra dark fudgy chocolate notes, with plenty of roasted grain and coffee in there as well.

Taste is nice. Blueberries take a bit more of a backseat at this point. Starts off with a flash of carbonation, leading into some smokey roasted grain notes, with the blueberry always hinted at but never really emerging too clearly. Hints of coffee at times, even some fudgy dark chocolate, lightly smokey and dry on the finish. Exhales of blueberry, light smoke, and chocolate. Would like more blueberry in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp for my tastes, to the point that the initial bite distracts from the taste. A bit of swirling improves things; nice full body.

JohnQVegas, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1.5 finger deep tan head. Beer was jet black in color.

Smells at first of blueberries! I also got roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste starts off with some blueberry, then moves into a smoked coffee, chocolate and roasted malt taste. Very tastey.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and mild carbonation. Finishes very dry and clean.

This beer drinks very easily, could easily have a bunch of these in a night.

ThePeskyDingo, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought two of these at Crown Liquors #19 in Carmel, IN. Shout out to bobby91w for great help!

Presentation: Poured from 12oz brown bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black color that is somewhat viscous, oily, nice 1 finger head but recedes as quickly as soda head. No real lacing on the glass to speak of either, but looks nice for the style.

S: The smell is a nice complex mixture of coffee, dark chocolate, and blueberries, but the blueberries stand out just a LITTLE bit too much to rate this one higher. Reminiscent of blueberry muffins, almost buttery even.

T: Starts off coating the tongue with dark chocolate, perhaps some burnt toast! Not overly burnt though. Then the blueberries assault the middle of your tongue. There is a little more bitterness than I like in stouts here, maybe from some hops? Not sure really. Perhaps it's too much cocoa flavor for me; like unsweetened chocolate. There is a lot going on here really. The finish lingers with the bitterness a bit. The mixture of stout and blueberries is a pretty ingenious combination and it's well done here.

M: I rated it lower at first, but it's so thick and perfect I bumped it up. Really nice carbonation, thick and viscous, needs to be creamier though and a little slicker/oily to be perfect.

D: Quite high. I think I could have a couple of these! Nothing bad going on here except as I mentioned before a little more bitter than I prefer in my stouts.

I am only recently exploring stouts (in the last couple of months) and this is not one of my top 3 or 4, it is certainly the most unique I've had. Very identifiable flavors, super unique, and highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of bitters or stouts.

thirdeye11, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of david131
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely pitch, oily black with a creamy brown head that settles to a lazy covering that has good retention.

S- Chocolate, coffee, and blueberries. Sweet and roasty.

T- Chocolate, blueberries, and a nice sweet, roasty edge. Everything is nicely balanced.

M- Nice and creamy with just the right carbonation bite. A clean aftertaste.

D- A unique stout. The blueberry flavors are just enough to be enjoyable without being overbearing. I was shocked to see that this was 4.5% ABV. Thoroughly enjoyable and I would love to see some more flavorful stouts like this at this kind of ABV.

david131, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of veachster
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It is very dark with a dark brotan medium sized foamy head. The head dropped back into the beer after a short period of time leaving just the surface covered.

S - The smell of blueberries exceeds anything else. It's like a malty blueberry pie!

T - The upfront taste is of blueberries followed by a malty chocalte coffee blend. It's a nice balance.

M - It's full bodied sitting on my tongue and as it goes down, the blueberries come out leaving the aftertaste for a chocolatey coffee malt.

D - I would serve this beer after a meal for desert! It's almost like having an after dinner treat.

veachster, May 25, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third and final DHBC bottle sent by Yetiman420, the Tres was the one I was waiting for most - Blueberry + Stout sounds delicious. This 12 oz. poured to a pint glass.

Label: another simple one, white with a sketched ribbon (a rabbit's head?).

A: Absolutely black, an abyss-like color for a stout. Starts with a promising head, well over a finger of tight cocoa-tan cream. Sadly, the head was gone entirely in less than a minute, leaving nothing but a pencil-thin ring. No lace.

S: Love the blueberry! It's the real deal, no artificial aroma: earthy, pungent, slightly tart. Marries well with the cocoa/coffee of the stout. An extra month or two in the cellar, any added traces of oxidation only make it better.

T: Chocolate shavings, mild coffee, vanilla, a little smoked wood and those tangy-sweet berries. Not the perfect blend, but boldly flavorful.

M: Each sips begins with a crisp tingle of carbonation that fades a second or two in, forming a velvet-smooth blanket. Adequate carbonation. Warmth on the cheeks despite a paltry 4.5% abv; honestly I didn't read at thing about this beer before and, while tasting, I guessed it to be in the 6-7% range.

D: Very easy to drink, likable flavors, lovable feel and aroma. Glad to have tried this, I'd certainly have another one.

msubulldog25, May 24, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A= pours black as the night and looks very thick in the pour. Quite impressive for such a low abv stout. As mentioned below someone said you can see a purpleish amber hue when you pay attention to it coming out of the bottle. A small tan head comes out but dies quickly and leaves no lacing.
S= really impressive stout odor. Chocolaty and coffeeish with some dark roasted malts and maybe a little smoke. Really something. The blueberry odor took me two sniffs because I was so blown away by the great stout smell but its there in a sweet candy sort of way. Muffins come to mind.
T= very unique. Chocolate roasty malt comes through first followed by a little more extreme coffee taste and the finish is a lot of blueberries similar to a muffin. There's actually a little tart sourness to it was well which is even more interesting... a sour stout hmm good idea. Really great.
M= very dry finish but starts sort of coating all along my mouth. Not the most impressive mouthfeel but better than average.
D= awesome. I really love this beer. Its something unique and fun. Ill be seeking more of this out often. Keeps you thinking and is so low in abv you can have a few to study the subtle nuances of such a great beer.

jjanega08, May 22, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ Bavarian Lodge on 10/30/08

Pours black with a finger of tan.

I smell loads of blueberries with coffee and chocolate. That's all you need as that was what was promised.

Tastes the same without being overly sweet. I find this absolutely delectable albeit one glass of this is more than enough.

rudylaw, May 19, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Dogfish Head Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Appears to be solid black. If you pay attention as it pours though, it has a dark red, almost purple color to it. I can't reproduce this in the glass. Two-finger head of creamy, dark brown foam. Retention is just going on and on and on. Lacing is like a curtain, but it's pretty slippery, so it doesn't really last long.

Good lord, that's a wonderful nose! It's exactly what it says it is, but so much more than I had expected. Smells like a cup of dark roast coffee and a fresh made blueberry muffin. Seriously. I pick up mild malt notes and a very light hint of chocolate.
This nose is very simple, but oh so deliciously inviting.

Who would have thought that blueberries would work so well with a nice stout? This is tasty!
Full of big, dark roasted coffee presence. Nice notes of dark chocolates, which are much more prevelant than in the nose. Good roasted maltiness. These characteristics alone would make a nice, solid stout. Then they went and loaded it with the flavor of blueberries that just dances around with all of these other flavors. All of the flavors work very well together and nobody really overpowers anybody else. The blueberries do get to shine in the finish, though, leaving a nice, sweet taste to remember this one by.
Excellently done, Dark Horse!

On the lower end of full-bodied. Nicely smooth and slightly creamy. Would benefit from a touch more creaminess and body. Just a little tweaking of the carbonation would probably accomplish this.

This is a very drinkable brew, for any time of year. This is number three, out of five, in the DH stout series, and I'm drinking them in order. That means that I still have two more to go, but right now, for me, this is the standout of the series. The other two have got their work cut out for them.
I wish I had more of this one, instead of just the one bottle. DH should really think about making this a regular release.

coldmeat23, May 14, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. A nice black/brown pour with a surprisingly dark brown head. Head disappates fairly quickly. Aroma of some coffee and chocolate covered blueberry. I didn't think the blueberry was too strong in the aroma or flavor, but others thought it was a bit much in the aroma. Flavor is a good stout roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Blueberry is sprinkled in and definetely has an interesting effect, more in the finish. The blueberry is what makes this not quite as good as the too cream stout. Still stands on its own merits however. An excellent unique brew. All the Dark Horse stouts are a must try.

Bung, May 12, 2009
Photo of AVDeuph
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love this beer, finally getting around to doing a review.

A: Black as it should be. A cream-soda-brown head that has great retention though lacing is relatively minimal.

S: One of the best parts of this beer. To me is smells like one of those sugary blueberry pie things you can get at a gas station. Those might be bad for you, but this is oh so good.

T: Taste is very malty-sweet. Dark barley malts are driving here, with the blueberry characteristics riding shotgun and chocolate flavors doing the annoying (delicious) back-seat driving.

M: Low carbonation, medium body. Not sticky but leaves a good lasting aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable. No alcohol presence, delicious flavors and an approachable mouthfeel. Not dangerous because of the low ABV, and simply sessionable if you wish.

Excellent stout from Dark Horse. Most peoples favorite of the Holiday Stout Series, though I'm also a fan of Too. Pick this up if you haven't tried it.

AVDeuph, May 12, 2009
Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewpub in Marshall. pours opaque black with a half finger of tight tan head that has little retention and leaves no lacings. very attractive in the pint.

aroma is of fresh blueberries with roasted malt notes of chocolate and subtle coffee. not much else, but the fruit works strangely well with the malt.

taste is of fresh blueberries up front with infusions of roasted malts and coffee notes. other notes include light cream and a mild touch of caramel. quite well proportioned on the palate.

mouthfeel is full bodied and rich with a creamy texture and a satisfying aftertaste of blueberries and roasted malts.

drinkability is great. a wonderfully rich fruit infused dark brew, which is few and far between. the blueberries impart a subtle sweetness that when combined with the malts produces a brilliant profile. cheers!

botham, May 12, 2009
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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