Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 122
Gots: 102 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with a thick tan head that takes a few minutes to settle. The retention is decent, but lacing is minimal.

S: The aromas are signature of Dark Horse. Coffee, some chocolate, roasty, but with earthiness and a strong blueberry notes.

T: I don't know how they do it, but every stout these folks brew has this awesome flavor that resembles fresh black truffle. Alongside that, coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast are dominant. The blueberry is is faint in the finish, with a crisp hop note to follow.

M: Full-bodied, flavorful, and has a long, lingering finish.

D: This beer has been done right. Subtle flavors from the fruit, while the style is still portrayed he way it should be. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mgbickel
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a single finger, dark tan head. No lace left behind after a quick dissipation. The body is dark black...no light comes through, even when backlit.

Combine blueberries, coffee beans and malt in a blender. This would give off the same aromas as this beer.

The first flavor you get is blueberries (duh). The berry flavor lingers throughout the drink. A peppery middle gives way to a roasted malt finish.

The mouth feel is medium with little carbonation...slightly oily.

Drinkable, but, in all fairness, not my favorite style.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into the pint glass. No bottled on date is noted.

The blueberry stout pours deep black with an extremely deep tan color frothy head that quickly fizzles away. Not much lacing on the glass. Aromas are malted stout smell at the base with a sweet fruity kick that takes over as the beer warms up. I hate to be original, but there is a lot of blueberry in the nose. The quaff also has lots of blueberry in it with a nice crisp bitter finish. I really am enjoying the taste of this beer, something new to me but the sweetness is very well balanced with the malty and bitter notes from this style. Mouthfeel is fairly think. Drinkability is good, not great. For what it is, it is very good tasting just blueberry stout is not something I would want to drink regularly. Overall good beer from Dark Horse.

Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large dark brown soft head floats on top of a very black body, very slight brown hue when held to the light. Big chocolate malt nose with a bitter hop presence and a nice dose of blue berries. The taste mirrors the scent, chocolate malt with a bit of roast, along with the blue BZs Pretty thin mouth overall, drinks more like an average oat stout than a bigger bodied one.

Very tasty overall

Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color. Thin mocha head holds together for a minute, then fades. No lace to speak of, but still a good looking stout.

Roasty aroma with some coffee, chocolate, and a hint of blueberry at the end. The fruit is subtle to the nose.

Nice roasty malt. Some chocolate flavor. Blueberry comes in at the end as a subtle hint, but then lingers for a while. Not overly sweet.

This is medium to fully body. A slight creamy edge. Good carbonation. Very drinkable, especially for the fruit addition. Very nice.

Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A stout. Opaque black liquid sits in the glass, a half finger brown head briefly capped it before settling into a thin collar.

A very nice aroma of blueberry with some tartness and stout. Espresso and dark chocolate, a touch of char and decaying leaf.

Taste is much like the nose. Good stuff. Some underlying nougat from the malt arises, as well as hint of anise, just before the char takes over.

This is a light bodied beer, after all its 4.5%. not surprising then that it has a watery feel. But it is also smooth with a slight creamy fullness in feel. A nice touch of fruit and roastiness make for a very flavorful drink.

Drinkable and sessionable. There is so much going on though that you cant help but stop and ponder over the tasty black liquid you are drinking. Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north, its damn good stuff and something i would highly recommend to fans of blueberries and stouts.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A wife bought sub for something else i wanted.

Excessively fragrant. Dried blue berries upon opening.
Beautiful creamy coco head, dark beer.

Fruity bitterness, burnt wheat toast. Black coffee.
Hiding a dried berry flavor.
Medium body, lasting flavor.

I like dark beers, and this is a fantastic one.

Photo of Pecorasc
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH. Served in a shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep black with mahogany edges. A thin coffee and cream colored head, maybe a quarter of a finger thick. Keeps its head until about halfway through the drink. Very minimal lacing.

S- Smells of roasted coffee beans, blueberry skins and oatmeal. Bitter chocolate blueberry pancakes?

T + M- Can't help but jump to mouthfeel and say this is a bit thin. I do like the roast, blueberry and wheat flavors. The blueberries are incorporated nicely into the beer and make me think they are using the real thing, no artificial character. A tiny bit of tartness comes through in the finish that I think is from the blueberries and not an unintended tartness.

D- Being on the lower alcohol end of the spectrum for an American Stout make this one pretty drinkable. A good fruit flavored stout.

Photo of mikereaser
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 8/6/09

A - Pours a pitch black with 1/4 inch of brown foam that quickly disappeared.

S - roasted malts, chocolate, but mainly a nice blueberry aroma

T - roasted malty taste up front followed by a chocolatey blueberry finish

M/D - good flavor, medium bodied, good carbonation, i would definitely seek this one out again

Photo of Onenote81
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from bamadog in a recent trade. Huge thanks for this!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very thick dark black with a thick mocha head on top. Retention was fair, but it left no lace at all. Scents of roasted malts, some coffee, and faint dark fruits.

The mouth on this was stellar. A thick creamy wash over the entire palate. This was almost downright chewable. Flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, some espresso, and the slightest hints of blueberry. I appreciate the fact that this doesn't smack of cheap fruit concentrates. Wow. I was really impressed with this beer. I daresay I guzzled this one. I wish I had more...

Photo of MIbeerfan
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glad I found this one. Visited Dark Horse last summer and learned of this beer, sadly they were out. Have been looking for since.

A: Pours a black opaque with rich reddish brown fizzy head

B: Smells of licorice and blueberry as soon as I opened the bottle

T: Lightly bitter, blueberry comes in the aftertaste, definitely not a "fruity" beer.

M: Rich and smooth over the tongue

D: Good stout

Photo of Wasatch
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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

12 oz bottle

Opaque black, no highlights or light passing through with a steady thick tan/mocha head that has great retention but very little lacing. Looks like an amazing stout. Rich, complex aroma of a roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, a little coffee, etc. Finishes with slightly sweet note of blueberry, not quite as strong as I hoped for, but again smells like a great stout. Creamy medium thick body with minimal carbonation. Flavor begins and ends with mild blueberry sweetness and body has great balanced flavored with strong roasted malt flavor with chocolate, smoke and other dark flavors like the nose. Easily one of my favorite easy drinking beers. I would actually prefer a little more fruit flavor, but otherwise no complaints.

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

Pours black and thick, blueberry somewhat natural aroma, and oily roast aroma. ABove avrage mouthfeel, almost no head, certainly no lace. A decent dry stout, assisted by some blueberries. Chocolate is bittersweet. Decent balance and good flavour for only 4.5% abv. Little carbonation. Thanks Jon.

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

A - pours jet black with the consistency of motor oil with a nice head that disappears rather quickly.

S - Smells awesome. Blueberry pops out in front of the more subtle chocolate tones.

T - taste follows the nose - blueberries that are rounded out with some chocolate and toasted malt flavors. This is almost like a chocolate covered blueberry. It is somewhat sweet from the blueberry and chocolate malts, which are balanced with some toasted malts on the finish. This is a good fruit stout.

M - this is thinner than I thought it would be based on the pour. It is rather smooth.

D - another quality stout from Dark Horse. I really enjoyed this one. The blueberry flavor provides good break from your typical stout flavors. I'll have to buy more of this next time I am in Illinois.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay chalice this beer has a creamy dark tan head that frothes to a milkshake like texture. The color of the beer itself is black as a night without moonlight. The head does disapate after 10 minutes or so.

Aroma is of dried blueberries cherries, and little else. There's really not much going on in the olfactory department on this one.

Taste is a shocker! The flavors in this one are like extremely fresh blueberries, dried fruits, deeply roasted chocolate malts, very little hops, and a creamy and chocolatey finish that begs another sip. This is like the best chocolate and the finest blueberries get a touch of coffee and sweet cream ice cream - delcious.

Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and rich. Carbonation is perfect on this one. Very well done.

Drinkability is off the charts. You can sip on this delcious beer all night. There's nothing off putting. And at 4.5% this beer will do you no harm - enjoy!

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

Thanks to a very generous trader for this awesome extra.
Pours black with a thin brown head.
Aromas of chocolate covered blueberries, caramel, molasses, and vanilla.
There is plenty of blueberry and grape jelly in the taste, and it is blended harmoniously with bitter chocolate, toffee, roasted chestnuts, and vanilla. This beer is dangerously sessionable and highly drinkable. I had this with a chocolate cake and it paired incredibly. Such a great dessert beer if you like blueberries, and I do!

Photo of PEBKAC
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been gifted this beer a few times over the past couple of years, & it's never failed.

Pop of the cap released a relaxing scent of blueberry muffin mix. Smells a little sweeter then they naturally should be, but I haven't even gotten around to pouring it out yet.

It pours out a rich velvet black. Inch of cookie dough-colored head. It actually looks like a Chewy Chips Ahoy is just sitting there in my pint glass. I'm left with a pretty sludgy empty bottle.

Smell is of fudge, cooked blueberries, & lots of sweet unfermentables, giving the berries more of a dipped, artificial scent.

The blueberries are much more subtle in flavor, still coming off buttered & baked(can't really be helped unless you'd rather just have the finished beer sit on the berries), & simply lacing the base stout. The beer has a bigger then average roast, but smooths the edges out with some lactose(almost tastes like yogurt). Sharp malt sweetness & a creamy microbeaded feel. Endgame is coffee/tobacco & toasty grain.

It drinks like a much, much bigger beer.

One of my favorite fruit stouts.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at Euology Bar in Philadelphia. Served in a goblet, near room temp.

A - Thick, dark black, with just barely visible shades of deep brown. Milk chocolate color head, not large. Lacing was adequate for the style. Looks tasty!

S - Smells like newly dipped blueberries in semi-sweet chocolate and barely. Hops as well...really nice smelling stout.

T - Flavor mirrors the aroma quite well. leans towards a dessert beer. Drinking a great stout flavor with just enough burnt chocolate and blueberry sweetness. Just a little Fuggle hop bitterness on the finish. This is one delicious beer, I found myself drinking it quickly.

M - Thick, deep and oily, coats the mouth nicely. Low carbonation really lets you taste the complexity of hte subtle blueberry flavor. Not enough flavor retention, but good nonetheless

D - highly drinkable. I finished the goblet fast. Delicious.

Photo of fropones
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black that won't let any light through with half a finger of mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee. Very little blueberry detected, but still a nice aroma. Take a sip, and there's the blueberry. Mixed in with the dark chocolate, coffee, and malt flavors. Finishes with a little bit of tartness from the blueberries. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Good drinkability. Going to lit this one warm up and see what flavors come out.

EDIT: After warming up, a lot more of that delicious blueberry flavor came out. As a fan of sours and stouts, this is truly a great beer.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours amazingly dark, just like the other two to this point. The head on this one comes out fighting. I mean well over an inch, pushing 2. But the bubbles are loose and rush very quickly, pushing the dark liquid up on top of them. Really interesting to see, but if you look away for just a second, the head is gone. The smell, without question, immediately reminds me of blueberry muffins. I mean it's very bready, a bit grainy, filled with overripe, caramelized blueberries. Maybe a day-old blueberry muffin, one that's a little cold. Very good. The smell, if you look for it has a nice roastiness, a bit of dark chocolate, some light coffee smells, some burnt bits. It says it's a blueberry stout, and when you smell it, you can tell. The taste keeps on where the smell ends. There a great burst of ripe blueberry in each taste, but almost no tartness like young blueberries. There's an incredible breadiness, sweet an cakey, but efinitely not too sweet. You get a bit of burnt bread, a tiny bit of chocolate, that's the extent of roastiness. The body on this is nice, not too heavy and full, not like the others, (but I suppose that it's tough when the ABV is so much less), but the carbonation definitely does not have the same burst. as the others. Pretty normal, with a bit of a slickness from the fruit. The drinkability on this is pretty good. I mean, it's not going to hamper further drinking too much, as some flavored beers tend to do, and the ABV isn't too high. But the fruitiness would keep me from coming back to this often.

Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from Mikeyv35 in a trade. Thanks a ton for this!!! Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series goblet.

A - Poured a thick, oily and opaque black with no real head, just a medium sized mocha collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Aroma is of chocolate covered blueberries. Nice, dark chocolate richness - slightly burnt, deep dark chocolate infused with fresh blueberries and strangely raspberries. Quite interesting and very good smelling stout. No real malt or hop aromas in this at all. Almost smells like raspberry jelly candies...liking this a lot.

T - Flavor really mirrors the aroma. I am drinking liquid raspberry jellies. Blueberry is such a subtle fruit flavor, really difficult to get any character out of it - this beer achieves that, though, for me, it has morphed to another fruit. I think it is the combination of the fruit with the dark chocolate goodness that causes this. Hop flavor and bitterness is practically non-existent. The bitterness seems to come from the dark chocolate character. No real malt character either - just chocolate and fruit...but this works really well.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Carbonation is light/medium and complements the flavors in this beer. Gives a little bit of life and a tingle that works. Works well. Flavor lasts well after the swallow and leaves me wanting more...very much of a rich dessert beer for me.

D - Smooth and tasty. This is the most dessert worthy beer I've had in a long time. Doesn't need anything to accompany it, although I imagine it would go extremely well with chocolate cake. Very drinkable - smooth and easy. Have to get more of these...

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz in a trade from Viggo - thanks man!

Pours a dark black with just the thinnest rim of brown around the edges, some thick sludge left in the bottom of the bottle.
A finger of thick, dark chocolate head, which looks like icing on a fudge cake, graces the top. Mmmmm.

Nose is dark and roasty, lots of chocolate and sweetness, a light blueberry note wafting through.

Taste is chocolate and fudge throughout, mildly roasted malts, a hint of bitter chocolate and a light blueberry. Many fruit beers want to display the fruit up front but Dark Horse resists this temptation and blends the blueberry flavor into the rest of the beer, integrating it in a nice blend. It enhances the flavor rather than dominating it.

At 4.5% this is a ridiculously delicious beer that won't kill you in the drinking. It also means it has a lighter body than many other stouts and makes it feel lighter and a little less luxurious. That said, the flavor holds it up. It's quite drinkable though the blueberry limits what you can pair it with, more a dessert beer but normally I look for something a little heavier in that category. Nonetheless, delicious all around. Great beer, thanks Viggo!

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.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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