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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 123
Gots: 126 | 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 TheStove
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of STEG
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of bierenutz
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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%.

Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to grownfool for including this as an extra in our recent trade. Pours nearly black with a 2 inch tan head. As advertised, smells like dark roasted malt, blueberries, and a dash of cocoa. Quite nice for a stout consumed on a summer day. The flavor is in accord - charred malts, blueberries, and cocoa. Never had a blueberry stout before, but this definitely works. Blueberries aren't so strong as to push this into a nasty fruit beer mess, nor so subtle that you barely notice them. Nor is this beer excessively sweet. Body is medium with lots of carbonation. If this really is only 4.5%, it's surprising, as I would guess it's more like 6.5-7%. Overall, quite a tasty beverage that I'd try again if I lived within distribution range.

Photo of busternuggz
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a nice persistent mocha head.
The smells were good but a little subdued, rich chocolate, breadiness, and subtle earthy blueberry.
Tastes were very dessert like, with a rich fudge cake/brownie taste dominating, sweet (but not too sweet), thick, and chocolaty. The blueberries are in there too, still in the background, and a little hint of earthiness, like some of the blueberry plant fell in there too. As it warms up there was an increasingly bitter but not unpleasant finish. After swallowing and breathing in through my mouth I tasted more of the blueberry.
Nice creamy texture without being too viscous and very smooth and easy drinking.
I expected more blueberry taste but it did well as a subtle note adding to all the chocolate deliciousness. Overall awesome.

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

I've been looking forward to trying this one for quite some time; thanks Michael!

A: The beer is nearly black in color with a small-ish tan head on top.

S: Tons of sweet blueberries in the nose. A bit sugary and overly sweet like blueberry pie, but still pleasant. The coffee and roasted notes keep things from becoming cloying.

T: The blueberry flavor is certainly there and is much the way you would expect from the nose. The coffee, roast, and bitter chocolate are more noticeable here and provide a bit more balance.

M: Medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation for the style, but seems to work for this beer.

D: One of those different/interesting beers that actually was quite good. I look forward to having another one of these.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to GuntherHophead.

A-Pours a dark opaque mahogany with short-lived darkish tan head, nice streams of bubbles rising to the surface, bits of tracing, ring of foam around edge.

S-Rich natural blueberry sweetness balanced by bitter dark chocolate and roast/burnt malt notes, coffee, oatmeal, faint raisin and fig.

T-Same as aroma: Blueberry upfront with burnt slightly fruity finish and bite of hops. Tastes like a blueberry crumble with chocolate chips left in the oven two minutes too long and enjoyed with coffee, but much less filling.

M-Medium-velvety body w/great balance between sweet blueberry and malt and burnt grain/hops. Light carbonation.

D-One of the best beers I've had in a while, and one of my new favorites. I miss American beer.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bridgids.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy 2.5 finger dark mocha color that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lastig cap. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Roasted dark malt aroma with lots of chocolate malt, oatmeal, toffee, burnt toast and a subtle dark fruit presence. The dark berry presence is well integrated, balancng out the deep roasty notes.

Full bodied with a nice creamy texture that adds fullness and complexity. Verydry and roasty with hits of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee bean and burnt toast hut this is balanced out by subtle dry spic and swee dark fruit. The bluberry presence is evident but not verly sweet balancing outthe roasted malt notes very well. Slight alcohol warmth onthe finish. Pretty drinkable for how heavy it is.

Photo of ahking
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Nothing comes through when holding to the light. Rich tan head forms on a pour but it dissaptes to nothing quickly. Yep, there are blueberries in there! Fruity boo berry cereal aroma wafts from the glass. It's not a bad aroma at all, just different for a beer. If this beer were a standard stout it would be an amazing one. With the blueberries it makes it interesting and a nice change from the ordinary. Nice rich velvety stout, a bit on the sweet side, a touch of roasted coffee and cocoa. Blueberry is not overwhelming, just a nice touch. Mouthfeel is full and rich.

Photo of Brez07
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Dark brown pour. Fluffy 2 finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention

S: The smell at first was basically chocolate covered blueberries. That changed after a bit, with the fruit smell seemingly separating itself from the chocolate malt

T: Blueberry does not really come out in the taste as much as it did in the smell. Very subtle fruity flavor at first, then some roasted chocolate malt

M: Light, thin, decent carbonation. Slight roasted flavor left on the palate

D: Pretty decent and certainly easy to drink at 4.5%. I'm glad this wasn't an overly sweet beer, but I was expecting more blueberry flavor. Happy to try, would drink it again

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. It pours a very dark black with a think creamy coffee-colored head that dissipates too quickly and doesn't leave any residual lacing; it started off so well and ended somewhat lackluster, but still a pretty beer.
S. Coffee, Chocolate, and Blueberries; it smells like a good hearty stout with a surprising amount of blueberry smell.
T. Strong blueberry up front with coffee and dark chocolate bitterness swooping in to dominate. Ends rather dry and crisp.
M. The body is difficult to discern since the carbonation level is so high - much too high for my liking.
D. I actually like the flavor more than I expected, but the carbonation level is off-putting. I continue to find that these highly carbonated brews don't work well for me even when I enjoy the flavor.

I let some of the beer warm up quite a bit while distracted with other activities and most of the blueberry flavor left, which might explain the reactions of several recent reviews. Take note: this should be poured around 40 when the blueberry smell and flavor is more evident.

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

Pours a very nicely carbonated opaque black, topped with an appropriate amount of mocha colored foam. Roasted malt, chocolate, and as it warms fresh blueberries. The blueberries are very nicely integrated into the flavors of bitter dark chocolate and espresso. Another nice one from Dark Horse.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This smells like chocolate covered espresso beans. I don't make out any fruit notes in the nose. Really disapointed by that. The beer looks great though. Deep dark thick brew with a toffee colored head rising 2 fingers. Retention is pretty good, lacing is minimal after a 30 seconds, but a swirl reveals a hugely thick quilt of fine tight bubbles that cling long enough to be noticed.

I taste no blueberry or other dark fruit. Maybe it's just me... But I'm thinking this might have been mislabeled. Perhaps this was the coffee stout that got the wrong name put on it.

All in all, this is very good. I'm enjoying quite a bit... But I feel it was missing the star of the show. Like seeing Van Halen on a day where Eddie's plane got delayed and the roadie filled in for him.

The mouthfeel is creamy and thick and this drinks pretty easily. If this weren't labeled with the word "blueberry" it would score pretty highly. As it is though, as drinkable as it is, it is only worthy of a B.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, it was a brief reprieve from a big ipa tailgating day at the ballpark . . .

A good dark cola appearance, little carbonation. Blueberry aroma abound.

Dry taste, but without bitterness or hopping usually. The roast from the malt has a little too much contribution though. Once you get accustomed to it, it approaches a smooth mouthfeel. Not a thick sludge stout by any means. A great palate cleanser relatively speaking (as long as you aren't drinking other fruit beers I guess). Minimal coffee feel. Not overly sweet like bad fruit beers. Still tastes like beer.

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tres pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It's very close to opaque, but light reveals faint burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. It's topped with a dark mocha head that rises to about two fingers in depth. Retention was quite good. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is good, but would benefit from more strength. Chocolate malts are the primary focus, and smell a little sweet and bittersweet. There is a hint of blueberry here, but not much. That might turn out to be a positive overall. Fortunately, it works well with the chocolate scents. There's a hint of roasted coffee, but not much else. It's all simple and straight forward here. Simple isn't always bad.

The flavor is good. Tres has a delicious, mostly bittersweet, dark chocolate fudge flavor. It provides a nice, sturdy base, and is quite flavorful. Blueberry is easily noted, but is subtle and complementary. I like the approach there. I was apprehensive that blueberry would be the focus. Rather, the focus seems to be the strong chocolate malt base. Good decision. Light roasted coffee is noted. It adds some nice depth. Alcohol is blended well and is not noticeable. Finishes with a roasty, dark chocolate fudge flavor.

Tres has a light body and rather active carbonation. It's not bad, but isn't quite smooth. It goes down easy, but less bubbles and more body would be a step in the right direction. Drinkability is good. Tres has a nice flavor and is a pleasure to drink. I'd happily drink a few of these. At 4.5% abv, it's not scary at all.

Dark Horse Brewing Company has a nice thing going with the Stout Series. I really like every one of them. I was least excited to try Tres, but it's good. It has a nice solid flavor and works in every respect. I do think a little more body and fewer bubbles would help, but otherwise it works. If you haven't had a chance to check out the series, do so. It's impressive.

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

Number three pours exactly like One and Two; thick, black, beautifully dark with a choco brown head. The essence emitting from the top of my glass with this brew is a slight sweetness with underlying notes of blueberry. It's not overpowerin, yet not your typical stout effervescence. Blueberry with a tinge of roasted malt. The taste consists of interesting flavor combinations. There's a prominent blueberry taste up front, with dark chocolate and roastiness in back. The blueberry adds an almost refreshing taste to a heartier style of brew. The blueberry is a nice touch as it meshes well with the stoutier, more bitter flavors, yet it adds a unique sweetness/freshness that isn't found in most stouts. Take what we know from most cherry stouts with their tart/bitter combinations, this 'fruitiness' enhances the bitterness of the stout by washing away the bitter upon first taste, then reintroducing it on the backend. The aftertaste is a nice lingering bitterness, similar to that of dark chocolate... how about dark chocolate covered blueberries. There, I said it.

Overall, I thought it was an unexpectedly nice brew. Was not expecting to like this one as much as I did. The blueberry balances the flavors within this brew better than I imagined. For those who don't like an all out stout, and enjoy fruity beers, this could be a huge hit with you. That said, I love the heartiest of stouts and this brew still appeals to me. Definitely a unique stout worth trying.

Photo of bobsy
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown, which fools you into thinking its balck unless you really squint at the edges while holding it up to the light - even for the style its pretty dark. A deep tan head sticks around for the duration of the beer and lays down some nice streaks of lace to finish off a very pleasing appearance. For a 'fruited' beer, the aroma works well, and indicates that the marriage between the blueberry and the base beer is a 'fruitful' one (try the veal). Nice chocolate and creamy coffee notes underpin some real blueberry puree. Its really smooth, with perfect balance and integration, though my one criticism is that it lacks the intensity I look for.

There are many ways for a fruit beer to fail, and this one avoids all the pitfalls. The fruit is real, the base beer is great, and the right balance is struck. The blueberry is present throughout, and its big fresh and vibrant. At no point does it overpower the base, though, which provides an excellent compliment. Creamy coffee, big chocolate malts and a light acidity. The body is medium, with a nice weight for the style and ABV, while the carbonation provides a decent smoothness.

A great beer. In the words of Tobias Fünke, "I just blue myself". You won't come across many beers where the addition of fruit is done so well, but it seemed as natural in this stout as adding coffee beans. Kudos to Dark Horse for showing how it can be done.

Thanks to Steve for the bottle and a great drive-by trade!

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.