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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 bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from Dunt in a BIF. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is jet black in color and pours very thick. The head is about 2 fingers and tan in color, minimal lacing. The aroma is slight roasted coffee with blueberry muffins. The flavor is roasted coffee with nice amounts of sweet chocolate. It has enough hops for balnce. The blueberries are there as a background. It finished with a lingering sweetness. It is medium in body and highly carbonated. This beer really worked for me. Very well balanced and enjoyable, I could session with this.

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

Received as an extra from Prototypic in a recent trade. Thanks much.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my awaiting small snifter.

A - Pours brown with a nice head rising up from a fairly standard pour.

S - You can definitely get the blueberry coming through as well as dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Very inviting as the fruit smell is not artifical or over the top.

T - I really liked it. I think it had the perfect blend of fruit, roast, and chocolate. The blueberry is definitely there but not over the top in any way. I really, really liked this one.

M - Pleasant with nothing really standing out. Not too thin but definitely not a chewy stout feel either. Just about right down the middle of the road.

D - Again, good. I am not sure that I would drink these all night, but as a change of pace, I very much enjoyed it. I would definitely get this one again and I will as I did notice it at my local bottle place.

Thanks again to Prototypic for a great trade and great extras.

Photo of BierFan
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very black body and a thin brown head.

Smell: Great blueberry aroma. I can make out a little stout roastiness behind the blueberries. Blueberry is very dominant without being overpowering.

Taste: Blueberry isn't as central in the taste as it was in the smell. Dark chocolate flavor and decent bitterness. Definitely a sipper of a beer to be savored.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this one in a trade with ThaWineGuy, thanks again Ron. My first Michigan craft beer and the first stout I've ever tried with fruit added. This should be interesting.

A luscious thick tan brown head bubbles forth from the cascading brew. Porous and smooth all at once it trumpets the arrival of this promising stout. The opaque, deep brown brew sucks all light into its black malty goodness. Traces of auburn shine through the meniscus as one swirls the beer. Noticeable viscosity alludes to the beer being a motor oil doppelganger.

Strong dried blueberry fruit aromas; surprise surprise, on first sniff. Currents and sour cherry syrup give tartness to the aroma. This is balanced by somewhat subdued roast malt aromas, the usual suspect coffee becoming more prevalent as the beer warms.

Tangy blueberry zips past the taste buds, quickly vanishing, overtaken by roasted and black malt astringency. Coffee and cocoa are the main flavour profile provided by the dark malt, which has a creamy sort of feel to it. The berries add slight sour notes which, when mixed with the malt, contributes a molasses note. With little to no hop bitterness present the kilned malt flavours would run wild if not held in check by the tart blueberries.
The viscous nature of the beer makes for a very pleasing sensation as the beer coasts the inside of the mouth. Yet it remains very easy drinking despite this.

This beer is interesting to say the least and chalk full of flavour. At 4.5% ABV it's would make a great session stout, the fruitiness lending a refreshing quality. I look forward to trying more beers from these guys soon.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

Dark black in color. Not quite engine oil black. There are some highlights around the edges that are a plum color. Head is really nice. Pretty much an espresso color with an almost purple like tint and its got tremendous lacing.

Smells definitely blueberry going on in there. Lots of roasted malts and a small touch of chocolate. I would call it a milk chocolate.

Theres a lot more coffee in the taste then is present in the nose. Dark roasted malts and surprisingly the blueberry is not as noticeable as it is in the nose. All of the flavor components are very well balanced. One doesn't overpower another.

Good feel in the mouth. Not too heavy. Finishes smoothly with a nice amount of co2.

Being 4.5% abv the drinkability is super on this. With the great flavors and light body to go along with it you could drink several of these for sure. I've recently had a couple beers from Dark horse and they've all been damn good. I'm looking forward to trying more. I would recommend this one.


Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - At 4.5%, I don't think I could've imagined it being this dark. Stouts are rarely that modest, so I was and am a bit worried about the overall package. But, low and behold, pitch is the perfect descriptor here. The pour yielded a great, thick mocha head that sticks around.

S - Well, it smells great. I could smell blueberries as soon as I opened the bottle, and they're evident up close. Chocolate and roasted malts are present, and oddly enough, there's a bit of black pepper, too. I'm not sure if that's from the malt or what.

T - Surprisingly complex. The blueberries aren't overwhelming, but they do add a lot of flavor to teh beer. They're strong upfront, followed by the same, odd peppery note. Thankfully that doesn't stick around long, as a healthy dose of roasted malt takes over and sticks around indefinitely. Some chocolate notes hit mid-palate, but the roasted malt is the clear leader.

MF - It's a little too carbonated, which does help in some sense, but it's not necessarily pleasing for a stout. Less carbonation would add some creaminess, which this could definitely benefit from. Aside from that, it certainly has enough body for 4.5%.

D - Tres surprised me in a lot of ways. It has more body and flavor that I expected from its meager ABV but doesn't have the drinkability that I would have expected. The blueberries aren't overdone, but combined with the peppery notes it doesn't do much for drinkability.

Photo of schanker21
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with ruby on the edges. Brown foamy head.

S- Unlike anything I've ever smelled. It smells like a blueberry scone.

T- Tastes like a blueberry scone. A very, very unique beer. I can't think of anything like it. I normally hate fruit beers, but this being a stout makes this an excellent beer.

M/D- Excellent. This is a damn good beer and possibly the most unique one I've ever had.

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

Picked this one up down at From the Vine in Columbus. I'm a fan of Dark Horse and was excited to give it a shot, the first in the series that I've tried.

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with a surprisingly large finger and a half or so of dark brown head sitting on top. Dies back in short order leaving a thin coating across the top of the beer.

Smell- Very interesting nose. Lots of rich roasted malts and bitter chocolate in particular. Some burnt dark roast coffee in the background as well. However, the most unique element of the nose is the blueberry, which shows through subtly and really smells of fresh blueberry skins.

Taste- Huge notes of bitter dark chocolate and rich French roast come across first. A bold and tasty stout for that along, but again the most interesting part of the flavor profile is that subtle undertone of blueberry skins. It adds just the slightest fruity tartness to the finish on the beer and makes it quite unique.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is big, rich and well carbonated and the flavor profile has just the right amount of complexity for the ABV to make this very sessionable.

Overall, a very interesting and well integrated stout. I liked the addition of blueberry and look forward to trying more of the stouts in the series. Recommended.

Photo of RedHaze
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't know exactly how old this bottle is, but I picked it up in GR, MI back in August 2009. This is my last bottle of the four pack.

Pours black, damn near impenetrable, with a one finger head. The faom settles quickly to a thin layer, leaving a very fine webbing of lace behind.

Smell; after all of these months the blueberries still come through right out of the gates. Some dark chocolate and roasted grains come through, with some faints hints of molasses. No real hop presence what-so-ever (even when I poured this in August).

Taste; the blueberries blend very nicely with a smooth dark chocolate (almost fudge like). A touch of roasted grain adds a very mild bitterness, followed a a mild tartness from the blueberries. Mlildly sweet molasses and blueberries, with a little peppery spiciness. Most blueberry beers that I've had are overly sweet but this one blends the fruit and chocolate flavors exceedingly well.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and with a fairly low carbonation, comes off very smooth in the feel. Drinkability is really f'ing good.

If this beer were available to me all of the time, I would have it by the case. It has as good a feel as most Impy stouts that I've had, it's damn near as flavorful, and it's only 4.5% abv. I want more, a lot more!

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out of the bottle really thick and slow. This beer is unquestionably a stout, a very black stout. Very dark, nearly as black as it can be. A semi rough pour yields a large, dark sandy colored head. Not much in the way of retention for the size and not much lacing.

S- On the pour alone this beer is aromatic. From pouring blueberry pancake/ blueberry muffin mix is noticeable. Once its in the glass and I begin to smell it it is evident that this beer is really roasty. Still blueberries steal the show but really charred malts, black pepper, meat tenderizer and other spices are heavily evident. I cant say that I have ever smelled a beer like this before.

T- Blueberries upfront. They give way to a really burnt/charred character. Its almost like the scrapings from a barbecue grill. There is black pepper and jerky. The blueberries pretty much stay strong through the whole thing. The beer finishes with blueberries.

M- Not as thick feeling as it looks. The carbonation is slightly low. Semi dry finish.

D- Low abv for sure. This could be sessionable but I dont know if I really like it enough to have more than one.

A really really interesting and complex beer. A great installment to a really great series.

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

Thanks to ericwo for sending me this one. Poured out deep black with a creamy two finger head. Smells lightly of roasted malts, chocolate, blueberries and some spiciness I can't put my finger on. Taste is blueberries up front, stout in the middle, then a combination of the two in the finish. It's a nice balance that blends really well. The blueberries aren't too intense or overwhelming and lend nicely to the roasty, chocolaty flavors of the stout. Like a homemade blueberry muffin. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy this one is an easy drinker. Excellent for dessert. I really enjoyed this one but couldn't really see drinking more than one or two of these.

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

Tres went into a regular kitchen glass, my second in the series, I hope to try all 5 someday.

Tres appears black in the glass with some brown trimmings around town. There is some yeast clumps on the bottom of the bottle so be careful pouring. A nice dark brown foam on top almost creamy looking became a ring around the glass with minor stickage on the glass.

After letting this warm for a few the blueberry really came out to blossom, it became the main scent with almost a captain crunch berry smell. Under that roasted malt, chocolate, slight grain. I'm wondering if they use regular berries or puree or the like for this. While the berries are big you can tell there is a stout under them.

This could be one of the best 'berry' infused stouts that i've had. While the berries are big they don't overshadow the stout and don't taste artificial. Blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate a hint of vanilla finished with more berries. I was going in expecting bad things but this is a pleasant surprise.

The feel is semi thick with a slight syrup vibe going for it. The carbonation is low but felt with a slight prick in the beginning before I was bombarded by berry sweetness. Finishes smooth and coating. I can't believe this is only 4.5%, it feels like it's much more with the body.

I liked this very much, I'm leary on blueberry beers because I find the taste to be a lot like morning cereals, but Dark Horse really impressed me with this offering. I would not drink more than one in a sitting even with the low ABV, but I see myself getting this again in the future.

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
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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