1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,334 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 122
Gots: 95 | FT: 5
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,334 | Reviews: 591 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Dalem
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown in color but a very slight bit of light can be spotted glinting around the edges. The modest head is a warm dark tan color that leaves a thin cap and spotty lacing. The scent is all about blueberries. Not a fake one either. Like whiffing a bowl of them. Sweet and natural. It does jump out of the a little almost like there's blueberry muffins baking in the oven but none of those "something may not be right" thought that I've experienced plenty of times in the past.
A creamy warm roasted malt is the base of it's flavor. Dark coffee and chocolate abounds til the blueberry envelopes them in a stately but not overstated manner. The finish is a nice balance of all the flavors that leave enough time to savior but not staying around too long.

Dalem, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of schellsbeer
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!

Simply Amazing!!!

Worth the $2.75 per bottle...ahhh, YEAH!!! No question. Almost Perfection in a bottle.

Love the blueberry. Fits very nice with a stout!

This is one fantastic Stout. I am so impressed. Blueberries, Chocolate, Burnt Carmel, Bitterness, Creamy, Thick, Black, Low ABV....what else is there to say. This is by far one of my favorite beers to date. It is almost...dare I say...perfect. Exceptional Stout. I love the fact that it is such a low ABV. I could sip on this beer all night. Dark Horse, you do impress me.

Open the bottle and you smell blueberries. But it is not overpowering at all. Very nice. I also love the fact that it is THICK with a small dark brown head that laces down the glass as it is drank. Amazing....absolutely amazing. I wish that this beer was made all year but it is not. I will definitely be waiting for its release next year.

Thanks Dark Horse. Keep up the great, fantastic, work. INCREDIBLE!!!

schellsbeer, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of WJVII
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great BA buddy, CDKrenz shared this brew with me-Cheers!

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a deep black with a consistency of oil. There was a strong dark brown head with fat bubbles that settled to a thin ring around the glass, but not an actual cap. The aroma is strong of blueberry (and I am not a fruit guy), but aside from that a deep coffee and strong roast come through. I am anxiously awaiting how the sweetness of the blueberry mingles with the dryness of the coffee.

WOW! That is something. Not an overwhelming blueberry taste. This is a thick, strong brew, with great coffee, chocolate, and just the slightest blueberry hint in the after taste. Nothing of what I expected it to be, better! I could get a little sick of the aftertaste if drinking more than one or two, but if like today when I am just having an after dinner drink, this is fantastic!

WJVII, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of WilliamD
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with a small, fizzy brown head that quickly recedes, save a thin ring around the perimeter. Very nice.
I can immediately discern the blueberry aroma, and it is quite nice. Coffee and roasted malts as well. But the blueberry keeps hitting my nose and my nose likes it.
The taste does not disappoint. Again, the blueberry presence is very noticeable, and it is welcome. Coffee and chocolate is evident as well.
The mouthfeel is very nice- perfect level of carbonation, and a low level of bitterness that works wonderfully for this type of stout. Fairly dry finish is just right as well.
Very drinkable, in my opinion. The blueberry flavor is present, but subdued just enough that it is not overwhelming or saccharine.
Excellent, well-rounded, and unique stout.

WilliamD, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of fo5s
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a guinness tulip. Not your typical st. pattie's irish brew, but at least I'm using the glass!

Unlike last night's edition (too cream stout), this one pours with a healthy 2 inch head - I was probably a bit over aggressive.

a- solid, light brown head with medium sized bibbles which quickly dissipated to a reasonable level. Dark but not intimidating.

s- strong nose of blueberry. I'm half expecting that wheat smell I've come to expect anytime I smell blueberry in a beer, but this one has full nose to it with some roasted grains and a hint of coffee behind it. The blueberry scent is natural, not overly sweet

t- just like it smells, a well balanced, natural blueberry flavor throughout on top of a stout. A touch of roasted barley, but not much for a stout. I can't recall ever having another blueberry stout, so this may be the first. I'm impressed.

m- viscous, but not thick. carbonation is right on. sweet on the finish, but not artificially so

d- the competing flavors of roasted barley with a hint of coffee and fresh blueberry cause it to be a bit fatiguing and it exceeds my expectations for depth of a fruit stout. Drinkability could be better and ranks alongside bigger/more powerful stouts due to the competing flavors. That said, I'm thoroughly enjoying my 12oz, but I'm not sure I'd want a 22oz of this, which isn't a compliment given the very moderate ABV

overall an enjoyable, unique beer (in that I've never had a blueverry stout before...plenty of blueberry beers and stouts, but never together). This easily surpasses a "black and blue" combination of guinness and wachusett blueberry (the local favorite). Drinkability could really be higher all things considered, but its an all around pleasant beer - and hopefully one I will drink again. Thanks to weirdbeer for hooking this up in our trade.

fo5s, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of stumac
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this brew pours up black with a nice brown head. nice lacing. the nose is blueberries, chocolate malts, sweet and roasty malts too. I taste big toasty malts combating with intense blueberry acids creating this crazy battle in my mouth! good but weird in a way. slight hop bittering in the finish. full bodied, med to low carbo. decent. Not Dark Horse's best work but very interesting enough. Hats off....

stumac, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours a dark midnight blue/black color with very little head but a great looking amber/ black ring and lacing til the finish..very nice..the smell is blueberry and cocoa first followed by toasted malts and hop smells it tells you this is going to be a different/good stout..the taste is not of strong blueberry just a hint (great) with toasted biscuit ,coffee malt chocolate and cream tastes ..yum! the mouth feel fills the tongue nose and stomach with a superb flavor..this is a very good stout ( easy drinking and low ABV for the style) for me and a great offering from dark horse..BTW 2 of my new favorite breweries are from michigan ... founders and now dark horse..oh and lets not forget BELLS

gatornation, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured like oil, only the slightest hint of light passes through at the edge, definite undertones of blue, nice cream though thin layer of head - 4.75, S: An intense aroma like that of an imperial stout with very obvious blueberries, enticing signs of espresso and molasses mixed what appears to some generous hops - 4.50, T: Quite a clash of flavors large as a result of the blueberries which play a dominant role, concentrated molasses, bitter hops on the tail - 4.25, M: Slight hints of graininess, some creaminess as well - 4.50, D: My second brew from Dark Horse, and like the first this beer excels, an extreme beer packed with flavor and well suited as an after dinner drink - 4.25

deereless, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a 16-ounce pint glass with the Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA logo on it.

A: Pours a very dark, rich brown with a mocha-colored head. The head is a little light, perhaps a bit less than a finger with a decent amount of carbonation visible on top.

S: Dark malt up front, soon overpowered by the glow of blueberries. A slight hint of alcohol.

T: Very intriguing. Blueberries up front, fading into darker malts and a decent amount of bitterness. Hints of unrefined cocoa. A decent amount of coffee in the finish. I was worried about blueberry overkill, but that was definitely unfounded.

M: Creamy with a lasting carbonation. Leaves the palate slightly dry.

D: Quite drinkable. I was a little bit skeptical of this one and wasn't quite willing to go after the 4-pack, but was lucky enough to see a single of this. This will definitely be a yearly purchase.

Thorpe429, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, with some nice caramel colored head on top. The head is thick and creamy. Looks very nice. 4.

S: Deep dark chocolate, and malt.. Not a lot of fruit in there, but we'll see what else this brings to the table..

T: Interesting, bitter and tart up front with just a hint off blueberries, then it mellows to a chocolate, flavor. Tastes a like roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Develops a bit more berry taste as it gets warmer..

M: A little thick going down, coats the mouth..

D: Good, but not something that I would really buy over anything else. There is not enough blueberry in it to make me want it more than a blueberry ale, and the stout is on par with many others available.. Good, worth the try.. but I won't be getting a sixer.

Beejay, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pour is black with a good head when poured aggressively. black with creamy chocolate head. smell is interesting. a little sweet blue berry. at first it was a 'oh crap' this beer is going to be sweet and just too much accent. chocolate roasty aroma. palate is not like expected. its better. smooth. fruit acidic on one side and malty chocolaty goodness on the other. very well balanced. very excellent for the amount of alcohol. 4.5!!! i think it could be had all year round. come bottle have a earthier blue berry finish. very into this beer. glad they made something this innovative but not showy. although a very particular taste.

had it after a year of cellaring. at first doughier. makes way for a wonderful body. blueberry is still there but at first masked by the yeastiness. once it opened up... quite better. earthier... a thicker wall of stout oozing down the side of the pint glass. wonderful job.

rtepiak, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have seen this on the shelves a year ago and ignored it, now it's back and I am finally going to sink my teeth into this one (figuratively speaking)

A: Pours quite thick out of the bottle and rises quickly into a thick though quickly dissipating head.

S: Smells quite larger than the ABV would lead on, which makes me question how natural these aromas are. When it's cold the beer smells a bit like blueberry pancakes, but as it warms the beer sours slightly (as per the blueberries as I suppose) mildly roasty and even just a bit smokey, very unique and quite inviting, like no other stout I've experienced.

T/MF: A curious flavor, lots of things going on at once, dry, tobacco-like closing then gets a bit sweeter. Mild blueberry and a bit sweeter on the chocolate end. Smooth and snappy mouthfeel, drying finish.

D: The blueberry is here but it seems a bit artificial, what I really like though are the roasty and sweet flavors, I think if you took the blueberry out this would be one hell of an Irish dry stout. The problem of course being this beer is a blueberry stout and it doesn't execute as well as it does in other places.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Black beer, looks thick and densly opaque. Deep brown head rose gently, minimaly, then randomly reduced to a thin collar.

S-Blueberries, very prominent and clear. Roasted malt and a slight chocolate make their presence known, as well.

T-A smattering of blueberry flavors, fruity-sweet at times and tarty at others, flirt effectively with a smooth roasted malt. A slight chocolate character emerges later. Finishes as the chocolate-roast fades into a residual blueberry flavor.

M-Medium-low carbonation. Medium-full bodied beer, feels heavy as it moves slowly, slithering. At times, there is an almost chalky character to it.

D-Quite high. Although I was nervous for a blueberry brew, I am quite pleased. Smooth and blanced fruit flavor add to, instead of overwhelms, the big stout flavor.

CHSLBrew, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of jcompton
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this on a recommendation from Andrew at Bon Vivant in Columbia, IL

appearance: pours pure black into a pint glass. like a black hole it swallows all light. dark bubbly head quickly disolves

smell: burnt coffee beans and blueberry pancakes. strangely enough the combo slightly resembles mesquite wood chips

taste: smokey flavor hits almost immediately with just a hint of blueberry on the finish.

mouthfeel: relatively thin in comparison to the appearance. moderate amount of carbonation.

drinkability: i would probably purchase this again. i couldn't drink more than one in a sitting, though. this is a very unique brew. at the very least worth a try

jcompton, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a vigorous pour yields a thick looking black beer with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. the head quickly reduced to a little more than a film over the top of the glass. very solid rings of lacing left on the sides.

S- dark and roasted malts and coffee right away. some chocolate in here too. the blueberry smell is pretty strong, but not overpowering. very well done.

T- dark and roasted malts are up first. not as much chocolate as i could smell, but much more coffee. again, the blueberry is definitely there, but nothing too strong. works very well. a hint of licorice as well.

M- a little light for my liking. very smooth and well carbonated.

D- its nice to see a stout have an interesting taste and be this low in alcohol. this is something i could have several of in an evening. i was a little worried about the idea of a blueberry infused stout, but it came out really well. winter is definitely the best time of year for dark horse.

jwinship83, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of n0315
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice pitch black body with an espresso colored head that's not too big and finishes down nice and lacy. Smells like blueberry and malt. Smell not to overpowering, just right actually. On first taste, I could not help but notice how smooth it went down, about the smoothest stout I have ever had on first taste to be honest. On a second taste the blueberry really comes out and as the beer warms, it becomes more pronounced. Probably the best session stout I have ever had. Nice and smooth feel, tastes great, and is highly drinkable. 1st rate stout.

n0315, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an incredible pour into my Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Delicious smell of blueberries. The appearance was remarkable as it looked like blueberry pancake mix poured onto a hot griddle -- with big glob-like bubbles popping all over a two inch purplish head. So it goes without saying, perfect 5s for both appearance and taste. Taste started out with a tinge of blueberries with a burnt stout overtone. Very tasty. Thick taste. Sticks to your teeth. You have to use your tongue to clean off your teeth, it's that thick. Scrumptious good. Mouthful is exceptional and thus the drinkability is very high, too. I'm sorry I only picked up a 4 pack at The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN. This is one of my new favorites. Great Job, Dark Horse !

cadizkyguy, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Onslow
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thursday noon 2009 the 2/19.. day off after inventory, time for a treat .. pours a dark brown black, with a pretty head, medium built.. awesome smell, hints of blueberry and other treats .. taste lives up to the wonderful aroma .. blueberry can work so well in beers if done right, this falls in to the the nail and the hammer hitting section, right on! .. i would use a magic lamp wish to try this on draft ..

Onslow, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Pudge43
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack yesterday. I have never had a fruit stout of any kind. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick, dark black color that's pretty much totally opaque and shows no hue of any kind when held to a light. A nice 1 finger tan colored head builds nicely. A very nice looking stout.

S: WOW! The blueberry smell is very nice and immediately noticeable but not overpowering. It is a very interesting addition to the dark, roasty malts. Aromas of chocolate and a touch of coffee are in there as well.

T: The taste has a hint of blueberry in it but it is much less than in the smell.The roasted, chocolaty dark malts really stand out to me. This is a very tasty fruit stout.

M: The mouthfeel is kinda thin for a stout but very drinkable. You get the alcohol but it is not overpowering.

D: Light and dry but refreshing. The bitterness on the backend is very noticible but very tasty. Can't compare to anything as this is my first fruit stout but this is very good in my opinion.

Tres was my first fruit stout but will for sure not be my last. Dark Horse has come up with a great combination of flavors that come together nicely. I'd would definitely recommend this beer to my stout drinking friends.

Pudge43, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One finger brown head into a Unibroue tulip glass at a temp that required some warming.

Roasty stout aroma with very faint blueberry aroma - difficult to detect unless you knew what to look/smell for.

Important to keep in mind this is an American stout and not to look for dominating characteristics of imperial varieties. Blueberry is not a driving flavor. It's well balanced but in this case, I think a touch more blueberry would be nice (especially since it's part of the name). There seemed to be some acidity towards the later part of consumption.

A good stout and my notes would be more positive if I went into it with the realization that it was based on a 4.5% American stout (ratings adjusted accordingly).

Yetiman420, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally ran into this beer at the Whole Foods in Naperville, had been looking since I read the description last year.

Appearance: Pours jet black from the bottle. Nice cocoa color head forms nicely from the pour. As you finish the beer, there is a noticeable ruby hue mixed in with black.

Smell: A slightly roasty aroma is accentuated with a nice fruity blueberry tartness.

Taste: Upfront roasted cocoa flavor that fades into a nice blueberry twang. Kind of reminds me of a mashup of Booberry and Cocoa Puffs cereals.

Overall: I was not the least bit disappointed in this beer. Has a definite natural blueberry character that mixes with the dark malts beautifully. Very drinkable, but think this beer would benefit from being on cask. Great beer, looking forward to the other three. Another great offering from Dark Horse.

Birchgrove77, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another classic black stout from the bent Tree, this on with even more ice cream tan head on top of the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Brussels lace all the way around.

Just some light hints of blueberry among the stout malts. Nice, not fruity overpowering even in the quaff. Top notch fruit stout - even more when one is a blueberry fan.

Thick and rich, tasty treat all the way around. MAN! Would be nice to know the abv - I'm guessing 7-8%, it packs some ass by the end of the bottle, but no hint all though out.

Vancer, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The pour is thick as motor oil. The body is ultra black with an extremely dark brown head standing at about three quarters of an inch. The head fades after a short time to reveal a mirrored surface.

S - Strong coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Dark malt accented by chocolate and a hint of coffee. There's a sweet aftertaste. If I didn't know it was blueberry, I'd still taste it. I'm not that impressed with the blueberry because it adds an odd, "aged" taste that I don't care for.

M - The feel is coarse but consistent. This allows the flavors to really come through. Even though I don't care for the aftertaste brought out by the texture I have to admit the feel is good.

~ Unfortunately, the taste of brew is essential for drinkablility in my opinion. Therefore I gonna leave this brew at average. But because of the unique qualities this brew has I will recommend my pals give one a sip.

cdkrenz, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this from the front display at the Neil St. Piccadilly, and damn glad I did. A sparse patch of amaretto froth tops a rich, deep fudge brown body, with the very outlying trim emitting a purple hue; no lacing. Better, more balanced nose than I expected, with chocolate fudge, molasses, and roasted almond coffee dueling with blueberry for supremacy.

Great flavor, really terrific--molasses, chocolate, tobacco, and sweet-and-sour blueberry, a little more tart at the finish. I could have lived with a prevalent blueberry flavor. Yet that this is so much more is extremely gratifying and very impressive. Very balanced and nuanced stout. The mouthfeel is just right--creamy and smooth but with a slight bite.

I admit to passing this on more than one occasion for fear that it would be a cloying, berry liqueur-like stout. What a shame that for too long, I missed out on a great, delicious, and unique stout. Don't commit the same mistake that I did for the last few months. Grab some Tres, and thank yourself later.

Splendid stuff.

Gehrig, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle at 51 degrees.

Pours solid black with a reluctant head of brown. A fairly thick bead of batter-like suds that faded to a ring on the surface and not much else.

A hint of Blueberry wafted out of the tulip glass immediately after the pour. Closer examination revealed slightly more of the blue fruit in the nose, but still quite moderate at best. Acrid malts, heavy char, bitter chocolate, and a hint of ash round out the aromatics.

Full bodied with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Not massive, but thicker than most, with an oily finish.

Black malts, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and charred bits lead off the palate. A fruity undertone steps forward, but does not seem obvious in a Blueberry sense.

Finishes with a lingering dry, bitter, charred essense, spent grounds, cocoa dust, and a fading spicy fruit nod. Some faint ash way long in the end.

Pretty tasty, but as with most Blueberry beers, the Blueberry is way subdued. The base beer is substantial and enjoyable on it's own.

brewandbbq, Jan 22, 2009
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.