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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,372 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 122
Gots: 97 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is inky black with what i swear is a little bit of purple foam on top. The aroma is of tons of blueberries covered in dark chocolate covered with ground espresso beans. I think that is pretty much how the beer tastes as well. This beer is everything a stout should be; very dark, with a heavy roasted malt character, and an acrid bitterness with the added and welcome addition sweet/aromatic blueberries. The only real flaw I see in this beer is its dissapointing lack of a thick creamy head. Otherwise if blueberry stout is what you're lookin for, it's right here.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown brew with ruby highlights. Head is somewhat fizzy but settling down nicely to an uber dark beige 1/8 inch head.

S: Immediately after I poured the beer, massive blueberry aromas flowed through the air. In the lows minor milk chocolate and a bit of roasted barley can be found.

T: Starts with what tastes like razzberry otter pops. The fruit flavor here isn’t winning me over, its got an artificial angle to it. The fruity flavors go longer than I would have liked before letting some stout flavors in. Stout flavors are plain and unobtrusive with only minor coffee, cocoa or roasted barley. Finishes with more lingering berry flavors and not enough stout.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: This wasn’t one of my favorites from this brewery. I could see how some like it but it didn’t suit me.

Photo of mntlover
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color with no real light getting thru a small coca head falls quick, no lace left behind.

Aroma is roasted malts with chocolate shinning thru the most along with some berry aroma. Underneath some coffee is also noted.

Taste is malty, chocolate with some berry flavor but not as much as the nose indicated. Some coffee flavors in the finish along with some dry chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is good a big medium but not smooth and creamy as some stouts. Carbonation is a little lively seems a little bubbly in the finish, might account for lack of smoothness.

Drinkability is ok, not really into blueberries but this is not bad. Worth a try certainly. Want to thank merlin48 for this one.

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

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete old motor oil black with a dark brown one finger head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Stickiness is here and there, a bit spotty. Smell is dark chocolate covered blueberries with a hint of fresh roasted coffee. Some woody vanilla notes tingle the nose as well with bit of caramel malt. Taste starts off with a tiny bit of fresh blueberries which is quickly dominated by the big french roast coffee flavor. A bit of an oaky wood taste towards the end with some grassy hop flavors as well. I was hoping for just a bit more blueberry sweetness on the tongue with this one, but still a decent taste overall. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a mild carbonation bite. Very enjoyable beer over all, I wish more breweries would experiment fruit stouts.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature which is a little warmer than the suggested, but I wanted it warm to capture as much of the aromas and flavors as I could.

Poured deep black with a solid full finger tan head that melted to a mere ring of tan bubbles as I drank from the glass.

Aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate, light coffee, and faint fresh blueberries.

Taste follow the aromas. Creamy milk chocolate and cocoa...just a hint of coffee and then enough fresh blueberry to compliment perfectly rather than overpower. Finish is warm alcohol.

Aftertaste of cocoa with blueberry 'burps' and alcohol.
Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

I normally don't like blueberries, particularly in beers. Brewers seem to want to get 'in-your-face' with the blueberry at the expense of hiding whatever else is in there. Normally, the blueberry tastes very artificial as well.
Tres Blueberry Stout carries this combination off very well with a perfect blending of chocolates and blueberries. Nothing fights...everything harmonizes.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch black color stout with a small deep brown color head. Aroma of strong blueberry is well mix with some medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between fresh and sweet blueberry and some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. I am not usually fond of fruit in stout but I thought this mix worked very well and the balance between fruit, sweetness and bitterness from the malt was well achieved. Body was quite full with some light carbonation.

Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so glad to see this on the shelf at the Chalet in Goshen. The only bad part is there was only one.

A: Pours deep dark black with a huge 3 finger espresso head. The head died down but hung around nicely. There was some bubbles and nice lacing for a stout.

S: Soo very nice. Nice milk chocolate mixed with the aroma of blueberries. Coffee undertones and a hint of booze. Lovely.

T: One great stout man. Coffee and Chocolate dominate. There is a hint of blueberry but I wish there was more, the blueberry taste is too faint.

M: Medium bodied but extra creamy.

D: Very. I put down the bottle with no problem and chased it with a Bell's java stout.

Overall: This is one I have been wanting to try and it was worth the wait. As a stout it was great. I was anticipating more blueberry so I knocked it down a bit since the blueberry taste was lacking. I just wish there were more on the shelf to share with all my BA buddies who wanna try this brew.

I will search more of this one out. It was not fresh, hopefully a fresh batch will have a bit more blueberry taste.

Photo of dogman
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a strong blueberry nose to it, which is great. At first taste has a bit of blueberry but, not too much. It also didn't taste like fake like some beers with fruit in them. Then it finished like a great stout. I will be buying a bunch of this next time i see it.


I only wish i could buy this in Chicago.

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

"One" was good, but "Too" failed me badly. Here goes "Tres":

Pours out black as night with a little light brown head. Good so far. The aroma is quite different for a stout, due to the blueberries - fruity, tart, fresh, with underlying stouty notes of dark roasted coffee. The flavor was quite pleasant - again, crisp, refreshing, light (for a stout), with the roasted flavors coming out more as it warmed a bit. It was well-carbonated, not too creamy - just nice. This was one of the most easily consumed stouts I've ever had. I easily could have downed another.

I feared the "blueberry stout" would be just a gimmick, but it paid off quite nicely.

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

Devil's food cake with no highlights to speak of. It'd be cool if there was a hint of blueberry at the edges, but no such luck. The three finger cap looks like cappuchino frosting and is about as thick and rich. I don't mind the lack of lace one bit because Tres looks like a stout lover's stout.

Immediately after the pour, when I was trying to focus on the beer's appearance, I thought the aroma might get the ultimate score. Fragrant clouds of blueberry-infused fudge greeted my nose and made my mouth water. Up close it isn't even close to that special, but it's still damn good. Do I smell black pepper as well?

Just like One (Oatmeal) and Too (Cream), Tres is fabulous stout. I don't think Dark Horse changed much from beer to beer, but then I'm glad they didn't since they hit the bull's eye the first time around. I'm not sure that I've ever had a really good blueberry stout. I have now.

Tres tastes like the darkest, most fudgey chocolate cake imaginable, with blueberry juice added to the liquid ingredients and chunks of dried blueberries soaked in blueberry brandy added to the dry ingredients. I'm still getting a cracked black pepperiness that I could take or leave. It does, however, make an already interesting beer even more interesting.

For some reason, Too's mouthfeel was on the light side. This beer rights the ship, but my bottle is a little too carbonated for my liking. Underneath the bubbles, though, it's easy to appreciate the chewy smoothness of a well-brewed, incredibly malty beer.

I'm a huge fan of Dark Horse's Holiday Stout Series. It's too bad that I only have one more to go. Tres Blueberry Stout is a delicious marriage of fruit and roasted barley. If you're lucky enough to see this stuff on the shelves, don't hesitate. Tres is tres magnifique.

Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to alexgash for the tasty surprise.

Pours very dark, oily, and bright black. Like, sure there's an absence of colors, but it's an explosive absence of colors. Nice brown head.

Smells of a sweet stout with gentle hints of organic blueberries. No big bitter malts or hops. Nice, but kind of dull.

But brother it don't taste dull! Huge, creamy sweet stout goodness, very large and bittersweet roasted malt against a wonderful spicy middle with a distinct but tame kick of citrus hop and an end of perfectly balanced blueberry sweetness.

Sometimes, fancy shit like this works out. This is a sometime.

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

Aroma: Faint blueberry notes but melded incredibly well together with hints of dark chocolate and roasted barley notes.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a dark leather brown head.

Flavor: Well-knit flavors of chocolate, espresso, roasted barley, and some background dark fruity notes. The blueberry is there but only in faint flashes. It definitely takes a back seat to the stout and lets the great profile of this finely crafted brew stand out.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, moderate to low carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly astringent.

Overall impression: One of the best "fruit" stouts I've had. I love the background blueberry notes with the stout profile shining strong. All other brewers should take notes on this one. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fine looking beer. Black body. Thick crop of deep brown froth to cap it off. Lacing is quite nice...bountiful. Nice aroma. Plump, sweet blueberries contrast with the gritty and roasty black malts of this stout. This beer is about 80% stout, 20% fruit...which is good. It works. The main gist of the of the flavor is deep, dark roasted malts with a nice burnt edge to it. And the sugar coated blueberries give a ghostly presence in the background. The creamy mouthfeel lends to a very drinkable stout. This is good.

Photo of patrick16o
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful smooth creamy black pour with a medium sized dark tan crown. Very tiny bubbles, moderate head retention. Aroma is a huge blast of blueberry filling / syrup, nothing more. Flavorful taste of chocolate blueberry blended nicely with some roastyness towards the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is pretty good. A very delicious dessert beer, good to enjoy slowly, but may not want more than one in a row.

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

Thanks for sharing this one biegaman!

Pours a very opaque black, dark edges, almost purple, they must have used a shitload of blueberries in this. Almost not head, bit of brown lacing sticks to the glass and rings the edges of the beer. Smell is nice, blueberries to the max, nice roasty chocolate, some spice, very rich, fresh baked goods! Taste is nice roast, some chocolate, burnt flavour, blueberries, prunes, quite nice, little bit weaker than the aroma but still quite something, a good fruit beer. Mouthfeel is thick, very full bodied, low carbonation, bit weak in the flavour, dry finish. Thanks for sharing Jan!

Photo of Luchman
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: A black body that pours out somewhat thick, but with nothing but a faint bubble of head on top and some very very thin lacing on the side, that stays around for some odd reason.

S: Smell is a little faint, but like rich, fresh blueberries in a chocolate muffin. Also has some roasted malt qualities to it as well. Not so bad.

T: Having a rough time with this one... A very subtle flavor, but roasted malts, some licorice,and some chocolate.. Blueberries are, i guess, in the end and come off very very faint and like the smell - Kind of acidic actually. Ends pretty damn dry.

M: Mouth feel is pretty good. A medium/full body that goes down easy and leaves a coating-like feel in the mouth.

D: Well.. I dont know if this may have been a tad off or what. Either way, the bottle that I have is not too great IMO. Not a drain-pour but a definite "No thanks.." in the future.

Photo of BMoney575
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-12-07

Pours an absolute black with no head whatsoever. Leaves the sides of the glass clean.

Smells of blueberries, with an almost grape soda-like quality. Very Interesting.

Taste is strong on coffee malt, with the unmistakable addition of blueberries. The two combine to form an almost black licorice flavor.

Mouthfeel is unlike anything I've ever had before. The carbonation and blueberry flavor give it a very soda-like character.

Drinkability is not as good, the flavors are way too strong to have more than one.

Overall, if there were points for originality and creativity, this beer would get a 5. One of the more memorable beers I've tried, and good choice for something different.

Photo of nortmand
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a wisp of brown foam. Good legs on this beer, too.

Intense, natural berry aroma. Chocolate and roast overtones.

Slightly sweet up front, midtongue there is a great, natural, unmistakeable blueberry flavor. Leaves a lightly roasted bitter aftertaste.

Full bodied and very drinkable, this is a finely crafted stout with a nice fruit addition.

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

Inky, oily black body with a small, but persistent, cocoa brown head. Where's the blue? Just kidding. Intriguing nose of crushed blueberries, flowers, espresso, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Very unique aroma created by the floral blueberry aroma and the roasted coffee/malt. And it's good! Taste starts out nice and roasty. Rich, roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate work nicely together. Hints of floral fruitiness soon become stronger with noticeable blueberry essence mid-palate. Strong coffee bitterness, baking chocolate, and slight roasted grain astringency in the finish. Slightly warming. Medium-bodied (could be a bit fuller IMO) with a dry, slightly metallic finish. Darkhorse pulled this one off nicely. I was leary at first, but I might just have to buy more of this now!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was a rather good stout with good amounts of roastiness overlaid with an appropriate amount of blueberry fruit. All in all, I thought it quite good, but I was not totally blown away by it.

I had this beer on draft at Roman's.

It was a dark black color, completely opaque. Head was nude-pantyhose tan, with a hint of blue in some of the larger bubbles. Aroma was toasted malt and blueberries. Taste is a decent amount of "burned pizza crust" (which I dig) with an appropriate amount of blueberry flavor. I wouldn't think fruitiness and toastiness would play well together, yet they do. Mouthfeel is quite dry and good. Definitely recommended.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a jet black body with a small light brown head that scatters some small wisps of lace. Bold aroma boasts blueberry puree and milk chocolate. Nice! Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Taste has subdued roasty malt notes of light coffee and chocolate kissed by a fresh blueberry puree. Very interesting, but it works quite well. The blueberry flavor is subtle and integrates very well into the stout's roasty character. An excellent fruit stout.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a slight tan head that recedes quickly.
Smell is roasty, with very stout like characteristics. Surprisingly, there is only a hint of the blueberry making itself known in the nose.
Taste is very much like the nose. This is a very solid based stout that is used, with just a pinch of blueberry in it.
The mouthfeel is heavy and robust with a decent amount of carbonation. As it warms up, the blueberry traits are becoming more apparent.
This is a good stout with an interesting twist.
Glad I tried it.

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

Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout is an interesting see-saw of a beer, hitting you upfront with a sweetish and somewhat tart blueberry flavor and aroma (there's less in the aroma than the flavor), and then turning spot-on-a-dime and hammering home dark, rich malts with a solid bitterness and roasted character. The fruitiness helps to cut through it and keep it refreshing, or at least interesting, while the blunt darkness of the end-side offers it great depth. Some grassy, leafy hops flutter here and there in the finish, and there's an edge of black coffee "acrid" character (but it's not acidic as many beers this dark can be) and dark bittersweet chocolate, but very little blueberry. Odd!!! It's an unusual combination that works, and although I've seen this done with raspberry and cherry, I think that the blueberry might be a better (or at least more distinct) choice because it stands out so readily. And of course we're talking about extract here, but it really makes no difference. It does the job, and it's done nicely. In fact, you couldn't do it with real blueberries, they just wouldn't cut it. They'd ferment through and leave too little behind (and more of a fruit-pulp character than any recognizable blueberry). As for drinkablility however, I'm not sure the playfulness and teeter-totter gentility of this beer could keep up beyond one serving. It's very well done and interesting, but I think I'd have to move on after one or two of these. Certainly worth trying however!

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

Pitch black, viscous with a full finger of cocoa-colored head that disappears as quickly as it forms.
Tight, thin lacing remains as I work my way thru this brew.
Rich aroma...blueberry syrup, chocolate, and a small dose of alcohol.
Taste is one serious stout...roasted malt, dark chocolate, a small amount of blueberries, seeming to add the only sweetness to this one. Very dry in the finish...an almost burnt quality lingers on the pallet, but in a good way. Not detecting the alcohol my nose encountered.
Mouthfeel is above medium-bodied and the carbonation is where I enjoy it...not sure of the abv, but this is a dessert beer for me. Not one I'd enjoy more than a couple pints...man, having this on tap would be glorious.
Another fine brew from the folks at Dark Horse.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black inky body with a thick dark tan head that boils with tiny bubbles and then settles to a smooth cream head that last pretty long. This beer is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft dark roasted malt aroma with a soft hint of dried blueberries in the background.

T- This beer has a dark dry black roasted malt flavor with a slight chalky note and a finish of tart blueberries. There is a soft dark caramel malt flavor as it warms and a soft maple syrup note when it is warm.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- There is not much depth or complexity to this beer and the odd flavor of blueberries taste more like an off flavor that a compliment to the stout.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.