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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,317 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 119
Gots: 93 | 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 benito
2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The first blueberry stout that I've ever tried...

pours an oily, black that allows no light and froths only so slightly as to acknowledge a cocoa colored head. The bouquet is blueberry dominated, though it has a nice roasty (rather than sweet) tone.

To taste, the blueberry burst, which is fizzy and sweet, is subdued by a dry stout cocoa flavor. The two seem to cancel each other out and create and absent aftertaste. In other words, an explosion of flavor followed by an eerie calm. While this mix-and-match flavor profile interested me at first, I quickly grew tired of it and struggled, perhaps because of its heaviness, to finish my pint.

I'll take a pass on this one.

benito, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a black color with a thick tan head that refuses to yield. Lots of scattered thick tan lacing all over the glass.
Smell is odd with a funky dark roast coffee and blueberries. A mild bit of medicinal nonsense coming through that isn't overly appealing but the pleasantries buried in the back of this one keep me intrigued.
Taste is sweet with blueberries, roasty, rich, with creaminess coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, fully bodied, along with the blueberry sweetness lingering.

weeare138, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz with no dates into a pint.

Jet black with a small light brown head that quickly disappears into nothing.

Blue berries dominate the nose with some roasted malt notes peeking through underneath.

The berries are not as strong in the taste as they take a close backseat to the roasted malts, but they make up a good part of it. They linger in the finish and after taste that has some hops with it.

Has a full stouty mouthfeel, however, this isn't something I would buy again.

ypsifly, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of Realale
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Utterly opaque black. Very fine dark brown head sits and stays at a solid quarter inch.

Nose is a touch of wild blueberry over coffee and brown bread. The whole is quite well-intergrated, and nothing is over-the-top.

Medium in the mouth with the bready malt leading over dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Initially, the blueberry comes across more as a fruity element of the chocolate component, but comes more to the fore (sorry, bad Dark Horse pun) at the finish. Its never obtrusive, and its a quality blueberry flavor - not the nasty taste of supermarket blueberries.

Nice crisp body cuts through the richness of the malt and keeps the beer on its toes. Very nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. The restraint of the fruitiness, and the level of integration make this an easy one to down. Great job!

Realale, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours out properly stouty black, but almost no head to speak of, just some faint tan whisps around the edges. Smell is very appealing though, the normal stout roasty air with a strong and mildly sweet blueberry twinge on the edge.

The flavour: A strong dose of those roasted malts are present from the get-go, along with the blueberry that one would expect. This is accompanied by definite...earthy (coffee grounds picked up off the forest floor and then put into the beer?) tones and a mild bitter that lends to the experience. There are some hints of chocolate along the way as well. Overall solid, but unspectacular..

The mouth on this is good but for the overly low amount of carbonation, I don't require much, but this was borderline missing. The viscuity is good though, so it still manages a 4. The drinkability on this is below average though, it's a decently original execution, but this is nothing I would want to have regularly.

Good for the novelty factor, but probably won't pick this one up again.

CortexBomb, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is utter opacity, head is huge and toasted tan, lush and long-lasting.
Aroma wafts out on bottlecap's release, it's every bit the epitome of a classic stout nose, rich and roasty, with this extra fruity edge...interesting...bittersweet, and delectable...I'm urging further into actual imbibing...
And it's a step well-approved, a genuinely tasty stout is sampled, something rich, dark, full-bodied, yet still capturing a subtle fruity quality that emits subtle rewards. Honestly, a blueberry stout? Well, I've had cherry stouts, and heard of banana stouts, what the hey, eh? There it is, that subtle, delightful, fruity flavor riding just on top of the darker character of the stout.
One of the oddest labels I've looked at lately, a twisted ribbon, a button, and the word "tres", not sure if it's the French "very" or the Spanish "three"...who cares, the integration of these flavors is so impressive, so seamless, the quality is so incredible, we can forgive certain uncertainties. Wow, this is truly a perfect blend of flavors here, and I'm glad to have had the priviledge to try it.
Weird labels, great beer...that's Dark Horse.

feloniousmonk, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eight Ball black with a dark brown laquer covering; a waffer thin, firmly thick dark brown head appears, skims out to a thin collar; slow dripping ink blots and strings of lacing.

Nice aroma here, tantalizing black licorice, dark chocolate, blackened burnt raisins, roasted coffee, black pepper, and some anise and corriander notes. I'm not getting alot of blueberry, but whats there is very earthy, dark and fresh, like they threw in the whole blueberry bush, twigs, leaves, and all. Nothing fake, or so I hope. It reminds me of a subdued Bell's Expedition mixed with the Harry Magill's. And that's a good thing.

Taste is nice, smooth lusious front thats relatively creamy and mild with roasty tones, dark and bittersweet chocolate sweeps in dotted with spices, touches of the blueberry, then goes into a complexing little finish of drying where oaty sweetness, chocolatey dryness, nudges of coffee, and black malt roast; and way late is a return of blueberry in a very intricate earthy juicyness covered in some of the roasty drying qualities. Quite an interesting and complex brew.

Feel is close to full throughout, smooth and creamy front, soothing, warming in its spices, cooling with its oaty sweetness and blueberry fruityness. Finish is where its at, finespun and layered in dryness with great combinations of roasty stuff, sweet oats and chocolate.

This was an attractively alluring stout to behold, a yummy treat that was the perfect dessert beer for after dinner. Yum! Thanks trbeer!

tavernjef, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Pitch black with a dark tan head that doesn’t fade immediately, but doesn’t last. The bluebeery aroma is nice and is the first thing you notice. Under that is a bit of hop and chocolate. The malts take dominance in the flavor with chocolate laying down the foundation of the flavor with toast and a little char filling in the cracks. The blueberry is there in the flavor, but not so strongly.

aracauna, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is black with a thumbnail of tan head. The smell is very strong with blueberry. The taste starts with the blueberry and then the roasted malt takes over. Mouthfeel is nice and thick (chewy, perhaps?). As for drinkability, probably not too many since the blueberry is almost cloying.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A good beer to have one of, but maybe I'm just not a fan of blueberry and hence don't care for the flavor much. Still, maybe have a single one again in the future.

beergeek279, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of erica
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was good. Interesting. I had my little PBR 8-oz or whatever glass of this during a movie, so it had a chance to sit and warm and change a bit. It was a dark stout brown color with a small tan head. It smelled like blueberry muffins and coffee, nice and roasty/toasty. It tasted similar, not too much blueberry though, more of the roasted malt and coffee flavour. I've seen blueberry muffin coffee at 7-eleven but was always afraid to try it. I think it may be similar to this beer. The blueberry taste did shine through a bit more as time went on, but I think I would've liked more berries in there. Mouthfeel was ok, maybe a little watery and thin for a stout, so drinkability suffers a bit. I'd try it again but I'm not upset that i don't have another bottle right here and now. Overall a decent beer with an interesting flavour.

erica, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with tan edges. Aromas of blueberry cake, chocolate, and a hint of hoppy caramel. Taste is roasty, toasty, and sweet. The blueberry presence is minimal, but it is noticed more as the brew warms. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but the drinkability remains nice.

francisweizen, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midnight black with a depp tan head that has purple tint to it. Minimal head and no lace left as the pint is consumed.
Aroma has a bluberry hit to the front a typical chocolate and coffee stout profile.
Flavor is smooth chocolate followed by deep bitterings of roast coffee. Blueberry is very faint sweet and tart in the background.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and dry. Very obviously a dry stout under the fruit on this one.
Drinkability is decent but one is enough.

CRJMellor, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never heard of a blueberry stout until I saw this one at my local beer store. It poured very dark, almost pitch black but not quite, with a weak dark head. There were some signs of oxidation which was this beer's main problem. But it was so unique and tasty. I didn't even have to smell the beer, the blueberries came out and smacked my nose with a strong-ass scent. The actual taste had a lot of roastiness. It actually was so roasty that it was smoky. Blueberry was still prevalent. It reminded of toast with blueberry jam on it. Tarty finish. I need more Dark Horse products.

granger10, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a strong dose of blueberry scent when I ripped the crown off of the bottle. In the glass it was harder to find past all of the roasted root aromas. On the palate? forget it. Unless that burnt grape bubble gum flavor is somehow linked to the little round black fruitadvertised on the label.
This is pitch-black stuff. The head alone is nearly blackish brown. Equal to the darkest beer I've ever seen (Rogue Imperial perhaps). In the glass it offers up deep, oily, murky aromas of black berry *confit*, espresso, wood and unclean oven.
Backward, twiggy, tannin-driven flavors offer notes of grease, charcoal, chicory and tar.
Quite amazing stuff. It would earn a perfect score if it gained some sort of cohesion or balance. Perhaps a lighter touch with the roasties would help.

putnam, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the little beer here from Dark Horse. Neat B&W label. Dark brown/black in color with a deep tan, porter-like head. Definite blueberry aroma but mixed with a deep roasted aroma. Roasted flavor hits the tongue first and mellows to a nice chocolate-blueberry flavor. Pretty easy to drink. I'd certainly have this a few more times. It'd pair nicely with a chocolate cake if you're sick of your standard chocolate cake beer, whatever that might be.

marburg, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to trbeer for this brew. I have been waiting to try this one for awhile. Pours black with a small tan head that seems to last. Malt, fruit, blueberry and grain are what I smell. The taste is malt, smoke, blueberry and coffee. Very good but not great. The aftertaste is very much coffee and chocolate. I would love to try this on tap some place.

CharlesRiver, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You'd think that Dark Horse BC pays 4th graders to create their labels in sweat-shops. What appears to be a Mobius strip and either: 1) a rabbit turd, 2) a red blood cell, or 3) a tomato, adorn this label. You'd think they would put a blueberry on the...oh wait. Nevermind. This beer looked a little oily when I was pouring, so I thought I'd try to give it a little head with a vigorous pour and ended up with some of it on my countertop. Oily, absolutely ebony-black with a quickly thinning dark-brown head resembling espresso crema. No lace at all. Nada. The aroma is rich with dark-roasted grains, dark coffee, a sweet little tang of blueberries, subtle hops and a wisp of alcohol. Mouthfeel is moderately smooth, thick and oily, with a medium-strong body. Taste starts with lots of dark-roasted malts, followed by dark coffee and chocolate, a metallic note, a dry whisky character, and then giving way to an unpleasant alcohol bite, which thankfully only last a short instance before the nice finish with a pronounced nutty, coffee-bean character. The blueberries are only evident in aroma and one is never cognizant of their presence otherwise. The alcohol becomes evident as the brew warms, taking on an isopropyl character and giving me an odd sensation. Again, dunno what the ABV is, but it gives me a wierd little buzz. These guys seem to have a way with stouts:) Enjoy.

Mitchster, Feb 24, 2003
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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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