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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,181 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1181
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%


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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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with no light seeping through, dark brown foamy head eventually completely reduces, leaving just a ring

S- wow, the first thing that I thought of was a chocolate blueberry muffin (if there is such a thing). Fresh blueberry juice with melted chocolate, some dried fig & caramel, underlying tones of coffee, very interesting

T- dark fruity malt flavors up front with toffee-like sweetness, the blueberry kicks in mid-palate and pairs nicely with some chocolaty notes, lingers of fresh coffee with a dry finish and more chocolate

M- medium body with lively carbonation produce a big foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- my first blueberry stout, and one that I would try again. Loved the aroma and the blueberry worked nicely with the chocolaty malt

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:30:42 | More by Treyliff
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date, but in my fridge for a couple of months

A: Completely black, no light passes through. Pours with a thin dark tan head that drops to a thin film almost immediately, not much lace.
S: Very distinct fruitiness, not sure I would say blueberry without the label in front of me.
T: Interestingly, the blueberry/fruit is much more apparent in the nose. There is a fruit flavor here, but it gets mixed in with the roasted malts. There is a hint of sweetness in the back of the mouth, but then it disappears, very fleeting.
M: Somewhat crisp/thin for the style, but not unpleasant. I think I would like a tiny bit more "chewiness".
O: A very good beer, I usually don't like fruit beers, but with one just works. It probably helps that they know how to make a good stout and then figured out how to complement it with a nice fruit addition. Definitely recommended for any stout lover, you might not love it, but it is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:38:11 | More by wspscott
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pjkelley82

New York

4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another beer I just happened to say... ah hell... ill give it a try. Then turns out to be fantastic.

A- Black... coffe without any milk/creamer black.... can't see thru it.. Very nice 1 3/4in mocha/coco puff looking head. Continuous ring left around the edge. Not much lacing but some stuck around.

S- WoW... Blueberry chocolate... smells like fresh "real" blueberries...little bit of chocolate in there as well as roastiness... to me the best part was the smell... nothing taken away from anything else... but this is an excellent smelling stout.

T- Blueberry starts off but the chocolate roast and coffe flavors seem to pop up early to midway... excellent blueberry flavor stands out at top but the chocolate and coffe roast flavors take hold... not too hoppy but is roasty enough to mix in perfectly. Leaves a nice coffe bitterness at the end...

M- the very start seemed watery at the top but once everything settled in it had a nice medium to full body... finished off dry and crisp which spotlighted the roast/bitterness

O- was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Let me start off by saying the smell was phenomenal... I thought it was going to be overly sweet and it wasn't. In fact its a great definition of a stout minus the bleberries. Now I've never had a blueberry stout so nothing to base it off of... but definitely in the top 3 blueberry (alone, any style) smell I've encountered. Personally, I've had better stouts (base beer) wise but this as well is definitelyup there.. its no bumb... I just think the folks over at Dark Horse blended together a perfectly balanced stout.. nothings overdone for me me and all the flavors come out and stay for the perfect amounts of time... Definitely Recommend

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 21:31:18 | More by pjkelley82
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Pitch black color with a 2-finger frothy, creamy, brown head. Viscous with really nice head retention and some great sheets of lacing.

S – Tons of blueberries with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. I could smell the blueberries from across the room, that’s how packed this thing is with them.

T – It starts off sweet with smooth milk chocolate and blueberries. The fruit isn’t as overpowering in the taste, which I think is a very good thing. The amount of blueberry pairs perfectly with the chocolate. At the finish, some nice bitter roasted malt with coffee notes shines through. Very tasty.

F – Medium-full-bodied, decent carbonation, a creamy and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and dry finish. Bitter roasted malt lingers for a bit.

O – This stout is delicious. It would be great without the blueberries, but the fruit just serves as a great complement to the sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Because of that, it’s a nearly perfectly executed fruit beer – the base beer is great but the fruit improves it. On top of all that, it is insanely drinkable. Great beer from Dark Horse. Thanks a ton, Jared!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 17:11:36 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The series of stouts that precede Pt5 are too often overlooked, and this is my favorite of the bunch without a doubt.

It looks the way you might expect it to... body is pitch black and capped off by a healthy dark coffee brown head.

You wouldn't expect a relatively mild fruit like blueberry to establish much a presence in a big stout like this, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Huge gooey blueberry juice makes an appearance as soon as you open the bottle. Rich, fruity, and perfectly at home with the base roasty bits. Smells fantastic.

Great range of flavor. Blueberry, chocolate, cream, licorice... I'd love to see more brewers take a stab at this concept.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:47:13 | More by yamar68
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown that is almost black. The finger of tan head retains itself for some time and there is some lacing left behind on the glass. As for the nose, the essence of blueberries poke through the roasted notes, making for a distinct and pleasant smell. There is the subtle flavor of blueberries upfront and a resultant tinge of sweetness throughout the flavor profile. The roast profile could stand to be bolder for this offering, but the beer certainly ends with some nice stout bitterness.

This is an interesting attempt to meld fruit with stout, but in the end both the blueberry flavor and the roasted bitterness are too muted to make for a true masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 11:21:27 | More by 57md
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farrago

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crests near a finger of very dark brown foam, mix of bubble sizes, no dimpling just evaporation due to the surface, thin streaks of lacing but these do stick decently. The liquid is a full brownish black with some particulate visible, more than any bubbles, maybe some faint orange tint around the rims. The aromas do evoke ripe unpicked blueberries rather than juicy juice, good bit of roast to the cocoa, dark chocolate scents, vanilla, toffee and some heavy cream, not getting much other fruit or citrus, likely cloaked by the blueberries, has nice purity and thankfully is not really all that aggressive. Medium-bodied, light carbonation but this doesn’t seem to effect the freshness and the light fluffiness allows it to soak in but not get clingy. The blueberry flavor displays restraint and lends as much sour kick as sweetness, if you are looking for blueberry syrup you will be disappointed. Sneaks in some softer coffee notes alongside the chocolate, mocha, at the same time the roast is stronger than in the nose. Not much flavor hop-wise but texturally they may help stiffen it up some. About as “sessionable” as these type of beers get and not gimmicky.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:34:13 | More by farrago
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, winter 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Tres features a notable amount of blueberry flavor and sweetness in an American stout. While appealing in both aroma, flavor, and texture, I felt the overall effect was a stout that was too sweet and reduced in roasted flavors for my tastes. One I might try again next winter, but not something I'd absolutely seek out.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass atop the body. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a moderately thick ring of residual foam around the circumference of the glass and a small island of wispy foam isolated in the center of the body. The beer's body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma of is quite sweet, of blueberry puree, sugar-laden double-chocolate cookies, and slight notes of roasted malt and watered-down coffee. Aroma is not necessarily mild, but is not as heavy or rich as one might expect a stout to be, the focus instead being a blend of blueberry and roasted malt characters

Overall flavor of blueberry mash with semi-sweet, fudge brownie-like roasted malt characters. While this sounds delicious, there is a certain watered-down nature to the flavors that is not as appealing as it might be, and the roasted nature of the malts is present, but subdued by the sweetness and fruit. Front of palate picks up fudge brownies with caramel malt sweetness and hints of blueberry puree added to the batter; the sweetness being more perceptible than much of the roasted malt flavors, which are smoothed out by this. Mid-palate of continued substantial sweetness, sugary and brownie-like, roasted malts with influences of blueberry fruit puree. Back of palate picks up watery roasted malts (weak brownies, mild dark chocolate) with blueberry flavor and sweetness, a hint of ethanol becoming noticeable as the beer warms. Aftertaste of blueberry-flavored brownies or mildly dark chocolate, a rather sweet edge, and hints of coffee; the blueberry not overwhelming or fake, but clearly there amidst all other flavors.

Beer is medium in body, with mildly effervescent carbonation that is never harshly fizzy. This leads to a lightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel with adequate weight. Ethanol cannot be felt on the palate or in nostrils. Closes semi-dry, with moderate lingering stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 06:22:23 | More by falloutsnow
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward appealing label art and branded pry-off cap acquired in a trade and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and the beer's current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous silky smooth dark rich tan colour; wow. Great thickness, great creaminess, great (~10+ minute) retention. Ideal supple soft complexion. Luscious and appealing. Damn that's creamy. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head width is a good three fingers.

Body colour is an opaque solid dark black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looking rather good for the style; it's hard to stand out amidst the plethora of good stouts out there, but this one does - at least in terms of appearance. I'm hoping the taste delivers as well.

Sm: Definite distinctive blueberry; it isn't just a general berry or currant note, and it doesn't come off like an artificial preserve or syrup. Just genuine blueberry jumping out and really evoking the fruity juicy notes it's going for. Dark malts, chocolate malt. Very light buried roasted barley. Maybe some middling coffee. Cream. Caramel. Marshmallow. Oats. Definitely on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, with blueberry clearly dominating.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, nor is any significant hop profile.

Aroma is moderate in strength overall.

T/Mf: Fudgy chocolate cake mixed with juicy sticky blueberry fruit and blueberry juice. Marshmallow. Dark malts and chocolate malt fill out the body nicely. Some cream. I'm not getting any coffee notes. Buried roast lends a hint of bitterness to help balance the dominant sweetness. Fairly complex overall, with some subtlety. Oats really smoothen it out, but it never gets slick or gushed. Flavour intensity is above average. Depth of flavour is average.

One thing I love about it is its marriage of genuine fruit with the conventional notes of an American style stout; neither is overbearing and both work together rather than against eachother. It'd be so easy for the blueberry to come off artificial or syrupy, but it never does.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character comes through.

Not a hot or boozy feel. Not harsh, biting, or oily. Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness to maintain the flavour duration - which is slightly above average. Creamy. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Borders on refreshing - not a common trait for a stout. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored specificially to it. Overall, the texture is well executed. Good carbonation, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. I'd certainly get it again. This is my first Dark Horse beer and already I'm starting to understand why the brewery has such a good reputation. I could down a couple of these in a night, but wouldn't want to kill a 6er. This would be marvelous on nitro. I'd recommend it to friends. Really happy I got to try this. Now I'm even more excited for the Plead the 5th I have in me fridge. It succeeds at combining fruit elements with a stout base, but it won't blow you away. Just a solid beer with an uncommon flavour profile for the style.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 07:04:09 | More by kojevergas
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Tres Blueberry Stout into a pint glass.

A - The dark liquid stout looks black as coal with two fingers of mocha head with an aggressive pour.

S - Ripe blueberries, some roasted malt. Light chocolate in there as well.

T - Some blueberry but not as much as the aroma, whew. Roasted malts light bitter chocolate, some coffee bitterness. Not great, but not bad either.

M - Highly carbonated on this stout, medium mouthfeel.

O - A good blueberry stout, just not sure I'd go for more. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:13:18 | More by fitrock2112
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Brenden

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a heavier viscosity than I expect, extremely thick and very much black with medium brown edges. The brown head almost reaches one finger and has a spritzy sort of look. It stays for a little bit before it fades, and it doesn't have a whole lot of stick to it, leaving some spotty lacing in moderation.
As with the entire lineup, roast is the main component, but in the aroma the blueberrry comes out nicely. There's a little wood as well.
Roast is heavy, along with an element of charred wood. There's also a hint of bittersweet cocoa. All of this is over the blueberry, and the one thing about a beer like this is that I want it to come out strongly and be a forward aspect. Blueberry can certainly be tasted, but I want to taste more of it.
The body is thick and rich. There's a good carbonation that isn't too high but gives it some creaminess, along with just enough crispness to make for an even feel that doesn't bite too much for a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 16:49:26 | More by Brenden
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A moderately fast pour creates a huge medium-brown head -- like a bubby Imperial stout. The head settles pretty quickly back down. The body is oily black and impenetrable to light. I'm a veteran stout drinker and even I was a little intimidated. Maybe too much intimidation for a flavored stout.

Smell: The blueberry is there, trailing behind the main malt aroma. The scent is bittersweet sugary malt and maybe a little boozy. The alcohol gives it a slight odor of disinfectant.

Taste: The flavor profile on the first quick sip is that of a very DARK stout. Very roasty, even a little ashy. When I hold it a bit longer, I do get some faint blueberry -- pleasant and not overwhelming -- but the body of the flavor is missing. There's black barley base and a drop of blueberry and nothing to fill it out. I'm really trying to get some malt profile but there's almost none. Disappointingly plain. No hops, either.

Mouthfeel: The body is fairly thick and leaves an ashy dryness in the back of the mouth. Carb is light-to-moderate.

Overall: Maybe I just got a bad one, but there was almost no flavor in this beer. It was just ash tray and some blueberry. With a rounder malt profile this would have been a far better experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:44:45 | More by fountainofyouth
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(written May 11, 2012)

I love me a dark beer, and I think we can all agree that it’s hard to find a stout or porter with a particular fruit in its name. This beer covered all the main components of a spectacular stout and one up’d it by adding a perfect amount of blueberry to it. Smells of blueberries. Pours completely black. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and blueberries. Has a fairly pleasant mouth feel. Overall this beer was all that I wanted and was expecting... There are countless amounts of fruit wheat beers, but how many fruit stouts do you have? This beer could replace coffee and pie for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:28:06 | More by RummyRedbeard
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with nothing showing through when held up to light. Thick, creamy, brown head is full at pour and lingers on the top nicely.

S: Malts, chocolate, sweetness. Really heavy malt as expected.

T: Great twist with the blueberry flavor - slight sour at the very front, then quickly to semi sweet dark chocolate flavor laced with blueberry. Nicely balanced and a lot going on.

M: Thick, really thick but nice and hearty.

O: Enjoyable and great spin on an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:37:38 | More by Oakenator
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Odelay3126

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark stout with foamy brown head. Berry Beers are not typically my favorite but the Blueberry taste is not sugary or overwhelming. Coffee and caramel taste pairs perfectly with the blueberry. There is a strong Chocolate aftertaste but not too bitter. Very nice beer for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 20:13:03 | More by Odelay3126
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter.

A Pours thick and syrupy. Murky dark purple/black. One finger brown head fades fast.

S Well, blueberry for sure. Caramel, chocolate along with a nutty scent.

T Blueberry. They aren't lying with the name. Second wave of flavor is coffee, raisin, and chocolate. There is tartness that hits after this. The blueberry again. A nice bitter taste in the end.

M Thick, full. A little evanescence. Flows pretty smooth.

O Hey, I don't like false advertising and Dark Horse wasn't lying with the name. Lot's of blueberry in the smell and taste, even a little in the color. It actually works really well. Blueberry, coffee, chocolate: Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:34:19 | More by PieOhMy
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-opaque with a creamy mocha brown head. Ok retention and no lasting lace. Aroma is dark and roasty with the light sweetness of blueberries. A surprisingly pleasing combination that goes really well together. Taste is chocolately and malty, kind of lactose-esque, with blueberry weaved in throughout. It adds a lot to the smoothness and the suck-down-ability. I'm not trying to drink this fast but I definitely seem to be. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, soft, and blankety. Stout appropriate. Overall I think this is a nice change of pace. I was a little weary of the blueberry at first but it works really well with this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:49:19 | More by tastybeer
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky, solid black, brimming with off-white foam. Some lacing is present as well. Taking in the aroma, I could tell that this brew would exceed my expectations. Fruit flavored beers have always been very hit or miss with me. The smells I picked up were those of luscious desserts and bakery treats. Natural blueberry muffin, pie crust, cappuccino, dark roasted malts. The flavor of the blueberry was front and center, but there was an unexpected and pleasant smoked character as well. Slightly bready, it coats the mouth nicely with a moderate chewiness and a crisp finish. Don't hesitate to pick this up, even for those wary of fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 16:18:09 | More by Neorebel
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours black, three finger coffee head that dissipates quickly. you can smell the blueberries immediately on the pour. nose is pretty much all blueberries - and kinda artificial blueberries, at that. taste isn’t gimmicky though. probably the crispiest stout i've ever had; lots o' carbonation that seems to fit. balance of malts against the sweet blueberry is right on. its unlike any stout that i've had & i have to admit - i like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:23:45 | More by craft_shannie
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger of brown head, recedes to a collar.

S- Smells pretty nice, massive blueberry aroma, hidden beneath are some roasty malts and chocolate.

T- Really tasty blend of blueberry, chocolate, coffee and roasted grain.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is a bit higher than it needs to be, but the feel is smooth and dry.

O- This was a very pleasant surprise. The blueberry flavor and aromas are very juicy and pie-like, and fits nicely with the chocolate and roast. Very tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 07:01:17 | More by WillCarrera
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black as night and pretty thick. Small, one finger head forms and is tan to chocolate brown. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

S- Strong blueberry is tamed when intermingled with lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate scents. Coffee is moderately to very strong on the end of the scent. Interesting mix of contrasting flavors.

T- Just like the scent, but with slightly muted blueberry flavors. Starts with the lighter blueberry flavor and quickly moves into traditional stout flavors. Coffee and bitter chocolate are prominent flavors, with some good roasted malts in there too. At the end of the drink, a stronger coffee bitterness finishes the beer with a moderate bite.

M- Higher in carbonation than most stouts, but fairly thick and creamy. Stronger in alcohol feel than the ABV would suggest, but not overpowering at all.

Overall, a very interesting and different fruit infused stout. I like the blueberry flavors more than cherry that usually comes in stout. Not sure if I'd get this again, but a very interesting and solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:11:19 | More by boilermakerbrew
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly black color, similar to the Too cream stout. Aggressively poured, this features a four-finger tan colored head. Like its brethren, it seriously looks like an imperial stout.

S: There is some unsweetened chocolate and roasted barley here, but beneath that is a slight hint of blueberry. Not enough to kill the balance by any stretch, but enough to interest the olfactory senses.

T: At first, the typical notes of roast, chocolate, and coffee open things up. But then the finish comes, loaded with blueberry. I feel like the blueberry notes do a good job of not getting in the way of the stout qualities - some sips sees the roast/chocolate win out, others see the blueberry as the dominant flavor. Ultimately, the two elements blend together reasonably well.

M: Compared with One and Too, this seems rather thin. This aids drinkability admirably, however it doesn't have the decadent feel of the other two.

O: Not a pure stout, but it works well as a stout/fruit beer hybrid. The blueberry does a good job of blending in with the base, never fully overpowering things. I'd gladly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 21:43:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very dark amber highlights and a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dense dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film covering about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of dark roasted malts and blueberry.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of dark roasted malts which are followed by some light flavors of natural blueberry - the blueberry is not sweet or artificial tasting. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Overall the beer is very well balanced between the flavors from the malts and the blueberry. I thought this was pretty interesting but not sure I would have another in a single session.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 01:47:17 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with some hints of dark malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of blueberries but these are balanced off by flavors of underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a nice balance between fruity and stout flavors. It is very easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 00:51:10 | More by metter98
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, black-ish color with a thin, filmy, brown head that clings around the glass. Aromas of blueberry tart and sweet, with a heavy dose of roasted coffee in the backbone. Flavors are rich and creamy, with a mocha backbone giving rise to a subtle sweet blueberry ribbon of sweetness. The fruit imparts a blueberry muffin character to the brew, and there are roasty highlights throughout. Very robust, on a smooth, full body. Roasty and fruity aftertaste, with a balancing bitterness. Clean, slightly dry finish. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

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