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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

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627 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 1,599
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 129
Gots: 173 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Reviews: 627 | Hads: 1,599
Photo of SierraFlight
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into stout glass. Very dark brownand opaque. Half finger of tan head that settles to a ring. Aroma is roasty with clear but not overpowering blueberry. Also, there is dark roast coffee and a little alcohol. Taste is initially roast coffee and dark cocoa bitterness with blueberry and chocolate sweetness. Medium-full body, creamy and a bit oily in texture, low carbonation, lingering berry sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours forth from the bottle a rich, dark, chestnut color, precipitating nearly an inch of fluffy, mocha foam--excellent presentation. The aroma smells distinctly of roasted malt, peat, and salted caramel. Hints of blueberry tickle the senses just prior to imbibing.

The taste is milder than the aroma would suggest, with roasted malt and a surprisingly appreciable dose of authentic blueberry. It’s not especially complex, which is fine, because it would appear to hit its mark regardless. Shades of peat peek through on the back end once the blueberry has subsided. The mouthfeel is quite prickly and exceedingly dry, probably due to the high carbonation and untempered roastiness. The 7.5% ABV is virtually invisible. The body is a little lighter than I prefer for a stout, but not unheard of.

Overall, this is a solid stout with a twist, for those times when you’re in the mood for something a little different. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I have no real complaints, either.

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Photo of teromous
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a very viscous pour as it forms an oily black body with a thick dark brown head that looks very nice but fades out to a thin layer leaving no lacing.

Aroma: I can smell a roasted aroma from about a foot and a half away from the glass. On closer approach I get a roasted coffee-like aroma. There is a berry aroma to the beer after pulling the glass away. I wouldn't be able to identify it as blueberry without reading the label.

Taste: Roasted flavors here; some dark roast coffee and a high cocoa content bakers chcolate. I don't pickup blueberry while actually drinking the beer. My burps taste a bit like blueberries but that's a stretch...

Mouthfeel: It has a nice thick mouthfeel. It is easy to drink.

Overall: A good stout, but I wouldn't call it a blueberry stout. Skip it if you are looking for something that has blueberry flavor. I didn't expect this thing to taste like Kool-aid or anything...but some blueberry flavor would have been nice.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.81/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (353-13 5148-51, so just a bit over a year old)

A: Pitch black with a small mocha head and a miniscule collar. Almost no lacing.
S: Smells deliciously of sweet malts. Touch of fruitiness in there of blueberries.
T: Reminds me of a bad craft soda. Seems like artificial blueberry. I don't know if the blueberry kills the stout, but the base stout doesn't really seem like good itself.
M: Weird strong carbonation that is like a fresh craft soda.
O: Just not good. Really weird.

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Photo of mschantz
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep opaque black with just a skin of head. Nose is dominated by smoke and roast but the berry is clearly present. Flavor is dry and smokey with a bit of berry sweetness balancing. Palate was exceptionly clean even all these big flavors.

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Photo of AllDayAdams
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer last night and when I first opened the beer the blueberry smell was strong. Not a bad beer but I was thinking the blueberry taste should have been a little stronger..

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Photo of oldmankoch
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty descent "fruit" stout. It lacks for lacing and is really thin which is a shame; however, it smells like a proper stout with dark chocolate, oak, char, and malt with a hint of blueberries. Taste is similar with the blueberries amping up the dark fruit on the palate.

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Photo of mazo
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent thick brown head. Nice sweet smell. Good stout texture. Not quite as thick as I like my stout but damn good. Would definitely consider buying this to share with friends who like something different to try! Not what I'd buy a case of to knock back at home by myself. But still a great beer. For me it's a winter beer. Not a hot hard day at work beer.

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Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev 0%

I'm actually enjoying one right now... I love the smell and color... definitely blueberry... nice change from all the raspberry beer's... a BA version would be probably really good...

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into snifter, dated 12.04.14

Bottle pours an opaque black with a slowly receding, one-finger mocha head.

Aroma is huge blueberry muffin with hints of chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste begins with a rush of sweetness from the blueberry and biscuity notes. Chocolate and roasted malt bitterness try to jump in mid-palate, but ultimately give way to a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, but not heavy and more on the light side of medium. Carbonation is medium-low, as is bitterness.

Overall, Tres is a damn fine blueberry (muffin) dessert stout. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink multiple in one sitting and wish the dark malts were more prevalent, but those factors didn't detract from my enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Very dark and deep brown body, not the midnight-est of stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking. A finger of mocha head.

Smells like an imperial stout should, only with a hint of fresh blueberry. I'm partial to the freshness of the blueberry smell here because a candy blueberry would have been too much.

Taste matches the smell. A bitter dark chocolate with hints of fresh blueberry. And a whole lot more blueberry in the aftertaste. Very interesting. Not trying to be too crass here, but I just burped, and it was all blueberry.

It's pretty thin, which I'm not too happy about. If it were a thicker stout, it would be much more enjoyable.

Overall, I was intrigued by the idea of a blueberry stout, and I'm glad I tried it. Probably won't go after it again, though. Sorry, Dark Horse; but Plead the 5th is so much better :)

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Photo of dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, small dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin lace, somewhat sticky.
Chocolate and roasted malts first in the smell, with some blueberries also present, sweet and a tiny bit sour, faint coffee too.
Taste of dark chocolate covered overripe blueberries, with the first dominating the latter. The roasted malts help too, dusty cocoa, and a touch of sourness starts showing up bit by bit. Finishes with roast and some hops that make up a nice mild bitterness, and fortunately a bit of the fruit gets through to the aftertaste.
Smooth body, chewy, not heavy and robust tho, zingy at times.
It's nice that the addition of blueberries is subtle, feels natural and helps the "dark fruit" characteristic of the beer, without messing with the great "stout" notes of this beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black, with a billowing, frothy, extremely dark mocha head that slowly dissipates.

Blueberry is evident as soon as the bottle is opened, sweet and tart, simultaneously. There's a sweet, nutty malt character, with hints of roast, cocoa, and coffee.

Flavor reveals a tart blueberry note, which becomes slightly sweeter mid palate, carrying into the roasty, lightly bitter finish. Blueberry is definitely dominant until the end.

Body is a touch full, with carbonation on the light side, and light alcohol warmth.

It's blueberry. It's a stout. I wish the blueberry weren't so dominant, but were more of an accent to a nice stout. Not something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of richj1970
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with a hint of grape and a small dark tan head that settled almost immediately. Zero lacing.

S: A little bit of blueberry and maybe a slight hint of chocolate. I was hoping for more.

T: Mostly some blueberry notes mixed with a little chocolate and roasted malts. Decent flavor but nothing special.

M: Medium body but kind of lightly carbonated considering ABV.

O: Good stout, but I was hoping for bigger nose and stronger flavors.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant chocolate and blueberry aroma. The fruit taste is also present in the taste but more subtle, making the malt shine more. Ideal balance between sweet and bitter. The body is pretty light for a stout, making it very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden for the 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aggressively* poured into a dimple mug. Beer is pitch black with an inch of cocoa brown head. Blueberry is the most notable scent on the nose, and is not unpleasant but is a little cloying. Dark, dry, toasty and chocolatey with not-subtle blueberry punch, it's not unlike drinking one of those fancy schmancy chocolate-covered blueberries you see in the candy isle, though with a boozy undertone. The flavor is a bit saccharine and artificial though. Smooth and syrupy mouthfeel.

Eh. Not bad but there's nothing here that really makes me want another one. The kind of beer that you only have one of at a time.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Fat Cat pint glass. The bottom of the empty bottle was black due to a layer of sediment.

A: Pours opaque and black with a small, creamy, light brown head that is quite durable. Full coats of lacing are left behind after each tilt of the glass.

Aroma: Dark roasted grains; baked blueberries; blueberry syrup; coffee; dark chocolate.

Taste: Blueberry and dark roasted grains of about equal strength complement each other. This stout has a light and well-chosen sweetness despite dark chocolate and coffee notes. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Feel: Creamy and full body with soft medium-low carbonation.

O: Not quite as delicious as Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry, this flavorful stout does have an ample blueberry component, an appealing aroma, and nicely balanced flavors.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a purplish black if you hold it up to the light right. Blueberry and dark chocolate aromas make for a sweet start. However, a roasted, teetering on bitter aftertaste aids the drinkability. There is a dry, cocoa powder flavor that makes it sessionable despite its ABV. Combined with the juicy sweet blueberry aromas at the beginning, it just makes you want to sip and wish you had a porch swing.

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Photo of rypkr
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very thick, very viscous extremely dark mocha/brown just short of black. I had this in the freezer and over chilled it, the head poured an almost icy khaki, large bubbled 1/2 inch layer.

S - a quick whiff expresses blueberries. A medium whiff continues to smell like blueberries. A HUGE whiff conveys blueberries with a coffee shop roasted presence.

T - first off, this beer was a hard sell. While dark horse is one of my all time favorite and most trusted breweries, blueberry stout is my mist skeptical style (I actually poured out multiple buffalo bills blueberry oatmeal stouts). Fortunately dark horse prevailed once again, this beer is good. Very chalky, malty, somewhat creamy roasted malt is prominent. Slightly sweet flavor is present and blueberry is detectable in the taste with sips intent on tasting it, however the adjunct is not obstentacious and attention seeking, it really is just a solid stout with SOME blueberry in the taste (despite lots in the smell)

M - creamy. On point. Very solid stout mouth feel with nothing to complain about.

O - dark horse holds it own again with another above par beer.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice 2 finger dark chocolate head. Body is pitch black with no light escaping. Head retention was surprisingly quickly diminished and lacing was above average.

Smells of freshly blended blueberries. Surprised that the blueberries smelled so fresh and not too sweet or artificial. Other aromas are of dark semi sweet chocolate, roasted espresso, and bits of smoked malt. Hops are nowhere to be found and alcohol is hidden well for a stout almost 8%.

Taste is bits of chocolate covered blueberries mixed with a smoked porter. Charred oak and some coffee cut the fruity sweetness. Light bitterness is in the aftertaste and alcohol is barely detected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a good amount of carbonation. Head died pretty fast, wish it stuck around to cut the carbonation.

Overall this beer was pretty good. Never had a blueberry stout before and I was pleasantly surprised. Extremely drinkable, wish it was available in my region.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A really nice, light tasting, stout. Mild amounts of blueberry flavors. Mild alcohol presence. Medium amount of sweetness. But so well balanced that it just drinks so well. To me, not as full bodied as it claims, but that's ok. It's nice to have a light, fruity stout that goes down smoothly. My second beer (regular Pt5 was the first) from this brewery. And I'm not disappointed so far. Very nice.

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Photo of hops202
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a stone snifter.

Looks thin, but has rather low ABV for a stout so that is understandable. Has a good smell - nice roasty notes, with some light chocolate and lots blueberry. Taste has less blueberry than the nose but it still very present and makes for a solid brew. Fairly well balanced but needs a little more body IMO.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours dark black, opaque, with a 2 inch light mocha colored head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells include chocolate, roasted malt, and blueberries.

This stout has a wonderful dry roasted malt flavor, with lots of bitter dark chocolate. The blueberries are subtle and not overpowering, providing a little bit of sweetness and very mild tartness. Even without the blueberries, this would be an outstanding stout- the roasted character is perfect. The blueberry flavor and aroma get stronger and sweeter as the beer warms, without ever getting cloying.

Medium to full body, very drinkable, scary drinkable, actually. No alcohol presence.

An amazing stout, Dark Horse continues to impress me.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color with cocoa colored creamy foam that creates a thick layer lasting on end.

It's an understated blueberry aroma that pairs well with the stout’s pronounced roastiness.

Rather than being a sweet milk stout this is dry and roasty, robust with an understated blueberry note.

Terrifically enjoyable.

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Photo of Freshie
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

...And I'm back.

A - Dark as night with thin wispy caramel head.

S - The fruit comes across on the aroma, with usual stout notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Carbonation is sharp and fruit taste mixes well with hops. Back of the palate is where a lot of the earthy malt and chocolate notes take shape.

M - A bit oily, but still clean on the back end.

A good take on a classic style, might be worth a new look when the season warms up. Think summer bbq at night or bonfire on the beach!

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.