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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

615 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 615
Hads: 1,554
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 127
Gots: 154 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Photo of dcmchew
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of rypkr
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Freshie
3.91/5  rDev -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! (501 characters)

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snifter. As a brewer I understand the complexity of fruit incorporation to any type of beer, let alone the incorporation of blue berries into a stout. Total blueberry and coffee roast, along with a subtle sweetness from a light? lactose addition. Medium body, with a nice chocolaty roast finish. Carbs fill the gap...Nice job guys!! Cheers! (340 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2nd and poured March 20th. $2.19 single.

Appearance: Pitch black with a seriously dark brown head that goes down quickly and leaves a small film on top of the beer. No lacing.

Smell: Welp, roast and blueberry. Dark chocolate covered blueberry kind of vibe, but with coffee in there as well. Pleasant to my nose holes. It doesn't smell like a burst of blueberries all over the place, but it's clearly there and not in an overbearing fashion.

Taste/feel: First thing I notice without a doubt is the body on this beer -- quite full with only a mildly prickly carbonation on it. The blueberry and other stouty characteristics work incredibly well together. There's a sweet, slightly sour blueberry character, and then the roasted bitterness. Rather than dominate the beer, the blueberry compliments it very nicely without becoming too much. The blueberry is implemented very well in Tres, and Bell's Cherry Stout is looking quite a bit less appetizing (if that's even possible for some people) after having this. The sweetness and sour/tanginess from the blueberries in this beer doesn't leave an unappealing, artificial sort of aftertaste that Bell's Cherry Stout does. The aftertaste is very mildly bitter with a blueberry flavor. As a whole, this isn't a bitter beer much at all, thanks to the blueberries. There's a slight bit of it from the roasted malt, which is to be expected, but it's nicely balanced overall. As for the alcohol, not noticeable at all in any way.

One of my new favorites from Dark Horse. It's not often you see a fruit infused stout turn out to be as tasty as this one is. Again, the blueberry is there to accent this beer -- not turn it into fruit juice. If I had any complaint, it'd be that I'd like it to be a bit more bold on the flavor. More blueberry and more roasty depth. This stuff tastes great as it is, but uhm... maybe an Imperial version, Dark Horse? Just a thought. Definitely try this one out. (1,951 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black but only a 1/2-finger head that disappeared almost immediately
S: The blueberry notes certainly come front and center. Coffee underneath that, but not a lot else. Not a common combination but it works
T: The coffee comes through more here, the blueberry less but again it's a fairly tasty combo, I just wish there was more complexity
M: Medium-bodied
O: Overall my only complaint is not much complexity, though overall this is very tasty. I'd love to bake this into a dessert with blueberries (544 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before descending to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Roasty, chocolaty aroma with a solid blueberry presence. Also some caramel.

T- The dark roast is the main player in the flavor with the blueberry complementing nicely and bringing a good sweetness to the table. Alcohol is very well hidden creating a smooth drink that has me coming back for more and more sips.

M- Semi-creamy and viscous with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Though I like Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry just a tad better, this is a very well done blueberry stout with balanced flavors, a soft mouthfeel and enticing aroma. (845 characters)

Photo of Copernicandream
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz snifter. This is the second time I've had this, I wasn't a fan of the first but something about the subtle REAL blueberry flavor has me at epiphany.

A: Dark black with two fingers of frothy dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Blueberry, not juice but real fruit. Roasted malt - chocolate/coffee.

T: Blueberry on the front end, fading into a melody of rich toasted malt. The blueberry flavor is much more subtle than the smell. Its a little different than the native fruit, as if slightly dessicated - imagine a blueberry raisin, as if they were left in the sun after being picked.

M: Moderate, smooth, creamy. I think the addition of the fruit may have watered down the recipe minimally.

O: Always try a beer twice. I was unhappy with the amount of blueberry on my first try - I guess I was expecting a fruit beer. This is a stout with a blueberry aroma and maybe some flavor in that first sip of head. I will be picking up another 4 pk if I see one still on the shelves. (1,018 characters)

Photo of t8dd
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Global Brew. Huge aroma of blueberry muffins, jet black with minimal head. Surprisingly not as much blueberry when tasted. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt with subtle blueberry. Not thick or syrupy, rather smooth mouthfeel with a nice finish. (257 characters)

Photo of Jho3325
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A. Pours pitch black with moderate mocha colored head that dissipates quickly.

S. This beer smells fantastic. You immediately get hit with the blueberry notes -even before I started the pour the blueberry was quite noticeable. There is an underlying coffee and roasts smell as well.

T. Upfront it is all blueberry but not in a synthetic or overly sweet way. The coffee and roasted malted notes come through on the finish. A hint of blueberry marks the aftertaste.

M. Very smooth, but a touch watery. However, it does not detract from the experience.

O. This is a solid stout that allows the blueberry to shine without the overly sweet or a fake blueberry taste. I was not sure how the blueberry would blend with the coffee and roasted notes, but it holds up nicely without making it candy.

Would definitely recommend. (857 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark and black with a light tan head out of a 12 oz bottle

Smells of dark chocolate, blueberries, coffee

Tastes of chocolate, blueberry is there with some burnt coffee and a slight hop bitterness

Full bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation

Great fruit stout, the blueberry goes great with the with dark grains. Will definitely look for this again. (353 characters)

Photo of tomgetz
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap in snifter glass.

A: Deep, dark black with a beautiful tan head.

S: Malts of a stout with a hint of sweetness.

T: Initially, there is a deep, dark stout taste. Finishes with a pleasant, slightly sweet blueberry taste.

M: Full bodied.

O: This is a terrific stout. Unique with the addition of blueberries. (319 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black and opaque this had a deeply brown head that built itself thickly but disappated just as fast.

The scent is beautifully structured with blueberry sweetness and coffee dryness. Blueberry coffee anyone?

The flavor is very nice with a dry coffee, roasted grain, chocolate malt, and blueberry muffin.

The feel is dry yet sprite with an easy smoothness.

This may be the best fruit stout I've had. It manages to mix disparate concepts, fruit sweetness and stout roast. The blueberry comes out more bready as a muffin but that seems to work with the overall stout properties. (589 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark and opaque with two fingers of dark head. I get lots of blueberries on the nose. They mix with the roasty notes and produce a fairly unique aroma.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm feel and a flavor that demands explaining. Up front, there is a nice malty sweetness and a slight tart note from the blueberries. The flavors kind of die a bit just shy of mid-palate, then the roasty notes come in and complement the other flavors. The blueberries linger a little on the finish along with a faint coffee-like roasty bitterness.

My scores are probably a bit lower then they should be simply because I don't care all that much for blueberries. That said, the fact that my scores are as high as they are is indicative of the quality of this beer. The sweet, roasty, and tart flavors defy logic and actually come together to make a pleasant beer. (921 characters)

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.