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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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619 Reviews
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Reviews: 619
Hads: 1,563
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 128
Gots: 158 | 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 RustyDiamond
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for BigDaddyWil for this one. No best before date listed on bottle. Poured very dark into my SA special glass. 2 fingers of pretty tan brown head, fizzy to the ear. Head pretty much dissolved after 2 sips. Aroma of chicory with a faint touch of blueberry. As with the aroma, I got a faint pull of blueberry, followed by the chicory of the stout. Pretty carbonated in the mouthfeel, not too smooth but not bad either. Surprisingly, I taste a little blueberry on the lingering finish.
All in all, I was expecting more from this one.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this baby in Michigan...picked up a four pack (or two...)

A: Pitch black, motor oil, looks like any good stout really. What else can I say?

S: AMAZING. Smells like a good/roasty stout, but wait...whats that? The heavenly scent of blueberry's are intermingled with the smell of chocolate and alcohol. Not too much, and not too little. Perfect!

T: Chocolate, coffie, molasses, licorice, but in the middle it suddenly sweetens out. A subtle blueberry sweetness keeps the stout flavor from overpowering you. This is a really nice brew.

M: Creamy, thick, everything a good stout should be.

D: This is a VERY drinkable stout. The blueberry aroma and flavor keeps it from being too overpowering as a big stout. I could easily put a few of these babys away in one sitting. Delicious! Do you like blueberry muffins dipped in stout? I do.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Therefore, I chose this one as my nightcap last night. I have been gradually working my way through the lineup of these, and have been generally more then pleased with the results so far, lets just see now how one a blueberry stout can hold up. The pour was just as I would have expected, dark as night and completely opaque. A very nice dark chocolate colored head rose up to a height of around two inches before finally settling back down to a thin layer across the top on the glass that lasted throughout the session.

The aroma was where its at. Very nice rich, sweet stout aroma, with the definite hint of blueberry inside. First impressions were that this was not your cheap artificial flavor, but rather a really nice blend that was done during brewing. There was a very nice coffee and chocolate layer in here as well, with the blueberry not being the strongest player, but definitely strong enough not to be ignored. The flavor as well was very strong, very sweet, and very good. A rich sweet stout that did not have the slightest hint of alcohol is what greeted me right away. Very nice touches of coffee and lactose, with a touch of vanilla are evident right off the bat. I was not able to detect the Blueberry in the flavor at first, then the finish hit me. Like a blueberry muffin, very nice with just the right amount of tartness throughout. This was easily one of the better fruit beers I have ever tasted. It was not overdone, rather just a touch put in there so that it accentuated the underlying ale beautifully. Really very nice and an awesomely sessionable nightcap for sure.

Overall, I thought this was excellent and was easily my favorite among all of the ones that I had before. I would love to try this one on tap, as I am sure it would be outstanding. If you can get this it is a must try. One of the best, and most unique stouts I have had in quite some time.

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Photo of JDV
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles courtesy of demitriustown and emacgee. Thanks!!
Pours dark, oily black with a medium sized nice and dark brown head. Smell definitely has some blueberry as well as some rich chocolately, slightly sweet, creamy roastiness. Taste is dark roasty and blueberries as advertised. Very drinkable, and chocolately. Much like dark chocolate covered dried blueberries. Really nice. Slightly sweet, but not overly so. This is a fantastic stout and my favorite Dark Horse beer so far.

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Photo of ampzilla
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SPLITGRIN hooked this one up. Thanks again.
This is one very distinct beer. If I was to describe this in one line, I'd say its a solid robust stout (think Sierra Nevada) with a very well balanced essecnce of blueberry.
Without meaning to I poured this with about half the sediment in the glass but can't seem to discern anything negative about this. If anything, it added to a beer with a lot going on.
So the pour was typical stout. Seemed a little thicker than the %ABV would have suggested. OK by me.
Immediately the scent set this apart from your everyday stout. Lots of ripe blueberry. Followed by some roasty goodness. As it warmed the berry aroma got more floral. Approaching a lilac-jasmine blend. Interesting.
So the first taste as it crosses the palate is blueberry. But it is in no way overpowering. Plenty of roasted malt with tone of chocolate and some hop bitterness easily step in for the finish.
I am really impressed how well these flavors all fit together. Makes me wonder how other stouts would do with the fruit treatment. I'm looking at you Cadillac Mtn.
Wish I had more of this.

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Photo of ebit
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black viscous liquid with a bit of a chocolate head. Head development was less than desired but I've been pouring a bit less aggressively after going through a 6-er of Founders Red Rye with literally explosive head.

Blueberries! Chocolate is definitely in there too with bready malts. There is an ever so faint presence of alchohol to be detected as well.

Nicely carbonated, a bit lighter body than expected based on the pour but it is not watery by any means. Very smooth.

A bit of alchohol with the usual stout presences up front. The blueberries come in mildly as a nice surprise in the middle. The finish is slightly sweet and drying.

Overall not a bad beer. A departure from the norm and good for a change of pace. It's not something I'd buy regularly but its rotation and rarity make it impossible to do so as it is.

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Photo of knight84
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Poured black with dark purple highlights. There was a moderate brownish-red head that dissipated quickly. The nose was roasty but with lots of blueberry, it smells very sweet.

The taste matches the smell pretty well, it tastes like a bubbly warm blueberry cobbler with a nice roasted edge on the crust. The finish is lingering blueberries with with a mix of bitter chocolate and hoppy bite. It has a pleasing level of complexity without being over the top. The mouthfeel is great, with moderate carbonation and excellent smoothness. Surprisingly it feels more meaty and robust than the Dark Horse Imperial Stout, a little backwards in that respect but certainly nothing to diminish this beer.

Overall this was a very drinkable beer. I tend to get sick of fruity beers after the first half a pint or so but I could drink a few of these in a night and be happy about it. The Tres is just a very well crafted beer and a great example of what Dark Horse is capable of brewing.

As this tasting was on tap I will add an addendum to this review once I get to the bottle that is currently in my fridge.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a plain, unassuming black body with a small tan head.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a pleasant, clear-cut blueberry scent. Though crammed into one sentence, I assure you it is a really lovely aroma.

Taste: Blueberry fruitiness right out of the game. Some sweet dark malts struggle to keep up. Taste of sugar-crusted chocolate muffin tops. More blueberries for the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It's actually pretty nice. The flavors contrast and complement each other quite well.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks agian to Junnila for another great extra in our trade!
A - Jet black with a two finger mocha head that disipated quickly to a light ring leaving little to no lace.
S - Is there such a thing as blueberry coffee? If so this brew is what it would smell like. Heavy blueberry and an oatmeal like malt. The colaboration of which makes it smell like a blueberry muffin. The coffee accent is very subtle, but there.
T - A complete flip on the scent. Plethora of coffee and dark chocolate with the blueberry taking a back seat to the above mentioned while assuming the role of a subtle accent. Not a fan of sweeter beers so the apprehention I had about this beer is pretty much all gone.
M - Velvety with low carbonation with a milky coverage that coats the mouth leaving behind the blueberry sweetness.
D - Not a bad beer. The first I have had from Dark Horse and it did not disapoint. Can't wait to find more of these awesome beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A great example of Extreme Beer, simply thinking outside the box. Take a stout and add fruit to it, yeah its been done before but its still extreme. Killer, this stout is BLACK ... nothing off of the edges when put to the light. Black. Thick cropping of brown lace sticks to the glass quite well. Lots of blueberry in the aroma with layers of underneath of dark chocolate, hints of smoked charcoal, French Roast coffee and carob powder. Semi-creamy medium body, deep smoothness is pleasing to the palate. Mellow but very present blueberry flavor in the middle with some malt sweetness. Malt flavors run quick from mild caramel to a solid roasted grain. Hop bitterness is held to a minimum which is best because the roasted flavors do a fine job at balancing. Sweet finish.

While I am not a fruit beer nut I do enjoy a well crafted one, Dark Horse gets it right here with a great balance of sweet to roast and enough blueberry to go around with out being overkill.

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Photo of Blanchette
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm all over the place with this one. It looks really nice and offers a perfect amount of head. Really dark for a stout of this low ABV. The smell is out-of-this-world. Really fantastic stuff with a great pungent blueberry mixed w/ roasty nose of a classic stout.

But I think the taste is mediocre, and it's too thin for what it's going for. The blueberry tastes excessively artificial. And the stout and berry flavor muddles together in the mouth. The result is a really odd bitterness in the aftertaste that gives off a sour feeling after a couple minutes. Really sticks with you.

I couldn't drink more than one in a sitting. But at the same time, this is a really unique beer, and a fantastic first shot at blending these two flavors. I'd recommend toning down the blueberry a tad and increasing the stout's power a touch in future batches.

In sum, this is worth trying. Not just for the novelty, but for the true unique effort to pull off this beer. I'd put this near the bottom of DH's stout series. Above the Oatmeal which tastes sour and off, but under the fabulous smoked and cream stouts.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect black pour, with a beautiful dark tan head that isn't seen very often.
The blueberries has a great fragrence to this beer, with a nice roasted backbone to go with it.
Great taste, now we are a little more roasted, a touch of hops and just a nice background of blueberry.
mouthfeel is creamy, and chewy. Very nice for a dry stout. Blueberry isn't sweet at all, this is just a very well done beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown. Head is cocoa in color with plenty of lacing. Overall very thick and viscous.

Aroma is licorice and bitter dark fruit, but not necessarily blueberry. Dark grain adds a nice roasted character. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is where the blueberry comes out, and works very well with the creamy chocolate, coffee, and smokey dark grain.

Mouthfeel is thick, but very smooth and silky.

A very interesting stout. Blueberry complements the hearty stout character. Unusual and very interesting flavor. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

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Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with light brown highlights, a mild capacino colored head, mild retention.

Smell is all blueberry goodness, very fresh.

Taste has a lightly bittersweet burnt malt flavor, a touch of sweet cream, and a lightly cearal flavor, with a strong fresh blueberry finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but lightly creamy.

Easy to drink and enjoyable, a unique and tasty fruit stout combination.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last week at Hop Devil Grill in New York City. February is Stout month there, so this was one of the few on tap that I had yet to try. This wasn't the best that I've had, but it was pretty enjoyable and mellow for a nice winter's night.

It had a good pour to it - dark brown, not "motor oil" in it's look or consistency. The head was thick and didn't last long, but the lacing was much nicer than that. Of course, there's a blueberry taste here, but it's not that strong. The locorice and anisette notes were stronger, but amazingly, the alcohol wasn't easily detected. This had a relatively thin and dry taste, which wasn't bad...just not what I'm used to.

I wish I knew what tha ABV% was, since this didn't have the characteristics of an Imperial Stout or even something closer to Guinness. No matter - I'm glad I tried this and I like the pairing of blueberry with a style such as this. One could call this a "dark horse" of sorts, but I don't think that's the case if somewhere in my neck of the woods serves this!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So dark that you can't see through the pour. Yields better than a full finger foamy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly, leaving spotty lacing patterns. Hey, guess what it smells like... no seriously... it starts out with a distinct celebration of blueberries then settles out to a low-roasted chocolate stout that sells its edge to the berry. Blueberry's aren't naturally very fragrant. This bottle has a residue on the lip that picks up berry-roast combo as a muffin-like aroma. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is smooth, rich and tingles nicely in a medium body. The flavor is really nice too. A solid stout character that trades what might have been a modestly roasted chocolate flavor with that of the healthy blueberry. The berry taste isn't a big blast, but it lingers long enough to be considered well. Its really a cinch to drink. A little warming on the way down, but otherwise well integrated. This one scores maximum points for imagination!! Besides the New Glarus products, this Dark Horse is one of the first Fruit/Vegetable beers that i wouldn't hesitate to stick in my grocery cart. Thanks BigDaddyWil for the opportunity.

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Photo of tayner
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to the brews n tunes BIF from BlackMallard.

Pours very black but a few carbonation bubbles stick to the glass for a moment or two. head is dark brown but falls and leaves no lacing. pretty impressive looking upon first pour.

Smell is overwhelmingly fresh baked blueberry muffins with the blueberry and bready type smells.

Taste is roasted, almost burnt, malt up front very heavy. midpalate the blueberries come in sweet, and then at the finish the berries leave a bit of a tart finish, drying the palate.

It is oily and thick in texture, and coats the tongue leaving for a long aftertaste of the roasted malt and tart berries.

I could drink a couple of these at once, if i was having dessert or something, but after that it would be too much. Very nice though, would welcome these any time in my house. not sure what the abv is but it is warming going down as well... if i had to guess id go in the 7-8% range.

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Photo of strohme2
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured, thick almost blacklike, with an ever so slight blue or purple-ish tinge. It had a very thin head, just enough to invite your nose for a sniff.
very distinct chocolatey, coffee overtones, with a minimal odor of blueberries.
Tasting this beer is where its at. The real flavors come out. I tasted strong chocolate and coffee...but to me, these tastes didn't blend well with the blueberry. Slighty carbonated at the end with a fruity aftertaste that mixes with java. It has a thick mouthfeel that envelopes your tastebuds. I would drink this again but i'd be inclined to try something new before ordering this again.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a beautiful tan head rising and remaining for a good amount of time. Smell of sweet blueberries up front, followed by creamy and rich chocolate. Taste brings more of a roasty malt flavor to the mix. The blueberry compliments the stout flavors pretty well and doesn't overpower the stout characteristics of the beer. Mouthfeel is lush and silky with slight rough edges of bitterness. Overall I could definitely see myself enjoying this beer more often if I had access, but not one that I would frequent. I don't find this so drinkable just because of the blueberry which is uncommon but very unique and solid.

Thanks to hoppymeal and seaoflament for an extra each of this.

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4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to perfect beauty with a inky black body hosting a coco powder colored head at two fingers with decent retention. Nose is a welcome mix of opening the bread box to blueberry muffins and zesty spicey malt. This beer comes into the mouth shockingly smooth like a chocolate covered blue berry. malty dark chocolate richness is created by the burnt malt. The blueberries add a slight sweet sour feel happens on the mouthfeel. a dark chocolate bon bon effect is all over the palate also. Overall they did a great job integratin the blueberries without making it seperate. Wonderfully drinkable, solid beer.

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Photo of mully
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a -- black no softening around the edges pours with a thick head but it falls to an 1/8 of an inch that stays around

s -- roasted black malts, blue berries and black strap molasses

t -- blueberries, hops shine in but don't overwhelm, patent and crystal malts are a solid backbone, there is a slight residual sweetness left

m -- robust -- after taste is short

d -- very good beer back to back drinking could come too easily

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Year old bottle, shared with Kmpitz2. Thanks Kevin!

Jet black body, creamy mocha tinged foam. No perception of purple here, more of a milk chocolatey tan color. Initial aroma is fantastic, fresh blueberries just like the smell of a fresh basket from the store. Also reminded me of the aroma of blueberry yogurt, without the lactic quality. Underlying chocolate that meshes perfectly, producing a unique berry/chocolate blend. Very enticing!

Flavors of chocolatey malt, mellow roast notes, not much blueberry, save for a twinge in the finish to accompany the slight bitter tang. Very smooth, it felt slightly lighter than Too Cream Stout. Big points for creativity, and executing the concept so well.

A four-pack would be very tempting to finish in a sitting...

Edit 04/08: Just drank 2 of these from the latest release, and it holds up well after a year.

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Photo of mjryan
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.