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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

613 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 613
Hads: 1,545
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 123
Gots: 153 | FT: 5
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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 knight84
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of turbine2475
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of Blanchette
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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! (1,039 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of tayner
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of strohme2
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of mully
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (427 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of mjryan
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete old motor oil black with a dark brown one finger head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Stickiness is here and there, a bit spotty. Smell is dark chocolate covered blueberries with a hint of fresh roasted coffee. Some woody vanilla notes tingle the nose as well with bit of caramel malt. Taste starts off with a tiny bit of fresh blueberries which is quickly dominated by the big french roast coffee flavor. A bit of an oaky wood taste towards the end with some grassy hop flavors as well. I was hoping for just a bit more blueberry sweetness on the tongue with this one, but still a decent taste overall. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a mild carbonation bite. Very enjoyable beer over all, I wish more breweries would experiment fruit stouts. (857 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at room temperature which is a little warmer than the suggested, but I wanted it warm to capture as much of the aromas and flavors as I could.

Poured deep black with a solid full finger tan head that melted to a mere ring of tan bubbles as I drank from the glass.

Aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate, light coffee, and faint fresh blueberries.

Taste follow the aromas. Creamy milk chocolate and cocoa...just a hint of coffee and then enough fresh blueberry to compliment perfectly rather than overpower. Finish is warm alcohol.

Aftertaste of cocoa with blueberry 'burps' and alcohol.
Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

I normally don't like blueberries, particularly in beers. Brewers seem to want to get 'in-your-face' with the blueberry at the expense of hiding whatever else is in there. Normally, the blueberry tastes very artificial as well.
Tres Blueberry Stout carries this combination off very well with a perfect blending of chocolates and blueberries. Nothing fights...everything harmonizes. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch black color stout with a small deep brown color head. Aroma of strong blueberry is well mix with some medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between fresh and sweet blueberry and some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. I am not usually fond of fruit in stout but I thought this mix worked very well and the balance between fruit, sweetness and bitterness from the malt was well achieved. Body was quite full with some light carbonation. (493 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so glad to see this on the shelf at the Chalet in Goshen. The only bad part is there was only one.

A: Pours deep dark black with a huge 3 finger espresso head. The head died down but hung around nicely. There was some bubbles and nice lacing for a stout.

S: Soo very nice. Nice milk chocolate mixed with the aroma of blueberries. Coffee undertones and a hint of booze. Lovely.

T: One great stout man. Coffee and Chocolate dominate. There is a hint of blueberry but I wish there was more, the blueberry taste is too faint.

M: Medium bodied but extra creamy.

D: Very. I put down the bottle with no problem and chased it with a Bell's java stout.

Overall: This is one I have been wanting to try and it was worth the wait. As a stout it was great. I was anticipating more blueberry so I knocked it down a bit since the blueberry taste was lacking. I just wish there were more on the shelf to share with all my BA buddies who wanna try this brew.

I will search more of this one out. It was not fresh, hopefully a fresh batch will have a bit more blueberry taste. (1,082 characters)

Photo of dogman
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a strong blueberry nose to it, which is great. At first taste has a bit of blueberry but, not too much. It also didn't taste like fake like some beers with fruit in them. Then it finished like a great stout. I will be buying a bunch of this next time i see it.

Amazing!

I only wish i could buy this in Chicago. (323 characters)

Photo of MDekker
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"One" was good, but "Too" failed me badly. Here goes "Tres":

Pours out black as night with a little light brown head. Good so far. The aroma is quite different for a stout, due to the blueberries - fruity, tart, fresh, with underlying stouty notes of dark roasted coffee. The flavor was quite pleasant - again, crisp, refreshing, light (for a stout), with the roasted flavors coming out more as it warmed a bit. It was well-carbonated, not too creamy - just nice. This was one of the most easily consumed stouts I've ever had. I easily could have downed another.

I feared the "blueberry stout" would be just a gimmick, but it paid off quite nicely. (654 characters)

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.