Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 122
Gots: 102 | FT: 4
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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Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, thanks to Dr. K for the beer. Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter.

A) Black, looked thick on the pour, nearly two fingers of head, which was a dark tan. The retention was fantastic. This had some traction too.

S) Good roast aroma, reminded me of a coffee blend I've enjoyed with my wife called blueberry muffin. The blueberry is definitely present on the nose, but not overpowering. There was also some spice that was familiar to my sense of smell, but I just couldn't place it.

T) Nice coffee, fairly dark roast, but doesn't enter burnt territory on the flavor. Light hops. This has an earthy quality to it. The blueberry is present, but stays subdued enough to keep this in solid stout territory. No alcohol noted.

M) Medium body with a pretty creamy feel. A little more carbonation than I expected, but the zip is right. This one coats the mouth and leaves a trail mix aftertaste.

O) I wasn't sure what to expect with the blueberry factor, but this was really very good. I would gladly recommend this beer.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color with one finger of very dense mocha colored head. The head is retained for the duration, and leaves a sticky lacing.

S - As soon as I start to pour I get a big whiff of blueberry. After my nose calms down a bit (or maybe grows a bit immune to the powerful blueberry aroma) I start t pick up some other things. Big earthy oak presence, some chocolate, and a little bit of char. The blueberry is the main player here, but there is just enough otherwise to remind me it is a stout.

T - Fantastic blend of sweet blueberry and vanilla with a bitter coffee finish and aftertaste. The blueberry isn't nearly as dominant as in the nose, but it does add a nice unusual complexity to the typical stout flavors.

M - Medium carbonation with light carbonation. Very smooth from stat to finish.

O - This one sounded interesting, so I picked it up as a single during a trip to Indiana. This is certainly not your typical blueberry beer. More flavorful and complex than just a stout with blueberry added. A little bit on the sweeter side, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold blueberry, coffee, chocolate. A decent amount of bitter, some hops and a decent amount of spicy and bitter alcohol. Should be nicely balanced. The smell is strong from a good 12" away from the glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black like motor oil. Small medium brown head dissipates quickly leaving some little foam around the edges. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Nice well rounded blueberry flavor. Mild to moderate roasty coffee, especially in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced, starts off sweet and ends up roasty and bitter. Looking forward to tasting this after it warms up some.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Lots of foamy bubbles going by. A bit chalky from the coffee notes, so it finishes just a bit dry.

Overall: Never thought this would top Buffalo Bill's, but it happened. Same delicious sweetness, but the added coffee notes are perfect in this one. Bold, sweet and roasty.

Drank on 4/6/2012.

Photo of antoines15
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of HungarianCount
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, thick dark brown. I poured my beer, fed the dog and when I came back my beer was naked! No lace, no retention, nuthin'.

Aroma is burnt sugar, black bread and fresh blueberry. Taste is similar: a sugary, roasty stout burnt caramel stout with fresh blueberry.

Exactly what a fruit beer should be: a good base beer with a real, non-extract tasting, fruit flavor. While I question pairing a stout with blueberry I can't question the execution.

Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beer4brian331
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jhb138
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Steimie
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

Reviewed from notes and drank with Steel String Brewery. Thanks Chad (buschbeer)!

Pour is like motor oil. Small white head, but not really.

Decent amount of blueberry in the nose, dark fruits as well. Nice mix of fruits in here. Not as much blueberry as I wanted, but whatever.

Oh the taste. Thick malt flavor, roasted malt, and leather come to mind. The blueberries area very nice addition to what be a nice thick stout. Drinkable.

Photo of brinch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kdmcguire10
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic stout with a tinge of ruby on the otherwise carmel head.

Smells an awful lot like blueberry flavored coffee. You definitely know the tart blueberry is there but it's not too much.

Same as the nose. You get the sweet tartness up front but it's not overpowering and it's not overly sweetening. It's a blueberry pancake.

My initial reaction was that this had a bit too much carbonation. As I drink it though, don't feel the same.

Overall: Incredible beer. Such a unique offering and there's nothing to not like here. Dark Horse continues to outperform.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It is about a half finger of dark khaki head that quickly falls to a trace. Body is very dark. Only the slightest light comes through at certain angles.

S - Yes, there is blueberry there. Smells artificial though. There are also standard stout smells, molasses and caramel.

T - I don't know. Pretty standard stout with only the slightest, faintest hint of blueberry.

M - Solid body with moderate carbonation make this quite nice.

O - The scent is good in the blueberry department, but really a pretty average (or just above) stout all around.

Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate at first followed by a strong aroma of blueberries and bread. It smells like chocolate and blueberry muffins--very nice!

T: Roasted malts dominate here with some dark chocolate, coffee, and char notes. The blueberry flavors come through toward the finish and on the aftertaste, though are somewhat subtle.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation that goes well with the roastiness of the beer.

O: A good beer overall that smells great, but unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the aroma. I'd like more complexity from the roasted malts and a stronger blueberry presence.

Photo of Jamesg440
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of gkatsoris
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night. Huge, thick, foamy, fluffy, bubbly, tan, head. Awesome!

S: Chocolate covered blueberries at a candy shop down the shore. Fresh made chocolate covered blueberry sandies. Pie crust. Blueberry muffin and a blueberry muffin. Heavenly!!!

T: Expresso. Blueberry coffee. Lots of coffee grounds on the back, nice and bitter. The chocolate blueberry becomes more evident as it comes to nose & warms up. Blueberry pie. Super complex and I love it.

M: Way way too thin. This needs to be thick and chewy and rich and meaty. This needs to leave a rug on the tongue! But still, a nice coat is left.

O: Let it warm up and come to nose! Really a cool brew, and thee best blueberry brew I've ever tasted.

Thanks (Matt) Capones!!!

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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