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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,417 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 121
Gots: 115 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks tsauce2 for this bonus.

A-pours a thick black liquid with a flakey tan, caramel head. Head disipitates quickly like a good stout should. Good lacing occurs along with a purple haze on the rim o fate glass. Evident from the blueberry for sure.

S-dark chocolate with some roasted malts hit first. Faint blueberry and fig are also present.

T-the fruit hits first with hints of blueberry and then raisin. The malts come next with some dark chocolate tones present as well.

M-started out a bit thin and then goes down slightly bitter and crisp.

O- a nice combination. Paired it with a Ben and Jerry's yogurt too. Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, joshrosborne!

Black throughout and a small dark brown head that eventually leaves no lacing down the glass, surprisingly. The beer looks thick and appropriate.

The aroma does get better and better as it comes to room temperature. When cooler, it had quite a bit of mineral and artificial fruit flavor. As it nears room temperature, a nice chocolate covered blueberry and roast aroma appears.

The flavor is nice, with more and more blueberry presenting next to the chocolate and roast flavors as the beer comes to temperature.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A nice specialty stout, and fairly well done, but I see no need to revisit a blueberry stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Naugros
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've heard mixed reviews on this one. "Odd", "interesting", "special", "screwy mess" and others that I forget. I was excited to see it on a shelf at the Grain and Vine in Hyannis, MA while on vacation so I could see for myself.

The only thing about the appearance that stood out was the fact that the 1/2" head never went away. Other than that, a very standard looking stout.

But the smell is something else entirely. Freshly mashed blueberries come to your nose immediately and then burnt aromas follow, as if someone cooked a blueberry pie too long and the crust burned. That burnt aspect of this beer dominates the flavor and makes it hard for the blueberries to shine. I have to give them credit for actually having the blueberries present in the taste since so many blueberry beers fail to deliver in that regard, but beyond that it's like eating the little burnt bits in the bottom of a toaster.

It does deliver on body, starting off creamy, but then ash pervades in the aftertaste.

An interesting beer to be sure and I now know why the reviews are so mixed. You either like a strong roast presence or you don't. I usually do, but the interpretation of burnt toast doesn't really do it for me.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.