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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 119
Gots: 94 | 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 TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Hoping to work my way through all five of these stouts this year. For some reason, I decided to start here, with number three. Go figure. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of darkly sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, dank blueberries, and some molasses thrown in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, but the conflict between the dark chocolate/bitter roasted malts and the blueberries is apparent from the get-go. It ends up coming off as too bitter, too pithy (sort of) for me. The body is lightly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a pretty good beer, but the flavors involved just don't seem to mesh entirely well. I can drink it, just not very easily and without complete enjoyment. Close, though...

TMoney2591, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jlb502, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -24.6%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of spankdog42
4/5  rDev +0.5%

spankdog42, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +0.5%

funkel81, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for this one! Third in the series and third on the day! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic (right before it was murdered by my friend). Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and blueberries. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, blueberries, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Blueberry stout you say? Hmmm, might as well since I have the rest of the series to get through today... Doesn't smell too bad, but you can definitely tell this thing has blueberries in it without a doubt. The flavor is more of the same. Typical American Stout based brew with a touch of blueberry that comes throughout the sip and after swallowing. Still not sure how I personally feel about fruit infused stouts, but this one is at least a good start.

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of paxtonthegreat
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite fruit beer! This is 2 things, a very well composed fruit beer and an excellent stout both separately. You can disect both flavors in your mouth very easily. This is the best example of a hint of fruit I have ever had in a beer. You get a very roasty smoky deliscious stout up front with the perfect small amount of blueberry in the back.

paxtonthegreat, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a thick, dark brown color with a sticky mocha tan head that slowly settles. Some lace left as the head calms. Dark chocolate notes with an almost pepper like hint as well. For only 7% is smells a touch boozy as well. Light blueberry flavor in the beginning that is quickly dominated by a growing leather and roast flavor. A couple of sips of this pretty much told me exactly what kind a beer this was. Lingering roast with a slight alcohol burn. meh. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Nice look but the aroma and smell leave a lot to be desired.

kbutler1, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to ruizjoseph for this nice extra.

A: Very dark pour, with the slightest hint of blue. Pitch black in the glass. One finger, tight, brown head with lackluster retention and decent lacing.

S: Could smell the blueberries as soon as I opened the bottle. Big blueberries and coffee. A roasted/burnt malt aroma. Some milk chocolate coming through.

T: Some light sweet chocolate upfront. A weird roasted/burnt blueberry coffee flavor in the middle. Not really bad, just different. Big roastiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, just a tad light for a stout. Very smooth and silky. No real creaminess. Medium light carbonation.

O: A good stout being they went out on a limb with the blueberries. It's a little off at first but grows on you. The roasty finish is awesome.

doughanson78, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the beginning, the aroma harkens back to the childhood cereal with the blue ghost known as "Boo Berry". The malts in the aroma combines with the scents of blueberry make for an interesting combination. The appearance shows a dark murky brown, with little head after the pour. No forced carbonation in the mouthfeel. The creaminess of the lactose reinforces the cereal theme nicely. The sweet malt flavors really stand out in the initial taste. This is no macro-brew stout! The sweetness and the blueberry hints make an easy drink. The blueberry is not overpowering in the taste. If the fruit were more potent, one might forget he/she was drinking beer. The sweet malt fades to the back of the tongue, ending the pleasant experience.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours into a SA Pint glass with a dark brown, almost black hue. A finger and a half of mocha colored head, which dissipates at a moderate pace.

Smell – I made a few people around me smell this (who are not beer geeks) and they all could pick out the blueberry aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses.

Taste – Perhaps I shouldn’t have had this after a FBS. There is a subtle blueberry flavor, however this is masked by a tin, metallic taste. I hate when stouts have this “flavor” to them… The roasted malt and chocolate is also present, though as stated, that tinny taste is very off putting and hard to get past.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation, creamy.

Overall – Kind of disappointed with this beer. I will have to pick up another four pack when they release it this winter, and can only hope I do not have the same experience. I did not even finish my glass.

SpdKilz, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Scoot1969, thanks again Scott! 12 oz bottle poured into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

A- Dark and fairly viscous. Large head that takes several minutes to settle down. Nice laving left on the glass.

S- Excellent. Nice and roasty but a hint of blueberry on the tail of everything.

T- Man, I really want to like this. Everything tells me this shit is solid so I don't want to be disappointed. Here goes...It's good. It's solid. It's tasty. It isn't real blueberry-ish (if that's a word).
I've waited a while for it to warm up. It's quite a good beer, very complex. Well carbonated and roastybut fairly light for a dark stout. Nice blueberry aftertaste.

M- Spot on.

O-Excellent. I'd gladly have this one again.

sendsilk, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker glass.

Pours a dark black color with a brown/tan head. Delicious looking. Some light lacing occurs.

Smells like blueberry pie. Blueberries are the primary aroma. Can smell some brown sugar in there as well. The classic stout aromas are there too, roasty malts, rich chocolate. These take a backseat to the blueberries for sure though.

Damn this is delicious. Kinda surprised this was pulled off. Blueberry stout doesn't sound too appetizing. Had a taste of it before and had to invest in a bottle. Blueberries and brown sugar hit me right away with a nice dose of chocolate. Some earthy hops and dry roastiness round out the finish on the beer.

Lower carbonation, which I like. Nice heavy-medium body on this. Blueberries and dry roast coat the sides of my mouth, making this a pretty drinkable stout.

Overall, this is a great beer that I didn't think would be pulled off. Everything works together in near perfect harmony to achieve everything I would ever want in a blueberry stout. Not an everyday drinker, but a nice treat for sure.

ahq514, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer has been in my cellar for about 2 years. Pours a very dark rich coffee brown with minimal yet creamy tan head that recedes to a wispy edge layer quickly, leaving some islands on the surface in the center of my glass.
Aroma is some roasted malt, dark cacao notes, a bit of blueberry that I think has faded over time, and some molasses. Not a lot of hop profile on the nose.
First sip reveals a lighter body than expected, with creamy soft texture and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and some dark chocolate, a hint of coffee bitterness, and a little chalky dry cocoa powder. I dont get any blueberry here, but again I wonder if age has faded the flavor.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer and I dont get any hints of ABV or hops.
A tasty brew from a quality brewery!

sulldaddy, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of clint1019
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black in color with a chocolate colored head that dissapated very quickly.

S - Very Roasty coffee-like malt aroma with a nice blueberry aroma and a hint of chocolate.

T - Rich Maltyness with hints of coffee,chocolate and blueberry flavors.

M - Medium bodied with much more carbonation than I would of expected in a stout.

O - All of the flavors and aromas in this beer go well together. The amount of carbonation in this beer make it feel lighter than most heavy stouts do.

clint1019, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the last of the stout series for me and this one pours just like the rest, pitch black with a bubbly mocha head that dissipates to a ring. There is little lacing but lots of bubbles rising to the middle throughout. Aroma is surprising for a stout, it smells like a blueberry cobbler with some coffee and chocolate malts thrown in. The taste isn’t quite as nice as the aroma but still good with the dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolates dominating. The blueberries are present but not overwhelming, making for a nice, balanced flavor. The mouth feel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation, Odd for a Stout. This is right up there with Plead the 5th in the series. Great beer and the best sessionable stout I’ve tasted in a while. I shared this 1, but I will buy more.

beergod1, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Expedition for the bottle! Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Black with light brown bubbles. A nice two finger head that slides off on the tilt and leaves a ring at the top.

S: Blueberry as in berry pancakes dominates the smell and leaves you searching to find little else beside some roasted malts and a little buttered bread character.

T: You dig a lot more for the taste than you do the smell. Comes off with an almost blueberry soda like taste with some bluebery skin bitterness finishing it off and some bready sweetness. Not bad, but more interesting and different than it is actually enjoyable and good.

M: Medium-light body with prickly carbonation. Could use more thickness and creaminess, I think.

O: Actually, really not bad. I think it does a lot to capture blueberry character and maintains it throughout smell and taste. I'm not sure it takes it to a level of deliciousness that really makes it worth reaching for, though. Would like to try this again on tap.

Klym, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Thanks Oreo!) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pour down the middle leads to just over a finger of frothy dark mocha-brown head that dissipates at a moderate to quick pace. The liquid seems fairly viscous as it glurps out of the bottle into the glass. Pitch black with a good ring of dark brown lacing settling around the surface.

S: Lots of medium roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, blueberries, and roasted malt. There's a little floral and leafy hop presence in the background, but it's definitely getting toned down.

T: Follows the nose in a less intense manor. Milk and dark chocolate, earthy medium roast coffee, and roasted grains with the blueberry just peaking it's head out from behind the curtain. Everything is very mellow, very light hop presence with virtually no hop bitterness and minimal bitterness from the roasted malt. There's a bit of a wood character up front and on the end, though I'm not sure if this ever actually touched any wood/chips. Finish is somewhat dry dark chocolate covered blueberries with little bitterness.

M: Medium to ever so slightly medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fairly smooth and creamy with a velvety texture appearing on occasion.

O: I've noticed that the blueberry comes out a long stronger as the beer warms up, but never in an obtrusive way. I was quite surprised how well the blueberry works within the framework of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains. Soft on the palate and easy to drink, it's a stout I probably wouldn't even turn down in the heat of July.

Satchboogie, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of MBrausen
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a nice black, with a mild blue hue. A nice 2 finger head, with good retention. Maintained a nice 2mm ring the whole time.

S. Noticeable hickory/oak notes, with a sweet smell of blueberry and malts. Extremely nice smell to this beer. This is the type of smell that I could have a scented candle made out of, that my wife would like too.

T. Start has a rich malt flavor. A slight blueberry flavor, but also very sweet. The sweetness fades at the end to a bitterness. Almost as if your tasting two different types of blueberries through out the beer. It really is quite a interesting transformation.

M. It has a heavier feel, that presents itself right away when you sip it. A chewy thickness that stays bold the whole time. However the flavors round out the thickness well. A fair amount of carbonation, however not overwhelming.

O. This is a very interesting beer. Without the blueberry flavors, this beer would be lost on a shelf with a lot of other 1-sided stouts. However the flavors that present themselves throughout this beer really keep it interesting all the way through the glass, and even after your done drinking.

I think this is a impressive beer. It has some flavors that normally would be the end of a stout to me, but rounds them out with a lot of interesting angles to the taste. It really keeps you sipping to continue to get all those subtle hints. On a nice side note, when you burp, it tastes like blueberry pancakes! I can't wait to share this beer with a few friends.

MBrausen, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Real nice looking half-inch dark(!) mocha head atop a black beer. Head doesn't stick around long and no lacing.

S- Chocolate...and maybe if you were looking for it, blueberries.

T- Drink starts off sweet with the blueberries then that is overcome with the chocolatey goodness. Mmm.

M- Thick mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- In celebration for purchasing my third (ha) car. Enjoyed this one, especially how it felt in my mouth, although the blueberry aspect was lacking it seemed. Thanks MammothBrew!

Duff27, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. The beer appears as a deep mocha brown bordering black held up to the light with a nice coffee head. Smell on this one was great. Blueberry was very pronounced for me up front with some roast coffee in the background. In the smell I felt like I was sitting down to some blueberry pancakes with a cup of coffee at the ready. Taste did not deliver quite the overwhelming blueberry flavor that I picked up on it the aroma, but it was still present. Some standard roast malt and chocolate was present as well. Not the thickest stout by any means but a nice medium profile in mouthfeel which almost seemed more appropriate since its a fruit stout. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and could see picking up a four pack each year on its release to have something different available.

smokeypeat, Jul 12, 2011
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