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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,299 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 118
Gots: 93 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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hwy61mb

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

I poured this 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle.

This beer purs very dark, with a big old head that sticks around for a while. Blueberries are very prominent in the smell, along with the more bitter roast and malt smells.

This is one crazy tasting beer. I think there is a time and a place for this one, I wouldn't want to drink it all the time, but I think it is a very successful combination of one my favorite fruits with beer. The blueberries are surprising, despite the smell. The bitter flavor offsets the sweet and sour blueberries wonderfully. This beer is full and heavy in the mouth, with moderate carbonation. I really think this one is delicious. I did not expect to like this beer as much as I do.

02-21-2011 23:05:43 | More by hwy61mb
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Double06

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Serving: 12oz bottle into Duvel Tulip
Generous Extra from BA

A: Good looking beer. Dark and thick looking with a dark tan head. When held to the light, you see the faintest rim of mohogany aroudnd edges.

S: Blueberry, blueberry and blueberry. I don't get much of the dark malts on the nose but wish I did to balance out the sweetness of the blueberries. Closing my eyes, I'm picturing delicous blueberry muffins.

T: Much more well balanced than the nose. The blueberries are still present but are counter balanced with roasty malts.

M: Well balanced carbonation. Not too thick or coating. Not a long, lingering finish but you are left with a faint blueberry taste after each sip.

D: Fairly drinkable but the sweetness of the blueberry drops the drinkability a little.

02-21-2011 13:53:21 | More by Double06
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AwYeh

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -41%

12oz bottle poured into snifter; thanks to Jesse13713 for this one!

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a finger of brown foamy head, which dissipates moderately quickly without leaving lacing. Really amazed at how dark this given the low ABV; I would have expected something approaching double digits before checking on here, just from the appearance.

S: Lots of blueberry aroma here, tons of roasted chocolate, almost charred malts, with accents of wood, smoke, and vanilla. As the beer approaches room temperature it smells almost like blueberry juice.

T: Again, roasted chocolate malts provide the backbone for taste, at least in the front of the sip. Blueberry dominates the middle- not sure if I can pick anything else up beyond a bit of chocolate, and blueberry lingers for quite a while on the finish. At warmer temperatures the blueberry gains a tangy, almost bitter quality, which knocks taste down a bit.

M: Much like appearance, this is very good for a 4.5% stout. Medium-bodied and very smooth, with light carbonation and a bit of a stickiness left over on the finish.

D: A mostly hit or miss beer across its individual categories, the blueberry intensity here (without a great flavor to back it up) was just too much for this one to go down easily at all.

02-21-2011 06:29:37 | More by AwYeh
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

A - WOW what a body! Especially for 4.5 percent! Pours a thick dark stout with an impressive inch of dark mocha head. How do you do it guys?

S - Smell from the bottle is straight up blueberry, almost candy like. In the glass roast and chocolate make itself well know.

T - Impressive amount of roast in the flavor. Almost too much at first but as it warms more chocolate and coffee flavors make itself know. Blueberry is hard to detect maybe a slight tart in the end finish but kind of covered on top of all this hardcore stout roast! Man O man!

M - Even for 4.5% it still has a rather medium body really more heavy than expected for a fruit beer.

D - Was impressed by how creamy and roasty this beer was but really expected more fruit flavor. Still if your looking for a "flavored" stout this one is perfect. Harsh yet mildly sweet with subdued fruit flavor. Awesome.

02-19-2011 02:29:20 | More by DrDemento456
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Pitch black with initial thick purplish-tan head, leaving a thin line behind.

Smell: Dry roasted malts with chocolate, licorice, molasses and coffee. Just a titch of blueberry in the aroma.

Taste: Wow, what a great mix of flavors. Starts off with mostly dried out roasted malts of chocolate, molasses and licorice. Then ends with an odd but delicious & enticing mix of bitter coffee and sweet & tart blueberry. The blueberry becomes a lot more noticeable as it warms.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, pretty creamy body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Never would have guessed that blueberry and a stout would go so well together. Just fantastic.

02-18-2011 01:19:22 | More by bsp77
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stewart124

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours jet black with little head.

Some vanilla in the nost along with plenty of roasted character.

Large amount of coffee, vanilla and a very nice roasted character. There is a residual sweetness that lingers and a pleasant amount of blueberry. Silky smooth and plenty of body. The blueberry sweetness adds another dimension to this American Stout.

Nice Bitterness that has an earthy feel. Faint traces in the finish of the blueberries.

Very drinkable and delicious to say the least.

02-17-2011 23:58:13 | More by stewart124
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Big thanks to JM03 for this!

Pours a black, thick liquid that forms a nice 2 finger dark mocha head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing is nice.

Aroma is blueberry muffins that stayed in the oven for just a hair too long and got the slightest bit browned. There's big roasted, toasted notes, some chocolate and some coffee cake mixed in there. It's quite nice really.

Taste is quite similar with the toasted blueberry muffins, but it finishes with a very good hefty stout roastiness, chocolate, and coffee bitterness.

Feel is creamy, full bodied, slightly coating, lingering and smooth as hell.

Drinkability is great! I honestly went into this thing thinking that it would be tasty enough, as I have really liked the few Darkhorse brews, but this far exceeded my expectations. It's a great brew! I sure hope my buddy up in OH sends another bottle or two next time *wink wink*

02-17-2011 04:19:26 | More by EgadBananas
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TheBear11D

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +6%

12oz bottle

Pours the darkest black which looks very smooth and had a nice thick dark brown head that lasted a while but left no lacing.

Blueberry is the dominant aroma in the nose, but I am also picking up dark chocolate and other sweet malty goodness.

Bittersweet chocolate is the first flavor to come fully around, but the blueberry makes a grand entrance and is the focus of the flavor.

Medium body with low sharp carbonation.

A very enjoyable stout. The flavor is the highlight of the beer with the blueberry mixed in quite nicely.

02-17-2011 02:59:49 | More by TheBear11D
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head that leaves very quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Dark Horse's Too.

s - Smells of blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate, bready malts, light toasted malts, and light vanilla. The blueberries are not overpowering but complement the normaly roasted malts and chocolate of a stout. Very enjoyable if you like blueberries.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, toasted and burnt malts, and very light blueberries and fruit. The taste is good and enjoyable, but a step down from the nose. The blueberries don't seem to come through like they do in the nose; the roasted malts and bitter coffe/chocolate dominate it a bit.

m - Relatively light body for a stout and moderate to high carbonation.

d - Overall this is a really nice stout. I loved the nose and really thought the blueberries came through in it. I think the bitter chocolate and coffee muted the blueberries in the taste a bit, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Would certainly have again.

02-15-2011 22:41:20 | More by mdfb79
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip; from notes
A: This is one good looking stout, from the deep black body to the deeper khaki fruit infused head. Great head retention and very creamy. Lacing is left in layers and is very sticky.
S: The aroma can be found by just opening the bottle and the blast of rich, dark malts are accompanied by fresh blueberries. Medium to high aroma intensity.
T/M: The front of this beer shows a nice level of carbonation that is nice in a stout, yet tends to lead to a lighter overall feel. The blueberry is a bit masked in the taste and does not really come up again until the lingering finish. A good malt base, while a hint at earthy hops are seen.
D: At 4.5% this is one of the best drinking and looking at that low of a threshold. Very well done.

02-15-2011 14:56:20 | More by GDBEERMAN
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Dark Horse is one of my favorite breweries - one that gets blind faith from me. So when I was lookiing for untried brews this weekend, Tres stood out.

I like stouts in general, but most of the time they are too heavy or strong to drink more than one or two. Although I only bought one of these, I think I could drink a bunch.

The fruit taste is just barely there, giving a crisp aftertaste and complimenting the roastiness of the malts very nicely.

Well done, Dark Horse.

02-13-2011 21:57:15 | More by schoolboy
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2%

Appearance - A small half finger of head. It is not transparent at all. Pours pitch black with a hint of blue and purple in the foam. Quite different looking from anything I've seen before.

Smell - Smells of coffee, chocolate and blueberries. A slight grape smell as well. The blueberry scent was very faint to me.

Taste - Not a very strong tasting stout. A slight coffee start with a blueberry aftertaste that is very smooth. It tastes just a little watered down.

Mouthfeel - A whirlwind of blueberry and other darker berries mixed together. Quite pleasant.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and not a very strong ethanol taste.

Verdict - Despite being slightly watered down, it is a perfect mixture of blueberry taste. It was different from any other dark fruit stout or porter I've had before. Definitely worth checking out.

02-13-2011 14:37:23 | More by Jesse13713
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kraken6100

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +21.4%

You know, for all the beers I've been blessed enough to have, I feel like this hidden gem just won't get enough pub.

Poured into a 12oz DT Tulip with etching

A: Opaque, fading into amethyst on the sides. Encouraging, given the fresh blueberry aroma that cascades from the open top.

S: Exactly as alluded to above. Wonderful bouquet of blueberry, but upon further inspection I get a faint dark chocolate with a restrained, charred/smoked vanilla.

T: Wonderful. The latent dark chocolate comes well after a beautiful upfront blueberry push. Residual tastes of cocoa and smoked vanilla are still there as well, but I'm not sure it's not because I won't let the aroma go. Harvest fruit to the fore, and wonderful cocoa notes DO supercede the back end.

D: As stated above, I didn't feel compelled to write until this evening. Has a light viscosity, no cloying, no syrupy/sugary sweetness. Drinks well, finishes better. Blueberry as stated, very prevalent, but in an encouraging manner. Certainly going to give this another run, Well done Dark Horse. I loved the Too Cream. This was better. Congrats.

02-13-2011 04:40:33 | More by kraken6100
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a pint glass. This is a thick opaque black; creamy with half an inch or so of head. Smells like what you'd expect a chocolate covered blueberry to smell like. Taste combines semisweet dark chocolate with light blueberry. Mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated. There's almost no alcohol presence here making for excellent drinkability. I like this.. very well done.

02-13-2011 03:53:47 | More by webmanspidey
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

At Smokin' Joe's this beer was amazing, dark roasted malts bring out that dark chocolate/slight coffee hint. As the nose opens up you realize there's a nice earthy blueberry character taking hold, low alcohol minimalizes interference from other flavors. Overall you take the first sip and you realize dark roasted malts/creaminess/blueberry all at once almost overwhelming but excessently awesome version of a fruit stout. I will grab a four pack when available in OH, but this version on tap at Smokin' Joe's was my beer of the night. Mouthfeel was creamy alcohol was smooth or non-existent on the palate, excellent version of a great beer. Drinkability overall was Class A, the type of beer I want to experience again and again from today's craft brewing industry...you can just tell this beer is labor intensive.

02-12-2011 18:47:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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JLeege

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured into an Imperial Shaped Pint glass

Appearance- Pours jet black with no light entering the glass. Impressive for a "lighter" stout. A dense brown head with great retention and lacing.

Smell- Blueberry fills the room upon opening the bottle. Some earthy hops, roasted malts. A hint of chocolate.

Taste- Blueberrys up front, seems like a completely natural flavor, not forced or syrupy at all. Some light roasted malts and cocoa; a slight peppery spice. Lasting blueberry on the palate. Excellent.

Mouthfeel- Lighter than it looks, medium carbonation, very smooth.

Overall- Absolutely incredible beer, the blueberry is fresh and natural. Almost too drinakble. Fairly simple when you really think about it, but this is one of my highest rated beers, there is nothing I can really knock it for (except for the lame label)!

02-11-2011 04:10:44 | More by JLeege
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davesway10

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Blueberry Stout.. What!!. For a long time I passed this beer over for other ventures. My bad it seems, for this is a really good brew. Blueberries (not overpowering), chocolate (maybe). I don't know, but I do like this beer. A new go to for me, well done dark horse.

02-11-2011 00:33:55 | More by davesway10
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +3%

This pours a medium bodied black with a one finger, creamy dark khaki head. It looks like it should. The aromas are of light blueberry, bitter chocolate, and light malty sweetness. You definitely pick up the blueberry first but it isn't overpowering by any means. The flavors too are blueberry upfront followed by both sweet and bitter chocolates and a mild coffee roast. The blueberry presents itself well here as well. This beer drinks very, very smoothly and is overly drinkable. The flavors and aromas are presented quite well and get the blueberry across in a light and appealing manner. This is one of Dark Horse's better offerings and worth a try.

02-09-2011 02:54:08 | More by aasher
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

A- pours black and looks light with a minimal head.

S- blueberries some chocolate and maltiness.

T- blueberries and some other fruit/berries. Almost a booziness in the middle ithe taste along with some chocolate. nice blend of flavors.

M- medium carbonation. Feels pretty smooth

D- definately drinkable beer. I don't know about wanting to drink this all night but a few of these to enjoy is a ok to.me.

02-07-2011 01:17:46 | More by Gushue3
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thetomG

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Deep brown color with a thick layer of dark tan foamy head. Big spotty lacing left all around.

Aroma has a nice sweet blueberry element that comes through quite strongly. The flavor is very similar and has some gentle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not too bad. Drinkability is excellent - no one aspect is too overwhelming.

Would definitely drink this again.

02-06-2011 22:49:02 | More by thetomG
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

Um...it's a blueberry stout.

Imagine the best possible combination of blueberries and stout. Got it? In your mind's eye - combine the two entities. Okay.

Now, imagine all the things that could make this really bad.

And then imagine all the things that could make this really good.

This beverage is neither as bad nor as good as I could have hoped for or feared. Pretty straightforward.

Lots of Blueberry aroma, and taste. And it doesn't fight with the stout. Nor does it really compliment it. An afterthought? Not quite. But certainly a 'not-fully-conceived' plan.

Not bad at all. Am I buying again? No. Did that, drank that, tossed the bottle.

02-06-2011 22:09:40 | More by radioscooter
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Dark black, opaque, big tan head with good retention.

S - Definitely blueberry forward, a touch of chocolate and coffee in the back, well balanced, and definitely stout-like. Very appropriate.

T - Mostly a roasted coffee flavor, with a touch of sweetness on the front, which I suppose is the blueberry. There's nothing definitive in the flavor yet that is blueberry.

M - Big and smooth, not too big or heavy. Very nice.

D - A bit too dry to be very drinkable, and I wish there was more blueberry flavor in it, but it's still good to drink.

02-05-2011 23:02:29 | More by ColdPoncho
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a super dark colored fluffy 1.5 fingered head that fades at a medium pace, over jet black beer with a bit of lacing.

Nose reeks of blueberries, a bit of frozen blueberries, as well as blueberry pancakes, and even blueberry jam. A light creamy stout under that, creamy dark malts, touch of roast and chocolate. The blueberry overpowers almost everything else.

Taste brings some blueberry, but not quite as much as the nose. A decent bitter scorched malt earthy flavor comes through, some roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, hints of creamy stout flavors, a slight bit of a spicy and earthy hop presence with some bitterness. It's fairly fluffy, and gets a decent bitterness, some decent baltic porter like dark malt flavors start to come through late. It finishes fairly dry with lingering baltic porter like flavors and some frozen blueberries.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation.

Drink is good, no real heavy, overpowering, or off flavors. The blueberry flavor and especially aroma is a little heavier than desired, but doesn't really effect drinkability. Def sessionable when it comes to booze and smoothness.

02-05-2011 04:49:03 | More by jlindros
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rembrant

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%

Look a Stout look,a moment of tan head covers the surface and having set the stage,departs.
The glass gets film and syrup and some lace showing the signs of ample substance.
Aroma Fresh blueberry muffins,heavy on the blueberries with a cup of coffee on the side. You have to wonder about a stout Ice Cream float...

Taste Oh boy! I'd missed Tres in last year's 5 stout array and while fruit in beer is usually not my thing,here it is sublime.There is a solid punch of concentrated beer with illusions of dark roasted coffee and a flavorful chocolate malted and deep earthy roasted darkness....but the soft sweetness and unique tang of blueberries skips through it like happy children skipping through a great dark forest without fear. The Malt blend and the blueberry flavors manage to never mask each other or lose their individuality. That's something Dark Horse excels at. Everything dances together but never gets muddy or blurred.

Dark Horse,with their Black Bier,found a great malt bill and have tweaked it for most of their dark brews,lighter for Boffo Brown,more intense for Plead the 5th. They did Oat Stout,Cream Stout,Wee Heavy and that core Malt bill not only adapted but did special stuff interacting with the hops and yeasts and whatever to stir up a variety of details. With Fore,as with Tres, the smoke plays nice with the Stout,in just the right mix. With BA Plead...the Bourbon and Stout do a tongue tango that will make a grown man weep. In it seems any case,that magic malt blend does tricks and transitions like a jazz band...but can also jam with Blueberries.

And in the end you are left with a lingering tang from those berries and a tease of some nice rich roast coffee.
Mouth A sense of both viscosity and wetness. Again there's some trickery afoot.
Drinkability If I had a case...

02-05-2011 03:10:04 | More by rembrant
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +8%

A - Pours dark as any stout with a small but fluffy tan head.

S - Blueberries right up front followed by sweet malts and a hint of roast.

T - Quite roasty and full of blueberries. Reminds me of whole grain blueberry waffles. I think you could do amazing things with this beer in cooking. Nevertheless, it's great on its own.

M - Medium in body and fairly light on the carb; a bit of dryness on the tongue as well.

D - I like that this is a low-ABV high-flavor beer and really wish DH would make this a year round brew (that would probably make it less special in the lineup though).

02-04-2011 19:14:04 | More by LiquidCucumber
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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