Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of ahq514
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Photo of clint1019
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Klym
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of MBrausen
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of smokeypeat
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Brunite
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - As dark a brown as you're gonna see. Two inches of tan colored head sits on top.

S - The aroma is primarily roasted malt, bitter chocolate and blueberry.

T - I get mostly roasted malt. The blueberry is faint and I had hoped for much more.

M - Heavy

O - I love Dark Horse but this beer is less than I was hoping for. A decent stout, but lacking as a fruit stout IMHO.

Photo of sidetracked
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours black with a medium brown head that lingers at about an eighth of an inch. Little lacing.

Odd blueberry aroma that comes across as artificial. Slightly sweet, yeasty bread, light chocolate, roasted malts.

Upfront taste is slightly roasted bready malts and a little sweetness. Taste follows through the middle. Blueberry flavor comes through at the finish but it is very artificial like soap or plastic--not good. Finish is heavy on the blueberry plus some chocolate roastyness.

Medium body, smooth and slightly creamy, clean finish. Moderate carbonation keeps it from being syrupy. 

Overall not a vey enjoyable beer. Really odd blueberry flavor and aroma. Tough to drink a whole bottle of this. 


Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Al's of Hampden as part of a mix-a-six. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a tasting glass.

The stout appears black, opaque with thick medium tan cap w/ tight bead and thick lace collects. The aroma has a pleasant blueberry aroma with slight floral scent and there is a hint of cocoa with slight bitter aroma and mild caramel odor. The feel is very good with a sturdy medium body and mild sweetness w/ slight bitter hint and mild roast level w/ gentle fruit tanginess and semi-dry finish with subtle alcohol.

This stout has a moderate malt sweetness on entry with mild bitter tinge and sweet element of blueberry -the blueberry tastes like natural fruit, not extract with elements of spice from the hops and gentle bitter tinges. The caramel and dark malt flavors form a solid base for the blueberry to be supported by with mild toastiness and semi-dry flavor as it finishes. I really enjoyed this and think it has just enough blueberry without going overboard and losing sight of the base stout. I am a fan of blueberry so I could probably enjoy it in any style as long as it is done well. I think Dark Horse did a great job of combining the two flavors.

Photo of Expedition
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As an American Stout lover, this is one of the best. Perfect dark head on this one with the rolling bubbles that suggest perfect carbonation. Dark as hell. The nose is beautiful with a touch of fresh blueberries, not some sweetened blueberry flavoring. And that is the key for this beer. It has a subtle flavor of blueberry that backs off with age. It is not overshadowing the important qualities and characters of a dry stout. I highly recommend this one for all beer lovers. I would love to find this guy on tap as well, especially nitro.

Photo of kk73
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for the opportunity to try this one.

A - Beer pours out a nice and thick black with a nice coffee colored head. Head disappeared and left a thin layer on my brew.

S - Slighty fruity, but mostly subtle aromas of roasted malts. Some sweet chocolate and coffee.

T - A little muted blueberry on the front, blueberry doesn't pack a huge punch here. Some roasted coffee and malt with a touch of sweet chocolate.

M - Pretty smooth, creamy, and chewy. Bubbly on the tongue and well carbonated.

O - Pretty good fruit stout, the first I've ever had for sure. Even if you think it's odd, it's definitely worth a shot.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse makes perfect looking stouts. as ive always said, massive tight dense head that billows up. Inspiring awe.
You can smell the blueberry more pronounced then i thought you would be able to, it steps out from the roasted malts really well. Of the whole series this one i was questioning the most, but so far it's very approachable. above average for sure.
The blueberry doesn't come out *as* much here on the tounge, more chocolate and roast is providing the flavor makeup but the blueberry peeks though this time.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Photo of jefferz5000
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to a great trader, TMoney2591.

Pours an opaque espresso-y near black. Impressive malty brown head forms will little to no effort. I'm digging the appearance, no doubt.

Aroma is of fresh blueberry muffins in the morning coupled with some rich roastiness. The blueberry aspect definitely steals the spotlight.

The taste is much like the nose, but the roasty malt comes through much more aggressively. This is a very robust beer and I have to say that I am impressed. Very unique flavor. I've never had this sort of experience with a beer.

Medium body with good carbonation, not too much, but enough to keep things from getting overwhelming.

I'm very glad I got to try this beer. It's definitely my favorite from this series so far.

Photo of chugalug06
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Quite a soapy molasses colored head. Brew pours quite nicely, reserved, but still nice stacking of head. Brew is very black with little else. Zero lacing

S - Quite Blueberry. A little berry funk too. Molasses and chocolate take a back seat to the "big gun" blueberry. A pinch of Cinnamon too.

T - Very interesting. Sweet. Not overly sweet or sugary by any means. Very chocolate and caramely. Tastes like a bowl of fruit with a slight twitch. Too many hop characteristics in this one; blueberry should dominate. Cinnamon is a nice touch to a awesome brew.

M - Much more bitter than I thought would be possible. Overly carbonated, but bubbles are evenly spaced. Very light brew for style. A bit too thin

O - WOW. What a unique brew! This one is like no other I've ever had. Hands down one of the more amazing fruit brews I've ever had. I would love to have more of this brew come my way in the future! Thank you AndyAvalanche for an awesome ship.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you John for the recommendation!

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Color comes out like a dark chocolate fudge cake. Coffee milk colored large head with various sized bubbles in it. The head sticks around for quite awhile. A good amount of lacing/retention to the glass. The edges get the slightest bit lighter, like a maple syrup. A good looking beer.

The smell is good. Like a solid stout, well malted, chocolate being the dominant feature, but also infused with blueberries. Not much to say here, but very good.

Taste is also very good. Like a solid/strong oatmeal stout. Well malted with a strong dark bitter chocolate taste. Blueberries present again, but not quite as strong as the smell. Very good, could pass for a dessert easily, not a dessert beer, just dessert. This could also be the perfect breakfast beer with pancakes and coffee.

The mouthfeel is very good. It's full bodied and silky smooth. A bitter then sweet finish. It's not an incredibly high gravity beer, but to me it's a solid sipper and good drinkability.

I never would have thought to put blueberries in a stout, but Dark Horse did a great job with this brew, truly unique.

Photo of drewba
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep black, some purple on the edges with a two finger mocha head. Looks ominous, evil, good. Head retention is pretty low and quickly becomes a thin mocha film on the top with ok lacing.

S - This smells like a blueberry muffin as soon as you open the bottle and the smell never goes away; seriously impressive. The blueberry really dominates, but there is some background aroma from roast, nuts, smoke, caramel and a little meat. I'm teetering on the 4.5/5, but I guess I'm leaning towards the 4.5, because who the hell wants to smell meat in their beer?

T - The blueberry is what I'm getting first, but not nearly as big in the taste as it is in the smell. The blueberry sweetness combined with smoke, tons of roast and a bit of chocolate is a really nice combination. I wish this tasted closer to how it smells, but it's still tasty.

M - it's between thin and medium on the thickness, I wish it was a touch thicker, but the carbonation is definitely present making this fairly carbonated for a stout. The finish is slightly mouth drying.

O - By far the best use of blueberry I've had in a beer to date. I really hate smoke, but I think in this case the smoke and heavy roast helps the beer from being too sweet.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks optimator13 for this very interesting stout!

A - I don't know what I was really expecting when I poured this, perhaps amber color like the only previous blueberry beer I had was but damn was I surprised! Pours jet black with a huge fluffy head. Laces the glass beautifully.

S - Did my grandmother just walk in with a tray of blueberry muffins? Nope, that's the nose of this beer. Wow, great blueberry notes, fresh mind you, and a strong roasted caramel scent. A little cake/bready smell as well - I swear this smells just like a blueberry muffin. Smell is a total nostalgia kick to my childhood. This really smells fantastic.

T - More blueberries and cake. Strong malt backbone that complements the blueberry sweetness.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little silky. Carbonation is right on.

O - I usually opt out to beers infused with fruits that aren't lambics or what have you but this was an exceptional treat. Never would have thought that the malt base would do so well with the blueberries. Really a treat in a glass, I wish I had some muffins to accompany this beer.

Photo of ZackH
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Beer looks great. Dark black with a tan, one finger head.

S - Wow. Strong blueberry smell. The aroma really gets me excited to taste this beer.

T - Don't taste the blueberry nearly as much as you smell it (which is probably a good thing). You get more of a traditional stout flavor profile with a slight blueberry kick at the end.

M - A little on the light side for a stout, yet still very good.

O - Very impressed with this beer. Great job of creating a beer with a huge blueberry aroma without an overwhelming blueberry taste. Skeptical at first, but would certainly buy this beer again.

Photo of Brew33
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer numerous times on draft and in bottles. It's an exceptional American Stout.

It looks great. The color of black coffee with a cappuccino colored head. Big aromas of charred malt and freshly juiced blueberries. More juice than whole berry. A very nice aroma, complex.

The taste follows the aroma. A very good base stout accented perfectly by the fruit. Dark malts, coffee, and some chocolate. Lots of blueberry on the back end and a long, grainy finish. Very good mouthfeel. Feels bigger than it's abv.

All in all a top notch American Stout and it shows what American brewers can do with non-traditional ingredients. A winner.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blueberries on the nose, allthough my wife swears she smells only black licorice, and tastes only black licorice. Taste is all blueberry up front (to me), coffee after i've swallowed. The after taste is better for me then the in my mouth taste. The taste transition from blueberry to coffee is pretty cool though. Very different. much sweeter than i like from a stout. Something that any stout lover should try at least once based purely upon the peculiararity of it, allthough once was enough for me.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a fizzy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled pretty quickly and left a thin ring around the edges of the glass as I drank it.

The blueberries come through pretty well in the aroma. I get a fresh fruit, juicy, sweeter, berry like quality coming through. A little bit of the chocolate and roasty flavors come through and go with the berries pretty nicely actually.

The taste starts out with more of the sweeter, berry character to it. Midway it starts to turn more roasty and bitter with some chocolate and coffee notes coming through. The dry, roasty, slightly burnt character lasts through the finish and lingers for a bit. The blueberry gives it a pretty nice flavor throughout the beer though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Overall it was a pretty nice beer, the blueberries really worked well for it. I especially liked how they interacted with the bitter, roasty flavors. Definitely an interesting and tasty beer overall and one of the better fruit stouts I've had.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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