Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

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Reviews: 613
Hads: 1,545
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 123
Gots: 153 | 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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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* (884 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

WOW! What an absolutely great dark brown chocolate, and uniform folding head on this. Pours out of the bottle nearly black, body appearance is incredibly dark black/brown. Faint tiny foam lacing around the glass in sheets as I swirll and tilt. This thing looks unreal.

Nose is what it is. Blueberry, not syrupy, not jammy, not sugary, just fruit blueberry. It's a great example of the fruit on the nose. a faint malt and roast, but it is wonderfully fruit dominant very nicely. Nearly perfect.

Taste is a big ambush, but I like it. Tobacco fronting palate mixing with almost coffee and char. Fruit angle completely seems oblivious but who cares. Incredibly aftertaste of char and ashes character. No sense of sweetness or tasting blueberry. A true roasty stout and good.

Overall, it's a smelling blueberry cigar dipped in a big roasty malty stout. Absolutley love this even if it doesn't taste like blueberry. Fantastic! (984 characters)

Photo of yeastsipper
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle and was immediately greeted with the smell of blueberries. Fantastic.

Beer pours a pitch black, blacker and thicker than I would have with expected with a 1+ inch cocoa colored head.

While the initial scent was blueberry, it was soon taken over by dark chocolate. Strong. Lots of roasted malt. Definitely some coffee, though it almost seems that is the blueberry and the roast converging rather than a unique smell. The smells remind me a bit of a porter rather than a stout. Still nice.

Great, complex flavor. Lots of blueberry, but subtle and not at all overdone. Pretty much the same flavors as the nose would indicate. Great balance of flavors - blueberry gives way to roast, coffee and chocolate, before a chocolate blueberry flavor coats the palate. I can't get over how good this is.

Quite a fair bit of carbonation again gives the beer a bit of a porter quality. Not a bad thing, but worth noting.

I find that often times a lot of 'interesting' or creative beers offering different takes on a style (or a wildly different take) don't really work (see my Aprihop, 120 min or Autumn Maple reviews). I like to try for curiosity sake, but I don't often love the beer. The Tres, however, is FANTASTIC. The blueberry makes the beer interesting, complex and tasty. I enjoyed this all the way through. A noteworthy beer and now one I need to figure out how to get my hands on with regularity. Damn, fair to say I am blown away. (1,455 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a 2 inch caramel head with a black body. Smell is of blueberry compote, roasted malt, some earth, and caramel. Taste is nice roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, blueberries, and chocolate. It has a smooth moderate mouth feel with a full body. (278 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pour is black with a good head when poured aggressively. black with creamy chocolate head. smell is interesting. a little sweet blue berry. at first it was a 'oh crap' this beer is going to be sweet and just too much accent. chocolate roasty aroma. palate is not like expected. its better. smooth. fruit acidic on one side and malty chocolaty goodness on the other. very well balanced. very excellent for the amount of alcohol. 4.5!!! i think it could be had all year round. come bottle have a earthier blue berry finish. very into this beer. glad they made something this innovative but not showy. although a very particular taste.

had it after a year of cellaring. at first doughier. makes way for a wonderful body. blueberry is still there but at first masked by the yeastiness. once it opened up... quite better. earthier... a thicker wall of stout oozing down the side of the pint glass. wonderful job. (908 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch and a half frothy brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is OK. The aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and blueberries. None of the aromas overpower the other, which is good. The taste is the same as the aroma, the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and blueberry flavors all mesh well together and none are overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich, creamy and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, and at only 4.5% ABV it's also quite sessionable. This is a very good fruit stout, and I would definitely buy this again the next time I see it. (700 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

HUGE thanks to Onenote81 for notching this off my wants list. Well, allowing me to try it anyway. It's still gonna stay on my wants list. :P

A - This beer pours so dark, barely even a sliver of deep red-brown clarity shows. In the glass, no light escapes it's clutches. The pour is thick and quiet like motor oil with a low dark brown, foamy head. Poor retention leaves the head dissolved into a thin film and ring.

S - A rich aroma of fresh blueberries and roasted stout just knocks my socks right off. The blueberries smell like amazing, rich, fresh syrup for pancakes, and I'm sure this beer would work just as well! Tons of roasted malt blends fabulously backing up the blueberry without overtaking it. Delicious notes of molasses dribble, ground coffee, and cocoa powder add to the depth of the nose created by the malts. I wouldn't change a thing about this aroma but I wish I knew it's age already.

T - After collecting my rogue socks and regaining my composure, the first sip subsequently sent my socks flying again. It's packed with the same depth and complexity as the aroma but leans a little more towards the roasted stout side of things. The flavorful, fresh blueberry aroma continues through to the flavor but is more tart. This blends with the roasted flavor of the malts very well. Dusty cocoa, roasted coffee, and light but distinct molasses find their way in for more nuances. It just doesn't wow quite like the aroma but is damn close to getting a "five".

M - With thoughts of the rich, oily pour going through my mind before the first sip, you'd understand my surprise when I come to find Tres is actually pretty highly carbonated. Still oily and rich with a full-body, the finish is dusty and dry with a roasted bitter and tart finish. Very nicely balanced.

D - I had a preconceived idea Tres would be good, knowing I was probably setting myself up for a let down, but Tres still managed to blow me out of the proverbial water. This beer is absolutely world-class. It's a perfect marriage of a stout with fruit and has so little room for improvement. I've been nursing it only to savor it. Otherwise it's dangerously drinkable.

Thanks again Jon, for this awesome beer. Now I've gotta go get more! (2,275 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to GuntherHophead.

A-Pours a dark opaque mahogany with short-lived darkish tan head, nice streams of bubbles rising to the surface, bits of tracing, ring of foam around edge.

S-Rich natural blueberry sweetness balanced by bitter dark chocolate and roast/burnt malt notes, coffee, oatmeal, faint raisin and fig.

T-Same as aroma: Blueberry upfront with burnt slightly fruity finish and bite of hops. Tastes like a blueberry crumble with chocolate chips left in the oven two minutes too long and enjoyed with coffee, but much less filling.

M-Medium-velvety body w/great balance between sweet blueberry and malt and burnt grain/hops. Light carbonation.

D-One of the best beers I've had in a while, and one of my new favorites. I miss American beer. (762 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Assist on this review by MsSara.

A: Pours a thick, opaque, black color. Three finger head that disapears in about 10 seconds. Dark tan ring that leaves no lace.

S: Roasted oats, bitter dark chocolate, and mild blueberry aromas.

T: Flavors of chocolate, oats, blueberry crumble, and wild tart blueberries. The blueberry flavors are very natural (not at all like fake "blueberry" flavoring and certainly not like blueberry pie filling). Sort of like when you go to Reenders Blueberry Farm on Rte. 31 in West Olive, MI and you buy a pint of blueberries that were picked less than an hour before you bought them. Tart with just enough sweetness so you can eat them without squinting your eyes. Tangy berries in the finish

M: Mouthfeel is buttery, thick, and viscous. Very coating yet not syrupy.

D: Like Kidadam says below, I could easily finish off a six pack of these. It is that good. Great balance between the bitter chocolate, smooth oats, and slightly tart blueberries. I was afraid that this might taste cloying and phony. One sip was all it took to allay my fears. This is a superb fruit stout! (1,158 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass, it produced a big, 3 finger, beige head. Not much for lacing . Poor slowly, as it produced more head than I would typically expect from a stout.

The aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, and blueberry.

The taste has a hint of added dark chocolate, and a barely noticeable hop bitterness. The blueberry taste is just right for the beer. It has a low-medium carbonation, and leans toward the high side of medium mouth-feel.

Very good stout. Would definitely recommend. (487 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with a coffee-and-cream colored head that crackles while it shrinks to a collar. nose is blueberry at first whiff, but after a couple passes, it definitely is multi-dimensional. layers of coffee, roast, chocolate, blueberry pancake and a touch of smoke reveal themselves, as well as a hint of proper old-school style vinous-ness that seems to be amp'ed up by the berry flavor a bit, and the taste reveals even more layers. on the palate, it's almost like the blueberry is meant to be there. all the proper stout flavors are at play, and they all seem to be elevated by the blueberry as well as the blueberry being elevated by them. this is surprisingly delicious. full body with a good tingle from carbonation. berry throughout while chocolate, a little smoke and coffee sing in the finish. hint of warmth at the back end also. one of the best uses of fruit in a stout that i have experienced. (899 characters)

Photo of ahq514
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Odelay3126
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark stout with foamy brown head. Berry Beers are not typically my favorite but the Blueberry taste is not sugary or overwhelming. Coffee and caramel taste pairs perfectly with the blueberry. There is a strong Chocolate aftertaste but not too bitter. Very nice beer for anytime of the year. (300 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)! (829 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark, large head that holds for a while

S - Blueberry + malts

T - Very even flavor. Blueberry is much stronger in smell than in taste.

M - kind of thick, but carbonation keeps it refreshing

D - Very easy to drink! I'd recommend this to anyone. (251 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from winter 2010-2011.

Pours essentially black, dark brown at the edges. Two-finger coffee-colored head, decent retention and some really nice lacing. Looks a lot like their other stouts, but with more head, better lacing, and a deeper color.

Smell is full of smooth coffee and chocolate, complemented by a juicy sweetness. If I try hard, I can convince myself I smell blueberries. I get a bit of them in the middle of the smell, but mostly they bring that dark-juicy light-sweet fruit aroma. Quite nice. Has a very similar malt base smell to the other stouts in this series, but that chewy fruit addition is a great complement.

Taste is much like the smell, but with more blueberry. Again the malts bring chocolate and coffee, with only a light hit of bitterness. Then the blueberries come on strong, pushing through the finish with a delicious berry-juice sweetness. A little bitter kick, like blueberry skin, comes on at the very end. I think this is my first fruit stout, and I really like it.

Medium-bodied, ample carbonation. Kinda chewy, actually.

I've been drinking my way through Dark Horse's "numbered" stouts. This one is definitely the best so far. The blueberry works really well with the dark roasted malts - so well that I'm surprised more brewers don't do this. An excellent beer, IMO. (1,313 characters)

Photo of jefferz5000
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of brock146
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark stout color with a chocolatey brown, fizzy, thin head

S - Coffee and blueberry muffins

T - Roasted chocolate blueberries. Delicious

M - Creamy, carbonation characteristic of a good stout.

O - Excellent beer from Dark Horse. Delicious stout with just enough blueberry to really push it over the edge. (313 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blueberry notes blend well with the roasted character in the aroma a flavor. Adds a nice, balanced sweetness and depth to the beer. Very well done fruited stout. (163 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Opaque black, no highlights or light passing through with a steady thick tan/mocha head that has great retention but very little lacing. Looks like an amazing stout. Rich, complex aroma of a roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, a little coffee, etc. Finishes with slightly sweet note of blueberry, not quite as strong as I hoped for, but again smells like a great stout. Creamy medium thick body with minimal carbonation. Flavor begins and ends with mild blueberry sweetness and body has great balanced flavored with strong roasted malt flavor with chocolate, smoke and other dark flavors like the nose. Easily one of my favorite easy drinking beers. I would actually prefer a little more fruit flavor, but otherwise no complaints. (745 characters)

Photo of Luganwarrior
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When you first pop the top...." who is baking something sweet " ? comes to mind.
This stout is a fav of mine.
NOT a fruity beer...DON'T THINK THAT
Great appearance .
Great smell.
Great taste...oh this stays with you like a after dinner mint.
Easily two bottles and no more...move on you will "waste the taste"...
I "plead the fifth" (333 characters)

Photo of ZackH
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another beer I just happened to say... ah hell... ill give it a try. Then turns out to be fantastic.

A- Black... coffe without any milk/creamer black.... can't see thru it.. Very nice 1 3/4in mocha/coco puff looking head. Continuous ring left around the edge. Not much lacing but some stuck around.

S- WoW... Blueberry chocolate... smells like fresh "real" blueberries...little bit of chocolate in there as well as roastiness... to me the best part was the smell... nothing taken away from anything else... but this is an excellent smelling stout.

T- Blueberry starts off but the chocolate roast and coffe flavors seem to pop up early to midway... excellent blueberry flavor stands out at top but the chocolate and coffe roast flavors take hold... not too hoppy but is roasty enough to mix in perfectly. Leaves a nice coffe bitterness at the end...

M- the very start seemed watery at the top but once everything settled in it had a nice medium to full body... finished off dry and crisp which spotlighted the roast/bitterness

O- was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Let me start off by saying the smell was phenomenal... I thought it was going to be overly sweet and it wasn't. In fact its a great definition of a stout minus the bleberries. Now I've never had a blueberry stout so nothing to base it off of... but definitely in the top 3 blueberry (alone, any style) smell I've encountered. Personally, I've had better stouts (base beer) wise but this as well is definitelyup there.. its no bumb... I just think the folks over at Dark Horse blended together a perfectly balanced stout.. nothings overdone for me me and all the flavors come out and stay for the perfect amounts of time... Definitely Recommend (1,716 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out such dark brown that it appears almost black. There is a 1/3" creamy brown head that recedes quickly to a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam. Sipping leaves a thin sheet of foam that quickly turns into speckles and legs. But very soon the ring and thin foam are gone and lacing speckles are few but still present.

Smell: The aroma here is dominated by blueberries. Then there is chocolate and hints of coffee in the back ground, along with some faint sweet dark roasted malt smell.

Taste: The taste here is a magical combination of blueberries coated in dark chocolate. Initially there is sweetness with the blueberry and chocolate but then the roasted malt asserts itself and brings the bitterness of dark chocolate and roasted malt into play. Underneath it all is a background layer of coffee flavor that seems to come and go but never take center stage, leaving it to the chocolate and blueberries.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light-bodied to medium-bodied and very smooth. The carbonation only shows itself in a light soft pricking feeling and is pretty much non-existent by the end of the beer. The finish is long and begins in the sweetness of blueberry flavor but ends with dark roasted malt and hints of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Since I love blueberries I had high hopes for this beer and I was not disappointed. I really like this beer, the flavors just work. This is arguably the nicest fruit beer I've had and I could easily sip it all night. I'm already looking forward to my next one even before this one is finished. (1,690 characters)

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.