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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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626 Reviews
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Reviews: 626
Hads: 1,597
Avg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
Wants: 129
Gots: 173 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 626 | Hads: 1,597
Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 1 ½ fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Luckily, this retains with more of a foamy than fizzy look around the edges, leaving a good looking creamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma surprises me with its strength. Smooth roasted chocolate malts and earthy hops are prevalent but man; those blueberries are really at the forefront of this and can't be missed.

The taste is chocolate sweetness and roast up front, with a firm dose of prickly spicy hops helping to balance out some of the thicker aspects of the malts. The blueberry flavor is a lot more controlled here than it was in the aroma, coming out along the back of the profile where it mixes with notes of lingering roast and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up where the roast and hops are but then gets silkier towards the back where all of that berry flavor and sweetness dwell. Unlike the One and Too that I drank previous to this, this is actually showing a bit too much beef in the body, which is ridiculous because it's ABV is half of what those other two have. Weird...

Blueberries can be quite potent in beer but I was pleased to find that they were handled pretty favorable in this Stout, especially in the taste, where they didn't come off as artificial tasting at all and were well integrated with the rest of the flavors. Just a bit too heavy feeling to be totally sessionable but this was overall pretty nice.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Pitch black with a dark tan head that doesn’t fade immediately, but doesn’t last. The bluebeery aroma is nice and is the first thing you notice. Under that is a bit of hop and chocolate. The malts take dominance in the flavor with chocolate laying down the foundation of the flavor with toast and a little char filling in the cracks. The blueberry is there in the flavor, but not so strongly.

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Photo of Docrock
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a gift from my brother, poured into a pint glass

A - dark brown with a 1" head the color of chocolate. Head disapates quickly, lacing was moderate. No light is penetrating this one.

S - mostly dark/bitter chocolate with a hint of blueberry and coffee.

T - one of the few beers I have had that tastes exactly like it smells. The lingering aftertaste is of the dark roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

M - smooth and creamy with little to moderate carbonation.

O - I expected more blueberry but I think my brother had aged this a bit. Would like to try a fresh one, might try at Brewpub to see if the aging diminished the fruit.

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Photo of ahking
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Nothing comes through when holding to the light. Rich tan head forms on a pour but it dissaptes to nothing quickly. Yep, there are blueberries in there! Fruity boo berry cereal aroma wafts from the glass. It's not a bad aroma at all, just different for a beer. If this beer were a standard stout it would be an amazing one. With the blueberries it makes it interesting and a nice change from the ordinary. Nice rich velvety stout, a bit on the sweet side, a touch of roasted coffee and cocoa. Blueberry is not overwhelming, just a nice touch. Mouthfeel is full and rich.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a used motor oil black with a tiny khaki head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of blueberry. Tastes like blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and coffee. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy for a low abv stout and carbonation is on the low side as it should be. Overall I was very surprised by this brew, didn't think I would like it much but it turned out to be awesome

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Photo of TheStove
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with light head. This is definitely a meaty stout with obvious sediment.

Smells of malt and blueberry are apparent from the beginning. Traces of lactose/milk mix with the blueberry.

Drink starts with some carbonation which gives way to rich toasted and chocolate malts mixed with blueberry. The blueberry flavor is apparent but not overwhelming and gives way to a light lactose sweetness. All flavors sit on the tongue post sip with a light dryness. The interplay of chocolate malt and blueberry is almost reminiscent of one of those chocolate bars that come with fruit incorporated right into them.

An excellent stout though with some weird carbonation and a fair level of sweetness I don't know if I could have this one all night.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this one in a trade with ThaWineGuy, thanks again Ron. My first Michigan craft beer and the first stout I've ever tried with fruit added. This should be interesting.

A luscious thick tan brown head bubbles forth from the cascading brew. Porous and smooth all at once it trumpets the arrival of this promising stout. The opaque, deep brown brew sucks all light into its black malty goodness. Traces of auburn shine through the meniscus as one swirls the beer. Noticeable viscosity alludes to the beer being a motor oil doppelganger.

Strong dried blueberry fruit aromas; surprise surprise, on first sniff. Currents and sour cherry syrup give tartness to the aroma. This is balanced by somewhat subdued roast malt aromas, the usual suspect coffee becoming more prevalent as the beer warms.

Tangy blueberry zips past the taste buds, quickly vanishing, overtaken by roasted and black malt astringency. Coffee and cocoa are the main flavour profile provided by the dark malt, which has a creamy sort of feel to it. The berries add slight sour notes which, when mixed with the malt, contributes a molasses note. With little to no hop bitterness present the kilned malt flavours would run wild if not held in check by the tart blueberries.
The viscous nature of the beer makes for a very pleasing sensation as the beer coasts the inside of the mouth. Yet it remains very easy drinking despite this.

This beer is interesting to say the least and chalk full of flavour. At 4.5% ABV it's would make a great session stout, the fruitiness lending a refreshing quality. I look forward to trying more beers from these guys soon.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff black malt earthiness as well a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The blueberry aroma is fresh and damn enticing. There is a nice roasted character here. The taste is decent. It's bone dry with lots of roasted black malts present. It goes down easy with a bit of prickly carbonation. The blueberry flavoring seems artificial; most likely extract, which is disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an interesting beer that I believe needs some minute tinkering. It's a good drinker that I wouldn't shy away from buying in the future.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a single finger, dark tan head. No lace left behind after a quick dissipation. The body is dark black...no light comes through, even when backlit.

Combine blueberries, coffee beans and malt in a blender. This would give off the same aromas as this beer.

The first flavor you get is blueberries (duh). The berry flavor lingers throughout the drink. A peppery middle gives way to a roasted malt finish.

The mouth feel is medium with little carbonation...slightly oily.

Drinkable, but, in all fairness, not my favorite style.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Tres Blueberry Stout into a pint glass.

A - The dark liquid stout looks black as coal with two fingers of mocha head with an aggressive pour.

S - Ripe blueberries, some roasted malt. Light chocolate in there as well.

T - Some blueberry but not as much as the aroma, whew. Roasted malts light bitter chocolate, some coffee bitterness. Not great, but not bad either.

M - Highly carbonated on this stout, medium mouthfeel.

O - A good blueberry stout, just not sure I'd go for more. Cheers.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown with a modest mocha head that lingers for a decent amount of time. Minimal lacing.

S: Blueberry is certainly dominant, along with subtler dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and tobacco. The very first thing that came to mind is the Skoal Berry Blend dip that I used to do from time to time in college. The smell isn't unpleasant, however, the blueberry doesn't smell natural, and the fact that it conjures up memories of snuff isn't a good thing.

T: Taste is identical to the smell ... blueberry, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hops and tobacco. Fairly well balanced but there is just something about this that doesn't taste right. And again, this tastes just like Skoal.

M: On the heavier side of medium with quite a bit of carbonation, which is a little off-putting. I think I would enjoy this a lot more, at least in terms of mouthfeel, with toned down carbonation and a bit more body. However, the mouthfeel was one of the better aspects of this beer as it is.

D: Take the blueberries out of this and it would be much more drinkable, in my opinion. That is to say, if you can get past the dominant taste, it would probably go down rather easily as the underlying aromas and flavors are right up my alley and seem to be fairly balanced on the back end.

I absolutely love blueberries, however, this just didn't agree with me. I haven't had another blueberry stout to compare this to, so maybe the flavor I'm picking up on is simply a product of combining roasted malt, hops, and tobacco, and is rather typical. I really wish I had liked this more, but it's just not for me.

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Photo of chaz01
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle I found in my refrigerator -- no date on the bottle but likely about a year old. Poured into a tulip type glass.

A: Dark, rich jet black color. Even the head is very dark brown and thick looking.

S: A nice aroma of blueberries pops out as soon as you open the bottle. A more direct smell notices cocoa and chocolate flavors as well.

T: Definitely some dried blueberry flavor, but it's in the background and not overwhelming. As the blueberries fade, it's replaced by a lingering dried cocoa taste, charcoal and some molasses flavors.

M: Medium bodied, with a creamy milky mouthfeel to it.

D: I'd classify this a well-done gimmicky type beer. It's something you want to try and enjoy once, but not something I'd want more than once in a while. Strange, but when thinking of a food pairing, I keep thinking this beer would work great for breakfast with a plate of blueberry pancakes.

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Photo of richj1970
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours black with a hint of grape and a small dark tan head that settled almost immediately. Zero lacing.

S: A little bit of blueberry and maybe a slight hint of chocolate. I was hoping for more.

T: Mostly some blueberry notes mixed with a little chocolate and roasted malts. Decent flavor but nothing special.

M: Medium body but kind of lightly carbonated considering ABV.

O: Good stout, but I was hoping for bigger nose and stronger flavors.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have seen this on the shelves a year ago and ignored it, now it's back and I am finally going to sink my teeth into this one (figuratively speaking)

A: Pours quite thick out of the bottle and rises quickly into a thick though quickly dissipating head.

S: Smells quite larger than the ABV would lead on, which makes me question how natural these aromas are. When it's cold the beer smells a bit like blueberry pancakes, but as it warms the beer sours slightly (as per the blueberries as I suppose) mildly roasty and even just a bit smokey, very unique and quite inviting, like no other stout I've experienced.

T/MF: A curious flavor, lots of things going on at once, dry, tobacco-like closing then gets a bit sweeter. Mild blueberry and a bit sweeter on the chocolate end. Smooth and snappy mouthfeel, drying finish.

D: The blueberry is here but it seems a bit artificial, what I really like though are the roasty and sweet flavors, I think if you took the blueberry out this would be one hell of an Irish dry stout. The problem of course being this beer is a blueberry stout and it doesn't execute as well as it does in other places.

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Photo of midaszero
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seaoflament for giving me the chance to try this.

A - Very dark brown with very little light coming in around the edges. Tiny amount of coffee colored head and no signs of lacing.

S - Chocolate, blueberries, and bread

T - Bitter chocolate with some blueberry back notes. For being 4.5 ABV it sure does taste boozy but with out burning or giving off a buzz.

M - Medium thick body with light carbonation

D - A tad harsh in my opinion but overall pretty good. Nice session stout and the fruit helps it stand out as well.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a solid, pitch black color with a small toffee colored head that rests at a thin level for many a minutes. Laces thickly when tipped.

S - Strong roasted flavors: caramel, toffee, chocolate & espresso all blend together. Tart, sweet, and fruity blueberries start to come through as this beer warms, adding a nice complexity to the scent.

T - Starts with a kick of tart blueberry and some dark chocolate and roasted malt notes. Fairly sweet and filling throughout the tongue. Fruity sweetness quickly turns to a dry roasted aftertaste at the finish. Blueberry never quite overpowers, but it does become more present as it warms.

M - Moderate carbonation that is hard to distinguish from the tart blueberry sensation. Medium bodied with a puckering mouthfeel. Rather filling.

D - An interesting & worthwhile combination between roasted malt and tart blueberry that is worth a try, but its not something I would crave nor purchase often. Kudos to Dark Horse for taking the risk, however.

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Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Four months after buying this single bottle, pressed into my hand by an enthusiastic local liquor purveyor, I finally find myself in the mood for a blueberry stout, whatever that is.

Looks like a stout, black, thin brown head goes quietly & quickly into the night. Smells like a blueberry muffin that's been cooked in a woodburning stove, pretty nice actually.

I steel myself. It's...it's...good! The stout part of the brew is stiff, creamy, malty, & the blueberry announces itself only vaguely on the back of the throat. Phew!

Surprisingly, I think I could drink more than one of these, maybe. Maybe not. I'm impressed with the Dark Horse beers I've had to date & will be seeking out more of them.

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Photo of theghost3
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily, thick-looking opaque black with a ridiculous 4-finger dark brown head. The head is a little unstable, and the appearance loses points for that. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is just like a fresh blueberry muffin. The flavor is burnt malts up front with blueberry in the end. Just some charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with more carbonation than I expected, but that's not a bad thing. Not as oily or thick, as I had anticipated based on the pour.

This is drinkable, but the blueberry flavor seems a bit artificial. It's not a complex stout, but if you like blueberry muffins, you'll like this one.

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color with no real light getting thru a small coca head falls quick, no lace left behind.

Aroma is roasted malts with chocolate shinning thru the most along with some berry aroma. Underneath some coffee is also noted.

Taste is malty, chocolate with some berry flavor but not as much as the nose indicated. Some coffee flavors in the finish along with some dry chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is good a big medium but not smooth and creamy as some stouts. Carbonation is a little lively seems a little bubbly in the finish, might account for lack of smoothness.

Drinkability is ok, not really into blueberries but this is not bad. Worth a try certainly. Want to thank merlin48 for this one.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle sent by badnewsbeers. According to the brewery, Tres is number three in a series of five stouts “produced to help ease you through the cold and grey midwestern winters” — hence the name!

Tres emerges from the bottle a creamy, high-viscosity black that sits in the glass calmly while a fizzy one-finger head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths. A silky top layer is all that remains after a minute or two, but there is a tiny bit of spotted lace.

The aroma of blueberry pancakes overtakes the sense upon first whiff of the beer. I should be having this with breakfast. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso and some sourdough show up, but it’s really all about the blueberries.

The berries play a far smaller role in the flavor. Their fruity sweetness is noticeable for a flash in the front, but is quickly replaced by a hefty, acrid roast character. I get charred toast amid loads of dark coffee beans. The berries emerge more as it warms, but never really get to the level I’d like.

Moderately fizzy, with the associated massaging carbonation that comes with it. The body, while it holds together, is a silky medium — perhaps just a little thin for the style. The bitterness of the malts is perfect, and the alcohol isn’t noticeable at all.

I wish the flavor had followed through from the aroma — I could use more berries. Decent, but not as good as it could be.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is black with a thumbnail of tan head. The smell is very strong with blueberry. The taste starts with the blueberry and then the roasted malt takes over. Mouthfeel is nice and thick (chewy, perhaps?). As for drinkability, probably not too many since the blueberry is almost cloying.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A good beer to have one of, but maybe I'm just not a fan of blueberry and hence don't care for the flavor much. Still, maybe have a single one again in the future.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out of the bottle really thick and slow. This beer is unquestionably a stout, a very black stout. Very dark, nearly as black as it can be. A semi rough pour yields a large, dark sandy colored head. Not much in the way of retention for the size and not much lacing.

S- On the pour alone this beer is aromatic. From pouring blueberry pancake/ blueberry muffin mix is noticeable. Once its in the glass and I begin to smell it it is evident that this beer is really roasty. Still blueberries steal the show but really charred malts, black pepper, meat tenderizer and other spices are heavily evident. I cant say that I have ever smelled a beer like this before.

T- Blueberries upfront. They give way to a really burnt/charred character. Its almost like the scrapings from a barbecue grill. There is black pepper and jerky. The blueberries pretty much stay strong through the whole thing. The beer finishes with blueberries.

M- Not as thick feeling as it looks. The carbonation is slightly low. Semi dry finish.

D- Low abv for sure. This could be sessionable but I dont know if I really like it enough to have more than one.

A really really interesting and complex beer. A great installment to a really great series.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on bottle, right after the raspberry offering, also by Dark Horse.

I poured this into a snifter, which was a nearly black color. The head is dark brown and sticks around. Some lacing is left as I drink it.

The blueberry is not overwhelming in its presence, but rather complements the chocolate and coffee notes. I really like the combination of the two sides together.

The taste is very roasty, full of chocolate and coffee. The blueberry in the taste is very similar to the aroma; it's there but not overwhelming. In this instance, I could have used a bit more blueberry. There is some sweetness, but more of a roasted taste, which is good.

The mouthfeel is typical carbonation for the style, and a rounded body with some creamy/velvety texture.

Overall, a good fruit stout. I would have preferred more fruit character, but the roasted notes are well-balanced.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Crack1Open for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 3.5 finger coarse, foamy dark chocolate colored head with poor retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is non-existant. To style but not much more.

S: Huge sweet blueberry presence in the nose. I can smell it as I'm pouring. Rosated malt, chocolate, and liquorice in the background help balance out the fruit. Pleasant and very unique. Aromatic too.

T: Opens sweet milk chocolate and blueberries complemented by a tingle of roasted malt in the background. Cocoa powder addition towards the middle. Sweetens further at the end with notes of brownie, chocolate pudding, and liquorice. Blueberry never fades. Finish is sweet cocoa, blueberry, and grainy chocolate. Slightly harsh cocoa powder finish. Impressive fruit flavor here but overall a bit too sweet for my liking.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Silky, heavy, and filmy in the mouth and oily and viscous going down with just a small presence of bubbles. Finish is messy with an aggressive aftertaste that lingers.

O: A nice take on a blueberry beer. This one shows a lot of promise at the beginning and middle but starts to fall apart a bit towards the end. Finish is too sweet and leaves a filmy, powdery feel right at the end. Nice and definitely worth seeking out but could also use a little work.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque black with a thick one finger brown head that sticks. The nose reminds me of Blueberry Morning breakfast cereal. A sweetened dehydrated blueberry aroma flits above the surface, but underneath is an almost nutty bran muffin and hint of dark chocolate. The flavor is not quite as integrated as the nose. It starts off with an artificial blueberry flavor with a tinge of sweetener that somewhat sloppily transitions into a moderate roasty finish by way of a kick of tartness and astringency on the mid-palate.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.