Tres Blueberry Stout
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Tres Blueberry StoutTres Blueberry Stout
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Style:
American Stout
Ranked #131
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,949
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.28%
Reviews:
664
Ratings:
1,773
From:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  211
SCORE
89
Very Good
Tres Blueberry StoutTres Blueberry Stout
Notes: A full bodied stout made with all malted barley and blueberry. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt and light blueberry make up the palate with lots of fruity blueberry aroma.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/10/14; drank 7/24/15 (after a VERY rough aftgernoon) @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Blueberry & raw oat notes in the nose. 1

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Blueberry & faint milk chocolate flavors up front; raw oat notes on the finish. Blueberry sweetness settled on my lips over the course of the session.

This tasted great on a cool summer night.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the Duvel guy in Utrecht. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Murky dark brown pour yields a three finger, medium looking, crackly, slightly foamy, light tan head with decent retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Foamy head recedes to a full cap. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some definite blueberries on the nose, with some roasted malts, milk chocolate, notes of licorice and hints of tobacco in there. The blueberries come through rather nicely here.

TASTE: Roasted flavors with milk chocolate and some sweet blueberry character up front. A bigger finish of milk chocolate, roasted flavors, licorice, tobacco, as well as some light sourness from the blueberries. A bold and lingering finish with roasted chocolate, tobacco, some hop bitterness and some hints of sweet-sour blueberries as well.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. A little foamy on the palate, a bit lighter, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry for the style. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is okay. The look is a little mundane and the feel a little foamy and airy for the style, but the base stout is enjoyable and the blueberries add an element of fun to the mix.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

By far the strangest stout I have had to date - definitely not what I was expecting given the name of the brew...

The thing is called 'Tres Blueberry Stout', but it is anything but blueberry. The smell is blueberry, for sure, mixed in with a hint of dark roasted coffee, but that's all I can taste - a black coffee beer on black coffee-steroids. It certainly looked good when poured out - all pitch black with dark tan head and the mouthfeel was solid enough, but when I'm expecting blueberry and I can taste is coffee - well, then something is amiss.

If you like coffee, and you like your coffee black and strong - I highly suggest this brew. Otherwise, if you'e feeling like a fufu beer and reach for this...you've been warned.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a brown color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of blueberry, sweet malt, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, blueberry, sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, too bitter, good appearance, and otherwise average.

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Photo of bl00
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with mocha head
Berry on the nose, followed by dark chocolate and coffee
Taste is chocolate, berry, coffee on the back end intermingles with some berry and grape notes
Mouthfeel is medium, lively carbonation for a stout. Finish is drier.
Overall, this is very tasty. Fruited stouts can be hit or miss for me, these flavors taste natural and are well balanced.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell of Blueberry more than taste. I can't taste or smell Blueberry. Leah can smell it, but only a hint of Blueberry taste. As a stout, this is very good. As for the Blueberry? Don't get it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a dark caramel-colored head that doesn't really stick around.
Smell is roasted malt, hint of vanilla and smoke. No blueberry to be found even though I allowed it to warm for nearly 30 minutes.
Taste is roasted malts, light caramel, hint of smoke, faint vanilla and an extremely faint hint of blueberry in the back nose.
Body is quite light for a stout, carbonation is light.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is pretty great. Black with a rich brown foamy head. No lacing. Aroma is of blueberry oatmeal. Taste is the downfall for me...medicine-y and artificial blueberry flavor. Feel is smooth and light. Overall.....work out the kinks and this could be memorable. Right now it's just a decent blueberry stout that I wish was better. No complaints though.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a burnt dark brown almost black color with a finger's worth of tan foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Subtle sliding lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of roasted dark chocolate malts to some light milk chocolate. Blueberry sweetness slid in underneath.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas sweetly and added a tart element of the blueberry skin. Aftertaste was semi-sweet and grabbed a little bit of the bitter portion of the dark chocolate. Blueberry sweetness was lean.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a clean sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice blueberry stout well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, into glass

Jet black in color, tan colored head. Good head retention. Big blueberry aroma. Mildly sweet, balanced by some roast. Thicker bodied.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout, 7.5% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a one finger brown head. Nose is blueberry and coffee, taste is lightly sweet blueberry, with a slight coffee bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer courtesy of @superspak. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours nearly black, with some cola hues when held to the light, and a full finger of mocha colored head and lacing. It has a nice smell of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a subtle, but noticeable, blueberry. Excellent taste of burnt coffee, baker's chocolate, and sweet blueberry, with a nice bitterness at the finish. This stout features a pleasant, creamy mouth feel, with low carbonation, and its 7.5% ABV poses no impediment. Overall, this is a really nice stout that is set apart by its blueberry adjunct. I'm a fan of blueberry beers and really enjoyed this one. Dark Horse distros to New York. When is it coming to New Jersey?

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Photo of Lahey
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks like a traditional stout, black color and decent tan head.
The smell is more blueberry than stout, very promising.
The taste is decent, I like blueberry but I feel like its almost too much. I guess I'm more of a traditional style stout guy. Blueberry, chocolate coffee, then more blueberry.
The feel is a little thin, but not watery.
Overall not a bad beer. I think I'm good on it, but if you like fruit flavored stouts it would work in a mixed six for sure. Dark horse makes a good beer and I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying any of their beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/18/2017 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, blueberries, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character up front followed by flavors of coffee and chocolate. The blueberry flavor is in the background which makes it much more complementary than most blueberry beers. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- light black with an amber colored head that is frothy and bubbly. Minimal lacing on my pint. somewhat opaque.

S- dark blueberry fruit smell. light coffee malt with a roasted complement.

F- blueberry coffee espresso taste to it. one is not dominant over the other and it is a nice mix.

M- creamy and light on the fruit which i like.

O- By no means am i a blueberry fan in my beer but this...this i really like. well done!

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, really nice head, some lacing. Not a lot of nose that I could gather, but not my best sense. Tastes of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate. Burnt something...surprisingly faint blueberry flavor; a good thing. Light carbonation, good mouthfeel; substantial but very drinkable. This is a beer that gets better as you drink.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours black with a creamy brown foam head. Smells like big blueberries, smoky dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, charred brown sugar, dark caramel, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, blueberries, molasses, charred brown sugar, dark caramel, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice blueberry stout.

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Photo of MNAle
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with a tall milk-chocolate thick creamy-appearing head, receding very slowly. Aroma of roasted malts, roasted coffee, ... IOW, smoked/roasted is the dominant aroma with barely a hint of berries underneath. Thick-ish feel, but not a lot of carbonation; has an almost flat feel. Initial taste is smokey with (as with the aroma) just the faintest hint of berry. Bitter hops appear in the middle and linger into the finish. I have to admit, I was aprehensive about a blueberry stout, but I also have to admit that I am a bit disappointed with how subdued the berry is in both the aroma and the taste. Also, the brewer claims 20 IBU, but there is more bittering than that rating would imply. Overall, a middle of the road stout with not enough berry to validate the name.

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of blueberry, chocolate and toffee. Sweet blueberry taste with chocolate and toffee.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. coding 21 06 A1 2055, whatever that means.

jet black body, small dk tan head. decent lacing.

smells "stouty" with a decent hit of juicy blueberry.

taste has more of the "feel" of blueberries than the taste. not unpleasant in any way, just not as much fruit as indicated by the nose.

between medium and full in the mouth.

overall, a nice enough drink, just a bit more blueberry would have made my palate happier.

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Photo of hophugger
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautifully dark flavored stout with decent head and minimal lacing, if any. Aroma is full of chocolate, berry and some roast coffee. Taste is awesomely smooth with notes of chocolate, blueberry, malt, coffee and a little touch of hops tp round things out. Nice, creamy smooth finish

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Photo of SpartanJenks
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells and pours great. Taste is pleasantly mild and good, but nothing overly spectacular here. Would benefit imho by adding vanilla or chocolate notes, and storing in bourbon barrel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid black color with a cherry coke like head 1/3". Aroma hit the roast, chocolate malt and berry notes, pretty much in same proportion to each other.

Taste was dry, not bitter, not acrid, plenty of roast but still smooth. Mild coffee roast notes, berry above that, not discernably "blueberry" but berry nonetheless.

I dug it. Would bang again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sepia with jet black that fades fast. 4
Blueberry with some powdery truffle and date. 3.75
Chocolate, Concord grape, mixed berry, a touch of ash and a clean end. 4
Medium, dry, slight chew. 4

Berry comes out as it warms. But… that’s kinda it. Not a bad stout underneath, and blueberry has facets, but still kinda one note. 3.75

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Photo of basaywhat
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Huge aroma of blueberry muffins, jet black with minimal head. Surprisingly not as much blueberry when tasted. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt with subtle blueberry. Very surprised!

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