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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
BA SCORE
3.97/5
Very Good
1,750 Ratings
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,420
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
1,750
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
205
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,750 |  Reviews: 658
Photo of MITCHELLMPLS
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of eawolff99
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Sk8sean86
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kaisermatt
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of fountainofyouth
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A moderately fast pour creates a huge medium-brown head -- like a bubby Imperial stout. The head settles pretty quickly back down. The body is oily black and impenetrable to light. I'm a veteran stout drinker and even I was a little intimidated. Maybe too much intimidation for a flavored stout.

Smell: The blueberry is there, trailing behind the main malt aroma. The scent is bittersweet sugary malt and maybe a little boozy. The alcohol gives it a slight odor of disinfectant.

Taste: The flavor profile on the first quick sip is that of a very DARK stout. Very roasty, even a little ashy. When I hold it a bit longer, I do get some faint blueberry -- pleasant and not overwhelming -- but the body of the flavor is missing. There's black barley base and a drop of blueberry and nothing to fill it out. I'm really trying to get some malt profile but there's almost none. Disappointingly plain. No hops, either.

Mouthfeel: The body is fairly thick and leaves an ashy dryness in the back of the mouth. Carb is light-to-moderate.

Overall: Maybe I just got a bad one, but there was almost no flavor in this beer. It was just ash tray and some blueberry. With a rounder malt profile this would have been a far better experience.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (353-13 5148-51, so just a bit over a year old)

A: Pitch black with a small mocha head and a miniscule collar. Almost no lacing.
S: Smells deliciously of sweet malts. Touch of fruitiness in there of blueberries.
T: Reminds me of a bad craft soda. Seems like artificial blueberry. I don't know if the blueberry kills the stout, but the base stout doesn't really seem like good itself.
M: Weird strong carbonation that is like a fresh craft soda.
O: Just not good. Really weird.

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Photo of Crosling
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as night. Moderately aromatic, with notes of blueberry pancakes, coffee, anise and chocolate. Taste is odd, revealing more than twice its potency in flavor. A subtle blueberry flavor is present but it distracts from other flavors more than contributing a flavor. Notes of anise, ginger, strong coffee grounds and a hint of blueberry.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The pour is thick as motor oil. The body is ultra black with an extremely dark brown head standing at about three quarters of an inch. The head fades after a short time to reveal a mirrored surface.

S - Strong coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Dark malt accented by chocolate and a hint of coffee. There's a sweet aftertaste. If I didn't know it was blueberry, I'd still taste it. I'm not that impressed with the blueberry because it adds an odd, "aged" taste that I don't care for.

M - The feel is coarse but consistent. This allows the flavors to really come through. Even though I don't care for the aftertaste brought out by the texture I have to admit the feel is good.

~ Unfortunately, the taste of brew is essential for drinkablility in my opinion. Therefore I gonna leave this brew at average. But because of the unique qualities this brew has I will recommend my pals give one a sip.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

thin, artificial blueberry flavor and generally not very good

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Photo of rarbring
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The brew is brown with reddish traits, a quickly dissipating tan foam, no lacing, some curtains.

The first whiff from the bottle was intensely blueberry jam, then it quickly turns very sweetish sour (stomach acid vibe). Some sour old coffee filter.

Tasting sweet brown blueberry bread, some vanilla and dark chocolate. Roasted nuts.

Little carbonation, big bubbles, smooth and slightly oily. A faint dry finish.

This did not resonate with me, the smell was very off-putting.

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Photo of grandq
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to autumnaldave for this bonus bottle. This pours practically black, with a very dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of blueberry, molasses, and surprisingly alcohol. Tiny bit of chocolate coming through as it warms. Diving in, there's clearly a solid dry stout flavor profile here - roasty coffee, chocolate, slight nuttiness and faint oak bitterness, but the blueberry sweetness is just derailing it for me. It just dosen't mesh. Liking the dry finish but it clashes a bit with the lingering, increasingly cloying fruit. Bitterness leaves off with a strange herbal twang. Very thin mouthfeel, heavily carbonated - same sort of seltzer-like quality I noted in Double Crooked Tree. Could use a bit more body, maybe an oatmeal version, and maybe dialing back the bitter/dryness. Novel effort, but I'd much rather drink the (clearly quite good) plain old stout here that's been dressed up.

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Photo of Neffbeer
2.97/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: It pours a motor oil black color, completely opaque. There is a tan one finger head that fades quickly with no retention or lacing.

S: Blueberries out front with notes of coffee, cocoa and roasted malts providing a decent base. As the beer reaches room temperature there is not much of a change in the nose. The dimensions of the aroma don't imply any real complexity, a bit one dimensional.

T: The blueberry flavor takes the lead and never really lets up. There are hints of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, but they are really subdued. A strange medicinal flavor to the blueberries takes hold mid palate which I find cloying and regrettable. It finishes a bit chalky and sweet.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: I was a bit disappointed with this beer. I thought there was some real potential in adding a hint of blueberries to a stout, but in the end the fruit was a bit to dominant for me.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass...A dark brown body with a huge dark tan head that rises several fingers. There is incredible lacing and retention...The aroma is very strong, as I wait for the head to fall fresh blueberries start to waif over rom a few feet away. Weirdly, as I get closer the aroma lets me down as the blueberries come off more generic and chemical. Also quite a bit of alcohol for a 4.5% beer. Weird bitter note too that are hops, totally inappropriate... The taste is really weird and boring. The blueberries come off as bitter, only a hint of sweet blueberries. There is a strange medicinal note, aloe, light very bitter, hop finish. Not very interesting or good enough that I want to keep drinking.

Interesting idea, just not executed very good. Pass.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,750 ratings
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