Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This smells like chocolate covered espresso beans. I don't make out any fruit notes in the nose. Really disapointed by that. The beer looks great though. Deep dark thick brew with a toffee colored head rising 2 fingers. Retention is pretty good, lacing is minimal after a 30 seconds, but a swirl reveals a hugely thick quilt of fine tight bubbles that cling long enough to be noticed.

I taste no blueberry or other dark fruit. Maybe it's just me... But I'm thinking this might have been mislabeled. Perhaps this was the coffee stout that got the wrong name put on it.

All in all, this is very good. I'm enjoying quite a bit... But I feel it was missing the star of the show. Like seeing Van Halen on a day where Eddie's plane got delayed and the roadie filled in for him.

The mouthfeel is creamy and thick and this drinks pretty easily. If this weren't labeled with the word "blueberry" it would score pretty highly. As it is though, as drinkable as it is, it is only worthy of a B.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, winter 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Tres features a notable amount of blueberry flavor and sweetness in an American stout. While appealing in both aroma, flavor, and texture, I felt the overall effect was a stout that was too sweet and reduced in roasted flavors for my tastes. One I might try again next winter, but not something I'd absolutely seek out.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass atop the body. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a moderately thick ring of residual foam around the circumference of the glass and a small island of wispy foam isolated in the center of the body. The beer's body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma of is quite sweet, of blueberry puree, sugar-laden double-chocolate cookies, and slight notes of roasted malt and watered-down coffee. Aroma is not necessarily mild, but is not as heavy or rich as one might expect a stout to be, the focus instead being a blend of blueberry and roasted malt characters

Overall flavor of blueberry mash with semi-sweet, fudge brownie-like roasted malt characters. While this sounds delicious, there is a certain watered-down nature to the flavors that is not as appealing as it might be, and the roasted nature of the malts is present, but subdued by the sweetness and fruit. Front of palate picks up fudge brownies with caramel malt sweetness and hints of blueberry puree added to the batter; the sweetness being more perceptible than much of the roasted malt flavors, which are smoothed out by this. Mid-palate of continued substantial sweetness, sugary and brownie-like, roasted malts with influences of blueberry fruit puree. Back of palate picks up watery roasted malts (weak brownies, mild dark chocolate) with blueberry flavor and sweetness, a hint of ethanol becoming noticeable as the beer warms. Aftertaste of blueberry-flavored brownies or mildly dark chocolate, a rather sweet edge, and hints of coffee; the blueberry not overwhelming or fake, but clearly there amidst all other flavors.

Beer is medium in body, with mildly effervescent carbonation that is never harshly fizzy. This leads to a lightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel with adequate weight. Ethanol cannot be felt on the palate or in nostrils. Closes semi-dry, with moderate lingering stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Hoping to work my way through all five of these stouts this year. For some reason, I decided to start here, with number three. Go figure. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of darkly sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, dank blueberries, and some molasses thrown in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, but the conflict between the dark chocolate/bitter roasted malts and the blueberries is apparent from the get-go. It ends up coming off as too bitter, too pithy (sort of) for me. The body is lightly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a pretty good beer, but the flavors involved just don't seem to mesh entirely well. I can drink it, just not very easily and without complete enjoyment. Close, though...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from barak316, thanks for the opportunity. A vigorous pour produces jet black body with tight tan head that looks like poetry in a glass. It smells like blueberry muffins as soon as I pop the cap. Roasty herbal earthy aromas as well as some berries upon closer sniffing. Taste is herbal and earthy up front to the point of being annoying. That slowly fades into a burnt sugar roasted kind of thing. Long lingering caramel roasty sweetness with a touch of heat in the finish. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation, and a rough sticky mouthfeel. This kind of grew on me as I drank it, but its not one of my favorites. This for me was very similar to the two with the addition of blueberry flavoring?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward appealing label art and branded pry-off cap acquired in a trade and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and the beer's current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous silky smooth dark rich tan colour; wow. Great thickness, great creaminess, great (~10+ minute) retention. Ideal supple soft complexion. Luscious and appealing. Damn that's creamy. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head width is a good three fingers.

Body colour is an opaque solid dark black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looking rather good for the style; it's hard to stand out amidst the plethora of good stouts out there, but this one does - at least in terms of appearance. I'm hoping the taste delivers as well.

Sm: Definite distinctive blueberry; it isn't just a general berry or currant note, and it doesn't come off like an artificial preserve or syrup. Just genuine blueberry jumping out and really evoking the fruity juicy notes it's going for. Dark malts, chocolate malt. Very light buried roasted barley. Maybe some middling coffee. Cream. Caramel. Marshmallow. Oats. Definitely on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, with blueberry clearly dominating.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, nor is any significant hop profile.

Aroma is moderate in strength overall.

T/Mf: Fudgy chocolate cake mixed with juicy sticky blueberry fruit and blueberry juice. Marshmallow. Dark malts and chocolate malt fill out the body nicely. Some cream. I'm not getting any coffee notes. Buried roast lends a hint of bitterness to help balance the dominant sweetness. Fairly complex overall, with some subtlety. Oats really smoothen it out, but it never gets slick or gushed. Flavour intensity is above average. Depth of flavour is average.

One thing I love about it is its marriage of genuine fruit with the conventional notes of an American style stout; neither is overbearing and both work together rather than against eachother. It'd be so easy for the blueberry to come off artificial or syrupy, but it never does.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character comes through.

Not a hot or boozy feel. Not harsh, biting, or oily. Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness to maintain the flavour duration - which is slightly above average. Creamy. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Borders on refreshing - not a common trait for a stout. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored specificially to it. Overall, the texture is well executed. Good carbonation, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. I'd certainly get it again. This is my first Dark Horse beer and already I'm starting to understand why the brewery has such a good reputation. I could down a couple of these in a night, but wouldn't want to kill a 6er. This would be marvelous on nitro. I'd recommend it to friends. Really happy I got to try this. Now I'm even more excited for the Plead the 5th I have in me fridge. It succeeds at combining fruit elements with a stout base, but it won't blow you away. Just a solid beer with an uncommon flavour profile for the style.

Low B

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Photo of jcompton
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this on a recommendation from Andrew at Bon Vivant in Columbia, IL

appearance: pours pure black into a pint glass. like a black hole it swallows all light. dark bubbly head quickly disolves

smell: burnt coffee beans and blueberry pancakes. strangely enough the combo slightly resembles mesquite wood chips

taste: smokey flavor hits almost immediately with just a hint of blueberry on the finish.

mouthfeel: relatively thin in comparison to the appearance. moderate amount of carbonation.

drinkability: i would probably purchase this again. i couldn't drink more than one in a sitting, though. this is a very unique brew. at the very least worth a try

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Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A rough pour yielded a dark brown beer with red highlights with a thin dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin scum and collar leaving no lace down the glass.
S: Notes of fresh blueberry juice, molasses and licorice. Blueberry smell only really noticeable right after the pour.
T: Dark roasted malts, vanilla, coconut and slight berry. Very roasted and toasted flavors. Not very sweet actually. Slight fruity twist to it. Finish has some sweetness to it, and the aftertaste is roasted with a blueberry syrupy chocolate flavor to it.
M: Very airy mouthfeel, almost spongey carbonation. Medium body with a faint trace of alcohol in the finish, especially as the beer warms.
D: Pretty good stout but not one I would want to drink very often. Blueberry works well with the roasted character of this beer, but it's not that noticeable and doesn't really add enough to this beer to make me want to choose it over a number of other stouts.

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Photo of strohme2
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured, thick almost blacklike, with an ever so slight blue or purple-ish tinge. It had a very thin head, just enough to invite your nose for a sniff.
very distinct chocolatey, coffee overtones, with a minimal odor of blueberries.
Tasting this beer is where its at. The real flavors come out. I tasted strong chocolate and coffee...but to me, these tastes didn't blend well with the blueberry. Slighty carbonated at the end with a fruity aftertaste that mixes with java. It has a thick mouthfeel that envelopes your tastebuds. I would drink this again but i'd be inclined to try something new before ordering this again.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to trbeer for this brew. I have been waiting to try this one for awhile. Pours black with a small tan head that seems to last. Malt, fruit, blueberry and grain are what I smell. The taste is malt, smoke, blueberry and coffee. Very good but not great. The aftertaste is very much coffee and chocolate. I would love to try this on tap some place.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last week at Hop Devil Grill in New York City. February is Stout month there, so this was one of the few on tap that I had yet to try. This wasn't the best that I've had, but it was pretty enjoyable and mellow for a nice winter's night.

It had a good pour to it - dark brown, not "motor oil" in it's look or consistency. The head was thick and didn't last long, but the lacing was much nicer than that. Of course, there's a blueberry taste here, but it's not that strong. The locorice and anisette notes were stronger, but amazingly, the alcohol wasn't easily detected. This had a relatively thin and dry taste, which wasn't bad...just not what I'm used to.

I wish I knew what tha ABV% was, since this didn't have the characteristics of an Imperial Stout or even something closer to Guinness. No matter - I'm glad I tried this and I like the pairing of blueberry with a style such as this. One could call this a "dark horse" of sorts, but I don't think that's the case if somewhere in my neck of the woods serves this!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of blueberry muffins. Also sort of smells like glue...Flavor is lightly roasted with the sweet blueberry/glue. Interesting stout but the blueberry flavor is a bit odd to me. I'll have to try this again...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a deep black color with a brown colored head on top. The head has a good retention to it and the lacing is a little sticky too. The smell of the beer is not really all that great. It's too acidic I think, it makes the beer smell a little like puke. There is a hint of blueberry on the nose but not enough. The taste of the beer is quite nice, plenty of blueberry flavors with some heavy roasted malts in there too. The mouthfeel was pretty heavy and creamy. Overall it was a good brew but the smell just turns me off a little.

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Photo of dfillius
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of brown head with okay retention. Black opaque liquid. Pretty.
S: Bright fruity berry edge on a malty center. Tangy, a little estery alcohol.
T: Roast and funky fruit up front fade to a roasted malt aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate the 2nd mouthful, where'd the fruit go? Very tasty as it progresses, though some DMS lingers in the aftertaste. Though the funky fruit flavor was only in the first sip, some fruit flashes up front later on and doesn't meld well.
M: Bright quickly, then lots of bitter dark malt. I think I'd like more smoothness. Oily.
D: Fair, I would not order another or a six pack.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cool packaging with no freshness date.

Pours an uber dark brown/black with an interesting brownish/cocoa head that doesn't stick around long. No sticky legs to be seen, as well. The first whiff of this beer blew me away. It smelled like I just stepped on a carton of blueberries - freshly harvested and all natural. About 15 seconds later, after the bubbles fissed out, I sniffed again, expecting blueberries, but instead I was hit with a wave of blackened cocoa beans and coffee - very intersting, it seemed to be related to the amount of fiss on top.

Taste was strange to me. Got a blast of pepper, followed by coffee and dark chocolates and ending with a blueberry splash. Very unique indeed.

Not certain I'd run out to get more, but definitely interesting to try, very unique.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a muddy red head, bottle-conditioned. Blueberry aroma is nice, the sweet malts contribute to make it like a blueberry cobbler. There is also some roastiness and a cola-like sweetness. The blueberry flavor is taken over pretty quickly by the roasted and smoky malts in the flavor, although as it rolls on the tongue there is a little blueberry cobbler and blueberry cola flavors. The beer finishes with a tanginess from the malts and a slightly dry bitterness. Good stout, I really enjoyed the blueberry aroma, but the blend of stout and blueberry flavors didn't do as much for me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a black color with a thick tan head that refuses to yield. Lots of scattered thick tan lacing all over the glass.
Smell is odd with a funky dark roast coffee and blueberries. A mild bit of medicinal nonsense coming through that isn't overly appealing but the pleasantries buried in the back of this one keep me intrigued.
Taste is sweet with blueberries, roasty, rich, with creaminess coming through.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, fully bodied, along with the blueberry sweetness lingering.

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Photo of rye726
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up for review is a bottle of Tres from Dark Horse. Enjoyed at room temp in a pint glass. Pours a nice black with an espresso head. A sweet, milky stout with some artificial blueberry. Body drinks well, lacks complexity. Not bad, but nothing great either.

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Photo of MNAle
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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 Yetiman420
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One finger brown head into a Unibroue tulip glass at a temp that required some warming.

Roasty stout aroma with very faint blueberry aroma - difficult to detect unless you knew what to look/smell for.

Important to keep in mind this is an American stout and not to look for dominating characteristics of imperial varieties. Blueberry is not a driving flavor. It's well balanced but in this case, I think a touch more blueberry would be nice (especially since it's part of the name). There seemed to be some acidity towards the later part of consumption.

A good stout and my notes would be more positive if I went into it with the realization that it was based on a 4.5% American stout (ratings adjusted accordingly).

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It is about a half finger of dark khaki head that quickly falls to a trace. Body is very dark. Only the slightest light comes through at certain angles.

S - Yes, there is blueberry there. Smells artificial though. There are also standard stout smells, molasses and caramel.

T - I don't know. Pretty standard stout with only the slightest, faintest hint of blueberry.

M - Solid body with moderate carbonation make this quite nice.

O - The scent is good in the blueberry department, but really a pretty average (or just above) stout all around.

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Photo of radioscooter
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Um...it's a blueberry stout.

Imagine the best possible combination of blueberries and stout. Got it? In your mind's eye - combine the two entities. Okay.

Now, imagine all the things that could make this really bad.

And then imagine all the things that could make this really good.

This beverage is neither as bad nor as good as I could have hoped for or feared. Pretty straightforward.

Lots of Blueberry aroma, and taste. And it doesn't fight with the stout. Nor does it really compliment it. An afterthought? Not quite. But certainly a 'not-fully-conceived' plan.

Not bad at all. Am I buying again? No. Did that, drank that, tossed the bottle.

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Photo of carps12
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto my st sebastiaan tuplip. Thanks brian2345 for the extra. Pours black with thin brown head on the edges. Smells of roasted malt, light chocolate, mild fruit, some cinnamon, nothing special. Tastes the same with roasted malt dominating and light fruit. Mouthfeel is very carbonated that finishes with just a slight bittterness. One is good enough for me. Way to much carbonation.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Acquired via trade
Thanks, joshrosborne!

Black throughout and a small dark brown head that eventually leaves no lacing down the glass, surprisingly. The beer looks thick and appropriate.

The aroma does get better and better as it comes to room temperature. When cooler, it had quite a bit of mineral and artificial fruit flavor. As it nears room temperature, a nice chocolate covered blueberry and roast aroma appears.

The flavor is nice, with more and more blueberry presenting next to the chocolate and roast flavors as the beer comes to temperature.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A nice specialty stout, and fairly well done, but I see no need to revisit a blueberry stout.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-12-07

Pours an absolute black with no head whatsoever. Leaves the sides of the glass clean.

Smells of blueberries, with an almost grape soda-like quality. Very Interesting.

Taste is strong on coffee malt, with the unmistakable addition of blueberries. The two combine to form an almost black licorice flavor.

Mouthfeel is unlike anything I've ever had before. The carbonation and blueberry flavor give it a very soda-like character.

Drinkability is not as good, the flavors are way too strong to have more than one.

Overall, if there were points for originality and creativity, this beer would get a 5. One of the more memorable beers I've tried, and good choice for something different.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours forth from the bottle a rich, dark, chestnut color, precipitating nearly an inch of fluffy, mocha foam--excellent presentation. The aroma smells distinctly of roasted malt, peat, and salted caramel. Hints of blueberry tickle the senses just prior to imbibing.

The taste is milder than the aroma would suggest, with roasted malt and a surprisingly appreciable dose of authentic blueberry. It’s not especially complex, which is fine, because it would appear to hit its mark regardless. Shades of peat peek through on the back end once the blueberry has subsided. The mouthfeel is quite prickly and exceedingly dry, probably due to the high carbonation and untempered roastiness. The 7.5% ABV is virtually invisible. The body is a little lighter than I prefer for a stout, but not unheard of.

Overall, this is a solid stout with a twist, for those times when you’re in the mood for something a little different. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I have no real complaints, either.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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