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 PhillyFoodie
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Another great stout from Dark Horse.

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice thick jet black with a short but very creamy and lasting head. Still has a nice layer even when halfway finished. I wish I would have given it a more agressive pour but I'll know next time.

Big blueberry smell when first poured and I get more now and again when taking a sip. REALLY nice toasted malt and dark roast coffee taste but without any of the burnt flavor. Milky creamy mouthfeel but not gummy. This would probably pair great as a dessert beer with some good white chocolate. Really well balanced and flavorful. At 7.5 ABV it has a bit of a kick to it but still no alcohol taste. Bravo DH!

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Photo of marley2112
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As a stout, a nice creamy body with plenty of roasty goodness. Lots of nice blueberry in the aroma, but I was hoping for more of it to come through in the taste.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 2011325:
Pour is jet black with a somewhat deep tan head. Head ends up frothy and some lacing is present.
Nose upon opening the bottle is like blueberry pie. Sniffing closer to the glass I get more coffee porter notes in decent strength. I get muted blueberry in the background.

Initial tastes follow the closer nose, Porter/stout neutral coffee notes, maybe a light nuttiness. The blueberry hits softly in the end of the taste, and with more strength as the beer warms. Pretty light lingering unsweetened coffee/chocolate taste.
Light carbonation works for this beer. Tad watery and most of the flavor seems to run off my tongue.

Nice beer, nice American stout/porter (per my differentiation). Initially I was thinking the blueberry was barely a part of the beer. Definitely giving this a little warmth opened up some notes and allowed the beer to meld a little better.

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Photo of MNJR
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Underpinning the blueberry is a fine, sturdy stout. The color is opaque. The head is rich and clings to the glass like melted marshmallows. The flavor is rich and deep, a smoky, earthy stout with a hint of blackberry of brandy from the blueberries. Not too sweet. The flavor is sharp and crisp. The carbonation is a bit rough for a stout, but the overall flavor and quality of the beer is excellent. Very good.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours jet black, there is absolutely no light getting through this. Frothy mocha-brown head.
S- Blueberry, dark bready malt, smells of a slightly burnt blueberry muffin
T- Dark coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoky finish, the blueberry is almost non existent in the taste, but it does provide a slight tartness on the finish.
M- Creamy and smooth, full-bodied, low carbonation.
O- I'm wary when it comes to fruit in beer, but I decided to give this a shot and I'm glad I did. The blueberry is really only in the smell, which is phenomenal, and it actually fades after a few minutes. The slight tartness of the blueberry blends perfectly with the smokiness and roasted malts making this a great all around stout that offers something a bit different.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Jet black, motor oil look. Nice mocha head. Sexy looking beer.
Smell - Yep......blueberries! Roasted malts, some sweetness, coffee, chocolate
Taste - blueberry, tons of roasted notes, candied like sweetness, coffee and some chocolate.
Feel - Very smooth/silky mouthfeel

Overall - An interesting take on a stout. I enjoyed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a tulip at dad's house while watching Walking Dead upstairs.

L : Luscious dark motor oil colored body, with strikes of purple. The head is angry red as it forms, and then lightens to a shade of brown. It leaves sparse lacing up barely as it recedes.

S : Blueberries. Oh, the blueberries. With chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, and yeast...and a fine touch of alcohol.

T : Malty and large roasted notes to start, with a giant chocolate and coffee presence. Blueberries come later with the bitterness of a barely ripe one. Some fig notes and slight alcohol burn accompany this lovely assault. Finishes off with trailing bitter blueberry and roast malts.

F : Medium bodied with an emphasis on creaminess, propping it up just a bit. I could have done with a thicker feel, but it's adequate here. Mild carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O : Looking forward to the next 3 out of the pack in the days/weeks/months to come.

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Photo of cmf
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Comes out jet black, opaque and smelling like blueberries. Sweet blueberry aroma with some yeast. Aqueous mouthfeel, unlike a typical thick stout. Sweet malts mixed with the blueberry aroma. Overall the stout is a little sweet for me, a good desert beer.

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Photo of hardysf
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy head, tried to hard pour, oops. Smell was of light chocolate and a hint of blueberries. Smelled a little lackluster, expecting more. Taste was good. Chocolate, some roasted malts and a touch of blueberry. Dinged on mouthfeel as I thought this was thin. Not sticky at all, lacking a popping flavor to me.

Ok, but not dark horses finest beer.

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Photo of W_Des
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark black. The nose has a nice blueberry forward aroma followed by chocolate. The body has a really nice blend of blueberry front and chocolate back invoking a taste of chocolate covered blueberries. The bottle was very low carbed which worked very well with the beer. It gave it a very smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of k8kruk
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, viscous with brown highlights and a brown sugar colored head that lingers and laces
S - Smells of blueberries and molasses
T - Smoky flavor with coffee and an umami, almost mushroomy note. Only a tiny hint of blueberry. Sophisticated flavors integrated nicely.
F - Strong, crisp carbonation but smooth and thick.

Excellent beer with complex flavors and nose, a thick mouthfeel and a beautiful brown head that turns heads. Smelling blueberries is better than drinking fakey blueberry beer, imho. Consequently, I'd say this is blueberry beer done the right way.

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Photo of Stevem68
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a mild aroma of blueberries. Favor is a light roasted malt with an almost blueberry muffin like flavor. Drink is very smooth. Overall and inter straying stout

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Photo of Redrover
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap during my recent trip to Boston. I found it at the Parrish II on tap served in a standard pint.

The beer is jet black with s skim of brown head.

I can smell the blueberries while the beer is sitting at the bar.

I get an initial taste of blueberries quickly followed by lots of darkly roasted malts and a touch of brown sugar. The heavy roast adds a bit of bitterness which plays well with the blueberry notes. The berries emerge mid glass and in the aftertaste.

The mouth is medium and a bit chewy.

I liked this one a lot but it would be a once a night beer for me.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark stout with the smell of blueberries and chocolate. A faint whiff of alcohol in the nose. The taste is what was advertised in the smell. A nice chocolate malt taste with the blueberries and sweetness coming in the middle. The ending is a nice malty aftertaste with the perfect level of bitter hoppiness. This is an exquisitely balanced beer that reminds me of chocolate covered blueberries.

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Photo of justinp444
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Raime
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Put this one in my basement about two and a half years ago and completely forgot about it until now. Waleeee, let's see what we get!

Look - Typical thick, deep black body with a half inch of tan head. Leaves a faitr amount of lacing as it goes down.

Smell - The blueberries are surely prevelant in this one, almost like fresh pancakes of the like. Not picking up much in the way of coffee or anything roasted, though a faint hit of toast lies on the end.

Taste - Nowwwww we're getting to the stout in this stout. Nice and roasted on the forefront leading to a medium smack of blueberry with a tinge of sweetness.

Feel - Sits nicely, though a bit bubbly for the style.

Overall - A tasty, easy drinker with mostly typical stout qualities. Give it a shot next winter.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Stein's Liquor. No bottled on date that I can see. Poured from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee brown with about a quarter inch of red-tinged khaki that dissipates quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Ripe blueberry notes in the nose, hovering above some nice roasted malts. A bit of caramel sweetness in the mix, as well.

T: Roasted and caramel malts at the front, just a touch sweet but predominantly earthy. The blueberry notes come into play almost immediately, though it's a bit difficult to tell if I'm getting those from the taste or the bouquet. The middle has more of the roasted and caramel malts, a bit of clear alcohol, and a bit less of the blueberry notes. A touch of black licorice in there. This one finishes where it started, with more of the roasted and caramel malts and a hint of the blueberry.

F: Medium-bodied, though a little bit lighter/more watery than I expected for the style. It's got a nice creaminess, with just a bit of stick at the close.

O: For what it is, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It has a very pleasant bouquet and some nice blueberry notes that only after most of the glass was gone began to grow a bit tiresome. I would never sit down and drink three of these in a row; but for a one-off, this one was pretty tasty.

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Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3.75/5
Black, with several fingers of light brown head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Very strong blueberry aroma, along with hints of chocolate and spice

Taste - 4/5
Roasty, chocolate, slightly smoky malts. The blueberry is present only near the beginning of the sip, then the roasty and smoky aspects take over and the blueberry is only sightly present. While the blueberry is very present in the aroma, I would have liked it to be more present in the taste. Also, I would have made the taste less smoky, as I feel the smokiness in particular grinds against the blueberry. Still, this was quite a good stout, something I would consider getting again.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-full body, average level of carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was an interesting twist on a stout, though I think the blueberry could have been made much stronger, without overpowering the rest of the stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright dark brown under a 1” tan to brown foam cap
S: chocolate blueberry with some most rich dark cake in the background and a hint of grain.
T: The palate starts with blueberry and then a chocolate coffee background emerges with growing dark malt sugars.
F: Fine and soft medium low carbonation in a medium full body.
O: The beluberry and the dark malts work surprisingly well together in this blueberry flavored stout.

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Photo of bnes09
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of BrentLepping
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a little shocked that this beer isn't more highly regarded.

Yeah, it's not some amped-up Imperial Stout and it hasn't been aged in any spirit barrels, but the base stout itself is fantastic (a perfect blend of roastiness with hints of dark chocolate malt, coffee and raisins) and the blueberry addition is perfectly crafted.

I love this beer and for $11 a 4-pack, it cannot be beat.

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Photo of Bone53
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black pour with a two finger brown head

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, slight coffee, hints of blueberry, lactose although im not sure if theres any in here. I get a wonderful whiff of the blueberry as i swirl the glass

Taste : I mostly get milk chocolate, roasted malts, ever so slight coffee, and that lactose i picked up on the nose, but there is definitely subtle artificial blueberry notes throughout that almost ruins it for me (but not quite). Weird aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, but almost too light for the style. Goes down smooth with slight bitterness

Overeall: This is definitely a different take on a stout. Its decently good. I enjoy that its not a blueberry bomb and that the stout flavors can meld with it. There is some sort of subtle off flavor i get however, perhaps from the artificial flavoring. I also get a sense of lactose on the finish that is odd to me becuase i dont think its a milk stout. For me the aftertaste is the biggest negative to this beer. All in all worth checking out as a fun beer, but its a one and done for me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty, fruity, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with big hints of blueberries and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses, vanilla, and cream. Huge scent of blueberries throughout. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, and prune. A very solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, roasty, and fruity dark malt forward taste with big notes of blueberries and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with some good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, burnt toast, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Good taste of sweet blueberries along with some sweet notes of molasses, cream, and vanilla. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, and prune. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and pretty juicy. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Stout. The blueberries add a nice fruity kick without making things overly sweet. Solid chocolate malt notes.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Salty Pig.

Pours a motor oil black with a cardboard colored head.

Smell is a mix of blueberry and roasted chocolaty malts.

Taste is a great balance of roasted bitter sweet coco, espresso, with hints of blueberry. It manages to mantain some of the tartness/bittenress of the blueberries that nicely contrasts the malty sweetness. Flavors are really nicely balanced, when I ordered this I was afraid it would have too much blueberry. The flavor is definitely there, but it doesnt overwhelm. ABV is well masked.

I endorse this beer!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black petroleum in a glass with just a sliver of caramel head.

Smell is overwhelmingly blueberry to the exclusion of everything else, except a hint of roasted barley in the finish.

Taste is more subtle and refined than the aroma. The fruit presence is clear, but not sweet, as if the blueberry is only a ghost that lingers from beginning until long after the beer is finished. Some roasted barley qualities also round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. Medium thickness with perhaps too much carbonation... I wish this beer was thicker and smoother

Overall, a nice sipper for a cold day, that reminds of summer but is thoroughly imbued with the essence of winter

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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