Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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90
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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
Ratings:
1,746
Reviews:
656
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
204
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and thick, blueberry somewhat natural aroma, and oily roast aroma. ABove avrage mouthfeel, almost no head, certainly no lace. A decent dry stout, assisted by some blueberries. Chocolate is bittersweet. Decent balance and good flavour for only 4.5% abv. Little carbonation. Thanks Jon.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GrandCruDrew and Bay01 for sending me bottles of this one!

Pours a thick opaque black with a nice 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. Thick frothy lace that drips back down into the beer on the drink down. Smells exactly like chocolate covered blueberries. Awesome. Taste is pure bittersweet dark chocolate covered dried blueberries. A very complex balance between the roasted and chocolate flavors and the blueberry. An almost perfect level of carbonation leaves this beer feeling very crisp yet smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a shockingly exceptional beer. I was expecting this to be way different with a fake tasting fruit flavor. This is a beer I could drink all night long without getting tired of it, especially at the 4.5% ABV it has. I am super glad I have 2 more bottles of this in my cellar to enjoy at a later time.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome!!! man, dark horse kills it in my limited experience, i love the innovation and execution intersection, its way northeast on the X Y grid of excellence. stunning. a rich dark velvety look to it, no light coming in, no blueberry color either, and a tall inch of head the color of breakfast tea with cream. great aromatic to it, like opening a fresh box of blueberry morning cereal, that old post creation from sometime in the 90s, with the tiny little dried blueberries in it. its true to the fruit, but like that dried wild thing, slight tang. some dark chocolate in nose and taste too, but its not overly cocoa laden or anything, the blueberry is surprisingly forward for how boldly flavored the base stout is. a little java roast in there, but the blueberry cuts both the burnt and the bitter, amazing how much fruit flavor is showing through. lovely stuff. smooth and creamy in feel, enough sweet and tang, but it finishes fluffy and bitter. awesome on the tongue even minutes after the swallow. carbonation is way high for the style, which i dig, and the 7.5% abv i think is spot on for whats all happening here. drinks a bit lighter than that. in love with this, wish i had a few more bottles, and that these guys would start sending some beer out to colorado! bangin, bangtastic, bangalicious

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that died down, leaving some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with some hints of dark malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of blueberries but these are balanced off by flavors of underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a nice balance between fruity and stout flavors. It is very easy to drink for the style.

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

Dark Horse continues to explore the deeper side of beer with the third installment of stout: Tres Blueberry Stout. Its ingenious infusion of the roasty ale with supple background notes of Blueberry hits home with simplicity and respect.

But as any stout would, Tres opens with the deepest shade of brown without going black. With no hint of clarity, the beer is opaque and is solidly statured. Beautiful in its darkest weight, the beer builds a sturdy, slightly tanned head that caps the beer throughout and trails with pocketed lace.

At first, blueberry rises to the nose with the fundamental stout-like roast coming a split second later- concerning because of the shift of focus that goes from beer to fruit would upset the balance. However a minute of patience and a swirl of the glass allows the roasty elements of coffee, cocoa, walnut, and slight campfire to gain prominence. Thereafter, the mellow notes of blueberry resonate in true fruit form.

And that's where the taste picks up... the taste of roasted malt takes command with pleasantly scorched toffee, French pressed coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and mild smoke with nutty underpinnings all inform the taste buds about the base stout flavor. Blueberry additions recede in taste more so than they do in aroma. They peak through the malts but never rival for balance. Instead they simply decorate the roast elements with harmony and ballet. Woodish hops add a bitter finish that is easily mistaken for coffee and cocoa bitterness in its place.

Full bodied, the beer's robust textures are mainly attributed to the starch of barley along with creamy carbonation. But as the beer slowly sheds its marshmallowy texture, the dry roast mouthfeel rises and commands the textures heading into finish. Semi-dry and with light roast and ash, the beer is warm and smooth in its closure, and without a hint of berry-like astringency.

An indefinite linger of roast and fruit extend well into the next sip, but resists the malty textures that would accompany it. Tres is a fantastic stout that's been dress rehearsed in blueberry dress clothes.

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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 emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Year old bottle, shared with Kmpitz2. Thanks Kevin!

Jet black body, creamy mocha tinged foam. No perception of purple here, more of a milk chocolatey tan color. Initial aroma is fantastic, fresh blueberries just like the smell of a fresh basket from the store. Also reminded me of the aroma of blueberry yogurt, without the lactic quality. Underlying chocolate that meshes perfectly, producing a unique berry/chocolate blend. Very enticing!

Flavors of chocolatey malt, mellow roast notes, not much blueberry, save for a twinge in the finish to accompany the slight bitter tang. Very smooth, it felt slightly lighter than Too Cream Stout. Big points for creativity, and executing the concept so well.

A four-pack would be very tempting to finish in a sitting...

Edit 04/08: Just drank 2 of these from the latest release, and it holds up well after a year.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dense black with a modest mocha head that leaves an occasional shard of lace

Smell: Distinctively different, with wafts of blueberry mixing with the underlying fudgy aroma; could be a bit bolder but that is a quibble

Taste: Starts with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by a strong blueberry element which also adds a fudgy dimension at mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness tends to get a bit cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is s creative treat and I wish I had tasted it a week ago as I was at a Dogfish Head beer dinner in Richmond and the couple sitting next to me was trying to think of a good blueberry beer. I had no answer then but I do, now. I only wish it were not quite so sweet.

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Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a black color with no light coming through. There is a two finger dark tan/almost brown head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet ripe blueberries dominate along with some roast.

Taste: Sweet and roast with the berries more in the background than the smell. There are some dark chocolate notes as well. There is a weird aftertaste that is kind of off putting.

Mouthfeel: Thick for the abv. and a bit grainy. The carbonation is mild.

Drinkability: I really liked this beer other than the after taste. I don't think I'd have more because of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a pitch black color stout with a small deep brown color head. Aroma of strong blueberry is well mix with some medium roasted malt notes. Taste is a mix between fresh and sweet blueberry and some roasted malt with a light bitter finish. I am not usually fond of fruit in stout but I thought this mix worked very well and the balance between fruit, sweetness and bitterness from the malt was well achieved. Body was quite full with some light carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled this year(new label). Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, blueberry, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and a bit of smokiness. Fantastic aromas, smells very much like fresh blueberries. Very authentic. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, blueberry, coffee, caramel, toast, and light herbal hops. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, blueberry, coffee, roasted malt, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors; very nice showcase of the blueberry and roasted chocolate notes. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice highly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden at 7%, with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is a highly excellent stout. Probably the best I have had with fruit in it. Great balance and big robust flavors; with very smooth drinking for the alcohol level.

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