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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

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 russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes: got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff!

Pours like motor oil with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Blueberries with a touch of cocoa

T: Dark chocolate, dryness,leafy hops & a touch of blueberry up front. Cocoa & coffee dominate as this warms with a touch blueberries on the tip of the tongue. Finishes dry & chocolaty

MF: Oily, rich with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks really easy, would be winner with or without the blueberries

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A great example of Extreme Beer, simply thinking outside the box. Take a stout and add fruit to it, yeah its been done before but its still extreme. Killer, this stout is BLACK ... nothing off of the edges when put to the light. Black. Thick cropping of brown lace sticks to the glass quite well. Lots of blueberry in the aroma with layers of underneath of dark chocolate, hints of smoked charcoal, French Roast coffee and carob powder. Semi-creamy medium body, deep smoothness is pleasing to the palate. Mellow but very present blueberry flavor in the middle with some malt sweetness. Malt flavors run quick from mild caramel to a solid roasted grain. Hop bitterness is held to a minimum which is best because the roasted flavors do a fine job at balancing. Sweet finish.

While I am not a fruit beer nut I do enjoy a well crafted one, Dark Horse gets it right here with a great balance of sweet to roast and enough blueberry to go around with out being overkill.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very dark amber highlights and a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dense dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film covering about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of dark roasted malts and blueberry.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of dark roasted malts which are followed by some light flavors of natural blueberry - the blueberry is not sweet or artificial tasting. Very light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Overall the beer is very well balanced between the flavors from the malts and the blueberry. I thought this was pretty interesting but not sure I would have another in a single session.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderate beige head. Leaves some chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is near black where no light passes.

Very attractive smell of dark chocolate and slightly sour blueberry. The stout smell wins, but only by a (forgive the pun) nose.

This is, first and foremost, a stout. The blueberry is definitely a spice in this beer; I think it enhances the flavor pleasantly. There's a subtle sweetness to this beer. Yet, it is not sweet enough to be a sweet stout, nor can it be described as a dry stout. It's like a blend. The finish and aftertaste has the blueberry show up one last time.

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Photo of billab914
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a fizzy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled pretty quickly and left a thin ring around the edges of the glass as I drank it.

The blueberries come through pretty well in the aroma. I get a fresh fruit, juicy, sweeter, berry like quality coming through. A little bit of the chocolate and roasty flavors come through and go with the berries pretty nicely actually.

The taste starts out with more of the sweeter, berry character to it. Midway it starts to turn more roasty and bitter with some chocolate and coffee notes coming through. The dry, roasty, slightly burnt character lasts through the finish and lingers for a bit. The blueberry gives it a pretty nice flavor throughout the beer though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Overall it was a pretty nice beer, the blueberries really worked well for it. I especially liked how they interacted with the bitter, roasty flavors. Definitely an interesting and tasty beer overall and one of the better fruit stouts I've had.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head that leaves very quickly and moderate carbonation evident. Looks exactly like Dark Horse's Too.

s - Smells of blueberries, roasted malts, chocolate, bready malts, light toasted malts, and light vanilla. The blueberries are not overpowering but complement the normaly roasted malts and chocolate of a stout. Very enjoyable if you like blueberries.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, toasted and burnt malts, and very light blueberries and fruit. The taste is good and enjoyable, but a step down from the nose. The blueberries don't seem to come through like they do in the nose; the roasted malts and bitter coffe/chocolate dominate it a bit.

m - Relatively light body for a stout and moderate to high carbonation.

d - Overall this is a really nice stout. I loved the nose and really thought the blueberries came through in it. I think the bitter chocolate and coffee muted the blueberries in the taste a bit, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Would certainly have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Smokin' Joe's this beer was amazing, dark roasted malts bring out that dark chocolate/slight coffee hint. As the nose opens up you realize there's a nice earthy blueberry character taking hold, low alcohol minimalizes interference from other flavors. Overall you take the first sip and you realize dark roasted malts/creaminess/blueberry all at once almost overwhelming but excessently awesome version of a fruit stout. I will grab a four pack when available in OH, but this version on tap at Smokin' Joe's was my beer of the night. Mouthfeel was creamy alcohol was smooth or non-existent on the palate, excellent version of a great beer. Drinkability overall was Class A, the type of beer I want to experience again and again from today's craft brewing industry...you can just tell this beer is labor intensive.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical stout appearance. Near black opaque body with a thick beige head. The aroma brings the blueberries right away. Blueberry, chocolate, roast. Smells very inviting. The flavor offers more roast and chocolate initially, with blueberries coming in mid palate. Quite tasty. Medium bodied with a bit of sweetness, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Dry finish. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is totally out of my comfort zone, since I am not a fruity guy, I prefer AIPAs to stouts and I usually defer to CANs vice bottles, but I was goaded into the purchase by one of the co-owners of The Fridge.

My pour resulted in two-plus fingers of thick deep-brown head with good retention. Color was a stygian, dense dark brown that allowed for ZERO light penetration. Nose was, indeed, tres blueberry! Redolent with blueberries, in fact. How can you go wrong with blueberries? They are full of antioxidants and I like to pop a handful in my mouth and bite down for an explosion of blueberries. That is what this tasted like, along with a slight coffee-like bitterness. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium and if it could have been just a little creamier, I would have been heaven-sent. Finish lingered with the taste of blueberry and I was thankful that I followed someone else's suggestion.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When Wesley Snipes said always bet on black, I think he meant to always bet on this beer. This is the blackest beer I have ever seen. A thin tan head tops it off. Nose is toasty, minor tar like molasses, and blueberries of course. Flavor is a nice deep roast with a sweet blueberry accent. Really good balance. I am guessing, but it seems like they used real blueberries here. Whereas there isn't really a mass of complexity, there is definitely a great robust flavor. Smooth and thick liquid feel and a low carbonation. Damn drinkable. In my quest for the best blueberry beer out there, this is the winner by a mile so far.

Thanks to brewandbbq for the chance to enjoy this one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant chocolate and blueberry aroma. The fruit taste is also present in the taste but more subtle, making the malt shine more. Ideal balance between sweet and bitter. The body is pretty light for a stout, making it very easy to drink and the alcohol is very well hidden for the 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color with a head that is very darkly tanned to almost brown. The head is about a finger strong and displays very good retension. Nose of this beer has an abundant amount of dark/burnt grain character along with chocolate, coffee and overall it is just very roasty. However, behind the normal stout character and aroma there is the fruity sweetness and smell of blueberries. Taste of this beer is a bit puzzling...but in a good way. It has a solid taste profile of a well made stout: flavors of bitter burnt grains, chocolate, coffee and even the alcohol is present. However, there is no getting around it, there is clearly a blueberry flavor added in there as well. Each sip yields a different experience from the blueberry's standpoint: sometimes blending throughout the body playing an interesting role with the other flavors, to sometimes being sweet, bold and upfront and then yet almost nonexistent until the finish in other sips. The feel of this beer is light and the carbonation is quite high. In fact, I would have marked the feel and drinkability higher but the carbonation is a bit over the top.

Very interesting experience. I have had other fruited stouts and enjoyed them as much as I enjoy this one. The blueberry was an interesting choice and I think it goes well.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Alchemist pint glass. Another Dark Horse brew from chpueblo22.

Appearance - Another inky black stout from Dark Horse! I'm always impressed. No half-measures with the stouts from these guys. This one, though, actually retains a bit of its head. Maybe it's the change of glassware (this is narrower than a traditional pint glass).

Smell - When it's cold, the blueberry is quite prominent and the stout is an afterthought. As it warms, the aromas blend into a complex, although not necessarily better, nose. The bitter coffee comes through with the blueberry in a way that is interesting, but not all that complementary.

Taste - The flavors do blend nicely on the palate, though. The blueberry is up front, but still takes a backseat to the stout until the finish. The stout is dark roast driven, like One and Too Cream, yielding intense coffee and dark chocolate flavors. The blueberry really shines in the finish as the stout drops off. It's quite a nice flavor for a stout, really.

Mouthfeel - Not as bitter as the other Dark Horse stouts I've had. It still has a bitter finish from the roast, but it isn't as intense. It's decently carbed and seems just a touch sweet from the blueberry flavor.

Overall - Good stuff. A flavor I wouldn't expect to go well. The stout tames a dominant blueberry flavor nicely and I don't feel like I'm drinking a fruit beer. I could use a couple more of these.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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 feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is utter opacity, head is huge and toasted tan, lush and long-lasting.
Aroma wafts out on bottlecap's release, it's every bit the epitome of a classic stout nose, rich and roasty, with this extra fruity edge...interesting...bittersweet, and delectable...I'm urging further into actual imbibing...
And it's a step well-approved, a genuinely tasty stout is sampled, something rich, dark, full-bodied, yet still capturing a subtle fruity quality that emits subtle rewards. Honestly, a blueberry stout? Well, I've had cherry stouts, and heard of banana stouts, what the hey, eh? There it is, that subtle, delightful, fruity flavor riding just on top of the darker character of the stout.
One of the oddest labels I've looked at lately, a twisted ribbon, a button, and the word "tres", not sure if it's the French "very" or the Spanish "three"...who cares, the integration of these flavors is so impressive, so seamless, the quality is so incredible, we can forgive certain uncertainties. Wow, this is truly a perfect blend of flavors here, and I'm glad to have had the priviledge to try it.
Weird labels, great beer...that's Dark Horse.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, into a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

WOW! What an absolutely great dark brown chocolate, and uniform folding head on this. Pours out of the bottle nearly black, body appearance is incredibly dark black/brown. Faint tiny foam lacing around the glass in sheets as I swirll and tilt. This thing looks unreal.

Nose is what it is. Blueberry, not syrupy, not jammy, not sugary, just fruit blueberry. It's a great example of the fruit on the nose. a faint malt and roast, but it is wonderfully fruit dominant very nicely. Nearly perfect.

Taste is a big ambush, but I like it. Tobacco fronting palate mixing with almost coffee and char. Fruit angle completely seems oblivious but who cares. Incredibly aftertaste of char and ashes character. No sense of sweetness or tasting blueberry. A true roasty stout and good.

Overall, it's a smelling blueberry cigar dipped in a big roasty malty stout. Absolutley love this even if it doesn't taste like blueberry. Fantastic!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my FOBAB mini-pint glass (so I could share with the wife).

A - Two fingers of dark mocha foam that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing. Pitch black, with only the slightest hint of brown at the edges. Good lookin' stout.

S - Huge blueberry smell, and not the fake blueberry flavor either, but really ripe berries. There's also some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate, but all I can really think of is blueberry pancakes.

T - There's a lot of blueberry up front, but then it morphs into some dark chocolate and strong roasty bitterness that I don't like quite as much. The aftertaste is a mix of coffee-like bitterness and sour blueberry, and gets a little tiring.

M - Surprisingly thin, although with a 4.5% ABV I'm not totally surprised. Moderate carbonation, but not in porter territory. It's appropriate for the style.

D - The bitterness gets to be too much pretty quickly. I was happy with my 6oz pour, but didn't feel the need to open another bottle or mooch from my wife's pour.

It's kind of gimmicky but still a pretty solid brew. Not something where I'd want to have more than one serving.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Tres Blueberry Stout is decent....I typically do not like fruity stouts but this one is good. The beer poured an opaque black with tan head that is not leaving a lace. The scent has roast and blueberry. The taste starts roasty and finishes with a blueberry zeal. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall its a stout worth trying.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, black-ish color with a thin, filmy, brown head that clings around the glass. Aromas of blueberry tart and sweet, with a heavy dose of roasted coffee in the backbone. Flavors are rich and creamy, with a mocha backbone giving rise to a subtle sweet blueberry ribbon of sweetness. The fruit imparts a blueberry muffin character to the brew, and there are roasty highlights throughout. Very robust, on a smooth, full body. Roasty and fruity aftertaste, with a balancing bitterness. Clean, slightly dry finish. Very good.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.01/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared this bottle with the wifey the other night, this came as an extra in a trade with...Kevin? Probably. Thank you low resolution due to impaired memory beer trading friend from the midwest.

Beer is black and even after a violent pour forms no head, at all. Its not even brown at the corners. Odd. No lacing or legs on the glass. Just looks like black water.

The aroma is really strong but not so much in the blueberry department. I really have to hunt for them, there is an almost tobacco aroma to this beer, very roasty and strong.

Beer is medium bodied and mildly fruity / sweet in the palate. Not sure what to think about it. It is really quite bitter. I am not really enjoying this beer and I'm glad I split it at this point. Not a repeat. Didn't taste like blueberries or smell like them. What a wreck.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass on tap at Canal Street Pub.

A: Oily dark black, some violet hues around the edges in direct light. A small, quickly dissipating beige head accompanies and turns into virtually nothing. Flat looking.

S: The blueberries are not hard to find. Immediate notes of pressed blueberry, light smoke, bitter chocolate and leather.

T: Nice eclectic blend of flavors. It starts off as a moderately roasted stout with very little going on. The blueberry comes through in the finish and into the linger, providing a much needed and definitely welcomed, change of pace from your typical stout.

M: A little thin, and even the lower-end carbonation doesn't save the mouth feel. I was just expecting a bit more body.

For only being 4.5% ABV, the Tres drinks like a much bigger stout. Not necessarily that there are overwhelming hints of alcohol, but something seems too over the top big for such a small beer. I would revisit for sure, but not something I could sit and drink for more than one pint.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Poured a thick dark brown/black with one finger of fizzy medium-brown coloured head.

S - Blueberry juice and dark roasted malts. Some sweetness in the background - brown sugar and molasses.

T - Dark roasted malts are the predominant flavour, not the blueberry, which is a pleasant surprise. The blueberry is definitely there though - as the secondary flavour. There are also hints of chocolate and coffee. Very delicious.

M - Medium body; slightly overcarbonated.

D - Goes down easy, which isn't common with many fruit-flavoured beers. This was a pleasant surprise that I would buy again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff black malt earthiness as well a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The blueberry aroma is fresh and damn enticing. There is a nice roasted character here. The taste is decent. It's bone dry with lots of roasted black malts present. It goes down easy with a bit of prickly carbonation. The blueberry flavoring seems artificial; most likely extract, which is disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an interesting beer that I believe needs some minute tinkering. It's a good drinker that I wouldn't shy away from buying in the future.

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Real nice looking half-inch dark(!) mocha head atop a black beer. Head doesn't stick around long and no lacing.

S- Chocolate...and maybe if you were looking for it, blueberries.

T- Drink starts off sweet with the blueberries then that is overcome with the chocolatey goodness. Mmm.

M- Thick mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

D/O- In celebration for purchasing my third (ha) car. Enjoyed this one, especially how it felt in my mouth, although the blueberry aspect was lacking it seemed. Thanks MammothBrew!

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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