Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
1,745
Reviews:
655
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
204
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,745 |  Reviews: 655
Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours a 1 finger dark tan head. Very full head. Decent retention due to the etching. Very little amount of lace. Color is a very dark brown, basically black. A nice looking stout.

Aroma: The obvious blueberry is there. Very tart and fresh. There is a very smokey aroma coming from this beer that I am not liking. Very malty and chocolatey. Roasted aroma as well.

Taste: Blueberries, but very well blended. Very roasted taste. Smokey. I can't get over the smoke here. Chocolate. A lot of malts going down. Tarty for a stout, but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: tart, smooth, and a little creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Leaves a very smokey aftertaste. The smoke is just all over this beer. It is too much for me.

Overall, I didn't like this beer as much as I thought I would. It was way too smokey. I would have rather had more blueberries instead of the smoke. I will not being having this again.

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Photo of DrBier
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a 16-ounce pint glass with the Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA logo on it.

A: Pours a very dark, rich brown with a mocha-colored head. The head is a little light, perhaps a bit less than a finger with a decent amount of carbonation visible on top.

S: Dark malt up front, soon overpowered by the glow of blueberries. A slight hint of alcohol.

T: Very intriguing. Blueberries up front, fading into darker malts and a decent amount of bitterness. Hints of unrefined cocoa. A decent amount of coffee in the finish. I was worried about blueberry overkill, but that was definitely unfounded.

M: Creamy with a lasting carbonation. Leaves the palate slightly dry.

D: Quite drinkable. I was a little bit skeptical of this one and wasn't quite willing to go after the 4-pack, but was lucky enough to see a single of this. This will definitely be a yearly purchase.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Fat Cat pint glass. The bottom of the empty bottle was black due to a layer of sediment.

A: Pours opaque and black with a small, creamy, light brown head that is quite durable. Full coats of lacing are left behind after each tilt of the glass.

Aroma: Dark roasted grains; baked blueberries; blueberry syrup; coffee; dark chocolate.

Taste: Blueberry and dark roasted grains of about equal strength complement each other. This stout has a light and well-chosen sweetness despite dark chocolate and coffee notes. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Feel: Creamy and full body with soft medium-low carbonation.

O: Not quite as delicious as Shipyard's Smashed Blueberry, this flavorful stout does have an ample blueberry component, an appealing aroma, and nicely balanced flavors.

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

Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout is an interesting see-saw of a beer, hitting you upfront with a sweetish and somewhat tart blueberry flavor and aroma (there's less in the aroma than the flavor), and then turning spot-on-a-dime and hammering home dark, rich malts with a solid bitterness and roasted character. The fruitiness helps to cut through it and keep it refreshing, or at least interesting, while the blunt darkness of the end-side offers it great depth. Some grassy, leafy hops flutter here and there in the finish, and there's an edge of black coffee "acrid" character (but it's not acidic as many beers this dark can be) and dark bittersweet chocolate, but very little blueberry. Odd!!! It's an unusual combination that works, and although I've seen this done with raspberry and cherry, I think that the blueberry might be a better (or at least more distinct) choice because it stands out so readily. And of course we're talking about extract here, but it really makes no difference. It does the job, and it's done nicely. In fact, you couldn't do it with real blueberries, they just wouldn't cut it. They'd ferment through and leave too little behind (and more of a fruit-pulp character than any recognizable blueberry). As for drinkablility however, I'm not sure the playfulness and teeter-totter gentility of this beer could keep up beyond one serving. It's very well done and interesting, but I think I'd have to move on after one or two of these. Certainly worth trying however!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Pours a super dark colored fluffy 1.5 fingered head that fades at a medium pace, over jet black beer with a bit of lacing.

Nose reeks of blueberries, a bit of frozen blueberries, as well as blueberry pancakes, and even blueberry jam. A light creamy stout under that, creamy dark malts, touch of roast and chocolate. The blueberry overpowers almost everything else.

Taste brings some blueberry, but not quite as much as the nose. A decent bitter scorched malt earthy flavor comes through, some roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, hints of creamy stout flavors, a slight bit of a spicy and earthy hop presence with some bitterness. It's fairly fluffy, and gets a decent bitterness, some decent baltic porter like dark malt flavors start to come through late. It finishes fairly dry with lingering baltic porter like flavors and some frozen blueberries.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carbonation.

Drink is good, no real heavy, overpowering, or off flavors. The blueberry flavor and especially aroma is a little heavier than desired, but doesn't really effect drinkability. Def sessionable when it comes to booze and smoothness.

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

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 1 ½ fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Luckily, this retains with more of a foamy than fizzy look around the edges, leaving a good looking creamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma surprises me with its strength. Smooth roasted chocolate malts and earthy hops are prevalent but man; those blueberries are really at the forefront of this and can't be missed.

The taste is chocolate sweetness and roast up front, with a firm dose of prickly spicy hops helping to balance out some of the thicker aspects of the malts. The blueberry flavor is a lot more controlled here than it was in the aroma, coming out along the back of the profile where it mixes with notes of lingering roast and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up where the roast and hops are but then gets silkier towards the back where all of that berry flavor and sweetness dwell. Unlike the One and Too that I drank previous to this, this is actually showing a bit too much beef in the body, which is ridiculous because it's ABV is half of what those other two have. Weird...

Blueberries can be quite potent in beer but I was pleased to find that they were handled pretty favorable in this Stout, especially in the taste, where they didn't come off as artificial tasting at all and were well integrated with the rest of the flavors. Just a bit too heavy feeling to be totally sessionable but this was overall pretty nice.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Surprisingly nice, this one was. I tend to approach beers like this with slight caution, but I'd definitely go back for another.

Served in a nonic, a rich obsidian black with a half-inch of creamy mocha head that domed precariously over the rim of the glass; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma heavy with dark roasty malts, and a distinctive scent of fresh-baked blueberry muffins. I know how hard it is to successfully meld fruit with the dark malts of a rich stout and get a satisfying result, but I think Dark Horse really nailed it with this one. Very roasty on the tongue, lots of dark malts, notes of coffee and dark chocolate, and an ubiquitous presence of fresh blueberries. Well, it delivered what it promised. Good balance, heavier-medium body, nice flavor, and quite drinkable overall. Again, I want more. Can't imagine it'd be quite as good if not fresh though.

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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, small dark brown head that quickly fades to a thin lace, somewhat sticky.
Chocolate and roasted malts first in the smell, with some blueberries also present, sweet and a tiny bit sour, faint coffee too.
Taste of dark chocolate covered overripe blueberries, with the first dominating the latter. The roasted malts help too, dusty cocoa, and a touch of sourness starts showing up bit by bit. Finishes with roast and some hops that make up a nice mild bitterness, and fortunately a bit of the fruit gets through to the aftertaste.
Smooth body, chewy, not heavy and robust tho, zingy at times.
It's nice that the addition of blueberries is subtle, feels natural and helps the "dark fruit" characteristic of the beer, without messing with the great "stout" notes of this beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Gagnonsux
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Appearance: Pours a plain, unassuming black body with a small tan head.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a pleasant, clear-cut blueberry scent. Though crammed into one sentence, I assure you it is a really lovely aroma.

Taste: Blueberry fruitiness right out of the game. Some sweet dark malts struggle to keep up. Taste of sugar-crusted chocolate muffin tops. More blueberries for the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: It's actually pretty nice. The flavors contrast and complement each other quite well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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 atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,745 ratings.
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