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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
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3.97/5
Very Good
1,751 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,497
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
1,751
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
206
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,751 |  Reviews: 658
Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrable black with a thick tan head of foam at first pouring. No lace.

Nose is not so much berries as lightly-roasted malts. I get a hint of chocolate, even. There's a little fruit in the aroma, but it's subtle.

Tastes very berries and chocolate. Smooth and sweet, but almost to a fault. Seems almost too sweet for my tastes, but this is still inarguably a fine blueberry stout, melding the berry tones with a traditional smooth stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours deep black. Lively, bubbly brown head sputters out rather quickly. No real lacing to speak of, just a few tiny spots here and there.

S: Freshly picked wild blueberries with an undercurrent of espresso and roast. Not overly complex, but still robust and inviting.

T: Blueberry and an acrid burnt malt/espresso taste open. Slight hint of cola underneath. The blueberry eventually subsides as roasted malt tastes of espresso, dark chocolate, and a faint woody smoke come to the forefront. Long finish of semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, and a hint of smoke.

M: Light in body, and just a little bit silky/creamy. Moderate seltzery carbonation doesn't do much for it. Lacks character and substance.

O: Blueberry comes on a bit strong, but I actually didn't mind that as much. The beer underneath is still allowed to come through. The lack of body is really what took this one down a notch or two for me. Poor head retention too. It would probably be nice in a pie crust.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of CP20
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of pBRale
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of amart80
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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 JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Arcane
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date.

Glugs out a coffee tinged black with a small fizzly dark brown/mocha head that dissipates to a hot chocolate like film. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee and blueberry syrup. Taste is crisp/raosted malt and grain, followed by a cocoa powder and toffee mix, with the blueberry in the finish, along with bitter coffee flavoring. Medium carbonation, could be more creamy.

Overall, a great stout from Dark Horse. Sweet and bitter, with great roasted taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of RobertMathison
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ksimons
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with no visible highlights and a small amount of dark tan head that quickly disappears to leave a ring around the top.

S-Roasted malt, blueberry, and a bit of molasses. The blueberry really adds a lot to the smell.

T-Very nice tasting, roasted malt, coffee, and blueberry. Blueberry could be a touch stronger but overall is very nice.

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, a chewy roasted body.

Overall I like blueberry stouts, the roasted malt works well with the blueberry sweetness. The smell on this one is very good and the taste just about matches it. Another fine beer from Dark Horse.

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Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a rich jet black color with a finger of dark brown mocha colored head. Ok head retention.

S- sweet chocolate and blueberry purée blend together at first. Some malt sweetness with subtle roast notes come out in the middle. Cocoa and some chocolate cake like malt hit the nose on the finish.

T- sweet chocolate cake like maltiness up front with a bit of a sugary quality hits the palate at first. More chocolate characteristics, cocoa powder and a blueberry purée/syrup flavor gives off chocolate covered blueberry flavor. Finishes with a touch roasty bitterness and frozen blueberry flavor.

MF- smooth creamy mouthfeel. Medium body and soft good carbonation.

D- very drinkable

Overall an excellent blend of sweet stout and blueberries.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours w/short brown head over a used-motor-oil like color.

Aromas are unique. Lots of blueberry pie, along with some traditional stout qualities of dark chocolate, roasted beans, etc. But the blueberry dominates.

Traditional American Stout qualities come through more in the flavor - roasted, but mellow coffee beans. Bittersweet chocolate. Then the blueberry battles it out, but ultimately finishes with roasted malts - residual bitterness remains. Fairly thin on the palate for the ABV, but good versus other Amer Stouts.

A fun beer, but not one that I can have more than 2 of in one sitting. Was hoping for more of the sweetness in the aromas to carry thru into the flavor.

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Photo of ChiBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tres Blueberry Stout poured into a mug.

Pours a very black brown with a head that left in a hurry.

Smells of syrupy blueberries and black-strap molasses. Lots of dark grains and little hops.

Taste follow the nose with more of that dark syrup. The blueberries are rummy and ripe. There's a big backing of malt that is both sweet and roasty. The bitterness in the finish is akin to spicy hops that are acting a bit late. Long sweetness in the finish.

Medium thickness, low carbonation. A little sticky sweet.

I'm not a huge fan of the blueberry stout option, but this one stands tall among the ones that I've had. Could've used something. A hoppy character. Higher malt bitterness level. More roastiness. More of a fresh fruit character. Still a quality offering from Dark Horse.

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Photo of aorloski
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a viscous deep dark black motor oil, beautiful mocha head with decent lacing.

Smell - let me tell you honestly right when i was pouring this thing from a few feet away i could smell blueberries and it was SO enticing. However i feel that smell is very dominant but it is very good. I get faint strawberries, sugar and a hint of dark fruits.

Taste - Unsure how to score this based on a "stout" but this flavored stout is unbelievably tasty. Blueberries in the nose invite the taste which surprisingly are not blueberries, instead just a very nice sweetness with incredibly nice roasted stout qualities. Not bitter or chocolately, just a sweet drink that is mighty fine.

Mouthfeel - A little thin and a tad over carbonated but the only thing i can complain about.

Overall - I drank this for dessert with some 85% dark chocolate and let me tell you...HEAVENLY, the beer itself is unfreakingbelievably delicious if you like fruity, sweet beers. I usually dont but this one is so well crafted!

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Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark like a typical stout. Topped with a head which was at first massive, but was a little small after I got into the drink. The slightest amount of lacing accompanies it.

The aroma is actually somewhat potent in terms of blueberries. It has dark and roasted malts as well, and I think a pinch of hops snuck through as well.

This is the point in the drink I was very curious about it. It almost seemed like there was no way blueberry flavor could go with a stout, but I can say that I was pretty wrong in that assumption.

The blueberry flavor is very clear, yet it's pretty subtle. There's only a bit of berry sweetness on the top, and it has a pretty solid blueberry foundation. The smell and the aroma are pretty seamless and every sip has a nice blueberry flow while providing a very tasty stout that seems to be tailored perfectly to it. It brings a fair amount of chocolate forward and could be likened to a blueberry chocolate bar. Also, in terms of richness, it does quite well for a 7.5% beer.

The body is medium thick, and the finish is considerably dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this stout came from the "have to try this once" category to the "need to get some more" category. I tried this out of morbid curiosity, yet I'm loving what they've done with the brew. I'm pretty convinced that dark horse could make just about anything tasteful now.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,751 ratings
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