Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
90
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1,740 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
Ratings:
1,740
Reviews:
654
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
203
For Trade:
8
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Photo of jimmah120
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +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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Photo of RobertMathison
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ksimons
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -0.2%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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 -13.2%
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 +18.5%

Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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 +1.5%
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 +9.7%
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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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger brown head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Blueberry nose and flavor is roasted coffee and blueberry. $2.95 for a 12 oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of areich6
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pchul4

A: Dark as night with a coppery colored head. Very little head overall, with no lacing. Looks great to me.

S: Smells like straight blueberries, with a little of the roastiness in stouts. Very good. Im eager to try this.

T: Pretty good. The roasty character of the stout mixes fairly well with the sweet blueberry flavor. However, I feel as though the blueberry kind of tastses a little odd when paired with blueberry.

M: A little light, with slight carbonation. Pretty smooth. Most of the time I look my stouts to be a little thicker, but I actually enjoy the lighter mouthfeel of this. Probably because of the sweetness from the blueberry.

O: A pretty good sweet stout overall.

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Photo of pschul4
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my boy areich6, big thanks to my friend Tony for hookin me up with this one

A- Pours a very dark body with one of the darkest heads I've ever seen #junglefever

S- Blueberrys attack the nose followed by some roasty malt character. This smells great!

T- You can taste the blueberry and the roasty malts meld in your mouth. Delectible! I would like a slightly stronger blueberry flavor but it's good just the way it is

M- A little too much carbonation for a stout but thats really the only bad thing I can say about this beer

O- I really enjoyed this beer, wish I had more to share with more friends

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Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of zeledonia
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from winter 2010-2011.

Pours essentially black, dark brown at the edges. Two-finger coffee-colored head, decent retention and some really nice lacing. Looks a lot like their other stouts, but with more head, better lacing, and a deeper color.

Smell is full of smooth coffee and chocolate, complemented by a juicy sweetness. If I try hard, I can convince myself I smell blueberries. I get a bit of them in the middle of the smell, but mostly they bring that dark-juicy light-sweet fruit aroma. Quite nice. Has a very similar malt base smell to the other stouts in this series, but that chewy fruit addition is a great complement.

Taste is much like the smell, but with more blueberry. Again the malts bring chocolate and coffee, with only a light hit of bitterness. Then the blueberries come on strong, pushing through the finish with a delicious berry-juice sweetness. A little bitter kick, like blueberry skin, comes on at the very end. I think this is my first fruit stout, and I really like it.

Medium-bodied, ample carbonation. Kinda chewy, actually.

I've been drinking my way through Dark Horse's "numbered" stouts. This one is definitely the best so far. The blueberry works really well with the dark roasted malts - so well that I'm surprised more brewers don't do this. An excellent beer, IMO.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of claspada
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black motor oil with no head and little to no carbonation evident.

Aromas begin with blueberries and coffee. When I actually bring the glass to my nostrils I get, you guessed it a crap ton of blueberry coffee. As it warms I get more soy sauce and smoked malt. A little off-putting than I remember having in the bottle several months ago.

The taste is not as dominant as the nose but thank goodness. Initially you get lots of bitter dark baker's cocoa and lesser fudge brownies a consistent artificial blueberry maple syrup.

The mouthfeel is so so so full for a 4 and change ABV beer. Carbonation is low and could definitely use a bit more considering the style. A little too syrupy. Chewy and so so so full bodied.

Overall this is not as amazing as I remember in the bottle when I first sampled last year. This is much more roasted and smokey than I remember and I prefer the lighter coffee and chocolate from the bottled version than this thick roasted acrid example.

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Photo of rarbring
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The brew is brown with reddish traits, a quickly dissipating tan foam, no lacing, some curtains.

The first whiff from the bottle was intensely blueberry jam, then it quickly turns very sweetish sour (stomach acid vibe). Some sour old coffee filter.

Tasting sweet brown blueberry bread, some vanilla and dark chocolate. Roasted nuts.

Little carbonation, big bubbles, smooth and slightly oily. A faint dry finish.

This did not resonate with me, the smell was very off-putting.

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Photo of Acuity
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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