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
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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

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Added by Mitchster on 09-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,008
Reviews:
660
Ratings:
1,764
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
211
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Photo of kdmcguire10
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic stout with a tinge of ruby on the otherwise carmel head.

Smells an awful lot like blueberry flavored coffee. You definitely know the tart blueberry is there but it's not too much.

Same as the nose. You get the sweet tartness up front but it's not overpowering and it's not overly sweetening. It's a blueberry pancake.

My initial reaction was that this had a bit too much carbonation. As I drink it though, don't feel the same.

Overall: Incredible beer. Such a unique offering and there's nothing to not like here. Dark Horse continues to outperform.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It is about a half finger of dark khaki head that quickly falls to a trace. Body is very dark. Only the slightest light comes through at certain angles.

S - Yes, there is blueberry there. Smells artificial though. There are also standard stout smells, molasses and caramel.

T - I don't know. Pretty standard stout with only the slightest, faintest hint of blueberry.

M - Solid body with moderate carbonation make this quite nice.

O - The scent is good in the blueberry department, but really a pretty average (or just above) stout all around.

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Photo of n2185
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate at first followed by a strong aroma of blueberries and bread. It smells like chocolate and blueberry muffins--very nice!

T: Roasted malts dominate here with some dark chocolate, coffee, and char notes. The blueberry flavors come through toward the finish and on the aftertaste, though are somewhat subtle.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation that goes well with the roastiness of the beer.

O: A good beer overall that smells great, but unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the aroma. I'd like more complexity from the roasted malts and a stronger blueberry presence.

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Photo of Jamesg440
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of gkatsoris
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night. Huge, thick, foamy, fluffy, bubbly, tan, head. Awesome!

S: Chocolate covered blueberries at a candy shop down the shore. Fresh made chocolate covered blueberry sandies. Pie crust. Blueberry muffin and a blueberry muffin. Heavenly!!!

T: Expresso. Blueberry coffee. Lots of coffee grounds on the back, nice and bitter. The chocolate blueberry becomes more evident as it comes to nose & warms up. Blueberry pie. Super complex and I love it.

M: Way way too thin. This needs to be thick and chewy and rich and meaty. This needs to leave a rug on the tongue! But still, a nice coat is left.

O: Let it warm up and come to nose! Really a cool brew, and thee best blueberry brew I've ever tasted.

Thanks (Matt) Capones!!!

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into snifter.

No freshness date to be found...assuming a 2011.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a medium brown 3 fingers worth of head. Head drops to a thin cap. Spotty lace.

Smell: fruity and sweet blueberries! Little bit of the stout body is smelt under the huge blueberry nose. You get some burnt / roasty coffee and dark chocolates or bakers cocoa. Smells really sweet.

Taste: This beer is actually really dynamic and has interesting flavor changes to it. It starts as tart blueberries that are almost vinous like a grape. Midpalate it transitions into the stout notes that overtake the blueberries. A nice mellow roasty notes with some grain in there too. The blueberries return and overtake the stout notes and returns to even sweeter blueberry notes. The blueberries do linger for a little while and you also get a hint of black licorice. Great balance between the fruit aspect of this beer and the stout base; you can find both parts of this beer quite easily and it never really gets lost.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, robust, and very drinkable stout here! Nice!

Overall: Drank this beer a few different time and did not like it. I revisited this beer and I am glad that I did. Its really an outstanding stout. I think that I will be revisiting One, Two, and Four. As i have drank them, but never reviewed them. I am really impressed by this beer. Solid, solid stout! They used blueberries perfectly in this dark beer!

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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,764 ratings