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 deereless
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured like oil, only the slightest hint of light passes through at the edge, definite undertones of blue, nice cream though thin layer of head - 4.75, S: An intense aroma like that of an imperial stout with very obvious blueberries, enticing signs of espresso and molasses mixed what appears to some generous hops - 4.50, T: Quite a clash of flavors large as a result of the blueberries which play a dominant role, concentrated molasses, bitter hops on the tail - 4.25, M: Slight hints of graininess, some creaminess as well - 4.50, D: My second brew from Dark Horse, and like the first this beer excels, an extreme beer packed with flavor and well suited as an after dinner drink - 4.25

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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 Beejay
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, with some nice caramel colored head on top. The head is thick and creamy. Looks very nice. 4.

S: Deep dark chocolate, and malt.. Not a lot of fruit in there, but we'll see what else this brings to the table..

T: Interesting, bitter and tart up front with just a hint off blueberries, then it mellows to a chocolate, flavor. Tastes a like roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Develops a bit more berry taste as it gets warmer..

M: A little thick going down, coats the mouth..

D: Good, but not something that I would really buy over anything else. There is not enough blueberry in it to make me want it more than a blueberry ale, and the stout is on par with many others available.. Good, worth the try.. but I won't be getting a sixer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pour is black with a good head when poured aggressively. black with creamy chocolate head. smell is interesting. a little sweet blue berry. at first it was a 'oh crap' this beer is going to be sweet and just too much accent. chocolate roasty aroma. palate is not like expected. its better. smooth. fruit acidic on one side and malty chocolaty goodness on the other. very well balanced. very excellent for the amount of alcohol. 4.5!!! i think it could be had all year round. come bottle have a earthier blue berry finish. very into this beer. glad they made something this innovative but not showy. although a very particular taste.

had it after a year of cellaring. at first doughier. makes way for a wonderful body. blueberry is still there but at first masked by the yeastiness. once it opened up... quite better. earthier... a thicker wall of stout oozing down the side of the pint glass. wonderful job.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have seen this on the shelves a year ago and ignored it, now it's back and I am finally going to sink my teeth into this one (figuratively speaking)

A: Pours quite thick out of the bottle and rises quickly into a thick though quickly dissipating head.

S: Smells quite larger than the ABV would lead on, which makes me question how natural these aromas are. When it's cold the beer smells a bit like blueberry pancakes, but as it warms the beer sours slightly (as per the blueberries as I suppose) mildly roasty and even just a bit smokey, very unique and quite inviting, like no other stout I've experienced.

T/MF: A curious flavor, lots of things going on at once, dry, tobacco-like closing then gets a bit sweeter. Mild blueberry and a bit sweeter on the chocolate end. Smooth and snappy mouthfeel, drying finish.

D: The blueberry is here but it seems a bit artificial, what I really like though are the roasty and sweet flavors, I think if you took the blueberry out this would be one hell of an Irish dry stout. The problem of course being this beer is a blueberry stout and it doesn't execute as well as it does in other places.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Black beer, looks thick and densly opaque. Deep brown head rose gently, minimaly, then randomly reduced to a thin collar.

S-Blueberries, very prominent and clear. Roasted malt and a slight chocolate make their presence known, as well.

T-A smattering of blueberry flavors, fruity-sweet at times and tarty at others, flirt effectively with a smooth roasted malt. A slight chocolate character emerges later. Finishes as the chocolate-roast fades into a residual blueberry flavor.

M-Medium-low carbonation. Medium-full bodied beer, feels heavy as it moves slowly, slithering. At times, there is an almost chalky character to it.

D-Quite high. Although I was nervous for a blueberry brew, I am quite pleased. Smooth and blanced fruit flavor add to, instead of overwhelms, the big stout flavor.

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Photo of jcompton
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this on a recommendation from Andrew at Bon Vivant in Columbia, IL

appearance: pours pure black into a pint glass. like a black hole it swallows all light. dark bubbly head quickly disolves

smell: burnt coffee beans and blueberry pancakes. strangely enough the combo slightly resembles mesquite wood chips

taste: smokey flavor hits almost immediately with just a hint of blueberry on the finish.

mouthfeel: relatively thin in comparison to the appearance. moderate amount of carbonation.

drinkability: i would probably purchase this again. i couldn't drink more than one in a sitting, though. this is a very unique brew. at the very least worth a try

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a vigorous pour yields a thick looking black beer with a finger and a half of coffee colored head. the head quickly reduced to a little more than a film over the top of the glass. very solid rings of lacing left on the sides.

S- dark and roasted malts and coffee right away. some chocolate in here too. the blueberry smell is pretty strong, but not overpowering. very well done.

T- dark and roasted malts are up first. not as much chocolate as i could smell, but much more coffee. again, the blueberry is definitely there, but nothing too strong. works very well. a hint of licorice as well.

M- a little light for my liking. very smooth and well carbonated.

D- its nice to see a stout have an interesting taste and be this low in alcohol. this is something i could have several of in an evening. i was a little worried about the idea of a blueberry infused stout, but it came out really well. winter is definitely the best time of year for dark horse.

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Photo of n0315
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice pitch black body with an espresso colored head that's not too big and finishes down nice and lacy. Smells like blueberry and malt. Smell not to overpowering, just right actually. On first taste, I could not help but notice how smooth it went down, about the smoothest stout I have ever had on first taste to be honest. On a second taste the blueberry really comes out and as the beer warms, it becomes more pronounced. Probably the best session stout I have ever had. Nice and smooth feel, tastes great, and is highly drinkable. 1st rate stout.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an incredible pour into my Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Delicious smell of blueberries. The appearance was remarkable as it looked like blueberry pancake mix poured onto a hot griddle -- with big glob-like bubbles popping all over a two inch purplish head. So it goes without saying, perfect 5s for both appearance and taste. Taste started out with a tinge of blueberries with a burnt stout overtone. Very tasty. Thick taste. Sticks to your teeth. You have to use your tongue to clean off your teeth, it's that thick. Scrumptious good. Mouthful is exceptional and thus the drinkability is very high, too. I'm sorry I only picked up a 4 pack at The Liquor Stop in Highland, IN. This is one of my new favorites. Great Job, Dark Horse !

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

thursday noon 2009 the 2/19.. day off after inventory, time for a treat .. pours a dark brown black, with a pretty head, medium built.. awesome smell, hints of blueberry and other treats .. taste lives up to the wonderful aroma .. blueberry can work so well in beers if done right, this falls in to the the nail and the hammer hitting section, right on! .. i would use a magic lamp wish to try this on draft ..

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Photo of Pudge43
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack yesterday. I have never had a fruit stout of any kind. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very thick, dark black color that's pretty much totally opaque and shows no hue of any kind when held to a light. A nice 1 finger tan colored head builds nicely. A very nice looking stout.

S: WOW! The blueberry smell is very nice and immediately noticeable but not overpowering. It is a very interesting addition to the dark, roasty malts. Aromas of chocolate and a touch of coffee are in there as well.

T: The taste has a hint of blueberry in it but it is much less than in the smell.The roasted, chocolaty dark malts really stand out to me. This is a very tasty fruit stout.

M: The mouthfeel is kinda thin for a stout but very drinkable. You get the alcohol but it is not overpowering.

D: Light and dry but refreshing. The bitterness on the backend is very noticible but very tasty. Can't compare to anything as this is my first fruit stout but this is very good in my opinion.

Tres was my first fruit stout but will for sure not be my last. Dark Horse has come up with a great combination of flavors that come together nicely. I'd would definitely recommend this beer to my stout drinking friends.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One finger brown head into a Unibroue tulip glass at a temp that required some warming.

Roasty stout aroma with very faint blueberry aroma - difficult to detect unless you knew what to look/smell for.

Important to keep in mind this is an American stout and not to look for dominating characteristics of imperial varieties. Blueberry is not a driving flavor. It's well balanced but in this case, I think a touch more blueberry would be nice (especially since it's part of the name). There seemed to be some acidity towards the later part of consumption.

A good stout and my notes would be more positive if I went into it with the realization that it was based on a 4.5% American stout (ratings adjusted accordingly).

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally ran into this beer at the Whole Foods in Naperville, had been looking since I read the description last year.

Appearance: Pours jet black from the bottle. Nice cocoa color head forms nicely from the pour. As you finish the beer, there is a noticeable ruby hue mixed in with black.

Smell: A slightly roasty aroma is accentuated with a nice fruity blueberry tartness.

Taste: Upfront roasted cocoa flavor that fades into a nice blueberry twang. Kind of reminds me of a mashup of Booberry and Cocoa Puffs cereals.

Overall: I was not the least bit disappointed in this beer. Has a definite natural blueberry character that mixes with the dark malts beautifully. Very drinkable, but think this beer would benefit from being on cask. Great beer, looking forward to the other three. Another great offering from Dark Horse.

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

Another classic black stout from the bent Tree, this on with even more ice cream tan head on top of the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Brussels lace all the way around.

Just some light hints of blueberry among the stout malts. Nice, not fruity overpowering even in the quaff. Top notch fruit stout - even more when one is a blueberry fan.

Thick and rich, tasty treat all the way around. MAN! Would be nice to know the abv - I'm guessing 7-8%, it packs some ass by the end of the bottle, but no hint all though out.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The pour is thick as motor oil. The body is ultra black with an extremely dark brown head standing at about three quarters of an inch. The head fades after a short time to reveal a mirrored surface.

S - Strong coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Dark malt accented by chocolate and a hint of coffee. There's a sweet aftertaste. If I didn't know it was blueberry, I'd still taste it. I'm not that impressed with the blueberry because it adds an odd, "aged" taste that I don't care for.

M - The feel is coarse but consistent. This allows the flavors to really come through. Even though I don't care for the aftertaste brought out by the texture I have to admit the feel is good.

~ Unfortunately, the taste of brew is essential for drinkablility in my opinion. Therefore I gonna leave this brew at average. But because of the unique qualities this brew has I will recommend my pals give one a sip.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this from the front display at the Neil St. Piccadilly, and damn glad I did. A sparse patch of amaretto froth tops a rich, deep fudge brown body, with the very outlying trim emitting a purple hue; no lacing. Better, more balanced nose than I expected, with chocolate fudge, molasses, and roasted almond coffee dueling with blueberry for supremacy.

Great flavor, really terrific--molasses, chocolate, tobacco, and sweet-and-sour blueberry, a little more tart at the finish. I could have lived with a prevalent blueberry flavor. Yet that this is so much more is extremely gratifying and very impressive. Very balanced and nuanced stout. The mouthfeel is just right--creamy and smooth but with a slight bite.

I admit to passing this on more than one occasion for fear that it would be a cloying, berry liqueur-like stout. What a shame that for too long, I missed out on a great, delicious, and unique stout. Don't commit the same mistake that I did for the last few months. Grab some Tres, and thank yourself later.

Splendid stuff.

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

12oz undated bottle at 51 degrees.

Pours solid black with a reluctant head of brown. A fairly thick bead of batter-like suds that faded to a ring on the surface and not much else.

A hint of Blueberry wafted out of the tulip glass immediately after the pour. Closer examination revealed slightly more of the blue fruit in the nose, but still quite moderate at best. Acrid malts, heavy char, bitter chocolate, and a hint of ash round out the aromatics.

Full bodied with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Not massive, but thicker than most, with an oily finish.

Black malts, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and charred bits lead off the palate. A fruity undertone steps forward, but does not seem obvious in a Blueberry sense.

Finishes with a lingering dry, bitter, charred essense, spent grounds, cocoa dust, and a fading spicy fruit nod. Some faint ash way long in the end.

Pretty tasty, but as with most Blueberry beers, the Blueberry is way subdued. The base beer is substantial and enjoyable on it's own.

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Photo of drxandy
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to tulip glass, deep opaque blackish red, roasty tan head fades to lacing

smells of dark stouty roastiness, slight blueberry hints

taste is of sweet blueberry, this years as of this drinking is not as blueberry-y as the bottle i had last year - possible recipe change? , slightly astringent blueberry where as last years seemed more creamy and heavier, roasty delicious malt follows, dark, molasses-y, chocolate, creamy finish, nice medium body, hops hide in the back and play with the blueberry bitterness, lots of flavor for level of alcohol.

mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, roasty, drinks nicely and is a good take on a fruity stout

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Photo of BeerStine
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to both the Winter and Summer Michigan Beer Festivals in 2008 and by the time I got to the Dark Horse tent this beer was all out. Got to thank a fellow BA for finding this one for me and gifting to me for x-mas.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque, motor oil color. Leaves a thin brown head with drooping lacing.

S - First smell that hit me was surprisingly not blueberry. It gives off a deep coffee odor followed with a dark blueberry smell.

T - A very burn oak, coffee blueberry taste. Had it not said "Blueberry Stout" on the label I would not have pinpointed the taste to that of Blueberry due to the strong smoky, burnt overtones. The dark blueberry flavor sinks in on the tongue after each gulp.

M - Medium-light mouth feel. If you let it wonder a bit it will turn a little creamy and more toward the medium side.

D - Very drinkable. I could have several of these no problem.

I am normally not a big fan of blueberries (in general) but this beer is very good. I was expecting an fruitier beer; instead the stout style came through nicely.

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Photo of midaszero
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seaoflament for giving me the chance to try this.

A - Very dark brown with very little light coming in around the edges. Tiny amount of coffee colored head and no signs of lacing.

S - Chocolate, blueberries, and bread

T - Bitter chocolate with some blueberry back notes. For being 4.5 ABV it sure does taste boozy but with out burning or giving off a buzz.

M - Medium thick body with light carbonation

D - A tad harsh in my opinion but overall pretty good. Nice session stout and the fruit helps it stand out as well.

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Photo of Windigstadt
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- About as black as a beer can get; pours like dirty engine oil. Sufficient beige head with purplish highlights.

S- Wow. If you liquefied a blueberry muffin and bottled it, this is what it would smell like. There's a slight hint of herbal hops, but the blueberries completely dominate. Awesome if you like blueberries, but may scare off more timid beer drinkers.

T- As dominant as the blueberries are in the aroma, they're conspicuously absent in the flavor. Roast flavors come to the forefront with hints of coffee and licorice. You really don't find any hop flavors, but the bitterness is sufficient to keep the beer from being sweet. The finish is astringent and somewhat dry, and you catch a hint of the raspberries then, but otherwise it's dark, roasty stout all the way.

M- The highly fermentable sugars from the raspberries seem to have thinned out the beer somewhat.

D- Not sure why, but it drinks a bit full for a 4.5% beer.

Overall: An interesting beer. The aroma is very misleading, but I think that's a good thing as I wouldn't want a beer to taste like a blueberry muffin. That being said, I think a little more malt sweetness would bring out a little raspberry flavor which would be sufficiently balanced by the roast malts.

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Photo of Biggness
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours jet black with a 3 fingered brown head with some lacing. I was suprised to see a 4.5% beer with such a dark head, and I was excited to taste. This beer has a very large nose, with tons of blueberry and some carmel notes, basically it smells like a blueberry pie/tart. The taste as well is very well composed with a nice amount of blueberries and a nice dark malt base, I would imagine this beer has a much higher % of dark malts compared to other American stouts. The mouthfeel seems a little oily and the carbonation level seems nice. A highly drinkable brew, I will be sure to pick up a few more on my next trip to Michigan.

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Photo of naproxen
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The blueberry nose on this one should be envied by every other blueberry stout attempt out there. Not the first time I have been lucky in CT to have this, first review of it though (thanks noreaster). Quite honestly this is an easy drinking stout with a blueberry kick, like a swift jab in the face of blueberry with chocolate goodness to boot. This beer manages to pair a decent stout with an amazing blueberry enhancement. Worth a try I promise.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This beer is black with no light transmission whatsoever, completely opaque. Thin foam the color of milk chocolate. The smell is roasted malt and a little blueberry, actually much more pleasant than you'd expect. The taste is also so much better than you'd think, the sweetness from the blueberry plays nicely with the bitterness of the roasted malts, this is delicious. Dark Horse is a great brewery, Double Crooked Tree + Perkolator and now this exceptional beer.

BuckeyeSox provided the bottle, and while I've previously passed over this in stores in MI, I will start buying it on future trips. This is very good.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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