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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

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of n0315
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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 +16.3%
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 +4.8%
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 +15.5%
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 -10.5%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -27.3%
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 +8.7%
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%
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 +3.3%
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 +8.7%
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 -8.3%
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 -0.7%
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 +10.5%
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 -2.3%
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 +5.8%
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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Photo of younger35
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a four back of this stuff from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. I've had One and Too and enjoyed them very much. Drank from my Darkness Snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark black with super dark brown edge around the top from the light. A small quarter finger super dark brownish tan head that leaves no cap and a thin collar with no lacing.
Smell- Potent blueberry goodness spewing from this thing! I'm assuming they use only real blueberries (instead of some fake essence or extract) and they must add tons because it's potent. Fudge hiding in the background behind all of that fruit adds a nice cocoa component along with a tiny bit of caramel sweetness.
Taste- Blueberries are a bit more muted in the taste than in the nose but they're still fairly prominent. Once the cocoa kicks in though the blueberry is nowhere to be found. Chocolate fudge caramel brownies are sprinkled in amongst the fruity goodness with what has to be the same Stout "base" used in One and Too. Not overly roasty but still has some aspects of French roast toward the finish. Lingering chocolate lasts long into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- My only real complaint about Dark Horses Stout. Way to thin and watery with almost no body and light fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability- Darn tasty Stout that is a really cool change of pace. The blueberry isn't something you find every day in a Stout and it's more than interesting. Dark Horse has the Stout thing down (except for the mouthfeel, they need to beef that up) and this is another winner in my book!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from Scoobydank and moose3285. Thanks guys! Into my Guinness pint glass

A: For a beer this low in ABV, it sure does pour thick and black. There is literally no light coming through this and even the highlights are but slivers of dark brown. There's a dark brown head that recedes to a disk with tiny bubbles of carbonation keeping a persistent head.

S: On the nose are... blueberries! Big, strong and powerful with a massive dose of dark bitter chocolate in the back. There's a pleasing note of heavy cream as well, lending to a big, sweet and syrupy aroma for the beer. Solid

T: Light in body, this beer has great balance between the blueberries, chocolate and cream. The chocolate character is notable in that it's so dark that it counters the sweetness from the blueberries and keeps things in check and adds an almost coffee-like bitterness to the back end. The finish is long and twisted, starting off with a fruity sweetness that vanishes, leaving a pleasing dark-roasted malt bitterness

M: Surprisingly light in body for the way it looked coming out of the bottle, this beer has plenty of carbonation - a little too much, IMO, I wish it were along the lines of a blueberry oatmeal stout. The finish is awesome, though

D: My glass is disappearing fast and this is one drinkable beer. Glad I have another!

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Photo of notafood
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, opaque black with a graham cracker colored head that retained well. Smells of chocolate, coffee, blueberry and a bit of spice. Taste is predominately that of chocolate and roasted coffee, the blueberry having faded a bit (this is from last year's batch) but still noticable. The fruit gives a touch of sweetness. The feel is a bit creamy and sticky coating the roof my mouth and back of my throat slightly. A delicious stout with a moderate ABV makes this one a beer I could enjoy regularly and in succession.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dense black with a modest mocha head that leaves an occasional shard of lace

Smell: Distinctively different, with wafts of blueberry mixing with the underlying fudgy aroma; could be a bit bolder but that is a quibble

Taste: Starts with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by a strong blueberry element which also adds a fudgy dimension at mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness tends to get a bit cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is s creative treat and I wish I had tasted it a week ago as I was at a Dogfish Head beer dinner in Richmond and the couple sitting next to me was trying to think of a good blueberry beer. I had no answer then but I do, now. I only wish it were not quite so sweet.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sent by tpd975, and incidentally my first Dark Horse beer. Thanks Greg!

Well, the thing just looks stupendous. Thick head is a roasty looking milk-chocolate brown, thinning considerably, and quite quickly, but a beaut while it lasted. Sitting underneath is one of the blackest blackety blacks ever, and it pours like decade-old spent oil. Love it.

Aroma is on the subtle side, likely owing to the low ABV. Requisite stout characteristics of chocolate and coffee, very much in check and polite. Sweetness doesn't come so much from blueberry as a lactic/frothed-milk/sweet cream sorta thing. But some swirls and a few hard pulls into the nose and there's the blueberry. All subtle, but everything bodes well for the flavor.

Flavor is burnt chocolate, espresso beans, a surprising shot of cola, and the kind of blueberry flavor that reminds more of a cereal, breakfast bar or chewing gum than the actual flavor of a fresh berry. No doubt the blueberry gets corrupted and mutated in the brewing process, but I also wonder if the thin yet sharp soda-like texture influences flavor perception. This stout calls for a totally gooey mouthfeel (and I'll invoke Bell's Expedition Stout yet again as the perfect example), not this lighter, almost watery feel. [Be sure to swirl and pour at the bottom of the bottle...there was a good bit of sludge in my bottle, and when I discovered it I carefully poured more back into the bottle, swirled, re-poured, and presto--a slightly less watery texture.]

A little messy around the edges, and maybe the blueberry doesn't mingle as well as I'd hoped, but ultimately this is delightful enough. And burp it up--the blueberry comes back to haunt!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well the last bottle of this stuff I tried was sitting in my girlfriend's closet stolen from her sister, with the cap somehow opened a slight amount. She gave it to me and it had next to no carbonation and an oxidized taste...drain pour. So here's a bit more of a fresh attempt.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears an opaque black color with a half inch dark tan head. The Horse really loves 'em BLACK. Not much lacing from this one.

Aroma is good and roasty but the blueberry also makes itself known along with a hint of alcohol and something almost like black licorice.

The taste is roasty up front, then the blueberries make themselves known, but in a subtle way. You don't think, oh man a fruit beer. It's more like 'hell yeah, a stout, but what is this fruitiness?' That is in a good way. There is a coffee-like bitterness that persists throughout, but it never dominates. Finishes with lingering blueberry, but the roastiness takes over in the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice and smooth. A bit creamy at times.

This stuff is actually pretty damn good for what it is. The blueberry is definitely there, but never really dominates. I like how the blueberry is subtle. What I am most surprised about is how my girlfriend's sister had this stuff. All I usually see her drinking is Corona, Heineken, and Red Stripe...hmmm. It's not exceptionally drinkable, but I wouldn't mind having one every once in a while. It's going for $5.99 a four pack at my local beer store, maybe I'll get some more.

Note for 1/20/08 tasting: As I drink this fresh from this year's batch I can't help but notice that the blueberry flavor is less than when I had it with several months age on it last year.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of StFun poured into a snifter.

This is the last of the stout series for me and this one pours just like the rest, pitch black with a bubbly mocha head that dissipates to a ring. There is little lacing but lots of bubbles rising to the middle throughout. Aroma is surprising for a stout as it smells like a blueberry cobbler with some coffee and chocolate malts thrown in. Fascinating smell. The taste isn't quite as nice as the aroma but still good with the dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolates dominating. The blueberries are present but not overwhelming, making for a nice, balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation and leaves the palate tingling. This is right up there with Plead the 5th in the series and this one may win for originality. Great beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very dark. No light going through this one. Dark brown creamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Certainly nice to look at.

Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and blueberries. Really interesting.

Taste is of dark chocolate, burnt wood, cofee, light blueberry. Very rich.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick and lightly dry at the end.

Overall, an interesting beer. Not particulary sessionable, but good in small quantities. Nicely done. I certainly liked this one more than I was expecting...and the more I drank the more interesting it became.

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