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 tomgetz
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap in snifter glass.

A: Deep, dark black with a beautiful tan head.

S: Malts of a stout with a hint of sweetness.

T: Initially, there is a deep, dark stout taste. Finishes with a pleasant, slightly sweet blueberry taste.

M: Full bodied.

O: This is a terrific stout. Unique with the addition of blueberries.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Completely black and opaque this had a deeply brown head that built itself thickly but disappated just as fast.

The scent is beautifully structured with blueberry sweetness and coffee dryness. Blueberry coffee anyone?

The flavor is very nice with a dry coffee, roasted grain, chocolate malt, and blueberry muffin.

The feel is dry yet sprite with an easy smoothness.

This may be the best fruit stout I've had. It manages to mix disparate concepts, fruit sweetness and stout roast. The blueberry comes out more bready as a muffin but that seems to work with the overall stout properties.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is very dark and opaque with two fingers of dark head. I get lots of blueberries on the nose. They mix with the roasty notes and produce a fairly unique aroma.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm feel and a flavor that demands explaining. Up front, there is a nice malty sweetness and a slight tart note from the blueberries. The flavors kind of die a bit just shy of mid-palate, then the roasty notes come in and complement the other flavors. The blueberries linger a little on the finish along with a faint coffee-like roasty bitterness.

My scores are probably a bit lower then they should be simply because I don't care all that much for blueberries. That said, the fact that my scores are as high as they are is indicative of the quality of this beer. The sweet, roasty, and tart flavors defy logic and actually come together to make a pleasant beer.

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Photo of Mullinger1980
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

I will review this in the form of a poem , as I sit in my robe by a roaring fire. My dog Boo-Boo, who sits by my side through thick and thin agrees with this review. The poem is entitled "My Boo Love the Blue, But Where is the Blue?"

A deep mahogany lace caresses the inside of my beer-clean glass.
Floppy ears and pink bows lay up against my ass
As I hold you to the light, colorful whispers of onyx and freshly cooled obsidian tickle my pupils
As I hold you to my lips, my erection quadruples
I smell you blueberries, but only a little and like my drunk father
You don't write... or bother
You remind me of mom, 'cause you said you'd be there
And just like the blueberries, you never cared
So good job because I'll just be a stout
And the other flavors will laugh, because I'll always be without

So what I'm trying to say is it's light on the blueberries but I'll be ok. Boo-Boo says hi.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is wonderful. I find myself lost in the beer isle of my local liquor store. I see this 4 pack and it calls out to me. (I always wait for one to do that to me) Ive had this beer again and again, over the years. Ill agree with some other posts I have seen, as the head does not have very good retention, but when it is there is has a nice red color. This beer is pitch black and oily. It has the most wonderful aroma of blueberries and smokey malts. Dark Horse makes a fantastic stout, Ive had them all, but this one is my favorite. If there wasnt blueberries in it and it was just a little thicker, this would be a perfect regular stout. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is the slightest bite, which I figure comes from the fruit. While the taste is definitely not what you would expect, and I only say that because you would think Blueberry would be most prominent, which it is not, the rest of the smell meets taste in perfect symmetry. The mouth feel is watery for a stout of this ABV, but it is almost chewy, which I like. This is art in my opinion, and its relatively cheap, in my opinion, for a beer of this quality. Id love to have this on tap. I recommend!

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Photo of Brandegee
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour into wide-mouthed tulip goblet...sampled directly following One Oatmeal Stout and Too Cream Stout. Over time, of course.
A: Very similar to One and Too, with a thick, inky pour and healthy chocolate brown head that fades away quickly.
S: Pretty much all blueberry, and a sharp smell at that, almost artificial like Booberry cereal. Somehow it's not that objectionable and begs a sip.
T: Ah, we are getting closer. The Oatmeal didn't work and the Cream got much closer, but this style of stout is working despite a heavy blueberry aroma. The sweet berry flavor itself is subtle and matched by assertive toasted/chocolate malt flavors.
M: This is probably obvious to most, but I'm fairly convinced Dark Horse is using the same basic recipe and tweaking it for the four styles. The same carbonation is level is present and the undertones are similar.
O: I'll take a blueberry stout over a generic blueberry APA any day. The flavor is just much more suitable to a thick, dark beer and this one is pleasant and distinctive, and is a nice alternative to spiced winter ales. Alcohol and antioxidants? Sure!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle with a beautiful label. Very classy artwork. Can't think of a better label for a Blueberry Stout. Poured into a Standard American pint glass.

A - black on the pour with the darkest of ruby gleaming through the bottom corners when held to the light. Brown head had some very impressive size on the pour. Sits very well, finally leaving a fairly fluffy ring of lace leaving some stick to the walls of the glass.

S - big blueberry whiff up front followed by blueberry underlying classic American stout aromas. Bittersweet chocolate and dark malts with the faintest of black coffee and expresso. Very delicious dessert like aroma.

T - I'm not a big blueberry kind of person. Not in beer anyway. But this flavor is about as good as one could get. Nice shot of blueberry sweetness up front followed once again by sturdy but traditional American stout flavors. Rich milk chocolate sweetness with bold dark chocolate bitterness. Excellent dark malt character with a hint of roast. Light hint of black coffee bean before a malty finish. The real gem with Tres is its ability to get the blueberry across up front and continue the semi candy tart throughout without taking anything away from its classic stout style.

M - medium bodied and nice texture. Just enough thickness to keep a real deal smoothness. The blueberry really adds to that smooth character. This is one anyone could drink. It's super smooth.

O - Tres Blueberry is just delicious. It would be a very good stout without the addition of blueberry. But by adding it they've created a ridiculously smooth bodied stout without really even needing a thicker texture. This stout gets its blueberry notes across but takes nothing away from the stout experience itself. Maybe one of the better examples of pulling a bold stout off.'most overdue the fruit. This has a slap of fruit while still delivering a true American Stout. This is a true classic.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 326-13 Julian date. Poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet today, 12/29/2013. Third of the Dark Horse series of stouts.

Pours a beautiful dark black body, a bit oily, not super viscous as is the story with the earlier 2. Comes with a lovely dark brown/mocha head with 2 fingers' worth, good retention, leaving a decent-sized collar and a thin film covering the top of the beer. Looks exactly just like the others.

This beer smells like a blueberry bomb. It's fantastic and complements the underlying malts well- a small bit of roast, a good bit of milk chocolate sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness, and hints of espresso. But the blueberry steals the show. Phenomenal and so delicious to sniff.

The flavour profile doesn't live up to the smell, but that's okay. In the beginning, there is a bit of a faint chocolatey roast malt presence, kind of watered down but it's there. And in the middle, a ton of straight up blueberry jam, which is awesome. And it finishes with a brief hint of chocolate covered blueberries which fades into an earthy, roasty coffee bitterness. Very interesting, though the profile doesn't quite come together quite as seamlessly as I'd like.

Same story as with the Too Cream Stout- medium bodied, a bit watery. Aftertaste is a earthy black coffee bitterness. Nothing super special, but solidly drinkable.

Very great smelling beer, showcases the blueberries quite well. Somewhat the same for the flavour, though it could be executed a little bit better. I'm not going to complain that much just because this beer smells so damn good. As far as I know there aren't a lot of blueberry stouts out there, so this one is at least unique and interesting. I still prefer One Oatmeal to this, but this one I'll certainly buy again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours ink black, dark tan head is a quarter inch thick, dissipates to a film and then nothing.

Smells of blueberries and blueberry muffins along with a hint of brown sugar.

Tastes of light cocoa, brown sugar, blueberry muffins, and a bit of oak.

Full viscous body with velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very enjoyable stout that perfectly integrates enjoyable blueberry flavors. An excellent and unique stout that is well worth trying.

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Photo of Pencible
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of dark tan head.
S: It smelled like died blueberries and dark chocolate, with some coffee and cream.
T: It tasted like sweet blueberries and bitter dark chocolate, with some roasted coffee and cream. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a very nice blueberry stout. The scent and taste were simple but delicious. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth so it was easy to drink. Very nice brew.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. A dark stout labelled as a blueberry with an actual honest-to-goodness blueberry taste. DH really pulled off a feat with this issue. Tough to combine a good stout taste with a blueberry flavor without one drowning the other but the balance is remarkable here. Drink it if you like a stout or drink it if you like blueberry but if you like both then this is a must-have.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black with no light seeping through, dark brown foamy head eventually completely reduces, leaving just a ring

S- wow, the first thing that I thought of was a chocolate blueberry muffin (if there is such a thing). Fresh blueberry juice with melted chocolate, some dried fig & caramel, underlying tones of coffee, very interesting

T- dark fruity malt flavors up front with toffee-like sweetness, the blueberry kicks in mid-palate and pairs nicely with some chocolaty notes, lingers of fresh coffee with a dry finish and more chocolate

M- medium body with lively carbonation produce a big foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- my first blueberry stout, and one that I would try again. Loved the aroma and the blueberry worked nicely with the chocolaty malt

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Photo of wspscott
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date, but in my fridge for a couple of months

A: Completely black, no light passes through. Pours with a thin dark tan head that drops to a thin film almost immediately, not much lace.
S: Very distinct fruitiness, not sure I would say blueberry without the label in front of me.
T: Interestingly, the blueberry/fruit is much more apparent in the nose. There is a fruit flavor here, but it gets mixed in with the roasted malts. There is a hint of sweetness in the back of the mouth, but then it disappears, very fleeting.
M: Somewhat crisp/thin for the style, but not unpleasant. I think I would like a tiny bit more "chewiness".
O: A very good beer, I usually don't like fruit beers, but with one just works. It probably helps that they know how to make a good stout and then figured out how to complement it with a nice fruit addition. Definitely recommended for any stout lover, you might not love it, but it is worth trying.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another beer I just happened to say... ah hell... ill give it a try. Then turns out to be fantastic.

A- Black... coffe without any milk/creamer black.... can't see thru it.. Very nice 1 3/4in mocha/coco puff looking head. Continuous ring left around the edge. Not much lacing but some stuck around.

S- WoW... Blueberry chocolate... smells like fresh "real" blueberries...little bit of chocolate in there as well as roastiness... to me the best part was the smell... nothing taken away from anything else... but this is an excellent smelling stout.

T- Blueberry starts off but the chocolate roast and coffe flavors seem to pop up early to midway... excellent blueberry flavor stands out at top but the chocolate and coffe roast flavors take hold... not too hoppy but is roasty enough to mix in perfectly. Leaves a nice coffe bitterness at the end...

M- the very start seemed watery at the top but once everything settled in it had a nice medium to full body... finished off dry and crisp which spotlighted the roast/bitterness

O- was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Let me start off by saying the smell was phenomenal... I thought it was going to be overly sweet and it wasn't. In fact its a great definition of a stout minus the bleberries. Now I've never had a blueberry stout so nothing to base it off of... but definitely in the top 3 blueberry (alone, any style) smell I've encountered. Personally, I've had better stouts (base beer) wise but this as well is definitelyup there.. its no bumb... I just think the folks over at Dark Horse blended together a perfectly balanced stout.. nothings overdone for me me and all the flavors come out and stay for the perfect amounts of time... Definitely Recommend

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to beersndrums for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Pitch black color with a 2-finger frothy, creamy, brown head. Viscous with really nice head retention and some great sheets of lacing.

S – Tons of blueberries with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. I could smell the blueberries from across the room, that’s how packed this thing is with them.

T – It starts off sweet with smooth milk chocolate and blueberries. The fruit isn’t as overpowering in the taste, which I think is a very good thing. The amount of blueberry pairs perfectly with the chocolate. At the finish, some nice bitter roasted malt with coffee notes shines through. Very tasty.

F – Medium-full-bodied, decent carbonation, a creamy and velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a mildly bitter and dry finish. Bitter roasted malt lingers for a bit.

O – This stout is delicious. It would be great without the blueberries, but the fruit just serves as a great complement to the sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Because of that, it’s a nearly perfectly executed fruit beer – the base beer is great but the fruit improves it. On top of all that, it is insanely drinkable. Great beer from Dark Horse. Thanks a ton, Jared!

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Photo of yamar68
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The series of stouts that precede Pt5 are too often overlooked, and this is my favorite of the bunch without a doubt.

It looks the way you might expect it to... body is pitch black and capped off by a healthy dark coffee brown head.

You wouldn't expect a relatively mild fruit like blueberry to establish much a presence in a big stout like this, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Huge gooey blueberry juice makes an appearance as soon as you open the bottle. Rich, fruity, and perfectly at home with the base roasty bits. Smells fantastic.

Great range of flavor. Blueberry, chocolate, cream, licorice... I'd love to see more brewers take a stab at this concept.

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Photo of 57md
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown that is almost black. The finger of tan head retains itself for some time and there is some lacing left behind on the glass. As for the nose, the essence of blueberries poke through the roasted notes, making for a distinct and pleasant smell. There is the subtle flavor of blueberries upfront and a resultant tinge of sweetness throughout the flavor profile. The roast profile could stand to be bolder for this offering, but the beer certainly ends with some nice stout bitterness.

This is an interesting attempt to meld fruit with stout, but in the end both the blueberry flavor and the roasted bitterness are too muted to make for a true masterpiece.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crests near a finger of very dark brown foam, mix of bubble sizes, no dimpling just evaporation due to the surface, thin streaks of lacing but these do stick decently. The liquid is a full brownish black with some particulate visible, more than any bubbles, maybe some faint orange tint around the rims. The aromas do evoke ripe unpicked blueberries rather than juicy juice, good bit of roast to the cocoa, dark chocolate scents, vanilla, toffee and some heavy cream, not getting much other fruit or citrus, likely cloaked by the blueberries, has nice purity and thankfully is not really all that aggressive. Medium-bodied, light carbonation but this doesn’t seem to effect the freshness and the light fluffiness allows it to soak in but not get clingy. The blueberry flavor displays restraint and lends as much sour kick as sweetness, if you are looking for blueberry syrup you will be disappointed. Sneaks in some softer coffee notes alongside the chocolate, mocha, at the same time the roast is stronger than in the nose. Not much flavor hop-wise but texturally they may help stiffen it up some. About as “sessionable” as these type of beers get and not gimmicky.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, winter 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Tres features a notable amount of blueberry flavor and sweetness in an American stout. While appealing in both aroma, flavor, and texture, I felt the overall effect was a stout that was too sweet and reduced in roasted flavors for my tastes. One I might try again next winter, but not something I'd absolutely seek out.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass atop the body. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a moderately thick ring of residual foam around the circumference of the glass and a small island of wispy foam isolated in the center of the body. The beer's body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma of is quite sweet, of blueberry puree, sugar-laden double-chocolate cookies, and slight notes of roasted malt and watered-down coffee. Aroma is not necessarily mild, but is not as heavy or rich as one might expect a stout to be, the focus instead being a blend of blueberry and roasted malt characters

Overall flavor of blueberry mash with semi-sweet, fudge brownie-like roasted malt characters. While this sounds delicious, there is a certain watered-down nature to the flavors that is not as appealing as it might be, and the roasted nature of the malts is present, but subdued by the sweetness and fruit. Front of palate picks up fudge brownies with caramel malt sweetness and hints of blueberry puree added to the batter; the sweetness being more perceptible than much of the roasted malt flavors, which are smoothed out by this. Mid-palate of continued substantial sweetness, sugary and brownie-like, roasted malts with influences of blueberry fruit puree. Back of palate picks up watery roasted malts (weak brownies, mild dark chocolate) with blueberry flavor and sweetness, a hint of ethanol becoming noticeable as the beer warms. Aftertaste of blueberry-flavored brownies or mildly dark chocolate, a rather sweet edge, and hints of coffee; the blueberry not overwhelming or fake, but clearly there amidst all other flavors.

Beer is medium in body, with mildly effervescent carbonation that is never harshly fizzy. This leads to a lightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel with adequate weight. Ethanol cannot be felt on the palate or in nostrils. Closes semi-dry, with moderate lingering stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with straightforward appealing label art and branded pry-off cap acquired in a trade and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation and the beer's current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a fucking gorgeous silky smooth dark rich tan colour; wow. Great thickness, great creaminess, great (~10+ minute) retention. Ideal supple soft complexion. Luscious and appealing. Damn that's creamy. Great even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head width is a good three fingers.

Body colour is an opaque solid dark black; not quite a jet black but dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looking rather good for the style; it's hard to stand out amidst the plethora of good stouts out there, but this one does - at least in terms of appearance. I'm hoping the taste delivers as well.

Sm: Definite distinctive blueberry; it isn't just a general berry or currant note, and it doesn't come off like an artificial preserve or syrup. Just genuine blueberry jumping out and really evoking the fruity juicy notes it's going for. Dark malts, chocolate malt. Very light buried roasted barley. Maybe some middling coffee. Cream. Caramel. Marshmallow. Oats. Definitely on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, with blueberry clearly dominating.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, nor is any significant hop profile.

Aroma is moderate in strength overall.

T/Mf: Fudgy chocolate cake mixed with juicy sticky blueberry fruit and blueberry juice. Marshmallow. Dark malts and chocolate malt fill out the body nicely. Some cream. I'm not getting any coffee notes. Buried roast lends a hint of bitterness to help balance the dominant sweetness. Fairly complex overall, with some subtlety. Oats really smoothen it out, but it never gets slick or gushed. Flavour intensity is above average. Depth of flavour is average.

One thing I love about it is its marriage of genuine fruit with the conventional notes of an American style stout; neither is overbearing and both work together rather than against eachother. It'd be so easy for the blueberry to come off artificial or syrupy, but it never does.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character comes through.

Not a hot or boozy feel. Not harsh, biting, or oily. Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness to maintain the flavour duration - which is slightly above average. Creamy. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Borders on refreshing - not a common trait for a stout. Complements the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't quite feel custom-tailored specificially to it. Overall, the texture is well executed. Good carbonation, if a bit overdone.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the well-hidden ABV. I'd certainly get it again. This is my first Dark Horse beer and already I'm starting to understand why the brewery has such a good reputation. I could down a couple of these in a night, but wouldn't want to kill a 6er. This would be marvelous on nitro. I'd recommend it to friends. Really happy I got to try this. Now I'm even more excited for the Plead the 5th I have in me fridge. It succeeds at combining fruit elements with a stout base, but it won't blow you away. Just a solid beer with an uncommon flavour profile for the style.

Low B

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Tres Blueberry Stout into a pint glass.

A - The dark liquid stout looks black as coal with two fingers of mocha head with an aggressive pour.

S - Ripe blueberries, some roasted malt. Light chocolate in there as well.

T - Some blueberry but not as much as the aroma, whew. Roasted malts light bitter chocolate, some coffee bitterness. Not great, but not bad either.

M - Highly carbonated on this stout, medium mouthfeel.

O - A good blueberry stout, just not sure I'd go for more. Cheers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a heavier viscosity than I expect, extremely thick and very much black with medium brown edges. The brown head almost reaches one finger and has a spritzy sort of look. It stays for a little bit before it fades, and it doesn't have a whole lot of stick to it, leaving some spotty lacing in moderation.
As with the entire lineup, roast is the main component, but in the aroma the blueberrry comes out nicely. There's a little wood as well.
Roast is heavy, along with an element of charred wood. There's also a hint of bittersweet cocoa. All of this is over the blueberry, and the one thing about a beer like this is that I want it to come out strongly and be a forward aspect. Blueberry can certainly be tasted, but I want to taste more of it.
The body is thick and rich. There's a good carbonation that isn't too high but gives it some creaminess, along with just enough crispness to make for an even feel that doesn't bite too much for a stout.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Appearance: A moderately fast pour creates a huge medium-brown head -- like a bubby Imperial stout. The head settles pretty quickly back down. The body is oily black and impenetrable to light. I'm a veteran stout drinker and even I was a little intimidated. Maybe too much intimidation for a flavored stout.

Smell: The blueberry is there, trailing behind the main malt aroma. The scent is bittersweet sugary malt and maybe a little boozy. The alcohol gives it a slight odor of disinfectant.

Taste: The flavor profile on the first quick sip is that of a very DARK stout. Very roasty, even a little ashy. When I hold it a bit longer, I do get some faint blueberry -- pleasant and not overwhelming -- but the body of the flavor is missing. There's black barley base and a drop of blueberry and nothing to fill it out. I'm really trying to get some malt profile but there's almost none. Disappointingly plain. No hops, either.

Mouthfeel: The body is fairly thick and leaves an ashy dryness in the back of the mouth. Carb is light-to-moderate.

Overall: Maybe I just got a bad one, but there was almost no flavor in this beer. It was just ash tray and some blueberry. With a rounder malt profile this would have been a far better experience.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(written May 11, 2012)

I love me a dark beer, and I think we can all agree that it’s hard to find a stout or porter with a particular fruit in its name. This beer covered all the main components of a spectacular stout and one up’d it by adding a perfect amount of blueberry to it. Smells of blueberries. Pours completely black. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and blueberries. Has a fairly pleasant mouth feel. Overall this beer was all that I wanted and was expecting... There are countless amounts of fruit wheat beers, but how many fruit stouts do you have? This beer could replace coffee and pie for dessert.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with nothing showing through when held up to light. Thick, creamy, brown head is full at pour and lingers on the top nicely.

S: Malts, chocolate, sweetness. Really heavy malt as expected.

T: Great twist with the blueberry flavor - slight sour at the very front, then quickly to semi sweet dark chocolate flavor laced with blueberry. Nicely balanced and a lot going on.

M: Thick, really thick but nice and hearty.

O: Enjoyable and great spin on an imperial stout.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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