Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
1,748 Ratings
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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Added by Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | 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 mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of supa0525
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 MMBrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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 dannyhead
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -7.3%
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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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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