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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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643 Reviews
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 09-24-2002

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Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this, I always wanted to homebrew a blueberry infused stout or dark beer.

A- Like Uno and Too, this one is pitch black with a dark mocha, creamy head that has good retention and size. Several spot spots of dark lace.

S- Blueberries from several feet away, ripe and fresh. Once I get past that, I find the more traditional roasty characteristics of a stout. Sort of like a blueberry iced coffee in a way.

T- The stout takes over here. Lots of roast malt, bitter cocoa and coffee hints. The blueberry is decent in the flavor but doesn't impress me like the aroma. It is pretty nice but kind of clashes with the bitter roast stout attribute.

MF- Silky smooth carbonation in a sort of light end body. Bitter from what seems like the roast part of the beer.

DB- Alright flavor after a very nice aroma. The fruit flavor feels more artificial in the taste, it doesn't blend very great with the huge stout flavors present.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i cannot tell you how long i have been trying to get my hands on some dark horse stuff. yet again another thank you to sirsketch for yet another beer i have wanted to try since i have been on the site.

pours dark with a thick amount of chocolate head. while pouring i hold it to the light. color is almost purple. then i have three splashes in my glass. looks like someone is getting a visit from the sediment fairy. when i look closer at my glass i notice something that looks like a combination of blueberry stems and old hop leafs are at the bottom of my glass. not a huge turn off but not really a huge turn on either. looks like im going to have to drink carefully.

smell is surprisingly light on the blueberries they are there mind you but not as prevalent as you would think. almost smells like a chocolate blueberry muffin.

taste is nice. rich roasted malts lead the attack on my palate. just when it looks like the malts have been put in the corner the cavalry of blueberries flanks me and leaves me surprised. this is an interesting beer. tasty. not phenomenal by any means but definitely worth a try. also a lingering roasted quality sticks around the palate. interesting.

mouth if surprisingly carbonated. medium bodied. and hate to hammer this word into the ground but surprising.

im not sure i would chase down this beer again but i am very glad i was given the chance to try it. kinda makes me want to play with fruit stouts.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks agian to Junnila for another great extra in our trade!
A - Jet black with a two finger mocha head that disipated quickly to a light ring leaving little to no lace.
S - Is there such a thing as blueberry coffee? If so this brew is what it would smell like. Heavy blueberry and an oatmeal like malt. The colaboration of which makes it smell like a blueberry muffin. The coffee accent is very subtle, but there.
T - A complete flip on the scent. Plethora of coffee and dark chocolate with the blueberry taking a back seat to the above mentioned while assuming the role of a subtle accent. Not a fan of sweeter beers so the apprehention I had about this beer is pretty much all gone.
M - Velvety with low carbonation with a milky coverage that coats the mouth leaving behind the blueberry sweetness.
D - Not a bad beer. The first I have had from Dark Horse and it did not disapoint. Can't wait to find more of these awesome beers.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly black color, similar to the Too cream stout. Aggressively poured, this features a four-finger tan colored head. Like its brethren, it seriously looks like an imperial stout.

S: There is some unsweetened chocolate and roasted barley here, but beneath that is a slight hint of blueberry. Not enough to kill the balance by any stretch, but enough to interest the olfactory senses.

T: At first, the typical notes of roast, chocolate, and coffee open things up. But then the finish comes, loaded with blueberry. I feel like the blueberry notes do a good job of not getting in the way of the stout qualities - some sips sees the roast/chocolate win out, others see the blueberry as the dominant flavor. Ultimately, the two elements blend together reasonably well.

M: Compared with One and Too, this seems rather thin. This aids drinkability admirably, however it doesn't have the decadent feel of the other two.

O: Not a pure stout, but it works well as a stout/fruit beer hybrid. The blueberry does a good job of blending in with the base, never fully overpowering things. I'd gladly drink this one again.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thats been in mmy cellar for quite some time. I felt like something different and this seemed appropriate.

A - Pours a smooth dark black. Medium tan head on pour dies down to nothing.
S - Blueberries and spices mixed with a caramel sweetness.
T - Blueberries. No other way to cut it. A tinge of roasted malt in the finish, some chocolate, but the blueberry dominates.
M - Medium body. Surprisingly good carbonation.
D - Not very complex besides the blueberry flavor, but it's a restrained blueberry. Less of a fan as the beer warms.

Overall - Quite an interesting combination of blueberry and stout. I wasn't sure what to expect but was happily surprised. Not sure how old this bottle is, but it's held up well. I found this beer was better colder, and became harder to drink as it warmed. Regardless, worth a shot.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a pitch black with a small head and leaves no real lacing on the side of the glass.

S- The norms are there, big amounts of toasted malt, some coffee and black licorice. The blueberry is quite prominent which is a good sign.

T- The blueberry is much more subdued than in the nose. Toasted malts and some black licorice and a little bit of tobacco. The blueberry is well integrated but I wish it was a little more dominant.

M- A little light for my liking. Medium to lighter bodied which I think has a lot to do with the low abv. There is decent carbonation to it though.

O- Started off well but I was expecting more blueberry. Pretty standard stout but I was surprised how much flavor they packed in for such a small abv.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer emerged a nebulous brown in colour with a massive chocolate froth head. Lacing is hung in the time following the head's glorious ascent and decline. Carbonation levels are invisible due to the deep colouring of the fluid.

The nose is quite blueberry intensive. In fact, it seems to almost completely mask the other typical aspects associated with stouts. Deep sniffing pulls a modicum of coffee or dark chocolate out of the fruited fray. Easily dominated by blueberry.

The taste is strangely not as blueberry heavy as I had anticipated. The strange fruitiness battles with the bitter darkness of the stout character, creating a nearly cough medicine like feeling. The stout wins out. The end result is a strangely sour but darkly bitter coffee laden flavour that just does not mesh in synergy. An interesting try at any rate.

The mouthfeel is much thinner than appearances and imaginations would lead one to believe. Quite deceptive and a bit of a let down. Some added thickness might well benefit the flavour illusion, but alas...

Drinkability is good based simply on what this is. A blueberry stout. If this had a profoundly delicious taste, it would be the ultimate in dangerous. The drinkability would be off the hook. This beer made me skeptical from the jump, but as I started to ponder the possibilities it led me to hope. Ultimately this brew was very disappointing. So much potential.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH. Served in a shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep black with mahogany edges. A thin coffee and cream colored head, maybe a quarter of a finger thick. Keeps its head until about halfway through the drink. Very minimal lacing.

S- Smells of roasted coffee beans, blueberry skins and oatmeal. Bitter chocolate blueberry pancakes?

T + M- Can't help but jump to mouthfeel and say this is a bit thin. I do like the roast, blueberry and wheat flavors. The blueberries are incorporated nicely into the beer and make me think they are using the real thing, no artificial character. A tiny bit of tartness comes through in the finish that I think is from the blueberries and not an unintended tartness.

D- Being on the lower alcohol end of the spectrum for an American Stout make this one pretty drinkable. A good fruit flavored stout.

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Photo of jhammerly
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to scoobydank for this.

Pours very dark and thick with a thin beige head. A nice roasted aroma with blueberries standing out. Blueberry touches the tongue, but does not dominate the overall flavor. Finishes with some coffee characteristics. A medium-bodied stout that is surprisingly good for a fruit-flavored beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle through a BIF. Poured it into a pint glass at 49 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger dark tan head that pour retention. . The head is thick and foamy. The color of the beer is dark and opaque. There is some effervescence bubble on the side of the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A bright blueberry aroma escorted by roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, and floral esters. There are hints of wood and a funky odd meat aroma ( it is hard to describe). I smelted the beer at least 5 five times to be sure and ask my mom she got the odd aroma.

Taste: A bitter bright rich blueberry with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark roasted malt, and anise. There is a good hop flavor ( floral esters, grapefruit, and some pine). Ironic the odd meat aroma doesn't follow through to the taste.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent, bitter, and dry. The body of the beer is medium with a medium full finish. This is an odd beer combo but somehow works fairly well. The blueberry stand out and the stout is hidden a little bit. I would have like to seen it be equal.

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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 craft_shannie
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours black, three finger coffee head that dissipates quickly. you can smell the blueberries immediately on the pour. nose is pretty much all blueberries - and kinda artificial blueberries, at that. taste isn’t gimmicky though. probably the crispiest stout i've ever had; lots o' carbonation that seems to fit. balance of malts against the sweet blueberry is right on. its unlike any stout that i've had & i have to admit - i like it.

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Photo of nuggetsofnectar
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark obsidian black with a burnt brown 1" head that falls to a 1/4" cap....

Aroma: Of course blueberrys are all over this ....dark roasted malts...sweet vanilla tanins in the background

Taste: Very sweet up front (a bit cloying) ...blueberries and dark figs....sweet herbal notes and dark chewy oats....good but not the most complex...

Mouthfeel: not thiick but also not too thin....nice sweet tones

Overall: a good stout to revert to every now and again...not much of a session stout though....cheers!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very black, small brownish head, dissipated without much lacing. Very opaque, no light coming through on this. Pretty dark in the bar, so that's not happening. Was wondering if there would be any blue in it, but wasn't expecting that.

S - Deep blueberry smell, really that's a lot of what this is. Slight stout smell, but not much.

T - Deep blueberry taste as well, that's about all I'm getting on this one. There are some weak stout notes, but it's really a blueberry drink. Not too sweet, more like the blueberries I used to put in my cereal for breakfast.

M - Milky, somewhat thick, low carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Highly drinkable due to ease of taste and low alcohol. Doesn't taste much like beer, think you could give this to anyone, even BMC drinkers and they'd be able to enjoy it pretty easily. Not sure if blueberry is the right direction to head with a stout, think it might work better in a wild ale. A good attempt, solid beer, but it would be great if someone could do a novelty stout like this and make something really kickass.

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Photo of Naugros
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've heard mixed reviews on this one. "Odd", "interesting", "special", "screwy mess" and others that I forget. I was excited to see it on a shelf at the Grain and Vine in Hyannis, MA while on vacation so I could see for myself.

The only thing about the appearance that stood out was the fact that the 1/2" head never went away. Other than that, a very standard looking stout.

But the smell is something else entirely. Freshly mashed blueberries come to your nose immediately and then burnt aromas follow, as if someone cooked a blueberry pie too long and the crust burned. That burnt aspect of this beer dominates the flavor and makes it hard for the blueberries to shine. I have to give them credit for actually having the blueberries present in the taste since so many blueberry beers fail to deliver in that regard, but beyond that it's like eating the little burnt bits in the bottom of a toaster.

It does deliver on body, starting off creamy, but then ash pervades in the aftertaste.

An interesting beer to be sure and I now know why the reviews are so mixed. You either like a strong roast presence or you don't. I usually do, but the interpretation of burnt toast doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Very dark and deep brown body, not the midnight-est of stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking. A finger of mocha head.

Smells like an imperial stout should, only with a hint of fresh blueberry. I'm partial to the freshness of the blueberry smell here because a candy blueberry would have been too much.

Taste matches the smell. A bitter dark chocolate with hints of fresh blueberry. And a whole lot more blueberry in the aftertaste. Very interesting. Not trying to be too crass here, but I just burped, and it was all blueberry.

It's pretty thin, which I'm not too happy about. If it were a thicker stout, it would be much more enjoyable.

Overall, I was intrigued by the idea of a blueberry stout, and I'm glad I tried it. Probably won't go after it again, though. Sorry, Dark Horse; but Plead the 5th is so much better :)

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Photo of kk73
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for the opportunity to try this one.

A - Beer pours out a nice and thick black with a nice coffee colored head. Head disappeared and left a thin layer on my brew.

S - Slighty fruity, but mostly subtle aromas of roasted malts. Some sweet chocolate and coffee.

T - A little muted blueberry on the front, blueberry doesn't pack a huge punch here. Some roasted coffee and malt with a touch of sweet chocolate.

M - Pretty smooth, creamy, and chewy. Bubbly on the tongue and well carbonated.

O - Pretty good fruit stout, the first I've ever had for sure. Even if you think it's odd, it's definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with 1 ½ fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Luckily, this retains with more of a foamy than fizzy look around the edges, leaving a good looking creamy cascade of lacing behind. The aroma surprises me with its strength. Smooth roasted chocolate malts and earthy hops are prevalent but man; those blueberries are really at the forefront of this and can't be missed.

The taste is chocolate sweetness and roast up front, with a firm dose of prickly spicy hops helping to balance out some of the thicker aspects of the malts. The blueberry flavor is a lot more controlled here than it was in the aroma, coming out along the back of the profile where it mixes with notes of lingering roast and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up where the roast and hops are but then gets silkier towards the back where all of that berry flavor and sweetness dwell. Unlike the One and Too that I drank previous to this, this is actually showing a bit too much beef in the body, which is ridiculous because it's ABV is half of what those other two have. Weird...

Blueberries can be quite potent in beer but I was pleased to find that they were handled pretty favorable in this Stout, especially in the taste, where they didn't come off as artificial tasting at all and were well integrated with the rest of the flavors. Just a bit too heavy feeling to be totally sessionable but this was overall pretty nice.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty beer. Pitch black with a dark tan head that doesn’t fade immediately, but doesn’t last. The bluebeery aroma is nice and is the first thing you notice. Under that is a bit of hop and chocolate. The malts take dominance in the flavor with chocolate laying down the foundation of the flavor with toast and a little char filling in the cracks. The blueberry is there in the flavor, but not so strongly.

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Photo of Docrock
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a gift from my brother, poured into a pint glass

A - dark brown with a 1" head the color of chocolate. Head disapates quickly, lacing was moderate. No light is penetrating this one.

S - mostly dark/bitter chocolate with a hint of blueberry and coffee.

T - one of the few beers I have had that tastes exactly like it smells. The lingering aftertaste is of the dark roasted malt and bitter chocolate.

M - smooth and creamy with little to moderate carbonation.

O - I expected more blueberry but I think my brother had aged this a bit. Would like to try a fresh one, might try at Brewpub to see if the aging diminished the fruit.

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Photo of ahking
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Nothing comes through when holding to the light. Rich tan head forms on a pour but it dissaptes to nothing quickly. Yep, there are blueberries in there! Fruity boo berry cereal aroma wafts from the glass. It's not a bad aroma at all, just different for a beer. If this beer were a standard stout it would be an amazing one. With the blueberries it makes it interesting and a nice change from the ordinary. Nice rich velvety stout, a bit on the sweet side, a touch of roasted coffee and cocoa. Blueberry is not overwhelming, just a nice touch. Mouthfeel is full and rich.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a used motor oil black with a tiny khaki head. Smells of roasted malts with a hint of blueberry. Tastes like blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and coffee. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy for a low abv stout and carbonation is on the low side as it should be. Overall I was very surprised by this brew, didn't think I would like it much but it turned out to be awesome

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Photo of TheStove
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with light head. This is definitely a meaty stout with obvious sediment.

Smells of malt and blueberry are apparent from the beginning. Traces of lactose/milk mix with the blueberry.

Drink starts with some carbonation which gives way to rich toasted and chocolate malts mixed with blueberry. The blueberry flavor is apparent but not overwhelming and gives way to a light lactose sweetness. All flavors sit on the tongue post sip with a light dryness. The interplay of chocolate malt and blueberry is almost reminiscent of one of those chocolate bars that come with fruit incorporated right into them.

An excellent stout though with some weird carbonation and a fair level of sweetness I don't know if I could have this one all night.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this one in a trade with ThaWineGuy, thanks again Ron. My first Michigan craft beer and the first stout I've ever tried with fruit added. This should be interesting.

A luscious thick tan brown head bubbles forth from the cascading brew. Porous and smooth all at once it trumpets the arrival of this promising stout. The opaque, deep brown brew sucks all light into its black malty goodness. Traces of auburn shine through the meniscus as one swirls the beer. Noticeable viscosity alludes to the beer being a motor oil doppelganger.

Strong dried blueberry fruit aromas; surprise surprise, on first sniff. Currents and sour cherry syrup give tartness to the aroma. This is balanced by somewhat subdued roast malt aromas, the usual suspect coffee becoming more prevalent as the beer warms.

Tangy blueberry zips past the taste buds, quickly vanishing, overtaken by roasted and black malt astringency. Coffee and cocoa are the main flavour profile provided by the dark malt, which has a creamy sort of feel to it. The berries add slight sour notes which, when mixed with the malt, contributes a molasses note. With little to no hop bitterness present the kilned malt flavours would run wild if not held in check by the tart blueberries.
The viscous nature of the beer makes for a very pleasing sensation as the beer coasts the inside of the mouth. Yet it remains very easy drinking despite this.

This beer is interesting to say the least and chalk full of flavour. At 4.5% ABV it's would make a great session stout, the fruitiness lending a refreshing quality. I look forward to trying more beers from these guys soon.

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a stiff black malt earthiness as well a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The blueberry aroma is fresh and damn enticing. There is a nice roasted character here. The taste is decent. It's bone dry with lots of roasted black malts present. It goes down easy with a bit of prickly carbonation. The blueberry flavoring seems artificial; most likely extract, which is disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is an interesting beer that I believe needs some minute tinkering. It's a good drinker that I wouldn't shy away from buying in the future.

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.
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