Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
BA SCORE
3.97/5
1,748 Ratings
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry StoutDark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,268
Reviews:
657
Ratings:
1,748
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
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Photo of Elumbeer
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Bruges tulip; from notes
A: This is one good looking stout, from the deep black body to the deeper khaki fruit infused head. Great head retention and very creamy. Lacing is left in layers and is very sticky.
S: The aroma can be found by just opening the bottle and the blast of rich, dark malts are accompanied by fresh blueberries. Medium to high aroma intensity.
T/M: The front of this beer shows a nice level of carbonation that is nice in a stout, yet tends to lead to a lighter overall feel. The blueberry is a bit masked in the taste and does not really come up again until the lingering finish. A good malt base, while a hint at earthy hops are seen.
D: At 4.5% this is one of the best drinking and looking at that low of a threshold. Very well done.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillCarrera
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger of brown head, recedes to a collar.

S- Smells pretty nice, massive blueberry aroma, hidden beneath are some roasty malts and chocolate.

T- Really tasty blend of blueberry, chocolate, coffee and roasted grain.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is a bit higher than it needs to be, but the feel is smooth and dry.

O- This was a very pleasant surprise. The blueberry flavor and aromas are very juicy and pie-like, and fits nicely with the chocolate and roast. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tut2528
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black as night, with a nice dense, 1 fingers worth of dark tan/mocha head formation.

S: big chocolate, roasted malt, with a nice sugary and blueberry note to balance this one out very nicely. i also pick up on a slight lactose creaminess.

T: big roasted malt, and dark chocolate here again. but there is a nice blueberry sweetness that compliments the bolder flavors. in fact the finish is dominated by the blueberries and there's even a nice cream finish.

M: this is much thinner than I was expecting, and definitely wish it was more viscous, but this one goes down rather quickly. just a touch of sweet blueberry and chocolate left on the palate.

O: i love blueberries so this was a must buy. and i personally thought it was rather enjoyable. i was wondering how much blueberries would actually be noticed, but as this brew warms up, the blueberries really start to come forward.

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Photo of ljc973
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AJacob81
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler pint at Palmer's in LaGrange.

A - Wow, this is gushing out of my glass. Massive, billowing thundercloud of dark mocha head, which takes quite a while to settle, crowns a pitch-black brew. Pretty beautiful, actually.

S - A bit underwhelming following the sturm und drang of the pour. Roasted black coffee dominates, very hard to smell the blueberries, but they are there, if just barely.

T - Not sweet, which I like in a fruit beer. The massive roasted barley is predominant here, as in the nose. However, the supporting players feature a little more prominently. Coffee, dark chocolate, and yes, a lovely hint of tart blueberry show up and get stronger as the drink warms. This is really intense for a low-ABV stout, actually. It reminds me of some Impy Stouts with its deep roastiness.

M and D - Sits thicker on the palate than expected, again calls to mind a much bigger beer than it actually is. Creamy, full mouthfeel, finishes dry and with a hint of sweetness. A pleasure to drink, I'll definitely be looking for this again.

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Photo of Efay
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was craving a new stout, when this specimen came into my local beer shop. I absolutely love blueberries so I had to get a 4 pack.

A- Pours jet black, nothing more. There is about 2 fingers worth of frothy, brown foam. Awesome retention rate of foam and beautiful lacing.

S- You get a whiff of ripe, sugar sweet blueberries and dark roasted malted goodness. Not too complex, but it smells good.

T- Its very bittersweet. Sweet blueberries clash with dark malt that has a coffee taste. Theres also some bitter dark chocolate that compliments the sweetness. Ends with a bitter hop-like taste.

M- This is where I was pleasantly surprise. It was extremely drinkable. Not much carbonation on the tongue and light for a stout.

O- This is an excellent stout. Has the usual characteristics an average stout but the blueberries and hoppy finish just make this beer.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for sending me this one. Poured out deep black with a creamy two finger head. Smells lightly of roasted malts, chocolate, blueberries and some spiciness I can't put my finger on. Taste is blueberries up front, stout in the middle, then a combination of the two in the finish. It's a nice balance that blends really well. The blueberries aren't too intense or overwhelming and lend nicely to the roasty, chocolaty flavors of the stout. Like a homemade blueberry muffin. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy this one is an easy drinker. Excellent for dessert. I really enjoyed this one but couldn't really see drinking more than one or two of these.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with a quarter inch head. Holding it to the light only allows light through the edges of the beer.

The smell was the first thing I keyed in to upon opening the bottle. Blueberries are a strong undertone behind the smell of fresh potting soil. There is also a floral, chocolaty characteristic. All together, these aroma components work very well together.

Taste is mellow earthy malt, creamy dark chocolate, dark blueberry muffin, and a mild tartness. It would be better if the tartness were gone, but that would probably mean the elimination of the blueberry, and I like the blueberry. Taste is good, but not as good as the smell.

Feels about as normal as many beers I have had. The beer initiates a small tingle, and aesily flows about the mouth with low viscosity. There is a very mild astringency or tannis feel.

Overall, it is pleasing, but not perfect. It certainly is an upper tier blueberry stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes: got this one from Beertracker, cheers Jeff!

Pours like motor oil with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Blueberries with a touch of cocoa

T: Dark chocolate, dryness,leafy hops & a touch of blueberry up front. Cocoa & coffee dominate as this warms with a touch blueberries on the tip of the tongue. Finishes dry & chocolaty

MF: Oily, rich with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks really easy, would be winner with or without the blueberries

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz in a trade from Viggo - thanks man!

Pours a dark black with just the thinnest rim of brown around the edges, some thick sludge left in the bottom of the bottle.
A finger of thick, dark chocolate head, which looks like icing on a fudge cake, graces the top. Mmmmm.

Nose is dark and roasty, lots of chocolate and sweetness, a light blueberry note wafting through.

Taste is chocolate and fudge throughout, mildly roasted malts, a hint of bitter chocolate and a light blueberry. Many fruit beers want to display the fruit up front but Dark Horse resists this temptation and blends the blueberry flavor into the rest of the beer, integrating it in a nice blend. It enhances the flavor rather than dominating it.

At 4.5% this is a ridiculously delicious beer that won't kill you in the drinking. It also means it has a lighter body than many other stouts and makes it feel lighter and a little less luxurious. That said, the flavor holds it up. It's quite drinkable though the blueberry limits what you can pair it with, more a dessert beer but normally I look for something a little heavier in that category. Nonetheless, delicious all around. Great beer, thanks Viggo!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - WOW what a body! Especially for 4.5 percent! Pours a thick dark stout with an impressive inch of dark mocha head. How do you do it guys?

S - Smell from the bottle is straight up blueberry, almost candy like. In the glass roast and chocolate make itself well know.

T - Impressive amount of roast in the flavor. Almost too much at first but as it warms more chocolate and coffee flavors make itself know. Blueberry is hard to detect maybe a slight tart in the end finish but kind of covered on top of all this hardcore stout roast! Man O man!

M - Even for 4.5% it still has a rather medium body really more heavy than expected for a fruit beer.

D - Was impressed by how creamy and roasty this beer was but really expected more fruit flavor. Still if your looking for a "flavored" stout this one is perfect. Harsh yet mildly sweet with subdued fruit flavor. Awesome.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, hints of sweet blueberry and roasty sweet oatmeal. In the taste, sweet roasty oatmeal, with just a hint of blueberry. A small hop bite, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry sweet oatmeal in the aftertaste. Small blueberry notes, but more oatmeal stout like, but quite nice.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color with a head that is very darkly tanned to almost brown. The head is about a finger strong and displays very good retension. Nose of this beer has an abundant amount of dark/burnt grain character along with chocolate, coffee and overall it is just very roasty. However, behind the normal stout character and aroma there is the fruity sweetness and smell of blueberries. Taste of this beer is a bit puzzling...but in a good way. It has a solid taste profile of a well made stout: flavors of bitter burnt grains, chocolate, coffee and even the alcohol is present. However, there is no getting around it, there is clearly a blueberry flavor added in there as well. Each sip yields a different experience from the blueberry's standpoint: sometimes blending throughout the body playing an interesting role with the other flavors, to sometimes being sweet, bold and upfront and then yet almost nonexistent until the finish in other sips. The feel of this beer is light and the carbonation is quite high. In fact, I would have marked the feel and drinkability higher but the carbonation is a bit over the top.

Very interesting experience. I have had other fruited stouts and enjoyed them as much as I enjoy this one. The blueberry was an interesting choice and I think it goes well.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bold blueberry, coffee, chocolate. A decent amount of bitter, some hops and a decent amount of spicy and bitter alcohol. Should be nicely balanced. The smell is strong from a good 12" away from the glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black like motor oil. Small medium brown head dissipates quickly leaving some little foam around the edges. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Nice well rounded blueberry flavor. Mild to moderate roasty coffee, especially in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced, starts off sweet and ends up roasty and bitter. Looking forward to tasting this after it warms up some.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Lots of foamy bubbles going by. A bit chalky from the coffee notes, so it finishes just a bit dry.

Overall: Never thought this would top Buffalo Bill's, but it happened. Same delicious sweetness, but the added coffee notes are perfect in this one. Bold, sweet and roasty.

Drank on 4/6/2012.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice 2 finger dark chocolate head. Body is pitch black with no light escaping. Head retention was surprisingly quickly diminished and lacing was above average.

Smells of freshly blended blueberries. Surprised that the blueberries smelled so fresh and not too sweet or artificial. Other aromas are of dark semi sweet chocolate, roasted espresso, and bits of smoked malt. Hops are nowhere to be found and alcohol is hidden well for a stout almost 8%.

Taste is bits of chocolate covered blueberries mixed with a smoked porter. Charred oak and some coffee cut the fruity sweetness. Light bitterness is in the aftertaste and alcohol is barely detected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a good amount of carbonation. Head died pretty fast, wish it stuck around to cut the carbonation.

Overall this beer was pretty good. Never had a blueberry stout before and I was pleasantly surprised. Extremely drinkable, wish it was available in my region.

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Photo of BigMike
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Dark black in color. Not quite engine oil black. There are some highlights around the edges that are a plum color. Head is really nice. Pretty much an espresso color with an almost purple like tint and its got tremendous lacing.

Smells definitely blueberry going on in there. Lots of roasted malts and a small touch of chocolate. I would call it a milk chocolate.

Theres a lot more coffee in the taste then is present in the nose. Dark roasted malts and surprisingly the blueberry is not as noticeable as it is in the nose. All of the flavor components are very well balanced. One doesn't overpower another.

Good feel in the mouth. Not too heavy. Finishes smoothly with a nice amount of co2.

Being 4.5% abv the drinkability is super on this. With the great flavors and light body to go along with it you could drink several of these for sure. I've recently had a couple beers from Dark horse and they've all been damn good. I'm looking forward to trying more. I would recommend this one.

92/100

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid black with ruby highlights and a thin creamy brown head.

S - Fresh blueberry overwhelms from the second you take the cap off the bottle. Slight roasty, chocolate, coffee aromas hidden behind the blueberry.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, slightly chalky and astringent. Blueberry is present in the taste but somewhat hidden behind the stout characteristics, exactly opposite of the aroma. The blueberry taste is not as fresh as I remember it on tap.

M - Medium bodied and slick. Not much carbonation.

D - A very nice brew. The blueberry is a great compliment to the stout and not too sweet. I have had several on tap lately and remember them being better than this bottle. I can't wait to try this one on tap again.

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Photo of tpd975
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so glad to see this on the shelf at the Chalet in Goshen. The only bad part is there was only one.

A: Pours deep dark black with a huge 3 finger espresso head. The head died down but hung around nicely. There was some bubbles and nice lacing for a stout.

S: Soo very nice. Nice milk chocolate mixed with the aroma of blueberries. Coffee undertones and a hint of booze. Lovely.

T: One great stout man. Coffee and Chocolate dominate. There is a hint of blueberry but I wish there was more, the blueberry taste is too faint.

M: Medium bodied but extra creamy.

D: Very. I put down the bottle with no problem and chased it with a Bell's java stout.

Overall: This is one I have been wanting to try and it was worth the wait. As a stout it was great. I was anticipating more blueberry so I knocked it down a bit since the blueberry taste was lacking. I just wish there were more on the shelf to share with all my BA buddies who wanna try this brew.

I will search more of this one out. It was not fresh, hopefully a fresh batch will have a bit more blueberry taste.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Beer Engine. Poured into a pint glass on my Birthday! Appearance is black with no head.

Smell is amazing. Blueberry (but nice, not bitter, fake, or too sweet) and a heavy roasted malt component. Nice balance.

Taste follows. This could be my new session beer. Roasty malt gives hints of chocolate and coffee, while blueberry is clean and just enough to add without becoming gimmick-ey.

Smooth mouthfeel. Medium carb. All comes together well to create a nice feel for the beer.

Drinkability was good as well. I think this is a winner - Dark Horse walks the line without falling into fruit hell. Nice beer, fellas!

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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,748 ratings
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