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 rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black inky body with a thick dark tan head that boils with tiny bubbles and then settles to a smooth cream head that last pretty long. This beer is to dark to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft dark roasted malt aroma with a soft hint of dried blueberries in the background.

T- This beer has a dark dry black roasted malt flavor with a slight chalky note and a finish of tart blueberries. There is a soft dark caramel malt flavor as it warms and a soft maple syrup note when it is warm.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- There is not much depth or complexity to this beer and the odd flavor of blueberries taste more like an off flavor that a compliment to the stout.

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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 HitokiriNate85
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - At 4.5%, I don't think I could've imagined it being this dark. Stouts are rarely that modest, so I was and am a bit worried about the overall package. But, low and behold, pitch is the perfect descriptor here. The pour yielded a great, thick mocha head that sticks around.

S - Well, it smells great. I could smell blueberries as soon as I opened the bottle, and they're evident up close. Chocolate and roasted malts are present, and oddly enough, there's a bit of black pepper, too. I'm not sure if that's from the malt or what.

T - Surprisingly complex. The blueberries aren't overwhelming, but they do add a lot of flavor to teh beer. They're strong upfront, followed by the same, odd peppery note. Thankfully that doesn't stick around long, as a healthy dose of roasted malt takes over and sticks around indefinitely. Some chocolate notes hit mid-palate, but the roasted malt is the clear leader.

MF - It's a little too carbonated, which does help in some sense, but it's not necessarily pleasing for a stout. Less carbonation would add some creaminess, which this could definitely benefit from. Aside from that, it certainly has enough body for 4.5%.

D - Tres surprised me in a lot of ways. It has more body and flavor that I expected from its meager ABV but doesn't have the drinkability that I would have expected. The blueberries aren't overdone, but combined with the peppery notes it doesn't do much for drinkability.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- pours a thick, dark black. 2". Dark brown head, thin film sticks to the glass.

S- very interesting. Blueberries are there, along with coffee, maybe a hint of mint.

T- near burnt malts that gives a hint of smoke. Blueberries, coffee, faint hop bitterness.

M- medium body, on the thinner side.

O- good stout. Different flavor profile.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4oz sample - shared the bottle with 2 others. Pours black like the others in the series. No transparency. Nice creamy brown head, which leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas are obvious sweet blueberries, roasted malts, and chocolate. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth. Flavors are milk chocolate, espresso, and finishes fairly boldly with roasted malts and fresh, ripe blueberries that are not overbearing in flavor - this was something I was concerned with prior to drinking it. They were actually quite pleasant. I liked this unique stout and it was worth the try, given it was in a series of 5, but wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of Stigs
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - finger of foamy khaki colored head, with just an ever so slight blue/purplish tint. the beer itself is pretty much pitch black.

S - blueberry muffins! ripe and slightly tart, cut into by some roasted malts and just a hint of dark roasted coffee. other notes of vanilla, nuts, and chocolate.

T - blueberries are present, a little more sour here than the nose and almost take on a medicinal-like quality. chocolate malt and well overdone coffee attempt to balance the sweetness.

M - thin bodied with active carbonation, a touch on the astringent side. foamy and falls apart in the mouth due to lack of body. lingering roasty bitterness with a slightly tart fruitiness.

D - high hopes after a strong start falls just a bit short. might work well as a dessert or even breakfast beer, split with a friend.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint glass on tap at Canal Street Pub.

A: Oily dark black, some violet hues around the edges in direct light. A small, quickly dissipating beige head accompanies and turns into virtually nothing. Flat looking.

S: The blueberries are not hard to find. Immediate notes of pressed blueberry, light smoke, bitter chocolate and leather.

T: Nice eclectic blend of flavors. It starts off as a moderately roasted stout with very little going on. The blueberry comes through in the finish and into the linger, providing a much needed and definitely welcomed, change of pace from your typical stout.

M: A little thin, and even the lower-end carbonation doesn't save the mouth feel. I was just expecting a bit more body.

For only being 4.5% ABV, the Tres drinks like a much bigger stout. Not necessarily that there are overwhelming hints of alcohol, but something seems too over the top big for such a small beer. I would revisit for sure, but not something I could sit and drink for more than one pint.

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Photo of cbutova
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 -6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid black color with a cherry coke like head 1/3". Aroma hit the roast, chocolate malt and berry notes, pretty much in same proportion to each other.

Taste was dry, not bitter, not acrid, plenty of roast but still smooth. Mild coffee roast notes, berry above that, not discernably "blueberry" but berry nonetheless.

I dug it. Would bang again.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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 -6%
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 -6%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -7%
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 -7%
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 -7.2%
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 -7.2%
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 -7.5%
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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Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,737 ratings.
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