This is my first sampling of Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout on tap and in this case growler form. An aggressive pour has the thick body of this fruit infused stout chugging from the growler and forming a minimal half finger head. The body of this beer is just like the rest from the serious; thick and dense, which is a nice occurrence from a lower abv stout. Tres is midnight black and wont even consider letting a hint of light shine through. While the already small head fades even more over a short period of time the tiny ring that's left behind leaves some sticky but small patchy lacing. Each drink also leaves behind some legs as the residue falls back to the body.
The aroma is right on with what the bottled version has to offer. A solid helping of roasted chocolate combines with a rich, dense dark chocolate quality that lays down a perfect base for the slightly sweet, slightly tart, but always fresh blueberry aroma. The blueberry tends to float over the top of all the stellar stout qualities and makes for a beer that just makes my mouth water. I don't think I mentioned it yet but I am crazy for blueberries and every time I have ever stuck my nose in a glass of this beer I salivate like an animal.
The blueberry makes subtle appearances in the flavor as well and do nothing more then add a slightly sweet blueberry aspect that makes this beer the fine example of a fruit stout that it is. The heavily roasted grains and deep dark chocolate make for an already good stout but the faint addition of one of my favorite fruits add another layer of complexity that make this beer world class. The blueberry comes across with a nice peppery spiciness. As the glass warms there is a slight booziness that adds to the overall flavor of this beer.
All of Dark Horse's stouts in the series have the same mouthfeel and it couldn't be much better. This beer isn't very big, alcohol-wise, but shows an incredible velvety thick body. This stout is thick and chewy leaving a wave of silkiness over the tongue. Dark Horse nails the mouthfeel of their stouts.
The drinkability of this beer is top notch when taking into consideration the full body. A couple pints at a time go down without a problem and a third is in order without a doubt.
I've sampled this from the bottle quite a few times and enjoyed every single bottle. This is my first experience on tap and it's damn tasty. Blueberry stout is a beer I would love to see more of. The flavors seem to go together perfectly and Dark Horse did a great job putting this one together.
Price: $13.00 Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to kryptic for this one!
Pours blacker-than-black, with a slightly viscous look to it. Thin, dark, nut-brown head that quickly drops away. Little to no lacing, but the beer sticks to the glass-nice!
Aroma is of toasted/charred malts and, yup, blueberry! God, I love blueberries, so this review may be off a bit... Perhaps a hint of sweet chocolate as well, but personally, I can't get past the blueberry aroma. Sweet Jesus... moving on...
Oh man, it tastes like blueberries too! Not too over powering, just a nice "touch." Mostly, this has a strong bitter coffee taste to it, a bit grainy with some bitter baking chocolate tones. All this followed by sweet, ripe blueberry - and this carries through the slightly dry finish.
Medium in body, smooth, dry, sticky mouthfeel. A bit thin for my liking... but that's me. Subtle carbonation balances nicely.
I like it! Easy drinking, not boozy at all, and excellent blueberry-ness... this beer has all this and more! Not overly complex and very well balanced. Glad I have a few left...
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours an asphalt-black, opaque body with a thin, fleeting head of light brown. Hints of syrupy brownness creep in at the edges. The aroma is a thing of beauty: rich, dusty, dark chocolate notes enveloped by a thick, voluptuous blueberry-vanilla drizzle. Cobbler and coffee round out the profile with roasted malt and soil. At some point, I'm reminded of an Oreo.
Roast is much more pronounced in the flavor, with a burnt coffee core that holds up notes of chocolate and toasted caramel. The blueberry is all but an afterthought--a vinous tart note that's overridden by a snappy, almost impeding carbonation level. The body is as thin as you'd expect for a 4.5% stout, with a smooth finish that leaves some sticky residuals as if it were a much bigger Imperial Stout. Still, the low ABV adds to the drinkability, as does the fact that this is a very tasty beer from a solid Michigan brewery.
Served In: Bottle
Eight Ball black with a dark brown laquer covering; a waffer thin, firmly thick dark brown head appears, skims out to a thin collar; slow dripping ink blots and strings of lacing.
Nice aroma here, tantalizing black licorice, dark chocolate, blackened burnt raisins, roasted coffee, black pepper, and some anise and corriander notes. I'm not getting alot of blueberry, but whats there is very earthy, dark and fresh, like they threw in the whole blueberry bush, twigs, leaves, and all. Nothing fake, or so I hope. It reminds me of a subdued Bell's Expedition mixed with the Harry Magill's. And that's a good thing.
Taste is nice, smooth lusious front thats relatively creamy and mild with roasty tones, dark and bittersweet chocolate sweeps in dotted with spices, touches of the blueberry, then goes into a complexing little finish of drying where oaty sweetness, chocolatey dryness, nudges of coffee, and black malt roast; and way late is a return of blueberry in a very intricate earthy juicyness covered in some of the roasty drying qualities. Quite an interesting and complex brew.
Feel is close to full throughout, smooth and creamy front, soothing, warming in its spices, cooling with its oaty sweetness and blueberry fruityness. Finish is where its at, finespun and layered in dryness with great combinations of roasty stuff, sweet oats and chocolate.
This was an attractively alluring stout to behold, a yummy treat that was the perfect dessert beer for after dinner. Yum!
Served In: Pint Glass
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