Steph’s New Brew Review: Tres Blueberry Stout

Steph’s New Brew Review: Tres Blueberry Stout

Dark Horse Brewing Company’s Tres Blueberry Stout a 7.5% American stout

Dark Horse Brewing Company opened in 1997 in Marshall, MI. They are a microbrewery with a taproom that boasts over 3200 mugs that fill the ceiling and walls owned by its mug club members.

They release a series of five stouts each year including One Oatmeal Stout, Too Cream Stout, Tres Blueberry Stout, Fore Smoked Stout and Plead the Fifth Imperial Stout.

Interestingly, back in early 2010, Dark Horse was approached by the band Nickelback to have their beer featured in a Nickelback music video. Head brewer Aaron Morse declined the offer. The following was posted on the brewery’s website:

It’s obvious that this would be a great opportunity for us and maybe get some mainstream youth into craft beer rather than the swill. However, none of us at the brewery really care for the band (or frat parties) so our knee jerk reaction is “no thanks”. But how cool would it be to see our beer in a video? Aaron said, “Why can’t it be some cool band like Slayer?” The guy that called said the lead singer is familiar with our brand. What does that mean? Does the lead singer of Nickelback drink craft beer?”

Anyway… Tres Blueberry Stout is a seasonal release for Dark Horse. It is a full bodied stout made with all malted barley and blueberry. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt and light blueberry make up the palate with lots of fruity blueberry aroma.

Appearance

black with tan head that dissipates quickly

Aroma

blueberries, blueberries, blueberries

Taste

blueberries with semi-sweet chocolate notes upfront, then dry and malty; blueberries linger with hints of coffee; more tart than sweet

Mouthfeel

surprisingly high carbonation, so easy to drink… in fact it’s gone before I finished this review…

Overall

I feel like I’m having blueberry pancakes and coffee for breakfast. I feel like I’m 14 again, back at that tiny restaurant at the end of the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey where I had the best blueberry pancakes of my life. Thin, crispy edges, buttery, with loads of tiny, freshly picked blueberries… Good beers remind you of good times.

Check out… I don’t have a video to post this week, but check out the Dark Horse crew’s bio page from their website. It just may make you giggle.

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