Having tried a handful of them — Wachusett, Sea Dog, Wild Blue — I’ve yet to found a blueberry offering that’s available year round and is enjoyable, for me at least.
That may have changed with the discovery of Dark Horse’s Tres Blueberry Stout.
An unspectacular label — almost child-like in its art content — may muddy or lower expectations, but the Tres exceeded any ideas I had in my head of what this brew would be.
For anyone who has ever enjoyed Shipyard’s Smashed Blueberry, I’d recommend the Tres. While the Smashed Blueberry almost had a scotch ale taste to go with the blueberry notes, Tres offers traditional stout flavors with an upfront blueberry taste that mellows as coffee and dark chocolate tones creep in. As this beer warms a bit, the more complex and pleasing it gets.
It should seem logical, but I’m throwing out there: If you don’t like blueberries, don’t bother with this beer. The berry flavor is not a subtle note in it. It’s bold, but the sweetness of the blueberries is pretty balanced with the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate.
It’s a nice change of pace from other blueberry brews I’ve had and for that, it’s something that I’d almost definitely drink again.