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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Too Cream StoutDark Horse Too Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

907 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 63
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003)
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Reviews by EGledhill:
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into Telegarph Brewing tulip glass

A. Black with thin tan head that was gone by the time I sat down

S. Smells of sweetness. Burnt malt, chocolate and coffee.

T. Taste is true to the smell. Sweet lactose, coffee, chocolate.

M. the only thing I found this beer lacking. Mouthfeel was thin. Not as creamy as I was hoping

D. Drinkability was ok. sweetness may cut down on the amount you could drink but pretty good for a 1-2 at a time beer.

All in all well worth a try. A nice dessert beer

EGledhill, Mar 20, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours jet black with no head and a thin dark brown ring. Not all that appealing. Nose is light but contains some nice elements of hazelnut, vanilla, sweet cream, and roasted malt. I don’t catch any coffee or chocolate oddly enough.

Tastes light bodied, fruity sweet with a metallic front, and ultra mild oatmeal tangy finish. Mild lactic quality that gives way to more sweetness and fruit as it warms. Body mellows as the minute carbonation settles. Becomes very drinkable around 55 degrees or so. Again, nice roasted malts, plenty of vanilla/hazelnut spice, but not much in the way of coffee or chocolate. I don’t mind that though. This is a nice beer. The body is perfect as is the balance. Smooth, creamy, and delightful.

Ultra drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap the Oak Cafe. Pours black. BLACK. Huge, pillowing, deep-tan head - one of the deepest tan heads I've ever seen. Good lace throughout the top half of the brew. Aroma is packed with lots of dark coffee; bitter, black, pure, and dense. Roasted malts and hints of sweetness in the distance. Taste hits with some of that bitter coffee up front, followed by underlines of bitter chocolate and raw cocoa beans. A generic sweetness arises from most coffee and especially chocolate flavors, but the raw bitterness from those two items in this beer balance things very well. Roasty and toasty from the mid-point onward, some smoked flavors join the party; toasted vanilla, oak, burnt wood chips, burnt nuts. Nice combo of coffee, cocoa, and smoked woodiness on the lingering aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

Wasn't expecting much from this but it's pretty damn good. The smoked flavors in the middle are subtle, but add a whole other element to the brew, other than just being a generic milk stout. Very tasty.

tectactoe, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of blackearth
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. This beer pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of burnt sugar and light cream. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The flavor is rich, dark roasted malt that go down very smooth.

blackearth, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +9%

supa0525, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

SD-Alefan, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Pours black with three+ fingers of creamy brown head that has very good retention.

S - Combination of sweet and roasted earthy malts. Relatively simple, but good. A bit of smoke and coffee as well.

T - Roasted malts come through more in the taste than the smell. Also, some sweet malt and a very faint tartness. The roasted character may be a bit too much for a cream stout, but taste is good overall.

M - Not quite as creamy as I would like. Maybe over carbonated and a touch thin for the style.

O - Not my favorite of the DH stout series, but still a good one overall.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of MJLatimer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

MJLatimer, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of shapudding
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Apparently they don’t date these puppies! No dating. Pitch chocolate brown with a bit of caramel head in tight form that mainly was a thin ring and a tiny dusting just in the center. Deep, dark, and rich aroma. Thick and heavily scented of coffee, chocolate and hops. Creamy smooth feeling, it just glides along your tongue... schweet. Carbonation is just barely present in the background. Wonderful flavors, deep and dark, roasty and lovely. Black strong coffee, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, hoppiness, caramel malts. Such good flavors and feeling in this. Nice one for the lovers of ports and stouts, as it has a lot to give to you.

shapudding, Mar 11, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

VernonKell, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a pitch black color with an extremely dark, milk chocolate head that fizzles away to a ring around the glass. Smells of much roastiness, some lactose, bittersweet chocolate....Taste has sweet malts and lactose up front and goes into a chocolatey flavor which then morphs into a very roasty and milky flavor that grips the tongue for a good while...very lasting roast. Moderate carbonation fights through the creamy textured body. Very tasty but by the end of the pint I prefer to move on as the flavor becomes a bit cloying.

Doomcifer, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Duster72
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a very dark black with little tan head and little retention. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, and roasted sweet malts. Taste is on the sweet side with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits being the primary components. Very creamy mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable cream stout from Michigan, but a very solid beer.

Duster72, May 24, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz bottle pours a very dark black body with a small khaki head that quickly falls away. Just a spot or two of patchy lace. Aroma has waves of milk and dark chocolates with just a hint of dark roast. Smooth and creamy body with low carbonation. Taste has a ton of chocolate. Some coffee bitterness from the dark roast and a mild lactic note. A pretty good cream stout.

merlin48, Mar 03, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mctizzz, Jan 01, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: bosco, roasted malt, and cream

Taste: dark chocolate, roasted malt, small bit of dark coffee, with sugar and cream at the end.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, slightly sweet start--bitter middle--with a slightly sweet end and a bitter aftertaste--this beer really flips between sweet and bitter, medium carbonation

Drinkability: My second favorite in their line so far. This one is less sweet than most in this category. A sipper but could do a four over a long evening. One I would certainly pick up again.

tigg924, Mar 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Black with thin, but foamy, purplish-tan head and some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Very chocolaty and creamy aroma, almost like Cookies & Cream with chocolate syrup. Very light roasted bite, molasses and coffee.

Taste: Much milder, and harsher, than the aroma indicated, but maybe the aroma was a little too much to live up to. Strong roasted malts, with some coffee, molasses and chocolate. However, there is a sweet, creamy undercurrent that helps to balance the roasted bite.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, very creamy body but slightly chalky, but it really improves as it warms. A little bit warming.

Drinkability: Very smooth and creamy Stout. I had expected a titch more from the aroma, but that is a minor gripe. Better than One, not as good as Tres. Awaiting Fore and The Fifth.

bsp77, Feb 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

standardcherry, May 21, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%

Too Cream Stout opens to a sweet, milky, but still coffee- and ash-laden aroma. The sugars in here are pronounced and varied, featuring heavy whipping cream, caramel, toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, and brown sugar; these are balanced by an undercurrent of ash, tobacco, chocolate malt, and burnt toast crust. There’s also a good bit of nuance added by smidgens of vanilla, roasted pecan, and thick brown breads. Hops add a barely detectable edge of pine resin and grapefruit rind to add a bitter, resinous complexity. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring almost everything one could want in a Milk Stout, losing points mainly for strength of aromas, since the initial odors do fade after a few seconds.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a black, ashy, tobacco-and-coffee-laden edge that is reminiscent of campfire smoke and wood ash, and is surprisingly powerful. This is quickly joined by a good bit of sugar, which bring the milky lactose, as well as molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and touches of milk chocolate. Toasted bread crust and rising wheat dough add earthiness, joined by roasted pecans and vanilla. Hops add a bitter pine resin and grapefruit rind edge that sears the tongue and adds a biting, citrusy kick. In subsequent sips the initial black ashy notes do subside somewhat, as if the tastebuds had burned out in their initial onslaught, but are still present in great quantity, and fight the sugars for dominance. The aftertaste is a heavily ash-laden continuation of the main mouthful, with even greater tobacco, coffee, and citrusy pine resin presence as the sugars die off, and the ashy notes linger on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this is a very good Milk Stout, featuring a very powerful arrangement of finely assorted flavors that will be sure to please fans of the style. The ashy/coffee notes are perhaps a bit too strong here, the sugars not quite able to keep up, and the beer could have used a bit more ABV to add a greater vanilla-bourbon overtone, as well as a little less carbonation. But even without those changes, this is quite drinkable, and very delicious.

jondeelee, Feb 22, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, joshrosborne!

Black throughout and a small dark brown head that eventually leaves no lacing down the glass, surprisingly. The beer looks thick and appropriate.

A complete, rich aroma of roasted malt, espresso, and mild chocolate. There's just a hint of creamy sugar as well, but it's a complement as opposed to a deterrent.

The roast and espresso come through in the flavor as well, along with a touch of lacto and cream. There's a bit of sweetness and an overall moderate bitterness level. This is certainly good, but deteriorates as it warms.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A joy to drink.

For a style I don't particularly care for, this one is fantastic.

ehammond1, May 21, 2012
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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.