Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by MJR:
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours an inviting, deep black...Johnny Cash black. The body is completely opaque, with no light entering or leaving. A dark brown head begins at around a finger thick, then shrinks to thin cap that leaves zero lacing.
Smell: The aroma is interesting, with a combination of roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla, earthy yeast, and a bit of fruitiness that almost seems to be of tropical origin. Is that pineapple I detect? There's also a strong sugar sweetness that I would wager comes from lactose.
Taste: The flavor is dominated by a burnt sugar and caramel sweetness. There's some roasted malts in there, but they assume a backup role. A touch of bready yeast provides a bit of thickness to the flavor profile. On the finish, the sweetness lessens a bit, leaving a faint roasted grain bitterness and flavor.
Mouthfeel: Rich and oily in the mouth, with a medium thickness. The mild carbonation rate creates a slighty syrupy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This is quite the interesting sweet stout. There's a lot more to this brew than just the lactose sweetness. I could easily drink this one again.
A 'thank you' goes out to 'Realale' for the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2003 14:09:48 | More by MJR
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3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
How clever they are, One, Too, Tres, Fore and Plead the 5th! I am holding Fore in abeyance, awaiting a smoke-a-thon one of these days. In the interim, another of my bottle backlog is annihilated, but still no end in sight.
This was visually stunning coming out of the bottle and into my glass! It looked like high viscosity engine oil, 40-weight, as it did its pseudo-cascade and then formed a finger of dense, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44) allowing zero light penetration. THIS is their interpretation of a Cream Stout?!? Nose was rich and chocolaty, more towards dark chocolate with a charcoal smokiness. Mouthfeel was big, full and creamy and the taste was incredibly smoky, which while appealing to me, is stylistically incorrect. Why would they make Fore and this? I left a bit in the bottle so as to be able to stir up the lees for an additional pour, but it really did not change things by much, except to intensify the smokiness, if that is possible. Finish was bitter, smoky, dry, all of which adds up to something other than a Milk/Sweet Stout. I am not a style maven, by any stretch, but this was a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 14:45:08 | More by woodychandler
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.