Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by krustster:
4.61/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Uuaahh god man. Pure black, not even a little brown or red, totally opaque, and this is "only" a normal stout (not imperial)! Fairly dark tan, creamy head that sticks around for a good amount of time, lots of lacing, looks very oily and viscous. To be frank, this is one of the best looking stouts I've seen in any category.
Smell: Rich dark chocolate, coffee and "roast", and licorice. There's something unique that sticks out here and I believe it is in fact the licorice. Oddly enough, it smells.... well, creamy. Is that possible?
Taste is some more of that, but sweeter. Not highly sweet, but a definite semi-sweet chocolate chip type of thing, with some black coffee, some of the lactose type of sweetness, definite licorice coming through. Actually the more that I drink of this, the more it just tastes like a straight chocolate bar to me. Maybe a Hershey's Special Dark bar. Dark, but still sweet and incredible. I can see why some people aren't too crazy about this one, but it totally hits the spot for me. With each bottle I've consumed, I have grown to like the taste more. There's just something about it... the way the "roast" is so upfront, but without any real bitterness, and balanced out by the sweet taste, it draws me in.
The true power of this beer is the creamy, sticky, viscous mouth feel. It really is thicker than many imperial stouts I've had, and the "cream" aspect (sticky lactose feel, dunno if it even has lactose but it leaves that milky feeling in the back of my throat) adds even more thickness to the already pleasantly bloated body. And at "only" 7.5% that is really saying something. And the carbonation is just high enough that it doesn't die out by the end of your drink, but never surpasses the level of "creamy on the tongue".
Overall, the incredible mouthfeel, especially for a non-imperial stout, elevates this already delicious brew to a level beyond that of an ordinary stout. Bell's Double Cream was quite tasty but this one leaves it in the dust, and is much easier to find to boot. Awesome beer at a bargain price to boot!!
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2014 05:03:08 | More by krustster
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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 878 ratings.