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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

940 Ratings
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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 68
Gots: 79 | FT: 3
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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Photo of amalburg
2/5  rDev -48.6%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of gater_ade
2/5  rDev -48.6%

gater_ade, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of radioscooter
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Too smoky and burnt for a cream/milk stout. Not remotely sweet. Very rauchy. (smoky)

Did I mention burnt, and smoky?

Okay, it looks pretty good. Great froth and the color is jet black with coffee head.

But the first sip is riduculously dry and bitter for a cream stout. YES, there are lactaids here. But it's overshadowed by the coffee, dry bitterness.

Embrace if you like coffee porters or really dry stouts. A great example of either a dry stout, Java porter, coffee stout etc.. Just not a cream stout. It's just classified poorly.

Not a fan.

radioscooter, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of JustinMatthew
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

JustinMatthew, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of DragonzBreath
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

We found this too bitter to have again. We enjoy the look...black and silky. The pour and Look in the glass is of the utmost important to us.
Rich, dark coffee hits your tongue as slide down bitter, while taking all your saliva with it. Upon swallowing, the strange odor attacks. Rich, heavy stout.

DragonzBreath, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of tayner
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

poured black with a small chocolate colored head that faded fast and left nothing, no bubbles, no lacing, no nothing. looks like coffee in my cup. not appealing as a beer really

smells a tad smoking, roasted malts, and some sour coffee smell.

Taste is of a peat flavor, some smoke, and roasted malt. some bitter chocolate at the finish but flavor is dominantly that strange peat flavor which i did not expect for a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is okay on this one.. the milk makes it creamy, but it lacks any sort of carbonation to make it easy to drink.

I cant drink anymore of these. this is less than impressive, and barely toleralble for me. Perhaps if the carbonation were better it would be easier to drink.

tayner, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of aasher
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This bottle poured an oily black with a little head to start but it quickly died off. It's the weakest of their stout series in terms of appearance (One through 5th). The aromas are of a lot of coffee, some chocolate and then this moldy like funk. This milk stout is smelly fishy. It almost has some oak or smoke like qualities (but nothing like the Fore). It's a turn off. The flavor is strange too. There's a lot of smoke and this weird spin on lactic acid. It kind of has this burnt bacon aspect to it as well. At least its silky smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. This beer, in my opinion, is the weakest of their stout series. I don't know what went wrong.

aasher, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice looking black pour with a small dark brown head. Smell is rich caramel and roasted maltiness with a distinct dairy sweetness. A bit of citrus seems to be floating around as well as some vanilla and cocoa.

Taste is odd, and actually quite off-putting. The sweetness is a killer, and there is also a metallic note that is just poor. Not feeling this one at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not drinkable, this one is a chore to drink.

alcstradamus, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Liquor World in Cambridge, Mass. I no can has mixed six pack. :/

Sam Adams PP glass. Rich, dark, toffee-colored head. Inky black body.

Smell is composed of burnt toast, charred greasy bits, just a bit of coffee roast, & even less lactose.

Taste is bitter-sharp bark/char/ash/soot. Toasty malt & a squirt of cola desperately try to add some semblance of sweetness. Earthy. Not very enthusiastic about this one.

Solid carbonation, ashy/grainy feel. Average alcohol. A bit thin for the style, but that doesn't make it easy.

Bleh.

PEBKAC, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of MDekker
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

In general, I'm not a fan of cream stouts, as opposed to other stouts, but this one really failed me big time:

A: Pours out jet black with almost no head. What little does materialize is quite brown in color.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and creamy smells. Not bad.

T: Not much TOO it. Flavors similar to the aromatic notes, but not enough of them. I wanted more from this. Balance is OK.

M: Here's where it all fell apart - practically no carbonation, with no thickness to compensate for it. Just way TOO watery, so it ended up like drinking stale Coke. Blah.

D: I couldn't finish it. Bummer.

MDekker, May 26, 2007
Photo of gford217
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of StFun poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a short-lived mocha head that recedes to a ring leaving very little lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with a hint of lactose in the form of bakers chocolate. The taste has a coffee bitterness up front before giving way to a substantial burnt malt backbone. The finish brings back the bitterness, but in a pretty unpleasant chalky way. The mouthfeel is a tad watery with very little carbonation. This is a pretty average stout and not as enjoyable as the first in the series for me. I'm hoping for more with the rest of the series.

gford217, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of hermit990
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of mwar
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

mwar, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a light tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and has a distinct smokiness. Just a touch of lactose sweetness despite being a milk stout.

Roasty malt at the forefront. Some smoke (maybe a bit too much) before finishing earthy and dry. Again not a lot of lactose to the taste.

A bit thin for my liking with medium carbonation.

Not a big fan of this one. The smoke flavor overwhelms a bit and the good creaminess of the milk stout is missing.

jmarsh123, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of shredder83
2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a thin ring of caramel colored head that dissipates very quickly, no lacing and poor retention

Roasty/burnt malts, oatmeal, chocolate and sweet

Roasty burnt malt, a slight hint of chocolate and coffee. Bitter finish and slightly sweet throughout.

Medium-light and not as creamy as the name suggests.

This is my first review and I felt it had to be for this cream stout because this one was very disappointing. I rarely ever drainpour anything but this one lasted just enough sips to review. Very light body for a cream stout and not nearly sweet enough, the bitterness of the roasted malts and hops drowned out the sweetness a cream stout should have. The smell was present but not strong enough at first smell. Not well done, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes milk/sweet/cream stouts.

shredder83, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of jmalex
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as part of the Triple Trouble BIF from the guys from Cincinnati.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a tulip-style pint glass a deep black. Surprisingly, no head forms at all. Despite a vigorous pour, only a few bubbles even form, let alone stay and hold.

SMELL: Very big with an overwhelming sweetness. Dark chocolate and coffee come on strong with a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol lurking behind.

TASTE: As expected, much milder and sweeter in flavor. A light roastiness cuts through an otherwise fruity, milky beer. It almost toes the line between lactic and sour, but isn't quite there. The finish is very empty, lacking any flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Whoa, this is insanely underwhelming. It's really watery and barely carbonated at all. And the body isn't even that big either. Disappointing.

DRINKABILITY: Not the best. The low carbonation kills it and probably dulls the flavors considerably.

Well, you can't win 'em all. I'd definitely seek out something else.

jmalex, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for the bottle.

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: An unremarkable stout pour. Initially has a brown/tan froth in the middle of the surface, but that quickly fades to black (get it? lolzzz). The body itself is a rather unremarkable stout color. There is no lacing. Bleh.

Smell: A slight medicinal quality almost makes this bad, but it seems to transform, strangely, into a pleasing nuttiness after some more pulls. Slight cream, milk chocolates with some semisweet, slight cherries. Decent. Not much coffee to speak of.

Taste: Porter-ish flavor, honestly, that isn't appropriate for the style. Slight lactose-like flavor which is, however, appropriate. Coffee on the back end. Cherries again, sort of like Sucrets. Okay.

Mouthfeel: Flat. Thin.

Drinkability: Not undrinkable by any means, but this is not a very nuanced or remarkable beer, even for a session.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 18, 2008
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

TheLevi4000, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Devi0us, Feb 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

IdrinkGas, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

dreichus, Jan 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

ssarkozi1, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

marcb105, Jun 14, 2013
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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.