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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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412 Reviews
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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,088
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 73
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003

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Reviews: 412 | Hads: 1,088
Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, pours opaque black/ruby brown, nice head, looks creamy.

smells of coffee, malty chocolate, oats? lactose

tastes like a thinner russian imperial stout, oats, lactose, coffee chocolate, nice use of hopping, clean tasting and easy to drink, an amazing "lesser" stout in comparison to the competition.

mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, the name doesn't lie, the head is great to swish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I only have a couple more left in the holiday stout series and I wanted something dark to have with dinner last night and decided to take this one for a ride. The nice 12oz bottle was served at cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - What a wonderful looking stout we have here. This one poured a pitch black with no light escaping at all,

This thing looked like an abyss. Pitch black, I could not even find any light sneaking in around the sides at all. A nice huge looking tan head then rose up over the top to a height of around two inches before finally settling down to a thin chocolate pillow across the top, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace throughout the session,

Smell - The aroma was very large, and nice and sweet. Tons of lactose aromas coming through on this one. Sweet mil chocolate and a good touch of sugar all over this. Some nice dark roasted malts were hanging out way in the back, but otherwise this was just very sweet, delicious smelling to be honest.

Taste - The flavor followed suit nicely. The first thing I noticed was a nice roasted malt taste that was quickly erased by sweet milk sugar. Lots of vanilla hints rolling through here as well, with a nice chocolate like flavor as well. The finish had a touch of dry hoppiness to it, but other then hat it finished the way it started and came off very nice,

Mouthfeel - Nice smooth, creamy feel, not as heavy as I would have liked, but still very well done, and a testament to how well this one was put together. Really again very well done.

Drinkability - I could have easily had this one all night long. The carbonation was done very well and the overall feel of it was nice, albeit a touch on the light side. There was a decent amount of sugar, and the alcohol was nowhere to be found. I easily could have had another one at any point.

Overall I thought this was a n excellent representation of the style and one of the better sweet stouts I have had. Rich in complexity and low in BV, it is the perfect session able stout for the evening. I would be happy t have this one again any day!

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Photo of kasper
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours like used motor oil with a creamy, bubbly half-finger chocolate colored head that falls quickly to leave just a bubbly ring. From the pour to about the first 30 seconds after the pour, this brew looks just like Ten Fidy.

S: Aromas of cookies, cream, vanilla, maybe a little bit of chocolate but with an almost fruity characteristic. Overall, a sweet and creamy smelling stout. The aroma has good strength. Real nice.

T: Taste is a mixture of cream and bitter chocolate followed by some mild coffee and dark fruits. Dark sweet fruits are abundant in the finish. It kind of lingers. However, this stout also falls flat on the finish. Kind of disappointing in that sense.

M: Part of the flat finish, I believe, has a lot to do with this beer's lacking of carbonation and thin feel. It looks stronger than it feels. That's not to say it's not a full bodied beer, it's just that I feel the consistency is lacking. It doesn't stand up to the rest of the beer.

D: I believe these are about 8%ABV but the bottle doesn't. You really don't taste it, but i feel it hitting me as I write this. Two of these in a sitting would be tops. Overall, a "good" beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours Jet black darker than #3 Chevrolet that was once piloted by the great Dale Sr. There is very little head, to be honest none to speak of. It does leave an oily film on the glass but no lace.

S: What a nice combo of roasted malts. Tons of sweet milky caramel, burnt brown sugar, and ohh the bitter chocolate. There is a dark fruit characterist to this one.

T: The flavor has a nice smokiness to it for a milk stout. Nice charcoal and smoke up front. Burnt brown sugar and caramel come next. Milky chocolate appears in the finish and lingers in the mouth like a malted milk ball.

M: Smooth and oily rather rich for a milk stout. Medium in body, Nice overall.

D: Not my favorite class of stouts but this one is one is one of the best in the category. Very tasty and very drinkable. I like it.

Overall: There are many great brewers in the Midwest and Dark Horse is often over looked when people start talking about the midwest. They should not be. They brew great beers. As I sample beer after beer I become more amazed. The continually put out top notch beers that many never get to sample. Do yourself a favor and grab some, you will be happy you did.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This stout is blacker than black! It's the color of liquid evil! The Devil's bile! As it pours out of the bottle, it looks like deeply coagulated and putrefied blood. I work in a lab, and I occasionally work with blood specimens collected from cadavers...not to be gross or anything, but this is what blood of a ten day old cadaver looks like. On a less grim note, the head is small but deep dark brown and fairly tight. Tons of little spots of lace are left on the glass.

S - Firewood, dark chocolate, deeply roasted coffee beans, and fibrous whole grain cereal (like Kashi)...the stuff that makes you poop. I also smell puffed rice cereal too...like that brand with the lip smackin' frog character. Count Chocula marshmallows are there in a big way, and a goat cheese like lactic note is present too. Smells wonderful!

T - Deep dark chocolate mixed with sweet and creamy milk chocolate and whipped cream. This is like an espresso topped with dark chocolate flakes and whipped chocolate mousse. There is a good deal of roasted bitterness, and not as much sweetness as the nose suggests.

M - Full bodied and slick on the palate...fitting for a motor-oil black brew. There is a large amount of prickly carbonation; too much IMO. I would prefer a more restrained and "silky" carbonation for the flavors presented here...this is a bit too lively, but I'm just nit-picking.

D - A damn fine milk stout! I find oatmeal and milk stouts far more drinkable than dry stouts due to the thicker sweetness, and this is no exception. I wouldn't really want to session this one though...it's more of a sipper.

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Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Very dark almost black,has some suspended sedimant.Tiny dark reddish brown head,leaves fine lace.

S-Roasted chocolate malt,faint chicory/coffee aromas.

T/M-Rich maltiness offset by roasty bitterness in the finish.Medium watery mouthfeel with a mild fine carbonation.

D-Good stuff,couldn't drink more than one or two but that's the style.Worth checking out.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this from a bottle and poured into a tulip and served at cellar temp.

A - Dark, black chocolate that is completely reflective. No matter how I poured it I could not get any head at all and only a few mocha colored bubbles sit on the side.

S - smells a bit metallic and also has a hint of a dark roasted coffee and chocolate coming up from it. Really can't seem to get too much of a nose from this no matter what I try.

T - At first, the taste is bitter chocolate. As it sits in the mouth, I get a bit of an orange peel hops presence and also a toffee sweetness. The ending is rather dry which is a way reminds me of a white wine. This is one stout that has a lot of roasted flavor and that really hangs around in the aftertaste. On the whole, I usually don't care for a roasted flavor but I like that this one leans more towards chocolate and coffee instead of meat. This actually has a good bit of flavor to it as well as everything really pops out of it. The more I drink it, the more I like this and the more it reminds me of a dark, bitter chocolate. The orange aspect also seems to fade away as the beer warms up as well.

MF - A light amount of carbonation and a little bit thin for a stout. I usually like my stouts to be a bit sticky and have some body to this one. This is light bodied but I don't want people to think it is watery because it is not.

D - overall, this is a stout that has a ton of flavor and that is where this beer stands out. However on the whole, I didn't really care for the rest of the beer. It had really no nose which was surprising give all of the flavor in it. The mouthfeel was good but could be a bit thicker. This would be a good stout to have with a big piece of chocolate cake as it has big flavors but it is not heavy at all as you could easily finish the 4 pack of this in no time.

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Photo of dnichols
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to imacoug for sharing his bottle with me. We poured a capped 12 ounce bottle into a room-temperature chalice.

A: It poured a thick black body with no measurable head and modest clumpy lacing.

S: It had a dark roasted bitter chocolate aroma with very light coffee smells and plenty of ripe plums and brown sugar.

T: It had a leading flavor of bitter coco with light coffee flavors and touches of dark ripe fruit and brown sugar. The front sweetness was diluted making the backside coffee the dominant flavor. It finished dry and astringent.

M: It was light to medium bodied with very little creaminess and laking the signature mild-chocolate flavors. It had a clean and dry finish.

D: It was thin and light with a dry body. It lacked creaminess and was not particullarily well belened.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After delving into the delight that is Crooked Tree IPA, buying Too Cream Stout at the great Neil St. Piccadilly was impossible to resist. A thin finger of tan froth tops a deep black body that positively kills light. The body grants the good presentation score here. Coffee and molasses confront the nose in force.

The taste is reminiscent of a mild porter, with the coffee strongly emerging but not overwhelming the caramel and molasses. This is certainly tasty cream stout. It's also a piece of cake to down, smooth and rich. Very good stuff, another hit from Dark Horse. Not quite the equal of Crooked Tree, but this is no lightweight.

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Photo of EGledhill
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured black with a thin brown head and a ring of lace.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a milky lactose.

T - Roasty, almost burnt malt, coffee, chocolate and a sweet milky quality.

M - On the thin side and not as creamy as other sweet stouts.

D - A decent offering from Dark Horse.

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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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lexx picked this one up in Michigan! Thanks!

Pours an opaque dark brown, thin brown head forms, settles down to a thin collar, leaves behind some lace spots. Smell is rich, chocolate, coffee roast, lactic creaminess, toffee, more chocolate, pretty solid. Taste is milk chocolate, toffee, roast coffee, touch of smoke, molasses, mily roast finish, bit of lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, almost feels milk chocolatey.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't see through the pour. Darkness follows in the foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Little lacing present. The smell is interesting because you get that aroma reminiscent of a sauce pan of over cooked milk that's ready for cocoa. The combination of that and a light chocolate note lessens a roasted malt character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied, but first off creamy in nature. Full flavored, the entire business going on in the nose is mirrored in the taste as well. This is really nice! Another one out of the park by the folks at Dark Horse!. Big thanks to BigDaddyWil for the opportunity. Cheers.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours jet black, impervious to any light. Vigorous pour yeilds a very nice dark brown head that escapes very quickly. No lacing left at all. Even with forceful swirling of my Duvel tulip, I can't rustle it back.

Smell- Chocolate covered cherries and dark roasted malts. There is a little lactose and ethanol in the background as well. This smells great.

Taste- Roasted Chocolate malts with a hint of lactose, and a touch of smoke. It finishes slightly acrid and chalky. As things warm up this bitterness seems to subside a bit and the Chocolate and lactose flavors really shine.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to light carbonation, a very nice smooth and velvety mouthfeel. I'm enjoying this ride.

Drinkability- Not sure of the abv on this puppy, but ethanol seems to take charge near the end of the ride. This is a very well done milk stout.-Recommended.

Would like to try this again with some woodfired roasted marshmellow's covered in chocolate syrup.

Thanks to jjayjaye for the experience.

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Photo of klewis
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours totally black with a moderate creamy head. Sustain and lacing could be better.

S: Aroma of bitter chocolate with a slight nutty smell.

T: A bitter cocoa taste with a slight burnt coffee character.

M: Fairly light in body. Faint carbonation and a super smooth and creamy texture.

D: Pretty solid, this is a step up from "one". Easy drinking and worth checking out.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sludgey black with hints of brown on the stream of pour. Quickly settles to an ink black with no head, just a ripple of head that fades as you pour. Nose is dark and broading with hints of anise, toffee and smokey sweet burnt malt. A smokey sweet hue creates a cloudy smooth feel on the mouth on the first sip. Rich, full and biscuit like flavor graces the entire tongue. Hints of dryed cherries and bitter dark chocolate linger around on the mouthfeel. A very dry but not obtrusive bitter is there also. A nice sipping stout for those who enjoy the dark.

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Photo of enfield249
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very thick, with a reddish brown head. Color is black, with no highlights.

S - Coffee, some burnt toast smell.

T - At the front is some good coffee, followed up by some sweetness. Right at the end is some of that burnt roast taste, but no bad.

M - Very full and thick, but not sticky. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, a nice milk stout.

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Photo of baos
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz into Atlas mason jar

A: Dark as night with tiny tiny dark brown head. Head disappears to a thin ring round the edge.

S: Roasty maltiness. Deep dark scorched caramel. Chocolate syrup.

T: Bitterness right from the start that is intensified with the roasted barley. I think it may be a bit too bitter for my taste buds, but it seems to mellow as it warms.

M: I was expecting more with this pitch black aromatic brew, but its pretty light bodied for this type of beer.

D: Pretty high on alcohol content and kind of bitter. I give it an average rating for drinkability.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a traditional pint glass

A - Pours an opaque black that is impossible to see through. Head is small, but nice for the style with its tan color. Lacing is moderate when tipped, but falls quickly.

S - Strong roasted scent with a molasses flavor. Full of oats & grains with a touch of roasted espresso beans. A slight oaked alcohol scent awakens as this beer warms.

T - Similar to the smell, with the roasted malt flavor dominating. Sweetness comes in the form of robust molasses flavor. Superb balance of sweetness with the strong roasted flavor. Hops may contribute to the drying and slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with a nice, chewy mouthfeel. Finish is nicely balanced between drying bitterness and residual sweetness.

D - A solid cream stout for a cold winter's day. Alcohol is not too high to be much of a factor, and the flavor stays enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.

Very, really surprising pour. Completely opaque with a wonderfully retentive brown chocolatey head.

Smells very sweet and smooth. Yes, you can smell smoothness. I smell it right here, in this beer. It smells the way that good, foreign chocolate tastes.

Tastes just as smooth as it smells, and it's smooth all the way through. Can't stress that enough-it's like silk. Tastes fairly rough, though, and the clash is just a little bit offputting. There's some dark chocolate, some harshly roasted malt--burnt more than roasted--and a decent hop finish. Pretty good, but like I said it just clashes a little with the aroma and mouthfeel.

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Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown/black with a thin dark tan head.

Smell was full of burnt malts and sweet cream.

Flavor was very full with nice bits of creamy sweetness with a nice burnt black malt flavor and some smoke, coffee, and bitter chocolate notes. Just a bit of hops to balance out the milkey sweetness.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy.

Very solid cream stout.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and thick with a slight tan head plenty of yeasty chunks in the bottom.

Aroma is robust dark grain, hints of coffee with an underlying sugary sweetness.

Taste is exactly as the nose described. Flavor is dominated by smokey dark roasted grain. Coffee, milk sweetness, and chocolate. Finish is dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. much richer than I had expected from a cream stout.

A very drinkable, well made stout. Flavor is quite rich and satisfying.

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.