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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

909 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 65
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of Cheesedogg
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Very dark, opaque brown/black in color with a nice inch of foam. Head disappeared after a few minutes. Smell of very roasted malts with the hint of coffee and cocoa. Taste the nice java flavor with just a bit of bitternes to finish. Very smooth and drinkable beer.

Cheesedogg, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev +2.6%

ConorThomas, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, sort of shady, simplistic label, so characteristic of Dark Horse...doesn't much matter though, it's all about what's inside. No date, but I think we've had this one for a little over a year.

Appearance: Pours BLACK straight out of the bottle. Not black in the glass but brown out of the bottle, this is PITCH, OBSIDIAN black from the get-go. Really impressive and viscous looking. A dark mocha cap crowns this, but falls fairly quickly to thick ring and thin film.

Smell: Thick, dark roasted grain aromas, with hints of alcohol, and a touch of smoky char. Powerful and pleasant, if not tons of depth.

Taste: Char and roasted grains lead the way here. Only the most minimal of dark fruity esters, this is burnt, sharp, and roasty. It has a rich, full feel typical of a cream stout, but this ends drier and much roastier than the typical examples.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, velvety.

Overall: Not at all a bad beer, but it's not really what I think about when I think of a cream stout, even a larger-than-usual version. Foreign Export Stout? Perhaps. At any rate, it's not a bad beer, but at 10 bucks or so for a 4-pk, this isn't probably one I'd pick up again.

C+ to B-

BedetheVenerable, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Another bottle courtesy of chpueblo22.

Appearance - Inky black and glass-staining. Not much head, but that it has is a very dark chocolate foam. Nice. I forgive its subsequent torpitude because of how jet black it is.

Smell - Lactose and a hefty coffee roast. Maybe a hint of alcohol as it warms. Uninspiring, but at least I get the roast more than the lactose.

Taste - Lactose sweetness right up front, but it isn't overwhelming. The dark roasts fight through. Mostly coffee, but some chocolate and burnt malt comes through as well. Nicely bitter in the finish, as it combats the lactose, but it's more from the roast than hops.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy in the taste and decently carbonated. The lactose, even if I don't love the flavor, makes it smooth and somewhat creamy. The heavy roasted malts really kill any notion of a cream stout, though.

Overall - I enjoyed One more, but this isn't bad for a milk stout. I try not to hold my opinion of lactose additions against these beers, and this one at least gave me a decent stout behind it.

Alieniloquium, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +2.6%

kirkse, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another incredible stout form darkhorse... Thanks again to DoctorB2B

Apearance:
Jet black as expected with a 1/2 inch of dark, tan head. The head eventually dissipates to a thin halo around the edges and there appears to be very little cloudiness/sediment. The beer leaves an oily, yellow glaze on the inside of the glass.

Smell:
All I get out of the nose is a light roastiness and some sweetness. When it warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

Taste:
This is a tasty effing beer. The bitterness is much more pungent compared to its smell and plays nicely off the stout's creamy sweetness. It's a super potent beer, but is also super balanced.

Mouthfeel:
The beer's rich, sweet-stout body, alcoholic burn, and carbonation give me first impressions of a cola beverage (coke blak anybody?), but the roastiness lingers beyond that of any soda. I love the body of the stouts darkhorse makes.

Overall:
Hard to get, but seems to be reasonably priced and very accessible in other states. I paired the beer with some Tuscany grilled ham and sharp provolone, which seems to have worked well. I'd recommend the beer to others and I'm glad I received it as an unexpected extra

ThePorterSorter, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-pours like black motor oil, exactly how i like my stouts to pour. thin dark tan head

S-i could smell this as i was pouring it in to the glass and as i walked to my desk. it smells like really dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa beans. smells extra fresh. super strong, not exactly pure smelling though.

T-comes in with with a really dark and sweet taste of mocha. its a thick taste that lingers to a semi-bitter matching after-taste. the after-taste has more of a chocolate cover coffee bean flavor. pretty smooth and well balanced.

M-thick and medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-i'm pretty impressed with this stout. its solid tasting yet its super smooth and really drinkable, even dangerously drinkable. i would say this borderlines the taste of an american imperial stout...it has the flavor profile. i recommend this and will get this again if i see it.

AdamBear, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of decadance
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

decadance, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev +2.6%

amart80, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours on the heavier side. Black with dark brown at the edges. Head is a dark tan and drops to a thin ring pretty quickly. Very still.

Smell: Roasted malts, a faint touch of sweetness. Lingering notes of cocoa and coffee, but it's really roasted sweetness. Faint grassy edge. Something akin to crust. Very mild, lacks some of the overt sweetness I expect from the style. Nice malt profile though.

Taste: Roasted malts, slightly burnt. Some sweetness mingles with a slight char and smoke. Missing the lactic sweetness. Very roasty with a touch of citrus on the back. Coffee and cocoa in good measure. Delightful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Borders on full at times, but is ultimately a high medium body. Carbonation is mellow and helps smooth the whole experience out. Very smooth.

Overall: This is very similar to One Oatmeal Stout with a little more malt character. It lacks the sweetness for the style, but makes up for it with a solid malt presence. Well-crafted and creamy.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep opaque brown, almost black, with no light getting through when held to the light. A one finger dark brown foamy head that settled to a nice frothy cap but didn't leave any lacing behind.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate milk with a little whiff of sweetness and alcohol.

Taste: Big dark roasted malts with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little smoke. Not as sweet and lactose filled as some other cream stouts, but that's what makes this original and unique. I like the big bold smoky malts and bitter chocolate flavors.

Mouth Feel: Full-bodied and hearty, thick and creamy.

Overall: A good big blast of dark roasted malts and lots of complex flavors. A sipping beer, and one is enough, so not really for sessions...but a good one if you just want one big dark malted brew. I would drink one of these again if I'm in the mood for the style.

ChopperSmith, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of tsauce2
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark brown/chocolate, velvety, 1 in, dissipates to nothing. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, oat, lactose, mild sweetness, light hop additions.

T: Dark roast malt, hops come through fairly quickly, chocolate, alcohol, oat, light sweetness. Aftertaste is semi-bittered chocolate malt and a bit of alcohol.

M: Full body. Viscous. Big body from heavy malt use. Hops cut the profile a bit, with the oat, chocolate, lactose, and alcohol coming in afterwards and adding back to the feel. Wet finish.

O: Nice milk/sweet stout. Good flavors, with an interesting hop presence. A bit of alcohol gives a nice warmth. Solid finish and something I would definitely have again.

tsauce2, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

bconsidine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +2.6%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of stealth
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour. Really great looking dark head, but it dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Really great nose on this one - roasted creamy dark chocolates. Taste is similar to the nose - lots of roast, bitter chocolate. Not sweet at all; I am not tasting the lactose sweetness I expect in a milk stout. Very imperial stout like in taste and mouth feel. Very creamy, semi-thick brew.

Overall, this is a real solid entry from Dark Horse. Lots of flavor for the palate, and extremely drinkable. The lack of any milkiness in the taste detracts from its overall rating, for me, as that extra milkiness would have made this one stand out, rather than seeming like another imp. stout, albeit an above average imperial.

stealth, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of nmeiborg
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown that looks thick and velvetty.
A vigorous pour produced a good size foamy cap, tall and dense. Carb's look light. Aroma is rich, roasted malts, coffee and heavy cream. Drinks pretty thick on the palette. Nice roasted malt flavor, some coffee. Drinks smooth and velvetty although you can notice some grit.
Finishes with a light burnt bitterness thats toned down a notch because of the sweetness.
A good drinking beer with a bold, smooth and sweet taste.

micromaniac129, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black, with a one finger chocolate brown head, very little lacing

S- roasted coffe, touch of smoke, chocolate

T- smell follows the nose closey, although the smoke is more pronounced in the taste, but works well with the roasty coffe notes, finishes like a mocha coffe... Pretty tasty

M- full bodied and creamy, finishes dry, great mouthfeel.

O- another very good stout from dark horse!

PeterIngemi, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Lee45102
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Lee45102, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

fiedler84, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of nucmedmario
3/5  rDev -23.1%

nucmedmario, Jan 12, 2012
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.