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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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869 Ratings
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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 61
Gots: 69 | FT: 4
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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 mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle my Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head that leaves very quickly and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light earthy wood notes. I was picturing some vanilla or cream like Bell's cream stout but none here.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light cream, and light vanilla. The taste reminded me of Bell's double cream a little bit.

m - Relatively light body for a stout and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A pretty nice stout. Not a lot of cream in the nose but you can definitely taste it. Glad to try it and would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:37:58 | More by mdfb79
Photo of spartanfan


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

review from notes had at Union Jack's (Glenside)

A: Pours an opaque black with a small tan head that fades to a ring leaving little to no lacing behind.

S: Very strong roasted malt and espresso aromas, hints of earthy hops.

T: Again malt are very roasty and powerful. Aftertaste is that of bitter hops.

M: Full. This beer leaves a coating on the inside of my mouth and perhaps has just a bit too much carbonation for my liking.

D: This is a very good beer with good flavors, but they are a bit to strong and overpowering to be very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 20:01:11 | More by spartanfan
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received bottles of this from 2 generous BAs before I took it off my wants. Both readbaron and yeahnatenelson sent me down some bottles. Thanks, guys! This is the last one of the "series" that I needed to try.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an uber-thick evil-looking black. This slowly glugs out of the bottle. No head at all, just a ring around the edge. Not the prettiest of beers, but man to I love that thick pour. The nose is full of coffee and chocolate, some dry notes like burlap and wood. Not as sweet as I would think.

Excellent mouth on this one. Big chewy feel with a smooth coating effect. Excellent for this style. I wish all stouts would take note and do the same. This isn't the sweetest of Sweet Stouts, but it's still a good one. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, slight acidity, and the faintest of wood notes on the back end. Good, easy-drinking stout here. The alcohol gets to me near the end though, so it's not necessarily an everyday beer. I love me some thick stouts, so I'm glad I have some more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 17:12:05 | More by Onenote81
Photo of aasher


2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:02:10 | More by aasher
Photo of jera1350


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not thick, but a rich black color with a thin dark brown head.

Lots of creamy lactose with some light roasty malt and chocolate.

Very toasty malt and plenty of it. Nice cream presence with some dark chocolate, cocoa nib and coffee bean notes.

Creamy smooth feel, medium full body and a toasty dry finish.

Great example of the style. Would be more drinkable with less roast, but is still really drinkable. A solid beer from Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 00:52:18 | More by jera1350
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black motor oil, pours real thick and leaves a lucious looking mocha colored head. bubbles are super fine, but provide quite a nice overall looking beer.
S: bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, just a bit of cappuccino depth. its not obnoxiously big, and i enjoy just the pure depth and
purity of the different components.
T: heres where the bitterness kicks up a little with big chocolate, heavy chocolate. bitter hops make chicolate and toffee flavors stick to your tongue, rather enjoyably so. im reminded a little of black coffee, and not the lactose i should be getting for the style.
M: just prickly enough carbonation wise, and smooth, but heavier than it should be. i dont really think that it feels like a milk stout, but enjoyable nonetheless.
D: love this one regardless so i could drink it all night. delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:26:34 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of radioscooter


2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:15:04 | More by radioscooter
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The dark horse will one day come to free the light from all of us." - Converge

Just finished the Race up Boston Place. 41 flights in 6 minutes, my lungs are still on fire. I figure a milk stout should soothe my throat a little.

Opaque black with a dark clay colored head. No lace but a steady crust of retention slides down the glass.

Smells like dark chocolate covered espresso beans with a Nestle Quick sweetness. Taste is burnt caramel sweetness with a respectable amount of roast, black coffee malt in back.

Best milk stout I've had to date. I find that beers in this style overshoot the lactose and undershoot the roast malt. Too is a near perfect mix of predominantly roast malts with a complimentary sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 17:35:57 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours like motor oil, with quickly dissipating very dark brown head, slight cap.

S: Smell of smoke and dark plum/berry straight off the bat. Heavy dose of vanilla starts coming through shortly in. Dark chocolate in the background.

T: Very nice sweet vanilla and smokey combination, plus a nice touch of hop bitterness. Lasting flavor is more of a straight dark chocolate with a touch of the other flavors, somehow getting milkier as the other flavors fade away. The roasted barley also come out more prominently in time.

M: Surprisingly crisply carbonated, with the smoke/dark chocolate coating the mouth and lasting quite a while.

D: The 8% really doesn't come through, but the flavors are big enough to make this a sipper. Good combination of flavors, definitely a good stout, but that smoke is a bit too heavy, and doesn't necessarily combine well with the fruit.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:30:31 | More by dudecandle
Photo of Bonis


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black off the pour with a half inch of mocha head which settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Looks pretty good overall.

S - Extremely malty with a major emphasis on roasted barley and other dark malts. Lots of rich dark chocolate, and I'm not talking Hershey's, but rather something more exquisite. Other than this, there are some earthy qualities to it, with a touch of bitter and sweet. I don't sense a "Too Cream" aspect thus far. Again, like "One" this smells like a great breakfast stout to me.

T - An extremely roasty beer, almost too roasty for me, but it isn't. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted barley, bitter coffee and chocolate mingle. Breakfast stout indeed, not much alcohol is noted.

M - Slightly big in the mouth for what it is. Goes down smooth. A nice pleasant bitter sits on the tongue, and no noticeable alcohol besides a tiny burn in the gut.

D - Pretty good, but not as drinkable as "One Oatmeal Stout" for me. I didn't really get the impression that this was a cream stout, but it was pretty good regardless and if you like stouts, this is one to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:06:56 | More by Bonis
Photo of jlindros


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a super dark colored fizzy but semi rich head, that fades semi quickly but never goes away as it supported with lots of bubbles from the bottom of a normal snifter glass, over motor oil pitch black colored beer.

Nose brings tons of roast and black patent malts, touch of coffee and toffee, some earthy very dark bitter chocolate like 85% cacao heavy, a bit of a creamy aroma, a bit of a boozy tingle in the nose.

Taste starts with some bitter scorched malts, plenty of roast packed in there, a bit of coffee, again super bitter dark intense chocolate, a slight creamy milky feel but not much, some light cinnamon like spice flavors, fairly bitter, some light earthy hops but lots of bitterness from burnt malts, a bit of minerality, semi sweet with hints of warming booze. Finishes with a long bitter scorched malt flavor, some light minerality and earthy flavors, dries a bit. I wouldn't really call this a cream stout as much as I would call it a Baltic POrter or RIS.

Mouth is thicker and semi heavier bodied, a little syrupy almost, with frothy decent carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Drink is not that great, fairly heavy and a little syrupy, a bit boozy, and bitterness and minerality linger for a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:52:50 | More by jlindros
Photo of OnThenIn


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A finger and a half of a very dark brown head on top of a super dark brown.

S: Coffee and roasted malt dominated the aroma, with some sweetness also being present.

T: The beer opens up with a sweet and slightly fruity flavor. It is very creamy, but their is a slightly astringent quality to the beer. Definite chocolate notes. Not bad, but nothing really special.

M: Medium body with slightly lower than desired carbonation.

D: The creamy mouthfeel makes it wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 19:59:06 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of projectflam86


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep jet black color with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lace. This is probably one of the darkest beers that I've ever poured...

S- Strong dark chocolate aroma in the nose with some molasses and a touch of coffee grounds.

T- Very bitter initially like the way dark chocolate and coffee are bitter. Huge wave of alcohol in the finish. A lingering burnt aftertaste stays around. The overall flavor is that of a milk stout on steroids.

M- Medium/full bodied with low carbonation.

D- A bit too boozy and bitter for a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 19:47:16 | More by projectflam86
Photo of righthereisay


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at SharpEdge in Crafton PA during lunch but wanted to try it on a clean slate.

This may my favorite smelling beer. Coffee, Toffee, Chocolate, maybe licorice. I don't know.

Poured black. Not a lot of head.

The taste is great. One of the best. Very nice full body. Can't taste the alcohol. We got cocoa, coffee, it was great. Not as sweet as some other milk stouts, which I am thankful for. A little bitterness at the end, but not too much. Wished it were a little less though. A little too much carbonation, but not enough to spoil it.

Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 18:37:44 | More by righthereisay
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkhorse Too Cream Stout, the second stout in their seasonal/rotating stout offerings.

Pours a midnight black with a deep brown head. The head on this one is darker than most beers, almost ominous looking.

In the aroma, heavy on the roasted malt and some lactic sweetness also pulling through.

Roasted malt upfront giving off a nice deep malty roastedness common in great stouts. Oatmeal lends a silky smooth note, and lactose sugar rounds out the flavor with a milky sweetness. A nice stout with the ABV barely noticable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Easy drinking, good flavors. I am consistantly impressed by Dark Horse Brewing, and this cream stout is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:11:34 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of prdstmnky


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a jet black body, and 1/2 inch of creamy mocha head the settles to a nice cap after a few minutes in my pint glass. Milk and dark chocolates coming through in the nose, as well as some roasted malts, lactose, and coffee. More of a roasted coffee flavor, than the chocolate I got from the aromas. There is a whole lot of roastiness in this stout's flavor profile - maybe bordering on having too much of a roasted character for the style. Slightly above a medium bodied stout, average carbonation, and slightly dry which was a bit unexpected. I did find it fairly drinkable, it drinks more like a 6% American Stout than an 8% Sweet Stout IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 05:51:12 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of JDFish


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured very dark into a beer mug. Very little lacing left from a disappering 1/2" head.

S: Chicory and expresso burnt coffee. Did catch a whiff of dairy cream.

T: Roasted malts and coffee. Some sweet malts left on the lip.

M: A little light, in my opinion, for the style. Not bad by any means

D: Coffee shot at first, but followed by a smooth aftertaste, making this very drinkable.

A very nice stout, no sickening rotten molasses here. Good brew

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:42:27 | More by JDFish
Photo of BARFLYB


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last in the 5 part series. Inside a pint glass.

Dark Horse Too is a deep dark looking black stout with that signature dark tan, mocha colored head thats about an inch and leaves some stick, never leaving. Smell is more on the roasty side than creamy truthfully, I thought this was a coffee stout initially. If this is a sweet stout, it does not show. Taste is all coffee and with significant warming some vanilla and faint chocolate come out and dance. Coffee bordering on espresso. Feel is silky and a bold medium with a smooth feel, easy going down the hatch, no burn from the eight percent. As with all in this stout series, its a easy drinker, and while it is much off style, too gets points for having class.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 05:16:10 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ass beer with a dark ass head, not too thick, but it sticks around for a bit. Not a lot in the way of lacing, though.

Plenty of chocolate both bitter and sweet in the nose. A hearty dose of roasted malt as well. Thick bodied with a velvety smooth feel that's enhanced by the lactose. I like this beer; it's the rare milk stout that doesn't feel the need to be overly sweet. The smoothness and moderate sweetness work quite well with the lingering dry roast. Really, the roast is so strong as to overshadow the sweeter aspects of the beer, and it seems to be for the better as far as I can tell. Nice beer that goes down easy. 8%? Dangerous stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:56:18 | More by PDXHops
Photo of oglmcdgl


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at ujs.

A- comes to me with about an inch of mocha colored head that settles quickly leaving a small wispy island on top and a thin ring around the glass. Pitch black in color with just the faintest brown glow at the edges.

S- loads of coffee and cream. Some chocolate and super dark malts.

T- this one is all about the roast. Espresso, burnt malts, bakers chocolate, toasted dark bread. Light sweetness that brings some balance to things.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a light carb fitting the style nicely.

D- this is a good cream stout it would be a great coffee stout. That being said I really enjoy this brew and like most of their line up its amazingly easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 03:50:29 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of beergod1


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, near black brown with a slight reddish tint and a foamy dark brown head. Great aroma, roasted malts, lots of chocolate, a little burnt coffee, touch of hops. Flavor is coffee, Cocoa and cream with a smooth, sweet Malt, and a roasted smoky finish. And a touch of hops to even things out. I think for a Cream Stout, this has more "Bite" than usual. But still a very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:21:31 | More by beergod1
Photo of DannyDan


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours out black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears. It has good carbonation, but little retention and lacing.
S. Roasted coffee, roasted chocolate, and toffee. One of the best aromas I have smelled from a beer in a long time.
T. Get some roasted dark chocolate with some hops up front, than get some coffee followed by some milk which takes away some of the bitterness and than it finishes off with some blackstrap molasses and than some orange. The after taste is dark chocolate with a bit of orange.
M. A nice smooth creamy feel to it, but yet a little bit watery. Seems like it should be more fuller bodied than it is.
D. This is a good tasting beer that is light to medium bodied that hides its 8.0% ABV very well and not being as thick as I thought it would be and being a smooth flowing easy beer to drink makes this a nice drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 07:08:14 | More by DannyDan
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with an extremely dark, milk chocolate head that fizzles away to a ring around the glass. Smells of much roastiness, some lactose, bittersweet chocolate....Taste has sweet malts and lactose up front and goes into a chocolatey flavor which then morphs into a very roasty and milky flavor that grips the tongue for a good while...very lasting roast. Moderate carbonation fights through the creamy textured body. Very tasty but by the end of the pint I prefer to move on as the flavor becomes a bit cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:20:51 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (in a 4 pack) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a 1/2 finger brown head.
S: Milk chocolate with some caramel notes.
T: Tastes like chocolate milk or perhaps more like a "cold" hot cocoa: this is a very sweet cream stout.
M: Well carbonated, medium to light bodied, and has a very smooth, velvety finish.
D: Goes down way too easily: I could drink the four pack tonight quite enjoyably. Dark Horse definitely nailed the style on this one! I highly doubt that this is actually 8% abv, as Dark Horse doesn't release the ABV of their stouts (except Plead the 5th since I think it's high enough that it's required).

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:14:42 | More by stimulus
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into leffe tulip. 4pk was like $10 or $12.

A- Black as all heck with a very nice dark, brown sugar/molasses colored head. 1cm that settles to a nice little pancake. Beautiful in the glass.

S- Bitter raw cocoa and some creamed coffee.

T- Same raw chocolate flavors, some nice sugary sweetness to round out the profile. Mild tart/dark fruit, fleeting though. Bitterness and roasted coffee comes on strong, stronger as it warms to room temperature.

M- Moderate carbonation keeps things moving but still allows the flavors to linger a bit. Pretty well balanced. A bit thin, still ABV is not very noticeable.

D- Moderately high, very enjoyable. Dark Horse makes some kick-ass stouts. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 02:50:21 | More by ShogoKawada
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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