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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 939
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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for this one! Second in the series and second on the day! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, subtle roasted malt, and slight cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, cream, subtle coffee, and subtle smoke. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one really didn't get me excited about this one very much. However, the flavor proved to be quite nice and complex. I really like the smoke aspect I picked up on as it was definitely a first I have gotten in this style. A well done brew, but could use a few tweeks to be excellent.

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Purchased in late summer 2011. (No bottle date.)

Aroma: Powdered cocoa, freshly-ground coffee, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. I enjoyed the smell of this one. Very inviting.

Appearance: 1/4 finger dark tan head disappears fast, but not a surprise for this style. Body of the brew is dark black. A thin ring of lacing forms when the beer sloshes in the glass.

Flavor: Smoky malt up front, then a sugared-coffee flavor (prominent, but not cloying sweetness), an "end of the bowl of cereal" milky note, some hoppy bitterness appears, and stays through the finish. Hops are definitely not out of hand, though.

Mouthfeel: My opinion/perception of the mouthfeel this time definitely impacted that of the beer's flavor. This one was highly carbonated, and there was a soda-like bite there that seemed out of place--especially for this style. It didn't ruin the beer for me, but with a sweet stout, I definitely would have preferred medium, or even medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Excellent aroma and decent flavor, although the sweetness was just a bit one-dimensional at times. Also, the sting from the CO2 detracted from the perception of creaminess in the beer. I think a side-by-side w/ Bell's Double Cream would highlight this fact. Overall, definitely one to try, but not an "A" level beer in my opinion.

mdvatab, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a dark-as-night body, but produces no head whatsoever...it disappears quickly and goes straight to a small, thin ring...although the body is black, you can manage to see some carbonation bubbles popping towards the top...no lacing

S - The nose is sweet with a lot of roast...vanilla, nuts, and dark fruits are other characters to be found

T - Dark fruit is more present in the flavor...I can pick up some dates as the beer is giving off a sweet caramel flavor...everything isn't as sweet as the nose suggested...there is some underlying vanilla towards the middle...at the end, the roast comes in giving off dark chocolate and bitter coffee flavors

M - Medium bodied...full roast that coats the palate...dark chocolate and coffee leaves a touch of bitterness

O - There wasn't anything in this beer that really stood out and made me say wow...it's just another typical stout that has more roast flavors that sweet flavors

thain709, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a bruery tulip with a heavy dark roast tan head.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, sweet residual sugars and caramel with toffee.

Taste is very nice for a Milk stout. There is more chocolate flavor than I expect for the style, a dark roast presence, some lactose sweet flavors and a final lingering bitterness from hops along with burnt roasted malt flavors.

Light to medium carbonation and a light mouthfeel.
Overall pretty good for the style. I would drink more if they were available.

alpinebryant, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a surly nonic. Huge thanks to expedition for both the bottle and the glass!

A: This beer is scarily dark-- not sure I've seen a blacker beer. A spritzy head that dies off quickly and leaves little lacing to speak off.

S: This is my third shot at a milk stout tonight with two disappointments before it but this one seems promising. Roasted malts hide behind a major lactose character with milk-chocolate sweetness. I think we may have found a winner.

T: Damn. I'm unlucky today or something or other. A small lactose sweetness blooms into roasted malts that finishes with a combination of both but not much else. Some small chocolate notes in the end but I'm not sure that it's enough to even push it into the realm of 'quite good'. I'm starting to wonder if it's even worth letting milk stouts go through shipping.

M: Water, but more full bodied than the last two milk-stouts I tasted. Prickly carbonation spread throughout.

O: Like the other two, I'd revisit this on tap but given my experiences tonight with shipped milk-stouts, I'll wait only until then. If this isn't at least 3x better damned fresh, then it's hard to not say it's a shame.

Klym, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a Cheers Dimpled mug, not really sure why but I liked the way it looked. The beer is very black in color, solid bubbling brown colored head on top. The lacing is nice on this brew. The smell of the beer has a lot of roasted burnt aromas coming off of it along with some lactose sourness on the nose. The taste of this really does have a creamy flavor upfront and in the back it dries out into a bitter burnt toast flavor. The mouthfeel is a pretty thick which I found nice. Overall it's a pretty good tasting stout.

Knapp85, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A thin layer of medium brown colored foam quickly fizzes away leaving a nice collar and only the slightest veil of lace in the center of the glass... A medium black color... Some stray carboantion bubbles...

S - Fairly subdued... Some roasted malts... A hint of coffee... Caramel... A touch of sweet cream...

T - Roasted malts is at the forefront of the palette throughout... Also present is a bit of caramel / toffee sweetness... A bit of cream as well, but it's definitely buried down beneath the surface...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Slightly sleek... Slightly smooth... Even and consistent...

D - A very solid, very respectable offering from Dark Horse, though probably my least favorite to date from their Stout series... Good bones, but a bit rough around the edges... Not sure I would have pegged this as a milk stout as the roasted malt is really the dominate player... Also not sure that the nitro-pour didn't anything special for this offering...

philbe311, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of byteme94
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra...

Poured into a Dogfish head snifter. Poured on the thinner side with a one finger quickly diminishing head. Decent nose of roasted malts, bit of choc and coffee. Enjoyed my beer but felt it was a little bit overly roasted, alcohol was well hidden. This drinks like a coffee my girlfriend makes me w/o instructions = a kinda acidic, lightly sweet, thin and weak coffee. Graded on a harder scale than most, I would give it a C+.

byteme94, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours like a big, dark, thick stout. There is a very dark brown head, but it dissipates very quickly. Nice, but would be much better with a bit more of a lasting head. Very nice aroma. Roasty, chocolaty, and mildly sweet. Very smooth and The taste is a bit of a letdown after the great aroma. More of an acidic roastyness which overwhelms any chocolate that is present in the aroma. Also a bit of coffee flavor which is a nice addition. Not a ton of sweetness either, which is surprising for an 8% milk stout. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation. Very nice beer, a very good offering by dark horse.

Agold, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the same time as Tres -in a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden. Poured chilled into a tumbler and allowed to gradually increase in temperature.

The appearance is black, no light passing through with dark brown head and no lace clings -the stout looks pretty much like used oil, a formidable presence. The aroma is very fragrant with some mild sweet and creamy aromas with subtle coffee odor from the malt. The feel is very impressive in that it is sweet, but balanced by some roasted and bitter elements from the malt with medium full body and semisweet finish. I like that I had no idea that this is 8%

The flavor of Too is very pleasant it seems to combine the sweetness and caramel maltiness with some mild roasted and toast tastes. The flavor of the malt never seems to get cloying and the beer reminds me of sweetened coffee with some silky and creamy tinges that make the bitterness and alcohol levels seem very tame. I like how the mild burnt sugar taste lingers in the backrground adding complexity to the sweet and caramel taste. The beer finishes as it starts semi-dry and fresh. I feel this is a great example of the style -a pretty tasty stout in general, not overly sweet and has nice flavor overall. This is highly drinkable and I recommend trying it if you have the chance.

Slatetank, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a trade (thanks mnbearsfan)

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small brandy snifter, the beer pours black, with just a film of head that quickly fades into just a ring of bubbles. No lacing.

S: Scents of roasted coffee, light cream, roasted malt. It smells a bit burnt.

T: Flavors of medium bitter coffee, mildly roasted malted, dry dark chocolate, and a little dry on the finish. It lacks the robustness of a coffee stout, and the sweetness of a milk stout.

M: light to medium body, low carbonation.

O: A bit of a sipper, and in small doses. Not sure what season this comes, but if its fresh, it seems a bit muddled. Good, but the dryness is off putting. So far, not my favorite from dark horse, but glad I got to try it.

Retsinis, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of shanblur
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at frontier liquors in Evansville, IN at the Green River Rd location. Poured from bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark black with a thick dark tan head with moderate lacing

S - I get a strong chocolate milk smell with roasted malts and coffee undertones

T - Creamy milk chocolate and coffee on a nice roasted malt backbone. Lives little to be desired

M Creamy with just the right amount of carbonation

I love this beer, exceptional aroma and taste. Will be on the lookout for more. Shame this is a seasonal release. The best I have had from this great brewery

shanblur, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with no light escaping and a dark brown luscious 1 finger head which slowly receded over the course of 20

Aromas begin quite sweet and lactic. Cream initially with the coffee and milk chocolate coming through as it warms. More time allows the milk/lactose smells to subside, with the coffee and sweetness becoming more predominant. Smoke and "meatiness" are present as it continues to warm.

The tastes begin with a fairly predominant roasted malt backbone that is quickly met by some sweet lactose flavors. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness are really the dominating flavors here with lesser notes of sweetness and dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is full but quite overly roasted and bitter than I prefer in my stouts and I especially prefer in my sweet/milk stouts. Carbonation is adequate, body is full and finish is really really dry thanks to all the roasted malts and coffee.

Overall this is quite lackluster compared to many sweet stouts and average if I was going to classify it as a coffee stout. The lactose/creamy mouthfeel and flavors are over-powered by the acrid/roasted malts. Honestly had trouble finishing a 12 oz serving...

claspada, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Pitch black in color with a nice, two finger dark brown head. After a bit, the head recedes into nothing.

Aroma: Black coffee, chocolate, a little smoke, and some booze notes. The coffee is definitely the strongest note, but there is quite a bit of balance.

Taste: Black coffee, chocolate, and a touch of smoke all are in the taste as well. The bitterness of the coffee is not really that strong and this drinks surprisingly smooth. Balanced very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied in body. Nicely carbonated. The high ABV for the style makes it a bit lighter toward the end of each sip.

Overall, a really enjoyable and drinkable milk stout with a nice balanced flavor profile. It's not outstanding, but it certainly is easy to drink. Definitely enjoyed my glass immensely.

Gosox8787, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Awesome looking bulls eye for a head... Brew is dark as night with a head that looks like milk chocolate. Not too much lacing to speak of. Nice crown of head.

S - Wicked smokey, nice balance. Not overly smokey, but still quite heavy. There's a lot of chocolate and caramel. You can tell it's very silky and "milk-chocolaty". There's some oak too.

T - PHEW! Great taste! Very nice Balance with smoke and milk. Great hop addition to this fabulous brew. Lots of deep bitter chocolate in this very fine brew.

M - Bitter, but not overly bitter. Very nice medium body brew with kick-ass carbonation. Brew also maintains killer silkiness that goes down phenomenally.

O - Awesome label, and even more awesome brew! Great brew, right on style. The best Milk Stout I've ever had, hands down. I really wish Dark Horse could be found in CO. Thanks AndyAvalance for a killer ship.

chugalug06, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of funkel81
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. i had this beer for the first time yesterday and it was delicious!

so at first glance, i'm talking about the ugly label, one might just walk on by and not try this beer. but that's a mistake.

tastes like a beer milk shake. smooth, creamy, roasty, delightful.

i looked back at what the alcohol level was and was surprised to see it stood at 8%! the alcohol is not noticable at all considering it's approaching imperial stout status. be careful with this one, it's so tasty and apparently high on alcohol, you may end up drunken and disheveled before you know what hit you.

funkel81, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to kstrickler into a snifter glass.

A- pours opague black with no head at all and no head retention.

S- strong roasted and burnt coffee with a slight sweet creamy caramel note to it.

T- tastes just like the nose, roasted dark malts with burnt coffee and a slight sweetness from the cream and caramel. Tastes like a cup of joe with no sugar. Slight alcohol but not bad.

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


Arenbeer, May 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured dark brown to black with a tannish head that lingered pretty well. Coffee and a bit of chocolate in the nose. Taste of roasted coffee and roasty malts, and some semi-sweet chocolate. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, not too strong or thick. Pleasant and drinkable.

Rifugium, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One-finger brown head, quick to dissipate. Jet black color.

S: Overwhelmingly roasted coffee, maybe a hint of cream.

T: Coffee leading into caramel/toffee. Very bold.

M: Good balance of richness from the malt, a little hop bitterness. Alcohol doesn't stand out.

O: Not much cream other than a hint on the nose for being billed as a cream stout, but I enjoyed this quite a bit.

ONUMello, Apr 26, 2011
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.


PEBKAC, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a solid black color with nice 1 finger tan head

S-Smells of watered down coffee and some hints of chocolate

T-Has a nice chocolate taste in the beginning then moves on to the middle that has a somewhat burnt coffee taste and then finish's with a watered down stout flavor

M-Light to medium bodied with decent Carbonation

D-Overall i wasn't overly impressed with this beer. I love milk stouts but i felt this one was alittle off. Def. drinkable but not that enjoyable. Dark horse makes alot of good beers but this one is just ok in my book

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to ncmussell for this great extra. Cheers!

2009 Vintage.

Appearance – Pours a dark brown/black. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that leaves nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Loads of roasted malt and milk chocolatey goodness up front. Slight coffee, sugar and cream.

Taste – Similar to the nose though even more roasted malts come through. Bitter in the middle, actually pretty much throughout the entire sip. There is bitter roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Relatively one dimensional though enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – A bit lighter than expected, though it does add to the drinkability factor. Decent carbonation.

Overall –A good beer and I’m sure the age has helped it – I taste no alcohol nor have any warming. A good night cap. Glad I was able to try it.

SpdKilz, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of pavandal
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Opaque color with a 1/2 inch deep brown head on top.

A lot of scents going on. Chocolate, coffee, and even a slight toffee smell.

Taste was very smooth, with a prevalent coffee flavor. Slight nuttiness with a rushy backbone that I could do without.

This isn't too heavy for a milk stout. Not bad to sip on during a lazy early spring sunday!

pavandal, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of tapman
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black. Head is very small and a dark, espresso brown.

Smells roasty, smokey, burny ...all the astringent "...nys" that you can think of.

Tastes like the crust off of burnt toast dipped in cream. Very astringent.

Heavy, thick, velvety and dry in the finish.

A finely balanced stout, but closer to an imperial stout than I prefer. Right now, I'm digging some nitro milk stout from Left Hand.

tapman, Apr 02, 2011
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.