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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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922 Ratings
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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 67
Gots: 76 | 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 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
Photo of centurian62
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful aroma with a fantastic taste and finish. It pours with a small copper head, if any. It has a very nice coffee middle and the creamy finish is prominant and fantastic! I would expect more of an alcohol finish from an 8% ABV, however the finish made me long for the next taste.

If you like Sam Adams Cream Stout I would highly recommend this beer!

centurian62, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Spadoof
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Origen: 12oz Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 03/29/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Immort Ale Snifter.
Serving Temperature: Approx 50 F

Appearance: Pours a DARK brown 1/2 finger head which dissipates quickly leaving a slight lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, oak and alcohol notes.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee and cream. Warm alcohol finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Warm going down.

Concluding thoughts: Good cream stout. Alot different than I had anticipated. Really Drinkable for an 8% ABV.

Spadoof, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of ABeezy
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright this is my first review ever. Bought this down at Dee's Hotdogs and Sixpacks in Pittsburgh. Was the worst label in the cooler so I got it. Was sitting in the row with christmas ales for whatever reason. Anyway was looking for a new stout to bring home so here it is! This is the 3rd stout I have had this week and the best.

Pour, hardly any head. I saw that not much was forming so I started pouring faster, it didn't help much. Some bubbles formed around the glass, they were brown like chocolate.

The smell is great. Didn't have to get my nose down in there, it drifted up to me. The first thing I notice is the smoke. Then chocolate, espresso and a deep fruit sweetness.

Taste, all that is in there. You get that lactose milk stout flavor for sure. After a few swigs I can taste some vanilla. Trying to drink slower and let this warm up but it's not working. The other two stouts I had were way to sweet. This one is sweet but balanced.

I would buy this again. Wish it had more head but I'd still buy it again.

ABeezy, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer ours a deep black color with a small espresso swirl head. The aroma is big and pungent with some burnt toast and coffee malt character. The flavor follows with a big creamy flavor with some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. In no way is it overly sweet, but the lactose lends a nice complimentary flavor. Palate is big and creamy, wonderful stout.

BieresDesMoines, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date.

opaque black, with a dark tan head that fades fast to a thin collar. sweet milk stout aroma, but with a strong coffee component.

flavors of lactose and roasty coffee and vanilla are blended well. not too sweet, not too bitter. lower carbonation, medium to thick body, smooth. can't tell it's stronger ABV than most in this style.

I like it better than "One" in the series.

jmdrpi, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours as black as coffee. A quarter of an inch of brown head stuck around for a couple of minutes.

S - The aroma is coffee and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is reminiscent of black coffee. Roasted malts are very apparent. The finish is a little burnt.

M - Medium mouthfeel.

D - I loved this beer at first. Then the aftertaste of burnt popcorn kicked in. That dominated the flavor about half way through the beer. It's a shame because I really enjoyed the first half.

buschbeer, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A very small tan head rises to a finger at first, but recedes to a ring. Not much lace left behind.
S: Roasted malt, slightly acrid coffee, and some chocolate. Fairly simple, but not bad.
T: Again, not bad. Roasted malt up front. To much coffee. Which is a bit acrid and bitter. Some chocolate as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. Plenty of roasted malt and alcohol that detracts for me.

I finished a pint without a problem, but something I will probably not be coming back to. Nothing bad, but there are plenty of other stouts I will drink before this.

champ103, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that I received in a bif into my trusty snifter.

A- pours a dark brown and looks black in My glass. Only the brief appearance of a light brown head that disappeared to a very thin ring of small bubbles.

S- as soon as I popped the cap on this beer I could smell the beer. It smells of creamy milk chocolate with fondue fruit. You get also get some raisin which is really nice.

T- at first you get the real nice sweet chocolate. Then that is followed by some plum and otther rich fruits and suddenly a huge roasty coffee taste appears. The coffee flavors are accompanied by a sort of acidic taste. I would have liked more of the sweet creamy flavors.

M- very carbonated for a stout. Fizzy and medium bodied I think less carbonation would have made this beer more enjoyable.

D- the only thing holding This beer back is the carbonation. Good taste and great smell. A good stout

Kelly88, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip...

A- Pours one of the deepest and darkest blacks I have come across yet. Also the 1 finger head is a very dark brown that dies down pretty quickly. I love how the appearance is just so dark and almost ominous... love it

S- Smells ALMOST like the perfect stout to me. Nice dark roast with some coffee, a little bit of smoke, and even a hint of black licorice.

T/M- This is very roasty stout that leaves your mouth lingering with a smoke flavor. Those are the two main flavors I get and if you search you can get just a hint of a "sweet" dark chocolate. I paired this with some semi sweet chocolate and when I eat the chocolate and drink, it seems to settle a little and a coffee flavor really pops. This beer has a low carbonation and a nice silky smooth creamy full body finish!

D- Yes, this beer is extremely drinkable. I am a huge milk stout fan and this does not dissapoint. A bit more roasty and full flavored than a lot of others I have had, and thats a great thing! I look forward to getting my hands on the other 4 of the stouts from Dark Horse in this series, especially if they are half as good as Too...

TheGordianKnot, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

blind beer #2 from sitarist in blind bif #4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my chalice glass. pours a really dark brown, basically black with a resulting and appealing tannish to brown head. The frothy goodness didn't stick around too long but at least it left a nice collar in remembrance along with a micro thin film on top. as the beer progressed, the lacing was plentiful, but fast falling.

smell was roasted malts, earthy dampness and some mild chocolate. the smell really isn't all that appealing. some mild hops lingering in there somewhere. The taste was hoppy, malty and had some unique sweetness. the roasted malts were very prevalent as well. slightly weird. mouthfeel was crisp and clean yet had a creamy milkiness to it. it ends with a malty roasted chocolate aftertaste with a slight amount of bitterness.

Hophead101, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Mess
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kamal for the gift bottle.

A - Flat oil slick. Obsidian really. Hardly any head - almost still.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet and dark chocolate.

T - Burnt, chocolate volcano cake. Bitter chocolate and coffee.

M - Tight carbonation, yet soft, smooth, even slick, mouthfeel.

D - Easy going down. Fantastic roasty flavors. Wonder how this would taste on nitro....

Mess, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Davolebomb, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black color, even a vigorous pour could not coax much of the tan head out of hiding. Smells of roasted malts, huge amounts of coffee and ash on the nose. Sweet lactose burnt sugar, dark caramel in there as well. Taste is what I expected. Hugely roasted malts with burnt coffee, ash, and a lactose sweetness that barely balances any of the roast. Wow this is the most "burnt" brew I think I've ever tasted. Reminds me of that coffee pot that got left on the burner empty for too long. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, thick body, light level of carbonation. Kudos to Dark Horse for pushing the burnt boundary. This one actually grew on me as I drank it, its not something I would drink all the time, but I'm glad I got to try it.

johnnnniee, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: bosco, roasted malt, and cream

Taste: dark chocolate, roasted malt, small bit of dark coffee, with sugar and cream at the end.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, slightly sweet start--bitter middle--with a slightly sweet end and a bitter aftertaste--this beer really flips between sweet and bitter, medium carbonation

Drinkability: My second favorite in their line so far. This one is less sweet than most in this category. A sipper but could do a four over a long evening. One I would certainly pick up again.

tigg924, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

N: Dark chocolate, coffee and toffee.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee grounds, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, sweet grapefruit and a hint of floral.

M: Silky, dry and smooth.

D: Easy drinking. Another delicious Stout from Dark Horse!

justintcoons, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Black with thin, but foamy, purplish-tan head and some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Very chocolaty and creamy aroma, almost like Cookies & Cream with chocolate syrup. Very light roasted bite, molasses and coffee.

Taste: Much milder, and harsher, than the aroma indicated, but maybe the aroma was a little too much to live up to. Strong roasted malts, with some coffee, molasses and chocolate. However, there is a sweet, creamy undercurrent that helps to balance the roasted bite.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, very creamy body but slightly chalky, but it really improves as it warms. A little bit warming.

Drinkability: Very smooth and creamy Stout. I had expected a titch more from the aroma, but that is a minor gripe. Better than One, not as good as Tres. Awaiting Fore and The Fifth.

bsp77, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pitch black and viscous with a milky white head...beautiful.

S: Chocolate and more chocolate here, a little one-note.

T: Taste is a little better. Chocolate is still big here, but you get a milkshake like sweetness and a bit of hop twang.

D: Alcohol is well hidden, but the taste becomes a bit boring after a while. One is enough for me.

Overall: A decent, but somewhat uninspired brew. If you like the style, seek this one out, you won't be disappointed. Otherwise, move along.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Snow81
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crazy dark thick on the eyes

Smell: Rosted Malts with big Coffie notes

Head: dark brown head with lace that sticks to the sides of my mug

Taste: coffie beans to the roof, half way in it turns to a creamy coco, flaver of a bitter hop cuts thru all the way till the end of this beer. yum,

Weight: on the palate its a lot thiner then it looks

Finish: ever lasting coffie with a hint of hops that still linger.


Appearance: Black as night, no like will penetrate this beer

Smell: Very dark roosted malts with hints of coffee and coco off the nose

Head: Nice big thick muddy dark brown head

Taste: Roosted mats with a heavy rich burnt coffee bean and a small amount of heat

Weight: I would have to say for both body and carbonation that's Medium to high

Finish: Hints of Bitter hops and coffee still on the palate

Snow81, Feb 19, 2011
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.