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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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920 Ratings
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Ratings: 920
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 67
Gots: 77 | 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 ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

ShogoKawada, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of dfillius
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of dark tan head with poor retention. Pitch black and viscous liquid leaves a film on the glass. More head please.

S: Coffee, cream, some alcohol. More diversity please.

T: Very bitter roastiness, like burnt bits in the oven. Black patent malt at 5-10% maybe? Roastiness is too much, a negative. Not a sweet cream stout. I'd like it to be a little more sweet and less roasty.

M: Very bitter. Like burnt cookie bits on the cookie sheet.

D: I can finish this pint, but I won't buy or order again.

Updated on 12/13/13 - flavor more balanced with subtle peat smoked malt notes complementing the full mouthfeel of lactose well!

dfillius, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of dgugliuzza
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first official beer review! Here goes....

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a burnt caramel colored head. Thin, film like layer of head remains consistent.

S- Smells of rich milk chocolate. Roasted, milky sweetness lingers in the nostrils. Some subtle hints of coffee round out the aroma. Very pleasant and inviting.

T- Deep, dark creamy chocolate taste. Finishes with a nice balance of roasted malt and bitter hops. A nice presence of milky sweetness from the lactose sugar. Unexpected yet delightful combination of milk and dark chocolate. 8.00% ABV is present with a warming alcohol finish.

M- Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Very little carbonation to speak of. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. This is one full-bodied brew.

D- Good, but not great drinkability. This is due to the warming alcohol finish which catches up with you rather quick. Still, this is a very rich and complex variation of the style. I enjoyed it very much

dgugliuzza, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Pitch black with absolutely no light getting through. Thin, deep mocha head.

S: Alternates between the chocolate aromas of roasted malts and vanilla ice cream. Very inviting.

T: Can a beer be delicious and yet underwhelming at the same time? Very little of the malty aroma comes through in the taste, and the vanilla taste is faint and in the finish only. While on the tongue, this could be a warm and weak coke float.

M: Thinner than I'd like for a stout of this ABV. Low carbonation.

D: If I liked this more, it would be excessively drinkable and I would probably get into trouble after three or four because the alcohol doesn't come through in the taste. However, given my issues with this, it's a beer that I wouldn't turn down if given to me at a friend's house but not one that I'd actively search out.

duffcalifornia, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of dcsoke
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

What a stout! Dark, very rich and roasty with a lot of body. Coffee and cocoa flavors are slightly covered by the intense roastiness but it's good all around. Don't eat a heavy meal before drinking one because this will leave you full. Not recommended for the sensitive palate.

dcsoke, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of TriGuy20
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap poured into snifter.

A: Oil black with a dark mocha head. The lace clings to glass.

S: Mocha/ Sweet Cream/ Coffee

T: The mocha hits you right away and then fades into a bitter chocolate. The sweet cream is also quite prominent.

MF: The mouth feel lives up to the name, as this beer is very creamy on the palate.

D: This beer is a little to unbalanced, with the creaminess being a little to over powering and not a lot else to add more dimensions. With this being said 6 oz is plenty for this beer, there is not enough else to intrigue me to drink more.

A solid brew that, as stated above, is fun for a little bit but a full pour over stays its welcome.

TriGuy20, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dark chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a roasted malt, coffee, and a small hint of sweet cream. In the taste, roasted coffee and chocolate, with a sweet creaminess in the end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small creamy coffee in the aftertaste. A really nice stout, and it goes down too easy for 8%.

OWSLEY069, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Motor oil black with a very dark mocha cap. Head is fairly small in size and only retains decently. Only a few sticky spots of lace.

S- Very aromatic, get extremely roast malt and milk chocolate notes from several feet away. Definitely a slight coffee feel as well as a hint of dark fruit. Very nice.

T- Generally follows the nose but is even roastier and even a bit smoky in the finish here. Very bitter roast cocoa and coffee hints. The dark fruit picks up and becomes a bigger part of the beer.

MF- Very thick body with smooth, fine carbonation that dances on the tongue. Pretty bitter feeling coming from the roast flavors.

DB- An impressively flavorful and rich Milk Stout. If you like roast beer this is the place to go. The aroma is great and the taste is nice. I liked One and I like this Too.

cbutova, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/31
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a jet black color with a 1/4 inch of brown head that recedes immediately. Mild spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is hearty, roast malts, ground roasted coffee and chocolate.

T: Taste starts with roasted malrs and then a good deal of bitter chocolate comes in. Charred notes and roast coffee come through and hold with a mild backbone of alcohol.

M: Medium body, higher carbonation, somewhat prickly.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty - carbonation may be a bit high, somewhat filling, good kick, and nice representation of style. I really enjoyed this beer!

Jayli, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by matt9875. Thanks Matt!

A: Deep black and opaque, void of color. A half inch of thick, beige head rests atop the beer and leaves ample lacing throughout the glass. A fabulous appearance.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The roasted malt leads the way, followed by a pleasant coffee flavor that shows up on the palate midway through.

M: Creamy and smooth, with alcohol content well disguised.

D: I would definitely have this again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/30/10

This is one of the darkest beers I've seen; it's near black while being poured. Milk chocolate colored foam rose just under an inch. Swirling helps maintain thin retention. Sporadic blobs of lace.

The aroma is simplistic; notes of roasted coffee & more-bitter-than-sweet dark chocolate support lactic sugar overtones. There is a faint mustiness nearly buried by the malt. Subtle notions of hops. The taste exhibits a similar simplicity & penchant for roastiness; smooth, rolling chocolate notes, roasted coffee & modest lactose notions (more downplayed than I expected). This isn't a particularly sweet beer to begin with but it does finish quite dry with a strong lingering espresso flavor. Carbonation is active enough to add a touch of prickliness to the otherwise very much full bodied feel. Were the carbonation halfed, this would easily be in imperial stout territory.

Though nothing spectacular, Too is solid if a little different than my expectations. Regardless, a cream stout that is light on the cream, heavy on the roast? Works for me.

Ryan011235, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours pitch black with an awesome brown head and decent lacing. This beer smells pretty good.. very sweet w/ hints of roasted chocolate, milk, vanilla; slightly smokey. Tastes good, but kind of plain. I was expecting a tad more due to the pleasant aromas. Definitely nothing offensive, just slightly bland, but enough flavor to satisfy. Lots of burnt, roasty characteristics. Feels nice, rich and creamy w/ medium-carbonation. Drinkability is alright, makes a nice sipper. Really nice brew from Dark Horse.

Solid cream stout w/ a kick! This one's not too far from being something really special. Anyone who likes stouts should give this one a try.

BB1313, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours super black. No lighter hues are apparent on the outer edges of the beer. The head is dark tan and it slowly recedes. The lacing retains well too.

S-Crazy amounts of roastiness. Smells milky and chocolatey. There is also a bit of darker fruits as well. The alcohol makes an appearence but adds depth.

T-Rich milky flavor catches me off guard but not in a bad way. A lactose intolerant kid's nightmare. Roastiness is here less than the nose. Chocolatey as well.

M-Lighter than anticipated. Would have liked it a bit thicker.

D-At 8% this one drinks very easy.

Try it out.

VelvetExtract, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black hue, absolutely no light makes it through. Big billowing dark moccha tan head forming thick with sporadic bands of lacing forming on my Sammy Smith impy pint. Aroma has an air of nice smokiness amongst the dark chocolate roasted coffee and creamy milk sugar tones going on. Ideal dark stout that competes as up there with some of the best stout I've had from Michigan, that's pretty huge when comparing to Bell's, and Founder's. Flavor is full of dark roasted malt character, dark coffee creamy hints of milk sugars amongs the acrid dark nearly burnt roasted malt flavor. Very good balanced big cream stout, it does finish a bit sour harsh with creamed coffee notes. Mouthfeel was medium bodied soft carbonation mellow on the palate really worked finish was a bit harsh with acrid roasted dark malts. Drinkability overall was very good, alcohol was extremely well hidden the type of brew that you will put a couple away before realizing the potency. Flavor wise you will want to consume a couple of these brews.

WVbeergeek, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours an inky black with too fingers of dark brown head. Poor head retention, but the color is fabulous. Never have I ever seen a stout so black.

Smell -- Espresso, well-roasted malt, chocolate ganache, and licorice.

Taste -- Black coffee, burnt breadcrust, dark chocolate, licorice, anise, and smoke. Tastes burnt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, smooth and slick, with milder carbonation. Feels good, but more body would be a benefit.

Drinkability -- This would be exceptional if it weren't so burnt tasting. Color, aroma, feel - all great. There are some beers that can taste nearly burnt but still be quite satisfying. This wasn't one of those beers for me.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh batch just hit the store

pours absolutely pitch black darker then about every RIS i have seen with a dark tan mocha

smells of strong roasted malts chocolate coffee and of course a cream - smells like a FBS with milk

taste amost lives up to the nose there is a slight sourness from the coffee and milk clashing - but overall amazing beer - rich roasted as hell chocolate malts

mouthfeel is medium heavy with good carbonation but leaves my mouth so dry i need to take a drink of water after every sip

drinkability is great - an almost perfect beer - i have had this beer before but not this fresh and it had lost most of the coffee flavors - just a great four pack @ 7.99

jsh420, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich dark black hue, thick and creamy with about an inch of creamy tan head. Sweet aroma of lactose, dark roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of licorice.
Palate is big on roasted malt up front, balanced by a good dose of lactose sweetness. Notes of chocolate milk and mocha just before the swallow. A note of dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of dark chocolate come through on the finish.
Body is full and creamy, but not oily or overly thick. The finish is creamy, carrying the rich flavor very well. This is easy-drinking for a strong stout, and a great pair for chocolate mousse or other creamy desserts.

ElGordo, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a very, very dark brown color. Nose brings forward some lightly roasted malt as well as a bit of sugar. Some coffee and chocolate pervade, but are certainly in the background. The taste is pretty plain without much other than a bit of roast. The feel is a bit dry, but has a nice body with the lactose. Drinks quite well overall, though there's not much that stands out about it.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. It poured black in color with a thick and dense chocolaty head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass rather quickly, where it left just a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a lactose like sweetness to it with some milk chocolate as well. A moderate bitterness with just a bit of burnt flavors come through also. pretty nice aroma for the style.

The taste has a a pretty big sweet lactose and milk chocolate flavor to it, which is fitting for the style. It has some bitter, roasty, dark chocolate and burnt flavors coming through as well. The finish leaves both the sweetness and burnt bitterness lingering. Pretty good flavors overall for the style.

The mouthfeel is a bit above medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice flavors to it. It was pretty balanced between the sweetness and roasty flavors which really helped the drinkability and complexity of it. Very nice beer overall and a very good version of the style.

billab914, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of rembrant
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

notes from a review last month...catching up my backlog....

LOOK Black. Minimal head gone fast leaving a tan ring of foam. Not much lace but some film on the glass

SCENT Coffee,Raisin,Dark roast malt,some English toffee

Flavor Oooo- ahhh.... Big Espresso note and the raisin is present,hops as typical of this brewery are busy yet elusive,morphing into different tastes or steering the Malt side in different directions as a mouthful evolves. I get some fruits,wood,a bit of a bitter that's not a "pine" but a little tart,a little tannic...green apple? The tart/tangy is less a cherry tease than some Dark Horse Stouts,and this does less "chocolate",leaning toward the dark coffee. Warming it just gets a bit more rich ,robust though It can handle some chill.

Dark Horse has a charachtaristic Malt profile that seems to be a base for their Stouts and Darks with mild variations,or more goods in the batch (as in a Brown ale vs the Imp Stout),you do note some "family resemblance as well as differences by type. If you are a stout hog like me,check them all out.

Mouth Quite nice,full,some syrup,some sparkle great aftertaste. Evolves on the palate well.

Drinkability The Sweet/Bitter/tart dance is well done. There's just no part of this that's nasty,boozy,too "over the top". It's a tad heavy duty for gulping down more than 3,but for a stout...even considering 3 is unusual. This does not assault with a sledgehammer to the senses or a beasty abv,nor is it gonna kill your wallet at about $2.25 a bottle. Some great Stouts are for me so luxury zone I'm lucky to budget a bottle a month. This one...works well.

rembrant, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a small tulip glass

A - pours very viscous from the bottle, creating just a small ring of dark brown foam around the glass. the beer is as black as they come.

S - very dark roasted malts, slightly lactic sourness as well. other notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and toasted nuts. jsut a whiff of earthy hops to finish.

T - begins with a sharp cutting bitterness, overly roasted coffee beans and blackened chocolate malt and barley. lactose sweetness chimes in halfway through but is not overpowering, continues until intercepted by bitter earthy hops and dark chocolate.

M - thin to medium body with sharp prickly carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling sticky and wooly. lingering bitterness with a small dose of lactose.

D - not a huge fan of the style in general but this pulls everything off pretty well. nothing really stands out though there are no real flaws. hides its 8% very well, good for a cold night.

Stigs, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Too pours an impenetrable pitch black, not even yielding to my bright desk lamp. The head is one of the richest brown mocha colors I have seen on a beer. Unfortunately, it evaporates all too quickly and leaves almost no lace.

The aroma of this beer is very nice with loads of chocolate up front. Not just dark chocolate either, more like rich milk chocolate. It also has a goodly amount of coffee character to it, as well as some sweetness and a touch of chalkiness.

The flavor is not quite as milk chocolaty as the nose, and has more of a bitter cocoa and coffee thing going on. Roasted malts stand against a good amount of sweetness, and there is a bit of an earthy mineral component as well. It is pretty amazing how much this thing tastes like my first attempt at a homebrewed stout. Luckily, they did not overdo it with the lactose like I did.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and I am not sure if I would call it creamy. It's medium and fairly smooth, but I think that is more the result of the carbonation level. The finish is a bit sticky, but the coffee and bitter chocolate flavors that remain after swallowing are delightful.

This goes down pretty easily, and is a nice dessert beer. Not the best milk stout I have ever had, but good enough that I am excited to try another stout from this series.

zoso1967, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at T. Brendan O'Reily's

A-Deep, dark, black with just a hint of russet highlights. A large, fluffy, dark tan head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves ringing lace behind.

S-Roasty/toasty malt up front with bittersweet dark chocolate, light coffee and earthy hopiness in support. A nice balance of lactose sweetness is subtle in the background.

T-Very similar to the aroma with the roasted flavours being dominate initially with the creamy lactose sweetness taking over in the finish. A lovely combination.

M-Medium body with lingering roasted astringency and earthy hop bite. Lactose sweetness is so subtle but yet so insidious on your palate you barely realize it is there.

D-A damn fine brew with lots of flavour and a creamy, lightly sweet, finish that makes it practically poundable. The kind of beer that proves the sum of parts can equate to a mighty fine drinking beverage.

Deuane, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

(I honestly can't remember who sent me this bottle, so if the sender reads this, shoot me a BM and I'll give you your due recognition.)

VDubb thinks I'll like this one, so let's find out how right he is. It pours a straight obsidian topped by merely a few layers of brown bubbles. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, light coffee, cinnamon, and some blackened biscuits. The taste follows, but with a slim undertow of vanilla, though this is soon drowned out by the more sinister notes. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decently smooth feel. Overall, a very nice, roasty stout; a little light on the "cream" aspect, but rather tasty nonetheless. Those Dark Horse folks can make a mean stout.

TMoney2591, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug
Picked up a 4 pack of this the other day since i like the blueberry stout so much, lets see how this one goes

A- Pours pitch black that pretty much looks like used motor oil, it had a small amount of brown head that left just as fast as it came.

S- Straight up roasted malts, followed by some very sweet chocolate and some coffee background.

T- Pretty much the same way it smells but the sweetness doesnt carry through the way the nose lead me to think.

M- A little to thin for the style, was expecting it to be a lot thicker

D- I could drink 2 of these and maybe a third, pretty good for its alcohol percentage and its style.

Overall i am pretty satisfied with this brew, i like the blueberry more but this one was pretty good, cant wait to try the rest in the series, if i only i could track down some plead the fith.

StoutHunter, Aug 13, 2010
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.