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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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87
very good

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003

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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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of jsh420
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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.

Photo of rembrant
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an extremely thick opaque black with a dark tan head that rises barely to one finger and disappears quickly while leaving a film of foam on the glass. used motor oil is used a lot, but is the best way to describe it. Next time I am changing the oil on my car, I will probably think of this pour and salivate.

aroma is very roasty and plenty smoky. dark roasted coffee and smoked meats come to mind. was expecting this to have a sweeter aroma. kind of weak on the nose as well.

taste is a bit smokey as well, but also brings in a lot of cocoa powder that was not present in the aroma. dark roasted coffee with plenty of dark, dark, dark unsweetened chocolate. brownie batter brings some sweetness to add to the bitter and roasty coffee and bitter chocolate flavors. smokiness presents itself again a bit on the back end.

not quite as full bodied as i expected from the appearance, but still rather thick. generous amount of carbonation for the style.

drinks ok. many different aspects of this beer, but they don't quite mesh perfectly for me to keep me wanting more. alcohol is integrated well and is not a hindrance by any means. I would like it a bit sweeter and thicker, but it works rather well as it is.

Photo of LoblawBeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The Too Cream Stout pours smooth and jet black. The lactose stout generates little to no head, somewhat unexpected.

S - Soft nose of coffee

T - Instant coffee flavor, almost bitter as it hits the tongue. Followed quickly by the smooth, rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Ends with a slightly sour note.

M/F - Light for a stout

D - The beer hits its peak about halfway through. The flavors build and blend. Eventually, the only consistent feature is the sour aftertaste.

Overall - A good stout by Dark Horse. I look forward to the next generation...

Photo of JackieTH
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised by the Dark Horse Too Cream. Out of a bottle it poured a rich chocolaty brown with 1-finger of nut brown head that dissipated quickly. Pleasant yet subtle coffee aroma.

On the palate light chocolates, hints of roasted coffees, creamy throughout, sweetness is there but not as sweet as I expected.

You could down this smooth stout in three pulls if not careful, the ABV is not apparent at all and combined with the nicely creamy, but not heavy, texture, it could make for a two or three bottle adventure...did I mention it hides the ABV well?

Photo of KAP1356
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Very black and opaque. A nice thin mocha colored head forms for just a bit until it recedes to a mocha film on the top of the beer.

S - A sweet aroma of bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate mixed together. I definitely get a sweet milk like component as well that lets me know it is a cream/milk stout. There is a slight roasted malt aroma but it is overpowered by the chocolate that is present.

T - Very chocolatey, both milk and bittersweet chocolate seems to be the main flavor components. The lactose/cream flavor comes at the back of the palate once the chocolate and slight bitterness subsides. Roasted malts are much more apparent in the taste than the nose; but still not enough to be at the forefront of the taste.

M - Very thin for a stout. I, as always, expected it to be much thicker. However, it is still very smooth and creamy as if it were partly on nitrogen.

D - Quite an enjoyable stout. It is one that despite it being a stout and having an 8% abv, I could easily have more than one of in a sitting.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an extra in a trade with another BA. I realy should write these down.

Pours black with a nice brown head that dissipates rather quickly. It ooked like motor oil coming out of the bottle. If the head stuck around longer I would have been thoroughly impressed.

The smell is a little weak, but I can pick up some milk chocolate and light sweet roasted coffee.

The taste is full of sweet milk chocolate, creamed coffee, roast, and cream.

The feel is thick and creamy. Nice luxurious feel here.

Overall, this was a good brew. I would gladly have this one again if I can just find more.

Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Bridgids.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thick frothy dark mocha head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of chunky lacing left behind.

Slightly toasty/roasty aroma with lots of bittersweet dark chocolate and toffee balanced by a sweet lactic cream presence. Hints of roaste esppresso bean and burnt toast hut thisnis nicely balanced out bythe cream character in the nose.

Chewy, slightly viscous medium body with toasty malts as well as hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and slight nut flavor. There is a sweet lactc cream/milky presencethat balances things out and makes this beer very quaffable. Slightly hoppy with subtle spice. Very complex.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my mother-in-law at cellar temp poured into a fest sample glass (mini pint).

Pours oil dark with brown creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fading to a thick sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is molasses, coffee grinds, and general roasted malt. No real hops or booze notes.
Average body and fine rolling carbonation, texture is a little thinner than expected.
Flavor is as nose adavertises with molassess and coffee bean dominating but some dark cacao notes mixing in giving maybe a dark fruit hint.
Finish is dry and a little bitterness but coffee bitter not from hop profile.
The body thins a bit on the finish this is an easy drinking brew with a nice malty mix of flavors.

Photo of thetomG
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour with a small light brown head that leaves almost no lacing. Aroma has a it of chocolate with some roasted undertones, taste is quite similar but with more malty flavors coming through. All in all this is a good beer and a nice representation of the style. Something I would drink again...

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another good beer given to me by flandersned. Been on a dark beer kick lately.

Pours a dark black with khaki head and lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, chocolate,

Mixture of coffee, sweet roasty quality, lactose, creamy body, very good beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to a brandy snifter

A - Dark black in colour; thick, with very little carbonation. Very small amounts of medium brown head.

S - Roasted malts with some sweet molasses

T - A lot of sweetness up front. Roasted malts with some specific coffee flavour.

M - Medium body, smotth. Low carbonation.

D - very sweet. Only had a half bottle and don't think I could get through a full bottle. Too much sweetness for me.

Photo of mondegreen
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada XXX Tulip

A: Pitch black with a thin, short-lived dark brown head. Looks nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

S: Sweet, roasted malts dominate the nose. Hints of sweet cream and molasses are quite inviting. Very nice.

T: Dark roasted flavors are the centerpiece of this one. There is a nice sweetness that balances the roasted flavors. The sweetness and roastiness battle it out on the palate in a long lingering aftertaste. Very tasty.

M: My only problem with this one is that it is a touch too thin. I still say it is above average for the style, but I like a vey silky mouthfeel on a cream stout and this one is a touch more watery than I prefer.

D: The aftertaste helps carry this one from sip to sip. Very well done.

Photo of bierenutz
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours black in color with a small head and some lacing.
S-Roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolates with hints of hops and sweet molasses.
T-Rich and thick coffee and malt flavor with a nice smokey aftertaste.
M-Creamy and smooth with some bitterness at the finish and moderate carbonation.
D-I'm very impressed with this beer. It has a pleasant lingering taste that does not fade to bitterness or dryness. Well done.

Photo of adamette
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a part of a 4 pack from Reider's in Painesville, Ohio earlier today for $8.99. That local grocery store has quite a few cool beer selections and should be visited by anyone in the area. No "best by" date observed by me. Poured into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass that I bought during my visit to the brewery last fall.

A Dark brown but short lived silky smooth head over an absolute black body that lets no light in. I have always enjoyed the look of a stout and this one does not dissapoint. 4.0

S Really nice dark roast malt smell with an oat or grain like smell that softens the edges and makes for an ultimately inviting and interesting smell. In addition, there is the hint of a sweet cream or milk smell that contributes to a nice, inviting smell. I really appreciate this smell since there are other Milk stouts out there that are weak. This is not one of them. 4.5

T That great classic Milk Stout smell carries right over into the taste and what a great taste it is. The classic dark roast malt that you crave with a touch of light sweet cream taste make this a very nicely brewed Milk Stout. I am not surprised. Everything that I have had from Dark Horse has been excellent. 4.5

M As suggested, there is a nice heaviness to the stout that I really enjoy from the style and one can almost feel the ground roasted malt (like coffee grounds in a dark coffee might feel). Despite that it finishes smooth with a creamy (milk?) feel at the end. Really good indeed. 4.5

D Very good. I finished the 12 oz. bottle quickly and I could easily have another. Instead, though, I will save the remaining three for another night and I will look forward to it when I do. 4.0

Notes: Again I am impressed by Dark Horse who are one of my favorite underdog artisan brewers along with Voodoo Brewing Company from Meadville, PA and a few others.

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.