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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 101 | 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 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.

Photo of MIMicrobrews
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number two pours almost identical to number one; thick, black, like motor oil with a slight chocolate milk-type head. Aromatically, it's got a nice subtle sweetness with undertones of coffee. The taste is a nice mix of sweet, creamy with a slight bitterness. This is, very much, the antithesis of One; smooth, creamy, slightly sweet... To me, this is a borderline chocolate milkshake with coffee poured into it, and a slight roastiness about it. The aftertaste has a nice lingering chocolate sweetness; lingers a nice long time. With a slight roastiness, a little bitter mixed underneath.... bringing forth a bit of dark chocolate flavor.

Overall, this is a great tasting stout. Uniquely different from One, but at the same time, equally as tasty and equally as high quality. This is a well-balanced sweet/bitter stout with the typical, but perfected flavors (coffee, chocolate, roasted malts). I like this one. It's a tad lighter than One, but at the same time it's still hearty and worth the pour.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Dark, dark black but very thin head. Brown foam cap quickly fades to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass. Small specks of lace of on the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Sweetness comes through as beer warms. Hints of roasted coffee comes through.

T - Big roasted malt taste initially with just a faint bitter-sweet chocoalte underneath. Sweetness comes through stronger as the beer warms. Light bitterness in the finish.

M/D - Light to medium body, a touch more thin than expected. Very easy drinking stout. Alcohol provides a nice warming, might be a touch stronger for a beer classified as a sweet stout.

Photo of drizzam
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark opaque black that I have yet to see in a cream stout. When I poured it, I was reminded of motor oil that has seen waaayyyy too much time in the engine. Topped by a decent, but not exceptional, brown head. The brew looked awesome, but I would have liked to see a bigger head with better retention.

S - Pretty big nose. Big dark roasted malt aroma with dark bitter chocolate in the background. Everything about this beer is dark!

T & M - The roasted malt from the aroma was forefront on first taste. Dark chocolate follows with some sweet lactose loitering in the background. Full bodied and somewhat creamy, could be creamier but I did enjoy this.

D - An excellent brew but it seems the ABV is a bit high for the style. That being said, the ABV was quite well hidden until it hits the stomach. I'm very impressed with what Dark Horse did with this brew.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This brew pours super dark black. It resembles a mix between molasses and motor oil, think motor oil. His head is dark brown.

S - The aroma of dark chocolate, anise and perhaps dirt. Roated malts and dark chocolate.

T - Dark roasted malt and hints of chocolate, whole bean coffee and sweet hop traces.

M - The feel fits the mark being nice and smooth.

~ This is a good beer but not one I could sit down and have more than one or two... or should I say Too?

Photo of Lolli1315
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black color with a half of finger of dark brown head that holds up fairly well. Decent sticky lacing all the way down.

S- Bitter chocolate and roasted chocolate malts followed closely by burnt flavors. The sweetness of the malt and followed loosely by a faint bitter hop smell.

T- Roasted chocolate malt flavors jump out immediately as well as a subtle dark burnt coffee flavor. Creamy flavor comes in and out as the beer finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Lingering taste of burnt coffee and a slight bitterness.

M- Creamy feel and relatively thin mouthfeel for a stout. Decent carbonation that allows for this to be refreshing.

D- Relatively easy to drink and a nice stout for when the weather warms up. Creamy feel makes this refreshing as well.

Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a finger of dark mocha/chocolate brown head. This retains with a thin layer of froth around the edges that leaves some light spotty lace behind. This pretty much looks just like the bottle of One that I just drank. The aroma smells of dark chocolate malts and earthy hops. This also has a smooth milky creaminess to it that really helps bring out the sweeter accents of that chocolate character.

The taste is dark roast and creamy chocolate sweetness, with a firm dose of earthy and spicy hops mixed in. Lots of lingering roast in the finish, but a lot of sweetness does as well, with milky lactic notes hanging in there the most. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice firmness to the carbonation that then gives way to some chewier sweetness underneath. That 8% is hidden rather well, with only some light warmth in the overall feel.

Equal parts dark and sweetly chewy, this was a solid Milk Stout with a good feel for a larger beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours black with no highlights. Good looking mocha head disappears very quickly.

Bittersweet dark chocolate comes to mind first. Roasty, but not overdone. Maybe a bit of creme and coffee.

Dark chocolate, with little sweetness up front. Some very faint dark fruit flavors. A bit of sweet creme comes in during the middle. Some bitterness at the end.

Lighter body, carbonation seems a bit high. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. A very nice beer. If there was a fuller body, or a creamy feel this would be excellent.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bill knocked this want off. Thanks, man! This is the last of the Dark Horse stouts that I hadn't had.

Jet black, this is one of the darkest stouts out there. There's a dense dark brown head with decent retention and hardly any lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible.

The nose is creamy, roasty and fruity. A solid roasted malt character is present, almost burnt, with some coffee grounds and a surprisingly fresh coffee character. Behind that, there's an undercurrent of fruit, mildly yeast-like in origin along with some mild cream character. I guess I don't see where the cream in the name comes from.
The palate opens big and bitter with a pronounced roasted malt bitterness with some coffee. The bitterness is almost espresso-like, and it's also got some of the fruitiness that a good espresso has, but not as bright, though. There's hardly any milk or cream character in this beer. There's some sweetness, a blend of brown sugar and molasses to even out the bitterness. Mildly drying on the finish with a lingering bitterness, this beer is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Quite easy to drink, this is enjoyable. Thanks again, Bill!

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alicia for this one.

A: The flavor is essentially black with a mild mocha colored head on top.

S: There is a lot of coffee to the nose of this beer. A strong roasted malt note as well, as a light creamy sweetness.

T: The sweetness is not as pronounced as most cream/milk stouts. Still, the sweetness that is there provides a nice balance to the strong coffee and bitter chocolate.

M: The body is medium with a creamy and moderate level of carbonation.

D: One of my favorite styles, and this is a bit of a different interpretation of it. I really enjoyed the strong coffee and slight creaminess.

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It smells like a chocolate milkshake. It has a sweet chocolate malt scent with a mild roasted coffee earthiness. The taste is good. It has a smooth black malt earthiness that goes down easy with a light chocolate sweetness. It's easy drinking with incredible balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good cream stout. I love the subtle coffee-like character.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of Andrew,

A: Pours black with a dark tan white head, good lace.

S: Coffee immediately, dominated by mocha, creamed coffee and dark chocolate, great smell.

T: Not terribly sweet. As with the nose a lot of coffee flavours and roasted malt, with a slight lactose component at the end. Pretty bitter overall, but certainly a good flavour.

M: Medium/full-bodied, creamy.

D: This is a very good stout and the first beer I've ever gotten to try from Dark Horse. Quite impressed.

Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to badnewsbeers for this extra!

pours way darker than I was expecting. looks good.

smell is amazing. smells like chocolate and caramel.

taste isn't as strong as the smell leads on. i can taste the malt and the chocolate, but they are separate flavors. (doesn't taste like a chocolate malt).

mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but the carbonation keeps it on the lighter side.

overall this is a great beer. very drinkable as an everyday beer, and has a pretty high ABV that goes undetected.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle. Part two of their five part series. Sampled at the Dark Horse tasting.

A- Pours a deep black color as much as the other stouts. Mocha colored head comes and ends with whisps on the top of the beer. No real lacing as it slids back into the glass.

S- The creamy lactose comes out more so like others have stated than the roasted malts. Some light chocolate undertones makes this smell a little like chocolate milk to me or some half and half.

T- The taste follows the aroma pretty well. Light roasted malts in the front of this clashes with sugar lactose giving this a sweet taste in the front. The chocolate flavors come into the back end with some half and half flavors coming into play.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the beer. Creamy roastedness in the palate with some creamer half and half flavors in the aftertaste. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth.

D- This is one of the favorites I have had that night. Nice creamy mouthfeel makes this beer a very nice sipper. Actually a little too much of a drinker than a sipper...haha.

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part 2 of my Dark Horse stout odyssey. From the bottle shop next to DH.

A: This stout, a cream stout, is as dark as One, a pitch black stout that isn't interested in having any brown hues. An off-white head, a caramel color, sits as a thin band.

S: The lactose really stands out, a creamy sweet aroma that adds life to the stout. Underneath the lactose, a mildly roasted aroma (not as strong as I'd expect) hangs around.

T: A recurring theme, the stout body comes across as thin until the finish of each sip. The lactose creates a flavor that borders on sour without giving up its sweetness. Behind the lactose, the flavor drops off, losing any momentum. Only at the end of each sip does the stout come back with a vengeance. The roasted flavors are intense, a burst of flavor that lingers. A creeping sourness, lactic in nature, pops up in the finish too.

M: The mouthfeel is generally smooth, although the lactic sourness is a little jarring to the uninitiated. More roasted flavors mid-sip wouldn't be unappreciated.

D: The stout doesn't feel like 8%, hiding the strength behind the lactose and roasted malts. The nice finish will keep me coming back.

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with no light being able to shine through (not even around the edges.) Initially produces a finger of darkly tanned head that quickly cracks and fades to just a thin lace on top of this beer. Dark roasty aroma has some scents of coffee and chocolate blended with a bit of citrus fruitiness and then a slight note of sweetness in the backend. Taste is roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, minor citrus hops and a nice warming alcohol bite. Finishes with some dry bitter chocolate and burnt grain left lingering in the mouth. It has a medium feel and high amount of carbonation which is a little distracting. This is probably the least sweet of any milk/sweet stout I have ever had and I can honestly say that I like it. It ranks up there as one hell of a stout but a sweet stout? I dont know about that. Give it a try and see what you think.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as an extra in a trade with czoch85 - thanks Clint!

A: Almost black, and much more viscous than I had anticipated. A rather dark, brown head reaches its apex at a finger's width, and then dissipates in the next half minute.

S: Gentle coffee scent, with some roastiness and a bit of lactose as well.

T: Starts off with a rather sweet, pleasant milkiness. Towards the middle the coffee and a bit of bitterness and roastiness comes in. Lactose comes in subtlely at the end, and the aftertaste is a mild roastiness.

M: Fairly full, but not as thick as the appearance would lead you to believe, as there is some milkiness to its body as well. Very appropriate for the style.

D: Heck yes! This doesn't feel like 8% at all; I thought it was 5 or 6 until I saw it listed. Light mouthfeel, flavorful but not over the top, all combine to make this a very sessionable beer.

This doesn't have the crazy, kick in the face flavors that make me love or despise a beer, but I don't think milk stouts should. What this beer does have is a lovely balance of roastiness and lactose. I would have liked a bit more complexity, but I definitely enjoyed this brew, and think it would be an excellent session beer.

Photo of Riccymon
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a fizzy, impenetrable black with not even enough head to cover the surface of the beer. This apperance is not completely unexpected, but it's still a little weak for the style. Smell has a fairly strong, complex smokey note on top of roasty malt, and I'm really enjoying it.

Following the nose, the taste and mouthfeel are a bit of a letdown. While the sweet malt, lactic flavor, and nutty aftertaste (think porter-like) are quite tasty, a slightly salty, mineral flavor that comes later isn't that palatable. Body is moderate and to style, but something about the mouthfeel makes for an astringent finish that I dislike.

This beer had some ups and downs for me, and overall I found it to be just an average milk stout. If I were around Michigan, I think I'd opt for Bell's Special Double Cream nine times out of ten.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA.

Pours pretty much black with a one-finger beige head.

Aroma is roasty and fairly chocolatey with some coffee notes. A little sweet.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, with roast, chocolate, and coffee. Lactose sweetness is definitely noticeable. Some considerable earthiness in this one as well.

Mouthfeel is somewhat grainy and perhaps a little more carbonated than I'd like this style to be. Body is medium-full.

This is an excellent stout overall. Dark Horse has really come up as a dark horse recently and has put out some awesome beers.

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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