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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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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 102 | 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 ffejherb
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into 25cl glass on 3/17/10.

A - Poured really close to a black liquid with half an inch of burnt tan froth that receded to a thin ring of retention and virtually no lacing.

S - Aroma blends earthy hop notes with dark bitter chocolate and some milky lactic sweetness. There is also a slight waft of molasses and perhaps a touch of brown sugar as well.

T - Dark chocolate notes and leafy hops impart a bitter character to the stout and, while there is some lactic sweetness and dough-like malt present, this is ultimately a pretty bitter stout. Finishes with quite a bit of earthy, herbal hop bitterness that clings to the palate.

M - Medium bodied with a slick, oily texture and moderate carbonation, which provides a slight bristly feel on the palate. Finishes with a fairly assertive hop bite, especially for a cream stout.

D - Enjoyed this one a bit more than One. Too is on the bitter side of the cream stout spectrum, which I enjoyed. The dark chocolates really added a lot of bitter character to this otherwise sweet stout style. I'd drink more.

Photo of trentley87
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark as motor oil. This one is BLACK. A nice dark toffee colored head to boot, not that it bothers sticking around too long. Very appetizing.

S: Malts and sweetness, but not a lot of aroma coming out for me. Actually made me more anxious to taste it.

T: Sweet and creamy. Absolutely delicious. I could not tell that it was 8% ABV.

M: Slippery but stout. Carbonation on target.

D: Would be extremely drinkable except for the russian imperial stout level of alcohol content.

Photo of jdklks
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am really impressed with the look and the smell of this one. Pours and smells like a great imperial stout, which is certainly not my usual experience with milk stouts. The body is impenetrable black, with hardly an edge even when backlit. the head is small, but dark-chocolatey. The aroma is of coffee roast and chocolate mainly, but also a lot of sweet dark fruits, especially plum. Perhaps also some caramel... no hint of the alcohol.

All the smells are also attributes of the flavor, but not the way I want them to be. There is some chocolate, but it is bitter, and the roast doesn't level things off, but is rather in the background, which was not expected from the smell. It is quite literally like drinking beer-flavored milk, or milk flavored beer, go figure. Lots of lactose here. The dark fruits aren't as sweet as I was hoping for from the smell. There is the smallest hint of the 8% abv, and thats about it, aside from a dry metallic taste.

The mouthfeel is just okay... its super thick, which is good, but its very dry on the palate, and I'm not all that sure that the level of carbonation is right here. The drinkability is below average because it feels like you've dropped a brick into your stomach when you're only halfway through. Not for the lactose intolerant.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The inkiness of this beer is not to be underestimated. It's somewhere between a regular and imperial stout at 8%, but it definitely poured like the latter. At the same time, it produced a pretty thick, frothy mocha head that's fading pretty quickly. Doesn't lace, but it does keep a dark brown outter ring of foam.

S - Really roasty malt. Lots of rich espresso that really dominates. After a solid minute of sniffing, taking a break, then going back, I'm finally getting an undertone of something sweet-ish, presumably from the lactose.

T - Follows the nose really well, but the lactose is definitely much more noticeable in the taste. Roasty notes really dominate off the bat. However, everytime they're just about ready to completely wash your mouth in roasty dryness, the lactose steps in with a milky sweetness to steady things out. This process seems to happen multiple times with every sip and even in the finish, which is interesting. The 8% isn't detectable at all.

MF - Definitely on the thin side. A little less carbonation might help out there(it's not overcarbonated, though), but I'm not really sure. Coats the mouth and sticks around, but I did expect more body at this strength.

D - Well, the ABV isn't noticeable at all, and I definitely appreciate the copious amounts of roasted malt to counteract the sweetness. This is my second beer(and stout) from Dark Horse, and I'm regretting not picking up extra bottles instead of just singles.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Aroma is sweet and malty, the beer smells like milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and some toffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but I can also notice a bit of coffee in the flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit chewy and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all and it's smooth. The 8% ABV isn't very noticable at all, you'd think you were drinking a beer that wasn't quite as strong as it really is. I thought this was a good overall brew. This was also the last beer in the Dark Horse Holiday Stout series that I hadn't tried until now. I have to say all of them are good!

Photo of jcnd9803
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a syrupy black color a great tan head that left some great stout lacing.

S - Sweet molasses, plus toffee and some chocolate.

T - Smooth milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt and some toffee. I even detected some vanilla. Very complex cream stout.

M - Soft and creamy. Medium bodied.

D - This is definitely one of my favorite milk stouts. Dark Horse always come through for me!

Photo of PretzelCity
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out thick and black like motor oil, with a one inch mocha head that slowly faded away almost entirely. The nose is rich chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is sweet but not heavy on lactose sugars. The body of the taste is more roasted malts, chocolate and some bitter hops. Full bodied and rich, this one coats the mouth as it rolls over the tongue. Chewy and well carbonated, this beer is pretty smooth and drinkable. No real noticeable traces of alcohol. Interesting beer. Not really like other milk/sweet stouts I've had but a very good beer. Good complexity, this one really comes together nicely. Not my favorite milk stout but a solid offering from an excellent brewery.

Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: appears black and viscous, no head

S: huge roasted barley and chocolate on the nose, some toffee and oats, everything is very bold and pronounced... very nice

T: sweet caramel on the front followed by roasted barley and dark chocolate

MF: thick and chewy, medium carbonation

D: Dark Horse makes a lot of stouts which all tend to have a very bold and roasty profile which I love... this one is no exception. This is one of the better cream stouts I have tried.

Photo of BierFan
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin brown head on a black body. Even the pour was pitch black.

Smell: Roasty kind of coffee-like. Sweet creamy smell.

Taste: Dang! Starts off with a velvety smoothness. Sweet creaminess and bitter dark chocolate flavors follow it up.

I'd love to do a side by side comparison between this and Bell's Double Cream Stout.

Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
This beer is pretty much black. Not quite engine oil black as there is the slightest hint of dark brown. The head is 1 finger and is light brown espresso color. Almost looks like melted chocolate icecream.

On the nose i get some milk chocolate. I'm also getting faint aromas of roasted nuts and a very faint amount of blueberry believe it or not. A slight coffee in the background.

Taste is kind of a let down after that great smell. Light chocolate, light coffee and that blueberry background is there again too.

I'm going to check some other reviews after i do mine to see if anyone else thought this was super watery. Very light bodied for a stout. It's in your mouth and then gone like it was never there. One of the lighter stout i have ever had. Especially at 8%.

Drinkability is good do to the fact its very light. Almost reminds me of a guinness draft. I would call this an above average stout but nothing i would seek out again. On a 100 point scale i'd go 83/100

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into shaker at 50 degrees.

Pours with 3F grey/brown head on top of 90% opaque black body. Head fades to ring, and no lacing to speak of.

Aromas of dark milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of woodsy/bark-like finish.

I'm often disappointed by milk stouts, but this flavor was really nice. Heavier on the rich coffee character, touch of cream, and plenty of sweet malty goodness.

Nice mouthfeel - not thick, but does leave a bit of film on the tongue afterward. Carbonation is light, and this is as the name suggests - creamy.

Really high drinkability in my book - the first couple sips take some acclimating to, but once the train leaves the station, you are rollin'.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a pretty opaque black with a nice tan head to start off with. Not much lacing, and the head evaporates into nothing. The aroma leaves a little to be desired, a little bit of roasty malts, chocolates, maybe some coffee or something. Pretty tame. The taste is a bit better, and mouth is superb. Fairly stock, it has nice roasties, chocolates, coffees, with the bit of lactose to boot, maybe a bit of berry, but perhaps only because I was trying to look for it. The mouth, as stated, is lovely, very thick, smooth, nicely carbonated. in all, a pretty good beer.

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nummy. Poured with a small fine tan head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is an opaque oily black. Aroma is very malty, roasty, toffee/burnt sugar sweet and a hint of vanilla. Ditto the taste. Extremely drinkable. Body is luscious and carbonation is good. Finish is super easy, a bit long. Solid beer. Session if you're in this kind of mood.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks mikey711!

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass at 53F.

Black, with a very small dark tan head.

Sweet, roasty aroma. Coffee, molasses, cocoa, and caramel.

Tastes like medium-sweet cafe au lait up front, rich and delicious, with cocoa and caramel undertones. Then it becomes darker, roasty and dry in the finish. Long finish, dry roasty cocoa.

The carbonation is superfine, soft and cushy. Exceptional smoothness and the dry finish make this ridiculously drinkable.

Great beer, I enjoyed this.

Photo of mgbickel
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a two finger chocolate milk colored head. The tightly packed foam receded down to tiny wispy swirls on the body. Speaking of which, you cannot get a darker, blacker body. It is a light eating glass of liquid onyx.

The nose has fresh ground coffee up front...along with a malted milkshake aroma lingering behind. The backbone is a sweet roasted malt aroma.

The first flavors you taste are cream and coffee...very smooth transition into the roasted malt character. The aftertaste is a little more bitter, like black coffee...maybe a french vanilla flavored bean.

The mouth feel is medium, creamy and oily. Mild carbonation...just the right amount.

Very drinkable. A great example of the style. Will do my best to keep this one stocked!

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a four pack two by two witht the Too and the Tres. The Too pours a dark brown, with little light shining through. Tan head settles slowly, and lacing is very decent. The smell is once again typical of this brewery. Sweet malty character, with caramel, chocolate and coffee. Hops are only slightly present. Taste is more intense than the aroma. Coffee, dried fruit, toast, and earth are present. Drying hops finish off this brew with floral character. Flavors develop more as the beer warms. This stout is medium-bodied, and the flavors, while there, are somewhat faint. Overall, Too is a good beer and worth picking up if it is available. It's easy to drink, and nicely represents what Darke Horse has to offer.

Photo of hosehead83
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Pours deep and dark, almost purple, with a beautiful dark tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and chocolate malts
Taste-Chocolate/cocoa, roasted coffee w/cream and a subtle smokiness that fades into a smooth, creamy finish.
Overall, a deliscious, smooth and creamy stout, with just a hint of smoky bitterness for balance that would make this beer go great with a grilled steak. 8.0ABV? I couldn't taste it, I wanted to gulp this down it was so smooth.
Get Some!!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pure black in color with an extremely dark brown colored head that is relatively thick. there is a very low level of retention and no lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively big with lots of roasted malt, some dark chocolate, hints of espresso and a faint citrus hop at the very end

T-follows the nose but the roasted malt is dominating this beer, lots of dark dark chocolate, almost straight cocoa bean, with a touch of espresso with the citrus hops at the back giving way to more roasted malt and a slight bitterness

M-medium body, wet and slick on the back of the throat, not the body i was hoping for and is probably on the lighter end of medium. some alcohol presence towards the back when the hops kick in.

D-big flavors which are nice, but just a ton of roasted malt that somewhat dominates; but the cocoa bean does come through

Photo of Pecorasc
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with Black and White label poured into oversized tulip glass. Washing down my left-over lemon chicken.

A- Gives a great wisp of gas when opened. Pours a deep black with 1/4 inch burgundy highlights at the edge of the glass. Large bubbly head. As the head recedes, it changes from a dark tan to coffee ice-cream colored. The thin film of head that stays arranges itself in amusing swirls. Lacing is spotty and irregular. Beautiful looking stout.

S- Fresh black coffee and cream dominate. Smells like a coffee house. Balanced by roasted barley and vanilla. Molasses and maple syrup in the background.

T- First impression is that this beer is much less sweet than expected. More acrid and roasted than the aroma suggests. A bit lacking in the front of the palate, but then it shows a quick smack of lactose sweetness (whole milk, vanilla) followed by intense roasted character. There might be some hop flavor but I'm confused by the intense roast. Very nice.

M- Creamy from the lactose, but the tingling carbonation thins out the beer. For 8%, I expected a bit more mouth.

D- Although the mouth feel isn't what I wanted, it does make this 8%'er more drinkable. One of the higher ABV cream stouts out, but surprisingly one of the more drinkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.

A- Deep brown with garnet highlights. Super dark head. Its a rusty red color. Not much retention and no lacing.

S- Charcoal and some smoke. Some sweetness in the nose but not much.

T- A more bitter stout. Really charred tasting. Not a whole lot of milkiness or creaminess like I was expecting. What creaminess thats there comes in at the end.

M- On the thin side. Watery at times.

D- Goes down easy for me, theres just nothing too special about this. Its a decent beer anyway.

Photo of ujsplace
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an over sized pub glass.

A: Pitch black with a 1 inch thick frothy milkshake chocolate brown head that leaves minimal lacing and fades pretty quickly.

S: Burnt chocolate malt, caramel and coffee.

T: Sweet milky chocolate, roasted caramel and coffee like bitter finish.

M: Medium and creamy somewhat thin.

D: I can hardly believe the abv since it goes virtually unnoticed. This is a highly drinkable stout that will please even casual drinkers.

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

Pours into a pint glass.

Pours a motor oil color, no head, no lace.

The brew smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate.

The brew tastes smooth and chocolatey, has a very surprising sweetness and thinness to it. Slightly dry finish, has a roasted malt aftertaste.

This brew is good, very tasty and drinkable. Has no taste of alcohol in the flavor. The only strikes against this one is the look and mouthfeel - very light.

Photo of techfed87
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours syrup black in color. Pours a strong mocha-colored head.

Smell is a mix of dairy and cinnamon. It reminds me of the milk that's left over after eating a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Taste is bitter, bitey when it hits your pallet. Going from a strong beginning, it mellows out as the aftertaste comes on. Aftertaste is very smooth, with only a portion of the acidity lingering on. What I didn't expect from this beer is the overwhelming sense that somewhere in it was coffee. Then again, Stouts are a fine and fickle thing.

Excellent Beer. Not the creme de la creme, but at the same time not too bad. And for $7 a 4-pack, it's also economical!

Photo of confer
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap and Table.
Poured in a tulip glass. No head whatsoever deep brown and completley opaque. I am pretty sure of the color but with only candlelight at the T&T I can't be positive. I did hold a candle to the back of the glass and the only light was what reflected around the sides of the glass, nothing through the middle.
I think I should have let this beer set for 30 minutes because everything was better as it warmed. The smell and taste were both overly smokey when the beer was cold. As it warmed the smoke disappeared and a sweet dark fruit flavor started. The sweet flavor and smell were both good. The beer had a nice creamy feel with no carbonation at all.
As I said this beer is drinkable as it warms.

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black in color. Pours with ever the slightest little smidgen of beautifully tan head that practically evaporates into the air, leaving what appears to be a clear puddle of mud in my glass. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Things pick up here. Coffee, deep dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and the raisiny sweetness of a PX sherry.

T: Sweet burnt coffee. Peat. Prunes. The dryness of cocoa lingers on the sides of the tongue.

M: The heavier side of medium, with low, but not non-existent carbonation. A bit thinner than expected, with an interesting interplay between the sweetness and the cocoa dryness.

D: A good stout. Very drinkable and an interesting brew.

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.