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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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973 Ratings
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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 66
Gots: 93 | 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 popery
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

A: Black liquid with a very small brown head.

S: Chocolate, roast, a bit of cardboard or tin or something. I'm not sure of the age of this bottle, but it's not really all that old. It could have had a bad cap or something, but it seems pretty close to other descriptions. Maybe, I'm just not a fan of the style. I'll try to revisit it when I drink a few more entries in the style.

T: A little sweet for my taste. Slightly soured roasty malt flavors. I can't really taste any hops and the flavors suffer from the mouthfeel, so I don't want to give too low of a score here.

M: Fairly flat and much too thin. It has the feel of an over-aged stout.

D: The feel really hurts the drinkability for me. I would only buy another to verify my current ratings.

Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Pours black with no transparency. Chocolate colored head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are of roasted malts, but that's about it. Mouth-feel is smooth and creamy. Flavors are roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate and espresso. Overall, decent milk stout, but there are better ones out there.

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

A dark black color body with a brown frothy head,that lingers a bit then fades to a nice lace leaving rim. Aroma of chocolate,dark roasted malt, and a sugary lactic note. Flavor is pretty simple, bitter and milk chocolate, roasted malt and a lactic milky quality,well balanced. Creamy,smooth mouthfeel,medium carbonatrion, and a sweet malty finish,quite drinkable and good.Dark Horse is always a treet.

Photo of brow1901
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours a deep dark black. Lets almost no light shine through when held to the light. The head is almost none, but what is there is a dark brown. leaves a decent lacing, but the head just about disappears.

S- Smells strongly of roasted malts. A light hint of coffee and chocolate. Any hops in here are hardly noticeable.

T- Again the hops don't do much balancing in this beer and thus it seems a bit too sweet and malty for my taste. The coffee flavors are strong in the mouth, but not overpowering but light and enjoyable.

M- Very dry in the after taste. Thick and full bodied to begin with. But there is something that makes it very enjoyable. Maybe it isn't as thick as I thought, thick is good but this isn't too thick, its almost perfect.

D- Very drinkable, this is a tasty beer. Not too much alcohol but more flavor and complexity than your average oatmeal stout, and a bit more enjoyable than some of the other cream stouts I've had.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep black-black with a modest mocha-red head.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and black coffee.

The taste is a big combination of dark chocolate, cocoa, and strong black coffee.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A very drinkable and good stout, but not great. The sweet lactose and the richness was missing from this cream stout.

Photo of Dalem
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours pitch black in color with a modest reddish tinted head the dissipates fairly quickly leaving a slight ring around the edges and minimal lacing. The aroma is fairly sweet with the scent of baker's chocolate and cream up front and the smell of very dark roasted & slightly bitter coffee in the background. The flavor has a very roasted malt taste up front with a slight bit of dark fruits, unsweetened chocolate and coffee laying underneath. A little hint of bitterness is there but is quickly mellowed out by a sweet cream base. It's not supercrazy in it's complexities but the flavors balance each other well. The finish is a bit lighter than your average stout but not in that weak ass watery Guinness way.

Photo of beveritt
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to biniek13 for tossing in this extra on a recent trade. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simple black and white and has the curving ribbon theme seen on so many Dark Horse labels; a seemingly abstract horse head. The capital letters A and B on the side of the label make me think this one is supposed to be added to others in a series. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of extremely dark brown head.This settles to a nearly complete coating of foam and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is dark, brown, maybe black and looked like motor oil pouring out of the bottle. A thick layer of well compacted sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted barley and bitter, black coffee.

Taste: A strong blast of roasted barley bitterness hits the tongue upfront, fresh and crisp, like chewing on just cracked barley. This is well balanced by a smooth lactose creaminess. The blend lingers well past the sip.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, fitting of the style. Enough to deliver the strong flavors from a thick beer, without overpowering them. Body is great, one of the thickest beers I have had.

Drinkability: Impressed. This is not as sweet as you typically find in a milk stout, but does an excellent job of presenting a strong flavor without being overpowering. A good sipper, that also seems to go down fairly easily.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz bottle from Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours a dark opaque black with some copperish khaki head that reduces down to just a film.

S: dominant smell is slightly burnt coffee (but in a good way), some roasted malts, chocolate and maybe even a hint of vanilla?

T: Nice and sweet coffee flavor with the roast, chocolate and vanilla undertones

M: A little thin, but makes this more refreshing...must be the difference between an imperial stout and a milk/sweet stout, i don't mind it...carbonation-wise it's close to a soda pop

D: it's smooth and not so heavy like a RIS would be, the sweetness makes this easy to take down

Photo of fo5s
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my sierra nevada glass. Got this bottle in an in-person trade with weirdbeer at kate the great day - thanks! I love the bottle style and the 1-5 series of stouts. These were on my wants for quite a while and I'm excited to review the entire series (minus One...haven't scored that one yet).

Upon opening the bottle I notice a thick brown residue along the inside of the neck. It doesn't look the least bit appetizing. If I get sick from this, there will be hell to pay.

A- an aggressive pour only yielded 3mm or so of head, which dissipated in no time. Opaque, but doesn't look very thick.

S- great aroma. picking up some strong chocolate with roasted undertones.

T- Bitter chocolate all the way. A touch over-roasted on the front, but the bitter chocolate lingers long after. I can taste a little bit of the creaminess, but really lacks the sweet creaminess I'd expect from a cream stout. As it warms, the sweetness on the tongue starts to emerge, but at this point I'm expecting chocolate!

M- First thought it that this is fairly thin for a cream stout. Like the taste, it doesn't have that creamy feel to it. Carbonation is appropriate- a relief given the disappointing head.

D- Pretty good so far. The uncharacteristic thinness actually works to the advantage of drinkability.

Overall a solid, tasty brew, but not worth going crazy over. I set the bar pretty high for this brew, and despite falling short, I'm pleased with the brew. It will be interesting to see how this compares to the rest of the series.

Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours almost completely black. sits that way with a tiny dark brown rim

Smell: lots of chocolate. some roasted malt. tiny presence of alcohol. almost a light sour smell to it. pretty much identical to the ONE just a tiny bit sweeter

Taste: a balance of chocolate sweetness and roast flavor. a little bit smoother than the ONE i think. the lactose seems to smooth out the edges of the bitterness and alcohol a little bit better. mostly dry, slightly bitter and a little chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: full body. very low carbonation. almost completely silky.

Notes: cant tell too much difference between this and the oatmeal stout

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with just a bit of brown. Very small brown head with okay retention and no lacing.

S: Strong lactose with roasted malts and chocolate.

T: Strong roasted malts with a milky chocolate and a decent hop profile.

Overall: Okay mouthfeel moderate carbonation but kind of a thin body. Pretty drinkable for the style.

Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great extra from Dbhog. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque black with zero light penetration. Quarter inch mocha-colored head immediately dissolved into a soapy slick with a solid band around the perimeter. No lacing on this one. Bold nose-lots of cocoa up front followed by a roasted character at the back. Taste consistent with nose, but also picked up some lactic acid. Mouthfeel feel between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background effervescence. Really tasty Milk Stout. I continue to be impressed by the quality of brews that Dark Horse puts out.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade with deliriumfest. Thanks!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Jet black, with a finger-and-a-half of dark, dark chocolate brown head - some of the darkest I've seen. The head faded pretty quickly to a thin layer, and left a minimal amount of lacing.

Smell: Heavy roasted malts, coffee, and hints of alcohol seep through. Wish I knew the ABV on this one.

Taste: Roasted malts, just like it smells. Surprisingly smooth, but there's a bit of an astringent note. The taste fades very quickly, but a little bit of the roasted flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Warms the stomach on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, and a little thin, but nice and creamy. Would have liked to see a little more thickness to this one.

Drinkability: Goes down very smooth, and the short-lasting taste makes you keep wanting more. A very sessionable stout. It doesn't really taste like a milk stout, however, as I didn't really get any of the sweetness typically associated with the style. An enjoyable brew, however, and one I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

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

Pours very black. Small dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a brown collar. Some lacing.

Aroma of dark malts, coffee and some burnt molasses.

Taste is of burnt coffee, dark malts. Dark milk chocolate. Definitely strong flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is heavy, lightly cleansing and dry at the end.

Overall, a rather tasty brew. Decently drinkable but too heavy for a session beer. But, if you want a nice, heavy, strong flavored stout...then this is for you. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of sprucetip
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may have been an old bottle, for it had no head at all on first pour, and took and aggressive pour to get a very minimal one on second pour. No lacing, no activity. Black with hint of highlights.

Faint. What little I get is roasted grain and molasses, hint of sweetness.

Roasty, sweet malty, molasses, some mild roasty and hoppy bitterness. Smooth.

Modest carbonation, kind of thin body, but rich creamy texture. Smooth.

Easy drinking stout. Not a memorable one, really, but the lack of a head makes me think this was old and stale.

Photo of akokandy
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz brown bottle poured into a mug. Pours pitch black with a small head. Poor head retention and no lacing to speak of.

S- Caramel, sweet cream, and a hint of coffee in the nose.

T- Dark roast coffee underlies caramel, creamy/milk flavor, and sweet malts. Chocolate becomes apparent as the beer warms. Not as sweet as most milk stouts, which suits me fine. No detectable alcohol or hop flavor.

M- Full-bodied and creamy. Absolutely no carbonation.

D- A good beer to have one or two of. Definitely not a session brew. Feels to me like this is high abv for the style. Also pretty filling.

Photo of erosier
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied brown colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of very sweet dark malts, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of cream.
T: Very sweet malty base, chocolate malts, flavors of caramel, cream, and a hint of coffee.
M: Very smooth, thick, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I love stouts and the flavors and subtleness of the cream really make it a joy to drink.

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Bottle hidden in the beer fridge, purchased from Two Cellars in May 2008. Had hoped to find a 2008 for comparisons.

Appearance: Poured like used motor oil. Jet black and somewhat viscous. Could only produce a quarter-inch mocha head when poured into pint glass.

Smell: Hints of dark fruits with some cocoa present. Also seemed to smell somewhat grainy or graham crackery.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee flavor dominant in intial sips. As the beer warmed up the flavor seemed to turn to chocolate covered raisins with a hint of earthiness (tobacco?). Very slight hint of vanilla in the back of the pallete, but some definite alcohol presence on the back of the tounge that was inviting.

Mouthfeel: Seemed perfect for the flavors of this beer. Definitely coated the tounge, and the carbonation seemed perfect for this style. I will state that is probably due to sitting for so long, which is an error on my part.

Overall: Really great sweet stout. I wish I had a newer example to compare the flavors with, but will be happy knowing I was pleased with this and Dark Horse doesn't seem to disappoint.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is small, tan, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cream. The taste is full of graham cracker, roasted malt, cocoa powder, and cream. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation which might be a little high for a stout, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the beer. Overall, this is a mighty nice cream stout. I will certainly drink this again.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from johnnnniee, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a thin brown head that vanished in a few minutes.

S - rich roasted malt aroma, hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - sweet, roasty taste, dark chocolate and heavy cream with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish.

F - full bodied with a dare I say it, 'creamy' feel.

D - a nice easy drinking cream stout.

Photo of spointon
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one form a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black/brown with no light penetration and a thin cola colored highlight around the edges. With a damn near crazy-hard pour, the head rose about 1/16" and then disappeared in 20 seconds. No lace.

S= This beer smelled of roasted/coffee notes and a bit of malty sweetness. Not a lot going on in the aroma department here.

T= I found base malt sweetness, followed by a big punch of dark roasted grain and coffee. Around 2/3 of the way through there is a hint of the milky sweetness indicated by the style, but it continues to be overwhelmed by the roastiness all the way through the finish.

MF= Heavier bodied with a very crisp carbonation level for the style. Almost too crisp.

D= This isn't a terrible beer, it just isn't that great either. Still, the coffee maltiness is sort of interesting if you forget that it is supposed to be sweet. Probably not something I will buy again.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured an oil-looking beer, black and thick, with a oil-like consistency. Although it doesn't need to be said, this beer is opaque. Small, dark-brown head reduces as quickly as it arises.

S-Roasty and charred malts, alongside hints of dark chocolate. A slight hint of fruit breaks through the roast.

T-Very, very roasted malt, with strong black malt character and the expected roasty astringency. There is perhaps a slight sweetness detectable behind all the roastiness, but this beer has an overall roast-centric flavor.

M-Medium-feel body pairs well with a medium carbonation. A thick-ass beer with a viscous body. Finishes with a thinness and sweet feel that is surprisingly clean, considering the body of the beer.

D-Moderate. The roasty blackness takes a clear center-stage in this beer, so it seems to lack somewhat the cream/sweet stout character. I think that the complexity, when I could peel off the layers of roast to see what's underneath, was very enjoyable.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - One thumb of mocha-colored head from a rather fast pour into a Two Brothers Pint Glass. Dark body with brown tints.

S - Very sweet and chocolaty with a hint of anise and wood. Some pine hops are present, and combine with a small amount of baker's chocolate to dry out the aroma.

T - Starts out with a good mix of sweet and bitter chocolates. A wood tanin-like flavor seems to be present, and a rich esspresso dryness that balances the chocolates out. The finish is spicy, with the hints of anise making another appearence.

M - Full body, slightly silky, a little more lively than I expected. Quite prickly in the finish.

D - I enjoyed this much more than One. This was dead on for it's style, without being a one note song. It maintained a nice mix of chocolates, along with some nice herbal notes to make this a beer I would look out for.

Photo of KeefD
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pitch black with a creamy head that looks like blowing bubbles into chocolate milk with a straw. Some average lacing is left on the glass, but this looks perfect for a sweet stout. Nice, semi-sweet aroma, light chocolate and roasty notes, but nothing spectacular. Slight lactic sourness in the background. Flavor is nice chocolatey sweetness, creamy, light roasted flavors, almost no bitterness at all. This beer is incredibly smooth, so creamy on the the tongue, but doesn't quite reach full bodied for such a dark beer. Carbonation is light, but only adds to the silkiness. This is very drinkable and the alcohol can barely be felt. A very nice beer and probably my favorite so far from Dark Horse.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Goose Island shaker glass. Appears a super dark brown color with around a finger of creamy, dense, caramel colored foam. Smells of rich, sweet milk chocolate, and coffee liqueur. Tastes of both bittersweet and semi-sweet cocoa, rich roasted grains, and a mild lactic sourness towards the finish. A notch below medium in both body and carbonation. Still, pretty tasty and I would seek it out again.

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.