Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
12 oz into Atlas mason jar
A: Dark as night with tiny tiny dark brown head. Head disappears to a thin ring round the edge.
S: Roasty maltiness. Deep dark scorched caramel. Chocolate syrup.
T: Bitterness right from the start that is intensified with the roasted barley. I think it may be a bit too bitter for my taste buds, but it seems to mellow as it warms.
M: I was expecting more with this pitch black aromatic brew, but its pretty light bodied for this type of beer.
D: Pretty high on alcohol content and kind of bitter. I give it an average rating for drinkability.
12-30-2007 02:05:52 | More by baos
3.9/5 rDev 0%
12 oz bottle poured into a traditional pint glass
A - Pours an opaque black that is impossible to see through. Head is small, but nice for the style with its tan color. Lacing is moderate when tipped, but falls quickly.
S - Strong roasted scent with a molasses flavor. Full of oats & grains with a touch of roasted espresso beans. A slight oaked alcohol scent awakens as this beer warms.
T - Similar to the smell, with the roasted malt flavor dominating. Sweetness comes in the form of robust molasses flavor. Superb balance of sweetness with the strong roasted flavor. Hops may contribute to the drying and slightly bitter aftertaste.
M - Full bodied with a nice, chewy mouthfeel. Finish is nicely balanced between drying bitterness and residual sweetness.
D - A solid cream stout for a cold winter's day. Alcohol is not too high to be much of a factor, and the flavor stays enjoyable throughout.
12-28-2007 22:57:52 | More by gmcfarre
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Purchased at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.
Very, really surprising pour. Completely opaque with a wonderfully retentive brown chocolatey head.
Smells very sweet and smooth. Yes, you can smell smoothness. I smell it right here, in this beer. It smells the way that good, foreign chocolate tastes.
Tastes just as smooth as it smells, and it's smooth all the way through. Can't stress that enough-it's like silk. Tastes fairly rough, though, and the clash is just a little bit offputting. There's some dark chocolate, some harshly roasted malt--burnt more than roasted--and a decent hop finish. Pretty good, but like I said it just clashes a little with the aroma and mouthfeel.
12-23-2007 04:57:01 | More by mynie
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured a deep dark brown/black with a thin dark tan head.
Smell was full of burnt malts and sweet cream.
Flavor was very full with nice bits of creamy sweetness with a nice burnt black malt flavor and some smoke, coffee, and bitter chocolate notes. Just a bit of hops to balance out the milkey sweetness.
Mouthfeel was rich and creamy.
Very solid cream stout.
12-21-2007 02:43:28 | More by bashiba
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours black and thick with a slight tan head plenty of yeasty chunks in the bottom.
Aroma is robust dark grain, hints of coffee with an underlying sugary sweetness.
Taste is exactly as the nose described. Flavor is dominated by smokey dark roasted grain. Coffee, milk sweetness, and chocolate. Finish is dry and crisp.
Mouthfeel is medium-full. much richer than I had expected from a cream stout.
A very drinkable, well made stout. Flavor is quite rich and satisfying.
12-19-2007 01:32:12 | More by Blakaeris
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Drank from a firkin (special night) at Ashley's in AA.
A- Dark as night. Half a finger of dark cocoa head. These bubbles are the densest and strongest I've ever seen. Lacing is somewhere between big pocadots and total sheets. Delicious looking foam.
S- Weak smells of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
T- Roasted tastes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso beans are greeted by a sweet fruity dabble on my tongue, I would say mostly cherry, with a touch of sweet orange. Interesting but this is soon dominated by the roastiness.
M- Creamy is the name of the game! Great cask carbonation. Nothing bad to say about this beer served this way.
D- Great mouthfeel, but the smell and taste aren't the best.
12-12-2007 03:36:39 | More by zdk9
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours jet black with absolutely no edges or highlights. Tan head that sturdily sits a loose 1/2" tall. Dripping rings of lace-quite beautiful.
Scents of FRESH vanilla, marshmallow, crème coffee & dark chocolate.
Roasty flavors of glorious dark malts bathed in malted milk and a charred/dry hoppy ghostly foundation. A soft leathery blanket curls at the edges whilst (TheLongBeachBum finally rubbed-off on me) the heavily roasted malts mingle nicely with the creamy malted milk notes. This is like a party of rice krispie treats and gourmet coffee followed by campfire and fleece blankets.
Mouthfeel is a tad bit flat, but that's okay - the flavors really come-out. Medium bodied with a calming, long lingering flavorful finish.
Drinkability is great. This is what a sweet/milk stout is all about. I really could drink many of these (especially if someone bought me fresh pints of these at the brewery!).
Overall a great rendition of the style. Although this stout is almost a year old, its been cellaring properly and undisturbed to say the least. I likey mucho! Dark Horse has really made a mark on the Mid-Michigan Micro scene (whew!).
12-09-2007 22:33:06 | More by malty
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours near black in color with a thick tan head that reduces to a surface ring around the top of the body. Aroma consists of milk chocolate, cocoa, toffee, caramel, some fruitiness (akin to raisins), and some alcohol that's buried underneath it all. Full-bodied mouthfeel that's smooth in front and carbonated toward the back. Flavors of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate. Many of the same flavors from the nose are layered throughout. Very enjoyable. This doesn't quite have the "creaminess" of a milk stout, as it plays more of the roasted flavors, but regardless it's very good.
11-21-2007 21:37:52 | More by Winter
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Thanks to unclejedi for this one.
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a midnight onyx black with a half finger dark tan head that instantly dies down to just about nothing. Well, the just about nothing leaves nothing on the sides...who woulda thunk? Smell is a rich raspberry chocolate aroma with mild oak like scents. Black french roast coffee leaves its mark. But this one is all about the malt...sweet sweet malt in the nose. Taste is a milky caramel malt that covers the french roast flavors. A weak smokey flavor is present throughout entire taste. Somewhat dry aftertaste with a cappuccino-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is almost water-like but with more density. No bubbles in the cheeks at all. No Kalamazoo, but this one doesn't disappoint at all.
11-06-2007 03:31:11 | More by BeerTruth
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
This looks like some really thick stuff as it pours. Pitch black color. Thin dark brown head. Good retention and lace properties. The aroma is pretty damn nice. Some of that smooth oatyness. Also some char and black malt goodness on the nose. The flavor really coats the tongue thoroughly. Big rush of roasted malt goodness mixed with some dark berries and anise oil. Cherries come to mind as well. Actually, more like bitter cherry chocolate. Very pleasing flavor profile. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Very flavorful and very drinkable. One of the better cream stouts I've had in a while.
10-24-2007 22:27:59 | More by Bighuge
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Review from notes:
had this on tap at the brewery. Served in a shaker pint a dark stouty black/brown with a brown ring of head. Odor is of chocolate and cappuchino, not too complex. Taste is sweet and malty. roasty. smooth dark chocolate. Mouthfeel maybe a bit thin for the style....or maybe not...nice overall. If there's something lacking its that the sweetness and roasty flavor together become distracting.
09-12-2007 19:26:22 | More by aforbes10
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
12 oz bottle. The brew is as dark as black can be with a niticable lack of head, only mustering a slight ring around the top. Clarity is impossible to judge, and there is no visible carbonation in the beer. The aroma is solid roasty malt base with a moderate pineyness and a lactic acid sharpness apparent when I take a deep sniff over top. The flavor is very nice with a solid and nicely bitter roasted malt that melds into a creamy lacto sweetness that then finishes with a nice ashy roast again. Mouthfeel is moderate, with no carbonation. It has a mild slickness to it. Drinkability is fantastic. The flavors are really well blended; I like how the heavy roast is mellowed by the lacto character. This is a nice brew.
08-23-2007 00:38:29 | More by kmpitz2
4.72/5 rDev +21%
Allowed to warm to room temp and served in a snifter.
Appearance: Pours as black a black as you ever did see. A thick dark brown head fades to a frothy cap.
Smell: rich roasted malts and berries, bittersweet chocolate caramel molasses and plethora of all around goodness.
Taste: The chocolate is soft and smooth and milky with caramel and a touch of carob with a roasted coffee finish that is simply *magnificent*.
Mouthfeel: sensuous and smooth it slides across the tongue with a medium body and leaves behind a nip of roasty dryness.
Drinkability: This beer really hit the spot. I like a good sweet milk stout and this one is right on the money. Balanced perfectly and a pleasure to drink. If this was available locally I'd have a case soon.
Hope this is helpful.
07-03-2007 07:41:20 | More by Phatz
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle poured into an Imperial Pint glass
A- It poured a jet black with some dark brown tones apparent at the edges. The head was thin, tan, and disappeared quickly. The lacing was quite light.
S- The scent was coffee and something like a dried fruit (raisins) or maybe plums. There were lots of roasted malts and something of a sweet smell.
T- There were lots of roasted malts and a coffee finish combined with something of a sweet flavor from the lactose. It was almost as if there was a hint of sweetened condensed milk in the background.
M- Very creamy and smooth.
D- This is the kind of sweeter stout I can enjoy in the summer months. I'm not going to session this one, but I could drink more than 1 in a sitting. I would call this a solid sweet stout.
07-02-2007 15:36:54 | More by GRPunk
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
Poured a very dark brown with only a slight ring of froth.
Smell is heavy roasted molasses and some roasted coffee. Taste is pretty much the same. The mouthfeel is somewhat smoky from the roastiness. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little lighter than medium on the mouthfeel.
A good beer, but one would be enough. The taste does get a little much after one.
06-22-2007 15:25:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
Got this one in a trade from emerge077 and I'd like to thank him again for an excellent trade (it included a dark lord). This one pours jet black with a very dark mocha head. It was hard to determine exactly what color the head was because it disappeared very quickly. Roasted malt dominates this fairly weak aroma and is backed up a bit by some coffee. The flavor is predominated by dark chocolate but it is too bitter. There is some coffee in the background. Some astringency that is present is a bit of a turn off. This isn't my favorite of cream stouts in that it isn't very sweet. I do taste some lactose in there I believe though, so I guess the style is correct. An average beer all around.
06-07-2007 05:07:45 | More by drseamus
2.7/5 rDev -30.8%
In general, I'm not a fan of cream stouts, as opposed to other stouts, but this one really failed me big time:
A: Pours out jet black with almost no head. What little does materialize is quite brown in color.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, and creamy smells. Not bad.
T: Not much TOO it. Flavors similar to the aromatic notes, but not enough of them. I wanted more from this. Balance is OK.
M: Here's where it all fell apart - practically no carbonation, with no thickness to compensate for it. Just way TOO watery, so it ended up like drinking stale Coke. Blah.
D: I couldn't finish it. Bummer.
05-26-2007 02:03:58 | More by MDekker
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a very dark black with little tan head and little retention. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, and roasted sweet malts. Taste is on the sweet side with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits being the primary components. Very creamy mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable cream stout from Michigan, but a very solid beer.
05-24-2007 12:24:49 | More by Duster72
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Glossy sable that cozies up to the pint glass so snuggly that no highlights are visible. The compact cap is the color of molasses cookies and looks to be equally as dense. More lace would have been great, but then an ABV of 8.0% is high enough for tempered expectations in that department.
The nose is mega-roasted with an abundance of freshly-brewed black coffee. I seem to remember coffee being a big part of the first beer in this 'Holiday Stout Series', One Oatmeal Stout. Looking back at that review, I think this nose is almost identical, both in terms of quality and personality.
Other than a mouthfeel that's too thin for such a boldly flavored stout, I like Too just as much as I liked One. I'm guessing that Dark Horse used a preponderance of roasted and black malt, keeping the paler varieties to a minimum. When you aren't going to use a truckload, it's best to maximize bang for the buck.
Well-roasted coffee beans are still the obvious focal point. In addition, dark chocolate and molasses swirl throughout each mouthful, and the added milk sugar is easily appreciated. I wish more stouts were this serious about delivering such intense flavor. While sweet and bitter share top billing, the lactic tang has to satisfied with a brief cameo. For a milk/sweet stout, Too isn't all that milky or that sweet.
I'm really torn about the mouthfeel. If this is an 8.0%'er, as I've been led to believe, then it's too light (for the record, it drinks like a 6.0%'er at most). This amount of deliciousness deserves a more sturdy vehicle so that the beer can maximize its taste bud contact time.
Now that I'm halfway through the One, Too, Tres, Fore series of Dark Horse stouts, I have to say that I'm impressed. Too is easily the equal of One and is so drinkable that I've finished the beer before finishing my review; something that doesn't happen very often. Snag this one if you have the opportunity. It's excellent beer.
05-03-2007 15:45:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Easily one of the darkest beers I've ever seen, Dark Horse's Cream Stout pours an opaque stream of oily black into the glass, steadily raising a frothy dark brown head that drops shortly to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Its intensity of color, however, is not carried over into the flavor and aroma. The nose is, in fact, more fruity (with a berry-like yeastiness) than it is roasty. Only as it warms does the coffee and dark chocolate character begin to rise. The mouthfeel is certainly full though, leaving it somewhat viscous, supple, and creamy smooth across the palate with a mild, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. In the flavor it's mainly coffee-like, with mild hints of bittersweet chocolate, but no sweetish caramel or nuttiness. And the expected, harsh and bitter, super deep roastiness like an ashtray is entirely missing... this is actually quite smooth and rounded! There's not a lot of complexity to it, but it IS rich, and it lingers in the aftertaste for minutes after it's gone. Quite nice. A great cigar beer!
04-15-2007 03:09:52 | More by NeroFiddled
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
Sampled on 4-13-07
Pours super black with a small tan head and good retention.
Smell is sweet malt, maybe a touch of licorice, not much else.
Taste is good, much like the smell but with a slight smokiness and coffee on the finish.
Mouthfeel is thinner than you might expect but still good.
Drinkability is also good, but it's a heavier beer, and the bitterness builds up after awhile.
Overall a good stout, right in the meaty part of the curve.
04-14-2007 03:37:11 | More by BMoney575
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
Taste is roasty, with a dose of campfire smoke. Earthy, malty, with an edge of hop bitterness in the finish. Not sweet, but verges on bittersweet chocolate big time.
Creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to sustain a finger of tan foam. Body is inky black, it pours like motor oil. Nondescript aroma, slight roast malt as it warms. If you like smoke in your stout, seek this out.
One is good for me, it's a rare treat...
04-08-2007 05:02:49 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.
A: Pitch black with a mocha colored head. Very little in the way of lace.
S: Nice aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and raisins/plums/figs.
T: Bitter coffee and chocolate take the lead with this stout. Dark fruit, brown sugar, cherries, lactose sweetness, and hops round out the flavors.
M: The mouthfeel is creamy but surprisingly tart and bitter for a milk stout. Finish is quite spicy, dry, and bitter.
D: Very different for the style. Not surprisingly, Dark Horse chose not to have this constrained within the style guidlines. Very bitter and tart but extremely enjoyable!
04-07-2007 18:38:34 | More by GbVDave
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
A- Absolute pitch black. I was kind of surprised by how dark this was. With a very hard pour, I managed to get a very little brown head that settled to a ring foam at the edge of the glass. I love how dark this is.
S- A lot of coffee and very smoky. Also some chocolate and some hints of cinnamon.
T- Smoky, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, and some raisin. Kind of meaty. There is not a lot of depth to this beer, its all kind of right up front- which is not necessarily a bad thing.
M- Perfect amount of carbonation to go along with the creaminess of the liquid. Wonderful.
D- I was really impressed with this one. I don't really think this is a great representation of the style, but who cares.
I get a kick out of the unassuming, boring, white labels Dark Horse uses. It is a great contrast to the liquid gold on the inside.
04-06-2007 16:23:07 | More by david131
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Viscous, oily black body. Even with an assertive pour, there is only a very small, lacy, cocoa brown head. Nose of rich milk chocolate, vanilla ice cream, dark fruits, sugary coffee, and molasses.
Slight roasted malt flavor up front, quickly replaced with sweet milk chocolate and sugary dark fruits. Dries out with notes of coffee, baking chocolate, and peat. Oily mouthfeel with a full body and modest carbonation. Perhaps a little bit rougher than the other holiday stouts by DH, but still not bad at all.
03-20-2007 23:12:34 | More by alexgash
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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