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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: 1,027
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 69
Gots: 103 | 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 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.

Photo of aaronh
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost black body with ruby highlights. tan head fades to a thin ring of foam. Aroma has hints of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and warm cream. Flavor is very smoky, like a marshmallow burnt over a camp fire. The beer is not really sweet, but the smoky cream flavor dominates. gradually other roasted malt notes creep through, but the dominant flavor is smoke. Could have done more to balance out the roastiness with more caramel malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but not as rich as some cream stouts (i.e. Bells). Drinkability is OK - nothing exceptional.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice looking black pour with a small dark brown head. Smell is rich caramel and roasted maltiness with a distinct dairy sweetness. A bit of citrus seems to be floating around as well as some vanilla and cocoa.

Taste is odd, and actually quite off-putting. The sweetness is a killer, and there is also a metallic note that is just poor. Not feeling this one at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not drinkable, this one is a chore to drink.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly dark color, this one rivals the One in darkness, perhaps its a bit darker. With a nice 2 cm thick head, with kind of loose bubbles, but it stays around and leaves little sticky bits of lacing. And exiting beer to behold I'd say - but if the head was just a little more dense it would look nicer. The smell is very intense. I mean, milk stout, this smells like milk. Just a whole lot of lactose, and a bit of lactic acid in there I think - there's a distinct acidity/tartness in the smell, but I don't think this was infected or oxidized, it's just the milk sugar. There's also a complex roastiness, combining coffee, burnt toast, chocolate (sweet milk chocolate and dark). I don't know how most people feel about the smell here, but I really find it enchanting - a little more roastiness would be nice (and maybe dial down on the lactic acid kind of smell). This has all of the things you expect from a milk stout. Just a little tartness, but really a very nice sweetness layered on top of a kind of dry coffee and toast flavor. The toasty bread I think wins out, with a nice deep burnt flavor coming through, balanced with the lactose sweetness. Then a touch of cocoa powder comes in and it finishes again very milky - almost a bit of week-old milky flavor, when it gets some edge on it. I'm liking this series, that takes it to the extreme of a certain stout ingredient, and I can imagine developing a big craving for these in the future. The mouthfeel here is still very full, I mean good body, but the carbonation, just like with the One, just stings, it's too sharp, I wish that could be dialed down. It's like swallowing syrup with little prickly bits of glass or something in it (not quite that extreme, but you get the idea). Not quite offense in the feeling, but not enticing. This one is fairly enjoyable, but extremely complex and challenging I think. I actually found myself drinking it quicker than expected. The ABV is probably a bit higher than I'd want from a more-than-one-r, but I would call myself a fan of this beer, as far as milk stouts go.

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

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. This beer pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of burnt sugar and light cream. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The flavor is rich, dark roasted malt that go down very smooth.

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

Pours like motor oil, a fair bit of sediment left behind. No head. Opaque, jet black, under a very bright light there are miniscule bubbles springs dotting the surface of the brew but you really have to look closely to see them. Smell of chocolate cake, stewed prunes, black forest cake. Initial taste was a bit shocking in that it was very sour to the point of producing a lemon-pucker in this reviewer. As it aired and warmed, the sourness softened somewhat and a prune tort and later a black forest cake with sour cherry taste emerged. Still, sourness persisted with a sour milk effect that was not all that pleasing. Overall, a bit too tart for my liking. The finish was relatively short. Although a most intriguing brew, I found this not to my liking and doubt that I would pick it up again; thankfully, Dark Horse has so many excellent products that it's a priviledge to support their efforts despite my not savouring this particular one.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle as an extra, courtesy of jampics2 - thanks! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: A perfectly opaque brew, absolutely black as night, capped by a fizzy head of equally dark shade, relatively. That is, the head is a dark chocolate, initially about a half-finger tall and - though it fades fast - there's a good persistent, cloudy dusting atop this one, along with a foamy ring of lace that persists throughout A few runny swaths of lacing with some minor stick appear as the drink begins.

Aroma: Relatively dry smelling for a sweet stout, with a solid, aromatic bouquet of heavily roasted overtones and astringencies - cocoa, charcoal, toast, slight lactic milkiness, anise, and a strong underlying earthiness, reminiscent of full roast coffee - makes for a pleasant smelling beer.

Taste: Very earthy, sort of like the crusty parts on meat. But I don't eat meat, so maybe not. Heavily toasty, a little wholesome, with a little dirt, Vienna roast coffee, slight licorice, and a few faintly fruity notes. To be fair, the earthiness is pretty all encompassing, either drowning out the flavors in play here or making it obvious that there just aren't too many other flavors here. It's not bad, just a little odd.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy - courtesy of a lactic shot, no doubt - with modest, subtle, fine effervescence in a surprisingly thin but still stout-esque body. All in all, about right for the style, and it does a good job of enhancing certain flavors but also making the shallow flavors (mentioned above) obvious w/ its thinness.

Drinkability: An interesting brew, most definitely. A little dry - not for a stout, but for a milk/sweet stout - with a very earthy backbone, but one I can still see enjoying every once in a while. Dark Horse continues to make above average brews and show occasional flashes of genius (Double Crooked Tree, 3 Guys). At the abv% level on this one - unknown, but I'd estimate 5.5%ish - it's quite drinkable, to boot. Recommended.

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

Dark brown, almost black pour into a snifter with about 3/4" of cinnamon head.

The smell is very sweet and chocolatey. There's a nice roast malt scent to it.

Taste resembles the smell with the roast coming out first, but the chocolate is what sticks to the tounge. It's a mostly sweet chocolate and then a hint of bitterness. Unfortunately, the taste is not as pronounced as the smell.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish that is not very dry.

Easy to drink for a stout and is not filling, relatively speaking.

In the end, a good but not great cream stout. There's nothing that stands out about it and the flavors are very basic but it's put together well nonetheless.

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was liquid tar that poured out from my bottle. The glass, now seemingly forever stained in oil black tarnish, is opaque and obfuscated even in the brightest of lights. Its inky tone blocks out everything bright; whether it devours the light or just kills it who knows. Its surface is bare but outlined in a mocha ring of foam that is barraged with bubbles.

The aroma is succulently sweet, boasting the note of a sugary white icing as well as the impression of a Black Forest cake. The whipped cream, synthetic maraschino red cherries, the vanilla sponge and milk-infused chocolate shavings characterize the smell of this beer. A detailed description, however, would not be complete without the inclusion of coffee.

Yea, it's basically a Black Forest Cake in liquid form. The taste of (artificial, sweet) cherries, sugary icing, buttery cocoa and vanilla-laden sponge continue to ring out with each and every sip. The tastes of instant coffee as well as smokey, tobacco-like roasted malts are also big components of what is, all considered, an average but sufficiently tasty stout.

The beer is more sour than it is sweet or bitter or roasty. Whether the lactose-like, curdled cream-like resemblance is intentional is not clear; that it detracts from the black coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate is. This abrupt tartness is most unwelcome and detrimental to the flavour profile, to be sure. The flavour becomes astringent and the texture displeasing.

Dark Horse Too is more than good but it isn't too great. This is most certainly something I'd have again, or could have more of in a sitting, but it isn't anything I'd go out of my way to hunt down (especially given the quality of this brewery's other offerings). There's very little room to criticize and I liked it but, for whatever reason, I simply wasn't too impressed.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/10/2009. Bottle. Pours an inky black with hardly any head. Aroma of booze, sweet roasted malt, charred malt, and molasses. Flavor of lots of bitter chocolate and roasted malt and roasted chocolate notes. A touch boozy but rather tasty!

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

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours pitch black with a tan creamy head. Aromas of cinnamon brown sugar, lactose, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor is a big dose of roasted malts with a finish exactly like dark chocolate. Nice bitterness. Doesn't quite live up to the wonderful aroma. Medium-heavy body, dry finish. Pretty darn good.

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

A - pours like motor oil and leaves a chocolate brown head. Not much different than I expected it to be.

S - smells of toffee, chocolate, and sweet malt. Almost smells like a RIS. Can't wait to try it...

T - this is an excellent stout. Starts off very heavy with burnt malts dominating the taste. However, after the next couple of drinks, the roastedness gives way to sweeter chocolate tones and a touch of smokiness. I was expecting this to be a little bit sweeter.

M - creamy, smooth, and full. Great mouthfeel.

D - this is the definition of a sessionable stout. Flavorful enough to be interesting, yet it doesn't burn you out by the end. Can't wait to try more from Dark Horse.

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.