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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Too Cream StoutDark Horse Too Cream Stout

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very good

819 Ratings
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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%

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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003)
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Photo of rrwiltse


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Damn, this is one creamy stout! They say its brewed with real milk, and by God, you can tell! Not much of a head (I guess I mean none really), just like their Oatmeal Stout. Deep deep dark in color. The mouthfeel is exquisite! I don't normally like melted milkshakes, but in this case I'll take it! Strangely enough, I had this while eating a slice of Banana Cream Pie. Now, I normally don't care much for Banana Cream Pie, but Holy Cow, did this pairing go awesome together! Really! These guys can make some stouts!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 01:44:57 | More by rrwiltse
Photo of Shovelbum


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick. A dark brown head makes an attempt to establish itself, but is gone before I’ve even raised the glass. The body is black as a black hole swallowing all light that enters its grasp. Rich aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavors follow suit with a robust roasted malt that is balanced by a moderate sweetness. Flavors of chocolate and espresso round out the bill. Mild background bitterness adding support as well. Creamy and full bodied mouthfeel with low carbonation. Drying.

Doesn’t seem to have as much of the dark vinous fruit qualities present in many of the richer stouts. Instead it hones in on the interplay between the roasted malt and creamy sweetness, and nails it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 01:07:59 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of Jredner


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Massive coffee and malt aroma. Pours deep black with no real head. Rich dark baker’s chocolate flavors followed by coffee. Other than a marked lack of roastiness this doesn’t feel like a sweet stout. Mouthfeel is very creamy so no false advertising here.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:57:45 | More by Jredner
Photo of karst


3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My third of the series - One, Too, & Tres.

Pours black and raises a brief 3 - 5 mm of fine head that quickly falls to naked black disk of black with new blubbles unable to sustain the thinest ring. Aroma inviting and similar to the anonymous fruit found in the flavor. Round mouthfeel with a little more body than most stouts. Roasty flavors combine with sweet chocolate and light caramel with that haunting unnamed fruit.

Initially unpleasent bitternes becomming less objectional as you become accustomed to its astringence. I can't figure out the hops which provide a functional IBU level. Swirl bring up a burst of bubbles. More efferescent that you would suspect from the brief head. This helps the finish - as the roasted flavors fade.

I am hoping to visit this brewery soon and get beer fresh from the tap. This trio was from Corral Liquors Granite City, Ill.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 23:02:12 | More by karst
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another proof the Michigan has perhaps the best micro breweries anywhere in the country. Poured out to a flat, thick black color of day old coffee. Nearly no head or carbonation, only traces of dark reddish brown foam around the edge of the beer and touches of lace of the same. Aromas of roasted malts, wood, bourbon and a definite smoke element. Nice. Taste was very well crafted and complex. Flavors of earth, wood, coffee and dark chocolate, with spice and molassas toward the finish. Mouthfeel was nice and chewy, with a smoothness to it that is almost silk like. A good level of drinkability for being a heavy beer like it is. A Recommended brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 00:47:40 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of weeare138


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a black color with a foamy tan head. Lots of scaly lacing all over the glass.
Smell is very creamy, with chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas. Pretty darn good.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, mildly sweet and filled with a coffee bitterness that is mostly pleasant.
Drinkability is nice. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 06:57:41 | More by weeare138
Photo of walleye


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured black, with a tan head. aroma sweet dark chocolate, , coffee, caramel, cocoa. flavor the blend of the chocolate and coffee was right on for me than got those nice roasted malts. a little on the chaulky side but good. this is the 2nd dark brew from dark horse I have had, got one more to go and I am looking forward to it

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 18:41:11 | More by walleye
Photo of shapudding


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparently they don’t date these puppies! No dating. Pitch chocolate brown with a bit of caramel head in tight form that mainly was a thin ring and a tiny dusting just in the center. Deep, dark, and rich aroma. Thick and heavily scented of coffee, chocolate and hops. Creamy smooth feeling, it just glides along your tongue... schweet. Carbonation is just barely present in the background. Wonderful flavors, deep and dark, roasty and lovely. Black strong coffee, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, hoppiness, caramel malts. Such good flavors and feeling in this. Nice one for the lovers of ports and stouts, as it has a lot to give to you.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 03:56:25 | More by shapudding
Photo of putnam


4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark Horse is obsessed with black colored beer!
Aromas of cocoa, espresso and spring rain on moss. The bottom of a pot of burned coffee. Flavors are mild, without any astringency, and dry. Roasty woodsmoke flavors accompany a silky-textured, unfizzy, medium-bodied mouthful of soot, vanilla, charred anise and beet sugar flavors.
Remarkable for its easy drinkability, especially considering the color. Easily the most drinkable of the Dark Horse black biers and probably the lowest in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 21:54:39 | More by putnam
Photo of ken3c


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with a similar viscosity. A very thin head bubbles up after the pour and recedes to barely a ring.

A burnt aroma dominates with some carmel notes.

Sweet and creamy at first and then burnt and astringent like a strong coffee. The aftertaste is carmel.

Smooth. Low carbonation. Thick.

Very nice. I like a nice head on beer but everything else is very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 04:00:07 | More by ken3c
Photo of CortexBomb


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out normal stout black, and starts out with a tan head, but the head only lasted a few seconds before it faded into memory.

Smell was strongly roasty with a sweet tinge that milk/cream stout usually have on the edge, but it didn't blow me away.

Taste on the front end is very gentle, a milky texture and taste and then the roast and coffee tones visit on the back of the tongue, along with a mild bitter. The top of the mouth maintains a slightly sweet, almost sugary milky tone throughout while the finish gives a gently bitter tinge before going away quietly with just a faint coffee flavour left over. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is full, and the almost milky texture in the front makes it stand out from the pack. It's not as viscuous as the uber heavy stouts, but it holds its own.

Drinkability is pretty standard for stout, good for those of us who regularly drink it, unmentionable for those who don't.

Quality milk stout, not top of the pack by any stretch, but worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 23:24:21 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of tavernjef


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stark black, opaque and thick set, no head, a few dark brown bubbles urge up around the edge, lace is nil as well. Aroma has a mild tone and overall low-keyed nose, has a good portion of vanilla, hazelnut, sweet chocolate, and caramel, has a thin roasty hint along with some kind of undetermined fruityness. Taste has a balancing act between mild roast qualities and sweet malts and fruits. The fruit seems like pear and slight orange which sits mostly underneath a moderate bittering black malt astringency, coffeeness, and burnt barley. The flavors are quite nice, not overly intense or brutish, it favors more of a smooth, rich smoothability and drinkability. Where as the feel and body goes, so goes the drinkability with this stuff. Sweet creamy body and bulky rich feel, slick and buttery, bold and slides right down. Finish is a partial mix of cocoa and roasty drying and tidbits of the sweeter stuff sticking.
Dark Horse seems to have their brews solidly built, as I have yet to be diappointed by one yet. The stouts are all top notch treats. As is this.
Another thanks to trbeer for setting me up with such a fine display of brews!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2004 02:24:15 | More by tavernjef
Photo of beergeek279


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black with very little head in the pour, even with the vertical glass. The smell is a roasty and lactic bitterness. The taste has the lactose bitterness up front with a bit of coffee and very slight chocolate character coming through as well. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, possibly have a couple, but the lactose seems like it wouldn't be too sustainable.

Thanks to trbeer for the beer. A solid cream/milk stout that features a nice lactose bitter taste (hope I'm not lactose intolerant!). Quite good, and one I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 06:03:57 | More by beergeek279
Photo of SheepNutz


3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours midnight black with two fingers of dark brown head, not tan, I mean brown! There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell has a bit of burnt malt, chocolate, and espresso. A little light though. The taste is full of roasted malt, with some black coffee bitterness. It is rounded out by a sweet caramel and chocolate finish. Not too many hops present. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and heavy on the tongue. The drinkability is fairly good as well. Not a bad cream stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 04:00:30 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Realale


3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black and opaque. Huge 3" fine brown head settles slowly to a thick complete cap.

Nose is caramel and roasted hazelnut over sweet malt. Some chocolate and a bit of fruit - candied cherry. Definitely unique, and quite complex.

Malt drives the palate, with the chocolate leading the way. No hint of the caramel or nuts on the palate. Hmm. Not overly complex, and quite a let down from the promise of the nose. Its long with just a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Very good bottle-conditioned mouthfeel gives some life to an otherwise slightly boring midpalate, and helps lengthen the finish. My hope is that this bottle is simply a bit past its prime. Regardless, an interesting beer and worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 18:13:00 | More by Realale
Photo of granger10


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is just a good stout. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Very dark with a nice head. The smell came off as coffee with a lot of cream in it. Roasted coffee dominated the taste. Lactose or milk sugar followed. Chocolate and caramel were also there. It had a grainy finish that mixed with the creaminess. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2003 15:48:19 | More by granger10
Photo of MJR


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inviting, deep black...Johnny Cash black. The body is completely opaque, with no light entering or leaving. A dark brown head begins at around a finger thick, then shrinks to thin cap that leaves zero lacing.

Smell: The aroma is interesting, with a combination of roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla, earthy yeast, and a bit of fruitiness that almost seems to be of tropical origin. Is that pineapple I detect? There's also a strong sugar sweetness that I would wager comes from lactose.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by a burnt sugar and caramel sweetness. There's some roasted malts in there, but they assume a backup role. A touch of bready yeast provides a bit of thickness to the flavor profile. On the finish, the sweetness lessens a bit, leaving a faint roasted grain bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and oily in the mouth, with a medium thickness. The mild carbonation rate creates a slighty syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is quite the interesting sweet stout. There's a lot more to this brew than just the lactose sweetness. I could easily drink this one again.

A 'thank you' goes out to 'Realale' for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 14:09:48 | More by MJR
Photo of Mitchster


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hehe, what an ugly label. Plain white label with what appears to be an abstract drawing from an 8th grader. The words "too" above it. Hrmm, the bottle of blueberry stout says "Tres". A secret message when you drink all their beers? Do I need a decoder ring?
At any rate, this thick, oily, completely opaque black beer forms a thin ring of cinnamon-colored bubbles. This appears to be an imperial stout from the looks of it. The aroma is potent...lots of strong dark coffee, maple-syrup, blackstrap molasses, hints of vanilla, and a very subtle cologne note. Wow. Mildly carbonated. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, with a firm, chewy body. The taste starts out with lots of french roast coffee, gobs of black patent and roasted barley astringency (especially in the finish), a very unique whisky character, with some phenolic alcohols and potent grains becoming evident in the long, spicy bitter finish. Dunno what the ABV is, but it packs a punch. Pleasantly surprised. If you like Kzoo's Stouts, try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 16:49:49 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Brenden


4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good-looking stout, decently thick without appearing to be overbearing, a moderate viscosity to it. It has a touch of a red sheen in a very dark brown body. The head, medium brown, forms a sturdy crown roughly a finger tall that sits stubbornly for the duration and leaves a mix of ringing, patching, netting and spotting.
A rich malts backbone provides plenty of roast with a bit of creamy sweetness, some coffee and cocoa particular to a big stout of the dark and dark roast varieties. A whiff of dark fruits eases into the end.
Lots of roast and char manages to avoid astringency. The only thing I'd ask for is a touch more sweetness (there's a little) and a less subtle lactose addition. As such, it's a great stout.
It's thick and rich with a moderate viscosity that gives great body and smoothness without sitting like a brick. There's just the slightest crispness, enough to keep it lively and interesting, and the smoothness pulls even into the roasty finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 17:22:01 | More by Brenden
Photo of BEERchitect


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traditional attitudes that circulate about cream stouts were smoothen out the rougher edges of roast with milk sugars, giving the beer a softer and more approachable palate. Not the case says Dark Horse, the additions of cream gives permission to sock even more roast to the beer- not favoring the masses but to reward those who prefer serious roast character.

Black. Onyx-like in color and sheen, the beer reluctantly surrenders its carbonation and slowly builds a meringue of mocha proportions. High retention and blanketed lace coats the glass with aggressiveness. Beers just don't look stouter!

Strong roasty aromas dominate the nose in ways that only espresso and burnt toast can only want. Burnt woods, embers, and cinders blend with cocoa, and light smoke. Somewhat meaty and savory, the underlying cream notes are supportive but in no way balance the scent.

The same dominance is alive in taste with the sharp and acrid flavors of burnt toast, heavy roasted espresso bean, and light ash. Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa lurk closely behind and give roundness to the sheer roast. Burnt molasses add a tinge of softness that concludes a milkshake-like late palate. A long and lingering aftertaste of burnt grain outlasts the milky taste and give assertive ash and roughness in aftertaste.

Creamy, full, and absolutely chewy, the beer engulfs the mouth and retains its malty carbonated creaminess in a marshmallowy and milkshake proportion. A very late closure releases the malt and aids the dry ash and burnt husk bitterness and astringency to finish.

This is an incredibly full beer that's sharp, rough, and exhibits overall burnt character- far greater than the lactose additions can balance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 20:31:36 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of tectactoe


4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the Oak Cafe. Pours black. BLACK. Huge, pillowing, deep-tan head - one of the deepest tan heads I've ever seen. Good lace throughout the top half of the brew. Aroma is packed with lots of dark coffee; bitter, black, pure, and dense. Roasted malts and hints of sweetness in the distance. Taste hits with some of that bitter coffee up front, followed by underlines of bitter chocolate and raw cocoa beans. A generic sweetness arises from most coffee and especially chocolate flavors, but the raw bitterness from those two items in this beer balance things very well. Roasty and toasty from the mid-point onward, some smoked flavors join the party; toasted vanilla, oak, burnt wood chips, burnt nuts. Nice combo of coffee, cocoa, and smoked woodiness on the lingering aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

Wasn't expecting much from this but it's pretty damn good. The smoked flavors in the middle are subtle, but add a whole other element to the brew, other than just being a generic milk stout. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 12:46:02 | More by tectactoe
Photo of jaasen64


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard glass.

A- Pours a jet black with a fairly thick creamy dark mocha brown head that has nice retention but slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving behind some mocha brown layered lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Lightly bitter chocolate, cocoa, some smoked malts (kind of surprising), a hint of bacon from the smoke. The smoke subsides a little bit as the glass warms letting the chocolate take over.

T- Dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, a hint of very lightly smoked malts, finishes with a mix of cocoa powder and dark choclate. Decently well balanced, would have liked a little bit more cream flavor though and a tad bit less bitter chocolate.

M- Medium bodied, drinkable, fairly smooth, nice carbonation.

O- This was a nice stout, however I definitely wouldn't say it's my favorite milk stout. There definitely wasn't as much of a milk or creamy flavor as I was expecting. I was also a little bit surprised at the faint smokiness that I encountered (this definitely wasn't the smoked stout though). Overall I really enjoyed drinking this however it isn't as sweet as your typical milk stout and definitely doesn't compare to other top-notch milk stouts such as the Three Hour Tour that I had last week. I recommend trying this out especially if you like bitter chocolate and stouts that aren't overly sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 01:14:46 | More by jaasen64
Photo of thecheapies


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a coffee-and-cream-colored head. Tall pour and sown goes the head. 3.5

Lactose-strong with rich espresso notes. Char-roast with milk chocolate, Irish Cream, and some peatiness. 4.5

Bitter from the roast with espresso creme, peat, dark chocolate mocha, and a wily little chile sting in the finish. A big-flavored cream stout. 4.0

Thick body with some oiliness. Medium-light carbonation peppers the finishing spice note. 4.0

My second favorite of the five-part Dark Horse stout series. I loved this and that's saying something from someone who isn't a big fan of cream stouts. Here ye, here ye! 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 03:54:55 | More by thecheapies
Photo of HosP


4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 4elf. Poured into pint glass.

Looks dark, black. Dark brown head, with good residual lacing left on glass. Roasted chocolate malt aroma. Hints of coffee mixed in. Sweet smell. Taste is very good. Sweet stout flavors. Chocolate and coffee, with roasted malts in the background. Chocolate comes through nicely with a touch of bitterness at the end. Creamy mouthfeel. Full body, moderate carbonation. Very good drink. Just like a milk stout should be. Not to overdone on the flavors, just right. I'll think I will get another!

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 18:08:52 | More by HosP
Photo of philbe311


3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A thin layer of medium brown colored foam quickly fizzes away leaving a nice collar and only the slightest veil of lace in the center of the glass... A medium black color... Some stray carboantion bubbles...

S - Fairly subdued... Some roasted malts... A hint of coffee... Caramel... A touch of sweet cream...

T - Roasted malts is at the forefront of the palette throughout... Also present is a bit of caramel / toffee sweetness... A bit of cream as well, but it's definitely buried down beneath the surface...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Slightly sleek... Slightly smooth... Even and consistent...

D - A very solid, very respectable offering from Dark Horse, though probably my least favorite to date from their Stout series... Good bones, but a bit rough around the edges... Not sure I would have pegged this as a milk stout as the roasted malt is really the dominate player... Also not sure that the nitro-pour didn't anything special for this offering...

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-15-2011 00:09:27 | More by philbe311
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.