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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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mitchster on 02-05-2003

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Photo of EGledhill
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Telegarph Brewing tulip glass

A. Black with thin tan head that was gone by the time I sat down

S. Smells of sweetness. Burnt malt, chocolate and coffee.

T. Taste is true to the smell. Sweet lactose, coffee, chocolate.

M. the only thing I found this beer lacking. Mouthfeel was thin. Not as creamy as I was hoping

D. Drinkability was ok. sweetness may cut down on the amount you could drink but pretty good for a 1-2 at a time beer.

All in all well worth a try. A nice dessert beer

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured black with a thin brown head and a ring of lace.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a milky lactose.

T - Roasty, almost burnt malt, coffee, chocolate and a sweet milky quality.

M - On the thin side and not as creamy as other sweet stouts.

D - A decent offering from Dark Horse.

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Photo of tayner
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle

poured black with a small chocolate colored head that faded fast and left nothing, no bubbles, no lacing, no nothing. looks like coffee in my cup. not appealing as a beer really

smells a tad smoking, roasted malts, and some sour coffee smell.

Taste is of a peat flavor, some smoke, and roasted malt. some bitter chocolate at the finish but flavor is dominantly that strange peat flavor which i did not expect for a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is okay on this one.. the milk makes it creamy, but it lacks any sort of carbonation to make it easy to drink.

I cant drink anymore of these. this is less than impressive, and barely toleralble for me. Perhaps if the carbonation were better it would be easier to drink.

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Photo of merlin48
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very dark black body with a small khaki head that quickly falls away. Just a spot or two of patchy lace. Aroma has waves of milk and dark chocolates with just a hint of dark roast. Smooth and creamy body with low carbonation. Taste has a ton of chocolate. Some coffee bitterness from the dark roast and a mild lactic note. A pretty good cream stout.

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

Lexx picked this one up in Michigan! Thanks!

Pours an opaque dark brown, thin brown head forms, settles down to a thin collar, leaves behind some lace spots. Smell is rich, chocolate, coffee roast, lactic creaminess, toffee, more chocolate, pretty solid. Taste is milk chocolate, toffee, roast coffee, touch of smoke, molasses, mily roast finish, bit of lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, almost feels milk chocolatey.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for the bottle.

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: An unremarkable stout pour. Initially has a brown/tan froth in the middle of the surface, but that quickly fades to black (get it? lolzzz). The body itself is a rather unremarkable stout color. There is no lacing. Bleh.

Smell: A slight medicinal quality almost makes this bad, but it seems to transform, strangely, into a pleasing nuttiness after some more pulls. Slight cream, milk chocolates with some semisweet, slight cherries. Decent. Not much coffee to speak of.

Taste: Porter-ish flavor, honestly, that isn't appropriate for the style. Slight lactose-like flavor which is, however, appropriate. Coffee on the back end. Cherries again, sort of like Sucrets. Okay.

Mouthfeel: Flat. Thin.

Drinkability: Not undrinkable by any means, but this is not a very nuanced or remarkable beer, even for a session.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't see through the pour. Darkness follows in the foamy dark tan head that resists fading. Little lacing present. The smell is interesting because you get that aroma reminiscent of a sauce pan of over cooked milk that's ready for cocoa. The combination of that and a light chocolate note lessens a roasted malt character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied, but first off creamy in nature. Full flavored, the entire business going on in the nose is mirrored in the taste as well. This is really nice! Another one out of the park by the folks at Dark Horse!. Big thanks to BigDaddyWil for the opportunity. Cheers.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours jet black, impervious to any light. Vigorous pour yeilds a very nice dark brown head that escapes very quickly. No lacing left at all. Even with forceful swirling of my Duvel tulip, I can't rustle it back.

Smell- Chocolate covered cherries and dark roasted malts. There is a little lactose and ethanol in the background as well. This smells great.

Taste- Roasted Chocolate malts with a hint of lactose, and a touch of smoke. It finishes slightly acrid and chalky. As things warm up this bitterness seems to subside a bit and the Chocolate and lactose flavors really shine.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to light carbonation, a very nice smooth and velvety mouthfeel. I'm enjoying this ride.

Drinkability- Not sure of the abv on this puppy, but ethanol seems to take charge near the end of the ride. This is a very well done milk stout.-Recommended.

Would like to try this again with some woodfired roasted marshmellow's covered in chocolate syrup.

Thanks to jjayjaye for the experience.

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Photo of klewis
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours totally black with a moderate creamy head. Sustain and lacing could be better.

S: Aroma of bitter chocolate with a slight nutty smell.

T: A bitter cocoa taste with a slight burnt coffee character.

M: Fairly light in body. Faint carbonation and a super smooth and creamy texture.

D: Pretty solid, this is a step up from "one". Easy drinking and worth checking out.

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

Pours a sludgey black with hints of brown on the stream of pour. Quickly settles to an ink black with no head, just a ripple of head that fades as you pour. Nose is dark and broading with hints of anise, toffee and smokey sweet burnt malt. A smokey sweet hue creates a cloudy smooth feel on the mouth on the first sip. Rich, full and biscuit like flavor graces the entire tongue. Hints of dryed cherries and bitter dark chocolate linger around on the mouthfeel. A very dry but not obtrusive bitter is there also. A nice sipping stout for those who enjoy the dark.

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Photo of enfield249
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very thick, with a reddish brown head. Color is black, with no highlights.

S - Coffee, some burnt toast smell.

T - At the front is some good coffee, followed up by some sweetness. Right at the end is some of that burnt roast taste, but no bad.

M - Very full and thick, but not sticky. Medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, a nice milk stout.

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Photo of baos
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of zdk9
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!).

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Photo of Winter
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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