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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87
very good

983 Ratings
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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 66
Gots: 91 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Dark Horse's "Too" is a very good cream stout, with a subtle sweetness resting atop a fairly rich display of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and brownie-like flavors. While I enjoyed this, I felt "One" had a richness and slight harshness that the addition of the lactose seemed to diminish a bit. I would seek this out again if I was not able to find "One."

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass of foam. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a thin film of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma is a bit mild, particularly when compared to the oatmeal stout in this series. Primarily of diffuse roasted malts with a bit higher sweetness than the oatmeal stout, with very subtle hints of charred toast, biscuit, brownie, and caramel. Not unpleasant, but not a particular standout, either.

The overall flavor of the beer is one of roasted malt with slight sweetness resting atop the dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. Front of palate is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans, but with a moderate sweetness that simultaneously adds a new flavor, but smooths and lessens the others somewhat. Similarly, the mid-palate features roasted malts, dark chocolate, brownies, roasted coffee beans, cream, hints of vanilla, and a mild sweetness glazing over the top of these flavors. Back of palate features rosated malt, dark chocolate brownies, a bit of burnt biscuits, slight vanilla, and a continued sweetness across these flavors. Aftertaste is fairly sweet, combined with acrid roasted malt character and very dark chocolate, lends to a flavorful, if not overly complex lingering flavor.

Beer is medium bodied with medium-low levels of carbonation, which results in a maintains a gentle foaminess, substantial smoothness, moderate heaviness, and velvety creaminess, providing an excellent mouthfeel. Generally close to, but a bit lighter than Dark Horse's oatmeal stout. Closes dry, with mild stickiness on the palate and mild astringency from the roasted malts.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours like a dark motor oil. A somewhat aggressive pour produced barely a half finger of brown head, which quickly dissipated. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted semi-dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, bread, the slightest bit of caramel. That lactose / cream / metallic scent is always present in the background. This smells very good!

Taste: Chocolate initially for a brief portion of a second, transitioning to metallic lactose bitterness, changing again to mellow creamy goodness. The aftertaste is back again to roasted malts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. A tiny bit of syrupy sweetness is left on the tongue and lips. Wet finish.

Overall: My favorite milk stout to date. A really excellent, smooth, chocolate taste combined with the sweetness and slight metallic puckering of the lactose. I was surprised that I liked this one so much ... would definitely drink it again!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is deep black, head is dark tan and thin but clings some to the glass in a ring.

Smell is a wonderful blend of chocolate, espresso, roasted malts hints of bitterness and a light lingering sweetness.

Taste is again a great blend of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso flavors, some light bitterness and a lingering, somewhat thick sweetness.

Mouthfeel, as indicated by the taste is a lingering sweetness throughout, but not cloying, enough bitterness to back this somewhat dense stout.

Overall, a very solid sweet/milk stout, great mix of chocolate, espresso and roast to create a wonderful tasting and smelling brew.

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This beer is so dark, it blocks out the sun. I held it up to the sun after pouring and couldn't see any light. The head is even dark brown, fantastic achievement. This beer is like a black hole, sucking the light out of everything, and only allowing a peek at it's existence.

The smell is pleasantly present. Imagine filling a leather shoe with something like tea leaves, then putting it in a hickory box, and burying it in a mound of really rich and dark dirt in the middle of a sun-beaten field....for a few months to bake all the fragrance in. Come back after a while, dig up and open the box, and sniff.

Flavor is full of earth and roasted malt. Put that tea filled shoe I was talking about into a kettle with all the regular ingredients you would expect to find and add hot water. Let that mixture ferment for a bit, pour a glass and drink.

This is where the tannin makes a slight appearance, you can feel its mild character. A creaminess is present, but challenged by a tingle that doesn't let your mouth get too relaxed while enjoying it.

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.