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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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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 389
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 GRPunk


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 15:36:54 | More by GRPunk
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 15:25:13 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 05:07:45 | More by drseamus
Photo of MDekker


2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:03:58 | More by MDekker
Photo of Duster72


3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 12:24:49 | More by Duster72
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 15:45:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 03:09:52 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BMoney575


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 03:37:11 | More by BMoney575
Photo of emerge077


4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 05:02:49 | More by emerge077
Photo of GbVDave


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

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 18:38:34 | More by GbVDave
Photo of david131


4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 16:23:07 | More by david131
Photo of alexgash


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 23:12:34 | More by alexgash
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks stouty1

Pours a clean dark brown/black color, some carbonation, no head or lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet roasted malts, slight vanilla, and some toffee/coffee. The taste pretty much follows the nose, sweet malty, and a nice touch of toffee/coffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice Milk/Sweet Stout, glad to have a chance to check this brewery out, this is my first, but I do have another from them, and hopefully a couple of other's coming in trade. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 23:50:15 | More by Wasatch
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with no head and a thin dark brown ring. Not all that appealing. Nose is light but contains some nice elements of hazelnut, vanilla, sweet cream, and roasted malt. I don’t catch any coffee or chocolate oddly enough.

Tastes light bodied, fruity sweet with a metallic front, and ultra mild oatmeal tangy finish. Mild lactic quality that gives way to more sweetness and fruit as it warms. Body mellows as the minute carbonation settles. Becomes very drinkable around 55 degrees or so. Again, nice roasted malts, plenty of vanilla/hazelnut spice, but not much in the way of coffee or chocolate. I don’t mind that though. This is a nice beer. The body is perfect as is the balance. Smooth, creamy, and delightful.

Ultra drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 01:26:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a dark brown bubbly head that fades quickly. This body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a roasted black malt aroma with a dark roasted coffee bean hint. There is a slight smoke note to the malt that comes through when it warms.

T- This beer has a dark bitter black roasted malt flavor with a hint of coffee and a slight note of cream when it is warm. There is a soft chalky hint and a slight astringency and inky note in the finish. The overall taste is pretty dry.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture.

D- This beer has a pretty light thin body and the taste is pretty dry for this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 23:24:51 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an oily black with under a millimeter transmission depth. This may be the darkest beer I''ve ever had. No head off the pour. None at all. An attempt to excite the head got only a single tiny bubble thick layer that dissipates in moments. There were a few specks of lacing on the glass, but nothing substantial.

S - Chocolate and burnt malt mesh with a bit of an underlying sweetness (lactose perhaps). It actually smells a bit weird.

T - Robust bittersweet chocolate with a hefty backing dark roasted strong coffee beans. The aftertaste has a light coffee bitterness.

M - Thick, slick, smooth and very refreshing. I love the texture of these dark horse stouts.

D - Pretty good. This is an extremely pleasant and hearty milk stout. It is more of a dessert beer, but one could session it (I suspect the abv is too high for that though). Dark Horse impresses me yet again. I should note that this might have had a really strong hop profile or a ton of bitterness - I wouldn't know since I had devil dancer a few hours ago.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 03:01:27 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of benito


3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a single bought at Cloverleaf.

A: A vigorous pour produces nothing more than a fizzy, thin head. Otherwise it's oil black and leaves the glass unfazed...no lacing, no swirls, nothing.

S: Sweet, with lots of creme brulee and rosewood.

T: Good espresso sweetness up front, almost marshmallowy, followed by a burnt, bitter bite toward the end and a peppery, dry finish. The second half of this isn't at all what I would have expected from a cream stout. But the initial flavor is spot on. What happens halfway through? Why? The flavors themselves aren't inoffensive or inappropriate (in fact, I enjoy a slightly bitter finish to an otherwise sweet stout). But the transition is sudden and jarring.

M and D: A little thin, but it has a good length of flavor. Very easy to cruise through a pint or two of this.

Overall, this is a fine, if unexceptional stout from Dark Horse. It's a moderately bitter sweet stout with all the right elements, but they don't really come together all that well.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 18:59:19 | More by benito
Photo of headhopper


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

A - Pours pitch black with zero head. I mean....none. Looks like dirty motor oil. Thats not a bad thing necceseraly.

S - Its creamy and smokey. Ofcourse there is chocolate and some roasty/toasty smell.

T - Cream, chocolate , and some roasted coffee beans. Almost like a chocolate covered smoke log???? Goes down somewhat dry. It has a little bitterness too , but not much at all.

M - lets see... creamy. It coats your mouth with a pleasant cooling creamy feel.

D - Very easy drinking. Nothing offensive here. Maybe the faint smokiness could turn some people off, but its very subdued. I could have a few, but its a bit filling. Over all though, there is nothing complex here.

This was a good beer. I picked up a few singles and will seek out a full 6 pack now. Seems to hit the spot if you want something sweet after dinner and want a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 14:46:16 | More by headhopper
Photo of thelagerheads


4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$1.67 12 oz bottle
Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Spirits
Southfield, MI

Take the bottle and pour it deep into the glass and when the last bubbles froth and foment at the festering fizz top shake the last drips of the bottle onto the surface of the beer. You'll see little bubbles shoot off the top and slide like electricity to the glass sides and die there. This really has nothing to do with this beer but it's something I've noticed from doing this a few times now. All right...deep hued chocolate, coffee smoke, burnt wood and a mild sweetness in the taste of the dregs at the roof of your mouth. One of the best stouts and cream stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 05:32:45 | More by thelagerheads
Photo of Crosling


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque black color, just as every single Dark Horse stout, but with a thin, and quickly diminishing light tan head. Espresso and chocolate aromas, with hints of vanilla, roast and brownies, quite the vibrant little blend of malt aromatics. Flavor has some oxidation, just like the aroma, but this is also a 2004 example. Body is slightly undercarbonated and it is thin, but not watery. Slightly bitter and astringent malt, but still decadent and enjoyable, with chocolate and cream flavors. Quite the treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 00:11:50 | More by Crosling
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz single, received via trade from nsjer05

appearance: pours a very dark, opaque black colour into a great dane imperial pint glass. dark and oily, not much head at first but then a thin super dark chocolate brown head forms...looks delicious!

smell: big and roasted malt presence, noticeable floral hop presence, creamy, cocoa powder, sweet dark chocolate, light coffee

taste: smooth and rich...heavy roasted malt flavour, fresh floral hop presence that is a nice compliment, dark chocolate, very nice and roasty cream stout, another winner from dark horse

mouthfeel: super creamy, slight bitterness, very very nice

drinkability: quite easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 00:50:06 | More by dirtylou
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
Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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