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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

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very good

781 Ratings
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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-13-2002)
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Photo of Ozzylizard


3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 7394 73W0229 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of toasted malt
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
2 mm sediment in bottle, firmly attached to bottom
No lacing
Body dark brown/black, totally opaque
Flavor of toasted malt, very light and slightly sweet; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, no smoke; flavor dies quickly with no aftertaste.
Palate medium to full, creamy, nearly flat.

Lack of head and lacing detracts from the appearance and the unassertiveness of the flavor certainly lower rating. This meets the judging requirements for a stout. It is very easy drinking, nearly a session stout, with no hint of smoke. Perhaps someone was smoking while moving the grain?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 11:40:56 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear thick jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a hint of cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall mocha head that reduces to a large thin patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with some light hints of smoke.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of milk chocolate as well as some hints of sweetness. Light notes of smoke towards the finish and there is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Rich and enjoyable with very nice flavors/aromas and a subtle amount of smoke. Easy to drink and definitely one to grab again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:07:45 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Maudite snifter. Very impressive pour. The beer is very black and produces a dark brown frothy head. The smoke is quite evident on the nose, but not overwhelming. It accompanies the sweet and roasty notes of the malt and produces a very pleasant aroma.

Medium-full body and a roasty, smokey flavor. Very faint sweet notes up front, then some roastiness and enough smoke to tame the other flavors. The smoke is not excessive, but still announces its presence. It comes in around mid-palate, carries through the finish, and has a drying, almost tannic effect on your mouth. I get flavors of wood, licorice, black tea, and unsweetened cola. The feel is plenty firm and a little oily.

I'm not a good reviewer of smoked beers since I tend to avoid them. I did want to review this one because I wanted to review all 5 of Dark Horse's numbered stouts and I also like to expand my beer-drinking horizons on occasion. I am happy to report that this beer, unlike some smoked beers, did not taste like someone put out their cigarette in it. It's more of an American Stout than a Smoked Beer. Sadly, I think the smoke robs the beer of some of its richness and malt character and makes it taste a little bland on my palate. Fans of smoked beers may still want to check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:25:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Alextricity


3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 23rd. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on March 24th. $2.19 single.

Appearance: Pitch black with a fizzy dark brown head that goes away quickly. No lacing. Pretty average.

Smell: Roasty and smokey with an almost caramel popcorn aroma. I really like it. Not as smokey as some other stouts I've had, but it's there nicely.

Taste/feel: Hm. Alright. Well, I can say that it's quite bitter, but not a good bitter. A burnt sort of bitter. I can't really so much taste a burnt flavor, but the bitterness reminds me of... burnt. Not in a horrific, it-ruins-the-beer way, but I could do without it. The mouthfeel is more like a porter than a stout, as it feels relatively thin with a medium-to-high carbonation. The smoke flavor is in this beer like it is the aroma -- complimentary, but quite mild. In comparison, the smoke in this beer is a decent bit less significant than the blueberry was in Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout. There's no "meatiness" that I love in a good smoked porter or stout, just a smoke and coffee flavor that combines to give an ashy vibe. As it warms, that "burnt bitterness" I was talking about goes in the backseat, and a sweetness comes through without accompanied flavors (dark fruits or whatever else).

All-in-all, my least favorite of One, Too, Tres, Fore, and Plead the Fifth if that counts. This would be a good one for people who like stouts, but not so much smokey ones. The smoke is in this beer, but not in a huge way like I guess I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 17:00:54 | More by Alextricity
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Thin khaki collar. Extremely dark.

Smell - Smoke. A little woody. A little meaty. Coffee roasted malt aroma.

Taste - Rich smoke. A bit of rich, sweet, coffee malts. The smoke gets a little bitter. Seems like it could get too bitter, but never does.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Sweet, but masked by smoke. Medium heavy body.

Overall - I really like this beer. Almost too smokey, but never crosses the line.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:04:34 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of ONUMello


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black, no head to speak of
S: Coffee, cocoa and woodsmoke
T: Like the nose, coffee and cocoa up front then some roasted malt followed by woodsmoke
M: Medium-bodied
O: Well crafted and a tasty stout, nothing I haven't had before but I wouldn't hesitate to get this again

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 20:57:20 | More by ONUMello
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with one finger brown head and minor lace patches all over glass. Not completely meaty like a german smokebeer but the aroma Is an intense smoked malt bomb with pretty much everything else subdued. Thick, fuller bodied and even chewy, bready, there are some bitter chocolate sweet notes and the balance is great b/c the smoked taste is not as strong as the aroma and doesn't kill the other taste sensations. A little bit of heat in finish that derives from both the smoke and alcohol and overall leads to a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 15:32:25 | More by clayrock81
Photo of illpass78


4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick black with some red notes at the edges. Head is very minimal and dissipates swiftly. Just about no lacing. No light is getting through this one - it's really dark.

Aromas: Smells like roasted, smoky malts and dark chocolate. It's not a smoke bomb, but it's definitely got a nice smoky presence in the nose. Some molasses notes, too.

Taste: Tasty. This beer has a slightly sweet kick to it that balances out the smokiness and roastiness. The taste follows the nose, though there is a BBQ-like taste to the finish that the nose didn't hint at. I like it. A very drinkable and pretty delicious stout.

Mouthfeel: It's a tiny bit thinner than I had expected, but that adds to the drinkablity in a pleasant way. Could pair with a meal easily.

Overall: This beer gave me the impression that it was going to be a big, bold smoke bomb of a beer that was going to basically be like drinking a camp fire. It's not that, but it's something better - a terrific, balanced, nuanced stout. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:59:02 | More by illpass78
Photo of joe1510


3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.49 6-Pack
Rudy's liquors - LaSalle, IL

All five of the beers in Dark Horse's Stout series are about as black as you can get from fermented barley. No highlights, no color even when poured. This beer is just flat out black. The head fizzles up to a finger of mocha creaminess and settles rather quickly to a crackling ring of foam. Thin lace lines get left behind,

Right off the bat I get a tendril of smoke. It permeates every aspect of the smell but is in no way overpowering or one dimensional. Rich, deeply roasted barley is the main player front to back. A touch of lactic sweetness and a faint nuttiness wrap things up to my liking. Fore isn't the most complex out there but the richness makes up for any lack of layering.

Roasted barley and singed barley, from the smoke, get things moving along and lead from start to finish. Hazelnut comes through soft mid palate and fades into coffee and cream finish. The note of cream adds the faintest touch of lactic sweetness while the roast brings some moderate bitterness. Though not as rich a the nose, the flavor profile certainly doesn't disappoint.

The body of Dark Horse's stouts are always amazing. They somehow always nail this dense, velvety, moderately heavy body with zero stick. It always amazes me the amount of body they can pull out of a 7% beer. A decent bitterness remains after each swallow and the finish slowly dries up.

Fore isn't my favorite of the series but it is a damn good stout with a touch of the unique. Rich, bold, dense, and velvety about wrap up this beer. An approachable smoked beer for someone wanting to give one a try for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:29:24 | More by joe1510
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Very black on the pour with a half inch of brown head. Retention is decent at best. Lacing sticks in thick rings.

S: Campfire, fudgey undertones, berry fruits charcoal.

T: Huge hit of smoke. Very sooty and ashy. Campfire. Fudge sauce underneath. Hints of cola and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Red berries. More ash and woody smoke on the finish.

M: Medium body. Slight creaminess. Crisp bite of seltzery carbonation.

O: Very smokey. A pretty decent beer. There's just enough offered beyond the smoke to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:47:45 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of KFBR392


3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a rich finger of dark tan/khaki head which settled in but was present while drinking. Sits black in the glass with no active carbonation.

Smell: Smokey front. Lots of smoke with a rich caramel, molasses, and dark fruity body. Creamy malt pokes its way through the big smoke body. Mossy hop presence as well. Rich caramel and molasses comes through again on the finish adding some complexity besides the smokey malt.

Taste: Some smoke on the front but more subdued then you would think after the aroma. Candied, overly sweet malt pops up and clings to the palate. Sweet, really sweet continues toward the back end and finish with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth mouthfeel but the sweetness lingers and refuses to leave.

Overall: This one is all over the place. Really enjoyed the aroma but the taste and mouthfeel were off. The hoppiness in the taste does not go well with the smokey tones.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 20:31:45 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Stevedore


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 308th day of 2013; too lazy to do the Julian conversion. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/4/2014. Thus continues the exploration and reviewing of the 2013-2014 edition of the Dark Horse seasonal stout series.

App- Very dark brown body, thick dark brown head with OK retention but leaves a beautiful thick collar. Not much lacing.

Smell- Smoked malts, roast malts, faint black coffee. Smoke as advertised but nowhere near campfire smoke, is more subtle which is appreciated. Not complex or too intense, but solid.

Flavour- Up front is a nice bitter espresso mixed with roast malts; middle palate brings a bit of soy sauce/umami flavour, finishing with a thick bitter smokiness and earthy hop flavours. Interesting but not complex.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, good carbonation; aftertaste is smoky much like faint cigarette smoke, but in a more pleasant way. Earthy bitterness finishes off the beer which is balanced between dry and resinous.

Overall- Decent smoked beer, interesting to try and review. Having had this several times, I don't think I'll get this again as I'm not a fan of smoked beers in general.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 04:41:07 | More by Stevedore
Photo of BMMillsy


4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle from Rebekah. Big thanks goes out to her! Pitch black pour with a nice creamy mocha colored head. Big time roast aroma, bittersweet chocolate, smoke char, and just a hint of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is super rich roasty bittersweet chocolate, subtle molasses and fruit sweetness, and finishing with a big blast of smoke on the palate. A combination of smoke and chocolate lingers for a long, while like smoked mesquite BBQ kind of wood. Big rich mouthfeel--impressive for the ABV--silky smooth with low to low-medium carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Plead the Fifth but with extra extra roast and some smoke. Smoke doesn't overpower which gives this a nice complexity among all the flavors present. This is really really good!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:47:56 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of DougT


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Guinness Pint glass.

Very dark brown to black with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that quickly disipated leaving very little lace. Little to no foam left after a few sips.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, maybe a little plumb. Quite appealing. Not smelling much smoke.

Pleasantly bitter, not harsh, not overpowering, but prominent. I can taste the smoke. I can taste the alcohol. Some sweetness. Well balanced, but a bit subtle for a stout. It's a very nice flavor that makes you want more.

Medium body with some tingle from the bubbles. Like the head the mouth does not linger. Very good but not superlative.

I like this beer. It's very drinkable, but that's sort of it's problem. This is billed as a stout. It's not heavy enough and the smoke is not prominent enough for it's stye and the lack of head retention is a little disappointing. It might be better named a porter and might help having a little age. A date on the bottle would be nice.

But it is really very good. I would recommend it to people that don't necessary want a really heavy stout but might enjoy something smoky with stout flavors in a porter weight.

I think I'll get more.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:34:21 | More by DougT
Photo of mverity


4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Apparently 4-5 years aged. Pours a deep rich black color with very thin head and a decent tan collar. Aroma is lightly smoked malt, and some burnt coffee. Taste is very similar. Taste is not overly smoked, which is a common complaint I have about smoked beers. Thick body and low-medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:29:22 | More by mverity
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark brown, nearly jet black complexion with mocha colored head

Smell - chocolate, roasted malt, char/burnt firewood

Taste - chocolate, roasted malts, hint of coffee, molasses, smoke is present but not dominant or overwhelming

Mouthfeel - smooth, heavy bodied, hearty,thick and robust, medium carbonation, balanced flavors, I like how the smoke is well integrated yet restrained

Overall - this was a stout that I enjoyed, recommended if you like smoke to have a nice role, but not a lead role

Price point - $3/ 12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:33:14 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Tsar_Riga


3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, tan head, quick to fade.

S: This was perhaps the best part of the beer, a nice smell of chocolate, with a hint of smoke. Interestingly, having finished the beer 20 minutes ago, I can still smell smoke on my hands, and no, I've not had BBQ tonight.

T: Smoke came up strong during the initial swallow, but faded some as I worked my way through the glass. The promise of chocolate was not fully realized when it hit the tongue, as there were fewer of these notes than I'd have expected.

M: Lacked the gravity I usually expect with a stout, but was pleasant enough.

O: It was a decent stout. The initial spike of smoke was perhaps too much for my taste, but as it mellowed what came through was a reasonable, but not exceptional, take on the stout style. Can't say I mind too much that I have three more, I think I'll try one with a slab of ribs and see how that goes. Still. I also can't say this would be the first pack I'd grab off the shelf the next time I'm browsing the options at my local haunts.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 05:11:56 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of BreakfastStout


3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown with a minimal dark tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smokey chocolate nose

Taste: The smokiness is very noticeable and crowds out the chocolate coffee flavors. A lingering bitterness is also present.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my tastes. The chocolate creaminess that I love in a stout was noticeably missing here.

Overall: Not bad, but I've had better stouts, and also better offerings from Dark Horse. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:31:19 | More by BreakfastStout
Photo of Cylinsier


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours jet black with a tan bit of lacing. A little bit of effervescence is evident.

Smells of rich caramel, lactose, coffee, vanilla and some mesquite.

Smokey mesquite woodiness is accompanied by a nutty bitterness and some mild lactose sweetness and non-sweet dark chocolate character. Perhaps a bit of fig in there.

Full bodied with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really tasty and enjoyable smokey stout, goes down surprisingly easily and hides its strength well. The only real knock is the body, which could stand to be a bit creamier. Otherwise, excellent and I look forward to having more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:14:33 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black and solid. Small, quickly fading head, and one tiny spot of lace.

S: Smokey ash, cocoa, burnt coffee, tobacco, hickory, lactose, mollases, and caramel. Pretty vast aromas coming out of this fine beverage.

T: Taste is cocoa packed and delightful. Flavors include blackened meat-like notes, cream, coffee, tobacco, and molasses. Nice stuff going on here.

M: At the beginning of my sips it seems thinner than expected but it swirls up quite a bit in your mouth. Velvety smooth and soft. Like liquified chocolate with super fine carbonation.

O: Yes!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 22:47:57 | More by tastybeer
Photo of MDDMD


4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark roasted malt, smoke, coffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, subtle smokiness, little bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky

O-a pretty good smoked beer, nice body and decent flavors

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:20:17 | More by MDDMD
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Demure head, little less than a full finger and fizzes off rapidly, dark brown in color, minimal stickiness in the wispy lacing. The liquid is unsurprisingly black and opaque, lightens up just enough near the surface to see active carbonation and a mild orange tint. The nose is not vastly smoky, more a solid toastiness and roasted nuts and cocoa powder, very chocolaty, no real fruit presence nor citrus, minor notes of mineral water, cereal grains and granola, not overblown but steady and longlasting. Full-bodied, the carbonation brings a light prickle but not much overall activity or freshness. Instead, you get a lot more roast although I’d still call it chocolate and cocoa than coffee related and it only gets smoky when close to room temperature. Grains, tar, black tea, iron flecks, not much going on which is overtly sweet. More earthy with campfire ember accents. Here there’s some apricot, cherry to lower plum fruit flavors. In its favor it is smooth without excessive creaminess, drinks well but not ingratiatingly so. Marked most by its unremarkableness, no flaws, not quite generic, just a beer. Sometimes that is enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 23:50:37 | More by farrago
Photo of falloutsnow


3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Probably my third favorite in the series (see ratings for the others), Fore brings an ashen, black malt character to the Dark Horse stout base that seems to be used across this line. An interesting use of black malt (I speculate), this is one I'd probably return to if available next winter.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass atop the body. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a thin ring of residual foam around the circumference of the glass. The beer's body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma is of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness, dark chocolate, vanilla, and spent ashes from a campfire. The smoke is not overly present in a meaty, rauchbier sense, but more in a black malt meets wood ashes sort of way.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, campfire ashes, deep-dark sweetness with a modest caramel edge. Mid-palate picks up intensified dark chocolate with burnt toast, coffee beans, and marshmallow, hints of wood-generated ash, vanilla, and an acrid sweetness. Back of palate finds continued heavy, roasted and black malts contributing flavors of very dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, charred toast, campfire ash, and an acrid sweetness. Aftertaste of strongly acrid sweetness, campfire ash, burnt marshmallow, charred toast, and very dark chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is gently foamy and soft, with substantial thickness as well. Closes fairly dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 07:07:45 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Vogie


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sam Smith stout glass

A: Jet black like motor oil. Small brown head that goes away once poured.

S: Roasted coffee with maybe some chocolate. Not getting a smoky smell which is surprising, If its there I am having trouble detecting it.

T: Burnt toast flavor with maybe some coffee mixed in.

M: Chewy medium body feel. Moderate carbonation.

O: This beer doesn't do a whole lot for me. The burnt toast flavor just didn't work. It almost masked any other flavors that were present. True to style though. Dark Horse does some amazing stuff but I wouldn't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 03:40:34 | More by Vogie
Photo of karengarys


3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My slowly poured 34 degree bottle landed very nicely, transparent black with dark dark brown bubbles. At this point I tallied the look at 3.75. It wasn't but a few minutes longer that all visible foam disappeared, leaving a liquid you couldn't tell if it was even a drink. Still not offensive, and the initial pour was decent.

Smells like a stout, with maybe some oak? Not really floral, and a bit dry.

Taste is stout like, but there is the burned wood flavor. Guess that's the smoke, now, isn't it?

Mouthfeel, well - maybe stout like. I should make it clear I'm not a fan of true stouts. This is why. The mouthfeel is watery, almost slimy, but with a little carbonated creaminess that saves it as much as you can at this point. I can't just drink it, I kinda have to work it.

Finish leaves the campfire ash soup on the back of your tongue.

Overall this is okay. I'm not able to recommend it. If I got into a conversation with somebody who said "I'm looking for a Guiness like beer, but, maybe with a smokey flavor", I would point them to this beverage. It would be with warning - more of a "well, if you see this..." as opposed to "you gotta find this!" ...it isn't worth seeking out...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:04:59 | More by karengarys
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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.