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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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88
very good

776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 404
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:
January

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-13-2002)
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Reviews by barczar:
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barczar

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with a fleeting half inch milk chocolate head that leaves no lacing.

Chocolate erupts from the bottle. Further investigation reveals roast malt, dark fruit, and savory characters of soy and smoke. There's a bit of vanilla at the finish. Floral hops arrr subtle.

Flavor is far more smoky, with an almost tobacco-like note underlying the entire profile. Roast malt accompanies a burnt ember character, leading to dark berries and chocolate mid palate. The finish is strangely sweet, with vanilla wrapping things up.

Body is fairly syrupy and full, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly subtle.

What it lacks in smoke aroma, it makes up for in flavor, but the quality of smoke was disappointing. Would've preferred less ashtray and more hardwood. There's a touch of acrid flavor that's offputting.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:30:22 | More by barczar
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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.

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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.

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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).

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.