Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev -7.9%
The deeper that I go into the Bottle Backlog Eradication of the Summer of 2014, the more wild the beers that are surfacing! A smoked stout!?! What next?
I was anxious to begin and gave it a pretty heavy-handed pour before sitting back to watch the pseudo-cascade. It settled pretty quickly into two fingers of deep-tan/light-brown head, but what happened next was particularly remarkable. It seemed to collapse inwardly on itself and fell much more quickly than I expected, becoming mere wisps. Color was Opaque Black (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was very smoky, but in more of a burnt charcoal way than the smokiness of a rauchbier. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more like bittersweet chocolate mingled with a sweet smokiness. It kind of put me in mind of chocolate-covered bacon, which I have tried. I am a fan of smoked beers, but this was a bit sweeter than I like, especially since it seemed to be getting in the way of the smokiness. Finish had that same bittersweet smokiness that I had been getting throughout. I was really kind of underwhelmed, especially given the hype and scores assigned to this beer. Not bad, per se, but leaving a lot of room for improvement.
08-13-2014 23:57:41 | More by woodychandler
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours very dark brown with a thin, lasting brown head. Some lacing sticks.
The smell is of chocolate, roasted coffee, dark earthy tones with a hint of anise.
The taste is of sweet chocolate, smoke (meat-y?) and coffee. It has a lingering earthy finish.
It is medium-to-full bodied.
An excellent, complex but very drinkable, smoked stout.
07-17-2014 19:01:50 | More by jwc215
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
A: Dark, even for a 7% stout, there is no light getting through this thing
S: Not a lot going on with this
T: Smokey and fruity but not very multidimensional
M: Good thickness to it, not much to complain about
O: Not bad for a smoked stout but not something I would want to have every day
07-16-2014 23:04:24 | More by barhoc11
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.