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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

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931 Ratings
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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 86 | FT: 4
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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2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark in appearance, with a thin dirty colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma consisted of mostly ethanol with some roasted malt and coffee. Flavor was not very smoky, almost like that liquid smoke flavoring. Highly ethanolic with roasted overtones.

Atricapilla, Jan 11, 2009
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2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - black as a witches heart. Near brown head that unfortunately leaves no lacing at all.

S - overall scent is light, but is mostly smoke, some malt and coffee.

T - mostly smoke, some roasted malt and coffee.

M - lite coating some on the teeth. Mild to.Fleury at top of back of throat and under tongue.

D - smoke is a novelty so maybe just one.

biglite351, Jun 15, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally pulled this extra from the cellar.
Bottled: unk

Black and inky with no foam. Smells of smoke, leather, tobacco, toasted and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted with smoke, coffee grounds, leather, metal and some dust. Okay flavor. Medium on full bodied with low on moderate carb and a semi dry finish. This was less smoky than I expected (a good thing), but the stout underneath lacked the refined character I usually get from the folks at Dark Horse.

harrymel, Oct 28, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip glass. Pretty excited for this one...

A - Pours very black; no surprise there. A one finger dark mocha colored head forms and slowly recedes to a slight mocha colored film on the top of the beer.

S - So far, it smells just like a slightly roastier stout. Nothing yet has led me to believe that this is a smoked stout.

T - I'm beginning to think that this was mislabeled or something. There is no smokiness whatsoever. It just tastes like another stout, although slightly bland to be honest. It really tastes like several ingredients are missing from this...most notably the smoke.

M - A nice creaminess but still a little thin for what I would want a stout to be.

D - Well I'm not sure how drinkable this one would be if it were the beer I thought I eas drinking

***Please take this review with a grain of salt as I am fairly certain this bottle was mislabelled.

KAP1356, Jul 10, 2010
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3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Fore is a ruddy brown with a tan head that leaves very light lace.

Smell is all dark malt, some chocolate.

Taste is OK, it's got some chocolate, not overly smokey, but too much sweetness, marshmallow.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, a chocolatey stout, but lacking the smoke I expected by the name - average.

ccrida, Apr 29, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip
$8/4 pack
A: Pours a deep black with little to no head. There does exist a thin lacing along the outer edges which is a nice mocha brown.
S: A subtle nose, not enough smoke for a beer with "smoke" in it's name. Smells of sweet malts, molasses, and roasted coffee.
T: Tastes like it smells -- not enough smoke in my opinion. I do get smoke like tastes such as tabacco leaf, but mostly sweet malts, and roasted coffee.
M: Highly carbonated and a little thin for my liking.
D: A bit of a let down; I was hoping for a great beer and I feel like I got average. I would have like more smoke and a little less carbonation. I'm gonna try laying one of these down for a bit, if for no other reason than why not.

rka758, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Horse always makes great looking stouts. Big Black body with a dense looking thick cap. It is really their caps are always tightly bound together and fine, very nice!
Aroma is a smooth clean smoke, smells like gently burnt hardwoods (i am a firefighter btw) and doesnt take the smoke to far.
The Smokey flavors are contrasted by some smooth sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, and some dark chocolates. Finishes rather dry.

ChadQuest, Jun 22, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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?

Ozzylizard, Apr 24, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with no sign of carbonation no matter how rigorous the pour. There is no sign of carbonation in that dense body.

S- This beer has a very soft dark black malt note with a hint of dry smoke when it warms.

T- The soft taste of dark roasted malt has a soft alder smoke note with a slight salty hint to it. There is a watery taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- This beer has a light soft flavor that in not very interesting or exciting.

rhoadsrage, Feb 20, 2007
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3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black, mocha head which fades with decent lacing and retention. There seems to be lack of smoke. Lots of chocolate and expresso, but it's faint and almost metalic. The flavors are typical for a stout, nothing special and definitely nothing overwhelming. I wish the flavors and aromas were more intense and developed more, but everything seems one note. Mouthfeel is nice, thin but smooth, nicely carbonated. I found myself nursing it although the alcohol goes unnoticed. Where's the smoke?

Average, nothing really special, especially compared to Dark Horse's other stouts like Plead the 5th, One, Too..

BB1313, Feb 17, 2012
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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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