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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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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 49
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-13-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks Jon. The smoke aromas are paramount. Pours black, great lace. above average mouthfeel. Coffee, smoke in flavour.Above average mouthfeel.Good and drinkable smoked that scored way about imperial stouts and porters in this tasting Another amazing stout from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:25:12 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-18-2012 22:36:16 | More by t0rin0
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bay01 for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black with a 1 inch dark tan head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of smoked malt, dark chocolate, and slight coffee beans. Tastes of the smoked malt first and foremost, followed by a subdued chocolate and ground coffee bean taste. There is a campfire/smoke aftertaste on this beer, which I am really liking. Higher level of carbonation with a medium body. Overall, this is a good stout with a very nice smoked quality that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 04:12:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-08-2012 01:10:02 | More by djrn2
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is near black with a bit of a brownish tint in the light. Not much head or lace. Nose brigs some roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate. Taste is mostly roast and smoke in pretty decent balance. Feel is nice and dry with a good body. A nice stout, but not my favorite in the numbered line.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 13:18:23 | More by Thorpe429
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obsidian with no highlights. There was also no head creation until the final ounce entered the glass, at which point a slim, mocha colored disk materialized. Within minutes I'm able see the surface of the beer again and there's next to no lace. Despite the escape of gas on crown cracking, I wonder if (a lack of) carbonation will be an issue.

Like the other members of this outstanding series, the nose is incredibly rich and incredibly black malty. One was Oatmeal, Too was Cream, Tres was Blueberry and Fore is Smoked. Although it isn't nearly as prominent as it would be in a rauchbier (nor should it be), sweet wood smoke smolders just beneath the surface. I can't wait to introduce beer to taste buds.

I'm not surprised that this stout is every bit as good as all the others since I'm sure Dark Horse used the same, or a similar, base beer. I am surprised at the intensity of the various flavors given the less than stout-like body. In that way at least, Fore resembles Too.

The flavor profile consists of charred barley, espresso, chocolate liqueur, anise, blackstrap molasses and the aforementioned sooty smoke. I may be picking up a hint of fruity hops, but it's hard to say with so much else going on. The fact that no alcohol is noted tells me that the ABV is no higher than 6.0% or else the brewers are masking magicians.

With more 'oomph' is the mouthfeel department, this could be even more special beer. Again, the brewers have done a remarkable job with flavor delivery... considering. A more full, more chewy stout would allow the deliciousness to linger even longer than it already does. Despite my worries, the carbonation is more than adequate.

Fore! is a shout that golfers use to say 'heads up' (actually, down) if you don't want to be beaned by a potentially lethal projectile'. Fore Smoked Stout is the final beer in the Dark Horse Holiday Stout Series that anyone who is interested in good beer owes it to themselves to try. Since it's a seasonal, 'head's up' come fall.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 13:23:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

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

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste has balanced flavors of chocolate and roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of smoke in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted flavors leave a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This stout is very flavorful and easy to drink, even though there are lots of rich, malty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:39:49 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Another almost pitch black beer from Dark Horse that is capped by a thin mocha head that quickly drops to a ringlet, leaving just a bit of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate, with hints of licorice and prunes; the smoke is very subtle - it is there but I could see how I would overlook it without the power of suggestion

Taste: Opens with dark chocolate and by mid-palate, the smokey flavor is much more prominent than I would have expected from the aroma; a bit of prune and molasses appears, as well; after the swallow, the smoke becomes even more prominent but never dominates and the finish has a tobacco and coffee character to it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The whole series comes up short in the mouthfeel department but otherwise they are a fine group of beers

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 00:13:18 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Onto to another of the Dark Horse series. Decided to skip around a little bit and hit up the smoke stout. A rather interesting style choice here, but I was in the mood for something different and decided to take the plunge. Now this was an interesting and very nice pour I would have to say. First off, just pitch black, no light coming through on this one at all. Really just tremendously dark and thick looking. A small two finger tan head rose up from it, quickly faded down to just a thin pillow and left behind large amounts of sticky chocolate lace. Now this was a dark thick stout, I got a drop on my counter that I did not notice right away, and it took a little work to scrub it off this morning!

The aroma was very nice, a good little bit of a smoked aroma was naturally present, but it was a nice roasted coffee and cocoa smell that seemed to dominate it. As it warmed, some light notes of caramel came through, as well as a touch of earthy and dark hop notes. The flavor followed along beautifully. At first coming through with a large dose of chocolate malts that really just smooth right over the tongue, as it developed some sweet sugary notes and a bit of coffee start to come through. With a nice finish that was more complex with every sip. Started off with a touch of coffee like bitterness that slowly evolved and turned into a more dark and sweet finish and left a long lingering smoky flavor on your tongue, now I was wondering when that would come into play. Very nice full-bodied Mouthfeel that was never thin or dull feeling at all, and had a creamy smoothness that was just perfect for the style. I am not sure how strong this one is, but I was easily able to finish it without much trouble, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

Overall not bad at all. I am really enjoying this series of big stouts and think they are doing some nice things up there as far as experimenting. This was not as big on the smoked flavor as I thought it would be, but that was fine, it was just enough to give it a little flare and keep me very interested. Overall a rather nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 02:05:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light smoked notes with some black chocolate and dry roasted notes. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some light smoke notes with some black chocolate and a dry roasted malt finish. Body was full with a nice creamy texture and some good carbonation. Well brewed stout though smoked notes are not as prominent as I would have expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 18:45:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fore-th stout in Dark Horse's series conlcudes with a familiar base-beer taste that was present in the previous three versions. But with the addition of smoke character, it seems to amplify the notion of roast in this example.

Fore pours in familiar fashion as well. Absolute blackness presents itself with an element of depth that suggests clarity even though the beer is seriously opaque. A dense and creamy mocha-stained head rises from the abyss with a very sturdy barrier between the nose and the beer. The beer laces impressively with well defined rings left behind.

Strongly roasted aromas leap from the glass and captivate the nose and are lead by the scent of freshly ground espresso beans. Complementing notes of smoky chocolate, molasses, roasted walnut and an element of campfire keep the aromas rounded and balanced.

Similarly, the beer's taste start deeply roasty with French roast, bitter cocoa, molasses and a touch of brown sugar. Smoke seems to melt into the malt sweetness with medium intensity. It's not an overly smoky beer but allows the somewhat "meaty" taste of smoke to accent the roasted barley to perfection. But the roast extends beyond burnt caramels and grain but reaches out to walnuts, charred pine and chocolate. Light rum alcohols offer a tinge of cherry and fennel before receding into the char.

Full bodied, the beer has a certain "lightness" that stems from its dry roast taste and texture. Its robust malty creaminess fulfills the mouth early on but recedes slowly as the beer has a long middle draw. Concluding in an extended finish of char, alcohol warmth, and coffee-like bitterness, the beer keeps the palate rewarded indefinitely.

Fore is dedicated and direct in its focus, not allowing any distraction from fruit, spice or any other peripheral characteristics. Its roast character shows great discipline and power. It's a fantastic display in the use of smoke with balance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 18:42:30 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-22-2013 19:14:37 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is almost black in color with a couple of fingers of tan/brown head.

S: The smoke aroma is somewhat minimal here, which is a good thing in my eyes. Nice and roasty with some good dark chocolate aromas as well. Not a very strong nose overall, but what's there is good.

T: A nice hint of smoke throughout, but not overpowering in any way. Plenty of roasted malts with a hint of coffee and plenty of bitter dark chocolate flavor. A little bit of sweetness in the form of milk chocolate.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: I appreciated the balanced level of smokiness present here. Pretty easy to drink as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 09:29:11 | More by womencantsail
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-01-2011 19:11:46 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +2%

03-28-2012 21:26:53 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-13-2013 02:25:16 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +2%

06-11-2013 23:05:09 | More by spycow
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's amazing to me that I have not had this beer until today.Pours into a nonic nearly jet black except for a deep chesnut brown tinge at the bottom of the glass a deep mocha colored head atop.The smoke stands out but is not in your face that along with molasses and dark roast coffee make up the nose mostly.A fuler but more mellow mouthfeel with molasses and dark roast coffee flavors over top of mild hardwood smoke.The smoke plays a role but doesn't punch you in the face wich I thought would be the case,solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 22:58:12 | More by oberon
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-27-2013 21:02:22 | More by Knapp85
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Still working my way through these seasonal stouts...this has been taking me way the hell too long... This one pours a straight oily black topped by a small bit o' dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark hickory smoke, molasses, and a touch of dark cocoa powder. The taste generally follows suit, though the smoke comes off more hickory-style this time, drying things out a bit and distracting from the rest of the flavors. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked stout, though one that could do with a touch more balance if it wants to be truly great.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 06:27:21 | More by TMoney2591
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an onyx black, viscous, with a tiny mocha tinged head. There's a hint of chestnut brown around the edge where the light barely gets through.

Bittersweet, with mellow earthy char that melds into the light smoky element. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate and ash. Undercurrent of brown sugar and molasses. Full bodied and milky textured. Subdued smoke makes it easy to finish a glass, even so, it's a robust stout. Bears a resemblance to the Too cream stout, with the addition of smoke.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:41:39 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of stick lace.

S - It smelled smoky with notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Great roasted malt like an American Stout with a great woody/smokey taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good smoked brew. Not overpowering but good enough smoked flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:18:29 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 22:31:26 | More by JAHMUR
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get very minimal smoke off this beer. It's an accent at best, which I appreciate. The beer as a stout is very solid. Robust and rich, there are thick malts that really rest in the mouth well. Smooth feel. Easy to drink. Not sure what else you could ask for in a stout. For this some people might want more smoke, but for me, I am happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 04:26:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from EchoCharlieEcho, cheers Elisabeth!

Pour black as midnight in a cave with 2 fingers of cocoa colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Faint oaky smokeyness & some dark fruit, smokey picks up once pretty warm & slight sourness

T: Dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, charred grain & leafy hops up front, smoke at the edges. Molasses, more assertive smokeyness & a touch of charred grainyness once warm. Finishes dry with slight sourness, & faint coffee flavor & a touch of smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied smooth, some what creamy

Drinks fairly easy, not bad, but doesn't quite pull together. Probably the lowest rated beer for me that I've had from these guys...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:44:24 | More by russpowell
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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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