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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

901 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 80 | 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:
January

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-13-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Stillmakingnoise, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

nmann08, Aug 17, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

defender845, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

yanosh, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

woodychandler, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

a_beckman25, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

nodder, Aug 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49%

Randent, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Dave2234, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

paulish, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

lochef81, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

aoampm, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

ballertim, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

assman79, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Cenosillicaphobic, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Eric1Mess, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

civicm87, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrBier, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jul 18, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

KolbMarley, Jul 17, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

barhoc11, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.