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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

875 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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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fscottkey

New York

3.11/5  rDev -20.7%

Notes: Born on 1/21/14 (current date 6/20/14).

A: pours an oily black and looks thick as it glub glubs out of the bottle. There was a 1/2 finger brawn head that receded quickly to a thin layer.

S: Not getting a lot on the nose.

T: Smokey coffee flavor up front. With a smoke aftertaste.

M: A bit of tingle from the carbonation. Not think or chewy like I anticipated from the pour.

O: This is kind of one note. The smoke is smothering anything more complex. I know it is a smoked stout - so that should be the expectation - but I hoped for some other flavors somewhere in the palate. It is decent tasting but lacks a strong nose and depth int he taste.

06-21-2014 02:00:02 | More by fscottkey
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ab39z

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-20-2014 23:33:24 | More by ab39z
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Danny1217

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-20-2014 23:10:58 | More by Danny1217
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Rborre321

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-20-2014 17:47:26 | More by Rborre321
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MiWolfman

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-20-2014 02:19:34 | More by MiWolfman
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-18-2014 23:50:41 | More by Knoxrb12
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Pours nearly black. This is as dark a beer as I've ever had - even direct sunlight only barely penetrated at the very edge. The head was chocolate brown, but very thin and with no lacing.

S: Faint smokiness that could be from burnt grain or smoked malt. Chocolate and coffee notes are both present. There's some molasses and dark fruit notes as well.

T: Malt flavors yield sweetness for a brief moment, then the stronger notes of toasted grain take over. Tart fruit flavors take their turn at the forefront, then fade as bitter and finally acrid flavors move in at the finish. The smokiness is there throughout, but always in the distant background of the other flavors.

M: Moist, with below average carbonation. It's somewhat chewy, but less so than I expected from the appearance. Booze is detectable, but not harsh.

O: But for the lackluster head, this is a beautiful stout. The smoke was weaker in both aroma and taste than I'd hoped, or at least seemed that way next to the potency of a stout that nears imperial status. Enjoyable, but not a home run.

06-18-2014 22:12:32 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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MarkJBurch

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

06-18-2014 18:02:46 | More by MarkJBurch
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leitmotif

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-18-2014 09:41:09 | More by leitmotif
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-18-2014 06:58:07 | More by Ciocanelu
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Isildur


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-17-2014 00:57:32 | More by Isildur
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LucasBalistreri

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-16-2014 11:42:12 | More by LucasBalistreri
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mattsucks

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-14-2014 01:50:27 | More by mattsucks
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into stout pokal; jet black, one of the darkest beers I've seen. Nice solid two-finger head of the darkest brown foam I've ever seen, it was the color of dark chocolate ice cream. Head recedes after a few minutes into a nice ring of foam.
Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, campfire smoke, metallic roasted malt, and hints of sweetness.
Taste follows nose in ingredients but not in quantity. Sweet milk chocolate and toffee take the wheel while bitter coffee/chocolate and ashy smoke try and backseat drive to no avail. Leaves the mouth in sticky sweetness with some lingering bitterness and an ashy feeling like you've been sitting around a campfire for a while.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, clean and wet. Finishes a bit dry at the very end but not much.
Overall, this is a tasty stout. However, with the smoke not playing much of a part and the relatively light body compared to the sweetness of the flavor, you could be convinced this was a chocolate porter or something perhaps. I'd like more smoke from a "smoked stout," but it's still tasty and interesting.

06-13-2014 00:50:18 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-11-2014 03:35:23 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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IAmHollywood13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-09-2014 20:30:02 | More by IAmHollywood13
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j0hnc2468

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

06-09-2014 18:40:02 | More by j0hnc2468
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jgunther71

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

06-07-2014 23:24:20 | More by jgunther71
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buddha5050

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

06-06-2014 03:38:50 | More by buddha5050
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Bhoward0698

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-01-2014 15:33:56 | More by Bhoward0698
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Flight317

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

05-30-2014 22:34:51 | More by Flight317
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-29-2014 23:05:13 | More by Durandal_777
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

05-27-2014 14:25:27 | More by yancot
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-19-2014 18:50:52 | More by mklisz
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-19-2014 16:16:58 | More by PappyVans
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.