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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

997 Ratings
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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 60
Gots: 107 | 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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Ratings: 997 | Reviews: 425
Photo of Bpak22
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Run of the mill craft stout

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3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mickmanhattan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fore looks like it must require a rig, hoisting system, and industrial-sized drill string to produce - nevermind the bottle, how much does it cost by the barrel? Inky, oily, dense, and dark... all words to describe this formidable looking stout. Even its wicked mocha-tinted head is intimidating.

While impressions of burnt logs (i.e., oak) are plausible, the smoke element here is not an overtly "campfire" one and has none of those sooty, fireplace-in-need-of-cleaning notes. If anything it smells of singed hickory or charcoal and is a smokiness associated with BBQ cooking.

And yet it's so very acrid - like burnt coffee. Indeed, Fore tastes just as it looks: black, raw and unrefined. Flavours of dark-roast coffee beans and bitter, smoky cocoa nibs dominate, with only trace amounts of (relatively) sweeter fermented barley grain to lighten things up with a little nuttiness. The taste is likely to stick on your tongue for days.

As it warms, the peat component becomes more apparent. (I should have already mentioned this recipes uses peat-smoked malt in place of beechwood-smoked which is customary of Rauchbiers.) The result is an intense and gritty earthiness that, on some sips, contributes unique (if minor) notes of sea weed, moss, and scorched earth like those of certain single malts.

Eventually, the peat influence permeates its way throughout; before all is said and done you're sure to be smelling a trace of composting vegetal matter alongside all those acrid and smoky coffee beans. It's subtle enough to be unnoticed or ignored if desired to but for me, as a lover of Islay scotches as well as strong stouts, it's what makes this one come out on top. Loved it.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.92/5  rDev 0%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.39/5  rDev +12%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This was the first beer I chose on my 21st. It was great in flavor and smooth body. I was not disappointed

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, espresso, chocolate, roast and little bit smoke. Aroma is more chocolate, very light smoked, coffee, low body. Good stuff, not special.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.