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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

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mitchster on 12-13-2002

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Reviews: 439 | Ratings: 1,098
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, tan head, quick to fade.

S: This was perhaps the best part of the beer, a nice smell of chocolate, with a hint of smoke. Interestingly, having finished the beer 20 minutes ago, I can still smell smoke on my hands, and no, I've not had BBQ tonight.

T: Smoke came up strong during the initial swallow, but faded some as I worked my way through the glass. The promise of chocolate was not fully realized when it hit the tongue, as there were fewer of these notes than I'd have expected.

M: Lacked the gravity I usually expect with a stout, but was pleasant enough.

O: It was a decent stout. The initial spike of smoke was perhaps too much for my taste, but as it mellowed what came through was a reasonable, but not exceptional, take on the stout style. Can't say I mind too much that I have three more, I think I'll try one with a slab of ribs and see how that goes. Still. I also can't say this would be the first pack I'd grab off the shelf the next time I'm browsing the options at my local haunts.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown with a minimal dark tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smokey chocolate nose

Taste: The smokiness is very noticeable and crowds out the chocolate coffee flavors. A lingering bitterness is also present.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for my tastes. The chocolate creaminess that I love in a stout was noticeably missing here.

Overall: Not bad, but I've had better stouts, and also better offerings from Dark Horse. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this one out.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours jet black with a tan bit of lacing. A little bit of effervescence is evident.

Smells of rich caramel, lactose, coffee, vanilla and some mesquite.

Smokey mesquite woodiness is accompanied by a nutty bitterness and some mild lactose sweetness and non-sweet dark chocolate character. Perhaps a bit of fig in there.

Full bodied with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really tasty and enjoyable smokey stout, goes down surprisingly easily and hides its strength well. The only real knock is the body, which could stand to be a bit creamier. Otherwise, excellent and I look forward to having more of these.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black and solid. Small, quickly fading head, and one tiny spot of lace.

S: Smokey ash, cocoa, burnt coffee, tobacco, hickory, lactose, mollases, and caramel. Pretty vast aromas coming out of this fine beverage.

T: Taste is cocoa packed and delightful. Flavors include blackened meat-like notes, cream, coffee, tobacco, and molasses. Nice stuff going on here.

M: At the beginning of my sips it seems thinner than expected but it swirls up quite a bit in your mouth. Velvety smooth and soft. Like liquified chocolate with super fine carbonation.

O: Yes!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark roasted malt, smoke, coffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, subtle smokiness, little bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky

O-a pretty good smoked beer, nice body and decent flavors

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Photo of farrago
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Demure head, little less than a full finger and fizzes off rapidly, dark brown in color, minimal stickiness in the wispy lacing. The liquid is unsurprisingly black and opaque, lightens up just enough near the surface to see active carbonation and a mild orange tint. The nose is not vastly smoky, more a solid toastiness and roasted nuts and cocoa powder, very chocolaty, no real fruit presence nor citrus, minor notes of mineral water, cereal grains and granola, not overblown but steady and longlasting. Full-bodied, the carbonation brings a light prickle but not much overall activity or freshness. Instead, you get a lot more roast although I’d still call it chocolate and cocoa than coffee related and it only gets smoky when close to room temperature. Grains, tar, black tea, iron flecks, not much going on which is overtly sweet. More earthy with campfire ember accents. Here there’s some apricot, cherry to lower plum fruit flavors. In its favor it is smooth without excessive creaminess, drinks well but not ingratiatingly so. Marked most by its unremarkableness, no flaws, not quite generic, just a beer. Sometimes that is enough.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Probably my third favorite in the series (see ratings for the others), Fore brings an ashen, black malt character to the Dark Horse stout base that seems to be used across this line. An interesting use of black malt (I speculate), this is one I'd probably return to if available next winter.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass atop the body. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a thin ring of residual foam around the circumference of the glass. The beer's body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma is of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness, dark chocolate, vanilla, and spent ashes from a campfire. The smoke is not overly present in a meaty, rauchbier sense, but more in a black malt meets wood ashes sort of way.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, campfire ashes, deep-dark sweetness with a modest caramel edge. Mid-palate picks up intensified dark chocolate with burnt toast, coffee beans, and marshmallow, hints of wood-generated ash, vanilla, and an acrid sweetness. Back of palate finds continued heavy, roasted and black malts contributing flavors of very dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, charred toast, campfire ash, and an acrid sweetness. Aftertaste of strongly acrid sweetness, campfire ash, burnt marshmallow, charred toast, and very dark chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is gently foamy and soft, with substantial thickness as well. Closes fairly dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and tongue.

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Photo of Vogie
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sam Smith stout glass

A: Jet black like motor oil. Small brown head that goes away once poured.

S: Roasted coffee with maybe some chocolate. Not getting a smoky smell which is surprising, If its there I am having trouble detecting it.

T: Burnt toast flavor with maybe some coffee mixed in.

M: Chewy medium body feel. Moderate carbonation.

O: This beer doesn't do a whole lot for me. The burnt toast flavor just didn't work. It almost masked any other flavors that were present. True to style though. Dark Horse does some amazing stuff but I wouldn't seek this out again.

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Photo of karengarys
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My slowly poured 34 degree bottle landed very nicely, transparent black with dark dark brown bubbles. At this point I tallied the look at 3.75. It wasn't but a few minutes longer that all visible foam disappeared, leaving a liquid you couldn't tell if it was even a drink. Still not offensive, and the initial pour was decent.

Smells like a stout, with maybe some oak? Not really floral, and a bit dry.

Taste is stout like, but there is the burned wood flavor. Guess that's the smoke, now, isn't it?

Mouthfeel, well - maybe stout like. I should make it clear I'm not a fan of true stouts. This is why. The mouthfeel is watery, almost slimy, but with a little carbonated creaminess that saves it as much as you can at this point. I can't just drink it, I kinda have to work it.

Finish leaves the campfire ash soup on the back of your tongue.

Overall this is okay. I'm not able to recommend it. If I got into a conversation with somebody who said "I'm looking for a Guiness like beer, but, maybe with a smokey flavor", I would point them to this beverage. It would be with warning - more of a "well, if you see this..." as opposed to "you gotta find this!" ...it isn't worth seeking out...

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An amazing looking beer for guys who like the dark stuff like me. Completely pitch black. Coal in a glass. The head starts off dark brown before lightening a bit and retaining well with a mild brown set of bubbles. A slow dissipating lace.

Lots of roasty scents as you'd guess. Roasted grains, a bit of chocolate and expresso, oh yeah, a bit of smoke.

There's roasty smoke, chocolate, charred grains, spent coffee grounds. But it all works.

It's so creamy and smooth, it gives the impression it watered down, but it really isn't. Medium bodied with a wet finish, but not watery. Just exceptionally creamy.

Very easy to drink for the style. The char is just enough to let you know it's smoked, it never crosses the line. ABV on the bottle is listed at 7%, but it's so smooth you wouldn't know it. Good beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with a dark tan half finger head that disappears quickly. No light make it through this beer and it looks pretty thick.

Nose is dominated by a coffee like roast malt bitterness. Slight hints of chocolate however not detecting a whole lot of smoke if any at all.

This is malt forward that is very rich, this followed slight coffee notes and bitterness. No alcohol is present on the exhale but alas! The smoke does exist, it's nice and subtle and only noticeable on the exhale. Doesn't taste like peat smoke but its really tastey whatever it is.

Mouthfeel thick and kind of syrup like, spot on for a good stout. I would have liked a tad more carbonation but that's just personal preference, it borderline flat.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mini brady snifter

dark pour with minimal head. glugs out like oil. smokey and roasted meats in the smell/flavor. some coffee, cocoa, strong and alcoholic. the smoke lingers on the tongue.

"Schmokin'... ...beers, beers, beers"

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Photo of TheSSG
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a minimal head. Nice, soft aroma of smoke. Black. Starts acidic with roasted malt, moves into a smokey malt as the carbonation clears the palate. As the toasted malt overshadows the smoke, it lingers into the finish.

I like this quite a bit. A nice stout with a medium amount of smoke.

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Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black body with a small brown head with decent retention. Aromas are predominantly of a charry smoke and dark chocolate garnache, reminiscent of a burnt smore. The aromas come through in a big and literal way on the front and mid-palates, with a sweet and smoky finish that lingers long pleasantly. Full bodied with warm alcoholic tingle. Assertive without being so heavy handed on the smokiness that you want to quit halfway through.

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Photo of sharlie
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I personally do not know why I tried this beer. If you are looking for a very smoky, coffee type of beer with chocolate undertones, this is the beer for you. The aroma starts of hitting you with the smokey nose along with the coffee appearance. IT is a thicker beer that is filled with flavors, just not the flavors I am looking for in a beer.

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Photo of Catherine8189
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark rich color that hits you right away with the smoke. The coffee and dark chocolate undertones then come through very vibrantly. The aroma is full and rich. The creaminess of this beer is evident from the site of the pour. The appearance is very dark drown, almost black. Very rich and flavorful stout, excellent choice for this style of beer.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant black and completely opaque the head was fluffy and brown.

The scent has obvious smoky tones but I get charcoal, leather, chocolate malt, smoked meat and maple.

The smoked tones come out stronger in the taste. Charred malts with a hint of chocolate, the smokiness blends well with the typical stout characteristics.

The feel is easy and light with a touch of wateriness but overall this is a beer with good character.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a half finger of brown head that almost immediately fades to naught. Initially I'm not getting any smoke on the nose. Definitely some roasted coffee, sugar, cream and hints of vanilla and cocoa there though. Not nearly as menacing as the name led me to assume. The beer tastes pretty mild as far as the smoke is concerned also. I don't get any of the acrid or astringent flavors sometimes found in heavily roasted smoked beers. Roasted barley and char (more than smoke) come out front then a bit of hop bitterness and semi-dark chocolate come out midway and last through the finish.

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a heavy, motor oil color with only some sparse, creamy brown wisps on top. Damn, these guys really like to make their stouts DARK. Somewhat subdued smoky malt aromas combine nicely with softly sweet, chocolaty roast, and berries. Deliciously malty flavor...the smoke isn't really center stage, but rather supporting the rich, dark chocolate and cutting the sweetness with a bitter, espresso and campfire finish. Pleasant tobacco and dark fruity undertones. Medium bodied and fairly low on carbonation. I've enjoyed every single one of these Dark Horse stouts...well done!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger deep brown head.

S-Nice and smoky, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

T-Smoke, char, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Unlike other smoked beers the smoke is not overpowering here. The third best of the stout series.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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

Pours a jet black color with a toasted khaki colored head. The head is dense but small and dissipates into a light ring.

The stout has a nice earthy aroma. Lots of wet wood and tree bark. Hints of coffee and scorched caramel provide an extra layer. Some charcoal and anise as well. Not much smoke.

Big roasted malt flavor with lots of char and anise. A deep caramel note provides some sweetness. The stout has a presence of rotting wet wood and peat. Some espresso pops through. While very earthy and woody, I still don't really pick up much smoke, which is a shame because the rest of this stout is quite good.

The beer is well bodied and chewy. Loads of roasted bitterness throughout the palate with some sweetness to help offset. A bit slick in the finish but surprisingly not sticky.

A very good stout. I wanted to rate it higher but it just didn't bring the smoke. It is very earthy and has charcoal notes but lacks the smoke. Still worth a purchase.

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Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with a fleeting half inch milk chocolate head that leaves no lacing.

Chocolate erupts from the bottle. Further investigation reveals roast malt, dark fruit, and savory characters of soy and smoke. There's a bit of vanilla at the finish. Floral hops arrr subtle.

Flavor is far more smoky, with an almost tobacco-like note underlying the entire profile. Roast malt accompanies a burnt ember character, leading to dark berries and chocolate mid palate. The finish is strangely sweet, with vanilla wrapping things up.

Body is fairly syrupy and full, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly subtle.

What it lacks in smoke aroma, it makes up for in flavor, but the quality of smoke was disappointing. Would've preferred less ashtray and more hardwood. There's a touch of acrid flavor that's offputting.

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Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thin brown head that has great retention

S - roasted malts and dark fruit

T - chocolate, dark fruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, a hint of alcohol warmth

This is an overall decent beer, but it doesn't showcase any smoke in my opinion. I think this definitely a nice, simple stout, but I was hoping for something smoke forward and unique. I may revisit in the future. For now I'm on the fence.

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.