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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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901 Ratings
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 80 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of djwhit24
4/5  rDev +2%

djwhit24, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of beagle75
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of light brown bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt is potent, dark and roasty, suggestive of roasted nuts. Smoke qualities are mostly left to the imagination, with the smell ably staying in the intermediate zone between chocolate and coffee, smelling of neither. Savory earth is inconsistent, rising and falling in intensity. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with deeply roasted flavors of grain that dry out and become more husky toward the finish. Acidity leans toward moderate intensity but does not really detract. Coffee and other unctuous flavors are suggested at times, while woodsmoke is understated even at its most intense. Bitterness is pronounced, but seems more strongly tied to the roasted qualities than to any hops presence. Long after the finish seems to end, meaty smoked qualities resurface. While they are not intense, they are remarkable in the lateness of their arrival and in their savoriness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, labile yet creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This stout is a fine, if relatively strong, example of export stout--but it's smoked qualities hardly define it. This is the first of Dark Horse's numbered series of stouts that I have had, and I can't help but wonder just how similar they are to each other. In the final tally it is particularly malt-focused and still remains easy to drink.

beagle75, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MrVonzipper, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of britzdog
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a nice solid black with about an inch of brown head sticking to the glass. Good retention and some lacing.

Not surprisingly there is a smokey aroma and some roasted malt The smoke is not to strong though. There is a descent coffee aroma and once again not to strong, just right.
None of the coffee or woodsy flavors is to dominating. This is a very well balanced stout
Medium mouthfeel with just a hint of creaminess. The level of carbonation is subdued to just the right level.

As usual this is another well crafted offering from Dark Horse. I'm telling ya these people know their stuff.

britzdog, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of areich6
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: very dark with dark copper colored head.

S: Slight roasty smell, along with some dark fruity smells that one does not detect in a lot of stouts.

T: Pretty good roasty characteristic that lingers in the mouth for a while. Also, there is a hint of fruitiness, somewhat like the smell. Can't quite put my finger on what fruit it is.

M: Pretty smooth and unextraordinary. Nothing special. Not thick, but not too light.

O: Decent stout. The best part of this beer is the taste which demonstrates the finer qualities of a roasty stout brewed with some fruit.

areich6, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharing this one with my buddy areich6

A- Very dark right from the pour with a crazy dark brown head of only a 1/4 inch

S- Not smelling a lot of smoke. Definitely some coffee and roast scents taking the nose by surprise (but not a huge surprise given it is a stout)

T- Still quite minimal on the smoke. Lots of roast character and some coffee flavors, perhaps a hint of smoke but not much given the style of beer

M- Nice, thick and coating. I wish more stouts had this mouthfeel but to be a perfect 5 would need a little more thickness. I love a rich thick as molassis stout

O- I enjoyed this beer as a regular stout. I don't know where the smoke comes in as a big portion of it but it's still worth seeking out

pschul4, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +2%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

dlello2, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +2%

ryanpj, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of adman08
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a good amount of brown foam that fades quickly. When served cold there is almost no head but at cellar temp there is plenty of head.
S-Lots of smoke aroma up front with an underlying aroma of chocolate and caramel malt with some herbal hops.
T-Very smokey, maybe too smokey. There is a good stout flavor profile underneath with flavors of chocolate and herbal hops and some caramel malt sweetness.
M-Full bodied with very light carbonation. Fairly dry overall.
Overall, a pretty decent smoked stout. I think it's a little too smokey, they could dial that back a bit but the stout base beer is quite good. It's worth a try but I couldn't drink more than one at a time.

adman08, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev +2%

Harvey98, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Giggy
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served a large draft mug from Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pitch black pour with a dark dirty white head that didn't last.

S: Rich dark smokey chocolate. Roasted malts.

T: Coffee chocolate beginning, subtle smokey flavor in the middle, dry fish, slightly bitter.

M: Smooth full bodied. Thought it would be thicker based on appearance. Low carbonation.

O: Very nice but could only drink one per session

Giggy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +2%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mater, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with three fingers of creamy brown head and a decent amount of carbonation sticking to the glass. Good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Not surprisingly, smoke dominates the aroma. Smoke smell has a decent amount of wood character. Also some roasted malt present. While the smoke is predominant, it is by no means overwhelming.

T - Taste is initially chocolate and coffee malts with smoke coming through in the middle and on the finish. From the smell, I worried that this might be a bit one dimensional, but a nice balance of flavors are present. Some slightly bitter coffee persists.

M - Medium mouthfeel, actually a little thin, with some creaminess. Nice carbonation level.

O - I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers, but the smoke works well here and is nicely balanced. Another solid stout from Dark Horse.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black with a tiny, short-lasting brown head. Looks like it's flattening out. No lace worth mentioning.

Dark roasts, char, peaty smoke, slight earthiness from the hop, black grains.

Nice roastiness with a tangy, semi-lactic coffee flavor. The smoke is mild, but there. The alcohol pairs with an almost astringent malt bitterness. Decent balance with the spicy hop presence. That spice is retained and sustained in the finish. A little peppery. Pretty good stuff.

Big, chewy malt-crusher. Heavier body whooshes around in the mouth. But, it needs more carbonation. Somewhat disappointed with the carb.

Tough style to nail. This is still a good example. Tasty and comforting.

thecheapies, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black, mocha head which fades with decent lacing and retention. There seems to be lack of smoke. Lots of chocolate and expresso, but it's faint and almost metalic. The flavors are typical for a stout, nothing special and definitely nothing overwhelming. I wish the flavors and aromas were more intense and developed more, but everything seems one note. Mouthfeel is nice, thin but smooth, nicely carbonated. I found myself nursing it although the alcohol goes unnoticed. Where's the smoke?

Average, nothing really special, especially compared to Dark Horse's other stouts like Plead the 5th, One, Too..

BB1313, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of MBrausen
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a deep brownish black, minimal head covering the top, quickly falls to a thin mocha chocolate ring.

S. Smells of dark chocolate, toffee, sight smoked of charred wood.

T. Tastes of dark chocolate, slight smoked wood, burnt toffee with a bitter chocolate finish.

M. Thick and heavy body, medium carbonation, very chewy.

O. A good beer, not as smoky as I would expect from a beer called "smoked." But still has solid bold flavor, with a hearty thick feel. A filling beer.

MBrausen, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of beesy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Fresh in today's shipment to Columbus Ohio - I've been waiting for almost 10 months for this to show back up.

A - pours an inky black with a two finger dark brown head that surprisingly dissapears fairly quickly.

S - aromas of smoke and chocolate ooze out as this brew as it is poured. Others aromas include coffee and roasted malts.

T - smoke, coffee, and dark chocolate dominate. Somewhat one dimensional considering what should be all going on in here - I think it's the thin mouthfeel that's ruining it. There's a hot alchohol on the back end of this one - needs to sit and meld a little.

M - a little thinner than expected, bordering on medium-light. I expecienced this in several of their other winter stouts. Either increase the mash temp or change to a less attenuating yeast to fix this!

D - low. The smoke and other full flavors keep this one from being drank too hastily.

Overall, I really enjoy all the Dark Horse winter stouts, especially this one, but wish they would fix the thin mouthfeel by increasing the mash temp or switching to a less attenuating yeast. The mouthfeel appears to hurt this one more than othe others in the series. I rememeber this being a little smootherr - maybe it needs some time to sit an rest.

beesy, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

HumanParaquat, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +2%

Florida9, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout was a decent stout. The beer poured pitch black with tan head. The smell was one of cigarette smoke and coffee...like a high school librarian. The taste followed the smell quite closely. The mouthfeel was a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good stout and should bring back memories of old.

WoodBrew, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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