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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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899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 79 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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1/5  rDev -74.5%

Hawkeye1113, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

sgoro, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

IlPostino, Feb 04, 2012
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 8/29/11. 12oz bottle to snifter. $3.75 for the single.

A: Two fingers of medium brown head diminish rather quickly. A thin ring remains for a couple of minutes then disappears, leaving an almost completely still black body.

S: Very roasted. The smoke has receded to the background after 8 months, but lightly charred wood and soy sauce are still evident. A swirl of the glass brings about hidden notes of prunes and molasses. A regretful move - nearly rendering the mouthfeel useless - as the little amount of carbonation that *was there* initially is now gone.

T: Fairly complex with lots of subtle flavors. Tar, charcoal, leather and peaty earth with underlying notes of chocolate. Right in between sweet and dry, favoring the dry end of the spectrum on the finish.

M: Medium body and slick texture. Average effervescence before agitation. There is no indication of ABV on the bottle (or Dark Horse's website for that matter) but the BA listing of 8% is very believable.

O: Fore is a nice smoked beer. I'll probably buy a future batch to compare a fresh bottle.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome extra from Aaron, thanks man! Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Looks very viscous on the pour; opaque black, with a very dark brown head that recedes relatively quickly. Almost no lace.

S: Great subtle smoke smell...close to a distant clean campfire smell. Medium, creamy roasted character, light sweetness, malts, light chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and molasses.

The smoke is really closer to being subtle than smoke-forward, which I prefer. Really impressed so far.

T: Follows the nose; roasty smoke, creamy chocolate and malt sweetness, light caramel and darker fruits, a hint of licorice and molasses.

MF: Lighter carbonation lends a very smooth character...medium/full(ish) body that is creamy, subtle and balanced.

O: Awesome subtle smoke beer...pretty much a stout in my opinion with smoky characteristics, which is perfect for this beer.

Scotchboy, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

PEIhop, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of mattboyer182
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours dark black but in like the others it has a darker head that dissipates much quicker.

S - obviously super smokey smell. Layered with some sweet malt underneath.

T - nice light smoke. Some sweetness lies underneath.

M- heavy bodied with light to medium carbonation.

O - maybe my favorite so far. The perfect amount smoke.

mattboyer182, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

amart80, Dec 31, 2011
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Shango42, Dec 10, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevef03 for this bottle. I'm finally getting around to doing the Dark Horse One - 5th tonight.

A: Pours a pitch black with very little head. All that remains of the initial foam is a thin ring around the edges of the beer.

S: Smells sweet of chocolate malt, toast, and smoked meats. There are also hints of vanilla and caramel. The smoke is just right. Not too overbearing in the nose. I love smoked beers.

T: Starts off sweet with notes of dark chocolate, and caramel. I'm also picking up raisins and plums. Added to all of this is a smoked meat quality to this brew. Beef jerky/bacon is defiantly evident. But something about this beer is amiss. There is a saltiness that is just a bit off-putting.

M: This is a full bodied beer. It starts off smooth and sweet, but finishes with a note of sweet and salty. Too much on the salty side for my liking.

O: I like this beer, but it has a few quirks. The saltiness in the finish is a bit much. The smokiness is there, and the malty sweetness is spot on, but there is something about this that I'm not totally convinced makes it a "great" beer.

trxxpaxxs, Dec 07, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single for $3. Served at 50 degrees. Poured into Duvel tulip. No date on bottle apparent.

A- Poured a very dark hue, almost black. Pours dense from bottle. A vigorous pour results in a 1/4" of rich mocha head comprised of fine and large bubbles. Sits black in glass. Head doesn't linger too long and is reduced to a dense ring and slight capping.

S- Rich chocolate and some roasted notes first, followed by smoke secondary. The smoke is in nice balance and adds depth. Has a early morning camp fire quality. Could be more robust.

T- Lots of bold yet soft smoke and roasted malt upfront. The chocolate takes a backseat and shows up in the end the most. Smoke lingers very well as well as some burnt notes.

M- Medium to Light bodied for a stout of this size. Body is a bit thin, but this makes the smoke easier on the palate. Beer feels kinda flat on tongue. Dries at the very end.

O- very well done smoked beer. One of the better one's i've had. Light enough that it doesn't overpower the palate, which makes it quite easy to drink. This is one to def try.

busterthecat, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

jz989, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.