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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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876 Ratings
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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 76 | FT: 3
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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 justintcoons


4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 15:34:46 | More by justintcoons
Photo of buschbeer


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours like ink into my glass. It's about as dark as a beer can be. An inch of brown head is perched on top.

S - I get some milk chocolate and roasted malt. The aroma reminds me of a milk stout.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, some black coffee and roasted malt.

M - Creamy and smooth

O - This is a very tasty stout. I failed to detect a smoke presence. Perhaps this beer is past its prime and the smoke faded. Nevertheless, it is quite good.

11-12-2011 17:30:47 | More by buschbeer
Photo of doughanson78


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to ruizjoseph for this one.

A: Super dark pour. Pitch black in the glass. Not super thick. Practically no head what so ever. What little there is, is very dark chocolaty brown. Leaves a nice lacing.

S: Big roasty/smokey aromas upfront. Very nice dark chocolate aromas and touches of dark coffee. Some light leather notes.

T: Chocolate upfront. Then huge roasted malts and smokiness. Bitter dark roasted coffee comes through in the finish.

M: Medium body, a tad thin for a stout. Low carbonation. A slight slickness. Smokey/roastiness lingers for a while.

O: A pretty decent stout. Definitely not for someone that is looking for a touch of smokiness.

11-11-2011 19:48:10 | More by doughanson78
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for this one! Fourth in the series and fourth on the day! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, smoked meat, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Now this is more like it! I have been becoming a big fan of Smoked Beers lately and this was a good example of why. The smoke notes on this one were really nice and well integrated with the rest of the brew. I wish the aroma would have carried more of the smokiness aspect as the flavor did, but that is just me being picky. A nicely done brew.

11-08-2011 14:17:22 | More by thagr81us
Photo of tsauce2


4/5  rDev +2%

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark tan, 1 in, dissipates to cling the rim of the glass. Low carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Roasted malt, light/medium smokiness.

T: Chocolate and medium roasted malt flavor, slight bitterness on aftertaste. Light smoked notes.

M: Slightly bready/chewy mf, light bitterness and smoked notes give a dryness to the feel.

O: Solid beer, very good beer overall. Smoked notes are subtle, with the smokiness coming in on the back end and is a very deep smokiness.

11-08-2011 12:48:26 | More by tsauce2
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours quite near to pitch black. Head and lacing are minimal.

The aroma is quite nice. It can't really be missed, and it's considerably rich. The smoke really gives it depth while the roast gives it power. Hops have some presence, but stay back.

The taste is of a mildly smoked stout. I can say that it's probably less smoked than the average smoked beer. That being said, it's still quite nice, but it's more in balance than many. The roastiness makes up the other half of the balance. After a while the smokiness grows a bit in the aftertaste. It comes across as pleasant and agreeable while not seeming extremely bold. Dark Horse Brewing sort of has a habit of making very subtle, tasteful brews, and this is no exception.

Medium body with a tad more carbonation than average. Luckily the thickness of the stout and the carbonation work well with eachother and the carbonation seems minimal while the beer feels fuller than it is. The finish is dry.

Overall, this was a beer that I picked up simply due to the fact that Dark Horse made it. I can say that it's quite nice even though I'm a bit indifferent to smoked beers. I think it would definitely hit the mark for people who love smokiness and a nice RIS.

10-29-2011 04:54:32 | More by BBP
Photo of Lillie1128


4.43/5  rDev +13%

A - Pours a deep espresso with a dark mocha head

S - This smells like a pound of caramel roasting in a campfire...delicious. Some coffee notes, too.

T - Ohhh that is smoky! Like the bottom of a pan of overdone caramel fermented into a beer.

M - medium bodied, very nice.

This is one of the best smoked beers I've tried! It has just the right amount of smokiness so that it's tasty and not like a distilled campfire. Thanks to jmarsh123 for this one! So good!

10-26-2011 00:02:19 | More by Lillie1128
Photo of ahq514


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB Globe glass.

This baby pours jet black with a nice deep tan head - originally around one finger. Seems to have low carbonation.

Has all of the typical aromas of a stout. A nice roasty, chocolate covered coffee bean aroma. Add in a touch of nice smokiness and thats what you got. Nothing really seems to be overwhelming. Its all intertwined fairly well. No real hop aroma detected.

This is a really nice stout. Taste matches the aroma pretty well. A nice bold roastiness comes through with a subtle hint of chocolate. This transitions really nicely into a smokiness that complements the rest of the beer pretty well. I can see this beer get better as it warms.

This has a real nice low carbonation. The big thing problem I have with the beer is it is a little on the light side in terms of body. I think it could use a touch more body. Pretty drinkable for 8%.

Overall, this is a good solid beer. I know a lot of people love liquid smoke in their smoky beers. I love a nicely balanced, subtle smoke flavor especially in the darker beers. I think this beer delivers that. Its not anything out of this world, but it delivers exactly what it promises.

10-03-2011 02:57:11 | More by ahq514
Photo of lurpy1


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Normally I'm not a huge fan of smoked "bacon" beers, so we'll see how this goes.

While the pour is dark and business-like, it's not very impressive. It gloops out headlessly. Looks flat.

Smell is a very subtly smoky, doesn't have that porcine slaughterhouse smell I'm used to. There is a little coffee and nut in the aroma as well.

For good or for bad, Fore is not as smoky as some other smoked beers I've had. It's more of a background flavor, with roasted malt and coffee taking precedence.

Pretty good mouthful, thick, perhaps undercarbonated. Does a decent job of masking the relatively high ABV.

This one was OK, but I think it's in a no-man's land. Too smoky for people who don't like smoked beers, not smoky enough for those who do.

09-24-2011 16:38:12 | More by lurpy1
Photo of amidabha


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

moderate pour into an imperial pint pub glass gave this motor oil with a generous two inch ruby brown head. this has a decent smoked smell that reminds me of some great home brews from the past.

the smoked flavor isn't too strong and mixes well with the barley bill. this is slightly more carbonated than i expected so the mouthfeel changes from the initial bite to a smooth finish at the end.

overall i don't think i'm a huge fan of smoked beers but his one isn't bad and i would turn down a free one ever. i think the intense carbonation makes this one a little more undesirable for me.

09-24-2011 05:38:27 | More by amidabha
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Another of my great ticks received in the tickers BIF from womencantsail, thanks!

Not all that impressive to look at. Black as motor oil and thick, almost viscous, with a very thin brown head and not too much lace.

Smell is nice but very subdued, smoky and leathery, roasty malts.

Taste is bolder than the smell and quite tasty. Smoke is forward but not overdone. Tobacco and leather meet roasted espresso beans and dark chocolate. There's a light sweetness which is complimented by a light bitterness. There's a lot going on here but I like it.

Feel is not bad, somewhat porter like, medium bodied, carbonation is low but ample nonetheless, and it leaves a roasty, smoky, lightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall I rather liked this beer and would buy it if it was available in my area. It's something I'd like to have one of after a steak dinner, and more of a winter beer for me.

09-18-2011 14:03:50 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of tykees88


3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

A- a decent color, a brown black beer. The head with a vigorous pour is lacking though. a little lacing but nothing that sticks around.

S- Smells awesome though. Coffee, chocolate, hops, and a bit of a smokey smell.

T- Tastes are just a little bit of a muddled mess, the chocolate and coffee undertones are there, but the smoke taste is a little too much unfortunately. I wanted this to be the undertone.

M- It's pretty heavy.

O- It's a nice beer with chili maybe, but really its high abv keeps it from being a more than one in a night kinda thing

09-17-2011 19:19:26 | More by tykees88
Photo of output01x


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that slowly recedes over a few minutes to a thick, even coating. The body is a strong, near-black mahogany with no traces of color when held to light. Great lacing clings to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but never seems to stay there for long.

The nose is pretty standard for a stout. Dark and milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, mocha, caramel, and just a touch of vanilla. Unfortunately, I'm not really picking up on any smoked aromas.

Like the nose, dark and milk chocolate flavors immediately come out to shine along with a sharp lactose-like sweetness. Once swallowed, dark roasted coffee beans join the mix. As these flavors settle, an overlying smokiness begins to become apparent. The smoke flavor is not dominating and instead blends well with the other flavors. This beer starts good and sweet and ends with a drying smoky aftertaste that really beckons the drinker to come back for more. The flavors are complex and intriguing and there is a great variance between how each sip starts and ends.

Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is about as refreshing as a thick stout can get. The body seems to be just right as it does not become syrupy or excessively sticky but does coat your mouth well. The carbonation is rather fizzy for a stout but does not take away from the flavors nor does it make the beer feel light.

09-13-2011 18:12:38 | More by output01x
Photo of auroracrisis


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

12oz into a New Belgium globe. No dating on this one.

One finger head that quickly dissipates into a film on the top and a collar on the edges of the glass.

Espresso and smoke. Bitter chocolate behind that which eases you into some confectionery sweetness. Creme brulee and a little bit of marshmellow sweetness on the end there. The smoke is throughout most of these flavors but doesn't come into fruition and leaves most of the flavors listed as dominant.

Baker's chocolate and espresso up front. Smoke behind that with some confectionery sweetness. Again with the confectionery sweetness... creme brulee and a touch of caramel.

Full with a little bit of stickyness. Low carbonation.

Good coffee and chocolate notes with smoke and some burnt sugar. An okay smoke stout, I wish there was a little more smoke.

09-08-2011 06:01:10 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of Holland


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

A: pure black pour with a thin brown head, but the fine bubbles stay in a single bubble layer on top with nice lacing on the side.

S: smoked wood, chocolate, coffee, and malt round this out.

T: very much smoked wood flavor to this. It also contains chocolate smoothness, and some rough roasted malt flavor. Intense flavor, and the aftertaste stays forever.

M: Very well carbonated for a beer of this caliber. It helps to give the smoked flavor some bite. It coats the tongue so the carbonation doesn't touch it.

O: I've not had a better smoke stout. This one is intense and delicious. Always impressed with Dark Horse - sorry they're not distributed more widely.

09-02-2011 03:16:05 | More by Holland
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%

on tap at fat heads pittsburgh 8/6/11

an inky, jet black with a thin, but very dark brown head leaving a light, bubbly ring of lace. aroma is excellent with big notes of roasted malts, smokey campfire wood, dark chocolate, and a hint of peat with just a touch of soil and caramel. flavor is wonderful with big, fudgy, dark chocolate, roast malts, burnt toast, and light coffee notes up front that blend seamlessly into notes of dark fruit and smokey ash on the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and lingering smokey, cocoa finish. overall, and damn nice smoked stout.

08-20-2011 04:36:19 | More by cosmo4u
Photo of Vonerichs


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

No light passes through the abyss black body. The head is brief and once gone leaves only a tan ring around the edge.

The smell is cocoa nibs, light coffee, and smoke. The smoke is very light for the style, though.

The front of the palate is coffee and chocolate. The smoke doesn't show up until the finish when it comes on strong.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin. Carbonation is low.

This is a solid smoked stout. I really appreciate the fact that the smoke is not overwhelming, allowing other areas of the stout to come through.

08-04-2011 02:02:54 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of exonthebottle


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Completely black with small tan head no lacing. smells dark fruits raisins, coffee, smoke. tastes sweet but a bit coffee flavor/acidic lingers. not as smokey as it could be tastes more as a roast. Feel is watery and smooth not too thick but filmy. Overall good stout well hidden alcohol but not as smokey as would like.

08-02-2011 02:52:17 | More by exonthebottle
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a pint glass a thick black with a finger of dark brown head that fades to a film.

Nose is chocolate and lightly roasted coffee, faintly smokey.

Medium to fuller smooth body and solid carbonation. Chocolate and lighter coffee coat the palette - pretty in line with the nose. A touch of bitterness on the finish and a subtly lingering smoke. Very little hint of the ABV.

As a beer - as a sweeter stout - this is pretty damn tasty. But the smoke is pretty reserved, I'm not seeing it as to style - the chocolate and coffee dominate. The smoke is there, but could easily be confused with the roast expected in a stout. Still - very strong brew.

07-30-2011 00:55:04 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of RunForYourBeer


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Pours black with a thin dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee, and some smoke. Hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T: Follows the smell. Starts with lots of chocolate then has hints of dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel. The finish has some coffee bitterness. There is some smokiness. throughout.

M: Smooth.

O: I think this one would be even better in the winter or fall but I had it in and forgot about it so I decided to give it a try. Even on a hot July night it tastes good.

07-25-2011 01:00:47 | More by RunForYourBeer
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Poured with two fingers of generous toasty brown head. This brew sits charcoal black in the glass with minimal lacing.

S- Obviously a lot of smoked malt, a bit of coffee, molasses, and beef jerky come through as well. There is a definite hop presence, but it's more for the purpose of rounding out the smoke.

T- Incredibly smooth tastes all around; we have some toasty malt, chocolate, burnt espresso, and a bit of lactic sourness. This, IMHO, is a better coffee stout than Southern Tier Jah-va or Mokah; and it isn't even a coffee stout.

M- Mouthfeel is very creamy and perfectly thick. It retains carbonation, but doesn't fizz at all. Fantastic.

O- A stellar offering from Dark Horse. I'd like to find some bottles of it, but I doubt it'll be any match for draft.

07-21-2011 20:30:23 | More by gigaknight
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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Thanks for sharing Kyle!

A - Very very dark brown nearly black with a short' long lasting mocha colored head. A little bit of lacing.

S - Dark roasty malts, coffee and slight chocolate with a subtle smoke aroma. Some bready malts emerge as it warms.

F/M - Slightly sweet bready malts up front with roasty dark malts and coffee following behind. Subtle smoke flavor isn't as noticeable as I expected. Moderately bitter and the dark malts help the finish to be extra dry. Lingering burnt malt flavor lingers for a bit.

O - Pretty good, but the flavor doesn't hold up to what the aroma suggests. However, I find it rather enjoyable.

07-14-2011 01:32:52 | More by domtronzero
Photo of schoolboy


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

My initial test of this was tainted. Today I have a clean glass with no issues. i like a smoked beer, but I want the smoing to be over the top like the German Rauch beers. This is not over the top. It's sort of an excuse me version, but with a great malty taste.

It works in a different way from the German versions I like, but the burnt taste is still there. I would buy this again as a less expensive alternative to the Germans. I wish I had some of my extra dark pretzels left. They would go well with this.

07-08-2011 23:12:44 | More by schoolboy
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

12oz bottle picked up at a Binny's in Chicago.

Appearance (3): Black with brown around the edges. Pours with a big finger of creamy brown head. This eventually reduces to a layer then a thick ring. No lacing.

Smell (4): Chocolate and a strong espresso roastiness. A touch of ethanol and maybe a faint smokiness, but not much. Milk chocolate and the roast dominate though.

Taste (4): Same as the nose up front with some sweet cocoa and roast. Some pine and resinous hop character as well. More of the same in the middle with maybe a touch of smokiness but dominated by chocolate and then a strong roast finish. Straight up coffee bean mixes with the hop character in the finish for a very pleasant lingering taste.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied and medium carbonation. The hops coat the mouth in the finish and pair beautifully with the lingering roast. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4): Pretty drinkable for its ABV with no sign of the heat which is slight perceptible in the nose until maybe the very end of the aftertaste. The smoke just isn't there; these bottle are a few months old at his point and I remember earlier tastings having a bit more of that character. Fine by me though. A damn good imperial sweet stout (?).

06-29-2011 05:58:30 | More by grover37
Photo of tewaris


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

12 oz. bottle with no information and BAD artwork poured into a snifter.

Phenomenal looks, just as good as any other stout out there: Fore poured real dark, in an almost black stream with a big, dark mocha hued creamy head. The head retention was good too. The lacing? Not so much, but still there.

Roasted coffee beans, sugars, and faint smoke form the backbone of this beer. Hints of chocolate. The first whiff was quite smoky but it went downhill from there, and I am a little disappointed; I was hoping for a smoked monster, but it's just ok.

Roasty bitter with subtle smokiness should describe this one pretty well. Feels mildly fruity at the beginnings because of the acidity and the slight sweetness. Largely bitter with a roasty finish and a long aftertaste that is more coffee than smoke, I am underwhelmed. The alcohol creeps in with warmth but is never distracting.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation, high acidity, and medium finish. Overall not bad, but not exactly what I was in for.

06-28-2011 08:14:46 | More by tewaris
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.