1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

863 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 863
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 49
Gots: 74 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
January

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-13-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 863 | Reviews: 412 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Near black, opaque color with a large, quickly diminishing mocha head that leaves a thin ring with little lacing. Aroma isn't very smokey, more roasted malt, barley, chocolate. Flavor follows the nose and sort of reminds me of a mild cousin to Founders Breakfast. Burnt malt and coffee, milk chocolate, barley and the smokiness lingers in the finish but never really asserts itself in the body. Slightly thinner body than expected for the style, but strong carbonation, burnt flavors and mild hopiness compensate. Would have preferred a little more smoke, but an excellent stout and will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:41:28 | More by yourefragile
Photo of tatoodkelt
tatoodkelt

Maryland

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

Picked this one up last month while in MI for a wedding.

Consumed 8/28/09- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- An inky pitch black topped off with a bubbly one finger mocha head that faded pretty quick leaving a thin ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate and coffee. And that camp fire aroma that I love.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose with the smoke being even more evident. I'm surprised to see others mentioning a lack of smoke. A little alchohol sneaking in there too.

M- Medium bodied, smooth but kinda on the watery side.

D- I love the taste but this ones a sipper for me. No more than one in a sitting but I'll be looking for this one again!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 15:00:54 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of stick lace.

S - It smelled smoky with notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Great roasted malt like an American Stout with a great woody/smokey taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good smoked brew. Not overpowering but good enough smoked flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:18:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of TexIndy
TexIndy

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle. I bought this during my trip to Indy last month so wasn't familiar with Dark Horse. Checked the website after I got home and turns out this one is a fall/winter seasonal so it's a bit aged. In the past, I might have drank it and skipped the review since out of season. But my new rule is if a brewer isn't going to put a date on the bottle than it's their fault if they get a bad review that might be due to age. Tired of them lazing out and not putting on dates. Anyway, it opened without any much of a sound so worried about carb issues. It poured a dark black color. It had a very small brown head that barely covered the surface. It dissipated very rapidly and left a barely there collar. No noticeable carb and no lacing.

The aroma mostly prune with some roasted malt but was missing any hint of smoke which is a disappointment for a beer labeled as a smoked stout. The taste was a little bitter but again missing the smoke. Thankfully, the prune was missing from the taste. Had standard AmStout flavor but was dulled and a little watery. Mouthfeel hurt by the lack of carb and watery taste.

Overall, a fair beer that missed the mark for me especially if to be considered a smoked beer. Again, it may be due to the natural aging or how long it sat on the shelf but it's their issue not mine since they don't date their beers. I would like to try again when in season so I'll hold off on final recommendation or rotation till then.

[resample]

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 22:29:27 | More by TexIndy
Photo of CrellMoset
CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours - similar to the Too, which I just had - an incredibly dark, opaque, terribly black body, no light gettin' through at all. The half-finger of dark cocoa/tan head fades relatively quickly, bubbly and seething and fading quickly in to nothing - no sheen at all on the surface, and nothing but a thin ring of lace, barely clinging on. Faint eruptions of lace also attempt to cling, but don't do so nearly as impressively as the Too.

Aroma: Dissimilar to the Too - much sweeter, but truly, only slightly smokier. There's lots of heavily roasted malts, caramel, dark toffee, powdery cocoa, and a few other stray, earthy toasty notes. And it's all wrapped up in a light, pleasant air of smoke - not the "bacon-y" or meaty smoke that often permeates smoke beers that I find so unsettling.

Taste: Smoke is a little stronger here, but still not too unpleasant. It's well-integrated, not settling "over" the base beer but instead weaving in and out - not bad. Speaking of, the base beer is similar to what you'd expect from the nose, perhaps a tad dryer. You have your standard caramel and dark toffee notes, faint coffee in the close, but also a few more earthy, dirty, toasty notes, rendering this one a little dryer than you'd expect from the nose. Still not as flavorful as I'd like perhaps - maybe my palette is ruined.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, a little too bubby in fact, with large, eruptive carbonation, prickly, in a relatively moderate body.

Drinkability: Another interesting Dark Horse brew, and a worthy addition to the ... what the heck's the name of this series anyway? The One Through Five series. Whatever. Similarly low in alcohol, enhancing the drinkability somewhat, but also a little less flavorful, a little too carbonated, and a little duller looking than I'd like, decreasing it somewhat. All in all, though, it's a good beer, one I'm glad to have tried, though not one I could really see myself enjoying on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 03:27:28 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of naproxen
naproxen

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha, I love this fizzy root beer head that appears and extinguishes just as quickly. I am reminded oh so slightly of smokey campfires and spicy roasty chocolates. I have had this one time prior on draft at the Bavarian Lodge in IL, and I can't say that bottling has reduced the draw of this stout. It is dark, real dark, yet one can still recognize the chocolate aspects of the hue. This will definitely be a stout I shall keep an eye peeled for when on more midwest soils.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 03:23:38 | More by naproxen
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma of sweet, rich, roasted malt, booze, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is sweet initially with some light smoky flavors (but not smoked meats). Weak-ish palate. Ok, but I like the other Dark Horse stouts better.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 18:02:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Tone
Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/3 inch head of a dark tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight sweet malt, some breadiness, and hints of hops. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Bitterness of the malt is quite noticeable. Tastes of roasted malt up front and throughout, some sweet malt, slight alcohol, not so much smokey as strongly roasted, and hop is present in the background. It takes a while for the slight smoke flavor to come through - needed to warm up a bit. Very rich in flavor and roasted bitterness is strong in the finish. Everything is pretty good about this beer except the appearance (very little retention and lacing).

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:28:26 | More by Tone
Photo of coldmeat23
coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours up black. Surprise! One-finger head of dark brown foam. Retention and lacing are both minimal.

Sweet malts with a touch of roastiness. Hints of chocolates and coffee. Very light touch of smoke.

Dark roasted sweet malts. Milk chocolate. Coffee with cream. Light sweetness of dark fruits. Decent presence of smoke, mostly in the finish, but not nearly as much as anticipated.

Solid medium body. Nice and smooth, but seriously lacking creaminess. This one could be better.

Sure it's drinkable. Sure I'd take it over a waterey Guinness. I'd also reach for something else before this one, though. Like the Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 17:42:19 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of blakesell
blakesell

Ohio

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

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours an absolute charcoal obsidian. No seeing through this baby. The beer is solid black with a slight thin espresso colored head with lacing that clings and sticks to the sides of the glass for the duration.

Smell- Smells like a RIS. Burnt roasted malts, American hops, vienna roasted coffee, no smoke, perhaps the hops cover the other aromas present here. I'm catching very little else unfortunately... Black patent malts.

Taste- American hops coming to the forefront again. Smooth malted goodness and a creamy spicy character.. Still no smoke. Why call this a smoked stout when there is no smoke character present? burnt 120+ Lovibond once again, but no smoke. Drinkable, but disappointing for the description.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, gluey, a bit warming, prickling, light in carbonation, and medium full bodied.

Drinkability- Pretty smooth drinkability, but nothing I would go crazy over right now. Good, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 21:42:41 | More by blakesell
Photo of AVDeuph
AVDeuph

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this beer, served in a small goblet.

A: A sharp black with brown highlights. Head was a glorious cappuccino that unfortunately did not stick around very long.

S: Creamy and chocolaty. Not too much of the "smoked" characteristic yet.

T: Milk chocolate flavors with little bitterness. A nice balance in flavors here. Still, not as smokey as I was expecting from the title, thought burnt malt flavors are certainly evident.

M: Possibly slightly over-carbonated, at least in my opinion. Medium body, not oily, a little dry.

D: Very drinkable. Flavors are amiable to the palate and alcoholic taste is not present. Not too heavy and easy to finish too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 04:04:14 | More by AVDeuph
Photo of cvfish
cvfish

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a black color that produced a tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The smell of this beer had aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee

T - The taste of this beer was along the nose, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - I really like what Dark Horse is doing, the Stouts I have had from them were amazing, the only one I have left to hunt down is the Blueberry, otherwise, great beer

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 21:17:22 | More by cvfish
Photo of brow1901
brow1901

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I highly recommend that this beer be drank warm, its night and day difference.

A- Pitch black in color with a small coffee coloer head that disapears quick. Leaves no lacing on the way down.

S- Once it warms to the proper temp the smells come alive. Amazing smoked scent. Roasted dark malts, chocolate, tobacco. Some of the malt smells are bordering on burnt. No hops.

T- Again the roasted malt with lots of smoke. It kinda bites the toungue. Chocolate stands out as the sweet factor. Some bitterness on the back of the mouth, cant really distinguish the hop flavor though. And a mild alcohol warming as it goes down.

M- I initially didn't like the mouthfeel much, it seemed overly light but it got better as the brew warmed even more.

D- Pretty drinkable for a stout. Worth a try but I probably won't seek it out again. I'd rather have a RIS or a cream stout, but the smoke is a nice change from the oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:20:26 | More by brow1901
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained in trade with Grbdg. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is promptly down to a swirly uneven layer of bubbles, with heavy legs and fleeting lace. Aroma is sweet coffee. Taste follows the nose, hearty coffee throughout, with wisps of smoke, if at all. Just not much room left after the coffee gets done. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Not quite what I was expecting, but still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 21:34:53 | More by ppoitras
Photo of roadhouse
roadhouse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black, kind of like the used motor oil you would pull out of a Model T. Very dark tan/brown one finger head. Cap is retained throughout the session. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aromas of chocolate, creamed coffee, roasted malts, and some faint smoke. It's not overwhelming, but it's definitely there.

Taste has some chocolate up front, a touch of molasses, with a coffee-like roasty character building throughout with the smokey character entering towards the finish. Again it's not Rauchbier smokey, it's more of a subtle flavor that adds to complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy like all of the Dark Horse Stouts. They sure have nailed the creamy thing for stouts.

I found this to be a pretty enjoyable and interesting stout. Smoke character is mild but very complementary. Another great stout from Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 06:36:13 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Payso10
Payso10

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap 4/9/09.

pours very dark, dense, and with a dark brown and frothy head which was about an inch thick. as the head deminished it left a dark lace around the edges. smells of dark chocolate cherries, with a hint of sweet bourbon. first taste is rich and full of chocolately malts. alot of roasted almonds covered in chocolate with a dry, smooth hop tingle in the ending.

my favorite of the stout series for dark horse and would suggest seeking this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 00:32:00 | More by Payso10
Photo of rtepiak
rtepiak

Poland

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pour is quite viscus. not much head. looks like a stout generally should. smell is chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a gentle smoke. tastes is pretty much that. not a very aggressive smoked malt character. somewhat oatmeal stout sweet. quite sweet actually. excellent volume. not heavy. but quite creamy. smooth. not boozy at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 04:53:01 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Windigstadt
Windigstadt

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Like every other Dark Horse stout I've had, it pours an inky jet black with a decent brown head. A visually imposing beer.

S: Inviting combination of smoky and roasted, coffee-like aromas. There's also just a hint of fruity esters and piny hops.

T: Sugary sweet malt flavors of caramel and brown sugar greet the tongue along with a relatively low but still noticeable Beechwood-like smoke taste. As you swallow, the smoke gives way to a slightly astringent, roasty flavor but the sweetness remains. Very, very slight alcohol burn. After you swallow you get a hint of hops which, combined with the roast malts, keeps the beer from being cloyingly sweet. Overall, the flavors are all well-balanced; an impressive feat.

M: Full not not thick mouthfeel; seems appropriate for style.

D: The smoke is light enough to make this quite drinkable for a smoked beer, though it does sit a little heavy in the stomach.

Overall: Admittedly I'm a big fan of smoked beers (and obviously if you don't like smoked beers don't drink this--duh), but I was really impressed by this one. The harsher roast notes (likely from black patent malt) make this a nice variation on the ubiquitous smoked porter, and all of the flavors seem to meld together nicely. If you like smoked beers, definitely seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 02:36:24 | More by Windigstadt
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Pours black with an ok brown head that dissipated fairly quickly. Not much for lacing either. Aromas are definitely smoke reminiscent of a campfire, along with roasted malts, and a faint hint of mocha. Flavors are very roasty, nearing a burned malt overtone with the smoke evident, but not over the top. Also hints of espresso and dark chocolate are present. Mouth-feel is smooth and coats the palate well. The roastiness provides good balance to the ale. I think i enjoyed this one and the oatmeal the most out of the series....only problem is I haven't seen Plead the 5th anywhere, and it's probably not available anymore. All 4 were very good takes on stouts and was fun to go through!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 23:45:05 | More by barnzy78
Photo of jwinship83
jwinship83

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that was an extra from mba3243. thanks again! into my wifes 2005 great lakes brew fest pint glass.

A- comes out of the bottle an inky black colored body with a finger of fleeting coffee colored head that leaves very little lace on the sides of the glass.

S- very dark and roasted smelling. the smoke is there too, but not overpowering (a good thing). lots of coffee and dark chocolate as well.

T- the smoke flavor is assertive, but not overpowering which is always a fear of mine. lots of roasted malts. some milk and dark chocolate. lots of coffee/hops in the finish that go well with the small amount of sweetness in this one. very nice and well balanced.

M- medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish but i dont think id reach for another one right away. smoked beers are more of a novelty to me. the smokiness is about the perfect level. dark horse made this one well, check it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 04:02:01 | More by jwinship83
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a bottle from a very generous Bill. Thanks, man!

A: In my snifter, this beer sits a very dark shade of black with a dark brown head capping it. Retention is OK

S: Smoky, mildly meaty with a rich, roasty aroma. Dark chocolate and coffee, this beer smells great. I like the way the smoke and the creamy notes meld in. The smoked character is mild and gorgeous

T: Opens up with some smoke going right against a dark chocolate bitterness, a combination that works really well. Coffee follows, but the beer loses steam mid-palate with a mild nutty/creamy feel coming through. Finishes dry, smoky and great

M: Medium to light in body with a soft carbonation and an excellent finish

D: This is very enjoyable, I'm really glad I got to try this! Thanks, Bill!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 03:28:47 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of fo5s
fo5s

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (care of weirdbeer - thanks!) poured into my duvel tulip. This marks my 3rd installment of the Dark Horse series, and so far I've yet to be let down.

a- a strong pour yields very little head, with no retainment. The little that is there is quite dark, along with an impenetrable brown body. Not sure why the huge difference in head between the beers in the series

s- typical stout smells, with a chocolateliness to it. smokey smell present but not dominating

t- well balanced. aftertaste is smokey and really distracts from any other flavors

m- crispiness jumps at the tongue, well carbonated. perhaps a bit lively for the style

d- as the glass empties, the smoke is starting to get a little tedious, not sure I could drink many of these

overall a solid brew, and my first smoked stout. Dark Horse has yet to disappoint me!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:30:32 | More by fo5s
Photo of CHSLBrew
CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Oily black beer, opaque and deep. Dark brown head rises & recedes to a thin collar.

S-Dark berries and fruity esters with a heavy roastiness (maybe a small hint of smoky within the roast).

T-Roasty stout flavor is quickly overtaken by a tasty smokiness, not overwhelming, it comes and goes allowing the stoutiness of the flavors to continue. Bitterness is present with a slight hoppy character in it all. Some berry-like fruitiness, light. Finishes with a heavy roast and a smooth smokiness.

M-Feels boozy in my stomach. I wonder what the AVE is? Medium-high carbonation seems on the brink of too much. Body is surprisingly light (still medium-full bodied), considering the look or it.

D-This is a very enjoyable beer. Great, leaving me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 20:20:07 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of msubulldog25
msubulldog25

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently received a 12 oz. bottle, courtesy Yetiman420; poured to a standard pint. Served right at 'fruit cellar' temp, which is to say about 50F.

Been pondering the meaning of the curious label illustration: a simple black-and-white pencil sketch of maybe a rooftop(?), upon which sits a giant slide(?) or a huge piece of spiraling pasta(???). Whatever it is, looks like it was drawn by a 10-year-old...

A: Super-dark, a deep ebony which really may as well be termed 'black'. Dense head is a rusty orange, something akin to nutmeg, and builds to about a finger. Lasts no more than a couple minutes, falling to a ringing cream and crescent film.

S: Aroma is husky, big chocolate maltiness with a spiced sweetness. Smoke, a mild 'campfire' woodiness, melds nicely and doesn't overwhelm.

T: Very nice! Big dark malt, almost burnt. Ample caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate/syrup and a tangy roasted coffee bean. When billed as a 'smoked stout', I honestly expect a more pungent 'firewood' flavor, but the smoke is a rounded charcoal, slightly mineral flavor.

M: Thick texture, lip-smacking density. A slight bit of graininess, otherwise smooth and coating. Coffee/char bitterness sits on the tongue.

D: Quite enjoyable, a well made stout, with or without the smoke. Bold flavors come together nicely; good sipper as it seems a little strong for a session beer. Would be happy to have more.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 02:07:47 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of prototypic
prototypic

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to hoppymeal for another fine beer.

Appearance: It's a very dark chocolate fudge color. No light gets through this beat. Very impressive. The head, what little there was, was a very attractive dark mocha color. But, it disappeared as quickly as it arrived. very light lace was left behind. I wish I knew the abv on this one.

Smell: The nose isn't very powerful, but is enticing nonetheless. Roasted malts are apparent. Perhaps a little chocolate malt's there for good measure. There's a very distinctive smoky aroma that smells delicious. It's easily the most notable scent here, but doesn't overpower you in any way. There's a roasted coffee/espresso aroma that plays its complementary role well. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: It picks up a lot of steam here. This is delicious. It has a really nice roasted and chocolate malt base. Tastes like roasted malts are the strongest. It's a little sweet. The smoked flavor is not quite as distinctive here as it is on the nose, but it is a very nice flavor and works extremely well with the other flavors. Roasted coffee is indeed complementary, but adds a nice dimension to it. There's a spicy element here, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Alcohol is not noticeable in the least. Finishes sweet and a little spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a medium body and is overall smooth. Carbonation is noticeable, but doesn't offend. It honestly could use a little more body. Drinkability is good. Despite the fact that it doesn't feel like a big beer, it is filling.

Fore is another excellent beer in Dark Horse's stout series. It's not perfect. The nose could use some muscle and more body would go a long way. But, it does have a lot of flavor to go around. I've heard rumors that Dark Horse will be distributing in Ohio soon. I don't know how true that is, but a guy can dream, can't he?

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:59:57 | More by prototypic
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.