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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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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 81 | 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 Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Draught2012 for pulling this out of his 4pack and handing it to me. Very happy that Dark Horse has made it to Ma. The three beers of their's. I've had, I loved.

Decided to enjoy this in my snifter glass to try to accentuate the smoked nature of this. Even with an aggressive pour I only could get a 1/2 a finger of dark tan head. This did fade almost immediately. The color was darker than I expected. Totally opaque and the darkest brown. Not much lacing.

Aroma is sweet and dark. I'm waiting, but no smoke. Maybe some light coffee and certainly dark roasted malt.

Definitely a bigger stout than I imagined. There is a roasty depth to the dark flavor and that is as close to smoke as I get. Some sweetness and dark chocolate/cocoa powder. Roasty aftertaste and a little charcoal.

Medium to thick body and velvety smooth. Just a pin prick of carbonation.

Decent little stout despite the absense of the smoke.

Reagan1984, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from bottle into my snifter. It's a viscous, jet-black pour, with a tan creamy head that sticks around. Some lacing is left behind.

The nose is full of smoke, some sweetness, and then a lot of roast...coffee, dark chocolate, black malt and the like. It smells sweeter and more fruity as it warms.

The taste is very similar to the smell. Smoke and sweet are present up front, and this is followed by nice roasty flavors that linger even after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. It is a smooth beer with medium-low carbonation, and definitely has a taste that lingers after swallowing.

A very drinkable beer. Quite tasty, and one that I am glad that I got. While it won't be your typical example, well worth it to try it out if you get the chance.

tedsox31, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A thick and black as motor oil sort of pour with a moderate, bubbly head. Little lacing.

S: Mocha and chocolate with a mild, earthy smoke smell and a light oak aroma.

T: Strong earthy and smoke flavors yet nicely balanced and well-supported by the base. Bitter chocolate and coffee round out the complex and multi-dimensional taste.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick and oily texture.

D: Interesting, tasty, and highly drinkable. This one is a winner.

klewis, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades to a thin ring. No lace left. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Lots or roasted nuts and peanut oil. Some smokey notes with dark chocolate. Also has some fresh coffee notes.

Taste: Lots and lots of roasted/burnt malts with a big smoke flavor. Some nut flavors again with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and smokey. Very crisp for the style. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry, smokey, and malty.

Overall, this beer is extremely smokey. Almost too much smoke. Decent stout, but the smoke really covers up a lot of the flavors though. Not something I want a lot o

mothman, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with almost no trace of light passing through. Brown, fizzy head that recedes leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Definite smoke on the nose, with some chocolate, coffee, cream and cinnamon.
Most prominent feature of the taste definitely is the smoke. As with all smoke/rauch ales I've had, there's a little bit of sausage as well. Faint coffee and chocolate. Very good.
Mouthfeel is quite crisp and refreshing for a stout. And it's fairly smooth with a little bitterness. Fairly moderate-to-light body.
This one is very drinkable for me. This is what I'd call an almost perfect hybrid of a rauchbier and stout.

Parrotbeak, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of camp0474
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - No light getting through this stout. Dark maroon carbonation dies off quickly.

S - Faint smells of smoke coming through with malt.

T - Take the first sip and the smokiness takes form. The smoke flavor adds a small amount of unexpected bite on the palate. Flavor tends to linger and not in a bad way. Dry finish.

M - Medium Body with little carbonation.

D - Easy to drink. Good balancing of light smoke with a solid stout.

Can't I would have this style of beer everyday, but would definitely have it again. The smokiness adds something you don't get with many other beers.

camp0474, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: black body with a finger of dark mocha head, drops ot a dusting with some cola-like bubbles.

Smells of dark chocolate with a cool cherry-like finish. A graham cracker or shortbread-like malt presence in there, get nutty with warmth.

Cocoa with some roasted bitterness. Slight dark fruit acidity in the middle, finishes with a roast bitterness & a sublte smokiness that's as much ashy as it is smoky.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel made just a little sharp with sting from roast & acidity.

Solid, not bad at all but not real remarkable either. Easily quaffable. The distinguishing part is subtle, not sure I'd know to look for it if it wasn't advertised in the name.

OneDropSoup, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark black liquid, motor oil basically, thin bubbly head that is the darkest mocha brown out there. No lace or retention though

S-the nose is quite big and extremely smokey. Smooked wood up dominates, a touch of coffee and some bakers chocolate

T-the smokiness dominates the taste and brings huge smokey flavors, wood chips, licorice, dark chocolate.

M-good medium body, towards the full end, extremely smooth and creamy, highly carbonated.

D-great body but too smoky to enjoy a ton of them. The flavors are big, which I enjoy; but it seems overly smokey.

cpetrone84, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with chocolate colored head. No lacing to speak of, not great on the retention either. When it's cold, this one smells like a wet dog, which is not appealing. As it warms, however, more roasted notes come out with some nice smooth smokiness. Taste is pretty good, the smoke isn't overpowering at all. Tastes kind of like Stone Smoked Porter to me, maybe a bit smokier. MF is a bit thin, though a pretty good stout overall. Drinks well, I was happy I had it, though I'm not sure I'll be revisiting it.

LordAdmNelson, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with minimal dark brown/orangish head. Dark cocoa smell with smoky malt. Taste remind me of their oatmeal stout without the sweetness. Creamy...Dark unsweetened chocolate with a lot roasted malt. Pretty much the same mouthfeel as that too. Just like their oatmeal stout, it seems a just a little overly carbonated. I pick up a little smokiness at the end. It lingers for a long time.

I was a little disappointed by this one. I was expecting it to be a lot more smoky, maybe this is because I'm a big fan of smoky, peaty Islay whiskies like Laphroaig, Ardbeg and Lagavulin. Curious about the ABV, does anyone know?

herman77, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into SA perfect pint glass.

A: pitch black, very dark brown 1 finger head which looks like cocoa, good retention

S: a hint of smoked wood up front followed by molasses and chocolate sweetness, some coffee notes

T: The smoke is there in a very subtle way and sits in the background while big sweet notes dominate the palate such as dark fruit, molasses and dark chocolate. There is a bit of smoke again on the finish. Nice balance for the most part, but the sweetness seemed to be slightly overpowering

MF: nice thick chewy texture, medium carbonation

D: another winner from Dark Horse. I really like what they do with their stouts and this one is no exception. A very enjoyable beer.

homebrew311, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse has been releasing some of the best beers I have had lately. Most noteworthy are their line of Stouts, which are fantastic. Here is my review of their Smoked Stout:

A: Pours pitch black. Very dark and thick with a nice creamy brown head.

S/T: The aroma is very smokey and sweet. A little bit of dark fruit and roast as well. Taste is very good. Lots of dominant smoke flavor along with your typical Stout roastiness. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and the finish is definetly on the smokey and burnt side. It definetly lingers, so if you don't like smokey beers, this one might be too much.

M/D: Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with a nice creamyness. Very smooth. Drinkability is very good. A nice after dinner beer.

Dark Horse has quickly become one of my favorite breweries as of late. Almost every beer I have had from them has been extremely impressive. This isn't my favorite Stout I have had from them, but it is definetly unique and well worth a shot.

OldSchoolGamer, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is smoked and roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, wood, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there is also some licorice noticable in the taste along with a nice lingering smoky and sweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and it is coating with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and very easy to drink as the alcohol isn't noticable at all. I think this is a good overall brew, good thing I bought a 4 pack of this!

bluejacket74, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served into a pokal glass at Rich O's New Albany (review from notes)

A: Big black pour looks like motor old; pretty thick body and no head results even from a quite vigorous pour. All I get is a thin ring of dark khaki lacing atop the body.

S: Pretty sweet in the nose with dark chocolate and toffee notes; definitely picking up some nice smoky flavors that play well as they bounce between flashes of roast coffee beans and burnt toast

T: Dark flavors including bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, roast coffee, burnt toast, dark fruits - maybe some chocolate covered cherries; a nice smoky charcoal flavor permeates mid-sip; the transition between flavors is smooth and quite enjoyable as the sweetness blends with the smoky notes and then eases into a nice roasty finish as some coffee and breakfast toast flavors compete with lingering cocoa notes.

M: Smooth and syrupy but not overly thick or creamy; still, quite a medium-to-full bodied stout

D: Super easy to drink for being 8% ABV

A solid American Stout that is quite flavorful and a nice change of pace from much bolder Imperial Stouts.

Buschyfor3, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of mmva321
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Pours a like motor oil: thick and the deepest nut brown you can get to without being black. A small amount of thick, creamy head is at the top for a little bit. The head is a dark milk chocolate color with signs of carbonation under it. What does this all mean? It does what I expect a stout to do, and the deep brown makes it look inviting as opposed to the intimidation of a black monolith looking stout. Nice.

A stout usually tries to find a balance between the sweet (usually chocolate) and bitter (coffee or malts or hops). This one decides to emphasize the bitter. The malts and roasted nuts come out to the forefront leaving the sweeter aspects to play second fiddle. The hops come through as well.

Second time around, I find myself liking this stout much more than many of the style or the brewer. The sweet tastes of chocolate hit the front of the tongue, the roasted malts and nuts hit the roof and sides of my mouth and the bitter hops tend to dominate the back of the mouth and throat. Maybe the hops are a little strong, but I give it a second, and all the flavors blend very well in my mouth, leaving a very good impression as I write this.

A little watery going down, but nothing to really complain about. The fact of that is it makes the beer easier to drink, mix that in with the delicious and complex taste, and you have a spectacular stout that you should try soon.

mmva321, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice tan head that dissipated quickly (I think this because my glass was slightly dirty). The beer is pitch black and poured like motor oil. The nose on the beer is filled with roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of smoked malt. The flavour is around is flavourful, but the mouthfeel is slightly thin, which hurts this beer a lot. The flavours are smoked notes and a lot of coffee flavours. Some hints of chocolate come through as well. There isn't just enough flavour.

swizzlenuts, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of bushbeer75
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Brown bottle with Dark Horse's usual "artsy" label

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout poured coal black and produced [upon the final drop into my glass] a tan milkshake like head that measured about 1-finger. The head had good retention and left a coating as I consumed it.

The aroma was of light smoke, chocolate and light coffee. The flavor is rich and consists of smoky chocolate and roasted coffee malts. For a brew with such a flavor I expected the mouth feel to be thicker and "chewier". ABV must be to the lower side as the alcohol was hidden. For me the drinkability is only limited by the "heavier" flavor - not a bad thing though.

A good American Stout from one of Michigan's better brewers.

bushbeer75, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of MPLS
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tempting to not drink more than 3 beers tonight. Self-control, are you there? Purchased a few of these late '08.

A: If I could judge this beer on it's label it's a crappy 1, but not it's brilliantly black with a nice frothy belgianesque caramel head to it. Lacking in the lacing department, but the initial pour was good enough to say it's good. Carbonation is not very pronounced in this beer.

S: Who left the bacon grease in the pan atop the stovetop? I get bacon, smoked malts, licorice, and general campfireness.

T: Like drinking benevolent campfire ashes, licorice, roasted malt, a slight citrus sweetness followed by a short-lived woodsy note.

M: This beer should be thicker than it is, still somewhat medium-bodied.

D: I am guessing the ABV at most is 7% so certainly capable of throwing a few of these back and the price point isn't anything to cover the eyes about. A easy drinking smoked beer.

MPLS, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black brown, thick and ominous looking with a reasonable chocolate brown head and goodly lacing. The aroma is major league dark chocolate with a hint of sizzling bacon. Amazing, sweet but just a slight salty edge. The flavor jumps out with a full chocate malt and a subtle coffee bitterness. There's a hint of sweet smoke but the coffee prevails most in a relatively drinkable mid-plus bodied brew. The carbonation is subtle and smooth. Quite an impressive stout!

Durge, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Medium to dark brown head over a jet black body. 4.0

S Dark roast, malt, chocolate with some raspberry. 4.0

T Great, some unexpected chocolate/raspberry sweetness along with the dark roast malt. I really enjoyed this! 5.0

M Thick, syrupy, wonderfully smooth. 5.0

D Fair to good. This is a style that is not that drinkable but the greatness of this beer shines through. 4.0

Gina at Dark Horse suggested, after I asked, that they had just changed the tap lines and, even though they were rinsed, cleaned, that some of the previous raspberry ale might still be present on the line. You know what?, this did not hurt the taste of this beer at all!

adamette, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of BeerNuggets
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz into a pint glass.

the head looks good and held for awhile..

the smell was delicious. it was dark and full looking....

taste was smooth and def. smoked...I really enjoyed the taste

mouthfeel is full and wonderful

I woudl drink plenty of these in the fall!! perfect fall beer

BeerNuggets, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of littlekidlover
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured what looked like motor oil into my beer tasting wine glass. The little bit of light brown head disappeared quickly. This beer is black as night. The smell is mostly burnt coffee with chocolate and a bit of vanilla. The smoke makes itself evident in the taste. I'm tasting everything in the smell with a bit of smoked sausage and some raisin. Nice silky mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Another solid offering from a brewery that continues to put out a lot of winners. Note to Dark Horse- you keep putting out $7.99 4 packs of great beer, I'll keep buying them.

littlekidlover, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice example of a sweet, dry stout. the smoke flavor wasn't a very big part of the beer but it IS there. Nice black beer with a dark brown head. 1 finger to the head and the appearance of this beer after poured reminded me of a breakfast stout. Nice cascading effect as the snifter is tilted. Roasted malt with burnt brown sugar and semi-sweet chocolate. Slightly smoky as it comes in and slightly sweet as it goes down. Mouthfeel a little on the silky, thin side. Good but not great.

natelocc787, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass
Purchased in June '08, so it is probably from the 07/08 winter

A - Pours to reveal a very opaque, dark sludge that only produces a head with an aggressive pour. Head is a nice dark tan color that tops out at 1/2 an inch. Lacing is pretty minimal.

S - Rich dark chocolate with some dry smokiness, although the smoke scent is much milder & more pleasant than I would have expected. Nice use of roasted malts. Fairly sweet with nice fig & raisin flavor. Some alcohol is present the nose, so I'm guessing this beer has a decent ABV in the 7-9% range (its not posted on their website or on BA).

T - Starts with some dark, fruity sweetness (fig, raisin) that is quickly overtaken by a dry, roasted malt flavor with some smoke accents. Finish is slightly smoky with some whiskey-esque alcohol flavor contributing to the dryness.

M - Moderate carbonation lends some levity to an otherwise full bodied & oily mouthfeel. Dry, but well balanced at the finish.

D - I've been holding off on this one because I rarely if ever like "smoked" beers, but Fore was a revelation. Mild, complimentary smoke flavored played nicely with the more traditional stout flavors, resulting in a very nice stout. Well-recommended. Probably my favorite of their seasonal stout series.

gmcfarre, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really black with only one finger of offwhite small suds and some lacing on the glass.
Unknown ABV eh? Well this taste like a 8.5%er.
Coffee and semisweet chocolate and bitter hops come in front of the sweet malty sugar. Fruit like grape skin and raspberry mixed with chocolate and coffee.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but this one doesn't have a clue of alcohol.
Drinkability is good here if you can find this gem.

peabody, Sep 19, 2009
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.