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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: 938
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 50
Gots: 88 | 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 MIMicrobrews
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Number 4 appears no different from the previous 3; thick, black, with maybe a tad bit less head in the glass. The aroma was a pleasant roasted maltiness blended with a slight smokiness/earthiness. The first thing that comes to my mind when I describe the taste is 'wow'. It's very smoky. It tasted like I drank liquid smoked spare rib. It had a very nice, smoky front with a more subtle bitter malt back. The smokiness is very prominent and almost takes you by surprise, given how evenly balanced the previous stouts were. The smoke has a nice earthy taste to it, one that would blend sublimely with any sort of smoked or BBQ'd meats. The aftertaste is that of a more dampened smoke with a mixed bitterness that lingers beautifully. If pairing, but not with any sort of BBQ or meat, I could see it altering your palate slightly; smokiness is still pretty prevalent.

Overall, I like this beer simply because I love smoked... anything. We smoke our own meats, so naturally, this brew would be an ideal suitor. That said, it's not for the squeamish - Out of the 4 so far, it's definitely the most in-your-face brew. This one stands out more than the others simply because it was a bit more unbalanced in flavor; whereas the oatmeal, the cream and the blueberry were all more subtly involved. If you like smoke, you'll love this brew.

Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was completely opaque, a very dark dark coffee brown with a thin chocolate brown head that clung a bit. Aroma was slightly smokey, with a undertone of dark chocolate. Taste was smokey, slighty bitter. that shifted to mellowness as it went on. Felt good in the mouth. Coated very well, perhaps a little undercarbonated. Not bad to drink, more of a sipping/lingering beer.

Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice mocha foam and very impressive deep dark color.

In the aroma, molasses, cocoa and mesquite coals, though nowhere near the level of smoke you'd smell in a rauchbier.

Quite malt-forward, this opens with a blast of malted milk ball sweetness, quickly dried out by an awesome espresso roast flavor and a little hop. Long, somewhat meaty aftertaste. Again, some campfire-like smokiness is pervasive throughout, but very well integrated - this isn't like chewing half-burnt firewood.

Creamy, savory full-bodied feel - it feels like a much more substantive beer than I suspect it is. I barely feel anything after having finished the glass, so I suspect this is 4-5%, similar to the Tres Blueberry Stout. This one also hits the mark for me - I wish more breweries were making low-ABV beers with this much big-beer flavor. No fluke here....Dark Horse is making some nice beers.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no abv or freshness date. Pours what seems to be a pitch black color. Huge fizzy mocha head fades to a thin ring after a couple minutes, leaving no lace.

Roasted malt, dark chocolate. A bit of cream and a slightly smoky note. A faint suggestion of dark fruit.

Nice roasted malt base with a fair amount of depth. A small amount of residual sweetness. A hint of milk chocolate with a slightly smoky fade. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Body is a bit lighter, with a good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. A nice beer, the smoky component adds a nice twist.

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

12oz. bottle courtesy of OneDropSoup.

Pours almost jet black, with a modest tan head; very little head retention. Attractive nose of vanilla and toffee. These flavors are present in the taste, along with caramel notes. Very nice malt profile. Smoke flavor is subtle, which is why this is the first smoked beer I've liked. This one went down quickly.

Photo of Rbald42
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super dark brown/almost black with a dark tan head, very thick and viscous looking

S- Roasted malts, light smoky profile as it warms, hints of red meat and cola.

T- Cola flavor, the smoke is present but mild, some faint berry flavor and hints of alcohol.

M- Nice and creamy, goes down smooth and is one of the best parts of the beer.

D- To me this is a very drinakable smoked stout, I could have a few of these and wish I had access to it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found notes for this tasting. A smoked stout sounded very good to me.

A- Black with a khaki collar surrounding the edges of the glass.

S- Some what weak. Charred malts and some smoke, peat, and meat tenderizer.

T- A solid stout but nothing crazy. This is a no frills beer for the fans of roasted flavors. The smoke is light but the charred flavors are strong.

M- Not quite what I would call a full body, but close.

D- This is closer to a sessionable stout. Goes down easy (if you like charred, roasted and smokey flavors)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of reddish burnt fizzy head. This peters out pretty quickly, leaving just a light smattering of spotty lacing behind. The aroma has some subtle smoky textures going on with it, but this is mostly all about roasted chocolate malt character, along with some extra notes of caramel and herbal smelling hops thrown in for good measure. Nice.

The taste is chocolate and toffee sweetness with plenty of dark roast and bitter earthy hops mixed in. The smoke mostly takes a back seat to the other flavors, coming out the most in that roasty finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch more fullness here, that stays creamy up front of the sip but then gets more sharp and prickly as you swallow. There's a good amount of underlying chewiness to this that makes me think that the ABV on this is more akin to One & Too than it is the Tres Blueberry Stout.

This was good and might have been my overall favorite of the four Stouts. Just enough smoke was present while still letting the rest of the flavors have there time as well. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Founder's pint glass, well at least i got a glass from a brewery in the same state to match up with the beer. My 4th out of the five in the series.

Black muddy murky black within a sea of black, that's pretty much the norm for Dark Horse beers IMO. A nice thick looking liquid that I would not mind taking a bath in, for real. Some brown on the edges. A steady pour did not bring forth a huge head, just less of an inch of dark brown foam, no lacing.

Im not a fan of Smoked Beers at all, but im starting to come around on em. Fore's smoke does not resemble a California forest fire, more like a BBQ brush fire. It's quite light but noticable. With the smoke comes some char, peat and under that a smelly stout with chocolate, small vanilla and some dark fruit. For some reason I like the nose on this more than plead the 5th.

On first sips, I was like whoa, I don't like this, the peat and smoke just reminded me of past experiences with heavily smoked beers. Fore is not that heavy though. With warming the smoke evened out with the regular stout flavors to make something tasty. A mix of smoke/peat and a creamy vanilla with dark choklat. Roasted malt and a nice hop bite at the end. I did not expect much hops in this, but fore seems to showcase them the best in the series.

The feel is creamy and smooth with a slightly hoppy taste in the end. I would say this is a step above medium with a light but nice touch of carb. The smoke does not burden the tounge and integrates nicely all around. Not overly sweet and smoky, this is well balanced beer here, hell I could of went fore a fore pack, LOL.

Im not sure of the ABV on this but im thinking it's in the 7-8% range. Either way you cant taste it. Out of all the smoked beers i've had this is one that I can have two of in a night. When it was vwery cold I did not enjoy the taste, but with time, this one is a monster. Another winner from Dark Horse, they do good work.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to kmurray8621. Good to try another beer from Nickelback's favorite brewery (which these guys must be really, really proud of).

Pours darkest brown with a small tan head.

Aroma is roast and smoke, along with mild a little chocolate. Good but not super-complex.

Flavor has more smoke than the aroma. Some roast and milk chocolate as well. Tasty stuff.

Decent palate, a little thin like the others in the series, but fairly smooth.

This is one of the better beers in this series. It's very drinkable and the smoke is nicely integrated and does not overwhelm.

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

A - Poured black with a small amount of coffee-colourd head and some visible carbonation.

S - The nose is smoke and roasted malts. Has a definite bacon scent which, although I love bacon, the scent is not very appealing to me in beer. Some chocolate in the background too.

T - The is definitely smoke in the palate not as predominantly as in the nose. There is a good roasted malt profile with some chocolate.

M - Light to medium body, a little too light for a stout, with medium carbonation (again, a little too much for a stout).

D - I wasn't sure if I would like this one, especially after the smoked bacon scent on the nose, and it turned out to be a decent beer.

Photo of levifunk
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this from badnewsbeers as an extra.

appearance - pours jet black. no light shows through.

smell - not a very strong smell at all. Hint of smoke.

taste - like the smell, not very strong. smokey/metallic aftertaste.

mouthfeel - somewhat thick. very little carbonation. (whats the abv on this?)

ovearall, probably not something i'll buy, but it was good to try. its a fairly good drink, just not a beer that pulls me back and makes me want to drink more.

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

A fairly vigorous pour gives a good 2-finger, milk chocolate shake colored head that falls to a cover without lacing. The body is a very dark, opaque black.
The smell is dark, smoky malt followed by some semi-sweet chocolate.
In the taste, the smoke pops in stronger than the aroma in the beginning. A nice dose of cocoa follows next and finishes with some lingering coffee and sweetish, roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium with low carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a very pleasant stout. It's easy to drink and the ABV doesn't feel very high so that 2 or 3 wouldn't be a problem. I was expecting a bit more smoke in the taste but there is some there and no reason to knock it for there not being more of it.

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Part of the Dark Horse tasting...part four of the five stouts.

A- Pours out a deep black color. Motor oil really...looks thick from out of the bottle. One finger off white head dies pretty quick. Light whisps across the top of the beer. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- First off this wasn't as smokey as I thought it was going to be. This really doesn't matter though. Bitter baker's chocolate mixes with a roasted malt base. The smoke comes into play with notes here and there never really playing a huge part of it. Light BBQ smell to this as well I think.

T- The smoke comes through a little more in the flavor I think. The chocolate notes come through first along with the roasted malts. The smoked flavor pairs well with the roasted malts but seems a bit off with the chocolate notes. Light metallic taste as well. Overall short and to the point in the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden and makes a appearance only a couple of times.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Big roasted malts left on the palate and show back up on the aftertaste along with some light smoked flavor. Light oxidation taste that mixes well actually with the stout as whole. Full flavors through and through.

D- Another very drinkable beer from Dark Horse. I enjoy this one a lot because it is something that is not done much at all. Cheers to Aaron for choosing this beer as something to not only make but bottle as well.

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

Pours a thick dark opaque, with nice caramel foamy head. Stick lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells amazing, with a nose of roasted malts, tobacco and hints of cocoa.

Tastes of smoked charcoal, slightly metallic. Coffee is present, along with the tobacco. Maybe even prune or other dark fruit.

Not as heavy as it looks, could use to have a bit more body. Not thin, but just not as viscous as Id like.

Drinkability is tough with a smoked beer like this. I can't imagine drinking more than one of these.

All in all a solid brew. Very tasty and complex. I'm a big Dark Horse fan. Never had a bad brew.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is very cool to see Dark Horse make its presence known in Mass. Smoked Stout (how many of those do you see around?) comes out a completely pitch black, with a creamy, large tan head. Dark roasted malt in the smell, combined with some dark chocolate, earth, and just a little bit of the smoke factor. The dark chocolate shines through in the taste, with some earth tones, and the smoke in the background, keeping things interesting. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, which was the last thing I was expecting from a smoked stout. It has the silky texture of a cask ale, but with just a bit of carbonation. Difficult to nail down the ABV on this one, although it does not taste boozy at all. I like the fact that the smoke is not overwhelming on this one. It makes it that much more drinkable and approachable. Another fine addition to the lineup from this brewery. Cannot wait to get some of there one off beers here soon. Cheers

Photo of tubacharlie
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roast coffee aroma right away with a little hint of earthy smoke.

Pours with smallish head that quickly clears without lacing. A deep, dark brown to black color, the density caries over to the mouth, where the light carbonation smoothes out the flavors of smoked dark chocolate and espresso, with a little latte creaminess. The peat-smoked malt is subtly present without too much imposition on the well-balanced hops, whose bitter presence lingers at the center of the palate.

No abv listed, but I'd guess around 6 or 7%.

Great choice to accompany smoked fish with some strong cheese and crusty bread.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick bubbly coffee colored head.

Big roasted malt aroma, big smoke aromas as well. Smells a little like BACON!

Very smooth drinking beer, smoked taste right up front. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with the smokiness. Sometimes it seems smoked beers can be extremely smoky, but I enjoy how balanced this beer is. Hops come through in the finish with a nice little bitterness, very nicely done beer.

Very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Great drinkability, one of the better smoked beers that I have encountered,

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

Almost there... The end is in sight for my trek through Dark Horse's seasonal stouts. For the record, I'll likely save Plead the 5th for tomorrow.

A: How many times can you type 'dark' and 'black' and 'mysterious'? This stout is no exception from those that came before it. The one has the lightest colored head, eggshell white maybe.

S: The stout shows off roasted flavors accentuated by cocoa powder and chocolate. Smoke lingers around but it isn't the dominant factor in the nose.

T: The stout body is full and lush, a very rich flavor that is strong from the get-go. Roasted grains, burnt and acrid, stand out. Chocolate and cocoa stick around long after each sip is gone, a pleasant reminder of the fullness of the stout. Smoke, while it hangs around, doesn't really define (or contribute) to the stout. The stout, sans the smoke, is able to show-off its strong malty side. The best of the group thus far.

M: Dark chocolate and sweet cocoa powder, burnt grains, toast. What's there not to like in that line-up? Perhaps a little more smoke would be nice.

D: A moderate stout, not too heavy but not too light. The chocolate and cocoa mix works for me.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Pours a viscous oily-black- impenetrable. Khaki head dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

S- Smoke. Also aromas of dark, bitter chocolate; french roast coffee; earthy oak in the background.

T- Complex. Primarily roasted malts and earthy smoke flavors up front. Well balanced with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Maybe a subtle nutty note in the background.

M- Medium-full bodied with higher than expected carbonation.

D- Interesting beer, intense smoke throughout the experience. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Might have to pick up a few more of these when I'm in the mood.

Photo of Shumista
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really like the idea of Dark Horse's stout series. I think this is 3rd that I have tried. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a plain pint glass.

Pours like an imperial, pitch black with a dark brown head. Pretty viscous looking stuff. Smells of dark roasted malt and smokey barbecue.
The smoke is very present in the taste, still leaning toward being reminiscient of barbecue smoke (actually it reminds me most of liquid smoke, an artificial smoke flavoring used for cooking). Also some coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Drinkability is ok for one or two but I find myself not really knowing what to do with the rest of the 4 pack. In time I'm sure they will get drank one way or another.

Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: smoked chocolate malt, bit of coffee

Taste: balck coffee, roasted malt, some smoke and charcoal

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, slightly-sweet, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: A better than average but not great smoked beer. I could have a couple but have no desire to finish a four pack. Decent and worth a try.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured an extremely dark, opaque black with slight brown edges. It looks nearly identical to it's sister beer Tres. The difference being is for whatever reason this one poured with a much more impressive three finger head that looked like a chocolate milkshake. It faded down fairly quickly into a light dusting with collar and no lacing to speak of.

Smell: I do believe it's safe to say that this beer begins life with a very similar base as Tres. Dark chocolate and roasted malts are prevalent with a strong dose of smoke that almost reminds me of mesquite smoked barbecue. It's not very complex and kind of strange, but still enjoyable.

Taste: The taste follows the smell to an extent. The smoke seems to be less powerful on the palate. It still has a mesquite barbecue undertone about it, but I wouldn't consider it meaty. It mixes well with the roasted malts, but clashes a bit with the strong dark chocolate tones.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium to full body here with a moderate, but not exemplary creaminess. Carbonation was on point for an American Stout.

Drinkability: The combination of smokey barbecue and dark chocolate might have been a little far off in left field for me. It's a solid beer and I did enjoy the experience, Hell I might even have it again. But it's not going to be a regular staple.

Having gone all the way through my bottle I still believe this has a similar base to Tres. It's a very solid American Stout backbone. But with such a strong affinity towards dark chocolate I feel blueberry mingles with it much better than smoke. The end result is me wishing I had a bottle of Tres hanging around.

Photo of steve8robin
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local store just started getting Dark Horse brews...

A: Perfectly pitch black with no head at all.

S: Smells kind of like a Ten Fidy, but not as strong of a scent. Smoaky bacon scent. Kind of strange.

T: Very watery and hoppy upfront with a hint of smokiness on the backend. Not bad, but not much specaial about this one.

M: Syrupy with a hint too much carbonation. Good, but not great.

D: Goes down a little tougher because of the hoppy smokiness. Not bad.

All in all, there is not much special going on in this brew. A little too much of a smoky / bacon flavor. Otherwise it's an ok brew. Not worth hunting down or trying. If you want to try something new, then maybe, otherwise, not worth your time.

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.

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.