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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: 982
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 61
Gots: 103 | 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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).

Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of blakesell
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of AVDeuph
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of cvfish
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of brow1901
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Payso10
4.32/5  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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Windigstadt
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of jwinship83
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of fo5s
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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?

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a pitch black, with a dark creamed coffee colored head. low retention rate. mild lacing. looks like motor oil.

S: two big aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. wonderful roasted malts. light smoke.

T: great roasted malts. tons of coffee, chocolate and smoky flavors. like smoked coffee beans with some 70% cocoa dark chocolate.

M: full bodied with a low carbonation rate. ridiculously smooth.

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black and opaque...waftingly large dark tanned, beefy, foamed capping laps up to top the blackness with might. The head retained its girth briefly and lacing is minimal with a few stretched out strings.

Aroma is mostly of chocolate and a bit of roast. There's a nice partial smokeyness as well thats deep and broading mixing with a bit of warmth.

Solid taster with a firm chocolatey tone thats bold and lasting with undertones to bittered espresso, slightly burnt cream, slight tang to dark cherry and a very well placed smokeyness puffing about with a deeply set balance. Bittered chocolate finish with puffy dryness and a tiny titch of hops.

Creamy, nearly full body, lofty, lengthy, smooth, chocolatey, and a hovering dryness that creates a pleasant cocoa powder fluff across the palate.

Drinkable times Fore! A great stout by Dark Horse!

Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super dark black color beer with a medium light brown head that quickly drops to a ringlet,leaving just a bit of lace.
Aroma of dark chocolate, with hints of licorice and maybe dates; the smoke is very subtle,it is there but just a hint.Flavor is dark chocolate,and coffee, the smokey flavor is much more prominent than I would have expected from the aroma,notes of rasins, molasses,and wood as well; after the swallow, the smoke becomes even more prominent but never dominates and the finish has a tobacco and bitter coffee character to it. Medium body with light carbonation and an oily/slick mouthfeel, not sticky at all.Very drinkable,I could not put my glass down.
I knew I wanted to try this beer but knew nothing about it, I was blown away ! Nice job Dark Horse !

Photo of n0315
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black and very little head. Smoked hops and malt come to mind first on the smell. Oily surface with beads settling on the surface for a few seconds. Lacy with an espresso brown color. On first taste, espresso comes to mind in a big way with maybe a finish of chocolate. Not too overpowering, but a bit sweet at the end. after taste stays in your mouth for a bit. A decent brew and certainly worth trying.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours solid black with a dark brown head of a half inch. A fairly quick drop of the suds revealed a placid, oily surface with a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with roasted malt, charred bits, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds. Hints of smouldering embers and bitter chocolate follow through.

Full bodied with a chewy, thick mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate, acrid malt, fudge batter, and espresso start the palate. A drying, almost acrid bitterness follows through.

Finishes with charred chocolate bits and a hint of warmth. A hint of ash way at the end.

A very tasty RIS, but no smoke to be found at all.

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pure black, thick and juicy. Gets even darker when you swirl in the bottom yeaties. An aggressive pour will induce a small, but thick tan head. Sticks like glue in the ol' Corsendork tuplip.

Subtle hints of cherry, not smoke, in the aroma. Solid dry stout taste of roasted biscuit, nuts and dark fruit. Smoke is way off in the background. More of a cherry stout than smoke - but damn, still a tasty treat brew!

This one paired like a champion with the cherry/chocolate Dairy Queen ice cream cake I got for the wife this valentines day!

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.