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: 939
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 87 | 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 brdc
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Out of the bottle, it looks like motor oil, thick and pitch black, although it is not that full on the palate. Minimal, dark brown head with no retention, but some coating of the glass' sides.
Somked nose, but not like a rauchbier. Roasted malts, lots of it, some coffee come to your nose.
Suprisingly medium bodied for its motor oil appearance, taste is roasted malts, sometimes closer to burnt than roasted. Some bitterness at the end. Coffee, bitter chocolate.
It would need a lit bit more body, a little bit less charred taste to be truly amazing; as it is a very good stout.

Photo of nlmartin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served lightly chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a black hole of darkness in my glass. The beer has no opaqueness to light. The head was an oval around the top of the beer. This oval was burnt tan coloration. The oval quikly went away. No lacing marks the passage of this beer down my throat.

Smell: The smell of the beer is very nice!... If you dont like em smokey leave the beer in the store. The aroma gives a smokeyness that is second to none. The usual suspects of dark chocolate, dark roasted, toasted and charred malty coffee back up the smoke. A hint of citrus peaks out but is quickly swallowed up in the beers aroma profile. Well played!...

Taste: Smoke is the big player in the flavor. Again if you dont like smokey beers leave this one alone. The smoke dominates all the other flavors in the beer. The beers submissive flavors or toasted, roasted and charred, burnt malts are still very active players. I like the combonation.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: I feel kind of like a beer dick on the mouthfeel. I like my stouts big in every way. The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium bodied. The carbonation is on the low side but works well with this beer. This is a very easy beer to drink. I wish I had a few more on hand.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark tan to a brown head. In the aroma, a pork smokeiness, and small hop presence. In the taste, roasty, coffee notes, and a small smoke presence. A small bitter and medium to big mouthfeel, with a dry roastiness, and small smokiness in the aftertaste. Great nose, was expecting more smoke in taste, yet really good.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very thick deep black color, almost no head on top. tan/ chocolate lace on top .

S- Has a light smoked color on top, with a solid chocolate malt base, strong heavy scents.

T- has a light roasted character, while there is a decent roasted barley character, i think this is much more near a porter due to the much larger chocolate malt character. the smoked flavors start right away and goes to a subtle undertone for the rest of the beer. pretty good

S- pretty heavy, but not huge.

D- pretty damn good. im a fan.

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

Poured into my imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about a finger of tan foam that disappears in less than a minute. Smells mildly smokey. Aromas of dark chocolate and prunes are also apparent. Tastes very rich with a nice alcohol burn on the tongue and throat. Notes of dark chocolate, raisins, coffee and roasted malts dominate the flavor with a subtle smokiness throughout. Finish is dry and mildly bitter. Smooth and full bodied with minimal carbonation. I really enjoyed this on a chilly evening. Great to sip on. Worth a try if you see it around.

Photo of enfield249
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick, thick black, slight tan foam that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet smelling, dark plum and a slight roast smell.

T - Very stong flavor of cinder. Campfire like almost. On the tale end there is some sweetness.

M - Full, thick and full. Almost no co2.

D - It's a smoked stout all right! If your not much for the style, I can see how one wouldn't like it, but I enjoyed it. Worth a shot, and one of the better smoked stouts I have had.

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

I don't understand what the label is. Pours a midnight black color with some ruby red highlights. A good pour left a good sized tan head. Good retention as it hid around the edge of the glass and good lacing.

The nose has a nice stout aroma but no real smoke. Malt notes come out nicely with some roast and chocolate notes. Some lactic quality that seems more of a milky aroma versus oat-like characteristics. Some lighter esters, cherries and raisins. Some minor yeast notes but ok. A light vanilla note as well.

The taste brings out the smoke and balances nicely with the stout. To start the malt brings out more of a chewy essences with the roast backing off and more of a chocolate notes. The astringency is minimal. This allows a very nice smoke to come out with more of a liquid smoke flavor (versus meaty). Some silkiness that is more of a diactyl then lactic. Some milky undertones. A light yeast character but soft overall. Minor notes of raisins and figs. Some lighter hop notes with a more earth and pepper finish.

Body is moderate with some nice chewy textures. Carbonation is light but ok. So I could see how this beer would be considered off as the smoke is moderate, but for me I think it is right on. Doesn't overpower the beer and blends nicely. Some minor brewing notes, but still tasty.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark ruby/brown with very little head or carbonation, and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, raisins, and a bit of oak.

Taste of smoke and roasted malts start. Coffee, chocolate, some raisins as well. Finish is coarse and malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but lacks carbonation and feels too flat.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a snifter.

Pours a viscous black right out of the bottle with no light penetrating. With an aggressive pour, the head was a small, dense mocha that dissipated almost immediately leaving almost no lacing. The smell had only a hint of charcoal and hickory smoke in the background and was more heavily skewed to the sweet side with roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fruits. The taste is sweet up front with the chocolate malts and dark fruit before giving was to the smoky finish which lingers through the finish into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is creamy with very little carbonation and just sticks to the inside of my mouth. This is a drinkable but robust stout that I really enjoyed and I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the stout series from DH.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a creamy chocolate colored head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is smokey burnt dark grain, chocolate and bourbon. Hints of dark fruit esters.

Taste is dominated by the roasted dark grain from the nose. Defiite chocolate, along with vanilla and toffee. Hops come in with a bit of earthy, peppery spice. Smoke is surprisingly understated in flavor. Finish is slightly nutty with lingering bourbon providing a distinct alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Low carbonation adds a certain smoothness.

Overall a decent stout. I expected a very smokey brew with elements of the rauchbier style, but it was the dark grain and chocolate that really takes center stage here. Smooth and drinkable.

Photo of bennetj17
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, heavenly looking pour. Appears very syrupy and thick. Thin foam, reddish tan in color develops quickly then settles leaving a ring. Deep dry roastiness hits the nose, with light chocolate and dark fruit. The smoke is not as intense as expected. Overall it smells like it could be a fairly heavy Imperial, quite inviting.

It tastes like it has a strong roasty flavor, somewhat clean, and not very sweet at all. The finish has a decent layer of smokiness, but overall it's not too intense for a smoked beer. The mouthfeel almost feels a bit watery like an Oatmeal Stout would, and the carbonation is mild. It certainly looked a lot thicker than it ended up being.

The build-up was nice for this brew, but ultimately the flavor is decent at best, and I was hoping for more smokiness. I really enjoy this brewery for their imagination. This one didn't really work for me but I liked the attempt. The whole Stout Series thing is pretty cool...

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours opaque, oily black with a half finger of dark brown, rich head. little to no retention with light lacings.

aroma is heavily roasted with a subtle, earthy base, probably from the smoke, and a light note of dark chocolate.very rich in the nose.

taste is roasted, with a light bite from alcohol and a lightly smoked finish along with a spiced bite on the way down. the brew is simple in profile, yet rich and easily drinkable at the same time.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth character and lightly spiced texture. finishes spiced with a malty aftertaste.

drinkability is decent. this brew is smoked, but the smoke lends more to a spiced bite than smooth and earthy notes as is traditional. worth a try.

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

A-Oil. Like the Exxon Valdez spilled in to my glass. Deep chocolate color. Small head that doesn't stick around.

S-Coffee, chocolate, light smokiness.

T-Bitter chocolate and smoked coffee.

M-Warming and smooth. Sticks to the back of the mouth/throat.

D-Could drink this one all night long. Very satisfying.

Photo of happygnome
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours an oily, viscous black color with about an eigth to quarter inch of tan head that dissapears very quickly leaving a think ring of lace around the edge of the glass, when held tote light no light ca be seen through it
s: roasted coffee and chocolate, smells a little on the sweet side but still an appealing aroma
t: smoked and roasted chocolate and coffee, heavier on the chocolate
m: deffinatly a full bodied beer, little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this

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

12 Oz Bottle. Oily density spills from the glass in viscous splendor. Thin rim of sweet Virginia pipe tobacco. Aroma has a suave and smooth rough salted oak and charcoal. Deeper there is a rich, musky earth spiced with whiskey splendor and hints of barbecue. Deep and complex. Flavor carries more of a dry stout character, but is nicely highlighted with grill char, sweet fish marinade, long drying coffee air, and some flatter ocean tastes. Carboniferous and yet higher with bits of brandy marinated fruit, nuts and nice general malt figures. Long smack in the middle of dry and sweet, but generally enjoyable. I guess as a Smoked this doesn't really excel all that much as I'm not grabbing that much smoke, but it's a nice stout twinged with those aromas and flavors.

Photo of corey0212
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with moose3285!!

Pours a dark brown, the slightest trace of a tan head rises and fades into a thin ring around the edge of the glass, little to no lacing. Great aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, and lots and lots of smoke. Taste follows right along, with a slight leftover coffee taste, smokiness all along the tongue and roof of the mouth. Lingering bitterness and smoke. I'd like this just a touch thicker, but it's a minor complaint. This is a tasty stout.

Photo of tiger88
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep dark brown with equally ark tan head. Half finger thinck hea dissipates almost as soon as it hits the glass. Light lacing is present but spotty. First smell is of chocolate. Next, deeper whiff and the subtle smokiness comes out. This is a very rih tasting, bitter stout. The smoke flavor hangs onto the tongue well after the swallow. I'm not sure how else to explain the taste except this is a most unique stoout. The mouthfeel is light but the aftertaste hangs on a little too long for me. I don't think I would be able to down more than one of these in a sitting. The bitter smokiness pretty much dominates the palate.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at West Side Liquors in West Harrison, IN. No freshness date on this 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Poured at 45 degrees. After an intentionally aggressive pour, it only yielded a 1/8 inch mocha head. While drinking, only a small mocha ring remained. Body of beer appears a thinner, very dark brown. I can't see through this one, at all.

Smell: alcohol, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Possibly a hint of blueberries, as well.

Taste: Smooth, creamy chocolate, coffee and charcoal. Still getting blueberry or other dark berries in the flavor with no real smoke flavor detected. Finishes with a diluted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied with light carbonation. Okay for its' style.

Drinkability: This was a nice beer to drink, probably my favorite beer from Dark Horse, so far. Would I run out and get a six-pack of it if I was craving a nice stout? Maybe, but I didn't pick up on any smoke...

Photo of Lupe
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just about the deepest, darkest, charcoal black beer I've ever poured. This one would but some Imperial Stouts to shame. It even looks thick coming out of the bottle. Milk chocolate colored sheet caps off the liquid and leaves little lace.

Light smoke aroma, more of a heavy roast than outright smoke. Plenty of coffee and dark cocoa in the nose. Notes of caramel and chocolate covered espresso beans are present as well. mmm stout....

Flavor is very similar to the aroma - lots of roasty goodness. Dark chocolate, espresso, and carmel are all there. Faint smokiness is very pleasant and adds some mystery. Mild herbal bitterness along with all the roasted flavors balance the malt sweetness. Gets slightly cloying towards the finish, but close to perfect otherwise. Not as smoky as expected, but this is definitely an exception stout.

Awesome mouthfeel - creamy and thick almost like a milkshake. Full bodied and luscious on the tongue. Very easy to drink, but a half point comes off due to the slight cloying sweetness towards the finish. I want more!!!

Thanks to Monkeyknife for sending this one through the BIF Race

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

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Opaque black. Pour resulted in quarter inch of dark brown head, that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

S - Charcoal and Chocolate.

T - Smoke and Chocolate. Very lightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body, mdeium carbonation

D - Tasty. Yes drinkable.

Photo of iuhophead87
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am very spoiled and can get Dark Horse anytime I want and have never sat down to rate this beer. So here goes:

A- Pours a thick dark black with a thin creamy brown head. This beer is non-transparent and even with a flashlight; I could not get light to creep through this creation.

S- Smell like a newly opened bag of charcoal mixed with alcohol and burnt cherries.

T- I like the sweet taste that this stout has, but still think it is a little syrupy for m liking. The sweet flavor is like a smoked prune juice or raison flavor. Although it is a smoked stout, the smoke flavor is not overwhelming.

M- Not too thick for a stout, but a little syrupy, almost like cough medicine.

D- Obviously a standout beer for this category. Not my favorite, but can get it easily and will have it again. I think I'll wait until the winter to try this bad boy one more time. A little to syrupy to drink more than one.

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

Purcahsed at Heritage Liquore in St. Paul.

Pours a pitch black, black as night. No transparency of halo from the edges of the glass against light. Very dark brown head 2 fingers deep. Minimal to non-existant laceing.
The smell is of chocolate charred oak, no coffee notes that I can pull, but its got a sort of esspresso roasty aroma.
Its thick, but not syrupy. The label is pretty much; got my computer to print this label that I drew and scanned into my computer. I like its simplicity. Although thedrawing skills are pretty bad.

Taste upfront is a dark rich malty porter. After the swallow all what you thought you were tasting changes and flips around into a new sensation of flavor. Some mild sweatness and fresh baked bread flavors.

Now after the swallow its even more rich, more bitter and very smokey. The dry personality of the beer comes out 10 fold.
This is definatly a sipper, the abv is illusive in flavor. No alchahol warming.
This is a thick full bodies brew with medium carbonation. Very complex as it warms. An interesting beer.

Photo of Jwale73
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass (thanks iceicebaby). Poured an opaque black with a dense one-inch milk chocolate colored head. Some ruby red highlights detectable at the bottom of the glass every time I tilted it for a sip. Strands of watery lacing that produced several bands before eventually settling into some thin inconsistent webs. Scent of chocolate and malt. Taste similar to nose. Extremely rich with a subdued roasted coffee character in the background that nicely complemented the chocolate in the foreground. Smokiness was not detectable until the brew warmed and little, and only at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and surprisingly light given the consistency; partially due to a mild effervescence across the middle of the tongue. Alcohol was well hidden and only expressed itself as a subtle warming around the back of the tongue. This is my third Dark Horse brew, and I am really falling in love with this company. What a great stout.

Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful look to this beer. Pitch black. Inky black body. Thick dense dark brown head with great retention. It coats the glass fully as I drink. Nose has some light phenolic smokiness, milk chocolate and bitter roasted notes. Nice bitter roasted char like entrance on the palate. Chocolate follows with a bang. Bitter chocolate, that is. Some dark berry tones and a little of that flamed marshmellow char to it. Velvet feel. Medium bodied. This is very good. Only serves to strengthen my opinion of Dark Horse.

Photo of Tbn2
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to drxandy for this. I think this might be one of the best beers I have ever had. I am in a euphoric state right now (this is the second beer I have had and I'm not high right now)

A-Black. Almost brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S-Smoke, Chocolate, Caramel, and like it is going to take me to a new world.

T-Everything I hoped for and more. One of the best stouts I have ever tasted. I wish I could make beer this good.

M-Perfect; enough said.

This beer took me to a new world. I would like to think of myself as a seasoned beer drinker. This is probably one of the best I have ever had. I can only remember a few beers that tickled my taste buds in such a good way. If you can't have sex tonight, buy a six pack of this. It will make sweet love to your mouth.

Bottoms up...

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.