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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: 974
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 60
Gots: 100 | 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 waltonc
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn, every beer I have from Dark Horse is good. Picked this one up in Ann Arbor last summer.

A: Pitch black, not a huge head but tan bubbles ring my glass. Looks a little oily, or is that the grease from the ribs I had for dinner? Significant carbonation produces constant Labrea tarpit-like bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Smells creamy, chocolaty, sweet, with... smoke. Not crazy untolerable amounts of smoke though. Just the right amount I'd like to see from a beer with "Smoked" in its title.

T: Same thing as the taste. Awesome. Fair amount of hops in here too, but they blend in nicely with the strong roasted smoky malts.

M: Thick and creamy body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Great well balanced beer. I suspect the ABV is around 9%, but who knows.

I ordered Dark Horse One and Two from Archer and look forward to trying them out soon.

Photo of mightyjoemoon
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

just finished the dark horse brewery fore smoked stout. i think i marginally prefer it to the oatmeal stout i tried yesterday. it had a bit more head although head retention was still a problem, the same pitch black color, and the same mild drinkability. however the smokiness definitely adds some needed complexity and without overpowering roasted malt dryness which is up front. both of these ales however, are on the mild thin side of the stout spectrum.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Recieved in trade from MASPuros, a big thank you!

Poured a beautiful solid brown with a tan fluffy head. Retention was good, lacing was minor.

Smells of dark roasted malts, sweet molasses.

Taste is very sweet. Starts with the sweetness of the malt, mild chocolate and molasses in the background. Finishes bitter with the salty finish of smoke.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick and heavy bodied, the beer looks syrupy but doesn't coat your mouth or leave it feeling sticky.

Drinkability is good. In general this is a bit to sweet for me. However, considering the size it'd make a great alternative to, say, a bomber of Alaskan Smoked or Stone Smoked. This went great with home made pulled pork.

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

A - Very dark and a very dark but thin head. Quite opaque and stout-like

S - big smoky sweet smell. I'd say its a smoked beer first, a stout second.

T - Sweet, smoky and rolls off the back of your tongue with nice smoky sweetness

M - medium mouthfeel. Not a lot of bubbles. little aftertaste, no big alcohol taste/burn

D - Its a really smoky beer. there's no hiding that. I like smoke, but I don't know I could drink this all nite, but it's real good for 1 or 2.... or maybe 3 or more.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack at Holiday Market 3 weeks ago, and now finished all but 1. This is another good beer from a brewery I'm starting to really appreciate. The beer is dark brown to the point of black, with a thick tan foam that looks reddish when poured. The smell is all roasted malts, very very rich. I didn't really get much rauchbier aroma, but the smoke might be subtle versus the onslaught of malt. Same in the taste, no real smoke that I could taste but lots of malty sweetness. The body is reasonably thick while the carbonation is a little light, very good stout which might actually be a double stout.

Photo of pwoods
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at West Side Liquor, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours completely pitch black with slightly above average viscosity. A relatively short deep brown head forms from a relatively hard pour. Some retention and not much lacing.

S: Nicely smoky. Not too potent but enough to easily enjoy. Plenty of deeply roasted malts along with a sweet, super thick molasses character.

T/M: Rich roasted malts with more of the molasses and a coffee like bitterness. The smoke is on the subtle side but still present. The smoke gets a light sooty as it warms and after the swallow. Definitely a building bitterness and even a sticky dryness. Body is medium full with low carbonation.

D: ABV doesn't seem too high but this is still somewhat a sipper. Decent, though.

Photo of thryn
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee this past weekend and lovingly wrapped it (and nine others) in my clothing for the perilous journey home.

Pours deep black into my goblet. There's a little bit of chocolatey-brown head with a rough pour, but it goes away pretty quickly, just leaving a ring of lacing around the edge.

In the nose I'm getting roasty toasted malts, something a bit burnt, a little raisin, some coffee and some caramel. Also a whiff of alcohol -- I wonder how strong this is. Not really much smoke, though. Hm.

Taste is a bit burnt, with the smoked/dark malt coming across at the end. Bitter like coffee, not like hops. Not much like a rauchbier -- it's like someone crossed a stout with the smell of a bonfire. This is not a bad thing for me, but I like my toast nearly black, so ymmv. Could use more smoke.

It's a bit slick and not quite as thick as I like a stout to be. Barely any carbonation. Dirty finish. That all sounds bad, but this is no lager or pils, and I don't need it to have a clean finish; it can hang around and remind me what I just took a sip of. No objections there.

Overall it's pretty good, but not good enough to make me really glad I got two bottles of it instead of buying something else that I hadn't had before. I was a little overwhelmed by the variety and grabbed it twice, apparently.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Inky black and as viscous as hell...like the Devil's snot. A very thin dark brown head graces the top of this glass of abysmal darkness. Only a very small amount of lace sticks to the glass. The head is the color of the chocolate milk I used to make when I was a kid (3/4 chocolate and 1/4 milk).

S - Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and peanut butter. Some dark espresso with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top. There are some almost fruity notes in there too...like thick boysenberry pancake syrup (as can be found at any American roadside breakfast joint). I'm having a hard time appreciating any smoke nuances, but it smells really good nonetheless. Could use a bit more oomph though.

T - There is more smoke here than in the nose. It's not a sausage-y smoke like a Rauchbier, and it's not a woodfire smoke like many other stouts...this is more like a Maduro wrapped cigar smoke. Thick, gray, billowing plumes of cigar smoke. Luckily, I'm a bit of a cigar aficionado so this is doing it for me...others may be turned away since the lingering aftertaste almost reminds me of smoker's mouth.

M - Full bodied, luscious, and silken. This has an almost chalky finish that has be slapping my lips and going for another sip! I like this feel a lot...it's intriguing. It starts full and dextriny before the carbonation seems to increase in intensity before vanishing completely into an ashy dry finish with a chalky residue coating my mouth. Nicely done!

D - A good sessionable stout. I just wish it had a bit more complexity in the nose...I'm a big fan of smellin' my beers. This tastes good, and the mouth feel elevates it to a higher tier of good beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Another almost pitch black beer from Dark Horse that is capped by a thin mocha head that quickly drops to a ringlet, leaving just a bit of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate, with hints of licorice and prunes; the smoke is very subtle - it is there but I could see how I would overlook it without the power of suggestion

Taste: Opens with dark chocolate and by mid-palate, the smokey flavor is much more prominent than I would have expected from the aroma; a bit of prune and molasses appears, as well; after the swallow, the smoke becomes even more prominent but never dominates and the finish has a tobacco and coffee character to it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The whole series comes up short in the mouthfeel department but otherwise they are a fine group of beers

Photo of grandq
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another cheers to brdc. Pours just a hair shy of black with a surprisingly dark brown head. Smells sweet and roasted, a bit peaty. Tastes a bit too charred - consists mostly of roasty tones, weak coffee and milk chocolate. Finishes with that peat smoked character, a touch too astringent. No clue what the abv is, but seems a little hot. Good dry stout base, and i actually like the harsh finish in small doses - though over the course of a bottle it gets a bit rough. Mouthfeel isn't terribly viscous, but coats nicely - though that keeps the aftertaste on the tongue for a long time. Having tried One through "Fore," I'm just not sure I'm so into Dark Horse's stouts (though i love their Black Bier).

Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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
4/5  rDev +2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.