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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: 954
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 55
Gots: 91 | 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 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.

Photo of corey0212
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

Photo of HopDerek
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with 2 fingers of dark brown head, little retention leaves spotty lacing. Smells of charcoal, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee that has been sitting on the burner for a while. Tastes of smoky burnt malt, dark cocoa powder, cherries, plums, and a burnt espresso finish. Medium in body with fairly high carbonation for a stout. Smoky but not overwhelmingly so, more like very roasted and bitter with hints of smoke. Another unique stout from Dark Horse, but not as smoked as I expected. Still good though and worth a try.

Photo of Overlord
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Artusory for the extra.

Pours an inky black, gigantic dark tan head. Really attractive beer.

Smell isn't as strong as I expected. Some smokiness, some roasty malts ... that's about it.

Flavor is a bit more robust. The chocolate is definitely on the bitter side, and the smoke/charred sensation is definitely strong. Not quite as overwhelming as the Alaska smoked porter, but that same tang ... almost rawhide/jerky ... is there.

Glad I had a chance to try it, but smoked brews apparently ain't my thing.

Photo of drxandy
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz to Tulip glass, pours opaque black with great head, creamy brown/reddish amber

smells of oats, smokiness, malts, a creaminess

tastes oaty, roasty/smoky, almost like a porter gone wild. Coffee, hop bitterness, peaty/earthy tones like a scottish style, chocolate malts, well balanced.

mouthfeel is creamy, rich, bitter and easy to drink.

Photo of robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice brew, tasted it at cellar temperature.

Deep looking black, very nice liquid look, slight tan head.

Nose tells that is is roasty, smells of chocolate, deep malt, a bit of smoke.

Taste is easy to drink, roasty chocolate, nice bit of smoke goes with charred hamburgers, very enjoying.

Silky mouthfeel, very slick, very good. Easy drinking for a smoky stout, could have several of these, don't believe the abv is above 8% but I could be wrong, very nice.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice black hue with a bold two finger head. The head dies quickly to a nice cap. Spotty lacing can be noted.

S: Nice smoaky aroama with notes of peat and charcoal. Hints of dark berries and a dash of cocoa.

T: Nice charred malts with a blast of cocoa and espresso. Hints of peat and charcoal come thru in the middle. There is a nice hop profile for balance.

M: Medium in body nice an smooth.

D: Fore is the 4th in the series. It is just as good as the 3 who preceeded it. Rather enjoyable.

Overall: Another great brew by Dark Horse. I just love them. All these great midwest brews almost make me wanna move back home to Indiana.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, with a very faint hint of charcoal. The taste is like the aroma with a little more smoke, but it is still light. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, for something called a smoked stout I expected more smoke. It is not a bad beer. However, I think I would like it more if it were described as a stout with hints of smoke.

Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a stout with some character....pours black with ruby highlights...light woody smokiness on the nose and burnt malts...

Medium to full bodied...On the taste the smoke is still subtle..also a good dose of dark chocolate, burnt malts and espresso.

Full flavored stout with a lot of burnt malt and dark cocoa...smokiness is subtle but adds a nice touch to the overall product.

Well done...a stout with character..

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

A: Pours a thick, viscous looking motor-oil black with a coffe and cream colored half inch head, the darkness really belies the ABV on this beer, which is to say this thing looks like a Dark Lord or KBS, that is how thick and black this thing looks. The head fades into a ring not that long after the initial pour and leaves little lacing. The way this thing looks coming out of the bottle saves it from an average rating.

S: Sweet and just the least bit smokey in the nose, dark chocolate and ground coffee along with a light and sweet hint of cherry. Caramel malts and brown sugar are detectable as well and makes for a pleasantly complex aroma.

T/MF: The opening is rather smooth and creamy with dark chocolate sweetness coating the front of the tongue, yet the beer seems trapped near the front and falls a little flat in the opening as it sort of just sits there with minimal carbonation that makes it difficult to move the flavors completely around the mouth. The finish is where the smoky flavors make themselves instantly apparent. As soon as you swallow a dry smokiness rolls over the entire tongue and almost makes you forget about the slick and sweet opening. After a few sips the dryness completely takes over and covers up most of the flavors if you don't force yourself to pay attention to what is going on. As the beer warms and the smoke subsides or at least is accustomed to, the subtlest of fruit flavors being to appear. Smoked plums and cherries are what come to mind, backed by a milky chocolate sweetness.

D: I really want to love this beer because of how much it demands your attention when drinking it, but it seems as though this beer is just too complex for its own good, or complex for the sake of complexity (just my opinion) and there are times when the smoke seems to detract from the overall taste rather then compliment it. It is a very good beer and one that I am sure is amazing on cask or tap, but in the bottle it seems a bit one dimensional even in its complexity.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an onyx black, viscous, with a tiny mocha tinged head. There's a hint of chestnut brown around the edge where the light barely gets through.

Bittersweet, with mellow earthy char that melds into the light smoky element. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate and ash. Undercurrent of brown sugar and molasses. Full bodied and milky textured. Subdued smoke makes it easy to finish a glass, even so, it's a robust stout. Bears a resemblance to the Too cream stout, with the addition of smoke.

Photo of david131
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very very dark black with a very modest brown head that settles to a covering over the entire surface. When held to a light, the beer absorbs almost all of it. The head retention is astounding.

S- I was expecting this to smell like a bonfire or bacon, but oh man... this is a winner. Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. A great balance of sweet and roasty. This smells great, but not extreme by any means... almost a little subdued.

T- Lots of chocolate and a sweet roastiness. Coffee and smoke are there as well. This is pretty complex and damn tasty.

M- Very creamy with a dry finish. Not the best I have had, but I am having trouble finding anything wrong with it.

D- Yet again Dark Horse blows me away with another stout. I just wish I knew the ABV so I could better gauge how do drink this because I sure as hell can't detect any alcohol. A delicious surprise in a very plain bottle.

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 954 ratings.