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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

914 Ratings
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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 52
Gots: 82 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
January

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 12-13-2002)
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4/5  rDev +2%

Jlang2012, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

TimP2115, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a near black but still discernably brown color with a deep espresso crema-like low head and matching collar when the foam disappears from the surface.

S - Alcohol up front, dark fruity aromas and quite estery from the yeast, licorice, coffee, burnt toast and yes - smokey malt aromas.

T - Lots of licorice up front mixed with smokey malts. Smoke is fairly intense, but still remains muted enough to not really kill the other flavors here...in short - stays in balance. I pick up some dark roasted coffee/espresso. Not totally dry, but mostly devoid of sweetness - possibly covered by the smoke a bit. Noticeable alcohol flavor, but lacking in warmth.

M - Figuring I'm gonna place this somewhere between a normal strenght American stout and an imperial. That being said, body seems a bit on the thin side to me staying shy of what I'd call mid-level. Smokey throughout and into the aftertaste, but not a smoke bomb. Some charred malt and coffee-like bitterness complement the smoke and keep things in check. Carbonation is lightish but still prickly on the tongue and works nicely with this beer.

O - Overall a good stout. I tend to get overpowered by heavy handed use of smoked malt, but this does stay in control and well balanced. Smoke accents instead of taking over the other flavors here. Probably not something I will run and and buy regularly, but will probably revisit occasionally, especially in cooler weather.

portia99, May 08, 2012
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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.

tedpeer, Jun 07, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2%

WckdVbz, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

coz, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

amart80, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice example of a sweet, dry stout. the smoke flavor wasn't a very big part of the beer but it IS there. Nice black beer with a dark brown head. 1 finger to the head and the appearance of this beer after poured reminded me of a breakfast stout. Nice cascading effect as the snifter is tilted. Roasted malt with burnt brown sugar and semi-sweet chocolate. Slightly smoky as it comes in and slightly sweet as it goes down. Mouthfeel a little on the silky, thin side. Good but not great.

natelocc787, Oct 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

kyledg, Feb 23, 2013
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jgunther71, Jun 08, 2014
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InspectorBob, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, late 2012 bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, toast, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity of dark roasted notes; the smoke is very complimenting and not overpowering. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, light smoked meat, light wood, toast, and roasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, light coffee, light smoke, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and robustness of dark roasted flavors with smoke; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked stout! Very robust and balanced with roasted flavors and smokiness; and extremely smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

hinemk76, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of stick lace.

S - It smelled smoky with notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - Great roasted malt like an American Stout with a great woody/smokey taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good smoked brew. Not overpowering but good enough smoked flavor.

zeff80, Aug 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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osuskin, Apr 07, 2014
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jemarent, Oct 25, 2013
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Zachtheporter, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up at a Binny's in Chicago.

Appearance (3): Black with brown around the edges. Pours with a big finger of creamy brown head. This eventually reduces to a layer then a thick ring. No lacing.

Smell (4): Chocolate and a strong espresso roastiness. A touch of ethanol and maybe a faint smokiness, but not much. Milk chocolate and the roast dominate though.

Taste (4): Same as the nose up front with some sweet cocoa and roast. Some pine and resinous hop character as well. More of the same in the middle with maybe a touch of smokiness but dominated by chocolate and then a strong roast finish. Straight up coffee bean mixes with the hop character in the finish for a very pleasant lingering taste.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied and medium carbonation. The hops coat the mouth in the finish and pair beautifully with the lingering roast. Very enjoyable.

Overall (4): Pretty drinkable for its ABV with no sign of the heat which is slight perceptible in the nose until maybe the very end of the aftertaste. The smoke just isn't there; these bottle are a few months old at his point and I remember earlier tastings having a bit more of that character. Fine by me though. A damn good imperial sweet stout (?).

grover37, Jun 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

klipper, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

BeerHunter76, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

swtchuck, Jan 25, 2014
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.