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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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88
very good

435 Reviews
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Reviews: 435
Hads: 1,065
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 64
Gots: 127 | FT: 5
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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 MDDMD
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark roasted malt, smoke, coffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, subtle smokiness, little bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky

O-a pretty good smoked beer, nice body and decent flavors (340 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Demure head, little less than a full finger and fizzes off rapidly, dark brown in color, minimal stickiness in the wispy lacing. The liquid is unsurprisingly black and opaque, lightens up just enough near the surface to see active carbonation and a mild orange tint. The nose is not vastly smoky, more a solid toastiness and roasted nuts and cocoa powder, very chocolaty, no real fruit presence nor citrus, minor notes of mineral water, cereal grains and granola, not overblown but steady and longlasting. Full-bodied, the carbonation brings a light prickle but not much overall activity or freshness. Instead, you get a lot more roast although I’d still call it chocolate and cocoa than coffee related and it only gets smoky when close to room temperature. Grains, tar, black tea, iron flecks, not much going on which is overtly sweet. More earthy with campfire ember accents. Here there’s some apricot, cherry to lower plum fruit flavors. In its favor it is smooth without excessive creaminess, drinks well but not ingratiatingly so. Marked most by its unremarkableness, no flaws, not quite generic, just a beer. Sometimes that is enough. (1,144 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Probably my third favorite in the series (see ratings for the others), Fore brings an ashen, black malt character to the Dark Horse stout base that seems to be used across this line. An interesting use of black malt (I speculate), this is one I'd probably return to if available next winter.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a fairly dense looking mass atop the body. Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a thin ring of residual foam around the circumference of the glass. The beer's body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma is of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness, dark chocolate, vanilla, and spent ashes from a campfire. The smoke is not overly present in a meaty, rauchbier sense, but more in a black malt meets wood ashes sort of way.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, campfire ashes, deep-dark sweetness with a modest caramel edge. Mid-palate picks up intensified dark chocolate with burnt toast, coffee beans, and marshmallow, hints of wood-generated ash, vanilla, and an acrid sweetness. Back of palate finds continued heavy, roasted and black malts contributing flavors of very dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, charred toast, campfire ash, and an acrid sweetness. Aftertaste of strongly acrid sweetness, campfire ash, burnt marshmallow, charred toast, and very dark chocolate.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is gently foamy and soft, with substantial thickness as well. Closes fairly dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the lips and tongue. (1,865 characters)

Photo of Vogie
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sam Smith stout glass

A: Jet black like motor oil. Small brown head that goes away once poured.

S: Roasted coffee with maybe some chocolate. Not getting a smoky smell which is surprising, If its there I am having trouble detecting it.

T: Burnt toast flavor with maybe some coffee mixed in.

M: Chewy medium body feel. Moderate carbonation.

O: This beer doesn't do a whole lot for me. The burnt toast flavor just didn't work. It almost masked any other flavors that were present. True to style though. Dark Horse does some amazing stuff but I wouldn't seek this out again. (588 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My slowly poured 34 degree bottle landed very nicely, transparent black with dark dark brown bubbles. At this point I tallied the look at 3.75. It wasn't but a few minutes longer that all visible foam disappeared, leaving a liquid you couldn't tell if it was even a drink. Still not offensive, and the initial pour was decent.

Smells like a stout, with maybe some oak? Not really floral, and a bit dry.

Taste is stout like, but there is the burned wood flavor. Guess that's the smoke, now, isn't it?

Mouthfeel, well - maybe stout like. I should make it clear I'm not a fan of true stouts. This is why. The mouthfeel is watery, almost slimy, but with a little carbonated creaminess that saves it as much as you can at this point. I can't just drink it, I kinda have to work it.

Finish leaves the campfire ash soup on the back of your tongue.

Overall this is okay. I'm not able to recommend it. If I got into a conversation with somebody who said "I'm looking for a Guiness like beer, but, maybe with a smokey flavor", I would point them to this beverage. It would be with warning - more of a "well, if you see this..." as opposed to "you gotta find this!" ...it isn't worth seeking out... (1,192 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An amazing looking beer for guys who like the dark stuff like me. Completely pitch black. Coal in a glass. The head starts off dark brown before lightening a bit and retaining well with a mild brown set of bubbles. A slow dissipating lace.

Lots of roasty scents as you'd guess. Roasted grains, a bit of chocolate and expresso, oh yeah, a bit of smoke.

There's roasty smoke, chocolate, charred grains, spent coffee grounds. But it all works.

It's so creamy and smooth, it gives the impression it watered down, but it really isn't. Medium bodied with a wet finish, but not watery. Just exceptionally creamy.

Very easy to drink for the style. The char is just enough to let you know it's smoked, it never crosses the line. ABV on the bottle is listed at 7%, but it's so smooth you wouldn't know it. Good beer. (812 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with a dark tan half finger head that disappears quickly. No light make it through this beer and it looks pretty thick.

Nose is dominated by a coffee like roast malt bitterness. Slight hints of chocolate however not detecting a whole lot of smoke if any at all.

This is malt forward that is very rich, this followed slight coffee notes and bitterness. No alcohol is present on the exhale but alas! The smoke does exist, it's nice and subtle and only noticeable on the exhale. Doesn't taste like peat smoke but its really tastey whatever it is.

Mouthfeel thick and kind of syrup like, spot on for a good stout. I would have liked a tad more carbonation but that's just personal preference, it borderline flat. (729 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a mini brady snifter

dark pour with minimal head. glugs out like oil. smokey and roasted meats in the smell/flavor. some coffee, cocoa, strong and alcoholic. the smoke lingers on the tongue.

"Schmokin'... ...beers, beers, beers" (247 characters)

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

Pours a minimal head. Nice, soft aroma of smoke. Black. Starts acidic with roasted malt, moves into a smokey malt as the carbonation clears the palate. As the toasted malt overshadows the smoke, it lingers into the finish.

I like this quite a bit. A nice stout with a medium amount of smoke. (292 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black body with a small brown head with decent retention. Aromas are predominantly of a charry smoke and dark chocolate garnache, reminiscent of a burnt smore. The aromas come through in a big and literal way on the front and mid-palates, with a sweet and smoky finish that lingers long pleasantly. Full bodied with warm alcoholic tingle. Assertive without being so heavy handed on the smokiness that you want to quit halfway through. (456 characters)

Photo of sharlie
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I personally do not know why I tried this beer. If you are looking for a very smoky, coffee type of beer with chocolate undertones, this is the beer for you. The aroma starts of hitting you with the smokey nose along with the coffee appearance. IT is a thicker beer that is filled with flavors, just not the flavors I am looking for in a beer. (343 characters)

Photo of Catherine8189
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark rich color that hits you right away with the smoke. The coffee and dark chocolate undertones then come through very vibrantly. The aroma is full and rich. The creaminess of this beer is evident from the site of the pour. The appearance is very dark drown, almost black. Very rich and flavorful stout, excellent choice for this style of beer. (346 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's amazing to me that I have not had this beer until today.Pours into a nonic nearly jet black except for a deep chesnut brown tinge at the bottom of the glass a deep mocha colored head atop.The smoke stands out but is not in your face that along with molasses and dark roast coffee make up the nose mostly.A fuler but more mellow mouthfeel with molasses and dark roast coffee flavors over top of mild hardwood smoke.The smoke plays a role but doesn't punch you in the face wich I thought would be the case,solid. (515 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant black and completely opaque the head was fluffy and brown.

The scent has obvious smoky tones but I get charcoal, leather, chocolate malt, smoked meat and maple.

The smoked tones come out stronger in the taste. Charred malts with a hint of chocolate, the smokiness blends well with the typical stout characteristics.

The feel is easy and light with a touch of wateriness but overall this is a beer with good character. (429 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a half finger of brown head that almost immediately fades to naught. Initially I'm not getting any smoke on the nose. Definitely some roasted coffee, sugar, cream and hints of vanilla and cocoa there though. Not nearly as menacing as the name led me to assume. The beer tastes pretty mild as far as the smoke is concerned also. I don't get any of the acrid or astringent flavors sometimes found in heavily roasted smoked beers. Roasted barley and char (more than smoke) come out front then a bit of hop bitterness and semi-dark chocolate come out midway and last through the finish. (606 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a heavy, motor oil color with only some sparse, creamy brown wisps on top. Damn, these guys really like to make their stouts DARK. Somewhat subdued smoky malt aromas combine nicely with softly sweet, chocolaty roast, and berries. Deliciously malty flavor...the smoke isn't really center stage, but rather supporting the rich, dark chocolate and cutting the sweetness with a bitter, espresso and campfire finish. Pleasant tobacco and dark fruity undertones. Medium bodied and fairly low on carbonation. I've enjoyed every single one of these Dark Horse stouts...well done! (577 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger deep brown head.

S-Nice and smoky, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

T-Smoke, char, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Unlike other smoked beers the smoke is not overpowering here. The third best of the stout series. (298 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get very minimal smoke off this beer. It's an accent at best, which I appreciate. The beer as a stout is very solid. Robust and rich, there are thick malts that really rest in the mouth well. Smooth feel. Easy to drink. Not sure what else you could ask for in a stout. For this some people might want more smoke, but for me, I am happy with it. (346 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a jet black color with a toasted khaki colored head. The head is dense but small and dissipates into a light ring.

The stout has a nice earthy aroma. Lots of wet wood and tree bark. Hints of coffee and scorched caramel provide an extra layer. Some charcoal and anise as well. Not much smoke.

Big roasted malt flavor with lots of char and anise. A deep caramel note provides some sweetness. The stout has a presence of rotting wet wood and peat. Some espresso pops through. While very earthy and woody, I still don't really pick up much smoke, which is a shame because the rest of this stout is quite good.

The beer is well bodied and chewy. Loads of roasted bitterness throughout the palate with some sweetness to help offset. A bit slick in the finish but surprisingly not sticky.

A very good stout. I wanted to rate it higher but it just didn't bring the smoke. It is very earthy and has charcoal notes but lacks the smoke. Still worth a purchase. (959 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with a fleeting half inch milk chocolate head that leaves no lacing.

Chocolate erupts from the bottle. Further investigation reveals roast malt, dark fruit, and savory characters of soy and smoke. There's a bit of vanilla at the finish. Floral hops arrr subtle.

Flavor is far more smoky, with an almost tobacco-like note underlying the entire profile. Roast malt accompanies a burnt ember character, leading to dark berries and chocolate mid palate. The finish is strangely sweet, with vanilla wrapping things up.

Body is fairly syrupy and full, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly subtle.

What it lacks in smoke aroma, it makes up for in flavor, but the quality of smoke was disappointing. Would've preferred less ashtray and more hardwood. There's a touch of acrid flavor that's offputting. (845 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thin brown head that has great retention

S - roasted malts and dark fruit

T - chocolate, dark fruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, a hint of alcohol warmth

This is an overall decent beer, but it doesn't showcase any smoke in my opinion. I think this definitely a nice, simple stout, but I was hoping for something smoke forward and unique. I may revisit in the future. For now I'm on the fence. (411 characters)

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

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Tippins Market outside of Ann Arbor
Price: $2 for 1

Appearance: pours quite viscous, jet black not a bit of clarity. small tan head that leaves behind a top and side lacing. Looks like a big bad stout

Smell: Lacking complexity, some smokey notes along with strong roasted malts

Taste: Again with the smokey notes and strong roasted malts. but it picks way up from the nose. the strong roasted malts get taken over by chocolate and the smokeyness dies out.

Mouthfeel: strong bitter aftertaste, but pretty smooth. leaves a nice stickiness on the tongue

Overall: this one was better than expected. I got tres blueberry in the same mix six and was very disappointed with that one. This one has nice balance and a good mouthfeel and appearance that makes it a really good beer. If you're in the mood for a slightly smokey and nicely balanced roasted malts this one will take you there (922 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fore-th stout in Dark Horse's series conlcudes with a familiar base-beer taste that was present in the previous three versions. But with the addition of smoke character, it seems to amplify the notion of roast in this example.

Fore pours in familiar fashion as well. Absolute blackness presents itself with an element of depth that suggests clarity even though the beer is seriously opaque. A dense and creamy mocha-stained head rises from the abyss with a very sturdy barrier between the nose and the beer. The beer laces impressively with well defined rings left behind.

Strongly roasted aromas leap from the glass and captivate the nose and are lead by the scent of freshly ground espresso beans. Complementing notes of smoky chocolate, molasses, roasted walnut and an element of campfire keep the aromas rounded and balanced.

Similarly, the beer's taste start deeply roasty with French roast, bitter cocoa, molasses and a touch of brown sugar. Smoke seems to melt into the malt sweetness with medium intensity. It's not an overly smoky beer but allows the somewhat "meaty" taste of smoke to accent the roasted barley to perfection. But the roast extends beyond burnt caramels and grain but reaches out to walnuts, charred pine and chocolate. Light rum alcohols offer a tinge of cherry and fennel before receding into the char.

Full bodied, the beer has a certain "lightness" that stems from its dry roast taste and texture. Its robust malty creaminess fulfills the mouth early on but recedes slowly as the beer has a long middle draw. Concluding in an extended finish of char, alcohol warmth, and coffee-like bitterness, the beer keeps the palate rewarded indefinitely.

Fore is dedicated and direct in its focus, not allowing any distraction from fruit, spice or any other peripheral characteristics. Its roast character shows great discipline and power. It's a fantastic display in the use of smoke with balance. (1,926 characters)

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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. purchase from MSCM. All 12 oz. poured in a FFF Rastal on February 8th, 2013.

A - Great pour, even better than Plead the 5th. More on the level on Cigar City with slightly less heft. Very thin brown film with plentiful legs.

S - Initially the smoke is more charcoal, with infused milk chocolate. It seems deadened somehow.

T - Front-palate bittering darker chocolate, mid kicks in the smoke, ash, and toasted coffee grounds. Lingering espresso finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The aroma doesn't exhibit enough smoke but the taste doesn't balance it enough. Would revisit, but probably not with any further expectations. (668 characters)

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.