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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

844 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 49
Gots: 74 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 844 | Reviews: 410 | Display Reviews Only:
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-08-2014 20:47:54 | More by bigbeers84
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nrweigand43

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-08-2014 12:55:01 | More by nrweigand43
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schreurb

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

05-05-2014 14:36:11 | More by schreurb
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larryarms847

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is black, but I am noticing some almost red(?) or is it rust(?) hues around the edgers. Very interesting.

Smells like a bonfire, the smokiness is the only thing I can smell.

Taste follows up to the smell, very smoky, slightly sweet caramel hints, but mostly tastes like burning wood.

Mouthfeel, like sucking on burnt woodchips.

Overall this is a mediocre option at best from Dark Horse, I'll stick with Plead the 5th.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 14:14:11 | More by larryarms847
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Beershack

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

05-04-2014 12:34:55 | More by Beershack
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nyrblue2

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-03-2014 03:15:55 | More by nyrblue2
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amalburg

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-01-2014 22:55:21 | More by amalburg
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-28-2014 21:48:14 | More by Stu_Grimson
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Lucoli

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-28-2014 00:01:26 | More by Lucoli
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-27-2014 04:48:54 | More by DaftPatrick
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

04-26-2014 19:26:30 | More by BigJim5021
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color; the pour itself would make a typical imperial stout blush. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. Retention is about average, maybe slightly below average. No lacing on the glass, though, which is disappointing.

S: This is a very roasty-smelling beer, with chocolaty and molasses undertones. The smoke is existent in the background, along with some cream and a gentle twinge of dark fruit. It doesn't have overpowering smokiness, and the base beer hits all the ticks of what I want from a good stout.

T: To start (and really, to finish as well), it has a smokiness more closely resembling dried wood than cured ham - it's definitely not campfire ashy, though. Midtaste notes of licorice, dark fruits, and powdery cocoa help balance out the smoke. At times, it's even subtly tart. The only real complaint is that it's a bit low on flavor; unfortunately it's enough to keep it just out of 4 territory.

M: I love the dryness, the high attenuation, and the pre-swallow creaminess of the feel. There are a lot of residual sugars, though, which slows down drinkability...slightly. The thick texture would do an imperial stout proud (but could use a beefier flavor profile to help support it). Nicely carbonated.

O: Another solid Dark Horse stout, plain and simple. It's so, so close to being great, it just needs a 'bigger' flavor to support its big mouthfeel. Still, I'd gladly buy and drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 03:26:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
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vonnegut21

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-24-2014 18:24:36 | More by vonnegut21
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 7394 73W0229 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of toasted malt
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
2 mm sediment in bottle, firmly attached to bottom
No lacing
Body dark brown/black, totally opaque
Flavor of toasted malt, very light and slightly sweet; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, no smoke; flavor dies quickly with no aftertaste.
Palate medium to full, creamy, nearly flat.

Lack of head and lacing detracts from the appearance and the unassertiveness of the flavor certainly lower rating. This meets the judging requirements for a stout. It is very easy drinking, nearly a session stout, with no hint of smoke. Perhaps someone was smoking while moving the grain?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 11:40:56 | More by Ozzylizard
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robotiks

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-22-2014 01:40:21 | More by robotiks
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

04-18-2014 12:58:07 | More by KevinGordon
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-17-2014 05:26:05 | More by ZEB89
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hilgart1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

04-17-2014 01:09:32 | More by hilgart1
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tabascosigned

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

04-13-2014 21:19:55 | More by tabascosigned
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%

04-13-2014 19:11:41 | More by CraigTravor
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

04-11-2014 19:35:09 | More by TwelveOunces
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PhilMiller

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-11-2014 07:29:08 | More by PhilMiller
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fleurdelou

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2014 01:52:21 | More by fleurdelou
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marleyr

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-08-2014 23:07:17 | More by marleyr
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-08-2014 14:37:18 | More by masterofsparks
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.