Dark Horse Too Cream Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Too Cream StoutDark Horse Too Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 418 | Ratings: 1,131
Reviews by krustster:
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4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Uuaahh god man. Pure black, not even a little brown or red, totally opaque, and this is "only" a normal stout (not imperial)! Fairly dark tan, creamy head that sticks around for a good amount of time, lots of lacing, looks very oily and viscous. To be frank, this is one of the best looking stouts I've seen in any category.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, coffee and "roast", and licorice. There's something unique that sticks out here and I believe it is in fact the licorice. Oddly enough, it smells.... well, creamy. Is that possible?

Taste is some more of that, but sweeter. Not highly sweet, but a definite semi-sweet chocolate chip type of thing, with some black coffee, some of the lactose type of sweetness, definite licorice coming through. Actually the more that I drink of this, the more it just tastes like a straight chocolate bar to me. Maybe a Hershey's Special Dark bar. Dark, but still sweet and incredible. I can see why some people aren't too crazy about this one, but it totally hits the spot for me. With each bottle I've consumed, I have grown to like the taste more. There's just something about it... the way the "roast" is so upfront, but without any real bitterness, and balanced out by the sweet taste, it draws me in.

The true power of this beer is the creamy, sticky, viscous mouth feel. It really is thicker than many imperial stouts I've had, and the "cream" aspect (sticky lactose feel, dunno if it even has lactose but it leaves that milky feeling in the back of my throat) adds even more thickness to the already pleasantly bloated body. And at "only" 7.5% that is really saying something. And the carbonation is just high enough that it doesn't die out by the end of your drink, but never surpasses the level of "creamy on the tongue".

Overall, the incredible mouthfeel, especially for a non-imperial stout, elevates this already delicious brew to a level beyond that of an ordinary stout. Bell's Double Cream was quite tasty but this one leaves it in the dust, and is much easier to find to boot. Awesome beer at a bargain price to boot!!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with no head and a thin dark brown ring. Not all that appealing. Nose is light but contains some nice elements of hazelnut, vanilla, sweet cream, and roasted malt. I don’t catch any coffee or chocolate oddly enough.

Tastes light bodied, fruity sweet with a metallic front, and ultra mild oatmeal tangy finish. Mild lactic quality that gives way to more sweetness and fruit as it warms. Body mellows as the minute carbonation settles. Becomes very drinkable around 55 degrees or so. Again, nice roasted malts, plenty of vanilla/hazelnut spice, but not much in the way of coffee or chocolate. I don’t mind that though. This is a nice beer. The body is perfect as is the balance. Smooth, creamy, and delightful.

Ultra drinkable.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the Oak Cafe. Pours black. BLACK. Huge, pillowing, deep-tan head - one of the deepest tan heads I've ever seen. Good lace throughout the top half of the brew. Aroma is packed with lots of dark coffee; bitter, black, pure, and dense. Roasted malts and hints of sweetness in the distance. Taste hits with some of that bitter coffee up front, followed by underlines of bitter chocolate and raw cocoa beans. A generic sweetness arises from most coffee and especially chocolate flavors, but the raw bitterness from those two items in this beer balance things very well. Roasty and toasty from the mid-point onward, some smoked flavors join the party; toasted vanilla, oak, burnt wood chips, burnt nuts. Nice combo of coffee, cocoa, and smoked woodiness on the lingering aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, slightly creamy with a medium amount of carbonation.

Wasn't expecting much from this but it's pretty damn good. The smoked flavors in the middle are subtle, but add a whole other element to the brew, other than just being a generic milk stout. Very tasty.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of blackearth
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. This beer pours black with a nice tan head. The aroma is reminiscent of burnt sugar and light cream. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel. The flavor is rich, dark roasted malt that go down very smooth.

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Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with three+ fingers of creamy brown head that has very good retention.

S - Combination of sweet and roasted earthy malts. Relatively simple, but good. A bit of smoke and coffee as well.

T - Roasted malts come through more in the taste than the smell. Also, some sweet malt and a very faint tartness. The roasted character may be a bit too much for a cream stout, but taste is good overall.

M - Not quite as creamy as I would like. Maybe over carbonated and a touch thin for the style.

O - Not my favorite of the DH stout series, but still a good one overall.

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Photo of MJLatimer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of shapudding
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apparently they don’t date these puppies! No dating. Pitch chocolate brown with a bit of caramel head in tight form that mainly was a thin ring and a tiny dusting just in the center. Deep, dark, and rich aroma. Thick and heavily scented of coffee, chocolate and hops. Creamy smooth feeling, it just glides along your tongue... schweet. Carbonation is just barely present in the background. Wonderful flavors, deep and dark, roasty and lovely. Black strong coffee, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, hoppiness, caramel malts. Such good flavors and feeling in this. Nice one for the lovers of ports and stouts, as it has a lot to give to you.

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Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of alarmclock314
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with an extremely dark, milk chocolate head that fizzles away to a ring around the glass. Smells of much roastiness, some lactose, bittersweet chocolate....Taste has sweet malts and lactose up front and goes into a chocolatey flavor which then morphs into a very roasty and milky flavor that grips the tongue for a good while...very lasting roast. Moderate carbonation fights through the creamy textured body. Very tasty but by the end of the pint I prefer to move on as the flavor becomes a bit cloying.

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Photo of Duster72
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black with little tan head and little retention. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, and roasted sweet malts. Taste is on the sweet side with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits being the primary components. Very creamy mouthfeel. Not the most drinkable cream stout from Michigan, but a very solid beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very dark black body with a small khaki head that quickly falls away. Just a spot or two of patchy lace. Aroma has waves of milk and dark chocolates with just a hint of dark roast. Smooth and creamy body with low carbonation. Taste has a ton of chocolate. Some coffee bitterness from the dark roast and a mild lactic note. A pretty good cream stout.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mctizzz
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: bosco, roasted malt, and cream

Taste: dark chocolate, roasted malt, small bit of dark coffee, with sugar and cream at the end.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, slightly sweet start--bitter middle--with a slightly sweet end and a bitter aftertaste--this beer really flips between sweet and bitter, medium carbonation

Drinkability: My second favorite in their line so far. This one is less sweet than most in this category. A sipper but could do a four over a long evening. One I would certainly pick up again.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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