Dark Horse Too Cream Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Too Cream StoutDark Horse Too Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 02-05-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,141
Reviews:
421
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
134
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this brew into a Cheers Dimpled mug, not really sure why but I liked the way it looked. The beer is very black in color, solid bubbling brown colored head on top. The lacing is nice on this brew. The smell of the beer has a lot of roasted burnt aromas coming off of it along with some lactose sourness on the nose. The taste of this really does have a creamy flavor upfront and in the back it dries out into a bitter burnt toast flavor. The mouthfeel is a pretty thick which I found nice. Overall it's a pretty good tasting stout.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. No traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin mocha-colored head that died down and left just a collar of small bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of lactose in the nose along with notes of dark chocolate and hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark chocolate, lactose and roasted coffee beans. A very slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a bit less than a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a great balance between the flavors of sweet lactose and roasted malts. It's also rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Traditional attitudes that circulate about cream stouts were smoothen out the rougher edges of roast with milk sugars, giving the beer a softer and more approachable palate. Not the case says Dark Horse, the additions of cream gives permission to sock even more roast to the beer- not favoring the masses but to reward those who prefer serious roast character.

Black. Onyx-like in color and sheen, the beer reluctantly surrenders its carbonation and slowly builds a meringue of mocha proportions. High retention and blanketed lace coats the glass with aggressiveness. Beers just don't look stouter!

Strong roasty aromas dominate the nose in ways that only espresso and burnt toast can only want. Burnt woods, embers, and cinders blend with cocoa, and light smoke. Somewhat meaty and savory, the underlying cream notes are supportive but in no way balance the scent.

The same dominance is alive in taste with the sharp and acrid flavors of burnt toast, heavy roasted espresso bean, and light ash. Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa lurk closely behind and give roundness to the sheer roast. Burnt molasses add a tinge of softness that concludes a milkshake-like late palate. A long and lingering aftertaste of burnt grain outlasts the milky taste and give assertive ash and roughness in aftertaste.

Creamy, full, and absolutely chewy, the beer engulfs the mouth and retains its malty carbonated creaminess in a marshmallowy and milkshake proportion. A very late closure releases the malt and aids the dry ash and burnt husk bitterness and astringency to finish.

This is an incredibly full beer that's sharp, rough, and exhibits overall burnt character- far greater than the lactose additions can balance.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost black color with a modest beige head that drifts away to a ringlet; a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Quite roasty, with chocolate, a vague hint of cherries and a whiff of lactose

Taste: Rich black bread, with milk chocolate and a hint of cherry fruit, a bit of coffee and hops arrive by mid-palate, as well; after the swallow, the lactose takes over by mellowing out the other flavors to provide a smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant milk stout with a surprisingly fruity/hoppy aspect

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taste is roasty, with a dose of campfire smoke. Earthy, malty, with an edge of hop bitterness in the finish. Not sweet, but verges on bittersweet chocolate big time.

Creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to sustain a finger of tan foam. Body is inky black, it pours like motor oil. Nondescript aroma, slight roast malt as it warms. If you like smoke in your stout, seek this out.

One is good for me, it's a rare treat...

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a syrupy black color with almost no head (not unusual from Dark Horse). No lacing.

S - It smelled very sweet. Good notes of toffee, molasses and some chocolate.

T - Tasted of milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt and some toffee. It had a subtle vanilla kick.

M - This was soft and creamy. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a very tasty brew. A sweet and delicious milk stout.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/1/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense very dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, coffee, cream, toffee, smoke, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance of big roasted flavors with moderate cream sweetness. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, cream, toffee, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, cream, toffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark roasted flavors with moderate cream sweetness; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice cream stout. Very well balanced with extremely robust roasted flavors and moderate sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Pours a very, very dark brown color. Nose brings forward some lightly roasted malt as well as a bit of sugar. Some coffee and chocolate pervade, but are certainly in the background. The taste is pretty plain without much other than a bit of roast. The feel is a bit dry, but has a nice body with the lactose. Drinks quite well overall, though there's not much that stands out about it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours near black and thick looking; like over-used motor oil. Weak head. A layer of dark sediment left on the bottom of the bottle despite a full pour.

Aroma: exceptionally appealing if fairly simple, with more medium roasted grain than expected.

Flavor: Excellent sweet/bitter balance, with the light sweetness overcome by mild bitterness by the finish. Lingering dark roasted malts and black coffee in the aftertaste. A hint of dark chocolate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Easily one of the darkest beers I've ever seen, Dark Horse's Cream Stout pours an opaque stream of oily black into the glass, steadily raising a frothy dark brown head that drops shortly to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. Its intensity of color, however, is not carried over into the flavor and aroma. The nose is, in fact, more fruity (with a berry-like yeastiness) than it is roasty. Only as it warms does the coffee and dark chocolate character begin to rise. The mouthfeel is certainly full though, leaving it somewhat viscous, supple, and creamy smooth across the palate with a mild, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. In the flavor it's mainly coffee-like, with mild hints of bittersweet chocolate, but no sweetish caramel or nuttiness. And the expected, harsh and bitter, super deep roastiness like an ashtray is entirely missing... this is actually quite smooth and rounded! There's not a lot of complexity to it, but it IS rich, and it lingers in the aftertaste for minutes after it's gone. Quite nice. A great cigar beer!

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a super dark colored fizzy but semi rich head, that fades semi quickly but never goes away as it supported with lots of bubbles from the bottom of a normal snifter glass, over motor oil pitch black colored beer.

Nose brings tons of roast and black patent malts, touch of coffee and toffee, some earthy very dark bitter chocolate like 85% cacao heavy, a bit of a creamy aroma, a bit of a boozy tingle in the nose.

Taste starts with some bitter scorched malts, plenty of roast packed in there, a bit of coffee, again super bitter dark intense chocolate, a slight creamy milky feel but not much, some light cinnamon like spice flavors, fairly bitter, some light earthy hops but lots of bitterness from burnt malts, a bit of minerality, semi sweet with hints of warming booze. Finishes with a long bitter scorched malt flavor, some light minerality and earthy flavors, dries a bit. I wouldn't really call this a cream stout as much as I would call it a Baltic POrter or RIS.

Mouth is thicker and semi heavier bodied, a little syrupy almost, with frothy decent carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Drink is not that great, fairly heavy and a little syrupy, a bit boozy, and bitterness and minerality linger for a little bit.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black with a finger of dark mocha/chocolate brown head. This retains with a thin layer of froth around the edges that leaves some light spotty lace behind. This pretty much looks just like the bottle of One that I just drank. The aroma smells of dark chocolate malts and earthy hops. This also has a smooth milky creaminess to it that really helps bring out the sweeter accents of that chocolate character.

The taste is dark roast and creamy chocolate sweetness, with a firm dose of earthy and spicy hops mixed in. Lots of lingering roast in the finish, but a lot of sweetness does as well, with milky lactic notes hanging in there the most. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice firmness to the carbonation that then gives way to some chewier sweetness underneath. That 8% is hidden rather well, with only some light warmth in the overall feel.

Equal parts dark and sweetly chewy, this was a solid Milk Stout with a good feel for a larger beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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