Dark Horse Too Cream Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Too Cream StoutDark Horse Too Cream Stout
BA SCORE
77.4%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 1,144 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 02-05-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,168
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,144
Liked:
885
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
9.77%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
136
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,144 |  Reviews: 422
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. Nice, dark, dank looking pour with a very dark head for this style. The nose is a bit mild and grassy, but I do get some nice roasty notes of charred wood, chocolate, and espresso.

Nice full-bodied flavor with a profile that favors roasty bitter rather than creamy sweet. There are nice flavors of roasted malt and char, but not enough sweet flavors to complement them. At mid-palate, a woody, fibrous accent comes in that is not entirely unpleasant and carries through to the back of the palate. The finish is a bit bland and short lived. I wish this beer had more depth and more sweetness, though the flavor does improve a bit on warming.

Overall, an acceptable cream stout, though a bit thin and not quite sweet enough to suit my palate. Not one I would suggest seeking out, but definitely worth trying if it's sold in your area. A quality brew.

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Photo of PaterMorse
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A wildly compelling appearance and smell nearly overcomes a slightly less enjoyable, overly bitter taste.

A: This is DARK -- a nearly true black. Gorgeous orange/rusty head; sorry it dissipates so quickly. Remaining suds of golden opalescent qualty. Ring on edge the color of Mercury.

S: Flat-out awesome. Chocolate, oatmeal. Secondary hits of coffee, spent coffee grounds.

T: A little stringent. Not bad, but not as sweet or smooth as aroma would suggest. Dark roasted hops/malt; comparatively bitter. Not boozie (can't really taste the alcohol), but bitter.

M: Medium body, holds together. Good range of flavors. Velvety. Dries the mouth a bit.

O: Scent very nice, appearance as cool as it comes. An easy drink for being bitter; but the question is "Do I want bitter in a milk/sweet stout?" It's a far cry from the ultra-smooth Young's Double Chocolate / Left Hand Milk Stout (but perhaps Dark Horse is seeking to blaze its own taste/trail). In short, two senses (sight, smell) give standing ovation; taste buds a bit more skeptical.

Repeat? I'll search around for other milk / sweet stouts for a while, but I wouldn't mind returning to this because of its unqueness (the "bitters" in a milk/sweet stout). Regardless, despite an appearance and aroma that's very nice, I doubt I'd ever stock a 4- or 6-pack.

Two Words: Sour Milk

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Photo of jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Too Cream Stout opens to a sweet, milky, but still coffee- and ash-laden aroma. The sugars in here are pronounced and varied, featuring heavy whipping cream, caramel, toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, and brown sugar; these are balanced by an undercurrent of ash, tobacco, chocolate malt, and burnt toast crust. There’s also a good bit of nuance added by smidgens of vanilla, roasted pecan, and thick brown breads. Hops add a barely detectable edge of pine resin and grapefruit rind to add a bitter, resinous complexity. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring almost everything one could want in a Milk Stout, losing points mainly for strength of aromas, since the initial odors do fade after a few seconds.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a black, ashy, tobacco-and-coffee-laden edge that is reminiscent of campfire smoke and wood ash, and is surprisingly powerful. This is quickly joined by a good bit of sugar, which bring the milky lactose, as well as molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and touches of milk chocolate. Toasted bread crust and rising wheat dough add earthiness, joined by roasted pecans and vanilla. Hops add a bitter pine resin and grapefruit rind edge that sears the tongue and adds a biting, citrusy kick. In subsequent sips the initial black ashy notes do subside somewhat, as if the tastebuds had burned out in their initial onslaught, but are still present in great quantity, and fight the sugars for dominance. The aftertaste is a heavily ash-laden continuation of the main mouthful, with even greater tobacco, coffee, and citrusy pine resin presence as the sugars die off, and the ashy notes linger on the tongue for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this is a very good Milk Stout, featuring a very powerful arrangement of finely assorted flavors that will be sure to please fans of the style. The ashy/coffee notes are perhaps a bit too strong here, the sugars not quite able to keep up, and the beer could have used a bit more ABV to add a greater vanilla-bourbon overtone, as well as a little less carbonation. But even without those changes, this is quite drinkable, and very delicious.

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Photo of GRFounder
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Devi0us
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of linnymtu
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rjvanston
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a tan tint, a nice 1 inch creamy tan head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts, creamy sweet milk, chocolate, sugars, caramel, toffee, minor hops near the finish.

Taste - Roasty malts mixed with milky sweetness. Coffee comes in and adds a little bitterness. Lots of caramel and toffee with some chocolate. Minor hop note at the finish. Really didnt get any alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Malts, lactose milk sweetness and coffee coat the tounge. More sugars and lactose with chocolate cover palate. The finish is sweet and malty.

Overall - Decent, mild and very easy to drink. Balance is good, usually milk stouts are so sweet, this one is more mild and malty. Worth a drink but nothing spectacular.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of joeseppy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is about as dark as it gets. Deep chestnut brown head with a wispy head.

Aromas of smoky oak, milk chocolate, spent coffee grounds, scalded milk and alcohol.

Smoky char comes on strong, wet coffee grounds, and bakers chocolate follow. Bitterness overwhelms the malt structure.

On the thin side with scant carbonation. Bakers cocoa essence. Mild lactose sweetness.

Not digging this as I have a sweet tooth and the label does say 'too cream"-not feeling it. Gave it a shot though and I feel I'm a bit generous with the points here.. I guess if you are looking for a less sweet cream stout-this ones for you. It's ok, not great....meh....

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Photo of JDizzle
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Raime
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an impenetrable black with a two finger mocha head. Left no lacing.

S - Roasted malt, Alcohol, Dark coffee.

T - Roasted malt up front, Followed by some medium-dark coffee and a cloying sweetness. Finishes with toasty caramel malt.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, Straight forward and to the point. Not a whole lot to say about this one. It's a solid stout, But nothing fantastic.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of scott2269
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77.4% out of 100 with 1,144 ratings
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