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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Added by Mitchster on 02-05-2003

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Ratings: 1,139 |  Reviews: 421
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 jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tastybeer
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty much black. Small dark brown head that although not very large ever, sticks around for a long time as a sticky foamy ring.

S: Smell is mellow and fragrant. Marshmellows? Milky lactose for sure, coffee, and many piles of chocolate.

T: Roasty, sweet, fruity, and very chocolately. This is pretty awesome. Nothing mind blowing but very enjoyable.

M: Thick syrupy. Melted chocolate. Smooth, full body.

O: Good stuff.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of GuernzWeed
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mscudder
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

A - Deep black hue with a massive chocolate brown head. Great retention but little lacing. Gorgeous colors should be noted.

S - Sweet chocolate and milky goodness. Tons of sweetness coming through, with a touch of dark malts.

T - Much less robust as the nose suggests, yet this does not lack flavor. Starts smooth with milk sugars and an accent of chocolate sweetness. Roasted malts are in the background with a light hop profile to finish it off. Really fits the bill for what I expect in a milk stout.

M - Smooth feel but just to thin for a beer of this character. The brew almost slides off my taste buds when I want it to pitch a tent and develop a bit. Carbonation is low and well done.

O - If this beer had a bigger body I would be in love, however I will stick with Bell's cream stout as my go-to for this area. I prefer a creamier, fuller body with such flavors.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip.

Dark brown/black with a mocha head, dense retention and some sheets of lace. Nose has roast, some mocha character, cocoa and some creamy coffee underneath. Taste has a whole load of roast, some balancing creamy sweetness, vanilla and brown sugar in some regards and dark chocolate. Full body, alcohol wasn't perceptible. A nice cream/milk stout, but didn't stand out as exceptional. Very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of TastingRoomCharNtony
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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 esullivan880
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jaasen64
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard glass.

A- Pours a jet black with a fairly thick creamy dark mocha brown head that has nice retention but slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving behind some mocha brown layered lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Lightly bitter chocolate, cocoa, some smoked malts (kind of surprising), a hint of bacon from the smoke. The smoke subsides a little bit as the glass warms letting the chocolate take over.

T- Dark bitter chocolate, cocoa, a hint of very lightly smoked malts, finishes with a mix of cocoa powder and dark choclate. Decently well balanced, would have liked a little bit more cream flavor though and a tad bit less bitter chocolate.

M- Medium bodied, drinkable, fairly smooth, nice carbonation.

O- This was a nice stout, however I definitely wouldn't say it's my favorite milk stout. There definitely wasn't as much of a milk or creamy flavor as I was expecting. I was also a little bit surprised at the faint smokiness that I encountered (this definitely wasn't the smoked stout though). Overall I really enjoyed drinking this however it isn't as sweet as your typical milk stout and definitely doesn't compare to other top-notch milk stouts such as the Three Hour Tour that I had last week. I recommend trying this out especially if you like bitter chocolate and stouts that aren't overly sweet.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,139 ratings.
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