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: 1,142 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of mtrog313
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MJLatimer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of LiquidDegenerate
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of marine1975
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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 Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Cheesedogg
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Very dark, opaque brown/black in color with a nice inch of foam. Head disappeared after a few minutes. Smell of very roasted malts with the hint of coffee and cocoa. Taste the nice java flavor with just a bit of bitternes to finish. Very smooth and drinkable beer.

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Photo of ConorThomas
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, sort of shady, simplistic label, so characteristic of Dark Horse...doesn't much matter though, it's all about what's inside. No date, but I think we've had this one for a little over a year.

Appearance: Pours BLACK straight out of the bottle. Not black in the glass but brown out of the bottle, this is PITCH, OBSIDIAN black from the get-go. Really impressive and viscous looking. A dark mocha cap crowns this, but falls fairly quickly to thick ring and thin film.

Smell: Thick, dark roasted grain aromas, with hints of alcohol, and a touch of smoky char. Powerful and pleasant, if not tons of depth.

Taste: Char and roasted grains lead the way here. Only the most minimal of dark fruity esters, this is burnt, sharp, and roasty. It has a rich, full feel typical of a cream stout, but this ends drier and much roastier than the typical examples.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, velvety.

Overall: Not at all a bad beer, but it's not really what I think about when I think of a cream stout, even a larger-than-usual version. Foreign Export Stout? Perhaps. At any rate, it's not a bad beer, but at 10 bucks or so for a 4-pk, this isn't probably one I'd pick up again.

C+ to B-

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Another bottle courtesy of chpueblo22.

Appearance - Inky black and glass-staining. Not much head, but that it has is a very dark chocolate foam. Nice. I forgive its subsequent torpitude because of how jet black it is.

Smell - Lactose and a hefty coffee roast. Maybe a hint of alcohol as it warms. Uninspiring, but at least I get the roast more than the lactose.

Taste - Lactose sweetness right up front, but it isn't overwhelming. The dark roasts fight through. Mostly coffee, but some chocolate and burnt malt comes through as well. Nicely bitter in the finish, as it combats the lactose, but it's more from the roast than hops.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy in the taste and decently carbonated. The lactose, even if I don't love the flavor, makes it smooth and somewhat creamy. The heavy roasted malts really kill any notion of a cream stout, though.

Overall - I enjoyed One more, but this isn't bad for a milk stout. I try not to hold my opinion of lactose additions against these beers, and this one at least gave me a decent stout behind it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another incredible stout form darkhorse... Thanks again to DoctorB2B

Jet black as expected with a 1/2 inch of dark, tan head. The head eventually dissipates to a thin halo around the edges and there appears to be very little cloudiness/sediment. The beer leaves an oily, yellow glaze on the inside of the glass.

All I get out of the nose is a light roastiness and some sweetness. When it warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

This is a tasty effing beer. The bitterness is much more pungent compared to its smell and plays nicely off the stout's creamy sweetness. It's a super potent beer, but is also super balanced.

The beer's rich, sweet-stout body, alcoholic burn, and carbonation give me first impressions of a cola beverage (coke blak anybody?), but the roastiness lingers beyond that of any soda. I love the body of the stouts darkhorse makes.

Hard to get, but seems to be reasonably priced and very accessible in other states. I paired the beer with some Tuscany grilled ham and sharp provolone, which seems to have worked well. I'd recommend the beer to others and I'm glad I received it as an unexpected extra

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Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-pours like black motor oil, exactly how i like my stouts to pour. thin dark tan head

S-i could smell this as i was pouring it in to the glass and as i walked to my desk. it smells like really dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa beans. smells extra fresh. super strong, not exactly pure smelling though.

T-comes in with with a really dark and sweet taste of mocha. its a thick taste that lingers to a semi-bitter matching after-taste. the after-taste has more of a chocolate cover coffee bean flavor. pretty smooth and well balanced.

M-thick and medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-i'm pretty impressed with this stout. its solid tasting yet its super smooth and really drinkable, even dangerously drinkable. i would say this borderlines the taste of an american imperial stout...it has the flavor profile. i recommend this and will get this again if i see it.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours on the heavier side. Black with dark brown at the edges. Head is a dark tan and drops to a thin ring pretty quickly. Very still.

Smell: Roasted malts, a faint touch of sweetness. Lingering notes of cocoa and coffee, but it's really roasted sweetness. Faint grassy edge. Something akin to crust. Very mild, lacks some of the overt sweetness I expect from the style. Nice malt profile though.

Taste: Roasted malts, slightly burnt. Some sweetness mingles with a slight char and smoke. Missing the lactic sweetness. Very roasty with a touch of citrus on the back. Coffee and cocoa in good measure. Delightful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Borders on full at times, but is ultimately a high medium body. Carbonation is mellow and helps smooth the whole experience out. Very smooth.

Overall: This is very similar to One Oatmeal Stout with a little more malt character. It lacks the sweetness for the style, but makes up for it with a solid malt presence. Well-crafted and creamy.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep opaque brown, almost black, with no light getting through when held to the light. A one finger dark brown foamy head that settled to a nice frothy cap but didn't leave any lacing behind.

Smell: Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate milk with a little whiff of sweetness and alcohol.

Taste: Big dark roasted malts with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and a little smoke. Not as sweet and lactose filled as some other cream stouts, but that's what makes this original and unique. I like the big bold smoky malts and bitter chocolate flavors.

Mouth Feel: Full-bodied and hearty, thick and creamy.

Overall: A good big blast of dark roasted malts and lots of complex flavors. A sipping beer, and one is enough, so not really for sessions...but a good one if you just want one big dark malted brew. I would drink one of these again if I'm in the mood for the style.

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

P: 12 fl oz bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is dark brown/chocolate, velvety, 1 in, dissipates to nothing. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, oat, lactose, mild sweetness, light hop additions.

T: Dark roast malt, hops come through fairly quickly, chocolate, alcohol, oat, light sweetness. Aftertaste is semi-bittered chocolate malt and a bit of alcohol.

M: Full body. Viscous. Big body from heavy malt use. Hops cut the profile a bit, with the oat, chocolate, lactose, and alcohol coming in afterwards and adding back to the feel. Wet finish.

O: Nice milk/sweet stout. Good flavors, with an interesting hop presence. A bit of alcohol gives a nice warmth. Solid finish and something I would definitely have again.

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Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,142 ratings.
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