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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Ratings: 1,141 |  Reviews: 421
Photo of SpdKilz
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to ncmussell for this great extra. Cheers!

2009 Vintage.

Appearance – Pours a dark brown/black. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that leaves nice looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Loads of roasted malt and milk chocolatey goodness up front. Slight coffee, sugar and cream.

Taste – Similar to the nose though even more roasted malts come through. Bitter in the middle, actually pretty much throughout the entire sip. There is bitter roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Relatively one dimensional though enjoyable.

Mouthfeel – A bit lighter than expected, though it does add to the drinkability factor. Decent carbonation.

Overall –A good beer and I’m sure the age has helped it – I taste no alcohol nor have any warming. A good night cap. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of pavandal
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Opaque color with a 1/2 inch deep brown head on top.

A lot of scents going on. Chocolate, coffee, and even a slight toffee smell.

Taste was very smooth, with a prevalent coffee flavor. Slight nuttiness with a rushy backbone that I could do without.

This isn't too heavy for a milk stout. Not bad to sip on during a lazy early spring sunday!

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

Pours opaque black. Head is very small and a dark, espresso brown.

Smells roasty, smokey, burny ...all the astringent "...nys" that you can think of.

Tastes like the crust off of burnt toast dipped in cream. Very astringent.

Heavy, thick, velvety and dry in the finish.

A finely balanced stout, but closer to an imperial stout than I prefer. Right now, I'm digging some nitro milk stout from Left Hand.

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Photo of centurian62
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful aroma with a fantastic taste and finish. It pours with a small copper head, if any. It has a very nice coffee middle and the creamy finish is prominant and fantastic! I would expect more of an alcohol finish from an 8% ABV, however the finish made me long for the next taste.

If you like Sam Adams Cream Stout I would highly recommend this beer!

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Photo of Spadoof
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Origen: 12oz Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 03/29/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Immort Ale Snifter.
Serving Temperature: Approx 50 F

Appearance: Pours a DARK brown 1/2 finger head which dissipates quickly leaving a slight lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, oak and alcohol notes.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee and cream. Warm alcohol finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Warm going down.

Concluding thoughts: Good cream stout. Alot different than I had anticipated. Really Drinkable for an 8% ABV.

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Photo of ABeezy
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright this is my first review ever. Bought this down at Dee's Hotdogs and Sixpacks in Pittsburgh. Was the worst label in the cooler so I got it. Was sitting in the row with christmas ales for whatever reason. Anyway was looking for a new stout to bring home so here it is! This is the 3rd stout I have had this week and the best.

Pour, hardly any head. I saw that not much was forming so I started pouring faster, it didn't help much. Some bubbles formed around the glass, they were brown like chocolate.

The smell is great. Didn't have to get my nose down in there, it drifted up to me. The first thing I notice is the smoke. Then chocolate, espresso and a deep fruit sweetness.

Taste, all that is in there. You get that lactose milk stout flavor for sure. After a few swigs I can taste some vanilla. Trying to drink slower and let this warm up but it's not working. The other two stouts I had were way to sweet. This one is sweet but balanced.

I would buy this again. Wish it had more head but I'd still buy it again.

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

The beer ours a deep black color with a small espresso swirl head. The aroma is big and pungent with some burnt toast and coffee malt character. The flavor follows with a big creamy flavor with some bitter coffee and dark chocolate. In no way is it overly sweet, but the lactose lends a nice complimentary flavor. Palate is big and creamy, wonderful stout.

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

12 oz bottle, no date.

opaque black, with a dark tan head that fades fast to a thin collar. sweet milk stout aroma, but with a strong coffee component.

flavors of lactose and roasty coffee and vanilla are blended well. not too sweet, not too bitter. lower carbonation, medium to thick body, smooth. can't tell it's stronger ABV than most in this style.

I like it better than "One" in the series.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours as black as coffee. A quarter of an inch of brown head stuck around for a couple of minutes.

S - The aroma is coffee and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is reminiscent of black coffee. Roasted malts are very apparent. The finish is a little burnt.

M - Medium mouthfeel.

D - I loved this beer at first. Then the aftertaste of burnt popcorn kicked in. That dominated the flavor about half way through the beer. It's a shame because I really enjoyed the first half.

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Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A very small tan head rises to a finger at first, but recedes to a ring. Not much lace left behind.
S: Roasted malt, slightly acrid coffee, and some chocolate. Fairly simple, but not bad.
T: Again, not bad. Roasted malt up front. To much coffee. Which is a bit acrid and bitter. Some chocolate as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. Plenty of roasted malt and alcohol that detracts for me.

I finished a pint without a problem, but something I will probably not be coming back to. Nothing bad, but there are plenty of other stouts I will drink before this.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that I received in a bif into my trusty snifter.

A- pours a dark brown and looks black in My glass. Only the brief appearance of a light brown head that disappeared to a very thin ring of small bubbles.

S- as soon as I popped the cap on this beer I could smell the beer. It smells of creamy milk chocolate with fondue fruit. You get also get some raisin which is really nice.

T- at first you get the real nice sweet chocolate. Then that is followed by some plum and otther rich fruits and suddenly a huge roasty coffee taste appears. The coffee flavors are accompanied by a sort of acidic taste. I would have liked more of the sweet creamy flavors.

M- very carbonated for a stout. Fizzy and medium bodied I think less carbonation would have made this beer more enjoyable.

D- the only thing holding This beer back is the carbonation. Good taste and great smell. A good stout

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Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

blind beer #2 from sitarist in blind bif #4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my chalice glass. pours a really dark brown, basically black with a resulting and appealing tannish to brown head. The frothy goodness didn't stick around too long but at least it left a nice collar in remembrance along with a micro thin film on top. as the beer progressed, the lacing was plentiful, but fast falling.

smell was roasted malts, earthy dampness and some mild chocolate. the smell really isn't all that appealing. some mild hops lingering in there somewhere. The taste was hoppy, malty and had some unique sweetness. the roasted malts were very prevalent as well. slightly weird. mouthfeel was crisp and clean yet had a creamy milkiness to it. it ends with a malty roasted chocolate aftertaste with a slight amount of bitterness.

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

Thanks to Kamal for the gift bottle.

A - Flat oil slick. Obsidian really. Hardly any head - almost still.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet and dark chocolate.

T - Burnt, chocolate volcano cake. Bitter chocolate and coffee.

M - Tight carbonation, yet soft, smooth, even slick, mouthfeel.

D - Easy going down. Fantastic roasty flavors. Wonder how this would taste on nitro....

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Davolebomb, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black color, even a vigorous pour could not coax much of the tan head out of hiding. Smells of roasted malts, huge amounts of coffee and ash on the nose. Sweet lactose burnt sugar, dark caramel in there as well. Taste is what I expected. Hugely roasted malts with burnt coffee, ash, and a lactose sweetness that barely balances any of the roast. Wow this is the most "burnt" brew I think I've ever tasted. Reminds me of that coffee pot that got left on the burner empty for too long. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, thick body, light level of carbonation. Kudos to Dark Horse for pushing the burnt boundary. This one actually grew on me as I drank it, its not something I would drink all the time, but I'm glad I got to try it.

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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 justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

N: Dark chocolate, coffee and toffee.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee grounds, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, sweet grapefruit and a hint of floral.

M: Silky, dry and smooth.

D: Easy drinking. Another delicious Stout from Dark Horse!

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Photo of bsp77
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Black with thin, but foamy, purplish-tan head and some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Very chocolaty and creamy aroma, almost like Cookies & Cream with chocolate syrup. Very light roasted bite, molasses and coffee.

Taste: Much milder, and harsher, than the aroma indicated, but maybe the aroma was a little too much to live up to. Strong roasted malts, with some coffee, molasses and chocolate. However, there is a sweet, creamy undercurrent that helps to balance the roasted bite.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, very creamy body but slightly chalky, but it really improves as it warms. A little bit warming.

Drinkability: Very smooth and creamy Stout. I had expected a titch more from the aroma, but that is a minor gripe. Better than One, not as good as Tres. Awaiting Fore and The Fifth.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pitch black and viscous with a milky white head...beautiful.

S: Chocolate and more chocolate here, a little one-note.

T: Taste is a little better. Chocolate is still big here, but you get a milkshake like sweetness and a bit of hop twang.

D: Alcohol is well hidden, but the taste becomes a bit boring after a while. One is enough for me.

Overall: A decent, but somewhat uninspired brew. If you like the style, seek this one out, you won't be disappointed. Otherwise, move along.

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Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crazy dark thick on the eyes

Smell: Rosted Malts with big Coffie notes

Head: dark brown head with lace that sticks to the sides of my mug

Taste: coffie beans to the roof, half way in it turns to a creamy coco, flaver of a bitter hop cuts thru all the way till the end of this beer. yum,

Weight: on the palate its a lot thiner then it looks

Finish: ever lasting coffie with a hint of hops that still linger.


Appearance: Black as night, no like will penetrate this beer

Smell: Very dark roosted malts with hints of coffee and coco off the nose

Head: Nice big thick muddy dark brown head

Taste: Roosted mats with a heavy rich burnt coffee bean and a small amount of heat

Weight: I would have to say for both body and carbonation that's Medium to high

Finish: Hints of Bitter hops and coffee still on the palate

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Photo of in780
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Extremely dark brew with a thin mocha colored head that is surprisingly resilient. Leaves some trace lacing.

S - Smells like a coffee with chocolate

T - Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweetness is balanced nicely with the bitterness the coffee provides.

M - Decent enough, could be a little substantial given the huge flavors

D - Easier than I was expecting for the abv, just a darn tasty beer

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was going to pay big bucks for this on tap but got a bottle for 2.50 at D's six packs! Score!

A - Truly astounding Milk stout. Poured thick, viscous, pitch black with an inch of the darkest brown cocoa heads I ever seen!

S - From the bottle a very strong sent of coffee, natural and roasty and from the glass same applies with a hint of chocolate and slight vanilla.

T - Ow wow that's roasty! Smooth cappuccino like coffee and vanilla with a solid roast base clashes with a slight hop presence and lactose. For the ABV it seems way too light!

M - As stated it seems to have a thinner (but delicious) medium body even for 8 percent (really?) even thinner than my Terrapin chocolate milk stout!

D - May have to go back in a week and pick up a couple of more. Worth picking up just for the smell and appearance but worth picking more up for the smooth body and solid roasty flavor! Another solid offering from Dark Horse!

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Onenote81!

This pours a very dark, entirely opaque black with no discernible head. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of toffee are present in both the nose and in the taste.

This has a really classy mouthfeel--very full and heavy with just a bit of carbonation sprinkled in.

I wouldn't call this drinkable in the sense that you would want more than one. This is more like a meal in itself.

All in all, this is like a tasty blackhole.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle my Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head that leaves very quickly and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light earthy wood notes. I was picturing some vanilla or cream like Bell's cream stout but none here.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light cream, and light vanilla. The taste reminded me of Bell's double cream a little bit.

m - Relatively light body for a stout and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A pretty nice stout. Not a lot of cream in the nose but you can definitely taste it. Glad to try it and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of spartanfan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

review from notes had at Union Jack's (Glenside)

A: Pours an opaque black with a small tan head that fades to a ring leaving little to no lacing behind.

S: Very strong roasted malt and espresso aromas, hints of earthy hops.

T: Again malt are very roasty and powerful. Aftertaste is that of bitter hops.

M: Full. This beer leaves a coating on the inside of my mouth and perhaps has just a bit too much carbonation for my liking.

D: This is a very good beer with good flavors, but they are a bit to strong and overpowering to be very drinkable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received bottles of this from 2 generous BAs before I took it off my wants. Both readbaron and yeahnatenelson sent me down some bottles. Thanks, guys! This is the last one of the "series" that I needed to try.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an uber-thick evil-looking black. This slowly glugs out of the bottle. No head at all, just a ring around the edge. Not the prettiest of beers, but man to I love that thick pour. The nose is full of coffee and chocolate, some dry notes like burlap and wood. Not as sweet as I would think.

Excellent mouth on this one. Big chewy feel with a smooth coating effect. Excellent for this style. I wish all stouts would take note and do the same. This isn't the sweetest of Sweet Stouts, but it's still a good one. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, slight acidity, and the faintest of wood notes on the back end. Good, easy-drinking stout here. The alcohol gets to me near the end though, so it's not necessarily an everyday beer. I love me some thick stouts, so I'm glad I have some more bottles of this.

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,141 ratings.
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