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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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Reviews: 420 | Ratings: 1,135
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is so dark, it blocks out the sun. I held it up to the sun after pouring and couldn't see any light. The head is even dark brown, fantastic achievement. This beer is like a black hole, sucking the light out of everything, and only allowing a peek at it's existence.

The smell is pleasantly present. Imagine filling a leather shoe with something like tea leaves, then putting it in a hickory box, and burying it in a mound of really rich and dark dirt in the middle of a sun-beaten field....for a few months to bake all the fragrance in. Come back after a while, dig up and open the box, and sniff.

Flavor is full of earth and roasted malt. Put that tea filled shoe I was talking about into a kettle with all the regular ingredients you would expect to find and add hot water. Let that mixture ferment for a bit, pour a glass and drink.

This is where the tannin makes a slight appearance, you can feel its mild character. A creaminess is present, but challenged by a tingle that doesn't let your mouth get too relaxed while enjoying it.

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Photo of GoldHorde
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout:

Now THIS is what I expect when a stout is served!

Blindfolded - you would never guess another style. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, with a strong espresso edge. Blindfold off, you find exactly what you are tasting - am opaque black serving topped with a mocha foam head.

Strong enough to stand up to a pairing with a maduro cigar or an Austrian-Hungarian game stew.

A = Beautifully black, absolutely opaque with the dense, forbidden blackness of a black hole from which not even light escapes.
S = espresso charges up the nostrils
T = deeply espresso with a bourbon edge
M = Thick and creamy - thoughts turn to adding this to my bathwater...
O = This is EASILY in my top five Stouts.

Beautiful job Dark Horse!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours jet black, thin nut brown film for a head dissipates to nothing.

Smells of oak, smoke, bourbon, caramel, cocoa and coffee.

Rich flavor of bourbon, cocoa, burnt oak, vanilla bean and coffee with a notable hint of cream.

Medium to full, creamy body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Above average stout, good flavor and body at a not-too-high abv, definitely worth having. Hadn't had a good stout in a while, this hit the spot.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark as expected with a minimal bronze head. The smell is very bitter with a kind of tin nose as well. Much like the smell the taste is extremely bitter chocolate. This is not for me but if you are a bitter chocolate fan than you will definitely like this. The upfront taste is not bad but really the downfall of this beer is the aftertaste. Very bitter and leaves a faint harsh taste on the tongue. I don't find this creamy or a milk stout. if there was a bitter stout category this would be a prefect fit. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of DudMan
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a tan head. Smells of burnt chocolate. Tastes like bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy, silky smooth. Overall, a decent beer for the style. If you like your cream stout bitter this is for you. I like it and would drink it again.

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Photo of Mattyb79
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third in the Dark Horse Stout series. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hardywood tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with about a 1 1/2 finger head with a vigorous pour. Looks almost completely black in the glass with just a small touch of light coming through showing slight reddish brown hues.

Smell: I get a lot of cocoa/chocolate notes right off the bat. It's a little hard to get past that, but I can catch some roasted malts maybe and a slight vanilla. As the beer warmed, I got a little coffee as well.

Taste: Sweet, dark chocolate right off the bat. I expected this based on the nose, but what I did not expect was the solid amount of coffee/espresso notes that I got. Definitely a cream stout, but has a much more pronounced bitterness at the finish than most of the style.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy mouthfeel, this one coats the tongue with all its wonderful goodness. This is my favorite of the 3 Dark Horse Stout series I have had so far.

Overall: I would have this higher than a 4, but the taste is way too close to a RIS to really rank it super high in this style. I really enjoyed the beer, just doesn't quite fit as a cream stout to me. That being said, I will purchase more of this and enjoy every drop!

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Photo of Vogie
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time trying a Dark Horse beer.

P: Served in a Samuel Smith stout glass. Pour is jet black with about a finger or so of mocha head that quickly disappears leaving a little lacing around the outside.

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, lactose

T: Getting a creamy dark chocolate taste. Cream first followed by dark chocolate and roasted malt bitterness on the back.

M: Creamy, bitter, light to medium body.

O: A good Sweet Stout, however I did like Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout a bit better. I was getting more bitter than sweet in this beer. A solid stout that I would have again but would seek out...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a three finger tan shade. Retention isn't particularly superb, nor did I expect it to be. Lacing isn't great, either. Still, the look of this one puts most imperial stouts to shame.

S: Certainly a cream stout, with its big notes of lactose and powdered chocolate. Underlying that is some roasted barley. Smells bigger than it really is.

T: An initial wave of opening lactic cream is really pleasant, giving way to a combination of unsweetened chocolate and roasted barley. The aforementioned finish retains its milky twang, helping to balance all of the pleasant roasty bitterness. I'm also happy the lactose doesn't come off as being too acidic. This is my kind of stout, only lacking in terms of depth.

M: Creamy and soft, giving way to a semi-dry finish. It does a solid job being moderately easy to drink and feeling big at the same time. Generally, it just FEELS pitch-black.

O: While it definitely comes off like a cream stout, there are many times drinking this where I think it might be an imperial stout, and a rock-solid one at that. Certainly it's much better than their One oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As if we needed another brewery to be distributed to the DC area, we also get these guys now. Welcome to DC, Dark Horse.

Served in a DC Brau tulip because that's the way I roll.

A: Poured black as night, with a thick, thick, head that was about two shades lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Definitely got the milk in the nose here, which is unusual. Nevertheless, this smelled like Nestle's Quick as beer.

T: The bitterness overtook the chocolate which was a minor disappointment. This is one stouty stout! Dark baker's chocolate without a true candy bar bill. This was more of an entree milk stout to my mind.

M: Bitter, and I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. A good bit of splotchy lacing and very cream. Still, the finish was a bit off and the bitterness followed. It wasn't as gulpable as it could have been in that regard.

O: I'd try this one again at some point, but I wouldn't seek it out. Looking forward to trying all of their other entries.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black with a finger of dark brown head that fades pretty quickly. Creamy mocha coffee nose. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder flavors that mingle with bitter prune and mildy acidic coffee notes as it warms. Hints of licorice and smooth espresso on the dry-ish finish.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass two finger deep drown head.

S-Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt.

T-Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Not overly sweet for a sweet stout.

M-Medium bodied, creamy with some carbonated.

O-Needed more chocolate and vanilla for a Milk stout, the creamy mouthfeel was nice though.

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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 brian44556
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle, no date, into a snifter. Served at 55 degrees.

A - Dark, small chocolate head that fades rather quickly. Little lacing left on the sides of the glass. Looks flat after sitting for a couple of minutes.

S - Roasted malts, hint of chocolate, maybe a slight touch of coffee.

T - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, 2 day old coffee.

M - Thin, sufficient carbonation, crisp.

O - Meh...This one didn't wow me by any means, not sweet enough. There are many other better examples of the style out there. I enjoy a lot of Dark Horse beers, just not this one.

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Photo of shredder83
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a thin ring of caramel colored head that dissipates very quickly, no lacing and poor retention

Roasty/burnt malts, oatmeal, chocolate and sweet

Roasty burnt malt, a slight hint of chocolate and coffee. Bitter finish and slightly sweet throughout.

Medium-light and not as creamy as the name suggests.

This is my first review and I felt it had to be for this cream stout because this one was very disappointing. I rarely ever drainpour anything but this one lasted just enough sips to review. Very light body for a cream stout and not nearly sweet enough, the bitterness of the roasted malts and hops drowned out the sweetness a cream stout should have. The smell was present but not strong enough at first smell. Not well done, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes milk/sweet/cream stouts.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, opaque noir with a thin ring of a head, reminiscent of espresso. It's lightly carbonated and there is a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists mostly of coffee notes, with sweet cream, oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. The flavor opens very sweetly of vanilla and creme, but gives way to some bitter hops, light tobacco, and bread crust. The finish has very 'charred,' ashy, and burnt characteristics to it. For the mouth feel, it's very light... the ABV is felt slightly on the way down. Pleasant, but the appearance (head) and finish could use some improvement.

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Photo of drtth
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours almost totally black with a thin tan head that soon recedes to a ring of foam around the glass.

The aromas include some roasted malt and some chocolate.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the roasted malt, the chocolate being softened a bit by some light sweetness that all falls off into some bitterness at the end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with the light, persistent carbonation.

Overall a nice stout for drinking and one I'll surely be having again. Not the best milk stout I've tasted but still fairly good.

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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 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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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 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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smells of huge roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor has more bitter bite than I expected up front, but finishes sweet an chocolatey. A bit of prickly carbonation for the style that takes away from its creaminess, but doesn't interfere with the flavor too much. Solid brew.

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Photo of horshack7
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black as a black hole in space. On top is a rather dark tan head about two fingers in height.

Aroma: Bittersweet chocolate, milk sugar, coffee notes, light toffee, dark roasted hops.

Taste: Fairly smooth mouthfeel with a light sticky texture. Dark and milk chocolate, espresso, dark roasted hops and malts. Minor notes of bourbon and wood.

Notes: Overall this is quite tasty and drinkable with a nice smooth finish. Cheers.

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Photo of DragonzBreath
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

We found this too bitter to have again. We enjoy the look...black and silky. The pour and Look in the glass is of the utmost important to us.
Rich, dark coffee hits your tongue as slide down bitter, while taking all your saliva with it. Upon swallowing, the strange odor attacks. Rich, heavy stout.

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,135 ratings.
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