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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Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 1,129
Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a syrupy black color with almost no head (not unusual from Dark Horse). No lacing.

S - It smelled very sweet. Good notes of toffee, molasses and some chocolate.

T - Tasted of milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt and some toffee. It had a subtle vanilla kick.

M - This was soft and creamy. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a very tasty brew. A sweet and delicious milk stout.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is very dark black with a smal creamy dark brown head that faded very quickly.

Smells of strong coffee, chocolate and a hint of cream.

Tastes of strong cream filled coffee and syrup. Mildly sweet start that fades to a mediocrely bitter end.

Mouthfeel is thick but not overly thick with very little carbonation.

Unimpressive drinkability. Carbonation leaves beer somewhat lacking.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance is pitch black like all the other holiday stouts with a two inch thick tan head. Holds up for a while before sinking down to a centimeter thick cap. A very small amount of lacing is left behind.

The aroma is chocolaty with a bit of a vinous character to it. Some coffee in there as well.

The taste is a full on milk chocolate explosion, the vinous character has been reduced and comes across as a bit of a berry-like dark fruit character. It's not overly sweet but lactose comes across slightly. Some coffee flavor coming through towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, very creamy and soft on the palate.

Overall it's my least favorite of the holiday stout series but it's still pretty good. Not the best cream stout but it's a solid choice.

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Photo of Morbo
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a tiny dark brown head that is reduced to a ring in a minute and leaves no lacing behind.

Nose is sweet milk chocolate, cookie dough, and roasted malt with hints of vanilla and black cherry in the background.

Creamy bittersweet chocolate upfront with coffee bitterness in the drying finish, everything seems kind of muted compared to the nose.

The body is on the light end of medium, not quite what I was expecting but the lactose and low level of carbonation make for a pretty smooth sipper.

This is a fairly enjoyable brew, but I couldn't see drinking more than a couple without wanting to go onto something else with a bit more complexity in flavor. Perhaps with a little more carbonation the rich flavors hinted at in the nose could really come through.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6.5% abv says the brewer

A- black body with a thin layer of coffee colored head.

S- sweetness, roasted malts. not much else

T- roasted malt upfront with a mildly hoppy/coffee finish. some sweetness in here too

M- medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D- meh, one bottle is enough. maybe my hopes for dark horse were high, but this one didnt impress me. its pretty basic. nothing offense about it, but nothing to make it stand out either.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Even the purest light cannot penetrate this creamy beer's pitch black exterior. Just a small brown film of suds after the pour that diminishes to nothing very quickly. Very dark roasted aroma. Brings to mind black coffee from 7-11, but with a touch of milk poured in. Well roasted, rich flavored Kona coffe starts the taste of right. Then add some very rich, milk straight from the cows udder. Very raw, creamy texture. Just a little sweetness added to this bitter roasted, black as night malt bomb.

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Photo of mightyjoemoon
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

dark horse too is somewhat of a mixed bag. on the pour it fails to produce any head but on the plus side its one of the darkest stouts i've seen. even while holding it up to direct light its completely pitch black. the nose is roasted malts, graham crackers, and faintly alcoholic. in the mouth its very thin, very still, and has little if any aftertaste... for a cream stout i'd expect a bit more creamy-ness but fortunately it isn't overly sweet. you could definitely drink alot of these and they weren't expensive (8 for 6 i believe). if you're new to stouts you might enjoy this for its mildness.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a pint

A - Poured black, with a half inch mocha head that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

S - A sweet roasted smell.

T - Roasted then burnt malt. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Watery, little carbonation.

For a cream stout, this is not real sweet.

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Photo of jmalex
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as part of the Triple Trouble BIF from the guys from Cincinnati.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a tulip-style pint glass a deep black. Surprisingly, no head forms at all. Despite a vigorous pour, only a few bubbles even form, let alone stay and hold.

SMELL: Very big with an overwhelming sweetness. Dark chocolate and coffee come on strong with a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol lurking behind.

TASTE: As expected, much milder and sweeter in flavor. A light roastiness cuts through an otherwise fruity, milky beer. It almost toes the line between lactic and sour, but isn't quite there. The finish is very empty, lacking any flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Whoa, this is insanely underwhelming. It's really watery and barely carbonated at all. And the body isn't even that big either. Disappointing.

DRINKABILITY: Not the best. The low carbonation kills it and probably dulls the flavors considerably.

Well, you can't win 'em all. I'd definitely seek out something else.

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Photo of younger35
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this brew from aqsprint as an extra in a recent trade. So far I've really enjoyed what Dark Horse has to offer. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Black as a beer could possibly get. A quarter finger dark brown head forms and recedes as quickly. A super thin collar is all that is left including zero lacing.
Smell- Gobs of sweet milk chocolate just ooze out of the glass. Cocoa and Tootsie Rolls make this thing smell good enough to eat! (Or drink!) Plenty of vanilla and even touches of licorice really make this a fantastically great nose!
Taste- Loads of roasted malt that add a gritty bitterness from the char on the malt. Not as sweet or lactic as I was expecting. I was thinking Hershey's Bar and this is more bakers chocolate. Cocoa nibs, molassas and even hits of coffee every-now-and-again come through as this thing is just bursting with flavor. The roasted bitterness stays with ya for quite some time way through the finish.
Mouthfeel- Thinner than I'd like it to be with very soft carbonation that should aid in the creaminess feel. Problem is there isn't enough body for it to feel creamy.
Drinkability- Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It's intensely flavorful and full of roasted maltiness that I didn't even know was possible. Can't wait to try the rest! Big thanks again to Jon.

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

Pours black very little head while pouring. A slight head does appear after the pour, creamy brown in color. Very slight lacing.

Smell is sweet. Almost coffee and sweet vanilla creamer smell. Chocolate aroma is in there too.Roasted malt smell round it out.

Very creamy sweet flavor upfront. Dark roasted coffee flavors mix well with the chocolate and roasted malt taste.

Medium to full bodied, very smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

Easy and enjoyable to drink. Almost too easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost black color with a modest beige head that drifts away to a ringlet; a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Quite roasty, with chocolate, a vague hint of cherries and a whiff of lactose

Taste: Rich black bread, with milk chocolate and a hint of cherry fruit, a bit of coffee and hops arrive by mid-palate, as well; after the swallow, the lactose takes over by mellowing out the other flavors to provide a smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant milk stout with a surprisingly fruity/hoppy aspect

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Photo of gford217
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of StFun poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a short-lived mocha head that recedes to a ring leaving very little lacing. Aroma is mostly roasted malts with a hint of lactose in the form of bakers chocolate. The taste has a coffee bitterness up front before giving way to a substantial burnt malt backbone. The finish brings back the bitterness, but in a pretty unpleasant chalky way. The mouthfeel is a tad watery with very little carbonation. This is a pretty average stout and not as enjoyable as the first in the series for me. I'm hoping for more with the rest of the series.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Too Cream Stout
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Thanks drxandy for this dark creation.

This beer pours black as black, dark and thick with a very thin milk chocolate brown head that fades fast and leaves not a trace of lace.

A toasty malt aroma engulfs the nostrils, a robust coffee aroma mixed with a sweet and fluffy marshmallow notes. Toffee and caramel scents are also detectable, but not as strong.

A nice, delectable bitter coffee flavor hits the palette up front. That flavor mellows to a subtler, sweeter malt flavor with hints of alcohol dancing in the background. This leads to a wet malt finish, followed by a dry bitter coffee flavored aftertaste accompanied by a warming sensation in the stomach.

Medium to heavy body, it feels very dense with little carbonation. However, this beer does foam up with agitation.

The thickness and bitterness make this beer a delightful sipper. I would find it very difficult to put more than two of these away at a time.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with no head and very little lacing.

Scent of sugars, some cherries, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is smooth cream, roasted malts and some chocolate with a nice finish of roasted malts. I like this one, not much carbonation, but the flavors balance nicely and it has a nice creamy texture.

Mouthfeel is smooth and goes down easy.

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Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles from The_Epeeist and demitriustown. Thanks!
This pours dark black with a tan head. Roasty malt and cream smell with a similar taste along with a faint smokiness too. Medium to light carbonation and a nice lightly rich body. Solid cream stout.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like an orb of obsidian in my DFH snifter with a collar of dark brown and a few mystical swirls in the middle.

Smells just like awesome. Smells of sweet creamy milk chocolate but also with a strong backing of sticky caramelized barley. There's also a touch of green grape here. The decadent sweetness of this one is off the charts. There's also a slight... barbecue chicken in the background? Who cares, this one's about as sweet and milky as the style could ask for.

The taste starts with a subdued toasty barley that then unfolds into a far more roasted barely that isn't quite porter-y toasty. This roasted character lends a touch of acrid coffee and that barbecue flavor again. Beneath this all is a creamy milkiness that adds a world of balance to an odd beer really pulling things together.

Feels creamy, slick and smooth with a very tight carbonation that doesn't speak too loudly. The presence but cleanness of this one is really remarkable.

Wow. What a beer. It's edgy enough to get your attention, but smooth enough to be a pleasant sipper.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Eye Candy-Used motor oil with creamy brown head settling on the top.

Nose Candy-Plenty of roasted barley, chocolate malts, and the smell of coffee that has been on all morning.

Mouth Candy-A party in your mouth. Roasted barley hits you first and moves quickly to a coffee taste. At the finish the sweet malts and hops combine in perfect harmony to give a very sweet finish; exactly what a sweet stout should do. Body feel is very full and just right for my taste.

Overall this is a great brew. If you can get your hands on one, you won't be disappointed. Thanks to drxandy for this one.

Bottoms up...

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Photo of Overlord
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I could remember ever having tried a "cream stout" before. After doing a bit o' research, I realized it's a synonym for milk/sweet stout. Good to know.

Thanks to artusory for this great extra.

Pours a coal black with a big dark tan head that kept bubbling for a good five or ten minutes. Outstanding looking beer. Smells strongly of roasted malt with a bit of cocoa. It's actually not a great aroma.

The flavor is much, much better. How a beer can be this deliciously chocolate and sweetly malted without a hint of it being in the smell is beyond me. There is a bit of that roasted malt background, but this is definitely a sweeter stout. Did I mention the vanilla? There's a lot of it.

Mouthfeel could be thicker, but overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oil black color with very tiny tan head that fades almost instantly, leaves very little lacing and a bit of an oily residue. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, plums, licorice, and coffee. Tastes of bitter baker's cocoa, dark fruit, and molasses with a touch of lactose and coffee finish with a hint of anise. Medium to medium-light in body, low in carbonation. A little metallic and not very creamy due to the bitterness and roastiness throughout. A little disappointing to me, I was expecting more creaminess than it delivered, but I'll revisit this one again next year when I have the chance.

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Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, pours opaque black/ruby brown, nice head, looks creamy.

smells of coffee, malty chocolate, oats? lactose

tastes like a thinner russian imperial stout, oats, lactose, coffee chocolate, nice use of hopping, clean tasting and easy to drink, an amazing "lesser" stout in comparison to the competition.

mouthfeel is creamy and delicious, the name doesn't lie, the head is great to swish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So I only have a couple more left in the holiday stout series and I wanted something dark to have with dinner last night and decided to take this one for a ride. The nice 12oz bottle was served at cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - What a wonderful looking stout we have here. This one poured a pitch black with no light escaping at all,

This thing looked like an abyss. Pitch black, I could not even find any light sneaking in around the sides at all. A nice huge looking tan head then rose up over the top to a height of around two inches before finally settling down to a thin chocolate pillow across the top, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace throughout the session,

Smell - The aroma was very large, and nice and sweet. Tons of lactose aromas coming through on this one. Sweet mil chocolate and a good touch of sugar all over this. Some nice dark roasted malts were hanging out way in the back, but otherwise this was just very sweet, delicious smelling to be honest.

Taste - The flavor followed suit nicely. The first thing I noticed was a nice roasted malt taste that was quickly erased by sweet milk sugar. Lots of vanilla hints rolling through here as well, with a nice chocolate like flavor as well. The finish had a touch of dry hoppiness to it, but other then hat it finished the way it started and came off very nice,

Mouthfeel - Nice smooth, creamy feel, not as heavy as I would have liked, but still very well done, and a testament to how well this one was put together. Really again very well done.

Drinkability - I could have easily had this one all night long. The carbonation was done very well and the overall feel of it was nice, albeit a touch on the light side. There was a decent amount of sugar, and the alcohol was nowhere to be found. I easily could have had another one at any point.

Overall I thought this was a n excellent representation of the style and one of the better sweet stouts I have had. Rich in complexity and low in BV, it is the perfect session able stout for the evening. I would be happy t have this one again any day!

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Photo of kasper
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours like used motor oil with a creamy, bubbly half-finger chocolate colored head that falls quickly to leave just a bubbly ring. From the pour to about the first 30 seconds after the pour, this brew looks just like Ten Fidy.

S: Aromas of cookies, cream, vanilla, maybe a little bit of chocolate but with an almost fruity characteristic. Overall, a sweet and creamy smelling stout. The aroma has good strength. Real nice.

T: Taste is a mixture of cream and bitter chocolate followed by some mild coffee and dark fruits. Dark sweet fruits are abundant in the finish. It kind of lingers. However, this stout also falls flat on the finish. Kind of disappointing in that sense.

M: Part of the flat finish, I believe, has a lot to do with this beer's lacking of carbonation and thin feel. It looks stronger than it feels. That's not to say it's not a full bodied beer, it's just that I feel the consistency is lacking. It doesn't stand up to the rest of the beer.

D: I believe these are about 8%ABV but the bottle doesn't. You really don't taste it, but i feel it hitting me as I write this. Two of these in a sitting would be tops. Overall, a "good" beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours Jet black darker than #3 Chevrolet that was once piloted by the great Dale Sr. There is very little head, to be honest none to speak of. It does leave an oily film on the glass but no lace.

S: What a nice combo of roasted malts. Tons of sweet milky caramel, burnt brown sugar, and ohh the bitter chocolate. There is a dark fruit characterist to this one.

T: The flavor has a nice smokiness to it for a milk stout. Nice charcoal and smoke up front. Burnt brown sugar and caramel come next. Milky chocolate appears in the finish and lingers in the mouth like a malted milk ball.

M: Smooth and oily rather rich for a milk stout. Medium in body, Nice overall.

D: Not my favorite class of stouts but this one is one is one of the best in the category. Very tasty and very drinkable. I like it.

Overall: There are many great brewers in the Midwest and Dark Horse is often over looked when people start talking about the midwest. They should not be. They brew great beers. As I sample beer after beer I become more amazed. The continually put out top notch beers that many never get to sample. Do yourself a favor and grab some, you will be happy you did.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This stout is blacker than black! It's the color of liquid evil! The Devil's bile! As it pours out of the bottle, it looks like deeply coagulated and putrefied blood. I work in a lab, and I occasionally work with blood specimens collected from cadavers...not to be gross or anything, but this is what blood of a ten day old cadaver looks like. On a less grim note, the head is small but deep dark brown and fairly tight. Tons of little spots of lace are left on the glass.

S - Firewood, dark chocolate, deeply roasted coffee beans, and fibrous whole grain cereal (like Kashi)...the stuff that makes you poop. I also smell puffed rice cereal too...like that brand with the lip smackin' frog character. Count Chocula marshmallows are there in a big way, and a goat cheese like lactic note is present too. Smells wonderful!

T - Deep dark chocolate mixed with sweet and creamy milk chocolate and whipped cream. This is like an espresso topped with dark chocolate flakes and whipped chocolate mousse. There is a good deal of roasted bitterness, and not as much sweetness as the nose suggests.

M - Full bodied and slick on the palate...fitting for a motor-oil black brew. There is a large amount of prickly carbonation; too much IMO. I would prefer a more restrained and "silky" carbonation for the flavors presented here...this is a bit too lively, but I'm just nit-picking.

D - A damn fine milk stout! I find oatmeal and milk stouts far more drinkable than dry stouts due to the thicker sweetness, and this is no exception. I wouldn't really want to session this one though...it's more of a sipper.

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,129 ratings.
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