Fore Smoked Stout
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Fore Smoked StoutFore Smoked Stout
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Ranked #24
Ranked #12,660
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Fore Smoked StoutFore Smoked Stout
Notes: Number four in our stout series, this beer is brewed with all malted barley and hardwood smoked malt. Aromas of smoked chocolate and coffee leave way to a full-bodied stout with a smokey finish. Fore is a house favorite among our brewers.

22 IBU
Reviews: 451 | Ratings: 1,132 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: smoked bacon, malty, molasses, tobacco, woody, sticky mouthfeel. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, with a tan delicate head and lace. Full body. would pair well with with BBQ.

Jan 29, 2021
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


2017 bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, very little head or any other characteristics.
AROMA: obviously smokey, peat, coffee. Could stand to be a bit stronger.
TASTE: Wood, charred malt. Leather.
FEEL: Abnormally smooth sipping for the style. Full body.

Good, but a tad disappointed. I thought 3 years would have coalesced into some stronger flavor and aroma.


Apr 25, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/5/15; drank 2/22/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance. Small dark khaki head; decent lace.

Oatmeal, cream & mild smoke notes in the nose.

Oatmeal & mild smoke flavors up front; mild pickle finish.

Cream notes emerged as this warmed. Not too smoky.

An odd mix; not very enjoyable.

Mar 24, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Onyx black pour, underneath a dense tan head, this hefty stout has dark chocolate, coffee, and stone fruit aromas. I get zero smoke on the nose.

The smoke jumps in head first on the taste though, adding texture and flavor to the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. This is exceptionally well done, IMHO.

Mar 14, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I had such high hopes for this brewer, so far not a one of the 12-pack I have like. But this one is probably the best I have had so far (but sadly, it really doesn't say much...)

I love smoked food and I am a stout aficionado - this would bring those two worlds together - what a great concept. Unfortunately, this beer falls short of what my expectations were going in - a strong, malty, smoky background - of which none existed. Instead, what I found was another coffee flavored, malt beverage that smelled much of the same and was just another less than stellar offering from the 12-pack I am slowly slogging through.

I will mention though that this beer has an almost perfectly black coloration even though there is no foam formation to be found. Mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated, with a tacky after effect on the tongue. So far, I'm finding the offerings from this Dark Horse variety pack to be very similar and lacking any distinctive qualities from style-to-style.

Mar 02, 2019
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle; '9.22.17' on bottle neck (6 months old)

Look: Pours pitch black and sits pitch black in the glass, with a nice chocolate-colored head (tiny bubbles) that dissipates somewhat quickly; reasonably nice legs.

Smell: Mild, but what I expect in a quality stout: roasted malts and chocolaty.

Taste: generous amounts of malts & chocolate, with a hint of smoke on the finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy and on the heavy side; just what I want in a stout.

With only 7% ABV, this beer is quite impressive. I am looking forward to having the next one.

Apr 23, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like it. It don't love it. Like someone else said: burnt toast is the overwhelming taste for me. Some chocolate, lots of malt and some bettrness. Would be great with a steak or a dark chocolate cake.

After more tasting, getting even more smoke than at first. It's growing in me although I'm not a huge smoked beer fan.

Jan 29, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Opaque, near black body with a good head.
Mild smoke that mainly appears in the finish and aftertaste.
Full body with medium-light carbonation.
Loads of dark roasted malts.

Nov 07, 2016
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Industry public house in Robinson. Now, I'm a smoked flavor fan, so take this review with that in mind! I really enjoyed this! The aftertaste was a little too off bitter for me, but, still a good offering!

Sep 17, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, caramel, and the advertised smoke.

T: Tasted of the aforementioned smoke - though it's not as powerful as I expected - a good amount of roasted malt, some caramel, a fair bit of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. There's just enough smoke to make this an interesting flavor, with the coffee and molasses working well together.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very solidly made stout. It's incredibly balanced and easy to drink.

Aug 18, 2016
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Lunchboxhead from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours like a black hole with a thin line of chocolate foam. Viscous but in a good way. The smoke flavor is more like burnt toast the hard wood smoke. This is an above average stout but the smoke in the name must be considered a misnomer. I'll drink it again but I will not be expecting any smoke.

Mar 03, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black with a small light chocolatety head. I like what Im seeing.

Smelling roasted malts and chocolate. A bit of smoke. As it warmed I also got a strong aroma of molasses.

I cant really pin point whats going on in the taste. Burnt something. Dry, this is definitely not a milk stout thats for sure.

Good medium mouthfeel.

This beer looks great but the taste is lacking imo.

Jan 05, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black. Galaxy black. A nice dark brown (and I mean dark brown) colored head rests atop.

The smell is that of perfectly roasted malts, and unfortunately not much else.

The flavor is extremely smoked. It tastes like a burnt up, ashy campfire. I'm not sure if they could possibly get this much smoked flavor inside a beer from simply smoking the malts, and I'm wondering if a product similar to liquid smoke wan't used in the end. Regardless, I'm going to err on the side of the brewer and say: "Damn! If you like a smoked stout, this one is smoked to an incredible level!"

Some burnt molasses and other malt flavors sneak through in the front of the beer, but once that smoke taste hits it's hard to notice anything else.

Body is medium-bodied. Per the color of both beer and foam, I was expecting it to be a little bit heavier-bodied.... but it's heavy enough nonetheless.

Dec 20, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This fine stout pours a muddy black with a very nice head of light brown foam that dissipates to a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of sweet malts, chocolate, and char. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet dark roasted malts and subtle black molasses to the front and sides with smokey notes wafting over the malts to a light smokey back with a lightly bitter roasted malt flavor on the back. Subtly creamy mouth feel with a nice coating on the tongue. Smooth and easy drinking with light carbonation. An EXCELLENT STOUT for the stout lover who wants a mild smoke to their brew.



Nov 22, 2015
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tariq1 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Got a four pack recently and I didn't want it to end. Tastes like a good old fashioned Midwest campout in the forest. Good smokey flavor, but not overpowering the classic malty stout flavors that you'd hope for. It's deep though not very heavy and not too complex. There were a few gaps in the flavor and it wasn't the freshest feeling bottle which keeps it out of the upper echelons of my beer selection, but I would certainly buy it again. I'd also love to try this one on tap one day.

Aug 08, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pitch black in appearance with an initial 1/2 finger of mocha-colored foam atop. This quickly dissolved down into a thin skirting 'round the upper edge. A small amount of yeast resides in the bottom of the glass. Modest aroma, but very pleasant; roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and spice. There's a bit of a molasses and burnt wood character to the aroma once the beer warms up a little. Medium weight, and somewhat watery in feel. Smoked & roasted malt and spice up front with a rapidy increasing bitterness, which I attributed to the peat malt and chocolate. While there is a decent amount of "smokiness", this beer is much more coffee-forward than I would have imagined. Not a bad thing, by the way. Finishes slightly abrasive and watery and leaves behind charred wood and coffee on the aftertaste.

Overall, not bad at all. I didn't realize this was a seasonal release when I bought it. I just saw a new DH beer I hadn't had, so I grabbed a 4 pack. I can't speak for this beer fresh, but with a few months of age on it, it's pretty tasty. Great flavors, loads of bittering coffee and chocolate, and those smoked malts. A bit thin, but hey. I'd probably buy it again.

Jul 17, 2015
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with motor oil like viscosity with a mocha brown head. Head fades fast and not much stick. Coffee and caramel notes make this an enticing brew - nice smell to this. Bitter chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and caramel make this a really smooth and nice stout. Finishes dry and bitter on the palate, but overall a really nice creamy mouth feel. Overall, this is a top notch smoked stout and I will def try again.

Jul 17, 2015
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Cheeseboo from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid entry in the stout department. I like it a lot. There are a ton of things happening with the taste. Very smoky flavor. I didn't think I would like this at first because I've had some stouts with overpowering "smokiness", but this was very nice.

Jul 16, 2015
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. No bottled on date and a considerable buildup of yeast in the bottle has me a bit worried. Poured at cellar temperature into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about a quarter-inch of brown head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring that leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

S: There are roasted and sweeter caramel malt notes in the nose. There is a definite soy sauce/sweet teriyaki thing happening, as well. There are more subtle notes of coffee and black licorice present.

T: Roasted malts are quite assertive at the front, with a hint of that black licorice from the nose. There are sweeter caramel malts playing around the edges. The middle provides more of that savory quality hinted at by the bouquet, though there hardly anything resembling soy sauce or teriyaki in the flavor: it translates to greater heartiness for the malts. The back end exhibits a somewhat subdued coffee flavor, along with a hint of sweet vanilla. There finish is a somewhat smoky roasted malt.

F: On the watery side of medium-bodied, though I certainly wouldn't characterize it as watered-down. My one beef with the feel is that it drinks a little too flat. It is smooth, with a slightly grainy finish.

O: I really enjoyed this brew: it's a stout that delivers a nice balance of flavors while still offering up some complexity. I'd be curious to see how this one tastes fresh.

Jun 18, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad as a stout. A bit weak in the smoked department. Pours a dense dark brown color with a dark brown head. No light gets through on the glass. Hedretention is lessthan average. Minimal lacing. Aroma is fairly pronounced, mostly roasted malt and some coffee. the smoked aspect only comes out in the taste. The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma. Rich malty flavor, mostly roasted malt. The smoke aspect comes out in the flavor but it is fairly mild. Still pleasant though. If you are loking for Alaska Smoked Porter, this ain't it!!! Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. The smoke adds a nice aspect. A pretty decent stout with a little smokiness for interest.

May 15, 2015
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drunkenmess from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying Dark Horse beer. I kno right, I live in Michigan...
Pours a very dark, dark brown almost black with a dark brown head That almost disappears while drinking. Very light lacing which also does the same. Smells of smokey burnt chocolate alcohol. Tastes basically how it smells with a lingering smokey aftet taste in your mouth. But actually very light compared to the porters and stouts I'm used to. Overall, well done! Me likey... Prosit & Cheers!!!

May 08, 2015
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A disappointment. Fully expected to love this beer. First, I love Dark Horse and have been very impressed with every beer I've had, and not just Pt5. Second, I love all the aspects of this style. But this beer is thin, lacking in smokiness, and needs more sweetness to keep it from tasting flat. Wish I loved it, but I'll stick to their many other great beers.

May 05, 2015
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a small-sized brown head. Strong roasted malt and smoke smell, but somewhat more subdued in taste. Lots of malt and char. Hefty body with low-medium carnation. Overall, this is a great Smoked Beer. Kind of reminded me of Grande Noirceur.

Apr 28, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh man. Bubble bath time. I'm not a homo but I really needed one tonight. Nothing like a new stout to go along with it, no?

Appearance : Pours a tarry black color... pitch, motor oil, coal...obsidian. It's a black hole in a glass, there's no way light is coming through on the other side. They should have called this the 'black hole of death'. The 3 finger head actually pours slightly red, like an angry irish fire brick red. It settles down into a peanut butter brown with tinges of red. It has receded to 1/2 a finger at this point.

Aroma : Salted Caramel Macchiato. Spot on. It has the roasted coffee with rich caramel and cream notes, and a toffee-like sweetness, and a faint smoked aroma. It's beautiful. The bouquet is medium strength.

Taste : First, it's roast coffee, followed by a slight hit of toffee and caramel, then coffee bean and dark charred smoke. Roasted and fresh ground coffee are left lingering on the tongue. It's a rather complex profile yet stays linear and true to form.

Mouthfeel : Medium bodied, bordering on full bodied, with an undeniable slight creaminess that's brought into balance by the charred and smokey notes. It ends semi-dry.

Overall : Another hit Stout. I love it, you should too.

Aging notes :

At 1 year the Rauch really starts to come out and it tastes very smokey, very roasty. I love it.

At 2 years the beer loses its complexity and feel, and tastes more along the lines of mild coffee and stale chocolate, with aromas of oats and feels like a lager.

Drink at 1 year for maximum smoke.

Apr 25, 2015
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dmgeng from Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this one as part of a mix and match 6pk and I was not disappointed.

A - Dark black color. Cascading dark brown head with lower staying power. Not a lot of lacing.

S - Initially there is the light smokiness that I was expecting accompanied by a strong malty aroma with roast and chocolate tones. The chocolate and malty aromas really compliment the smoke and roasted character which is more reminiscent of a great porter.

T - Much like the smell the smoked malt is throughout the entire taste and evolves over the palate but never overpowers it. The rich and sweeter stout character is really carrying the beer with malt, chocolate, and roast. The roasted character is there along with the smokiness but really is secondary to the sweeter and more robust flavors. The flavor is very similar to a porter but with more smoke and soft roasted character and overall more complexity. The bitterness is there from the roastiness but it provides balance to the sweeter flavors.
M - Moderate to low mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The lower carbonation and tons of flavor give this 7% beer more flavor impact but clears the palate well after the sip.

Overall, this is probably the best smoked beer I've ever had. Even thought the ABV is only 7% there is still a huge amount of complexity and flavors. The other facet that makes this beer very good is the complimenting smoke and not the overpowering smoke. All of the larger and more smoke forward beers leave more to be desired because they give the beer more of a bacon/burnt flavor that is less appealing than a gentile smoke character in your porter. I would like an imperial version of this with more body and more ABV but I will definitely get this one next winter.

Glass- Snifter

Apr 14, 2015
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