Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Mitchster on 12-13-2002

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Photo of Tbn2
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to drxandy for this. I think this might be one of the best beers I have ever had. I am in a euphoric state right now (this is the second beer I have had and I'm not high right now)

A-Black. Almost brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S-Smoke, Chocolate, Caramel, and like it is going to take me to a new world.

T-Everything I hoped for and more. One of the best stouts I have ever tasted. I wish I could make beer this good.

M-Perfect; enough said.

This beer took me to a new world. I would like to think of myself as a seasoned beer drinker. This is probably one of the best I have ever had. I can only remember a few beers that tickled my taste buds in such a good way. If you can't have sex tonight, buy a six pack of this. It will make sweet love to your mouth.

Bottoms up...

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Photo of Lupe
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just about the deepest, darkest, charcoal black beer I've ever poured. This one would but some Imperial Stouts to shame. It even looks thick coming out of the bottle. Milk chocolate colored sheet caps off the liquid and leaves little lace.

Light smoke aroma, more of a heavy roast than outright smoke. Plenty of coffee and dark cocoa in the nose. Notes of caramel and chocolate covered espresso beans are present as well. mmm stout....

Flavor is very similar to the aroma - lots of roasty goodness. Dark chocolate, espresso, and carmel are all there. Faint smokiness is very pleasant and adds some mystery. Mild herbal bitterness along with all the roasted flavors balance the malt sweetness. Gets slightly cloying towards the finish, but close to perfect otherwise. Not as smoky as expected, but this is definitely an exception stout.

Awesome mouthfeel - creamy and thick almost like a milkshake. Full bodied and luscious on the tongue. Very easy to drink, but a half point comes off due to the slight cloying sweetness towards the finish. I want more!!!

Thanks to Monkeyknife for sending this one through the BIF Race

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black and opaque...waftingly large dark tanned, beefy, foamed capping laps up to top the blackness with might. The head retained its girth briefly and lacing is minimal with a few stretched out strings.

Aroma is mostly of chocolate and a bit of roast. There's a nice partial smokeyness as well thats deep and broading mixing with a bit of warmth.

Solid taster with a firm chocolatey tone thats bold and lasting with undertones to bittered espresso, slightly burnt cream, slight tang to dark cherry and a very well placed smokeyness puffing about with a deeply set balance. Bittered chocolate finish with puffy dryness and a tiny titch of hops.

Creamy, nearly full body, lofty, lengthy, smooth, chocolatey, and a hovering dryness that creates a pleasant cocoa powder fluff across the palate.

Drinkable times Fore! A great stout by Dark Horse!

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Photo of putnam
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the blackest, charcoal brown-colored foam of any Dark Horse beer -- and so of any beer. It must be conjured by a high pour and sits quickly into a greasy slick of not-as-dark on top of a jet-black liquid.
Conforming to the pattern set by Dark Horse Tres -- which is not assertively flavored of blueberries -- this is not assertively smoky. It features aromas of burning oil, cocoa and coffee that has been reduced to a paste. In the mouth it is broad, creased with roasty bitterness, but ultimately creamy-textured and dry.
Very easy to drink.

This should be classified as a Stout, not a Rauchbier or Smoked Beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and very smoky with a chocolaty undertone and hints of burnt wood and molasses. It pours a beautiful opaque sable, just a whisker above black, with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Rich flavor is very smoky and has tones of molasses, fine roast coffee and unsweet chocolate as well as a tiny fishy hint. Texture is thick, smooth, oily and just a little tingly. This one is a must!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant deep black with a two finger chocolate head that quickly dissipates.
S: Smoke, wine and dark toasted malt with traces of chocolate and coffee.
T: Roast malts with chocolate seasoned lightly by smoke. M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O: the smoke is very suibtle in this beer and well balanced by the other elements.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into Bruges tulip.
A: Dense two finger head that is a rich tan hue. The body is pitch black, no light makes its way through. Head retention lasts a good while, then sinks to a thin layer and leaves an island of froth. Lacing is standard for a stout.

S: Very smokey malt presence. A RIS sweetness projects its self over the smoke, but still warm and smokey. No hop profiles found and a layered aroma that has a nice balance. Medium to high intensity on the aroma.

T/M: The sweetness on the front is warm and pleasant. The smoke character is more profound in the aroma, but finds its way in more on the lingering taste. A nice complexity of flavors, from a classic roasted note of Russian Imperial to a German Rauchbier. Very well done. Fore a full flavored stout this is very drinkable, smooth on the palate and the mouthfeel projects a silky element.

O: Multi-dimensional beer, I feel the strongest of the series so far.. Great beer and overly drinkable for a stout of its kind.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as all get out, this is hella-black, darker than 95% of most stouts...takes quite a bit of effort to coax a modest very dark, cinnamon and purple colored crema head with very good retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is wonderful...rich, black French Roast coffee, gobs of black patent and chocolate malt, tons of bitter chocolate, a nice touch of distant smoke, cocoa, charcoal, black walnut and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, like melted chocolate...rich dense body. Taste is outta sight...an exact recapitulation of the aroma...all those tastes are in here. Mild herbal bitterness, intense roastiness, rich body smothers the tongue. Pleasant sweetness from the dense malt body balances the extreme roastiness. Faint suggestion of alcohol towards the middle is pummeled by the intense finish. Everlasting finish....ooof. The smokiness is just there, lingering in the aftertaste, not overpowering and somewhat subtle. Chalkiness is pervasive and sometimes distracting, which is it's only fault.

This is a bad-ass stout. These guys at Dark Horse haven't disappointed me yet. Wonderful. Highly recommended. This one will put hair on your chest.

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Photo of adamette
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Medium to dark brown head over a jet black body. 4.0

S Dark roast, malt, chocolate with some raspberry. 4.0

T Great, some unexpected chocolate/raspberry sweetness along with the dark roast malt. I really enjoyed this! 5.0

M Thick, syrupy, wonderfully smooth. 5.0

D Fair to good. This is a style that is not that drinkable but the greatness of this beer shines through. 4.0

Gina at Dark Horse suggested, after I asked, that they had just changed the tap lines and, even though they were rinsed, cleaned, that some of the previous raspberry ale might still be present on the line. You know what?, this did not hurt the taste of this beer at all!

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Photo of rembrant
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse has become a favorite. They do 5 bottled Stouts,and their Black Bier and Brown Ale could pass for Stout. ALL their big dark brews have a family resemblance,a similar full malt profile with hops subtle,yet responsible for a harmony,and a clever delayed finish. They love to work the Hop/malt interplay to create unexpected transitions. They also do some "add ins" in this case, smoked malts.

look--Stout. Pitch black. Less head than most

Aroma--Big and busy. Roasty toasty stuff from Chocolate to French Roast,licorace to smoke. More a campfire smoke than smoked meat. The smoke element merges elegantly with the coffee/chocolate malt show Dark Horse tends to excel at.

They have a distinctive thing with the hops in that the usual pine/bitter taste is set for a 3 sec delay. Their hops seem to do fruity/herbal at first and morph to a more typical hop finish ...and the smoke kind of lingers with it.
Offsetting the malt bomb is a fruity tartness that's often a variant of cherry,in this case a bit more toward sour pie cherries than dark cherry.,a bitter sweet. No Smoked brew I've seen merges the smoked malt effect with this sort of finesse. No harsh notes in this.

Mouth Nice. Has body,wetness,sparkle,aftertaste,all in proper perspective. This brewer loves surprises and there's transitions and illusions. You get that in mouthfeel,find it hard to judge the viscosity. The carbonation is delayed a moment. After a sweet start, the smoke, hops and that touch of Cherry pie merge into a distinctive and sustained aftertaste. I ought to give it a 5.1. It Dances !

Drinkable? It's good enough I could put off playing with power tools or driving around...just kick back with some Provalone and fresh cherries...call it a good day.

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Photo of Snow81
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night with no light penetrates this beer

Head: Dark rich brown head that dissipates quite quickly

Smell: Burnt roosted malts with hints of coffee light coco and a small bitter hop note

Taste: Coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, subtle hops with brunt roosted malts

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Burnt malts with a subtle bitter hop

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Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't expect the perfumey, campfire smoke you get from those true to Bamberg style brews. Fore is all charcoal and burnt marshmallows and almonds browned through. Color is the signature Dark Horse non-color. Like chewing on a trail mix of peat ash and dried currants between draughts of tonic water. A toothsome beer for men of character.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle from Rebekah. Big thanks goes out to her! Pitch black pour with a nice creamy mocha colored head. Big time roast aroma, bittersweet chocolate, smoke char, and just a hint of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is super rich roasty bittersweet chocolate, subtle molasses and fruit sweetness, and finishing with a big blast of smoke on the palate. A combination of smoke and chocolate lingers for a long, while like smoked mesquite BBQ kind of wood. Big rich mouthfeel--impressive for the ABV--silky smooth with low to low-medium carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Plead the Fifth but with extra extra roast and some smoke. Smoke doesn't overpower which gives this a nice complexity among all the flavors present. This is really really good!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a oily pitch black with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger creamy tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted malts. Big hints of dark chocolate along with some milk, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Subtle hints of smoke and wood. Also a dark fruit presence with hints of raisins and figs. Smells very robust and dark like their Plead The Fifth.

Taste: Big taste of deep roasted caramel malts with big notes of dark chocolate and milk. Also some good notes of dark bread, coffee, and molasses. Subtle hints of smoke, burnt wood, and beef jerky in the background. Also some light hints of dark raisin and figs. Very dark and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. Pretty slick and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good stout. Smoke elements could of been a little stronger but the dark malts are really great. Almost as robust as an imperial stout.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at fat heads pittsburgh 8/6/11

an inky, jet black with a thin, but very dark brown head leaving a light, bubbly ring of lace. aroma is excellent with big notes of roasted malts, smokey campfire wood, dark chocolate, and a hint of peat with just a touch of soil and caramel. flavor is wonderful with big, fudgy, dark chocolate, roast malts, burnt toast, and light coffee notes up front that blend seamlessly into notes of dark fruit and smokey ash on the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and lingering smokey, cocoa finish. overall, and damn nice smoked stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The final of the four seasonal offerings. I have yet to find One oatmeal, maybe next year but I do love a smoked beer! Got this at D's six packs for under 3 bucks.

A - Man every time I pour a dark horse stout it reminds me of the words "thick" and "viscous" really are. Pitch black and thick as it glugs into my glass. Surprisingly I only got a half inch of dark tan head. No problem since this beer is almost 4 months old.
S - I get more coffee and chocolate notes than I was expecting. Really hoping the smoke compliments the coffee in this. Does smell pretty roasty.
T - A moderate level of smoke, sort of ashy but balanced that kind of tastes like toasted coffee beans since that is the next flavor of roast. Travels to a more sweet note of dark chocolate and finishes sweet with a nice malty sweetness. No real bitter hops but didn't expect it. The smoke flavor is pretty constant starting off every sip so it's no one trick "pony" Very balanced.
M - Not sure the abv but it drinks with a medium body. I would say between 7 and 8 percent. Fantastic!

Overall right now I am kicking myself since I didn't grab an extra bottle or two of this! Another great offering and I am loving there beers more and more. Definitely can't wait to see what beer hits my D's six packs next since it's the only place in town carrying these fantastic beers. Smokey good Dark Horse Team!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, this looks enticing. It pours a solid, inky black with a thin, dark cocoa-colored layer of foam.

There’s definitely a bit of smoke in this one. The aroma is reminiscent of a milk stout at first but the smokey notes definitely emerge as it warms.

While the char-like smoke is a constant presence, flavor-wise, it plays exceptionally well with everything else going on. Aside from the dominanting smoke I get a lot of the dark bitter chocolate and espresso that makes this more than a one-note brew.

I’m a little surprised at how light (relatively speaking) the body is. If this was labeled a porter I’d have no quibble, which speaks to the thin lines between the two styles, really… but it also means that I wanted a little more heft to support all the amazing things going on with my taste buds and olfactory senses while drinking this beer.


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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours thick oil black as the rich body settles into the glass. A hard pour only gets about a half inch of milk chocolate colored head that quickly fades to nothing. Nose is soft but consistes of smoked meat and toffee. Enters the mouth with a slight smokey soured feel but quickly mellows to a rich burnt malt mouth hue. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Notes of bakers chocolate develop on the back of the tongue as the beer warms. Almost develops a creamy sweetness on the mouthfeel. This beer is hugely drinkable and one I will buy again soon.

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Photo of Lillie1128
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep espresso with a dark mocha head

S - This smells like a pound of caramel roasting in a campfire...delicious. Some coffee notes, too.

T - Ohhh that is smoky! Like the bottom of a pan of overdone caramel fermented into a beer.

M - medium bodied, very nice.

This is one of the best smoked beers I've tried! It has just the right amount of smokiness so that it's tasty and not like a distilled campfire. Thanks to jmarsh123 for this one! So good!

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Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar inky, thick, dark black body as the other DH stouts. Small, tight, dark cocoa head. Minor lacing. Mildly sweet roasted malt aromas, chocolate/cocoa beans, and a mild, but noticeable meaty smokiness. Not quite as smoky as I was hoping for, but it's still good. Meaty, smoky flavors right off the bat. Roasted coffee bitterness in the background. Hints of dark fruits before slightly metallic, mildly tart, smoky, peaty malt takes back over with escalating roasted bitterness in the finish. Delicious. Again, not Rauchbier smoky, but maybe just the right amount. Very drinkable, and dangerous, as I imagine that this is at least 7% abv! My favorite of the holiday stouts.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very very dark black with a very modest brown head that settles to a covering over the entire surface. When held to a light, the beer absorbs almost all of it. The head retention is astounding.

S- I was expecting this to smell like a bonfire or bacon, but oh man... this is a winner. Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. A great balance of sweet and roasty. This smells great, but not extreme by any means... almost a little subdued.

T- Lots of chocolate and a sweet roastiness. Coffee and smoke are there as well. This is pretty complex and damn tasty.

M- Very creamy with a dry finish. Not the best I have had, but I am having trouble finding anything wrong with it.

D- Yet again Dark Horse blows me away with another stout. I just wish I knew the ABV so I could better gauge how do drink this because I sure as hell can't detect any alcohol. A delicious surprise in a very plain bottle.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful look to this beer. Pitch black. Inky black body. Thick dense dark brown head with great retention. It coats the glass fully as I drink. Nose has some light phenolic smokiness, milk chocolate and bitter roasted notes. Nice bitter roasted char like entrance on the palate. Chocolate follows with a bang. Bitter chocolate, that is. Some dark berry tones and a little of that flamed marshmellow char to it. Velvet feel. Medium bodied. This is very good. Only serves to strengthen my opinion of Dark Horse.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with brown on top. Pours deep and thick from the bottle like liquidized sins.
The nose is all burnt chocolate, cigar ash, and ferns.
Espresso! Like having a smoke at the coffee shop, only this is all-inclusive. Ashy, charcoal- blackened everything. Char, and more char, and scorched tar. Cinders, and embers, and diminished glow. Rauchbier this ain't. This is like a mouthful of forest fire and dirt, washed down with gelatinous coffee napalm. Sprucy, evergreen hops at the close, but those, again, are burnt black.
But wait! There is a sweetness that creeps underneath the inferno. Like whipped vanilla cream and toffee and dark, dark chocolate. It's soon enveloped by burn, but it's there. And that's saying something.

Blanketing and full bodied. This is raw and intense, yet it remains drinkable somehow. And that too, is saying something.

This makes a mockery of most brews that label themselves "Stout". This is definitive.

Cheers, inebrius!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as oil, no hues coming through when held to light. Tiny brown head doesnt stay long. Scent is all chocolate malts with a touch of campfire. Same for the taste. Smoke is there but its blended in; not as obvious as some of the other smokes ive had. Fairly full mouth, wet. Not a bad stout

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