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 Atricapilla
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark in appearance, with a thin dirty colored head that dissipated quickly. Aroma consisted of mostly ethanol with some roasted malt and coffee. Flavor was not very smoky, almost like that liquid smoke flavoring. Highly ethanolic with roasted overtones.

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Photo of biglite351
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - black as a witches heart. Near brown head that unfortunately leaves no lacing at all.

S - overall scent is light, but is mostly smoke, some malt and coffee.

T - mostly smoke, some roasted malt and coffee.

M - lite coating some on the teeth. Mild to.Fleury at top of back of throat and under tongue.

D - smoke is a novelty so maybe just one.

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Photo of harrymel
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Finally pulled this extra from the cellar.
Bottled: unk

Black and inky with no foam. Smells of smoke, leather, tobacco, toasted and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted with smoke, coffee grounds, leather, metal and some dust. Okay flavor. Medium on full bodied with low on moderate carb and a semi dry finish. This was less smoky than I expected (a good thing), but the stout underneath lacked the refined character I usually get from the folks at Dark Horse.

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Photo of KAP1356
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip glass. Pretty excited for this one...

A - Pours very black; no surprise there. A one finger dark mocha colored head forms and slowly recedes to a slight mocha colored film on the top of the beer.

S - So far, it smells just like a slightly roastier stout. Nothing yet has led me to believe that this is a smoked stout.

T - I'm beginning to think that this was mislabeled or something. There is no smokiness whatsoever. It just tastes like another stout, although slightly bland to be honest. It really tastes like several ingredients are missing from this...most notably the smoke.

M - A nice creaminess but still a little thin for what I would want a stout to be.

D - Well I'm not sure how drinkable this one would be if it were the beer I thought I eas drinking

***Please take this review with a grain of salt as I am fairly certain this bottle was mislabelled.

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Photo of ccrida
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Fore is a ruddy brown with a tan head that leaves very light lace.

Smell is all dark malt, some chocolate.

Taste is OK, it's got some chocolate, not overly smokey, but too much sweetness, marshmallow.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, a chocolatey stout, but lacking the smoke I expected by the name - average.

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Photo of rka758
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip
$8/4 pack
A: Pours a deep black with little to no head. There does exist a thin lacing along the outer edges which is a nice mocha brown.
S: A subtle nose, not enough smoke for a beer with "smoke" in it's name. Smells of sweet malts, molasses, and roasted coffee.
T: Tastes like it smells -- not enough smoke in my opinion. I do get smoke like tastes such as tabacco leaf, but mostly sweet malts, and roasted coffee.
M: Highly carbonated and a little thin for my liking.
D: A bit of a let down; I was hoping for a great beer and I feel like I got average. I would have like more smoke and a little less carbonation. I'm gonna try laying one of these down for a bit, if for no other reason than why not.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Horse always makes great looking stouts. Big Black body with a dense looking thick cap. It is really their caps are always tightly bound together and fine, very nice!
Aroma is a smooth clean smoke, smells like gently burnt hardwoods (i am a firefighter btw) and doesnt take the smoke to far.
The Smokey flavors are contrasted by some smooth sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, and some dark chocolates. Finishes rather dry.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 7394 73W0229 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of toasted malt
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
2 mm sediment in bottle, firmly attached to bottom
No lacing
Body dark brown/black, totally opaque
Flavor of toasted malt, very light and slightly sweet; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, no smoke; flavor dies quickly with no aftertaste.
Palate medium to full, creamy, nearly flat.

Lack of head and lacing detracts from the appearance and the unassertiveness of the flavor certainly lower rating. This meets the judging requirements for a stout. It is very easy drinking, nearly a session stout, with no hint of smoke. Perhaps someone was smoking while moving the grain?

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Photo of BB1313
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black, mocha head which fades with decent lacing and retention. There seems to be lack of smoke. Lots of chocolate and expresso, but it's faint and almost metalic. The flavors are typical for a stout, nothing special and definitely nothing overwhelming. I wish the flavors and aromas were more intense and developed more, but everything seems one note. Mouthfeel is nice, thin but smooth, nicely carbonated. I found myself nursing it although the alcohol goes unnoticed. Where's the smoke?

Average, nothing really special, especially compared to Dark Horse's other stouts like Plead the 5th, One, Too..

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Photo of fscottkey
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Notes: Born on 1/21/14 (current date 6/20/14).

A: pours an oily black and looks thick as it glub glubs out of the bottle. There was a 1/2 finger brawn head that receded quickly to a thin layer.

S: Not getting a lot on the nose.

T: Smokey coffee flavor up front. With a smoke aftertaste.

M: A bit of tingle from the carbonation. Not think or chewy like I anticipated from the pour.

O: This is kind of one note. The smoke is smothering anything more complex. I know it is a smoked stout - so that should be the expectation - but I hoped for some other flavors somewhere in the palate. It is decent tasting but lacks a strong nose and depth int he taste.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with no sign of carbonation no matter how rigorous the pour. There is no sign of carbonation in that dense body.

S- This beer has a very soft dark black malt note with a hint of dry smoke when it warms.

T- The soft taste of dark roasted malt has a soft alder smoke note with a slight salty hint to it. There is a watery taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slippery texture.

D- This beer has a light soft flavor that in not very interesting or exciting.

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Photo of davey101
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Vintage unknown, but I would assume Winter 2011.

A - Pours an ink black body. A super dark red/mocha head forms but fizzles away quickly leaving behind the slightest amount of edging. Swirling creates some bubbles, but this sits rather still and cola like.

S - Lightly smoked malts and copper pennies. A little bit of chocolate but the aroma is very tame and subdued.

T - Tootsie roll chocolates, Maraschino cherries, vanilla. and light roasty malts. Again, subdued and tame. Mouth feel is medium bodied and becomes denser after a swirl in the mouth. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, so there's a positive.

O - Works better as a porter than a stout. Completely fails as a rauchbier. The smoke is so incredibly faint that its barely recognizable as roasted malts at all. Average beer, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle inti a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with little to no head.

Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits and a slight smoke aroma

Taste: Starts with an almost coffee like bitterness and a roasted malt flavor. A smoke flavor appears about 10 seconds after I take a sip and then lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thing and watery Mouthfeel for a stout. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability: I would probably have maybe one or two of these in a sitting.

This is an interesting beer from Dark Horse brewing but has somewhat a thin and watery body for a Stout.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle. I bought this during my trip to Indy last month so wasn't familiar with Dark Horse. Checked the website after I got home and turns out this one is a fall/winter seasonal so it's a bit aged. In the past, I might have drank it and skipped the review since out of season. But my new rule is if a brewer isn't going to put a date on the bottle than it's their fault if they get a bad review that might be due to age. Tired of them lazing out and not putting on dates. Anyway, it opened without any much of a sound so worried about carb issues. It poured a dark black color. It had a very small brown head that barely covered the surface. It dissipated very rapidly and left a barely there collar. No noticeable carb and no lacing.

The aroma mostly prune with some roasted malt but was missing any hint of smoke which is a disappointment for a beer labeled as a smoked stout. The taste was a little bitter but again missing the smoke. Thankfully, the prune was missing from the taste. Had standard AmStout flavor but was dulled and a little watery. Mouthfeel hurt by the lack of carb and watery taste.

Overall, a fair beer that missed the mark for me especially if to be considered a smoked beer. Again, it may be due to the natural aging or how long it sat on the shelf but it's their issue not mine since they don't date their beers. I would like to try again when in season so I'll hold off on final recommendation or rotation till then.


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Photo of levifunk
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this from badnewsbeers as an extra.

appearance - pours jet black. no light shows through.

smell - not a very strong smell at all. Hint of smoke.

taste - like the smell, not very strong. smokey/metallic aftertaste.

mouthfeel - somewhat thick. very little carbonation. (whats the abv on this?)

ovearall, probably not something i'll buy, but it was good to try. its a fairly good drink, just not a beer that pulls me back and makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: One a scale of one to ten…ten being too carbonated and one having no carbonation…this would be a two. This is pretty much flat. No bubble movement and only a thin dark beige film sits on top of the uber dark brown body.

S: Delicate smoke, milk chocolate, lactose, charred wood and a hint of grape sourness.

T: Begins with a medium roastedness with a low level swash of dried cocoa. Little bit of oatmealish flavors and some other fairly smooth graininess competes against the roasted barley. Some cola notes flit in and our while only a minor amount of smoke can be round. The smoke is more like some charred wood that you would find out of a campfire than actual “smoked” grains. Finishes a little choppy and not totally smooth.

M: Medium body, thin and hard across the palate.

D: Not really balanced and jagged flavors that aren’t melding for me. Mouthfeel is hard and not full how I’d like it. Not a bad beer but not a favorite.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a rich finger of dark tan/khaki head which settled in but was present while drinking. Sits black in the glass with no active carbonation.

Smell: Smokey front. Lots of smoke with a rich caramel, molasses, and dark fruity body. Creamy malt pokes its way through the big smoke body. Mossy hop presence as well. Rich caramel and molasses comes through again on the finish adding some complexity besides the smokey malt.

Taste: Some smoke on the front but more subdued then you would think after the aroma. Candied, overly sweet malt pops up and clings to the palate. Sweet, really sweet continues toward the back end and finish with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth mouthfeel but the sweetness lingers and refuses to leave.

Overall: This one is all over the place. Really enjoyed the aroma but the taste and mouthfeel were off. The hoppiness in the taste does not go well with the smokey tones.

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Photo of karengarys
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My slowly poured 34 degree bottle landed very nicely, transparent black with dark dark brown bubbles. At this point I tallied the look at 3.75. It wasn't but a few minutes longer that all visible foam disappeared, leaving a liquid you couldn't tell if it was even a drink. Still not offensive, and the initial pour was decent.

Smells like a stout, with maybe some oak? Not really floral, and a bit dry.

Taste is stout like, but there is the burned wood flavor. Guess that's the smoke, now, isn't it?

Mouthfeel, well - maybe stout like. I should make it clear I'm not a fan of true stouts. This is why. The mouthfeel is watery, almost slimy, but with a little carbonated creaminess that saves it as much as you can at this point. I can't just drink it, I kinda have to work it.

Finish leaves the campfire ash soup on the back of your tongue.

Overall this is okay. I'm not able to recommend it. If I got into a conversation with somebody who said "I'm looking for a Guiness like beer, but, maybe with a smokey flavor", I would point them to this beverage. It would be with warning - more of a "well, if you see this..." as opposed to "you gotta find this!" ...it isn't worth seeking out...

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. Opaque black with just a hint of brown at the stem of the glass. A one-finger brown head forms and slowly falls to a ring. No lacing. The aroma features smoked malt, roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, and molasses. Overall, the nose is mild and the smoke, specifically, is subtle. Fore’s taste follows the nose with a slight roasted malt, molasses, and chocolate sweetness followed by coffee and char bitterness. The smoke comes faintly on the finish. Medium body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a long bitter finish with some smoke.

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: smoked chocolate malt, bit of coffee

Taste: balck coffee, roasted malt, some smoke and charcoal

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, slightly-sweet, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: A better than average but not great smoked beer. I could have a couple but have no desire to finish a four pack. Decent and worth a try.

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Photo of Auracom
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. purchase from MSCM. All 12 oz. poured in a FFF Rastal on February 8th, 2013.

A - Great pour, even better than Plead the 5th. More on the level on Cigar City with slightly less heft. Very thin brown film with plentiful legs.

S - Initially the smoke is more charcoal, with infused milk chocolate. It seems deadened somehow.

T - Front-palate bittering darker chocolate, mid kicks in the smoke, ash, and toasted coffee grounds. Lingering espresso finish.

M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The aroma doesn't exhibit enough smoke but the taste doesn't balance it enough. Would revisit, but probably not with any further expectations.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured black with a small amount of coffee-colourd head and some visible carbonation.

S - The nose is smoke and roasted malts. Has a definite bacon scent which, although I love bacon, the scent is not very appealing to me in beer. Some chocolate in the background too.

T - The is definitely smoke in the palate not as predominantly as in the nose. There is a good roasted malt profile with some chocolate.

M - Light to medium body, a little too light for a stout, with medium carbonation (again, a little too much for a stout).

D - I wasn't sure if I would like this one, especially after the smoked bacon scent on the nose, and it turned out to be a decent beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma of sweet, rich, roasted malt, booze, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is sweet initially with some light smoky flavors (but not smoked meats). Weak-ish palate. Ok, but I like the other Dark Horse stouts better.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my boy JM03 for the hookup! Thanks John! (and Naptown25rs for the second to enjoy!)

This pours exceptionally. Pitch black, really thick looking. Head was about 2 fingers, dark mocha colored and fluffy.

Aroma was nice. The smoke isn't overpowering, leaving the really roasty notes shine through. There's plenty of chocolate in there too.

Taste was bittersweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, smoke and char, roasted malts and a bittersweet finish.

The feel is good. Nice and creamy, clean, smooth, with nice low carbonation. Body is upper medium.

Drinkability is good. It's not too smoky, nice and robust and east drinking. Glad I've got another! (Thanks Josh!)

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Photo of Giggy
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served a large draft mug from Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pitch black pour with a dark dirty white head that didn't last.

S: Rich dark smokey chocolate. Roasted malts.

T: Coffee chocolate beginning, subtle smokey flavor in the middle, dry fish, slightly bitter.

M: Smooth full bodied. Thought it would be thicker based on appearance. Low carbonation.

O: Very nice but could only drink one per session

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