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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout
BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
1,115 Ratings
Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
January

Added by Mitchster on 12-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,196
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,115
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,115 |  Reviews: 444
Photo of Fargrow
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tariq1
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Richter525
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of halo3one
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tim725
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of do_ob
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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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 darianr
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Demental
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mgavin
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tatara
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanByorick
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,115 ratings
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