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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

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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Ratings: 1,115 |  Reviews: 444
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a heavy, motor oil color with only some sparse, creamy brown wisps on top. Damn, these guys really like to make their stouts DARK. Somewhat subdued smoky malt aromas combine nicely with softly sweet, chocolaty roast, and berries. Deliciously malty flavor...the smoke isn't really center stage, but rather supporting the rich, dark chocolate and cutting the sweetness with a bitter, espresso and campfire finish. Pleasant tobacco and dark fruity undertones. Medium bodied and fairly low on carbonation. I've enjoyed every single one of these Dark Horse stouts...well done!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a deep black color with a 1" dark brown head that recedes fairly soon to leave a modest amount lacing on the sides and an irregular island of foam surrounded by a thin ring around the glass. Sipping creates scattered patches of foam.

The aromas are on the strong side and include the smoke, some toasted malt, a bit of chocolate and some coffee.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the chocolate sweetness and smoke up front but the coffee and toasted character noticeable as well. There's also a noticeable bit of bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the medium side of full bodied and smooth with the moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the chocolate and sweetness begin to fade allowing the coffee, smoke and toasted malt to play for a while before the lightly smoky dry ending.

On the whole a quite good beer that I'm looking forward to having again. It's easy to drink and while smoke is noticeably present it is well controlled by the other flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger deep brown head.

S-Nice and smoky, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

T-Smoke, char, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Unlike other smoked beers the smoke is not overpowering here. The third best of the stout series.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get very minimal smoke off this beer. It's an accent at best, which I appreciate. The beer as a stout is very solid. Robust and rich, there are thick malts that really rest in the mouth well. Smooth feel. Easy to drink. Not sure what else you could ask for in a stout. For this some people might want more smoke, but for me, I am happy with it.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a jet black color with a toasted khaki colored head. The head is dense but small and dissipates into a light ring.

The stout has a nice earthy aroma. Lots of wet wood and tree bark. Hints of coffee and scorched caramel provide an extra layer. Some charcoal and anise as well. Not much smoke.

Big roasted malt flavor with lots of char and anise. A deep caramel note provides some sweetness. The stout has a presence of rotting wet wood and peat. Some espresso pops through. While very earthy and woody, I still don't really pick up much smoke, which is a shame because the rest of this stout is quite good.

The beer is well bodied and chewy. Loads of roasted bitterness throughout the palate with some sweetness to help offset. A bit slick in the finish but surprisingly not sticky.

A very good stout. I wanted to rate it higher but it just didn't bring the smoke. It is very earthy and has charcoal notes but lacks the smoke. Still worth a purchase.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown black with a fleeting half inch milk chocolate head that leaves no lacing.

Chocolate erupts from the bottle. Further investigation reveals roast malt, dark fruit, and savory characters of soy and smoke. There's a bit of vanilla at the finish. Floral hops arrr subtle.

Flavor is far more smoky, with an almost tobacco-like note underlying the entire profile. Roast malt accompanies a burnt ember character, leading to dark berries and chocolate mid palate. The finish is strangely sweet, with vanilla wrapping things up.

Body is fairly syrupy and full, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly subtle.

What it lacks in smoke aroma, it makes up for in flavor, but the quality of smoke was disappointing. Would've preferred less ashtray and more hardwood. There's a touch of acrid flavor that's offputting.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a thin brown head that has great retention

S - roasted malts and dark fruit

T - chocolate, dark fruit

M - medium bodied, smooth, a hint of alcohol warmth

This is an overall decent beer, but it doesn't showcase any smoke in my opinion. I think this definitely a nice, simple stout, but I was hoping for something smoke forward and unique. I may revisit in the future. For now I'm on the fence.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Tippins Market outside of Ann Arbor
Price: $2 for 1

Appearance: pours quite viscous, jet black not a bit of clarity. small tan head that leaves behind a top and side lacing. Looks like a big bad stout

Smell: Lacking complexity, some smokey notes along with strong roasted malts

Taste: Again with the smokey notes and strong roasted malts. but it picks way up from the nose. the strong roasted malts get taken over by chocolate and the smokeyness dies out.

Mouthfeel: strong bitter aftertaste, but pretty smooth. leaves a nice stickiness on the tongue

Overall: this one was better than expected. I got tres blueberry in the same mix six and was very disappointed with that one. This one has nice balance and a good mouthfeel and appearance that makes it a really good beer. If you're in the mood for a slightly smokey and nicely balanced roasted malts this one will take you there

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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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