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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into beer stien.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a thin cap of dark brown head. Drops quickly to no head at all.

Smell: This is nice and smokey. We are talking "baconesk" meaty smoke. Smoky like liquid smoke or like a campfire. Also most like steakes cooked over a campfire!

Taste: Really interesting flavors here. You get a hint of the chocolate sweetness from the malts and then the smoke slowely creeps in... Its almost like a piece of chocolate covered bacon! Totally serious! And then more smoke. Like liquid smoke. Meaty smoke. Almost has a cured meat flavor to it. Finishes with a touch of malty sweetness and a hint of roasty coffee! Really tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with low carbonation. Body is a bit thin and the beer is a little under carbonated.

Overall: Loved how this beer tastes and smells! The beer needs some work in a few other areas though. I would not hesitate to by a 4 pack of this beer fresh.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz beer poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It id a pitch black color with no clarity or visions of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, Smokey, chocolate, roasted, and bready malts. Smells wicked good.

Taste: Taste is very similar with some lingering roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, and a slight bit of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, a little watery, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: Good to have found the fourth installment of the series.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is chocolate milk thick with a thin but yet rich, head. Scents of burnt chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and toasted malts. Great scented like a classic stout. Tastes robust, a bit thin, no hops but a nice smoke-chard finish that is easy to drink. A bit thin but yet likeable and strong with accented malt-smoked flavour. Very easy to finish yet extremely strong. The longer you drink it the more accentuated the smoke because, which I find intriguing and different. I have no complaints about this one, as it was nicely priced, and lived up to the billing!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If this beer were an album, it would be White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground. Hidden not very deeply inside the smokiness, you can taste the electric viola, feedback and heroin.

The smoke was a perfect compliment to the stout and the look and feel of the beer itself was smooth and warm.

I've enjoyed Dark Horse brews before, but was still surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. One of my favorite smoked stouts.

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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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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and black like old engine oil or Karo. Produced a small mocha head. Though the head is small it is dense and lingers quite away down my glass. No lacing I'm afraid.

Aroma finds a definite smokey brew. not overpowering mind you but sutle. Roasted malts and barley chocolate and coffee and earth.

Taste is quite good and satisfying. The smoked barley gives a sutle smoky taste. Rich malts maybe even a bit burnt (which is good), rich bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee. I like that the smoke is not overpowering but works around the edges so to speak.

Drinks 3/4 smooth but there is a chalky, ashen feel too which I was expecting.

I'm not 100% convinced that this stout works with the smoked peat but it is none the least quite good. Perhaps it something i need to get used to a bit. or maybe it's the fact that this beer is almost a year old. being it number 4 in there series. What ever.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled on date on the neck or the label.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about a quarter-finger of a mahogany colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer and then lasted for the remainder of the glass, but did not leave any lacing. The beer poured almost like syrup and was midnight black.

S: The aroma was rich and full consisting of sweet malt, sweet dried figs and prunes, dark roasted coffee, and some peat like smokiness.

T: The taste was very sweet but not at all cloying. The flavors of malted barley and cream and strong coffee combined with some toasted barley bitterness and some peat-like smokiness for balance. The taste was not as complex as the aroma.

M: This beer had a very heavy and satisfying body. It is also smooth and has a very clean finish.

O: This was a very flavorful stout. And, for fans of smoky tasting beers, this one really delivers on the smokiness along with an outstanding stout. It had a very appealing malt sweetness that was balanced by a dark roasted bitterness that resulted in a coffee and cream quality. And, all of this was enhanced by a touch of peat smoke that added a pleasing level of complexity.

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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