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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
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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Thanks Yeahnatenelson!

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, dark-tan head.

Smell. Dark roasty malts, chocolate, nice smokey wood and dark coffee.

Taste. Dark roasted malt and charred wood with some bakers dark chocolate and dark coffee. Dry and tasty.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nicee stout with some great smoke that doesn't take over like in so many smoked beers. Nice stuff.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from TheTomG last summer. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A thick, black pour yields a small, mocha colored head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a slight wisp and ring. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head eventually disappears completely and it ends up looking flat. A thick, evil body, but the head needs some more staying power.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoked malts, dark chocolate and light molasses notes. Bold nose and some very well integrated smoked notes. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted and smoked malts with a good dose of dark, pure chocolate up front. A smokey and roasted middle moves into a bitter coffee and chocolate finish. Mild but very persistent aftertaste of roasted malts with some dark, bitter chocolate and coffee. A touch of smoke lingers as well. This is quite interesting and flavorful, and has held up quite well.

PALATE: Medium body and slighlty higher levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Nice and creamy, but a touch too carbonated and needs some more weight.

OVERALL: Good beer, as the aromas and flavors are very well integrated at this point. A more impressive head and a bigger palate would help give this one the push it so deserves, but it was an enjoyable drink as it is. Would gladly drink again. Cheers for the bottle TheTomG.

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

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste has balanced flavors of chocolate and roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness. There are some hints of smoke in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted flavors leave a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This stout is very flavorful and easy to drink, even though there are lots of rich, malty flavors.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate up front followed by aromas of smoke and char.

T: Roasted malts here with bitter chocolate and coffee flavors followed by smoke and char notes. The finish is roasty and lightly bitter.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a little more carbonated than I'd expect for a big stout. It works, though.

O: A good beer with lots of nice roasted and smokey characteristics. I'd like the smoke to be a bit more present, but it's still tasty and enjoyable.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a medium tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring of bubble around the glass.

S: Fore is a great smelling stout with a touch of smoke having moderately-high chocolate with moderate coffee and smoke aromas dominating the nose. There is a touch of malty sweetness and roasted grains with some dark dried fruit aromas. No hops aroma present.

T: Smoke plays a far more prominent roll in the taste dominating the first sip. A moderately-high smoke flavor over moderate chocolate and medium low coffee flavors. There is some dark dried fruit flavors mostly of prunes. The smoke comes down after a few sip and the balance comes into focus to show flavors as well crafted as the nose. The hops bitterness is moderately stronger than the malty sweetness.

M: A meduim-fiull bodied beer with moderately-light carbonation and a slight slickness.

O: Smoke and chocolate and a bit of coffee best describe this assertive beer. There is a depth of flavors and aromas but all supporting three main characteristics.

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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours jet black, as dark as nigh, with a paper thin brown head. Would have liked to see that stick around for longer...

S- almost sickly sweet aroma, licorice, anise?

T- slightly bitter chocolate, light smoke. Not overwhelming, delicious

M- as thick and viscous as anything I've come across

O- really good beer. Should have reviewed this months ago when the weather was more appropriate, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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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