Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout
1,115 Ratings
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 Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this, enjoyed chilled ina cervoise.

The color is black as pitch, like motor oil look with a thick medium brown head with thick rings of lace left clinging on the glass. Smell is sweet and smokey with coffee and light woody odor with slight caramel note and mild hop aroma. The feel is very good, nice roasted with mild dry tinge up front with smokiness and gentle sweetness with relatively full middle and mild spice with light bitterness and mild smoky sweet finish.

The taste has a nice woody note with good sweet malt backing and body with light tinge of spice and mild toffee mixed with smoke and gentle fruity flavor in the yeast which adds complexity to the sweet woody and smoked jerky-like almost cinnamon earthy component. The flavor gets more roasted with some dark sugar as it warms with smoke flavor and subtle raisin tinge in the finish. Overall this is a great beer, way more drinkable than it should be for 8%, it drinks like 6% maybe. The smoke could be more forward, but then again I appreciate the balance this has -an extremely well crafted drinkable stout!

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Photo of inbierveritas
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Goldfishman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chugalug06
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 1/2 finger copper colored soapy head. Brew is thin black, oil in color. Head fades quickly without lacing or remnants.

SMOKE! Lots of campfire smoke. Deep, roasty, caramel and chocolate dominate.

Lots of heavy chocolate. Smoke isn't as prominent in the flavor. Heavy carbonation and good smoothness. Sweetness is dry and spot on. Drinks just like a (smoked) stout should.

One of the best smoke brews i've had. Recommended. This rounds out the five fore me... They're all great, but I prefer the others.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BostonHops
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours an velvety, opaque jet black with a 3/4" mocha toned head that dissipates with haste into a thin cap, collar around the glass; lacing in spots. nose is good. fairly bold with primary notes being of chocolate and roasted malt. a little smoke but more subdued on that count.

flavor largely follows the nose with the chocolate / roasted malt presence being front and center. the main difference is the smoke, which is much, much more dicernible in the taste. not blowing me away, but very tasty. medium-light bodied and a little thin, with average carbonation.

overall this is a nice smoked beer. wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, necessarily, but i would be more than open to a future revisit. worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 05-25-2011)

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Photo of BWHD
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev +2%

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on may´12 at “The Freiburg” following Robert Merryman´s advisories. Very dark amber in color. Brownish, slowly dissipated, creamy crown. Toasted malt aromas & cocoa hues to the nose. Fresh black tobacco too. It tastes as it smells: hints of coffee & black chocolate, tobacco touch & smoke resolves in a puckering sensation. Eventough, mouthfeel is smooth & creamy with low but dry bitterness. Mildy ripe plum on the finish. Delightful & refreshing. Gimmy more!!

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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sidecar in Philly.

Appearance is near black with a mahogany head. Its` nose has roasted malts, caramel and smoke. The taste is caramel, bitter chocolate, peat and smoke. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth aftertaste, a bit sweet, Overall, a very good smoke beer from Dark Horse.

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Photo of Mdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, into a pint glass.

Black body with a dense brown head. Solid lacing and good retention. Sweet and smokey on the nose, some dark chocolate. A bit of roast, and sweet dark malts. More roast on the palate, gentle roast. Both sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, lasting into the finish. Medium heavy body, smooth feel conducive to ease of consumption. A real solid stout all in all, not as much smoke as I had anticipated however. Would revisit.

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

Served in a 7eventh tulip. Beer is black with a big dark brown head of small bubbles, nice retention and some lacing.

Aroma is quite smoky, strong malt and roast and some smoke.

Beer is medium in body and less smokey than you'd expect after the nose. It is a nice beer overall but not my favorite, I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, this looks enticing. It pours a solid, inky black with a thin, dark cocoa-colored layer of foam.

There’s definitely a bit of smoke in this one. The aroma is reminiscent of a milk stout at first but the smokey notes definitely emerge as it warms.

While the char-like smoke is a constant presence, flavor-wise, it plays exceptionally well with everything else going on. Aside from the dominanting smoke I get a lot of the dark bitter chocolate and espresso that makes this more than a one-note brew.

I’m a little surprised at how light (relatively speaking) the body is. If this was labeled a porter I’d have no quibble, which speaks to the thin lines between the two styles, really… but it also means that I wanted a little more heft to support all the amazing things going on with my taste buds and olfactory senses while drinking this beer.


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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a near black but still discernably brown color with a deep espresso crema-like low head and matching collar when the foam disappears from the surface.

S - Alcohol up front, dark fruity aromas and quite estery from the yeast, licorice, coffee, burnt toast and yes - smokey malt aromas.

T - Lots of licorice up front mixed with smokey malts. Smoke is fairly intense, but still remains muted enough to not really kill the other flavors here...in short - stays in balance. I pick up some dark roasted coffee/espresso. Not totally dry, but mostly devoid of sweetness - possibly covered by the smoke a bit. Noticeable alcohol flavor, but lacking in warmth.

M - Figuring I'm gonna place this somewhere between a normal strenght American stout and an imperial. That being said, body seems a bit on the thin side to me staying shy of what I'd call mid-level. Smokey throughout and into the aftertaste, but not a smoke bomb. Some charred malt and coffee-like bitterness complement the smoke and keep things in check. Carbonation is lightish but still prickly on the tongue and works nicely with this beer.

O - Overall a good stout. I tend to get overpowered by heavy handed use of smoked malt, but this does stay in control and well balanced. Smoke accents instead of taking over the other flavors here. Probably not something I will run and and buy regularly, but will probably revisit occasionally, especially in cooler weather.

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Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cates1tg
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

This one pours out a viscous oily black that just lets some brown peek in at the edges. A creamy tan head about one finger tall, showing good retention, leaves a mixture of spotty and patchy lacing sticking on the glass.
The smokiness is well-attenuated in this beer, allowing for smoke with just a touch of char and no acridity. It gives a bit of woodiness to it, campfire style, with a touch of coffee, bittersweet cocoa nibs, and a touch of creamy vanilla. In this beer, there's an obvious roastiness that's well developed into the smoky flavor rather than just being a roasty stout. Smoke carries all the way through and lingers in the finish. Everything comes together and mingles just a little more fluidly in the taste than the smell, which itself is quite good. This is a great beer for those who like smokiness that isn't overdone and tastes genuine.
This beer also slows smoothly, having a light carbonation all the way through as well as a nice creaminess that comes into play from middle to finish. The body is appropriately heavy without sitting heavily.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black into a snifter, small brown head turns to a slight cap and ring quickly, stays that way through the duration.

Smells include milk chocolate, coffee with cream, smoke+roastiness, maybe some vanilla and piny hops back there too. Smoke is light but noticeable, well-rounded scent.

Smoke is still light in the taste, but easy to pick out. Mostly a roasty chocolate caramel mix with mild char and coffee. Good but somewhat unremarkable.

Feels light for 8%, slick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Drinks easy.

Overall a fine stout, wish it was a bit smokier, kinda comes off as just a stout with more roasted malt than usual rather than a smoked stout. Wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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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