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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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a oily pitch black with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger creamy tan head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted malts. Big hints of dark chocolate along with some milk, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Subtle hints of smoke and wood. Also a dark fruit presence with hints of raisins and figs. Smells very robust and dark like their Plead The Fifth.

Taste: Big taste of deep roasted caramel malts with big notes of dark chocolate and milk. Also some good notes of dark bread, coffee, and molasses. Subtle hints of smoke, burnt wood, and beef jerky in the background. Also some light hints of dark raisin and figs. Very dark and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. Pretty slick and the alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good stout. Smoke elements could of been a little stronger but the dark malts are really great. Almost as robust as an imperial stout.

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of soze47
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as the night. Khaki, creamy head fades almost as quickly as it forms. Looks very sticky on the glass.

Aroma: Deep, very dark chocolate tones. Some smoke, but almost burnt when in combination with the dark roasted malts. I get a little whiffs of boozey heat too.

Taste: Bitter in the nice ways that high percentage dark chocolate is, but with a nice whiff of smoke. The roasted malts kick in secondly giving a brief respite from the bitterness. However, a nice bitter rush comes back in on the linger that has a bigger burst of the smokey, almost burnt tones. As it warms, the co-mingling of all these flavors does wonders.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The viscosity of this beer is pretty perfect for what it needs to be. Thick enough to coat, loose enough to not overpower the palette.

Overall: Solid, unique brew. When I'm feeling up for a smoked, heavier brew, I'll look for this when it comes around next year.

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

Part of a trade. Didnt even know this was coming. Shared with my cousins, they didnt know what hit them.

Pour is pitch black, thick and off white head. It smells like Founders IS. Thick leather and soy sauce smell and flavors. Its a touch lighter than FIS though. Balanced heavy flavors, but not too heavy. The smoke isnt too much, its more of a nice accent to the heavy roasted and toasted malts. It looks like motor oil, hell it event tastes like it. More of a Stout than Rauchbier, but oh well.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HosP
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into Jackie o's snifter.

Pours thick dark and opaque. Very dark khaki head but thin and fades fast. Smell is of roasted chocolate, a little on the sweeter side. The taste is very good. Lots of chocolate throughout, sweet and some bitter. Nice roasted flavors mixed in at the end with a woodsy, almost burnt taste, still on the subtle side. Medium body, low carbonation. Very tasty beer. Love the chocolate with the different dimension of smoked added to it. Would love another one!

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Photo of Jamesg440
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of notdriving
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of ElGallo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of frazbri
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bootsdomino
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Reviewed from notes.

A. Opaque black in color with a finger of solid dark tan foam cap that retains for almost the entire glass' worth, but with minimal lacing.

S,T. The smell and flavor of chocolate, in both dark and milk varieties, some medium levels of ashy smoke (more subtle and gentle than I had expected) and roasted malt character last of all. The astringent dry and ashy character of the smoke is what is presented to the palate, for a smoked beer, there is a distinct lack of "baconey wood smoke". Rather this is more of a dry herbal "tobacco" sort of smoke presentation, which dries out the finish of the sip quite nicely.

M. Medium body with light carbonation, has a bit of an oily quality to the texture, but the ABV is masked quite well.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Scout11
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

The color of the pour resembles motor oil with a one and a half finger head that looks like bubbly chocolate milk. The smell of chocolate dominates with slight undertones of smoked wood. Chocolate malt up front transitioning to hroasted malt that finishes with slightly bitter woody smokiness. Wonderful mouthfeel, much more creamy than expected with lush carbonation. A very enjoyable smoked stout. The smoke complements the other flavors that are present and never dominates adding complexity to this solid brew.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black. I'm not seeing a whole lot as I hold it to light. About a finger of mocha-colored head retains pretty well, with a slight foam cap remaining until the very end. Not much at all in the way of lacing.

There's definitely a large smoke component in the nose. However, it certainly isn't overpowering. That's a major bonus. There's not enough smoke that it completely covers up smells like dark chocolate, licorice, maybe some dark fruits. It's not an overly strong nose, but I don't think that's a bad thing with this style.

Fortunately, the smoke is the same way in the taste. There's never a harsh, charred flavor. Instead, it's subtle smoke all the way. There's a little bit of chocolate sweetness but not a whole lot else. I'm enjoying the sweet/smoky contrast.

Body is medium with an appropriate carbonation level. Texture is never too prickly or syrupy. Dryness in the finish. I was shocked to see the ABV at 8%, because it's never noticeable. The well-masked alcohol and subtle smoke make this a very, very easy drinker for the style. I was pleasantly surprised.

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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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