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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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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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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%

Photo of DayMD
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%

Photo of stoppertb18
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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Photo of rocklibster
4/5  rDev +2%

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,119 ratings
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