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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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3.92/5
Very Good
1,117 Ratings
Dark Horse Fore Smoked StoutDark Horse Fore Smoked Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
January

Added by Mitchster on 12-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,272
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,117
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,117 |  Reviews: 444
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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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of minterro
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing

Tan head hangs around as a thing but retained layer. Jet black colored beer. Spotted lacing. Doesn't appear to be super thick. The smell is a mixed of dark chocolates and woody smokiness.

Big dark chocolate notes up front. Black coffee midway. Pretty smokey and bitter in the finish. Not very complex but still pleasant to drink. Very smooth, on the low end of medium bodied and medium carbonation. I would like to see more body and less carbonation on this beer but it's still pretty good.

Overall it was good. nothing spectacular but good. Two side notes:
1) It was much better overall then the Rogue chocolate ale that my gf was drinking while I tried this one.
2) I recently had the most interesting smoked beer of my life. It was this european smoked beer and it legitimately smelled like bacon it has had a pretty meaty taste.

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Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brystmar
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My gf's favorite style, an my least favorite. Opposites attract, right

Nice appearance; aroma is actually quite pleasant. Lots of smokey malts yet nicely balanced by sweet malts and hints of chocolate.

Flavor is malty and roasty to start, then turns smokey but still retains its roasted malt backbone. I normally hate smoked beers, but this isn't that bad. The gf loves it though, so as long as she's happy I'm happy.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty close to black. Some deep reds and browns come out when held to direct light. Head the color of fresh espresso drops to a thin ring in short order. Pours heavy, but not thick.

Smell: Big, but not massive smoked component. Sweetness and booze. Roasted malts are in high gear. Lingering tobacco. Like a freshly-finished pipe. Slightly ashy. Chocolate malts and touches of old coffee. Lots going on, but it's far less aggressive than the other iterations in the series. Nice balance for a smoked beer.

Taste: Big roasty malts. Char and ash. Burnt meat ends. Some sweetness. Smoky, but not offensively so. Lingers like a pull from a cigarette. Faintly meaty. Chocolate and cocoa round out the finish. No hops to speak of. Oak?

Mouthfeel: Way thinner than expected. Almost glides across the tongue, but carries an acrid smokiness in the wings. Creamy at times and pretty easy to drink for the style. As it warms it thins out almost too much. Becomes almost watery.

Overall: Nice balance of sweet malts and smoke. Builds over time, but well done overall. I'd love to drink all five of these in a horizontal.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with a wicked looking deep reddish brown head, but doesnt stand long. Legs stick all over the glass, moreso than I would think for 8% booze. In the glass the beer just looks flat though - limp, wet noodle, erectile dysfunction - no lacing anywhere! Aroma is beautiful, doting touches of sweet milk chocolate in the midst of roasted smoked wood. Caramel, toffee, and booze are also detectable and create a well rounded nose. Caramel & smoked wood hit up front with a strong combination of dark chocolates and alcohol heat in the back. Carbonation is about right here, but the body is too thin, in my opinion, and would match the smoked character better with some more "meat" to it.

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

Bottle from last year (winter 2010-2011). Bottled 26 Jan 2011, I believe.

Pours black with a one-finger dark coffee-brown head. Head fades fast, leaves a bit of lacing. It's a darker color than the other Dark Horse stouts I've had.

Smells of yummy chocolate malts with a bit of coffee, and just an accent of smoked wood. The malts bring a solid richness, and it has real depth, though the smell is pretty faint. As expected, it smells a lot like the base of their other stouts, with a smoky layer on top.

Taste is quite a bit more smoky than the smell, with some char and some faint smoked meat flavors. The richness of the malts comes through well, again bringing chocolate, but a whole lot of woody character.

Medium-bodied and mouthfilling. Carbonation is on the low side. Finish just fades away. Fine, but nothing special.

A tasty smoked stout. I like the balance - the smoke doesn't overpower the other elements of the beer, but complements them really well.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MIP229
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of TimP2115
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil-black, with a dark tan head. Shallow lace.

Aroma is smoky, but almost sweet as well, with hints of cocoa. Nice.

Taste isn't overly smoky at all, but more like a rich dark chocolate with touches of coffee and smoke. As it warms, Fore gets silky smooth and easier to drink, and with little evidence of the rather high 8% ABV.

Very enjoyable.

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Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of djwhit24
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of beagle75
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of light brown bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malt is potent, dark and roasty, suggestive of roasted nuts. Smoke qualities are mostly left to the imagination, with the smell ably staying in the intermediate zone between chocolate and coffee, smelling of neither. Savory earth is inconsistent, rising and falling in intensity. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with deeply roasted flavors of grain that dry out and become more husky toward the finish. Acidity leans toward moderate intensity but does not really detract. Coffee and other unctuous flavors are suggested at times, while woodsmoke is understated even at its most intense. Bitterness is pronounced, but seems more strongly tied to the roasted qualities than to any hops presence. Long after the finish seems to end, meaty smoked qualities resurface. While they are not intense, they are remarkable in the lateness of their arrival and in their savoriness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, labile yet creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This stout is a fine, if relatively strong, example of export stout--but it's smoked qualities hardly define it. This is the first of Dark Horse's numbered series of stouts that I have had, and I can't help but wonder just how similar they are to each other. In the final tally it is particularly malt-focused and still remains easy to drink.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Pouring a nice solid black with about an inch of brown head sticking to the glass. Good retention and some lacing.

Not surprisingly there is a smokey aroma and some roasted malt The smoke is not to strong though. There is a descent coffee aroma and once again not to strong, just right.
None of the coffee or woodsy flavors is to dominating. This is a very well balanced stout
Medium mouthfeel with just a hint of creaminess. The level of carbonation is subdued to just the right level.

As usual this is another well crafted offering from Dark Horse. I'm telling ya these people know their stuff.

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Photo of areich6
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: very dark with dark copper colored head.

S: Slight roasty smell, along with some dark fruity smells that one does not detect in a lot of stouts.

T: Pretty good roasty characteristic that lingers in the mouth for a while. Also, there is a hint of fruitiness, somewhat like the smell. Can't quite put my finger on what fruit it is.

M: Pretty smooth and unextraordinary. Nothing special. Not thick, but not too light.

O: Decent stout. The best part of this beer is the taste which demonstrates the finer qualities of a roasty stout brewed with some fruit.

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Photo of pschul4
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharing this one with my buddy areich6

A- Very dark right from the pour with a crazy dark brown head of only a 1/4 inch

S- Not smelling a lot of smoke. Definitely some coffee and roast scents taking the nose by surprise (but not a huge surprise given it is a stout)

T- Still quite minimal on the smoke. Lots of roast character and some coffee flavors, perhaps a hint of smoke but not much given the style of beer

M- Nice, thick and coating. I wish more stouts had this mouthfeel but to be a perfect 5 would need a little more thickness. I love a rich thick as molassis stout

O- I enjoyed this beer as a regular stout. I don't know where the smoke comes in as a big portion of it but it's still worth seeking out

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Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,117 ratings
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