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 Giggy
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served a large draft mug from Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pitch black pour with a dark dirty white head that didn't last.

S: Rich dark smokey chocolate. Roasted malts.

T: Coffee chocolate beginning, subtle smokey flavor in the middle, dry fish, slightly bitter.

M: Smooth full bodied. Thought it would be thicker based on appearance. Low carbonation.

O: Very nice but could only drink one per session

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Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Still working my way through these seasonal stouts...this has been taking me way the hell too long... This one pours a straight oily black topped by a small bit o' dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark hickory smoke, molasses, and a touch of dark cocoa powder. The taste generally follows suit, though the smoke comes off more hickory-style this time, drying things out a bit and distracting from the rest of the flavors. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice smoked stout, though one that could do with a touch more balance if it wants to be truly great.

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Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

A - Pours black with three fingers of creamy brown head and a decent amount of carbonation sticking to the glass. Good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Not surprisingly, smoke dominates the aroma. Smoke smell has a decent amount of wood character. Also some roasted malt present. While the smoke is predominant, it is by no means overwhelming.

T - Taste is initially chocolate and coffee malts with smoke coming through in the middle and on the finish. From the smell, I worried that this might be a bit one dimensional, but a nice balance of flavors are present. Some slightly bitter coffee persists.

M - Medium mouthfeel, actually a little thin, with some creaminess. Nice carbonation level.

O - I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers, but the smoke works well here and is nicely balanced. Another solid stout from Dark Horse.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jet black with a tiny, short-lasting brown head. Looks like it's flattening out. No lace worth mentioning.

Dark roasts, char, peaty smoke, slight earthiness from the hop, black grains.

Nice roastiness with a tangy, semi-lactic coffee flavor. The smoke is mild, but there. The alcohol pairs with an almost astringent malt bitterness. Decent balance with the spicy hop presence. That spice is retained and sustained in the finish. A little peppery. Pretty good stuff.

Big, chewy malt-crusher. Heavier body whooshes around in the mouth. But, it needs more carbonation. Somewhat disappointed with the carb.

Tough style to nail. This is still a good example. Tasty and comforting.

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Photo of BB1313
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black, mocha head which fades with decent lacing and retention. There seems to be lack of smoke. Lots of chocolate and expresso, but it's faint and almost metalic. The flavors are typical for a stout, nothing special and definitely nothing overwhelming. I wish the flavors and aromas were more intense and developed more, but everything seems one note. Mouthfeel is nice, thin but smooth, nicely carbonated. I found myself nursing it although the alcohol goes unnoticed. Where's the smoke?

Average, nothing really special, especially compared to Dark Horse's other stouts like Plead the 5th, One, Too..

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Photo of MBrausen
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a deep brownish black, minimal head covering the top, quickly falls to a thin mocha chocolate ring.

S. Smells of dark chocolate, toffee, sight smoked of charred wood.

T. Tastes of dark chocolate, slight smoked wood, burnt toffee with a bitter chocolate finish.

M. Thick and heavy body, medium carbonation, very chewy.

O. A good beer, not as smoky as I would expect from a beer called "smoked." But still has solid bold flavor, with a hearty thick feel. A filling beer.

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Photo of beesy
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Fresh in today's shipment to Columbus Ohio - I've been waiting for almost 10 months for this to show back up.

A - pours an inky black with a two finger dark brown head that surprisingly dissapears fairly quickly.

S - aromas of smoke and chocolate ooze out as this brew as it is poured. Others aromas include coffee and roasted malts.

T - smoke, coffee, and dark chocolate dominate. Somewhat one dimensional considering what should be all going on in here - I think it's the thin mouthfeel that's ruining it. There's a hot alchohol on the back end of this one - needs to sit and meld a little.

M - a little thinner than expected, bordering on medium-light. I expecienced this in several of their other winter stouts. Either increase the mash temp or change to a less attenuating yeast to fix this!

D - low. The smoke and other full flavors keep this one from being drank too hastily.

Overall, I really enjoy all the Dark Horse winter stouts, especially this one, but wish they would fix the thin mouthfeel by increasing the mash temp or switching to a less attenuating yeast. The mouthfeel appears to hurt this one more than othe others in the series. I rememeber this being a little smootherr - maybe it needs some time to sit an rest.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +2%

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

The Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout was a decent stout. The beer poured pitch black with tan head. The smell was one of cigarette smoke and coffee...like a high school librarian. The taste followed the smell quite closely. The mouthfeel was a full body beer with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good stout and should bring back memories of old.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of innersanctum
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fore pours and seven years ago...

This is no Gettysburg Address, but Fore pours a jet black liquid into my tulip glass with lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. There's a thin dark horse brown, espresso-like head which looks fantastic. Smoke is most apparent in the smell of Fore, with some additional whiffs of chocolate and toffee. The taste is a medium body beer with additional flavor notes of hops, roasty charcoal, dark chocolate, orange rind and licorice. Unlike a Schlenkerla there is not a strong smoke flavor present in its taste. It ought to be noted that there's a persistent taste of something like hop/charcoal/salt which is a bit distracting, but it dissipates somewhat after the brew opens up.

2/21 Need to make an update to this review, and a big shout out to my 'northside brew expert C Brown who say's "you got da roll dat bottle"! Indeed, take the time to roll Fore so the sediment will pour which will greatly enhance the taste of this brew.

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Photo of Fitzmke
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hawkeye1113
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of IlPostino
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled 8/29/11. 12oz bottle to snifter. $3.75 for the single.

A: Two fingers of medium brown head diminish rather quickly. A thin ring remains for a couple of minutes then disappears, leaving an almost completely still black body.

S: Very roasted. The smoke has receded to the background after 8 months, but lightly charred wood and soy sauce are still evident. A swirl of the glass brings about hidden notes of prunes and molasses. A regretful move - nearly rendering the mouthfeel useless - as the little amount of carbonation that *was there* initially is now gone.

T: Fairly complex with lots of subtle flavors. Tar, charcoal, leather and peaty earth with underlying notes of chocolate. Right in between sweet and dry, favoring the dry end of the spectrum on the finish.

M: Medium body and slick texture. Average effervescence before agitation. There is no indication of ABV on the bottle (or Dark Horse's website for that matter) but the BA listing of 8% is very believable.

O: Fore is a nice smoked beer. I'll probably buy a future batch to compare a fresh bottle.

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Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An awesome extra from Aaron, thanks man! Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Looks very viscous on the pour; opaque black, with a very dark brown head that recedes relatively quickly. Almost no lace.

S: Great subtle smoke smell...close to a distant clean campfire smell. Medium, creamy roasted character, light sweetness, malts, light chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and molasses.

The smoke is really closer to being subtle than smoke-forward, which I prefer. Really impressed so far.

T: Follows the nose; roasty smoke, creamy chocolate and malt sweetness, light caramel and darker fruits, a hint of licorice and molasses.

MF: Lighter carbonation lends a very smooth character...medium/full(ish) body that is creamy, subtle and balanced.

O: Awesome subtle smoke beer...pretty much a stout in my opinion with smoky characteristics, which is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2%

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,114 ratings.
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