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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

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 Jwale73
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass (thanks iceicebaby). Poured an opaque black with a dense one-inch milk chocolate colored head. Some ruby red highlights detectable at the bottom of the glass every time I tilted it for a sip. Strands of watery lacing that produced several bands before eventually settling into some thin inconsistent webs. Scent of chocolate and malt. Taste similar to nose. Extremely rich with a subdued roasted coffee character in the background that nicely complemented the chocolate in the foreground. Smokiness was not detectable until the brew warmed and little, and only at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and surprisingly light given the consistency; partially due to a mild effervescence across the middle of the tongue. Alcohol was well hidden and only expressed itself as a subtle warming around the back of the tongue. This is my third Dark Horse brew, and I am really falling in love with this company. What a great stout.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with almost no trace of light passing through. Brown, fizzy head that recedes leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Definite smoke on the nose, with some chocolate, coffee, cream and cinnamon.
Most prominent feature of the taste definitely is the smoke. As with all smoke/rauch ales I've had, there's a little bit of sausage as well. Faint coffee and chocolate. Very good.
Mouthfeel is quite crisp and refreshing for a stout. And it's fairly smooth with a little bitterness. Fairly moderate-to-light body.
This one is very drinkable for me. This is what I'd call an almost perfect hybrid of a rauchbier and stout.

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Photo of waltonc
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn, every beer I have from Dark Horse is good. Picked this one up in Ann Arbor last summer.

A: Pitch black, not a huge head but tan bubbles ring my glass. Looks a little oily, or is that the grease from the ribs I had for dinner? Significant carbonation produces constant Labrea tarpit-like bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Smells creamy, chocolaty, sweet, with... smoke. Not crazy untolerable amounts of smoke though. Just the right amount I'd like to see from a beer with "Smoked" in its title.

T: Same thing as the taste. Awesome. Fair amount of hops in here too, but they blend in nicely with the strong roasted smoky malts.

M: Thick and creamy body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Great well balanced beer. I suspect the ABV is around 9%, but who knows.

I ordered Dark Horse One and Two from Archer and look forward to trying them out soon.

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Photo of happygnome
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours an oily, viscous black color with about an eigth to quarter inch of tan head that dissapears very quickly leaving a think ring of lace around the edge of the glass, when held tote light no light ca be seen through it
s: roasted coffee and chocolate, smells a little on the sweet side but still an appealing aroma
t: smoked and roasted chocolate and coffee, heavier on the chocolate
m: deffinatly a full bodied beer, little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this

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Photo of ypsifly
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dates. Blacker than black with a light brown head that had to be forced on the pour. This stuff doesn't so much flow out of the bottle as it seems slide out. Decent retention with lacing that slides down the glass under its own mass. This looks like an Imperial.

Roasted notes dominate the smell. Chocolate, malt, and some woodiness...all charred. I don't detect much hop, maybe it caught on fire.lol

My nose told my taste buds to brace for impact, but this one is a lot smoother than expected. Its almost like an Imperial that has been mixed with a little milk. Its like drinking velvet flavored with chocolate, caramel and malt. The smoke is there too, but not as much as expected. Its like someone put half a drop of natural liquid smoke in the bottle. Not alot of carbonation, but this drink does not suffer from it at all.

This is certainly a BIG beer. Very balanced, but also very filling. A few of these would fill me up. Not so much a session beer, but this would be a great after dinner drink if the main entree is smoked fish or meats.

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Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black brown, thick and ominous looking with a reasonable chocolate brown head and goodly lacing. The aroma is major league dark chocolate with a hint of sizzling bacon. Amazing, sweet but just a slight salty edge. The flavor jumps out with a full chocate malt and a subtle coffee bitterness. There's a hint of sweet smoke but the coffee prevails most in a relatively drinkable mid-plus bodied brew. The carbonation is subtle and smooth. Quite an impressive stout!

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Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A thick and black as motor oil sort of pour with a moderate, bubbly head. Little lacing.

S: Mocha and chocolate with a mild, earthy smoke smell and a light oak aroma.

T: Strong earthy and smoke flavors yet nicely balanced and well-supported by the base. Bitter chocolate and coffee round out the complex and multi-dimensional taste.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick and oily texture.

D: Interesting, tasty, and highly drinkable. This one is a winner.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a pitch black, with a dark creamed coffee colored head. low retention rate. mild lacing. looks like motor oil.

S: two big aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. wonderful roasted malts. light smoke.

T: great roasted malts. tons of coffee, chocolate and smoky flavors. like smoked coffee beans with some 70% cocoa dark chocolate.

M: full bodied with a low carbonation rate. ridiculously smooth.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Way more balanced in bottle than on the draft version I had last week, this dark pitch black Michigan stout forms with a 3 finger thicket of dark khaki tan head leaves thick chunky sporadic lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate, hints of fruity coffee, and underlying layers of smoked malts. Really not bad, one of the better of the four stouts, creamy dark chocolate flavor with hints of coffee and smoked stouts. Flavors in clude dark dry bitter chocolate with hints of roasted barley and smoked underlying malts not in your face but really cohesive and complimentary toward one another. Mouthfeel is big bodied stout with a creamy bodied and lingering smokey bitterness from the dark malts and smoked malt additions. Overall impression is that things just keep getting better when I try a new beer from Dark Horse I want to see more in Ohio and Pittsburgh. Great not too late to get adventurous greab some of the 5 stouts this year before they all disappear.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A super dark black color beer with a medium light brown head that quickly drops to a ringlet,leaving just a bit of lace.
Aroma of dark chocolate, with hints of licorice and maybe dates; the smoke is very subtle,it is there but just a hint.Flavor is dark chocolate,and coffee, the smokey flavor is much more prominent than I would have expected from the aroma,notes of rasins, molasses,and wood as well; after the swallow, the smoke becomes even more prominent but never dominates and the finish has a tobacco and bitter coffee character to it. Medium body with light carbonation and an oily/slick mouthfeel, not sticky at all.Very drinkable,I could not put my glass down.
I knew I wanted to try this beer but knew nothing about it, I was blown away ! Nice job Dark Horse !

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a big, brown head and the whole thing is as opaque as the Bush administration. Rare you see a pour this pretty on suck a low ABV stout.

Smells like dark chocolate roasted malt. TONS of dark, bitter malt, nice and dry.

Tastes very nicely bittersweet. Chocolately nodes of hudge roasted malt, zippy burny alcohol yeast in the middle and a very tasty blot of mild smoke and black chocolate at the end.

The folks at Dark Horse had sense enough to not make the smoke overwhelming and instead use it as a compliment to the beer's other flavors. This works very well, and it's one of the most well balanced smoked beers I've ever had.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An amazing looking beer for guys who like the dark stuff like me. Completely pitch black. Coal in a glass. The head starts off dark brown before lightening a bit and retaining well with a mild brown set of bubbles. A slow dissipating lace.

Lots of roasty scents as you'd guess. Roasted grains, a bit of chocolate and expresso, oh yeah, a bit of smoke.

There's roasty smoke, chocolate, charred grains, spent coffee grounds. But it all works.

It's so creamy and smooth, it gives the impression it watered down, but it really isn't. Medium bodied with a wet finish, but not watery. Just exceptionally creamy.

Very easy to drink for the style. The char is just enough to let you know it's smoked, it never crosses the line. ABV on the bottle is listed at 7%, but it's so smooth you wouldn't know it. Good beer.

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Photo of Payso10
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap 4/9/09.

pours very dark, dense, and with a dark brown and frothy head which was about an inch thick. as the head deminished it left a dark lace around the edges. smells of dark chocolate cherries, with a hint of sweet bourbon. first taste is rich and full of chocolately malts. alot of roasted almonds covered in chocolate with a dry, smooth hop tingle in the ending.

my favorite of the stout series for dark horse and would suggest seeking this one out.

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Photo of drxandy
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz to Tulip glass, pours opaque black with great head, creamy brown/reddish amber

smells of oats, smokiness, malts, a creaminess

tastes oaty, roasty/smoky, almost like a porter gone wild. Coffee, hop bitterness, peaty/earthy tones like a scottish style, chocolate malts, well balanced.

mouthfeel is creamy, rich, bitter and easy to drink.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this one as part of a mix and match 6pk and I was not disappointed.

A - Dark black color. Cascading dark brown head with lower staying power. Not a lot of lacing.

S - Initially there is the light smokiness that I was expecting accompanied by a strong malty aroma with roast and chocolate tones. The chocolate and malty aromas really compliment the smoke and roasted character which is more reminiscent of a great porter.

T - Much like the smell the smoked malt is throughout the entire taste and evolves over the palate but never overpowers it. The rich and sweeter stout character is really carrying the beer with malt, chocolate, and roast. The roasted character is there along with the smokiness but really is secondary to the sweeter and more robust flavors. The flavor is very similar to a porter but with more smoke and soft roasted character and overall more complexity. The bitterness is there from the roastiness but it provides balance to the sweeter flavors.
M - Moderate to low mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The lower carbonation and tons of flavor give this 7% beer more flavor impact but clears the palate well after the sip.

Overall, this is probably the best smoked beer I've ever had. Even thought the ABV is only 7% there is still a huge amount of complexity and flavors. The other facet that makes this beer very good is the complimenting smoke and not the overpowering smoke. All of the larger and more smoke forward beers leave more to be desired because they give the beer more of a bacon/burnt flavor that is less appealing than a gentile smoke character in your porter. I would like an imperial version of this with more body and more ABV but I will definitely get this one next winter.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black. Galaxy black. A nice dark brown (and I mean dark brown) colored head rests atop.

The smell is that of perfectly roasted malts, and unfortunately not much else.

The flavor is extremely smoked. It tastes like a burnt up, ashy campfire. I'm not sure if they could possibly get this much smoked flavor inside a beer from simply smoking the malts, and I'm wondering if a product similar to liquid smoke wan't used in the end. Regardless, I'm going to err on the side of the brewer and say: "Damn! If you like a smoked stout, this one is smoked to an incredible level!"

Some burnt molasses and other malt flavors sneak through in the front of the beer, but once that smoke taste hits it's hard to notice anything else.

Body is medium-bodied. Per the color of both beer and foam, I was expecting it to be a little bit heavier-bodied.... but it's heavy enough nonetheless.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours deep cola brown to almost black, no light passes through in the glass but some mahogany shined through on the pour.
A creamy dense tan head of 1 cm foams up and fades to a clingy edge layer.
Aroma is some roast malt, but definitely also smoke like a firepit. Kinda of mild not a smack you in the face nose. First sip reveals an average to light body, fine yet tingly carbonation and a silky texture.
Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate with some smokey firepit lingering after each swallow. A little molasses mixed in with the roasted notes. Pretty nice and easy drinking beer, no hops or ABV show up anywhere that I can detect. A nice smokey stout, that doest taste like eating burnt matches.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled on date on the neck or the label.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about a quarter-finger of a mahogany colored head. The head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer and then lasted for the remainder of the glass, but did not leave any lacing. The beer poured almost like syrup and was midnight black.

S: The aroma was rich and full consisting of sweet malt, sweet dried figs and prunes, dark roasted coffee, and some peat like smokiness.

T: The taste was very sweet but not at all cloying. The flavors of malted barley and cream and strong coffee combined with some toasted barley bitterness and some peat-like smokiness for balance. The taste was not as complex as the aroma.

M: This beer had a very heavy and satisfying body. It is also smooth and has a very clean finish.

O: This was a very flavorful stout. And, for fans of smoky tasting beers, this one really delivers on the smokiness along with an outstanding stout. It had a very appealing malt sweetness that was balanced by a dark roasted bitterness that resulted in a coffee and cream quality. And, all of this was enhanced by a touch of peat smoke that added a pleasing level of complexity.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick bubbly coffee colored head.

Big roasted malt aroma, big smoke aromas as well. Smells a little like BACON!

Very smooth drinking beer, smoked taste right up front. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with the smokiness. Sometimes it seems smoked beers can be extremely smoky, but I enjoy how balanced this beer is. Hops come through in the finish with a nice little bitterness, very nicely done beer.

Very smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

Great drinkability, one of the better smoked beers that I have encountered,

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Photo of mverity
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share at Proof. Apparently 4-5 years aged. Pours a deep rich black color with very thin head and a decent tan collar. Aroma is lightly smoked malt, and some burnt coffee. Taste is very similar. Taste is not overly smoked, which is a common complaint I have about smoked beers. Thick body and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying Dark Horse beer. I kno right, I live in Michigan...
Pours a very dark, dark brown almost black with a dark brown head That almost disappears while drinking. Very light lacing which also does the same. Smells of smokey burnt chocolate alcohol. Tastes basically how it smells with a lingering smokey aftet taste in your mouth. But actually very light compared to the porters and stouts I'm used to. Overall, well done! Me likey... Prosit & Cheers!!!

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a motor oil black. It may be categorized here as a Smoked beer, but this has the rich sexy dark brown foam and black body of an amazing stout. The aromatics are mostly roasted coffee and some peat and wood smoke. The flavor is a pretty damn good mixture of chocolate malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, and some smoked malts. The great thing about this beer is there is enough smoked malts that they are prominent in the flavor of the stout without going into a dominant role. It drinks pretty darn smooth, it's a thick beer to take down and it'll fill you up right. Overall this is a good beer and I'm disappointed that it doesn't get more love.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice mocha foam and very impressive deep dark color.

In the aroma, molasses, cocoa and mesquite coals, though nowhere near the level of smoke you'd smell in a rauchbier.

Quite malt-forward, this opens with a blast of malted milk ball sweetness, quickly dried out by an awesome espresso roast flavor and a little hop. Long, somewhat meaty aftertaste. Again, some campfire-like smokiness is pervasive throughout, but very well integrated - this isn't like chewing half-burnt firewood.

Creamy, savory full-bodied feel - it feels like a much more substantive beer than I suspect it is. I barely feel anything after having finished the glass, so I suspect this is 4-5%, similar to the Tres Blueberry Stout. This one also hits the mark for me - I wish more breweries were making low-ABV beers with this much big-beer flavor. No fluke here....Dark Horse is making some nice beers.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Eyedrinkale for this one...
Pours a deep, rich, thick black color with just a dusting of cocoa-colored head that sits finely on top of the brew.
A robust character...dark italian chocolate with espresso beans. Splendid vanilla bean aroma with a gentle sweetness in the lingering nose.
The taste is very rich, but in a good way...you get the feeling these guys really put their heart and soul into every brew they bottle. It is very balanced and has just enough hops to keep the malt from making this one sweet.
Huge coffee and chocolate flavors and while the smoked flavor is there, it is not up front...could be this one has sat a bit too long...not sure if the smoked flavor fades over time. I don't know what the abv is, but it is nowhere to be found. I'd gladly have this one again if given the opportunity.
Another one from DH that has really impressed.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for this one! Fourth in the series and fourth on the day! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, smoked meat, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Now this is more like it! I have been becoming a big fan of Smoked Beers lately and this was a good example of why. The smoke notes on this one were really nice and well integrated with the rest of the brew. I wish the aroma would have carried more of the smokiness aspect as the flavor did, but that is just me being picky. A nicely done brew.

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Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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