Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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 dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear thick jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a hint of cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall mocha head that reduces to a large thin patch and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted malts with some light hints of smoke.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted and chocolate malts with a moderate amount of milk chocolate as well as some hints of sweetness. Light notes of smoke towards the finish and there is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Rich and enjoyable with very nice flavors/aromas and a subtle amount of smoke. Easy to drink and definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of baklo
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SupaCelt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour drops the darkness. Fairly forceful dump produces minimal head. A few jutting lace fingers.

The nose is of course smoke laden with some nice toasty choco and some milky presence.

The taste is pleasingly smokey as well with some very palatable roasty chocolate richness. The smoke is just thick enough without being rambunctious and allows the more traditional stout characteristics to play at an appropriate volume. Succulent. A bit creamy. Bam.

The mouthfeel is at the thick end of the non royal spectrum. Substantial. It floats these profiles with utmost ease.

Overall, this is a really nice ride. Another bangin Dark Horse stout. Not surprising. Keeping the Dark Horse line of stouts on hand in your beer fridge is always a good idea. Withdrawing this bottle and pouring it into an opening in your face will not leave you feeling deprived. The reviewer was shocked that this beer was not previously recorded by him for sake of posterity.

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O Maria - Beck
Dyslexia (Aesop Rock remix) - Rob Sonic
Blind Man in the Dark - Gov't Mule

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fore-th stout in Dark Horse's series conlcudes with a familiar base-beer taste that was present in the previous three versions. But with the addition of smoke character, it seems to amplify the notion of roast in this example.

Fore pours in familiar fashion as well. Absolute blackness presents itself with an element of depth that suggests clarity even though the beer is seriously opaque. A dense and creamy mocha-stained head rises from the abyss with a very sturdy barrier between the nose and the beer. The beer laces impressively with well defined rings left behind.

Strongly roasted aromas leap from the glass and captivate the nose and are lead by the scent of freshly ground espresso beans. Complementing notes of smoky chocolate, molasses, roasted walnut and an element of campfire keep the aromas rounded and balanced.

Similarly, the beer's taste start deeply roasty with French roast, bitter cocoa, molasses and a touch of brown sugar. Smoke seems to melt into the malt sweetness with medium intensity. It's not an overly smoky beer but allows the somewhat "meaty" taste of smoke to accent the roasted barley to perfection. But the roast extends beyond burnt caramels and grain but reaches out to walnuts, charred pine and chocolate. Light rum alcohols offer a tinge of cherry and fennel before receding into the char.

Full bodied, the beer has a certain "lightness" that stems from its dry roast taste and texture. Its robust malty creaminess fulfills the mouth early on but recedes slowly as the beer has a long middle draw. Concluding in an extended finish of char, alcohol warmth, and coffee-like bitterness, the beer keeps the palate rewarded indefinitely.

Fore is dedicated and direct in its focus, not allowing any distraction from fruit, spice or any other peripheral characteristics. Its roast character shows great discipline and power. It's a fantastic display in the use of smoke with balance.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Near black, opaque color with a large, quickly diminishing mocha head that leaves a thin ring with little lacing. Aroma isn't very smokey, more roasted malt, barley, chocolate. Flavor follows the nose and sort of reminds me of a mild cousin to Founders Breakfast. Burnt malt and coffee, milk chocolate, barley and the smokiness lingers in the finish but never really asserts itself in the body. Slightly thinner body than expected for the style, but strong carbonation, burnt flavors and mild hopiness compensate. Would have preferred a little more smoke, but an excellent stout and will seek this out again.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local grocer. No bottled on date and a considerable buildup of yeast in the bottle has me a bit worried. Poured at cellar temperature into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about a quarter-inch of brown head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring that leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

S: There are roasted and sweeter caramel malt notes in the nose. There is a definite soy sauce/sweet teriyaki thing happening, as well. There are more subtle notes of coffee and black licorice present.

T: Roasted malts are quite assertive at the front, with a hint of that black licorice from the nose. There are sweeter caramel malts playing around the edges. The middle provides more of that savory quality hinted at by the bouquet, though there hardly anything resembling soy sauce or teriyaki in the flavor: it translates to greater heartiness for the malts. The back end exhibits a somewhat subdued coffee flavor, along with a hint of sweet vanilla. There finish is a somewhat smoky roasted malt.

F: On the watery side of medium-bodied, though I certainly wouldn't characterize it as watered-down. My one beef with the feel is that it drinks a little too flat. It is smooth, with a slightly grainy finish.

O: I really enjoyed this brew: it's a stout that delivers a nice balance of flavors while still offering up some complexity. I'd be curious to see how this one tastes fresh.

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pure black, thick and juicy. Gets even darker when you swirl in the bottom yeaties. An aggressive pour will induce a small, but thick tan head. Sticks like glue in the ol' Corsendork tuplip.

Subtle hints of cherry, not smoke, in the aroma. Solid dry stout taste of roasted biscuit, nuts and dark fruit. Smoke is way off in the background. More of a cherry stout than smoke - but damn, still a tasty treat brew!

This one paired like a champion with the cherry/chocolate Dairy Queen ice cream cake I got for the wife this valentines day!

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Photo of corey0212
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with moose3285!!

Pours a dark brown, the slightest trace of a tan head rises and fades into a thin ring around the edge of the glass, little to no lacing. Great aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, and lots and lots of smoke. Taste follows right along, with a slight leftover coffee taste, smokiness all along the tongue and roof of the mouth. Lingering bitterness and smoke. I'd like this just a touch thicker, but it's a minor complaint. This is a tasty stout.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer, there is absolutely no light penetration, the head is a dark brown but it recedes quickly. Lots of bubbles come to the top. No lacing at all.

The beer does not really smell smoky, there are mostly deep dark roasted malts with some hop bitterness detected. Really good smell. You actually start to notice the smoke smell about halfway through, it meshes perfectly with the malts.

The smoked flavor develops upon tasting the beer, it reminds me of charcoal or a bonfire. It does not taste like meat or bacon like many smoked beers. There is a hint of hops on the back-end, but that's about it for the flavor.

The mouth-feel is full but a bit flat. The beer is a bit surupy and clings to the mouth. It is quite drinkable. The smoked flavor is in no way overbearing. Good beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, dark roasted malt, smoke, coffee, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, subtle smokiness, little bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky

O-a pretty good smoked beer, nice body and decent flavors

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and inky pour with a small tan head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of chocolate, figs, anise, and a hint of smoke. Smooth and full bodied with an appropriate low carbonation. Taste is pleasantly complex. Dark roasty notes are prominent, with chocolate and coffee. Nuttiness and some fruity berry add a nice dimension and the subtle smokiness is just right. Very nice.

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheLevi4000
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Thanks Jon. The smoke aromas are paramount. Pours black, great lace. above average mouthfeel. Coffee, smoke in flavour.Above average mouthfeel.Good and drinkable smoked that scored way about imperial stouts and porters in this tasting Another amazing stout from this brewery.

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Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MADPolo
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 BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +2%

Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 1,114 ratings
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