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 Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as all get out, this is hella-black, darker than 95% of most stouts...takes quite a bit of effort to coax a modest very dark, cinnamon and purple colored crema head with very good retention and mild lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is wonderful...rich, black French Roast coffee, gobs of black patent and chocolate malt, tons of bitter chocolate, a nice touch of distant smoke, cocoa, charcoal, black walnut and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, like melted chocolate...rich dense body. Taste is outta sight...an exact recapitulation of the aroma...all those tastes are in here. Mild herbal bitterness, intense roastiness, rich body smothers the tongue. Pleasant sweetness from the dense malt body balances the extreme roastiness. Faint suggestion of alcohol towards the middle is pummeled by the intense finish. Everlasting finish....ooof. The smokiness is just there, lingering in the aftertaste, not overpowering and somewhat subtle. Chalkiness is pervasive and sometimes distracting, which is it's only fault.

This is a bad-ass stout. These guys at Dark Horse haven't disappointed me yet. Wonderful. Highly recommended. This one will put hair on your chest.

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Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of adamette
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 10 15 09, poured from tap at the brewery.

A Medium to dark brown head over a jet black body. 4.0

S Dark roast, malt, chocolate with some raspberry. 4.0

T Great, some unexpected chocolate/raspberry sweetness along with the dark roast malt. I really enjoyed this! 5.0

M Thick, syrupy, wonderfully smooth. 5.0

D Fair to good. This is a style that is not that drinkable but the greatness of this beer shines through. 4.0

Gina at Dark Horse suggested, after I asked, that they had just changed the tap lines and, even though they were rinsed, cleaned, that some of the previous raspberry ale might still be present on the line. You know what?, this did not hurt the taste of this beer at all!

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Photo of rembrant
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse has become a favorite. They do 5 bottled Stouts,and their Black Bier and Brown Ale could pass for Stout. ALL their big dark brews have a family resemblance,a similar full malt profile with hops subtle,yet responsible for a harmony,and a clever delayed finish. They love to work the Hop/malt interplay to create unexpected transitions. They also do some "add ins" in this case, smoked malts.

look--Stout. Pitch black. Less head than most

Aroma--Big and busy. Roasty toasty stuff from Chocolate to French Roast,licorace to smoke. More a campfire smoke than smoked meat. The smoke element merges elegantly with the coffee/chocolate malt show Dark Horse tends to excel at.

They have a distinctive thing with the hops in that the usual pine/bitter taste is set for a 3 sec delay. Their hops seem to do fruity/herbal at first and morph to a more typical hop finish ...and the smoke kind of lingers with it.
Offsetting the malt bomb is a fruity tartness that's often a variant of cherry,in this case a bit more toward sour pie cherries than dark cherry.,a bitter sweet. No Smoked brew I've seen merges the smoked malt effect with this sort of finesse. No harsh notes in this.

Mouth Nice. Has body,wetness,sparkle,aftertaste,all in proper perspective. This brewer loves surprises and there's transitions and illusions. You get that in mouthfeel,find it hard to judge the viscosity. The carbonation is delayed a moment. After a sweet start, the smoke, hops and that touch of Cherry pie merge into a distinctive and sustained aftertaste. I ought to give it a 5.1. It Dances !

Drinkable? It's good enough I could put off playing with power tools or driving around...just kick back with some Provalone and fresh cherries...call it a good day.

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Photo of Snow81
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night with no light penetrates this beer

Head: Dark rich brown head that dissipates quite quickly

Smell: Burnt roosted malts with hints of coffee light coco and a small bitter hop note

Taste: Coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, subtle hops with brunt roosted malts

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Burnt malts with a subtle bitter hop

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Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't expect the perfumey, campfire smoke you get from those true to Bamberg style brews. Fore is all charcoal and burnt marshmallows and almonds browned through. Color is the signature Dark Horse non-color. Like chewing on a trail mix of peat ash and dried currants between draughts of tonic water. A toothsome beer for men of character.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle from Rebekah. Big thanks goes out to her! Pitch black pour with a nice creamy mocha colored head. Big time roast aroma, bittersweet chocolate, smoke char, and just a hint of sweet dark fruits. Flavor is super rich roasty bittersweet chocolate, subtle molasses and fruit sweetness, and finishing with a big blast of smoke on the palate. A combination of smoke and chocolate lingers for a long, while like smoked mesquite BBQ kind of wood. Big rich mouthfeel--impressive for the ABV--silky smooth with low to low-medium carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Plead the Fifth but with extra extra roast and some smoke. Smoke doesn't overpower which gives this a nice complexity among all the flavors present. This is really really good!

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Photo of pagriley
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really like how the smoke is done in this - doesn't overpower but compliments very well

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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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Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a very robust coffee flavor initially that is complimented by a nice smokey malty finish. Very well done.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at fat heads pittsburgh 8/6/11

an inky, jet black with a thin, but very dark brown head leaving a light, bubbly ring of lace. aroma is excellent with big notes of roasted malts, smokey campfire wood, dark chocolate, and a hint of peat with just a touch of soil and caramel. flavor is wonderful with big, fudgy, dark chocolate, roast malts, burnt toast, and light coffee notes up front that blend seamlessly into notes of dark fruit and smokey ash on the back end. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and lingering smokey, cocoa finish. overall, and damn nice smoked stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The final of the four seasonal offerings. I have yet to find One oatmeal, maybe next year but I do love a smoked beer! Got this at D's six packs for under 3 bucks.

A - Man every time I pour a dark horse stout it reminds me of the words "thick" and "viscous" really are. Pitch black and thick as it glugs into my glass. Surprisingly I only got a half inch of dark tan head. No problem since this beer is almost 4 months old.
S - I get more coffee and chocolate notes than I was expecting. Really hoping the smoke compliments the coffee in this. Does smell pretty roasty.
T - A moderate level of smoke, sort of ashy but balanced that kind of tastes like toasted coffee beans since that is the next flavor of roast. Travels to a more sweet note of dark chocolate and finishes sweet with a nice malty sweetness. No real bitter hops but didn't expect it. The smoke flavor is pretty constant starting off every sip so it's no one trick "pony" Very balanced.
M - Not sure the abv but it drinks with a medium body. I would say between 7 and 8 percent. Fantastic!

Overall right now I am kicking myself since I didn't grab an extra bottle or two of this! Another great offering and I am loving there beers more and more. Definitely can't wait to see what beer hits my D's six packs next since it's the only place in town carrying these fantastic beers. Smokey good Dark Horse Team!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, this looks enticing. It pours a solid, inky black with a thin, dark cocoa-colored layer of foam.

There’s definitely a bit of smoke in this one. The aroma is reminiscent of a milk stout at first but the smokey notes definitely emerge as it warms.

While the char-like smoke is a constant presence, flavor-wise, it plays exceptionally well with everything else going on. Aside from the dominanting smoke I get a lot of the dark bitter chocolate and espresso that makes this more than a one-note brew.

I’m a little surprised at how light (relatively speaking) the body is. If this was labeled a porter I’d have no quibble, which speaks to the thin lines between the two styles, really… but it also means that I wanted a little more heft to support all the amazing things going on with my taste buds and olfactory senses while drinking this beer.


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Photo of Kenai4
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours thick oil black as the rich body settles into the glass. A hard pour only gets about a half inch of milk chocolate colored head that quickly fades to nothing. Nose is soft but consistes of smoked meat and toffee. Enters the mouth with a slight smokey soured feel but quickly mellows to a rich burnt malt mouth hue. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Notes of bakers chocolate develop on the back of the tongue as the beer warms. Almost develops a creamy sweetness on the mouthfeel. This beer is hugely drinkable and one I will buy again soon.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lillie1128
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep espresso with a dark mocha head

S - This smells like a pound of caramel roasting in a campfire...delicious. Some coffee notes, too.

T - Ohhh that is smoky! Like the bottom of a pan of overdone caramel fermented into a beer.

M - medium bodied, very nice.

This is one of the best smoked beers I've tried! It has just the right amount of smokiness so that it's tasty and not like a distilled campfire. Thanks to jmarsh123 for this one! So good!

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Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar inky, thick, dark black body as the other DH stouts. Small, tight, dark cocoa head. Minor lacing. Mildly sweet roasted malt aromas, chocolate/cocoa beans, and a mild, but noticeable meaty smokiness. Not quite as smoky as I was hoping for, but it's still good. Meaty, smoky flavors right off the bat. Roasted coffee bitterness in the background. Hints of dark fruits before slightly metallic, mildly tart, smoky, peaty malt takes back over with escalating roasted bitterness in the finish. Delicious. Again, not Rauchbier smoky, but maybe just the right amount. Very drinkable, and dangerous, as I imagine that this is at least 7% abv! My favorite of the holiday stouts.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very very dark black with a very modest brown head that settles to a covering over the entire surface. When held to a light, the beer absorbs almost all of it. The head retention is astounding.

S- I was expecting this to smell like a bonfire or bacon, but oh man... this is a winner. Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smoke. A great balance of sweet and roasty. This smells great, but not extreme by any means... almost a little subdued.

T- Lots of chocolate and a sweet roastiness. Coffee and smoke are there as well. This is pretty complex and damn tasty.

M- Very creamy with a dry finish. Not the best I have had, but I am having trouble finding anything wrong with it.

D- Yet again Dark Horse blows me away with another stout. I just wish I knew the ABV so I could better gauge how do drink this because I sure as hell can't detect any alcohol. A delicious surprise in a very plain bottle.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful look to this beer. Pitch black. Inky black body. Thick dense dark brown head with great retention. It coats the glass fully as I drink. Nose has some light phenolic smokiness, milk chocolate and bitter roasted notes. Nice bitter roasted char like entrance on the palate. Chocolate follows with a bang. Bitter chocolate, that is. Some dark berry tones and a little of that flamed marshmellow char to it. Velvet feel. Medium bodied. This is very good. Only serves to strengthen my opinion of Dark Horse.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid entry in the stout department. I like it a lot. There are a ton of things happening with the taste. Very smoky flavor. I didn't think I would like this at first because I've had some stouts with overpowering "smokiness", but this was very nice.

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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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