Atlove (41) - USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fore Smoked Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head. The aroma is smoky, as advertised, but also kind of sweet. The flavor is a clash of chocolate and cheap cigar. After having One, Too, Tres, and Fore of the Dark Horse Stouts, I find this one to be the most distinctive, but not my favorite.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from EithCubes - thanks, Mike! Man, these guys at Dark Horse know what they’re doing. This is the last of the initial quartet I’ve sampled and I’d rate it on a par with the others. That is to say, it’s a distinctive, earthy brew that’s very satisfying and awesomely drinkable. Thick dark pour, very handsome, with minimal head. The barley malts are immediately prominent in the nose, and they are satisfying. But boy, those peat malts give this one a quirky character that contrasts vividly - and tastily! - with the chocolate qualities. Good stuff, guys!
CP (124) - USA - FEB 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was a strange brew for me as I haven’t had a smoked beer before. I got the smoke immediately on the aroma and the taste. It has had a charcoal aftertaste.
adrian910ss (2401) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick oily pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, barley and liquid smoke. Taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, barley and liquid smoke. Very smoky in both aroma and taste, but in a pleasant way. Very nice.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Weakest of the new DH stouts thus far. The taste is fine, but the smoke is really really light for this one. Almost an intro smoke stout, I really wanted more out of it. The smoke is present slightly in the aroma, and almost none in the flavor. This seems to be what they were going for, but, I’ll skip this one next time. Still, a solid offeringREALLY loving the DH Stout line up so far though! Can’t wait for 5!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown/black in color with a very thin brown head that fades away almost immediately. The aromas were of smoke, chocolate and creme. In the mouth there were flavors of cream, milk, chocolate and a mineralistic hoppy finish. The palate is smooth and finishes with a dry/hoppy edge.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark viscous pour with thin brown head. Slight spotty lacing with nice roast and smoke aroma. Chocolate, coffee, smoked malts, and hops. Full bodied with light carbonation.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours inky black with a mostly receding foamy mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, smoky roast, and light notes of Guatemalan coffee. Taste is chocolate, sweet roast, light smoke and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation. Very similar to the Dark Horse Oatmeal and Tres stouts, which are also quite excellent.
BuckeyeBoy (3139) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle pours out a great black topped with a very small tan head. A great aroma of sweet chocolate and great roast malt. Tast of a light smoke. More sweet and bitter coffee than smoke. Pretty good overall. And gets better as it warms up Thanks Secret Santa.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle......pours like the others in the stout series. almost black with a medium brown head....weak nose of chocolate and roast with very little smoke characteristics....tastes similar to too with just an added sense of smoke which i thought would have been more prevalent.....out of the four, i enjoyed tres the most and this one the least of them all.