YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
While not as taken by this as some others, it was a good beer. Dark, alomost black, with a tan head. Did not get much smoke in the aroma, which is good, or in the taste, which is better. Just a light wisp of smoke. Other notes more apparent were roasted barley, dark coffee, chocolate malt. Flavor was dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and that hint of smoke. Nice.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the darkest possible, opaque chocolate brown to virtually black body. A small, foamy, chocolate brown head dissipates quickly to a wispy film with a pronounced edge. Minimal traces of spotty lacing are noted. The aroma shows rich dark and light chocolates, chewy nougat and caramel, roasted barley, and some dark fruits. A light smoked peat aroma enters the fold, adding depth and character. There are some traditional Baltic characteristics in the nose, as dark fruits and rich, chocolaty malts are uninterrupted by any hop character. The flavor follows suit, with rich, roasty malts again dominating. The smoked peat really comes through, blending perfectly with the decadent chocolate and caramel. Hints of alcohol soaked figs and dates emerge adding yet another layer of malty goodness. The mouthfeel is just shy of full and quite viscous, with just a hint of cloying sweetness showing after the long, smoky, roasted finish. What an awesome beer. Dark Horse knows all things stout! Great beer.
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 theyíre doing. This is the last of the initial quartet Iíve sampled and Iíd rate it on a par with the others. That is to say, itís a distinctive, earthy brew thatís 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 havenít had a smoked beer before. I got the smoke immediately on the aroma and the taste. It has had a charcoal aftertaste.
adrian910ss (2412) - 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, Iíll skip this one next time. Still, a solid offeringREALLY loving the DH Stout line up so far though! Canít 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.