TheEpeeist (3429) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is faint grape, coffee and light smoke. Creamy mouthfeel with mild carb. Milk chocolate, grape Nehi and black coffee. A sweet smoke ties things together.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Pours black with a minuscule brown head that immediately reduces to a mocha ring clinging to the edge of the glass. The nose is a sweet blend of roasted malt, chocolate and light peat. Medium-bodied, yet fairly thin, the mouthfeel is silky on the tongue until you swallow when some assertive carbonation pops out briefly transitioning into a lightly dry, roasted finish. The flavor follows the nose: sweet, roasted malt with solid notes of bittersweet chocolate and a light, peaty smokiness. Like the "Tres", I think this beer is listed in under the wrong style. The "smoke" in this beer is only a minor contributor to the character of this beer, but as it’s name includes the word "smoked" I’m not surprised to see it labeled as such. After trying the 4 "smaller" Dark Horse "Holiday Stouts", I’d have to say that these guys definitely know how to craft amazing stouts. Along with Bells and Founders, Dark Horse has given stout-lovers several solid examples of why Michigan has become a Mecca for beer geeks.
JustinBennett (67) - junction city, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle thanks to ford9719. poured a very dark brown. smoky brisket smell. very meaty taste
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of chocolate and grapefruit, combined with light notes of smoke. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and chocolate, leading to a slightly bitter finish.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from SpudClampDawg. Black with burgundy hue. Great roasted malt, light smoke,and some dark chocolate aroma. This is one good looking beer. The taste was the same with silky smooth texture. Impressive. DarkHorse makes damn fine beers.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour with a brown head. Roasted, coffee bitter aroma with a light chocolate sweet note. Coffee bitter flavor with fruity notes and hints of a chocolate sweetness.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured opaque black with a thin brown head. Sweet and roasty aroma with coffee notes. I didn’t find the smoke to really be too big. The roast actually hid it some. The flavor was roasty with mild smoke and coffee on the tail. Medium bodied.
dmac (4340) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle I think BrianK brough this to Dickinsonbeers, thanks Brian (I think). Poured a super pitch black but unfortunately it was as headless as Ichabod Crane. Great aroma of espresso, tar, nicotine and smoke. Super thick full bodiy with barely any carbonation. Not sure if it was slightly flat or if that was the brewers intention. Either way this was a super beer and if it was flat oh my god someone please get me a carbonated bottle because this rating would go through the roof.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was the best of the dark horse stouts, very smokey. Poured pitch black. Definately worth trying
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade with someone, thanks. Pours black with light brown thin head. Nose is very smoky and roasty. Taste is really nice, full of smoke, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. This is better than one, though I have a special place in my heart for tres.