Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Had a sample of this at the Blind Pig in Champaign. Got to meet Mike, DH’s marketing guy, and Noonie, one of the brewers. Very dark pour with brown edges. Chocolaty, roasty aroma. Flavor is similar, although I didn’t really enjoy the smokey aspect of it. Smokey flavor was not overpowering though and this is a solid beer; this just isn’t a style that I actively seek out. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
very dark brown, almost black, no head. not sure what i am sniffing, but it is musty. full-bodied. flavor of coffee , and, like the commercial description claims, a smokiness reminicent of barbeque. i didn’t find it all that enjoyable. mcox90 (2121) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Poured black with no head or lace. Nose was peaty, wet earth, burnt wood. Taste was heavily roasted malts, bakers chocolate, & mild coffee. As the beer warms a bit the smoky peat flavor comes on a little stronger, but not annoyingly so. Low carbonation and a somewhat dry mouthfeel. johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Poured thick black with no head. Aroma of meat and chocolate. Lots of smoke flavor from start to finish. Some chocolate but mostly smoke. shigadeyo (3767) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2008
2/29/2008: Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout pours black with a low level of carbonation and a small brown head that diminishes quickly. Sweet char, roasted malts, semi-sweet and dark chocolate, and dark fruits comprise the aroma. I don’t really pick up and smoke in the aroma. The front end flavor mimics the aroma and is followed by a darkly caramelized maltiness, lots of roast, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate. It finished slightly dry. There really isn’t smoke ( meaty, dry beechwood, or otherwise). This beer is more roasty with char, high cocoa content chocolate, and coffee notes than it is smoky. Either way, it is still very good! This beer has a medium-full body and is smooth and silky. Overall this is a really good Stout, but it is lacking the smokiness that I was hoping for.
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2008
12 fl. oz. bottles from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #189 for this beer...
Again, thanks to SQNfan for the bottle via trade...CHEERS!!! This one was a step above the Cream Stout...very similar in terms of the two A’s, but more Aggressive swiss chocolate, dark-roast Starbucks coffee, and toffee/caramel. Even the label is Aesthetically pleasing. A rating!!! If this is Available in your Area, TRY IT!!! YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2008
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
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
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
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!