Thursday, February 18, 2010

233. Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout

Beer number four from Dark Horse Brewery; we’ve run through Too Cream Stout, One Oatmeal Stout and Crooked Tree IPA (we skipped the Tres Blueberry Stout as it suited neither of out palates when we tried a sample of it on tap).

Fore Smoke Stout pours a thick dark opaque brown with a creamy brown head; there are a couple of red highlights along the edges of the glass, but there’s not a lot of light getting through this one. The nose is roasty with light burnt and smoked malt aromas; the flavor starts much the same way—big roasted malt front before moving into some sweetness and light burnt notes, and finishing with a bit of smokiness and a combination of lingering roasted and burnt flavors. Fore has a chewy rich mouthfeel and a medium body that is well rounded; the carbonation is rather low—the bite is more from roasted flavors than carbonation. Fore Smoked Stout is not as exciting as the Two Cream Stout, although we had that one on tap and this one out of the bottle. At some point we should probably get a bottle of all four of the Dark Horse stouts and give them all a thorough going over...

From the Dark Horse website: “Number Four - Brewed with all malted barley and peat malt (smoked malt). This beer is full bodied with chocolate, roasted barley flavors, and a smokey almost BBQ finish.”

And who exactly is drawing these labels? Dark Horse is certainly going low-tech.


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