Each year, over the course of the winter months, Dark Horse Brewing releases a handful of American Stouts as part of its Holiday Stout Series. The one that was released this year during January is Dark Horses Fore Smoked Stout, which is a Smoked Beer with 7% Alcohol By Volume (ABV). It has been a few years since I last had this beer, so I am looking forward to giving it another look.
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout is a pitch black beer, no light penetrating at any point. A short-lived, very dark head tops it off, with no lacing left behind.
The nose features a full presentation of dark, chocolaty, roasty malts, accented with some smokiness.
The malts are on center stage in the taste as well, roasted, chocolate, somewhat bitter, with a touch of smokiness in the background. Low hop bitterness and flavor. Yeast profile is mainly neutral, with hints of berries lingering subliminally. The mouth is fairly full bodied, smoothly carbonated, with a bit of creaminess in the feel.
My previous notes suggest that the smokiness was more subtle than other Smoked Beers I had run into, and I get a similar impression with Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout this time as well. It has been a couple of months since they released this beer, so perhaps it has diminished over that time, but in my experience with Fore Smoked Stout, it is a little more restrained than I would hope for. Overall a pretty nice beer though.
Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout : B
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz