Dark Horse Stouts One, Too, Tres, Fore, 5th.

Stout series by Dark Horse Brewing Company, Marshall, Michigan

© 2014 popsonhops

Dark Horse Stouts

Tastings: December 15 – December 19
Style: Stout
Beer #: 668 – 672

It took me a while to piece together for myself that these stouts were related to one another and part of a monthly release that begins in the fall. Each of these bottles are from the 2013/2014 season.

Stout # 1: One Oatmeal Stout. ABV: 7.0%. Annually released in October. From their website: Number one in a series of five stouts produced to help ease you through the cold and grey midwestern winters. This beer is full bodied with hints of chocolate, roasted barley, coffee flavors and a nice creamy head.

My take: not as creamy as I was expecting. Roasted flavors abound here. Coffee dominant with minute chocolate. A little thin. All in all a pedestrian 84 points from me.

Stout # 2: Too Cream Stout: ABV:7.5%. Annually released in November. From their website: Number Two – This beer is made with milk sugar (lactose) which gives this beer a nice creamy mouth feel which mingles with hints of chocolate and roasty flavors.

My take: this one is definitely creamier than One Oatmeal Stout. Has a mellow roasted, smokey flavor some nice chocolate notes tucked in the background. I’ll put Too Cream Stout a couple of ticks ahead of One Oatmeal Stout. Still a little fizzy and a tad thin. 86 points.

Stout # 3: Tres Blueberry: ABV:7.5%. Annually released in December. From their website: Number Three – A full bodied stout made with all malted barley and blueberry. Flavors of chocolate, roast malt and light blueberry make up the palate with lots of fruity blueberry aroma.

My take: Of the series of three Dark Horse stouts that I’ve had thus far, Tres Blueberry is the most interesting. Blueberry is nicely woven into the subtle roasted chocolate body. A tad thin. 87 points for the third of these Dark Horse stouts,

Stout # 4: Fore Smoked Stout: ABV: 7.0%. Annually released in January. From their 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.

My take: I don’t get a very strong sense of smoked malt. Reminds a lot of One Oatmeal and Too Cream. I’ll put Fore Smoked Stout at 86 points.

Stout #5: Plead the Fifth: ABV: 11.0%. Annually released in February. From their website: Number Five – It’s big and full bodied with lots of roasted malts and blanced with heavy hops to put this imperial in a league of its own.

My take: I couldn’t agree more. It’s huge, roasted, chocolate with a velvety mouthfeel. Outstanding 95 points.

Share it!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •