I originally reviewed Fore Smoked Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Company before I switched the grading system from the single 10 point system to the four category system that is currently in place. The four category system allows more flexibility in grading.
No matter what I do or how I change the grading system on the site, I don’t like smokey beers. Peat, ash, generic smoke, etc isn’t what I like to taste in my beer. In spite of Fore being in the cellar for a good year, there was still some smokey qualities, not as much as there is fresh, but enough to know. Knowing there is less smoke in the taste made me enjoy this beer more than I did close to two years ago. Solid but that is going out on a limb for my taste buds.
I do have a few more smokey American craft beers in the cellar that will be shared with friends because I don’t want to hog for myself. Enjoy!
Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 7 (25%), Look: 7 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 7.0
Useless Fact: The Japanese have a special method for growing superb melons. They plant a seed, allow it to sprout and form buds, then pick all the buds but one. This one bud is allowed to mature into a full fruit. In this way a single fruit receives all the nutrients originally meant for the whole plant. The result is a remarkably succulent melon.