Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

992 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 46
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002

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Ratings: 992 | Reviews: 417
Reviews by barnzy78:
Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured black with no transparency. Zero head to speak of initially until I poured from almost a foot above the glass. 2 inch head eventually appeared following the pour - chocolate in color, actually not bad considering I wasn't expecting anything, but it did eventually rise up, but leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas are of dark roasted malts, with hints of alcohol, coffee, and cocoa. Mouth-feel is silky smooth and gets smoother as the ale warms. Tastes are simple - roasted malts, somewhat oaty, faint alcohol (which is well concealed given the 8% ABV), coffee, and chocolate. Finish is dry, but not overly. It appears I enjoyed this more than most according to its overall score. As I was drinking it, I was thinking it might be one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had to date.

More User Reviews:
Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the handsomest beers I've ever poured.

An aroma much quieter than expected after having the outsized pleasure of watching this black gold fill the glass.

Flavor in the mouth also seems a bit of a . . . of a . . . I can't really say what the deal is. It's incredibly flavorful -- coffee, baker's chocolate, crispy pancake edges, something else I can't put my finger on -- and, yet, it's not quite great. I mean, I'm enjoying it as much as the best 50 or 60 beers I've had in the past year. But will I remember this a week from now? Six months from now? (I guess I will, now that I've written this sentence.)

Lively carbonation plays off of the smoothness to create an inspiring, compressed experience of disparate textures that combine to be more than the sum of the parts.

Well done, Dark Horse.

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ink black with a quick to form and quick to fade mocha colored head atop,aromas of char and vanilla stick out but honestly are pretty light in my opinion.Low carbonation with a slick feel in the mouth.Flavors of char and vanilla stand out most with roast underneath,a bit of molasses-like sweetness is there as well.I expected a little more with this beer but there are many others to seek out ahead of this...in my opinion.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thick, brown head. Great appearance. Aroma is sweet and loaded with roasty malts, cherries, and chocolate. Nice balanced sweet fruitiness and bitter oats and coffee. Simple but yummy. Balanced feel, light to medium bodied. Slick. Very nice. Exceptionally drinkable,

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a slick deep brooding black with a ring of dark tan bubbles but no real head. Aromas begin with roasted coffee overtones atop a deeply roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Robust and alluring.

First sip brings a sweet roasted malt with a hefty dose of bitter roasted coffee beans. Powdered cocoa and a touch of dark fruit, very smooth with a bit of hops on the way down. A solid oatmeal stout with a big flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with plenty of body that really grabs on as you drink. I could see myself having a few of these with no problem. Another good brew from Dark Horse...I haven't had a bad one yet! Thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle.

Photo of Sokko
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet aroma dominated by a nutty chocolate smell. Pours almost completely black with a nice dark brown head. Has a decently thick, syrupy texture. Creamy and softly carbonated. Has a pleasant sweet, burnt oat, coffee taste with hints of chocolate. Overall, a good stout. Not a big wow factor in terms of taste, but a solid porter nonetheless.

Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours an ominous pitch black beer topped with a chocolate colored, tight bubbled, cream head that settles to a worthy lace.

Earthy black patent malts, hints of roasted barley. Not much going on.

Silky smooth, medium to full bodied brew with a very brief oaty character about it. Sharpish twang of watery hop bitterness, prickly carbonation and roasted barley. Robust, with a somewhat Intense roasted character, smoke, burnt blackstrap molasses and chocolate edges. Light flavors of sherri, and an underlying dark fruit sweetness. Faint cola-like flavors. Dry. Lingering roasted flavors carry on for quite sometime, a bit tobacco-like, making this a bit "dirty."

Not much of an Oatmeal Stout and a bit hard to finish. A bit too robust and not as subdued or clean as one might expect. Definitely a bit oxidized, and the linger is not very appealing.

Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle pours dark and thick producing an ebony body. One finger tan head retains well and leaves some patchy lacing.

Aroma is milk chocolate, smoked malts, oatmeal, and burnt coffee.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Taste has a solid roastiness with notes of rolled oats, scalded coffee, and chocolate. A nice kick of hops adds some edgy bitterness to the roast.

My favorite of the Dark Horse stouts. Very solid.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to RixBeer for this cellared treat.

Pour is jet black. It appears to be a bit thin, yet it keeps any light from passing through. Minimal tan head that recedes quickly to ring the glass.

Smell is malty and breadlike. Roasted coffee and dark malts.

Unique, in that it starts with a bitter roasted flavor, and a bit of sweetness in the middle rather than vice versa. Smoky, sweet and well put together.

A decent mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation and a slight bitter lacing.

Very drinkiable brew, with plenty going on inside. Why can't you get this stuff in Massachusets??

Photo of tigg924
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: oatmeal and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate and coffee at the start. The oats come out in the middle and moreso as the beer warms, bitter dark coffee finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, bitter start with a slightly sweeter middle that turns bitter and dry to the end, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a bit too bitter and dry for an oatmeal stout. It is not a bad beer, but there are better examples in the style. While Too and Tres were amazing, One is moreso just middle of the pack. Would not pass this one up if given, would not seek it out again either.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to walt for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a black color with a tiny brown head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is chocolate with some soy and alcohol. The flavor is chocolate, tobacco and leather. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Black with nice purplish-tan head and some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, molasses, as well as some oats, dark fruit and English hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet molasses, oats, chocolate, plus just light touches of coffee and spicy English hops toward the end. Not as complex as the aroma.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, creamy body but slightly coarse and thin. Barely dry finish.

Drinkability: Not as smooth or complex as expected for an Oatmeal Stout of this abv. Pretty good, but not a stand-out.

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of deep tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A dark and sweet roasty stout aroma. Roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, toasted bread, grains, biscuit, and nuts along with some burnt molasses sweetness. Also some hints of smoked malt, wood, milk, and cream. Mild hints of earthy hops and some dark cherry, fig, and raisin. A pretty solid stout aroma.

Taste: A solid dark stout taste with a good balance of sweetness and roasty bitterness. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark and milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, toasted bread, oatmeal, grains, cream, milk, biscuit, and nuts. A fair amount of sweet molasses and a little smoke and wood. Light undertones of dark cherry and fig. Light presence of earthy and herbal hops towards the finish. Solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and silky. Moderately sweet and slightly sticky. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid oatmeal stout. Lots of roasty taste with a nice creamy smoothness. Its what you expect for the style.

Photo of jjudge
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gifted a 12 oz bottle from @bgramer.

Nice drinkable beer. Thick, pitch black coffee pour. Roast aroma. Really surprised that it poured without a trace of head. Nice, creamy medium bodied mouthful. Burnt nut flavor lingered on my palette and throat afterwards for some time.

Of the two Oatmeal Stouts I have tried so far, I enjoyed the Poet more.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black completely opaque body does not let any visible light pass through, nice deep mocha tan head leaves speckled lacing behind all of their beers so far have had a peculiar sort of fizzy carbonation when you first pour the beer. However, when you go to sip it the excess carbonation doesn't come through on the palate. Aromatics offer up deep fruit notes amongst the dark roasts with a creamy cereal grain breakfast brew approach from the oatmeal additions. Some coffee and dark chocolate from the darker roasts with a layer of caramel/toffee flowing, minimal hops going on here. The fruit tone has some deep plum mild tartness and a noticeable alcohol nose not much going on in the way of hops maybe some faint herbal additions. Flavors meld nicely the soft oatmeal with the dark bitter roasts and fruit tone background. A bit of coffee and the dark chocolate but the toffee burnt caramelized sugar note really shines through, ample herbal hop bitterness and alcohol burn from the 8% abv. Mouthfeel a bit of ticklin' from the carbonation but overall a fuller bodied offering with the oatmeal additions keeping it soft and velvety on the palate bitter dark roasts and a touch of alcohol burn stay on the palate with each sip. Drinkability overall is solid a beer that inspires me to want to search out Too, Tres, and Fore from the same series of stouts. It's true I love dark beer from the state of Michigan this one is no different go try some.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy chocolate head over a body the color of motor oil. Modest lace anc head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit and roasted barley. Smooth, mildly sweet and creamy up front transitioning to a more robust roasted grain character and notes of plums and dark vinous fruit. Substanial bitterness from the dark malt and perhaps some hops. Body is a tad on the lean side, but overall quite smooth on the tongue. Dry.

A pleasant brew with a good deal of roasted grain complexity. Despite the fact that the body could have used a bit more substance, there is a great showcase of flavor packed in here. A enjoyed this ale, but then again if I was going to go for a Dark Horse sout I'd reach for their Special Reserve Balck Bier over this.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an inky jet black body with a dark tan head that fades before I can set the glass down after the pour. The beer is too dense to see any carbonation or light.

S- This beer has a dark malt smell with a soft cream and coffee hint. There is a dry molasses hint and a note of smoke that comes through when it is warm.

T- This beer has a dark dry malt with black malt flavors and a chalk note to it. There is an earthy coffee note that comes through with a very light tartness from the malt. The finish is a bitter malt flavor and doesn't taste like it is hop related.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a thin almost watery texture.

D- This beer is smooth but there is no real depth and no oatmeal qualities. The dark malt flavor do have a nice flavor that makes it go down quickly.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep used motor oil black with a sponge like head of brown bubbles that crack fast to nothing. I like the artwork on the bottle, to me it's interesting when breweries use art on the label rather than all logos.

The smell is of charred chocolate malts with a mix of used espresso grounds. An absolutely wonderful scent that makes me want to take a sip.

Taste is delicious. There is a fine mix and balance of chocolates and coffee with a strong malt backbone and an oatmeal subtext. A slight acrid flavor that I attribute to scorched dark malts. A rich chocolaty finish that is nice and subtly dry.

A solid all around stout. It has the great flavors associated with a good dark beer and they are nicely balanced. Very enjoyable drink that I am thankful for having after a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. What a treat.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled what appears to be October 10, 2013.

A: Pours very dark appearing black in the glass with a khaki brown head on top. Fairly quick to dissipate it leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very rich aroma that initially permeates of molasses and roasted malt. Giving it a swirl yields a much different aroma which reminds me of a cheese cellar. A bit of smokiness in there as well.

T: Nice flavor going on here, as with the aroma it is quite rich. A healthy dose of roasted malts is complimented by a light smoke flavor. This one is hitting half a year old so its certainly mellow and the flavors have melted together it seems.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking taking into account the ABV. Certainly isnt hot on the mouthfeel, just warming after it goes dow.

Overall this is a solid offering from Dark Horse and a good start to the holiday stout series. Very robust and rich flavor that proves to be one hell of an oatmeal stout.

Photo of Stigs
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a finger of loose yet frothy, very dark khaki colored foam. the beer is pitch, deep dark black.

S - deep, dark roasted barley and malts. notes of dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, and molasses along with bits of milk chocolate. sniffs sweet yet with a good punch for balance.

T - begins with roasty and slightly bitter dark malts. immediately sweetness comes alive with bits of raisins and plums, then turning chocolatey. earthy hop bitterness briefly cuts in alongside a light boozy-ness.

M - oats provide a thick, chewy body...slightly amped up by light-moderate carbonation. strong, lasting lingering roast, malty sweetness, and lightly burning alcohol.

D - warms the mouth and the body. a fine oatmeal stout with a ton of flavor and personality. fitting for this brewery and the stout series. i can picture myself (and many others) sitting at the brewpub, sucking these down en masse on a cold Michigan night.

Photo of Magpie14
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance: cream colored head and minimal lacing. It poured wonderfully into my glass, silky smooth and murky black in color. Seems like a pertty dense beer!

Smell: strong malt smell with a nose full of roasted coffee. Alcohol smell comes through, but otherwise not much happening here. I've smelled better

Taste: a very light astringent taste and has touch of fruit: blueberries or raisins. I found myself wanting to chew on this beer more than anything. However, where was the oatmeal? a big coffee and malt taste is present, very roasty overall. But no oatmeal in there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and delicate beer. Extreme smoothness is very nice and kind of gives the alcohol a bit more presence, or that it seems the alcohol becomes more noticable as you continue drinking.

I don't know what to think about this one. Robust malty, coffee flavor but has strange lingering aftertaste. I say give it a try and see what happens!

Photo of cokes
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gurgles out of the bottle an absolute pitch black topped with a sturdy milk chocolate head. That simple combo of black under brown is striking, always, and more intense here than almost any.
Into the nostrils, the first several whiffs impart a cappuccino sense of espresso and steamed milk, there's also a backing vanilla essence for good measure. After it sits awhile it gathers oats, a dried tobacco and burnt woodiness.
Burnt grains scrape across the tongue first, followed by an acrid notion of cigar ash. From there, a smoked prune rises, oatmeal arrives on the periphery as it always does with it dusty, flaked graininess. From here on out, it begins a slow fade. There's a vague introduction of bakers chocolate, and a lingering coffee ground roasted bitterness, and some milky yeast interplay. Hops are a nonfactor, and the malt peters out when it needs to stand up and make a stand. It never unravels, but it frays a bit at the end.
For as thick and viscous as the body appears, it carries an impotent weight, as it seems both heavy and thin at the same time. It coats the mouth for a moment or two, then timidly resigns down the throat with no further statement.
It's by no means a bad oatmeal stout. I do feel betrayed by the looks and initial smell that led me to think it would be extraordinary. After that it became incomplete.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark appearance, the scent of the oatmeal, chicory, and boozy. Bit of metallic and sourness, not all that smooth, as bitter cocoa powder grains, however quaffable. Cream, malt, coffee, good not outstanding.Thanks for fulfilling my requests Wohlfs

Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at Lexington Beerworks.

pours black with a 2-finger of tan on top.

Lots of chocolate and coffee with roasted malt. Chocolate and licorice with Roasted malts and Coffee and oatmeal

Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a smoothness on the tongue.

my first sample of Dark Horse. I'm impressed.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, thick pour reveals a jet black brew. A cocoa colored head rests atop, but only momentarily. Yeast sediment coats the bottom of the empty bottle.

Nose is full of roasted aroma, slight coffee notes, and maybe just a little hint of chocolate sweetness.

Sweet and roasted flavors, this is pretty good. Big roasted barley flavors coming across initially, mingle with the chocolate sweetness, probably from the same barley. Some hop flavor is here, but just as a foil for the malt profile. It's there, but it takes a back seat.

Oatmeal stouts should always be full bodied, and this one surely is! A decent interpretation is usually pretty good, and a great one is usually sublime. This really comes close to the latter. Smooth, and full bodied. My only complaint in this department is that the carbonation seems a bit too high here.

Overall, very drinkable, very good, and just a delicious beer. I would be happy to drink more than a few of these just about anytime, but especially on these cold, Wisconsin nights. Cheers!

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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