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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

832 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 43
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
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Reviews by einman:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

einman, Feb 25, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -8%

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.

oberon, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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,

DaPeculierDane, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

tectactoe, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

orbitalr0x, Jun 21, 2006
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

supa0525, Jul 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Sokko
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Sokko, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Todd
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

Todd, Jun 19, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

VernonKell, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

merlin48, May 20, 2007
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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??

MisterDeeds, May 04, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

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.

tigg924, Feb 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Mora2000, May 31, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

bsp77, Dec 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bpfrush, Mar 20, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

MattyG85, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Mantooth, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

jjudge, Dec 21, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 14, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Shovelbum, Mar 13, 2006
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 19, 2007
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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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