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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
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412 Reviews

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,007
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 17.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 412 | Hads: 1,007
Reviews by troysoy2:
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2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemless red wine glass. Don't ask.

Not much head to speak of. The body of the beer is completely opaque. Just a few bubbles rising to the top here and there.

Smells mostly of toasted malts and sharp bittersweet chocolate. A little one dimensional maybe, but tasty smelling nonetheless.

It's surprisingly watery and drinkable for a stout at 8%. That was my first impression. There's a slight bitterness, but this is not a hop-forward stout. The smoothness from the oats is mildly apparent in the mouthfeel, with just a little prickly carbonation. The flavor just doesn't quite live up to the smell. A one-dimensional taste might not be such a bad thing if that taste had a little more... something to it.

Overall, it's enjoyable, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one for a while.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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,

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Afroman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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??

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Photo of tigg924
3.26/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.