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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

917 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 70 | 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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4.95/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours super dark brown (almost black) with a big chocolatey head. the nose is chocolate, deep dark malts, subtle sweet vanilla. the taste is chocolate, deap roasty malts, some wood, subtle sweet vanilla. full bodied, medium carbo. very delicious and complex beer!

Photo of Avagadro
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours jet black with a chocolate colored head. The two fingers of froth quickly fade to a bubbly blanket, covering this velvety beauty. No light is able to penetrate the body.

S: Caramel, molasses, and heaps of chocolate compose this rich aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose, with all of the aforementioned flavors, with extra emphasis on the chocolate. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Full body, creamy, and velvety. This is definitely the body of an oatmeal stout, and plays well off of the rich personality of this ale.

D: Definitely worth a try, especially if you like your stouts chocolatey.

Photo of jmerloni
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a heavy, leady dark black. No head at all. Creepily absent of any head at all.

S - Divine. Dark chocolate, purely. And hell.

T - Wow. This is a robust beer and it's all heavy dark chocolate. This isn't at all milky. It's just pure dark chocolate in a beer. This is a beer for 1800s alcoholic frontiersman.

M - Thick bodied. Heavy. Chewy. Great.

D - Wow. I don't know how this has such low ratings. This seems like it should be an A+ in my book. A heavy, truthful chocolatey stout. It doesn't get much better than this. Founders Breakfast is the only one in this vein that I've tried that does what this beer is attempting any better. This is a great beer. Will be getting this again. Excellence.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of centurian62
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I finally found an oatmeal stout that rivals The Poet from New Holland. This has an exceptionally clean finish and a great flavor. Unfortunately, I can't find it close to me but I did find it in Traverse City, MI and I'm glad I did. I'm saving a couple bottles from my 4 pack to let friends try it. I never have a fridge without Poet in it but if I am able to find One Oatmeal Stout nearby, I will make sure that it fills any potential void. Great flavor, great mouthfeel and overall a fantastic brew from Dark Horse!

Photo of rembrant
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a second label sort of awkwardly glued over another and a tad wrinkled. Dark Horse labels are black on white,pen and ind drawings, making me think of home brew...but don't underestimate these guys,this is the second Dark Horse Stout varaint I tried and they are no lightweights.

Looks- Pretty...in a Stout way, Motor oil with a modesrt head that turns to just a ring of mocha froth,and some heavy lacing.

Aroma- Big Robust malts,black cherry,Brandy and just a hint of coffee.

Taste- A BIG swoosh of silky malts with that trace of black Cherry and a bit of coffee., then,SHAZAM, it shifts the hops step up from just a counterbalance and replicate a coffee with a bit of cream and brown sugar that's quite true and lasting.Good show. I did a 12 oz bottle in 3 pours and each was a bit different until the Braby seemed to quite vanish and chocolate tones appeared.

I recently reviewed Anderson Valley's fine Oatmeal Stout, Barney Flats, and in it I tasted both raw and toasted oats...no cherry. Here, the Oats hide, but probably add body,silkiness and enhance the malts. I can't figure that dark cherry tang or how they captured such a true coffee burst without tossing cherries and coffee into the batch. I do love a brew that creates such illusions.

Mouth- Ample fullness. If you take a slug before the foam settles you get a bit of fizz. Either way, it's complex with lingering flavors

Drinkable? I want another. NOW...dammit !

Photo of rrwiltse
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout kicks ass. Really. Though it lacks pretty much any head whatsoever (and I mean, basically NO HEAD), it is a mesmerizingly pleasing deep caramel/nearly black color. And the aroma, oh boy! A treat in itself! Caramel, chocolate, here I come! The only thing this was a bit weak in was the mouthfeel, but only in comparison to other Oatmeal Stouts--it was surprisingly light for it's type. This is simply one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts.

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4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Pours a nearly black body with hints of mahogany red and a dirty brown head which quickly fell to a ring. Leaves minimal lacing.

Smell:
Deep roasted malts and slightly sweet. Has hints of coffee, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste:
Great deep roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with a little smokiness and alcohol. The finish is a little dry and slightly bitter. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel:
Heavy bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability:
Great brew with all the right highlights and balance.

Comments:
One of the best oatmeals I've had the pleasure to try.

Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ho boy, this is one tasty beer. Poured with smallish burnt sugar colored head that mostly subsided and no lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is very rich, roasty, malty, sweet, cocoa, hint of coffee, hints of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee. Flavor's about the same also with nut skins, Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Just a hint of alcohol at the end. Very nice beer. Could be a session for slow drinking. Would go great with very rich powerful foods like game, dark meat fowl, and spicey sausages.

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4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Alright been drinking this beer for a while, I have a 2011 bottle,2010, and the latest batch. Let's do it.

Poured in a Orval glass and Gulden Draak glass.

A- The aged little to no head, the newest about finger. Dark and thick. mocha head and lacing.

S-Newest lots of oats, dark dark roasted malt, little coffee, a little nutty. aged- chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla. Aged smells much better. mostly malt though.

T- New- Roasted coffee, some hops, lots of dark malts, a hint of choco. Aged-A very creamy chocolate the that is vague in potency. Coffe, no coffee bitterness though. really smooth. Man the beer hits you it not really big but full of flavor, then backs out a just sits and relaxes on your tongue with big choco and coffee, so mouth watery too, this beer ages so well.

m-medium body plenty of carbonation. aged- kinda think but goes down so well, no carbo, just mellow and smooth.

One of my fav. beers to age changes a little but 1 1/2-2 years this beer is fantastic. I usually try to buy a case drink some and then age some. good stuff.

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4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served lightly chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer is black. Did I mention its blacker than black. No ruby opaqueness to light. The head was quarter inch high the color of nugget. The lacing was a thick oily smear down the side of my glass. A bit more head and this would be perfect.

Smell: The beer delivers an excellent stout aroma to my nose. The aromas wafting out of my glass are dark roasted espresso, smoke, and the subdued aroma of chocolate. Hops arent a big player in this beer and thats not a problem.

Taste: This beer delivers everything I love about stouts. There is a layer of smoked, roasted and charred coffee. We aint talking that Starbucks bullshit either. The chocolatey sweetness is well balanced with the chared flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The mouthfeel is fairly full. A bit of creamyness is noted to the moughfeel. The flavors linger in my mouth for a long time. This is dam near perfect. The only negative thing about this beer was I drank it too fast.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a pillowy, creamy brown head. Retention is great, and fluffy clumps of lacing form rings down the glass.

S: Layered chocolate: baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, brownie, and fudge sauce. Plum and raspberry esters. Starchy oats envelope all of this. Very pleasing nose.

T: Black raspberry and prune with a molasses backing on the attack. Deep espresso tastes and starchy oats kick in mid-palate. Touch of cola underneath. Rich tastes of dark chocolate, hot fudge sauce, and brownie come through later. Very slight nutty/woody tastes. Underlying hints of citric and earthy hops. Blissfully long finish of layered chocolate flavors, starchy oat, and a hint of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, but very fluffy, full, and creamy in the mouth with a slight oily/chewy texture. Moderate carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

O: Bravo, encore! I love a good oatmeal stout, and this one is right up there with the best of the style. Near perfection. A little over-the-top with the roasted malts, but that's right up my alley. I really wish I had bought more than just a single bottle.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.