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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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832 Ratings

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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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Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours black with a nice big and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly leaving a nice fluffy wall of lacing behind.

S: Lots of smoke, char and oatmeal.

T: Again, loaded with smoke, char and some oatmeal. Super smokey to the point of being ridiculously overpowering. Oatmeal doesn't have a prayer of smoothing this one out, but it tries anyway. There is some super, super bitter chocolate in there too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with some chalkiness.

O: A super burnt oatmeal stout. Loads of char and smoke everywhere makes it quite bitter despite oatmeal's usual smoothing effect. Better once it warms, flavors meld a bit better.

Dope, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Coolcheech
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Poured black and viscous, with a thin, brown head.

S: Chocolatey, malty, and nutty. The smell of chocolate was the strongest.

T: The taste of the malt came through and not much else. There was a small amount of bitterness, with a very subtle coffee flavor.

M: Nice firm body. Tasted a little thinner then I thought it would because it poured pretty thick.

D: Overall a nice beer. Easy to drink, not as flavorful as I would have thought, but I'll happily drink the rest of my case. (It was a present, I'll be drinking them for months.)

Also, I just won $4 on a Lotto scratch off, awesome.

Coolcheech, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of azdback
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Just about as all light sucking as you can get. The edges don't give much light either. Head was a quick rising halve finger and light cocoa colored. The head dissipates rapidly and leaves little to no lace.

Smell is dark roasted malts and charred wood. There is some chocolate too. None of these flavors are very overpowering though. It kind of smells thin.

Taste is similar to the smell. I think the sweet chocolate taste is first and then followed by the char I smelled. That char is more like dark roasted coffee beans in the taste. This is all followed by some ash and some bitterness. At 8% I am not getting any alcohol. Quite nice.

Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light to creamy. Body is full but balanced and the finish is average to long and wet.

Overall I think this is a pretty smoky or roasted and not sweet enough for the style but I did enjoy this. Pick one up if given the chance. Thanks to McNuts for this extra.

azdback, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle via trade thanks to deliriumfest. Don't know how old this bottle was, but I suspect it may have had a little age on it.

Pours darkest brown but clear with a small tan head.

Aroma is very nice with roasted malt, caramel, and lots of chocolate.

Flavor starts off good - roast, caramel, and chocolate - but the finish has some cardboard, maybe from oxidation.

Smooth but a little thin on the palate.

A decent oatmeal stout overall, but not quite as good as I was hoping it would be. Drinkable at least.

nickd717, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with 1/2 finger of VERY dark looking mocha colored head. This diminishes pretty quickly, leaving back a very light spackling of spotty lacing. There's lots of chocolate roast present here in the aroma, with the oatmeal adding a sweet and smooth texture and an almost milky feel to the nose. A touch of earthy hops hangs on the fringes.

The taste is even darker feeling than the aroma was, with a deep and almost dry roasted presence to it. Some sticky notes of chocolate and caramel try to pull things back some but all of that hops and roast really controls the profile with a ton of lingering roastiness that really sticks in the finish. The oatmeal flavor doesn't seem as noticable to me as it did in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of sharpness to the carbonation yet this still remains fairly smooth and drinkable for the most part despite the overall dark tone of this.

Not bad. Some more sweetness would have been welcome to help balance out all of that dark biterness but the oatmeal saved the day in the end, helping keep this smooth on the palate.

Kegatron, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of granger10
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

This one poured darker than a black hole. No light passing through it. Head was small tan colored. Aroma was of a strong oat presence along with some lactic characteristic. Taste was definite oat. Lots of oats partially roasted. Not too sweet though. More of a bitter stout. The oats could've used more companions.

granger10, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of browner
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Dark black pour creamier foam head. Almost a shot of espresso with barley and vanilla and licorice injected. Very rich and a quick bitter sweet finish. Good finish that does not last too long. A good complex blend for the not so complicated stout and is a pleasure.

browner, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

A - pours out thick pitch black and produces a one finger dark mocha head that dies off fast. Alcohol legs and average lacing with moderate carbonation. Careful like most DH beers this has a load of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S - The nose is nice robust, coffee, slight chocolate, and lots of oats, some smoke. The oats leave a nice soft presence and I can not detect the booze at all.

T - Real rich robust on the palate with chocolate, coffee, oats, tobacco, raisin, lingering bitterness on the tongue. No alcohol. Quit a bit of molasses as this one builds on the palate.

M - A slight creamy medium full bodied beer with carbonation that tingles the tongue. Its dryness does dry your mouth out.

O - A well crafted Oatmeal Stout that is slightly muddled and off in the finish for the style. I get the oats but its finish is not quit what I look for in a oatmeal stout. Not a bad beer at all, but one I will not be in a rush to go back and get. Still enjoyed it though, Cheers!

DrinkMoreBigBeers, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of beerad666
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Ordered this on draft at Jerry's on Division in Chicago. They have such a great tap list it was hard to settle on this but I had seen the bottles at the stores and have been wanting to pick up a four pack. The label is so simple and yet very interesting.

It pours a dark black with a small creamy brown that quickly recedes and moves to the edges. Decent lacing on the glass. This is odd but there is almost no smell, maybe some roasted malts but there is almost nothing there. The flavor makes up for what the smell is missing. There is a nice bite to it and it's just right for the cold day I was drinking it on. It was served very cold but warms you up great. It is sweet but more of a roasted sweet than chocolate sweet. The 8% abv is there but is well masked by the flavors of vanilla and coffee. The flavors just dance in you mouth and the finish just leaves you wanting more. By the look of this beer you would think it would be a sipper but it's surprisingly drinkable. I was waiting for a take away order and this was pretty much gone after 10 - 15 mins.

beerad666, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

This one came via knight84

A: Pours a dark black/brown with a one finger tan colored head. Fairly flat looking with little lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and charcoal.

T: Start nice and roasty. There is a definite oatmal flavor with hints of chocolate, espresso, and smoke.

M: Fairly light in body for a stout. Short of flat, finishes dry.

D: Not bad at all.

Overall: A nice oatmeal offering by dark horse. Pretty nice flavors and aromas. Enjoyable, and light enough to drink all summer long. I wish I could get it all the time.

tpd975, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. Very dark, nearly black pour with a nice two fingers of rocky tan head that retains a bit before reducing down to a thin foam. The nose is slightly roasty and grainy with coffee and rolled oats.

Medium-full body with a pleasant flavor. There is some sweetness and roastiness from the malt and a smoothing, grainy, earthy note from the oats. A pretty middle-of-the-road oatmeal stout, neither too sweet nor too dry. Not much of a hop presence. The feel is smooth and silky, but a bit thin for the style. Not much to complain about with this brew, but not much to write home about either.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of CMUbrew
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%

2013 bottle

A: Pours as black as any other stout. Just shy of a finger's worth of dark brown head sits atop this brew for a time before fading to a ring.

S: Fairly prominent chocolate notes with accompanying roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark, oaty grain flavors. There really is not a lot of these flavors to go around, unfortunately.

M: Perhaps on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout. Fairly silky and smooth, but lacking the more substantial body I was looking for.

O: Not as good as I was expecting, though not a bad beer by any means. Subdued flavors and slight lack of body really detract here. Hopefully the rest of the DH stout series are better. Would have again in case my taste is simply off tonight. DH does know what they are doing when it comes to stouts, after all.

CMUbrew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the bottleshop attached to Dark Horse (I don't remember the name but don't think it is a DH-related name).

A: The stout is appropriately black, a darkness that is all-encompassing. Atop the stout sits a cordoban tan-colored head, mid-sized at first before it quickly recedes.

S: The stout packs a roasted aroma alongside a creamy oat presence. A lactose milkiness builds on the roasted malts.

T: The roasted aspects of the stout stand out. Burnt toast and over-roasted grains are nearly astringent, strong in their fierceness. A bit of lactose seems to meander through the stout, but the creaminess of the oatmeal is gone. Burnt flavors see the stout away, leaving an acrid bitterness on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel benefits from a bit of oatmeal but that creaminess is fleeting. The stout body is rather thin throughout except for the finish.

D: A good stout that losses its oatmeal persona rather quickly. I like the fullness of the finish.

akorsak, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle purchased from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a pretty dark brown half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt and milk chocolate.

The taste is similar. A little light, honestly, but still pretty tasty. Some good roasty flavor, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, and slight smoke.

Medium bodied, but thin for an oatmeal stout. No noticeable alcohol, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Falls a bit short compared to other highly regarded oatmeal stouts, probably wouldn't get again. That being said, I still enjoyed it.

GreesyFizeek, May 03, 2014
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a bottle a dark opaque black with a generous brown head which reduced to about an eight of an inch. Light, wet lacing all around.

Aroma was of roasted malt, burnt caramel, and slightly smokey.

Taste of burnt caramel, coffee, dark ripe fruit, and a bit of smokey bitterness. The finish reveals a hoppy presence.

Medium mouthfeel with a very light carbonation.

This is a pretty good Oatmeal Stut from Dark Horse. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very opaque black. Half an inch of mocha head that quickly fell to a whispy ring around. No lacing.

S - Malt and Chocolate.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Some smoke. A little sweet. Bitter finish.

M - Medium to a little thin. Lightly carbonated.

tedpeer, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a dark black color and is quite thick while pouring into my glass. A small mocha head. Carb unk.
Aroma is robust malts richly roasted.
Taste is as well roasted and robust.
Weights heavily on the palette. There is some chalkiness in the body, but overall is smooth and velvetty and quite filling.
A good beer but perhaps one dimensional in taste.

micromaniac129, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

tried tonight courtesy of the NOOB BIF in the BIF forums and BA Jmagnus87:

Pours a dark knight of oil into a pint glass. Lacing is for naught. Head tottaly absent. This beer is dank and dangerous. Taste is rich from the oats and malt profile. Any hops were an afterthought in this beer. It mocks me with a 6" monolith of darkness in my pint glass. Taste is of wet malt goodness with subdued smoke and a hint of peat and mineral. Slick and wet throughout with amost no carbonation. Overall pretty good and solid.

Aiptasia, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle inyo an English "pot" pint glass.
Jet-black pour leading to a short, dark, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dark fruit, faint coffee
Taste-Smoky,charred meat, dark roasted coffee, burnt hops. A definite sipper with big bold flavors, not smooth like a traditional oatmeal stout. Strong tastebuds needed.

hosehead83, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of drewba
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

A - opaque jet black with a one finger khaki head. Head and lacing after the initial pour are minimal.

S - burnt oatmeal, coffee, smokey and roasty malts,

T - Heavy dose of smoke, espresso, oats, super roasty malts, walnut, and a little sweet molasses. I want more complexity from the malt profile - once the initial espresso, smoke and oatiness are over, there isn't much to enjoy.

M - thin - medium bodied, minimal carbonation.

D - There is a little lingering bitter from the expresso, so for me it'd be something I'd pair a dessert or something with. I love the dark horse stout series, but I think this one might fall in bottom of the 5 for me.

drewba, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Pours black as night with a small, 1 finger head. Head is chocolaty brown and retains very well. The head settles into a thin, dense layer on top of the beer. Lacing is ok.

S- All deep, dark, roasted malts. Pure roast flavors and slight coffee flavors mixed together. Fairly one dimensional and simple, but fairly enticing.

T- This is just like the scent, except toned down a notch. Starts off with a big roasted malty bang that persists throughout the drink. Biggest note is a bitter coffee flavor that appears midway through. Bitter flavor sticks around until the end, then lingers on the palate for a little bit.

M- Thick, and a little creamy. Standard heavy stout feel, but not too heavy to session with. No detectable alcohol heat. Pretty smooth compared to other stouts, with moderate amounts of carbonation.

Overall, nothing special, but pretty good. The best aspect of this one is how smooth it is going down. It is creamy and smooth, and despite having only a slightly above average flavor profile, the scent is pretty good.

boilermakerbrew, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Had this one on tap at Capone's, poured into a Belhaven pint glass.

A: Poured a 1 finger fluffy, creamy chocolate head with unbelievable retention. Brew itself was near opaque black. Frothy lacing was full and outstanding.

S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted, smokey malt, light sour oatmeal, hops.

T: Milk chocolate, oatmeal, sour roasted coffee.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Finishes clean and wet with a moderately layered mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. This is kinda like Sam Smith's oatmeal stout with a creamier and fuller mouthfeel.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

The Fridge just reloaded their stash and I am curious to run through some of these stouts.

I went with a heavy-handed pour to keep things progressing. This resulted in two dense fingers of deep-brwon head with excellent retention. Nose smelled like someone had melted a milk chocolate candy bar and poured it into my glass. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration (SRM = 44). Mouthfeel was big and chewy, like a dollop of fudge atop my tongue. Phew! The taste was smoky, more towards campfire than house fire, with a chocolaty sweetness that left me wondering what had possessed me. I like hoppy beers, not malt-driven ones, but even so, I will give this a fair shake. Finish continued to be fudgy, sweet and not really my cup of tea. I do not mind bitter stouts, but sweet is never going to make it into my wheelhouse.

woodychandler, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of webmanspidey
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a pint glass, this is a thick dark color with light tan head. Smells are sweet dark roasted malts, molasses, and cocoa. Taste is heavy on dark cocoa, oatmeal, marshmallow, and roasted malt with some smokiness. Alcohol is somewhat prevalent. This is a decent tasty stout.

webmanspidey, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

A-dark brown to black color with a small dark tan head and no significant retention or lacing

S-roasted coffee and slight hints of sweetness

T-roasted coffee and chocolate with some hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, some alcohol comes through

O-a decent if not spectacular stout

MDDMD, Dec 24, 2011
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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