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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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887 Ratings

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 44
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25.

Pours an impenetrable to light black colored beer. Problem though is that there is no head formation here and I REAL poured it aggressively too.

Smell is a bit sweet with a strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Nice fruity aroma makes this quite a pleasant smelling stout, more going on in the glass except coffee and chocolates. Now that I double check this it is quite close to the smell of chocolate covered cherries, a guilty pleasure that my dentist need never know anything about.

Taste is mildly sweet and with a good coffee and then chocolate flavor in that order. Definite flavor of "Charbucks" coffee here with enough sugar to take the edge off and leave some smoke in your mouth. This gets a bit sweeter as you drink it and it never gets bitter. Faint sourness from the dark roasted malts.

Low carbonation like a cask ale. This is still milkshake thick without any foam. Add some bubbles and this would probably shoot out your nose like chewing up three Alka-seltzers on a dare when you were a kid.

Add a few bubbles and this would really be good. It is still a good mellow stout. Very similar to a milk stout in flavor this is more or less a stout milkshake, add Ice cream and make a float!

Zorro, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of Arenbeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to beerwolf77 into a snifter

A- Pours solid black, no light coming through at all. No head just a small light brown rim around the edge of the glass.

S- dark roasted malts with sweet oats and a nice hint of coffee. Also getting some choclate notes in there as well.

T- roasted and slightly smoked malts with a definite oat presence thats blends nicely with the bitter coffee and espresso.

M- thinner bodied for the style, moderate carbonation and a slight bitter but more wet finish.


Arenbeer, May 18, 2011
Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured black color with small tan head. Didn't stick around long, but left some traces of lacing behind.

S- Roasted chocolate malts most prevalent in the aroma.

T- Like the smell, got mostly chocolate malts with some creaminess to the drink. Not as strong as I was expecting. Was hoping for a little more flavor, but still nice.

M- Medium body with small carbonation. Wasn't as thick as other stouts. Got mostly bitter chocolate aftertaste.

D- Not bad. Still a decent stout, but not as much flavor as some other stouts I've had. I'd still drink a couple of these on a chillier night!

HosP, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of ypsifly
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dates.

Solid black with a light brown head that drops after a couple minutes to a foamy ring with a light sheet across the top. Nice lacing effect.

Smells of chocolate, dark roasted malts, some grain in the background, and a nice note of hop in the finish.

The roasted malt dominates the taste. There's a brief touch of sweetness, followed by a slight taste of the oats, then the dry hop finish kicks in. Not exactly balanced, but I like the combination.

Good thick mouthfeel that is expected for the style.

This is a really good (dry) stout, but not exactly what one would expect an oatmeal stout to taste like. Tastes more like Bell's Kalamazoo than it does Samuel Smith's Oatmeal.

ypsifly, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Jiveturkey75
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Jiveturkey75, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and syrupy. There's little head, and it seems little carbonation.

This is one Oatmeal Stout that really reminds you of oats. Lots of toasted grains and oats in the flavor, along with some bitter chocolate and dark fruits. The smell was similar, though a bit subdued. No real coffee flavors present.

Smooth, but better carbonation could have really knocked this one into a higher category. Has the consistency of flat soda.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very beautiful black color. I mean, really black, even the thinnest part of the pour is as dark as some completely poured stouts. However, the head is kind of thin, very thin actually, and dissipates in about 10 seconds. The color has it, but the head does not. The smell is full of roasted malts and sweetness. A bit of that oily sweetness that oats seem to lend. There's a bit of a toasty bread, caramel body in there, but the roasted malts win. The taste comes out with chocolate and incredible dense, grainy, husky, oatmeal sweetness. The sweetness though, isn't very sugary, it's just like heavy burnt syrup. You get to this deep roastiness next, not exactly full of coffee, probably because of the burnt toast kind of hides it, but it comes through nicely. The taste surpasses most oatmeal stouts, but I think I can see some room for improvement - the raw graininess is interesting, but it does too much to hide the roasted flavors. The body is s o incredibly full I can hardly swallow it. I like some body, so that isn't too bad, but the carbonation just stings, which is kind of strange. I'd say that the mouthfeel isn't too impressive. The drinkability is pretty good though. The ABV is pretty high (you don't exactly notice it in the taste), but I actually find myself enjoying this. It's definitely interesting and worth a try. I can actually imagine buying this again.

taylorhamrick, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Darien
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Black as night with no head and lacing.

S-Smells like an average stout to me, with a nice roasted malt aroma.

T-After every sip it tastes slighty like alcohol with a sort of sweetness to it.

M-Full bodied and smooth with little carbonation.

D-An ok beer, but not for me.

Darien, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown, 12 oz bottle with a unique white and black label of a hand-drawn kite (or something similar). No freshness date. Picked this one up at West Side Liquors in West Harrison, IN. Served in tulip glass at recommended temperature.

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a brown fizzy head that disappears within 30 seconds leaving a small ring of light brown around the edges. No detectable lacing.

I didn't get a whole lot on the nose. At first, all I smelled was tonic water... After some spinning of the glass, I picked up on smoke mingled with sugar cane.

Taste was of smoke, heavily roasted malts and coffee. The overall flavor is ample, as I was afraid it might be watered down.

Oddly enough to me, the mouthfeel of this beer was very Iight with a semi-dry finish. This is my favorite offering from Dark Horse so far (I found the other couple I tried either watered down or unbalanced). Nice work on this one, I wasn't blown away, but I'd have it again.

beachbum1975, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ralerwen
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%

ralerwen, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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