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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 silentjay
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours thick and black, but with one of the smallest heads i've seen outside of a barrel aged stout. lacing is decent though.

roasty aroma with some chocolate (bakers dark cocoa and some milk chocolate) heavily creamed mocha coffee, burnt oatmeal, some toffee.

again roasty and toasty with a bit less cocoa and chocolate, a bit woody, almost nutty, with some toffee, bitter coffee, and oatmeal.

almost full-bodied though rather light for the style with decent carbonation with a watery yet creamy finish reminding me of half-n-half.

drinks pretty well. not terribly complex, but tasty and with the 8% ABV well integrated. not one I would go out of my way for, but one I wouldn't turn down either.

silentjay, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of ONUMello
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a thin lingering tan head
S: This smells nice. Definitely has a milk chocolate/cream thing going on up front then some coffee and malt
T: Initially this matches the nose but just not as intense. As soon as I swallow it however all of the bitter notes of the cocoa and coffee are accentuated and linger for some time on the finish
M: Medium+ body, bitter
O: This would be a nice beer if it wasn't for the bitter finish. It had everything going for it up until then & I would likely be all 4's but the finish is all you remember and rather disappointing

ONUMello, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin sandy head.

The smell is a burnt molasses and a musty scent that's a little off-putting.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a little bit of that char. That musty scent isn't as prevalent in the taste, but reminds me of leaves. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, as it should be in an oatmeal stout.

Eh, this was just ok and I find the other stouts from DH much more appealing.

Vonerichs, May 20, 2012
Photo of MPLS
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This might have been my first Dark Horse offering that I ever had the pleasure of drinking; nonetheless, I'm revisiting this Oatmeal Stout.

A: A great looking soapy caramel head with a nice black body that has somewhat brown accents. The head is the most impressive thing aesthetically about this beer. It lacks some heavy lacing, but makes up for the the head I was describing.

S: The nose of this beer is very earthy with roasted malts, the earthiness of this beer reminds me of wet soil. In addition to the earthiness One has mild chocolate and a barely perceivable amount of smokeyness.

T: The most surprising thing after smelling the stink out of this beer was that there was a little bit of a hop profile in it that I did not get in the nose. The beer begins with the roasted malts touching the tongue, followed by a transition to to sweetness, followed by an alcohol bite. Not an extremely clean finish to this stout.

M: The oatmeal probably makes this beer. One is medium bodied with a nice slippery touch.

D: Descent Dark Horse offering, but there is something about this beer that lacks serious complexity and the finish is a little rough.

MPLS, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, an 8% oatmeal stout, this should be interesting.

A super aggressive pour yields a creamy rich dark 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over just about pitch black beer, and very light lacing.

Nose of a nice stout, some roasted malts, some black patent malt, some oatmeal, some smoked malts, a bit of caramel, actually some chocolate seems to come out more and more as it warms, dark and baker's chocolate. A bit of a creamy milk chocolate too. Plenty of coffee blended in also.

Taste starts very rich and creamy, almost chewy. Plenty of oatmeal, bringing a thick rich and creamy taste and feel. Also lots of dark malts, some roasted malt, lots of coffee, a bit of caramel, touch of vanilla, and plenty of chocolate with baker's and dark chocolate going again, as well as a hint of toffee and tobacco. Also some creamy milk chocolate flavors. With all that is some smoked malt as well. Some light earthy hops, and a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts bringing a bit of a briny mineral salty taste. As it finishes it dries a bit, leaving more of the briny salty taste, as well as more chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of oatmeal. A bit of a warming booze, and hint of boozy taste. Very late on the palate lingering a hint of a fruity flavor, as well as burnt bitter coffee grinds and acidic tastes.

Mouth is heavier bodied, thick rich and creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is somewhat meh, with some boozy flavors, that briny salty taste, the coffee grinds and acidic flavors, and overall heaviness. The only thing helping it is the smooth oatmeal feel. This beer is much bigger than it should be for an oatmeal stout, and closer to a RIS. Way too much roasted and chocolate malts. The bit of smoke is nice, but there are too many other flavors pounded into this one beer.

jlindros, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

black as motor oil, thin dark tan head, but it fades very quickly. aroma is typical of the style, with maybe a hit of coffee.

taste is sweet malt and oat, but with a slightly acidic aftertaste that is a bit off-putting.

very little carbonation, medium body, a bit thinner than expected.

based on the other offerings from this brewery, I was a bit disapointed. As their stouts go, this doesn't stand up to the Special Reserve Black Bier.

jmdrpi, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark black color with a thick 2 finger tane foam head that has decent retention. Small amounts of lacing.

S: There is some nice amount of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. There is also a decent amount of fresh tobacco and some vanilla.

T: Starts off a little tannic almost with some leather and tobacco. In the middle there is some oatmeal, milk chocolate and chocolate. Finishes with more tobacco and leather.

M: A nice medium to full bodied beer that leaves a slightly bitter tannic leather taste on the palate. Quite dry.

O: A decent overall oatmeal stout. Was suprised by the amount of leather and tobacco present. Would like to try this on cask.

IronCitySteve, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of trbergman
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Opaque mahogany beer with a quarter inch of dense tan foam.

S - Moderately aromatic with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. A bit of coffee in the back.

T - Dark chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Little to no hop flavor with a somewhat aggressive (for the style) hop bitterness that blends well with the roasted grain. Some alcohol is present - not entirely unpleasant, but not really a positive contribution either.

M - Soft, medium-full body and very creamy. This is what oatmeal stout is all about.

D - This is a decent beer that could be quite good with a little less alcohol present on the palate. Otherwise, very nice.

trbergman, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of dpjosuns
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle:

A- Dark brown, almost black. Thin head, dark brown, but lingers.

S- Think coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a touch of dark fruits (date or black cherry).

T- Tastes of roasted barley and coffee, and dark chocolate that lingers on the back on the tongue. I get maybe a touch of oatmeal, but was expecting more. As the beer warms the coffee notes come through more.

M- Full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth. You taste this beer well after its left your mouth, which I enjoy. The carb is a bit low, but I think it works fine with this beer.

O- I like the beer, but I would have a hard time picking it as an oatmeal stout if I hadn't seen the label. If you like big stouts that aren't quite "Imperial" this would definitely be a beer to try.

dpjosuns, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a deep coffee black color with nearly no head. Very low carbonation. Aromas of thick coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is full bodied and dense; flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, some dark fruits and hop bitterness on the finish. Powerful flavors. Mouthfeel is good, thick and heavy like a oatmeal stout should be. Drinkability is average. I feel like there is a brick in my stomach... Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Jayli
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked! 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with the slightest of mahogany highlights along the edges when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown head sits on top and recedes immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, nuttiness, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: Taste is light sweet caramel and oatmeal at first. Roasted and slight charred notes begin to come through. Charred notes carry in to the finish a bit lending to a bitter baker's chocolate and some citrusy hop character. Slight coffee is present but only in the after taste.

M: Lighter sode of medium body, medium carbonation, body on this is quite thin.

D: Goes down pretty easily, somewhat tasty, nice kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a bad beer by any means, though I think that I would opt for others of the style if given an option.

Jayli, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Brez07
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark brown. I got about 1/2 finger of mocha head which thins out. No lacing

S: Mostly oatmeal and roasted malt. Some chocolate comes through in the back

T: Fairly one dimensional. Has a nice roasted malt presence, but given the style there is definitely something lacking. I detect just a minor amount of oat, almost like it was an afterthought

M: Medium bodied. Hearty, roasted finish. Slightly coats the tongue

D: This was a good but not great oatmeal stout. Would have like a bigger oat flavor. Also some sweetness to balance things out some. Guess I would drink again if it was available

Brez07, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Black beer, appear pretty opaque with a quick-to-materialize deep brown head. Quickly reduced to sparse bubbles.

S-Minimal aromas. The prominent smell is roasted malts with some hints of chocolate. There almost seems to be some harsh, off-aroma in there.

T-Hearty, oatmealy flavor flirts with deep roasty malts. Slight chocolatiness emerges toward the end and lingers into the clean finish.

M-Very silky mouthfeel, characteristic of oatmeal stouts. Borderline slick. Medium-low carbonation contributes to the smoothness. Even so, the beer comes away a solid medium body.

D-Strong drinkability. Enjoyable throughout, smooth and tasty. Although not perfectly, it fits nicely into the oatmeal stout style. Left me satisfied and wanting to try more from Dark Horse, including perhaps another bottle of this.

CHSLBrew, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but it's a fall/winter seasonal. Was black in color. No visible carb. Slow sliding lace. It had an average sized brown head that turned into a collar and thin film.

The aroma was roasted malt, oat, molasses and coffee with a lot of alcohol presence. The taste followed the aroma. Was good but alcohol taste a tad high and missing a good bite at the end but that could be due to the age of this one.

Overall, a middle of the road oatmeal stout. The alcohol is too prevalant in aroma and taste for my liking. Also could have used some chocolate to smooth it out some. Toss up on recommendation - maybe if you can taste a buddy's. Rotation: not available here but wouldn't make the cut if it was - drinkable but better out there. Would try on-tap.


TexIndy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very black, opaque. Small light brown head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of dark chocolate, soy sauce, dark roaste malts, strong coffee.

Taste is of bitter chocolate, dark malts, smokey wood and some hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, lightly cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew but I wouldn't consider this to be particularly drinkable.

atigerlife, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque dark brown with some red at the edges where the light hits. There is just a small layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet malt up front with some dark fruit. I'm getting some smoke from the malt. The dark fruit and smoke combine and remind me of bbq sauce.

Taste: Lots of roast here. Just enough sweetness to keep things fairly balanced. The roasty bitterness could have run away here. There are some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes, but the roast and smoke are more prevalent. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and fairly smooth. The carbonation is more aggressive than I would have guessed from the lack of head. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Just a touch more malt sweetness would have improved this one just a bit, but overall I enjoyed it. Not sure I need to have another in the future, but I wouldn't say no if offered.

oline73, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle nightcap style into a snifter.

Black with a light cinnamon head and legs that retreat under the table like a coy little minx.

Smells of iced coffee, melted dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, oats, and faintly of hops. Enticing, really.

Half and half infused coffee, wave of hops and bitter dark chocolate ride the malt tide into a wall of flaked oats, leading to a dry powdered cocoa fade. Finish is somewhat harsh and watery.

Mouthfeel is too thin for what I'm looking for in an 8% oatmeal stout.

After some of my previous reviews, I'm coming to the realization that Dark Horse stouts may just not be what this jive turkey prefers to spend his scratch on.

BarrytheBear, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle shared by baybum at a March '13 tasting. Thanks, Ray!

Sampled this in a very interesting vertical line along with Too Cream, and Tres Blueberry, and 4 Elf.

Solid black pour, with a small tan head, that sank to a ringlet. Roasty stout aroma, dark malts, toasted oats and barley. No surprises. This followed into the taste, roasty dark malts, toasted grains, slight coffee bitterness, ash. The body was about medium, kind of weak for an oatmeal stout, but I'd bet it would work well on nitro. A pretty basic but solid oatmeal stout overall.

Rifugium, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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