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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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817 Ratings

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 55 | 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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1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pitch black. The head is super dark and frothy.

S: Raiseny. Oaty. Malty balls. Rum cake. ALCOHOLY. Toast.

T: Ummm no. Smoke. Raisens. Burnt fruit.

M: The taste, oh the taste..

O: No more please. What a let down from the look and smell.

thanks redliner8??

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:35:32 | More by gkatsoris
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2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep chocolate brown color, minimal lacing, no head

S- Not very fragrant, slight coffee smell

T- Not complex. Unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt espresso flavor throughout taste. Slightly bitter/acidic aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation

D- Not a great flavor, it's fine. Did not enjoy drinking and would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 18:52:15 | More by MsMandy
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured black with a chocolate effervescent head that settled to a thin collar.
S: Molasses, cigar, brown sugar, some sweet oatmeal, oxidized with some noticeablely strong earthy alcohol. It's a little boring and too musty/clay mud.
T: Dark chocolate with hints of port alcohol and oxidized roasted barley. Lingering burnt characteristics. Clay earthy flavor goes down like brownie mix. A swing and a miss.
M: Thick with low carbonation.
D: OK.

Where's the oatmeal? This is closer to a Double Stout. It's kind of a mess.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 02:58:02 | More by ne0m00re
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2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dark Horse pint glass that I bought at the brewery.

A Deep dark chocolate color with dark chocolate head that recedes very quickly. Appears flat, but maybe this is characteristic of an oatmeal stout. I haven't had many of this style.

S Not much here to smell. Some chocolate and roasted coffee bean.

T Slight dark chocolate with smoke. I'm not that impressed with the taste initially, but it gets better as the stout warms up a bit. I guess I'm expecting more from an oatmeal stout than what it really is.

M Thick and chewy. Not much carbonation.

D I guess its an OK beer; but I wouldn't buy it by the bottle again. I wouldn't mind trying it on tap, but DH has too many other selections that I would try first.

Summary: A bit disappointed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:01:47 | More by honestdave
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2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received this in a trade probably almost a year ago. I tip my hat to the generous BA who hooked me up.

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours black with a dark coffee-brown head that took its time to fade into a thin collar that left very little lace.
S: Notes of rich dark malts and creamy roasted oats with a touch of alcohol. I get slight notes of chocolate as well.
T: Sharp, roasted flavor with notes of dried oats, chocolate malt, sherry and smoke. Overall not bad but a little strange. Alcohol comes out in the finish and the aftertaste is full of smoke.
M: Carbonation is sharp and astringent but the body and mouthfeel are full and smooth. Carbonation kills it though.
D: I don't want to drink very much of this one. The flavors are decent but I'm just not digging it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:58:32 | More by scottfrie
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2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Very dark brown, nearly black/opaque. Hard pour generates a thin, dark brown head, which fades very gradually to a thin, sporadic coating.

S- Roasty with hints of coffee and molasses. Hints of cardboard portend dissatisfaction...

T- First thought here- oxidation. Meh. Followed by bitter coffee flavors.

M- OK. Moderate carbonation. A bit too thin and watery.

D- Pretty much a dud here. The oxidation fairly quickly destroys the drinkability....

Future outlook: Old bottle? Perhaps...though, even if, I'd hope an 8% stout would hold up a bit more pleasantly.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 04:19:23 | More by DoctorDog
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2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head that forms. The foam has good retention, with some rings of lace left around the glass.
S: Acrid, burnt coffee. Very astringent. Some chocolate and sweetness lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Very acrid, astringent, and even oxidized. Light sweetness and chocolate flavors as well. Though, for the most part a little unpleasant.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation, but needs to be much more creamy and smooth for the style. Not the easiest thing to put back. The acrid and astringent character mixed with the high alcohol makes this harder to drink than I would like.

This is a miss from Dark Horse. I usually love their beers, but not one that I am going to come back to any time soon. To much acrid, burnt, and astringent flavors going on. Not the worst thing ever, but nothing I would really recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

03-26-2013 04:54:22 | More by shredder83
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2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: An aggressive pour yields only a half finger medium-thin looking mocha coloured head that quickly recedes to a slight wisp and ring. Higher levels of carbonation evident for the style, which decorates the top as well. Pitch black, comes out thicker looking too. A faint ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Below par.

SMELL: Roasted malts, some smokiness, with touches of milk sugar and chocolate notes. The oats are make a cameo appearance as well. Nice, but far too mild to be noticeable.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some sweetness up front, much like milk sugar or lactose. Mild chocolate notes, but mostly roasted malts and sugary sweetness with hints of oats in there. Mild but long lasting aftertaste is roasted and sweet, much like an imperial milk stout, with a touch of bitterness as well.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light for the style, and goes down a little prickly, finishing with a bit of dryness on the palate. Could be thicker and heavier for the style for sure. A little lacking; not nearly as smooth and creamy as an oatmeal stout should be.

OVERALL: This one was a bit of a let-down. Not quite what an imperial oatmeal stout could be, and the look and feel were just not up to scratch for a stout of its size. A little more boldness in the nose and taste would help too. A relatively sweet Imperial Stout, though the sweet milk sugar notes were probably the most interesting aspect of the beer. Re-name this an Imperial Milk Stout and beef up the palate, then you'd have something perhaps. For now, I'll pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 17:08:47 | More by Jeffo
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2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark black with an off white head that quickly disappears and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Smells of bitter chocolate and dark malts. The mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin, not as much body as I would like. Tastes of burnt malts, chocolate and molasses. Drinkability is not great, It wasn't difficult to drink one but it didn't leave me wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 20:27:18 | More by johnd513
Photo of Jaycase


2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: pitch black. small dark tan head. minimal lacing

s: roasted malts. chocolate.

t: primarily roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. finishes quite bitter. I usually like bitterness but the bitterness here is rather rough and does not suit the beer.

m: thin. watery. finishes dry.

o: this stout is a bit disappointing. the smell is there but the taste leaves something to be desired. will pass on this one next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:53:47 | More by Jaycase
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2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 07:31:27 | More by troysoy2
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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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