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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,002
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 17.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 88 | 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 gkatsoris
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
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??

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Photo of MsMandy
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of honestdave
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of JimmytheC
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I'll drink bottle #2 of the four-pack tonight, and if the facts change I'll change my opinion. But bottle #1 has me disappointed in my purchase. As many reviews here echo my experience of the taste of this beer, though, I'm not hopeful. I bought this as a cheap substitute for my beloved Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and because the brewers are fellow Michiganders.

I drank from the bottle, I confess, so not much to say about the appearance except that it looked pretty chocolaty and dark against the off-white of the sink this morning.

From the first sniff it was clear drinking would be a chore. This beer tastes like Hopsy Cola. Almost a painful feel in the mouth. As someone once said of a basswood telecaster I will repeat about a highly hoppy stout--'It ain't right, I tell ya.' I will definitely try other stouts in Dark Horse's series, but probably won't be going back to square one.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.73/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of johnd513
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours an ominous pitch black beer topped with a chocolate colored, tight bubbled, cream head that settles to a worthy lace.

Earthy black patent malts, hints of roasted barley. Not much going on.

Silky smooth, medium to full bodied brew with a very brief oaty character about it. Sharpish twang of watery hop bitterness, prickly carbonation and roasted barley. Robust, with a somewhat Intense roasted character, smoke, burnt blackstrap molasses and chocolate edges. Light flavors of sherri, and an underlying dark fruit sweetness. Faint cola-like flavors. Dry. Lingering roasted flavors carry on for quite sometime, a bit tobacco-like, making this a bit "dirty."

Not much of an Oatmeal Stout and a bit hard to finish. A bit too robust and not as subdued or clean as one might expect. Definitely a bit oxidized, and the linger is not very appealing.

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Photo of Jaycase
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours an opaque black. No head. Just a thin film of foam.

S - aroma is a little faint. Some bitter sweet chocolate. Some coffee. A bit of astringisy.

T - the Flavors are mild as well. Fairly dry. Some coffee bitterness. A little bit of fruit esters. some earthy hops and alcohol on the finish.

M - medium bodied, kind of on the lighter side. Very slick. Very low on carbonation.

O - its an alright beer. It was just a little bland.

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Photo of troysoy2
2.92/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of karst
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a fine dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol. Too much black patent malt for my taste. Some nice hints of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted barley keep any alcoholic taste covered.

The medium body was surprizing as I was expecting more from an oatmeat stout. Don't care for the hop bite seems out of balance with all the other roasted flavor that finish dry and linger with out the usuall effect of inviting another sip.

As this warms and looses some carbonation it becomes less drinkable.

"One" down . . . . "Two" and "Three" to go. Hoping to make it to Michigan for some brewery trips. Bell's and Founders for sure! Thinking of moving Dark Horse to the back of the field.

This One does not Win, Place or even show me much!

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Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for the bottle
Pours a rich dark black color with the darkest brown head I've seen on any oatmeal stout. Smell is lightly smoky, stale wet cardboard and roasty malt. Rather unimpressive nose actually. Taste is rather smoky for a sweet stout or oatmeal with decent roasty character. Mouthfeel is just average with light carbonation. Overall, disappointing like the other 2 beers I've had from Dark Horse. I expected more, and this seems to have a smoky presence that doesn't fit the style and is a bit offputting despite the fact that I enjoy smoked beers.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin mocha head on a black body.
S- Chocolate, roasted malts, burnt hints, oatmeal, and maybe even a touch of alcohol.
T- Burnt malts with a molasses sweetness, fruity, chocolate, and some chocolate. Not much else going on, the burnt malts and fruit take most of the flavor up.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling.
D- I'm sad to say that this one has let me down. I love Dark Horse and I love Oatmeal Stouts so needless to say I was excited for this. Glad I got to try it just ashame it let me down. Don't think it's much of a oatmeal stout.

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Photo of enfield249
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark black, with no highlights, no head, thin ring of tan foam around the edge.

S - Can get much here...huh...

T - Roast, some hop bitterness mixed in. Just lots of roast mostly.

M - Thick, sharp on the tongue from the carbonation. The flavor hangs around on for a long while.

D - What you want in appearance and mouth feel, but lacks in taste and smell. Was this too cold? No, it was right around 55 deg. Meh, not bad in anyway, just not the whole picture.

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Photo of HattedClassic
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown and obscure beer with very little brown head.

I get notes of coffee and roasted malt and a bit of sweet oats as well as possibly some dark chocolate.

I get hops and a bitter taste as well as a slightly watery taste.

Medium bodied and unusually smooth with biting carbonation.

An okay beer and it seem to have improved based on the Alstrom Brothers' review from 2004. I probably might pick one up the next time its released.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance, I'm thinking this must be another attempt at creating the darkest, biggest, heaviest, blackest, strongest beer on earth.

A - Black, huge, oily... see above.

S - The smell is faint, a bit malty and not a whole lot to speak of. Aroma seems to be in tune with other oatmeal stouts.

T - An oatmeal stout, yes, but I think there's more to the story. Flavors of black licorice, molasses, chalk, and hard tap water also all play a heavy role in the flavor of this brew.

M - Mouthfeel is soft and oily. Additional carbonation would help both the mouthfeel and the refreshment factor.

D - Difficult.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours almost black, but once it settles, it's a dark brown. Head is a solid brown, but dwindles to an almost non-existent ring at the edge of the glass. Pours a little thin.

Smell: Some roasted malts. Touches of cocoa, but an underlying grassiness is distracting. Almost akin to wet cardboard at times. Corn? Touch of citrus lingers in the back. Malts aplenty. Some sweetness coupled with a dry cocoa note.

Taste: Roasted barley. Some twinge of oat. Muted citrus hops play through the back. A touch of cocoa and some day old coffee. Tobacco and some some lingering sweetness round out the back. Solid depth of flavor. Something earthy, but bordering on dirt more than rich moist earth.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Smooth with minimal carbonation. Dry on the finish.

Overall: Not bad, but definitely packs a more robust malt profile than expected. Smooth and easy drinking, but the weird corn/cardboard flavor gets distracting.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the darkest beers I have ever poured ... deep black ... but that's where the excitement ends for me. I hardly get any smell, even after burying my nose in the tulip glass. The taste is quite mundane. There is a rather nondescript roasted flavor and slight hop bitterness but that's it.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into imperial pint glass. Color was a completely opaque black with a thin light mocha brown head. Aroma was ok. Slightly fake smokey, with a tad of alcohol aroma. A bit of burnt brown sugar as well. Taste started off as smokey burnt coffee. Progressed into an acidic bitter. Felt ok in the mouth, coated decently, and was nicely carbonated. Overall was just ok, not a good example of the style.

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Photo of Badger6
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black body, with a dense, creamy chocolatey head, recedes to a small ring at the glass edge.

S: Earthy malts dominate and crowd out other aromas, hints of roasted barley and chocolates. One-dimensional

T: Intense roasted malt character, with smoke and burnt molasses. Hints of dark fruits lay underneath. Also, a hint of Coca-cola, maybe? Roasted flavors carry through to the end, with a clear tobacco flavor as well, not a clean stout...and no oatmeal that can be detected.

M: Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is sharp, but light in volume. Silky smooth feel, slight dryness.

O: Label says oatmeal, but doesn't have the character of an oatmeal. The beer looked awesome coming out of the bottle. But, then when you get it into it, it is just too robust, with some very bold aromas and flavors, especially the tobacco character. Nothing is subtle in this brew. Something is off. It isn't terrible, but it isn't really very good either.

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Photo of BradC
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark black, not much head or lacing

Smells of dark roasted grains and some hippiness

Tastes of earthy roasted grains, a lot of hops and kind of bitter, not much from the oats.

Mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I would expect in an oatmeal stout

Not what I would call a great oatmeal stout, I finished it, but it took awhile.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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