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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

848 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 44
Gots: 57 | 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 Rempo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a jet black, opaque in appearance. A khaki colored head forms on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lacings.

Distinct whiffs of chocolate and coffee.

Big flavors of dark chocolate, more specifically Hershey's chocolate syrup. Dark roasted coffee notes, possibly espresso. There is also a sugary sweetness to the sip. The finish features a hoppy snap bite, but rather subtle overall.

Hibernator, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JLDyer
5/5  rDev +33%

JLDyer, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of wingedeel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

wingedeel, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Deeeeezzzzznuts
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Deeeeezzzzznuts, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jimctin
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jimctin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tclapper, Nov 17, 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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bwiechmann
4/5  rDev +6.4%

bwiechmann, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet-black with very slight amount of a deep caramel brown head. Laces the glass nicely. The carbonation level matches the alcohol content nicely.

S: Very interesting and intense deep and dark aroma. A decent amount of roasted and chocolate malts. There is a slight amount of sweetness mixed in as well.

T: The flavor starts off a little sweet, but it is really hammered hard by an over roasted/bitterness character.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy, very appropriate for this style and the carbonation is right where it should be according to the style and ABV.

O: All the backbones are there, just the taste is a little off. I really like this series from Dark Horse,

codsmith, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +13%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.4%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for this one! First in the series and first on the day! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, cream, and subtle roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, caramel, dark chocolate, subtle roasted malt, and oatmeal. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The flavor on this one was really quite nice and interesting. I really like how it incorporated a character of dark chocolate and cream in this one to help balance it out. The mouthfeel was probably the best part of this one in my opinion though. It reminded me of a really nice RIS. A definite must try if you get the chance.

thagr81us, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is very dark. Sitting in the glass it's black as night. 2+ inches of dark, mocha colored head sits briefly. Sticky brown bubbles stick to the glass.

The nose offers some balance between sweetness and roasted malt. Dark Horse's tradmark tobacco and leather is also noticed.

The taste is deep and roasty with a leathery finish that is pretty damn enjoyable. Flaked oats along with a bit of dark chocolate mingle and satisfy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a suiting amount of carbonation that leaves the palate coated.

Overall, tasty oatmeal stout that is another good offering from Dark Horse. Maybe a smoother and thicker mouthfeel would amp it up a bit.

ChugginOil, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft, poured onto a 10 oz. Snifter (Brandy glass), at The Fridge bottle shop.

Notes taken there.

Pours a ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin film. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A live ale.
The color is a very deep brown, practically black, with a deep tan colored head.

The aroma is one of medium deep roasted malt with an underlying sense of richness, but nothing really stands out. I was looking for more here.

Distinct, rich, black roasted malt and not much else. There is a nice bitterness but no hops. Very full body with a low but balanced carbonation. The flavor is the best part and is tasty.

Very long, rich, bitter finish of roasted malt.

Well I have to admit I was looking for more here. Not that it’s that bad but still, except for the deeply roasted malt there really is not much else.
The rather pronounced bitterness is different in its own way I suppose, but I really wanted more in the smell to make this special, especially since it was on draft.

I had this ale on three separate occasions because I was convinced I just was not getting it, you know missing something. Also at different temps ranging from cold from the tap, to room temp. That being said if it’s here I can’t find it. A good experience none the less.

JTSbeerislife, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Brabander
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! That is what i can say after pouring this beer. I have forgotten which nice BA traded this bottle with me. Forgive me for that....

This one is as black as the Black Albert from the Struise brouwers. A super head with millions of tiny bubbles.

Smell is very good, still some beersmell left in this one. I also detect something fresh in the smell like vanille or something. Also coffee and chocolate but not as much as in other in this style.

This is a very drinkable oatmeal stout ale. Alcohol is not detectable. Very good aftertaste which makes the mouthfeel extra fine. Great beer!

Brabander, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Siggy125
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black as the used oil in the crankcase of your 72 Pinto. Thick, oily looking and not a single bubble of carbonation.

Smells of sweet dried fruits, roasty malts and a tinge of licorice.

Taste is similar of smell but now the sweetness seems to be coming more from the malts, more like burnt sugars. Fruity exters still present too. Nice flavor from the oatmeal but fairly average, nothing super special. Abv well blended in the flavors.

Nice mouthfeel that you'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Not quite the silkiness I'd hope for. Maybe a little astringent.

Siggy125, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Custom six pack. Probably really old bottle since it’s a fall/winter seasonal and I bought it in early Aug…

A & S: very sweet smelling. Chocolate, bready, cameral, maybe some coffee. Reddish brown head, that is kind of on the weak side (about a half a fingernail when poured), and fades pretty quick. Seems pretty viscous. Pitch black colored beer.

T & M: similar to the nose, except it’s a bit more smoky and rich as far as tastes go. Toasty malt profile. Has quite a bit of coffee in the finish. The carbonation has a weird bite for the style, and the body is pretty weak (although it gets better the warmer it gets). Not very smooth for a stout. Not very drinkable.

O: the beer isn’t bad… but it might be the worst I’ve had from dark horse. I don’t know if it could be the possible age problem or what but this beer really wasn’t doing it for me.

minterro, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of BigB415
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part one of the dark horse numbered series. Received as an extra in a trade.

A: pours black with a medium head that quickly dies out and gives way to no head at all. The lacing is heavy but the retention is low as that doesn't stay either and slides right back down the glass, into the beer, leaving nothing on the sides.

S: smells very highly of oatmeal and since it is an oatmeal stout I would it would.

T: Overpowering oatmeal. I have had other oatmeal stouts where you could barely taste the oatmeal flavor so it's nice to have one where it's heavily pronounced.

MF: I rated the mouthfeel low because I have little to none. I drink and all the flavor goes away after I swallow. No flavor lingers around for me to explore the beer with.

O: I really like it for the heavily pronounced oatmeal flavor. Other than that it's ok. I don't hate it or love it. I'd recommend it to someone looking for an oatmeal stout with robust flavor.

BigB415, Aug 07, 2011
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 elephantrider
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: BLACK with a very dark head. Lots of lacing.

S: Coffee, creamy, and cocoa. Smells like a tasty dessert.

T: Very roasty, good amount of coffee flavor also. Cocoa is also present. A little bit earthy and bitter at the finish.

M: Creamy, light carbonation

O: This is very tasty stout, creamy and smooth. As usual, a good offering from the guys at Dark Horse.

elephantrider, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch super dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted oats, dark malts, cocoa, and slight coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malts/oats, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee, but all very diluted in flavor. Mild roast/burnt/bitter/astringent taste lingers on the palate after each sip. This is pretty thin and slightly watery for being an oatmeal stout. Decent carbonation but the mouthfeel is off. Overall, this is a pretty good oatmeal stout and would be much better if the mouthfeel were tweaked a bit.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 30, 2011
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.