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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

817 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark appearance, the scent of the oatmeal, chicory, and boozy. Bit of metallic and sourness, not all that smooth, as bitter cocoa powder grains, however quaffable. Cream, malt, coffee, good not outstanding.Thanks for fulfilling my requests Wohlfs

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 03:33:59 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-18-2012 22:43:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 01:28:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-08-2012 01:10:37 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a 16-ounce pint glass with the University of Illinois' logo.

A: Pours a thick, dark chocolate color with a cinnamon-colored head. Quite a bit of carbonation; you can hear it fizzle as it settles in the glass.

S: Rich malt with scents of dark chocolate, followed up by increasing hints of oatmeal. Sweet liquor.

T: Very nice malt up front, coming in alongside semi-sweetened notes of chocolate. Slight hints of coffee--more in the minor acidic quality than in actual flavor, though it's there. Quite good, but the chocolate flavor dominates a little too much.

M: Very smooth and medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Goes down well with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

D: Definitely drinkable, especially for the style. The lighter body makes for a beer you can definitely have more than one of at each sitting. I'm becoming more and more impressed with Dark Horse brews. This is yet another I'll have to plan on picking up a four-pack of.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 01:46:47 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oreo cookie black with a hint of dark caramel at the edges. Even the brightest sunlight fails to bring highlights out of this black hole of a stout. The head is a firm, tight, two fingers of foam that resembles a molasses-filled sponge. I don't care about the relative lack of lace, One is a good looking stout.

The nose is pretty wonderful as well. It's mega roasted malty with aromas of charred coffee beans and dark chocolate. The lack of any discernable hoppiness in a beer of this sort has never bothered me because it's all about the malt. I think I'm gonna like this one.

My first Dark Horse beer is a good One. This may just be the richest, darkest oatmeal stout that has ever entered my mouth. It comes close to American double stout territory without quite making it across the border. Each mouthful is further proof that only good things can happen when a brewer uses a generous amount of generously roasted barley.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is roughly equal parts bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. I might even detect a hint of vanilla in there as well. I also love the fact that the sweetness of the malt sugars are perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the hops (or perhaps it's the bitter char from the malt). Either way, this stuff is some kind of delicious.

I like my stout mouthfeels stouter than most. This one is just right. It's full enough and creamy enough to please the mouth and tongue and to provide for a great deal of flavor linger. Again, double stouts have nothing to worry about, but it's more than adequate for the task at hand. Incidently, the 8.0% ABV is buried with consummate skill.

I've been looking for Dark Horse beer for some time now and was lucky enough to run across the entire Holiday Stout Series several days ago. If One is any indication of the quality that I can expect from Too, Tres and Fore, then it will be all I can do to restrain myself from drinking them all today.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 15:37:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color; no traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin dark tan colored head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of dark chocolate and hints of licorice.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell—accentuating flavors of burnt and roasted malts—and has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. There are slight amounts of warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a nice stout if you like lots of flavors of roasted malts, although I didn't notice any smoothness from the oats in the mouthfeel. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 14:25:15 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a sturdy tan head that leaves a modest amount of lace

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted barley, oats, graham cracker and hints of cinnamon and molasses

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with hints of oats, brown sugar, graham cracker, cinnamon and molasses; a bit of dark fruit and hops arrive by mid-palate and, after the swallow, there is a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sour tinge, though the sweeter breakfast flavors are dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With well-hidden alcohol, this beer is a first rate oatmeal stout that verges on the double stout category

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:15:50 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 22:37:54 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh..The dark horse series finally arrives on my doorstep. I cannot tell you how long I have been waiting to try these. It seems like it has been forever since I first heard about these and was able to finally score them. I knew I had to try any series of big stouts, I just had to. So I was fortunate enough to get these in a trade and decided to dive right in and see what we had here. The first one pours out a thick inky jet black, and thick looking as well with an almost oil like appearance, really quite nice. Rich chocolate colored tan foam that rose up a good two inches over the top of the glass before finally settling down to a thin half inch layer that lasted the rest of the session, but not before dropping copious amounts of side glass lace all over the sides. Really nice and a classic stout look.

So as I go in and take a closer look I was a bit surprised to be honest. This really did not smell much like an oatmeal stout. At least to me it was much more reminiscent of a Baltic porter, well at first it did. It had that sharp alcohol nose to it and a hint of some dark spicy fruit mixed in. Quite interesting and definitely more then a little unique. I decided to let it warm to really bring out what was hiding in here and then came out the nice sweet notes of chocolate and coffee along with hints of lactose that I was looking for. The flavors followed along with a hint again something sweet, but yet a tart sort of fruit flavor as well. Very nice. Very rich full body on this one with great carbonation that never really gave up any ground at all.

Overall, I thought this was excellent. Certainly, a more then worthy stout, and a great introduction to what they can do at Dark Horse with well, a dark beer. It was a little more of a hybrid style for me, but I guess and imperial oatmeal stout would be anyway. Could have been a little sweeter, but this was still excellent by all means. A very good beer here and I anxiously await trying the rest of the series.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 11:24:10 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-31-2011 17:30:08 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its with a chewy and marshmallowy texture that Dark Horse's One Oatmeal Stout massages the palate and further entices the taste buds with its roasty and chocolaty overtones. And with a depth of complexity and richness, the stout teeters on the edge of imperial status.

While pouring with a highly viscous milkshake-like visual weight, the solid brown foam patiently separates from the beer beneath in a cascading effect. The froth caps the beer like cocoa-stained meringue. Its stubborn persistence yields lacy rings of foam with every sip taken. This is a seriously masculine beer!

Strongly scented, the beer's roasty overtones hit home with elements of Turkish coffee, cocoa, campfire, heavy charred toast, and malted milk with toffee. Slight vinous fruits and rummy alcohol notes tingle the nose with almost the intensity of stronger imperial stouts.

Its also the flavor of strongly roasted coffees that take command of the beer in taste. Roasted beans of coffee and cocoa weave together in bittersweet fashion. The embedded malt and oats uphold the roast with the taste of toffee, heavy cream, and marshmallows and beings to shape my impressions like chocolate coated espresso beans and "Whoppers" candy. Again, a mild tinge of spiced rum and roasted plum lurk behind the dominant malt taste. Mild in bitterness, it seems that the balance comes from char- to the point where any hop addition is relatively unnoticed.

But the mouthfeel is where the beer really shines. Upon the first draw of the glass, the mouth is engulfed with a billowing mocha-infused velvety texture. And again, marshmallow fluff come to mind again. Its chewy texture is sliced by sweet alcohol warmth and signals closure of the session with an extended roasty aftertaste.

Where the beer far exceeds any expectation of oatmeal stout, it's larger-than-life character causes the beer to register with the palate and tongue as an imperial stout. Though the beer refuses to take sides, it captures the essence of both masterfully.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 16:39:19 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Believe it was Richard who sent this one my way. Thanks!

A: The beer pours almost black with a finger of tan head sitting on top.

S: Plenty of coffee on the aroma along with lots of roasted malt and char. A slight sweetness of chocolate and licorice, but there's some dark/bitter chocolate to it as well.

T: Lots of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, and some cocoa powder. Roasted malts and char, maybe some ash. Coffee and a touch of oatmeal provide a bit of depth. Very mild sweetness of toffee.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a smoothness on the tongue.

O: This whole series of stouts has been pretty solid. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 21:39:17 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-08-2013 03:12:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-01-2011 19:12:17 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-30-2012 02:03:27 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-10-2013 19:54:13 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ink black with a quick to form and quick to fade mocha colored head atop,aromas of char and vanilla stick out but honestly are pretty light in my opinion.Low carbonation with a slick feel in the mouth.Flavors of char and vanilla stand out most with roast underneath,a bit of molasses-like sweetness is there as well.I expected a little more with this beer but there are many others to seek out ahead of this...in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:03:41 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-15-2014 01:20:00 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Found some notation on a page reminding me of this beer at a tasting a little while ago. It pays to keep notes. This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted oats, light coffee, and light chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee and roasted malts raising a bit of bitterness for the sake of it. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally smooth feel and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid oatmeal stout, if a bit on the bitter side for me. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:53:11 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark, dark brown color almost black. It had a small, caramel-colored head that left thick, sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled very roasty. Nice malty tones with a sweet aroma. There were some floral notes, too.
T - It tasted of roasted malt with a caramel backbone. It had some bitterness from some sharp hops.
M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:34:51 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with an agitated head of latte foam. Dissipates into a threadbare tan ring over time.

Aroma is chocolaty, with a little bit of whole milk and oats.

Bittersweet chocolate twinge, smoothed by the oat content.
Smoky riff fading into the sunset on the finish.

Slightly lacking in feel, more like an English Porter than stout. Light, with some very mild lactic character, overall a cinch to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 02:28:36 | More by emerge077
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The finger-thick, very dark tan head atop Dark Horse's One Oatmeal Stout is quite a good indication of the dark, velvety creaminess within. It holds very well, eventually dropping to a thin, cottony, half-surface covering, but it continually leaves rings and splotches of lace about the pint.

The nose expresses dark malt acidity and yeasty fruitiness, bittersweet - or even baker's - chocolate, black coffee, and a waft of more charred roastiness; yet it's not bold or brash. In a way it's sublime, or, at least as sublime as a beer of this depth can be.

The flavor follows suite, and although it's chock full of dark chocolate, black coffee, an edge of caramel, a rich center of lightly tart berry-like fruit and some more ashen roastiness, it's not brash or biting. The bitterness is kept to a minimum, and it's soft and supple, allowing it's softer, underlying flavors to come through (some butterscotch, leather, straw, herbs). And that, despite a curious amount of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle and the bottom of the glass... not overly acidic or yeast at all. Very well rounded and soft.

Across the palate it's velvety smooth with a slick, oily mouthfeel and medium body and very-fine, restrained, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

Quite possibly the best beer from Dark Horse. Very, very nice. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 23:48:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks alright. Could use a bit more head. Nose is okay as well. Lots of molasses. Flavor is thick. Mostly in body though. The flavor character is constant and robust with a thick kinda thing going on, but there is nothing that really strikes me as unique or interesting. Or nothing that strikes me as an oatmeal stout, to be honest. Oh well. It's still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:22:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully black appearance, with a 1/4 " creamy tan head, slowly dying bubbles.


Aroma: nice. Roasted, but redolent with sweet, creamy malt, light hops, very toasty, ripe, and rich.

Taste: Mmmm, more of that sweet thing in my mouth, the tastily roasted, caramel, coffee and cocoa melange that sets my tastebuds singing. Expansive flavor, fills the bill for the style, and then some. Floods the mouth, spills and spreads deliciousness. Slight fruit, from the malt, and it only ups the ante on the tastiness. Molasses creeps into the flavor profile, thick and rich as blackstrap.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had in a long time! Full-bodied, long, slightly bitter finish, fullness of flavor. Rich, gritty, earthy...hits all the earmarks I've got for the style!

Good job!

And thanks to trbeer!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 10:55:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.