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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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822 Ratings

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 42
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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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 harrymel


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

No bottle date

A: Pours a abysmal dark with a single finger of mocha head which falls to thin and broken surface sheet of the same. Rim of foam. Little to no lacing. Boring for the style, usually expect a little head and some lacing.

S: Bitterness, coffee, dark chocolates, rye bread, oats (fully roasted). Hints of...mushroom? Faintest hare of copper.

T: A little astringent up front, then plenty of bitter cocoa and coffee beans. Fairly simple taste profile here. Base oats and malts I would expect in the style. A little too much bitterness midway on the palate. Nothing standing out here. A bit sour on the finish.

M: Medium body with medium to hi carb. Would prefer a bit more body on the style and a little lower carb. Dry finish.

O: Pretty standard oatmeal stout IMO. That being said, I would drink it again. I think if they increased the hops on this they would have a pretty solid ABA.

05-19-2011 15:55:01 | More by harrymel
Photo of Arenbeer


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz bottle thanks to beerwolf77 into a snifter

A- Pours solid black, no light coming through at all. No head just a small light brown rim around the edge of the glass.

S- dark roasted malts with sweet oats and a nice hint of coffee. Also getting some choclate notes in there as well.

T- roasted and slightly smoked malts with a definite oat presence thats blends nicely with the bitter coffee and espresso.

M- thinner bodied for the style, moderate carbonation and a slight bitter but more wet finish.


05-18-2011 21:31:21 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of StoutHunter


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

I got a bottle of Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I have been looking to try all the beers in Dark Horse's Stout series, I have had Too, Tres, and Fore so when I saw One on the shelfs I just had to grab it so I could complete One through Fore. As usual with Dark Horse no bottling date, but I know it's a 2011 vintage. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it is the most detailed of the four and goes in line with the rest of series to make a cool abstract like version of their logo. It poured a nice pitch black color that didn't let any light come thought, resembles worn out motor oil, just how I like em. It had a huge and fluffy four fingers worth of tan mocha colored head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of spotty lacing.

S- This beer smells highly toasted and robust. I pick up some sweetness from the oatmeal and lots of nice roasty flavors along with some bitter dark chocolate and black coffee. I also picked a very slight amount of dark fruits and some earthy hops at the end.

T- The taste starts off with large amount of roasted dark malts that make for a really rich and robust taste. The dark roasted malts imparts some nice dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, and the oatmeal adds just enough sweetness to balance out all the roast in this beer. The finish had some bitterness to it and it left a slightly acidic aftertaste that all the beers in this series seemed to have. The alcohol was hidden nicely.

M- Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied, it could have been a little more thicker. It was also highly carbonated and it could have used just a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good Oatmeal Stout. A lot of Oatmeal Stouts tend to be lighter and more sessionable, but this was was heavier, roasty and robust, I liked that because theres a lot more lighter oatmeal stouts on the market so it's nice when a brewery uses the Oatmeal stout base for a bigger beer. This beer was pretty on point with only a couple minor tweaks this could be one of the best Oatmeal Stouts on the market. In terms of the stout series I thought the Tres was the best with too and one tying for second and fore being the one I liked the least, overall Dark Horse did a pretty good job with this series, now I have to try and track down Plead the fith, you would think that living in Michigan it would be easy to find, but it isn't. I could see keeping this around in the fridge but I think I liked Short's Mystery Stout a little more. If you are stout lover then this beer is for you. This was another good stout from Dark Horse and part of the best stout series around.

05-12-2011 03:37:06 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of nhindian


3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

A - Pours very dark, much more so than expected with a huge 2.5-finger, dark brown head. Just given the sheer size of the head lends it to above-average retention, and lacing is generous and spans the entire circumference of the glass.

S - The smell is surprisingly faint given the bold appearance, but has aromas of flaked bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol or some acidity. Lots of oats here as well.

T - The taste is a little lackluster. The first sip brings a biting roastiness and bitterness, like sipping coffee brewed too long ago. The oats and chocolate pick up after that, but neither are incredibly memorable unfortunately. It finishes with a poignant alcohol bite.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderately low carbonation. I can't say it doesn't live up to its oatmeal name and come across smooth, but it kind of just comes and goal without making an impact on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. This beer looks good in the glass, but it's downhill from there. Mundane flavors that bring out a bit too much roast and not enough tantalizing qualities to keep me coming back for more.

04-23-2011 06:06:16 | More by nhindian
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

04-21-2011 03:04:01 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

04-08-2011 23:21:32 | More by mountdew1
Photo of madvermin


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

Thanks to Jesse13713 for this beer, he sent it as part of a trade we did a couple weeks ago; I'm looking forward to having another Dark Horse beer.

Pours an oily black with complete opacity and a silky looking texture. Head is brown and dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lace and no swirls.

Nose is noticeably earthy and has that slight yogurt smell that oatmeal provides. Chocolate and coffee linger behind it along with some roasted malts. Really enjoy the emphasis on the oatmeal here, as some oatmeal stouts tend to look towards the coffee or chocolate instead.

Taste is very smooth and slick, with a ton of oatmeal flavors coming out at the beginning - earthiness, slight tartness, and yogurt come to mind as they did in the smell. Light coffee bitterness follows it up aided by a touch of milk chocolate and some toasted grains. Oatmeal once again is the showcase and I love the slight acidity it provides. A funky taste at the back of the throat holds this back near the finish, but it doesn't take away from the majority of the beer.

Mouthfeel is as smooth and velvety as I've ever had in a beer without it being too viscous. This beer just flows effortlessly. It's perfectly bodied, as it never feels close to watery but never feels too thick either. The acidity offers good contrast and the finish is softly bitter. Drinkability great for all those reasons along with the clean and crisp oatmeal flavor. Love this beer, it's an oatmeal stout done right.

03-27-2011 05:19:40 | More by madvermin
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-24-2011 21:39:17 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Brez07


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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

03-23-2011 21:07:28 | More by Brez07
Photo of BieresDesMoines


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

These guys just can't seem to make a bad stout. Poured almost still and almost black, I saw a little bit of head in others glasses though so I guess we'll say it can have a small head. Aroma is bacon like and smoky but still roasty. This one packs in some nice coffee flavors with a deep roasted malt and some burnt toast character, just slightly fruity with some raisin and dark fruit character. Very good.

03-23-2011 17:24:23 | More by BieresDesMoines
Photo of jmdrpi


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

03-18-2011 03:34:27 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of KarlHungus


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, graham cracker, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a velvety texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. I would, however, choose any of Dark Horse's other stouts over this any day.

03-18-2011 00:51:52 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of scottfrie


2.7/5  rDev -28.2%

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.

03-14-2011 02:58:32 | More by scottfrie
Photo of buschbeer


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

12oz bottle
Served in nonic pint glass.

A - It pours thick and black like motor oil. A quarter inch of cocoa colored head made a brief appearance.

S - The aroma is dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. The chocolate is the main player here.

T - The roasted malt comes through more in the taste but the dark chocolate is still a mainstay.

M - Thick, creamy and viscous. I love it.

D - This is a damn fine beverage. I'll put it up there with Sam Smith's.

03-03-2011 23:22:08 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Jesse13713


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance - Pours with a finger of rich chocolaty head with impressive lacing. The beer itself looks black at first, but is in fact a very dark brown. A very chocolate-tasting beer.

Smell - Hints of barley and oats right away. Chocolate and slight coffee in the nose as well.

Taste - A very creamy and smooth stout. A very rich chocolate start and a smooth coffee finish. The oatmeal is most prevalent on the finish. Slight hints of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very smooth for an oatmeal stout. Absolutely delicious the entire way through. The alcohol is present, but subtly delicious. I think I prefer this over the Dark Horse Tres Blueberry stout.

02-27-2011 20:53:54 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of kiddwhiz


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

I've had this Dark Horse Brewing One Oatmeal Stout stashed away since early November and thought it was about time to drink it being that it isn't necessarily high ABV.

Poured with one fat finger of tan head. Subtle smells of malts and chocolate. Initial tastes of bitter sweet chocolate that transitions nicely to malty creaminess. This beer is well balanced and has no hint of heat. I would love to try this again, especially on tap, but wouldn't move mountains to get it again. Overall solid representation of a refined Oatmeal Stout. Well done Dark Horse!

02-19-2011 01:44:40 | More by kiddwhiz
Photo of tigg924


3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: oatmeal and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate and coffee at the start. The oats come out in the middle and moreso as the beer warms, bitter dark coffee finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, bitter start with a slightly sweeter middle that turns bitter and dry to the end, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a bit too bitter and dry for an oatmeal stout. It is not a bad beer, but there are better examples in the style. While Too and Tres were amazing, One is moreso just middle of the pack. Would not pass this one up if given, would not seek it out again either.

02-17-2011 14:50:20 | More by tigg924
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Appearance -- Pours black/brown with a slim cocoa brown head. Not much on head retention, but otherwise nice.

Smell -- Coffee, dark toast, cocoa, licorice, brown sugar. Overall, lots of roast, mild underlying malt sweetness.

Taste -- Burnt breadcrusts, chocolate-covered espresso beans, anise and licorice, raw cane sugar, and a modicum of ash. There's a slight funky/mineral flavor in the finish that I can't put my finger on. Lingering flavor of char, cocoa, and licorice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full body with ample, slightly sharp carbonation. Not a fan of this feeling. Even after some vigorous swirling the carbonation was still harsh.

Drinkability -- Lots of interesting things going on in the flavor, but the feel leaves some to the imagination. I tend to associate oatmeal stouts with great mouthfeel and this didn't make the grade. Still good, though.

02-17-2011 02:38:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of beergod1


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours Black with dark brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is roasty, mildly burnt, oatmeal sweetness, black licorice, some vanilla and some chocolate. The taste is rich, smooth and tasty. I get roasty and Smoke. I also get chocolate smoothness, coffee and sweet caramel. Wow, everything comes together nicely. Very very tasty brew.

02-16-2011 01:20:26 | More by beergod1
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received in the Birthday BIF from normyk; thanks Rob!

a - Pours a dark black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, cocoa, cream/oatmeal, and coffee. Smells pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla/cream, and light coffee. Tastes slightly watered down, but still pretty good.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body, but thinner than I would expect for a stout.

d - A nice oatmeal stout. I liked the smell a lot, and the taste was fine, but seemed a little watered down. Would have again.

02-14-2011 00:19:20 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Ryan011235


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a snifter on 1/20/11

The color is of the deepest brown; once settled, near black. One finger of milk chocolate colored foam dissipates to a bubbly skim after a minute of two. Only a few small clumps of lace remain.

The oatmeal is well-positioned in the aroma, evenly-seated among simplistic notes of roasted bakers chocolate, coffee beans & a slight notion of smoke. Fairly earthy.

While the oatmeal doesn't taste as strong as it smells, it imparts an earthy mustiness that intermingles with a subtle hop twinge on the finish. Other than that, the stout seems rather basic; calling it lackluster might be too cruel. A good bit of roast, bittersweet chocolate & hints of coffee.

The feel is full enough though it's accented by more carbonation than I prefer. Even after an aggressive swirl the beer isn't particularly smooth. Finishes with a chalky grit.

One is an easy-drinking, perfectly serviceable rendition of the style. All the better that it starts to gel as it warms up.

02-04-2011 05:46:33 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Bonis


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Black with a dark tan thick head which fades after a minute to a quarter inch. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate bitterness is pretty dominant, a touch of coffee, and some sweet burnt sugars are there as well. The alcohol barely peaks in. I don't really smell oats but it does smell like a breakfast stout.

T - Well balanced but definitely rich on the malts, especially the darker variety. It does, however, taste more like a 5-6% stout, as opposed to 8, which is fine by me. The alcohol is masked wonderfully. A dark chocolate bitterness lingers in the mouth, along with notes of espresso and burnt sugars.

M - Definitely smooth for it's abv. It goes down easy, but is still medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. No alcohol burn or anything.

D - This one is highly drinkable. I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of stouts and oatmeal stouts.

02-01-2011 06:12:31 | More by Bonis
Photo of tgorgz


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a bottle into a 12-oz pint glass.
A: Espresso Black, with some carbonation. There's no head, and only a bit of espresso-crema lacing on top. The lacing lingers for a little.

S: Loads of chocolate (definitely the predominate flavour here), followed by malt and coffee. Only a bit of oatmeal, though.

T: I think the chocolate overpowers the rest of the flavours here as it hits your pallet. I can't taste much of the oatmeal as it moves around in my mouth, but certainly a whole lot of chocolate. The espresso leaves quite the aftertaste. I'm not sure if that was the intention of the guys at Dark Horse, but I personally enjoy espresso- so that's pretty good.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked, to be honest.

D: On a positive note, the beer is very drinkable. It goes down easier than expected, especially with 8%. I wouldn't down one of these, though- it's meant to be savoured.

01-29-2011 03:15:21 | More by tgorgz
Photo of jera1350


4/5  rDev +6.4%

The body is a viscous black and the head is brown, but a little short with a little lacing.

Loads of chocolate with layers of vanilla, cream, coffee and even a hint of smoke.

Very roasty malt and plenty of it. Not much sweetness to be had. Coffee and blackstrap molasses undertones with a kiss of vanilla. Pretty complex, but the deep roasted malt is the predominant flavor.

Smooth and mediumish bodied. I was expecting a bit more body from an eight percent oatmeal stout, but this is still nice. Dry and roasty finishing.

Another nice beer from Dark Horse. One of these would suit me just fine. The roast really is big and doesn't really leave room to want to consume another. A fine, fine stout though and worth picking up.

01-28-2011 02:10:04 | More by jera1350
Photo of aasher


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer poured a midnight black with a beautiful dark khaki one finger head which quickly dissipated to lace the glass. It smells of very sweet milk chocolate and has decent roasted notes. The coffee is pretty subdued and it also has almost a vanilla accent. The flavor is pretty solid. It's slightly smoky and has a little oak to it. It definitely has a lot of dark roasted malt and has a solid bitter chocolate flavor that follows into the aftertaste. It's pretty solid but the more you drink it you get this sweet/sour lactic acid flavor that kind of gets a little old. It drinks pretty smoothly and is in between medium to heavy in body. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The first time I had this I never knew it was 8%. I would've guessed between 5-6%. It's a very solid beer. I'm not a huge fan of Dark Horse but this one is better than I remember it.

01-23-2011 01:17:26 | More by aasher
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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