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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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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 43
Gots: 56 | 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 ChugginOil
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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%

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 20, 2011
Photo of Brabander
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of GregSVT
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a slight vanilla aroma. Smells lovely.

T: The taste starts with chocolate milk and coffee then finishes with bitter roasted malt and a slight vanilla flavor. The bitter flavor isn't too bad but it is slightly distracting in an otherwise tasty beer.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The 8% alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

O: Decent oatmeal stout and one I would drink again if I was offered one. Glad I got to try this brew.

GregSVT, Jun 28, 2011
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.

harrymel, May 19, 2011
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.


Arenbeer, May 18, 2011
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.

StoutHunter, May 12, 2011
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.

nhindian, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
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.

Teleweizen2, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of mountdew1
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.

mountdew1, Apr 08, 2011
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.

madvermin, Mar 27, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Mar 24, 2011
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

Brez07, Mar 23, 2011
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.

BieresDesMoines, Mar 23, 2011
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.

jmdrpi, Mar 18, 2011
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.

KarlHungus, Mar 18, 2011
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.

scottfrie, Mar 14, 2011
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.

buschbeer, Mar 03, 2011
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.

Jesse13713, Feb 27, 2011
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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