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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

810 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 54 | 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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for sending this bottle!

A - The pour was tall and vigorous but only brought out a half-finger dark tan head made up of dense bubbles. Mediocre retention but no lace. Dark brown amber on the pour, totally black in the glass.

S - Cold nose, like a refrigerator smell. A bit of old wood paneling gives it an earthy, rustic nose. Deep roasted malts are complex with coffee hints, molasses, and unsweetened chocolate. The aroma is pretty low though, not in-your-face.

T - Mmm. Thick chunks of unsweetened chocolate, coffee bean, and a hearty drizzle of molasses aid the dark roasted malts in the flavor profile. A good helping of oats is delicate but harmonious.

M - Dense and rich to the point of being chewy, it's full-bodied and thick. Smooth and silky on the tongue, the oats give it a nice texture. The finish has a very light dry bitterness that adds good character.

D - Without being too roasted and bitter, One is a smooth, delicious treat that's a good drinking Oatmeal Stout. The nose could use some bringing up though. I'm even more excited to have the Tres now!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:21:29 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, shared with Tim D while brewing a second batch of sunny sun.

A - A black like used motor oil color w/ thin tan cap w/ a tight bead and light lace clings. The clarity is practically opaque

S - A mild roasted nose akin to coffee w/ a slight sweet malt aroma and mild molasses accent w/ slight dark sugar note

M - the feel has a medium body w/ roasted texture and mellow sweetness w/ a light smoke element and finishes on semi dry side w/ a gentle spice and dry toastiness

T The taste is mildly toasted w/ coffee and dark chocolate flavor w/ a mild sweet vanilla and hint of pepper w/ smoke accenting. The taste has a light bitter flavor of hops w/ very dark malt astringent aspect and mild cocoa comes out as it warms w/ a slight smooth tinge of oats which balances the spiciness w/ a touch of creaminess

D - A fairly good stout, not the best oatmeal stout I have had, but I found it fairly easy to drink for the strength and would just prefer more balance with sweet and roasted elements

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 21:42:22 | More by Slatetank
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Coolcheech

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black and viscous, with a thin, brown head.

S: Chocolatey, malty, and nutty. The smell of chocolate was the strongest.

T: The taste of the malt came through and not much else. There was a small amount of bitterness, with a very subtle coffee flavor.

M: Nice firm body. Tasted a little thinner then I thought it would because it poured pretty thick.

D: Overall a nice beer. Easy to drink, not as flavorful as I would have thought, but I'll happily drink the rest of my case. (It was a present, I'll be drinking them for months.)

Also, I just won $4 on a Lotto scratch off, awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:52:36 | More by Coolcheech
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ho boy, this is one tasty beer. Poured with smallish burnt sugar colored head that mostly subsided and no lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is very rich, roasty, malty, sweet, cocoa, hint of coffee, hints of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee. Flavor's about the same also with nut skins, Good body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long. Just a hint of alcohol at the end. Very nice beer. Could be a session for slow drinking. Would go great with very rich powerful foods like game, dark meat fowl, and spicey sausages.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 19:17:55 | More by drpimento
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into tulip on 2/16/10.

A - Poured an oily black liquid with a slim burnt tan head that quickly settled to a thin ring of retention and no lacing.

S - Flaked oats and chocolate ganache with a faint hint of soy sauce in the background. Some milky lactic notes creep out as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Chocolate dominates the flavor of this oatmeal stout, although there is a hint of coffee, lactose and oatmeal malt in the mix as well. Finishes with a hint of earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a very slick, oily texture and faint carbonation providing just a hint of bristle on the tongue. Overall it's a bit thin perhaps, but it still retains a silky mouthfeel throughout. Finishes with faint bitterness and plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - This felt more like a flimsy RIS without the aggressive bitterness on the palate. However, this bottle had a bit of age under its belt (about a year and a half or so). I look forward to trying Too, Tres and Fore in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:12:20 | More by ffejherb
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 17:08:47 | More by Jeffo
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DoctorDog

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 04:19:23 | More by DoctorDog
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herman77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness type pint glass.

About a quarter inch of orangish/bronze head that dissipates pretty quick.

The smell is of roasted, coffeeish, chocolatey malt. A little smokey too? Pretty typical for an Oatmeal Stout, pitch black.

Taste is pretty much the same. Very carbonated on the tongue for a Oatmeal Stout. It does not have that smooth, creamy mouthfeel that I love in these kinds of stouts. The carbonation is almost stingy to my tongue.

I've had this a few times before. Its good, but there is something missing... maybe its the heavy carbonation. 8% is pretty high ABV for this type of stout. It doesn't seem that high though. I would probably get this again as it is my second 4 pack of this stuff I have bought this winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 01:33:36 | More by herman77
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a dark black with a minimal tan head on top. Very opaque and doesn't look to have much carbonation at all.

The aroma is pretty sweet...molasses in there, chocolate, brown sugar, berry, and some light hop aromatics.

The flavor is good, but leaves something to be desired. It's pretty bitter up front, with a good bitter attack...which isn't necessarily something I want in a stout. That is followed by a relative sweetness with hints of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and oats.

The mouthfeel is the beer's downfall. It is very poppy...rather, it seems almost too effervescent, which leaves a sort of stinging sensation on the tongue. There is some decent flavor, but the body is weak and not well-rounded.

Overall, this is a decent stout, but nothing outstanding. Worth giving it a taste, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 01:33:42 | More by movingtrain
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adamette

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from one of the four 12 ounce bottles that I bought at Reider's in Painesville a few months ago. I do not recall the price of the four pack at this time. No observed "best by" date but two singular "A" letters printed on opposite sides of the label. Not sure what that might mean. Poured, of course, into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass that I bought at the brewery this past fall.

A This is a great looking beer. Actually dark brown creamy head that stuck around for about two minutes and it now is only a ring around the top of the beer whose body is completely black. No light gets through. I love the dark brown head, even though it was short lived. No lacing observed by me knocks it down ½ a point for me. 4.0

S Really good smelling beer of oatmeal grains, dark roast malt and mabye some coffee notes too. I might even pick up some nice chocolate. I did not expect this much goodness in the smell. 4.0

T Dark roast malt, oatmeal goodness, some of the coffee notes but not as much of the chocolate. 4.5

M Actually a bit more thin than I expected by the look and smell and a bit more thin than I like in the style. Make no mistake, this remains a "big" beer which is appropriate to the style. I just hoped for/thought that it would be thicker, creamier. 3.5

D Good for the style which is not a particularly drinkable style IMO. 4.0

Notes: This is a really satisfying Oatmeal Stout crafted by the masters at Dark Horse, one of my favorite breweries. It has the presence of beers that get a LOT more attention here on BA.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 05:28:23 | More by adamette
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This might have been my first Dark Horse offering that I ever had the pleasure of drinking; nonetheless, I'm revisiting this Oatmeal Stout.

A: A great looking soapy caramel head with a nice black body that has somewhat brown accents. The head is the most impressive thing aesthetically about this beer. It lacks some heavy lacing, but makes up for the the head I was describing.

S: The nose of this beer is very earthy with roasted malts, the earthiness of this beer reminds me of wet soil. In addition to the earthiness One has mild chocolate and a barely perceivable amount of smokeyness.

T: The most surprising thing after smelling the stink out of this beer was that there was a little bit of a hop profile in it that I did not get in the nose. The beer begins with the roasted malts touching the tongue, followed by a transition to to sweetness, followed by an alcohol bite. Not an extremely clean finish to this stout.

M: The oatmeal probably makes this beer. One is medium bodied with a nice slippery touch.

D: Descent Dark Horse offering, but there is something about this beer that lacks serious complexity and the finish is a little rough.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 08:56:11 | More by MPLS
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from memyselfandi. Great trading with you!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very thick, deep black. This is the darkest standard stout I have seen in awhile. Creamy mocha head rests on top. Retains fairly well, but leaves no lace whatsoever. Big roasted scents come out of this right away, but then they dissipate, and it's a struggle to get much in the nose on this. Some mild cocoa tones mixed in, but faint.

Like all oatmeal stouts, the body on this is creamy and smooth. Carbonation level is hidden well as this is just a velvety beer. Alcohol presence gives a good bit of body on top. Good mellow flavors come out with oats, chocolate, and dark bitter coffee aftertaste. This is a good stout right here. It's a little on the heavy side, so I wouldn't have many at a time, but it's a good treat when I do.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 21:05:02 | More by Onenote81
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Pecorasc

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label offers no information other than the name of the beer. 12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Poured this vigorously into the center of the tulip, but couldn't get a good head going. Any mocha colored foam quickly dissipated, leaving only a very thin off-white collar. Black as night, with the slightest lightening of color at the edges. A swirl shows this to be a pretty viscous one.

S- The aroma is chewy and powerful: figs, raisins, burned coffee beans, toasted oatmeal and alcohol. Not overly strong, and its a good thing because this combination of aromas could be deadly. Smells more like an imperial stout than an oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, chocolate milk, and malt balls come to mind immediately, followed quickly by figs, raisins and other dark fruits. Finishes with a heavy roasted character and a burn of alcohol. While the aftertaste is a really pleasant roastiness, the fruit character is confusing and doesn't go well with the thickness from the oatmeal.

M- Velvety smooth with medium carbonation. This coats the inside of your mouth with that signature oatmeal glossiness. The carbonation feels like very tiny bubbles.

D- I can feel all 8% even after half of a glass. Not a sipper, but a bit too cloying and fruity to want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 19:40:17 | More by Pecorasc
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spointon

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured black as pitch with a cola brown aura around the edges. The deep dark brown head rose just 1/2" and then disappeared in a hurry. No lace to speak of.

S= Smelled of roasted malts, sweetness, treacle, and some hops way in the back.

T= Lots of rich and sweet malt reminiscent of toffee/treacle balanced against the sharp bite of roasted grains and a surprising hop bitterness. All flavors were in balance and worked pretty well together. This brew definitely improved as it warmed though. Probably rather abrasive at fridge temps. Finish was a bit short and showed a hint of oxidation flavor.

MF= Full bodied with a slick oatmeal mouth feel and a modest carbonation level.

D= Very drinkable, but the weak point is definitely the finish and aftertaste. Still, it was tasty enough for me to have two in a sitting without complaint.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 07:17:58 | More by spointon
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ScreamForMe

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Andrea for this extra!

Poured black with minimal head. A bit of lacing.

A bit sweet but very muted. I was expecting something bolder than this.

Mouth is medium and about right for the style. Very drinkable. I'd put this one somewhere in the middle.

Next review!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 02:09:34 | More by ScreamForMe
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a founder's pint glass, been looking for this for teo months and found a bottle at Capone's.

One is a kind of gooey looking black beer once it's condensed in the glass. Not completely black pouring out of the bottle, one is also not 100% black with some dirt brown around the edges. Nothing in terms of a cap just some soda pop like fizz and not a stitch of lace. Kind of dead looking beer.

The smell is somewhat muted and only kind of shows itself with warming. Getting a trace amount of black coffee along with some chocolate and mild fudge. One has a small oatmeal scent with some caramel and not much hops. Trace amounts of tootsie rolls and some roast.

One starts of with some dark chocolate and the little bit of coffee. This is backed by big roasted malts and some grains as well. In the middle some breakfast oatmeal although light and some cream/light vanilla. On the end some grain and a little taste of metal. Im guessing the hops are very muted in this bottle as bitterness is non existant, and that's the way I like my oatmeal stouts, but this needs more oatmeal.

One is kind of smooth and somewhat milky. The body is medium and could use a boost as a bit of a watery feel is on the end. Carbonation is very low and kind of makes this stout a bit dead in the water. The chocolate is what stays with me the most. I'm glad I bought one bottle as I did not want another one afterwards. The alcohol is a bit high but it's not that, it's just that I need more oats. This is good for a whirl though.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 22:21:07 | More by BARFLYB
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black completely opaque body does not let any visible light pass through, nice deep mocha tan head leaves speckled lacing behind all of their beers so far have had a peculiar sort of fizzy carbonation when you first pour the beer. However, when you go to sip it the excess carbonation doesn't come through on the palate. Aromatics offer up deep fruit notes amongst the dark roasts with a creamy cereal grain breakfast brew approach from the oatmeal additions. Some coffee and dark chocolate from the darker roasts with a layer of caramel/toffee flowing, minimal hops going on here. The fruit tone has some deep plum mild tartness and a noticeable alcohol nose not much going on in the way of hops maybe some faint herbal additions. Flavors meld nicely the soft oatmeal with the dark bitter roasts and fruit tone background. A bit of coffee and the dark chocolate but the toffee burnt caramelized sugar note really shines through, ample herbal hop bitterness and alcohol burn from the 8% abv. Mouthfeel a bit of ticklin' from the carbonation but overall a fuller bodied offering with the oatmeal additions keeping it soft and velvety on the palate bitter dark roasts and a touch of alcohol burn stay on the palate with each sip. Drinkability overall is solid a beer that inspires me to want to search out Too, Tres, and Fore from the same series of stouts. It's true I love dark beer from the state of Michigan this one is no different go try some.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 05:44:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

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

Michigan is home to some of the best Stouts. Just between Founders and Bells alone, there are about half a dozen truely stellar ones. Dark Horse, also from Michigan, has a series of five Stouts, which I am enthusiastic to try each and every one of them. This is their first in the series: One Oatmeal Stout.

A: Pours a pitch black color. Very dark and thick. Head was a dark brown, but it dissipated quickly, like most Oatmeal Stouts I have had in the past.

S/T: The aroma is a little faint, but still nice. A little sweet with the oatmeal, coffee, and some dark fruit coming though. Taste is very nice and coats the mouth well. The oatmeal comes through strongly, which is great. Along with that, there is your typical coffee and chocolate stout taste. A little roasty and sweet in the finish. Not as robust or complex as Imperial Stouts tend to be, but this is no slouch. Very good.

M/D: Mouthfeel might be my biggest gripe about the beer, which isn't even all that bad. It seems a little too flat, and a touch too light bodied. It does leave a slightly creamy feeling in your mouth. Drinks very well. A sipper for sure, but not as savory as a rich and complex Imperial Stout.

A very nice Oatmeal Stout from Dark Horse. Not the best one I have had, but very good and well worth seeking out. This quality beer only makes me even more pumped to try the other four beers in the series. Next up is their Sweet/Milk Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 19:34:48 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

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

Picked this up with a bunch of other stuff from Heritage tonight for the Beer Geek Christmas. I think this is a bottle from 08 (red sticker).

Pours a dark motor oil like black, with a dark brown head. Not the greatest retention, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The nose is smooth oatmeal, with lightly toasted malts, bitter chocolate, molasses. Pretty intense, and not a hint of alcohol. There is a lot going on here, and you can tell from the get go this is a big oatmeal stout.

The taste is about the same, with oatmeal, bitter chocolate, molasses, maybe even a little coffee. There is a much more defined toasted character here as well. I can imagine that some time has done this some good. I just wish it had a little more umph if you know what I mean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, no lingering bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth with a slow carbonatoin. Drinkability is great.

Overall, another solid stout from Dark Horse. I've now had 1 and 5 (one and fifth), so I need to see out 2, 3 and 4 (too, tres and fore). I liked Pleading the fifth a little more, but this is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:40:33 | More by Mistofminn
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one from an extra...

A: Decent look, fairly dark. Not much head.

S: Smells hoppy. Not too bad. Almost like a low grade Founder Breakfast.

T: Nice boozy start. This one hits you right off the bat. Some nice flavors blending. Again, taste a low grade FBS

M: Not too crazy about the carbonation of this one. Kind of average.

D: This one goes down easy if you like the booziness of a beer.

All in all, this is a decent oatmeal stout if you like it a little heavy with some good boozy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:05:37 | More by steve8robin
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed was the nice smell of sweet milk chocolate emanting from the fresh pour. Had a definite taste combination of roasted oatmeal and coffee with slight lingering hints of chocolate. Warms you like a good winter warmer but without the abundant presence of alcohol taste. A robust beer that lingers nicely on the palate but is surprisingly smooth going down. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 20:41:48 | More by Katahdin
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jampics2

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks amazing in my tulip. Seriously, this could be a BA cover - beautiful! Two finger head sits atop the chocolatey depths. Dive in!

Smells like deep rich chocolate, coffee, roasted chocolate malt, creamyness.

Taste is dark, foreboding, but perfect in the final sum of its parts. Molasses, oatmeal, cream, hops, coffee, an intoxicating blend. It's one of those beers that is very direct, and if you don't like strong roast stouts you may not like it.

Mouth isn't as thick as it could be, but is OK. Could use a little less carb as well.

Drinkability is great. Bought another 4, great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 19:54:22 | More by jampics2
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Opaque black color with a dark tan/mocha head. Starts off looking very pretty, but quickly recedes to a ring with little lacing. Strong aroma of roast malt, toasted grain, mild chocolate and burnt coffee. All malt in the aroma, no hoppiness. Smooth and silky medium full bodied with minimal carbonation resulting in a lingering aftertaste of burnt malt and sweet chocolate. Flavor is supported by strong roasted malt presence and a balance of burnt coffee and sweet chocolate. Oats provide a light grain texture, but not as strong as expected for the style. Overall sweetness is mild and there is no hop presence. The 8% alcohol makes a fleeting appearance in the finish. Maybe not the best Oatmeal Stout, but in general fits nicely with this series of stouts from Dark Horse, Tres is still my favorite though.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 02:11:36 | More by yourefragile
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trbergman

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Opaque mahogany beer with a quarter inch of dense tan foam.

S - Moderately aromatic with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. A bit of coffee in the back.

T - Dark chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Little to no hop flavor with a somewhat aggressive (for the style) hop bitterness that blends well with the roasted grain. Some alcohol is present - not entirely unpleasant, but not really a positive contribution either.

M - Soft, medium-full body and very creamy. This is what oatmeal stout is all about.

D - This is a decent beer that could be quite good with a little less alcohol present on the palate. Otherwise, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:58:22 | More by trbergman
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- Slight chocolaty roasted coffee bean smell. Slight hint of vanilla and malt.
Appearance- Very dark and opaque. Almost completely black
Taste- Not nearly as complex as the initial aroma. Roasted flavour comes through with strong coffee and oatmeal. Robust but disappointingly lacking in complexity due to overpowering coffee and roasted flavour.
Mouthfee-: Alcohol is too apparent for the beer, sits a bit too bitter on the tongue for my tastes
Drinkability- Warms you up but is a bit of a let down in flavour. The first handful of sips were interesting and but by the time I reached the end of the bottle the flavour had gotten a bit boring

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 02:58:35 | More by Urbancaver
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.