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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 85 | 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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002

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Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #4

Blind Beer #9 courtesy of Khazadum

Poured into my East End Brewing pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that slowly faded to a layer of tiny bubbles covering the surface

S - aroma is roasted malts, some chocolate and roasted coffee
Just based on past beers, could this be bells java stout? I haven't had one in a while so...

T - really nice roasted coffee taste upfront and in the slightly bitter finish. Hints of vanilla but not alot.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium bodied with slight carbonation. The taste is nice and easy to drink, I might not go for more than 2 because the roasty bitter finish would prevent me. Overall a really nice beer, nothing too overpowering but enjoyable


and uncovering the label reveals Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
I've had this one before and will have to go through my old notes to see, not sure if its on BA yet for me. I don't remember it tasting this roasty coffee goodness. Decent brew that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Photo of Jayli
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked! 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with the slightest of mahogany highlights along the edges when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown head sits on top and recedes immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, nuttiness, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: Taste is light sweet caramel and oatmeal at first. Roasted and slight charred notes begin to come through. Charred notes carry in to the finish a bit lending to a bitter baker's chocolate and some citrusy hop character. Slight coffee is present but only in the after taste.

M: Lighter sode of medium body, medium carbonation, body on this is quite thin.

D: Goes down pretty easily, somewhat tasty, nice kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a bad beer by any means, though I think that I would opt for others of the style if given an option.

Photo of biglite351
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark with a tall tight brown head.

S - heavy malts, chocolate with a grounded oak.

T - it actually tastes oaked to me. Chocolate, malts and that oaked sense. There is a bit of bitterness in the after taste.

M - medium coating with a roaming tingle all over tongue.

D - I could drink a few of these.

Photo of SamN
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bonus bottle from amishland. Thanks!

This beer is quite thick and very fizzy. A crackling head erupts and fades quickly. Solid jet black, motor oil looks. Head is minimal. Smell is powerful! Tons of well roasted grain sweetness and some booziness. Great smell, very strong. Taste is powerful as well, dark roasted grains and amazing oat smoothness, lots of strong coffee and earth tastes. Just the right finishing tastes of very dark malts, bitter coffee and a slight alcohol warming.

Wow, what an amazing oatmeal stout! Dirty roasted, earthen tastes, perfect oat smoothness and chewiness. Almost no hops explicitly present, just tons and tons of hearty roasted malts. Delicious, fantastic beer.

Photo of drewba
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque jet black with a one finger khaki head. Head and lacing after the initial pour are minimal.

S - burnt oatmeal, coffee, smokey and roasty malts,

T - Heavy dose of smoke, espresso, oats, super roasty malts, walnut, and a little sweet molasses. I want more complexity from the malt profile - once the initial espresso, smoke and oatiness are over, there isn't much to enjoy.

M - thin - medium bodied, minimal carbonation.

D - There is a little lingering bitter from the expresso, so for me it'd be something I'd pair a dessert or something with. I love the dark horse stout series, but I think this one might fall in bottom of the 5 for me.

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Black with nice purplish-tan head and some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, molasses, as well as some oats, dark fruit and English hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet molasses, oats, chocolate, plus just light touches of coffee and spicy English hops toward the end. Not as complex as the aroma.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, creamy body but slightly coarse and thin. Barely dry finish.

Drinkability: Not as smooth or complex as expected for an Oatmeal Stout of this abv. Pretty good, but not a stand-out.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to warriorsoul for this brew.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy dark tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, with some very nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes, with some licorice thrown in. The taste is malty, sweet, lots of dark stuff. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, this is a very nice Oatmeal Stout, one of the best I've had.

Photo of readbaron
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours viscous, and inky black with only a tiny amount of foam. Head dissipates quickly into a thin ring.

Smells of coffee and sweetness - hints of bananna

Tastes smooth and smoky, with lots and lots of coffee.

Thick and viscous, creamy - does a nice job coating the palate, but finishes a bit thinner than I'd ideally like.

highly drinkable.

Photo of cadaugherty
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stone RIS Snifter-

Appearance- Dark as night with a small cocoa colored head that fades quickly. On the plus side there is decent lacing.

Aroma- Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! Rich and roasty.

Taste- Coffee and a touch of semisweet chocolate. You can actually taste the oatiness (is that a word?) which is pretty impressive given the strong flavors involved.

Mouthfeel- It coast the mouth the way I want a good rich stout to, but it fades a bit quicker than I would like.

Drink- For an 8% stout this is a remarkably easy beer to drink. I need to be careful because without realizing it I could drink a 4-pack and not even notice.

Overall it is not my favorite from the Dark Horse stout lineup, that would be Plead the 5th, but this is yet another solid offering.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a DARKNESS...Imprisoning me, all that I see, absolute horror...sorry I couldn't resist, how many dark beers are named One. Well, as I was saying the body is black with a thick brown head that looks damn sexy if only it laced better it was almost a 5 in my book. The smell is not too strong, but I detected cocoa, oats, and some vanilla. The taste had a bold cocoa and oat taste combined with a strong coffee/roasted flavor. There was also a bit of whiskey in the background. The carbonation is alright on the palate, but it was just a bit too watery for my liking. This was still a highly drinkable beer and got even better as it warmed up a bit and became smooth. This is definitely one of my favorite oatmeal stouts.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a tiny chocolate colored head that ends with a quick crackle.

S - Dark roasted coffee with some cocoa. The malts also add some sweet smelling fruitiness.

T - The roasty malts come right up front and take your breath away. A very nice touch of oat smoothness that lingers on the center of the tongue. Drier than expected.

M - Very smooth and a bit creamy. There is a touch of booze that shines through and makes this brew take a hit in this department.

D - A very tasty brew and a welcomed seasonal from a brewery that seems to do no wrong in my book! So what if it's more of an 'imperial' style, this is way too tasty to pass up.

Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head that forms. The foam has good retention, with some rings of lace left around the glass.
S: Acrid, burnt coffee. Very astringent. Some chocolate and sweetness lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Very acrid, astringent, and even oxidized. Light sweetness and chocolate flavors as well. Though, for the most part a little unpleasant.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation, but needs to be much more creamy and smooth for the style. Not the easiest thing to put back. The acrid and astringent character mixed with the high alcohol makes this harder to drink than I would like.

This is a miss from Dark Horse. I usually love their beers, but not one that I am going to come back to any time soon. To much acrid, burnt, and astringent flavors going on. Not the worst thing ever, but nothing I would really recommend.

Photo of ne0m00re
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured black with a chocolate effervescent head that settled to a thin collar.
S: Molasses, cigar, brown sugar, some sweet oatmeal, oxidized with some noticeablely strong earthy alcohol. It's a little boring and too musty/clay mud.
T: Dark chocolate with hints of port alcohol and oxidized roasted barley. Lingering burnt characteristics. Clay earthy flavor goes down like brownie mix. A swing and a miss.
M: Thick with low carbonation.
D: OK.

Where's the oatmeal? This is closer to a Double Stout. It's kind of a mess.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours super dark, like dark chocolate with a decent tan head. Not a whole lot of lacing but the head sticks around in the form of some light form.

Smell is roasty and rich, with hints of fresh ground coffee and bitter cocoa.

Taste is a smooth blend of bittersweet and mellow toastiness, not burnt but more of a nice char.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for the style. The abv is rather well hidden though, I would never guess this was an 8% beer.

Drinkability is good, perhaps too good for a beer of this strength. Definitely worth the try!

Photo of Stigs
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a finger of loose yet frothy, very dark khaki colored foam. the beer is pitch, deep dark black.

S - deep, dark roasted barley and malts. notes of dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, and molasses along with bits of milk chocolate. sniffs sweet yet with a good punch for balance.

T - begins with roasty and slightly bitter dark malts. immediately sweetness comes alive with bits of raisins and plums, then turning chocolatey. earthy hop bitterness briefly cuts in alongside a light boozy-ness.

M - oats provide a thick, chewy body...slightly amped up by light-moderate carbonation. strong, lasting lingering roast, malty sweetness, and lightly burning alcohol.

D - warms the mouth and the body. a fine oatmeal stout with a ton of flavor and personality. fitting for this brewery and the stout series. i can picture myself (and many others) sitting at the brewpub, sucking these down en masse on a cold Michigan night.

Photo of rpstevens
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Smuttynose tulip. The beer pours pitch black with a thin khaki head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving minimal oily, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

The beer has a very muted aroma. It smells like milk chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, but its very subdued.

The taste follows the nose very closely. The flavors are not very pronounced, but they are well balanced. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight (very slight) hint of dark fruits. The finish is bitter coffee.

The beer is well carbonated for the style, has a nice full body and hides the alcohol well. The flavor isn't outstanding, but it is good, and the beer has a nice dry finish. This is a good stout, not a great one, I will buy it again depending on the price.

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with the darkest head I have seen to date, the head itself isn't far from black, like a dark mocha color. Retention is good and a massive coat of lace is left behind.

S- Wow, it smells identical to coffee ice cream, like really. Sweet creamy feel with dark roast malt, cocoa and coffee notes. It makes me wanna go get some desert, very nice.

T- A very roasty flavor with cocoa, coffee and slight raisin notes. There is a bit of earthy hop flavor in the background.

MF- Creamy light-end body with a silky moderate carbonation. It is somewhat bitter in the finish. The oatmeal makes itself known here.

DB- Very nice use of roast malt and oatmeal. A drinkable stout that goes down smooth. I can't even believe it is 8%, it drink's like 5-6.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with a beautiful caramel colored heading. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell is mostly of heavily roasted malts. Subtle bittersweet chocolate and a decent fruity aroma.

Taste is mostly that of the nose.Heavy with roasted malts and slight fruitiness.There is a bit of a roasted oat taste as well as some coffee bean.

Mouth is full bodied with a decent smooth texture maybe a a bit of a chalkiness almost gritty.

A good oatmeal stout. One of the better one's I have had lately.

Photo of Khazadum
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my brandy snifter after letting it warm up from the fridge.

Creamy head develops with resistance, struggles to survive, and ultimately fails to thrive. We've got a youngin' going down here. Its only offering to the world from what I can see is an average collar and a biofilm that is required for any beer to be called just that. Its last fleeting breaths fog up the sides of my glass with froth much like a child's would in December.

I wish I could call this darkness, but I noticed after a few moment ponder that this is really brown in inky clothing. Sneaky bastard hides his bubbles and true colors from me.

It brought delight with promise for the future here. A clean-cut topping of roasted grain, a smattering of oatmeal thrown in for good measure, and what may have been hints of coffee, not the cheap stuff either.

Flavor Profile
The culmination of a prophecy come true. Sweet like the perfect amount of sugar packets in my tea in the opening. It lingers, swirls, dances around before exploding away in a puff of burnt and roasted grains. What attempts to rise from the death are a minute hop presence, however this is snuffed out by a new contender.

Bitter coffee notes erupt from the demise of our good friend Malt, and smash hops back into the liquid. Caffeine and his crew stomp the grave site, flaring their presence around demanding attention and tribute for what they have brought for us.

An altogether enjoyable performance only because it is fleeting. The gang flares out leaving a finish that ebbs away into funk, and not a pleasant one. The finish is a dichotomy of stereotypes and tooth decay.

Everything was dynamic. It turned my oral cavity into a riverbed. Smooth and barest examples of bubbles in the beginning, middle, and end. It never changes; always in motion lingering around, but gone before I'd like it to be. Creamy goodness through and through.

I love it. I'm glad it came around. I wish it was a year round offering, because this is one of those beers you know you could drink every night. Medium, maybe full bodied one day if it ever had a chance to grow up, presence was a good choice on their part, as well.

It hits all the right notes, and improves on most of the ones your average oatmeal stout falls on.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Happy to see this on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA -- welcome, Dark Horse, to the SWPA market!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Black body, small highlights around the edges. Finger of mocha head that drops to a thin wisp, no real lacing.

Smells of deep roast malt, some coffee & bready notes. Very nice smell.

Taste is very bitter & roasty. Smooths out to a dark bread but that bitterness really hangs around. A little overwhelming. A little oaky, but without much to balance out the bitter.

Full-bodied, smooth, chewy, but that snappy carbonation that keeps me awake.

A really schizophrenic beer: I liked everything but the taste. Too roasty for me, a little abrasive. I kept waiting for it to warm up & the malts to gain some steam, but that dark, burnt character still dominated.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal, roast and coffee notes. In the taste, roast malt and coffee, and nice sweet oatmeal, and a some heat from the alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and just a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Easy to drink and nice dry to sweet complexity.

Photo of stimulus
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black that doesnt show anything lighter when held up to the light. It pours a one finger tan head that lingers.
S: Very faint chocolate aroma.
T: Sweet milk chocolate with light espresso and oats on the finish.
M: Smooth and velvety. On the heavy side for body, but the carbonation is just right.
D: I'm not sure if this beer is actually 8% alcohol, but it definitely drinks like 4%. Very nice for the style, but the body could be a little bit lighter.

Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours an deep dark oily black with a once inch dark mocha almost brown creamy head. Rings, followed by dotted walls of lace.

Nose: Burnt malt, chocolate, licorice, Rich full nose, touch of booze

Thick and chewy body. Deep dark burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate. The oates try to smooth things down but the acrid bitterness from the malt is spirited and powerful; or perhaps is that a healthy dose of hop bitterness? I'm going with from the malt, and I think its perfectly placed. A lingering warm chocolaty feeling in the mouth, begs for some chocolate chips cookies!

Dark Horse just came into the Pittsburgh region. I think this could become a new regular in my fall rotation.

Go Lers!

Photo of silentjay
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours thick and black, but with one of the smallest heads i've seen outside of a barrel aged stout. lacing is decent though.

roasty aroma with some chocolate (bakers dark cocoa and some milk chocolate) heavily creamed mocha coffee, burnt oatmeal, some toffee.

again roasty and toasty with a bit less cocoa and chocolate, a bit woody, almost nutty, with some toffee, bitter coffee, and oatmeal.

almost full-bodied though rather light for the style with decent carbonation with a watery yet creamy finish reminding me of half-n-half.

drinks pretty well. not terribly complex, but tasty and with the 8% ABV well integrated. not one I would go out of my way for, but one I wouldn't turn down either.

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, an 8% oatmeal stout, this should be interesting.

A super aggressive pour yields a creamy rich dark 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over just about pitch black beer, and very light lacing.

Nose of a nice stout, some roasted malts, some black patent malt, some oatmeal, some smoked malts, a bit of caramel, actually some chocolate seems to come out more and more as it warms, dark and baker's chocolate. A bit of a creamy milk chocolate too. Plenty of coffee blended in also.

Taste starts very rich and creamy, almost chewy. Plenty of oatmeal, bringing a thick rich and creamy taste and feel. Also lots of dark malts, some roasted malt, lots of coffee, a bit of caramel, touch of vanilla, and plenty of chocolate with baker's and dark chocolate going again, as well as a hint of toffee and tobacco. Also some creamy milk chocolate flavors. With all that is some smoked malt as well. Some light earthy hops, and a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts bringing a bit of a briny mineral salty taste. As it finishes it dries a bit, leaving more of the briny salty taste, as well as more chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of oatmeal. A bit of a warming booze, and hint of boozy taste. Very late on the palate lingering a hint of a fruity flavor, as well as burnt bitter coffee grinds and acidic tastes.

Mouth is heavier bodied, thick rich and creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is somewhat meh, with some boozy flavors, that briny salty taste, the coffee grinds and acidic flavors, and overall heaviness. The only thing helping it is the smooth oatmeal feel. This beer is much bigger than it should be for an oatmeal stout, and closer to a RIS. Way too much roasted and chocolate malts. The bit of smoke is nice, but there are too many other flavors pounded into this one beer.

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.