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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
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85
very good

928 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 73 | 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 KAP1356
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours as black as it gets, no surprise there. A dark one and ahalf finger mocha colored head recedes quite quickly after the pour.

S - Heavy chocolate and molasses with a roasted malt component coming after the other aromas. This one smells quite sweet, but we'll see if the taste is the same.

T - Very chocolatey taste. Some molasses and some dark roasted malts coming through as well. At the very end of a deep swirl in the mouth a very distinct oat like flavor seems to come out, which mixes nicely with the other flavors.

M - Not too thin and not too thick for an oatmeal stout. I was expecting it to be much thicker to be honest.

D - Not too bad for an 8% beer. I don't think I could do more than one or two in a sitting however.

Photo of Avagadro
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours jet black with a chocolate colored head. The two fingers of froth quickly fade to a bubbly blanket, covering this velvety beauty. No light is able to penetrate the body.

S: Caramel, molasses, and heaps of chocolate compose this rich aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose, with all of the aforementioned flavors, with extra emphasis on the chocolate. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Full body, creamy, and velvety. This is definitely the body of an oatmeal stout, and plays well off of the rich personality of this ale.

D: Definitely worth a try, especially if you like your stouts chocolatey.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft in the home bar - about 50 degrees.

Pours with a thick, tight-foam-like brown head over top of an opaque, jet-black body, with some visible carbonation trapped on the edges. Minimal lacing.

Thick dark chocolate aromas, with molasses-like sweetness, and some black licorice.

Visciously thick mouthfeel - Flavor comes thru much more roasty and charred than the aroma. Double-dark chocolate brownies, with a touch of cherry. Carbonation helps the finish come through pretty clean, given the high ABV and chunky mouthfeel.

Drinkability is relatively low for the style - it really drinks like a much fatter beer than the 8% suggests.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to walt for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a black color with a tiny brown head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is chocolate with some soy and alcohol. The flavor is chocolate, tobacco and leather. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, tan head that stays for some time. Lace is tight and near the rim.

S - Roasted malt, coffee.. Inviting enough. Really not that complex.

T - Deep, but only in a few notes. Light in complexity.

M- Complexity still the issue.

D - Despite the high ABV and the basic nature of this type of beer, this one is very drinkable.

Photo of mwa423
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Jet black, no head even with an aggressive pour.

S - Dark malt, some oatmeal smell, but overall very little aroma.

T - Taste is a very typical oatmeal stout. It seems slightly watered down and not full flavor. I would expect this flavor from the next Michelob Oatmeal Stout. Pretty bland.

M/D - Mouthfeel is watery and thin. The weak mouthfeel makes this a very easy drinking beer. But there are many better oatmeal stouts.

Photo of thetomG
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sipping on this as I type... poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass...

Very dark brown with a small amount of brown bubbly head that dissipates quite quickly, but leaves a nice ring around the glass with just a little bit of lacing.

Aroma is primarily roasty & nutty but the taste is a bit more complex, containing notes of molasses, roasted coffee, and a slight bit of chocolate. The only aspect of this one I'm not really enjoying is that its a bit bubbly and light - I prefer something a bit more chewy.

All in all this is a more than solid oatmeal stout and a beer I would certainly try again.

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

Number one pours a nice, thick black; motor oil thick with a nice chocolatey brown head. Aromatically, it oozes the richness of molasses, roasted malts and coffee. The taste, as with most brews, is my favorite part of this beer. The main taste is a beautifully bitter, gritty roasted malt flavor. Nice subtle coffee and chocolate (almost dark chocolate) undertones that create a sublimely balanced, yet hearty body. The aftertaste lingers with the best of them. I get a consistent roasty aftertaste to compliment every sip.

Amazing drinkability (for lack of a better adjective) for a hefty stout such as this. This is a great brew. Great stout flavor with a complexity that rolls from one end of your tongue to the other. Well-balanced with prominent roastiness and coffee flavors. Very nice stout with a nice little kick. I would definitely drink this again, if I can find it. They've got a winner here, in my books.

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

poured a deep dark brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger deep tan head that lasted but a minute or so. smooth, full-bodied, smells of chocolate and espresso beans. slightly bitter to the taste, but this diminished a bit as the beer warmed.

a nice enough beer.

Photo of honestdave
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dark Horse pint glass that I bought at the brewery.

A Deep dark chocolate color with dark chocolate head that recedes very quickly. Appears flat, but maybe this is characteristic of an oatmeal stout. I haven't had many of this style.

S Not much here to smell. Some chocolate and roasted coffee bean.

T Slight dark chocolate with smoke. I'm not that impressed with the taste initially, but it gets better as the stout warms up a bit. I guess I'm expecting more from an oatmeal stout than what it really is.

M Thick and chewy. Not much carbonation.

D I guess its an OK beer; but I wouldn't buy it by the bottle again. I wouldn't mind trying it on tap, but DH has too many other selections that I would try first.

Summary: A bit disappointed with this one.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with 1/2 finger of VERY dark looking mocha colored head. This diminishes pretty quickly, leaving back a very light spackling of spotty lacing. There's lots of chocolate roast present here in the aroma, with the oatmeal adding a sweet and smooth texture and an almost milky feel to the nose. A touch of earthy hops hangs on the fringes.

The taste is even darker feeling than the aroma was, with a deep and almost dry roasted presence to it. Some sticky notes of chocolate and caramel try to pull things back some but all of that hops and roast really controls the profile with a ton of lingering roastiness that really sticks in the finish. The oatmeal flavor doesn't seem as noticable to me as it did in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of sharpness to the carbonation yet this still remains fairly smooth and drinkable for the most part despite the overall dark tone of this.

Not bad. Some more sweetness would have been welcome to help balance out all of that dark biterness but the oatmeal saved the day in the end, helping keep this smooth on the palate.

Photo of mmva321
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

The stout pours out thick and oil-like, with the color of deep-brown.The body is opaque in the glass. A small amount of head forms at the top, goes away and is never seen again (no lacing). Maybe a little flat but I won't complain.

The oatmeal aspect of this beer gives it an overall smoothness and creaminess. I like it, but it masks what are some really nice roasted scents and hints of chocolate. So, a little faint, but I really do like the balance of what I pick up: creamy, but heartily roasted with a little bitter chocolate.

Very good, but the roasted flavors really come through too much, overpowering the creamy aspects as well as the sweeter chocolate aspects. It ends a little dry with some actual hints of oatmeal in the aftertaste. Unique and satisfactory.

I rarely like carbonation in my stouts. It isn't terrible here but noticable enough to turn me off slightly. Good consistency though. Not thick but substantial enough.

Dark Horse always has great ideas with their stouts, but I wish they would have taken a little more time or care with their products. Better ingredients or more time to refine these beers is really all they need. Until then, it's fun while it lasts, but never again.

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

A-This beer poured a dark brown color with a mocha brown head that disappeared rapidly and left almost no lacing on the glass.
S-Nice aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice.
T-The aroma did not translate as well with the taste which was on the thin side with afternotes of smoky burnt malts.
M-This stout was dry and the carbonation was light, but nonetheless was pleasant albeit a little lacking in depth.
D-This was a fairly good beer, but I personally expect more richness in a stout. Maybe I'm just spoiled.

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to deliriumfest. Don't know how old this bottle was, but I suspect it may have had a little age on it.

Pours darkest brown but clear with a small tan head.

Aroma is very nice with roasted malt, caramel, and lots of chocolate.

Flavor starts off good - roast, caramel, and chocolate - but the finish has some cardboard, maybe from oxidation.

Smooth but a little thin on the palate.

A decent oatmeal stout overall, but not quite as good as I was hoping it would be. Drinkable at least.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle. Part of Dark Horse tasting...stout one out of the five part series.

A- Pours a deep black color. Seems to be the rule for their stout series. One finger deep tan head comes and goes before leaving some ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light roasted malts in the front end of this beer. Some light chocolate malts in the middle of the aroma. Some light cream smell toward the end. This reminded me of some light half and half.

T- Taste follows the aroma almost perfect. Roasted malts come into play with some chocolate malts going into the middle. Some cream notes in the ending that mixes with some chocolate notes. The oatmeal was hard to pick out and I don't know if I could pick it out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Feels a tad thin for the stout. Roasted malts left on the palate with some chocolate half and half in the aftertaste. Flavors come through clear for the most part.

D- Very drinkable beer. Dark Horse has this problem with making great beers all the time. I have yet to have something from them that I didn't like. Nice stout that I could drink a entire 4 pack of no problem.

Photo of cooncat
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review, and thanks to Adamette for the sample which I'm reviewing.

Poured right from the fridge into my SA glass. A hard pour produced an opaque black beer with about an inch of dark brown sugar colored head. Head retention is a bit short lived, but then, this is an 8% brew. Some nice lacing is deposited on the sides of the glass.

The nose is pretty standard for the style; roasty grains, coffee and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. No hop presence in the nose, and that's a good thing.

The flavor is similar to the nose, but a bit more complex, now that its warming up a bit. Coffee and bitter chocolate are up front, with sweet caramel trying to make a show in the background (but its definitely there). First couple of sips, I seemed to pick up some fusel notes, but now, after many sips and more warming, the other flavors are hiding the fusel, if it was indeed there. Mouthfeel is medium full, with the kind of creaminess that one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Carbonation level is spot on; just enough to keep things lively, but not enough to be 'bitey' or astringent. At this ABV level, this is not a session beer, so I'm holding back on drinkability. This is a nice dessert beer to quaff, or one to finish a session though. Its also nice as a one-off for the evening.

Overall impression is of a solid example of the style. This is my 3rd Dark Horse beer, and they have all been pretty solid. If you have the chance, pick it up .. it will not disappoint.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was black bodied with a dark tan colored head.

s: Smooth, gently roasty malt, a bit of chocolate, and a little something milky.

t: Grainy, well done chocolate that gets more bitter towards the finish. Also a little something milky overall. I couldn't really discern the oatmeal.

m: Silky smooth, but a little thin. the carbonation was gentle and unobtrusive.

d: Definitely an enjoyable stout, glad I tried this one.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the bottleshop attached to Dark Horse (I don't remember the name but don't think it is a DH-related name).

A: The stout is appropriately black, a darkness that is all-encompassing. Atop the stout sits a cordoban tan-colored head, mid-sized at first before it quickly recedes.

S: The stout packs a roasted aroma alongside a creamy oat presence. A lactose milkiness builds on the roasted malts.

T: The roasted aspects of the stout stand out. Burnt toast and over-roasted grains are nearly astringent, strong in their fierceness. A bit of lactose seems to meander through the stout, but the creaminess of the oatmeal is gone. Burnt flavors see the stout away, leaving an acrid bitterness on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel benefits from a bit of oatmeal but that creaminess is fleeting. The stout body is rather thin throughout except for the finish.

D: A good stout that losses its oatmeal persona rather quickly. I like the fullness of the finish.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of Coolcheech
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of DoctorDog
2.7/5  rDev -28%
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.

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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