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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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A deep used motor oil black with a sponge like head of brown bubbles that crack fast to nothing. I like the artwork on the bottle, to me it's interesting when breweries use art on the label rather than all logos.

The smell is of charred chocolate malts with a mix of used espresso grounds. An absolutely wonderful scent that makes me want to take a sip.

Taste is delicious. There is a fine mix and balance of chocolates and coffee with a strong malt backbone and an oatmeal subtext. A slight acrid flavor that I attribute to scorched dark malts. A rich chocolaty finish that is nice and subtly dry.

A solid all around stout. It has the great flavors associated with a good dark beer and they are nicely balanced. Very enjoyable drink that I am thankful for having after a wonderful thanksgiving dinner. What a treat.

jbphoto88, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

A - Dark as night, with attractve brown head.

S - Milk and sweet chocolate with some wood and esters.

F - Lots of esters and metalic flavors in this one. Chocolate flavors are present, but never seem to dominate. Finishes somewhat dry, and watery.

M - Not quite as smooth as I expect from the style. Mid body.

D - Not really as good as many of these guys other beers. Not really one to seak out, but drinkable...

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Dalem
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Very dark (almost black) and rich in color with a creamy dark red head that spots away fairly quickly and leaving a decent sized ring around the top of the brew along with a slight lace all the way through it's sipping. Huge roasted malt aromas upfront with dark coffee/chocolate and smokey wood notes along for the ride.
Very full bodied in it's silky texture with a whole lotta flavor in the mix. A robust toasted malt is the first thing noticed with a bitter dark chocolate flavor backing it up. The oatmeal sweetness surfaces next not muting the bite of the bitters but balancing them just right. The finish is warm with very laid back/almost hidden hop presence which is a good thing in such brews because it let's the oatmeal and malt characteristics do what they're suppose to do instead of getting stepped all over in the end.

Dalem, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle received from Scoobydank in a recent trade. Thanks Bill! The nice thing about winter is that beers left out are at proper serving temperature too.

A: Decanting this into my 22oz goblet yields a black beer with ruddy brown highlights and a thin, dark brown head that recedes to a ring rather quickly. There isn't much visible carbonation either.

S: On the nose, there's a good whiff of chocolate, oatmeal and some plum-like oxidation. There's also some coffee in the back and a hint of tobacco.

T: On the palate, this beer opens up with an absolutely wonderful dark, bitter chocolate combined with some oatmeal, heavily roasted coffee. The mild oxidation is pleasing and enhances the richness of this beer. Bitter chocolate on the finish

M: Soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel and a very pleasing finish. Very well done

D: I'm really enjoying this. DH do know to make a good stout! And paired with chocolate cake, this really is a treat.

DefenCorps, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Pours a black color with a fairly nice bubbly brown head. Not to much in the way of lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bit of dark fruits and some alcohol.

T- Follows the nose pretty well here with some oats and a hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and light carbonation. Maybe a little oily or even watery.

D- Easy to drink and overall pretty solid. Worth a try for sure.

nrbw23, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of beerad666
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Ordered this on draft at Jerry's on Division in Chicago. They have such a great tap list it was hard to settle on this but I had seen the bottles at the stores and have been wanting to pick up a four pack. The label is so simple and yet very interesting.

It pours a dark black with a small creamy brown that quickly recedes and moves to the edges. Decent lacing on the glass. This is odd but there is almost no smell, maybe some roasted malts but there is almost nothing there. The flavor makes up for what the smell is missing. There is a nice bite to it and it's just right for the cold day I was drinking it on. It was served very cold but warms you up great. It is sweet but more of a roasted sweet than chocolate sweet. The 8% abv is there but is well masked by the flavors of vanilla and coffee. The flavors just dance in you mouth and the finish just leaves you wanting more. By the look of this beer you would think it would be a sipper but it's surprisingly drinkable. I was waiting for a take away order and this was pretty much gone after 10 - 15 mins.

beerad666, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of beckje01
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A- Black color with a deep brown head very tastly looking and not activity.

S-Deep coffee and malt nose warm smelling and inviting.

T- Good malty flavor some what dry taste but it works well overall.

M- Good feel and nice carbonation.

D- Slow drinker but good very nice overall.

beckje01, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is inky, black as night with no transparency or glowing. Dark brown 1 finger frothy head. Receeds to 1/8 finger retention. Leaving thin drapes of lace.

Aroma of predominatly dark bittersweet chocolate malts, creamy dairy like aroma, burnt caramel, and some oaky likeness.

Silky smooth in mouthfeel with very little carbonation coming through. Taste of oats, chocolate grains, earthy grass like hops, and a dry silky finish. Bitter chocolate lingers for quite some time.

Leaves me wanting more of it. Great representation of an oatmeal stout.

Buebie, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

A- black body with a small coffee colored head that leaves almost instantly. no lacing.

S- very dark and roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolate.

T- roasted malt, lots of coffee, and some chocolate. no trace of alcohol

M- full bodied but not too thick. maybe a little too much carbonation.

D- not dark horse's best offering, but certainly not a bad beer. one is enough, and i probably wont pick any more of these up. cant tell that this one is 8%ABV

jwinship83, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Just picked this up from Dobby's in Palatine today. Dark Horse makes some pretty interesting brews and I really like their stouts. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown that allows zero light to pass anywhere. Very disappointing light tan head forms and recedes quickly leaving just a thin collar.
Smell- Very roasted and nice with lots of big milk chocolate from the start. Coffee is rather prevalent as well as it's dark and viscous. Hints of molasses as well and no hops are detectable.
Taste- Really roasted from the start with a stiff bitterness from char on the malt. Bakers chocolate and espresso are very prominent, maybe more than I've ever tasted from a non-imperial, non chocolate-coffee Stout. Some sweetness toward the middle of the beer adds a bit of caramel/Tootsie Roll flavor before the roasted goodness takes back over. Finishes with a soft vanilla char and a lingering ash.
Mouthfeel- Kind of a light watery body considering how thick it seemed to pour. The carbonation is fairly aggressive though that may be adding to that perception. It is smooth, though not the kind of body I was hoping for in an Oatmeal Stout.
Drinkability- Overall this is a damn tasty Oatmeal Stout. I love how they let the malt do the talking and would actually be surprised if a hop touched this beer. Also, if I didn't know better, I'd swear that chocolate nips or something of the sort was in this brew. Good stuff.

younger35, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very opaque black. Half an inch of mocha head that quickly fell to a whispy ring around. No lacing.

S - Malt and Chocolate.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Some smoke. A little sweet. Bitter finish.

M - Medium to a little thin. Lightly carbonated.

tedpeer, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of johnd513
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%

This beer pours dark black with an off white head that quickly disappears and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Smells of bitter chocolate and dark malts. The mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin, not as much body as I would like. Tastes of burnt malts, chocolate and molasses. Drinkability is not great, It wasn't difficult to drink one but it didn't leave me wanting another.

johnd513, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours opaque black with very minimal head. What head there is is chocolate in color. Some lacing when swirled in the glass.

Smell of dark roasted malt big upfront. Sweet dark chocolate aroma is very pleasant behind the malt.

roasted to burnt malt flavor with some smokiness picked up initially. Creamy chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla?

Very creamy and smooth mouth feel. Medium bodied, never really pushes much toward full bodied.

Easy to drink. I don't find there to be anything offensive about any one particular part of this brew. While I did enjoy this, it isn't my favorite oatmeal stout. Body seem more porter like than stoutish. Would not turn this one down, would buy a single again, just not the top of my list.

kzoobrew, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours very black, opaque. Small light brown head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of dark chocolate, soy sauce, dark roaste malts, strong coffee.

Taste is of bitter chocolate, dark malts, smokey wood and some hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, lightly cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew but I wouldn't consider this to be particularly drinkable.

atigerlife, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a very dark brown almost black in color. There is a very short lived frothy head on the pour. But alas, it is gone before I get to my chair. Smell is slight coffee, some deep black malt and a good amount of dark chocolate. This smells very promising. You get a bit more of the roasted coffee in the flavor, but it's not dominant or obtrusive. There's just enough dark chocolate to balance it out. Mouthfeel is pretty decent and fairly smooth. There is a bit of bitterness from the roasted barley, coffee. A very solid, good offering from Dark Horse.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +21%

This beer was served lightly chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer is black. Did I mention its blacker than black. No ruby opaqueness to light. The head was quarter inch high the color of nugget. The lacing was a thick oily smear down the side of my glass. A bit more head and this would be perfect.

Smell: The beer delivers an excellent stout aroma to my nose. The aromas wafting out of my glass are dark roasted espresso, smoke, and the subdued aroma of chocolate. Hops arent a big player in this beer and thats not a problem.

Taste: This beer delivers everything I love about stouts. There is a layer of smoked, roasted and charred coffee. We aint talking that Starbucks bullshit either. The chocolatey sweetness is well balanced with the chared flavors.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The mouthfeel is fairly full. A bit of creamyness is noted to the moughfeel. The flavors linger in my mouth for a long time. This is dam near perfect. The only negative thing about this beer was I drank it too fast.

nlmartin, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle courtesy of a StFun poured into a tulip.

Pours oil slick black out of the bottle with a small dense mocha head that lingered for a while as a cap and then left a ring with a little lacing. Aroma is burnt malts with espresso and licorice. There is also a bit of sweetness in the smell as it warms with milk chocolate and vanilla. The taste is also big of the roasted/burnt malt character. The first taste is a sweet chocolate and vanilla blast which gives way to coffee and roasted malts. The sweetness of the malts lingers through the finish with a slight coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a little carbonation which just coats the mouth with the massive malt flavors. This is a good, if fairly one-dimensional (roasty) stout and I look forward to the rest of the stout series.

gford217, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.95/5  rDev +31.6%

pours super dark brown (almost black) with a big chocolatey head. the nose is chocolate, deep dark malts, subtle sweet vanilla. the taste is chocolate, deap roasty malts, some wood, subtle sweet vanilla. full bodied, medium carbo. very delicious and complex beer!

stumac, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

Wow, Is this brew BLACK. ok carbonation, mocha head, smallish, some lace.

The smell is good, oats lactose and roasted nuts.

The taste is very good, lots of roasted and toasty goodness, sweetened coffee and some mocha and chocolate notes. Nice hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is right on, good body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this is the OMS I would with to turn to every time.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Presented in a brown, 12 oz bottle with a unique white and black label of a hand-drawn kite (or something similar). No freshness date. Picked this one up at West Side Liquors in West Harrison, IN. Served in tulip glass at recommended temperature.

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a brown fizzy head that disappears within 30 seconds leaving a small ring of light brown around the edges. No detectable lacing.

I didn't get a whole lot on the nose. At first, all I smelled was tonic water... After some spinning of the glass, I picked up on smoke mingled with sugar cane.

Taste was of smoke, heavily roasted malts and coffee. The overall flavor is ample, as I was afraid it might be watered down.

Oddly enough to me, the mouthfeel of this beer was very Iight with a semi-dry finish. This is my favorite offering from Dark Horse so far (I found the other couple I tried either watered down or unbalanced). Nice work on this one, I wasn't blown away, but I'd have it again.

beachbum1975, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours black with no head and a thin, uneven lacing.

Scent of oatmeal, roasted malts, coffee, molasses and chocolate. Some dark fruits even this out and make for one wonderful scent.

Taste is strong on roasted malts and coffee beans with some dark fruits and a bit of water. It's a shame the taste doesn't match the scent of this one, it's good, but too light and not what it could be.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit milky.

paco1029384756, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of corey0212
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Got this in a trade with moose3285!

Pours black and thick from the bottle, slight mocha head rises and fades, leaves a few rogue patches of lacing. Smell is roasted coffee beans, some nice dark chocolate aroma, maybe a trace of cookie dough. Taste sweet, some dark fruitiness, plenty of burnt coffee, some milk chocolate. Pretty active little bubbles, with a slightly drying effect. Overall, a tasty brew.

corey0212, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

had with stumac and melanie ... second session ... quite smokey and a bit meaty, bold for a oatmeal/sweet stout ... dark as a struck match in a box wearing a diving suit under water ... slick and oily, chewy stuff here ... sweet vanilla notes ... what did stu spill again??

Onslow, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep black color like motor oil with a dark tan one and a half finger head. No lacing really.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and something like cola.

Flavor is dominantly coffee, some smooth dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The roasty flavors are a bit harsh, sort of taking a bit away from the smoothness from the oats. Some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and medium-full.

Overall, it's really not that good for an oatmeal stout. It's a bit harsh on the roasty side, which makes it less drinkable. It was on sale though, so I'm not really complaining.

roadhouse, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Received in a trade with iceicebaby (thanks Sean). Served in a nonic. Poured a dark, cola brown, with deep red highlights detectable during each tilt of the glass.. Half-inch mocha-colored head dissipated into a thin skim of foam. Lacing was somewhat thin and watery, but left behind a few meandering bands. Scents of coffee and milk chocolate abound; very sweet nose. Taste similar to nose, but sweetness is somewhat cut by a noticeable, but not unpleasant alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was somewhere between light- and medium-bodied, but there was a pronounced slickness as well as an effervescence and light burn throughout the mouth and back of the throat. Excellent stout, but somewhat sweeter than than the oatmeal stouts I've tasted lately. Great drinkability; finished it in under 5 minutes.

Jwale73, Jun 03, 2008
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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