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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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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 80 | 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 OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkhorse Oatmeal stout pours a midnight black with a dark brown head. Already the beer looks oily. A wonderful boquet of roasted malt and chocolate make up the nose.

Tastes really good with roasted malt, coffee, raw cocoa and a hint of spice, namely brewers cinnamon. Layers of complexities, and smoothed out by the oats. A nice lingering roasted flavor and a hint of hops at the end.

The best beer I've had yet from this brewery.

Photo of zoso1967
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown that is opaque and possesses a dark tan head. This beer seems to have decent carbonation but the head fades all too quickly. It does leave decent lace on the sides of the glass though.

The aroma is a nice mix of coffee, chocolate and malt sweetness. There is also a bit of buttery chalkiness in the aroma as well as some nice caramel hints. This is a very rich and roasty smelling stout.

The flavor starts off with plenty of nice chocolaty character and caramel sweetness. It then transitions to some earthy roasted malt character before a drying burnt bitterness settles on the tongue. Not quite as enjoyable as the aroma, but fairly solid. As this beer warms a touch of fruitiness seems to come out. Even with very little hop character, this is a really bold tasting beer.

The body on this beer is on the heavier side of medium, and does not strike me as overly smooth or spiky. It definitely has a bit of a silkiness to it that you would expect from an oatmeal stout, but there is some spiky carbonation and a lot of dryness. This is probably the most disappointing aspect of the beer.

This is a pretty decent stout with some nice robust flavors, but I was really let down by the mouthfeel. I like my oatmeal stouts to be silky smooth. If you are looking for a rich and robust stout, this one will definitely have you covered.

Photo of MsMandy
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep chocolate brown color, minimal lacing, no head

S- Not very fragrant, slight coffee smell

T- Not complex. Unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt espresso flavor throughout taste. Slightly bitter/acidic aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation

D- Not a great flavor, it's fine. Did not enjoy drinking and would not purchase again.

Photo of gtn80
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Appearance is jet black, inky black. Head was small and brief.

Aroma is bourbon and roasted barley.

Taste is a bit of oats, finishes with all roast, mouth puckering amounts of roast.

Mouthfeel is solid, thick, very present. Carbonation felt a bit high, almost a bit carbonic.

Drinkability is not great with the combination of the intense roastiness and the carbonation.

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from EchoCharlieEcho, cheers Elisabeth!

Pours oily, thick, black & with a pinky of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, woody hops & some whiffs of booze

T: Dark chocolate, a touch of charred grain, some herbal hops & coffee grinds up front. Slight licorice notes, dryness, dark chocolate, & more charred grain once this warms. Finishes with dark chocolate, dryness, plus raisins & plums

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation, enough to smooth it out quite nicely

Drinks fairly easy, but the ABV does assert itself a bit. I could still pound a 4 pack on a winter's night with some fudge or brownies no problem!

Photo of rembrant
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had a second label sort of awkwardly glued over another and a tad wrinkled. Dark Horse labels are black on white,pen and ind drawings, making me think of home brew...but don't underestimate these guys,this is the second Dark Horse Stout varaint I tried and they are no lightweights.

Looks- Pretty...in a Stout way, Motor oil with a modesrt head that turns to just a ring of mocha froth,and some heavy lacing.

Aroma- Big Robust malts,black cherry,Brandy and just a hint of coffee.

Taste- A BIG swoosh of silky malts with that trace of black Cherry and a bit of coffee., then,SHAZAM, it shifts the hops step up from just a counterbalance and replicate a coffee with a bit of cream and brown sugar that's quite true and lasting.Good show. I did a 12 oz bottle in 3 pours and each was a bit different until the Braby seemed to quite vanish and chocolate tones appeared.

I recently reviewed Anderson Valley's fine Oatmeal Stout, Barney Flats, and in it I tasted both raw and toasted oats...no cherry. Here, the Oats hide, but probably add body,silkiness and enhance the malts. I can't figure that dark cherry tang or how they captured such a true coffee burst without tossing cherries and coffee into the batch. I do love a brew that creates such illusions.

Mouth- Ample fullness. If you take a slug before the foam settles you get a bit of fizz. Either way, it's complex with lingering flavors

Drinkable? I want another. NOW...dammit !

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark Black color with about a finger Tan head that faded quickly.

S - Smells of Coffee, Chocolate, Caramel, and Cherry.

T - Tastes of Roasted Coffee, Chocolate, and Metallic Minerals.

M - Waterier than expected with a Medium amount of carbonation. It is a little Bitter and Chalky.

D - This is quite drinkable for a stout. I like how they come in 12oz bottles. If only I could only get them by me.

Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a thick black color with a moderate dark tan head to it. The head faded but clung to the edge of the glass, where it left a bit of lacing.

The aroma has some chocolate and roasty flavors with a nice smooth oat quality to it. Very smooth and appealing, but moderate compared to how flavorful and bitter the taste is.

The taste starts off with some bitter-sweet chocolaty and creamy flavors to it. It quickly turns into a bold roasted, burnt, bitter finish though. The bitter and burnt flavors linger long into the finish. It also shows a nice dark and bitter chocolate flavor throughout. The oats help give it a smooth quality. Very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is moderate to below average. Excellent mouthfeel for my taste. Drinkability is good, it was a very taste and enjoyable beer.

Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter from a 12oz bottle. The pour yielded a tiny, thin layer of dark khaki foam that vanished almost instantly. The body is dark brown with a black center and lighter edges.

The nose has light coffee notes, chocolate and molasses, all sitting on a backbone of dark roasted malts.

The taste is even better than the nose suggests. The roasted malts hit first and furious. They meet a sweet cocoa flavor in the middle and the entire thing combines with a creamy, milk-sugary finish.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side of medium, creamy and a little slick; very light carbonation.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Maybe my favorite in the series. Recommended for sure!

Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured black color with small tan head. Didn't stick around long, but left some traces of lacing behind.

S- Roasted chocolate malts most prevalent in the aroma.

T- Like the smell, got mostly chocolate malts with some creaminess to the drink. Not as strong as I was expecting. Was hoping for a little more flavor, but still nice.

M- Medium body with small carbonation. Wasn't as thick as other stouts. Got mostly bitter chocolate aftertaste.

D- Not bad. Still a decent stout, but not as much flavor as some other stouts I've had. I'd still drink a couple of these on a chillier night!

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

Pouring the beer at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a deep brown hue with creamy tan head of .5 cm foaming up and fading slowly to a sturdy edge layer with one wispy island spinning in the center of my glass.
Aroma is rich and malty with roasted malt notes, some molasses, and some cocoa powder.
First sip reveals a smooth body and silky texture with very mild rolling carbonation. Quite nice mouthfeel on this brew, very soft brew.
Flavor is as expected with rich malt, cocoa powder, some roasted notes and a bit of coffee bean. I acutally get a little boozy bite on the finish, but not really any warming. No hops show up that I can detect or note of any significance.
The beer is amazingly drinkable for 8%, I would have guessed 6.5% at most.
Quite a nice relaxing brew, I recommend trying this one if you see it. Another winner from this brewery!

Photo of JackieTH
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the contents of a bottle of One Oatmeal Stout Ale into a chilled straight sided glass. It's a strikingly dark, black liquid that pours coherently leaving a one-finger mocha brown head.

An subtle chocolate on the nose that is totally consistent by a well balanced milk chocolate and oatmeal palate. Smooth, creamy texture with no trace of the 8% ABV anywhere.

I'm becoming more and more impressed by Dark Horse's Stout offerings.

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.

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.