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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

844 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 44
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: oh yeah! just about as black as you can get. the head was a beautiful milk chocolate. small brown rim.

Smell: creamy; slight chocolate; even less roated/coffee; slight alcohol presence

Taste: like it smells; slight roatsted/coffee flavor; minute hint of alcohol; short, minutely bitter finish

Mouthfeel: full, think body; low carbonation; smooth

Notes: similar to The Poet by New Holland in most respects with a slightly smoother aroma and taste

Frosty80, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, thick pour reveals a jet black brew. A cocoa colored head rests atop, but only momentarily. Yeast sediment coats the bottom of the empty bottle.

Nose is full of roasted aroma, slight coffee notes, and maybe just a little hint of chocolate sweetness.

Sweet and roasted flavors, this is pretty good. Big roasted barley flavors coming across initially, mingle with the chocolate sweetness, probably from the same barley. Some hop flavor is here, but just as a foil for the malt profile. It's there, but it takes a back seat.

Oatmeal stouts should always be full bodied, and this one surely is! A decent interpretation is usually pretty good, and a great one is usually sublime. This really comes close to the latter. Smooth, and full bodied. My only complaint in this department is that the carbonation seems a bit too high here.

Overall, very drinkable, very good, and just a delicious beer. I would be happy to drink more than a few of these just about anytime, but especially on these cold, Wisconsin nights. Cheers!

dancinwillie, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a four pack of these to split with a buddy one morning (oatmeal's legit, right?). A solid beer sure. Appearance was mediocre - small head that dissipated to absolutely nothing over a deep brown brew. Not a hint of lacing. Nose and flavor were solid - sweet chocolate, a touch of caramel, and then a heavy dose of roasted malt and coffee. Body was solid, medium to thick and appropriate for the style. Overall, another nice one from Dark Horse, definitely still one of the better MI breweries.

soupyman10, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Lancaster shaker glass. Appears a dark brown color with about a finger of caramel colored foam. The foam quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Smells of roasted grains, and faintly of sweet caramel. Tastes of bitter cocoa powder and rich dark roasted malts. Creamy body with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter. Worth picking up if you see it.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark, dark brown color almost black. It had a small, caramel-colored head that left thick, sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled very roasty. Nice malty tones with a sweet aroma. There were some floral notes, too.
T - It tasted of roasted malt with a caramel backbone. It had some bitterness from some sharp hops.
M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from Dark Horse.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Black beer, appear pretty opaque with a quick-to-materialize deep brown head. Quickly reduced to sparse bubbles.

S-Minimal aromas. The prominent smell is roasted malts with some hints of chocolate. There almost seems to be some harsh, off-aroma in there.

T-Hearty, oatmealy flavor flirts with deep roasty malts. Slight chocolatiness emerges toward the end and lingers into the clean finish.

M-Very silky mouthfeel, characteristic of oatmeal stouts. Borderline slick. Medium-low carbonation contributes to the smoothness. Even so, the beer comes away a solid medium body.

D-Strong drinkability. Enjoyable throughout, smooth and tasty. Although not perfectly, it fits nicely into the oatmeal stout style. Left me satisfied and wanting to try more from Dark Horse, including perhaps another bottle of this.

CHSLBrew, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass.

Pours deep black, moderate brown head and lacing.

Aroma is hard to find. What i could get was pleasant but faint. Oats, roasted malt and malty sweetness.

Smooth and balanced. malty sweetness, roasted malt, and just a hint of roasty bitterness in the clean finish.

Nicely low in carbonation, smooth, rich, creamy, medium full.

Very nice overall. Smooth, balanced, creamy stout. Well done. Looking forward to trying the others in the series.

sprucetip, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a thin brown head that leaves little lace.

Wonderful roasted aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Oats are present, as are hints of charcoal and toast.

Like the aroma the flavor is heavy on the roastiness. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and a hint of burnt wood. Oatmeal peeks in to round out all the roast, and adds a very nice smoothness. An underlying sweetness is present and becomes more prominent in the finish.

Full bodied, silky-smooth and creamy. Alcohol only shows as a welcome warmth. Goes down easy and is finished too soon. A delicious oatmeal stout for morning, noon, or night.

Lupe, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of jjudge
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gifted a 12 oz bottle from @bgramer.

Nice drinkable beer. Thick, pitch black coffee pour. Roast aroma. Really surprised that it poured without a trace of head. Nice, creamy medium bodied mouthful. Burnt nut flavor lingered on my palette and throat afterwards for some time.

Of the two Oatmeal Stouts I have tried so far, I enjoyed the Poet more.

jjudge, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice opaque pour with an off whitish head. roasted aroma from a nice tan head. Good roasted malt, just a hint of dark chocolate. Dark Horse likes to hop their brews, this has a hint of that, not too much though. Very good representation of the style. Worth trying along with their other number brews.

Bung, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I come home from work and I have two trade packages waiting for me...my day just got better. I get my "welcome home" kiss from my wife and she tells me that she is going to be making breakfast for dinner. Sounds ok to me. I sit the two boxes on the table and start digging into 'em. Mynie graciously threw this one in as an extra to our trade. Oatmeal Stout and breakfast...sounds perfect!

This one pours thick and black. There is a thin brown head that leaves a spot or two on the glass. I hold it up to the light just to check....nope, pitch black.

The aroma is of dark roasted malts...coffee, dark chocolate. There is a hint of the oats in here and some wood, charcoal, and alcohol. Smells like a cowboy breakfast to me.

The flavor has a lot of the coffee and dark chocolate. I get a bit of the burnt wood and the alcohol, also. Smoothing oatmeal finish helps to cool the burn from the alcohol and the bitter chocolate/espresso. There is a nice sweetness that passes through in the middle.

Full bodied. Creamy texture with a nice warmth to it. This is a nice morning sipper, if you're into that sort of thing. Good beer Dark Horse. Thanks, Tristan!

Imstillthegman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a quick, dark brown foam of head after great pour. The perfect pitch black color though. Very interesting smell of oatey peanut butter. Plus some savory, dark rasted coffee and a small wedge of baker's chocolate. Faint chesnuts in a delicious french roasted coffee. Just the way I like it too....black. Then the dry powdered, dark chocolate slowly makes itself known. But only in the most subtle of ways. Smooth, oily slick, yet also dry palate. The thick roasted malt flavors just coats the tongue.

scruffwhor, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 24, 2008
Photo of johnd513
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.