Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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85
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989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 46
Gots: 86 | 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 DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out thick pitch black and produces a one finger dark mocha head that dies off fast. Alcohol legs and average lacing with moderate carbonation. Careful like most DH beers this has a load of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

S - The nose is nice robust, coffee, slight chocolate, and lots of oats, some smoke. The oats leave a nice soft presence and I can not detect the booze at all.

T - Real rich robust on the palate with chocolate, coffee, oats, tobacco, raisin, lingering bitterness on the tongue. No alcohol. Quit a bit of molasses as this one builds on the palate.

M - A slight creamy medium full bodied beer with carbonation that tingles the tongue. Its dryness does dry your mouth out.

O - A well crafted Oatmeal Stout that is slightly muddled and off in the finish for the style. I get the oats but its finish is not quit what I look for in a oatmeal stout. Not a bad beer at all, but one I will not be in a rush to go back and get. Still enjoyed it though, Cheers!

Photo of webmanspidey
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this is a thick dark color with light tan head. Smells are sweet dark roasted malts, molasses, and cocoa. Taste is heavy on dark cocoa, oatmeal, marshmallow, and roasted malt with some smokiness. Alcohol is somewhat prevalent. This is a decent tasty stout.

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

Its with a chewy and marshmallowy texture that Dark Horse's One Oatmeal Stout massages the palate and further entices the taste buds with its roasty and chocolaty overtones. And with a depth of complexity and richness, the stout teeters on the edge of imperial status.

While pouring with a highly viscous milkshake-like visual weight, the solid brown foam patiently separates from the beer beneath in a cascading effect. The froth caps the beer like cocoa-stained meringue. Its stubborn persistence yields lacy rings of foam with every sip taken. This is a seriously masculine beer!

Strongly scented, the beer's roasty overtones hit home with elements of Turkish coffee, cocoa, campfire, heavy charred toast, and malted milk with toffee. Slight vinous fruits and rummy alcohol notes tingle the nose with almost the intensity of stronger imperial stouts.

Its also the flavor of strongly roasted coffees that take command of the beer in taste. Roasted beans of coffee and cocoa weave together in bittersweet fashion. The embedded malt and oats uphold the roast with the taste of toffee, heavy cream, and marshmallows and beings to shape my impressions like chocolate coated espresso beans and "Whoppers" candy. Again, a mild tinge of spiced rum and roasted plum lurk behind the dominant malt taste. Mild in bitterness, it seems that the balance comes from char- to the point where any hop addition is relatively unnoticed.

But the mouthfeel is where the beer really shines. Upon the first draw of the glass, the mouth is engulfed with a billowing mocha-infused velvety texture. And again, marshmallow fluff come to mind again. Its chewy texture is sliced by sweet alcohol warmth and signals closure of the session with an extended roasty aftertaste.

Where the beer far exceeds any expectation of oatmeal stout, it's larger-than-life character causes the beer to register with the palate and tongue as an imperial stout. Though the beer refuses to take sides, it captures the essence of both masterfully.

Photo of oline73
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque dark brown with some red at the edges where the light hits. There is just a small layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet malt up front with some dark fruit. I'm getting some smoke from the malt. The dark fruit and smoke combine and remind me of bbq sauce.

Taste: Lots of roast here. Just enough sweetness to keep things fairly balanced. The roasty bitterness could have run away here. There are some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes, but the roast and smoke are more prevalent. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and fairly smooth. The carbonation is more aggressive than I would have guessed from the lack of head. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Just a touch more malt sweetness would have improved this one just a bit, but overall I enjoyed it. Not sure I need to have another in the future, but I wouldn't say no if offered.

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

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this series, One through BB Plead the 5th!

Appearance. Pours black with a thin brown head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and a little molasses.

Taste. Bitter chocolate, roasty malts, molasses, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice big oatmeal stout. I enjoyed it.

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

Looks alright. Could use a bit more head. Nose is okay as well. Lots of molasses. Flavor is thick. Mostly in body though. The flavor character is constant and robust with a thick kinda thing going on, but there is nothing that really strikes me as unique or interesting. Or nothing that strikes me as an oatmeal stout, to be honest. Oh well. It's still a nice beer.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, figured I need to get it drunk. About 45 degrees into pint glass.

A - A finger of very dark head. Weird brown/cola color. Body is pitch black.

S - Pretty standard oatmeal stout aroma. Slight milkiness, chocolate, and some almond. Maybe molasses in there as well.

T - Quite delicious. Well balanced between some bitterness and sweet chocolate. Slight coffee.

M - Body is a little lacking, making you want more, but carbonation is good.

O - A pretty standard stout, but the taste really stands out as everything comes together.

Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle inyo an English "pot" pint glass.
Jet-black pour leading to a short, dark, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dark fruit, faint coffee
Taste-Smoky,charred meat, dark roasted coffee, burnt hops. A definite sipper with big bold flavors, not smooth like a traditional oatmeal stout. Strong tastebuds needed.

Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice big and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly leaving a nice fluffy wall of lacing behind.

S: Lots of smoke, char and oatmeal.

T: Again, loaded with smoke, char and some oatmeal. Super smokey to the point of being ridiculously overpowering. Oatmeal doesn't have a prayer of smoothing this one out, but it tries anyway. There is some super, super bitter chocolate in there too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with some chalkiness.

O: A super burnt oatmeal stout. Loads of char and smoke everywhere makes it quite bitter despite oatmeal's usual smoothing effect. Better once it warms, flavors meld a bit better.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer. It's been sitting in the back of my fridge for like 5 months (oops).

Consumed 5/27/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, nearly black - small, quickly-fading light brown head - a few spots of lacing, but not much

Smell: Burnt, so very burnt - the aroma is akin to burnt microwave popcorn - some burnt oats as well - dark malts, dark chocolate - very roasty, with some burnt coffee - a touch of something that smells like cardboard

Taste: Burnt and roasty, actually a little better than the aroma - burnt malts, burnt oats - some heavily roasted notes - dark, dark chocolate - some light sweetness, but mostly just dry and burnt - the dark chocolate really dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oddly light for the style, pretty smooth, adequately carbonated

Overall: A bit strange, but not bad

This has more dark chocolate flavor that any beer I've had in recent memory. This is interesting, but I must note that this beer is lacking some of the attributes I look for in an oatmeal stout. Like, where's my chewy mouthfeel? Regardless, it's worth a try.

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

A: Pours a dark black with a deep tan head , quickly just lacing around the edges.

S: Acrid oatmeal and coffee flavors, a thick dark roast espresso with all of the malt presence you would expect in an oatmeal stout.

T: This starts off rich and plentiful with the dark roast coffee flavors and deep roasted malts. It really does taste like breakfast of oatmeal and a dark sumatran roast coffee or espresso from a quality coffee shop. The end is slightly acrid and that could be because I have had this for some time in my fridge aging, or it just is a little bitter from the hop additions. In any case it is a very good oatmeal stout. Finally reviewing One after having Two and Three a year ago.

M: Thick to medium mouthfeel with a very light carbonation.

O: Recommended to round out the Dark Horse stout trio. I like them all but I enjoyed three the best with the blueberry addition. This has a dry roasty finish as an oatmeal stout should have, just not my favorite stout style.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin sandy head.

The smell is a burnt molasses and a musty scent that's a little off-putting.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a little bit of that char. That musty scent isn't as prevalent in the taste, but reminds me of leaves. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, as it should be in an oatmeal stout.

Eh, this was just ok and I find the other stouts from DH much more appealing.

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

Working my way through the winter stouts, 3 down 2 to go!

Pour is pitch black like the others in the series. Theres a small caramel head.

A cloyingly sweet smell fills the air around you. It still smells sweet, but theres a coffee roasted malt presence that I really like. The sweet smell that is somewhat reminiscent of brown sugar or sweet cookies.

Its much sweeter than the other oatmeal stouts, yet theres more roasty malt. Burnt coffee, black chocolate, and sweet cream. Its alot like a cappucino stout in ways. Espresso roast beans are first up, then theres a bit of dark chocolate in the middle, and finishes even more bitter. I think the oatmeal gives it a thicker body.

Feels slightly creamy, but overall leaves a nice roasty presence late. reminiscent of dark roasted coffee. Best Oatmeal Stout that I've had.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours tick brown. Looks like liquid chocolate.
S: Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Also hints of chocolate and subtle alcohol come through.
T: Oatmeal taste really comes trough but a sour alcohol takes over too quickly. Gross lingering bitterness.
M: Sits alright for a stout but certainly not anything to brag about. Lingering bitterness and sourness as mentioned before.

Overall I was very exited by how it looked and smelled, but it didn't come through where it counted. Certainly not a bad beer but nothing too spectacular either.

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

I had this Oatmeal Stout in a nonic pint. Thank you Geneseohawk!

Appearance- The foam is dense and cola colored with a smooth lid. No lace is left as it falls to a film. The body is opaque, but has a dark brown tinge to it. Maybe minimal highlights, but hard to tell.

Smell- Only a touch of oatmeal after a couple sniffs, mainly just dark malts and a little bit of roast dominate this nose. A bit of molasses and even dark fruits are buried in there too, gives a slight sweetness to the nose.

Taste- Very roasty from the get go, it's almost like I'm drinking a coffee stout! Then the molasses mingle with the slightly acidic oatmeal. The finish adds dark fruit and some black malts, a little anise. The finish goes a little over board on the roast when considering all the subtle flavors packed into this one.

Mouth feel- The creaminess is nice and makes for an easy drink. The stout feels a little thin on the tongue, and is pretty dry.

Overall- I appreciate the multitude and subtlety of the flavors, but the roast is overdone. I also would prefer it if the nose was stronger in conveying all the subtleties. And the mouth feel could stand to be a bit thicker. Otherwise, this stout is good, and is one I would have again.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a pillowy, creamy brown head. Retention is great, and fluffy clumps of lacing form rings down the glass.

S: Layered chocolate: baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, brownie, and fudge sauce. Plum and raspberry esters. Starchy oats envelope all of this. Very pleasing nose.

T: Black raspberry and prune with a molasses backing on the attack. Deep espresso tastes and starchy oats kick in mid-palate. Touch of cola underneath. Rich tastes of dark chocolate, hot fudge sauce, and brownie come through later. Very slight nutty/woody tastes. Underlying hints of citric and earthy hops. Blissfully long finish of layered chocolate flavors, starchy oat, and a hint of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, but very fluffy, full, and creamy in the mouth with a slight oily/chewy texture. Moderate carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

O: Bravo, encore! I love a good oatmeal stout, and this one is right up there with the best of the style. Near perfection. A little over-the-top with the roasted malts, but that's right up my alley. I really wish I had bought more than just a single bottle.

Photo of timtim
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a small, tan head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lace. nose is roast, chocolate, maybe some dark fruit and... oatmeal? i usually don't actually detect oatmeal in oatmeal stouts, but here i do for sure. taste is a good balance of all of the above, but just lacks something for me. maybe has too much of something. alcohol presence and oat? body is full. a bit of bitter from the roasty malt. warm booze finish. overall, a decent oatmeal stout, but i think a bit too big for my liking and needing some fine tuning to be very good.

Photo of drabmuh
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint, beer is black with almost no head, thin tan bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, wet, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium in body and relatively sweet, not cloying though, nice finish, mildly bitter with the roast, a decent beer but probably not a repeat.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark brown to back with a very thin tan head. Unremarkable.
S: coffee and roasted malts are the first aromas to break through. Muted oats and some dark chocolate as well.
T: bittersweet chocolate at the front leading to a burnt roasty taste at the back. Coffee notes are subdued the whole way through. Slightly boozy.
M: slick and not as full bodied as I expected. Low carbonation. Slighty dry, bitter finish.
O: a decent effort from Dark Horse, but I would have liked a bit more body and some more pronounced coffee notes. It's an oatmeal stout, so perhaps some more evidence of that is in order too.

Photo of zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from last year (2010-2011), enjoyed 23 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black, very dark brown at edges, with a one-finger coffee brown (quite dark) head. Head fades fast, leaves a bit of lacing but not much.

Smell is a lovely mix of coffee and chocolate, with some molasses and oaty sweetness. Great complexity and variety - lots of subtle dark aromas playing off each other.

Taste is more roasty, and rather thin, with some burnt coffee bitterness coming through in the finish. I still get molasses and coffee, but not so much chocolate, and only a faint hit of oats. I don't like the bitter finish - it feels heavy-handed on a rather under-flavored beer.

Body is quite nice - full in the mouth, with an oaty slickness, and perfect medium carbonation. Silky finish.

A nice oatmeal stout, brought down by the lack of balance in the taste. The heavy bitter over-roasted malt flavor isn't something I like, and it really drags down what would otherwise be a very impressive beer.

Photo of Flounder57
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. Pitch black with no signs of carbonation coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: vanilla, oats, bready malts, mocha, maple syrup, dark fruits, and some raosted notes towards the end.

Taste: All of the above and slight hint of smokiness at the end. Blended really well.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, low to medium carbonation, slightly dry, a little chewy, smooth, slightly smoky, easy to drink, and a little thin/watery on the palate.

Overall: Another nice compliment to the oatmeal stout style. Will be enjoying more of these in the future and hopefully on draft too.

Photo of Vierenner
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the darkest beers I have ever poured ... deep black ... but that's where the excitement ends for me. I hardly get any smell, even after burying my nose in the tulip glass. The taste is quite mundane. There is a rather nondescript roasted flavor and slight hop bitterness but that's it.

Photo of gkatsoris
2.1/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pitch black. The head is super dark and frothy.

S: Raiseny. Oaty. Malty balls. Rum cake. ALCOHOLY. Toast.

T: Ummm no. Smoke. Raisens. Burnt fruit.

M: The taste, oh the taste..

O: No more please. What a let down from the look and smell.

thanks redliner8??

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

12 ouncer from late '11/early '12

Vigorous pour was not the best idea. Sludgy black liquid glunked into my pint glass, overflowing with a brown thick head of great height. That head's still there. Looks gloopy and heavy and delicious. This is one dark brew

Raw oats, very bitter cocoa, roasted malts, and some leather compose a simple nose. Some suggestions of coffee (of a char-roast, black nature) are also evident. Smells dry and roasty. This could be a great re-visiting. For an oatmeal stout, it smells pretty enticing (not to say that oatmeal stouts are univiting).

Black licorice, deep roastiness, smoke/char, bitter coffee grounds, and hints of cocoa powder. Dusty and chalky; there's some sweetness lingering from the malts, however. Slightly tangy aftertaste is bright, but a little strange. There's traces of fruit flavors amidst the blackness; they're dark fruits, akin to cherry, blackberry, and plum. Bitterness levels are medium, not crazy like some examples.

This feels a little thin for how it looked going into the glass. The carbonation is also subdued. Not much happening on the tongue for this one. Pretty average feel for a medium-bodied oatmeal stout. The alcohol isn't overpowering, which cancels out a lot of my gripes.

I'm a big fan of Dark Horse stouts, and the first in the series (One) is a hit. I'd recommend giving this one a try.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this and three other Dark Horse stouts. I figured I'd start with One, since now I have the whole series.

Appearance - Jet black. Inky. I couldn't even see if I was pouring sediment. Small khaki head that reduces to only wisps.

Smell - Dominated by bitter chocolate and coffee. Very roasty. Might even be a hint of booze in it.

Taste - Dark malts through and through. Bitter chocolate and bitter coffee. A strong bitterness in the finish that isn't really offensive, but intense. It's tough to tell what's malt bitterness and what's hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Slightly boozy, even at 8%. Extremely bitter at points. If I don't think about it, it isn't bad, but the instant I notice it, it becomes a bit much.

Overall - A nice oatmeal stout. Not really remarkable, but solid. I enjoy really roasty stouts like this, but there isn't much that distinguishes it from others in the same category. That said, I wouldn't turn down another.

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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