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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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835 Ratings

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 395
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 theformula
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer #4 in my 365 Days of Beer journey. Another oatmeal stout.

1) A: Pours a oily-black, opaque body into a tulip glass with a small, espresso crema colored head w/ decent retention. Very spotty lacing.

2) S: Not the most astounding O.S. I've ever put to my nose. Kind of one dimensional really but it's enticing. I get a lot of burnt caramel and black-strap molasses, vanilla and a bit like the caramelized, torched topping on creme brulee honestly. Dark chocolate and a bit lactic.

3) M: Medium-full body, thin and oily. Low carbonation. Kind of viscous.

4) T: A mirror of the aroma, with dark baking chocolate, b.s. molasses, burnt caramel and roast along with some vanilla. A lactic quality comes out which is strange. Thin, grassy hops show in the finish and are very subtle.

5) D: I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't drink it again I don't think. There's not a lot to this beer and there are many more oatmeal stouts that are much more balanced and drinkable out there. Tasty, but a little off.

theformula, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours an incredibly dark black/brown with a smallish dark tan colored head. Pours kindof like motor oil. Lacing is minimal.

S - Intense roasted malt flavors that are exceedingly dry. Touches of espresso and chocolate.

T - Starts slightly sweet with a nice roasted oatmeal flavor. Surprisingly creamy in the middle given the overly dry scent. Again, espresso is evident (especially in the aftertaste). Dark, bitter chocolate and some dark fruits come to play as well.

M - Not as full bodied as the color might suggest, but full nonetheless. Creamy and dry with a lightly bitter aftertaste.

D - A real pleasure to drink due to the oats' added smoothness. Full flavored with an alcohol content that doesn't make waves. Recommended.

gmcfarre, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very black beer on the pour and in the gless. Slim but stout dark cocoa tinted capping of thick foam sits briefly before slipping away to a super fine collar. A few spots of lace stick here and there, but most drips back into the liquid quickly and oily.

Aroma is roasty and oily of burnt cookies and some moderate chocolate-like sweetness. A bit of oatyness and dark cherry rum heat emerges as it sits.

Good taste of roasted barley and grains with just a hint of burntness to the edges and a slant of spent coffee. Semi sweet underneath with a bit of cherry, chocolate, and oats.

Quite creamy and quick with a slick medium body that oothes all sorts of silky, soft, and smooth chocolateyness. Mind you, there's not a whole lot of chocolate in the taste, but the feel speaks well of a firm chocolate milk with a nice little roasty bite to its finish that lasts well and keeps a tender balance of dryness floating at the bit.

A pretty solid Oaty Stout with a calmingly easy, milky smooth drinkability.

tavernjef, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Brian700
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first stout I have had from Dark Horse. It pours a dark black with a small light brown head. Pretty opaque and inviting.

It smells wonderful! Smokey at first, it transitions into a roasted barley aroma with chocolate and coffee notes.

The flavor of roasted barley and the oatmeal is on the other side of the teeter totter. There are also dark roasted coffee notes along with dark chocolate. This is my second review of this beer and I am liking this beer a lot less now.

The mouthfeel is good for what I look for in an oatmeat stout. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not overly carbonated which lets the flavors roll over the palate on their own without interuption.

pretty Drinkable. I bought two 4 packs and the older it gets, the less I like it. Good beer but not anything to wow about.

Brian700, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thick, uber dark brew with a thin and fizzy dark beige head. The rest of the bottom seems extremely still.

S: Milk chocolate, some camp fire, really dry barley, some milk and just a faint sourness.

T: Begins slightly sweet with minimal sourness around the tip of the tongue. I’m glad that it was minimal, I had feared this bottle was compromised in shipping. From here delicate lactose tip toes in surrounded by bland powdered cocoa. Then the roasted barley hits…and its aggressive and dry. As time continues, it only intensifies…really over a 30 second period. Finishes with more charred, earthy flavors.

M: Medium body, straight forward mouthfeel.

D: Nice stout, tad off balanced but still a good time. Good use just a smidge of sweetness to help the off center dry charred flavors.

Westsidethreat, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of enfield249
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark black, with no highlights, no head, thin ring of tan foam around the edge.

S - Can get much here...huh...

T - Roast, some hop bitterness mixed in. Just lots of roast mostly.

M - Thick, sharp on the tongue from the carbonation. The flavor hangs around on for a long while.

D - What you want in appearance and mouth feel, but lacks in taste and smell. Was this too cold? No, it was right around 55 deg. Meh, not bad in anyway, just not the whole picture.

enfield249, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with just a thin line of dark brown head.

Smells full of dark burnt malts and cereals.

Taste is very dark and bitter with lots of burnt malt and smoky overtones with a bit of nice oatmeal and grainy cereal tastes and some nice hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a decent medium body and a nice oily coating.

A solid stout, easy to drink, and a bit on the bitter side.

bashiba, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lexx for picking this up on her way through Michigan.

Pours an opaque black, thin brown head forms, some lace spots, settles to a thin layer and ring. Smell is nice, chocolate, some roast, coffee, toffee, oats, very rich aroma. Taste is chocolate milk, roast, coffee, lacto sweetness, toffee, more chocolate, oats, light sourness in the finish, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, silky smooth, nice stout.

Viggo, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Proper stout black pour, but the head was reduced to a light dusting in very short order. The nose is roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, but not much else that I can detect.

The taste starts out sweet with the light roasted notes from the aroma also present. The hops show up casually on the back of the tongue and lend a bit of a floral edge to the show. As it sits in my mouth I am picking up a lot more of the coffee and chocolate flavours, actually pretty strong for an oatmeal stout, good for the style.

The mouth is decent. It is about as thick as one would expect for the style, but it has a few extra tingles. The drinkability on this, seems smooth, but again, oatmeals are session beers and this is no exception to the rule.

The bottom line: Dark Horse has put together a nice take on the oatmeal stout style here. The roasted coffee show is here, and adds a touch of hops to the performance to liven things up. Worth giving a try if you run into it.

CortexBomb, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.40 4-Pack
Dark Horse

Dark Horse's Oatmeal Stout gurgles from the bottle to the glass.Yes, the body is thick and solid black. Not one glimmer of light escapes. A one plus finger brown head formed on the pour and fell rather quickly to a skimming with tight edges. As good as the body looks if the head stuck around longer it would be a knockout.

Smell is good but a little faint. Roasted, slightly charred, barley is the base and main ingredient in the mix. There's creaminess coming through and oddly enough I'm picking up some butterscotch every now and then. There's hints of dark coffee grounds as well.

Aroma is in step with the flavor. Big roastiness up front fades mid palate but is always there and in charge. Coffee grounds and lactic creaminess mid-palate leads through to the finish. Theres a nice solid pine hop presence on the swallow. Good stout.

The body of this beer is exceptional. Tremendously smooth with a heavy though velvety body. Carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum allowing this beer to glide along the palate.

This stout goes down very easily and it's very easy to put away a few in a sitting.

Last year I got my hands on Tres stout (blueberry). This is my first sampling of the oatmeal and it is damn fine. From my expierences Dark Horse makes some tasty stouts and I hope they keep them coming.

joe1510, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good stout from Dark Horse. Pitch black with some brown head, no lacing. Smells roasty, with coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is rather sharp and bitter. Tastes good, but drinkability suffers since it is so bitter. Only real problem is that it doesn't have that creamy oat flavor.

sacrelicio, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. The brew is solid black, letting no light through. A finger of tan head forms and quickly falls to a full coat over top. There are a few bubbles coming up as well. The nose is extremely roasty and piny from hop. Taking a more deep inhale over top brings a little of the mild oat character. It feels a little focused towards the roast and hop for an oatmeal stout. Taking a sip, I find an initial smooth and creamy oat character overlaying a nicely balanced chocolate sweet and roasted sharpness. This fades to a very nice creamy chocolate finish with just the lightest hint of coffee. Throughout, there is a very green pine hop just laying in with the other flavors. I like this one. Mouthfeel is really nice. There is a solid moderate body that is very smooth. Only a slight carbonation comes through, just barely breaking that feel up. I do enjoy this brew. The aroma seems to be a little skewed towards characteristics that don't come through in the flavor and are not necessarily what I would consider to be dominant in an oatmeal stout. This is one that I would certainly visit again come winter if I could find it.

kmpitz2, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerBeing for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an opaque motor oil black with a one finger light brown head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good. Smell is of dark fruits and roasted oats. Toasted barley is very noticable as well in the nose. Taste doesn't seem to be much of an oatmeal stout, a bit too smokey. Starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness from the oats but is then dominated by the roasted barley. In the aftertaste you can sense a little bit of caramel malt but not enough to make it enjoyable. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Don't think I could have another. A bit disappointed in this beer from Dark Horse.

BeerTruth, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an english imperial pint glass. pours a very thick opaque black with a small medium brown head that dissipates slowly. very rich in its appearance.

smells very malty, with a base of roasted malts and chocolate with some slight bitter notes from the hops. interesting mix of aromas, overall very sweet in the nose. there is also an undertone of a maple syrup aroma, adding to the richness.

upon first sip, the brew is very sweet and roasted, with a slight bite from the alcohol, which opens up to a deep roasted coffee and chocolate flavor, finishing with a touch of hops and some residual roastedness. great balance here, very rich flavors coming together to produce a wonderful brew!

aftertaste is more of the same, slight hop bitterness and some residual roasted malts.

mouthfeel is full-bodied, with a very smooth and thick texture, like watered down syrup. silky to be exact. very heavy and rich feeling in the mouth.

drinkability is not as good due to the very rich and thick character of the brew. the complexity and balance of the aroma and taste is only heightened by a full body and a rich texture. very well crafted brew.

botham, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Black, no head, but a ring around the glass. Some lace, but not that sticky.

smell - Coffee, roasted malts.

taste - Coffee , and roasted malts, then it has a aftertaste that I can not put my finger on.

mouthfeel - Medium body, not much carbination.

drinkability - Not a bad stout. I don't think I taste any oasts though.

auxiliary, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of MDekker
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out basically black, with a minimal amount of head that is very brown. Looks OK. Not much aroma, mostly "stouty" - dark, bitter smells like coffee and chocolate. It's mostly a coffee flavor upon the first sip, with some ripened berry flavor too. Decently balanced, with a suitable aftertaste. Nice in the mouth, plenty smooth, but maybe a tad watery. For the most part, went down easy, as stouts go. Overall, pretty good.

MDekker, May 24, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle pours dark and thick producing an ebony body. One finger tan head retains well and leaves some patchy lacing.

Aroma is milk chocolate, smoked malts, oatmeal, and burnt coffee.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Taste has a solid roastiness with notes of rolled oats, scalded coffee, and chocolate. A nice kick of hops adds some edgy bitterness to the roast.

My favorite of the Dark Horse stouts. Very solid.

merlin48, May 20, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely impenetrable. Dark, dark black, a beautiful black! Some rustic trim as head, none of which stays very long. A nice aroma, full of subtleties: blended chocolate, coffee, malts, and roast quality. A hint of smokeyness. Quite nice. The flavours let down a little, very mellow in the taste department but an aggressive bitterness. The various flavours don't stand out as much in the taste as they do in the aroma. They tell me this is around 8% and I'm surprised, no indication of it. I enjoyed this, although I wouldn't consider it much more than a run of the mill oatmeal.
Thanks to Blankboy!

biegaman, May 18, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as midnight. Thin dark brown head. Lace is moderate. Slight roastiness and a little bit of a tannic edge to it on the nose. The flavors please me more than the aromas did. It's got some nice stout qualities...like the roasted malts and some definite "char" characteristics. Some dark, bitter baker's chocolate. A little anise and some blackened berries. Nice velvetly feel to this beer and very easy to drink. Too easy. Give me a Mexican mole dish with this and I'm smiling :>)

Bighuge, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark, black even, with a tiny brown head that quickly dissipates into the black abyss, leaving a micro-ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is very enjoyable and defined, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt coffee and perhaps a hint of vanilla. The taste is much the same, with the charred coffee flavor coming to the forefront, but it is well balanced by the slight sweetness of the oatmeal and finishes very smooth. I read from another BAs report that this has 8% and I believe it, but I can't taste it. Well done. The mouthfeel is great; viscous and creamy, incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable oatmeal stout, I will have to make a point to pick up the others in the series (which I was previously unaware of).

gmfessen, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Opaque and pitch black. Tight, cocoa colored head that recedes to a faint skim the color and consistancy of espresso crema.

S: Aromas of burnt sweet molassas, raisins, dark chocolate, and smoked malt. Actually this is very smokey.

T: Excellent flavors that run the gamut from sweet to smokey. Brown sugar, molassas, vanilla, overripe dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, smoked malt, and a subtle hint of bourbon. Sneaky hops that wait around 'till the finish to jump out and smack my tongue around.

M: Very thick and oily. Slick and creamy at first then it turns dry and bitter at the finish. Great balance!

D: Way more roasted, smokey, and bitter than I expected this Oatmeal Stout to be. Regardless, this is very enjoyable. Dark Horse needs to come to IL!

GbVDave, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from plucier. Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Poured a deep brown that turned black in the glass. About one good finger of tan frothy head rose from the glass. Head dissipated quickly into a small ring of lace. Smell: Nice roasty toasty aromas of sweet malt, chocolate, and some bitter roasted coffee. Taste: Bitter burnt coffee. sweet chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice with a nice oatmeal flavor. Very smooth at first with a nice bitter coffee finish. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and dry but is a very drinkable beer.

jaxon53, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of david131
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a small dark orange head. Settles to a thin head. This thing required a hard pour. Dark as the darkest of 'em.

S- Very roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Nothing to knock your socks off, but very good.

T- Wow. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, smokiness. There is a lot going on here. No taste of any alcohol.

M- Awesome. Creamy and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Not hard on the palate at all.

D- Very well done. Too bad I don't know the ABV on this- but I could definitely feel it. I am really going to be getting this again.

david131, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Numero uno in Dark Horse's "strange label stout series." At least that's what I call it. Great stouts though!

Pours a thick, inky black, with a small, tight, glass hugging, cocoa brown head. Roasted malts mix with sweet figs and raisins. Milk chocolate and smoky maple syrup (think maple syrup with a little bacon grease and coffee mixed in) sweetness as well.

Thick, full, milky mouthfeel reveals slightly tart, toasted-roasted coffee malts. Dark chocolate/cocoa sweetness comes in, backed by peat and mildly astringent bitterness. Herbal hops back up the meaty finish. A keeper. Another nice DH stout. Man, can these MI breweries make some great stouts or what?!

alexgash, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-07

Pours an extremely thick, opaque black with a giant tan-colored head.

Smells of roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Very good.

Taste is decent, strong malt flavors with hints of chocolate and coffee. A surprising hop bitterness is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is good, super thick.

Drinkability is not as good, the carbonation makes the bitterness even spicier, a little overpowering.

Overall a solid brew, the unbalanced bitterness keeps it from being great.

BMoney575, Mar 19, 2007
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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