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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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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 57 | 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 cokes
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gurgles out of the bottle an absolute pitch black topped with a sturdy milk chocolate head. That simple combo of black under brown is striking, always, and more intense here than almost any.
Into the nostrils, the first several whiffs impart a cappuccino sense of espresso and steamed milk, there's also a backing vanilla essence for good measure. After it sits awhile it gathers oats, a dried tobacco and burnt woodiness.
Burnt grains scrape across the tongue first, followed by an acrid notion of cigar ash. From there, a smoked prune rises, oatmeal arrives on the periphery as it always does with it dusty, flaked graininess. From here on out, it begins a slow fade. There's a vague introduction of bakers chocolate, and a lingering coffee ground roasted bitterness, and some milky yeast interplay. Hops are a nonfactor, and the malt peters out when it needs to stand up and make a stand. It never unravels, but it frays a bit at the end.
For as thick and viscous as the body appears, it carries an impotent weight, as it seems both heavy and thin at the same time. It coats the mouth for a moment or two, then timidly resigns down the throat with no further statement.
It's by no means a bad oatmeal stout. I do feel betrayed by the looks and initial smell that led me to think it would be extraordinary. After that it became incomplete.

cokes, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So dark the pouring stream is opaque. Generates a nice fluffy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is timid yet discernible; lightly roasted barley and hints of chocolate and coffee. Very lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is heavy and smooth without an aggressive coating presence. The flavors is also somewhat reserved. There is a tang of bitterness, but mostly a nice lightly roasted malt and chocolate with a spot of coffee that lingers nicely. A really good drinker. Shout out to BigDaddyWil.

jjayjaye, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bitch just gurlges out of the bottle like a quart of Valvoline 10-30...visually striking maroon/brown color....one of the prettier beers you will see around this days....damn near "hot" in fact...I have no idea what the ABV is but it has to be a biggie...

The aroma is char, oats, and coffee grounds....

Full bodied with a creamy smooth texture...

A nice rich taste...definitely a sipper....a good mixture of the char, oats and coffee grounds...also some sublte roasted malt impressions...

Would seem to be an Imperial Oat and a pretty good one....I would drink this again...

ZAP, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque, with a dense cocoa-colored head.

Smell: Slight coffee.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, kind of earthy, mild coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Probably could have a couple, but just doesn't hit me right.

Tried this oatmeal stout from Dark Horse, I'd never seen it before. Not as sweet as I like my oatmeal stouts, not bad but not that great. Decent to try once.

Mdog, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a dark tan bubbly head. moderate lacing.

S: A smallish smell with aromas of chocolate and oats.

T: Earthy with an astringent bitterness. A burnt grainy taste with mild flavors of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Oatmeal stouts are supposed to be smooth and creamy; this one is quite coarse and abrasive.

D: Drinkable but quite mediocre overall. I'll pass next time.

klewis, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is incredibly dark...like crude oil - thick and black. The head is minimal, only about 1.4 inch that falls quickly, but it's the most beautiful, chocolate color.

The smell is mostly of chocolate and coffee with bits of tobacco and molasses. There is definite alcohol noticeable in the nose and the tiniest bit of hops.

There isn't much of a flavor brought to the foreground, just a bunch of stuff lying under the surface, promising to come up, but staying buried the whole time - bits of chocolate and coffee, toffee, molasses, and some sort of burnt wood.

I kinda felt this was disappointing - very watery and bland. No carbonation, heavy bodied though. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone, but it's not bad in any way.

dogger6253, Jan 22, 2008
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour of thes oily black hole bodied brew only produces a half an inch of milk chocolate colored head that fades to a skim in a couple of minutes. Nose has notes of waxy malt and earthy oil tones. it is rather soft though. The initial sip yields musky alchol, and spicey malt hues. It is thinner in body than I would expect from the style. The end of the palate develops a dry mouthfeel that almost resembles dark chocolate. The musky mouthfeel is really a dominating point to this beer. Not bad but not my favorite of the four in this series.

SPLITGRIN, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with an agitated head of latte foam. Dissipates into a threadbare tan ring over time.

Aroma is chocolaty, with a little bit of whole milk and oats.

Bittersweet chocolate twinge, smoothed by the oat content.
Smoky riff fading into the sunset on the finish.

Slightly lacking in feel, more like an English Porter than stout. Light, with some very mild lactic character, overall a cinch to drink.

emerge077, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark opaque black with a generous brown head which reduced to about an eight of an inch. Light, wet lacing all around.

Aroma was of roasted malt, burnt caramel, and slightly smokey.

Taste of burnt caramel, coffee, dark ripe fruit, and a bit of smokey bitterness. The finish reveals a hoppy presence.

Medium mouthfeel with a very light carbonation.

This is a pretty good Oatmeal Stut from Dark Horse. Easy to drink and enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Jan 07, 2008
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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