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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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817 Ratings

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 55 | 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 Shovelbum


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy chocolate head over a body the color of motor oil. Modest lace anc head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit and roasted barley. Smooth, mildly sweet and creamy up front transitioning to a more robust roasted grain character and notes of plums and dark vinous fruit. Substanial bitterness from the dark malt and perhaps some hops. Body is a tad on the lean side, but overall quite smooth on the tongue. Dry.

A pleasant brew with a good deal of roasted grain complexity. Despite the fact that the body could have used a bit more substance, there is a great showcase of flavor packed in here. A enjoyed this ale, but then again if I was going to go for a Dark Horse sout I'd reach for their Special Reserve Balck Bier over this.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:40:40 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is burnt and toasty malts with hints of chocolate. Pours deep black with a diminishing dark brown/mocha head. Fore is sweet cocoa/chocolate/coffee with hints of vanilla and a nice smoothness from the oatmeal. Hints of dark fruits and a kick of hops in the finish. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 18:59:41 | More by Jredner
Photo of karst


2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a fine dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol. Too much black patent malt for my taste. Some nice hints of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted barley keep any alcoholic taste covered.

The medium body was surprizing as I was expecting more from an oatmeat stout. Don't care for the hop bite seems out of balance with all the other roasted flavor that finish dry and linger with out the usuall effect of inviting another sip.

As this warms and looses some carbonation it becomes less drinkable.

"One" down . . . . "Two" and "Three" to go. Hoping to make it to Michigan for some brewery trips. Bell's and Founders for sure! Thinking of moving Dark Horse to the back of the field.

This One does not Win, Place or even show me much!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 00:20:16 | More by karst
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a deep coffee black color with nearly no head. Very low carbonation. Aromas of thick coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is full bodied and dense; flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, some dark fruits and hop bitterness on the finish. Powerful flavors. Mouthfeel is good, thick and heavy like a oatmeal stout should be. Drinkability is average. I feel like there is a brick in my stomach... Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 22:53:51 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of putnam


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inky brown. Beautiful aromas of patent leather, machine grease and roasted, sweet seeds. Faint lemon zest scents intermix with a wallop of blue fruits and espresso. Fleshy, fatty nuts bob merrily through the black broth. Burnt grape bubblegum. Surprisingly juicy, with blood orange flavors rising on the finish, though they never offer serious competition for the mass of roasted cocoa and coffee essences.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 23:51:38 | More by putnam
Photo of walleye


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. the last of the 3 stouts that I bought and this one did not disappoint me. poured black with a brown head with some lacing. flavor sweet, malts, chocolate, coffee. flavor the chocolate and malts where right on for me got some dark fruits and berries. very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 16:55:55 | More by walleye
Photo of BeerFink


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a minimum khaki colored head. Smells of raw oatmeal and roasted grain. Taste starts off a little acrid before the oatmeal smoothes things out. Roasted grain matches smooth oatmeal in a filling manner. Smooth malt finishes the falvor with a hint of alcohol. A decent oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 01:41:36 | More by BeerFink
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark appearance, the scent of the oatmeal, chicory, and boozy. Bit of metallic and sourness, not all that smooth, as bitter cocoa powder grains, however quaffable. Cream, malt, coffee, good not outstanding.Thanks for fulfilling my requests Wohlfs

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 03:33:59 | More by Sammy
Photo of ppoitras


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque black brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is dark roasty sweet oats, and that's about it. Taste is sweet burnt oatmeal, with a slight tang in the middle, and closes reasonably dry on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth due to the heavy oat use, and drinkability is is down a bit due to a preponderence of the dark malt giving it a slight bitter bent that seems out of place.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 19:21:58 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ypsifly


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dates.

Solid black with a light brown head that drops after a couple minutes to a foamy ring with a light sheet across the top. Nice lacing effect.

Smells of chocolate, dark roasted malts, some grain in the background, and a nice note of hop in the finish.

The roasted malt dominates the taste. There's a brief touch of sweetness, followed by a slight taste of the oats, then the dry hop finish kicks in. Not exactly balanced, but I like the combination.

Good thick mouthfeel that is expected for the style.

This is a really good (dry) stout, but not exactly what one would expect an oatmeal stout to taste like. Tastes more like Bell's Kalamazoo than it does Samuel Smith's Oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 07:08:43 | More by ypsifly
Photo of ken3c


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. Dark brown head eases into a thick ring with wisps across the top.

Roasted malt aroma mixed with the smell of moist soil. Interesting and not bad. In fact, it smells better and better throughout the beer.

Slightly sweetened old coffee with a bit of chocolate. Bitter dry finish.

Smooth and foamy. Astringent.

Good beer. Good. Good. Good. Good. Good.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 03:56:46 | More by ken3c
Photo of Todd


2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours an ominous pitch black beer topped with a chocolate colored, tight bubbled, cream head that settles to a worthy lace.

Earthy black patent malts, hints of roasted barley. Not much going on.

Silky smooth, medium to full bodied brew with a very brief oaty character about it. Sharpish twang of watery hop bitterness, prickly carbonation and roasted barley. Robust, with a somewhat Intense roasted character, smoke, burnt blackstrap molasses and chocolate edges. Light flavors of sherri, and an underlying dark fruit sweetness. Faint cola-like flavors. Dry. Lingering roasted flavors carry on for quite sometime, a bit tobacco-like, making this a bit "dirty."

Not much of an Oatmeal Stout and a bit hard to finish. A bit too robust and not as subdued or clean as one might expect. Definitely a bit oxidized, and the linger is not very appealing.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 23:03:48 | More by Todd
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is nearly black, with a ring and wisp of brown head. The smell is slightly sweet. The taste has a fairly sweet taste with just a bit of the oatmeal in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly thick. As for drinkability, I probably could have a few of these.

Thank you to trbeer for the bottle. This is an odd oatmeal stout...sweetness seems a bit out of place. It's enjoyable though, and I might well have one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 02:08:07 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as its ejects from the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a pitch-black, the head portly in size, the texture spumous, and the lace a fine curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is that of toasted grain, sweet chocolate, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is sweet, nice malt profile, the top middling in feel. Finish has a spirited acidity, the hops delightful, dry and lingering aftertaste, drinkable stout tis true.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 01:24:23 | More by Gusler
Photo of Mitchster


4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised with how thick and dark this was. Pours out to a jet black with an oily thickness, forming a dark cocoa powder head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is huge...black roasted grains, vanilla, espresso, black walnut, semisweet dark chocolate, distant smoke, wood and a strong suggestion of bourbon...in that order. Mouthfeel is smooth with a dense body and ample viscosity. Carbonation is moderate. Taste is much the same, starting with mild herbal flavor hops, completely pounded into oblivion by tons of chewy, very roasted malts...syrupy with an earthy bitterness and roasted astringency in the finish...everlasting cocoa, bourbon, and wood in the aftertaste. A dry wiff of alcohol alerts you to it's presence, but isn't intrusive. Otherwise cleanly fermented. The bitterness is mild to moderate and lightly earthy...most of the bitterness is from the heavily roasted malts.

Not quite up there with Kalamazoo in sheer drinkability, but a very good "monster-of-a-stout" worth searching for. This is one heck of a beast but is easy to drink and oh-so-smooth. Highly recommended. A meal in itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 03:36:08 | More by Mitchster
Photo of granger10


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured darker than a black hole. No light passing through it. Head was small tan colored. Aroma was of a strong oat presence along with some lactic characteristic. Taste was definite oat. Lots of oats partially roasted. Not too sweet though. More of a bitter stout. The oats could've used more companions.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 14:16:48 | More by granger10
Photo of marburg


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blacker than last weekend here in Detroit during the big blackout. Dark tan head is sponge-like in appearance. Fairly strong chocolate and caramel aromas that sloppily cover a hint of roasted sweets, s'more like. A great sweet start. Pretty bitter finish for an oatmeal stout. The texture is milky, creamy, satin. These guys have stouts nailed.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 02:26:53 | More by marburg
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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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