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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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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 46
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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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 Katahdin
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed was the nice smell of sweet milk chocolate emanting from the fresh pour. Had a definite taste combination of roasted oatmeal and coffee with slight lingering hints of chocolate. Warms you like a good winter warmer but without the abundant presence of alcohol taste. A robust beer that lingers nicely on the palate but is surprisingly smooth going down. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of jampics2
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks amazing in my tulip. Seriously, this could be a BA cover - beautiful! Two finger head sits atop the chocolatey depths. Dive in!

Smells like deep rich chocolate, coffee, roasted chocolate malt, creamyness.

Taste is dark, foreboding, but perfect in the final sum of its parts. Molasses, oatmeal, cream, hops, coffee, an intoxicating blend. It's one of those beers that is very direct, and if you don't like strong roast stouts you may not like it.

Mouth isn't as thick as it could be, but is OK. Could use a little less carb as well.

Drinkability is great. Bought another 4, great beer!

Photo of yourefragile
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Opaque black color with a dark tan/mocha head. Starts off looking very pretty, but quickly recedes to a ring with little lacing. Strong aroma of roast malt, toasted grain, mild chocolate and burnt coffee. All malt in the aroma, no hoppiness. Smooth and silky medium full bodied with minimal carbonation resulting in a lingering aftertaste of burnt malt and sweet chocolate. Flavor is supported by strong roasted malt presence and a balance of burnt coffee and sweet chocolate. Oats provide a light grain texture, but not as strong as expected for the style. Overall sweetness is mild and there is no hop presence. The 8% alcohol makes a fleeting appearance in the finish. Maybe not the best Oatmeal Stout, but in general fits nicely with this series of stouts from Dark Horse, Tres is still my favorite though.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Opaque mahogany beer with a quarter inch of dense tan foam.

S - Moderately aromatic with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. A bit of coffee in the back.

T - Dark chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Little to no hop flavor with a somewhat aggressive (for the style) hop bitterness that blends well with the roasted grain. Some alcohol is present - not entirely unpleasant, but not really a positive contribution either.

M - Soft, medium-full body and very creamy. This is what oatmeal stout is all about.

D - This is a decent beer that could be quite good with a little less alcohol present on the palate. Otherwise, very nice.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- Slight chocolaty roasted coffee bean smell. Slight hint of vanilla and malt.
Appearance- Very dark and opaque. Almost completely black
Taste- Not nearly as complex as the initial aroma. Roasted flavour comes through with strong coffee and oatmeal. Robust but disappointingly lacking in complexity due to overpowering coffee and roasted flavour.
Mouthfee-: Alcohol is too apparent for the beer, sits a bit too bitter on the tongue for my tastes
Drinkability- Warms you up but is a bit of a let down in flavour. The first handful of sips were interesting and but by the time I reached the end of the bottle the flavour had gotten a bit boring

Photo of GRPunk
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- 1/2 finger brown head quickly fades to a thin lace. The body is near black with brown accents at the edges. There was moderate stick left on the glass.

S- It smelled of sweet, milk chocolate initially. Then a rich, roasted/smoked characteristic presented itself with some strong coffee notes. Cooked plum and a hint of vanilla were in the background. Very complex.

T- Matches the aroma in complexity and intensity. It was roasty and smokey initially with a strong coffee presence. It softens through the middle, and then all the flavor comes back in the end with a long finish. It's more robust than most.

M- It's a touch grainy in a good way. There was very light carbonation, which was alright for the style in my estimation.

G- Good flavor and an easy drinker. I'd put it up there with my favorites in the category, The Poet being one of them. WHile not as smooth as some others, the flavor profile is just great. I'd definitely drink it again if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One is onyx black and absolutely opaque. There's no light getting through at all. A dark, mocha colored head caps it off and reaches a finger and a half in depth. It receded relatively quickly and left a moderate, sticky lacing lining the glass. Damn good looking stuff.

The nose is nothing short of excellent. It's chock full of delicious smelling chocolate and roasted malts. Tough to tell which is stronger. Roasted coffee or espresso is very prevalent, as well. There's a slight burnt smell to it that complements the other scents extremely well. Honestly, there's not much else going on here, but it doesn't need anything. It smells fantastic. Alcohol is almost completely buried. This is one great smelling beer.

The flavor profile isn't quite as good as the nose, but it is very good. One has an incredibly malty base and is all the better for it. Roasted and chocolate malts appear to present in equal parts. It has more of a bittersweet, dark chocolate flavor, rather than sweet milk chocolate. Coffee is very much in the mix and complements the malt flavors extremely well. It's not very deep or complex, but it doesn't need to be. Alcohol is very well blended. It finishes malty and bittersweet. This is a very good Oatmeal Stout. I like it a lot. I believe it could be a little better, but more on that later.

One has a medium body that seems more and more substantial with a few more degrees. It's smooth, but isn't quite creamy. Carbonation seems mid-range, which may hold it back a little. Drinkability is very good. This is one tasty Oatmeal Stout. Yeah, it might be a little big at 8% abv, but it's an absolute joy to drink. I wouldn't mind having a few of these if I wouldn't be worse for the wear tomorrow.

One is another fine beer in the stout series. Let there be no doubt, this is very good beer. I can't help but think of how good this would be with a bitter hop kick. That missing element would drive this beer to the next level. Even though it's not here, it's still very good. I'll enjoy every last drop. If you haven't checked out this series, you should. I still need to find a bottle of Tres to complete the lineup. But, I'm extremely impressed thus far. Thank you, Dark Horse, for finding your way into Ohio. We're incredibly happy to have you!

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

This beer poured an almost black color and formed a nice solid foamy dark tan head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee, cocoa and a hint of anise. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The body is medium light, with a bit of richness to it. The finish is slightly bitter. Not a bad stout.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal and a bit of coffee and a smoky aroma. However, the aroma is mostly sweet. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, charred/burnt malt and some oatmeal. The taste is a lot more bitter than I expected it to be, at least compared to the aroma, anyway. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's rich, creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol does hit you after drinking it, but you can't tell it's 8% ABV in the taste at all. Overall I think this is a good brew, I liked it and would buy it again.

Photo of schellsbeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some time away from reviewing, I thought that it was time to start up again... Hope it is a good one. Dark Horse Brewing hasn't let me down yet. First in the line of their winter stouts...One Oatmeal Stout Ale. Since I was late on the scene last winter with my stout craze, I missed this one last year. I made a promise that I wouldn't miss it this year. Here goes the review. Time to open the bottle.

Little ppppffffttt upon opening.


As it pours, I notice that the One Stout doesn't appear to be as thick as the Tres or Plead the 5th from last year.

A - Black as fricken night. As I hold it up, the only light that makes it through is right at the top and at the bottom. Otherwise, there is nothing that is making its way through this stout. The bottle has the traditional beautiful black sludge sticking to the bottom. Except for it not pouring as thick as I thought it would, this is a awesome looking stout. Small tan head that sticks to the edge, even as the beer begins to warm. Very nice.

S - Oh man....what a smell. It is like I am putting my nose into a malt oatmeal bath. Sweet. Nothing over the top. Very fresh.

T - Slightly burnt oatmeal flavor with a hint of bitterness. Creamy. The alcohol is noticeable which I didn't think I would pick up. Over the top....not in the least. Nice. Not quite what I was expecting from the smell but very good. The taste hits the front and the sides of the tongue. Not as complex as Plead the 5th or Tres Blueberry Stout but still very good. I also am picking up some burnt caramel and oat flavor. Reminds me of breakfast on the farm. Would make an excellent breakfast stout. Give me some eggs and sausage. A few pancakes. Some coffee. And this beer.

M - Good. I wish it was a little thicker. Maybe it is just something that I have come to expect from Dark Horse but I love the thickness of their other stouts. Clings to the mouth and you can taste it for several minutes after the ale has hit the stomach.

D - Yes. Again, I think that Dark Horse is one of the best breweries for producing excellent stouts. They do an over the top job. At 8%, give me a few on a cold winter night or a cold winter morning to start the day.!?

Thanks Dark Horse. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of Too through Plead the 5th in the up coming months.

Photo of CRichardsMN
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nearly black body with hints of mahogany red and a dirty brown head which quickly fell to a ring. Leaves minimal lacing.

Deep roasted malts and slightly sweet. Has hints of coffee, chocolate and alcohol.

Great deep roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with a little smokiness and alcohol. The finish is a little dry and slightly bitter. Very well balanced.

Heavy bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Great brew with all the right highlights and balance.

One of the best oatmeals I've had the pleasure to try.

Photo of capra12
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed at Capones on 11/7/09.

Appearance: Jet black with creme/ brown head.

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee

Taste: Opens with powdered dark chocolate as coffee bitters and sours come in leading to a rather bittering and smooth hop finish, leaving my palate a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to those who enjoy a stout with a mild open and smooth enjoyable bitter finish.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Capone's, poured into a Belhaven pint glass.

A: Poured a 1 finger fluffy, creamy chocolate head with unbelievable retention. Brew itself was near opaque black. Frothy lacing was full and outstanding.

S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted, smokey malt, light sour oatmeal, hops.

T: Milk chocolate, oatmeal, sour roasted coffee.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Finishes clean and wet with a moderately layered mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. This is kinda like Sam Smith's oatmeal stout with a creamier and fuller mouthfeel.

Photo of Rbehrens
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - So dark that no light could pass through. A beautiful dark tan one and a half finger small bubble head that dissipated quickly.

S - Smelled of oatmeal and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T - It stated with oatmeal and finished with coffee. I enjoyed the balance.

M - Smooth and creamy. The carbonation level was great.

D - I thought when looking at the beer that after one I would be done. After the first I just wanted another one and the cycle continued.

I loved this beer.

Photo of jt31914
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Not much head to speak of; black as night stout color - looks syrupy in the same way many imperials would.

S: Smells of oatmeal and a faint hint of alcohol; very pleasant smell.

T: Strong oatmeal on the palate with a smooth finish - slight char flavor on the finish. Very rich, robust, and smooth.

M: Best mouthfeel I've ever had in a stout; smooth and refreshing

D: Very drinkable stout.

Overall this is the best oatmeal stout I've had; great aftertaste, and I immediately wanted another bottle after I finished this beer.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall two finger choco-latte head, thick and foamy. One is opaque, black ink, motor oil black. Thick sheets of lace. Beautiful looking stout. Smell is chocolate biscotti, wafer, tiramisu, chocolate milk. Tastes wonderful, rich, full body, vanilla bean impressions with chocolate, roast, chocolate milk, esspresso. There is a coffee bean astringency in the mix but not out of proportion. Creamy, layered mouthfeel, again more hop astingency, nicey balanced and tasty. Overall, this is quite possibly my favourite of the first four Dark Horse offerings I've had the pleasure of sampling. Heartily recommended!

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very beautiful black color. I mean, really black, even the thinnest part of the pour is as dark as some completely poured stouts. However, the head is kind of thin, very thin actually, and dissipates in about 10 seconds. The color has it, but the head does not. The smell is full of roasted malts and sweetness. A bit of that oily sweetness that oats seem to lend. There's a bit of a toasty bread, caramel body in there, but the roasted malts win. The taste comes out with chocolate and incredible dense, grainy, husky, oatmeal sweetness. The sweetness though, isn't very sugary, it's just like heavy burnt syrup. You get to this deep roastiness next, not exactly full of coffee, probably because of the burnt toast kind of hides it, but it comes through nicely. The taste surpasses most oatmeal stouts, but I think I can see some room for improvement - the raw graininess is interesting, but it does too much to hide the roasted flavors. The body is s o incredibly full I can hardly swallow it. I like some body, so that isn't too bad, but the carbonation just stings, which is kind of strange. I'd say that the mouthfeel isn't too impressive. The drinkability is pretty good though. The ABV is pretty high (you don't exactly notice it in the taste), but I actually find myself enjoying this. It's definitely interesting and worth a try. I can actually imagine buying this again.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a full and clean black. No other colors even manifest themselves in hues around the edges of the glass as I hold it up to light. A half cm of fluffy dark head rapidly dissipates and fades into only a thin ring of bubbles around the rim. No lacing until about halfway through the beer, then it gives thin spiderweb-like laces.

This is one helluva intense smell. The first notable aroma is a big espresso character. For a little while, that is all you will get. Digging deeper and really searching, there is a nice toffee presence and some bitter dark chocolate notes.

This beer almost reminds me of an American Imperial Stout. The coffee presence is big in the taste as well, but it doesn't come through quite as much as it does in the smell. Chocolate bitterness, nutty and caramel notes are also present. A grainy oatmeal dryness appears in the middle, then gives way to a big finish with caramel and coffee, with only a touch of warming alcohol.

Smooth, full, creamy feel. Slides over the tongue with little carbonation. The texture is as thick as it looks. Taste is a little subtler than expected, but this beer does not disappoint. This is one big oatmeal stout! A perfect offering to try on a cold rainy day!

Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque black with thin dark brownish head.

S: Notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Smells like it will taste a tad on the sweeter side of things. A subtle note oatmeal is detectable.

T: Hits the tongue with an up front sweetness, tastes of bitter chocolate. A little intense on the sweetness with very little roasted malts coming through to balance things out. This is tastey, but somewhat one dimensional. Very rich.

M: sticky mouthfeel with a bit of sharpness on tongue from carbonation.

D: I love that Dark Horse does their 5 stout series as I am a big fan of the styles, I personally like the plead the 5th the most. This one is a solid beer, but I was wishing for a little more balance. The sweetness effectivley masks the high alcohol content. Definitely worth a try every now and then considering how affordable it is, but nothing earth shattering here.

Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a modest tan head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma of dark chocolate. The taste chocolate first, then coffee. Feel is full bodied and oily, with enough carbonation to give the tongue a workout. Drinkability was OK for a heavy, 8.00 ABV beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but it's a fall/winter seasonal. Was black in color. No visible carb. Slow sliding lace. It had an average sized brown head that turned into a collar and thin film.

The aroma was roasted malt, oat, molasses and coffee with a lot of alcohol presence. The taste followed the aroma. Was good but alcohol taste a tad high and missing a good bite at the end but that could be due to the age of this one.

Overall, a middle of the road oatmeal stout. The alcohol is too prevalant in aroma and taste for my liking. Also could have used some chocolate to smooth it out some. Toss up on recommendation - maybe if you can taste a buddy's. Rotation: not available here but wouldn't make the cut if it was - drinkable but better out there. Would try on-tap.


Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a sturdy tan head that leaves a modest amount of lace

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted barley, oats, graham cracker and hints of cinnamon and molasses

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with hints of oats, brown sugar, graham cracker, cinnamon and molasses; a bit of dark fruit and hops arrive by mid-palate and, after the swallow, there is a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sour tinge, though the sweeter breakfast flavors are dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With well-hidden alcohol, this beer is a first rate oatmeal stout that verges on the double stout category

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours an inky black with hardly any head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, bitter chocolate, molasses, toffee, graham crackers, and booze. Flavor is sweet initially with oatmeal, graham crackers and roasted malt in the finish. Nice, robust palate. Seems a bit strong to be classified as a stout rather than an imperial stout but oh well. Very nice.

Photo of illidurit
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours black with a huge fluffy brown head. Aroma is coppery; smells like a penny tastes. Underneath that there are notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate with a fat roasted character. A little astringent. Definitely the weakest of the DH seasonal stout series.

Photo of cvfish
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dark brown color, almost black, that produced a thin brown head that left little lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a chocolate, oats, and slight coffee mixture to it

T - The taste of this beer produced on of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts with a good mix of dark chocolate, smooth oats, coffee, and vanilla

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium, smooth body with a slight amount of carbonation

D - This is one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts, great balance and body that makes me wish I had a lot more of these great beers

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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