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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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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 44
Gots: 56 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
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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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oreo cookie black with a hint of dark caramel at the edges. Even the brightest sunlight fails to bring highlights out of this black hole of a stout. The head is a firm, tight, two fingers of foam that resembles a molasses-filled sponge. I don't care about the relative lack of lace, One is a good looking stout.

The nose is pretty wonderful as well. It's mega roasted malty with aromas of charred coffee beans and dark chocolate. The lack of any discernable hoppiness in a beer of this sort has never bothered me because it's all about the malt. I think I'm gonna like this one.

My first Dark Horse beer is a good One. This may just be the richest, darkest oatmeal stout that has ever entered my mouth. It comes close to American double stout territory without quite making it across the border. Each mouthful is further proof that only good things can happen when a brewer uses a generous amount of generously roasted barley.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is roughly equal parts bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. I might even detect a hint of vanilla in there as well. I also love the fact that the sweetness of the malt sugars are perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the hops (or perhaps it's the bitter char from the malt). Either way, this stuff is some kind of delicious.

I like my stout mouthfeels stouter than most. This one is just right. It's full enough and creamy enough to please the mouth and tongue and to provide for a great deal of flavor linger. Again, double stouts have nothing to worry about, but it's more than adequate for the task at hand. Incidently, the 8.0% ABV is buried with consummate skill.

I've been looking for Dark Horse beer for some time now and was lucky enough to run across the entire Holiday Stout Series several days ago. If One is any indication of the quality that I can expect from Too, Tres and Fore, then it will be all I can do to restrain myself from drinking them all today.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The finger-thick, very dark tan head atop Dark Horse's One Oatmeal Stout is quite a good indication of the dark, velvety creaminess within. It holds very well, eventually dropping to a thin, cottony, half-surface covering, but it continually leaves rings and splotches of lace about the pint.

The nose expresses dark malt acidity and yeasty fruitiness, bittersweet - or even baker's - chocolate, black coffee, and a waft of more charred roastiness; yet it's not bold or brash. In a way it's sublime, or, at least as sublime as a beer of this depth can be.

The flavor follows suite, and although it's chock full of dark chocolate, black coffee, an edge of caramel, a rich center of lightly tart berry-like fruit and some more ashen roastiness, it's not brash or biting. The bitterness is kept to a minimum, and it's soft and supple, allowing it's softer, underlying flavors to come through (some butterscotch, leather, straw, herbs). And that, despite a curious amount of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle and the bottom of the glass... not overly acidic or yeast at all. Very well rounded and soft.

Across the palate it's velvety smooth with a slick, oily mouthfeel and medium body and very-fine, restrained, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

Quite possibly the best beer from Dark Horse. Very, very nice. Highly recommended!

NeroFiddled, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a black pour with a coffee colored head sitting on top. Taste is a little oatmeal and slightly roasty but nothing special. Drinkability wasn't great due to the taste not being very enticing. Oh well, I was still glad to have had the chance to drink this midwestern brew.

ArrogantB, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another of dark horse's shockingly black, motor-oil pouring stouts. smells very heavily roasted, and slightly acidic. everything is roasted -- coffee, malts, chocolates...maybe the faint fruit and hops notes are roasted also. nice bitter finish. no attempt to cover this, which is a good thing, as it's not an astringent bitterness.

dark horse's winter stout series is one of my favorite things going in american craft beer. it's subtle, creative, local (for me), and it's all high quality.

schusterbauer, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, snagged at rileys

appearance: pours into a standard ND pint glass...dark mahogany, garnet tinted body...creamy chocolate head (much similar to the smoked and cream stout) with substantial lacing left behind - good

smell: subtle aromas consist of a dark roasty malt structure, some light creamy, charred coffee beans, dark chocolate, lightly hopped aroma

taste: dark and roasty, nice licorice presence, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, dry dark chocolate, light coffee with a dash of cream...standard but tasty

mouthfeel: creamy and active, medium body

drinkability: highly drinkable

dirtylou, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an inky jet black body with a dark tan head that fades before I can set the glass down after the pour. The beer is too dense to see any carbonation or light.

S- This beer has a dark malt smell with a soft cream and coffee hint. There is a dry molasses hint and a note of smoke that comes through when it is warm.

T- This beer has a dark dry malt with black malt flavors and a chalk note to it. There is an earthy coffee note that comes through with a very light tartness from the malt. The finish is a bitter malt flavor and doesn't taste like it is hop related.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a thin almost watery texture.

D- This beer is smooth but there is no real depth and no oatmeal qualities. The dark malt flavor do have a nice flavor that makes it go down quickly.

rhoadsrage, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thick, brown head. Great appearance. Aroma is sweet and loaded with roasty malts, cherries, and chocolate. Nice balanced sweet fruitiness and bitter oats and coffee. Simple but yummy. Balanced feel, light to medium bodied. Slick. Very nice. Exceptionally drinkable,

DaPeculierDane, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of browner
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour creamier foam head. Almost a shot of espresso with barley and vanilla and licorice injected. Very rich and a quick bitter sweet finish. Good finish that does not last too long. A good complex blend for the not so complicated stout and is a pleasure.

browner, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, and creamed coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and rather smooth. The taste hits on flavors of roasted malt with a husky graininess to it. A smattering of old coffee staggers in toward the back. Alcoholic vapors are also present in the finish. Burnt smokiness follows.

This is a decent oatmeal stout, but it lacks something in overall depth of flavor. Isn't quite as smooth as others I've had. Nothing I'd certainly turn down, but it just seemed to be missing something that the aroma alluded to and the taste left out.

Winter, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully black appearance, with a 1/4 " creamy tan head, slowly dying bubbles.

Aroma: nice. Roasted, but redolent with sweet, creamy malt, light hops, very toasty, ripe, and rich.

Taste: Mmmm, more of that sweet thing in my mouth, the tastily roasted, caramel, coffee and cocoa melange that sets my tastebuds singing. Expansive flavor, fills the bill for the style, and then some. Floods the mouth, spills and spreads deliciousness. Slight fruit, from the malt, and it only ups the ante on the tastiness. Molasses creeps into the flavor profile, thick and rich as blackstrap.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had in a long time! Full-bodied, long, slightly bitter finish, fullness of flavor. Rich, gritty, earthy...hits all the earmarks I've got for the style!

Good job!

And thanks to trbeer!

feloniousmonk, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a jet black (dark horse) color with a one finger cocoa colored head. Dissipates rather quickly. Looks thick and oil like.
S: Big dark fruit and fig notes with a slight spicy twang of alcohol. Earthy and woody with oak notes. Chocolate and caramel notes round out the aromas.
T/M: Unsweetened chocolate, sweet caramel, dark fruit, and fig flavors all detected at first passing. Cocoa and caramel notes dance back and forth. Slight bitterness felt on at the back of the tongue--hop presence subtle. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Sweetness in the aftertaste. Woodyness in the aroma isn't as big in the flavors, but it's noticeable. Robust body.
D: A damn fine stout. Easy drinking with a nice bold body. A perfect offering for those cold winter eves. Glad I had the chance to try this.

bjohnson, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of malty
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz. bottle no more than 3 weeks old.

Pours black as night with no illumination whatsoever. A creamy brown 1/2" head. Patchy lacework.

Coffee & cream, chocolate marbled desert cake, Vanilla and toffee, Starbucks Caramel Machiato all can be detected in the nose along with your awesome top-notch heavily roasted grains.

A roasted malt barrage intermingled with premium coffee with a touch of bitterness. Sweet malted milk and hot fudge topped malted vanilla ice cream really make their presence known. The mingling of sweet & bitter really showcases how masterfully this ale is crafted. A nice dry finish to keep all of these lovely sweet components from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel is a tad lighter than what I'd expect from what I experienced in the nose and palate - which is great, making the drinkability that much easier. Carbonation on the lighter side also.

Overall an awesomely balanced and hearty stout to say the least. Halfway through the bottle when the temperature warmed up a bit, the flavors all became rounder and softer, again making it more 'truer' to style. The dry, sweet & bitter all danced effortlessly together. What a fantastic stout.

malty, Dec 17, 2006
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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