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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: 948
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 45
Gots: 78 | 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 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

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. No bottle date
(A)- Pours a thick and opaque dark brown. Some good brown froth and lacing.
(S)- A nice dark chocolate & bread aroma. Some coffee nuances. Molasses coming from the roasted malts. Call me crazy but there is a bit of tobacco in this.
(T)- Very chocolatey! Some good roasted espresso notes with a hint of either cinnamon or nutmeg. Neither sweet nor bitter but nicely balanced in-between. Some creamy vanilla and caramel coming through on the finish.*Note, this might be aged due to where it was purchased. . lots of dust on the bottle.
(M)- Pretty light in body for a stout of this nature. Smooth, yet has a nice amount of carbonation that really balances out nicely.
(D)- Despite how lighter in body it is, it is still a sipper beer. There are nice complexities that deserve attention with each taste

Photo of AVDeuph
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first one in the holiday stout series, and the last one that I had yet to try.

A: Very black, almost no head at all, and lacing is very minimal.

S: One of the least aromatic stouts I've had. You really have to search for any outright identifiable aromas.

T: A nice taste, lots of roasted barley in the foreground, chocolate behind that and some dry, tobacco-ish flavor way in the background.

M: Low carbonation and a medium body, yet somehow to me this beer is a little watered down. It just tastes like there isn't enough flavor to accommodate the amount of liquid. (perhaps some dextrin malts would have helped).

D: Pretty drinkable actually, and the watered-down aspect helps in this category. If you are into the flavors, you could have a few of these. ABV is unknown, though I'd guess pretty low, in the 4-5% range.

This beer is decent, but it's probably my least favorite of the stout series. I'd buy it again maybe next year when they come out again, but it isn't something I'm going to spend any effort considerable effort seeking out.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark beer from the darkness of the cellar, pitch black molasse like liquid.

Smell is of sourness with malted chocolate and shy caramel. Shy hints of vanilla are also present.

Taste is quite smooth and mollow, a present degree of malt is present, followed by a hoppy bitter taste with hints of roasted coffee, vanilla and shy alcohol presence. Vanilla and cherry flavours are present and tickle the tongue.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, received a couple months back from a generous BA. Poured to an 'East End Brewing' pint glass. On the label: a pencil sketch of twisting ribbons(?) and a triangle that look vaguely like the Dark Horse logo.

A: So dark, it might as well be considered 'black', no light cutting through whatsoever. Frothy/creamy head, one-finger high and colored about like the orange-tan of ground cumin. Lace sticks in jagged sheets. Tiny, light-colored flecks of yeast fall-out at the bottom may indicate some age: bottle is undated, but it's a winter seasonal.

S: Sweeter aroma - plenty a cereal grain, molasses/syrup, sugared coffee and dark chocolate. Mild fruitiness and what seems like an oaky booze(?).

T: Fudgy chocolate, slightly acrid coffee roast. Hints of pit fruit, vanilla and woodiness. Flavor just keeps going and going, building on sweet grains and that delicious chocolate roast: I'm sold!

M: Big, rich blanketing mouthfeel; coats beautifully and lingers with bittersweetness just long enough before melting away. Some sticky maltiness remains, as does a little warmth on the tongue and cheeks.

D: Quite tasty, filling, warming. Without knowing the ABV, this 'feels' like +6%, and as such would be a beer to respect before getting too carried away. A 12 oz. bottle seems just right...would gladly have this again!

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle provided by the ever so generous beerad666 poured into a dimpled mug

a-very deceptive..pours jet black and kind of appears oily and thick but also has a little watery appearance, 1/4" head that fell quite quickly...lacing doesnt stick around long at all..nice bubbles from carbonation at first..

s-toasted oats and coffee and caramel up front with sort of sweet smell...finishes sort of sweet in the nose

t-coffee and roasted malt, no real hop taste apparent but seems to have a little sting in there somewhere...

m-sort of watery and i think the level of carbonation brings this down a bit because it is quite prickly..

d-not sure of the abv but seems low on the taste if it is low i would try to session it if it werent for the carb problem

overall a nice oatmeal stout...not the best but far from the worst that ive had...glad i got to try it...

Photo of coldmeat23
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Seidel
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours an impressive jet black color. I say impressive, because it doesn't appear to be very thick, but no light penetrates it. Almost three fingers of creamy brown foam form the head. This dissipates to about an 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch covering that seems to just last and last. Lacing is pretty good, but it's slippery, so it doesn't stick around.

Roasted chocolatey malts seem to dominate. Nice coffee notes. Mild oatmeal sweetness with a touch of golden brown sugar. Faint presence of hops.

Dark roasted malts. Dark coffee grounds. A touch of smoke with a hint of charred wood. Very light kiss of oats. Semi-sweet chocolate notes. Mild kiss of hops.
The dark roasted malt flavor dominates just a little too much, I think.

Good solid medium body, here. The addition of oatmeal really gives it a smooth feel. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much creaminess to it. The carbonation is quite mild and I think this would benefit from a little bit more.

Despite how I sound kind of negative about this, I find it to be pretty drinkable. If it were on my local store shelves, I'd buy it. I've seen a couple of reviews stating that it's got 8.0%ABV. If this is true, it's beautifully hidden. I'd have guessed it in 5% and below range.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to RixBeer for this cellared treat.

Pour is jet black. It appears to be a bit thin, yet it keeps any light from passing through. Minimal tan head that recedes quickly to ring the glass.

Smell is malty and breadlike. Roasted coffee and dark malts.

Unique, in that it starts with a bitter roasted flavor, and a bit of sweetness in the middle rather than vice versa. Smoky, sweet and well put together.

A decent mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation and a slight bitter lacing.

Very drinkiable brew, with plenty going on inside. Why can't you get this stuff in Massachusets??

Photo of BierFan
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute.

Barely produced any head, but the head that there is is a nice brown color. Body is of course black, as one would expect. The smell is like molasses and chocolate. Very dessert-like. More roasted flavor than I was expecting.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black color pour with a medium,lasting coco colored head. Aroma of chocolate,smoke,burnt malt,and coffee. Flavor is rich malty and sweet,chocolate,coffee,dark fruit,tobacco and a light bitterness that seems to be more from the chocolate and coffee than hops. Full body with a creamy mouthfeel,and a espresso type lingering finish. Very very good stout, Dark Horse makes some damn fine stout !

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

Drank on 4/12/09; received from Alan via BIF, thanks a bundle!

Pours unspectacular but still attractive dark, with minimal head that disappears quickly. One whiff and you can already smell the oatmeal in it, which comes over pretty sweetly. Taste is definitely good, with a strong prevalence of oatmeal and hints of licorice and dark coffee. Has decent, smooth mouthfeel, but nothing spectacular. An incredibly drinkable beer, of which I wish I had many more of.

Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured black with no transparency. Zero head to speak of initially until I poured from almost a foot above the glass. 2 inch head eventually appeared following the pour - chocolate in color, actually not bad considering I wasn't expecting anything, but it did eventually rise up, but leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas are of dark roasted malts, with hints of alcohol, coffee, and cocoa. Mouth-feel is silky smooth and gets smoother as the ale warms. Tastes are simple - roasted malts, somewhat oaty, faint alcohol (which is well concealed given the 8% ABV), coffee, and chocolate. Finish is dry, but not overly. It appears I enjoyed this more than most according to its overall score. As I was drinking it, I was thinking it might be one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had to date.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one actually finishes much better than it starts. Pours from the bottle to a jet balck-used motor oil color, with very little head from the outset and no lacing. Likewise, the nose is very faint and almost indistinguishable, but things get better from here. Mouthfeel is full and sweet, and the taste is a pleasant blend of chocolate, vanilla and toffee. 8% alcohol is very subtly pleasant in the taste as well, and this all blends to a finish that is long and just sweet enough.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a 16-ounce pint glass with the University of Illinois' logo.

A: Pours a thick, dark chocolate color with a cinnamon-colored head. Quite a bit of carbonation; you can hear it fizzle as it settles in the glass.

S: Rich malt with scents of dark chocolate, followed up by increasing hints of oatmeal. Sweet liquor.

T: Very nice malt up front, coming in alongside semi-sweetened notes of chocolate. Slight hints of coffee--more in the minor acidic quality than in actual flavor, though it's there. Quite good, but the chocolate flavor dominates a little too much.

M: Very smooth and medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Goes down well with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

D: Definitely drinkable, especially for the style. The lighter body makes for a beer you can definitely have more than one of at each sitting. I'm becoming more and more impressed with Dark Horse brews. This is yet another I'll have to plan on picking up a four-pack of.

Photo of Greggy
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a massively thick black motor oil color with a 1 finger dark tan head. A bit of lacing was left on the glass.

S- Nice dark maple syrup, chocolate, cream, molasses, ginger snap cookies. A slight hint of booze in the nose, but nothing cloying.

T- Starts off with a semi-sweet chocolate with ample creaminess, quite a bit of coffee notes, and roasted grains. Smore's come to mind after the initial sip. After that, the beer takes a turn towards straight bakers chocolate, being quite dry and astringent. Nice.

M- Very little carbonation, nice thick feel, good dry chocolate finish.

D- Not sure on the ABV on this but I'd guess 6%. Quite a nice drinkable and semi-complex Oatmeal stout.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and syrupy. There's little head, and it seems little carbonation.

This is one Oatmeal Stout that really reminds you of oats. Lots of toasted grains and oats in the flavor, along with some bitter chocolate and dark fruits. The smell was similar, though a bit subdued. No real coffee flavors present.

Smooth, but better carbonation could have really knocked this one into a higher category. Has the consistency of flat soda.

Photo of froggyfrog
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure I've liked every beer I've ever tried from Dark Horse and this beer proves no exception.

A somewhat murky, dark, dark brown with a transient mocha head. Aroma is heavy of powdered cacao and green hoppy spice. Flavors are melted caramel and chocolate-covered granola. Mouthfeel is purposeful through the middle but thins out in the end. Healthy bitterness and alcohol spice cut the sweetness in the close.


Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liqour.

Poured a dark brown color with a large brown frothy head that lasted with good lacing. Medium complex toasted malty aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Medium roasted balanced flavor with a heavy roasted dark chocolate finish of long duration.

This is a standout brew.

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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