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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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832 Ratings

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 44
Gots: 56 | 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 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
Photo of Magpie14
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance: cream colored head and minimal lacing. It poured wonderfully into my glass, silky smooth and murky black in color. Seems like a pertty dense beer!

Smell: strong malt smell with a nose full of roasted coffee. Alcohol smell comes through, but otherwise not much happening here. I've smelled better

Taste: a very light astringent taste and has touch of fruit: blueberries or raisins. I found myself wanting to chew on this beer more than anything. However, where was the oatmeal? a big coffee and malt taste is present, very roasty overall. But no oatmeal in there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and delicate beer. Extreme smoothness is very nice and kind of gives the alcohol a bit more presence, or that it seems the alcohol becomes more noticable as you continue drinking.

I don't know what to think about this one. Robust malty, coffee flavor but has strange lingering aftertaste. I say give it a try and see what happens!

Magpie14, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a slick deep brooding black with a ring of dark tan bubbles but no real head. Aromas begin with roasted coffee overtones atop a deeply roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Robust and alluring.

First sip brings a sweet roasted malt with a hefty dose of bitter roasted coffee beans. Powdered cocoa and a touch of dark fruit, very smooth with a bit of hops on the way down. A solid oatmeal stout with a big flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with plenty of body that really grabs on as you drink. I could see myself having a few of these with no problem. Another good brew from Dark Horse...I haven't had a bad one yet! Thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle.

orbitalr0x, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a crystal wine glass with a buh-lack sunnuvabish hue giving up no ghosts. My banged around aged showing bottle had some grey chunkerz in the glass bottom. An instantly settled head and gloppy lace following the demise.

Aroma is a dull roar of bakers chocoalte and a floury dough black coffee touch. Nothing to scream about. Lacked a fruity or balanced hoppy nose that would have been stunning. Guessing that we are going down a narrow road, albeit a touch of red grape was perky.

First swigs: Dark Horse goes right where we all have been with a dry thud of flour and a lingering vinous cabarnet dry sweetness. Maybe they have me fooled. Maybe they will have you fooled. A touch muddy without getting bright in the hops. Maybe to simple? Just a smooth cocoa bakers chocolate stout that really nver hits the oatmeal note.

Feel is thin with a slickness that doesn't rest and offer more than a linger of black coffee and flour that is too omiprescent.

Last swigs: All Jello pudding skin. Needs a clutch hit in the midle to ring out a song. Dug it for the most part and I do thank HoppyMeal for the bottle.

blitheringidiot, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of rrwiltse
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout kicks ass. Really. Though it lacks pretty much any head whatsoever (and I mean, basically NO HEAD), it is a mesmerizingly pleasing deep caramel/nearly black color. And the aroma, oh boy! A treat in itself! Caramel, chocolate, here I come! The only thing this was a bit weak in was the mouthfeel, but only in comparison to other Oatmeal Stouts--it was surprisingly light for it's type. This is simply one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts.

rrwiltse, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a very thin skim of fine, dark brown bubbles that form a slender ring around the glass. Some lacing, particularly after some agitation. Rich, malty aroma, plenty of roast, milk chocolate, and a hint of caramel. Moderate bitterness, burnt and roasted especially towards the finish. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats. Some acidity in the finish. Very low carbonation, thick and viscous, a bit of creaminess, fairly smooth. Quite tasty. Almost a meal in itself!

DrJay, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25.

Pours an impenetrable to light black colored beer. Problem though is that there is no head formation here and I REAL poured it aggressively too.

Smell is a bit sweet with a strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Nice fruity aroma makes this quite a pleasant smelling stout, more going on in the glass except coffee and chocolates. Now that I double check this it is quite close to the smell of chocolate covered cherries, a guilty pleasure that my dentist need never know anything about.

Taste is mildly sweet and with a good coffee and then chocolate flavor in that order. Definite flavor of "Charbucks" coffee here with enough sugar to take the edge off and leave some smoke in your mouth. This gets a bit sweeter as you drink it and it never gets bitter. Faint sourness from the dark roasted malts.

Low carbonation like a cask ale. This is still milkshake thick without any foam. Add some bubbles and this would probably shoot out your nose like chewing up three Alka-seltzers on a dare when you were a kid.

Add a few bubbles and this would really be good. It is still a good mellow stout. Very similar to a milk stout in flavor this is more or less a stout milkshake, add Ice cream and make a float!

Zorro, Mar 22, 2006
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.

Shovelbum, Mar 13, 2006
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.

Jredner, Feb 09, 2006
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!

karst, Jan 05, 2006
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.

Frozensoul327, Dec 09, 2005
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.

putnam, Dec 08, 2005
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.

walleye, Nov 11, 2005
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.

BeerFink, May 14, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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

Sammy, Apr 17, 2005
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.

ppoitras, Mar 26, 2005
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.

ypsifly, Feb 16, 2005
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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