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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 1,007
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 17.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in nonic pint glass.

A - It pours thick and black like motor oil. A quarter inch of cocoa colored head made a brief appearance.

S - The aroma is dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. The chocolate is the main player here.

T - The roasted malt comes through more in the taste but the dark chocolate is still a mainstay.

M - Thick, creamy and viscous. I love it.

D - This is a damn fine beverage. I'll put it up there with Sam Smith's.

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Photo of brock146
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black beer with a Hershey bar colored, pinky finger sized, head.

S- Roasted malts and coffee hints

T- Very deep roast, black coffee with sugar and no cream.

M- Oatmeal makes this beer very smooth and creamy. I'd go all the way to saying it has a silky mouth feel.

Very good oatmeal stout. One of my favorites for the price. However I can see how some people many not like it. The roasted malts used by Dark Horse in their stout series have a much more dark, black coffee taste.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam.

S- Deep dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, nuts and molasses. Almost smells barrel-aged with how intense it is plus the considerable booze fume.

T- Bitter dark roast and more chocolate. A bit sweet with the alcohol superbly hidden. The only thing making it not perfect is this slight metallic flavor in the aftertaste. Once the retained sediment in the bottle is introduced, the taste becomes even more chocolaty.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is dangerously drinkable and quite tasty.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Is this brew BLACK. ok carbonation, mocha head, smallish, some lace.

The smell is good, oats lactose and roasted nuts.

The taste is very good, lots of roasted and toasty goodness, sweetened coffee and some mocha and chocolate notes. Nice hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is right on, good body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this is the OMS I would with to turn to every time.

Prosit, und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of botham
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - very thick and deep black; thick, quarter inch of dark brown head that fades after a few seconds

S - chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, coffee, roasted malts; this is a rather intense and promising aroma

T - chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, piney bitterness, bitter roasted malt and coffee finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice offering. The flavor has incredible depth. The chocolate and dark fruit notes are impeccable. But the nuances such as the black licorice add tremendous character. The lightening touch of the oatmeal thins the body just enough to make this incredibly drinkable. This is definitely a stout that is worth trying.

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Photo of InkedinRi
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a well made oatmeal stout. I gave it decent numbers.. Jet black.. Nice aroma, nice taste! I think this stout should get better scores. But everyone's taste is different.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with the darkest head I have seen to date, the head itself isn't far from black, like a dark mocha color. Retention is good and a massive coat of lace is left behind.

S- Wow, it smells identical to coffee ice cream, like really. Sweet creamy feel with dark roast malt, cocoa and coffee notes. It makes me wanna go get some desert, very nice.

T- A very roasty flavor with cocoa, coffee and slight raisin notes. There is a bit of earthy hop flavor in the background.

MF- Creamy light-end body with a silky moderate carbonation. It is somewhat bitter in the finish. The oatmeal makes itself known here.

DB- Very nice use of roast malt and oatmeal. A drinkable stout that goes down smooth. I can't even believe it is 8%, it drink's like 5-6.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring the beer at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a deep brown hue with creamy tan head of .5 cm foaming up and fading slowly to a sturdy edge layer with one wispy island spinning in the center of my glass.
Aroma is rich and malty with roasted malt notes, some molasses, and some cocoa powder.
First sip reveals a smooth body and silky texture with very mild rolling carbonation. Quite nice mouthfeel on this brew, very soft brew.
Flavor is as expected with rich malt, cocoa powder, some roasted notes and a bit of coffee bean. I acutally get a little boozy bite on the finish, but not really any warming. No hops show up that I can detect or note of any significance.
The beer is amazingly drinkable for 8%, I would have guessed 6.5% at most.
Quite a nice relaxing brew, I recommend trying this one if you see it. Another winner from this brewery!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of GreenPea
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On the pour it was straight used motor oil. It has my attention already.

The smell was very malty with chocolate standing out the most. I picked up coffee and oatmeal as well but chocolate just seemed to be at the front.

I enjoyed the taste and thought that it was a pleasant blend of malts, chocolate, coffee and carbonation.

The mouth feel was perfect and represented an oatmeal stout very well.

Overall I like it well enough to buy it again. It was much better than I thought it would be based on some of the reviews I've read.

Side note: My bottle has the same configuration as the bottle pictured here but does have some additional graphics added to the label. There is a "star" behind the dark horse insignia. Updated version?

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Photo of mgbickel
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter from a 12oz bottle. The pour yielded a tiny, thin layer of dark khaki foam that vanished almost instantly. The body is dark brown with a black center and lighter edges.

The nose has light coffee notes, chocolate and molasses, all sitting on a backbone of dark roasted malts.

The taste is even better than the nose suggests. The roasted malts hit first and furious. They meet a sweet cocoa flavor in the middle and the entire thing combines with a creamy, milk-sugary finish.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side of medium, creamy and a little slick; very light carbonation.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Maybe my favorite in the series. Recommended for sure!

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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?!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Dark Horse's "One" is an excellent oatmeal stout, rich with roasted malt, yielding characters of chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt sugars, and vanilla. Every bit as impressive as their "Plead the 5th," but at a lower ethanol content, this is surely a stout I will seek out this coming fall.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a . Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a modest ring around the glass and a small island atop the center of the beer. Body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma of roasted malt, charred toast, roasted coffee beans (at times like walking down the grocery isle), brown sugar, and mild vanilla. At several months of age, this is still an excellent-smelling beer.

The overall flavor palate is one of roasted malt that comes across as charred toast, very dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans, but is never ashen or one-dimensional. Front of palate finds slightly sweet roasted malt, marshmallow-like charred sugars, burnt toast with brown sugar, coffee with cream. Mid-palate of roasted malt, slightly acrid, extremely dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, burnt marshmallow cream, and charred toast. Back of palate features roasted malts, charred marshmallow and toast, roasted coffee beans, slightly acrid dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of acrid roasted malt, charred toast, dark chocolate and coffee beans.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with medium-low levels of carbonation. Together with the oats, the beer has a substantial smoothness, heaviness, and creaminess, giving this an impression that it is far larger of a stout than it is. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and mild astringency from the roasted malts.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says "Alc. 7.0% by Vol."

Pours a deep black color crowned with a fat, cocoa head that fades to a slim ring. Thick, rich roasted malt, smooth chocolate, oats, and underlying toffee. Loads of heavy, chocolaty malt over some dark fruit, vanilla bean, and coffee. Some char and bitterness add an edge to an otherwise silky stout. Medium bodied, but pretty velvety and oily which fluffs it up a bit. Very nice! A bit over-roasted perhaps, but delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/18/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, and light vanilla on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours viscous, opaque black, with a quarter-inch head that fizzles out quickly. A few dots of lacework and barely a whisp of brown foam remain after.

Aromatics are chocolaty, fudgy, and roasty.
Brownie batter laced with chocolate syrup and a shot of espresso.

Full bodied and chewy. Oily and silky.

Loads of chewy, creamy stout character on the pallet. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, fudge nuggets, and rich espresso. The oatmeal really adds depth and smoothness. Very rounded and velvety.
A terrific amount of balance for such a big brew. Bitterness and hopping in other regards is subdued, allowing what a great Oatmeal stout is to shine through.

Finishes with a tongue-wrapping amount of choco-roast, and hints of residuals and drying char.

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Photo of malty
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of cvfish
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of Brabander
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! That is what i can say after pouring this beer. I have forgotten which nice BA traded this bottle with me. Forgive me for that....

This one is as black as the Black Albert from the Struise brouwers. A super head with millions of tiny bubbles.

Smell is very good, still some beersmell left in this one. I also detect something fresh in the smell like vanille or something. Also coffee and chocolate but not as much as in other in this style.

This is a very drinkable oatmeal stout ale. Alcohol is not detectable. Very good aftertaste which makes the mouthfeel extra fine. Great beer!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Such a deep black colored stout. I love the dark mocha head that has some great lacing.

S - Smells of a smooth stout with nice levels of mocha, chocolate, and roasted coffee notes.

T - I believe this might be the best beer out of the (4) series. Smooth chocolate malts next to mild roast and a nice balanced oat finish. I also like how it has some hops in the finish but not enough to make it a black IPA. Balanced.

M - Medium bodied for sure but smooth and creamy.

Overall I am glad I picked up a second of these and maybe even might go back for a four pack if supplies last. A very solid oatmeal stout.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.