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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

808 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 54 | 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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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color; no traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin dark tan colored head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of dark chocolate and hints of licorice.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell—accentuating flavors of burnt and roasted malts—and has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. There are slight amounts of warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a nice stout if you like lots of flavors of roasted malts, although I didn't notice any smoothness from the oats in the mouthfeel. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 14:25:15 | More by metter98
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srandycarter

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, tan head that stays for some time. Lace is tight and near the rim.

S - Roasted malt, coffee.. Inviting enough. Really not that complex.

T - Deep, but only in a few notes. Light in complexity.

M- Complexity still the issue.

D - Despite the high ABV and the basic nature of this type of beer, this one is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 05:16:05 | More by srandycarter
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass.

Pours deep black, moderate brown head and lacing.

Aroma is hard to find. What i could get was pleasant but faint. Oats, roasted malt and malty sweetness.

Smooth and balanced. malty sweetness, roasted malt, and just a hint of roasty bitterness in the clean finish.

Nicely low in carbonation, smooth, rich, creamy, medium full.

Very nice overall. Smooth, balanced, creamy stout. Well done. Looking forward to trying the others in the series.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 06:13:13 | More by sprucetip
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Winter

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:12:56 | More by Winter
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bierenutz

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer poured a dark brown color with a mocha brown head that disappeared rapidly and left almost no lacing on the glass.
S-Nice aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice.
T-The aroma did not translate as well with the taste which was on the thin side with afternotes of smoky burnt malts.
M-This stout was dry and the carbonation was light, but nonetheless was pleasant albeit a little lacking in depth.
D-This was a fairly good beer, but I personally expect more richness in a stout. Maybe I'm just spoiled.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:43:08 | More by bierenutz
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kegger22

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 23:28:30 | More by kegger22
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codsmith

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet-black with very slight amount of a deep caramel brown head. Laces the glass nicely. The carbonation level matches the alcohol content nicely.

S: Very interesting and intense deep and dark aroma. A decent amount of roasted and chocolate malts. There is a slight amount of sweetness mixed in as well.

T: The flavor starts off a little sweet, but it is really hammered hard by an over roasted/bitterness character.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy, very appropriate for this style and the carbonation is right where it should be according to the style and ABV.

O: All the backbones are there, just the taste is a little off. I really like this series from Dark Horse,

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 05:51:24 | More by codsmith
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a fairly nice bubbly brown head. Not to much in the way of lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bit of dark fruits and some alcohol.

T- Follows the nose pretty well here with some oats and a hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and light carbonation. Maybe a little oily or even watery.

D- Easy to drink and overall pretty solid. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 22:57:09 | More by nrbw23
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kiddwhiz

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this Dark Horse Brewing One Oatmeal Stout stashed away since early November and thought it was about time to drink it being that it isn't necessarily high ABV.

Poured with one fat finger of tan head. Subtle smells of malts and chocolate. Initial tastes of bitter sweet chocolate that transitions nicely to malty creaminess. This beer is well balanced and has no hint of heat. I would love to try this again, especially on tap, but wouldn't move mountains to get it again. Overall solid representation of a refined Oatmeal Stout. Well done Dark Horse!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:44:40 | More by kiddwhiz
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jjayjaye

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So dark the pouring stream is opaque. Generates a nice fluffy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is timid yet discernible; lightly roasted barley and hints of chocolate and coffee. Very lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is heavy and smooth without an aggressive coating presence. The flavors is also somewhat reserved. There is a tang of bitterness, but mostly a nice lightly roasted malt and chocolate with a spot of coffee that lingers nicely. A really good drinker. Shout out to BigDaddyWil.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 22:27:50 | More by jjayjaye
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:59:38 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys just can't seem to make a bad stout. Poured almost still and almost black, I saw a little bit of head in others glasses though so I guess we'll say it can have a small head. Aroma is bacon like and smoky but still roasty. This one packs in some nice coffee flavors with a deep roasted malt and some burnt toast character, just slightly fruity with some raisin and dark fruit character. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 17:24:23 | More by BieresDesMoines
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with very minimal head. What head there is is chocolate in color. Some lacing when swirled in the glass.

Smell of dark roasted malt big upfront. Sweet dark chocolate aroma is very pleasant behind the malt.

roasted to burnt malt flavor with some smokiness picked up initially. Creamy chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla?

Very creamy and smooth mouth feel. Medium bodied, never really pushes much toward full bodied.

Easy to drink. I don't find there to be anything offensive about any one particular part of this brew. While I did enjoy this, it isn't my favorite oatmeal stout. Body seem more porter like than stoutish. Would not turn this one down, would buy a single again, just not the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 22:23:50 | More by kzoobrew
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 01:40:40 | More by Shovelbum
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 23:18:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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nickynick

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale poured a dark brown, almost black, with a full brown head, thick looking. The smell was of dark roasted malt and a hint of hops. Taste was slightly sweet and hints of hops. Roasted Coffee. Mouthfeel was good, thick. Drinkability was ok, seemed a bit filling. Overall this was a decent Oatmeal stout. Seemed a thicker less sweet version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 20:49:02 | More by nickynick
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip.

Just about black, with a milk chocolate like brown head. Good retention and great lace. Nose has roast on the front end, with some sweeter caramel and vanilla notes in the middle. Sweeter chocolate as well. Roast oats upfront on the palate, moderate chocolate and drys/thins out on the back end, finishing with roast again. Body is thinner than I appreciate for the style, but alcohol is hidden. A nice oatmeal stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:59:20 | More by liamt07
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours as black as it gets, no surprise there. A dark one and ahalf finger mocha colored head recedes quite quickly after the pour.

S - Heavy chocolate and molasses with a roasted malt component coming after the other aromas. This one smells quite sweet, but we'll see if the taste is the same.

T - Very chocolatey taste. Some molasses and some dark roasted malts coming through as well. At the very end of a deep swirl in the mouth a very distinct oat like flavor seems to come out, which mixes nicely with the other flavors.

M - Not too thin and not too thick for an oatmeal stout. I was expecting it to be much thicker to be honest.

D - Not too bad for an 8% beer. I don't think I could do more than one or two in a sitting however.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 22:56:29 | More by KAP1356
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putnam

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 23:51:38 | More by putnam
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured about a finger of dark cinnamon cocoa colored head, color of the beer is a completely opaque mahogany black.

Smell - Dark coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, black cherry.

Taste - Ooooh, semi-sweet black coffee, semi-sweet dark fruits, black cherries, and a creamy slightly sweet malty oatmeal backbone. There are some nice roasted grains and char long into the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - I love the mouthfeel, medium to full, creamy smoothness from low carb, but just enough carb to keep it from feeling thick. Coats the mouth fairly well.

Overall - This is a realy nice and well balanced oatmeal stout. Flavors are pretty nice, would like a little more boldness, but the low carb and creamy mouthfeel nearly make up for this. Let this one warm up a bit and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 04:15:03 | More by blackcompg
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gford217

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of a StFun poured into a tulip.

Pours oil slick black out of the bottle with a small dense mocha head that lingered for a while as a cap and then left a ring with a little lacing. Aroma is burnt malts with espresso and licorice. There is also a bit of sweetness in the smell as it warms with milk chocolate and vanilla. The taste is also big of the roasted/burnt malt character. The first taste is a sweet chocolate and vanilla blast which gives way to coffee and roasted malts. The sweetness of the malts lingers through the finish with a slight coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a little carbonation which just coats the mouth with the massive malt flavors. This is a good, if fairly one-dimensional (roasty) stout and I look forward to the rest of the stout series.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:21:09 | More by gford217
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black body with a small coffee colored head that leaves almost instantly. no lacing.

S- very dark and roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolate.

T- roasted malt, lots of coffee, and some chocolate. no trace of alcohol

M- full bodied but not too thick. maybe a little too much carbonation.

D- not dark horse's best offering, but certainly not a bad beer. one is enough, and i probably wont pick any more of these up. cant tell that this one is 8%ABV

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:03:00 | More by jwinship83
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MDekker

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:38:54 | More by MDekker
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours dark black with a thin dark brown head. Decent lacing.

S - smells very bourbony. Deep chocolate notes and roasted malts.

T - the sweet bourbon upfront and then it mellows out with some oatmeal and hops.

M - heavy bodied and light carbonation.

O - it's good but I don't like the lack of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 00:48:35 | More by mattboyer182
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GregSVT

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a slight vanilla aroma. Smells lovely.

T: The taste starts with chocolate milk and coffee then finishes with bitter roasted malt and a slight vanilla flavor. The bitter flavor isn't too bad but it is slightly distracting in an otherwise tasty beer.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The 8% alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

O: Decent oatmeal stout and one I would drink again if I was offered one. Glad I got to try this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 04:09:57 | More by GregSVT
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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