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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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883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 64 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Immortale25, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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 tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

tdm168, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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 sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

sulldaddy, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

mgbickel, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

cbutova, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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?!

alexgash, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

richkrull, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

KevinGordon, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of PrvoPivo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

PrvoPivo, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

wedge, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of gtk1989
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

gtk1989, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

shockrocker65, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

InfragilisBrew, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Drk93TT
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Drk93TT, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jman005
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

jman005, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

doucmehu, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of GRPunk
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

GRPunk, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Falcone, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of GreenPea
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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?

GreenPea, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ramrod666, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

xungmound98, Feb 28, 2014
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.