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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale

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very good

774 Ratings

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

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 Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this series, One through BB Plead the 5th!

Appearance. Pours black with a thin brown head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and a little molasses.

Taste. Bitter chocolate, roasty malts, molasses, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice big oatmeal stout. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:57:21 | More by Rutager
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks alright. Could use a bit more head. Nose is okay as well. Lots of molasses. Flavor is thick. Mostly in body though. The flavor character is constant and robust with a thick kinda thing going on, but there is nothing that really strikes me as unique or interesting. Or nothing that strikes me as an oatmeal stout, to be honest. Oh well. It's still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 04:22:28 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of RuckusDu


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting in my fridge for a few months now, figured I need to get it drunk. About 45 degrees into pint glass.

A - A finger of very dark head. Weird brown/cola color. Body is pitch black.

S - Pretty standard oatmeal stout aroma. Slight milkiness, chocolate, and some almond. Maybe molasses in there as well.

T - Quite delicious. Well balanced between some bitterness and sweet chocolate. Slight coffee.

M - Body is a little lacking, making you want more, but carbonation is good.

O - A pretty standard stout, but the taste really stands out as everything comes together.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 22:45:34 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of hosehead83


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle inyo an English "pot" pint glass.
Jet-black pour leading to a short, dark, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dark fruit, faint coffee
Taste-Smoky,charred meat, dark roasted coffee, burnt hops. A definite sipper with big bold flavors, not smooth like a traditional oatmeal stout. Strong tastebuds needed.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:54:25 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Dope


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a nice big and dense dark brown head. Fades slowly leaving a nice fluffy wall of lacing behind.

S: Lots of smoke, char and oatmeal.

T: Again, loaded with smoke, char and some oatmeal. Super smokey to the point of being ridiculously overpowering. Oatmeal doesn't have a prayer of smoothing this one out, but it tries anyway. There is some super, super bitter chocolate in there too.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with some chalkiness.

O: A super burnt oatmeal stout. Loads of char and smoke everywhere makes it quite bitter despite oatmeal's usual smoothing effect. Better once it warms, flavors meld a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 04:35:47 | More by Dope
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer. It's been sitting in the back of my fridge for like 5 months (oops).

Consumed 5/27/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, nearly black - small, quickly-fading light brown head - a few spots of lacing, but not much

Smell: Burnt, so very burnt - the aroma is akin to burnt microwave popcorn - some burnt oats as well - dark malts, dark chocolate - very roasty, with some burnt coffee - a touch of something that smells like cardboard

Taste: Burnt and roasty, actually a little better than the aroma - burnt malts, burnt oats - some heavily roasted notes - dark, dark chocolate - some light sweetness, but mostly just dry and burnt - the dark chocolate really dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oddly light for the style, pretty smooth, adequately carbonated

Overall: A bit strange, but not bad

This has more dark chocolate flavor that any beer I've had in recent memory. This is interesting, but I must note that this beer is lacking some of the attributes I look for in an oatmeal stout. Like, where's my chewy mouthfeel? Regardless, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 05:05:15 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of alpinebryant


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black with a deep tan head , quickly just lacing around the edges.

S: Acrid oatmeal and coffee flavors, a thick dark roast espresso with all of the malt presence you would expect in an oatmeal stout.

T: This starts off rich and plentiful with the dark roast coffee flavors and deep roasted malts. It really does taste like breakfast of oatmeal and a dark sumatran roast coffee or espresso from a quality coffee shop. The end is slightly acrid and that could be because I have had this for some time in my fridge aging, or it just is a little bitter from the hop additions. In any case it is a very good oatmeal stout. Finally reviewing One after having Two and Three a year ago.

M: Thick to medium mouthfeel with a very light carbonation.

O: Recommended to round out the Dark Horse stout trio. I like them all but I enjoyed three the best with the blueberry addition. This has a dry roasty finish as an oatmeal stout should have, just not my favorite stout style.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:38:09 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Vonerichs


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin sandy head.

The smell is a burnt molasses and a musty scent that's a little off-putting.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a little bit of that char. That musty scent isn't as prevalent in the taste, but reminds me of leaves. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, as it should be in an oatmeal stout.

Eh, this was just ok and I find the other stouts from DH much more appealing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:22:09 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the winter stouts, 3 down 2 to go!

Pour is pitch black like the others in the series. Theres a small caramel head.

A cloyingly sweet smell fills the air around you. It still smells sweet, but theres a coffee roasted malt presence that I really like. The sweet smell that is somewhat reminiscent of brown sugar or sweet cookies.

Its much sweeter than the other oatmeal stouts, yet theres more roasty malt. Burnt coffee, black chocolate, and sweet cream. Its alot like a cappucino stout in ways. Espresso roast beans are first up, then theres a bit of dark chocolate in the middle, and finishes even more bitter. I think the oatmeal gives it a thicker body.

Feels slightly creamy, but overall leaves a nice roasty presence late. reminiscent of dark roasted coffee. Best Oatmeal Stout that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 15:15:53 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of Jamesthebrit


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours tick brown. Looks like liquid chocolate.
S: Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Also hints of chocolate and subtle alcohol come through.
T: Oatmeal taste really comes trough but a sour alcohol takes over too quickly. Gross lingering bitterness.
M: Sits alright for a stout but certainly not anything to brag about. Lingering bitterness and sourness as mentioned before.

Overall I was very exited by how it looked and smelled, but it didn't come through where it counted. Certainly not a bad beer but nothing too spectacular either.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 15:40:39 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this Oatmeal Stout in a nonic pint. Thank you Geneseohawk!

Appearance- The foam is dense and cola colored with a smooth lid. No lace is left as it falls to a film. The body is opaque, but has a dark brown tinge to it. Maybe minimal highlights, but hard to tell.

Smell- Only a touch of oatmeal after a couple sniffs, mainly just dark malts and a little bit of roast dominate this nose. A bit of molasses and even dark fruits are buried in there too, gives a slight sweetness to the nose.

Taste- Very roasty from the get go, it's almost like I'm drinking a coffee stout! Then the molasses mingle with the slightly acidic oatmeal. The finish adds dark fruit and some black malts, a little anise. The finish goes a little over board on the roast when considering all the subtle flavors packed into this one.

Mouth feel- The creaminess is nice and makes for an easy drink. The stout feels a little thin on the tongue, and is pretty dry.

Overall- I appreciate the multitude and subtlety of the flavors, but the roast is overdone. I also would prefer it if the nose was stronger in conveying all the subtleties. And the mouth feel could stand to be a bit thicker. Otherwise, this stout is good, and is one I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:20:12 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a pillowy, creamy brown head. Retention is great, and fluffy clumps of lacing form rings down the glass.

S: Layered chocolate: baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, brownie, and fudge sauce. Plum and raspberry esters. Starchy oats envelope all of this. Very pleasing nose.

T: Black raspberry and prune with a molasses backing on the attack. Deep espresso tastes and starchy oats kick in mid-palate. Touch of cola underneath. Rich tastes of dark chocolate, hot fudge sauce, and brownie come through later. Very slight nutty/woody tastes. Underlying hints of citric and earthy hops. Blissfully long finish of layered chocolate flavors, starchy oat, and a hint of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, but very fluffy, full, and creamy in the mouth with a slight oily/chewy texture. Moderate carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

O: Bravo, encore! I love a good oatmeal stout, and this one is right up there with the best of the style. Near perfection. A little over-the-top with the roasted malts, but that's right up my alley. I really wish I had bought more than just a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:27:59 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a small, tan head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lace. nose is roast, chocolate, maybe some dark fruit and... oatmeal? i usually don't actually detect oatmeal in oatmeal stouts, but here i do for sure. taste is a good balance of all of the above, but just lacks something for me. maybe has too much of something. alcohol presence and oat? body is full. a bit of bitter from the roasty malt. warm booze finish. overall, a decent oatmeal stout, but i think a bit too big for my liking and needing some fine tuning to be very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:13:32 | More by timtim
Photo of drabmuh


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint, beer is black with almost no head, thin tan bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, wet, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium in body and relatively sweet, not cloying though, nice finish, mildly bitter with the roast, a decent beer but probably not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 13:48:32 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Infamous7100


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark brown to back with a very thin tan head. Unremarkable.
S: coffee and roasted malts are the first aromas to break through. Muted oats and some dark chocolate as well.
T: bittersweet chocolate at the front leading to a burnt roasty taste at the back. Coffee notes are subdued the whole way through. Slightly boozy.
M: slick and not as full bodied as I expected. Low carbonation. Slighty dry, bitter finish.
O: a decent effort from Dark Horse, but I would have liked a bit more body and some more pronounced coffee notes. It's an oatmeal stout, so perhaps some more evidence of that is in order too.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 17:14:17 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of zeledonia


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from last year (2010-2011), enjoyed 23 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black, very dark brown at edges, with a one-finger coffee brown (quite dark) head. Head fades fast, leaves a bit of lacing but not much.

Smell is a lovely mix of coffee and chocolate, with some molasses and oaty sweetness. Great complexity and variety - lots of subtle dark aromas playing off each other.

Taste is more roasty, and rather thin, with some burnt coffee bitterness coming through in the finish. I still get molasses and coffee, but not so much chocolate, and only a faint hit of oats. I don't like the bitter finish - it feels heavy-handed on a rather under-flavored beer.

Body is quite nice - full in the mouth, with an oaty slickness, and perfect medium carbonation. Silky finish.

A nice oatmeal stout, brought down by the lack of balance in the taste. The heavy bitter over-roasted malt flavor isn't something I like, and it really drags down what would otherwise be a very impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:25:24 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Flounder57


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz beer was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. Pitch black with no signs of carbonation coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: vanilla, oats, bready malts, mocha, maple syrup, dark fruits, and some raosted notes towards the end.

Taste: All of the above and slight hint of smokiness at the end. Blended really well.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, low to medium carbonation, slightly dry, a little chewy, smooth, slightly smoky, easy to drink, and a little thin/watery on the palate.

Overall: Another nice compliment to the oatmeal stout style. Will be enjoying more of these in the future and hopefully on draft too.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 19:28:12 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Vierenner


3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the darkest beers I have ever poured ... deep black ... but that's where the excitement ends for me. I hardly get any smell, even after burying my nose in the tulip glass. The taste is quite mundane. There is a rather nondescript roasted flavor and slight hop bitterness but that's it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:53:31 | More by Vierenner
Photo of gkatsoris

1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pitch black. The head is super dark and frothy.

S: Raiseny. Oaty. Malty balls. Rum cake. ALCOHOLY. Toast.

T: Ummm no. Smoke. Raisens. Burnt fruit.

M: The taste, oh the taste..

O: No more please. What a let down from the look and smell.

thanks redliner8??

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:35:32 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of thecheapies


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ouncer from late '11/early '12

Vigorous pour was not the best idea. Sludgy black liquid glunked into my pint glass, overflowing with a brown thick head of great height. That head's still there. Looks gloopy and heavy and delicious. This is one dark brew

Raw oats, very bitter cocoa, roasted malts, and some leather compose a simple nose. Some suggestions of coffee (of a char-roast, black nature) are also evident. Smells dry and roasty. This could be a great re-visiting. For an oatmeal stout, it smells pretty enticing (not to say that oatmeal stouts are univiting).

Black licorice, deep roastiness, smoke/char, bitter coffee grounds, and hints of cocoa powder. Dusty and chalky; there's some sweetness lingering from the malts, however. Slightly tangy aftertaste is bright, but a little strange. There's traces of fruit flavors amidst the blackness; they're dark fruits, akin to cherry, blackberry, and plum. Bitterness levels are medium, not crazy like some examples.

This feels a little thin for how it looked going into the glass. The carbonation is also subdued. Not much happening on the tongue for this one. Pretty average feel for a medium-bodied oatmeal stout. The alcohol isn't overpowering, which cancels out a lot of my gripes.

I'm a big fan of Dark Horse stouts, and the first in the series (One) is a hit. I'd recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:33:39 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this and three other Dark Horse stouts. I figured I'd start with One, since now I have the whole series.

Appearance - Jet black. Inky. I couldn't even see if I was pouring sediment. Small khaki head that reduces to only wisps.

Smell - Dominated by bitter chocolate and coffee. Very roasty. Might even be a hint of booze in it.

Taste - Dark malts through and through. Bitter chocolate and bitter coffee. A strong bitterness in the finish that isn't really offensive, but intense. It's tough to tell what's malt bitterness and what's hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Slightly boozy, even at 8%. Extremely bitter at points. If I don't think about it, it isn't bad, but the instant I notice it, it becomes a bit much.

Overall - A nice oatmeal stout. Not really remarkable, but solid. I enjoy really roasty stouts like this, but there isn't much that distinguishes it from others in the same category. That said, I wouldn't turn down another.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:30:13 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of azdback


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Just about as all light sucking as you can get. The edges don't give much light either. Head was a quick rising halve finger and light cocoa colored. The head dissipates rapidly and leaves little to no lace.

Smell is dark roasted malts and charred wood. There is some chocolate too. None of these flavors are very overpowering though. It kind of smells thin.

Taste is similar to the smell. I think the sweet chocolate taste is first and then followed by the char I smelled. That char is more like dark roasted coffee beans in the taste. This is all followed by some ash and some bitterness. At 8% I am not getting any alcohol. Quite nice.

Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light to creamy. Body is full but balanced and the finish is average to long and wet.

Overall I think this is a pretty smoky or roasted and not sweet enough for the style but I did enjoy this. Pick one up if given the chance. Thanks to McNuts for this extra.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 06:16:51 | More by azdback
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.19 Single from Blue Max, Burnsville, MN
Bottle to Mug

A: An Opaque Black with short brown head, adequate carbonation.

S: Mocha, Roasted Malts, Chocolate.

T: Surprisingly light and drinkable when considering it's pure blackness. otherwise follows it's smell.

M: Soft, little carbonation bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:31:58 | More by AllenJasper
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Another brew my man Kiddwhiz hooked up. My man. He hooked up 2, I put one down without thinking. Thought I should review the second before it's gone! We don't get these in Colorado.

Poured from a 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - Pours a deep deep brown/black color with a huge 2.5 finger head with a rich creamy dark tan/brown head with very good retention though mild lacing.

S - Solid coffee and roasted malt/coffee malt aroma.

T/M - A very solid roasted coffee/chocolate malt flavor upftont. The beer transitioned nicely to a creamy almost vanilla middle while finishing with a slightly bitter finish. A little variety on the Oatmeal Stout.

D - Very very drinkable.

Overall, this is a solid, albeit strong Oatmeal Stout. For a style dominated by a smaller profile this represents itself well. Complex yet smooth and enjoyable. Should you find yourself in area I'd pick one up ;)

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-25-2011 03:24:34

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:22:35 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Aiptasia


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried tonight courtesy of the NOOB BIF in the BIF forums and BA Jmagnus87:

Pours a dark knight of oil into a pint glass. Lacing is for naught. Head tottaly absent. This beer is dank and dangerous. Taste is rich from the oats and malt profile. Any hops were an afterthought in this beer. It mocks me with a 6" monolith of darkness in my pint glass. Taste is of wet malt goodness with subdued smoke and a hint of peat and mineral. Slick and wet throughout with amost no carbonation. Overall pretty good and solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:55:55 | More by Aiptasia
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