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River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout - River Horse Brewing Co.

River Horse Oatmeal Milk StoutRiver Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: DavidSeanNJ on 11-09-2008)
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Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.43/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint...OCCASION: the reading of A Storm of Swords begins... APPEARANCE: jet black body; unenthused thin brown head; tracings are basically sporadic bubbles... AROMA: some peat and smoke, but predominantly a strange combination: lactic, doughy malts and vanilla sugars argue with strikingly astringent turpentine chemicals--a challenge to take in... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly dry; rather flat up front, with a beefy after breath ...TASTE: milky, yet the alcohol seems to impede a smoother flavor; some rum elements mingle with a plasticine undertone... OVERALL: This seems a forced attempt at steeping ABV at the cost of taste and experience; River Horse does Jersey proud with some offerings, but this brew is negatively aggressive--upon completing this review, I drank a second and only found the beer more troublesome to place in a positive light....

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:44:57 | More by dacrza1
Photo of BWED


3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic

A- Pours black, but the smallest bit of light shines through showing some brown highlights. A little yeast floats around. Brown head shows a pretty good cascade for a non-nitro, and hangs round a half finger.

S- Dark roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa. A little burnt sugar.

T- Coffee with sugar, mocha. Very subtle roast, but sweet all around.

M- Medium body, very sweet. I expected a little more creaminess for an oatmeal milk stout, however.

O- All around a good beer. Pretty sweet, but the roast balances it a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 19:36:19 | More by BWED
Photo of candcholt


3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

To quote the bottle: "When you were a little kid, what was better than oatmeal cookies and milk? Well, that's why we made this one for the "big" kids. Oatmeal Milk Stout. All of the fun of being a kid, none of the homework."

These days, I eat my oatmeal cookies with coffee. I'm mostly not into replicating tastes from my childhood, as my palate has evolved. (Interestingly enough, my favorite animal since childhood is hippopotamus, or river horse, which makes me really want to like this brewery.) That being said, I enjoyed this beer. Not too sweet; a little nutty. I didn't get oatmeal cookies, though. Maybe if there were brown sugar notes...

One of the more impressive offerings from River Horse.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 20:29:21 | More by candcholt
Photo of woodychandler


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Another from my local, in-person trader, tone77! Keep 'em coming!

From the bottle: "When you were a little kid, what was better than oatmeal cookies and milk? Well, that's why we made this one for the "big" kids. Oatmeal Milk Stout. All of the fun of being a kid, none of the homework."

My pour may have been a bit heavy-handed, but I had read nothing in previous reviews to warn me of the massive head that it was capable of producing. I was faced with two fingers of dense, deep-tan head that resembled a chocolate milkshake before I backed off. This was going to be a Carly Simon beer - anticipation, it's making me wait. Once it finally dropped to a manageable level, leaving some decent lacing in its wake, I was ready. Color was a deep, dark cola-brown that allowed zero light penetration. Nose was quite chocolaty, but with a hint of smoke, more towards dark chocolate than milk chocolate. On that note, let us address their untruth in advertising - the "milk" is derived from their use of lactose sugar in the brewing process and the oatmeal is used to cut some of the "burnt" flavor that early versions took from the extremely roasted malts, not to add the flavor of cookies. Mouthfeel was big, thick and silky and the taste was more like sweet chocolate than the nose had led me to expect, so apparently their use of oatmeal worked. Finish was more towards milk chocolate and it was certainly sweet, so I have to give it to them in terms of style. I just wish that their label was more direct and less misleading.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 10:46:35 | More by woodychandler
Photo of BaronVonBeauregard


4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good tasting milk stout; dark, no light gets through the glass of this tasty beer; lighter and a bit sweeter than other milk stouts; lower abv.... Just a good smooth stout. Good grade. I'd have another one of these any day. I will give this a better rating than left Hans's version; good head and lacing too.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 00:51:34 | More by BaronVonBeauregard
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Very dark black. Medium head that was dark tan color.

S - Some smokey aroma, but not overly strong.

T - Distinctive coffee and smokey tastes. Pronounced malty flavor, but the coffee really stands out. Sweet and not overly bitter.

M - Medium body for a stout. Very smooth.

O - Very good oatmeal stout. I like the combination of coffee, malt tastes, and the sweetness. The ABV is not high, so I drank a couple glasses. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 22:50:31 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like all River Horse there's common horse barn earthiness to the nose, and they tend to be better warmer than colder.

I am a fan of stouts. This stout is a bit sweet and very inky/ earthy. Still a nice way to finish the evening, and I'd enjoy it again as a singleton. complex. but I'd prefer it mixed as a black & tan.

NOTE - I have found this stout makes a great "black and tan" when poured over a pale or IPA.

A- dark black roast body with a modest tan large head, fades fast, with no lacing. OK looking.

S- Barnyard, Horse stalls, wet roasted coffee, malty and yes! chocolate, spring earth, flowers, almost syrupy, earthy. Gotta let this warm! Mostly spring earth. smell matches appearance

T- approachable, nice first impression, roasted java dominant, earthy hop finish.
Milky, chocolate, a bit over done. A bit too sweet for me after.

M- medium body, medium dry finish, a little warming. Needs some cheese or cookies to go with it. Too much burnt earth to invite another.

O- a decent oatmeal stout, good stink, sweetness, & earthiness, not overwhelming coffee /milkiness, pleasantly surprised at its approachability, but too cloying for two in a row.

Drink Warm!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:00:24 | More by Act25
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours black with long lasting, creamy, beige head. Aroma is of bread crust, burnt toast, brown sugar and some raisins. Body is medium, smooth and creamy. Taste is of prunes, burnt toast, brown sugar and hint of chocolate. Finish is short and watery. Boring brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:08:28 | More by mikeg67
Photo of micromaniac129


3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at TJ Smiths and was pretty good.
Dark with a smaller beige head. Aroma had some roasted notes. Taste was smooth and felt full on the palette. Some roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Some ashen or charcoal came through in both taste and fell even though it"s pretty smooth.
Can't complain about this one, drinks solid and well made.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 13:30:59 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Roose13

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Black, thin chocolate head.

S: Roasted coffee, sweet milk, and milk chocolate.

T: Roasted coffee again. The chocolate is very subtle and comes in at the end. It warms up nicely and the flavors start to really come out when it does.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid stout. Nothing too special about this but it's good. Drinking a fresh one so I'm gonna let the rest sit for a while so the flavors can mature.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:52:47 | More by Roose13
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, black stout. No light gets through. 2 finger khaki to mocha head. Very creamy, tight bubbles. Nicely carbed. Looks great.

S: Milk, milk chocolate, roastiness, slight coffee and cream. Smells very subtle but great.

T: Rich, sweet, delicious. Super easy to drink. Has an excellent coffee, roasty grain. Milk chocolate, cocoa and rich cream.

M: Sweet in the beginning but has a great dry finish. Grainy. Very nice. Nice and chewy.

O: Great. Not as good as Moo Hoo but it's up there. This has a slightly thicker mouthfeel and more coffee thank Moo Hoo but it's great none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:09:08 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of Suds


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, black-ish beer, with a tan head. The coffee-like aroma is mixed with grain, distant smoke, and a bit of dark malt smells. For taste, this beer is drier than I expected, but still robust, with a firm bitterness and some grain and highly roasted malt flavors. It has a heavy body, with a very smooth, dense, and mouth-filling feel. All in all, this is a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:41:04 | More by Suds
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice full inch of mocha head beer is a deep dark black with mild carbonation bubbles
S - Light mocha and lactose in the nose. Smell is sweet.
T - Mild roast and milk sugar sweetness. Defiantly one of the better milk stouts I had.
M - Medium bodied good beer.

Overall one of the best beers I believe River Horse makes. If I ever order from Halftime Beverage again I will pick up a six pack. Great quality stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:45:50 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black in color. A semi-aggressive pour only yielded a small ¼’ tan head that quickly diminished to a thin ring. Syrupy style lacing, which was a combination of the thicker pour mixed with the few remaining bubbles in the head.

Smell: Sweet roasty malts grabbed my attention right away, followed by mild oats, coffee and chocolate. I really like the smell of this one, probably because it mixes two of my favorite style stouts in one, both oatmeal and milk stout. I don’t catch any booziness at all considering it’s a 6.7% ABV.

Taste: Wow, I think I found myself a new favorite, locally brewed, oatmeal milk stout. Roasted malts and oats shine through. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee bean flavors know how to keep in cadence with the malts and oats. The milk sugar sweetness does a balancing act with the mild bitterness present. I can’t wait until the next sip…

Mouthfeel: Creamy smoothness across the tongue combined with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweetness and mild bitterness battle it out at the finish. Great residual flavors are left behind on the palate.

Overall: A very well balanced oatmeal milk stout. I can easily see having a few in a sitting. Heck, I wish I had another one right now, but sadly I only bought a 6-pack and this was my last one. I hope I can make my way back to the local beer store to get one more six pack before this seasonal disappears until next year. River Horse clearly has a winner here. A perfectly done oatmeal milk stout brewed in NJ. What else can a beer lover ask for??

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:44:26 | More by cmq103
Photo of Gushue3


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pours very dark into the pint glass. The head is light brown and pretty big with lots of retention. No lacing is left above a ln opaque body. Looks like a nice stout.

S nice sweetness upfront with a light roast. Milk chocolate and dark malts takebcare of the majority of the scent.

T milk chocolate and light oat malts with a very subtle bitterness from the roast on the finish. Nice, easy to drink stout.

M very smooth with very little carhonation. The body feels slightly heavy and sticky.

O nice milk stout thats very easy to drink. Thanks Mat.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:47:47 | More by Gushue3
Photo of fuquan

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Got a nice 2 finger dark tan head on a black body. Roasty malts and chocolate in the aroma. Tastes a bit like chocolate malt in beer form with a bit of tang. Nice bitter note in there, mixes nicely with the overall sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with small amount of carbonation. Really enjoy this beer, and can't wait for my next glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:49:05 | More by fuquan
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a finger high tan head. There is good head retention on the beer and moderate amounts of lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, oats, molasses, and chocolate.

T: Flavors of sweet oatmeal (like a cookie), chocolate, and cream. Nice complexity and balance to the flavor. Not as sweet as I expected and very little bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: Quite nice for an oatmeal & milk stout - a combination that I really enjoyed. Easy to drink and quite sessionable and a beer that was enjoyed by all of my guests at the Super Bowl party. Probably the best offering from this brewery that I have experienced.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 14:03:12 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

great to see this style really taking off i saw two milk stouts in my area recently and just traded for one as well i am really intersted in this style so its good to be able to try many different samples

ok the aroma right off the bat is like molasses and burnt brown sugar then a little bit of roasted nuts int he end

taste was deep rich molasses almost like a soy sauce character in the very end but a real pleasant one! i actually drank this bottle super fast because it went down real smooth and was super enticing

my favorite element of all though was definitelyt he mouthfeel absolutely pure silk in there like a rich full bodied creaminess but at the same time a bit layered

the only thing holding it back was perhaps just a little bit too sweet almost savory like a dessert beer but maybe thats what it should be used for...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:23:58 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of lackenhauser


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black, silky in appearence with a nice cocoa head. Aroma of cocoa and grain. Nice flavor of chocolate with a very nice sweetness. Lingering roasted flavor. Faint vanilla hints. Nice soft and somewhat silky mouthfeel. A nice beer all in-one of the better offerings I have had from River Horse.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:06:50 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of tigg924


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: big oats, light roasted malt, chocolate

Taste: big sweet oat and chocolate start with cream

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet and malty, medium carbonation

Overall: A very solid oatmeal stout. May be River Horse’s best. I could certainly sip on a six pack on a cold winter’s day.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 13:41:17 | More by tigg924
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - barely any head, you can see constant fizzing rising, very dark brown almost black

S - chocolate, malty, a bit of oak

T - instant smokey taste, followed by a sweet chocolatey shock

M - very smooth flowing with a crisp dry finish

O - this is a great anytime beer and am hoping to see in bottles soon. was lucky enough to get a growler filled at joe canal's in woodbridge thanks to my brother.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2012 13:22:33 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of csrbv


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this stout! The aromas here are amazing, smells almost like a latte with roasted coffee and sweet mixed with some oatmeal.

The tastes follow the nose but with less sweetness. Roasted chocolate malts and coffee, a very small bit of hop bitterness, but creamy and smooth for sure. The mouthfeel is great here too, pretty creamy, sweet oat flavor is left on the tongue as a good after taste.

Overall the drinkability is excellent, pretty filling though and the roasty character might overpower the sweets after a while, another great brew from River Horse!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 17:07:09 | More by csrbv
Photo of match1112


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours out a dark brown and settles in a pitch black.can see tiny bubbles rising up along the glass. half finger of mocha colored head settled to a spotty sea foam cap with patchy lacing.

s: roasted coffee, lactose, chocolate, toffee and oatmeal.

t: lactose at first, then turning to the roasted coffee and chocolate, very little oat on the backend.

m: med-heavy body, creamy and slick, bitter coffee finish.

o: not much oatmeal detectable in this one. still prettty good for a milk stout. would recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:59:55 | More by match1112
Photo of keanex

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date into a tulip.

A: Pitch black with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Slight sweet cream smells with light milk and a, surprisingly, bitter coffee roast smell. This smells really inviting.

T: Very nice flavor here, really mellow but inviting. Sweet cream up front with a nice bitter coffee finish. I'm enjoying this very much!

M: The body is medium with some weight to it, like a light creamer. There's light carbonation, but enough to leave a little tingle.

O: I'm surprised I'm liking this as much as I am. There's not much going on, but there's a great balance of creamer sweetness with a coffee bitter finish. The value is great at $9 a 6 pack and it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:44:32 | More by keanex
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Dark brown/black with tan head, only a cm or so with little bits of lacing.

S: dark roasted malts, with scents of sweet milk chocolate, lactose, oats, and the slightest hint of coffee.

T: The flavor starts smooth, sweet, and chocolatey. Hops start to kick in and add some bitterness to the flavors, giving it more of a dark chocolate taste. There is a lingering milk sugar sweetness from the lactose in the finish.

M/O: Wow, this is one smooth beer. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation, and a full on silk mouthfeel. When you see those lame commercials about over-priced chocolate or yogurt or whatever and they keep saying "smooth, rich decadence" ooolala. Well.... River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout is like that.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:46:29 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout from River Horse Brewing Co.
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