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River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Oatmeal Milk StoutRiver Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 66
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DavidSeanNJ on 11-09-2008)
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Reviews by BaronVonBeauregard:
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4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

BaronVonBeauregard, Jun 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +1%

csmartin6, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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...

renegadeburger, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tigg924, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ImFlyerThanYou, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. no freshness date. enjoying on my back porch on a brisk pre-autumn day.

pours pretty much opaque black, some sediment visible, 2 fingers of thick velvety mocha colored head. faded to a ring after awhile, average retention. decent sticky lace. looks close to an imperial.

off the first whiff, chocolate milk and roasted malts come to mind. digging deeper you find milk chocolate as well as dark, sweet oatmeal and some roasted coffee.

delicious taste, all i can think of is that this would be a perfect breakfast beer. this stout is balanced perfectly between oatmeal qualities and milk stout qualities. rich chocolate milk, a little roasted malt, sweet oatmeal. hints of vanilla and toasted marshmallows. finishs with a slight roasted malt and bakers chocolate bitterness.

somewhat chalky mouthfeel, but this is welcomed, medium bodied, almost wish it had just a touch more body to it. good carbonation.

drinks easy and quick. nice for a brisk evening by an outside fire, or perfect for breakfast. i highly recommend this if you can get it. one of the better takes on the style.

dogfishandi, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

PretzelsNBeer, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black and opaque with a low light brown head of wispy foam.

Low aroma of cocoa and lightly roasted malt.

Rich flavor of darkly roasted malt, bitterness balancing sweetish cocoa. Tasty but not very complex.

Tingly mouthfeel, a little slick.

Moderately drinkable, average beer.

far333, May 29, 2009
Photo of KirkFrancis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

KirkFrancis, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1%

williamjbauer, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1%

acurtis, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
2.43/5  rDev -38.6%
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....

dacrza1, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

River Horse- Oatmeal Milk Stout

A- Deep dark brown with a huge, over carbonated, head. Big thick lacing.
S- Sweet milk chocolate with molasses and vanilla.
T- Molasses oatmeal cookies with milk chocolate, vanilla, and light roast coffee beans.
M- Sticky sweet and slightly grainy with a dry bittering coffee finish.

Overall- Very enjoyable and possibly River Horse's best beer!

**Re-reviewed 1/4/09**
Delicious!

NJpadreFan, Dec 06, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of nbbd
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First Milk stout that I remember having. Drinking it out of a New Sam Adams glass. Not sure how to review against style because of this

Pour reminds me of a nice cup of an espresso topped with a thick, dense and red brown crema that dissipates to barely 1/16 of a inch. This remained through the entire drink.

Intially Aroma reminds me of coffee- a medium light roast that has a little fruitiness to it, then coco, then smokey... beef jerky.

First sip brings a slight creaminess, sweetness- coco again- then progresses to heavier malt, Milk caramel, roasted nuty. Still getting a smoked cured meat aroma that im not sure about...

Over all enjoying this beer, but I could not see having one or two at a sitting. Also need to re-evaluate in the future- the smoked jerky aroma/ flavor... curious. This may be why I think it would go with a good bowl of venison/beef stew

nbbd, Jan 03, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

eb1993nj, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Griffith, Jan 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

JMartuci83, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at The Ginger Man, Starts out with moldy taste and then overtaken by big coffee. Wierd and not too drinkable. The smell was not the roast I was expecting, rather neutral instead. I should have complained to try another, but have been warned that you don't get too far at this bar regardless of your bad experience. Colour was fine, as was carbonation.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

RiverHorse's Oatmeal Milk Stout pours the black-bodied and creamy tan headed beauty that you might expect. The head retention is very good, and the lacing is more than adequate.

In the nose it's distinctly cocoa-ish and a touch fruity.

The flavor is not much different, but it is fuller and more complex. It's initially a touch fruity and sweetish, displaying more cocoa across the middle, and then some more distinctly chocolate-like notes with an edge of roastiness as you swallow. It lingers gently in the finish with a velvety side of cocoa and some toastiness and dying embers of roastiness. The bitterness is kept in check so that it maintains the sweet edge that's intended, but it's also solid enough to anchor it and help to dry the finish. A hint of dark malt acidity also helps it.

Nicely done! I've been more and more impressed with the beers from River Horse within the last year and a half or so, and this one really helps to bolster my opinion of them.

NeroFiddled, May 08, 2009
Photo of socon67
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, this is poured black with a creme colored foam that is thick at first and settles to a thin line. Impressive lacing.

S - Scent of cocoa is noticeable early. Has a significant malt smell.

T - Sweet and chocolatey. The chocolate flavor is impressive. Finish has a sweet candy taste.

M - Very drinkable, feels ligther than it is. Consistency isn't watery.

O - Surprised how much I liked this. Would have this again, at least on tap.

socon67, Sep 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

fiedler84, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a mocha colored head that poured nearly two inches thick. The head retention was just ok, settling down to almost nothing around about 2 minutes, but leaving great lacing in its wake. I am very impressed by how dark the beer actually is

S: Slightly sweet with some lactose notes, milk chocolate sweetness and a bit roastiness and smokiness that come through in the end.

T: The roastiness and smokiness come through very smooth upfront and transition to some sweetness from the oats and chocolate. It is very nicely balanced between the roasty/smokiness and sweetness

M: It is a bit light in body, but it is not chalky or boozy. It is smooth and creamy as well

D: The smokiness could get overwhelming after a while but one or two of these is great

mikey711, Dec 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1%

Hessian257, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of atmpnj
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a near pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head. The head dissipates most of the way leaving a thin mocha ring and coating that hangs around for the duration.

S: The smell is not overwhelming, but consists primarily of chocolate, a hint of coffee, and grains.

T: Dark, bitter chocolate dominates at first balanced by a smooth sweetness. Soon most of the sweet feel dissipates leaving dark chocolate and eventually a bitter finish where the hops become noticeable.

M: This beer is low in carbonation making for a very smooth and creamy medium bodied feel.

D: To me this is about as drinkable as they come. The flavors do not get old and the lack of carbonation makes it easy to drink. My favorite River Horse beer and one of my favorites all around.

atmpnj, Feb 21, 2011
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River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout from River Horse Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.