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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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 66
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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 renegadeburger
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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...

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of far333
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
2.41/5  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....

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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**

Photo of nbbd
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of Sammy
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There is something off in the flavor. Slightly bitter with a watery, chalkie flavor.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of socon67
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of mikey711
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Photo of xos
2.84/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Oatmeal downplayed to the point where I have to ask, "why call this an oatmeal stout?"

Photo of atmpnj
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I have seen this beer. I was told that it is limited and will be bottled toward the end of November. This was on cask at Andy's...

A- Dark hazy black bolor. Not exactly opaque, just a tad lighter. Nice tan head. No lace. Typical stout.

S- Milk chocolate. Sweet like ice cream cake and cocoa. Some hop there, but overall quite the malty nose...

T- Nice. I got a better hop bite here. Some bitterness added to the sweet milky malty taste was spectacular. Tasted like milk duds and grain. The cask did this one justice...

M- Smooth silky and fresh. Oily and very easy on the throat.

D- Easy drinking milk stout for sure. River Horse is making better beers....

Photo of drcarver
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - I rarely give an appearance rate over 4, but the 1 finger light brown head that sat onto of the classic stout body sat through THE ENTIRE BEER!!!. The lacing hung to the side of the glass and followed it down the whole way.

S - Heavy in the roasted malts with oats, lactose, and alcohol. Bits of chocolate, but not much.

T - Burnt and roasted malts. The heartiness of the oats mixes well with the sweet flavors of the lactose.

M - Creamy and smooth with a clean dry finish

D - Oh yeah, very much.

Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Pub in Mendham NJ to kick off New Years Day (just found my old tasting notes)

Pours very dark black with small foam ring. Oaty nose that is quite prominent. Dark chocolate too. Rich roasted flavor. Shovels of oats. Creamy light milk milk back. Touch of sweetness at the end that blends into a mild hop bitter. Very enjoyable, not overly lactosed like some milk stouts can be.

Photo of HopsYeast
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i was looking forward to this beer for a long time after hearing about it from the people at the brewery. finally found some yesterday and was very excited. riverhorse proved again why they are one of my favorite local breweries. smooth feel with a creamy finish. exactly what i expected. this beer was easy on the mouth and had a couple of surprises. a slight taste of hops at the end was a delight combined with a warm smokey flavor. i would recommend this to anyone looking to expand their beer palate. yum :)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky brown with a coffee colored head. Pungent nose. Cream and chocolate on the nose. Definitely smells like sweet sweet dessert. Unfortunately there's also an underlying sourness, like someone poured milk in my beer, but I guess that's the point.

Chewy mouthfeel with lots of chocolate and lactose like flavors. Kind of like a carbonated chocolate milk with some charcoal notes. Roasts sweet malts up front with a very well balanced minty hop presence. The hops are subtle but do their job spectacularly.

Lacing is spectacular.

Very rich and creamy, not sure how many I could drink in succession but it is quite tasty.

Photo of Minotaur
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours into a pint glass: black, thick and ending up opaque with a light chocolate milk colored lacing. The head is not retained long and a dramatic and splotchy lacing is left behind.

It settles in to a still black oil with just a bit of foam sticking around. The aroma is light: slightly sour from hops but mostly a pronounced coffee and roasted malt backbone.

The taste is lighter than may be expected but is very balanced between the sweetness of malt and lactose, and chalky malt bitterness. The flavor of roast predominates and lingers on the back of the throat and tongue; there is also a slight alcohol warmth that lingers after each swallow. The chocolate and coffee is dark and bitter but not over-powering or oppressive. The hops that do come through are a little are sour orange and lavender but it is very very faint. Sweetness from the milk and residual oats balance it out nicely.

This seems to be a lighter, quieter version of something like FBS. It is not as multi-layered but it is also much more approachable. The body is soda-like but the mouthfeel is very smooth and thus the whole package is very drinkable. I believe this could be an excellent gateway stout for those used to the more commercial examples.

I seem to remember last year's being heavier on the cocoa, sweeter and denser. However this year is still a good stout that I would recommend.

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of chocolate and cream, some oats. Taste like it smells, oats and cream, a bit sweet. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a fine brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep roasted coffee color with dark burgundy highlights around the edges when held up to the light. The head was fizzy, and khaki in color and displayed a rather short retention span while the lacing was very slight.

S: moderate in strength with dark roasted barley and coffee with a earthy bitterness. Some dry creamer notes but not much else complexity wise. Was a little disappointed here.

T: The flavor was dark roasted watered down coffee beans, bitter, with a touch of dry lactose. A slight acidic bite of burnt malt lingers about on the finish. Once again didn't find a lot of complexity here. Lacked a creamy and milky presence and came off fizzy and chalky. Was more of a dried powdery creamer taste. A quick watered down coffee finish rounds things out in an otherwise less then climatic finish.

M: light, a little rough around the edges and very overcarbonated per style. Would of perfered a creamy, silky texture, this was sodapop fizzy, chalky, and lacked substance.

D: only slightly above average here. Way overcarbonated, lacked a real milky and cremay nature and cant say this was particular good when compared to such staples as Youngs, or even Sam Adams and Lancasters milk stout which I found to be exceptional. Much better out there by style. This was also a little on the high side abv wise which would limit multiples.

Photo of postalroger
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours very dark with just a hint of red when held up to the light

S - Aromas typical for the style, including dark chocolate, coffee

M - Full and creamy with a smooth finish, mildly hopped

T - Lots of dark chocolate, dark fruits. Very nice

O - My first trying it. I'm looking forward to my second time

Photo of bugaboo416
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Its black like midnight. The dregs stick to the glass and stay there.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, touch of caramel

T: Good example of a milk stout. Slightl spicyness at firsth then Chocolate, coffee, slight tobacco. Lightly evident alchohol.

M: mid to high viscosity

D: I'd enjoy a pint or two of this.

Photo of mindspin315
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a billowy mocha head and a very dark body both brown & black. Has a small amount of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Very strong hop aromas mix with a touch of roasted malts. Lactose sugary sweetness, light cocoa notes, and a touch of coffee.

The hops are adding a huge amount of bitterness. The bitterness fades away but hints of it linger from the middle into the aftertaste. Bitter dark chocolate and powdered cocoa flavors mix well with the way the oatmeal smooths out this beer. A bit thin in the finish, could use a bit more body.

RH Oatmeal Milk Stout does many things well, but also misses on quite a few others. The big hop aroma/flavor are quite nice, but don't actually lend much to the taste but bitterness. Not a whole lot of flavor and finishes thin, but the mouthfeel is actually quite enjoyable.


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River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout from River Horse Brewing Co.
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