1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout - River Horse Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
River Horse Oatmeal Milk StoutRiver Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 337
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 62
Gots: 27 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 138 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tipofthetongue:
Photo of tipofthetongue
tipofthetongue

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

09-03-2013 04:28:37 | More by tipofthetongue
More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

09-06-2013 12:01:26 | More by csmartin6
Photo of renegadeburger
renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%

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...

02-06-2012 05:23:58 | More by renegadeburger
Photo of tigg924
tigg924

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-23-2014 23:51:42 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
Photo of dogfishandi
dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

09-19-2010 22:40:56 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-16-2013 02:56:16 | More by PretzelsNBeer
Photo of far333
far333

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

05-29-2009 04:54:44 | More by far333
Photo of KirkFrancis
KirkFrancis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-09-2014 16:53:44 | More by KirkFrancis
Photo of williamjbauer
williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

01-20-2014 23:08:43 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

01-14-2012 20:16:12 | More by acurtis
Photo of dacrza1
dacrza1

New Jersey

2.43/5  rDev -38.6%

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....

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

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

12-06-2008 16:24:18 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Varkias41
Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-22-2013 18:08:41 | More by Varkias41
Photo of nbbd
nbbd

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3%

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

01-03-2011 21:05:37 | More by nbbd
Photo of eb1993nj
eb1993nj

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -49.5%

03-12-2014 01:32:56 | More by eb1993nj
Photo of Griffith
Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-28-2014 14:34:27 | More by Griffith
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

02-21-2010 05:06:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

05-07-2009 23:39:37 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of socon67
socon67

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

09-11-2011 17:45:46 | More by socon67
Photo of fiedler84
fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

01-17-2012 01:13:28 | More by fiedler84
Photo of mikey711
mikey711

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

12-09-2009 00:57:33 | More by mikey711
Photo of Hessian257
Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

12-30-2012 20:28:36 | More by Hessian257
Photo of atmpnj
atmpnj

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

02-21-2011 22:59:11 | More by atmpnj
Photo of Ralphs66
Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-10-2014 15:38:09 | More by Ralphs66
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout from River Horse Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.