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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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146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 423
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 68
Gots: 75 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DavidSeanNJ on 11-09-2008

A velvety smooth Stout brewed with oats and milk sugar that create a creamy finish over a dark malt base.
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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 423
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....

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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.

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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 1/4 finger of tan head. Leaves some lace. Color is a deep caramel brown.

Aroma: Chocolate, lactose, roasted malts, light coffee, some vanilla.

Taste: Big burnt malt flavor up front. But a lactose sweetness follows up. SOme milk chocolate and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, sweet, and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with cocoa notes.

Overall, not bad, but a bit burnt of the tongue. Somewhat drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Batch 005. Pours a drak cola colored brown with a slightly tan 1/2 finger head. Light roast coffee and leather aromatics in the nose. Some malty sweetness present in the nose as well. Medium mouthfeel. Sort of like drinking a light roast cold press coffee with a nice sweetness from the lactose. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not bad but nothing super stellar either.

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Photo of hopdog
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with brown edges and virtually no head at all. What head was there was off white. Aromas of chocolate, some oatmeal, roast, and some lactose. Tastes of oats, caramel, chocolate, light coffee. and roast. Thin and somewhat flat body.

Hmmm, after puting in my rating and then reading the others, I can't help but wonder if there was something wrong with my bottle. Especially from the flat pour to flatter body. I may have to give this one another shot.

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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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Photo of mikeg67
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DrewOSU shared this one with one with newtonty and I... Thanks, man!

Pours like a RIS. Dark brown to black with an average tan head with nice, sticky lacing going about 2 inches up my glass.

Smelled initially of buttery popcorn and then light malts. Again, it reminds me of the taste of Jelly Belly's popcorn flavored jellybeans!

Unlike the nose, this one has hints of roasted coffee, oat and creamy lactose. Finshes with a mild floral hops presence.

Medium bodied with medium flavor.

Nice, but didn't too a whole lot for me. I can see putting back a few of these on any given night though...

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark mahogany almost black color. Opaque due to the darkness. Just barely a foamy head that fades slowly and leaves a good lacing.

Smell: most notably espresso and oatmeal. Some chocolate and a slight sweetness too.

Taste: opens with mild espresso with a shot of milk sugar. Lots of oatmeal with a a slight amount of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: super light. Almost too sweet but saved by a little espresso bitterness

Overall: a decent beer. Too much espresso for me, it really doesn't mold to well with all the oatmeal in my opinion

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Photo of Thads324
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A : poured a nice dark black, thin to medium foam head that was a good tan color, dissipated quickly with heavy lacing.

S : Very malty, super slight hint of toffee and oat.

T : smooth, a little warming on the tongue. A great malty flavor, but lacking the creaminess of a milk stout. As the pint goes on you get a better taste of the oat.

M : very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

D : exceptionally smooth and easy to drink for a 6.7% beer. The oatmeal is apparent, and the lactose must be what evens the character.

Overall I like this one, although after finishing the whole pint you kind of lose the milk stout feel. Good, but not great. This is my first from this brewery and I will be trying more now.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is mainly light chocolate.Taste is chocolate,smoked malts and cream.Overall a little bit thin on the flavor but still a pretty good brew.I would recommend to stout drinkers and I 'm pretty sure I would purchase again.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle recieved in trade

A-Dark Black w/ tan head, head goes down very quickley

S-Extremely weak, obviously some coffee & chocalate

T-Strong coffee with a spicy flavor

M- Strong carbonation, creamy milky mouthfeel while still seeming light

D- Not what I have come to expect from a stout. It seemed pretty light and I could drink many of these

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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.

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Photo of hopmonkey
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not too keen on the smell. A little funk there. Otherwise a nice beer. Malty, creamy, perhaps a bit heavy on the roast. Sweet but not cloying, which helps drinkability a lot. Solid. I don't know if I will buy this again, but it certainly was not a disappointment.

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Photo of Tom_O
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy as ever. Not the strongest oatmeal taste, but actually fairly light on the stomach. Definitely preferable for the colder months, but I can see enjoying year round.

This is a solid beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of candcholt
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Young_John
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As stouts go, I'm perhaps spoiled by Russian Imperial Stouts. This stout was good for the profile but overall, rather ordinary. The smell was sweet but the first taste was so unlike the smell that it was initially offputting. Taste improved as it warmed. Overall, not bad, but didn't distinguish itself from other oatmeal stouts to be very memorable.

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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.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep brown with a tan head. The aroma is faint - some roast, some sweet malt notes. The taste starts off sweet - definitely lactose present, then transitions to light roast and smoke, and ends sharply bitter. The body is ok, I'd expect a little more from an oatmeal stout. Overall, a decent beer.

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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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown body that is mostly opaque with about one finger of brown head that is a bit soapy looking and has some ok retention. Some sheets of lacing are left behind.

The aroma has all kinds of sweet malt, but really smells like coffee with lots of cream and sugar in it.

The flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma. Lots of coffee again, and a touch of coffee with cream and sugar comes through, but the coffee flavor is much stronger than in the aroma. Also, roasted malts are pretty noticeable. Pretty substantial hop presence adds a citrus flavor to the background.

Good mouthfeel. Moderate to creamy with moderate carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, a solid beer overall.

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Photo of samie85
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/23.

A-It pours a dark black with a minimal and quickly dissipating brown head.

S-I get oats, chocolate malt and sweet alcohol notes.

T-Roasted and chocolate malt with a slightly alcoholic, bitter finish.

M- Almost thin bodied with medium carbonation. It's creamy, but I wish it had some more body.

D-Th drinkability is decent, but I'm not sold on this beer. I might give it another go sometime, but it certainly won't be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was labeled as a brewer's reserve when I had it back in 2010. The beer poured out as a nice deep black color with a nice tan/brown colored head on it. The smell of the beer was roasted, even a little chocolaty. The taste of the beer had a pretty good sweetness to it. The roasted malts were nice and left a sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little on the thin side to me, I wasn't too impressed there. Overall this beer was decent, I don't see why it was a "brewer's reserve" but if they want to say that I guess they can.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout from River Horse Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.