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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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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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (only some traces of amber were noticeable at the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured into a pint glass with a thin creamy tan head that faded away but left wispy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: The smell is slightly sweet and has aromas of chocolate and coffee with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of milk chocolate. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, somewhat smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: I had no problem drinking this and could have easily have a few of these in one night.

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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 brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: An attractive bubble show creates a huge mocha head; excellent retention and quite a bit of squiggly lace

Smell: Chocolate cookie, vanilla and a touch of roast

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with a slightly roasty character developing; the sweeter chocolate and lactic cream flavors re-build through the finish though there is a touch of bitter roast in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; creamy feel, too

Overall: Not a bad sweet stout here, at all; one of the better beers I have tasted from this brewery

Thanks, yankeepride, for the opportunity

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mday for opening this at a recent tasting.

A: Pours near-black with a nice, thin tan head.

S: Plenty of roasted malt characteristics alongside a nice blend of coffee and chocolate.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, hints of toffee, and a small but existent hop presence.

M: Smooth, medium-body with good carbonation.

D: Very nice. Not normally one of my favorite styles, but I loved the smooth nature of this alongside the very nice balance of coffee and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, thin tan head. It left some thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, molasses and hints of chocolate. It had a sight floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet molasses, chocolate and caramel. It had some bitterness from oatmeal and hops to balance it out.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied stout that was quite easy drinking.

D - I really like this sweet stout. It is a deliciously balanced version of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent, dark brown in color with a small, very quick head of light tan that left no lacing and hardly anything on top. This was worrisome for me at first as I was afraid it may have been a bit flat, but it was just the look that appeared a bit off. Aroma of deep roasted malts, light smoke and nice chocolate notes start to come through right away. Smooth, even and as it warm relatively unchanged. Light vanilla in here now as I take the first sip. A bit slick, I was expecting a bit fuller feel to it, but the taste still came across nicely. Smokey with nice notes of peat and burnt sugar mixing with a light chocolate and creamy lactose flavor. Nicely done. Each sip seem to get more and more smokey, which was a nice touch and the finish was just dry enough and left just enough sweetness on the tongue to leave me very pleased.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a humble black body topped off with a frothed, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Amiable aroma smelling lightly of roasted, dark malts housing notes of chocolate and unsweetened chocolate. Smattering of flaked oats as well as some meek, mild hints of dark fruit.

Taste: RHOMS has a moderately roasty start with tastes of chocolate and coffee and even Mayfield-brand Rocky Road ice cream. Medium-light sweetness throughout. Gentle touch of dark fruitiness in the background. Small hint of nutty oats in amongst the roasty malt flavors. Low degree of bitterness. Final hints of chocolate and coffee on the near-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Properly smooth medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and reasonably well-balanced. Not a bad little milk stout, really.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Thirsty's in East York PA. Poured chilled in my mug
A - A lot like root beer in appearance-deep brown w/ a smooth frothy tan head of 2 fingers w/ tiny pin sized bubbles and nice streams of lace

S - Deep roasty coffee notes w/ lots of mocha and milk chocolate w/ subtle vanilla aroma- very mild in all other respects. Not much yeast or hop scent to speak of, just dark malt

M - Silky smooth like a beer milkshake w/ creamy milky notes w/ plenty of roastiness you'd expect from a stout. A slight spiced pine hint whcih gives it a feel that is balanced and interesting - on the mark w/ spot on carbonation.

T - A deep roasted coffee richness w/ nice chocolate malt textures and a slight hoppy flavor w/ both spice and pine hops that marry w/ the vanilla cream flavor of the milk part of the oatmeal stout. The malt is full and sligthly dry giving subtle complexity

D - A great stout-I really enjoyed the full flavor combo of smooth malt and creamy milk stou in one bottle - Very drinkable

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
This is not your traditional milk stout.
It's not very sweet, it has a relatively rich flavor, and there's more chocolate and coffee.
Drinks like a higher gravity beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some dark brown hues and a tan/light brown head that is sizeable at first, then descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of chocolate with some roasted coffee and a vague fruitiness/earthiness.

The taste is of chocolate, dark bread and some raosted coffee. Not quite as sweet as some classic examples of the style, but that sits well with me. Leans sweet enough to fit with style, but with an earthy, slightly roasty dryness in the finish.

It has a creamy medium-to-full body.

A nice stout - doesn't quite have the lactose and sweetness that others have - but, as a sweet-ish stout, it's very nice. Alcohol is reasonably, but not completely, well-covered. If it were more so (or lowered), I could easily drink plenty of this one. As it is - still very drinkable!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a goblet. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head of small bubbles. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer has a mild, roasty aroma, kind of like coffee. Overall light.

Beer is surprisingly light in body but overall creamy in the mouth. All the flavors are pretty subdued though. Some bitterness in the back but only mild to moderate sweetness up front. No oatmeal so I guess its just a body component but it doesn't really fill out the beer. Its pretty mild and overall drinkable. Its pretty good.

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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 WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a really nice black, chocolate, and roasted malt scent along with a hint of lactose. The taste is good. It has a sharp, roasted flavor that boasts of black and chocolate malts. It goes down easy and finishes dry with the slightest bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine sweet stout. It has excellent malt complexity and isn't overly sweet; just right.

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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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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a big 2"+ tan colored head that lasts. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate are picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, light amount of chocolate, hints of coffee and a mild bitterness make up a nice flavored stout. There is a mild creamy quality to this throughout.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth through the finish. The flavors linger softly on the tongue after the swallow. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is a great session stout despite the slightly higher alcohol contents. Now one of my favorite beers from this brewery.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Opaque, dark chocolate brown with a large frothy brown head that fades to a ring of bubbles with some small patches of lacing.
S: Slightly sweet, milky aroma is strongest with balancing roasted coffee bitterness and oatmeal. Overall smell is fairly mild, but nice balance of the milk and coffee with a little chocolate in the background.
T: Similar to the aroma in flavors and intensity. Starts with a slightly sweet milk flavor before turning over to roasted malt, coffee bean and chewy oatmeal flavors. Finish is chocolate and coffee sweet. Lots of flavors, nothing too intense, nice balance and basically no alcohol presence.
M: Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry roasted finish. Very fluffy and light in the mouth.
D: First sample I've had of the newer River Horse beers and I'm impressed. Big, balanced flavors without the intensity of some other bigger stouts. More of a session stout if this is style is your type of beer. Body was only thing that didn't quite mesh for me as it finishes slightly soda-like. Otherwise, a great stout that I will seek out again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its pure black body and bleach white head have a sort of Oreo cookie thing going on. The contrast is most visually appealing and its creamy head appears, fortunately, intent on lasting the full course. The body is opaque and only against a bright afternoon sunlight does it afford even the slightest highlighting.

Surprising to me because I remarked on the appearance before ever smelling the beer, its aroma also draws the mind to Oreo cookies. Perhaps it is the power of suggestion but I doubt it. A dark, roasty chocolaty biscuit flavour is accompanied by a sugary vanilla lining. This smell has me thinking cookies and milk. And it's making me hungry.

But thoughts quickly switch from dessert to breakfast with the unmistakable taste of coffee in the flavour. I'd be shocked if actual coffee wasn't used in the recipe. In the aftertaste, another breakfast staple, oatmeal, is also vividly tasted. Bittersweet chocolate is also present, layered in a roasted and tobacco-like smokiness.

The mouthfeel completes the profile. It is creamy and milky with more smokiness and roast lingering than bitterness. It is quenching and quaffable. The flavours are robustly displayed but the texture is velvety and ultra smooth. The coffee bean taste is far from astringent and blends well into the beer. It's hard to believe this is almost 7% alcohol!

River Horse asks us to "break out of the ordinary" which may be more of a 'do as I say and not as I do' kind of thing. All of their beers I've yet to try were very ordinary styles, albeit ones brewed fantastically. What I do intend to break out in the future is definitely more River Horse offerings; I hope they're all as good as this one!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruby highlights on a black body. Low halo of head.

S - Sweet milk. Touch of vanilla bourbon. Med/light toasted malt.

T - Porridge, condensed milk. Milk chocolate. Oatmeal cookies.

M - Medium/light body, but not too light for the style. Sweet finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five+ finger tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Opaque dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is sweet molasses and coffee. $1.83 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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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 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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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