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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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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 61
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)
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Photo of rab53


5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-02-2011 06:01:09 | More by rab53
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

11-30-2011 20:27:10 | More by djrn2
Photo of cwps48


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-21-2011 05:30:28 | More by cwps48
Photo of SkipperDan

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-20-2011 20:45:11 | More by SkipperDan
Photo of Knapp85


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

09-12-2011 03:56:16 | More by Knapp85
Photo of 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 brian44556


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.

Pours a jet black, with a half-finger, chocolate colored head. The head floats for a good while on top of the beer and leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass. Wow....what a great looking beer. Smells of sweet chocolate, a small hint of coffee, and roasted malts. Tastes of dark chocolate with a mild hop profile. Very good carbonation, but the beer seems a bit thin. Overall a very good beer. Glad I had a chance to try it.

09-09-2011 04:50:29 | More by brian44556
Photo of postalroger

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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

07-15-2011 01:50:17 | More by postalroger
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

06-07-2011 02:08:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.8/5  rDev -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.

04-08-2011 21:38:04 | More by vfgccp
Photo of bugaboo416

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

03-09-2011 12:53:13 | More by bugaboo416
Photo of 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 metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-16-2011 02:52:57 | More by metter98
Photo of cpetrone84


3.88/5  rDev -2%

A-pours a jet black liquid with a thin dark tan colored head.

S-the nose is light and hard to detect. notes of oatmeal and some sugary malts mix with a hint of slightly roasted chocolate malts.

T-the flavor is more robust and roasty. roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, light notes of roasted cofee and a touch of sweet dark fruits to add some sweetness.

M-medium bodied and extremely smooth and creamy. slightly grainy feel in the finish but the carb is low allowing a smooth easy finish.

D-very smooth and refeshing, extremely easy to drink with an inviting palate and gentle robust flavors.

02-15-2011 15:59:25 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of hopmonkey

New York

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

02-12-2011 01:24:37 | More by hopmonkey
Photo of thecarster1


4/5  rDev +1%

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, nearly two fingers fade gradually to an even coating and clinging, pours thick black brown color.

s- sweet cream, light chocolate and a little roast, maybe a touch of vanilla, not overly complex but good smelling.

t- very much like a big kids pint of chocolate milk, little but of roast, but mostly sweet - nice cream from that lactose, this is a tasty milk stout.

m- medium to full, creamy.

d- nice, this is a very drinkable milk stout, one of the better ones that i've had, glad to have this as a local brew for me.

02-10-2011 22:05:40 | More by thecarster1
Photo of zhanson88


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

Big thanks go out to thecarster1 for including this beer as an extra in a trade!

Appearance: This beer pours out very dark brown and appears an opaque black in the glass when settled. About a finger of mocha colored head forms. Retention is below average though, and lacing is non-existent.

Smell: Roasty malts, bitter and sweet chocolate, and floral hops embody the aroma on this beer. Pretty nice smelling, but like a lot of milk stouts a bit lacking in terms of complexity.

Taste: Lots of roasty malts make up the base of this beer. I also get plenty of bitter chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Oatmeal also comes out in providing a bit of sweetness. Floral hops on the back end. Very nice taste, very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: This beer is pretty light overall for me with a good deal of carbonation. Not too bad though. It's a very drinkable beer that I would love to have access to all of the time. Very good beery by River Horse.

02-04-2011 03:59:35 | More by zhanson88
Photo of erosier


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

L: Pours a deep brown/black color with a short and off-white colored head that fades pretty fast and fades a bit down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, hints of chocolate, coffee, a hint of caramel as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, then a nice mix of some sweetness, a hint of caramel, and all throughout it has a nice oatmeal flavor to it.
M: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, much lighter feeling than it looks.
D: Pretty sessionable with a decent abv, great flavors, and great feel to it.

02-01-2011 10:55:56 | More by erosier
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.88/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours jet black with a one finger brown head. Lacing looks really nice...would have preferred a larger head, but thems the breaks sometimes

S- lots of chocolate coming through on the nose, with some hints of coffee...it smells a little sweet too. Pretty enticing aroma

T- it's very mild, which surprised me a little bit...getting mostly sweet chocolate, with a little bit of that coffee bite near the end. About standard for the style...maybe a little less complex

M- the oatmeal gives it a thickness different from most milk stouts...I like it, though the thickness with the sweetness is a little weird

D- this is a real solid beer, shame I've never run into it here in PA...would definitely get it again if I was in the mood

01-12-2011 00:13:41 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of nbbd


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 9InchNails

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Khaki brown color head with a complete opaque body. The head looks very creamy and delicious. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Nothing but big rich roasted malts with some milk chocolate aromas.

It tastes like some toffee, milk chocolate, cherries(?), some oats and a slight minuscule booze taste. It tastes like your typical good Oatmeal stout.

Creamy, it's light body for a Stout. Lightly carbonated. Feels really nice in the mouth.

For an Oatmeal Stout this isn't really that heavy. Decent amount of alcohol in it with a 6.7% ABV., but doesn't seem to be too noticeable. It's very easy to go down.

12-21-2010 03:42:33 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of LeftyEtc

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Black, defiantly black, after vigorous pour a very thin tan head is caps beer.

S - Heavily roasted malts well balanced with the aroma of chocolate coved coffee beans.

T - Mix half hot chocolate and half coffee, let it cool and pour oatmeal into it. Ingredients of this excellent beer seem to be well represented.

M - Sweet sticky malts roasted with coffee leave a great taste after each sip. Full bodied caramel goodness. Maybe a touch to carbonated, i like stouts to be very still.

D - This awesome beer is very easy to fall in love with and drink a few. In my opinion, the best of River Horse beers. By bottle is good but on tap is even better!

12-13-2010 00:03:24 | More by LeftyEtc
Photo of Bergenboy1981

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%

I really really like this one. It's by far my favorite seasonal lately....too bad its only out for winter :(

12oz Bottle (Whole Foods, Paramus,NJ)

This is a wonderful flavorful and very very smooth stout that is actually light enough to drink all the time if you like.
There is no batch # on the bottle that I can tell.

Smells like oatmeal and coffee, some chocolate.
Tastes malty and coffee and lightly chocolaty and a little hint of vanilla.
VERY smooth with great mouth feel very creamy....but at the same time VERY light for a stout....almost has more the body of a creamy porter...but hit the nail on the head with the milk stout taste. The lightness though gives it pretty good drink-ability unlike some heavier stouts which are kinda heavy and you cant drink too many.
As said in another review also, this IS a great breakfast stout....plus unlike some of the other local stouts like Brooklyn Brewery, with 10%ABV...This one wont leave u stumbling if you actually do drink it w breakfast lol
Good Carbonation but not overdone.

Overall this is a great stout, and if you have the chance you should DEFINITELY give it a try...I've also found this to be a good first stout for people who haven't tried it and a rare exception for people who usually don't care for stouts.

12-07-2010 20:50:34 | More by Bergenboy1981
Photo of dmfrench


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

A well crafted, delicious, yet flawed balanced Milk Stout.


A: Deep black with no highlights to speak of, topped with a pleasing but fleeting one finger khaki head. No real lacing.

S: Typical for the style, but not exemplary: roasted cocoa malt, caramel sweetness, hint of raisin/prune, just a touch of generic hops edge.

T: Repeat of the nose with more emphasis on hops. A fairly balanced taste... not overly sweet. Though there's clearly a healthy dose of roasted cocoa malt, you get the sense that there's something missing on the bottom end when compared to dark monsters from Founders, Bell's, Samuel Smith, et. al. That stated, this beer does have a very pleasing and friendly flavor.

M: Feels thicker than it tastes. Not much to complain about here. Perfect carbonation, decent weight. Maybe a bit grainy, but very nice.

D: Quite drinkable, but the lack of bottom may grate on Milk Stout connoisseurs.

11-29-2010 18:06:37 | More by dmfrench
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

The aromas here are amazing, smells almost like a latte with roasted coffee and sweets mixed with some oatmeal, the good sweets are definitely from the oatmeal.

The tastes follow the nose but with less sweetness. Roasted chocolate malts and coffee, a very small bit of hop bitterness, but creamy and smooth for sure. The mouthfeel is good here too, pretty creamy, sweet oat flavor is left on the tongue as a good after taste.

Overall the drinkability is good here, pretty filling though and the roasty character might overpower the sweets after a while, one of the best offering I have had from River Horse that's for sure. Good hybrid style brew.

11-26-2010 17:08:09 | More by claspada
River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout from River Horse Brewing Co.
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