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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 mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

10-01-2010 23:48:41 | More by mothman
Photo of kbutler1


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

09-24-2010 14:30:11 | More by kbutler1
Photo of 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


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

A: black with a light tan head and a little bit of stickyness

S: smells like Hersy choc syrub and vanilla. Sweet nose with some carmel and toffe.

T: mmm. interesting. Its sweet and milkshake like at first and then it gets smoky really quick. Not crazy smoky but its def there. After that I get some roasted malt more shades of choc malts, def a toasted after taste on the end. Not bad. Very unique.

M: I know this isnt supposed to be an imperial stout or anything but if it was a little more chewy I would like it more.

D: Not a huge beer, so its pretty drinkable. I could dig this beer with some smores on a cold night by the campfire.

08-13-2010 00:18:11 | More by GOGRANDE
Photo of drabmuh


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

07-09-2010 02:50:14 | More by drabmuh
Photo of mikereaser


4/5  rDev +1%

A - pours a pitch black with a 1/4 inch of tan foam

S - creamy milky aromas, coffee, roasted malts as well

T - coffee, chocolate, roasted malts along with some coffee and just a bit of hops

M/D - very good tasting, very creamy with good carbonation

06-28-2010 15:13:45 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Thorpe429


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

05-24-2010 10:55:58 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

03-31-2010 22:26:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a rich, deep, dark near black color, decent head but minimal retention & lacing. Smell is of dry hot chocolate mix - bitter cocoa but sweet, creamy scent. Taste is mostly semi-sweet chocolate, loses the character of the nose and resembles mostly an oatmeal stout. Body is full, dry chalky finish, minimal aftertaste. Good beer, scent showed lots of promise of balance, but the oatmeal side defeats the lactose. Would be a top notch beer if adjusted.

03-15-2010 19:15:12 | More by rfgetz
Photo of hayesez


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

Received as an extra from Tinfoilcr.

Poured into my Dogfish Head globe. Pours an impressively deep, dark brown. Virtually no light passes through the edges of this guy. A one finger brown sugar colored fluffy head sticks around for quite some time. Never had this beer, never even thought about this beer, but it is impressing from the start!

Also impressive is the smell - very chocolaty and sweet. Smells like cocoa. There is a bit of the dark fruity sweetness as well. A very deep inhale reveals a bit of hidden coffee in there too.

Hmmmm...*drinks again*. Ok, so here is where the beer takes a turn. Something is definitely not quite right with the taste. It has the chocolate malt taste followed by a coffee finish, however it is very mild. Not quite as sweet as you would expect when thinking of a milk stout (come on guys, you're targeting pregnant women here, remember!). The problem, it seems, is with the finish. It just disappears on the end. After a few seconds I can still find a tiny bit of coffee bitterness, but that's it. The carbonation feels a bit weak as well, which doesn't help this thing cross the finish line. Medium-bodied and a bit short on the creaminess that you can often find in a good milk stout. Damn.

It's a shame this guy just didn't quite continue as it started. Still a drinkable beer that makes for a good evening in the office.

I must add that even as I finish this one off, that fluffy head remains. While it has diminished some due the copious amounts of lace left on the sides of my glass, it now sits in the bottom of my empty glass. Most impressive.

Consumed: 3/14/2010 - Pi Day

03-15-2010 04:23:39 | More by hayesez
Photo of Thads324


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

03-07-2010 16:36:49 | More by Thads324
Photo of Lerxst


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Obtained in a trade with Pabs311.

A-Pours black with a one finger mocha head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Looks really good.

S-Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and a bit of hops.

T-Similar to the nose with malt, chocolate and coffee, but while the nose did not have a sweetness, the taste is slightly sweet.

M-Medium body, yet very creamy. Slick, oily finish.

D-This was very drinkable. More than one is certainly doable.

Overall, a very nice beer. I'd like to try more of their stuff.

03-07-2010 13:40:39 | More by Lerxst
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2%

A: Deep, black hue. Moderate, tan head, that disappears quickly. Nice tan lacing along the sides. A pretty sexy stout.

S: Mild bitter chocolate notes hit the nose, and a mild sweet smell reminiscent of brown sugar.

T: Not as sweet as expected, based on the smell, but sweetness dominates the palate. Mild no so bitter chocolate and a hint of sugar, molasses and caramel. I don't notice any oatmeal: this seems to be a simple sweet stout.

M: A bit chalky and malty and maybe a little bit creamy but not as much as I expected. Seems just slightly watered down.

D: A pretty decent stout by basic stout standards. Nothing offending, but nothing eye-opening either. I do recommend this to anyone wanting to try a stout for the first time. Easy to drink, but not mind blowing.

03-04-2010 22:48:23 | More by irishking1977
Photo of 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 StJamesGate

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours violet black with thick, beige clotted cream head that sheets. Wood smoke, milk chocolate, and latte on the nose. Red berry and oatcake malts, roasty middle, and flinty hops. Sweet end hit and bitter linger. Very soft and round. Slight burn.

Oats do a lot for the body. Something metallic in the middle that's not quite right, though.

02-18-2010 23:08:18 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of leakyfaucet12


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

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

02-15-2010 13:41:29 | More by leakyfaucet12
Photo of peterittenhouse


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

A- Pours pitch black w/ thin coffee colored head.

S-Fruity aroma.

T- Great stuff. Actually easy drinking. Can be a session beer. Lots of different things working here. Vanilla, dark cherries, coffee. Vanilla is the most pronounced, though.

M-Silky smooth.

D- Goes down easy. Very nice. I bought this on a hunch and it didn"t dissapoint.

Go Phillies!

01-18-2010 01:44:31 | More by peterittenhouse
Photo of m1ked


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle at WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a pitch black, held up to the light I get a thin used motor oil brown ring. Starts off with a 1 inch espresso like dense foam that doesn't tkae long to fade to a thin mocha cap. Little lacing, some sticky edges though.

S- I get bitter slight touch of smokey bittersweet chocolate & coffee with some woodiness. Bittersweet chocolate lingers.

T- I get the bittersweet, yet mellow, chocolate first with hints of coffee in here too. There are some bitter notes, almost like wood, at the end that almost seem tangly to me.

M- Good creamy mouthfeel that seems to be counterbalanced by the tangy notes. Low but prickly cabonation.

D- I don't know if I have ever had an Oatmeal Milk stout before, but I really liked this one. I would recommend, and will seek out and other of RH's offerings.

01-17-2010 00:08:03 | More by m1ked
Photo of Minotaur


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-12-2010 01:59:38 | More by Minotaur
Photo of PSUDREW


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

pours a great pitch color, with a nice tan head that diminishes slowly, and laces nicely. wonderfully milky/honey nose, sweet and full . The taste is everything it could be. nice roasted malts. That milky taste mixed with a great sweetness that doesn't overpower. the roasted oatmeal finishes off the taste. interesting combo, I really enjoyed it, get it if you can

01-09-2010 05:25:26 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

A: pours thick with a mocha colored head. The brew is opaque.

S: somewhat of a muted bouquet. Subtle notes of chocolate and lactose are noticeable.

T: semi-sweet with chocolate, molasses, and a touch of lactose twang at the tail.

M: thick and creamy, with little carbonation to scrub the flavors away, allowing them to linger.

D: not as sweet as many of the other sweet stouts I've experienced, but overall quite enjoyable.

01-07-2010 00:30:31 | More by Avagadro
Photo of longdivision


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Could not wait for this to come back.
A - Poured and looked like you would expect. Dark chocolate brown with a hefty tan head.

S - Roasted with some hints of a hop bite. Slightly sweet.

T - You get that milk stout character and sweetness. But it's not too sweet, A great example of the style. Roasty, some slight coffee notes, and dark chocolate too. Balanced bitterness toward the end.

M - Pleasantly smooth and creamy. It has a heavier mouthfeel, but it is easy to drink.

O - I have to pick some of this up whenever I see it again. It should be in production more often.

01-06-2010 14:44:34 | More by longdivision
Photo of photomike


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%

Received as an extra from mikey711. Thanks dude!

Pours an opaque black with translucent brown corners. Nice half inch soft tan head that dies down to a respectable ring in a short period of time. Nice lookin' bere heer.

Smells a lot like I would have imagined an oatmeal milk stout would smell. Lactic sweetness and yogurty oatmeal tartness. Lots of chocolate, a hint of coffee and even a touch of cinnamon. Not bad at all.

At first, this beer shocked my palate. I'm not quite sure how or why, but that first sip was not pleasant. Subsequent sips are quite nice, however. Dark chocolate roastiness sneaks up behind the somewhat creamy taste of milk stout. Some sweet oatmeal as well, and a bite of alcohol on the finish. Seems a bit higher than 6.7%. Not very complex, but tasty.

Light effervescent carbonation fits nicely. Very creamy and chewy and pretty quaffable.

A solid beer indeed!

01-01-2010 04:10:49 | More by photomike
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle says Brewers Reserve and that this is the "redux", but all signs point to it just being the same beer brewed again.

A: Quite dark, was expecting to be able to see through this one a bit. Nice creamy tan/brown head was about an inch thick but has reduced to about a quarter inch.

S: Big roasted malt and chocolate aromas. A bit of the alcohol is coming through. Has that bittersweet smell normally associated with the sweet stouts. Some coffee and some bitter hops.

T: Big and roasty flavor with a bittersweet chocolate astringency. Certainly a sweetness here that complements the bitterness. Malt flavors are reminiscent of dry stouts.

M: Pretty standard for the milk/sweet stout category. They all seem to fall short on creaminess. A bit too thin but still enjoyable.

D: It's not exactly a sessionable beer, nothing too enjoyable to bring you back for more. Very tasty nonetheless.

12-31-2009 06:51:32 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of samie85


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

12-30-2009 17:30:34 | More by samie85
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