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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 zhanson88
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of erosier
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of nbbd
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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!

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Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 mikereaser
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 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 rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hayesez
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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