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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Mitchster on 08-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,038 |  Reviews: 418
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of jt31914
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Not much head to speak of; black as night stout color - looks syrupy in the same way many imperials would.

S: Smells of oatmeal and a faint hint of alcohol; very pleasant smell.

T: Strong oatmeal on the palate with a smooth finish - slight char flavor on the finish. Very rich, robust, and smooth.

M: Best mouthfeel I've ever had in a stout; smooth and refreshing

D: Very drinkable stout.

Overall this is the best oatmeal stout I've had; great aftertaste, and I immediately wanted another bottle after I finished this beer.

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Photo of scott2269
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of nstygles
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevinDixonBeer
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of q33jeff
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Thick oily Dark black, small tan head.
AROMA: roasty, smokey malt. Very aromatic
TASTE: smoke, peat, coffee, toast, tobacco. A perfectly bitter finish, not too much, just enough to bring the flavor.
Feel: thick, smooth, a little creamy.

This is a very good oatmeal stout. Probably the best I've had, although Samuel Smith is always the sentimental benchmark.


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Photo of SamN
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bonus bottle from amishland. Thanks!

This beer is quite thick and very fizzy. A crackling head erupts and fades quickly. Solid jet black, motor oil looks. Head is minimal. Smell is powerful! Tons of well roasted grain sweetness and some booziness. Great smell, very strong. Taste is powerful as well, dark roasted grains and amazing oat smoothness, lots of strong coffee and earth tastes. Just the right finishing tastes of very dark malts, bitter coffee and a slight alcohol warming.

Wow, what an amazing oatmeal stout! Dirty roasted, earthen tastes, perfect oat smoothness and chewiness. Almost no hops explicitly present, just tons and tons of hearty roasted malts. Delicious, fantastic beer.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Working my way through the winter stouts, 3 down 2 to go!

Pour is pitch black like the others in the series. Theres a small caramel head.

A cloyingly sweet smell fills the air around you. It still smells sweet, but theres a coffee roasted malt presence that I really like. The sweet smell that is somewhat reminiscent of brown sugar or sweet cookies.

Its much sweeter than the other oatmeal stouts, yet theres more roasty malt. Burnt coffee, black chocolate, and sweet cream. Its alot like a cappucino stout in ways. Espresso roast beans are first up, then theres a bit of dark chocolate in the middle, and finishes even more bitter. I think the oatmeal gives it a thicker body.

Feels slightly creamy, but overall leaves a nice roasty presence late. reminiscent of dark roasted coffee. Best Oatmeal Stout that I've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully black appearance, with a 1/4 " creamy tan head, slowly dying bubbles.

Aroma: nice. Roasted, but redolent with sweet, creamy malt, light hops, very toasty, ripe, and rich.

Taste: Mmmm, more of that sweet thing in my mouth, the tastily roasted, caramel, coffee and cocoa melange that sets my tastebuds singing. Expansive flavor, fills the bill for the style, and then some. Floods the mouth, spills and spreads deliciousness. Slight fruit, from the malt, and it only ups the ante on the tastiness. Molasses creeps into the flavor profile, thick and rich as blackstrap.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had in a long time! Full-bodied, long, slightly bitter finish, fullness of flavor. Rich, gritty, earthy...hits all the earmarks I've got for the style!

Good job!

And thanks to trbeer!

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Photo of sleazo
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours black, jet black with a smallish coffee hued head. This diminishes quickly and settles into a small brown cap. Lacing is non existant. God I hope spring is here, I am running out of adjectives to describe stouts.

S_Rich sweet creamy coffee wafts out of the glass. A bit of raw grain is there as well to intermingle with its' roasted cousin.

T_Just as I thought I was in dark beer overload, this one actually throws a few kinks into the plan. Very smooth oatmeal flavour coming through the freshly brewed cup of coffee. This just screams breakfast to me. Some hints of licorice, vanilla and baker's chocolate as well. Finish has notes of grassy hops. A rich earthy tone reveals itself as the beer warms.

M_Chewy and rich like a proper Oatmeal Stout should be. Despite the lack of head there is a good carbonation which cuts through the liquid which could be construed as cloying otherwise.

D_Was not expecting to like this one as much as I did. From the full winter of stout overload to the mediocre appearence, I just was not expecting much. This is just a really nice stout, which is hitting the spot.

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Photo of Greggy
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a massively thick black motor oil color with a 1 finger dark tan head. A bit of lacing was left on the glass.

S- Nice dark maple syrup, chocolate, cream, molasses, ginger snap cookies. A slight hint of booze in the nose, but nothing cloying.

T- Starts off with a semi-sweet chocolate with ample creaminess, quite a bit of coffee notes, and roasted grains. Smore's come to mind after the initial sip. After that, the beer takes a turn towards straight bakers chocolate, being quite dry and astringent. Nice.

M- Very little carbonation, nice thick feel, good dry chocolate finish.

D- Not sure on the ABV on this but I'd guess 6%. Quite a nice drinkable and semi-complex Oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Rbehrens
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - So dark that no light could pass through. A beautiful dark tan one and a half finger small bubble head that dissipated quickly.

S - Smelled of oatmeal and coffee with a hint of chocolate.

T - It stated with oatmeal and finished with coffee. I enjoyed the balance.

M - Smooth and creamy. The carbonation level was great.

D - I thought when looking at the beer that after one I would be done. After the first I just wanted another one and the cycle continued.

I loved this beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a small dark orange head. Settles to a thin head. This thing required a hard pour. Dark as the darkest of 'em.

S- Very roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Nothing to knock your socks off, but very good.

T- Wow. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, smokiness. There is a lot going on here. No taste of any alcohol.

M- Awesome. Creamy and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Not hard on the palate at all.

D- Very well done. Too bad I don't know the ABV on this- but I could definitely feel it. I am really going to be getting this again.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark, black even, with a tiny brown head that quickly dissipates into the black abyss, leaving a micro-ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is very enjoyable and defined, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt coffee and perhaps a hint of vanilla. The taste is much the same, with the charred coffee flavor coming to the forefront, but it is well balanced by the slight sweetness of the oatmeal and finishes very smooth. I read from another BAs report that this has 8% and I believe it, but I can't taste it. Well done. The mouthfeel is great; viscous and creamy, incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable oatmeal stout, I will have to make a point to pick up the others in the series (which I was previously unaware of).

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Photo of hornsup
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 poured into an Intuition pint glass

A:pours a beautiful opaque black with a deep mocha colored head that is gorgeous....only issue I had was the head disappearing too quickly..little rentention.

S: Smells like oats, sweet chocolate, vanilla, raisins, ROASTY TOASTY

T: Tastes alot more like a milk stout, oatmeal flavor is slight, the chocolate is great and the sweetness is really dialed back from the smell. Milk chocolate is present with alot more smooth vanilla notes over a winter bonfire flame.

M: Solid mouthfeel, little chewy, dry aftertaste

O: This is one of my top 3 oatmeal/milk stouts I've ever tasted. I acquired it in a trade and am going to assume that Dark Horse went back to the drawing board over the past few years and changed it up. Its soooo smooth and the balance is uncanny. I am going to trade for this again..and soon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oreo cookie black with a hint of dark caramel at the edges. Even the brightest sunlight fails to bring highlights out of this black hole of a stout. The head is a firm, tight, two fingers of foam that resembles a molasses-filled sponge. I don't care about the relative lack of lace, One is a good looking stout.

The nose is pretty wonderful as well. It's mega roasted malty with aromas of charred coffee beans and dark chocolate. The lack of any discernable hoppiness in a beer of this sort has never bothered me because it's all about the malt. I think I'm gonna like this one.

My first Dark Horse beer is a good One. This may just be the richest, darkest oatmeal stout that has ever entered my mouth. It comes close to American double stout territory without quite making it across the border. Each mouthful is further proof that only good things can happen when a brewer uses a generous amount of generously roasted barley.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is roughly equal parts bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. I might even detect a hint of vanilla in there as well. I also love the fact that the sweetness of the malt sugars are perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the hops (or perhaps it's the bitter char from the malt). Either way, this stuff is some kind of delicious.

I like my stout mouthfeels stouter than most. This one is just right. It's full enough and creamy enough to please the mouth and tongue and to provide for a great deal of flavor linger. Again, double stouts have nothing to worry about, but it's more than adequate for the task at hand. Incidently, the 8.0% ABV is buried with consummate skill.

I've been looking for Dark Horse beer for some time now and was lucky enough to run across the entire Holiday Stout Series several days ago. If One is any indication of the quality that I can expect from Too, Tres and Fore, then it will be all I can do to restrain myself from drinking them all today.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised with how thick and dark this was. Pours out to a jet black with an oily thickness, forming a dark cocoa powder head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is huge...black roasted grains, vanilla, espresso, black walnut, semisweet dark chocolate, distant smoke, wood and a strong suggestion of bourbon...in that order. Mouthfeel is smooth with a dense body and ample viscosity. Carbonation is moderate. Taste is much the same, starting with mild herbal flavor hops, completely pounded into oblivion by tons of chewy, very roasted malts...syrupy with an earthy bitterness and roasted astringency in the finish...everlasting cocoa, bourbon, and wood in the aftertaste. A dry wiff of alcohol alerts you to it's presence, but isn't intrusive. Otherwise cleanly fermented. The bitterness is mild to moderate and lightly earthy...most of the bitterness is from the heavily roasted malts.

Not quite up there with Kalamazoo in sheer drinkability, but a very good "monster-of-a-stout" worth searching for. This is one heck of a beast but is easy to drink and oh-so-smooth. Highly recommended. A meal in itself.

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4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lupe
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and black with a thin brown head that leaves little lace.

Wonderful roasted aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Oats are present, as are hints of charcoal and toast.

Like the aroma the flavor is heavy on the roastiness. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and a hint of burnt wood. Oatmeal peeks in to round out all the roast, and adds a very nice smoothness. An underlying sweetness is present and becomes more prominent in the finish.

Full bodied, silky-smooth and creamy. Alcohol only shows as a welcome warmth. Goes down easy and is finished too soon. A delicious oatmeal stout for morning, noon, or night.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark black, engine oil. Brown head. The head could be bigger and have more retention, but it smells of amazing dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate, very smooth from oats, a little sweetness, and some spicyness from the hops, and I think there is a little roastyness behind all that...
This beer is fantastic

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Photo of MacStinson
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,038 ratings
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