Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,035 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 08-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,035
Reviews:
417
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
93
For Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of logicalparadox
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Dirty. Harsh. Not a fan.

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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of gkatsoris
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pitch black. The head is super dark and frothy.

S: Raiseny. Oaty. Malty balls. Rum cake. ALCOHOLY. Toast.

T: Ummm no. Smoke. Raisens. Burnt fruit.

M: The taste, oh the taste..

O: No more please. What a let down from the look and smell.

thanks redliner8??

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Photo of IrishColonial
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of MsMandy
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep chocolate brown color, minimal lacing, no head

S- Not very fragrant, slight coffee smell

T- Not complex. Unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt espresso flavor throughout taste. Slightly bitter/acidic aftertaste.

M- Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation

D- Not a great flavor, it's fine. Did not enjoy drinking and would not purchase again.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of ne0m00re
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Poured black with a chocolate effervescent head that settled to a thin collar.
S: Molasses, cigar, brown sugar, some sweet oatmeal, oxidized with some noticeablely strong earthy alcohol. It's a little boring and too musty/clay mud.
T: Dark chocolate with hints of port alcohol and oxidized roasted barley. Lingering burnt characteristics. Clay earthy flavor goes down like brownie mix. A swing and a miss.
M: Thick with low carbonation.
D: OK.

Where's the oatmeal? This is closer to a Double Stout. It's kind of a mess.

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Photo of honestdave
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dark Horse pint glass that I bought at the brewery.

A Deep dark chocolate color with dark chocolate head that recedes very quickly. Appears flat, but maybe this is characteristic of an oatmeal stout. I haven't had many of this style.

S Not much here to smell. Some chocolate and roasted coffee bean.

T Slight dark chocolate with smoke. I'm not that impressed with the taste initially, but it gets better as the stout warms up a bit. I guess I'm expecting more from an oatmeal stout than what it really is.

M Thick and chewy. Not much carbonation.

D I guess its an OK beer; but I wouldn't buy it by the bottle again. I wouldn't mind trying it on tap, but DH has too many other selections that I would try first.

Summary: A bit disappointed with this one.

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Photo of JimmytheC
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I'll drink bottle #2 of the four-pack tonight, and if the facts change I'll change my opinion. But bottle #1 has me disappointed in my purchase. As many reviews here echo my experience of the taste of this beer, though, I'm not hopeful. I bought this as a cheap substitute for my beloved Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and because the brewers are fellow Michiganders.

I drank from the bottle, I confess, so not much to say about the appearance except that it looked pretty chocolaty and dark against the off-white of the sink this morning.

From the first sniff it was clear drinking would be a chore. This beer tastes like Hopsy Cola. Almost a painful feel in the mouth. As someone once said of a basswood telecaster I will repeat about a highly hoppy stout--'It ain't right, I tell ya.' I will definitely try other stouts in Dark Horse's series, but probably won't be going back to square one.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received this in a trade probably almost a year ago. I tip my hat to the generous BA who hooked me up.

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours black with a dark coffee-brown head that took its time to fade into a thin collar that left very little lace.
S: Notes of rich dark malts and creamy roasted oats with a touch of alcohol. I get slight notes of chocolate as well.
T: Sharp, roasted flavor with notes of dried oats, chocolate malt, sherry and smoke. Overall not bad but a little strange. Alcohol comes out in the finish and the aftertaste is full of smoke.
M: Carbonation is sharp and astringent but the body and mouthfeel are full and smooth. Carbonation kills it though.
D: I don't want to drink very much of this one. The flavors are decent but I'm just not digging it.

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Photo of Bosoxbennie
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Just not a fan of this one...and im a stout kinda guy

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Very dark brown, nearly black/opaque. Hard pour generates a thin, dark brown head, which fades very gradually to a thin, sporadic coating.

S- Roasty with hints of coffee and molasses. Hints of cardboard portend dissatisfaction...

T- First thought here- oxidation. Meh. Followed by bitter coffee flavors.

M- OK. Moderate carbonation. A bit too thin and watery.

D- Pretty much a dud here. The oxidation fairly quickly destroys the drinkability....

Future outlook: Old bottle? Perhaps...though, even if, I'd hope an 8% stout would hold up a bit more pleasantly.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head that forms. The foam has good retention, with some rings of lace left around the glass.
S: Acrid, burnt coffee. Very astringent. Some chocolate and sweetness lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Very acrid, astringent, and even oxidized. Light sweetness and chocolate flavors as well. Though, for the most part a little unpleasant.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation, but needs to be much more creamy and smooth for the style. Not the easiest thing to put back. The acrid and astringent character mixed with the high alcohol makes this harder to drink than I would like.

This is a miss from Dark Horse. I usually love their beers, but not one that I am going to come back to any time soon. To much acrid, burnt, and astringent flavors going on. Not the worst thing ever, but nothing I would really recommend.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: An aggressive pour yields only a half finger medium-thin looking mocha coloured head that quickly recedes to a slight wisp and ring. Higher levels of carbonation evident for the style, which decorates the top as well. Pitch black, comes out thicker looking too. A faint ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Below par.

SMELL: Roasted malts, some smokiness, with touches of milk sugar and chocolate notes. The oats are make a cameo appearance as well. Nice, but far too mild to be noticeable.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some sweetness up front, much like milk sugar or lactose. Mild chocolate notes, but mostly roasted malts and sugary sweetness with hints of oats in there. Mild but long lasting aftertaste is roasted and sweet, much like an imperial milk stout, with a touch of bitterness as well.

PALATE: Medium body with higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light for the style, and goes down a little prickly, finishing with a bit of dryness on the palate. Could be thicker and heavier for the style for sure. A little lacking; not nearly as smooth and creamy as an oatmeal stout should be.

OVERALL: This one was a bit of a let-down. Not quite what an imperial oatmeal stout could be, and the look and feel were just not up to scratch for a stout of its size. A little more boldness in the nose and taste would help too. A relatively sweet Imperial Stout, though the sweet milk sugar notes were probably the most interesting aspect of the beer. Re-name this an Imperial Milk Stout and beef up the palate, then you'd have something perhaps. For now, I'll pass on this one.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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