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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Photo of johnd513
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark black with an off white head that quickly disappears and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Smells of bitter chocolate and dark malts. The mouthfeel is creamy but a little thin, not as much body as I would like. Tastes of burnt malts, chocolate and molasses. Drinkability is not great, It wasn't difficult to drink one but it didn't leave me wanting another.

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Photo of Todd
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours an ominous pitch black beer topped with a chocolate colored, tight bubbled, cream head that settles to a worthy lace.

Earthy black patent malts, hints of roasted barley. Not much going on.

Silky smooth, medium to full bodied brew with a very brief oaty character about it. Sharpish twang of watery hop bitterness, prickly carbonation and roasted barley. Robust, with a somewhat Intense roasted character, smoke, burnt blackstrap molasses and chocolate edges. Light flavors of sherri, and an underlying dark fruit sweetness. Faint cola-like flavors. Dry. Lingering roasted flavors carry on for quite sometime, a bit tobacco-like, making this a bit "dirty."

Not much of an Oatmeal Stout and a bit hard to finish. A bit too robust and not as subdued or clean as one might expect. Definitely a bit oxidized, and the linger is not very appealing.

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Photo of Jaycase
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: pitch black. small dark tan head. minimal lacing

s: roasted malts. chocolate.

t: primarily roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. finishes quite bitter. I usually like bitterness but the bitterness here is rather rough and does not suit the beer.

m: thin. watery. finishes dry.

o: this stout is a bit disappointing. the smell is there but the taste leaves something to be desired. will pass on this one next time.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours an opaque black. No head. Just a thin film of foam.

S - aroma is a little faint. Some bitter sweet chocolate. Some coffee. A bit of astringisy.

T - the Flavors are mild as well. Fairly dry. Some coffee bitterness. A little bit of fruit esters. some earthy hops and alcohol on the finish.

M - medium bodied, kind of on the lighter side. Very slick. Very low on carbonation.

O - its an alright beer. It was just a little bland.

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Photo of troysoy2
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemless red wine glass. Don't ask.

Not much head to speak of. The body of the beer is completely opaque. Just a few bubbles rising to the top here and there.

Smells mostly of toasted malts and sharp bittersweet chocolate. A little one dimensional maybe, but tasty smelling nonetheless.

It's surprisingly watery and drinkable for a stout at 8%. That was my first impression. There's a slight bitterness, but this is not a hop-forward stout. The smoothness from the oats is mildly apparent in the mouthfeel, with just a little prickly carbonation. The flavor just doesn't quite live up to the smell. A one-dimensional taste might not be such a bad thing if that taste had a little more... something to it.

Overall, it's enjoyable, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one for a while.

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Photo of karst
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a fine dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol. Too much black patent malt for my taste. Some nice hints of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted barley keep any alcoholic taste covered.

The medium body was surprizing as I was expecting more from an oatmeat stout. Don't care for the hop bite seems out of balance with all the other roasted flavor that finish dry and linger with out the usuall effect of inviting another sip.

As this warms and looses some carbonation it becomes less drinkable.

"One" down . . . . "Two" and "Three" to go. Hoping to make it to Michigan for some brewery trips. Bell's and Founders for sure! Thinking of moving Dark Horse to the back of the field.

This One does not Win, Place or even show me much!

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Photo of Dewsby
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for the bottle
Pours a rich dark black color with the darkest brown head I've seen on any oatmeal stout. Smell is lightly smoky, stale wet cardboard and roasty malt. Rather unimpressive nose actually. Taste is rather smoky for a sweet stout or oatmeal with decent roasty character. Mouthfeel is just average with light carbonation. Overall, disappointing like the other 2 beers I've had from Dark Horse. I expected more, and this seems to have a smoky presence that doesn't fit the style and is a bit offputting despite the fact that I enjoy smoked beers.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin mocha head on a black body.
S- Chocolate, roasted malts, burnt hints, oatmeal, and maybe even a touch of alcohol.
T- Burnt malts with a molasses sweetness, fruity, chocolate, and some chocolate. Not much else going on, the burnt malts and fruit take most of the flavor up.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling.
D- I'm sad to say that this one has let me down. I love Dark Horse and I love Oatmeal Stouts so needless to say I was excited for this. Glad I got to try it just ashame it let me down. Don't think it's much of a oatmeal stout.

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Photo of enfield249
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark black, with no highlights, no head, thin ring of tan foam around the edge.

S - Can get much here...huh...

T - Roast, some hop bitterness mixed in. Just lots of roast mostly.

M - Thick, sharp on the tongue from the carbonation. The flavor hangs around on for a long while.

D - What you want in appearance and mouth feel, but lacks in taste and smell. Was this too cold? No, it was right around 55 deg. Meh, not bad in anyway, just not the whole picture.

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Photo of HattedClassic
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown and obscure beer with very little brown head.

I get notes of coffee and roasted malt and a bit of sweet oats as well as possibly some dark chocolate.

I get hops and a bitter taste as well as a slightly watery taste.

Medium bodied and unusually smooth with biting carbonation.

An okay beer and it seem to have improved based on the Alstrom Brothers' review from 2004. I probably might pick one up the next time its released.

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Photo of jp32
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance, I'm thinking this must be another attempt at creating the darkest, biggest, heaviest, blackest, strongest beer on earth.

A - Black, huge, oily... see above.

S - The smell is faint, a bit malty and not a whole lot to speak of. Aroma seems to be in tune with other oatmeal stouts.

T - An oatmeal stout, yes, but I think there's more to the story. Flavors of black licorice, molasses, chalk, and hard tap water also all play a heavy role in the flavor of this brew.

M - Mouthfeel is soft and oily. Additional carbonation would help both the mouthfeel and the refreshment factor.

D - Difficult.

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3/5  rDev -20%
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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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