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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of klewis
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a dark tan bubbly head. moderate lacing.

S: A smallish smell with aromas of chocolate and oats.

T: Earthy with an astringent bitterness. A burnt grainy taste with mild flavors of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Oatmeal stouts are supposed to be smooth and creamy; this one is quite coarse and abrasive.

D: Drinkable but quite mediocre overall. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of harrymel
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No bottle date

A: Pours a abysmal dark with a single finger of mocha head which falls to thin and broken surface sheet of the same. Rim of foam. Little to no lacing. Boring for the style, usually expect a little head and some lacing.

S: Bitterness, coffee, dark chocolates, rye bread, oats (fully roasted). Hints of...mushroom? Faintest hare of copper.

T: A little astringent up front, then plenty of bitter cocoa and coffee beans. Fairly simple taste profile here. Base oats and malts I would expect in the style. A little too much bitterness midway on the palate. Nothing standing out here. A bit sour on the finish.

M: Medium body with medium to hi carb. Would prefer a bit more body on the style and a little lower carb. Dry finish.

O: Pretty standard oatmeal stout IMO. That being said, I would drink it again. I think if they increased the hops on this they would have a pretty solid ABA.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an wide-mouth tulip goblet.

A: Looks great, dark and brownish like a traditional oatmeal stout. Very thin layer of bubbles that quick fades away, leaving just the barest trace of lace.

S: Earthy, cereal, malt smells. Strangely, it also almost smells boozy, despite the relatively modest 7% ABV. Perhaps this bottle has had a little oxidation. It's not a new bottle; I've had it for perhaps year.

T: Not unpleasant, but not a lot of good stuff going on here. This drinks like a dry stout with an unexpected alcoholic sharpness that sort of overwhelms the malt flavor. Lots of bitterness without much in the way of smoothness.

M: Sharp, excessive carbonation. Doesn't play well with the bitterness.

O: Not a terrible stout, but not a great representative of an oatmeal, which should have a degree of smoothness and long-lasting head this one lacks.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a black pour with a coffee colored head sitting on top. Taste is a little oatmeal and slightly roasty but nothing special. Drinkability wasn't great due to the taste not being very enticing. Oh well, I was still glad to have had the chance to drink this midwestern brew.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Seidel
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours an impressive jet black color. I say impressive, because it doesn't appear to be very thick, but no light penetrates it. Almost three fingers of creamy brown foam form the head. This dissipates to about an 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch covering that seems to just last and last. Lacing is pretty good, but it's slippery, so it doesn't stick around.

Roasted chocolatey malts seem to dominate. Nice coffee notes. Mild oatmeal sweetness with a touch of golden brown sugar. Faint presence of hops.

Dark roasted malts. Dark coffee grounds. A touch of smoke with a hint of charred wood. Very light kiss of oats. Semi-sweet chocolate notes. Mild kiss of hops.
The dark roasted malt flavor dominates just a little too much, I think.

Good solid medium body, here. The addition of oatmeal really gives it a smooth feel. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much creaminess to it. The carbonation is quite mild and I think this would benefit from a little bit more.

Despite how I sound kind of negative about this, I find it to be pretty drinkable. If it were on my local store shelves, I'd buy it. I've seen a couple of reviews stating that it's got 8.0%ABV. If this is true, it's beautifully hidden. I'd have guessed it in 5% and below range.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance: cream colored head and minimal lacing. It poured wonderfully into my glass, silky smooth and murky black in color. Seems like a pertty dense beer!

Smell: strong malt smell with a nose full of roasted coffee. Alcohol smell comes through, but otherwise not much happening here. I've smelled better

Taste: a very light astringent taste and has touch of fruit: blueberries or raisins. I found myself wanting to chew on this beer more than anything. However, where was the oatmeal? a big coffee and malt taste is present, very roasty overall. But no oatmeal in there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and delicate beer. Extreme smoothness is very nice and kind of gives the alcohol a bit more presence, or that it seems the alcohol becomes more noticable as you continue drinking.

I don't know what to think about this one. Robust malty, coffee flavor but has strange lingering aftertaste. I say give it a try and see what happens!

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Photo of movingtrain
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a dark black with a minimal tan head on top. Very opaque and doesn't look to have much carbonation at all.

The aroma is pretty sweet...molasses in there, chocolate, brown sugar, berry, and some light hop aromatics.

The flavor is good, but leaves something to be desired. It's pretty bitter up front, with a good bitter attack...which isn't necessarily something I want in a stout. That is followed by a relative sweetness with hints of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and oats.

The mouthfeel is the beer's downfall. It is very poppy...rather, it seems almost too effervescent, which leaves a sort of stinging sensation on the tongue. There is some decent flavor, but the body is weak and not well-rounded.

Overall, this is a decent stout, but nothing outstanding. Worth giving it a taste, for sure.

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Photo of mwa423
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Jet black, no head even with an aggressive pour.

S - Dark malt, some oatmeal smell, but overall very little aroma.

T - Taste is a very typical oatmeal stout. It seems slightly watered down and not full flavor. I would expect this flavor from the next Michelob Oatmeal Stout. Pretty bland.

M/D - Mouthfeel is watery and thin. The weak mouthfeel makes this a very easy drinking beer. But there are many better oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz pint glass.

Appearance is really nice, very dark brown with lots of creamy tan colored head.

Smell is heavy on dark chocolate and roasted malts. Very bold flavor.

Taste takes that boldness and goes way further, the roasted malts and sweetness dominate, but with a jarring hop bitterness as well. Not a combination that i really like - definitely a complex set of flavors though, so I can understand why others appreciate it.

Mouthfeel is thick as is expected with this type of full-bodied beer.

Overall a combination of flavors that just doesn't work for me - I like the creamier, lower ABV, and less hoppy oatmeal stout made by Founders better.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark as night, with attractve brown head.

S - Milk and sweet chocolate with some wood and esters.

F - Lots of esters and metalic flavors in this one. Chocolate flavors are present, but never seem to dominate. Finishes somewhat dry, and watery.

M - Not quite as smooth as I expect from the style. Mid body.

D - Not really as good as many of these guys other beers. Not really one to seak out, but drinkable...

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Photo of Ngntjp
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Giving it a 3.25 just because I keep trying to figure this one out. It tastes like the Marlborough mans leather jacket with some dark chocolate dropped on it. This one needs some sweetness to make it work. I appreciate the smokey note but the bitterness is fighting it in a bad way. But, I keep drinking it. Not a repeat buy, but a happy try. Overall? I hate to be an 8th grade girl, but, "meh..."

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Photo of tigg924
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: oatmeal and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate and coffee at the start. The oats come out in the middle and moreso as the beer warms, bitter dark coffee finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, bitter start with a slightly sweeter middle that turns bitter and dry to the end, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a bit too bitter and dry for an oatmeal stout. It is not a bad beer, but there are better examples in the style. While Too and Tres were amazing, One is moreso just middle of the pack. Would not pass this one up if given, would not seek it out again either.

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Photo of nhindian
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

A - Pours very dark, much more so than expected with a huge 2.5-finger, dark brown head. Just given the sheer size of the head lends it to above-average retention, and lacing is generous and spans the entire circumference of the glass.

S - The smell is surprisingly faint given the bold appearance, but has aromas of flaked bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of alcohol or some acidity. Lots of oats here as well.

T - The taste is a little lackluster. The first sip brings a biting roastiness and bitterness, like sipping coffee brewed too long ago. The oats and chocolate pick up after that, but neither are incredibly memorable unfortunately. It finishes with a poignant alcohol bite.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderately low carbonation. I can't say it doesn't live up to its oatmeal name and come across smooth, but it kind of just comes and goal without making an impact on the palate.

D - Drinkability is moderately low. This beer looks good in the glass, but it's downhill from there. Mundane flavors that bring out a bit too much roast and not enough tantalizing qualities to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured black as the used oil in the crankcase of your 72 Pinto. Thick, oily looking and not a single bubble of carbonation.

Smells of sweet dried fruits, roasty malts and a tinge of licorice.

Taste is similar of smell but now the sweetness seems to be coming more from the malts, more like burnt sugars. Fruity exters still present too. Nice flavor from the oatmeal but fairly average, nothing super special. Abv well blended in the flavors.

Nice mouthfeel that you'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Not quite the silkiness I'd hope for. Maybe a little astringent.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Black liquid with a 1 finger head. The head is tan in color and has irregular and larger bubbles. The head did not last too long and thinned out to a film

S: Chocolate and malts.

T: A bit of a bitter start - like bitter chocolate. After that roasted malt flavor and not much else. As it warms there is a bit of sweet to the finish - which is nice.

M: Nice smooth feeling with a slight edge of carbonation. Well balanced and good overall feel.

O: This is just okay. Nothing sticks out to make it worth repeating. I bought several Dark Horse stouts at the same time and so far none of them have been noteworthy.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label offers no information other than the name of the beer. 12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Poured this vigorously into the center of the tulip, but couldn't get a good head going. Any mocha colored foam quickly dissipated, leaving only a very thin off-white collar. Black as night, with the slightest lightening of color at the edges. A swirl shows this to be a pretty viscous one.

S- The aroma is chewy and powerful: figs, raisins, burned coffee beans, toasted oatmeal and alcohol. Not overly strong, and its a good thing because this combination of aromas could be deadly. Smells more like an imperial stout than an oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, chocolate milk, and malt balls come to mind immediately, followed quickly by figs, raisins and other dark fruits. Finishes with a heavy roasted character and a burn of alcohol. While the aftertaste is a really pleasant roastiness, the fruit character is confusing and doesn't go well with the thickness from the oatmeal.

M- Velvety smooth with medium carbonation. This coats the inside of your mouth with that signature oatmeal glossiness. The carbonation feels like very tiny bubbles.

D- I can feel all 8% even after half of a glass. Not a sipper, but a bit too cloying and fruity to want more than one.

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Photo of illidurit
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours black with a huge fluffy brown head. Aroma is coppery; smells like a penny tastes. Underneath that there are notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate with a fat roasted character. A little astringent. Definitely the weakest of the DH seasonal stout series.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into stout chalice. Black and opaque with a two finger tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is molasses, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, malt, and chicory bitterness. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation for a stout, and an astringent finish.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is incredibly dark...like crude oil - thick and black. The head is minimal, only about 1.4 inch that falls quickly, but it's the most beautiful, chocolate color.

The smell is mostly of chocolate and coffee with bits of tobacco and molasses. There is definite alcohol noticeable in the nose and the tiniest bit of hops.

There isn't much of a flavor brought to the foreground, just a bunch of stuff lying under the surface, promising to come up, but staying buried the whole time - bits of chocolate and coffee, toffee, molasses, and some sort of burnt wood.

I kinda felt this was disappointing - very watery and bland. No carbonation, heavy bodied though. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone, but it's not bad in any way.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/black color, not much of a head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, picking up a bit of cocoa aroma as well.

Taste is fairly straight forward, roasted malt on the front, a light bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, the oatmeal doesn't add too much creaminess or smoothness as it usually does, strength isn't overly evident but you can definitely tell it's packing.

Nothing truly stands out regarding this oatmeal stout but nothing terrible either.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerBeing for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an opaque motor oil black with a one finger light brown head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good. Smell is of dark fruits and roasted oats. Toasted barley is very noticable as well in the nose. Taste doesn't seem to be much of an oatmeal stout, a bit too smokey. Starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness from the oats but is then dominated by the roasted barley. In the aftertaste you can sense a little bit of caramel malt but not enough to make it enjoyable. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Don't think I could have another. A bit disappointed in this beer from Dark Horse.

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Photo of dnichols
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I split a 12 ounce capped bottle with imacoug (who provided the beer) while watching the NCAA Men's BB Championship. I poured the bottle into a room temperature chalice.

A: It poured a thick oily black body with a slight tank head that faded fast and supported limited lacing.

S: It had a dark chocolate malt aroma followed by teh smell of dark roasted expresso. There were hints of dark fruits, spices, and molasses.

T: It had a thin dark malt front that was both sweet and bitter followed by an earthy, burnt espresso flavor that dominated the back side of the flavor. It didn't have much of a creamy oatmeal flavor or texture.

M It had a watery and medium body with a clean dry finish.

D: It was watery and lacked balance. However, none of the flavors left an adverse impression. Not a good session beer.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black with one finger of brown head. Left a ring of lacing behind.

S: Caramel and dark chocolate.

T: Strong earthy hop presence, dark roasted malt, and just a hint of spice.

M: Medium heavy body with medium carbonation.

O: The smell was great but the taste not so much. It didn't have the sweetness I wanted from an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BigB415
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part one of the dark horse numbered series. Received as an extra in a trade.

A: pours black with a medium head that quickly dies out and gives way to no head at all. The lacing is heavy but the retention is low as that doesn't stay either and slides right back down the glass, into the beer, leaving nothing on the sides.

S: smells very highly of oatmeal and since it is an oatmeal stout I would it would.

T: Overpowering oatmeal. I have had other oatmeal stouts where you could barely taste the oatmeal flavor so it's nice to have one where it's heavily pronounced.

MF: I rated the mouthfeel low because I have little to none. I drink and all the flavor goes away after I swallow. No flavor lingers around for me to explore the beer with.

O: I really like it for the heavily pronounced oatmeal flavor. Other than that it's ok. I don't hate it or love it. I'd recommend it to someone looking for an oatmeal stout with robust flavor.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a crystal wine glass with a buh-lack sunnuvabish hue giving up no ghosts. My banged around aged showing bottle had some grey chunkerz in the glass bottom. An instantly settled head and gloppy lace following the demise.

Aroma is a dull roar of bakers chocoalte and a floury dough black coffee touch. Nothing to scream about. Lacked a fruity or balanced hoppy nose that would have been stunning. Guessing that we are going down a narrow road, albeit a touch of red grape was perky.

First swigs: Dark Horse goes right where we all have been with a dry thud of flour and a lingering vinous cabarnet dry sweetness. Maybe they have me fooled. Maybe they will have you fooled. A touch muddy without getting bright in the hops. Maybe to simple? Just a smooth cocoa bakers chocolate stout that really nver hits the oatmeal note.

Feel is thin with a slickness that doesn't rest and offer more than a linger of black coffee and flour that is too omiprescent.

Last swigs: All Jello pudding skin. Needs a clutch hit in the midle to ring out a song. Dug it for the most part and I do thank HoppyMeal for the bottle.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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