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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Photo of Jfishe13313
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Found some notation on a page reminding me of this beer at a tasting a little while ago. It pays to keep notes. This stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted oats, light coffee, and light chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee and roasted malts raising a bit of bitterness for the sake of it. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally smooth feel and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid oatmeal stout, if a bit on the bitter side for me. Good times.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up with a bunch of other stuff from Heritage tonight for the Beer Geek Christmas. I think this is a bottle from 08 (red sticker).

Pours a dark motor oil like black, with a dark brown head. Not the greatest retention, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The nose is smooth oatmeal, with lightly toasted malts, bitter chocolate, molasses. Pretty intense, and not a hint of alcohol. There is a lot going on here, and you can tell from the get go this is a big oatmeal stout.

The taste is about the same, with oatmeal, bitter chocolate, molasses, maybe even a little coffee. There is a much more defined toasted character here as well. I can imagine that some time has done this some good. I just wish it had a little more umph if you know what I mean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, no lingering bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth with a slow carbonatoin. Drinkability is great.

Overall, another solid stout from Dark Horse. I've now had 1 and 5 (one and fifth), so I need to see out 2, 3 and 4 (too, tres and fore). I liked Pleading the fifth a little more, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of MDekker
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out basically black, with a minimal amount of head that is very brown. Looks OK. Not much aroma, mostly "stouty" - dark, bitter smells like coffee and chocolate. It's mostly a coffee flavor upon the first sip, with some ripened berry flavor too. Decently balanced, with a suitable aftertaste. Nice in the mouth, plenty smooth, but maybe a tad watery. For the most part, went down easy, as stouts go. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Black with thick dark tan head, slowly fades into a thin ring. Mild roasty chocolate aroma. Roasted bitter chocolate taste, not much sweetness, hint of licorice and smoke. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Overall good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2.50 single from Abe's.

Black body with no highlights. Three level fingers of highly whipped dark tan foam.

Aroma of deep roasted coffee upfront, followed by some deep chocolate.

Taste follows nose. Strong deep roasted coffee, followed by supporting chocolate notes. Not getting a real sense of oatmeal though.

Smooth mouthfeel, though not super rich nor displaying a typical oatmeal signature.

Overall a nice tasty stout, though the oatmeal qualities are not front and center.

And not holding this against the beer, but one ugly and seemingly meaningless label.

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Photo of nickynick
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale poured a dark brown, almost black, with a full brown head, thick looking. The smell was of dark roasted malt and a hint of hops. Taste was slightly sweet and hints of hops. Roasted Coffee. Mouthfeel was good, thick. Drinkability was ok, seemed a bit filling. Overall this was a decent Oatmeal stout. Seemed a thicker less sweet version of the style.

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Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Siciliano's, 12oz into a tulip.

Just about black, with a milk chocolate like brown head. Good retention and great lace. Nose has roast on the front end, with some sweeter caramel and vanilla notes in the middle. Sweeter chocolate as well. Roast oats upfront on the palate, moderate chocolate and drys/thins out on the back end, finishing with roast again. Body is thinner than I appreciate for the style, but alcohol is hidden. A nice oatmeal stout for sure.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium to thick texture. Sits black in the glass with a creamy, dark brown head which peaked at about half a finger. No active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Main accents are a heavily roasted malt body with some good oatmeal presence. Some dark fruit hops and creamy dairy tones provide a solid body for this brew. Roasted heavy malt is certainly the biggest player here though.

Taste: The creamy texture greets the palate. Accents of vanilla and milk chocolate slowly transition to a darker, roasted malt body of black coffee, dark chocolate, and dark hop tones. The finish a continuation of the roasted malt and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of a semi-sweet front to a full bodied heavy malt presence. Carbonation is light with a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid stout. Full bodied without being anything over the top or to heavy. Not a ton of the oatmeal flavors but some smooth creaminess is picked up. Looked at this line of Dark Horse stouts for a while, glad I finally tried this one.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle into pint glass.

Pours deep black, moderate brown head and lacing.

Aroma is hard to find. What i could get was pleasant but faint. Oats, roasted malt and malty sweetness.

Smooth and balanced. malty sweetness, roasted malt, and just a hint of roasty bitterness in the clean finish.

Nicely low in carbonation, smooth, rich, creamy, medium full.

Very nice overall. Smooth, balanced, creamy stout. Well done. Looking forward to trying the others in the series.

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Photo of gford217
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of a StFun poured into a tulip.

Pours oil slick black out of the bottle with a small dense mocha head that lingered for a while as a cap and then left a ring with a little lacing. Aroma is burnt malts with espresso and licorice. There is also a bit of sweetness in the smell as it warms with milk chocolate and vanilla. The taste is also big of the roasted/burnt malt character. The first taste is a sweet chocolate and vanilla blast which gives way to coffee and roasted malts. The sweetness of the malts lingers through the finish with a slight coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a little carbonation which just coats the mouth with the massive malt flavors. This is a good, if fairly one-dimensional (roasty) stout and I look forward to the rest of the stout series.

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Photo of nodder
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shovelbum
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy chocolate head over a body the color of motor oil. Modest lace anc head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit and roasted barley. Smooth, mildly sweet and creamy up front transitioning to a more robust roasted grain character and notes of plums and dark vinous fruit. Substanial bitterness from the dark malt and perhaps some hops. Body is a tad on the lean side, but overall quite smooth on the tongue. Dry.

A pleasant brew with a good deal of roasted grain complexity. Despite the fact that the body could have used a bit more substance, there is a great showcase of flavor packed in here. A enjoyed this ale, but then again if I was going to go for a Dark Horse sout I'd reach for their Special Reserve Balck Bier over this.

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Photo of BierFan
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute.

Barely produced any head, but the head that there is is a nice brown color. Body is of course black, as one would expect. The smell is like molasses and chocolate. Very dessert-like. More roasted flavor than I was expecting.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-07

Pours an extremely thick, opaque black with a giant tan-colored head.

Smells of roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Very good.

Taste is decent, strong malt flavors with hints of chocolate and coffee. A surprising hop bitterness is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is good, super thick.

Drinkability is not as good, the carbonation makes the bitterness even spicier, a little overpowering.

Overall a solid brew, the unbalanced bitterness keeps it from being great.

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Photo of Illinasia
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAP1356
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours as black as it gets, no surprise there. A dark one and ahalf finger mocha colored head recedes quite quickly after the pour.

S - Heavy chocolate and molasses with a roasted malt component coming after the other aromas. This one smells quite sweet, but we'll see if the taste is the same.

T - Very chocolatey taste. Some molasses and some dark roasted malts coming through as well. At the very end of a deep swirl in the mouth a very distinct oat like flavor seems to come out, which mixes nicely with the other flavors.

M - Not too thin and not too thick for an oatmeal stout. I was expecting it to be much thicker to be honest.

D - Not too bad for an 8% beer. I don't think I could do more than one or two in a sitting however.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near black, tan head that stays for some time. Lace is tight and near the rim.

S - Roasted malt, coffee.. Inviting enough. Really not that complex.

T - Deep, but only in a few notes. Light in complexity.

M- Complexity still the issue.

D - Despite the high ABV and the basic nature of this type of beer, this one is very drinkable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Option into a tulip...Thick dark brown pour with a light tan head, good retention...Sweet aroma with lots of chocolate, not enough oatmeal, a little roast...Taste is pretty good, sweet chocolate, lightly bitter, a touch of coffee, again not enough oatmeal, wish this was a lot more creamy.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These guys just can't seem to make a bad stout. Poured almost still and almost black, I saw a little bit of head in others glasses though so I guess we'll say it can have a small head. Aroma is bacon like and smoky but still roasty. This one packs in some nice coffee flavors with a deep roasted malt and some burnt toast character, just slightly fruity with some raisin and dark fruit character. Very good.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick black beer with a one-finger light brown head that fades to a respectable ring. Smells of sweet caramel and roasty dark malts with hints of marzipan and vanilla. Sweet caramelly maltiness thats almost immediatley balanced by a bitter hops. The finish is a bit rough with the substantial hop bitteness and dark malts amplifying an astringency. 8% abv beer with medium-full bodied mouthfeel that doesn't come of sticky or filmy.

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Photo of putnam
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inky brown. Beautiful aromas of patent leather, machine grease and roasted, sweet seeds. Faint lemon zest scents intermix with a wallop of blue fruits and espresso. Fleshy, fatty nuts bob merrily through the black broth. Burnt grape bubblegum. Surprisingly juicy, with blood orange flavors rising on the finish, though they never offer serious competition for the mass of roasted cocoa and coffee essences.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours jet black. Essentially zero light penetration, even around the edges. Nice, dark tan head is frothy and boasts good height. Head retains quite well and leaves stringy lace squiggles. Looks great.

S-Syrupy sweet chocolate as well as the more bitter cocoa. Coffee roast as well as some vanilla notes. Alcohol is masked by the overall dark aroma but the booze is slightly detectable in the nose.

T-Flavors of cocoa and coffee reign supreme. Bitterness is derived both by the dark chocolate/cocoa powder flavor but also a surprising amount of hops. Beer finishes quite grassy and bitter. Light vanilla and some booze are found in the middle.

M-Heavier body. Not as viscous as I was expecting. Moderate carbonation. A bit of slickness.

O/D-Not bad. Tried a single for close to $3 so I wouldn't call this much of a bargain (although singles rarely are). Pretty solid, but not spectacular in any one area. Worth a try but I have had a few of Dark Horse's other Stouts that I enjoyed more than this.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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