Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.75 w/ 1,037 ratings

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: 1,037 |  Reviews: 417
Photo of nrbw23
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with a fairly nice bubbly brown head. Not to much in the way of lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bit of dark fruits and some alcohol.

T- Follows the nose pretty well here with some oats and a hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and light carbonation. Maybe a little oily or even watery.

D- Easy to drink and overall pretty solid. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So dark the pouring stream is opaque. Generates a nice fluffy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of lacing. The smell is timid yet discernible; lightly roasted barley and hints of chocolate and coffee. Very lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is heavy and smooth without an aggressive coating presence. The flavors is also somewhat reserved. There is a tang of bitterness, but mostly a nice lightly roasted malt and chocolate with a spot of coffee that lingers nicely. A really good drinker. Shout out to BigDaddyWil.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kzoobrew
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with very minimal head. What head there is is chocolate in color. Some lacing when swirled in the glass.

Smell of dark roasted malt big upfront. Sweet dark chocolate aroma is very pleasant behind the malt.

roasted to burnt malt flavor with some smokiness picked up initially. Creamy chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla?

Very creamy and smooth mouth feel. Medium bodied, never really pushes much toward full bodied.

Easy to drink. I don't find there to be anything offensive about any one particular part of this brew. While I did enjoy this, it isn't my favorite oatmeal stout. Body seem more porter like than stoutish. Would not turn this one down, would buy a single again, just not the top of my list.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours opaque black with thin dark brownish head.

S: Notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Smells like it will taste a tad on the sweeter side of things. A subtle note oatmeal is detectable.

T: Hits the tongue with an up front sweetness, tastes of bitter chocolate. A little intense on the sweetness with very little roasted malts coming through to balance things out. This is tastey, but somewhat one dimensional. Very rich.

M: sticky mouthfeel with a bit of sharpness on tongue from carbonation.

D: I love that Dark Horse does their 5 stout series as I am a big fan of the styles, I personally like the plead the 5th the most. This one is a solid beer, but I was wishing for a little more balance. The sweetness effectivley masks the high alcohol content. Definitely worth a try every now and then considering how affordable it is, but nothing earth shattering here.

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Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Black with nice purplish-tan head and some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, molasses, as well as some oats, dark fruit and English hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet molasses, oats, chocolate, plus just light touches of coffee and spicy English hops toward the end. Not as complex as the aroma.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, creamy body but slightly coarse and thin. Barely dry finish.

Drinkability: Not as smooth or complex as expected for an Oatmeal Stout of this abv. Pretty good, but not a stand-out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark appearance, the scent of the oatmeal, chicory, and boozy. Bit of metallic and sourness, not all that smooth, as bitter cocoa powder grains, however quaffable. Cream, malt, coffee, good not outstanding.Thanks for fulfilling my requests Wohlfs

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color; no traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin dark tan colored head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some notes of dark chocolate and hints of licorice.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell—accentuating flavors of burnt and roasted malts—and has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation. There are slight amounts of warming from the alcohol.
O: This is a nice stout if you like lots of flavors of roasted malts, although I didn't notice any smoothness from the oats in the mouthfeel. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ale207
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blackcompg
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured about a finger of dark cinnamon cocoa colored head, color of the beer is a completely opaque mahogany black.

Smell - Dark coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, black cherry.

Taste - Ooooh, semi-sweet black coffee, semi-sweet dark fruits, black cherries, and a creamy slightly sweet malty oatmeal backbone. There are some nice roasted grains and char long into the finish. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - I love the mouthfeel, medium to full, creamy smoothness from low carb, but just enough carb to keep it from feeling thick. Coats the mouth fairly well.

Overall - This is a realy nice and well balanced oatmeal stout. Flavors are pretty nice, would like a little more boldness, but the low carb and creamy mouthfeel nearly make up for this. Let this one warm up a bit and enjoy.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer poured a dark brown color with a mocha brown head that disappeared rapidly and left almost no lacing on the glass.
S-Nice aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice.
T-The aroma did not translate as well with the taste which was on the thin side with afternotes of smoky burnt malts.
M-This stout was dry and the carbonation was light, but nonetheless was pleasant albeit a little lacking in depth.
D-This was a fairly good beer, but I personally expect more richness in a stout. Maybe I'm just spoiled.

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Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a modest tan head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma of dark chocolate. The taste chocolate first, then coffee. Feel is full bodied and oily, with enough carbonation to give the tongue a workout. Drinkability was OK for a heavy, 8.00 ABV beer.

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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first stout I have had from Dark Horse. It pours a dark black with a small light brown head. Pretty opaque and inviting.

It smells wonderful! Smokey at first, it transitions into a roasted barley aroma with chocolate and coffee notes.

The flavor of roasted barley and the oatmeal is on the other side of the teeter totter. There are also dark roasted coffee notes along with dark chocolate. This is my second review of this beer and I am liking this beer a lot less now.

The mouthfeel is good for what I look for in an oatmeat stout. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Not overly carbonated which lets the flavors roll over the palate on their own without interuption.

pretty Drinkable. I bought two 4 packs and the older it gets, the less I like it. Good beer but not anything to wow about.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma- Slight chocolaty roasted coffee bean smell. Slight hint of vanilla and malt.
Appearance- Very dark and opaque. Almost completely black
Taste- Not nearly as complex as the initial aroma. Roasted flavour comes through with strong coffee and oatmeal. Robust but disappointingly lacking in complexity due to overpowering coffee and roasted flavour.
Mouthfee-: Alcohol is too apparent for the beer, sits a bit too bitter on the tongue for my tastes
Drinkability- Warms you up but is a bit of a let down in flavour. The first handful of sips were interesting and but by the time I reached the end of the bottle the flavour had gotten a bit boring

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my duvel tulip.

A- pours black. With a brown creamy looking head, which unfortunately disapates quickly, it looked delicious.

S- roasty, black coffe, dark chocolate

T- follows the nose pretty closely, starts with a touch of dark chocolate and then black coffee, creamy, finishing dry and bitter.

M- full bodied, velvety and creamy, decent amount of carbonation, a bit more then i expected, but it worked very well,. Dry finish

O- an enjoyable Brew! Deffinatley not upset I grabbed a 4pk... Deffinatley could see myself grabbing some more!

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Photo of BillRoth
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kiddwhiz
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this Dark Horse Brewing One Oatmeal Stout stashed away since early November and thought it was about time to drink it being that it isn't necessarily high ABV.

Poured with one fat finger of tan head. Subtle smells of malts and chocolate. Initial tastes of bitter sweet chocolate that transitions nicely to malty creaminess. This beer is well balanced and has no hint of heat. I would love to try this again, especially on tap, but wouldn't move mountains to get it again. Overall solid representation of a refined Oatmeal Stout. Well done Dark Horse!

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Photo of GregSVT
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a slight vanilla aroma. Smells lovely.

T: The taste starts with chocolate milk and coffee then finishes with bitter roasted malt and a slight vanilla flavor. The bitter flavor isn't too bad but it is slightly distracting in an otherwise tasty beer.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. The 8% alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

O: Decent oatmeal stout and one I would drink again if I was offered one. Glad I got to try this brew.

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Photo of madelf66
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black with minimal chestnut highlights. Almost no head, just a small layer of tan lace

S-smell is full of rich roasted malts, coffee, with molasses and brown sugar. Not picking up on much oatmeal in the smell.

T-taste is heavy on the roasted malts and has a bitter black coffee taste as well. The oatmeal gives a mellowness to the beer which is a nice balance to the deep roasted malt.

M-full body, light to medium amount of carbonation, very smooth

Overall I liked this beer a lot. I didn't detect any oatmeal in the smell but found it more in the taste. I would have it again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours an inky black with hardly any head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, bitter chocolate, molasses, toffee, graham crackers, and booze. Flavor is sweet initially with oatmeal, graham crackers and roasted malt in the finish. Nice, robust palate. Seems a bit strong to be classified as a stout rather than an imperial stout but oh well. Very nice.

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Photo of elmagno
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 63.9% out of 100 with 1,037 ratings
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