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 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 GreesyFizeek
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a pretty dark brown half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt and milk chocolate.

The taste is similar. A little light, honestly, but still pretty tasty. Some good roasty flavor, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, and slight smoke.

Medium bodied, but thin for an oatmeal stout. No noticeable alcohol, medium carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Falls a bit short compared to other highly regarded oatmeal stouts, probably wouldn't get again. That being said, I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours midnight black with a toffee brown finger head of frothy foam.

Oats, coffee, chocolate, and a slight hint of vanilla.

Nuts, toffee, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and cream. Much like pouring a cup of coffee with cream over oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, gentle from beginning to end.

Overall, this one definitely grew on me, nothing to write home about, but subtly delicious.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled what appears to be October 10, 2013.

A: Pours very dark appearing black in the glass with a khaki brown head on top. Fairly quick to dissipate it leaves a ring around the edge of the glass. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very rich aroma that initially permeates of molasses and roasted malt. Giving it a swirl yields a much different aroma which reminds me of a cheese cellar. A bit of smokiness in there as well.

T: Nice flavor going on here, as with the aroma it is quite rich. A healthy dose of roasted malts is complimented by a light smoke flavor. This one is hitting half a year old so its certainly mellow and the flavors have melted together it seems.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking taking into account the ABV. Certainly isnt hot on the mouthfeel, just warming after it goes dow.

Overall this is a solid offering from Dark Horse and a good start to the holiday stout series. Very robust and rich flavor that proves to be one hell of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Badger6
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black body, with a dense, creamy chocolatey head, recedes to a small ring at the glass edge.

S: Earthy malts dominate and crowd out other aromas, hints of roasted barley and chocolates. One-dimensional

T: Intense roasted malt character, with smoke and burnt molasses. Hints of dark fruits lay underneath. Also, a hint of Coca-cola, maybe? Roasted flavors carry through to the end, with a clear tobacco flavor as well, not a clean stout...and no oatmeal that can be detected.

M: Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is sharp, but light in volume. Silky smooth feel, slight dryness.

O: Label says oatmeal, but doesn't have the character of an oatmeal. The beer looked awesome coming out of the bottle. But, then when you get it into it, it is just too robust, with some very bold aromas and flavors, especially the tobacco character. Nothing is subtle in this brew. Something is off. It isn't terrible, but it isn't really very good either.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a thin lingering tan head
S: This smells nice. Definitely has a milk chocolate/cream thing going on up front then some coffee and malt
T: Initially this matches the nose but just not as intense. As soon as I swallow it however all of the bitter notes of the cocoa and coffee are accentuated and linger for some time on the finish
M: Medium+ body, bitter
O: This would be a nice beer if it wasn't for the bitter finish. It had everything going for it up until then & I would likely be all 4's but the finish is all you remember and rather disappointing

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black. Two fingers of a dark brown head that doesn't last. Basically no lacing.

Smell: Mm. Roasty and giving off the typical chocolate and coffee aromas, but also a caramel note that really makes me want to try it.

Taste/feel: Definitely get the creaminess from the oatmeal, that's the first thing I notice on every sip I take. The carbonation is very mild as well. The flavor is some deep roasted malt with a dark chocolate and black coffee finish. Not as robust as I was expecting, but very good. Aftertaste is a bit bitter with a burnt/ash flavor a bit there as well. Quite drinkable for the ABV, but still a bit light in the flavor. The mouthfeel is nice, but could use just a liiittle bit more carbonation, as this almost comes off as flat.

I've had One, I have Two, and will need to get myself Tres and Fore to try out when I head back to the store. This is a very respectable oatmeal stout. It's not a fantastic one, but a damn tasty beer that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is oats and malts. Flavor has a nice, complex combination of flavors that includes sweet oats, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a finish that is mildly bitter. Has a full body feel. Delicious.

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Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ink black with a quick to form and quick to fade mocha colored head atop,aromas of char and vanilla stick out but honestly are pretty light in my opinion.Low carbonation with a slick feel in the mouth.Flavors of char and vanilla stand out most with roast underneath,a bit of molasses-like sweetness is there as well.I expected a little more with this beer but there are many others to seek out ahead of this...in my opinion.

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Photo of BradC
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark black, not much head or lacing

Smells of dark roasted grains and some hippiness

Tastes of earthy roasted grains, a lot of hops and kind of bitter, not much from the oats.

Mouthfeel isn't as smooth as I would expect in an oatmeal stout

Not what I would call a great oatmeal stout, I finished it, but it took awhile.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Fridge just reloaded their stash and I am curious to run through some of these stouts.

I went with a heavy-handed pour to keep things progressing. This resulted in two dense fingers of deep-brwon head with excellent retention. Nose smelled like someone had melted a milk chocolate candy bar and poured it into my glass. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration (SRM = 44). Mouthfeel was big and chewy, like a dollop of fudge atop my tongue. Phew! The taste was smoky, more towards campfire than house fire, with a chocolaty sweetness that left me wondering what had possessed me. I like hoppy beers, not malt-driven ones, but even so, I will give this a fair shake. Finish continued to be fudgy, sweet and not really my cup of tea. I do not mind bitter stouts, but sweet is never going to make it into my wheelhouse.

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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 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 Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 283-13 Julian date. Poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet today at approximately cellar temp, 12/28/2013. And thus starts my trip through the Dark Horse stout series.

Pours a beautiful black body, opaque and quite dark, with a fantastic dark brown head that resembles that of espresso, about 2 fingers' worth with decent retention. Not much lacing, spots here and there. I really dig the dark espresso head.

Smells decent. Some dark fruits, a bit of roast malts, a little chocolate and black coffee bitterness. But its pretty much the dark fruit notes with some roastiness underneath. Enjoyable, but not particularly complex. I think the dark fruit notes would work well with more chocolate presence, but that being said this smells good.

Flavour profile is very good. More of the roast and chocolates here, a bit less of the dark fruit that I get in the nose, which makes for more of an interesting and complex profile. A bit of espresso bitterness on the back end which is a nice finish.

Medium bodied, on the thinner side but the carbonation is perfect. Creamy and rich texture to the beer. Aftertaste is a nice espresso bitterness that I'm really enjoying. Very drinkable, ABV is not really noticeable here.

An underrated shelf stout, especially for what it costs and its availability. I definitely enjoyed the flavour profile and mouthfeel, even the smell has some dark fruits to it which I don't get in a lot of shelf stouts. I'm looking forward to the Two Cream Stout which I'll probably crack tomorrow.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - jet black liquid with mocha head

Smell - chocolate, roasted barley

Taste - dark chocolate, little bit of roasted malts, toasted oats

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, smooth finish, slight bitterness on the end as well

Overall - good stout worth a try

Price Point - $2.59/12 oz bottle

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours ink black with a nut brown film for a head. Dissipates to nothing.

Smells of cocoa, oats, vanilla, and oak.

Tastes of rich chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a slight tart acidity, vanilla, and toasted oatmeal malts.

Full viscous body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty solid stout with good flavor and aroma. It's not anything special but it's quite a good representation of the style and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Pencible
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like dry cocoa powder and earthy roasted coffee, with some sweet oats and cream.
T: It tasted like earthy dark chocolate and bitter coffee grinds, with a little sweet toasted oats. It had a bitter earthy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Fairly smooth body.
D: This was a decent oatmeal stout, with simple but enjoyable scent and taste and body. The finish was a bit harsh, but it wasn't difficult to drink. Nice to try once at least, but nothing special.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark inky black with a solid half inch head that lingers for quite awhile.

S: Very faint coffee nose, not much going on here. A bit unusual for a stout.

T: Subtle, not overpowering. I had trouble picking up any distinct flavors. Slight bitter finish.

M: Medium full mouth feel. Doesn't linger on the tongue.

Overall: I love most Dark Horse brews and while this isn't a favorite, it's not bad.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. Very dark, nearly black pour with a nice two fingers of rocky tan head that retains a bit before reducing down to a thin foam. The nose is slightly roasty and grainy with coffee and rolled oats.

Medium-full body with a pleasant flavor. There is some sweetness and roastiness from the malt and a smoothing, grainy, earthy note from the oats. A pretty middle-of-the-road oatmeal stout, neither too sweet nor too dry. Not much of a hop presence. The feel is smooth and silky, but a bit thin for the style. Not much to complain about with this brew, but not much to write home about either.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This stout has a glowing opal blackness with a thick viscosity and a cloud like foam of brown froth.

The aromas are malty like Graham cracker, with a creamy marshmallow and some cocoa powder. There's a phenolic aroma that seems to surround the entire scent but then it ends with a chocolatey touch.

The flavor is more tempered than most oatmeal stouts as each flavor seems weak and melded together. I do get a nice milk chocolate than a creamy caramel. There's some roasted char and a bit of happiness but all in all its just not that remarkable.

The feel is really smooth with nice thickness, low carbonation and a silky viscosity.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle

A: Pours as black as any other stout. Just shy of a finger's worth of dark brown head sits atop this brew for a time before fading to a ring.

S: Fairly prominent chocolate notes with accompanying roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark, oaty grain flavors. There really is not a lot of these flavors to go around, unfortunately.

M: Perhaps on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout. Fairly silky and smooth, but lacking the more substantial body I was looking for.

O: Not as good as I was expecting, though not a bad beer by any means. Subdued flavors and slight lack of body really detract here. Hopefully the rest of the DH stout series are better. Would have again in case my taste is simply off tonight. DH does know what they are doing when it comes to stouts, after all.

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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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/18/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, and light vanilla on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sprecher Imperial Pint glass and served at 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours an oily looking black body with a ½ finger tan head that disappears to the most minimal lacing. Carbonation is minimal but fits to the thick, heavy body.

Aroma: Heavily roasted black barley and malts, deep roasted coffee, dry dark chocolate, bitter hops and grainy oatmeal are strongly present. A very faint caramel and molasses deep down in the mix. There is a nice smokiness that also stands out from the roasted barley and malts.

Taste: Loads of roasted black barley, roasted and smoked malts, slight smoked ham/sausage character, coffee, burnt chocolate, powdered cocoa, piney hops that compliment, nice rich oatmeal and a slight creamy caramel/toffee characteristic that lingers underneath the roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, oily on the tongue, goes down the gullet really smoothly. An intensely roasty stout with a subtle caramel sweetness and creaminess that lingers.

Overall: This oatmeal stout is very straightforward and simple but is very enjoyable. For the many years that I’ve been buying this, #1 and the Plead the Fifth are my favorites of the 5 seasonal stouts they release from Oct. to Feb.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Dark Horse's "One" is an excellent oatmeal stout, rich with roasted malt, yielding characters of chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt sugars, and vanilla. Every bit as impressive as their "Plead the 5th," but at a lower ethanol content, this is surely a stout I will seek out this coming fall.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a . Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a modest ring around the glass and a small island atop the center of the beer. Body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma of roasted malt, charred toast, roasted coffee beans (at times like walking down the grocery isle), brown sugar, and mild vanilla. At several months of age, this is still an excellent-smelling beer.

The overall flavor palate is one of roasted malt that comes across as charred toast, very dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans, but is never ashen or one-dimensional. Front of palate finds slightly sweet roasted malt, marshmallow-like charred sugars, burnt toast with brown sugar, coffee with cream. Mid-palate of roasted malt, slightly acrid, extremely dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, burnt marshmallow cream, and charred toast. Back of palate features roasted malts, charred marshmallow and toast, roasted coffee beans, slightly acrid dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of acrid roasted malt, charred toast, dark chocolate and coffee beans.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with medium-low levels of carbonation. Together with the oats, the beer has a substantial smoothness, heaviness, and creaminess, giving this an impression that it is far larger of a stout than it is. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and mild astringency from the roasted malts.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,032 ratings.
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