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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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3.75/5
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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
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
Ranking:
#22,119
Reviews:
418
Ratings:
1,038
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
2.89
 
 
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47
Gots:
94
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Ratings: 1,038 |  Reviews: 418
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch super dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted oats, dark malts, cocoa, and slight coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malts/oats, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee, but all very diluted in flavor. Mild roast/burnt/bitter/astringent taste lingers on the palate after each sip. This is pretty thin and slightly watery for being an oatmeal stout. Decent carbonation but the mouthfeel is off. Overall, this is a pretty good oatmeal stout and would be much better if the mouthfeel were tweaked a bit.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its with a chewy and marshmallowy texture that Dark Horse's One Oatmeal Stout massages the palate and further entices the taste buds with its roasty and chocolaty overtones. And with a depth of complexity and richness, the stout teeters on the edge of imperial status.

While pouring with a highly viscous milkshake-like visual weight, the solid brown foam patiently separates from the beer beneath in a cascading effect. The froth caps the beer like cocoa-stained meringue. Its stubborn persistence yields lacy rings of foam with every sip taken. This is a seriously masculine beer!

Strongly scented, the beer's roasty overtones hit home with elements of Turkish coffee, cocoa, campfire, heavy charred toast, and malted milk with toffee. Slight vinous fruits and rummy alcohol notes tingle the nose with almost the intensity of stronger imperial stouts.

Its also the flavor of strongly roasted coffees that take command of the beer in taste. Roasted beans of coffee and cocoa weave together in bittersweet fashion. The embedded malt and oats uphold the roast with the taste of toffee, heavy cream, and marshmallows and beings to shape my impressions like chocolate coated espresso beans and "Whoppers" candy. Again, a mild tinge of spiced rum and roasted plum lurk behind the dominant malt taste. Mild in bitterness, it seems that the balance comes from char- to the point where any hop addition is relatively unnoticed.

But the mouthfeel is where the beer really shines. Upon the first draw of the glass, the mouth is engulfed with a billowing mocha-infused velvety texture. And again, marshmallow fluff come to mind again. Its chewy texture is sliced by sweet alcohol warmth and signals closure of the session with an extended roasty aftertaste.

Where the beer far exceeds any expectation of oatmeal stout, it's larger-than-life character causes the beer to register with the palate and tongue as an imperial stout. Though the beer refuses to take sides, it captures the essence of both masterfully.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with an agitated head of latte foam. Dissipates into a threadbare tan ring over time.

Aroma is chocolaty, with a little bit of whole milk and oats.

Bittersweet chocolate twinge, smoothed by the oat content.
Smoky riff fading into the sunset on the finish.

Slightly lacking in feel, more like an English Porter than stout. Light, with some very mild lactic character, overall a cinch to drink.

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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 brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a sturdy tan head that leaves a modest amount of lace

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted barley, oats, graham cracker and hints of cinnamon and molasses

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with hints of oats, brown sugar, graham cracker, cinnamon and molasses; a bit of dark fruit and hops arrive by mid-palate and, after the swallow, there is a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sour tinge, though the sweeter breakfast flavors are dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With well-hidden alcohol, this beer is a first rate oatmeal stout that verges on the double stout category

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Photo of oline73
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque dark brown with some red at the edges where the light hits. There is just a small layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet malt up front with some dark fruit. I'm getting some smoke from the malt. The dark fruit and smoke combine and remind me of bbq sauce.

Taste: Lots of roast here. Just enough sweetness to keep things fairly balanced. The roasty bitterness could have run away here. There are some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes, but the roast and smoke are more prevalent. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and fairly smooth. The carbonation is more aggressive than I would have guessed from the lack of head. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Just a touch more malt sweetness would have improved this one just a bit, but overall I enjoyed it. Not sure I need to have another in the future, but I wouldn't say no if offered.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark, dark brown color almost black. It had a small, caramel-colored head that left thick, sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled very roasty. Nice malty tones with a sweet aroma. There were some floral notes, too.
T - It tasted of roasted malt with a caramel backbone. It had some bitterness from some sharp hops.
M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from Dark Horse.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The finger-thick, very dark tan head atop Dark Horse's One Oatmeal Stout is quite a good indication of the dark, velvety creaminess within. It holds very well, eventually dropping to a thin, cottony, half-surface covering, but it continually leaves rings and splotches of lace about the pint.

The nose expresses dark malt acidity and yeasty fruitiness, bittersweet - or even baker's - chocolate, black coffee, and a waft of more charred roastiness; yet it's not bold or brash. In a way it's sublime, or, at least as sublime as a beer of this depth can be.

The flavor follows suite, and although it's chock full of dark chocolate, black coffee, an edge of caramel, a rich center of lightly tart berry-like fruit and some more ashen roastiness, it's not brash or biting. The bitterness is kept to a minimum, and it's soft and supple, allowing it's softer, underlying flavors to come through (some butterscotch, leather, straw, herbs). And that, despite a curious amount of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle and the bottom of the glass... not overly acidic or yeast at all. Very well rounded and soft.

Across the palate it's velvety smooth with a slick, oily mouthfeel and medium body and very-fine, restrained, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning.

Quite possibly the best beer from Dark Horse. Very, very nice. Highly recommended!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a thick opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and just a hint of very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly fades to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted, almost charred malts with moderate notes of chocolate and licorice/anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted and charred malts with some hints of burnt malts. There is a moderate flavor of dark bittersweet chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Light amounts of licorice/anise are also present in the finish. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as smooth as I expected for an oatmeal stout, though that might be due to the higher ABV than I normally find in the style. There are lots of complex malty flavors and a decent amount of bitterness though the taste of alcohol is very well hidden. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with minimal sediment on the bottom. Pours near black with a thin , weak head.

Very appealing aroma with a flavor to match, almost. Both have exceptional balance. Remarkably well hidden alcohol, although it is evident in the flavor where it makes a positive contribution. Strong roasted grain aftertaste.

Very smooth, full body.

Overall: Nothing exotic here; just an admirably tasty and well-crafted oatmeal stout.

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,038 ratings
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