One Oatmeal Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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One Oatmeal StoutOne Oatmeal Stout
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One Oatmeal StoutOne Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Number one in a series of five stouts produced to help ease you through the cold and grey Midwestern winters. This beer is full bodied with hints of chocolate, roasted barley, coffee flavors and a nice creamy head.

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Reviews: 419 | Ratings: 1,047
Photo of jjamadorphd
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Somebody, anybody, tell me these Dark Horse brews will get better. Or at least they will taste like what is described on label...

I've had three different brews form Dark Horse, the first ever was pretty good, but the last two (which includes this one) is less than desirable. Though the darn thing looks good that's about all I can say. The smell is anything but oatmeal, the taste has some funky, metallic twang that just doesn't do it for me. I will say the mouthfeel is good as it is lightly carbonated, just the way I like 'em. Unfortunately, for the rest of this brew I am looking for a family member to pawn the other two I still have off.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Jet black color, quarter finger brown head, ok lacing, no visible carbonationn

S: Chocolate, coffee. Smells wonderful. Could sniff this all day long.

T: Chocolate, roasted coffee, raisins. Tastes nice.

F: Surprisingly light bodied but mouthfeel is ok.

O: Good beer but wish mouthfeel was more dense. That would make it great.

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Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of q33jeff
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Thick oily Dark black, small tan head.
AROMA: roasty, smokey malt. Very aromatic
TASTE: smoke, peat, coffee, toast, tobacco. A perfectly bitter finish, not too much, just enough to bring the flavor.
Feel: thick, smooth, a little creamy.

This is a very good oatmeal stout. Probably the best I've had, although Samuel Smith is always the sentimental benchmark.


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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with nice thin mocha head, nice lacing all around the glass.
Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate vanilla and hints of coffee.
Taste very similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malts and chocolate
Feel full bodied very smooth
overall really solid oatmeal stout

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Photo of basaywhat
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Last four pack in a hole-in-the-wall place in Sioux Falls, SD.

Pours a glistening brown color, forming a dark chocolate body and a walnut colored head of 2 fingers (snifter). 1/4 finger remains after letting it settle a few moments. 100% opacity.

Some pretty rough smells out front -- a touch of manure, some dirt, a bit of copper piping. Past that as it's inhaled further and agitated, a nice peanut butter cookie aroma comes out. Following that is molasses and antiseptic.

The flavor is not bad, if a touch metallic. It has a cola like quality to it, with dashes of cocoa and oatmeal here and there. Still, the metallic quality permeates and continues to shout louder than the other good qualities, I have to dock it a bit. Flavors of brown sugar and molasses faintly finish out the profile in breaths.

Feel is very carbonated, very cola-like, but still manages to keep a medium bodied creaminess about it. The finish is purely dry, acidic, and chapped. Pretty nice ending.

Overall, I have to say - this is one of Dark Horse's weaker offerings. Now that I've had their basic five stout lineup - (and believe me, it took me awhile to acquire them all) I have to say the Oatmeal Stout comes in last. #4 would be Tres Blueberry (too sweet and smuckers-like as it warms), #3 is Too Cream, #2 is Fore Smoked, and #1 of course is the mighty Plead the 5th. Comparing this Oatmeal stout to something like Anderson Valley is a huge let down. I feel they could go back to the drawing board on this one and filter out the metallic dross that surfaces in the finished product.

(Second time through was better, scores adjusted accordingly)

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Tilly
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown pour with a root beer 1/2" head. Completely opaque!
Heavenly aroma of vanilla, coffee and chocolate.
Tastes like a modern day stout. Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. Some smoke.
Mouth feel is slightly dry. Not as light as most stouts.
Very nice stout from Dark Horse.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark, opaque, slight hint of brown-red highlights, trim tan head, quite to fade, leaving a bit of tan on the rim, but no real lacing.

S - Roast grains and malts, a whiff of grassy hops.

T - Following the nose, with a hint of coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate, bitter bit at the close suggests toast and coffee acidity.

M - Moderate coating, a bit of drying, a touch light overall.

O - A decent, but by no means spectacular, oatmeal stout. There are other options I prefer, but this is a good medium ABV, light bodied stout.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This has a nice dark pour with a brown head to it. Immediately I could pick up the aromas of chocolate and coffee. The taste was very strong, tasted of roasted malts and coffee with hints of chocolate. The finish was a little on the bitter and smoky side. Left my mouth feeling a little dry. Not a bad brew, but I prefer others in the Dark Horse series.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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 InkedinRi
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a well made oatmeal stout. I gave it decent numbers.. Jet black.. Nice aroma, nice taste! I think this stout should get better scores. But everyone's taste is different.

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Photo of JimmytheC
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I'll drink bottle #2 of the four-pack tonight, and if the facts change I'll change my opinion. But bottle #1 has me disappointed in my purchase. As many reviews here echo my experience of the taste of this beer, though, I'm not hopeful. I bought this as a cheap substitute for my beloved Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, and because the brewers are fellow Michiganders.

I drank from the bottle, I confess, so not much to say about the appearance except that it looked pretty chocolaty and dark against the off-white of the sink this morning.

From the first sniff it was clear drinking would be a chore. This beer tastes like Hopsy Cola. Almost a painful feel in the mouth. As someone once said of a basswood telecaster I will repeat about a highly hoppy stout--'It ain't right, I tell ya.' I will definitely try other stouts in Dark Horse's series, but probably won't be going back to square one.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer. Out of the five seasonal stouts by Dark Horse I prefer the Fifth (obviously) and Thres. I'm glad I tried this though. A good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Continuing my Oatmeal Stout samplings. 4pk of Dark Horse - One Oatmeal Stout is nearly true to form for the style - straight up a decent oatmeal stout...just let it warm up to room temp though or you'll be disappointed.
A: Very dark chocolate brown with an inch thick cratered head - beautiful - except that it settled to a lacy head in short order. The retention was expected but lacking.
S: Roasted oats.
M: A little watery and less smooth than expected; not a lot of fullness. A mild amount of carbonation was noticed
T: nutty, roasted nuts and a mildly bitter aftertaste, that softened as it warmed.
O: I didn't let it sit long enough and the coolness impacted the first impression. As it warmed, the profile also expanded - the roasted oats and trailing bitterness softened (though not entirely) and blended fairly well. With the exception of the head retention - which would have helped expand the profile - and the bitterness, this held true to the basic style.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the handsomest beers I've ever poured.

An aroma much quieter than expected after having the outsized pleasure of watching this black gold fill the glass.

Flavor in the mouth also seems a bit of a . . . of a . . . I can't really say what the deal is. It's incredibly flavorful -- coffee, baker's chocolate, crispy pancake edges, something else I can't put my finger on -- and, yet, it's not quite great. I mean, I'm enjoying it as much as the best 50 or 60 beers I've had in the past year. But will I remember this a week from now? Six months from now? (I guess I will, now that I've written this sentence.)

Lively carbonation plays off of the smoothness to create an inspiring, compressed experience of disparate textures that combine to be more than the sum of the parts.

Well done, Dark Horse.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good Oatmeal stout with bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel flavosr, but lacks the sweetness found in Founders Breakfast Stout - the standard by which I measure oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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 delta490
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep inky balck with a dark brown and fizzy head. No retention beyond a thin ring around the circumference but it still manages to leave a smudge of small soapy lacing. The aroma is deep malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. The taste is equally robust with more emphasis on the roasted malt. The body is a little lighter with the addition of the oats and has a nice silky feel.

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Photo of Ngntjp
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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 WesMantooth
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pitch black with a big bubbly tan head. It leaves a considerable amount of lacing.

Aroma - Not super intense. Some roasted barley that smells considerably burnt/ashy, and chocolate.

Taste - Definitely smokey and charred tasting. Small amount of oats. Some bitter chocolate. Some odd flavor I can't pinpoint that is not real enjoyable, almost metallic.

Feel - It is medium to heavy in body, very dry (not in a good way) it feels kind of like you are drinking a cola. It manages to be sort of watery, yet fairly silky and creamy at the same time. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall - I dinged it here because it drinks a lot more like a porter than an oatmeal stout. A drinkable beer, but not real good.

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle

The bottle pours an opaque black with a minimal mocha head, which quickly dissipates.

Aroma is a creamy chocolate, light roasted malt and maybe even some subtle oatmeal. Nothing too complex here.

Taste begins with the aforementioned creamy chocolate, quickly giving way to a charred, roasted malt. On the back end, a the charred characteristics really take the lead.

Mouthfeel is medium and ends somewhat creamy, but definitely not as much as I would expect for an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is low, joined by medium bitterness from the roasted malt.

Overall, a pretty simple stout from the Dark Horse crew. I would have liked a fuller body and more creaminess from an oatmeal stout, especially one clocking in at 7.00%. Regardless, this beer is full of flavor and I will have no problem finishing off the four pack!

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep black with a modest frothy mocha head.

Aroma is roasty and coffee dominant, with cocoa and dark black cherry adding complexity. Cocoa dominates, in the end.

Flavor reveals more cocoa initially, with roast malt, coffee, and char rounding out the slightly bitter finish. There's an underlying cherry character that's pleasant. Oats are not too distinct.

Body is fairly full, slightly creamy, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not quite as oaty as some, but a nice balance of roast and cocoa. Very drinkable. The chocolate and cherry meld well together.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark black, engine oil. Brown head. The head could be bigger and have more retention, but it smells of amazing dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate, very smooth from oats, a little sweetness, and some spicyness from the hops, and I think there is a little roastyness behind all that...
This beer is fantastic

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One Oatmeal Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,047 ratings