Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks alright. Could use a bit more head. Nose is okay as well. Lots of molasses. Flavor is thick. Mostly in body though. The flavor character is constant and robust with a thick kinda thing going on, but there is nothing that really strikes me as unique or interesting. Or nothing that strikes me as an oatmeal stout, to be honest. Oh well. It's still a nice beer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this and three other Dark Horse stouts. I figured I'd start with One, since now I have the whole series.

Appearance - Jet black. Inky. I couldn't even see if I was pouring sediment. Small khaki head that reduces to only wisps.

Smell - Dominated by bitter chocolate and coffee. Very roasty. Might even be a hint of booze in it.

Taste - Dark malts through and through. Bitter chocolate and bitter coffee. A strong bitterness in the finish that isn't really offensive, but intense. It's tough to tell what's malt bitterness and what's hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Slightly boozy, even at 8%. Extremely bitter at points. If I don't think about it, it isn't bad, but the instant I notice it, it becomes a bit much.

Overall - A nice oatmeal stout. Not really remarkable, but solid. I enjoy really roasty stouts like this, but there isn't much that distinguishes it from others in the same category. That said, I wouldn't turn down another.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully black appearance, with a 1/4 " creamy tan head, slowly dying bubbles.

Aroma: nice. Roasted, but redolent with sweet, creamy malt, light hops, very toasty, ripe, and rich.

Taste: Mmmm, more of that sweet thing in my mouth, the tastily roasted, caramel, coffee and cocoa melange that sets my tastebuds singing. Expansive flavor, fills the bill for the style, and then some. Floods the mouth, spills and spreads deliciousness. Slight fruit, from the malt, and it only ups the ante on the tastiness. Molasses creeps into the flavor profile, thick and rich as blackstrap.

One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had in a long time! Full-bodied, long, slightly bitter finish, fullness of flavor. Rich, gritty, earthy...hits all the earmarks I've got for the style!

Good job!

And thanks to trbeer!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in a bif earlier this year and am just getting to it now. This bottle is at least a year old.

Pours a solid black color which lets no light pass. Vigorous pour could barely muster up any head at all. Smells vinous, a bit of dark fruit and roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, chocolate and a lingering coffee in the finish. Finish is a bit dry. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body, low but ample carbonation. Great tasting brew, very creamy. I thought it finished a bit dry for my taste, but good just the same. Someone send me a fresh one please :)

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Photo of tdm168
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - very thick and deep black; thick, quarter inch of dark brown head that fades after a few seconds

S - chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, coffee, roasted malts; this is a rather intense and promising aroma

T - chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, piney bitterness, bitter roasted malt and coffee finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice offering. The flavor has incredible depth. The chocolate and dark fruit notes are impeccable. But the nuances such as the black licorice add tremendous character. The lightening touch of the oatmeal thins the body just enough to make this incredibly drinkable. This is definitely a stout that is worth trying.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. No noticeable dating on the bottle.

A very dark cocoa brown nice and creamy looking head that slowly falls, only makes about a finger in size. Some real nice legs and scattered leopard like lacing. Body color is mostly dark walnut brown/black with just a hint of red. No noticeable carbonation, and manages to keep a decent collar, this looks pretty nice.

Small malting roast, and slight char. A little weak, kind of ordinary, not too bad, pleasant enough certainly.

A bit wet bodied with a very dry and embery char roast feeling. Very fleeting roast and a good burnt aroma. Highly wet texture throughout that doesn't give much for even such a high abv. Ashen cigarette quality on the finish.

Overall not really that exciting, kind of a one dimensional roast burnt stout with not much depth to it. Very wet too. I would probably pass it up, the brewery has certainly made better.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint, beer is black with almost no head, thin tan bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation.

Aroma is mildly roasty, wet, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium in body and relatively sweet, not cloying though, nice finish, mildly bitter with the roast, a decent beer but probably not a repeat.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a steady carbonation bubbling along the glass, and a thin, creamy, dense covering of chocolate milk colored head. The beer's nose is mildly sweet, with chocolate and cream notes, and a hint of coffee highlights. Flavors are rich, with a more bitter dark chocolate character in the forefront, balanced with a toasty, almost charred, balancing taste. Coffee grounds make an appearance on the tongue, as well as a subtle hint of hops in the background. The flavors blend together well, but are a bit abrasive overall. Good, smooth body despite the bitter characteristics, with a good lacing left along the glass. The aftertaste is a mix of bitter dark chocolate and day old coffee, with a bitter twinge left on the tongue and in mouth. The finish lingers on quite a bit, although not entirely unpleasant. There is a slight drying in mouth that begs for another drink. Flavor profiles and mouthfeel lean me more towards an Irish Dry stout versus Oatmeal, but a decent brew, regardless.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, sweet malt, slight oatmeal, and a hint of hops. Overall, dominated by alcohol in aroma and body, even though it is only 7% according the the bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to walt for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a black color with a tiny brown head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is chocolate with some soy and alcohol. The flavor is chocolate, tobacco and leather. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a founder's pint glass, been looking for this for teo months and found a bottle at Capone's.

One is a kind of gooey looking black beer once it's condensed in the glass. Not completely black pouring out of the bottle, one is also not 100% black with some dirt brown around the edges. Nothing in terms of a cap just some soda pop like fizz and not a stitch of lace. Kind of dead looking beer.

The smell is somewhat muted and only kind of shows itself with warming. Getting a trace amount of black coffee along with some chocolate and mild fudge. One has a small oatmeal scent with some caramel and not much hops. Trace amounts of tootsie rolls and some roast.

One starts of with some dark chocolate and the little bit of coffee. This is backed by big roasted malts and some grains as well. In the middle some breakfast oatmeal although light and some cream/light vanilla. On the end some grain and a little taste of metal. Im guessing the hops are very muted in this bottle as bitterness is non existant, and that's the way I like my oatmeal stouts, but this needs more oatmeal.

One is kind of smooth and somewhat milky. The body is medium and could use a boost as a bit of a watery feel is on the end. Carbonation is very low and kind of makes this stout a bit dead in the water. The chocolate is what stays with me the most. I'm glad I bought one bottle as I did not want another one afterwards. The alcohol is a bit high but it's not that, it's just that I need more oats. This is good for a whirl though.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to warriorsoul for this brew.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy dark tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, with some very nice chocolate/toffee/caramel notes, with some licorice thrown in. The taste is malty, sweet, lots of dark stuff. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, this is a very nice Oatmeal Stout, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of aasher
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a midnight black with a beautiful dark khaki one finger head which quickly dissipated to lace the glass. It smells of very sweet milk chocolate and has decent roasted notes. The coffee is pretty subdued and it also has almost a vanilla accent. The flavor is pretty solid. It's slightly smoky and has a little oak to it. It definitely has a lot of dark roasted malt and has a solid bitter chocolate flavor that follows into the aftertaste. It's pretty solid but the more you drink it you get this sweet/sour lactic acid flavor that kind of gets a little old. It drinks pretty smoothly and is in between medium to heavy in body. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The first time I had this I never knew it was 8%. I would've guessed between 5-6%. It's a very solid beer. I'm not a huge fan of Dark Horse but this one is better than I remember it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkhorse Oatmeal stout pours a midnight black with a dark brown head. Already the beer looks oily. A wonderful boquet of roasted malt and chocolate make up the nose.

Tastes really good with roasted malt, coffee, raw cocoa and a hint of spice, namely brewers cinnamon. Layers of complexities, and smoothed out by the oats. A nice lingering roasted flavor and a hint of hops at the end.

The best beer I've had yet from this brewery.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Opaque black color with a dark tan/mocha head. Starts off looking very pretty, but quickly recedes to a ring with little lacing. Strong aroma of roast malt, toasted grain, mild chocolate and burnt coffee. All malt in the aroma, no hoppiness. Smooth and silky medium full bodied with minimal carbonation resulting in a lingering aftertaste of burnt malt and sweet chocolate. Flavor is supported by strong roasted malt presence and a balance of burnt coffee and sweet chocolate. Oats provide a light grain texture, but not as strong as expected for the style. Overall sweetness is mild and there is no hop presence. The 8% alcohol makes a fleeting appearance in the finish. Maybe not the best Oatmeal Stout, but in general fits nicely with this series of stouts from Dark Horse, Tres is still my favorite though.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely impenetrable. Dark, dark black, a beautiful black! Some rustic trim as head, none of which stays very long. A nice aroma, full of subtleties: blended chocolate, coffee, malts, and roast quality. A hint of smokeyness. Quite nice. The flavours let down a little, very mellow in the taste department but an aggressive bitterness. The various flavours don't stand out as much in the taste as they do in the aroma. They tell me this is around 8% and I'm surprised, no indication of it. I enjoyed this, although I wouldn't consider it much more than a run of the mill oatmeal.
Thanks to Blankboy!

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Photo of Zorro
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25.

Pours an impenetrable to light black colored beer. Problem though is that there is no head formation here and I REAL poured it aggressively too.

Smell is a bit sweet with a strong chocolate and coffee aroma. Nice fruity aroma makes this quite a pleasant smelling stout, more going on in the glass except coffee and chocolates. Now that I double check this it is quite close to the smell of chocolate covered cherries, a guilty pleasure that my dentist need never know anything about.

Taste is mildly sweet and with a good coffee and then chocolate flavor in that order. Definite flavor of "Charbucks" coffee here with enough sugar to take the edge off and leave some smoke in your mouth. This gets a bit sweeter as you drink it and it never gets bitter. Faint sourness from the dark roasted malts.

Low carbonation like a cask ale. This is still milkshake thick without any foam. Add some bubbles and this would probably shoot out your nose like chewing up three Alka-seltzers on a dare when you were a kid.

Add a few bubbles and this would really be good. It is still a good mellow stout. Very similar to a milk stout in flavor this is more or less a stout milkshake, add Ice cream and make a float!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Russian River tulip, the beer is black with a 1 finger, brown head that quickly recedes. The glass has little lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt and oatmeal. Dark chocolate and cocoa are also present. The taste is of burnt malt with some oatmeal. Some sweet chocolate is noticeable.There is a low level of bitterness and alcohol.

Medium-full bodied with a somewhat thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better oatmeal stouts I have ever had. The beer looked great but lacked in aroma. The taste more than made it up for it. Smoooth and if a beer can be too drinkable this would be it. I could have drank that beer all night. Recommending this to everyone and I hope I can find it in 6ers.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an inky jet black body with a dark tan head that fades before I can set the glass down after the pour. The beer is too dense to see any carbonation or light.

S- This beer has a dark malt smell with a soft cream and coffee hint. There is a dry molasses hint and a note of smoke that comes through when it is warm.

T- This beer has a dark dry malt with black malt flavors and a chalk note to it. There is an earthy coffee note that comes through with a very light tartness from the malt. The finish is a bitter malt flavor and doesn't taste like it is hop related.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a thin almost watery texture.

D- This beer is smooth but there is no real depth and no oatmeal qualities. The dark malt flavor do have a nice flavor that makes it go down quickly.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the bottleshop attached to Dark Horse (I don't remember the name but don't think it is a DH-related name).

A: The stout is appropriately black, a darkness that is all-encompassing. Atop the stout sits a cordoban tan-colored head, mid-sized at first before it quickly recedes.

S: The stout packs a roasted aroma alongside a creamy oat presence. A lactose milkiness builds on the roasted malts.

T: The roasted aspects of the stout stand out. Burnt toast and over-roasted grains are nearly astringent, strong in their fierceness. A bit of lactose seems to meander through the stout, but the creaminess of the oatmeal is gone. Burnt flavors see the stout away, leaving an acrid bitterness on the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel benefits from a bit of oatmeal but that creaminess is fleeting. The stout body is rather thin throughout except for the finish.

D: A good stout that losses its oatmeal persona rather quickly. I like the fullness of the finish.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque black brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is minimal. Aroma is dark roasty sweet oats, and that's about it. Taste is sweet burnt oatmeal, with a slight tang in the middle, and closes reasonably dry on the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth due to the heavy oat use, and drinkability is is down a bit due to a preponderence of the dark malt giving it a slight bitter bent that seems out of place.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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