Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

very good
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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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Added by Mitchster on 08-15-2002

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Photo of JGlitz87
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 A-Sox
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ypsifly
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dates.

Solid black with a light brown head that drops after a couple minutes to a foamy ring with a light sheet across the top. Nice lacing effect.

Smells of chocolate, dark roasted malts, some grain in the background, and a nice note of hop in the finish.

The roasted malt dominates the taste. There's a brief touch of sweetness, followed by a slight taste of the oats, then the dry hop finish kicks in. Not exactly balanced, but I like the combination.

Good thick mouthfeel that is expected for the style.

This is a really good (dry) stout, but not exactly what one would expect an oatmeal stout to taste like. Tastes more like Bell's Kalamazoo than it does Samuel Smith's Oatmeal.

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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 mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaycase
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: pitch black. small dark tan head. minimal lacing

s: roasted malts. chocolate.

t: primarily roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. finishes quite bitter. I usually like bitterness but the bitterness here is rather rough and does not suit the beer.

m: thin. watery. finishes dry.

o: this stout is a bit disappointing. the smell is there but the taste leaves something to be desired. will pass on this one next time.

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Photo of walleye
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. the last of the 3 stouts that I bought and this one did not disappoint me. poured black with a brown head with some lacing. flavor sweet, malts, chocolate, coffee. flavor the chocolate and malts where right on for me got some dark fruits and berries. very good.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

I come home from work and I have two trade packages waiting for me...my day just got better. I get my "welcome home" kiss from my wife and she tells me that she is going to be making breakfast for dinner. Sounds ok to me. I sit the two boxes on the table and start digging into 'em. Mynie graciously threw this one in as an extra to our trade. Oatmeal Stout and breakfast...sounds perfect!

This one pours thick and black. There is a thin brown head that leaves a spot or two on the glass. I hold it up to the light just to check....nope, pitch black.

The aroma is of dark roasted malts...coffee, dark chocolate. There is a hint of the oats in here and some wood, charcoal, and alcohol. Smells like a cowboy breakfast to me.

The flavor has a lot of the coffee and dark chocolate. I get a bit of the burnt wood and the alcohol, also. Smoothing oatmeal finish helps to cool the burn from the alcohol and the bitter chocolate/espresso. There is a nice sweetness that passes through in the middle.

Full bodied. Creamy texture with a nice warmth to it. This is a nice morning sipper, if you're into that sort of thing. Good beer Dark Horse. Thanks, Tristan!

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Photo of BEERschlitz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Picked this up with a bunch of other stuff from Heritage tonight for the Beer Geek Christmas. I think this is a bottle from 08 (red sticker).

Pours a dark motor oil like black, with a dark brown head. Not the greatest retention, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing.

The nose is smooth oatmeal, with lightly toasted malts, bitter chocolate, molasses. Pretty intense, and not a hint of alcohol. There is a lot going on here, and you can tell from the get go this is a big oatmeal stout.

The taste is about the same, with oatmeal, bitter chocolate, molasses, maybe even a little coffee. There is a much more defined toasted character here as well. I can imagine that some time has done this some good. I just wish it had a little more umph if you know what I mean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, no lingering bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth with a slow carbonatoin. Drinkability is great.

Overall, another solid stout from Dark Horse. I've now had 1 and 5 (one and fifth), so I need to see out 2, 3 and 4 (too, tres and fore). I liked Pleading the fifth a little more, but this is still a great beer.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of karst
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a fine dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol. Too much black patent malt for my taste. Some nice hints of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted barley keep any alcoholic taste covered.

The medium body was surprizing as I was expecting more from an oatmeat stout. Don't care for the hop bite seems out of balance with all the other roasted flavor that finish dry and linger with out the usuall effect of inviting another sip.

As this warms and looses some carbonation it becomes less drinkable.

"One" down . . . . "Two" and "Three" to go. Hoping to make it to Michigan for some brewery trips. Bell's and Founders for sure! Thinking of moving Dark Horse to the back of the field.

This One does not Win, Place or even show me much!

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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