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 gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark, black even, with a tiny brown head that quickly dissipates into the black abyss, leaving a micro-ring around the edge of the glass. Smell is very enjoyable and defined, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt coffee and perhaps a hint of vanilla. The taste is much the same, with the charred coffee flavor coming to the forefront, but it is well balanced by the slight sweetness of the oatmeal and finishes very smooth. I read from another BAs report that this has 8% and I believe it, but I can't taste it. Well done. The mouthfeel is great; viscous and creamy, incredibly smooth. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable oatmeal stout, I will have to make a point to pick up the others in the series (which I was previously unaware of).

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Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Opaque and pitch black. Tight, cocoa colored head that recedes to a faint skim the color and consistancy of espresso crema.

S: Aromas of burnt sweet molassas, raisins, dark chocolate, and smoked malt. Actually this is very smokey.

T: Excellent flavors that run the gamut from sweet to smokey. Brown sugar, molassas, vanilla, overripe dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, smoked malt, and a subtle hint of bourbon. Sneaky hops that wait around 'till the finish to jump out and smack my tongue around.

M: Very thick and oily. Slick and creamy at first then it turns dry and bitter at the finish. Great balance!

D: Way more roasted, smokey, and bitter than I expected this Oatmeal Stout to be. Regardless, this is very enjoyable. Dark Horse needs to come to IL!

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from plucier. Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Poured a deep brown that turned black in the glass. About one good finger of tan frothy head rose from the glass. Head dissipated quickly into a small ring of lace. Smell: Nice roasty toasty aromas of sweet malt, chocolate, and some bitter roasted coffee. Taste: Bitter burnt coffee. sweet chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice with a nice oatmeal flavor. Very smooth at first with a nice bitter coffee finish. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and dry but is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a small dark orange head. Settles to a thin head. This thing required a hard pour. Dark as the darkest of 'em.

S- Very roasty with some coffee and chocolate. Nothing to knock your socks off, but very good.

T- Wow. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Oatmeal, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, smokiness. There is a lot going on here. No taste of any alcohol.

M- Awesome. Creamy and smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Not hard on the palate at all.

D- Very well done. Too bad I don't know the ABV on this- but I could definitely feel it. I am really going to be getting this again.

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Numero uno in Dark Horse's "strange label stout series." At least that's what I call it. Great stouts though!

Pours a thick, inky black, with a small, tight, glass hugging, cocoa brown head. Roasted malts mix with sweet figs and raisins. Milk chocolate and smoky maple syrup (think maple syrup with a little bacon grease and coffee mixed in) sweetness as well.

Thick, full, milky mouthfeel reveals slightly tart, toasted-roasted coffee malts. Dark chocolate/cocoa sweetness comes in, backed by peat and mildly astringent bitterness. Herbal hops back up the meaty finish. A keeper. Another nice DH stout. Man, can these MI breweries make some great stouts or what?!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-18-07

Pours an extremely thick, opaque black with a giant tan-colored head.

Smells of roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Very good.

Taste is decent, strong malt flavors with hints of chocolate and coffee. A surprising hop bitterness is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is good, super thick.

Drinkability is not as good, the carbonation makes the bitterness even spicier, a little overpowering.

Overall a solid brew, the unbalanced bitterness keeps it from being great.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oreo cookie black with a hint of dark caramel at the edges. Even the brightest sunlight fails to bring highlights out of this black hole of a stout. The head is a firm, tight, two fingers of foam that resembles a molasses-filled sponge. I don't care about the relative lack of lace, One is a good looking stout.

The nose is pretty wonderful as well. It's mega roasted malty with aromas of charred coffee beans and dark chocolate. The lack of any discernable hoppiness in a beer of this sort has never bothered me because it's all about the malt. I think I'm gonna like this one.

My first Dark Horse beer is a good One. This may just be the richest, darkest oatmeal stout that has ever entered my mouth. It comes close to American double stout territory without quite making it across the border. Each mouthful is further proof that only good things can happen when a brewer uses a generous amount of generously roasted barley.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is roughly equal parts bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. I might even detect a hint of vanilla in there as well. I also love the fact that the sweetness of the malt sugars are perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the hops (or perhaps it's the bitter char from the malt). Either way, this stuff is some kind of delicious.

I like my stout mouthfeels stouter than most. This one is just right. It's full enough and creamy enough to please the mouth and tongue and to provide for a great deal of flavor linger. Again, double stouts have nothing to worry about, but it's more than adequate for the task at hand. Incidently, the 8.0% ABV is buried with consummate skill.

I've been looking for Dark Horse beer for some time now and was lucky enough to run across the entire Holiday Stout Series several days ago. If One is any indication of the quality that I can expect from Too, Tres and Fore, then it will be all I can do to restrain myself from drinking them all today.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a black pour with a coffee colored head sitting on top. Taste is a little oatmeal and slightly roasty but nothing special. Drinkability wasn't great due to the taste not being very enticing. Oh well, I was still glad to have had the chance to drink this midwestern brew.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another of dark horse's shockingly black, motor-oil pouring stouts. smells very heavily roasted, and slightly acidic. everything is roasted -- coffee, malts, chocolates...maybe the faint fruit and hops notes are roasted also. nice bitter finish. no attempt to cover this, which is a good thing, as it's not an astringent bitterness.

dark horse's winter stout series is one of my favorite things going in american craft beer. it's subtle, creative, local (for me), and it's all high quality.

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

12oz single, snagged at rileys

appearance: pours into a standard ND pint glass...dark mahogany, garnet tinted body...creamy chocolate head (much similar to the smoked and cream stout) with substantial lacing left behind - good

smell: subtle aromas consist of a dark roasty malt structure, some light creamy, charred coffee beans, dark chocolate, lightly hopped aroma

taste: dark and roasty, nice licorice presence, roasted malts, a touch of smoke, dry dark chocolate, light coffee with a dash of cream...standard but tasty

mouthfeel: creamy and active, medium body

drinkability: highly drinkable

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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 DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thick, brown head. Great appearance. Aroma is sweet and loaded with roasty malts, cherries, and chocolate. Nice balanced sweet fruitiness and bitter oats and coffee. Simple but yummy. Balanced feel, light to medium bodied. Slick. Very nice. Exceptionally drinkable,

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

Dark black pour creamier foam head. Almost a shot of espresso with barley and vanilla and licorice injected. Very rich and a quick bitter sweet finish. Good finish that does not last too long. A good complex blend for the not so complicated stout and is a pleasure.

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Photo of Winter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, and creamed coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and rather smooth. The taste hits on flavors of roasted malt with a husky graininess to it. A smattering of old coffee staggers in toward the back. Alcoholic vapors are also present in the finish. Burnt smokiness follows.

This is a decent oatmeal stout, but it lacks something in overall depth of flavor. Isn't quite as smooth as others I've had. Nothing I'd certainly turn down, but it just seemed to be missing something that the aroma alluded to and the taste left out.

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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 bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a jet black (dark horse) color with a one finger cocoa colored head. Dissipates rather quickly. Looks thick and oil like.
S: Big dark fruit and fig notes with a slight spicy twang of alcohol. Earthy and woody with oak notes. Chocolate and caramel notes round out the aromas.
T/M: Unsweetened chocolate, sweet caramel, dark fruit, and fig flavors all detected at first passing. Cocoa and caramel notes dance back and forth. Slight bitterness felt on at the back of the tongue--hop presence subtle. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Sweetness in the aftertaste. Woodyness in the aroma isn't as big in the flavors, but it's noticeable. Robust body.
D: A damn fine stout. Easy drinking with a nice bold body. A perfect offering for those cold winter eves. Glad I had the chance to try this.

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

Fresh 12 oz. bottle no more than 3 weeks old.

Pours black as night with no illumination whatsoever. A creamy brown 1/2" head. Patchy lacework.

Coffee & cream, chocolate marbled desert cake, Vanilla and toffee, Starbucks Caramel Machiato all can be detected in the nose along with your awesome top-notch heavily roasted grains.

A roasted malt barrage intermingled with premium coffee with a touch of bitterness. Sweet malted milk and hot fudge topped malted vanilla ice cream really make their presence known. The mingling of sweet & bitter really showcases how masterfully this ale is crafted. A nice dry finish to keep all of these lovely sweet components from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel is a tad lighter than what I'd expect from what I experienced in the nose and palate - which is great, making the drinkability that much easier. Carbonation on the lighter side also.

Overall an awesomely balanced and hearty stout to say the least. Halfway through the bottle when the temperature warmed up a bit, the flavors all became rounder and softer, again making it more 'truer' to style. The dry, sweet & bitter all danced effortlessly together. What a fantastic stout.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apperance: cream colored head and minimal lacing. It poured wonderfully into my glass, silky smooth and murky black in color. Seems like a pertty dense beer!

Smell: strong malt smell with a nose full of roasted coffee. Alcohol smell comes through, but otherwise not much happening here. I've smelled better

Taste: a very light astringent taste and has touch of fruit: blueberries or raisins. I found myself wanting to chew on this beer more than anything. However, where was the oatmeal? a big coffee and malt taste is present, very roasty overall. But no oatmeal in there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and delicate beer. Extreme smoothness is very nice and kind of gives the alcohol a bit more presence, or that it seems the alcohol becomes more noticable as you continue drinking.

I don't know what to think about this one. Robust malty, coffee flavor but has strange lingering aftertaste. I say give it a try and see what happens!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a slick deep brooding black with a ring of dark tan bubbles but no real head. Aromas begin with roasted coffee overtones atop a deeply roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Robust and alluring.

First sip brings a sweet roasted malt with a hefty dose of bitter roasted coffee beans. Powdered cocoa and a touch of dark fruit, very smooth with a bit of hops on the way down. A solid oatmeal stout with a big flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with plenty of body that really grabs on as you drink. I could see myself having a few of these with no problem. Another good brew from Dark Horse...I haven't had a bad one yet! Thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a crystal wine glass with a buh-lack sunnuvabish hue giving up no ghosts. My banged around aged showing bottle had some grey chunkerz in the glass bottom. An instantly settled head and gloppy lace following the demise.

Aroma is a dull roar of bakers chocoalte and a floury dough black coffee touch. Nothing to scream about. Lacked a fruity or balanced hoppy nose that would have been stunning. Guessing that we are going down a narrow road, albeit a touch of red grape was perky.

First swigs: Dark Horse goes right where we all have been with a dry thud of flour and a lingering vinous cabarnet dry sweetness. Maybe they have me fooled. Maybe they will have you fooled. A touch muddy without getting bright in the hops. Maybe to simple? Just a smooth cocoa bakers chocolate stout that really nver hits the oatmeal note.

Feel is thin with a slickness that doesn't rest and offer more than a linger of black coffee and flour that is too omiprescent.

Last swigs: All Jello pudding skin. Needs a clutch hit in the midle to ring out a song. Dug it for the most part and I do thank HoppyMeal for the bottle.

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Photo of rrwiltse
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout kicks ass. Really. Though it lacks pretty much any head whatsoever (and I mean, basically NO HEAD), it is a mesmerizingly pleasing deep caramel/nearly black color. And the aroma, oh boy! A treat in itself! Caramel, chocolate, here I come! The only thing this was a bit weak in was the mouthfeel, but only in comparison to other Oatmeal Stouts--it was surprisingly light for it's type. This is simply one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts.

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

Black with a very thin skim of fine, dark brown bubbles that form a slender ring around the glass. Some lacing, particularly after some agitation. Rich, malty aroma, plenty of roast, milk chocolate, and a hint of caramel. Moderate bitterness, burnt and roasted especially towards the finish. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats. Some acidity in the finish. Very low carbonation, thick and viscous, a bit of creaminess, fairly smooth. Quite tasty. Almost a meal in itself!

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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 Shovelbum
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy chocolate head over a body the color of motor oil. Modest lace anc head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit and roasted barley. Smooth, mildly sweet and creamy up front transitioning to a more robust roasted grain character and notes of plums and dark vinous fruit. Substanial bitterness from the dark malt and perhaps some hops. Body is a tad on the lean side, but overall quite smooth on the tongue. Dry.

A pleasant brew with a good deal of roasted grain complexity. Despite the fact that the body could have used a bit more substance, there is a great showcase of flavor packed in here. A enjoyed this ale, but then again if I was going to go for a Dark Horse sout I'd reach for their Special Reserve Balck Bier over this.

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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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