Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,036 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor
Read the review
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
Ratings:
1,036
Reviews:
417
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
94
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 417
Photo of Qbdoo
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Benesi88
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DMarlinJ
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. Very dark, nearly black pour with a nice two fingers of rocky tan head that retains a bit before reducing down to a thin foam. The nose is slightly roasty and grainy with coffee and rolled oats.

Medium-full body with a pleasant flavor. There is some sweetness and roastiness from the malt and a smoothing, grainy, earthy note from the oats. A pretty middle-of-the-road oatmeal stout, neither too sweet nor too dry. Not much of a hop presence. The feel is smooth and silky, but a bit thin for the style. Not much to complain about with this brew, but not much to write home about either.

 633 characters

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Lightman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This stout has a glowing opal blackness with a thick viscosity and a cloud like foam of brown froth.

The aromas are malty like Graham cracker, with a creamy marshmallow and some cocoa powder. There's a phenolic aroma that seems to surround the entire scent but then it ends with a chocolatey touch.

The flavor is more tempered than most oatmeal stouts as each flavor seems weak and melded together. I do get a nice milk chocolate than a creamy caramel. There's some roasted char and a bit of happiness but all in all its just not that remarkable.

The feel is really smooth with nice thickness, low carbonation and a silky viscosity.

 635 characters

Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rons35
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of stanale
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dejones
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rct
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle

A: Pours as black as any other stout. Just shy of a finger's worth of dark brown head sits atop this brew for a time before fading to a ring.

S: Fairly prominent chocolate notes with accompanying roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark, oaty grain flavors. There really is not a lot of these flavors to go around, unfortunately.

M: Perhaps on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout. Fairly silky and smooth, but lacking the more substantial body I was looking for.

O: Not as good as I was expecting, though not a bad beer by any means. Subdued flavors and slight lack of body really detract here. Hopefully the rest of the DH stout series are better. Would have again in case my taste is simply off tonight. DH does know what they are doing when it comes to stouts, after all.

 823 characters

Photo of BeerMeInStl
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz pint glass.

Appearance is really nice, very dark brown with lots of creamy tan colored head.

Smell is heavy on dark chocolate and roasted malts. Very bold flavor.

Taste takes that boldness and goes way further, the roasted malts and sweetness dominate, but with a jarring hop bitterness as well. Not a combination that i really like - definitely a complex set of flavors though, so I can understand why others appreciate it.

Mouthfeel is thick as is expected with this type of full-bodied beer.

Overall a combination of flavors that just doesn't work for me - I like the creamier, lower ABV, and less hoppy oatmeal stout made by Founders better.

 684 characters

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Yeti1979
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,036 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.