Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,036 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor
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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
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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 417
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours almost black, but once it settles, it's a dark brown. Head is a solid brown, but dwindles to an almost non-existent ring at the edge of the glass. Pours a little thin.

Smell: Some roasted malts. Touches of cocoa, but an underlying grassiness is distracting. Almost akin to wet cardboard at times. Corn? Touch of citrus lingers in the back. Malts aplenty. Some sweetness coupled with a dry cocoa note.

Taste: Roasted barley. Some twinge of oat. Muted citrus hops play through the back. A touch of cocoa and some day old coffee. Tobacco and some some lingering sweetness round out the back. Solid depth of flavor. Something earthy, but bordering on dirt more than rich moist earth.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Smooth with minimal carbonation. Dry on the finish.

Overall: Not bad, but definitely packs a more robust malt profile than expected. Smooth and easy drinking, but the weird corn/cardboard flavor gets distracting.

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ineedafirkin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmerloni
4.79/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a heavy, leady dark black. No head at all. Creepily absent of any head at all.

S - Divine. Dark chocolate, purely. And hell.

T - Wow. This is a robust beer and it's all heavy dark chocolate. This isn't at all milky. It's just pure dark chocolate in a beer. This is a beer for 1800s alcoholic frontiersman.

M - Thick bodied. Heavy. Chewy. Great.

D - Wow. I don't know how this has such low ratings. This seems like it should be an A+ in my book. A heavy, truthful chocolatey stout. It doesn't get much better than this. Founders Breakfast is the only one in this vein that I've tried that does what this beer is attempting any better. This is a great beer. Will be getting this again. Excellence.

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

$2.50 single from Abe's.

Black body with no highlights. Three level fingers of highly whipped dark tan foam.

Aroma of deep roasted coffee upfront, followed by some deep chocolate.

Taste follows nose. Strong deep roasted coffee, followed by supporting chocolate notes. Not getting a real sense of oatmeal though.

Smooth mouthfeel, though not super rich nor displaying a typical oatmeal signature.

Overall a nice tasty stout, though the oatmeal qualities are not front and center.

And not holding this against the beer, but one ugly and seemingly meaningless label.

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Photo of adamdarcy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of troysoy2
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemless red wine glass. Don't ask.

Not much head to speak of. The body of the beer is completely opaque. Just a few bubbles rising to the top here and there.

Smells mostly of toasted malts and sharp bittersweet chocolate. A little one dimensional maybe, but tasty smelling nonetheless.

It's surprisingly watery and drinkable for a stout at 8%. That was my first impression. There's a slight bitterness, but this is not a hop-forward stout. The smoothness from the oats is mildly apparent in the mouthfeel, with just a little prickly carbonation. The flavor just doesn't quite live up to the smell. A one-dimensional taste might not be such a bad thing if that taste had a little more... something to it.

Overall, it's enjoyable, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one for a while.

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Photo of Screper
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown/black color, not much of a head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt, picking up a bit of cocoa aroma as well.

Taste is fairly straight forward, roasted malt on the front, a light bittersweet chocolate aftertaste, the oatmeal doesn't add too much creaminess or smoothness as it usually does, strength isn't overly evident but you can definitely tell it's packing.

Nothing truly stands out regarding this oatmeal stout but nothing terrible either.

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Photo of amrozga
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevef03 for this bottle. I'm finally getting around to doing the Dark Horse One - 5th tonight.

A: Pours a nice deep brown, almost black. This beer is completely opaque. There is about 1 finger of a dark mocha head that lingers for a bit. There is some decent lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of sweet malt and chocolate (milk and dark). There might even be some toffee notes in there. It smells fantastic.

T: Starts off smooth and sweet. The malt and oats shine through nicely. That soon gives way to some milk chocolate presence. The finish is a bit bitter though, like the oats in this are just too much. The nose is much better than the taste in my opinion.

M: This is a full bodied beer. It starts off silky and smooth, but still seems a bit thin. Because the finish is on the bitter side, it leaves the palate a bit dry.

O: I think is a good beer. It smells fantastic, but the taste and mouthfeel leave something to be desired. It's not terrible, but I don't think I'll be returning to this beer when I'm in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IlPostino
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jz989
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RudiNicole
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" light brown head over black liquid.

S: Coffee, chocolate and licorice.

T: Somewhat bitter toasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a pleasant creamy aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium viscosity and a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: I found this to be quite pleasant.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ksimons
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black with minimal chestnut highlights. Almost no head, just a small layer of tan lace

S-smell is full of rich roasted malts, coffee, with molasses and brown sugar. Not picking up on much oatmeal in the smell.

T-taste is heavy on the roasted malts and has a bitter black coffee taste as well. The oatmeal gives a mellowness to the beer which is a nice balance to the deep roasted malt.

M-full body, light to medium amount of carbonation, very smooth

Overall I liked this beer a lot. I didn't detect any oatmeal in the smell but found it more in the taste. I would have it again.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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