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 jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

black as motor oil, thin dark tan head, but it fades very quickly. aroma is typical of the style, with maybe a hit of coffee.

taste is sweet malt and oat, but with a slightly acidic aftertaste that is a bit off-putting.

very little carbonation, medium body, a bit thinner than expected.

based on the other offerings from this brewery, I was a bit disapointed. As their stouts go, this doesn't stand up to the Special Reserve Black Bier.

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

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, graham cracker, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a velvety texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. I would, however, choose any of Dark Horse's other stouts over this any day.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received this in a trade probably almost a year ago. I tip my hat to the generous BA who hooked me up.

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours black with a dark coffee-brown head that took its time to fade into a thin collar that left very little lace.
S: Notes of rich dark malts and creamy roasted oats with a touch of alcohol. I get slight notes of chocolate as well.
T: Sharp, roasted flavor with notes of dried oats, chocolate malt, sherry and smoke. Overall not bad but a little strange. Alcohol comes out in the finish and the aftertaste is full of smoke.
M: Carbonation is sharp and astringent but the body and mouthfeel are full and smooth. Carbonation kills it though.
D: I don't want to drink very much of this one. The flavors are decent but I'm just not digging it.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in nonic pint glass.

A - It pours thick and black like motor oil. A quarter inch of cocoa colored head made a brief appearance.

S - The aroma is dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. The chocolate is the main player here.

T - The roasted malt comes through more in the taste but the dark chocolate is still a mainstay.

M - Thick, creamy and viscous. I love it.

D - This is a damn fine beverage. I'll put it up there with Sam Smith's.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours with a finger of rich chocolaty head with impressive lacing. The beer itself looks black at first, but is in fact a very dark brown. A very chocolate-tasting beer.

Smell - Hints of barley and oats right away. Chocolate and slight coffee in the nose as well.

Taste - A very creamy and smooth stout. A very rich chocolate start and a smooth coffee finish. The oatmeal is most prevalent on the finish. Slight hints of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very smooth for an oatmeal stout. Absolutely delicious the entire way through. The alcohol is present, but subtly delicious. I think I prefer this over the Dark Horse Tres Blueberry stout.

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

I've had this Dark Horse Brewing One Oatmeal Stout stashed away since early November and thought it was about time to drink it being that it isn't necessarily high ABV.

Poured with one fat finger of tan head. Subtle smells of malts and chocolate. Initial tastes of bitter sweet chocolate that transitions nicely to malty creaminess. This beer is well balanced and has no hint of heat. I would love to try this again, especially on tap, but wouldn't move mountains to get it again. Overall solid representation of a refined Oatmeal Stout. Well done Dark Horse!

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Photo of tigg924
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, dark brown in color

Smell: oatmeal and chocolate

Taste: dark chocolate and coffee at the start. The oats come out in the middle and moreso as the beer warms, bitter dark coffee finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, bitter start with a slightly sweeter middle that turns bitter and dry to the end, medium carbonation

Drinkability: This one is a bit too bitter and dry for an oatmeal stout. It is not a bad beer, but there are better examples in the style. While Too and Tres were amazing, One is moreso just middle of the pack. Would not pass this one up if given, would not seek it out again either.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours black/brown with a slim cocoa brown head. Not much on head retention, but otherwise nice.

Smell -- Coffee, dark toast, cocoa, licorice, brown sugar. Overall, lots of roast, mild underlying malt sweetness.

Taste -- Burnt breadcrusts, chocolate-covered espresso beans, anise and licorice, raw cane sugar, and a modicum of ash. There's a slight funky/mineral flavor in the finish that I can't put my finger on. Lingering flavor of char, cocoa, and licorice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full body with ample, slightly sharp carbonation. Not a fan of this feeling. Even after some vigorous swirling the carbonation was still harsh.

Drinkability -- Lots of interesting things going on in the flavor, but the feel leaves some to the imagination. I tend to associate oatmeal stouts with great mouthfeel and this didn't make the grade. Still good, though.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Black with dark brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is roasty, mildly burnt, oatmeal sweetness, black licorice, some vanilla and some chocolate. The taste is rich, smooth and tasty. I get roasty and Smoke. I also get chocolate smoothness, coffee and sweet caramel. Wow, everything comes together nicely. Very very tasty brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received in the Birthday BIF from normyk; thanks Rob!

a - Pours a dark black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, cocoa, cream/oatmeal, and coffee. Smells pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla/cream, and light coffee. Tastes slightly watered down, but still pretty good.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth body, but thinner than I would expect for a stout.

d - A nice oatmeal stout. I liked the smell a lot, and the taste was fine, but seemed a little watered down. Would have again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/20/11

The color is of the deepest brown; once settled, near black. One finger of milk chocolate colored foam dissipates to a bubbly skim after a minute of two. Only a few small clumps of lace remain.

The oatmeal is well-positioned in the aroma, evenly-seated among simplistic notes of roasted bakers chocolate, coffee beans & a slight notion of smoke. Fairly earthy.

While the oatmeal doesn't taste as strong as it smells, it imparts an earthy mustiness that intermingles with a subtle hop twinge on the finish. Other than that, the stout seems rather basic; calling it lackluster might be too cruel. A good bit of roast, bittersweet chocolate & hints of coffee.

The feel is full enough though it's accented by more carbonation than I prefer. Even after an aggressive swirl the beer isn't particularly smooth. Finishes with a chalky grit.

One is an easy-drinking, perfectly serviceable rendition of the style. All the better that it starts to gel as it warms up.

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Photo of Bonis
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a dark tan thick head which fades after a minute to a quarter inch. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of roasted malts, chocolate bitterness is pretty dominant, a touch of coffee, and some sweet burnt sugars are there as well. The alcohol barely peaks in. I don't really smell oats but it does smell like a breakfast stout.

T - Well balanced but definitely rich on the malts, especially the darker variety. It does, however, taste more like a 5-6% stout, as opposed to 8, which is fine by me. The alcohol is masked wonderfully. A dark chocolate bitterness lingers in the mouth, along with notes of espresso and burnt sugars.

M - Definitely smooth for it's abv. It goes down easy, but is still medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. No alcohol burn or anything.

D - This one is highly drinkable. I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of stouts and oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of tgorgz
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 12-oz pint glass.
A: Espresso Black, with some carbonation. There's no head, and only a bit of espresso-crema lacing on top. The lacing lingers for a little.

S: Loads of chocolate (definitely the predominate flavour here), followed by malt and coffee. Only a bit of oatmeal, though.

T: I think the chocolate overpowers the rest of the flavours here as it hits your pallet. I can't taste much of the oatmeal as it moves around in my mouth, but certainly a whole lot of chocolate. The espresso leaves quite the aftertaste. I'm not sure if that was the intention of the guys at Dark Horse, but I personally enjoy espresso- so that's pretty good.

M: A little thinner than I would have liked, to be honest.

D: On a positive note, the beer is very drinkable. It goes down easier than expected, especially with 8%. I wouldn't down one of these, though- it's meant to be savoured.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a viscous black and the head is brown, but a little short with a little lacing.

Loads of chocolate with layers of vanilla, cream, coffee and even a hint of smoke.

Very roasty malt and plenty of it. Not much sweetness to be had. Coffee and blackstrap molasses undertones with a kiss of vanilla. Pretty complex, but the deep roasted malt is the predominant flavor.

Smooth and mediumish bodied. I was expecting a bit more body from an eight percent oatmeal stout, but this is still nice. Dry and roasty finishing.

Another nice beer from Dark Horse. One of these would suit me just fine. The roast really is big and doesn't really leave room to want to consume another. A fine, fine stout though and worth picking up.

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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 kirkpjr
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a viscous black with 2 fingers of milk chocolate head. Creamy layers of lacing develop.

S: Coffee, oatmeal, and vanilla. Nothing in your face, but it melds nicely overall.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. Good balance of bitterness and sweetness. Toasted and burnt malts here as well.

M: Feels thinner than it looked, but this one still has some body. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking COS - another good offering from Dark Horse.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very average example of this style, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing about this one is extraordinary except ... it is extremely drinkable. I'll bet you could down a mess of these and not get tired of them.

The alchohol is completely disguised, and that is another positive attribute as one of the things I look for in a stout is to almost taste non-alchoholic.

So Dark Horse does it again. Another good one that you can really enjoy.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing beats a good stout on a cold winter afternoon. Picked up a single of Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from the Milwaukee favorite Rays Liquor in Tosa. Pours a medium body pitch black with a tan head that settles quick. Not much in the nose other than slight hints of roast malts, barley, and sweet coco. The flavor picked me up. Although oatmeal was faint here, very nice balance of malts, coco, toffee, and java beans.

Good flavor in this stout but I felt the drinkability was a tad rough. This was hard for me to finish.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a cm or two of dark tan head from a hard pour that settles very quickly leaving only the faintest of rings. Completely black in color.

S- toasted oats and super dark roasted malts. Bakers chocolate and burnt coffee.

T- blackstrap molasses on top of irish oats. Espresso and dark chocolate with a touch of brown sugar. Dark wheat bread.

M- a bit above medium in body and on the lighter side of medium in carb. Dry finish.

D- a very nice oatmeal stout for sure. I've like this whole line from them this one is good but some of the other have been better. That doesn't stop this from being enjoyable and true to style.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep pitch black with a thin russet brown head with a fair amount of lacing. Smells of coffee and malts. Tastes of coffee with undertones of chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and there is very little carbonation. Drinkability is fairly high on this one.

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Photo of Spider889
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bodega recently.

Black, good thick consistency for the style which I like. Small cap of tan foam and left ok lace down my pint.

Little aroma coming off this one. Some mild roasted barley but I was otherwise left wanting much more...

Tasted great, loads of really dark malt lending a lot of roasted coffee flavors. Some bitter dark chocolate and roasted barley.

Mouthfeel is really smooth, yet there are some small but furious bubbles that emerge on the back of the tongue on the way down. Very very drinkable, another overall success from dh.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Local Option into a tulip...Thick dark brown pour with a light tan head, good retention...Sweet aroma with lots of chocolate, not enough oatmeal, a little roast...Taste is pretty good, sweet chocolate, lightly bitter, a touch of coffee, again not enough oatmeal, wish this was a lot more creamy.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #4

Blind Beer #9 courtesy of Khazadum

Poured into my East End Brewing pint glass

A - Pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that slowly faded to a layer of tiny bubbles covering the surface

S - aroma is roasted malts, some chocolate and roasted coffee
Just based on past beers, could this be bells java stout? I haven't had one in a while so...

T - really nice roasted coffee taste upfront and in the slightly bitter finish. Hints of vanilla but not alot.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium bodied with slight carbonation. The taste is nice and easy to drink, I might not go for more than 2 because the roasty bitter finish would prevent me. Overall a really nice beer, nothing too overpowering but enjoyable


and uncovering the label reveals Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout
I've had this one before and will have to go through my old notes to see, not sure if its on BA yet for me. I don't remember it tasting this roasty coffee goodness. Decent brew that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of Jayli
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked! 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with the slightest of mahogany highlights along the edges when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown head sits on top and recedes immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, nuttiness, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: Taste is light sweet caramel and oatmeal at first. Roasted and slight charred notes begin to come through. Charred notes carry in to the finish a bit lending to a bitter baker's chocolate and some citrusy hop character. Slight coffee is present but only in the after taste.

M: Lighter sode of medium body, medium carbonation, body on this is quite thin.

D: Goes down pretty easily, somewhat tasty, nice kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a bad beer by any means, though I think that I would opt for others of the style if given an option.

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Photo of biglite351
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark with a tall tight brown head.

S - heavy malts, chocolate with a grounded oak.

T - it actually tastes oaked to me. Chocolate, malts and that oaked sense. There is a bit of bitterness in the after taste.

M - medium coating with a roaming tingle all over tongue.

D - I could drink a few of these.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,037 ratings.
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