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 ClockworkOrange
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Lancaster shaker glass. Appears a dark brown color with about a finger of caramel colored foam. The foam quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Smells of roasted grains, and faintly of sweet caramel. Tastes of bitter cocoa powder and rich dark roasted malts. Creamy body with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter. Worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of theformula
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer #4 in my 365 Days of Beer journey. Another oatmeal stout.

1) A: Pours a oily-black, opaque body into a tulip glass with a small, espresso crema colored head w/ decent retention. Very spotty lacing.

2) S: Not the most astounding O.S. I've ever put to my nose. Kind of one dimensional really but it's enticing. I get a lot of burnt caramel and black-strap molasses, vanilla and a bit like the caramelized, torched topping on creme brulee honestly. Dark chocolate and a bit lactic.

3) M: Medium-full body, thin and oily. Low carbonation. Kind of viscous.

4) T: A mirror of the aroma, with dark baking chocolate, b.s. molasses, burnt caramel and roast along with some vanilla. A lactic quality comes out which is strange. Thin, grassy hops show in the finish and are very subtle.

5) D: I'm glad I got to try it, but I wouldn't drink it again I don't think. There's not a lot to this beer and there are many more oatmeal stouts that are much more balanced and drinkable out there. Tasty, but a little off.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours tick brown. Looks like liquid chocolate.
S: Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie! Also hints of chocolate and subtle alcohol come through.
T: Oatmeal taste really comes trough but a sour alcohol takes over too quickly. Gross lingering bitterness.
M: Sits alright for a stout but certainly not anything to brag about. Lingering bitterness and sourness as mentioned before.

Overall I was very exited by how it looked and smelled, but it didn't come through where it counted. Certainly not a bad beer but nothing too spectacular either.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pitch black with a big bubbly tan head. It leaves a considerable amount of lacing.

Aroma - Not super intense. Some roasted barley that smells considerably burnt/ashy, and chocolate.

Taste - Definitely smokey and charred tasting. Small amount of oats. Some bitter chocolate. Some odd flavor I can't pinpoint that is not real enjoyable, almost metallic.

Feel - It is medium to heavy in body, very dry (not in a good way) it feels kind of like you are drinking a cola. It manages to be sort of watery, yet fairly silky and creamy at the same time. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall - I dinged it here because it drinks a lot more like a porter than an oatmeal stout. A drinkable beer, but not real good.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Andrea for this extra!

Poured black with minimal head. A bit of lacing.

A bit sweet but very muted. I was expecting something bolder than this.

Mouth is medium and about right for the style. Very drinkable. I'd put this one somewhere in the middle.

Next review!

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft, poured onto a 10 oz. Snifter (Brandy glass), at The Fridge bottle shop.

Notes taken there.

Pours a ¼” head which quickly reduces to a thin film. Easily revived with a swirl of the glass. A live ale.
The color is a very deep brown, practically black, with a deep tan colored head.

The aroma is one of medium deep roasted malt with an underlying sense of richness, but nothing really stands out. I was looking for more here.

Distinct, rich, black roasted malt and not much else. There is a nice bitterness but no hops. Very full body with a low but balanced carbonation. The flavor is the best part and is tasty.

Very long, rich, bitter finish of roasted malt.

Well I have to admit I was looking for more here. Not that it’s that bad but still, except for the deeply roasted malt there really is not much else.
The rather pronounced bitterness is different in its own way I suppose, but I really wanted more in the smell to make this special, especially since it was on draft.

I had this ale on three separate occasions because I was convinced I just was not getting it, you know missing something. Also at different temps ranging from cold from the tap, to room temp. That being said if it’s here I can’t find it. A good experience none the less.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a black color; the pour itself looks quite dark and viscous. The head is a one finger light tan shade. It fades relatively quickly, leaving only minute lacing on the glass.

S: I definitely get a decent amount of oats on the nose, backed by a ton of roasted barley. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and licorice are also present. Good, if muted.

T: There's a mild smoked quality to the opening flavors that I find intriguing. Afterwards, it develops a dominant note of licorice with tones of coffee and vanilla on the finish. Moderately enjoyable, but the flavors could use more singular distinctness; they all seem to blend together.

M: This one is surprisingly heavy on the palate, backed by a good silky smoothness and tons of lingering flavor. If someone called this an imperial stout, I wouldn't think twice either way. Despite the score, I really love the texture here - but the problem is, it doesn't match up with the mellow flavors particularly well, so I can't give a great score here.

O: Nothing amazing, but it's a solid offering. It kind of reminds me of a mediocre imperial stout, and that's actually a compliment in this case.

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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 gtn80
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

Appearance is jet black, inky black. Head was small and brief.

Aroma is bourbon and roasted barley.

Taste is a bit of oats, finishes with all roast, mouth puckering amounts of roast.

Mouthfeel is solid, thick, very present. Carbonation felt a bit high, almost a bit carbonic.

Drinkability is not great with the combination of the intense roastiness and the carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. No noticeable dating on the bottle.

A very dark cocoa brown nice and creamy looking head that slowly falls, only makes about a finger in size. Some real nice legs and scattered leopard like lacing. Body color is mostly dark walnut brown/black with just a hint of red. No noticeable carbonation, and manages to keep a decent collar, this looks pretty nice.

Small malting roast, and slight char. A little weak, kind of ordinary, not too bad, pleasant enough certainly.

A bit wet bodied with a very dry and embery char roast feeling. Very fleeting roast and a good burnt aroma. Highly wet texture throughout that doesn't give much for even such a high abv. Ashen cigarette quality on the finish.

Overall not really that exciting, kind of a one dimensional roast burnt stout with not much depth to it. Very wet too. I would probably pass it up, the brewery has certainly made better.

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Photo of Mdog
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque, with a dense cocoa-colored head.

Smell: Slight coffee.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, kind of earthy, mild coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Probably could have a couple, but just doesn't hit me right.

Tried this oatmeal stout from Dark Horse, I'd never seen it before. Not as sweet as I like my oatmeal stouts, not bad but not that great. Decent to try once.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Black, no head, but a ring around the glass. Some lace, but not that sticky.

smell - Coffee, roasted malts.

taste - Coffee , and roasted malts, then it has a aftertaste that I can not put my finger on.

mouthfeel - Medium body, not much carbination.

drinkability - Not a bad stout. I don't think I taste any oasts though.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a founder's pint glass, been looking for this for teo months and found a bottle at Capone's.

One is a kind of gooey looking black beer once it's condensed in the glass. Not completely black pouring out of the bottle, one is also not 100% black with some dirt brown around the edges. Nothing in terms of a cap just some soda pop like fizz and not a stitch of lace. Kind of dead looking beer.

The smell is somewhat muted and only kind of shows itself with warming. Getting a trace amount of black coffee along with some chocolate and mild fudge. One has a small oatmeal scent with some caramel and not much hops. Trace amounts of tootsie rolls and some roast.

One starts of with some dark chocolate and the little bit of coffee. This is backed by big roasted malts and some grains as well. In the middle some breakfast oatmeal although light and some cream/light vanilla. On the end some grain and a little taste of metal. Im guessing the hops are very muted in this bottle as bitterness is non existant, and that's the way I like my oatmeal stouts, but this needs more oatmeal.

One is kind of smooth and somewhat milky. The body is medium and could use a boost as a bit of a watery feel is on the end. Carbonation is very low and kind of makes this stout a bit dead in the water. The chocolate is what stays with me the most. I'm glad I bought one bottle as I did not want another one afterwards. The alcohol is a bit high but it's not that, it's just that I need more oats. This is good for a whirl though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch super dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted oats, dark malts, cocoa, and slight coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malts/oats, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee, but all very diluted in flavor. Mild roast/burnt/bitter/astringent taste lingers on the palate after each sip. This is pretty thin and slightly watery for being an oatmeal stout. Decent carbonation but the mouthfeel is off. Overall, this is a pretty good oatmeal stout and would be much better if the mouthfeel were tweaked a bit.

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Photo of BigB415
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part one of the dark horse numbered series. Received as an extra in a trade.

A: pours black with a medium head that quickly dies out and gives way to no head at all. The lacing is heavy but the retention is low as that doesn't stay either and slides right back down the glass, into the beer, leaving nothing on the sides.

S: smells very highly of oatmeal and since it is an oatmeal stout I would it would.

T: Overpowering oatmeal. I have had other oatmeal stouts where you could barely taste the oatmeal flavor so it's nice to have one where it's heavily pronounced.

MF: I rated the mouthfeel low because I have little to none. I drink and all the flavor goes away after I swallow. No flavor lingers around for me to explore the beer with.

O: I really like it for the heavily pronounced oatmeal flavor. Other than that it's ok. I don't hate it or love it. I'd recommend it to someone looking for an oatmeal stout with robust flavor.

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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 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 BeerTruth
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerBeing for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an opaque motor oil black with a one finger light brown head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good. Smell is of dark fruits and roasted oats. Toasted barley is very noticable as well in the nose. Taste doesn't seem to be much of an oatmeal stout, a bit too smokey. Starts off with a tiny bit of sweetness from the oats but is then dominated by the roasted barley. In the aftertaste you can sense a little bit of caramel malt but not enough to make it enjoyable. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Don't think I could have another. A bit disappointed in this beer from Dark Horse.

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

I split a 12 ounce capped bottle with imacoug (who provided the beer) while watching the NCAA Men's BB Championship. I poured the bottle into a room temperature chalice.

A: It poured a thick oily black body with a slight tank head that faded fast and supported limited lacing.

S: It had a dark chocolate malt aroma followed by teh smell of dark roasted expresso. There were hints of dark fruits, spices, and molasses.

T: It had a thin dark malt front that was both sweet and bitter followed by an earthy, burnt espresso flavor that dominated the back side of the flavor. It didn't have much of a creamy oatmeal flavor or texture.

M It had a watery and medium body with a clean dry finish.

D: It was watery and lacked balance. However, none of the flavors left an adverse impression. Not a good session beer.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black with one finger of brown head. Left a ring of lacing behind.

S: Caramel and dark chocolate.

T: Strong earthy hop presence, dark roasted malt, and just a hint of spice.

M: Medium heavy body with medium carbonation.

O: The smell was great but the taste not so much. It didn't have the sweetness I wanted from an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into stout chalice. Black and opaque with a two finger tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is molasses, cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, malt, and chicory bitterness. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation for a stout, and an astringent finish.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is incredibly dark...like crude oil - thick and black. The head is minimal, only about 1.4 inch that falls quickly, but it's the most beautiful, chocolate color.

The smell is mostly of chocolate and coffee with bits of tobacco and molasses. There is definite alcohol noticeable in the nose and the tiniest bit of hops.

There isn't much of a flavor brought to the foreground, just a bunch of stuff lying under the surface, promising to come up, but staying buried the whole time - bits of chocolate and coffee, toffee, molasses, and some sort of burnt wood.

I kinda felt this was disappointing - very watery and bland. No carbonation, heavy bodied though. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone, but it's not bad in any way.

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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 Pecorasc
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle label offers no information other than the name of the beer. 12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A- Poured this vigorously into the center of the tulip, but couldn't get a good head going. Any mocha colored foam quickly dissipated, leaving only a very thin off-white collar. Black as night, with the slightest lightening of color at the edges. A swirl shows this to be a pretty viscous one.

S- The aroma is chewy and powerful: figs, raisins, burned coffee beans, toasted oatmeal and alcohol. Not overly strong, and its a good thing because this combination of aromas could be deadly. Smells more like an imperial stout than an oatmeal stout.

T- Oatmeal, chocolate milk, and malt balls come to mind immediately, followed quickly by figs, raisins and other dark fruits. Finishes with a heavy roasted character and a burn of alcohol. While the aftertaste is a really pleasant roastiness, the fruit character is confusing and doesn't go well with the thickness from the oatmeal.

M- Velvety smooth with medium carbonation. This coats the inside of your mouth with that signature oatmeal glossiness. The carbonation feels like very tiny bubbles.

D- I can feel all 8% even after half of a glass. Not a sipper, but a bit too cloying and fruity to want more than one.

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Photo of illidurit
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours black with a huge fluffy brown head. Aroma is coppery; smells like a penny tastes. Underneath that there are notes of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate with a fat roasted character. A little astringent. Definitely the weakest of the DH seasonal stout series.

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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