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
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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmiah22
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours an deep dark oily black with a once inch dark mocha almost brown creamy head. Rings, followed by dotted walls of lace.

Nose: Burnt malt, chocolate, licorice, Rich full nose, touch of booze

Thick and chewy body. Deep dark burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate. The oates try to smooth things down but the acrid bitterness from the malt is spirited and powerful; or perhaps is that a healthy dose of hop bitterness? I'm going with from the malt, and I think its perfectly placed. A lingering warm chocolaty feeling in the mouth, begs for some chocolate chips cookies!

Dark Horse just came into the Pittsburgh region. I think this could become a new regular in my fall rotation.

Go Lers!

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Photo of buddyvelt
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kushlash23
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

A: BLACK with a very dark head. Lots of lacing.

S: Coffee, creamy, and cocoa. Smells like a tasty dessert.

T: Very roasty, good amount of coffee flavor also. Cocoa is also present. A little bit earthy and bitter at the finish.

M: Creamy, light carbonation

O: This is very tasty stout, creamy and smooth. As usual, a good offering from the guys at Dark Horse.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sunn
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a thick opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and just a hint of very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly fades to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong flavors of dark roasted, almost charred malts with moderate notes of chocolate and licorice/anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted and charred malts with some hints of burnt malts. There is a moderate flavor of dark bittersweet chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Light amounts of licorice/anise are also present in the finish. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as smooth as I expected for an oatmeal stout, though that might be due to the higher ABV than I normally find in the style. There are lots of complex malty flavors and a decent amount of bitterness though the taste of alcohol is very well hidden. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with nice thin mocha head, nice lacing all around the glass.
Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate vanilla and hints of coffee.
Taste very similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malts and chocolate
Feel full bodied very smooth
overall really solid oatmeal stout

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Photo of stimulus
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black that doesnt show anything lighter when held up to the light. It pours a one finger tan head that lingers.
S: Very faint chocolate aroma.
T: Sweet milk chocolate with light espresso and oats on the finish.
M: Smooth and velvety. On the heavy side for body, but the carbonation is just right.
D: I'm not sure if this beer is actually 8% alcohol, but it definitely drinks like 4%. Very nice for the style, but the body could be a little bit lighter.

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Photo of scottr4073
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

I got a bottle of Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I have been looking to try all the beers in Dark Horse's Stout series, I have had Too, Tres, and Fore so when I saw One on the shelfs I just had to grab it so I could complete One through Fore. As usual with Dark Horse no bottling date, but I know it's a 2011 vintage. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it is the most detailed of the four and goes in line with the rest of series to make a cool abstract like version of their logo. It poured a nice pitch black color that didn't let any light come thought, resembles worn out motor oil, just how I like em. It had a huge and fluffy four fingers worth of tan mocha colored head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of spotty lacing.

S- This beer smells highly toasted and robust. I pick up some sweetness from the oatmeal and lots of nice roasty flavors along with some bitter dark chocolate and black coffee. I also picked a very slight amount of dark fruits and some earthy hops at the end.

T- The taste starts off with large amount of roasted dark malts that make for a really rich and robust taste. The dark roasted malts imparts some nice dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavors, and the oatmeal adds just enough sweetness to balance out all the roast in this beer. The finish had some bitterness to it and it left a slightly acidic aftertaste that all the beers in this series seemed to have. The alcohol was hidden nicely.

M- Smooth, creamy, and medium bodied, it could have been a little more thicker. It was also highly carbonated and it could have used just a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good Oatmeal Stout. A lot of Oatmeal Stouts tend to be lighter and more sessionable, but this was was heavier, roasty and robust, I liked that because theres a lot more lighter oatmeal stouts on the market so it's nice when a brewery uses the Oatmeal stout base for a bigger beer. This beer was pretty on point with only a couple minor tweaks this could be one of the best Oatmeal Stouts on the market. In terms of the stout series I thought the Tres was the best with too and one tying for second and fore being the one I liked the least, overall Dark Horse did a pretty good job with this series, now I have to try and track down Plead the fith, you would think that living in Michigan it would be easy to find, but it isn't. I could see keeping this around in the fridge but I think I liked Short's Mystery Stout a little more. If you are stout lover then this beer is for you. This was another good stout from Dark Horse and part of the best stout series around.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with a beautiful caramel colored heading. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell is mostly of heavily roasted malts. Subtle bittersweet chocolate and a decent fruity aroma.

Taste is mostly that of the nose.Heavy with roasted malts and slight fruitiness.There is a bit of a roasted oat taste as well as some coffee bean.

Mouth is full bodied with a decent smooth texture maybe a a bit of a chalkiness almost gritty.

A good oatmeal stout. One of the better one's I have had lately.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black white ruby hues shining through; nice mocha head which eventually fades and decent lacing/retention. This stout smells great, tons of coffee and milk chocolate; overload. Tastes great, lots of rich chocolate along with a touch of vanilla. There's lots of tobacco in the nose and flavors as well. Very bold and roasty. Mouthfeel is nice, lots of carbonation and is on the lighter side. This is a very easy drinking stout, alcohol goes unnoticed. Very enjoyable.

Dark Horse knows their stouts..

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours ink black with a nut brown film for a head. Dissipates to nothing.

Smells of cocoa, oats, vanilla, and oak.

Tastes of rich chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a slight tart acidity, vanilla, and toasted oatmeal malts.

Full viscous body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty solid stout with good flavor and aroma. It's not anything special but it's quite a good representation of the style and certainly worth trying.

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

The pour is very dark. Sitting in the glass it's black as night. 2+ inches of dark, mocha colored head sits briefly. Sticky brown bubbles stick to the glass.

The nose offers some balance between sweetness and roasted malt. Dark Horse's tradmark tobacco and leather is also noticed.

The taste is deep and roasty with a leathery finish that is pretty damn enjoyable. Flaked oats along with a bit of dark chocolate mingle and satisfy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a suiting amount of carbonation that leaves the palate coated.

Overall, tasty oatmeal stout that is another good offering from Dark Horse. Maybe a smoother and thicker mouthfeel would amp it up a bit.

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Photo of jampics2
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks amazing in my tulip. Seriously, this could be a BA cover - beautiful! Two finger head sits atop the chocolatey depths. Dive in!

Smells like deep rich chocolate, coffee, roasted chocolate malt, creamyness.

Taste is dark, foreboding, but perfect in the final sum of its parts. Molasses, oatmeal, cream, hops, coffee, an intoxicating blend. It's one of those beers that is very direct, and if you don't like strong roast stouts you may not like it.

Mouth isn't as thick as it could be, but is OK. Could use a little less carb as well.

Drinkability is great. Bought another 4, great beer!

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Photo of alleykatking
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Part of Dark Horse tasting...stout one out of the five part series.

A- Pours a deep black color. Seems to be the rule for their stout series. One finger deep tan head comes and goes before leaving some ringing lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light roasted malts in the front end of this beer. Some light chocolate malts in the middle of the aroma. Some light cream smell toward the end. This reminded me of some light half and half.

T- Taste follows the aroma almost perfect. Roasted malts come into play with some chocolate malts going into the middle. Some cream notes in the ending that mixes with some chocolate notes. The oatmeal was hard to pick out and I don't know if I could pick it out.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Feels a tad thin for the stout. Roasted malts left on the palate with some chocolate half and half in the aftertaste. Flavors come through clear for the most part.

D- Very drinkable beer. Dark Horse has this problem with making great beers all the time. I have yet to have something from them that I didn't like. Nice stout that I could drink a entire 4 pack of no problem.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark, dark brown color almost black. It had a small, caramel-colored head that left thick, sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled very roasty. Nice malty tones with a sweet aroma. There were some floral notes, too.
T - It tasted of roasted malt with a caramel backbone. It had some bitterness from some sharp hops.
M - It was smooth and very crisp. A medium bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Another solid offering from Dark Horse.

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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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