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

A dark black color pour with a medium,lasting coco colored head. Aroma of chocolate,smoke,burnt malt,and coffee. Flavor is rich malty and sweet,chocolate,coffee,dark fruit,tobacco and a light bitterness that seems to be more from the chocolate and coffee than hops. Full body with a creamy mouthfeel,and a espresso type lingering finish. Very very good stout, Dark Horse makes some damn fine stout !

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

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a jet black, opaque in appearance. A khaki colored head forms on top leaving fluffy trails of sticky lacings.

Distinct whiffs of chocolate and coffee.

Big flavors of dark chocolate, more specifically Hershey's chocolate syrup. Dark roasted coffee notes, possibly espresso. There is also a sugary sweetness to the sip. The finish features a hoppy snap bite, but rather subtle overall.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: oh yeah! just about as black as you can get. the head was a beautiful milk chocolate. small brown rim.

Smell: creamy; slight chocolate; even less roated/coffee; slight alcohol presence

Taste: like it smells; slight roatsted/coffee flavor; minute hint of alcohol; short, minutely bitter finish

Mouthfeel: full, think body; low carbonation; smooth

Notes: similar to The Poet by New Holland in most respects with a slightly smoother aroma and taste

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Photo of foobula
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is undated, probably 2.5 years old (late 2011). Bottlecap & seal are in great shape. Pours pitch black with a 1/2 finger dark brown, rusty head. Bubbly head dissipated quickly, revealing a viscous, glassy top. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, some bitterness or sourness. Pretty big nose, even when cold. Taste is tangy sweet up-front, reminiscent of berries. This immediately leads to a strong roasted malt flavor: coffee, dark chocolate. Farther back some sweetness, more roast, LOTS of roast. Finish is lots of lingering roast, some hop bitterness too. Mouthfeel is full, way thicker than I would expect, and decent carbonation. I haven't had this beer in a long time, and it exceeded my recollections. It's super-roasty which is this beer's calling card. There is sweetness and bitterness too that gives some complexity, but nothing over-the-top. I need to buy more.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter glass. No bottle date
(A)- Pours a thick and opaque dark brown. Some good brown froth and lacing.
(S)- A nice dark chocolate & bread aroma. Some coffee nuances. Molasses coming from the roasted malts. Call me crazy but there is a bit of tobacco in this.
(T)- Very chocolatey! Some good roasted espresso notes with a hint of either cinnamon or nutmeg. Neither sweet nor bitter but nicely balanced in-between. Some creamy vanilla and caramel coming through on the finish.*Note, this might be aged due to where it was purchased. . lots of dust on the bottle.
(M)- Pretty light in body for a stout of this nature. Smooth, yet has a nice amount of carbonation that really balances out nicely.
(D)- Despite how lighter in body it is, it is still a sipper beer. There are nice complexities that deserve attention with each taste

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Photo of bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a jet black (dark horse) color with a one finger cocoa colored head. Dissipates rather quickly. Looks thick and oil like.
S: Big dark fruit and fig notes with a slight spicy twang of alcohol. Earthy and woody with oak notes. Chocolate and caramel notes round out the aromas.
T/M: Unsweetened chocolate, sweet caramel, dark fruit, and fig flavors all detected at first passing. Cocoa and caramel notes dance back and forth. Slight bitterness felt on at the back of the tongue--hop presence subtle. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Sweetness in the aftertaste. Woodyness in the aroma isn't as big in the flavors, but it's noticeable. Robust body.
D: A damn fine stout. Easy drinking with a nice bold body. A perfect offering for those cold winter eves. Glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a sturdy tan head that leaves a modest amount of lace

Smell: Rich aroma of roasted barley, oats, graham cracker and hints of cinnamon and molasses

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with hints of oats, brown sugar, graham cracker, cinnamon and molasses; a bit of dark fruit and hops arrive by mid-palate and, after the swallow, there is a hint of coffee bitterness and a slight sour tinge, though the sweeter breakfast flavors are dominant

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: With well-hidden alcohol, this beer is a first rate oatmeal stout that verges on the double stout category

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sprecher Imperial Pint glass and served at 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours an oily looking black body with a ½ finger tan head that disappears to the most minimal lacing. Carbonation is minimal but fits to the thick, heavy body.

Aroma: Heavily roasted black barley and malts, deep roasted coffee, dry dark chocolate, bitter hops and grainy oatmeal are strongly present. A very faint caramel and molasses deep down in the mix. There is a nice smokiness that also stands out from the roasted barley and malts.

Taste: Loads of roasted black barley, roasted and smoked malts, slight smoked ham/sausage character, coffee, burnt chocolate, powdered cocoa, piney hops that compliment, nice rich oatmeal and a slight creamy caramel/toffee characteristic that lingers underneath the roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, oily on the tongue, goes down the gullet really smoothly. An intensely roasty stout with a subtle caramel sweetness and creaminess that lingers.

Overall: This oatmeal stout is very straightforward and simple but is very enjoyable. For the many years that I’ve been buying this, #1 and the Plead the Fifth are my favorites of the 5 seasonal stouts they release from Oct. to Feb.

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Photo of ebit
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1-finger chocolate brown creamy head that disippates quickly. Pitch black body with a quite a bit of sediment floating around.

Roasted grains, hints of coffee and chocolate, with alcohol cutting through it all. Dark fruits are pretty prominent as well.

Roasted oatmeal goodness. Dark chocolate is there but blends nicely with the other flavors leaving a bit of a coating on your mouth after the swallow. Slightest pinch of alcohol on the finish. No secrets here as flavors are very detectable but are at the same time very well blended. Not much in the way of bitterness but all the same this is a very well crafted oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. A bit of carbonation bite on the back end that goes very well with the flavors and even enhances the roasted malts a bit. I could use just a tad more body.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
No problems here. Goes down smooth with nice flavors that run over the palate and develop a bit on their way down. As the abv kicks up the flavors lose their boldness, but otherwise no complaints. This will will be my new go to when I have a hankering for a staple oatmeal stout.

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Photo of veinless
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jesse13713 for this beer, he sent it as part of a trade we did a couple weeks ago; I'm looking forward to having another Dark Horse beer.

Pours an oily black with complete opacity and a silky looking texture. Head is brown and dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lace and no swirls.

Nose is noticeably earthy and has that slight yogurt smell that oatmeal provides. Chocolate and coffee linger behind it along with some roasted malts. Really enjoy the emphasis on the oatmeal here, as some oatmeal stouts tend to look towards the coffee or chocolate instead.

Taste is very smooth and slick, with a ton of oatmeal flavors coming out at the beginning - earthiness, slight tartness, and yogurt come to mind as they did in the smell. Light coffee bitterness follows it up aided by a touch of milk chocolate and some toasted grains. Oatmeal once again is the showcase and I love the slight acidity it provides. A funky taste at the back of the throat holds this back near the finish, but it doesn't take away from the majority of the beer.

Mouthfeel is as smooth and velvety as I've ever had in a beer without it being too viscous. This beer just flows effortlessly. It's perfectly bodied, as it never feels close to watery but never feels too thick either. The acidity offers good contrast and the finish is softly bitter. Drinkability great for all those reasons along with the clean and crisp oatmeal flavor. Love this beer, it's an oatmeal stout done right.

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Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as its ejects from the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a pitch-black, the head portly in size, the texture spumous, and the lace a fine curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is that of toasted grain, sweet chocolate, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is sweet, nice malt profile, the top middling in feel. Finish has a spirited acidity, the hops delightful, dry and lingering aftertaste, drinkable stout tis true.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of deep tan head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A dark and sweet roasty stout aroma. Roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, toasted bread, grains, biscuit, and nuts along with some burnt molasses sweetness. Also some hints of smoked malt, wood, milk, and cream. Mild hints of earthy hops and some dark cherry, fig, and raisin. A pretty solid stout aroma.

Taste: A solid dark stout taste with a good balance of sweetness and roasty bitterness. Dark roasted malts with a taste of dark and milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, toasted bread, oatmeal, grains, cream, milk, biscuit, and nuts. A fair amount of sweet molasses and a little smoke and wood. Light undertones of dark cherry and fig. Light presence of earthy and herbal hops towards the finish. Solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and silky. Moderately sweet and slightly sticky. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid oatmeal stout. Lots of roasty taste with a nice creamy smoothness. Its what you expect for the style.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After some time away from reviewing, I thought that it was time to start up again... Hope it is a good one. Dark Horse Brewing hasn't let me down yet. First in the line of their winter stouts...One Oatmeal Stout Ale. Since I was late on the scene last winter with my stout craze, I missed this one last year. I made a promise that I wouldn't miss it this year. Here goes the review. Time to open the bottle.

Little ppppffffttt upon opening.


As it pours, I notice that the One Stout doesn't appear to be as thick as the Tres or Plead the 5th from last year.

A - Black as fricken night. As I hold it up, the only light that makes it through is right at the top and at the bottom. Otherwise, there is nothing that is making its way through this stout. The bottle has the traditional beautiful black sludge sticking to the bottom. Except for it not pouring as thick as I thought it would, this is a awesome looking stout. Small tan head that sticks to the edge, even as the beer begins to warm. Very nice.

S - Oh man....what a smell. It is like I am putting my nose into a malt oatmeal bath. Sweet. Nothing over the top. Very fresh.

T - Slightly burnt oatmeal flavor with a hint of bitterness. Creamy. The alcohol is noticeable which I didn't think I would pick up. Over the top....not in the least. Nice. Not quite what I was expecting from the smell but very good. The taste hits the front and the sides of the tongue. Not as complex as Plead the 5th or Tres Blueberry Stout but still very good. I also am picking up some burnt caramel and oat flavor. Reminds me of breakfast on the farm. Would make an excellent breakfast stout. Give me some eggs and sausage. A few pancakes. Some coffee. And this beer.

M - Good. I wish it was a little thicker. Maybe it is just something that I have come to expect from Dark Horse but I love the thickness of their other stouts. Clings to the mouth and you can taste it for several minutes after the ale has hit the stomach.

D - Yes. Again, I think that Dark Horse is one of the best breweries for producing excellent stouts. They do an over the top job. At 8%, give me a few on a cold winter night or a cold winter morning to start the day.!?

Thanks Dark Horse. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of Too through Plead the 5th in the up coming months.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Poured into a 16-ounce pint glass with the University of Illinois' logo.

A: Pours a thick, dark chocolate color with a cinnamon-colored head. Quite a bit of carbonation; you can hear it fizzle as it settles in the glass.

S: Rich malt with scents of dark chocolate, followed up by increasing hints of oatmeal. Sweet liquor.

T: Very nice malt up front, coming in alongside semi-sweetened notes of chocolate. Slight hints of coffee--more in the minor acidic quality than in actual flavor, though it's there. Quite good, but the chocolate flavor dominates a little too much.

M: Very smooth and medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Goes down well with only the slightest hint of alcohol.

D: Definitely drinkable, especially for the style. The lighter body makes for a beer you can definitely have more than one of at each sitting. I'm becoming more and more impressed with Dark Horse brews. This is yet another I'll have to plan on picking up a four-pack of.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lexx for picking this up on her way through Michigan.

Pours an opaque black, thin brown head forms, some lace spots, settles to a thin layer and ring. Smell is nice, chocolate, some roast, coffee, toffee, oats, very rich aroma. Taste is chocolate milk, roast, coffee, lacto sweetness, toffee, more chocolate, oats, light sourness in the finish, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, silky smooth, nice stout.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as midnight. Thin dark brown head. Lace is moderate. Slight roastiness and a little bit of a tannic edge to it on the nose. The flavors please me more than the aromas did. It's got some nice stout qualities...like the roasted malts and some definite "char" characteristics. Some dark, bitter baker's chocolate. A little anise and some blackened berries. Nice velvetly feel to this beer and very easy to drink. Too easy. Give me a Mexican mole dish with this and I'm smiling :>)

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Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from one of the four 12 ounce bottles that I bought at Reider's in Painesville a few months ago. I do not recall the price of the four pack at this time. No observed "best by" date but two singular "A" letters printed on opposite sides of the label. Not sure what that might mean. Poured, of course, into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass that I bought at the brewery this past fall.

A This is a great looking beer. Actually dark brown creamy head that stuck around for about two minutes and it now is only a ring around the top of the beer whose body is completely black. No light gets through. I love the dark brown head, even though it was short lived. No lacing observed by me knocks it down ½ a point for me. 4.0

S Really good smelling beer of oatmeal grains, dark roast malt and mabye some coffee notes too. I might even pick up some nice chocolate. I did not expect this much goodness in the smell. 4.0

T Dark roast malt, oatmeal goodness, some of the coffee notes but not as much of the chocolate. 4.5

M Actually a bit more thin than I expected by the look and smell and a bit more thin than I like in the style. Make no mistake, this remains a "big" beer which is appropriate to the style. I just hoped for/thought that it would be thicker, creamier. 3.5

D Good for the style which is not a particularly drinkable style IMO. 4.0

Notes: This is a really satisfying Oatmeal Stout crafted by the masters at Dark Horse, one of my favorite breweries. It has the presence of beers that get a LOT more attention here on BA.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a slick deep brooding black with a ring of dark tan bubbles but no real head. Aromas begin with roasted coffee overtones atop a deeply roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Robust and alluring.

First sip brings a sweet roasted malt with a hefty dose of bitter roasted coffee beans. Powdered cocoa and a touch of dark fruit, very smooth with a bit of hops on the way down. A solid oatmeal stout with a big flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth with plenty of body that really grabs on as you drink. I could see myself having a few of these with no problem. Another good brew from Dark Horse...I haven't had a bad one yet! Thanks to hoppymeal for the bottle.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Opaque black color with a dark tan/mocha head. Starts off looking very pretty, but quickly recedes to a ring with little lacing. Strong aroma of roast malt, toasted grain, mild chocolate and burnt coffee. All malt in the aroma, no hoppiness. Smooth and silky medium full bodied with minimal carbonation resulting in a lingering aftertaste of burnt malt and sweet chocolate. Flavor is supported by strong roasted malt presence and a balance of burnt coffee and sweet chocolate. Oats provide a light grain texture, but not as strong as expected for the style. Overall sweetness is mild and there is no hop presence. The 8% alcohol makes a fleeting appearance in the finish. Maybe not the best Oatmeal Stout, but in general fits nicely with this series of stouts from Dark Horse, Tres is still my favorite though.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a quick, dark brown foam of head after great pour. The perfect pitch black color though. Very interesting smell of oatey peanut butter. Plus some savory, dark rasted coffee and a small wedge of baker's chocolate. Faint chesnuts in a delicious french roasted coffee. Just the way I like it too....black. Then the dry powdered, dark chocolate slowly makes itself known. But only in the most subtle of ways. Smooth, oily slick, yet also dry palate. The thick roasted malt flavors just coats the tongue.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for sending this bottle!

A - The pour was tall and vigorous but only brought out a half-finger dark tan head made up of dense bubbles. Mediocre retention but no lace. Dark brown amber on the pour, totally black in the glass.

S - Cold nose, like a refrigerator smell. A bit of old wood paneling gives it an earthy, rustic nose. Deep roasted malts are complex with coffee hints, molasses, and unsweetened chocolate. The aroma is pretty low though, not in-your-face.

T - Mmm. Thick chunks of unsweetened chocolate, coffee bean, and a hearty drizzle of molasses aid the dark roasted malts in the flavor profile. A good helping of oats is delicate but harmonious.

M - Dense and rich to the point of being chewy, it's full-bodied and thick. Smooth and silky on the tongue, the oats give it a nice texture. The finish has a very light dry bitterness that adds good character.

D - Without being too roasted and bitter, One is a smooth, delicious treat that's a good drinking Oatmeal Stout. The nose could use some bringing up though. I'm even more excited to have the Tres now!

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

Tall two finger choco-latte head, thick and foamy. One is opaque, black ink, motor oil black. Thick sheets of lace. Beautiful looking stout. Smell is chocolate biscotti, wafer, tiramisu, chocolate milk. Tastes wonderful, rich, full body, vanilla bean impressions with chocolate, roast, chocolate milk, esspresso. There is a coffee bean astringency in the mix but not out of proportion. Creamy, layered mouthfeel, again more hop astingency, nicey balanced and tasty. Overall, this is quite possibly my favourite of the first four Dark Horse offerings I've had the pleasure of sampling. Heartily recommended!

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Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - jet black liquid with mocha head

Smell - chocolate, roasted barley

Taste - dark chocolate, little bit of roasted malts, toasted oats

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, smooth finish, slight bitterness on the end as well

Overall - good stout worth a try

Price Point - $2.59/12 oz bottle

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,027 ratings.
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