Oatmeal Milk Stout
River Horse Brewing Co.

Oatmeal Milk StoutOatmeal Milk Stout
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #472
Ranked #10,754
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Oatmeal Milk StoutOatmeal Milk Stout
Notes: A velvety smooth Stout brewed with oats and milk sugar that create a creamy finish over a dark malt base.
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is jet black, head is tan with fine bubbles and presents 1/2 inch thick, some lacing on glass sides with a thing solid top.

Smell is light lactose, limited roast, light coffee - light aromas but come on with warmth.

Taste is blend of lactose sugar, light roast, coffee notes, hint of chocolate, dry earthy hops; soft creaminess but also drying.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, light sweetness and light softness then drying.

Overall a very well done beer with a lighter, dryer flavor and presence than many oatmeal and/or milk stouts, making for great drinkability.

Jan 11, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My good friend and old neighbor from the 'Wego gave me a bottle of this beer. It poured an opaque dark with ecru head tbat is not leaving much lace. The scent had roast and mocha notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with milk chocolate, roast and hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Oct 18, 2020
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Trillium The Six States glass and allowed to warm.

L: Less than 1F light tan head, OK retention, leaves a ring and most of a cap. Beer is dark brown.

S: Dairy sugar and roasted malts. Pretty basic, but certainly decent.

T: Nice roasty and malty goodness. Basic and uncomplicated, but good. Finish pretty neutral.

F: Moderate to full body, nice and creamy, little carbonation. Good construction and balance.

O: Nice job here by River Horse, New Jersey's oldest craft brewery.

Mar 05, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice milk stout with a lot of creaminess and richness. 1/24/20 "packaged" date printed on the bottle. From a brewery that's new to me. Pours a nice dark thick brown color with some off-white mocha head and just some spotty lingering lacing that formed small rings. Smells very nice, nice creamy oats with malt, roasted nuts, bread, brown sugar and a little milk chocolate. Taste follows the nose, very well-balanced and nice creaminess. Not overly sweet. Smooth, slightly sticky, creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Very pleasant going down. A very enjoyable beer!

Feb 23, 2020
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BackMarker from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up as a single from Philly's Craft Beer in Langhorne PA. Had hoped to stop by the brewery (nearby in NJ), but will have to wait for another trip to do that. ;) Deep brown/black (opaque) in the glass, with a soft tan foam. All malt in the nose (roasted variety). Taste was at first chocolate/coffee roasted, but subtle and with a nice hops bitterness that rounded out the flavor, making it very drinkable. Rich, but with a moderate body. I enjoyed it. I'll bet it would be wonderful on tap.

Aug 02, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Completely opaque, dark brown. A big thick, light brown head fades to a coating. Leaves very nice lacing.

S---Nose is roasty malts, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Mild, but very nice.

T---Not getting any oatmeal, but that's neither here nor there. Chocolate, dark fruit (plum, prune). Just a light touch of coffee, not as much as in the nose, though.

F---Nicely carbonated. Makes it feel lighter than it otherwise would. I actually wish it was a bit thicker/fuller.

O---Excellent beer. I don't know that I'd drink six on a warm summer day, but it's not summer, so I'll just love it for what it is.

Apr 02, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No better way to spend a chilly winter afternoon of watching the world’s oldest sport than with a fine stout. River Horse’s Oatmeal Milk Stout fills the bill on so many levels— velvety smooth mouthfeel, milk chocolate, grains and coffee in the nose on on the palate, black as night with a big tawny head, this stout is so good, it could serve as breakfast eight days a week. It’s only 6.7% ABV, which means you can have more than one with your eggs and toast. I used to think Lancaster Milk Stout was the King of the Hill in this style, but River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout has dethroned it in my book. Even better, it’s a Jersey Beer. While we still have some chilly nights coming, do yourself a big favor and warm your cockles with a Milk stout that is a damned fine example of the style.

Mar 04, 2018
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Sable from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout is a delightful way to end my day. It's dark, sturdy, and has a rich, silky mouthfeel. Starts with a nice, deep tan head over a very dark body, so dark the light barely penetrates it. You end up with a minor amount of lacing, the head dissipates very quickly. Smells of dark sweetness, some caramel and some fruit, which also comes out in the flavors on tasting. Vanilla, chocolate, raisin, perhaps a mite plummy, too. Maybe a little more sweet than it needs to be, but not by much. If I can find this at the beer market again, I will surely drink this again!

Mar 03, 2018
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with khaki colored head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and just a little sweet vanilla-like notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes very smooth, with plenty of cocoa and roast.

Jul 04, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color. Chocolate,malt coffee, and slight grain aroma. It is well balanced,thick yet not too heavy and the alcohol can be noticed but not overpowering. It feels,smells,and tastes like a nice stout that is a good example of this style

May 08, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

Black in color, thin tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Taste is slightly acidic, bitter cocoa. Not sweet. Medium bodied, okay mouthfeel.

Mar 28, 2017
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with a beige head.

Smell: Alcohol, malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of alcohol, malts, coffee, and hint of oatmeal.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

Mar 21, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Alex, for getting me this beer. I am very pleased to have this beer in my possession. Poured into a tulip glass. A one finger head that has ok retention and no lacing on the glass. The color of the head is dark tan creamy and foamy. The color of the beer is dark brown to black and the clarity of the beer is opaque. Some carbonation bubble is visible on the glass.
A dark roast malt, toffee, mild coffee, milk chocolate, cereal, touch of fruitiness, grainy, and subtle hop aroma with some earthy, wood, and citrus.
Dark roasted malt, coffee, toffee, molasses, milk chocolate, cereal/grainy, fruitiness, earthy, resin, and some citrus.
The body of the beer is medium, the mouthfeel is medium with a touch of chewiness, the carbonation is also medium, and the finish is medium plus.
I really like the flavor of the beer, a typical oatmeal stout; however, the beer has a porter body style. I would have like to see a bit more body to the beer and more chewiness. Overall good beer and I am enjoying it very much.

Mar 15, 2017
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A chocalte style candy like stout. Rich in color and bold head. sweet in flavor and smell. Comes across a little bigger than its 6.7% would state. Worth a try for a miild of the road stout.

Mar 05, 2017
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no "bottled on" date. Served at about 50° F in a tulip. Pours jet black with 2 fingers of tan head.

The nose is very inviting. I get roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and a touch of the lactose.

This is very well-balanced and light for a stout. I get dark chocolate, a faint cherry or prune-like sweetness, some grassy hops, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate comes through most in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium. If this was just a little richer/fuller, it would be an A+ milk stout.

Still probably the best beer I've had from River Horse and a beer I'd return to.

Apr 24, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany which, when held to the light, displays ruby hues. It has a creamy tan head and lacing. It smells of coffee, cocoa, oatmeal, and malt. The taste follows the nose and the flavors blend well together. It has milk stout sweetness through the mid sip and finishes with a slight dry bitterness. It is creamy and moderately carbonated but a little thin to my taste. The moderate ABV of 6.7% allows for easy drinking. I tend to like heavier Imperial Stouts but this is a well-crafted and tasty milk stout. I think I prefer it to Left Hand's better known milk stout and I would certainly drink this one again.

Feb 28, 2016
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GregA135 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a beautiful dark brown color with a nice tan head. The smell of oats, chocolate, milk and coffee tingle your senses. As you sip it, you can taste the creaminess of the stout; it leaves you with a sweet chocolate coffee aftertaste.

Jan 18, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a two finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of an oatmeal and roasted malt smell, mixed with some vanilla and sweet crème sweetness. There are some other aromas of chocolate and a little bit of a burnt smell, leaving one with a nice roasty and sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet and roasty flavor with a whole lot of vanilla and caramel sweetness matched by some light chocolate and a whole lot of roast. Right from the start there is also a very hearty oatmeal flavor which creates a fantastic base taste for the brew. As the taste advances a more chocolate and some crème come to the tongue, with these, in the end, leaving one with a nice oaty and slightly roasty and sweet flavor to linger on the on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style and the nice sweet oatmeal and roasty tastes of the beer, the feel is fantastic, creating one nice and thick mouth coating feel that baths the tongue in all the great flavors of the brew.

Overall- This is a quite nice oatmeal stout. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dark, but not overly dark or roasty like. Mixed with a whole lot of sweet oatmeal, it makes for one delicious brew.

Aug 31, 2015
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BullDoza from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a foggy, creamy looking deep brown. In the glass it's a dark brown, like melted tootsie rolls. No rea retainable head. Just a thin khaki ring.

S: Mild sweetness. Chocolate. Nothing particularly unique, but smells very inviting. Straight foreward, with no surprises.

T: Chocolate. an almost cocoa powder like character. Picking up some roastiness. Faintly bitter to finish. Not an aggressively flavored beer, but definitely delivers more than anticipated based on the nose.

F: Medium. Smooth. The oats could have added more.

O: An enjoyable enough milk stout to be happy to try. River Horse didn't do the style wrong. Pick it up if available in your locale.

Jul 19, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
This is not your traditional milk stout.
It's not very sweet, it has a relatively rich flavor, and there's more chocolate and coffee.
Drinks like a higher gravity beer.

Jul 05, 2015
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Dryhavich from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Very dark brown, near black, with around a finger of brown head. Tidbits of floaty yeast.

Smell: LOTS of toasted malt and some chocolate. Probably my favorite thing about the beer.

Flavor: Malty, somewhat astringent aftertaste, and bit chocolatey. Spots of warming alcohol. Not bad.

Feel: A bit on the light side for this type of beer, though still a little chewy. So-so.

I really love the smell of this beer... reminds me of toasted nuts... though the flavor leaves a little something to be desired. Still something I'd buy again.

May 20, 2015
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dank203 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pitch black. roasty aroma. rich roasty/bitter/sweet flavor. slightly over carbonated and thin but still a decent feel. overall above average stout.

Apr 26, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: An attractive bubble show creates a huge mocha head; excellent retention and quite a bit of squiggly lace

Smell: Chocolate cookie, vanilla and a touch of roast

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with a slightly roasty character developing; the sweeter chocolate and lactic cream flavors re-build through the finish though there is a touch of bitter roast in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; creamy feel, too

Overall: Not a bad sweet stout here, at all; one of the better beers I have tasted from this brewery

Thanks, yankeepride, for the opportunity

Mar 07, 2015
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Tom_O from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smooth and creamy as ever. Not the strongest oatmeal taste, but actually fairly light on the stomach. Definitely preferable for the colder months, but I can see enjoying year round.

This is a solid beer from a solid brewery.

Feb 04, 2015
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Young_John from New York

3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As stouts go, I'm perhaps spoiled by Russian Imperial Stouts. This stout was good for the profile but overall, rather ordinary. The smell was sweet but the first taste was so unlike the smell that it was initially offputting. Taste improved as it warmed. Overall, not bad, but didn't distinguish itself from other oatmeal stouts to be very memorable.

Jan 08, 2015
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