River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Oatmeal Milk StoutRiver Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A velvety smooth Stout brewed with oats and milk sugar that create a creamy finish over a dark malt base.

Added by DavidSeanNJ on 11-09-2008

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mkh012
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of GregA135
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of BullDoza
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Dryhavich
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of dank203
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of Tom_O
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Young_John
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the Pub in Mendham NJ to kick off New Years Day (just found my old tasting notes)

Pours very dark black with small foam ring. Oaty nose that is quite prominent. Dark chocolate too. Rich roasted flavor. Shovels of oats. Creamy light milk milk back. Touch of sweetness at the end that blends into a mild hop bitter. Very enjoyable, not overly lactosed like some milk stouts can be.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark mahogany almost black color. Opaque due to the darkness. Just barely a foamy head that fades slowly and leaves a good lacing.

Smell: most notably espresso and oatmeal. Some chocolate and a slight sweetness too.

Taste: opens with mild espresso with a shot of milk sugar. Lots of oatmeal with a a slight amount of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: super light. Almost too sweet but saved by a little espresso bitterness

Overall: a decent beer. Too much espresso for me, it really doesn't mold to well with all the oatmeal in my opinion

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love Rover Horse since they keep making interesting beers and this is no different. A nice deep milk stout that you have to chew. I love them. The color is dark brown with little to no head. The smell is all malt with a little bit of coffee coming from underneath. The taste is dark chocolate, but you instantly get over the sweetness and find the cream and the earthy oatmeal mingling with the hops and malt. A little thin, but the flavors are so good that I thought it makes a good summer stout as well.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint...OCCASION: the reading of A Storm of Swords begins... APPEARANCE: jet black body; unenthused thin brown head; tracings are basically sporadic bubbles... AROMA: some peat and smoke, but predominantly a strange combination: lactic, doughy malts and vanilla sugars argue with strikingly astringent turpentine chemicals--a challenge to take in... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly dry; rather flat up front, with a beefy after breath ...TASTE: milky, yet the alcohol seems to impede a smoother flavor; some rum elements mingle with a plasticine undertone... OVERALL: This seems a forced attempt at steeping ABV at the cost of taste and experience; River Horse does Jersey proud with some offerings, but this brew is negatively aggressive--upon completing this review, I drank a second and only found the beer more troublesome to place in a positive light....

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Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic

A- Pours black, but the smallest bit of light shines through showing some brown highlights. A little yeast floats around. Brown head shows a pretty good cascade for a non-nitro, and hangs round a half finger.

S- Dark roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa. A little burnt sugar.

T- Coffee with sugar, mocha. Very subtle roast, but sweet all around.

M- Medium body, very sweet. I expected a little more creaminess for an oatmeal milk stout, however.

O- All around a good beer. Pretty sweet, but the roast balances it a bit.

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Photo of candcholt
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

To quote the bottle: "When you were a little kid, what was better than oatmeal cookies and milk? Well, that's why we made this one for the "big" kids. Oatmeal Milk Stout. All of the fun of being a kid, none of the homework."

These days, I eat my oatmeal cookies with coffee. I'm mostly not into replicating tastes from my childhood, as my palate has evolved. (Interestingly enough, my favorite animal since childhood is hippopotamus, or river horse, which makes me really want to like this brewery.) That being said, I enjoyed this beer. Not too sweet; a little nutty. I didn't get oatmeal cookies, though. Maybe if there were brown sugar notes...

One of the more impressive offerings from River Horse.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Another from my local, in-person trader, tone77! Keep 'em coming!

From the bottle: "When you were a little kid, what was better than oatmeal cookies and milk? Well, that's why we made this one for the "big" kids. Oatmeal Milk Stout. All of the fun of being a kid, none of the homework."

My pour may have been a bit heavy-handed, but I had read nothing in previous reviews to warn me of the massive head that it was capable of producing. I was faced with two fingers of dense, deep-tan head that resembled a chocolate milkshake before I backed off. This was going to be a Carly Simon beer - anticipation, it's making me wait. Once it finally dropped to a manageable level, leaving some decent lacing in its wake, I was ready. Color was a deep, dark cola-brown that allowed zero light penetration. Nose was quite chocolaty, but with a hint of smoke, more towards dark chocolate than milk chocolate. On that note, let us address their untruth in advertising - the "milk" is derived from their use of lactose sugar in the brewing process and the oatmeal is used to cut some of the "burnt" flavor that early versions took from the extremely roasted malts, not to add the flavor of cookies. Mouthfeel was big, thick and silky and the taste was more like sweet chocolate than the nose had led me to expect, so apparently their use of oatmeal worked. Finish was more towards milk chocolate and it was certainly sweet, so I have to give it to them in terms of style. I just wish that their label was more direct and less misleading.

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Photo of BaronVonBeauregard
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good tasting milk stout; dark, no light gets through the glass of this tasty beer; lighter and a bit sweeter than other milk stouts; lower abv.... Just a good smooth stout. Good grade. I'd have another one of these any day. I will give this a better rating than left Hans's version; good head and lacing too.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Very dark black. Medium head that was dark tan color.

S - Some smokey aroma, but not overly strong.

T - Distinctive coffee and smokey tastes. Pronounced malty flavor, but the coffee really stands out. Sweet and not overly bitter.

M - Medium body for a stout. Very smooth.

O - Very good oatmeal stout. I like the combination of coffee, malt tastes, and the sweetness. The ABV is not high, so I drank a couple glasses. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Act25
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like all River Horse there's common horse barn earthiness to the nose, and they tend to be better warmer than colder.

I am a fan of stouts. This stout is a bit sweet and very inky/ earthy. Still a nice way to finish the evening, and I'd enjoy it again as a singleton. complex. but I'd prefer it mixed as a black & tan.

NOTE - I have found this stout makes a great "black and tan" when poured over a pale or IPA.

A- dark black roast body with a modest tan large head, fades fast, with no lacing. OK looking.

S- Barnyard, Horse stalls, wet roasted coffee, malty and yes! chocolate, spring earth, flowers, almost syrupy, earthy. Gotta let this warm! Mostly spring earth. smell matches appearance

T- approachable, nice first impression, roasted java dominant, earthy hop finish.
Milky, chocolate, a bit over done. A bit too sweet for me after.

M- medium body, medium dry finish, a little warming. Needs some cheese or cookies to go with it. Too much burnt earth to invite another.

O- a decent oatmeal stout, good stink, sweetness, & earthiness, not overwhelming coffee /milkiness, pleasantly surprised at its approachability, but too cloying for two in a row.

Drink Warm!

Serving type: bottle

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