Oatmeal Milk Stout Ale Redux | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Oatmeal Milk Stout Ale ReduxOatmeal Milk Stout Ale Redux

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tjd112 on 01-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by kbanks13:
Photo of kbanks13
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a little hint of brown on the edge of the glass. Loose two finger chocolate brown head with OK retention and modest lacing. Smells largely of coffee and roasted grains, a little chocolate and astringency, too. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, with vanilla and, oddly enough, molasses. Heavy cream and granola flavors which then give way to a mountain of coffee flavor. Slightly over carbonated, I think, but an otherwise smooth and decently heavy body mostly makes up for it. Sweet and rich beer with good flavor that is reasonably to style and easy to enjoy. Whether or not the coffee was intended, I don't know; but I liked it. I would definitely pick up more if I saw them around.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer and poured the beer into a glass tumbler for sipping. Frankly, I'm struck by how such a strong beer has such a mild flavor. The aroma has a pleasant mix of vanilla, bourbon and milk chocolate. The flavor focuses on a roasted, bitter baker's chocolate note, with candied lactose sweetness around the edges, but you really have to search for the flavor. Otherwise this is just sort of one-note sweet roast beer if you don't pay attention. Great beer is easier than that, but this brew is still decent and worth a try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to ericwo for the chance to try this one. Pours out an opaque black with a nice one inch tan head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of lacing around the rim of the glass. Nose is sweet, sweet malts, lactose sugar, oats, roasted malts, some coffee, and a hint of raisins? Taste is semi-sweet with chocolate, oats and milk sugars leading the way. The blend of flavors is good but not great. Mouthfeel is decent, full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth and velvety, this one is pretty drinkable. This is a pretty straight forward milk stout. Nothing special, no overwhelming flavors or over the top ingredients, not overly complex, just a good, solid example of milk stout. Perfect for when you just want a beer.

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Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tjd112
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish Pint glass

Appearance - Pitch black, tan head well retained, some lacing

Smell - Toasted malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste - Follows the smell

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied, dry finish

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - Solid oatmeal stout

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Photo of Throckmorton
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I'm not usually a big fan of stouts, like em well enough, just probably down the charts a bit in the styles category for me.

This "redux" bottle was also designated "batch 5".

A - lovely deep black that pours with with a really great looking head that was unlike what I'm used to seeing on a stout. It was darker, more mocha color, and lasted a good long while.

S - nice, subtle roasts and more prominent chocolates. Not much hop that I could get from it.

T - wow, this is a really super, balanced and complex brew. Just a hint of sweetness, raisins, coco, a little roasty malt, perhaps even caramel, and mild hop character.

M - low carbonation, good weight.

D - as stouts go for me, very drinkable. I found myself really hanging on to each mouthful and rolling it around on my tongue for awhile before swallowing.

Nice job River Horse.

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Photo of jmalex
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seemed like a fantastic change up from River Horse. I didn't know of its existence the first time around, so I'm happy to try it now.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Weyerbacher tulip very black with a small, brown head on top. It shrinks immediately to a medium-sized collar with a few stray bubbles floating around.

SMELL: Very roasty with a significant coffee note. Dark chocolate and hints of smoke and licorice round it out, but this is really a coffee bomb and I'm shocked that there isn't any in here.

TASTE: Much less on the coffee in the taste, but it's still here. The deep bitter roastiness is absolutely wonderful, but there isn't much of the "sweet" aspect here at all considering it's branded as a milk stout. Just the same, it's a fantastically balanced beer with all the qualities you'd want in a stout.

MOUTHFEEL: Nicely silky with a lower end carbonation. Pretty spot on.

DRINKABILITY: I just can't stop. Each sip makes me want another. I could drink this all night. That's for sure.

Wow. Nicely done here. I need to locate some more of this. If you see this in stores, I urge you to give it a try. And you might want to get more than one bottle. Don't make the same mistake I did.

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Photo of Jwaks
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An immense effort from river horse, this beer pours a murky dark brown with a quickly receding taupe head that leaves little lacing and nothing else behind.

Aromas include moderate coffee, light milk chocolate, hints of cream, floral hops, grain with funk and dark bread.

Taste is bitter, slightly fruity coffee with moderate milk chocolate, hop bitters and a bit of drying on the end with a finish of milk chocolate, hop bitters, smoke and licorice. The flavor lingers for a good while.

mouth feel for the style is moderate to medium with a great long lasting creamy, chocolate and smokey bitter finish. It sticks on the palate with good persistence and becomes a bit syrupy.

I would definitely pick up a six pack of this just to try for a nice creamy, satisfying session stout. This is an awesome brew from a often overlooked brewery. Try it, it's good!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to victory1 for bringing this over for our last homebrewing adventure. Poured it into my 12-oz snifter.

The pour makes it look like the beer is of medium thickness and well carbonated. A pretty 1cm head of coarse pale brownish foam sits on top, fed by bunches of streamers of bubbles that cascade upwards. Spotty and irregular stringy lacing adorns the sides of the glass.

The aroma leaves something to be desired, even almost at room temp, I can only pull out a slight roasty aroma that is coupled with some chocolate and coffee notes with a milk stouty sweetness. The taste is superior to the aroma, as it brings out the coffee and roast in a good balance. Despite the relatively low abv, though, there is an astringent alcohol warmth in the finish.

Creamy and well-bodied, and from the milk/oatmeal stout combo, I expect nothing less. Slightly more carbonated than I like my stouts. This beer is much better colder than it is as it approaches cellar temp.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a nice tan head, but pretty poor lacing. Smell is both roasty and sweet with some yeastiness and bitter chocolate in there as well. This beer is a bit more robust and bitter than I was expecting. Nice roasted coffee taste with a good balance of sweetness and dryness. I am picking up some nice subtle fruity notes as well. The taste is really not what I was expecting, but it is very nice. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full with a finish that is a bit sticky, but just dry enough to make it quite drinkable. I find myself wishing that this beer was smoother given that it is an oatmeal stout, but I still find this to be a very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades into some spotty minimal lacing.

The aroma begins with a bone dry black maltiness with some light lactose sweetness and a bit of chocolate.

The tastes follow the nose with an excellent chocolate malt sweetness with added milk sugar sweetness. As it warms the of black malt bitterness emerges more and more, but only enough to balance the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Finish is on the drier end for the style, would like a bit more creaminess here.

Overall this is a good drinking milk stout, but not amongst the top of the style. Could use less black patent malt and more lactose to create a smoother mouthfeel.

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Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bob3701
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Black as night, no light shines through. Creamy tan head that slowly goes into a film with some lacing. Roasted and burnt malts is the main aroma. A little bit sweet and a little bit sour. Slight bitter after-taste. Very, very smooth, like silk on your tongue. Not a bad stout at all.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via Veterans BIF from mday. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed 1" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head falls ever-so slowly, with thick coating lace. Aroma is roasty dark malts. Taste is sweet dark grains to start, chocolate continues through the middle, with a light coffee bitterness to close. Mouthfeel is so smooth, one of the smoothest non-cask beers I've ever had, and drinkability is awesome as well. Took some restraint to just not chug this down. But alas, I only have one bottle. Must savor...

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Photo of tim9887
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout

12oz btl poured into pint glass

App: black as night, nice 1/4" tan foamy head

Aroma: sweet... some coffee & chocolate notes mix nicely

Taste: Roasty malt character is dominant. Where the aroma has a lot of sweet chocolate going on, the taste has more roasty coffee. More sweetness comes through as it warms up. Not a whole heck of a lot in the way of hop bitterness but that's ok.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy.

Notes: Rich, yet nice and drinkable. Pretty darn good stout.

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Photo of jkane101
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a bone dry black malt scent with some light lactose sweetness and a bit of chocolate. The taste is good. It has an excellent chocolate malt sweetness with milk sugar. There is a bit of black malt bitterness, but only enough to balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking milk stout. It's sweet without going overboard.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. The aggressive pour yielded a large, 3 finger caramel colored head that dissipated surprisingly quick leaving very little lace behind. The body is pretty much solid and black. I can detect small amounts of brown around the edges, but that may just be my imagination...

The nose is weaker than what I was hoping for. Cold, wet coffee grinds, with tiny hints of chocolate and vanilla. You can also pick up something like a malted milk aroma...

The taste is also weaker than expected, but not to the degree the smell was. Starts off with a roasted malt lick that gives way to a sweeter malty middle. The finish goes into a bitter black coffee spiral that lingers into the aftertaste.

The mouth feel is probably the worst part about this brew...thin and watery for a stout. Mild carbonation.

Meh...pretty good flavor and look, but not much else. Worth a try but I will probably not buy again.

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Photo of number1bum
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redux Batch 005. Pours very dark brown, pretty much black actually, with a tinge of dark scarlet at the very edges. About an inch of dark tan head settles to a thin but full lace. Doesn't leave much stick on the sides.

Smell is pretty nice and consists of sweet milk chocolate, some fudgy darker chocolate, a whiff of coffee and some roasted malt.

Taste is also pretty chocolaty, with some sweet milk chocolate and some darker, bittersweet chocolate plus some roasted malt. I get a quick hint of some citrus hops every now and again, although they are by no means a dominant characteristic. Some coffee and a bit of roasty bitterness last into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, but not as creamy as it probably should be for an oatmeal stout or a milk stout. Put them together and this should be velvety smooth; it's not, but it's clean and soft enough I suppose.

This is a pretty nice beer from River Horse, one of the better ones I can recall having had from them. Lots of chocolaty flavor going on, and a tasty beer overall.

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Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep, dark brown body with a very thin head...the head actually showed some spotty retention...where's the lace?

S - The aroma was compiled of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of sweetness

T - The combination of roasted malts and rolled oats came across very nice...the balance was nice and the malts were well roasted...the malts also provide a decent sweetness to the beer...but the real sweetness comes from the added lactose...there's not much but it's detectable...there's a coffee-like bitterness that finishes...not much hop presence

M - Medium bodied...but a little thin...mild carbonation...smooth but could be creamier

D - This was just okay for me...I'd like to give the original a try but it's cool they did a one-off of this brew...I'd have it again but it's not one I would seek out

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

Acquired this from Martin2D so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a thick opaque black with a one finger of chocolate brown head. Head recedes moderately leaving ample lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is of chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, oatmeal, and hint of coffee.

T: Taste starts off sweet - chocolate, oatmeal and caramel malts fill out the flavor. Taste then moves in to roasted and burnt malts. Finish is light coffee notes and bit of a bite.

M: Heavier side of medium body, medium carbonation, light on the tongue with a dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, nicely blended - absolutely a beer to sit with for a while.

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Photo of Zekezilla
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a variety pack of River Horse--included the belgian style ale, a lager, a "special" ale and the oatmeal stout. The stout is the only one that is above-average. Nice dark color, nice rich taste. Carbonation pretty low but could be lower. Drinkability good but a little thin in mouthfeel.

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Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a single finger of dark tan head over a pitch liquid, dark brown edges when held to light. Smells roasty, nutty, fresh coffee bean, cigarette ash, and some mild clean alcohol. Earthy hop aroma. Dry.

Tastes roasty with just enough caramelly malt, hazelnut, and chocolate to keep it from being too dry. Dry overall, which is not what I'd expect from a milk stout. So roasty it's a bit ashy and earthy. Hop flavor is present as an earthy oily flatness and accompanied by a mild grassy hop bitterness. Finish is quite dry, nearing the point of sticky teeth. Aftertaste has an acidic sour that comes from the use of potently dark malts, such as black patent. Too strong of carbonation and md light body. Lacks the oatmeal and lactose creaminess I'd expect, likely because it's carbonated too much.

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Oatmeal Milk Stout Ale Redux from River Horse Brewing Co.
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