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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Number one in a series of five stouts produced for the fall and winter seasons. This beer is full bodied with hints of chocolate, roasted barley, coffee flavors and a nice creamy head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Dark black with thin brown head. Smell is very reminiscent of dirty pennies. Tastes quite full and roasty, with vanilla and oak notes. Very sweet, which is complimentary to the oat-y flavors. Full bodied, and dangerously drinkable. Never would have guessed this bad boy was 8%. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Smooth beer with no aftertase. Smell has smokiness to it. Tastes good. Cannot taste the alcohol in the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4081) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Beautifully opaque, 99%, with yellow edges. Prominent aroma, with chocolate, dried tobacco, and vanilla. The flavor is fine but the lactic quality of this oatmeal stout overwhelms some of the better components, including the chocolate. It ends too bitter for my taste. Moderately thick palate. The third of three Christmas Day 2007 beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SturmWulf (65) - USA - DEC 23, 2007
Nice Aroma of Roasted Malts, Chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla. Poured dark black, with a nice foamy tan head that receded slowly into a thin cap. Left light lacing on pint. Flavor is milk chocolate with roasted malt and lots of coffee. The roasted malt has a slightly burnt taste and the coffee is strong. Slightly heavier than medium body with a creamy thick texture. Soft carbonation with a long somewhat bitter finish that is quite robust, but not overwhelming. A nice stout that I enjoyed. Not one of my favorite rotation, but will definitely have again. If you like them robust and a bit bitter this will please you quite a bit. Its well worth the try. I personally like the Too Cream Stout better, but this is one fine beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
bottle....almost black pour with thin light brown head....chocolate malt aroma with a little roastiness thrown in.....flavors of oats, roast, and chocolate.....crappy rating i know but my notes suck for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A very black beer on the pour and in the gless. Slim but stout dark cocoa tinted capping of thick foam sits briefly before slipping away to a super fine collar. A few spots of lace stick here and there, but most drips back into the liquid quickly and oily. Aroma is roasty and oily of burnt cookies and some moderate chocolate-like sweetness. A bit of oatyness and dark cherry rum heat emerges as it sits. Good taste of roasted barley and grains with just a hint of burntness to the edges and a slant of spent coffee. Semi sweet underneath with a bit of cherry, chocolate, and oats. Quite creamy and quick with a slick medium body that oothes all sorts of silky, soft, and smooth chocolateyness. Mind you, there’s not a whole lot of chocolate in the taste, but the feel speaks well of a firm chocolate milk with a nice little roasty bite to its finish that lasts well and keeps a tender balance of dryness floating at the bit. A pretty solid Oaty Stout with a calmingly easy, milky smooth drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
12oz. bottle, with thanks to Gregis for hauling this back from Indy for me. Pours black with a thin dark brown head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty with cocoa, bakers chocolate, brown sugar and coffee. Flavor is strongly roasted/toasted, with more chocolate and coffee. A bit thin on the palate, but still a nice silkiness and lingering roast that is gentle and complimentary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Matte black pour with a nice dark tan head. Aroma is rich chocolate and roast - very nice. Flavor is full of chocolate and cream with some really nice roast in the finish. The body is fully and chewy. Excellent. 6/3/7/4/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date, info about this Oatmeal Stout is available at the website, sampled in a pint glass. The ABV is 8%. A good looking start, poured a dark blackish brown with an impressive two finger high tannish brown head of tight creamy foam. Excellent head retention, small amount of sticky lace. Rich roasted malty nose of charred chocolate and dark coffee with a dash of oatmeal sweetness. Further whiffs reveal scents of roasted barley and a subtle nuttiness. The body has a nice well rounded and creamy feel in the mouth. For an Oatmeal Stout, this has a full roasted malt taste with a pleasantly mild charred bitterness. Dark coffee sweeten by sugar, charcoal melded with bittersweet dark chocolate. The oatmeal brings out a vanilla-like sweetness in the middle. In the end the roasted barley flavors along with a subtle citrus hop sour fruitiness emerges, giving this a dry and bitter finish. A delightful holiday stout, another tasty treat from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Small serving during 11-30-07 tasting at the Lex-Larp Cellars as I joined joet and the Twin Cities crew. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Coffee dominates the aroma. Pours a dark brown with a sable-colored head. Unimpressive, simplistic flavors of coffee and an underlying sweet cream. Medium body. Lively in the palate. Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout did not impress me at all. Normally I write long reviews, but I simply don’t have much to say about this uninspiring beer.

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