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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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pDev: 10.95%


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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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EvoRich

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty new to the craft beer world. So as I was grabbing some Creme Brulee out of the cooler at my local pub, I also saw something called "oat". Cool, I've had some oatmeal stouts I've liked. And Southern Tier makes some other fantastic stuff, lets give this a try.... Bottle date is 9-19-2012. So I'm assuming this stuff is good for a few years.

Look: Not much head, may be due to it's 11% ABV. The little head you do get qucikly disappears and you're left with a very dark liquid. A little brownish red around the edges. Takes some aggressive swirling to make a head reappear only to leave as soon as it gets there.

Smell: Oats, alcohol, coffee, chocolate. Very "imperial stout" - ish. Maybe because it is one. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: I don't get much oatmeal taste. The first thing I notice is the alcohol, with an aftertaste of mainly coffee, but a little bit of hops. I really like the beer due to it's coffee aftertaste and the alcohol being up front. It has a very sweet overall taste to it, and the only way I can describe it is that it tastes like a good imperial stout.

Feel: Creamy, full bodied for sure. One of the thicker, creamier beers I've had.

Overall: I've heard talk that this beer is going to be retired. And that's a shame. I hope this isn't true. It, along with Creme Brulee, are some of my favorites from the Blackwater Series. I have yet to try Mokah which I'm looking forward to. But "oat" is great. Of all the oatmeal stouts I've had, it's number 1.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:13:22 | More by EvoRich
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itsscience

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no light around the edges and a finger of tan head that reduces to nothing in short order. It smells great with notes of chocolate, oatmeal, toasted oats, rum soaked raisins, and clean malts. The taste is alcoholic throughout with sweet malts, burnt toast, bitter hops, and plum. It has a medium body and leaves an alcohol burn at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 06:56:06 | More by itsscience
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Soncheebs

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet Black, motor oil with a frappy chocolatey head that had very poor retention (whiddled down to essentially a few bubbles and a little filmy texture at top) within 1 minute of the pour. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, oats, malt, rum raisin, vanilla, just about in that order of potency.
Taste: Chocolate/coffee at the tip of the taste but you are immediately blasted with a overpowering malt that almost overdoes it but manages to sit back just in time to enjoy some of the subtler notes and after tastes of vanilla, chocolate, rum soaked raisins, and of course oatmeal. Even a bit hoppy in the middle there, actually quite complex of a mid taste.
Mouthfeel: For the gravity of the beer as it seemed throughout the pour, I was surprised that it was a little light in the mouth, not nearly as syrupy as I expected and this worked tremendously.

Overall: Very well done, complex stout that you will enjoy tremendously.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-27-2014 01:57:58 | More by Soncheebs
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super dense black hue with a dense gorgeous brown head. The head ebbed quietly by and left light lacing.

The aroma is creamy like a milk stout, with some lactose like scent. The oat is prevalent and I detect chocolate, caramel and toffee, coffee and roast.

The flavor follows the nose to a tee. Nough said.

The feel is thick and full, smooth and velvety. The ABV is said to be nearly 11 pct but Damn I don't feel it.

This is my bread and butter, so I may be a bit eschew, but I absolutely fell in love with this.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:35:11 | More by KYGunner
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Max578

New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Westmere Beverage, bomber aged in their cellar from 2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a midnight black with a moderate oatmeal colored head. Head sticks around for a bit, and laces slightly on it's descent. Nothing special

S-Immediately I get caramel, vanilla, and oatmeal. It almost smells as if it has been barrel aged. Milk chocolate and black coffee are also present. The eleven percent alcohol is noticeable throughout. None of these scents are over-powering. They seem to have come together well, and almost seem subdued due to the age.

T-Strong oatmeal taste, which is great considering this is an oatmeal stout. Chocolate and coffee linger on the palette. Heavy malt presence is welcomed, and I am left with a delicious toasty after taste. Like the smell, the flavors are very mellow and flow together beautifully. Unlike the smell, however, the alcohol is almost non-existent.

M-Very light carbonation. Thick but not too stick, This beer goes down smoothly. Incredibly drinkable, which considering the ABV, is impressive.

O-Great brew, aging treats it well. Would have loved to have a current beer to match it up with. The Blackwater series is always phenomenal, and this lives little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:51:48 | More by Max578
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and chocolate malts with some lighter notes of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted and chocolate malts along with a lighter flavor of milk chocolate. There are some light flavors of coffee beans and a moderate amount of oatmeal flavors as well. Light amounts of sweetness upfront and a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, coats the inside of your mouth.

O: The rather high ABV is extremely well hidden in this beer and there is a nice balance between the sweetness and roastiness - all of this makes this beer very easy to drink and enjoy. I recommend sipping this one and it is going down well on the first really cold night of the autumn (and the first night where we saw some snow flurries).

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:45:05 | More by dbrauneis
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oat in a snifter at cellar temperature. The bottle reads 10.8% ABV rather than 11%.

A beautiful black body this beer has, and a one-finger, chocolaty brown head which quickly reduces to a mellow ring of foam and some froth partially covering the surface.

Smells a bit of espresso, vanilla, and some lusciously sweet milk chocolate, And, unlike most oatmeal stouts I've tried up till now, it actually smells like oats! Like, it's amazingly a LOT like oatmeal. A pleasant little touch of booze lets me know what I'm in for...

I'll be damned! It even TASTES like oatmeal! A bit of molasses, chocolate milk, and earthy dark chocolate in the finish round out a very memorable flavor impression.

The feel is thick, but also so very silky smooth. And creamy. They pretty much nailed it.

This is one of those distinctively delicious brews that I never forget. It's about time someone imperialized the traditional oatmeal stout. I've always found the oats in standard ones to generally be much too subtle, if present at all. This is not the case with this. THIS delivers the oats... assertive oats. The oats in this stout will NOT be ignored. This stout will bash you over the head with a big sack of oats... and then you'll ask for more. Or at least I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:34:24 | More by Kuaff
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dexters, madison. The mild-mannered aroma is the only drawback, here. It's an absolutely beautiful, opaque black, with a massive fluffy brown head. White lacing draws a precise contrast w/ the the brown head.

I feel like I'm drinking a real contender to the double stout crown, but one that's a bit short on complexity. The 11% alcohol is entirely well-hidden. The hop bitterness balances the sweet so well it creates the mirage of sweet french-roast coffee w/ cream. And the smoothness in the mouth is unsurpassed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 05:23:39 | More by martyl1000
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark brown black and settles black with a mocha head that runs away. Some lacing.

Smell - Oatmeal, cream, and coffee with boozy hot malt. Sweet aroma.

Taste - Malt forward with coffee and some chocolate. Powerful oatmeal finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderately carbonated. Full body. Pretty boozy but at 11% duh. Good drinkability.

Overall - Super interesting, the cream adds a great twist to a typically thinner formula (non imperial oatmeal stout). This was a bit on the sweet side which takes something away from it, but otherwise not bad. Worth a shot if you want to expand your horizons a bit but I am sure there are better imperial oatmeal stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 12:05:34 | More by JMScowcroft
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no light passage. Short cocoa head with poor retention and no lacing. Nose is full of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and cream. Flavor is chocolate forward with notes of oat, cream, and building bitterness from the roast as the flavor progresses. Full flavor here. Mouthfeel is relatively thin for the gravity, but full bodied nonetheless. Overall, a flavorful imperial stout with nice oat presence.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 23:37:13 | More by homebrew311
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jpro

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the Northbridge Pig blowout sale. Poured into a Duvel tulip...

A: Pours black and heavy; thin layer of khaki foam forms on the pour, but provides no retention, nor lace.

S: Dark malt aroma; thick caramel; chocolate; oatmeal aroma, too; very textured aroma; perhaps some soy sauce, too.

T: Dark, syrupy malts; molasses; pronounced oatmeal flavor; very sweet... not much hop presence.

M: Full and textured; thick; low carbonation... basically, exactly what you'd hope for with an imperial oatmeal stout.

O: A big beer. Perhaps too sweet... I think I'll stick to "regular strength" oatmeal stouts!

*from notes 10.06.13

Serving type: growler

10-10-2013 22:15:26 | More by jpro
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a thick and viscous stout, looking every bit like I expect from Southern Tier's Blackwater series. It's almost black, just a faint light in the edges. Resting on top is a solid, creamy head one finger tall. Lacing is patchy, thick and plentiful.
The nose is big and full, belying the richness to come, though not fully. A big malty foundation gives up lots of roast, vanilla, cream and wood, sweet and delicious with a gentle bitterness underneath. I smell oat in a way I rarely do even in beer that uses it.
The big, full, robust richness is all here in the flavor and even more boldly expressed, delicious creamy sweetness balancing a light bitterness with wood and gentle char to complement. It's big on roast and breadier than the nose. Lots of toasted caramel and vanilla are made even more delicious as they rest against the wood. Sweet cream follows it all the way through into the finish, which dries slightly.
The oats roll in this beer like few others; this has got to be one of the creamiest, smoothest, silkiest beers out there. It's thick without being too heavy and sweet without cloying, and the interplay with the light dryness is nearly perfect. Beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:06:52 | More by Brenden
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can find, probably 2 years old.

A: Pitch black pour with a decent sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with almost no lacing at all. Good retention though.

S: Sweet chocolate and grainy oatmeal. Hints of charred coffee.

T: Very sweet and creamy roasted malt character. Creamy, creamy milk chocolate up front. More of a sweet grainy middle with hints of char and coffee. Notable oats for sure, especially in the aftertaste. Sweet throughout.

M: Big, heavy, viscous. Super creamy and smooth too.

O: A very sweet rendition of an oatmeal stout (expected for the blackwater line). Lots of oatmeal in this one, very creamy and smooth throughout. Lots of nice sweet graininess to counteract the bitter roasted malt character. Great oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:31:47 | More by Dope
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (bottled on 10/16/12)

A: Pitch black with a slightly brown head that starts one finger thick but diminishes rapidly.

S: Roasty, sweet and malty. Oaty too.

T: Nice tame sweetness with a nice even flavor. A bit of oat, which probably gave it the nice even flavor.

M: Not too thick but almost no carbonation (just a bit of massaging bubbles).

O: Pretty tame, nothing too stellar about it. I can see why it was discontinued, but I have yet to try the other ST stouts. There wasn't much for me to describe here, it was quite plain.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 21:56:48 | More by gillagorilla
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KajII

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a pitch jet black with an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown fizzy head that diminished quickly, down to a wispy residue and small collar with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted biscuit malt, light resin hops and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of milk chocolate, oats, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla and a light dark fruit presence (raisons & plums).

The taste was lightly sweet and very roasty with a good malt backbone and had hints of oats, chocolate and a mild fruity presence at first, and then became smooth and creamy with a bold coffee presence, a mild oat lactose flavor and a light boozy feel towards the finish. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a roasty alcohol warming sensation left to linger on for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was just past halfway between medium and full in body with a mildly dry texture and a carbonation that had an intensity that was just past medium.

Overall this was a very good and roasty brew with a bold mocha coffee taste along with a creamy oat flavor that when blended together it created a beer with a nice smooth drinkability, which did a superb job of concealing the exceptionally high ABV. In one word YUM…

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Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 15:38:36 | More by KajII
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color. Very little head is formed, sadly, though not unexpected given the serving glass. The thin, mocha-colored foam fades away very quickly.

Giving it a VERY aggressive pour, the head forms about a finger high, but still with fairly middling retention. However, it leaves a very nice ring of lacing on the glass.

S: A decent amount of chocolate and vanilla make themselves known immediately. Oats are also evident. It's a touch boozy, not surprising given its gravity. I wish the aroma was bigger/bolder, but it's pretty decent either way.

T: At first, I notice the slightest touch of chocolate. This is quickly supplanted by subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oats; it finishes with some boozy dark fruits, licorice, earthy tones, and a touch of roasted malt. Licorice becomes a bit too dominant as it warms up. The sweet finish helps conceal the boozy qualities somewhat. On the other hand, the flavors, while well balanced, aren't very intense. Bigger notes of chocolate or vanilla (AND LESS LICORICE) would make this good stout great.

M: This is really luscious, thick, chewy, creamy, viscous, oily, and luscious in the mouth. Did I mention luscious? It's almost like liquid velvet in a manner. Low carbonation and high residual sugar means this will sit lazily on the palate...ah well, anything to make me want to swish this around more is a great thing. The monstrous feel does a very good job of concealing the alcohol.

O: I admit, I didn't have terribly high hopes for this one, seeing as I feel most big oatmeal stouts have way too much booziness to them. Then again, if there's one thing Southern Tier knows how to make, it's a ridiculously decadent dessert beer. And ridiculously decadent it is - finishing a whole bottle solo can be a chore. However, the fact that I simply can finish this solo is a testament to its solidity. This would have been incredible if the flavor could match up to the mouthfeel, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:00:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

like the other stouts in this little series from southern tier, this is a monster. it pours a frightening dense motor oil black, with little visible carbonation and just a thin film of tan. the darkness of this is insane. it smells oaty indeed, like a bowl of oatmeal, a little sweet, and really heavy from the roasted and burnt barley malt. the flavor is not as sweet as some of their others, but its got all the weighty feel and tastes. the malt is so dark, darker than ive seen really, and would probably be very bitter if it were not for the oats to sweeten it up and round it off. however, they also provide body, so the thickness of this is exacerbated into a freak of fermentable sugars. the alcohol that results is massive, and makes this a must share bottle of beer. it burns on the way down, but I still like the feel. its just so big, so dense and thick, but not stupidly sweet, its really a challenge to me. southern tier has got these huge stouts figured out, and this is the best of the lot really. I might have enjoyed the choklat more, but this is a special beer here, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:14:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oats, toast, toffee, coffee, cream, dark bread, floral, light nuttiness, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, light char, floral, dark bread, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, oats, light char, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; with big robustness and malt balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Big robustness and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:23:25 | More by superspak
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riversider76

New York

4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, with a thin lighter brown head. Decent retention, and a good lace effect. Aroma is of dark chocolate, and dark, fruity malts. Body is thick and rich with some carbonation. Taste is of oats and malted chocolate, with a dark bittersweet edge. Hints, of coffee, and dark fruit are there as well. Awesome!!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:21:53 | More by riversider76
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours near black with a caramel/chocolate colored head, ok retention, nearly completely dissipates after about 3 minutes, thin outer ring remains. pretty nice lacing, although it (mostly) eventually slides down the glass.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, tons of oats, maybe a hint of molasses and caramelized malts. Slight roastyness and a hint of dates/dark fruit.

T - Lots of roasty chocolate, lots of dark fruit (prunes, dates, etc) and a pretty large wallop of alcohol burn. slightly mediciny

M - Definitely the most sipperish beer ive had in some time. Thick thick thick, minimally carbonated, very smooth.

O - As it warms the alcohol becomes more tame and the sweet and richer vanilla flavors come through - even more of a sipper but much better balances/flavors at room temperature. - Ratings reflect my room temperature impressions

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:50:24 | More by MacQ32
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CloudStrife

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 08/16/12.

A: Pours a very thick dark black with a half finger light khaki head. Quick to dissipate it leaves some spots of lacing. Light only shines through about 1/8".

S: Smooth roasted malts and oat notes. A bit of vanilla and sweetness. Alcohol is just a touch noticeable. Chocolate certainly comes through and is quite dominate along with the oat. Dark fruit come out as it warms.

T: Chocolate and oat blend together and balance nicely. Hops are tame at this point and just appear for a flash and touch of aftertaste. Roastiness of the malt provides some richness. Coffee comes to mind as well.

M: Full bodied but not too heavy it is quite pleasant. Low carbonation. Fairly crisp finish. Booze is there but doesn't provide a harsh mouthfeel.

Overall well crafted and has developed nicely in the last 7 months. One of the less flavored of the blackwater series but the still a real good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 02:23:28 | More by CloudStrife
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review adapted from notes taken 5/10/13

Note: Review 600

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark, dark brown - perhaps black from a distance - some lighter brown and red tones around the edges - nice, light brown head, keeps a nice, wispy cap, and an above-average, creamy ring - leaves some lacing, not much

Smell: Dark, decadent malts and oats - like someone melted a dark chocolate bar into a bowl of oatmeal - dark, burnt, roasty, cooked, caramelized malts - caramel and an above-average amount of sugar (fitting with Southern Tier's reputation), but the sweetness smells somehow subdued with the grainy oat notes

Taste: Dark chocolate, oats, and roasty, burnt malts - very rich, decidedly "imperial" - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some sweetened cocoa - caramel, molasses, and some straight-up sugar - burnt, dry, chocolate notes - some roasty notes and absurdly strong coffee - nicely bitter - oats are very apparent and abundant - adds a nice oatmeal flavor that kind of balances the sweetness, at the least makes it more interesting - some booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy, with a lot of creaminess from the oats - smooth, with a touch of syrupy booze in the finish

Overall: Christmas cheer in a bottle... or something

I selected this beer for review 600 because it was my official "Christmas Eve" bomber for three years (until I couldn't find a bottle one year and consequently killed the tradition). I honestly haven't had a bottle in a couple of years, and I am glad to report that it's still great. In fact, I think this is the best stout from Southern Tier. It's oddly under-appreciated, in my opinion. It's big, burly, and sweet, but I don't feel like I have diabetes thanks to the oats. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 05:18:12 | More by angrybabboon
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brian60625

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle for $7.99. Oily Irish coffee and grain with a sloppy splash of booze aroma. Pitch black, no light gets through, brown head, no lacing, no foam residue moments after the pour. Flavor is a strange medley of soy, coffee, umami, oats, alcohol. Palate is thick bodied, pungent taste to nose effect. Overall, this is a big shouldered, big daddy. Clear your schedule for the rest of the night, because this one takes time to polish off.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:01:21 | More by brian60625
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DOB: 9/19/12

A: Pitch black with a bubbly, medium brown head. Thick, viscous legs. No lace or retention.

S: Deeply roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, char, wood, a bit of coffee, and some booze.

T: So incredibly rich, roasty, and sweet. Very delicious. Plenty of sweet, malty sugars and a slightly boozy finish.

M: Creamy, roasty, tasty. Great body. Carbonation is proper. Huge roasty coating left on the palate.

O: Huge fan of Oatmeal Stouts and happy that ST nailed this one. A beefed up version of the style with plenty of the unique ingredients to make it special.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:14:57 | More by Gatch
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out substantially black in color, a little bit dark brown. Beige head, about 1/3" deep. Looks more like what I would expect from a coffee beer.

Aroma was fairly muted, the alcohol was noticeable. Oatmeal didn't cover up the roastiness of this one.

Roastiness and alcohol dominates the taste buds. I thought this was going to be a more smooth drinking experience, with the whole oat motif, but the problem here is the beer is just too big. A lot of bitterness as well. I don't think the notion of making something imperial and oat works. Dark chocolate, dark fruit underneath the booziness and bitterness. I love some Southern Tier, this one doesn't fall into that category.

There isn't much there, there. Flavors aren't the high point. Too non descript, not enough of what I want with oatmeal, a smooth chocolatey experience. Coating, but what makes up the coating is nothing special. The espresso notes should have shown up more in Jahva, not here.

Should be about half this strength.

Serving type: bottle

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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