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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004

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Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Review notes from 2013, 22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- pours nearly pitch black with a foamy and bubbly khaki colored head that retains decently, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- roasted malt, creamy oat, chocolate with a hint of coffee, trace of licorice

T- roasted malt up front with a touch of dark fruit, grainy mid-palate with a touch of chocolate and caramel, smooth oats and more chocolate on the finish

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turn into cream on the finish

O- a nice drinkable oatmeal stout that hides the ABV pretty well. It's not up there with ST's other Blackwater stouts, but still worth a try

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/19/2012

A - Pours a motor oil black with a minimal tan head.

S - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and licorice.

T - Taste is sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted oats upfront. The finish is dark coffee and a light booziness.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O - Very enjoyable Oatmel Stout. The two years mellowed the alcohol heat considerably. A great winter sipper.

Photo of Retroman40
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

22 Ounce Bottle served in a goblet style glass

A - Very black with a minimal head and almost no lacing.

S - Well roasted coffee with some chocolate and some molasses in the background.

T - Chocolate and coffee upfront with malty sweetness in the finish. I drank it as close to the recommend 48 degrees and at that temp could hardly sense the high alcoholic strength.

M - Surprisingly "normal" as I was expecting something a little "thicker". Low carbonation makes this easy to drink.

O - This beer warrants serious respect as the 11% ABV could jump you if you're not careful. This is a very good stout and well worth a try for anyone who enjoys this style.

Photo of seedyone
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

09/26/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Part of a flight which included So. Tier Creme Brulee, Java Head, Imperial OAT & Founders Brkfst Stout. Started w/the OAT. Nice but compared to the rest it's a bit lacking.

I should give it another chance.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours dark as night black, a laser ain't getting through this tar.

Roasted malts, burnt sugar, and of course oatmeal.

The roasted malts and sugary sweetness are very upfront, with quite a bit of booziness (though this is a two year old bottle).

Mouthfeel is a little too boozy, thins it out.

Overall, I love oatmeal stouts, so I liked this, but love it I do not.

Photo of blackcompg
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged for about 2 years, poured from their bomber bottle...

Appearance - Pours about 2 fingers of medium mocha colored foam, body is a very dark but slightly translucent deep brown garnet, the head dwindled to a cap fairly quickly and didn't leave much for lacing at the end of the glass.

Smell - Wow, smells like liquid char, roasted malts, molasses, licorice, dark soy sauce, definitely picking up some cooked oats along the back, and light booze.

Taste - Quite a bit like the nose, begins with some sweet roasted malts, molasses, a touch of soy, a hint of dark fruits, I get some earthy grain flavors here too, possibly the oats, and longer into the finish I get a slight sourness like dark fruit peels, and a light taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Just above medium, almost creamy and very smooth, although not mouthcoating, which I almost expected from a big oatmeal stout. Carb is on the lower side, and smooth and foaming across the tongue. There are some slight edges at the back of the tongue. Still very drinkable, but this is to be sipped to taste and appreciate the flavors mentioned above.

Overall - This is a very good oatmeal stout, not watery in the least, but I wanted a bit more of a substantial weight and coating of the mouth. I appreciate the absence of chocolate and coffee, and appreciated the flavor and the smoothness of the oats. A flavorful and well balanced oatmeal stout, and one that you should try.

Photo of fgmiele
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark sable color with light brown minimally foamy head..little to no lacing that disappears quickly. Smells slightly boozy from the age..malt and oat. Taste does not follow the nose..much more full bodied and developed. Milky, creamy, chocolate. No lactate or sour flavor like a typical oatmeal. Nice and chewy..silky and full in mouthfeel. Overall..aged extremely well and a full bodied flavorful taste..usually don't like oatmeals as much as milk stout, but not in this case.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of light brown frothy/creamy head. Retention is lacking and just a wisp or two of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Roasted malts and chocolate up front. Oats are powerful in this and add their trademark oat aroma. Complex layers of caramel and molasses. Fairly simple, but very nice.

4.0 T: Taste is just as good. Roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, and oats are the strongest with nearly as much caramel and molasses.

4.25 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Very tasty beer. Good for a Friday night.

Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Rich brown black color with half a finger of tan head no lacing.
S - Dark bitter malt and oat roasts, earthy hops, some dark chocolate.
T - Sweet roasted malt light toasted oats and grain, a little booze.
M - Super rich velvety texture, silky, just wonderful.
O - Great beer, its a shame this one isnt around anymore, but what a treat.

Photo of EvoRich
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of itsscience
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Soncheebs
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Max578
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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).

Photo of Kuaff
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of martyl1000
4.52/5  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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jpro
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  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.

Photo of Dope
4.19/5  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.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.94/5  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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.