Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with nice label; no freshness date but with this abv, no worries
Appearance: The bottle's claim that this is "as dark as a moonless night" is pretty darn accurate; no light is getting through this brew. A dark tan cap forms, but soon falls to a thick ring and a thin film
Smell: Big and supremely boozy; if I didn't know better, I'd swear this was probably a bourbon-oak aged stout, it has that character in the aromas of woodsy, vanilla-laced booze and mild sweet roasty grains. Touch of chocolate emerges as this warms. Would like a little more intensity and less alcohol, though this is still pretty good.
Taste: Big booze character, in keeping with the aromas, though the bourbon-like scents aren't reproduced. The booze is a bit hot, but this tastes like an imperial oatmeal stout should; it's sweet and full of cocoa, with just a touch of hazelnut coffee in the background as well. The chocolatey notes are especially nice, and the taste reminds me of the aromas of the bags of cocoa shells my parents spread around our flower beds when I was a kid which made the whole yard smell like chocolate. Not bad, but not a ton of depth, and the booze needs to be toned down just a bit.
Mouthfeel: Fairly rich, but not as big as the 11% suggests it might be
Drinkability: (1) 22oz bottle split between two people was about right
Conclusion: The chocolately flavors are really nice, but the booze is a bit hot and a lack of complexity keeps this from being truly great.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2009 04:19:42 | More by BedetheVenerable
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