Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
22 to tulip. Date indecipherable.
A - Totally opaque black. Light tan decent looking head that lasts a few minutes. Minor lacing.
S - While still foaming, it's a good bit more chocolatey than I'm used to or want in an oatmeal stout. A little metallic. Nicer later though. Booze masquerades as something vaguely floral until you later realize what it is.
T - A noticeable sour metallic tang jumbled up with bitter ash/char malt flavors, mild coffee, restrained sweetness, and naked booze. Just as with their Choklat, the parts just don't come together well, though by the end of the bomber I'm lit up and it's harder to tell and seems more together. Initially though, rather than complexity, I got discordance. It's kind of like a soup not left to simmer nearly long enough. The booze and the sour metallic thing are the parts that don't play well with the others. It's a 10.8 imperial, so you expect more, but plenty of others hide it a lot better than this. Choklat wast the same strength and I didn't get the booze in that one, for example.
M - Thick in a way I really like, yet with a little sting on the tongue.
O - The only way I'd get this again would be to see if aging it for a year would do anything to mellow out that booze and bring everything together more cohesively. So I'll assign myself that project. The bigness and thickness of the beer make me want to rate it higher, but the overall execution makes me rate it lower.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2012 01:04:37 | More by BrownNut
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