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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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1,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 126
Gots: 149 | FT: 4
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews by Kuaff:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Black Water series of big beers from ST,11% ABV per label.Poured an opaque black with a thinner deep mocha colored head atop that left a half ring around my Guinness pint glass.Deep bitter chocolate and espresso coffee in the nose that brought on a bit of earth and fruitiness very deep and entrenched "dark" aromas,pretty much perfection on the palate deeply roasted and rich flavors bitter chocolate and molasses dominates up front with a bit of vanilla and dark roast coffee and wood hovers, a big earthy almost leafy presence shows up in the finish.Complex and well rounded the alcohol begins to show some heat after a bit but never intrudes on the flavors,kick ass new "big one" from Southern Tier wich I expected.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Black Water series of big beers from Southern Tier, 11% ABV per label. Poured an opaque black with a thinner deep mocha colored head atop that left a half ring around my pint glass.

Deep bitter chocolate and espresso coffee in the nose that brought on a bit of earth and fruitiness very deep and entrenched "dark" aromas,pretty much perfection on the palate deeply roasted and rich flavors bitter chocolate and molasses dominates up front with a bit of vanilla and dark roast coffee and wood hovers, a big earthy almost leafy presence shows up in the finish.

Complex and well rounded the alcohol begins to show some heat after a bit but never intrudes on the flavors, kick ass new "big one" from Southern Tier which I expected.

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mykd
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was black in color with a thin tan head.
Nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol was just peeking through.
Chocolate taste, coffee, boozy. It tasted like Cocoa Puffs soaked in alcohol, with a cup of coffee on the side.
Easy drinking; alcohol there but not at all intrusive.
Nice beer.

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of pengs68
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of equinox1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of marvin213
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

'Tis "black as a moonless night," but the tan head resembles more of a sun-soaked Irish girl than perhaps a California blonde. In other words, it's white with only a tinge. The nose, as you'd expect, is oaty. In this world of evermore, I can't help but want chocolate and coffee. Oh how I love beer and coffee....

Love the smooth oaty feel. I bet I could put my own sunburned Scotch-Irish ass in a tub full of this and it'd soothe and heal me! There is a bit of harshness in the aftertaste especially, a measure of this abv. Why's it got to be so strong, anyway? Oh yeah...evermore.

I taste oats. Go figure. I taste Willamette hops. Are they white? For a beer so dark, it tastes so pale. It's a bit of a disappointing dichotomy. It's like the bitter hops only prevent a sweet-candied, molassy mess. It's strong, and mostly smooth, but it's ehh.... There's just nothing neat about. To be frank, it's forgettable.

Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of generallee
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a small (10 or 12oz) nonic pint glass and served right at the brewery in there own bar The Empty Pint.

Appearance: The body has a very dark black color which I can't even see through. On top of this opaque body sits a small tan head which fades quickly leaving just a ring of lace. Glass lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is over the top sweet and roasty. It's heavy on roasted barely, burnt caramel and dark toast. I also pick up light notes of toffee and hard butterscotch candy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor sweet sweet sweet!!! It has a full bodied hit of sticky sweet roasted malt that delivers notes of burnt caramel, burnt toast and burnt raisins. Molasses and chocolate also hit the sweet tooth and then everything hooks up with the boozy alcohol and rides slowly off into the finish. The palate is smooth creamy and sticky all at the same time and the carbonation offers little help in lifting this feeling.

Notes: For me this one was a bit hard to finish. It has a lot going on but it's all cloyingly sweet and there is little to no balance at all.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ridiculously thick, inky black. At first there was no head at all and thought maybe I had a bad bottle, then all of the sudden bubbles rose up and a 1/2 inch, brown head was formed. Looks like engine oil after 10,000 miles of use. Heads goes away after a few minutes, leaving no lacing behind.

Smells of mucho roastiness, coffee, maltiness, burnt chocolate, slight alcohol. Tastes of sweet, roasty malts up front turning into even more of a robust roastiness after the sip. Burnt toffee flavors, dark unsweetened cocoa/chocolate, dark-roast coffee, vanilla is present (almost like it was aged in casks). There is some alcohol presence in the finish but not as bad as you would expect from such a big beer. This is an extremely robust beer and full of complexities.

If ever a beer was labeled as a "meal in a bottle", this would be it. Insanely thick, coats the mouth, very heavy. Light on the carbonation or maybe I dont notice it as much because of the thickness of the brew. This is definitely a sipper and a great winter beer. Very good and highly recommended. It appears that Southern Tier can do no wrong.

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, the etched on the bottle label says this one was brewed in the "fall of 2007"....fresh is good. Pours black and thick, carbonation is fairly low as a vigorous pour only lifted a very minor dark tan film. NIce ringed, fine bubble sheeting. Nose just mildly of some sweetness and then some roasty malts. Nice sipper, plenty of roasted malts, cafe au lait, and hints of smokey, earthyness. The finish here goes on and on, sliky smooth, subtle sweetness, hints of tropical fruits, yeah I taste em...Rich and viscous, more quality, COMPLEX beer from Southern tier. Well done.

Photo of mctizzz
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes away quick, clear

Smell: burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate syrup

Taste: burnt malt, oats, coffee, subtle chocolate, and a bit of toffee

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter, heavy bodied, chewy, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A good and solid, but not great oatmeal stout. Because of the high abv, one per sitting is the absolute max. This is a sipper. It hits the flavors just right, but I was not as blown away by this one as other Southern Tier beers.

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

Pitch black, tan head that dissipates down to a ring around the glass and no lacing. Smells of molasses, sweet malt, cherries, and hops. Oats are noticeable on the tongue, though I don't know if it's the first thing that would have came to mind if I didn't know oats were used. Taste is also sweet with molasses and a little bit of cherries and currants. A little bit of hoppiness comes out in the finish, as well as some roastiness. Thick body with low carbonation. Good beer. This is my second offering from Southern Tier and both have been good beers that I'd get more of.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I had been looking forward to this beer for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is great, with roasted malt and chocolate up front as well as some burnt malt. You also get some oat flavor as well as the creaminess in the mouthfeel that you expect from oats. The alcohol is very well hidden in the beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice imperial stout.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Grafter
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip from a 22 oz bottle. The appearance is a very black very thin tan head. The aromas are strong chocolate, cherry and alcohol. Taste wise I am not super impressed this is a creamy chocolate back, but the alcohol seems to dominate the flavor for me. This is a sipper I split the 22oz bottle 4 ways and definitely had plenty. I think that a little more time in the bottle might take away a little of the alcohol flavor and mature out th chocolate.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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