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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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Ratings: 1,285
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 113
Gots: 148 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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Reviews by Patrick999:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into a snifter. Very dark, as I would have expected. Minimal foam.

Wooo, smells of chocolate liquor. Chocolate, coffee, little whiskey...big ass oatmeal stout, of course it has a big ass aroma.

It's tasty. But it comes off a little sweet for me. Licorice, mocha, sweetness. These big Southern Tier beers are all sweet, of course....but sometimes they skew a little sweeter than I expect, sometimes they are spot on. I think it's all a matter of what kind of mood I'm in. I can drink this today.

Typical oatmeal stout mouthfeel nailed. They must have used high-quality oats here, and copious quantities of them.

Worth noting that mom, who claims to not like beer, said she could drink this, when I made her take a taste. It's funny how someone who supposedly hates beer always likes the beer I have her taste. But anyway - just like the other big Southern Tier stouts, this one's got some crossover appeal.

02-06-2011 22:56:19 | More by Patrick999
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

09-20-2007 21:47:02 | More by oberon
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

04-03-2011 23:15:56 | More by ExtraStout
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-21-2013 16:29:46 | More by jono0101
Photo of npala86


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-19-2014 18:28:37 | More by npala86
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-16-2011 14:39:42 | More by mykd
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-15-2012 20:37:03 | More by sabitu
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

12-02-2010 00:37:42 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-11-2014 05:51:13 | More by DaftPatrick
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-11-2013 21:32:39 | More by pengs68
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-02-2013 01:07:11 | More by equinox1
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-17-2013 00:54:39 | More by warnerry
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North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -31.9%

'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.

01-07-2012 19:39:04 | More by marvin213
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-29-2013 05:18:29 | More by Shagator
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

01-03-2011 00:17:25 | More by generallee
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

11-24-2007 23:35:09 | More by Doomcifer
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-01-2013 00:40:24 | More by JakerLou
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-02-2014 03:17:47 | More by megamass
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

09-30-2007 12:31:07 | More by Billolick
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

03-14-2012 22:23:55 | More by mctizzz
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3.6/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

11-02-2009 16:37:13 | More by tigg924
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

07-18-2008 00:27:05 | More by badbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-19-2010 02:24:41 | More by Mora2000
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3.35/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

11-11-2008 05:04:04 | More by Grafter
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Looks pitch black but some dark brown at the edges. Very thin tan head at first, then looks flat.

Smell: Alcohol, milk chocolate, molasses, sweet roasted malt. The smell is too boozy.

Taste: Chocolate roasted malts, cream, molasses and oats. Decent level of bitterness that builds with each sip. The alcohol becomes noticeable in the aftertaste.

Feel: Very thick and chewy, with a nice smooth and warming body. However, it is pretty much flat and slightly chalky.

Drinkability: Actually pretty easy to drink despite the 11%. However, it is a little simple for an Imperial Stout and definitely too boozy. Actually, every ST Imperial beer I have had is too boozy. I don't think it is worth paying for them anymore.

11-01-2009 14:28:45 | More by bsp77
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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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