Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2013 05:00:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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