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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
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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claireoakhammer

New York

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome brew! love southern tier, they make some of the best beers around as far as I'm concerned

a - thick black, little or no head

s - alcohol, chocolate, sweet raisin

t - gorgeously chocolatey, alcoholy with a sweetness that rises to the top of the palate in a smokey finish. balanced bitterness that clings a bit to the tongue

m - smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. full bodied

d - not something I would drink two in a row of, but definitely a great beer for a cold night

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 22:34:09 | More by claireoakhammer
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EvoRich

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty new to the craft beer world. So as I was grabbing some Creme Brulee out of the cooler at my local pub, I also saw something called "oat". Cool, I've had some oatmeal stouts I've liked. And Southern Tier makes some other fantastic stuff, lets give this a try.... Bottle date is 9-19-2012. So I'm assuming this stuff is good for a few years.

Look: Not much head, may be due to it's 11% ABV. The little head you do get qucikly disappears and you're left with a very dark liquid. A little brownish red around the edges. Takes some aggressive swirling to make a head reappear only to leave as soon as it gets there.

Smell: Oats, alcohol, coffee, chocolate. Very "imperial stout" - ish. Maybe because it is one. Very sweet aroma.

Taste: I don't get much oatmeal taste. The first thing I notice is the alcohol, with an aftertaste of mainly coffee, but a little bit of hops. I really like the beer due to it's coffee aftertaste and the alcohol being up front. It has a very sweet overall taste to it, and the only way I can describe it is that it tastes like a good imperial stout.

Feel: Creamy, full bodied for sure. One of the thicker, creamier beers I've had.

Overall: I've heard talk that this beer is going to be retired. And that's a shame. I hope this isn't true. It, along with Creme Brulee, are some of my favorites from the Blackwater Series. I have yet to try Mokah which I'm looking forward to. But "oat" is great. Of all the oatmeal stouts I've had, it's number 1.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:13:22 | More by EvoRich
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend from Jungle Jim's. Poured into a 22oz Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a late forming light brown head that disappeared relatively quickly into a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the surface. The ring does try to leave some lacing but it slides down the glass instead of sticking.

S: I am having a flashback to drinking Wake and Bake when I smell it. Sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, and what I assume is oats since that same aroma was in Wake and Bake and FBS.

T: I really like this one. I expected more of a coffee or chocolate bomb like Wake and Bake or FBS. This one is much more balanced with the flavors with a hint of an oatmeal flavor seeming to come to the front. The alcohol is present, but just enough to warm you up a bit which is remarkable for a 12.5% brew. Worldwide Stout now has some competition for my favorite stout. Too bad that I keep liking the ones that I can't get in GA.

M: Thick almost doesn't do this one justice. One of those beers that seems almost like you could chew it. Very enjoyable to just roll around on the tongue.

D: Amazingly drinkable for the ABV and the style.

Another brewer that I wish was distributed here in GA. What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 03:21:39 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Perfect black beer with a small tan head but no real lacing. Head goes away fairly quickly to nothing.

s: Nose is sweet caramel malt and spicy dried fruit, a touch of alcohol, and light roasted malt.

t: Explosion of flavor - smooth caramel malt up front, very sweet and candy-like. Moves nicely into roasted chocolate malt, then bitters nicely into a mild hop finish. Very light alcohol presence that shows up towards the back, but its hidden well in some nice dried fruit (maybe prunes). A nice underlying chocolate sweetness that really warms and provides a perfect base for the flavor. A truly excellent flavor that mellows nicely into smooth oatmeal and coffee towards the end.

m: A perfect creamy body and excellent carbonation. Perfect for a stout.

d: Overall, this is really a fantastic beer. I prefer it to the slightly overwhelming Choklat which was also delicious but maybe a little tougher to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 03:58:46 | More by soupyman10
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karmaghost

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Under "serving type" I chose "cask" because there's no option for "fermentor." Served by one of the southern tier brewing staff straight from the fermentor before bottling had begun for the year (Oct 2010).

Creamy smooth, roasted, chocolately taste with just enough of a presence of alcohol to know it's there. Sweet sugary/caramel scent that also hinted at the ABV. Not much more to say except it was an excellent, uncarbonated experience to have with an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: cask

10-14-2010 14:49:52 | More by karmaghost
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Blackish brown...tan/amber head...

S-Quite impressive....rich and sweet....chocolate...roasted malts...very appealing vanilla...a little caramel....some dark fruits and rum....tremendously complex....AWESOME aroma

T-Milk chocolate....roasted malts...."tia maria" liquor...maple...nougat...dark fruits...plums, black cherries...figs....boozy to a point...finish with a spicy gain alcohol kick.

M-Like fucking velvet...smooth and as creamy a beer as I've ever had....full bodied...definitely a sipper.

D-Right up there with the best of the best....a slight grainy alcoholic feel is the only minor complaint...now listed at 11.0% rather than 12.5% Maybe they are working on that...might be even better at 10%...nevertheless this is a hell of a beer. I'm not sure where the scores will place it but it feels like a top 25-50 beer of all-time for me. (Note: I just checked it is tied for # 72 out of 1302 on my list....about right)

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 07:05:18 | More by ZAP
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with no light penetrating even the edges of the glass. The smallish coffee colored head recedes to a ring quickly, leaving huge swathes of tan lace behind. An explosive charge of chocolate milk syrup, dark roast coffee, toffee and hop bitterness fills my nostrils. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing for the ABV. Thick, rich chocolate flavors fill the first sip. Espresso beans, maple syrup, kahlua cream and some lemon notes abound. Alcohol adds a pleasant heat, truly understated. the mouthfeel is very thick and silky smooth with light carbonation. The finish is high in hop bitterness as well as milk chocolate flavors, and lasts forever.

This is an astoundingly delicious stout. Very rich and robust, yet it belies its high ABV. Try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 03:40:01 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have eagerly looked foward to sampling the third of Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. The talent these guys exibit in their brews have quickly made them one of my favorites.
Appearance is a glass devoid of any light! Pitch, utter black. As expected from the mind-blowing 248 Lovibond on the side. Suprisingly foamy tan head from a beer this big. Goregeous tan oat colored head.
Smell is creamy chocolate, coffeea, lactose-like sweetness, hops in there provide a ever-so-light yet perfect amount of citric balance. A wonderful oaty mustiness backs in the complexity. It isn't a coffeeish as Jahva, not as chocolaty as Choklat, a seemingly perfect blend of the two, all with that great "oatiness". As with it's Blackwater brothers, aromatically Im debating a near-perfect score.
The flavor I am experiencing now is one of those to laugh over...because it's so damn good. This tastes like a oatmeal blender mix of coffee, chocolate, espresso, cream, all with a suprisingly delicious lightness on the finish, with a long lingering espresso-cocoa-oatmeal taste. It's a perfect blend of Jahva and Choklat-Choklava if you will-I think the giddiness is going to my head. Raisins, vanilla, bitter maltiness, earthy grains all mesh with a extremly light yet appropriate amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is everything I could ask for-rich, full, creamy, yet finishes cleanly, lingers around for a while.
As with Jahva and Choklat, Oat is the perfect liquid embodiment of it's name. It's oats, cocoa, malt, coffee in perfcet balance. I really can't get over the great actual musty oat flavor in the beer. Same as the other two in the series, I couldn't ask for a more perfect beer based on the one-word name. Southern Tier has astounded me time and time again, and I am scoring based not only on the pure enjoyment I experienced form this beer, but my admiration for the talent of these guys as hopeful future brewer myself. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:39:43 | More by czfreeman
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a dark brown. sits black with medium dark brown rim. hoping for a slightly higher Lovibond. creamy light brown head - while it lasts

Smell: fragrant debittered dark malt with obvious alcohol, some chocolate and just a hint of hops and molasses

Taste: very well balanced notes of chocolate, dark malt, and hops with a slight bitterness. alcohol and molasses in supporting roles. finish is well balanced but tilted slightly to the dry side and with a light hop presence

Mouthfeel: full body with medium carbonation. very creamy and smooth

Notes: full bodied and full flavored. very well done. i like how there isnt a really strong bitter roast flavor like with Dark Horse One (though that is an excellent OS). spectacular!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:26:46 | More by Frosty80
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- This head seems to start late but it is a bit vigorous when it does. Lots of initial fizziness but doesn't create too much head. It is dissipating quickly and is leaving no lacing. It's a tan, mocha colored head with a dark chocolate black body. It's quite a pretty beer.

Nose- This jumps out at you with initial sweetness of cherries and chocolate that moves into coconut. This is vanilla, this is toffee, this is caramel, this is everything that makes up my favorite beers. There is a slight alcohol burn but it is 11%- and who am I to complain? Even some honey too. This has lots of candy and sugar in it. I could sniff it all day long.

Taste- All that was in the nose is pretty much reflected with the addition of the bitter woodiness of the hops. This is coconut, this is cherry, chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol. This baby has some burn. It tastes like a macaroon. Very well balanced and the alcohol is necessary. It would be a weaker beer without it.

Mouthfeel- Heavy but not syrupy. Very creamy and not too much carbonation. This is a delight on the tongue.

Drinkability- This is an incredibly dangerous beer. Its flavor profile is inviting, its alcohol burn is inviting. It begs to be abused. It should be a sipper but I don't think it will last as long as it should.

Overall- Definite A/A+. I really like this beer. It does everything an imperial stout should and more. The oat balances this perfectly and draws all of its complexity in together. It also provides the slight grittiness to give a unique mouthfeel which informs a solid beer. Great beer. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:31:22 | More by artoolemomo
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a while for this monster and now it's finally here. Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a magnificent midnight black. About as black as black can be. About two and a half fingers of dense, coffee brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head hung around for quite a while leaving plenty of lace all the way down the glass. Awesome nose on this one! Plenty of chocolate, and coffee like aromas up front, smokey roasted malt, oats, and maybe a bit of vanilla. A little bit of booze was noticeable in the nose as well. This beer was also an explosion of flavor. Tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted toasted malt, and a bit of hops in the background. Had a little bit of smoke and molasses in the finish. The eleven percent ABV was quite boozey and left a quick burn in the throat, but does fit in nicely in the beer. Mouthfeel was oily, thick and almost chewey. Pretty much how any big stout should be. Awesome drinkability despite the high ABV, but it will sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Probably ranks near the top of my list as far as stouts go.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 18:50:00 | More by jaxon53
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle marked 11%ABV.
Poured into a 16 ounce snifter glass

A - Hard pour causes a big cascade effect. Finishes with a completely black liquid topped with two fingers of tan head. Head shrinks but remains present and leaves some lace rings to remember it by.

S - Some chocolate and coffee aromas have a grainy smell leading them.

T - Very smooth, very nice bitter stout with some sweetness coming through. A bit of coffee flavor in there. Alcohol is masked well behind a sweet flavor. Oatmeal contributes perhaps more to the aftertaste, when you get a bit of a grainy flavor left behind.

M - A nice thick, coating feel for this one.

D - Can't stop sipping this one. Really kind of dig that oatmeally flavor that seems to come around only in the finish and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 04:52:22 | More by EStreet20
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julian

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: semi-viscous, cola black in color, big foamy head that's a vibrant light mocha color. Thick curtainous lacing, very nice.

Smell: Nice sweet oat smell, vanilla, malted barley.

Taste: Wow this is freakin tasty! Smooth and semi sweet taste. Molasses texture with a nice milky, liquid oatmeal taste with a hint of vanilla and a mild hop edge on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick almost creamy like texture. Definitely goes down with ease. Great feel all around.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. I could make a night of only this beer. Absolutely delicious!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 05:16:46 | More by julian
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BuffaloBill91

New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a happy find at my local beer store on tap for my growler...

Appearance for this brew is perfect for a imperial stout- Pours like oil nice and thick--black as can be- no light can penetrate it- only swirling it in the glass shows the dark brown oil like appearance -- nice brown 1 finger head that disappears fast and leaves a very thin lace...

If this beer lacks anyplace its in the smell- I only smell dark roasted grains maybe some woody smell and the alcohol..A hints of other things in there but cant make it out... none of the smells are strong except the roast and the alcohol

As for the Taste- this one is awesome..I love the taste - loads of dark chocolate and black black coffee with plenty oaty oatness - it is much much sweeter than I expected... The best thing about this one is somehow you really cannot taste the alcohol- it is not "in" the taste like a lot of higher abv's --it is blended and part of the taste- never really tasted one like that before...It starts sweet and finishes spicy almost citrus with the alcohol and ending with a oat and chocolate aftertaste. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is also outstanding on this---smooth as silk- very slippery -goes down a bit syrupy but this is as imperial stout so thats expected...carbonation is perfect too not to much not to little and also adds to the finish on the taste.

Drinkability is as high as a imperial stout can get. Like I said earlier- the alcohol is part of the taste - you don't taste alcohol- if it wasn't for the syrupy consistency of the beer it would be dangerous easy to drink A++

Would like to try this one in a bottle to see if its as good bottled.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2007 23:55:21 | More by BuffaloBill91
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david131

California

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle (2007 batch)
11% ABV

A- A deep, dark oily black liquid with no light penetrating the edges. The dark brown head is creamy and thin, but only takes a bit of swirling to bring it back to life. Menacing.

S- Pungent anise, black cherries, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and just the slightest hints of alcohol and soy sauce.

T- Anise, black cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and oats. Extremely strong flavors that blend together outstandingly well.

M- Oily slick with just enough carbonation to keep it almost creamy. The flavors coat the mouth and linger for quite some time.

D- Outlandishly rich and delicious. It has really calmed down over the years. Highly recommended, but be prepared for a meal in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 04:25:37 | More by david131
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dmfrench

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A near flawless, syrupy sweet, fruity American Double.
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A: Black with the faintest ruby brown highlights topped with a half finger somewhat persistent medium khaki head.

S: Candied prunes, burnt malt, cinnamon, cocoa, no alcohol. Beautiful.

T: Syrupy sweet spiced cocoa, over-ripe prunes, molasses, espresso, no real alcohol to speak of, and a touch of hops to round things out. A huge, mouth-filling flavor experience.

M: Superb. Heavy and light at the same time.

D: Oh so easy, but it was so big, it took me an hour and a half.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 02:17:14 | More by dmfrench
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jrarthur

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque black. Head rose to about a half cm pretty quickly, then subsided leaving one small island on the surface and a ring around the edge. Very dark body, but the head shows some brown.

Smell - Immediate hints of chocolate, some oats, and roasted malt (it is a stout). Could be a little stronger.

Taste - Very enjoyable. The chocolate is not nearly as dominant as one would expect after smelling it, and there is even some sort of mellow vanilla-ish taste. Very well balanced and, unlike many Imperial Stouts (IMHO), not overly-boozy at all considering its strength.

Mouthfeel - Although I generally dislike Imperial Stouts that feel like syrup going down, I would prefer a beer with a little bit more thickness. That being said, it is by no means what I would consider too light to enjoy. Very drinkable and, given the high ABV, should be sipped with caution!

Overall - Excellent beer. Well balanced, easy to drink beer with strong, but not harsh, flavors. I definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers the bold flavors in imperial stouts without the harsh booziness.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:23:12 | More by jrarthur
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Stout! It poured a almost black into my crystal mug.
The creamy deep tan head dissipates fast into great lacing.
The smell tells of coffee, chocolate, malt and honey.
Tasting the beer, up front there are roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. In the middle sweet honey flavors and some mild hops balance the beer. The smooth finish is giving away the oats as well as some alcohol.
A nice full bodied mellow oily Stout, very drinkable and now one of my favorites. Great beer and a must try!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:50:42 | More by Hopfenpeter
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isualum12

Idaho

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark as night with a great looking headon the glass. We enjoyed this beer last night at an imperial stout party here in Boise

This was easily one of my high lights from over 50+ tastes on the night. Great job bringing the thick tasty stout to life on my toung without to much c02.

Moderate toasted malt with dark bread and a light coffee aroma. There is a flavor ofwith some yeastiness, figs, and plums.

Southern delivers again. We really need more access to them here in Boise.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 18:34:58 | More by isualum12
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black brew with a small mocha head. No lacing.

S - Rich dark chocolate melting. I feel like I'm failing to capture the aroma in words, but thats it. The slightest hint of acetone at warmer temperatures.

T - Dark chocolate, ash, pecans... mushrooms. Aftertaste is rich and full chocolate at first, but it fades quickly into a mild marly bitterness with chocolate dominating it even then. This flavor is marvelous.

M - Silky smooth, thick, very refreshing.

D - I never would have guessed this to be 11%, 9 - maybe. It is very smooth. The taste is outstanding. I will have this again - one of the best offerings form Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 06:18:37 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black beer with a small cap of dark brown foam. Lacing is spotty and minimal. The nose is full of roast, chocolate, char and a little smoke. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Body is medium or so. Could use a little boost. But it lends to a lot easier beer to drink, which could be dangerous with this one. Very lightly carbonated. The taste is full of dark oils....anise, tar, black licorice, tobacco and char. It's really quite a nicely integrated flavor profile. Plus there's that flavor packed residue that lingers long after you drink. Alcohol is hidden quite nicely behind all the roast and blackened malts. Roasted bitterness lingers. Quite a nice accomplishment here. A good "sipper."

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 04:29:22 | More by Bighuge
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sluhdrum07

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

drinking straight from the bottle

smell: chocolate, sweetness, like i think the richest chocolate milk and brandy mix might smell, and carmel too

taste: sweetly bitter, swirling it around my mouth leads the flavors into my nasal cavity...mmm, and it stays for a while

mouthfeel: feels like liquid chocolate candy on my tongue.

drinkability: i could drink this so fast i have to watch myself. i don't know the availability of this beer, but i hope it is yearlong because i can see drinking this easily in the summer as dark beers go. 11%?? sure goes down smooth

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:19:29 | More by sluhdrum07
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Nowhereman529

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, thick, slightly syrupy appearing with a half inch thick, dense head. IMO, appears as a good oatmeal stout should.

S: Chocolately malt, with a slight hint of coffee. Not a strong smell overall, though.

T: This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting! Rich, slightly sweet, well balanced chocolate/malt/coffee. There may be just a hint of dark fruit in there as well, although it really only became apparent as the beer warmed to room temp.

M: Thick, just a bit on the syrupy side, but not a negative as far as I'm concerned. Chewy might be the right word. Right amount of carbonation.

O: I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this tops my list. I would be hard pressed to come up with another brew that would top this one. It is well balanced is most every respect. If you come across it, I highly recommend picking up a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:22:06 | More by Nowhereman529
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch-black with a small half-finger brown head. Very small amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Dark malts, raisins and prunes, caramels, oats, cherries, overall dark fruity.

Taste: Very nice. Sweet malts in the forefront, with a roasty attribute. Chocolate and caramel penetrate the backend, with a definite oat based taste and light hoppy character. The alcohol is discernible, but definitely not overbearingly so. There is almost a creamy/milky character to the taste, it's divine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and heavy body, very rich and creamy, it would be a sipper but it's so damn good!

Overall: I was expecting my first offering from Southern Tier to be good based on their reputation for good brewing, but this blew me away. An amazing oatmeal stout that sweet-tooths and hop heads alike could enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:50:57 | More by CowsCanBark
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Kuaff

Alaska

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:34:24 | More by Kuaff
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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