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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: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%


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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shippos

New York

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the chapter house and served in the black water series own line of glassware.
poured black black black, with little head until I poured it into a big glass and it produced a thick creamy dense tan head that lasted until the final drop. very balanced and smooth aroma with a bit of alcohol. intense concentrated creamy oily mouthfeel and is so smooth. surprisingly little roasted character, would expect some some from a heavy stout like this. oats seem to mellow and smooth out the rough edges on this. so so drinkable despite the alcohol content. don't even think about letting this get pass you with out trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2005 16:48:39 | More by shippos
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Fourem

New York

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Cole's

Poured an oily black with a tan head. Lacing all the way to the bottom of the goblet. Smell is sweet and roasty but not too overpowering. Slight sweet caramel flavor with a lingering vanilla, cherries. Very light hop finish with roasted malt all the way home. Chewy body, very nice to sit and sip if it were snowing...
Alcohol is very well hidden in this monster. I cant wait to take some home in the bottle!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 21:15:15 | More by Fourem
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oberon

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 21:47:02 | More by oberon
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bort11

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirok1999 for this one.

22 oz silk screened bottle, stating brewed fall of 2007. Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Dark tan colored that only stands up about a 1/4 inch, but that is to be expected for a beer of this ABV. Slowly recedes to a sticky ring.
Smell is sweet and chocolatey with a boozy burn. Taste is like a chocolate malt with some extra oomph. Sweet and creamy like a good oatmeal stout. Has some nice spicy notes in the back from the hops. Chocolate/toffee flavors from the malt is the dominate flavor.
Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Very pleasant alcohol burn. I feel it in my chest. I'm done for the night after one, but I feel really good about it. To bad this is no longer available.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 02:48:02 | More by bort11
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black in color-not as much head as the label would have you believe. Lightly carbonated-nice lacing as it goes down. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and oats. Quite grainy. Slick and oily oat flavor. Decent level of roasted malts against a fairly heavy dose of hops. Really great slickness to it with the roasted flavor. Slightly spiced-cinnamon and licorice. Perfect mouthfeel-as before with the oilyness. Not a touch of alcohol in there. Almost the perfect brew going on here. A great drinkability. I cant get enough of the mouthfeel on this one. Great, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 01:25:08 | More by lackenhauser
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having been impressed by this brew so much last year, there was no hesitation on my part to buy a bomber when I saw it on the shelf at Martys in Newton. I poured this one in to my Portsmouth tulip glass at a temperature perhaps slightly lower than cellar. Little in the way of heading, but a small white/tan ring could be seen forming around the glass. Color cannot be stated enough; this truly is black water that light will not penetrate. Burnt coffee bean is the first smell that shows itself, followed by earthy grains, oatmeal, and a bit of lactose sweetness. Taste starts off with a mix of chocolate and oatmeal, stays earthy throughout, and ends on a more bitter coffee note. Feel is robust, yet manages to slay slick on the palate. This one truly qualifies as a meal in a bottle. Try sharing this one with a friend, as the alcohol and overall weight of this beer might be a bit too much for single handedly polishing off a bomber. This beer is my favorite from Southern Tier, and one of my favorites throughout the year. Imagine a beer milk shake, and you might get an idea as to what this one resembles. Despite the steep price tag, Oat might have to be a brew that I cave in, and purchase a case of. Cheers to the guys at ST for creating such a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 01:26:50 | More by jamie2dope
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bigflatsbeerman

New York

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely dark, cannot see any light through my Nonic glass. Brown head gets to 1.5 fingers after a vigorous pour.

Smell - Dark malts.

Taste - Classic stout with oats well balanced sweetness and dryness at finish. I do taste alcohol given the abv, understandable.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body expected with this style

Overall - Very solid stout, great on a cold fall night like tonight

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:02:19 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dexters, madison. The mild-mannered aroma is the only drawback, here. It's an absolutely beautiful, opaque black, with a massive fluffy brown head. White lacing draws a precise contrast w/ the the brown head.

I feel like I'm drinking a real contender to the double stout crown, but one that's a bit short on complexity. The 11% alcohol is entirely well-hidden. The hop bitterness balances the sweet so well it creates the mirage of sweet french-roast coffee w/ cream. And the smoothness in the mouth is unsurpassed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 05:23:39 | More by martyl1000
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Crosling

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, with a large, filmy, light mocha colored head, particularly large for being hand bottled. Aroma very reminiscent of Avery Czar; burnt, slightly vinous, with hints of chocolate, roast and charred fruits and fortunately, not flooded with aroma hops like some Imperial Stouts, making it very nice. Big, full, coating body, again, sensational, especially considering it was hand bottled. Flavor is unbelievably rich, with roast, chocolate blanket, charred fruit, and a light hop finish. Beautiful beer. Thanks to my secret santa, whoever you are.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2007 04:52:48 | More by Crosling
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
The bottle says 11% ABV
A- This beer pours a jet-black body with a creamy thin chocolate milk colored head. This beer is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a dark rich black malt smell with nice complexity and a nice note of cream and dark chocolate malt.

T- This beer has an inky black malt and black roasted grain flavors with a hint of tar and some light bourbon notes. There is also some caramel malt notes with a soft bitterness of grain that lingers briefly after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a silky texture and a light chewy texture as the beer warms.

D- This is a very well built beer with lots of great bold flavor with a nice complexity. It is just delicious. This is a great session beer but at that ABV two is all I can handle before I call it a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 03:27:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a burnt dark black completely opaque shields all and any pigment from the visible light spectrum forms a large thicket of mocha tan head leaves light even lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of burnt roasted malts with dark chocolate cream accented notes with alcohol and ripened fruit blended in. Soft sweet oatmeal girth and a deep herbal minty hop profile express themselves as well. Roasted malt alcohol burn with a chocolate liqueur quality upfront herbal bitterness heavy sweetness raisin and plum galore, as it warms flavors rush the palate even more I have loved every Blackwater Series offering this one is no different loads of flavor oatmeal added with brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy thick ass texture, a beer I can definitely bite into carbonation is even carries this heavy body pretty well. Drinkability is great a whole 22oz is my limit but I’m willing to share this one next time around, although I might have to track down a whole case.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 18:57:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso-foam colored head that eventually fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves some decent webs of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - the nose is filled with rich aromas of chocolate, raisins, plums, and dark crusted malt bread. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Chocolate, plums, raisins, and dark crusted maltbread upfront, with smoky malt in the middle, and some medicinal alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, sticky syrupyness, semi-dry to fully dry at times from the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and only its high abv limits sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 17:28:28 | More by ultralarry2006
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep black opaque gasoline color with seemingly no head. Seconds later a dark brown foam emerges at the top of the brew. It peaks at about 3 fingers before slowly subsiding to 1 finger with good retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. This brew is still and opaque black when held up to the light.

S-Big slightly roasted chocolate malt smell upfront with hints of toffee and alcohol. Warm and welcoming but at the same time ominous and robust.

T- Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate upfront with a hearty malty backbone and hints of toffee. The flavor intensifies for the finish and a subtle presence of hops appears. What lingers is dark chocolate toasted malt and a blanket of alcohol warmth.

M- Low to medium carbonation mouthfeel and a nice oatmeal stout heaviness. The body is not to thick and a but slicker than most due to the alcohol.

D- This imperial stout stands out to me as one of the best I have had to date. At such a high ABV the alcohol is not hidden-but it is an important part of the character of this beer and compliments the flavor well. Southren Tier has yet to disappoint me and I am going to continue to try their brews because they always seem to be impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 20:25:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
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jjayjaye

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with an impressive dark brown head that fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a full, but light, speckled lacing pattern that resembles the surface of a citrus fruit. The smell immediately reveals the alcohol content within. It has that vanilla cherry oak barrel treatment aroma and the onset reminds me somewhat of the sweetness of a dark chocolate / caramel / oat / coffee Cadbury Easter Egg. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is that classic smooth and syrupy American Double Stout with that widely sought after 'coating texture' only found with premium Double Stouts. The flavor mirrors the nose. At 12.5% ABV, its a good idea to make this one the last one for the road or the first one from the Barcalounger. Really glad that Southern Tier decided to bottle this one! Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 23:33:22 | More by jjayjaye
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. left a creamy sheet and ring throughout. the body was black as night.
s - chocolate, caramel with a hint of bourbon.
t - chocolate, ripe cherries, coffee, oats again with a hint of bourbon.
m - creamy and slick, really coats the tongue.
d - wonderful sipper. first time i've had this and i loved it. has a little heat to it and it would be incredible on a very cold night. good fresh and might even get better with age. i have another bomber that i'm going to age for a year and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 22:40:23 | More by GPHarris
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black body without a highlight, topped by two inches of light brown (way past tan) froth with milk shake texture. Good lacing quickly evident.

Strong, potent aroma of roast coffee and dark fruits.

The beer smashes across the tongue, leaving havok in its wake. This is a good thing. Rich dark fruits floating in a rushing river. An undercurrent of coffee. A pleasant warming but no alcoholic burn. A gentle sandpapering by the oats, rounding off the rough edges. Chocolatly finish.

Rich slick smooth mouthfeel. Great drinkability for an imperial stout this big.

Another great bomber from Southern Tier. Seek it and its brothers out.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 04:58:11 | More by RonfromJersey
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Douglas14

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Oat pours a deep, viscous black color with possibly brown edges if held up to a bright light. It has a thick brown head that leaves great lace and a thin later above the beer. The smell is of brown sugar and roasted malt, sugar, and molasses. The taste follows the smell but a great bitter aftertaste from the burnt characteristics. Dark brown sugar is heavily apparent. The beer has a full body and is very silky. Like a pumkin beer really tastes nothing like a pumpkin but reminds you of it, the Oat does the same for oatmeal. This beer is done in typical Southern Tier fashion.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 03:02:29 | More by Douglas14
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in the glass, but pours with a bit of very dark ruby to it. Small fluffy capping of tanned foam reaches about a pinky high before residing to a grouping of large bubbles along the edge. Lacing of long inky glob and a bunch of spots is placed well across the glass.

Aroma is mostly blackened things and tenderly crisp with a small oaty sweetness hidden underneath. Burnt grains, coffee, bread crusts, molasses, and oats are all singed to make a close cousin nose to cooked brown sigar and charcoal.

Flavors are quite nice with lots of girthy length and smoothness in a well established stout style of oaty sweetness, slight molasses, burntish hints of grains, grasses, and coffee. There's a smallish hint to some milk chocolate as it warms that renders even more smoothness to its body which is quite welcoming and pleasing to the overall character. It grabs some favorable flecks of burnt wood notes as it finishes and the easy going warth the creep in after each sip is quite nice.

Feel is quite smooth and just over a medium body and holds a nice length in its overall tone and holds that tone well the whole way thru. Becomes quite chocolatey as it warms and has lots of depth in its flavor profile with burntish stuff.

One very solid stout and nothing short of what Southern Tier cranks out!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 21:26:26 | More by tavernjef
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ballewblake

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on pour, minor tan ring around the glass with an aggressive pour. Alcohol and malts on the nose, nice heavy stout flavors on the tongue. A slight different flavor with the oat malts, but defiantly good. As it warms, all the excellent flavors come out, easy to drink. Excellent big beer. Thanks to Jwale73 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 04:36:31 | More by ballewblake
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11% listed on bottle. I miss the silk-screened bottles Southern Tier were doing, but at least they still have the unique, classy look. But how does the beer look? It's dark chocolate black with highlights like red wine. Head is thin and thins further to a nice brown crown.

Aroma is that of just about any well-made American stout. Roasty/toasty, hints of chocolate and coffee. Earthy, grainy. A little mineral in there. Some alcohol comes through with warming, giving it an almost liqueur type nose.

Flavor brings on a mildly spiced chocolate front and center. I'm thinking the spice essence is actually coming from the 11% ABV, which is otherwise not even detected. It's got the big gooey feel to it, in flavor and texture, of a big-big stout, balanced by a soft, luxurious earthiness and slick, smooth mouthfeel. The wonderful chocolate flavor keeps coming in waves, like a gourmet hot chocolate, with hints of coffee/mocha, graham cracker, licorice, molasses and a hop bitterness that almost gets swallowed by the seductive, rich flavors. Yum, yummy and holy shit this is yummy.

Oat is absolutely wonderful. Strap a feedbag to me like the horse on the label, fill it with Oat, and I'll be good. Southern Tier generously throws a lot of ingredients into their "bomber" beers, and combined with talent and vision, it results in incredible beers like this. These guys can brew a mean stout, and this is one of their best beers overall. Hail.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:57:38 | More by Metalmonk
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tburkhart

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with BA raznug with doing a Southern Tier tasting.

Pours jet black with light brown/caramel carbonation.

Smells of dark malts with a slight coffee smell as well.

Tastes creamy with nice coffee undertones.

Quite thick on the palette. Just the way a Imp. Stout should be.

Very enjoyable Imp. Stout. Probably my favorite from Southern Tier so far. Bottle says 11% abv, so watch out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 16:43:35 | More by tburkhart
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brewintheLou

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Has a sweet, nutty, chocolate smell.

Taste of dark chocolate and espresso. Nice warming alcohol on the back end as it goes down. Very heave mouthfeel that feels great as it wonders and is chewed. Drinkability is amazingly high for a 12.5% ABV. No doubt about it that this one is terrific choice for a cold blustery winter day.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 02:07:04 | More by brewintheLou
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pored black into the glass almost no head or lace but a total pitch black color. aromas of smoky charcoal, strong coffee, alcohol, all very strong in the nose. taste is complex, sweet, smoky, extremely smooth, chewy full body mouthfeel, taste becomes even stronger as it warms. alcohol warms and blends well with the overall taste. definitely look for it its a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 15:59:39 | More by billybob
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Why is it characterized as "jet" black? Like, this stuff is black, but how does that equate to a jet. Maybe. "pitch"???!

Smell: Very roasty and a little bit of earthy hops. Coffee, and Chocolate.

Taste: Coffee, Chocolate, and a slightly estery yeast flavour.

Mouthfeel: Smooth is such a generic term. This beer is small-bubbled and delicious. There's definitely a lot of hops that were thrown in the boil.

Drinkability: Much like their Java, the alcohol is there in intoxication, but almost absent in taste and aroma. This makes it excessively easy to drink. The bitterness makes it a little charcoal-y but holy crap, what an incredible beer.

Overall: I'm happy with this beer, but way too expensive. Over $10 per bottle, I'd probably rather have a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. They're extremely similar, but this stuff is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:25:38 | More by Hornet2003
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been short of coin lately for purchasing the kinds of high-test, super-high quality beverages that I like so much, so sampling new (for me) goodies such as Imperial Oat needed to wait a couple months. This, good readers, is well worth the wait, and well worth obtaining if at all possible.

Deep onyx topped with a smattering of intermittent tan froth that fades fast. The color, however, is beautiful enough to merit a big score--rich black, with ruby trim. Big and beautiful. The aroma is a little subtle at first, but really rises to the occasion as it warms slightly--licorice, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate--wonderful.

As is the taste, with all aspects of the smell well represented. There is also a nice, hoppy bite in the aftertaste, to me indicative of the Columbus funk and Williamette woody cask flavor. The molasses and licorice are especially rich in flavor. Excellent, and the alcohol is tucked away nicely. The mouthfeel brings it home well, creamy and smooth in texture with a nice bite in flavor--terrific combination. With the 11% ABV, I anticipated this being more of a sipper than it is. Imperial Oat sure is potent, but laying waste to a bomber bottle of Oat isn't at all difficult.

Southern Tier continually proves itself to be one of the very best breweries in the US, in my opinion. Imperial Oat is an outstanding addition to Southern Tier's burgeoning repertoire, another big, brassy Imperial beer in a series that may well be superior to Boulevard's Smokestack series.

Splendid.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:36:57 | More by Gehrig
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.