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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: 1,331
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 128
Gots: 157 | 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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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark near black with cap of brown cap, good retention and decent lacing. Scent is sweet from the get go, notes of chocolate cake and a cup of mild coffee, heavy on the cream and sugar but a nice roasty quality lingers in the back. Taste again starts of sweet, but not cloying. Roast flavors come through quickly. Same notes of chocolate cake and sugary and creamy coffee. Noticeable juicy hop presence behind the strong flavors. Fuller sid eof medium bodied, definitely coasts the glass but feels lighter than that on the palate, some dryness despite all the sweetness. A really nice tasting stout that brings the full flavor profiles as well as the sweetness expected from Southern Tier.

Photo of lifebeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got this one from new england beverage co.:

a. pours a dark chocolate, with the slowest developing head ever--starts out dark and cascading bubbles slowly turn visible until a half finger of espresso colored head is left

s. roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus

t. oatmeal and malts, nuttiness, and especially milk chocolate

m. thick, round and sticky

d. decent drinkability, but feels like a meal, a sipper

definitely a sipper, thick and bold, some of the most amazing body, will probably buy again

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark tan head; not much retention, but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Chocolate, molasses, dark bread, spice, sherry & some fusil alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, dark bread, nuts, light spicing; good bitterness, alcohol is warming (though I wouldn't have thought it was THAT high!).

M: Thick body is smooth & creamy, with the oats really cutting the roasted acidity.

D: Fairly drinkable considering its strength.

Photo of crewfan16
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber dated 11/11/11 into a chimay goblet. havent had this brew in a while, so looked forward to trying this out of southern tier's generally delicious black water series

a- pours black/brown with no light shining through. dark khaki colored head foams up and then fades quickly, just sticking around lightly around the edges

s- creamy sweet chocolate and roasted malts. ever so slight hop. nothing overwhelming, but a very pleasant nose

t- mmmm typical southern tier sweetness. creamy chocolate and malt sweetness. some nice bitter nop towards the end to balance out the sweetness nicely. sort of an earthy hop and oat aftertaste lingers.

m- starts very creamy and smooth, but as it warms, the booze starts to show a bit. nice thickness with low carbonation is right on par for the style. definately a sipper

overall, a very tasty stout, although a bit on the sweet side. pretty typical for southern tier big stouts. value is just ok at $10 a bomber. there are better southern tier black water stouts in my opinon, but this one is pretty tasty anyways.

Photo of YankChef
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at track 84

The bar is dark, but this beer seems to be a bane to all light, completely pitch black with a dark tan fluffy head on top. Really tight lacing.

Aroma is of rich toffee, coffee and a hint of chocolate, there is some dried fruit and a subtle aroma of brandy.

Taste: Incredibly rich and dark and heavy on the palatte, there is a strong enough hop character to bring balance to the ridiculously strong roasted malt and grainy flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet, however still dries the mouth out... odd

Overall: This is a really big beer in every way that is not for the faint of heart. Although i found it maybe to be slightly less complex than i was expecting, another outstanding extreme stout from the brewers at southern tier.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black, faint dark brown highlighted into my snifter. Great to swirl and watch the viscous liquid try to hold on for dear life to the inside of the glass. No head and no carbonation visible. The aroma is a warm, oaty, malty, chocolatey feeling and smelling beer. The smell gives you a great precursor to hat you can expect this beer to taste like. The first sip is a bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and marshmellow malt. Lets not forget the coffee and hints of toffee amidst this hotly alcoholic beer. Very creamy, warming, and oily palated beer. Great for sipping and swirling.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

like the other stouts in this little series from southern tier, this is a monster. it pours a frightening dense motor oil black, with little visible carbonation and just a thin film of tan. the darkness of this is insane. it smells oaty indeed, like a bowl of oatmeal, a little sweet, and really heavy from the roasted and burnt barley malt. the flavor is not as sweet as some of their others, but its got all the weighty feel and tastes. the malt is so dark, darker than ive seen really, and would probably be very bitter if it were not for the oats to sweeten it up and round it off. however, they also provide body, so the thickness of this is exacerbated into a freak of fermentable sugars. the alcohol that results is massive, and makes this a must share bottle of beer. it burns on the way down, but I still like the feel. its just so big, so dense and thick, but not stupidly sweet, its really a challenge to me. southern tier has got these huge stouts figured out, and this is the best of the lot really. I might have enjoyed the choklat more, but this is a special beer here, worth seeking out.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Gorgeous lacing, gorgeous body, gorgeous head with great retention ... what's not to love about this one?

Aroma: Very interesting, actually. Much crisper, lighter, more citrus than I detected in the bottle. There's also plenty of dark, heavily roasted malts and some spicy alcohol.

Taste: Wholesome toasted malts, with a nice full-bodied quality that almost certainly comes from the oats, a lot of nuttiness, full roast coffee, milky bakers chocolate, a hefty spicy, lightly citrus-y hoppiness, some salty notes, and a soupcon of alcohol as things warm, though it's definitely not prominent. A bit of a step down from the bottled version, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly-bodied, with immaculate smoothness, a great carbonation level, no cloying notes, and not nearly as thick or sticky as I remember the bottle being.

Drinkability: Better than the bottle in some ways and worse in others. The taste and aroma seem to be dominated less by whatever tastes/aromas you would imagine would constitute an Imperial Oatmeal stout and more by fruity, nutty, and (potentially) some funky off flavors, though could just be my keg. A friend detected sunflower seeds, and I get way too much orange peel. On the other hand, appearance (a perfect pour will do that) and mouthfeel are a little improved, so I think it's a wash. Give it a shot either way. Recommended.

Photo of bonk0076
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a generous chocolate head that diminishes quickly, leaving a little lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt oatmeal and caramel. Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oatmeal flavor. Good mouthfeel. Slightly carbonated. Nice finish

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly thick, deep cola brown with a small dark tan head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Nice chocolate, some roasty malt, some graham crackers.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, molasses, dark bakers chocolate and coffee in the end. Just a little bit of acidity present.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with low+ carbonation. Just a little warmth.

Overall. Good beer, but maybe not quite as much for the style. I'd drink it again, for sure.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark as hell and thick as hell. No visible head.

Smell - bakers chocolate, roasted oats. I get some oakyness and vanilla. No hint of alcohol.

Taste - yum! Follows the nose and the chocolate and roasted oats runs laps on my palate. More burnt chocolate in the finish. Lots O chocolate in this one.

Mouthfeel - smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall - its very nice!! I like

Photo of PEBKAC
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who the hell thought filling growlers of this was a good idea?!

Half pour into my DFH goblet, feeling pretty tonight.

First pour a little chilly. A bubbling murky, marshy, cookie dough-colored head. A dense-looking body; rich sateen black paint. Lace drips in even legs, before drying out & getting crusty.

A soft, sugar cookie smell wafts through the immediate area upon pouring. A closer sniff gets my head full of molasses & nougat. Cubes of caramel macerating in kvass, gold rum, & a long spray of aerosol. Deceiving when cold, it gets your nostrils flaring once it gets warm.

Bittergreen hops strike me first. Doughy char. White bread soaking in your glass of Nesquik. Plenty of residual sugars. A coffee ash & a slightly sharp pruney finish, settling with a little of what I hope isn't oxidation(newspapery). Not nearly as complex as the smell led me to believe.

A powdery smoothness going down, but it flares up once you disconnect from the glass. Very tolerable, considering the ABV. Disengaging is difficult. It just flows.

I'm not a Southern Tier groupie, but this beer works on some levels. Price was more reasonable on the jug($14) vs. the $7-8-9 that place places charge for 22oz bottles.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My fiancee and I picked up this dark beauty in honor of our official engagement: 09 November 2009.

Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F, and from there enjoyed throughout the temperature spectrum. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass. ABV is denoted as 11.0%.

Part of Southern Tier's "Blackwater" series, this brew's color befits its background: "as dark as a moonless night," as the brewery describes it, with ruby-red highlights showing themselves along the edges. A short tan head rises and falls quicker than a waning moon; lacing is as untraceable as the new moon in a morning sky.

A dark and delectable aroma entices the senses, with notes of dark roast, unsweetened chocolate, dried figs and black cherries wafting into the nose.

Rich, chewy, and full-bodied, with a very light carbonation that accentuates the thickness and provides explanation for the quickly-dissipating head. Decadent flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, figs and dark pit fruits play across the palate, melding with a heavy bittering edge and a powerful alcoholic warmth that carries well into the chest, making this a perfect sipper and winter warmer. Finishes with a lingering chocolate-caramel malt fade and a warming glow.

Drinkability is not the number one trait of this beer, with the 11.0% ABV hitting the head and chest hard and the heavy-handed bitterness storming the palate, but this is nevertheless a wonderful and complex brew that could certainly stand up to some aging. The creamy characteristics typical of oatmeal stouts are unable to truly present themselves here thanks to the ale's weightiness, but this certainly doesn't detract from the overall appeal of this black beauty; undoubtedly, underneath and though undetectable, it serves its purpose well and only enhances the depth of this creation.

Photo of NYManc
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14 notes, poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Poured pitch black with no head and little to no lacing. There was a thin head that was there briefly and disappeared almost immediately, as was expected like most bigger stouts that I have come across. Smelled very sweet with a back hint of malt, chocolate, and oats. Smelled no booze in this and was mouth watering to me.
Upfront taste was very malty to me. That thrown in with the great taste of the chocolate mixed in. At the backend of this, I tasted oat coming through. This was a medium-heavy bodied beer with little carbonation. The ABV is well hidden so beware!

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with highlights of deep rich brown on the edges. Not much head, what did form was nice and tan, but quickly died down - not much carbonation. After a few minutes and a few sips there is completely no sign of foam, the beer looks deceptively placid.

The smell is fantastic. Big notes of chocolate, sweet dark fruit and some hints of alcohol are very pronounced with underlying aromas of coffee.

Taste is similar to the smell in that the chocolate and dark fruit are very rich and pronounced. There is a big chocolate, molasses and fruit sweetness up front followed by some heat from the alochol, which at 11% is still pretty masked. The finish exhibits some of the coffee character.

Overall a remarkable beer. The mouth feel is very silky and creamy, but not too syrupy and viscous. The alcohol packs a punch but is still well hidden. Chalk another one up to Southern Tier.

Photo of OleDixie
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bfields4
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice stout. Thin lacy mocha brown head with a close to but not quite motor oil black maybe a hint of brown.

Distinct rich coffee malty smell and a little hint of dark fruits.

The taste is spot on for the style. Espresso malts followed by a little dark chocolate bitterness.

All in all nothing that breaks the mold of a good Imperial stout, but a very well crafted offering from southern tier none the less.

Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black. Little to no head. Ring left. Thin sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of booze.

T - Very bitter dark chocolate, booze, something a little astringent.

M - Heavy, viscous, oily, coating, almost no carb.

D - A delicious beer, but couldn't possibly do it all night, both for tiring of the big flavors and dealing with the high abv.

Photo of blackcompg
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged for about 2 years, poured from their bomber bottle...

Appearance - Pours about 2 fingers of medium mocha colored foam, body is a very dark but slightly translucent deep brown garnet, the head dwindled to a cap fairly quickly and didn't leave much for lacing at the end of the glass.

Smell - Wow, smells like liquid char, roasted malts, molasses, licorice, dark soy sauce, definitely picking up some cooked oats along the back, and light booze.

Taste - Quite a bit like the nose, begins with some sweet roasted malts, molasses, a touch of soy, a hint of dark fruits, I get some earthy grain flavors here too, possibly the oats, and longer into the finish I get a slight sourness like dark fruit peels, and a light taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Just above medium, almost creamy and very smooth, although not mouthcoating, which I almost expected from a big oatmeal stout. Carb is on the lower side, and smooth and foaming across the tongue. There are some slight edges at the back of the tongue. Still very drinkable, but this is to be sipped to taste and appreciate the flavors mentioned above.

Overall - This is a very good oatmeal stout, not watery in the least, but I wanted a bit more of a substantial weight and coating of the mouth. I appreciate the absence of chocolate and coffee, and appreciated the flavor and the smoothness of the oats. A flavorful and well balanced oatmeal stout, and one that you should try.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

34th Review
On-tap at The Bavarian Lodge
Served in Bavarian Lodge snifter.

L: Burnt, dark, roasted coffee with 0.25 fingernail pour.

S: Mix of sweet, caramel, vanilla with a hint of roasted malt.

T: Smoked cocoa combined with sweet vanilla bean. Very sweet. Well-balanced and smooth.

M: Light carbonation for the style, but smooth and crisp.

O: Well put-together and nice. I really enjoyed this treat and love to get my hands on ST brews! Well done.

Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a viscous inky black with a slight tan head which disappears quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

The nose blooms with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and cocoa, some vanilla sweetness and slight alcohol warmth.

The flavors are connected closely to the scents, as plenty of roasty, warm flavors and dark, almost bitter malt with oats begin. Dark chocolate and vanilla with some smoky tendencies swirl as some boozier warmth becomes apparent. Finishes long, dry, a little sweet, and warm.

Full bodied and lingering dryness in the feel, but this is still very palatable, especially at 11%.

Quality imp stout, which isn't overly sweet and avoids too much heat despite higher alcohol content.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black. small tan head with weak retention. not bubbly at all, and no lacing whatsoever. Small line of bubbles rounds the snifter.

S: Thick burn of molasses, caramel, oats, toffee, espresso and booze on the initial inhale. Notes of barley and hops aren't far from the nose. Roasted nut aroma and some mild hints of wood come to the surface as well.

T/M: Not far from the nose. The molasses, caramel, toffee, espresso and oats create a big and mildly complex flavor that sits well on the palate. The burn of the 11% ABV is definitely pretty boozy, but is balanced by the soft flavors of oats, barley and roasted malts. Sweet, boozy and malty. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

D: One of the best Oatmeal stouts i've ever had. Southern Tier never disappoints.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and grain. Coffee and chocolate are definitely present along with some noticeable oatmeal, definitely more so that traditional oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is good, though I would prefer it to be a little heavier.

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bomber consumed on 3/26/10.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy khaki 1 finger crown that displays moderate head retention and lacing.

Smell: A strong lightly roasted milk chocolate malt smell with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: A light hop and alcohol tinge over chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The richness and the high abv challenge me a bit.

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. This bottle notes it was brewed Fall 2007. It also claims 11.0% ABV, whereas B.A. lists this one as 12.5%. Maybe this changes year to year?
A: Beautiful night black color, no hint of light coming thru. A fairly thin 1/2 inch of head comes with the pour, and it's a dark tan-leaning-on-brownish color. It recedes rather quickly to leave a swirling layer atop the beer. There's a thin, drifting layer of lacing on the sides of the glass after each sip that slowly falls back into the beer. I appreciate the color of this brew, but even with a vigorous pour, I can't get more than at most 1/2 inch of head.
S: Roasted malts with scents of chocolate, nuts and oatmeal hit the nose right away and are quite filling. There's also a kind of spicy floral note to it that lingers in the tip of the nose.
T: Roasted malts and slightly nippy hops, actually, are what lead the way. The middle is mostly full of roasted barley, slightly chocolatey flavors, and a smooth oatmeal toast. The finish reveals a bit more of the spiciness and underlying hop flavors, which is rather surprising to me. After it all, the malts linger a bit longer, leaving a smooth but tingly taste in the mouth. After letting this beer warm even more, I find the spiciness is more subtle but certainly not diminished.
M: For a beer of this heaviness, I am impressed with how calm and satisfying the mouthfeel is. Being a stout, this brew is filling and weighty on the palate, but it does not weigh down too heavily. All in all, this beer feels great.
D: Very drinkable. Hardly a hint of the 11+ % ABV. Relatively tasty; leaves me wanting another sip.
Overall, a solid oatmeal stout. Interesting combination of barley, malts, oatmeal and slightly spicy hops that seem to change over time and with the beer warming. I was expecting a smoother malt character, and was surprised by the noticeable hoppiness. Certainly worth trying if you haven't had it. When I have an oatmeal stout, I'm looking for something smoother and creamier, but perhaps this is what you're looking for.

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.