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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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1,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 126
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of jculler82
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly totally black and just barely some sunburst brown hues near the edges. Very thin brown head after a semi vigorous pour.

Nose is full of dried dark fruits, mostly plum, some vanilla in the back. Not overly complex.

Taste mirrors the smell, dark fruits and vanilla, with some added pleasant alcohol warmth. Nice lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Nice full mouthfeel from the oats and medium carbonation.

Overall, nice beer and definitely worth a try. A bit lacking in complexity.

Photo of dudelove7485
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark chocolate (near black) in color with a thin, khaki head that leaves a caviar-bubbled ring around the perimeter of the glass. Pleasant coffee/roasted malt aroma. The taste is sweet and malty, chocolaty, bready, smoky (almost to the point of burnt) and fruity (maybe Raisinettes?). The syrupy, full body gives way to a slightly bitter finish which warms the palate and balances the beer nicely. I liked this oatmeal stout more than a few of the local breweries’ oaty offerings (particularly Brown’s Oatmeal Stout) which used to be my standbys for cold weather drinking. As to be noted with a number of the Southern Tier Imperial series, a 650ml bomber is best enjoyed split with a buddy.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep black color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, dark malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops. The taste is malty and very creamy up front with strong flavors of roasted oats and dark chocolate. There are background flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and there's very little trace of the 12.50% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet. Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick due to the heavy viscosity, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black body with a small quickly dispersing coffee colored head.

S- roasted malts, oats, a bit of chocolate. very little alcohol, which is strange to say the least.

T- lots of roasted malts here. some chocolate, some coffee, a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- full bodied, and thick, just how it should be.

D- the most intense oatmeal stout ive ever encountered. something that i could have one of every so often, but no more than one in a night. its just too big.

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A nice cascade effect on the pour creates a one finger medium-thick looking tan head with decent retention. Black in color with very little carbonation. Note quite as thick looking as I'd expected coming out of the bottle. Head fades to a thin wisp and a ring. Slight wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. The nice cascade brought this one over the average mark.

SMELL: Some roasted malts with mild hints of coffee, chocolate and a touch of oats in there. Slightly musty as well. This one just doesn't have that boldness that I've come to expect from Southern Tier. A little too mild.

TASTE: Now this is more like it. Very bold flavors. Roasted malts up front with some bitter chocolate and coffee notes through the middle. Finishes just a little boozy with a strong and longer lasting aftertaste of bitter pure chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Great here too. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth and soft on the palate. The oats have served this beer very well here. Goes down very creamy smooth and leaves a bit of an alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little lighter on the palate than I'd expected, but oh so soft and creamy. This is what oats were born to do. If it were slightly heavier, it'd get a perfect score here.

OVERALL: Fantastic in the mouth, a little average before it got there. One that needs a little more aroma to bring it up a notch. Non-the-less, there's no denying that it's one tasty great-feeling treat for sure. One I'll be grabbing again if I see it. Recommended.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black preventing any light from making its way through. Thin creamy brown head.

S - Oats, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted malt and caramel chocolate brownies. Some dark fruits also show up as it warms.

T - Burnt brownies, caramel, dark fruits, burnt coffee. Starts out sweet and is followed by bitter chocolate and green tasting bitter hops that linger in the finish. I didn't notice the alcohol at first but it grew with each sip as it warmed.

M - Starts thick but tends to feel medium bodied as I continue to sip. Strange since the aroma/taste is screaming huge Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. It is weird how it feels medium bodied but still coats the mouth.

D - A great beer that might be perfect with a touch less alcohol and a bit more body. I went through this one too fast trying to place complex taste after complex taste. The alcohol seemed to build in the taste to the point it truly became a sipper.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This is from the first vintage - 2007. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of dark ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin creamy layer within a few minutes. Aroma and flavor consist of rich roasted grains, both bittersweet and creamy milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee beans, sweet caramelized malt, notes of mild vanilla, alcohol has subsided nicely. Approaching full bodied and somewhat chewy with ample carbonation. Really decent drinkability, richness be damned.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kept this one in the cellar for a couple months
Poured into a Maudite snifter.

Pours a very dark molasses brown and settles black with less than an inch of tan head. Oily legs stick.

The nose is is sweet and malty. It offers some cocoa nib scents along with some coffee and a bit of bourbon.

The taste is quite bold. A bitter, yummy chocolate taste resonnates, giving a tannin filled, bitter cocoa feel. A very sweet chocolate Infused brew thats like a dessert! Very sweet.

A chocolate moose dessert! An awesome brew! A bit sweet but the thickness and sweetness help to carry out the robust flavors within. I damn fine brew

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is black in color with a brown head that is fully diminishing. The head, which goes as quickly as it comes, is lacy and very sticky. The beer itself is also very oily, leaving a thick residue on the glass if swirled around.

S: This is a very pleasant beer to smell. You immediately detect a very nice mixture of sweet molasses, vanilla, oats, and booze. There may be hints of cocoa, but that is debatable. Overall a good smelling beer.

T: Surprisingly a thin tasting beer, if that makes any sense. Not as boozey as I thought it was going to be, but a playful mix of roasted malts, oats, brown sugar, and molasses making this a sweet concoction of a beer.

M: Light-bodied with not really to any carbonation.

D: Very goood. Not sure when or what I would drink this with, but like it says on the bottle, "it's a meal in itself."

Photo of aerozeppl
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber with the gf. Brewed Fall 2007 11%

A: Jet black. Head had a chocolate color. Head popped up at the end of the pour and then quickly minimized.

S: Roasted malt. Then some coffee and booze. Chocolate is there but the booze really drowned it out.

T: This is this beers strength. Malt malt malt. Then you get a hint of chocolate then a rush of oats. Finishes with a subtle note of hops. The alcohol is always there but it really doesn't hurt the taste. Enjoy this one slowly.

M: Thick body but very drinkable. Very smooth considering the style. This is about the smoothest thick beer I have ever had if that makes sense.

D: For an imperial oatmeal stout this is about as easy drinking as there is. Yes the booze is there but that is part of the package. While not something I would drink every day I am enjoying this one on a brew day. Cheers.

$9.76 for the bomber.

Photo of Pabs311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown, almost black. very little mocha head on this one leaving way to very little lacing at all. very different head & lacing from the other blackwater series stouts.

S- Very sweet smelling. Alot of molasses, brown sugar, some bittersweet chocolate. there's also some dried fruit like raisins in there as well as some hopiness.

T- There is sweet maltiness up front in the form of molasses, brown sugar and the such. there's also a hint of that dried fruit right before a bitter hoppy finish.

M/D- Medium-full bodied. very littlde carbonation. good beer to share with friends due to the heavy duty nature of beer.

not my favorite imperial stout in ST's blackwater series, but stil a very good and complex imperial stout

Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice and smooth imperial oat stout.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed Southern Tier design with the image of a horse's head eating a haversack of oats. Small paragraph narrative going over the intent of brew, ingredients and serving indications. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (28) °Lovibond (238), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour, with a good brown creamy head, good retention and some solid strokes of lace as it goes down.

S - Roasted nose, malty, dash of chocolate and coffee, and a sweet and boozy end very Southern Tier like. A bit subdued but nice.

T - Taste is nicely full and compact with a great roasted malt, riding very smooth, with the chocolate and coffee hints woven over sweetness, not short of a bitter dash

M - Full body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth. It comes together with great dexterity and the emerging boozy touch does so softly.

D - Nice sipper, smooth and recommendable.

Notes: Another nice offering from Southern Tier, maybe not my favorite but they sure know how to craft these big stouts, and while maintaining their characteristic touch this feels particularly adept and smooth.

Photo of tozz8
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A--Pitch black with a small mocha colored head. Head dissapates quickly leaving a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S--Chocolate, licorice, more alcohol than i was hoping for

T--Spicy licorice and alcohol up front. Smooth chocolate and hint of coffee at the end.

M--Thick and chewy

D--Excellent drinkability for this high of an ABV. Gotta take it slow and enjoy the flavors as it warms up.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and chocolate malts with some lighter notes of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted and chocolate malts along with a lighter flavor of milk chocolate. There are some light flavors of coffee beans and a moderate amount of oatmeal flavors as well. Light amounts of sweetness upfront and a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, coats the inside of your mouth.

O: The rather high ABV is extremely well hidden in this beer and there is a nice balance between the sweetness and roastiness - all of this makes this beer very easy to drink and enjoy. I recommend sipping this one and it is going down well on the first really cold night of the autumn (and the first night where we saw some snow flurries).

Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Rich brown black color with half a finger of tan head no lacing.
S - Dark bitter malt and oat roasts, earthy hops, some dark chocolate.
T - Sweet roasted malt light toasted oats and grain, a little booze.
M - Super rich velvety texture, silky, just wonderful.
O - Great beer, its a shame this one isnt around anymore, but what a treat.

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is series #2 at 11%, licoricey and chewy. Columbus and Chinook and chocolate and de-bittered black barley from Belgium. A very rich and oily imperial stout that is a meal in itself. A sipper that goes down well with a meal. Very satisfying. Thick black and an aroma that is chocolatey and somewhat hoppy.Mollasses and cocoa.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa buddy. This is a monster...don't try to finish one at the end of a session like I tried to do once. Here's a review on a fresh palate.

Woody brown in the light as it's poured into a 22 oz. glass. Black with a dark brown glint at the edge. A finger of tan mocha foam, dense and chocolatey. Spindly ring of lace is draped inside the glass. Roasty with a sweet whiff of alcohol. This hides it's abv, but it still shows around the edges. Ashy char and tobacco meets bitter dark chocolate, with a silky texture that seals the deal. Rich lactic feel, mild fusel note that fades fast. Overall a definite winter sipper...

Photo of PEBKAC
4.08/5  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 buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a snifter to two inches of brown head. It is pretty much black in color. The aroma is rich, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. It has a creamy texture and no hints of alcohol in the taste or smell. This beer is delicious. As is the case with most Southern Tier beers, it is full of flavor and the aroma is amazing. It is just so rich and flavorful that one in a sitting is satisfying.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Another nice tap sighting out here in the 'Burbs. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises wheat, oats, grass, very light chocolate, flowers, and light honey. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light chocolate syrup, toasted oats, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco somewhere in the back. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stout. Another win for ST.

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Old bottle received in a trade eons ago.
A: Pours damn near black with a finger of dense, dark brown head that faded into a thick scum that left a few soapy spots down the glass.
S: Light notes of chocolate, alcohol, raisins, and a splash of coffee.
T: Tingly notes of roasted grains, creamy oats, dark chocolate, milk chocolate milkshake, cream, and oatmeal. The flavors are very well rounded, integrated and smooth. I get just a touch of alcohol in the finish, but its more flavor rather than the heat. The aftertaste is full of sweet raisins and lightly bitter chocolate.
M: Exceptionally creamy and smooth body with a thick and fluffy mouthfeel. The carbonation is soft but textured. This is a wonderfully thick and soft brew.
O: A pleasant surprise. I’m glad I waited so long to open this as its aged beautifully. Really enjoyable flavor and mellow mouthfeel.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: An eighth of an inch head graces the top of the beer for about 30 seconds when it is first poured. The coffee colored wisps it leaves behind concentrate in the center and in a ring around the outside. The color of the beer is close to black, but a few bits of brown light shine through the top.

SMELL: Big dark chocolate greets the nose with hints of roasted malt and coffee. A touch of wood and a sweeter, milkier chocolate lurk behind.

TASTE: After smelling this beer it was not nearly as sweet or chocolaty as I anticipated. More of the dark chocolate came through along with some roasted flavors. The hops also arrived after being overpowered in the nose. An earthy, bitter finish follows a coffee flavored bridge from malt to hops and carries a touch of citrus with it.

The milk chocolate eventually comes through a little stronger as it warms up. And speaking of temperature, only a whiff of alcohol can be tasted in this 10.8%er.

MOUTHFEEL: Big and full-bodied, very round and with a decent, but not overpowering carbonation. There is a bit of a mouthcoating feel up front here, but a dryer finish washes it away with each sip.

OVERALL: This is another fantastic beer from Southern Tier. I really wish they distributed to Colorado and I regret not focusing on them more when I had access to their stuff in Chicago. Anyhow, the Oat paired pretty much perfectly with the skirt steak and potatoes I had for dinner tonight. Like many other Southern Tier offerings I have had, this one stays balanced throughout, in almost every way.

Photo of neckbracesub
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first venture into anything from the folks at Southern Tier, and I have to say that it is one of the best oatmeal stouts I have tasted in recent months. Grabbed a bomber from the always impressive Friendly Package just two towns away and enjoyed it immensely last night.

Pitch black pour with an intense coffee foam that will not dissipate, providing a hefty promise that you will enjoy the drink that follows. It lived up to the promise quite nicely, giving off an aftertaste and aroma that balances oats and java, with a smidgeon of chocolate. Everything compliments each other nicely and makes this a very enjoyable brew. I will be trying other beers from Southern Tier in the future.

Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11% ABv according to my bottle. Rich, black body with a creamy tan coloured head.

Creamy roasted malt, oats, chocolate and coffee in the scent. The translates very well in the taste, with a slight bit of bitterness. Rich, malty taste. Black coffee, toffee and chocolate, with a bit of raisin.

Very smooth mouthfeel, even with the 11% ABV this is quite nice to drink.

Photo of JohnHoyos
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle bought at Oak Tree Buy Rite during a pilgrimage in October. Bottle says brewed in Fall 2008. I think I paid about $6-7 for it.

Served at about 50 degrees in a Chimay goblet glass.

Opaque black beer with little to no head from a careful pour. Good amount of lacing.

I don't know how to describe the smell other than it smells exactly like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout should smell in my mind.

The front of the mouthfeel had good carbonation with some heat and bitterness. (This sucker is 11%; that's fo sho.) Great smoothness backs the traditional oatmeal taste.

Finishes a little hot, but not overly so for an 11% Imp Stout. It's hard to balance that much heat and Southern Tier did a good job of it. I'd like to see how this beer is after a year or two in the bottle.

Certainly worth the purchase. I'd recommend this to many friends and even a couple of enemies :)

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.