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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 1229
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%

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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 Jesse13713


1.95/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - A pitch black brew with average lacing. No froth or head on this one. It looks quite thick and powerful in a way.

Smell - Not much going on here. It of course smells of oats. It has hints of slight cocoa, but not much else.

Taste - A slightly bitter oat stout; surprisingly not much chocolate. Medium bodied and extraordinarily dry. Very very alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Absolutely horrible. Just an awful ethanol taste.

Drinkability - By the end, this was just barely sippable for me.

Verdict - I personally did not enjoy this beer at all. The first sip or two were interesting. But after that, it was just painful for me to drink. The 11% alcohol did not balance well with the rest of the ingredients.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 19:44:25 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of jabergess


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm back and forth with Southern Tier. This one is forth. It's excellent and unusual. Lot's of alcohol presence. If you don't like that, you won't like this. I can't say I detect any oatmeal or mouthfeel of it on this brew. The alcohol is that overwhelming. The stout flavor is also secondary. It's there, but masked by that ABV. Normally I would't like that but it seems to work for this particular beer. Two of these will probably knock you on your a$$. I might tempt fate it's that good...

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2011 19:09:49 | More by jabergess
Photo of generallee

New York

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a small (10 or 12oz) nonic pint glass and served right at the brewery in there own bar The Empty Pint.

Appearance: The body has a very dark black color which I can't even see through. On top of this opaque body sits a small tan head which fades quickly leaving just a ring of lace. Glass lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is over the top sweet and roasty. It's heavy on roasted barely, burnt caramel and dark toast. I also pick up light notes of toffee and hard butterscotch candy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor sweet sweet sweet!!! It has a full bodied hit of sticky sweet roasted malt that delivers notes of burnt caramel, burnt toast and burnt raisins. Molasses and chocolate also hit the sweet tooth and then everything hooks up with the boozy alcohol and rides slowly off into the finish. The palate is smooth creamy and sticky all at the same time and the carbonation offers little help in lifting this feeling.

Notes: For me this one was a bit hard to finish. It has a lot going on but it's all cloyingly sweet and there is little to no balance at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 00:17:25 | More by generallee
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at U Pick 6 in Erie, PA

Appearance: Pitch black with a thin mocha head.

Smell: Oat, dark chocolate, roasted malt, some slight coffee.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: I haven't had this one as much as I've had their other offerings, but wow on tap this is just awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 22:47:42 | More by Axic10
Photo of paulozanello


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black and opaque color with a thin mocha head that leaves medium lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malts, oats, light coffee notes and some booze. Smell could be stronger.

Taste starts out with dark malts, charamel, mollasses and little oats and coffee. I also get some nice alcohol warmth in the end.

Body is heavy with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is very sweet and charamel-like with mild bitter notes.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

This is a good oat imperial stout but a little too sweet for my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 03:38:28 | More by paulozanello
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at terrace taproom. Wow a pint, I'm in for it now.

A- comes my way with a small cap of latte colored creamy head that settle quickly leaving just a thin ring. Almost pitch black in color with just the faintest glimmer of super dark brown at the edges.

S- dark roasted malts and slightly burnt oatmeal with molasses and a hint of raisins and other dark fruits. Hint of cocoa powder and some coffee.

T- roasty oatmeal that's for sure with bakers chocolate and light roasted coffee beans that bring in some dark fruits and brown sugar. Malted milk powder waffle cones, I know sounds crazy but not when you used to work at an ice cream shop, its fucking in there. Hints of sweetened condensed milk.

M- full bodied with a good amount of chew to it and a lowish carb that has to fight its way through the slightly syrupy brew.

D- this is one of my favorite offerings for them and on draft is fucking awesome. No sign of the abv and for a much flavor and as big as it is this pint will be no problem.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 04:20:07 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of TMoney2591


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 23:16:09 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Vdubb86


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter on-tap at the Barley House in Algonquin

This beer pours a blackness that no color is anywhere near. Finger of head that is a pretty sandy brown. The smell of this beer is rather odd. The smell is of ash (smokey char), chocolate and booze. This beer tastes mostly of the booze, it's possible I missed the oat on the nose, but my palate distinctly noticed it missing here. There is a caramel and chocolate flavor that does work rather well. Odd mouthfeel to be as smooth as it is with all the burnt remnants involved on the palate. Overall it has some very good characteristics and some ones that I don't like very much. I suppose this beer comes down to personal palate. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from having it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 00:53:42 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of glid02


4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate with solid amounts of roasted malts. Also present, and more prevalent as the beer warms, are slight hints of sweet oats.

Tastes good. Equal parts roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. The chocolate flavors integrate better with the roastiness of the malts than I had anticipated from the nose. Midway through the sip the flavor profile does sweeten a bit then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a nice thickness to begin with and the oats intensify it even more and make the bubbles feel more fine.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall the thing that stood out most about this beer was the mouthfeel - until I found out that it is 11% ABV. A flavorful beer that is not quite over the top and does a very good job of masking the alcohol. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 21:34:21 | More by glid02
Photo of Thorpe429


3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a light mocha head without too much retention. Nose brings forward some chocolate, light espresso, and roasted malt and oats. The taste is a bit harsh with some booze as well as a lot of roasted character. Feel is heavy and a bit boozy. As is often the case with this series, the beer shows promise but gets to be a bit much with more than a few ounces.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 10:53:46 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ffejherb


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 11/23/09.

A - Oily, dark brown body with deep amber and burgundy hues and a thin but creamy medium tan head that reduced to a patchy retention and sparse lacing.

S - Initial aroma combines a waft of alcohol and a subtle dark fruit tang with a hint of licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes, while also apparent, are relegated more to the background.

T - The tap version of Oat doesn't necessarily strike me as an oatmeal stout, but rather more of a RIS, with hints of licorice, molasses and minimal sweetness. Alcohol is definitely apparent, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of bitterness emerges in the backend, imparting an earthy, leafy (almost clingy) bitterness.

M - Slick, oily texture with a very smooth, softly carbonated body. Finishes with moderate alcohol heat and hop bitterness on the palate.

D - I remember liking this much more out of the bottle. While this was still a good stout, I think it was a tad green. It certainly didn't weigh up to Mokah, Choklat or Jahva. Perhaps it just needed some age.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 15:31:51 | More by ffejherb
Photo of drpimento


3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a nice fine, foamy, thick, creamy, tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque dark brownish black. Aroma is malty, toffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's about the same. The molasses and dark ripe fruits stand out, to the beer's detriment, I feel. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is long and has a flavor with a boozy warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 22:16:00 | More by drpimento


3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

into a tulip wine glass. (sidenote: the beer menu and the Southern Tier website record a 9.6% ABV)

The pour. HOLY SHlT. Am I ready for this?!?! Black as satan himself (with ruby traces when held to light), an average, creamy and medium brown head that's gone quickly.

The aroma. A little tamer. DAMN STRAIGHT I'm ready for this!! Molasses, chocolate and caramel toasted malts. Bit of baked cookie. I can't wait.

The taste. WHAT HAPPENED?? Or in this case, what DIDN'T happen in this grab bag of flavors. Everything that the nose picked up plus hop heavy, resiny, musty/earthy/doughy yeast, oats, alcohol heavy, smoke, tar, charcoal, anise and sour milk.

Pleasant mouthfeel but not very drinkable.

My experience went downhill after the aroma. I am very disappointed in this VERY bitter Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 15:18:09 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of PrinceDarren


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a forced attempt to induce a little head which quickly dissipates.

Surprisingly drinkable for 11 abv. This is a tasty oatmeal stout with just a little complexity. If you had told me that part of the batch was barrel aged, I would have believed it. Seemed to have a touch of wood, but without the presence of extra alcohol that we typically see in bourbon barrel stouts. My taste buds were fooled.

I would love to try a version of this that has truly been barrel-aged. Add a little more head and a little more complexity and we might have a big winner here. Otherwise, the drinkability characteristic will still keep it on the list of recommended stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 04:35:52 | More by PrinceDarren
Photo of brianh78


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly found this beer on tap while on a business trip in southern New Jersey, so I had to give it a shot...so here goes...

Appearance: very very dark brown to jet black, with a creamy and slightly caramel colored head which was about a finger thick...left lots of pretty lacing on the glass

Smell: malty sweet; vanilla, caramel, a hint of chocolate and cooked oat overtones

Taste: sweet; malty; caramel and slight vanilla, hint of chocolate/coffee/toffee; light oat flavor which was a bit toasty in the back

Mouthfeel: velvety thick, slightly coating; carbonation in the first sip, but calms down quickly and settles to a nice, slick feel

Drinkability: holy high alcohol content, Batman! 11%? where is it? I didn't taste it at all. This beer is, like many other oatmeal stouts, quite filling. I wouldn't drink more than two in a sitting...but it is quite tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 03:54:47 | More by brianh78
Photo of projectflam86


4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black color with a thin light brown head with a bit of retention.

S- Dark malt and roasted aromas dominate the nose.

T- Full roasted malt flavor with waves of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and oatmeal. Actually the oatmeal is more prominent than I would have guessed going in. A quick alcohol bite was present in the finish.

M- Full bodied with light carbonation.

D- Nice roasted flavor with a well hidden alcohol burn. Worth getting again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 03:18:18 | More by projectflam86
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks the business, and thanks to Cole's for deciding to give me a pint of imperial stout. A deep black body sits under a chocolate milkshake head that laces in sheets as its slowly fades to a cap. The nose is full of that smoky, slightly bready oatiness that I love, but its also complimented by all the regular flavours you would get in a beer of this heft - chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Hmmm... would you like some coffee with your oatmeal? One sip reveals this to be a bang on interpretation of an imperial oatmeal stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and burned brown sugar mixed in with a shot of espresso. The oatmeal comes through strongly in the finish, giving the impression of tobacco, and (not surprisingly), oatmeal. There's moderate bitterness, but I feel its mostly from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel belies the alcohol, and isn't as heavy as I would expect, veering more towards that of a regular oatmeal stout. That said it is smooth and well-handled... I just expected something bigger and silkier - Southern Tier don't usually do half measures.

This is an excellent interpretation, and my one real criticism is the same one that applies to all Southern Tier's bigger beers - after a while the sweetness starts to become too much. in fact this would have been excellent in a two-thirds pint glass. Nonetheless, another impressive stout from the blackwater series.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 01:46:11 | More by bobsy
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in color, nice inch and a half head and stellar lacing. Smells are of caramelized malts, that there oat (grainy), earthy tones of soil. Taste is more caramel and oat than anything, roasted malt all the way. Almost full bodied in nature, the ABV is noticeable throughout, nicely carbonated and stickiness lingering between gulps. Drinkability is right on if you like em big. Glad I got to sample a pint...

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 05:22:24 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of lhaqq


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet, generous tan head and black body, no light coming through.
S: Smells of dark roasted malts. Also milk chocolate and molasses.
T: Similar to the smell, chocolate and molasses. A bit of smokiness and the dark maltiness is definitely present. Also has the really sweet fig-molasses sweet kick at the end that most imperial stouts I've tasted have.
M: Smooth, rich and heavy.
D: Wow didn't realize it was 12.5% until I started rating it. Drinks just like any other stout to some extent--the alcohol isn't overpowering, but the taste, especially the sweet kick at the end keep it from being a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 06:48:03 | More by lhaqq
Photo of corby112


3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black wih a coffee colored head. Malty aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Lots of oatmeal and roasted chocolate maltiness i the flavor as well as a noticeable alcohol warmth. ABV not very well masked.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 09:20:36 | More by corby112
Photo of gfreed


3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in Baltimore at the Baltimore Taphouse in Canton. Pint glass; very dark color and short tan head. The aroma was quite sweet with alcohol, with notes of chocolate and some coffee. Unfortunately, I found that the alcohol overshadowed most of the taste. There was some toastiness, some smokiness, a bit of dark fruit like prunes and dried apricots, some tobacco; there was a nice bitter punch at the back end, but mostly it was booze. Body was a bit watery, too. Worth a try, but not a great sample.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 23:26:14 | More by gfreed
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wowza, this beer has a dark head. Creamy and displaying good retention with decent lacing, it is tan to the point that i might as well just call it brown. The brew itself is black. Not as thick as some stouts, I would say it looks medium bodied.

Oats and cream on the nose, commingling with grains and chocolate.

Tastes of milk chocolate as well as oats and other grains. Hops make themselves known with a hint of pine and then bittering. Coffee, and the chocolate notes go from "milk-" to "dark-" with it.

I found that the alcohol sharpness built from initially noticeable to fairly biting and spicy by the time the sweetness of the beer has gone down the gullet.

While I said earlier that it looks medium bodied, it certainly drinks heavily, with a creamy feel. The creamy sensation didn't quite jibe with the ultimately sharp sensation. A nicely complex (I did at least like the progression from sweet to sharp) and tasty brew, to my mind it could've used a lower ABV. That would probably boost the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 22:39:57 | More by TheMistler
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid, impenetrable black, perfect roasty tan head.

Aroma is right on the money, too. Roasted black malt, flaked oats, grainy a little. Some chocolate coming through, but still essentially dry.

Hefty mouthfeel, a big, solid jump on the mouth, then it's silky smooth. Cocoa meets oats, yum...and then the booze creeps in...

Dark fruit pops up, and bumps into the cocoa/coffee/oat feel. Mighty complex malt character here, and terrifically tasty.
And here comes the booze...

I still don't think oatmeal stouts need to be "imperialized", but they didn't ask me what they should do, did they? On the other hand, maybe it's an Imperial Stout with oatmeal. Oat tastes almost exactly like an RIS and an oatmeal stout blended. With over the top booze.
And it's damn good!

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 07:12:46 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Douglas14


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
Photo of CrellMoset


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2008 18:01:02 | More by CrellMoset
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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