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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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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 145
Gots: 161 | FT: 3
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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 Sammy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black color with a small 1 inch tan head that fades to a tiny cap. No real lacing on the drink down and what is present seems to drip back down into the beer. Smells of malted milk, milk chocolate, oatmeal, and some dark fruits like raisins. I get a distinct smell of Whoppers candy and that is awesome. A very sweet beer here, which sort of detracts from the overall tastes. The taste comes through as roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and toasted oatmeal. Mild cocoa powder bitterness on the palate lasts after each sip. Beer is nicely carbonated and is thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer and my first from Southern Tier. I liked it overall, but it's a bit too sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very much along the same lines as the choklat except with out the dark chocolate component. This beer is very dark and had very little foam when poured into a pint glass. Wouldn't say that the lack of CO2 was a problem as it accented the really thick viscosity of the beer.

The beer had some interesting sugary smells coming out of it including some dark fruits as well as a considerable alcohol aroma. The alcohol part of the smell is the reason I didn't give it a higher rating. Also included in the nose were coffee and roasted malts.

The flavor had all the same components but in a different balance. The coffee was strong, the roasted flavor was strong, and the alcohol was a bit more manageable. Things not noticeable in the aroma but present in the taste: oatmeal (or oats or what ever) which gave it a smooth wheaty texture, and hops (what the hell?). Pretty interesting but I almost think that the wheatiness took away from the overall texture of the beer.

Quite smooth with a lot of interesting things going on but that particular combination doesn't agree with my palate quite as well as the choklat does.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger deep tan head on a jet black with no light getting through.

S: aroma is light overall with vanilla, some roasted marks, milk chocolate and toffee getting through.

T: fairly sweet up front with vanilla, milk chocolate, some nutty notes and fairly light on the bitter roasted malts.

M: smooth and thick. Light to medium carbonation.

Overall: a nice flavorful stout. One of their best. Very drinkable. Almost too sweet but otherwise very good.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away and left very delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is much stronger and intensifies even more as the beer warms up. There are also some notes of coffee beans and oatmeal in the flavor.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and coats the mouth. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this about a year ago and honestly wasn't too impressed with it. The beer pours out as a deep thick black looking liquid with a thin tan head that nearly vanishes within minutes. The smell is a little grainy with some oats and roasted malts. The taste is rather muted, I can taste the malts and oats but it just seems to be on the faint side. If this is really an imperial I'd expect the flavors to be much more intense. The mouthfeel I thought was thinner than what it looked when it was being poured out. Overall not my favorite brew from Southern Tier.

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Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown color with a gooey tan head that leaves droplets all around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aroma with a subtle blend of dark fruit sneaking through

Taste: Opens with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by dark fruit and hints of molasses; after the swallow, some piney hops peek through and take the beer in an unexpected direction

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: These bombers that Southern Tier put out are just an adventure that I am ready to take whenever I see them; another great achievement

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Insanely rich, thick, and silky smooth, the roast character of this larger-than-life beer is tempered by the creamy solace of oats that makes the beer velvety unitl the end.

"As dark as a moonless night" ...or at least that's how the label describes the appearance of this lush stout. The beer lives up to the moniker with a rich black viscocity and a completely opaque appearance. Releasing a lightly tanned head, the beer holds onto an espresso-like creme of foam for nearly half the session, but then colapses and the beer falls into stillness.

Roast is the dominant aroma, along with heavy toast, espresso-like coffees, cocoa-rich chocolates, heavy cream, a hint of vanilla, and a balance of woody and grassy hops. With no fruity esters or phenolic spices detected, the aromas remain focused and assertive in it's creamy roast character.

Strong flavors of roast also dominate the taste profile. Deeply roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa, charred breads and woods, and a malty-rich taste of sweet breads, burnt caramel, and heavy cream- this Oatmeal Stout undoubtedly takes top honors with the strongest version of the style, but never brings attention to the flavor of oats...

...but the oats have a dramatic impact in mouthfeel! The aggressive roast bitterness and harshness is tempered with the protien-rich creamy, velvety, and silky smooth texture that oats provide. Very robust, viscous, and chewy to start, the beer transitions nicely across mid palate and arrives with a warm, malty-rich finish with an extended aftertaste of coffee and vanilla.

Along with Hoppin' Frog BORIS, these beers accend the thresholds for traditional Oatmeal Stouts and thrust into the realm of Imperial Status while retaining a true base recipe. If this is the new world for Imperial Stouts, then I'm all in on the shift!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of well balance of sweet oatmeal malt with some coffee and bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by a rich creamy texture with some notes of coffee, medium sweet black chocolate and a light bitter ending. I have to admit to being very impressed by this beer that retains some balance while being very extreme.

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Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights, slight opacity. The head falls after a few minutes, residing to a small ring.

Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, subtle alcohol. Not a ton of depth here, but it's a nice bold aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Chocolate, cream, molasses; definitely on the sweet side, though burnt bitterness is ample as well. Rich, creamy and full-bodied - they must have used a ton of oats in this stuff. Carbonation is low, further contributing to the silky texture. The finish does little to hide the high alcohol, leaving a boozy astringency on the back of the throat.

Notes: Nice stuff, but perhaps a bit too strong for its own good - the noticeable alcohol adds a harsh edge to a style that I prefer to be smooth and mellow.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black and opaque. There were a few light brown bubbles on the surface of the beer. Absolutely no lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, coffee and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of bitter dark chocolate and oats. There were toffee and molasses flavors, too. Despite the high ABV, no boozy or alcohol flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial Stout. The ABV is sneaky...watch out

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

--Arthur Baer

Pitch black with a faint glimmer of sepia along the bottom edge. The mocha colored cap is incredibly thick and rich, leading to slow-motion meltage and impressive sheets of residue that become seriously shredded as the coffee milkshake-like foam continues to deflate.

The aroma is everything one could want in a beer of this style. Although it isn't quite as chocolate-like as Choklat's nose, nor quite as java-like as Jahva's nose, it's wonderfully roasted malty and I love it. Looks like Southern Tier has come through yet again.

Simply put, Oat tastes like an Imperial oatmeal stout ought to taste. The only possible negative (and I would argue that it isn't one) is the fact that there isn't the same flavor focus as in the offerings mentioned above. However, those of us who love expertly crafted, big-ass stouts that derive their flavor from a well-chosen malt bill will be in seventh heaven.

Flavors include charred dark chocolate, dark caramel, blackstrap molasses, a double shot of espresso and a single shot of Sambuca. There's a fraction more unmasked alcohol than is ideal, but there's so much flavor that it's easily ignored. Big beer occasionally requires a few small compromises. Besides, this ain't no sissy session stout.

The body/mouthfeel is excellent... for a 7.0% stout. An 11.0% Imperial stout requires something a bit more viscous and more nougat chewy. On the other hand, the sneaky amount of silky smoothness that appears as the beer continues to warm is more than welcome.

Oat may not be as superb as Choklat and Jahva, but it's an excellent stout that drinks like a dream. It explodes out of the gate and cruises across the finish line in the manner of a true thoroughbred. This brewery is more than solid. Many thanks to far333 for sending me the bomber.

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Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of these in a trade recently as I had never had a chance to try it and I really do love the Southern Tier imperial series. This one I just had to get. Served at cellar temp and poured into an over sized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was very nice, lots of rich looking deep chocolate brown notes. A small head of tan poked up through the bottom of it, quietly sitting on top for the remainder of the session before slipping back down to just a veil over the top that easily set me up for some fine, and thin side glass lace.

The aroma was about as rich as they come. Deep notes of alcohol came tumbling in at the start. Lots of sweet chocolate like notes that were mingling in and out the entire time, really just pushing through on this quite well. Some lactose, and sweet sugar like notes coming through as well. A very tight flavor profile here, and extremely rich. I was actually quite shocked by this to be honest. This one seems as though it could hang up there with the best of the big boys for sure. Rich notes of vanilla and chocolate were dominating here, along with a nice tight profile of almost bourbon like alcohol. Creamy and smooth, this was a full bodied stout at its finest. I had no issue polishing off the sweet stout over the course of the night, but I was feeling it this morning for sure.
Overall I have to admit this one took me by surprise. I did not expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was. In fact this was downright excellent. One of the best bigger stouts I have had in a long time, and hands down my favorite of the big southern tier beers. I would like to have one of these everyday it would seem. Really go check this one out, it is absurdly good.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with some minor, ruby highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Dark, bready malt with some chocolate and toffee.

T - Thick, dark malt with notes of black bread, molasses, and caramel. A more roasted character comes out in the middle as chocolate and light coffee appear. Finishes with more molasses and notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and dark caramel.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick and complex, like all of Southern Tier's stouts, but still fairly drinkable for a beer of this strength. The balance definitely favors malt and a sweet finish but there is enough roast character and malt bitterness to prevent it from becoming excessive the way some other sweet, strong stouts tend to.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage received in a trade with rciesla.

Appearance: Pours a black, thick-looking body with a thin, khaki-colored head. Lovely legs on this one!

Smell: Full nose smelling of dark malts, with chocolate sauce, and oats, natch. All layered beneath crusted chunks of dark, gooey sugar.

Taste: Heavily sugared, chocolate-coated oats slide and smear over the tongue along with bountiful tastes of marshmallows, second molasses, humble caramel, and sweet licorice-flavored candy. There's a huge burst of dark fruitiness early in the taste and it lasts well beyond the finish. Very faint, subdued bitterness. Transitory spiciness. Then, it's back to the heavy, heady dessert-like flavors with a far-off, faint touch of roastiness. Finishes decidedly sweet with lasting tastes of fruit and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. There are some warming qualities, but, for the most part, the 11% ABV goes down very, very easily.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Excessively smooth, tongue-coated mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A tasty Imperial Stout that glides across one's palette with sheer ease, though the grotesque hedonist in me is left yearning for a bottle of Choklat, oooh, or even their new Mokah. Still, it's one I recommend.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 release, poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, dark malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: 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.

M: Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick due to the heavy viscosity, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, a little filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this one definitely falls into the sipper category because of its heaviness and high ABV, but a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from rgtravers, cheers Ryan...

Fall 08 Vintage pours black as night & oily with fairly fast falling brown/mocha head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruits, raisins, cherries & vanilla & cocoa

T: Leafy hops, dark fruit, licorice & molasses with powdery dryness up front. Dark choclate, figgyness & more dark fruit with a whisper of booze as this warms, plus faint herbal & leafy hops, plus a touch of charred grain. Finishes dry with nice mocha notes & a touch of charred grain

MF: Very oily & smooth as all hell with low carbonation & nice stickyness. Great balance on this as well

Drinks pretty easy for the style & abv, another great dark bruiser from Southern Tier

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Flavor is very sweet. Almost comes off as a milk stout, and the 12.5% certainly doesn't show up at all. Kind of tangy and I'm not sure I like it. Have had this in the past and I don't remember it being like this. Sure it's smooth, but there are no real strong characteristics moving me here. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid with a low carbonation. Drinkable, yes. Just wondering if this bottle is not at its best.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oats, toast, toffee, coffee, cream, dark bread, floral, light nuttiness, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, light char, floral, dark bread, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, oats, light char, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; with big robustness and malt balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Big robustness and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.