Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,357
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 140
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

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Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (768 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. From 2009 and my bottle says 11.0% ABV.

a - Pours a dark brown with moderate carbonation evident and about an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal. More chocolate than oatmeal to me, and I didn't smell any alcohol as some have.

t - Some oatmeal and nice malts. Also some dark fruits? Definitely getting some alcohol in the taste.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

d - Pretty good smell but I thought the alcohol was a bit too much in the taste. I felt as though it dominated some of the other flavors, and it definitely felt the 11% ABV it says it is. Would like to try again perhaps after some cellaring. (732 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that gives an espresso look. The head falls to wisps, leaving some thin lines of spotted lacing.

The smell is of dark maltiness - some coffee/chocolate though neither really stand out - a general dark maltiness fits description well enough. Boozy.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with a bittering touch. The alcohol comes through strongly. Chocolate syrup with thick caramel makes this one sweet and dessert-like. Hot, sweetish finish.

It is rich and hits full-bodied, but not too syrupy. There is a certain smoothness despite noticeable alcohol.

This is a slow-sipper. Personally, not as impressed as I was hoping to be, but an interesting beer, nevertheless. (692 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured nearly black with a minimal and short-lived head. The carbonation level, nonetheless, is good. The high ABV is amazingly well hidden, even in the feel and nose. Full body with very smooth feel. Rich but not particularly complex flavor with plenty of very dark roasted malt and some oats. (306 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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). (1,268 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, warm black malt scent that is quite powerful. It is full of black patent and some chocolate malts along with a very dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is excellent as well. It is thick and rich with black malts. It goes down slow and warms on the finish. It is really dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great drinking oatmeal stout. It's one you want to drink slow, but it's a good drinker. I have been waiting for the local "ale house" to put this on tap for some time now. I was worth the wait. (690 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I had been looking forward to this beer for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is great, with roasted malt and chocolate up front as well as some burnt malt. You also get some oat flavor as well as the creaminess in the mouthfeel that you expect from oats. The alcohol is very well hidden in the beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice imperial stout. (512 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a small tan head upon pouring that reduces very quickly, leaving a bubbly ring on top. Not muh lacing at all.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, a good bit of cream (kind of like a sweet stout), a little chocolate and oats, but also a little bit of a buttery aroma.

T: More of the same, some chocolate and a little bit of oat, but beyond that not much. The buttery flavor shows up a little bit at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Rather boring overall. Had high hopes based on my experience with the rest of the blackwater series, but this one fell flat for me. (618 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter...

A - Roasted mocha body with some residual mahogany hues, minimal beige head, no lacing, kind of disappointing though we are pushing 10% ABV..

S - Ground oats, bitter dark chocolate notes, coffee, caramel malts with some faint toffee notes. The lasting impression is alcohol on this, not too appealing in my opinion. What starts out with a beautiful bouquet of flavors I look for in an oatmeal stout, end rather unfortunately.

T - Whoa, this is sweet. Cloying sweetness and warming bourbon coat the palate. Thankfully, it's not enough to prevent the other great flavors this has coming through: hot spice oatmeal, dry grains, and a hint of coffee beans. No chocolate or anything more diverse here, for me.

M - Not bad, a bit higher on the carbonation than I'd like, but this bottle is rather fresh and would probably mellow with some age on it. The mouth feel is thick enough without going overboard.

D - I couldn't get through the bottle. This is definitely one to sip and split, which seems to be the case with a lot of the Blackwater Series beers from Southern Tier... The sweetness and alcohol esters overtook my palate and seemed to burn it out.

It's a nice beer, but probably only one glass nice. I wouldn't buy this one again, instead I'd go for the Choklat which has an even higher ABV and seems to mask the alcohol better than this. Both are sweet, but the Choklat is more tasty, though it is a chocolate vs. oatmeal stout. Take it for what it's worth. (1,511 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is near black and opaque with a thick beige head. Excellent retention with ample lacing cascading down the walls of the tulip. The aroma offers roast, alcohol heat, oats, bread, chocolate. The taste pretty much follows suit, with perhaps a bit more oat presence than was indicated in the aroma. Lots of flavor, but I find the alcoholic heat a bit obtrusive, keeping this beer from being great. Crackers and biscuits linger, as the beer finishes dry. Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation. A solid beer. I bet this would age gracefully. (557 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2007 Release, Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, richly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, black color no matter what angle I look at it. Aromas of tempered black coffee, dark chocolate, and acidic espresso are strongly noticeable and dominant, though the chocolate note is the least noticeable. Behind this are aromatic notes of deeply toasted grain, blackened malt, and carbonized wood. The aroma is really dominated by overly roasted malt characteristics; sharp, acidic and harsh some feeble attempts at balance are made by weak chocolate notes and concentrated caramelized malt sugars. The aroma is not bad and would in fact appeal to those who like hugely roasted beers, but it is fairly uni-dimensional / one sided.

The taste is thick and rich up front with an ample, deeply caramelized, dark, malt sugar profile. The light carbonation makes has this leaning towards a creamy mouthfeel, but the roast acidity prickly carbonation cause the beer to thin out unsatisfactorily in the finish. Up front, creamy dark chocolate notes lend a richness and texture that is really quite nice, unfortunately the finish ruins this with sharp, bitter, burnt grain-husk flavors and a lingering roasted astringency. The harsh finish doesn't quite banish the rich, textured malt character though it gives it harrowing blow. A bitter, roasted, almost tepid, overly drained espresso flavor with blackened vegetal characteristics in the finish really gets in the way.

While the aroma is way too one-dimensional, the front part of each sip is quite enjoyable; the rich, textured grain character (of which the oatmeal plays a significant role) accents a delightful chocolate flavor and reasonable espresso flavor. The finish though is overly sharp and roasted; harsh, off-putting and acidic, at best this beer needs five years to mellow. At which point it might actually be quite sublime. If you only have one bottle, I would highly recommend holding on to it for quite some time. (2,042 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle out of the fridge into a large snifter twice. Glad to see this one come back. A cool image of a horse eating some oats on the label. How appropriate.

A- Southern Tier Oat pours out a deep black color with an apparent thickness to it. Once settled in the glass it is 100% black with a dark tan head. This foam rose to an inch and stuck around for a bit. Oat has some spotty lacing going on. This brew has some legs to it.

S- This imperial oat bomb has huge scents of roast maltiness and barley with some chocolate and a bit of charcoal/smokiness. A nice amount of flaked oats. If you try hard enough you can pick up some hops with warming.(Columbus & Willamette)

T- An imperial oatmeal stout indeed with a thick and lively taste. Oat burst out with huge caramel maltiness and burnt sugars with molasses. An apparent bittering quality with the two hop types used. Some creamy milk chocolate with slight dark fruits. A shot of coffee as well in the background. Not as much of an oat bomb as expected but enough to be deserving of an "imperial" title.

M- Oat is a very thick & flavorful stout that one needs to be in the mood to drink 22oz of it. An overall sweetness in the mouth with bitterness. With that said the 11% does come into play in the taste and mouth but I feel it adds another layer to this imperial & I give it a pass. The bitterness may get in the way after 10oz or so so be prepared or share.

D- 11% is nothing to scouf at so i took my time with this one & i'm glad I did as i feel the effects now standing. This is not one to open for a night cap on it's own but rather with a hearty meal. This is great for sharing. Why cant these come in 12oz bottles. If they did I would drink this on the regular.

Another solid entry from Southern Tier(who is always pushing the envelope in this blackwater series) & my 2nd favorite in this line up under choklat. (1,888 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and some cocoa is picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt sweetness with some bitter dark chocolate, prunes, mild bitterness, and a good bit of alcohol. The oats seem to mellow out the malt profile a bit.

Mouthfeel: lightly prickly at the start. Smooth almost syrupy at the finish. Heavy in body. Aftertaste is long on the flavor profile.

Drinkability: decent but a real slow sipper here. This bottle will last a good part of the evening. One bomber is more than enough though. (598 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick layer of brown head that has great retention. There's a very light aroma; roasted malts, faint chocolate, and mild hop character. The taste is chocolaty and roasty with a very smooth, rich full body. There is also a smooth, citrusy hop bitterness. This is full boded and well carbonated.

It's well balanced, delicious, and very drinkable. (372 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bought at Lone Hill Liquors, in Glendora, CA, first time I've ever seen a Southern Tier beer in this state,

A: Pours black, with hints of brown, with a small, frankly, mocha coffee tan head, fair retention, limited lacing, not the best looking big stout that I have seen.

S: The smell has an overall smoky feel to it, even though this beer isn't smoked, nice notes of strong coffee and milk chocolate come along for the ride.

T: Never having had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout before, I didn't know what to expect, but was eager to try, I assumed it would be a sweeter version of an RIS-type beer. Very sweet on the first sip, very malty, but not with a roasted flavour, more caramel, then as the flavour evolves in your mouth, the burnt sugar and molasses come with strong espresso notes finishing out the drink. A complex and satisfying stout.

M: Very rich, but actually somewhat light and fluffy on the tongue which lessens its alcoholic impact, making it easier to drink. Very well done.

D: My first beer from Southern Tier and I am impressed, I'd like to try more of their beers if I'm ever in the Northeast. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, the etched on the bottle label says this one was brewed in the "fall of 2007"....fresh is good. Pours black and thick, carbonation is fairly low as a vigorous pour only lifted a very minor dark tan film. NIce ringed, fine bubble sheeting. Nose just mildly of some sweetness and then some roasty malts. Nice sipper, plenty of roasted malts, cafe au lait, and hints of smokey, earthyness. The finish here goes on and on, sliky smooth, subtle sweetness, hints of tropical fruits, yeah I taste em...Rich and viscous, more quality, COMPLEX beer from Southern tier. Well done. (585 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch Poured from a bomber into my Southern Tier Tulip glass.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Southern Tier so I thought it was time I gave it a review (My first review as well).

Pours dark brown and nearly black with a modest amount of head that disappears quickly. It tastes of sweet malts with some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy. I really enjoy drinking this one and will purchase again. (443 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Oat, Now 11% alcohol instead of listed 9.6.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a slight off white head.

Smell: Oats, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Nutty malts, smooth oats, grains and a nice roastedness round the beer out. Alcohol is present but not distracting.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet smooth and a nice lingering cocoa/grain flavor.

Drinkability: Wow, a big beer here. Tasty and goes down easy, pleasant for a night cap but alas I have more in store for tonight. Good beer from Southern Tier once again. (537 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Continuing the tradition of the First and Second Unorganized Invitational, I bring the start of the Third Unorganized Invitation. For those unfamilair, the "unorgainized" theme is for a stretch of beers which I celebrate the end of the school year with. This year, given it was the year I graduated, I poured more money into the one. The first one is Southern Tier Oat. Are you ready? Let's go:

Inot a snifter it goes, no head forms on top this dark liquid. That's not a good sign. Well, the smells is nice. The nose is tickled with licorice, dark fruits, figs, and fudge brownies. Please don't taste flat...

There's a light sizzle of carbonation on the palate. It is a thick beer that clings to the palate, but slips off at the same time. It tastes more like mocha than oatmeal. A mild pinch of alcohol, which is a little hot, pairs with an astringent roasted note. As it warms, it become sweeter, and the booze is less felt. Mocha and hot fudge begin to take over. The beer becomes smoother as well.

A little oommph seems to be missing from the overall picture to warrant a higher taste score. Still, it's fairly good. Drinking a bomber of this is stretching it; better in smaller samples.

That's one beer down in the Third Unorganized Invite (T.U.I.), and hopefully the upcoming competition meets my high expectations. (1,327 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer and shared it with a couple friends. It poured pitch black with a short tan head. This is by far one of the smoothest impy stouts I've had. I'd give a higher MF score, but as the beer warmest a lot of alcohol came forward. Otherwise the flavor is a big, rich mix of candied cocoa with a little mocha around the edge. It reminds me of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout on steroids. (412 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007, listed at 11% abv. Poured black, and a bit undercarbonated. Thick and viscous with bubbles slow to form. Little head. The initial smell is of alcohol, followed by sweet malt, an underlying bitterness, and perhaps a bit of light roastiness as well. The taste is a little hot as well, also quite bitter, a tad undercarbonated. But there are very good flavors of coffee, molasses, and a roasted graininess. The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. This beer didn't blow me away. I really think it needs more time in the bottle to mellow and integrate flavors a bit more and to tame some of the sweetness. Not bad now, but probably could be better. (644 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -13%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this beauty...
Appears a syrupy black with a small tan head that fades into a small head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell if of chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted nuts, caramel, mocha, and cream...luscious.
Taste is of the same with fruity notes and a deep, rich cocoa.
Mouthfeel is boozy, chocolate filled, fudgey, caramel laden, bready, sugary, full bodied, and sweet.
The only thing that could possibly make this one better is some age. Other than that, it's really tasty. A true winner that I thouroughly enjoyed and will seek out again. (598 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brewed fall 2008, Enjoyed fall 2008.
Pours a Dark brown with the faintest of ruby when held to light. Smallish tan head that disappears quickly but leaves some lace on the glass. Smells of roasted malts, some alcohol, coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate, then some hops hit you, bitter roast and a bit of alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is Creamy smooth, thick body, low carbonation. This is a good brew that I think will be great with some age. I think the alcohol needs to tone down a bit, but I Love how creamy smooth this one is.
2008 Bottling enjoyed Jan 2013
Pours a solid blackness with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of coffee chocolate and molasses dominate the nose. There's a faint dark fruit and a hint of earthy hop aroma as well. The flavor is roast and chocolate with brown sugar, molasses and still a touch of ethanol. Light dried fruit flavor and earthy hop bite. Thick viscous body with a sweet roasty syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This one seems to do really well with a bit of age on it. The flavors seem to have melded nicely and the alcohol while still present has toned considerably. (1,158 characters)

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.