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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: 144
Gots: 161 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured was black water like the label reads with absolutely no head to speak of and left zero lacing sticking to the glass.

S: off the bat I noticed thr aroma was quite boozy alongside unique oatmeal cookie notes but was also able to detect caramel and chocolate notes as well.

T: the chocolate was much more potent on the palate with caramel and oatmeal cookie accents but did feel it was pretty boozy. I felt there was slight astringent character from coffee like notes.

M: the brew was light to medium in body which for me was quite thin for a stout. It had a very low amount of carbonation but had a sweet, boozy,thin, and slight astringent dry finish.

D: it drank really good considering the boozy character but IMO was thin for the style; it was still tasty.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sooty ink tone that is so brightly accented with chestnut that I'm having trouble believing it's actually black. This batch (brewed Fall 2008) doesn't appear quite as thick as I remember the original release looking. Any foam whipped up on the original pour quickly diffused but a determined, hyperactive stream of carbonation continues to pin-prick the surface and is actually succeeding in restoring some level of capping.

The aroma smells like a number of things, all of which are good. A really oily mound of fresh roasted coffee beans is what comes to mind first and most repeatedly. This smell also triggers thoughts of caramel cheesecake. So far the beer has reminded me of both breakfast and dessert, I'm starting to wonder which one comes out victorious in the end...

From the first taste of things it would seem breakfast. This has far more heavy roast coffee than gooey baked chocolate. We're talking a heavy, dark, smokey 14 minute roast on these beans; it's bitter and burnt like an espresso roast. As far as the chocolate side of things, there is a good deal of creamy, truffle like flavour but surprisingly little caramelization.

The beer doesn't drink like its alcohol content is anywhere near the 11-12% range. This is a good thing for drinkability in the conventional sense - low bitterness, restrained sweetness, no alcohol and a light body masked in heavy flavours makes easy work of a 650ml bomber. That said, I feel a little disappointed this doesn't throw its weight around a little more, I find that's often part of a big stout's charm.

I still can't make any real complaints about the beer (unless you count "it drinks too easily because it's so smooth and tasty" a complaint). Southern Tier has accustomed me to super decadent, ultra rich beers (see: Choklat, Creme Brulee) so I naturally was expecting something a little heartier, a little more bold, a little more "hoarse" shall we say? Instead, I received perhaps the most composed, smooth and sessionable 11% beer in recent memory.

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

Bottle shared with my brother at the Rhino. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Black. Body appears to be medium. Small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet dark caramel, brown sugar, chocolate.

T - Dark roasted malts, sweet oatmeal, chocolate, brown sugar, slightly noticeable alcohol.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a deep black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy dark tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, chocolaty, toffee, roasty, vanilla, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots and lots of roasty/chocolate/toffee tones. The alcohol is hidder pretty well for a brew this high. Medium body. A well rounded brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from ST, highly recommended. Thanks Joe.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap for the first time at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a viscuous looking black, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex with aromas of licorise (quite a bit in fact), coffee, burnt sugar and band aides. If anything the beer is even more complex on the palate, with flavors of sweet cherry cough drop (to the point where the beer is almost cloying), coffee, chocolate, licorise and spearmint. The beer has a pretty good mouthfeel, though the sweetness and abv. are almost overpowering. This is a very good beer, but it's not really very drinkable. A little bit goes a long way and I can't imagine trying to drink a pint of this stuff. Nevertheless, an impressive effort from Southern Tier.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 brought over by my trading partner SAS .. My share from my New Belgium snifter.

Looks thick even in the pour .. Black brew with a nice cap of tan head.. no lacing, but a firm collar.

Dark malts and dark fruits .. with coffee and whiffs of milk chocolate .. lite spicy hop notes.

Flavor is dark malts up front .. chocolate .. everything melds perfectly .. nothing is overpowering but instead is incredibly well meshed. Very smooth mouthfeel.. thick with a moderate carbonation ..

Viscous and boozy as it warms .. certainly a sipper .. certainly an excellent brew.

Thanks Steven for providing a great beer for our mini tasting.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Light khaki head towers above the glass. Fantastic retention and nice lace. Dark brown/black body.

S – Light raisin, tart red wine, light oat, and lactose sugar.

T – Acidic coffee and a dry red wine fruitiness. Semi-sweet oat center. Rolling malt and dark chocolate backend. Acidity shows up again on the finish.

M – Thick, smooth, full roasty body.

O – A bit acidic and not what I expected out of an oatmeal stout, but the profile definitely grew on me throughout the night.

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

Poured a thick black with no head. Nose is of oatmeal, roastiness, and a surprising amount of hoppiness for a stout. Flavor is very unique - a ton of oatmeal flavor (which "oatmeal stouts" usually lack) and good cerealness, balanced with some chocolate malt roastiness and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, viscous and good. ABV very well disguised make it an easy drink that is damn tasty.

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

Pours a one finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet chocolate, oats and some caramel. Smooth, hints of baker's chocolate at finish. High ABV is hidden. $8.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
The bottle says 11% ABV
A- This beer pours a jet-black body with a creamy thin chocolate milk colored head. This beer is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a dark rich black malt smell with nice complexity and a nice note of cream and dark chocolate malt.

T- This beer has an inky black malt and black roasted grain flavors with a hint of tar and some light bourbon notes. There is also some caramel malt notes with a soft bitterness of grain that lingers briefly after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a silky texture and a light chewy texture as the beer warms.

D- This is a very well built beer with lots of great bold flavor with a nice complexity. It is just delicious. This is a great session beer but at that ABV two is all I can handle before I call it a night.

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Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle that I picked up at Shawan Liquors a month and a half ago.

A: The stout pours with a fast-flowing oily blackness. Save for the small amount of carbonation that bubbled up, I'd say that this was chocolate syrup.

S: Thick, burnt grains and oat sweetness define the nose. The complexity of the grains is overwhelming, full of alcohol and chcoolate flavors.

T: The stout nicely pairs the extremity of an imperial with the sweetness of oatmeal. The imperial angle is full of burnt toast and alcohol. The flavors meld nicely, allowing the strength of the alcohol to hide behind the chocolate, graham and coffee. The oat is sweet, softening up the acrid burnt flavors while not detracting from what they add to the body. The end of the stout is an awesome mix of both flavors, acrid but sweet, lactic and chocolatey.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth as silk but bitingly bitter. The imperialization of an oatmeal stout? Brilliant or deranged. Either way, it works.

D: The abv is through the roof, 11% per the bottle, making this a one-off night cap. I like what Southern Tier is doing with their Imperial line and this is no exception. A must-try for fans of oatmeal.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/7 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, chocolate, oat, slight tart malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, oat, sweet malt, slight chocolate, slight roasted malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, complexity.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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

Black water series. Southern tier always goes big for their beers and this is certainly no exception.

A: The beer pours a dark cola color with a creamy off tan cherry head.

S: A huge citrusy aroma fills the nose from the Chinook hopping.

T: The malting is very big, and roasted with a huge creamy mouthful from the oats. There is some sugary sweetness from the malt, sweet chocolate, cocoa, plums and a huge chocolately roast finish and fade. wow. There is some dark fruit upon warming, some fresh coffee grinds, licorice, sticky oats, and a touch of molasses sweetness.

M: The texture is very creamy and sweetness is balanced well with the pungent Columbus hops.

D: 11% abv goes down almost to easy for a beer of this nature and proportions? Drinkability is therefore limited to one but drinks like a full meal. A definite high recommend.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque black brew. Head holds steady, with sticky slow-falling lace. Aroma is moderately of malt & dark fruit. Taste is dark sweetness upfront, a shot of fruit coupled with strong bitterness, of both the hops and coffee type, and closes with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvet, but the closing bitterness pushes a bit too hard, with style-appropriate drinkability. A pleasing nightcap.

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Photo of beertunes
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the thick black I expected, but lacked anything more than the thinnest cap of head, thus zero retention or lacing.

A full, rich, malty aroma had some traces of roast, and a bit each of sharpness and sweetness. The aroma had a very nice earthiness that you don't find often. The taste was very good, and I found that earthiness to be mast forthright and quite pleasant. The expected stout flavors were also solidly present and very well balanced.

The body was a quite a bit thinner than I expected or is typical for a stout this size. Drinkability was excellent, except for a couple of small tastes to other folks, this whole 22 went easily and I'm looking forward to getting more.

Overall, a very good beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

D: Fairly drinkable considering its strength.

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Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with no apparent edges topped by fine, dark brown foam that settled to a thin ring that lasted to the end. Some streaky lacing. Rich aroma - nutty and roasted with chocolate and caramel notes, lots of malt and a bit of alcohol. Strong bitterness barely provided balance with the huge malty sweetness. The alcohol really helped reign in the malt too. Quite roasty with lots of chocolate and caramel, grainy and malty with a hint of licorice. Thick and creamy texture with lots of warmth (a bit on the hot side actually). Good stuff. It seems like a good candidate for aging, especially if the alcohol cools down a bit.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with a ring of lace around the glass after each sip.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, sweet chocolate notes and some alcohol comes through as well.

T- The taste has a nice sweetness up front with some chocolate flavors. The roasted malts come into the taste next with a nice smoothness in the middle and finally some roasted bitterness and a little bit more sweetness in the finish. There is also some warmth from the high alcohol content in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect punt of carbonation. As with most good oatmeal stouts, the mouthfeel has a nice smooth texture.

D- Overall, I'm a huge fan of all the Imperial Stouts in the Southern Tier line and Oat is no exception. They are all similar in nature, but all have their own unique characteristics which make them each special. Recommended!

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods.

Pours a very thick and oily opaque black, thick and huge brown head forms, massive lacing, good retention. Smell is oats, caramel, chocolate, big roast, molasses, vanilla, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is molasses and toffee, chocolate, roast, oats, sweet lactic middle, coffee with cream, some floral and bitter roast in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, low carbonation, very sweet. At first I had this rated pretty highly, but the more I drank the more I disliked it. It turns sickly sweet and sugary, and if I have this again its going to be split a hell of a lot more than two ways.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black beer with a small cap of dark brown foam. Lacing is spotty and minimal. The nose is full of roast, chocolate, char and a little smoke. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Body is medium or so. Could use a little boost. But it lends to a lot easier beer to drink, which could be dangerous with this one. Very lightly carbonated. The taste is full of dark oils....anise, tar, black licorice, tobacco and char. It's really quite a nicely integrated flavor profile. Plus there's that flavor packed residue that lingers long after you drink. Alcohol is hidden quite nicely behind all the roast and blackened malts. Roasted bitterness lingers. Quite a nice accomplishment here. A good "sipper."

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a Pint glass.

A- Deep opaque brown with an 1/2 finger dark tan head. Mild retention and no lacing.

S- Oats, nuts, malts.

T- Sweet oats, malts, toffee, and vanilla.

D- Slightly bitter, sweet finish, coats the mouth.

O- Overall a very nice brew, a touch sweet, but nice to end the night with it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out substantially black in color, a little bit dark brown. Beige head, about 1/3" deep. Looks more like what I would expect from a coffee beer.

Aroma was fairly muted, the alcohol was noticeable. Oatmeal didn't cover up the roastiness of this one.

Roastiness and alcohol dominates the taste buds. I thought this was going to be a more smooth drinking experience, with the whole oat motif, but the problem here is the beer is just too big. A lot of bitterness as well. I don't think the notion of making something imperial and oat works. Dark chocolate, dark fruit underneath the booziness and bitterness. I love some Southern Tier, this one doesn't fall into that category.

There isn't much there, there. Flavors aren't the high point. Too non descript, not enough of what I want with oatmeal, a smooth chocolatey experience. Coating, but what makes up the coating is nothing special. The espresso notes should have shown up more in Jahva, not here.

Should be about half this strength.

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Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is now 11% ABV.

The colour is black with a dark gold edge. There is almost no head at all. The liquid is clear.

The smell is much matured with the expected notes of raisins, roasted nuts, some alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and black coffee.

The full bodied taste includes flavours of strong coffee, roasted nuts, some meat and stock cube, rolled oats/oat porridge/oat cookies. Somewhat sweet malty flavours. It develops into a mildly sweet flavour with hints of blackcurrant and roast beef. The long aftertaste is quite sweet with notes of mild coffee and dark chocolate.

The carbonation is mild, the liquid is mid-thick.

Another bold and balanced "big beer", not bad at all.

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