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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 134
Gots: 153 | 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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Ratings: 1,337 | Reviews: 676
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for the trade.

The color is a like that of a cola drink but with no fizz at all. I got absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smells are of chocolate malt, roasted barley, a little chocolate, caramel, alcohol and strangely enough a bit of green olives; I know it must be some combination that’s coming across as olives and I think it’s due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but that’s what it reminds me of.

The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate with an alcohol kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and just a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Strange thing about this beer is that it hints to serve at 48° F, which I would not agree with when it comes to an Imperial Stout, but I kept this one in the fridge anyways and it’s cold but it doesn’t feel as cold when you sip it. I am sure that has to do with the alcohol though and I find it enjoyable. As it warms up there is some smoked flavors in the finish, more like an aftertaste really.

A very good Imperial Oat.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bobhits
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier stouts are watery and oddly hopped! So why bother with the most boring sounding of them all?

Dark pour, but the lighter body note shine through and apprentice is mid light/dark.

Dark roast...well a good dark oatmeal stout flavor coffee, chocolate, and slight hint of protein bready notes from the oat.

Bottom line here is the protein and malt work wonderfully. This is the best of their stouts (pending trying chocolate). The oats seem to add just enough to the mouth that this feels almost like a thick imperial. It isn't great and perhaps my score i s a touch high, but it really is an improvement in body and feel over their other imperials. Not a beer I'll be buying often at the price but well worth a try.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark brown black and settles black with a mocha head that runs away. Some lacing.

Smell - Oatmeal, cream, and coffee with boozy hot malt. Sweet aroma.

Taste - Malt forward with coffee and some chocolate. Powerful oatmeal finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderately carbonated. Full body. Pretty boozy but at 11% duh. Good drinkability.

Overall - Super interesting, the cream adds a great twist to a typically thinner formula (non imperial oatmeal stout). This was a bit on the sweet side which takes something away from it, but otherwise not bad. Worth a shot if you want to expand your horizons a bit but I am sure there are better imperial oatmeal stouts out there.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Risser09
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fall 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a brown head that is 1" tall. The bubbles burst rather quickly. Swirling leaves ample lace on the glass.

Smell: Strawberry twizzlers. Big time. Dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet caramel. The aroma is very intense and sweet.

Taste: Espresso, honey, floral hops, dark chocolate. Lots of intense flavors of fruit such as cherry, figs, plum, and perhaps even some orange. Quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chewy with plenty of big body. This beer loves to settle in the mouth and slip down the throat. It's quite viscous and coating like cough syrup. This beer doesn't feel like it is 12.5& alcohol, which is rewarding.

Drinkability: Very nice and quaffable on a cold evening. Bready and chewy. Complex enought to finish a bottle yourself. Not as good as BORIS though. =-0

Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A horse is a horse of course of course...Oat.

This beer pours a beautiful dark black with brown highlights. Some head which quickly disappears with little lacing left.

This has some complex smells with it...sweet malts, some chocolate, hops actually, great smell. Keeps getting better with every sniff.

Taste is complex. Not like rubics cube complex, but more like qbert complex. With every square you jump on to avoid the coiled snake you taste chocolate, hops, alcohol, coffee, just BOLD and FRESH tastes is what southern tier is all about I believe.

Love this beer, it stays dry when pressure on, difference is, youre not.

Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pored black into the glass almost no head or lace but a total pitch black color. aromas of smoky charcoal, strong coffee, alcohol, all very strong in the nose. taste is complex, sweet, smoky, extremely smooth, chewy full body mouthfeel, taste becomes even stronger as it warms. alcohol warms and blends well with the overall taste. definitely look for it its a great tasting beer.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. 10/11/11 laser etched on the bottle.

Pours pitch black with a finger of off white foam. Doesn't appear to be as viscous as I'd expect for a beer of this size. Aroma is redolent of roasted malt, plum, and a bit of booze.

First sip is very nice. Quite a bit of residual sweetness with a bitter finish, and the viscosity is certainly there in the mouthfeel. Tastes a bit boozy as well. As it warms, the bitterness and booze become more pronounced. Still there is a nice bit of plum sweetness and roasty astringency.

Very smooth finish - feels slick on the tongue. I feel the biggest detractor is the alcohol burn - I think this would benefit from a little age.

Photo of magine
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a very dark brown, near black. The head is dark tan. The head leaves fast. Has a small lace head.

Brew smells of burnt smoked malts, chocolate, sweet caramel.

This brew is thick and creamy, has a near chewy mouthfeel. The brew is roasted; chocolate, coffee, caramel. Burnt malts. Extreamly smooth and finishes slightly dry. Not much of the alcohol in this flavor.

This is one hell of an imperial stout. Savor and sip, enjoy this excellent stout.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a light brown (darker than tan) head. Aromas of bacon fat and the kitchen at my local pub. Tastes oily and sweet with a deep rich malted milk flavor. Not so much roast as a deep caramelized malty syrup. Well balanced in terms of alcohol, hops, and dark malty flavors. Full body and a used motor oil finish. I enjoyed it with four other people, so it never had a chance to get cloying. Beers of this pugnacious character ought not to be consumed in excess of eight ounce servings - for professional reasons, not masculine issues.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been in my cellar for 2 years. Poured a super dark black color with a third inch sized brown head that stuck around for a minute or so. Wow tarts a helluva nose! I smell dark AND a sweeter milk chocolate dark with hints of brown sugar, a strong liqueur, and raisins or other dried dark fruit. Wow, age has been kind to this. For being 11% alcohol(and the boozy nose) I expected more of a boozy taste. This is smoooth and not too bitter. The oat flavor is there but perhaps more in the background than i would expect. Chocolate is the strongest flavor here with a hint of coffee. After the age, id say this beer taxes more like a Belgian style stout than an oatmeal but thats cool. The feel, perhaps slightly thinner than most is still very smooth and coating. This would be great with nilla ice cream!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber I have to thank Lum and Douglas14 for. One bottle went to my lady's grandfather because of his deep love for Oatmeal Stouts, and this bottle is the 2007 that Lum sent me. This bottle was going to be shared with Boompah because he loved the bottle I gave him so much, but unfortunately he passed today. So its just me drinking this in his memory.

A: Pours a really thick, oil like black color. This beer i in fact black. Held to the light, it lets nothing through. Just a perfect pitch black like the snowy Alabama sky I have going on right now. It did take quite a while for about a quarter finger of head to slowly bubble its way up. Sadly, the head doesn't stick around for long, falling back to a thin tan line on the top. This beer has a nice coating quality on the glass that slicks it with a slightly yellow film.

S: Smell is just right on traditional. You can just smell the rich, sweet malts in here. The malts have a nice roasty smell to them. The malts are brown sugary and chocolatey. Then comes this really nice earthy oat goodness. The oat smells like I just opened a container of fresh oats. There is a slight booziness coming out, but that is expected from a beer well over 11%.

T: Good God, is this tasty! Those nicely roasted malts are just so damn good. Milk Chocolate and brown sugar come up nicely along with some dark chocolate bitterness (some of that bitterness might be coming from some counter balancing hops). The oat is just so nice, really earthy goodness with just an amazing hearty quality. This beer also has just an amazing, creamy milk flavor. The milk is just a perfect flavor to compliment all this going on in here. Just amazing.

M: This is the definition of a full bodied brew. This beer is thick, viscous on the palate. This beer is just so heavy and sticky. Damn does this beer coat the mouth. Perfect feel for a beer that needs to be savored. There is some heat coming from the ABV in the throat and in the stomach. Aftertaste is just oats and creamy milk.

D: For such a big beer, thi drinks pretty easily. A beer with such an ABV seems like it would just kill you, but it really does go down easy. All points of this beer are right on point and that flavor is damned near perfect with its pretty traditional flare. I can really see why Boompah loved this beer when he enjoyed this as his nightcap. It does have a sweetness to it, but its not just a dessert beer. Just fantastic. Prost to you, Boompah.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very black, motor oil black. Very little head not it's there so cannot call it non-existent.

Smell is huge. Big roasted malt, coffee, sweet maybe maple syrup and toffee. Big alcohol is the nose, similar to a bourbon barrel stout.

Very sweet up front. Creamy lactose like sweetness hits right away. Big malt flavors follow. Chocolate and coffee really stand out on the back end.

Mouth feel is big creamy and smooth.

This is a big beer. very enjoyable but only one in a sitting.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My fiancee and I picked up this dark beauty in honor of our official engagement: 09 November 2009.

Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F, and from there enjoyed throughout the temperature spectrum. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass. ABV is denoted as 11.0%.

Part of Southern Tier's "Blackwater" series, this brew's color befits its background: "as dark as a moonless night," as the brewery describes it, with ruby-red highlights showing themselves along the edges. A short tan head rises and falls quicker than a waning moon; lacing is as untraceable as the new moon in a morning sky.

A dark and delectable aroma entices the senses, with notes of dark roast, unsweetened chocolate, dried figs and black cherries wafting into the nose.

Rich, chewy, and full-bodied, with a very light carbonation that accentuates the thickness and provides explanation for the quickly-dissipating head. Decadent flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, figs and dark pit fruits play across the palate, melding with a heavy bittering edge and a powerful alcoholic warmth that carries well into the chest, making this a perfect sipper and winter warmer. Finishes with a lingering chocolate-caramel malt fade and a warming glow.

Drinkability is not the number one trait of this beer, with the 11.0% ABV hitting the head and chest hard and the heavy-handed bitterness storming the palate, but this is nevertheless a wonderful and complex brew that could certainly stand up to some aging. The creamy characteristics typical of oatmeal stouts are unable to truly present themselves here thanks to the ale's weightiness, but this certainly doesn't detract from the overall appeal of this black beauty; undoubtedly, underneath and though undetectable, it serves its purpose well and only enhances the depth of this creation.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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