Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
22 ounce brown bomber poured into a tulip at 50 degrees. This is the 2008 vintage.
A: Despite an aggressive pour I get minimal suds or lacing. The color is an opaque brownish/black with small dark tan colored suds 'eddies' lingering around. Looks yummy despite the lack of head.
S: Sweet, heavily roasted oats galore mixed with a definite chocolate (baker's chocolate?) presence and coffee. As it warms the hops come to the forefront a bit more. Impressive nose overall.
T: The taste is less sweet then picked up on the nose. A nice roasted coffee mixed with mild caramel and a touch of vanilla in the front, similar in the middle with a touch of honey or molasses (?) and all together, finishing with a nice hop bitterness.
M: Thick, creamy at times and chewy with just the right about of carbonation to get it down gracefully - a real treat.
Overall, this is a great beer for this time of season. This is perfect after spending a cool day at the pumpkin patch with the kids. In fact, that sounds like a stellar idea, I have two bottles remaining, maybe I'll just do that! Definitely recommended...
10-16-2008 15:45:01 | More by beachbum1975
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
On tap at Dexters, madison. The mild-mannered aroma is the only drawback, here. It's an absolutely beautiful, opaque black, with a massive fluffy brown head. White lacing draws a precise contrast w/ the the brown head.
I feel like I'm drinking a real contender to the double stout crown, but one that's a bit short on complexity. The 11% alcohol is entirely well-hidden. The hop bitterness balances the sweet so well it creates the mirage of sweet french-roast coffee w/ cream. And the smoothness in the mouth is unsurpassed.
11-10-2013 05:23:39 | More by martyl1000
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
Poured a dark brown with an embarrassingly miniscule head that really didn't disappear as much as never show up. The aroma didn't exist. So far, not a very promising start. The taste... actually, not bad. I was a little worried that there would be nothing there either. First off, it's very sweet, though not sickeningly so. There is also some coffee, some maple, and from out of nowhere, a bitter after taste. That's an interesting surprise. The feel is full bodied with nada carbonation. Drinkability? Ehhh, not so much. Too sweet and too much ABV to be anything more than a sipper.
ST Oats tasted pretty good, but suffered from low scores on all of the other categories.
10-29-2009 22:09:51 | More by kegger22
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours pure black with no head at all.
The smell is extremely sweet,chocolate malts,oats and alcohol. This is the sweetest beer I've ever tasted, a little bit sickly.
The taste is like the smell, crazy sweet, alcohol and roasted malts.
The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.
Overall a great desert beer, although a 12oz bottle would be more than enough, I'm struggling to finish the 22oz bottle. Definitely a sipper, the alcohol and sweetness make it hard to drink too quickly.
11-24-2012 03:35:59 | More by Dave1999
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
10-28-2013 12:05:34 | More by JMScowcroft
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured form a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours thick and creamy. Near black with a fading head of mocha foam.
S: Smells like dark cocoa and burnt toast. There is some of that oat twang in it and some sweet booziness.
T: All the right oatmeal stout flavours are there...on steriods. Smooth, cream chocolate gives way to dark chocolate bomb. The booziness is pretty strong too.
D: A true sipper. The 11% is apparent as hell and that detracts from the drinkability. The mouthfeel, however, is perfect.
Overall: Like all of ST Blackwater series, its big and boozy. However, I do like these huge beers and this was no exception. I will say, however, that Choklat was much better and really seemed to tame the harsher elements of these big stouts.
11-15-2011 14:41:17 | More by JohnnyChicago
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours black with a slight brownish head. The head is minimal and slightly disappointing. However, it smells of sturdy, rich malts and licorice.
Rich, earthy, creamy flavor --- the oat becomes more and more pronounced as it warms. Smooth chocolate, coffee, licorice, and alcohol notes mingle with a slight hop note to create a very balanced mouthfeel. Oats add lovely creamy note that smooths the experience out even more into a chewy, dry finish. Very tasty and the alcohol, while noted, isn't pronounced and is buried well. Thus, this is dangerous with its 11% alcohol billing. Even so, though, a 22 oz bomber by myself is probably not going to happen --- thankfully I have a drinking buddy.
I would very much enjoy this with an ice cream sandwich.
06-12-2009 23:47:41 | More by Zraly
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
Nearly straight black with only hints of brown. A very thin dark brown head makes a brief appearance. The smell is sweet and malty, roasted and chocolatey, with dark, fruity alcohol. The taste is sweet and malty. Bitter chocolate along with molasses, dark roasted coffee with vanilla and noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is crazy, oily smooth. I think I've tried three of Southern Tier's blackwater series now, and while they have all been good all three have been a bit rough. It seems that ST is somewhat of a beer bully that would be well advised to mellow out for a bit.
01-13-2008 02:17:00 | More by Slynger
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Dark black with only a thin layer of head that does not retain very well. No lace either
S: Very sweet smelling with notes of chocolate and booze. Also some nice oat notes.
T: Heavily sweet with a touch of the oatmeal coming through and some bitterness from the roasted malt.
M: Very full bodied with a nice level of creaminess.
D: Definitely one to split with someone else. The sweetness was a bit cloying at times which I have found to be normal for the southern tier black water series
11-27-2009 01:14:45 | More by mikey711
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Who the hell thought filling growlers of this was a good idea?!
Half pour into my DFH goblet, feeling pretty tonight.
First pour a little chilly. A bubbling murky, marshy, cookie dough-colored head. A dense-looking body; rich sateen black paint. Lace drips in even legs, before drying out & getting crusty.
A soft, sugar cookie smell wafts through the immediate area upon pouring. A closer sniff gets my head full of molasses & nougat. Cubes of caramel macerating in kvass, gold rum, & a long spray of aerosol. Deceiving when cold, it gets your nostrils flaring once it gets warm.
Bittergreen hops strike me first. Doughy char. White bread soaking in your glass of Nesquik. Plenty of residual sugars. A coffee ash & a slightly sharp pruney finish, settling with a little of what I hope isn't oxidation(newspapery). Not nearly as complex as the smell led me to believe.
A powdery smoothness going down, but it flares up once you disconnect from the glass. Very tolerable, considering the ABV. Disengaging is difficult. It just flows.
I'm not a Southern Tier groupie, but this beer works on some levels. Price was more reasonable on the jug($14) vs. the $7-8-9 that place places charge for 22oz bottles.
01-08-2009 06:23:09 | More by PEBKAC
3.78/5 rDev -8%
22oz. bomber served in a snifter. Poured a deep, opaque black with a thin wispy head. Roasted malts with some fruit and a little alcohol. Full bodied. Deep roasted malt flavor. Not a lot of hop bitterness, but roasted malt bitterness. Long dry finish of chocolate malt. I'm going to put my other bottle away for a while. This seems like it might need a little time.
10-05-2008 02:29:12 | More by homebrewhawk
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
Brewed Fall 2008
Deep dark brown, nice size head, good consistent lace.
The aroma of malts, light hops, a hint of chocolate.
The taste was bitter sweet, hops, chocolate and roasted malts.
This was a full body, medium carbonation beer.
Well balanced, easy to drink.
The hops are good and the carbonation is just right.
I poured this into a snifter.
It was Malt heavy with a hint of oats.
I liked that this was not a syrupy beer.
The finish had a hint of vanilla.
Well worth having.
12-20-2009 22:50:18 | More by Lexluthor33
3.73/5 rDev -9.2%
Pours black as hell. Very dark. Almost zero head, even with a vigorous pour. Smell is a bit boozy to me, some sweetness, a bit of roasted malt, some coffee too. Not my favorite smell, alcohol is definitely there. Taste is good, but definitely not one to be had cold--too hot. Some sweet oat notes, booze, some good piney and earthy notes, a bit of chocolate. MF is thin, not creamy, way under-carbonated for me. Drinkability is ok, decent, big alcohol (says it's 11%, not 9.6%). Overall, an ok beer, give me an Iniquity or Pumking instead. Too hot, could use some age on it.
01-12-2010 02:38:59 | More by LordAdmNelson
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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