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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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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 128
Gots: 157 | FT: 4
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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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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 kemoarps
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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 cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

Photo of Googs
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 Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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 PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber split between two tulips.

This baby is opaque black and holding to light reveals...nothing. Thin tan head is dense but does not stay for long. Lacing is minimal.

Slight chocolaty aroma, with a good does of some sweet, over-ripe, rotten fruit. Not unpleasant, but rotten fruit nonetheless. Taste is big with alcohol, hot biter chocolate, and burning, decaying fruit...picture bees swarming around the rotten sweetness. Sorry to keep going back to this. Still not unpleasant.

It does have a nice smooth, slick feel...before the alcohol burn kicks in. Not terribly viscous and it does feel thin. This beer would be good at the above 9.6%...too bad the bottle says 11.0%.

Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of vacax
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a big light brown head. Fair retention, ring of very fine foam sticks around, along with a thin carpeting on the surface. Shows some alcohol legs. Smells sweet and rich. Oats, cocoa, burnt sugar, roasted malts.

Tastes of candied dark fruits, candi sugar, dark roasted coffee doctored with loads of sugar. Quite sweet, but lots of highly roasted malts in the background, and plenty of tasty dark fruits and a bit of ester to go along. Very tasty. If you like sugar with your coffee, you will like this. If you take it black, maybe not. Full bodied, not the thickest beer, but the oats make it super slick on the palate. A treat. For me this is a great drinking stout, as I can take mine dry or sweet, in this case a bit sweet, but plenty of balance still. Yum. Question: why haven't I ever had barrel aged Southern Tier?

Photo of LittleDon
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 10 oz. pour in a tulip at the Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY 5/26/11.

Dark, opaque, with a tan well retained head and no lace. Aroma of latte and chocolate. Flavor has elements of dried fruit, with lots of molasses sweetness in the middle and finish. A hint of alcohol comes out middle to end. Carbonation is a on the medium high side. Medium body.

Photo of maddogruss
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got of bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a small, dark tan head with pretty minimal retention adn very limited lacing.

S: Smelled of a bittersweet, chocolate, roasted note with some alcoholic undertones noted.

T: A pretty, nice, robust, roasted taste but the alcohol is not very well hidden as it also makes itself evident in the taste. The aftertaste is some more alcohol and roasted notes and a kind of hoppy, earthy bitterness also makes itself evident, which is most likely the oats.

M: A very smooth and a pretty thick mouthfeel. A nice mouthfeel for an Imperial Stout.

D: A decent drinkability for this style of beer, but recommended for the cooler months. You will feel the higher than normal ABV after a little bit, so it can be quite warming. However, if approached accordingly, you should be able to handle this one and be fine.

Photo of beerman999999
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured pretty hard and got a slow rising mocha head about 1" thick laying on top of a pitch black body.
S- I was expecting the oatmeal to be pretty much hidden in this but the oatmeal comes through nice and strong with a ton of chocolate. Light roasted aroma but it's mostly just a ton of chocolate with a ton of oatmeal. I can't even imagine how much oatmeal they would of had to put in this to make it come through in such a strong beer. Alcohol also tickles the nose just a little along with some grass hops.
T- Woah! Each sip is just amazing. A crap load of chocolate blended with a ton of oats. Grass hops manage to make their way through and give a medium bitterness on tongue along with lingering chocolate and the newly arrived coffee. The alcohol slowly builds up and eventually heats up the throat but does so in a calming and soothing way. Hints of caramel sweetness manage to peak its head out.
M-Just a perfect mouthfeel for this brew. Thick, chewy, creamy, and smooth. Just one of those ones you want to chew on going down.
D- This has made it to one of my favorite beers out there. The only flaw I can see in it (for my taste) is the bit of coffee in the aftertaste. If this was bourbon barrel aged I doubt you could find a beer as good as this one.

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of srw
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.