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: 677
Hads: 1,357
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 140
Gots: 160 | 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 teromous
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ABV is 10.8%

A: It pours a dark syrupy brown color, leaving a fluffy tan head which mirrors the color of the label (not the one displayed here, which is dull and looks desaturated). It fades and leaves a small ring around the glass, like most stouts would. I get no lacing that sticks from this beer...just some caviar bubbles that roll off the sides.

S: I smell coffee, some dark chocolate, and alcohol.

T: It tastes very good. The strength of the beer and flavor put on the show of an aged whiskey. It has lots of dark character, tasting like roasted coffee and bourbon mixed together.

M: The mouthfeel stood out to me before I could even fully taste the beer. It is exceptionally smooth, perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness on the palate, with amazingly perfect carbonation.

O: Overall I think this is an awesome beer. If you have friends that are whiskey drinkers, this is the perfect beer for them. The "Oat" title makes it sound like it's going to be a grainy flavored slick beer, but it seriously tastes rich and feels smooth like it was aged...it's that good...and it just has this nice roasted flavor. I would buy it again, and I will enjoy the rest of this! (1,180 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head
S-roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, plums
T-more roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit/plums. Coffee doesnt come in to play in the flavor.Hops provide a nice bitterness balance to counteract the big sweet flavors.
M-full bodied and creamy
O-Very well balanced stout with great flavor. (314 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Oat, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint and shared with the wife.

A: Opaque & viscous, with a small amount of khaki/brown head and low retention.

S: Oat, lactose, sugar, chocolate, sweetness, cream, chocolate ice cream, rich decadent sweetness, faint coffee house, caramel, faint roast, light alcohol.

T: Lots of malt; dark malts, roasted malts, crystal malts, chocolate malts, hint of smoke, molasses, definite flaky oatmeal character. Big and full, rich flavors, like oatmeal/chocolate fudge cake. Faint coffee & some alcohol burn round out the palette.

MF: Moderately viscous mouthfeel, dryish burn, light bitterness.

O: Pleasant, but not extremely quaffable, more of an Imperial sipper. In my opinion, these Blackwater Series beers are bigger than they need to be, though for the most part they are tasty. (830 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark wine-like purple with a small tan head and no lacing.

S: Sweet, malty and fruity. A bit boozy.

T/M: Really rich, flavorful blend of sweet, sugary malts, roasted oats, with some burnt bitter flavors balancing out the sweetness. Very earthy and complex. The alcohol comes through, but hidden better than it is in the smell.

O: A delicious, really layered and well-balanced stout with a lot going on. Heavy and super-rich and strong. (441 characters)

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

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Colour is a deep, dark brown. Barely any head whatsoever - just a thin ring.

Smell: Very rick malt aromas with a certain sweet and alcoholic quality. Just a hint of roasted/burnt character.

Taste: Very strong roasted and burnt malt flavours; bold and complex. There is a nice bitterness to it that evens out the sweet alcohol flavours. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice silky, creamy attribute. Mild carbonation keeps things interesting.

Overall: I love this beer. It's got good looks and good taste. What else can you ask for? (590 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black and impressive cream colored foam. Minimal lacing, and almost no carboantion at all.

S - Smells creamy, malty, with a hint of smoke. Really could make an air freshener out of this.

T - Hearty malt, rich flavor that is creamy and full of roasted taste. A real treat; you don't feel treated at all.

M - Heavy, thick, and full bodied. You feel like you've had a big stout. But you aren't cheated one bit.

O - I've noticed Southern Tier does big beers well. They go big and I like them. Anything else seems underwheling. This is a tasty big stout. I'd have it again. (582 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber dated 11/11/11 into a chimay goblet. havent had this brew in a while, so looked forward to trying this out of southern tier's generally delicious black water series

a- pours black/brown with no light shining through. dark khaki colored head foams up and then fades quickly, just sticking around lightly around the edges

s- creamy sweet chocolate and roasted malts. ever so slight hop. nothing overwhelming, but a very pleasant nose

t- mmmm typical southern tier sweetness. creamy chocolate and malt sweetness. some nice bitter nop towards the end to balance out the sweetness nicely. sort of an earthy hop and oat aftertaste lingers.

m- starts very creamy and smooth, but as it warms, the booze starts to show a bit. nice thickness with low carbonation is right on par for the style. definately a sipper

overall, a very tasty stout, although a bit on the sweet side. pretty typical for southern tier big stouts. value is just ok at $10 a bomber. there are better southern tier black water stouts in my opinon, but this one is pretty tasty anyways. (1,073 characters)

Photo of marvin213
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

'Tis "black as a moonless night," but the tan head resembles more of a sun-soaked Irish girl than perhaps a California blonde. In other words, it's white with only a tinge. The nose, as you'd expect, is oaty. In this world of evermore, I can't help but want chocolate and coffee. Oh how I love beer and coffee....

Love the smooth oaty feel. I bet I could put my own sunburned Scotch-Irish ass in a tub full of this and it'd soothe and heal me! There is a bit of harshness in the aftertaste especially, a measure of this abv. Why's it got to be so strong, anyway? Oh yeah...evermore.

I taste oats. Go figure. I taste Willamette hops. Are they white? For a beer so dark, it tastes so pale. It's a bit of a disappointing dichotomy. It's like the bitter hops only prevent a sweet-candied, molassy mess. It's strong, and mostly smooth, but it's ehh.... There's just nothing neat about. To be frank, it's forgettable. (914 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of hankering for a good stout, I'm sure this one will due.

Pours good with a two finger thick light brown colored head, and has a black colored body that shows off dark ruby red hues when held up to direct sunlight.

The aroma is woody, coffee, and burnt toast.

The taste is awesome. Sweet vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and fig.

Mouth feel wise, it's lightly carbonated, oily slick and smooth with a bit of alcohol warmth. (431 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep brown, almost black, but some brown highlights are noted against the light. A big tan head. Smells extremely malty. Tobacco, chocolate and charcoal on the nose. Some french toast present as well.

Not as big of a body as expected but still pretty big. Chewy and chocolaty with a touch of caramel. Good amount of hop presence balances everything out. Well blended flavors. Very solid beer that holds together extremely well.

A slight fruitiness comes forward after a bit bringing about a chocolate covered raisin type deal. Kind of like Raisin bran. Balance is amazing.

Definitely a beer that could be had for breakfast. Amazing beer, but I prefer Choklat. (676 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch-black with a small half-finger brown head. Very small amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Dark malts, raisins and prunes, caramels, oats, cherries, overall dark fruity.

Taste: Very nice. Sweet malts in the forefront, with a roasty attribute. Chocolate and caramel penetrate the backend, with a definite oat based taste and light hoppy character. The alcohol is discernible, but definitely not overbearingly so. There is almost a creamy/milky character to the taste, it's divine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and heavy body, very rich and creamy, it would be a sipper but it's so damn good!

Overall: I was expecting my first offering from Southern Tier to be good based on their reputation for good brewing, but this blew me away. An amazing oatmeal stout that sweet-tooths and hop heads alike could enjoy. (891 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of uwmgdman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter this stout pours jet black with a moderate tan head that diminished to a thin skim and left a few wisps of lace. The aroma is moderately roasty, bittersweet chocolate, with hints of booze and spicy hops. The flavor is very malty--roast and bittersweet. The beer warms the belly and is velvety smooth. The carbonation is moderate and body silky full. Overall a tremendous stout-recommend. (409 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured midnight black in my cigar city snifter. Decent light brown heading that looked amazing at first but after a few seconds went to a very thin lacing. Kind of flat and dead looking after a while.

From the nose I am getting the heavy oat that is suggested I would from the bottle. Nice chocolate notes pulling through and also a nice heavy spicey hop touch the nostrils. Some dark fruit aromas thrown in there as well.

Very heavy chocolately mocha flavor. Big heavy roasted malts and different spicey twang that I didn't expect. Black licorice in the finish with a heavier yet hidden hot alcohol.

Full bodied, smoother than smooth silkiness. Good carbonation. One of the very best mouthfeels you will get from a beer.

Overall a solid choice of a stout. Southern Tier is becoming my favorite RIS brewers in the country. (826 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly thick, deep cola brown with a small dark tan head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Nice chocolate, some roasty malt, some graham crackers.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, molasses, dark bakers chocolate and coffee in the end. Just a little bit of acidity present.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with low+ carbonation. Just a little warmth.

Overall. Good beer, but maybe not quite as much for the style. I'd drink it again, for sure. (457 characters)

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

Pours dark dark brown very little light passing through with about 1/4 inch of tan head.

Smells like sweet oats mixed with chocolate and vanilla. Slight hint of alcohol appears after several sniffs. Caramel, cereal,

Slight alcoholic burn leads well into vanilla and dark chocolate.

Nice spice to the mouthfeel. Heavy and slightly creamy. Good level of carbonation.

Overall very tasty stout. (395 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 Nowhereman529
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, thick, slightly syrupy appearing with a half inch thick, dense head. IMO, appears as a good oatmeal stout should.

S: Chocolately malt, with a slight hint of coffee. Not a strong smell overall, though.

T: This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting! Rich, slightly sweet, well balanced chocolate/malt/coffee. There may be just a hint of dark fruit in there as well, although it really only became apparent as the beer warmed to room temp.

M: Thick, just a bit on the syrupy side, but not a negative as far as I'm concerned. Chewy might be the right word. Right amount of carbonation.

O: I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this tops my list. I would be hard pressed to come up with another brew that would top this one. It is well balanced is most every respect. If you come across it, I highly recommend picking up a bottle! (865 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very black. Not super black but no light gets through. Two finger mocha colored head with awesome retention and good lacing.

S: Light nose on this. Oatmeal is the main aroma. Coffee and chocolate are very very light. A touch of alcohol.

T: Some chocolate upfront. Touch of coffee bitterness. Then oatmeal is pretty big in the middle through the finish. Touches of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium full body. Medium high carbonation. Creaminess is light. Decent mouthcoating.

O: A good beer but kind of disappointed due to the quality of the other Southern Tier stouts. (612 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

*10.8% ABV*

A: Near black with a one finger tan colored head with lots of bubbles. A bit of lacing.

S: Not much of a nose to it, pretty surprised by that. There is some roasty malts, dark chocolate and a bit of dark fruits. Slight metallic scent in the background.

T: Creamy chocolate, roasted malts and a few hints of burnt/smoked malt. Some dark fruits and molasses. Hops punch through a bit on the backend. A bit of alcohol is apparent in the finish.

M: Fairly thick, thought it would be a bit thicker actually. Low carbonation, nice and smooth.

O: It's good, but not great. I think I had pretty high expectations coming into this since I love oatmeal stouts and an imperial oatmeal stout is even better, but it just didn't quite deliver enough for me. Decent drinkability, but I probably wouldn't buy this again. (821 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Stout! It poured a almost black into my crystal mug.
The creamy deep tan head dissipates fast into great lacing.
The smell tells of coffee, chocolate, malt and honey.
Tasting the beer, up front there are roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. In the middle sweet honey flavors and some mild hops balance the beer. The smooth finish is giving away the oats as well as some alcohol.
A nice full bodied mellow oily Stout, very drinkable and now one of my favorites. Great beer and a must try!!! (501 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (750 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The deepest dark red I have ever seen, some would call it as black as a moonless night ;).

S - Chocolate, wood, peat and some booze. Very tempting and inviting to take a sip right away.

T - Is there some honey in there? The taste is a bit disappointing, the smell promised more. I taste cherries and chocolate besides the oat, but all is not so strong. It is however remarkable where the 11% ABV is hidden.

M - It's good, but could be better if it was more slick and sticky.

O - A good oatmeal stout, but it doesn't blow me away. (537 characters)

Photo of vande
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ dark and calm. Much like a flat cola. My guess is though, the entire beer is not quite as calm as it is presenting....the calm before the storm?

S ~ light, roasted malts...touches of chocolate notes...slight coffee

T ~ My expectations were higher I think... although the notes that came through in the aroma are hit upon no the flavor...it did come across somewhat flat... I think I may have to snag a fresher bottle and try again...

M ~ medium to heavy bodied smooth and creamy...

0 ~ i enjoy ST beers. this one was pretty good. (537 characters)

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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