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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: 1,296
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 116
Gots: 148 | 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 greg202stewart
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

This is a great company and I really like their stouts. Pours a dark dark black color yet nice and smooth. It smells of coffee and oatmeal. The taste is very rich and you taste the fullness of the oats. A great beer to sip on. One of the best stouts I've had thus far

greg202stewart, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of necrat
4/5  rDev -2.7%

The beer poured a very dark thick pour. With a dark colored head, it didn't have a big head at all. It did leave quite a bit of lacing to the glass. The beer can't even be seen through!

Smells of smokey, malts, caramel, oats, and coffee. Definatley smokey on the nose.

Tastes good. Has a oat, smokey, and coffee mix to it. Some said they can taste chocolate in it, I can't. Very little alchohol taste to it. A dry smokey finish to it.

It's moderately carbonated. It gets better as it warms.

Overall it's a very drinkable beer if youre looking for a thick smokey stout.

necrat, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into my snifter glass and was surprised by the minimal head that formed. Maybe a finger at most. Light tan and short lived.. Very dark brown and opaque.

Aroma is mostly chocolate... With a hint of vanilla in the background.

Dark roasted flavor, vanilla flavors and then a dark roasted bitterness towards the end. You can detect the hop bitterness amongst the roasted flavors. Smokey as well.

Fairly full bodied and thick, but a bit thin for an IMP Stout. Very light carbonation.

Slow sipper, but nicely drinkable. Not quite as deep and complex as some others.

Reagan1984, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Benjiehorn
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

A fantastic beer from Southern Tier. The Imperial Oat pours very dark with little white head, and very nice lacing on the glass. (Poured into a brandy snifter.) The aroma was heavy on chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla, caramel and oatmeal. The flavors work your way through the palate with dark fruits, oatmeal, coffee, chocolate, and a tinge of sweetness. Southern Tier does a great job with their seasonal bottles and this is one that I think goes above and beyond the expectations. Great beer!

Benjiehorn, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Oat's an impressive dark mahogany color. There's very little light getting through at the edges giving it some garnet highlights. It's nearly black. A creamy tan head stands two fingers tall on top. It stuck around quite a while and left thick waves of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

One whiff reveals a ton of roasted malts. Smells delicious. A healthy mix of chocolate malts is in play and gives it a sweet smell. To a lesser degree, there's some coffee or espresso, molasses, and a hint of black licorice. Those secondary elements add a ton of character to Oat. It's very deep and will leave and stout fan salivating.

The nose is very indicative of what's to come and the flavor is no let down. This is a massively malted, ass-kicking oatmeal stout. Roasted malts are the primary feature and kick it off very well. Chocolate malts follow and add a declicious, sweet milk chocolate flavor. The most artful part of Oat is the light coffee flavor. It complements the malt flavors extremely well and will act as a tractor beam for any coffee fan. There's a little molasses, black, licorice, and vanilla to broaden the scope. Alcohol is noted, but is deceptive. I wouldn't have guessed it's nearly as strong as it is. Finishes sweet.

The body is medium, trying to be thick. It's smooth and appeasing, but is ultimately a little too thin. Carbonation is light and spot-on. Just a little more body. I'm actually shocked that it feels so thin given the abundance of malt. Drinkability is good, but a little limited. Despite it's deceptive nature, it's limited by its strength. My bottle indicates 11% abv. That's big.

Southern Tier's got a big time winner with Oat. I had moderate expectations, but it blew past them. I was slightly let down by the recent Krampus and Iniquity releases, but this one's easily better. It's everything anyone could want in a big Oatmeal Stout. The only gripe I have is that it doesn't feel as big as it is. Beef up that body a little. Nonetheless, this is one monster stout. Highly recommended.

prototypic, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of mentor
2.8/5  rDev -31.9%

Pours almost no head. Thin ring of light borwn tiny bubbles. Pitch lquid. Smells caramel and roast. Grassy hoppy and alcohol edgy.

Tastes thick sweet with strong hop grassya nd noticable alcohol burn. Carbonation is much stronger in the mouth than during the pour. Malt flavor is burnt and some coffee. Hopsa are grassy and blend with a vodka-like alcohol. Some hop blackberry flavor, so I'd guess Norther Brewer. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with some rubbing alcohol. Thick body. Not very drinkable.

mentor, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

I have eagerly looked foward to sampling the third of Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. The talent these guys exibit in their brews have quickly made them one of my favorites.
Appearance is a glass devoid of any light! Pitch, utter black. As expected from the mind-blowing 248 Lovibond on the side. Suprisingly foamy tan head from a beer this big. Goregeous tan oat colored head.
Smell is creamy chocolate, coffeea, lactose-like sweetness, hops in there provide a ever-so-light yet perfect amount of citric balance. A wonderful oaty mustiness backs in the complexity. It isn't a coffeeish as Jahva, not as chocolaty as Choklat, a seemingly perfect blend of the two, all with that great "oatiness". As with it's Blackwater brothers, aromatically Im debating a near-perfect score.
The flavor I am experiencing now is one of those to laugh over...because it's so damn good. This tastes like a oatmeal blender mix of coffee, chocolate, espresso, cream, all with a suprisingly delicious lightness on the finish, with a long lingering espresso-cocoa-oatmeal taste. It's a perfect blend of Jahva and Choklat-Choklava if you will-I think the giddiness is going to my head. Raisins, vanilla, bitter maltiness, earthy grains all mesh with a extremly light yet appropriate amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is everything I could ask for-rich, full, creamy, yet finishes cleanly, lingers around for a while.
As with Jahva and Choklat, Oat is the perfect liquid embodiment of it's name. It's oats, cocoa, malt, coffee in perfcet balance. I really can't get over the great actual musty oat flavor in the beer. Same as the other two in the series, I couldn't ask for a more perfect beer based on the one-word name. Southern Tier has astounded me time and time again, and I am scoring based not only on the pure enjoyment I experienced form this beer, but my admiration for the talent of these guys as hopeful future brewer myself. Prost!

czfreeman, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

Thanks to reginaldo for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Brewed Fall 2008.

A: Deep, rich, brown color. Not quite black. About a half finger of creamy brown head appears, then fades to a thin rim.

A: Very earthy. Oats, barley, grass, and wheat. I also get dried cherry, raisin, and fig.

T: Again, very earthy. Dried fruit and roasted malt. Some grassy hops as well. But the grains are what stand out in this one. Alcohol is hidden until the very end. Oat finishes unexpectedly dry.

M: Heavy body. The oats give it a velvety texture, but the unusually high amount of carbonation give it a little bite on the back side.

D: A little on the low side for me, the 11% ABV combined with the dryness of the brew really limit it on the drinkability. Overall, a good beer, just not great for the style. Skal.

Gtreid, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

jdhilt, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

22oz bomber.
Pours a rich, dark brown in color with just a little head showing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose, but WOW, Southern Tier has nailed the perfect mouthfeel. This is thick, roasty, creamy and easy drinking. This is so thick it's borderline chewy. This beer is very well done. Didn't even notice the alcohol til about two thirds of the way through the bottle. I started to get that warming sensation at about that time. They used oats in abundance in this thing. Plenty in the taste as well as roasted malts and plenty of bakers chocolate. Southern Tier is doing very well with their "Big Beer" series. Keep up the good work.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

$7.99 for a 22oz bottle. 11.0% ABV per the bottle, OG=28P, 238 Lovibond, brewed with 2 row pale malt, oats, caramel malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, and black patent malt. Hopped with Columbus and Willamette.

Pours out to a very opaque thick black, slowly forming a thick tan head with sticky gorgeous lacing. Carbonation is mild, ~2.0 carbs. The aroma is of anise, black licorice, blackstrap molasses, french roast coffee, cardomom, and huge sweet malts. Alcohol is perceptible in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is creamy, slightly syrupy, and very soft, going down smoothly with a dense, rich body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. This reminds me of a less aggressively hopped and sweeter Expedition stout. There is a pleasant sweetness of raisins and prunes, and a grainy, mineral aftertaste. Bitterness is medium, leaving plenty of green leafy hop character in the finish, but also well-balanced. There is a wisp of smoke and the aftertaste leaves a slightly woody, chalky feeling in my mouth. A touch boozy, but not obtrusive.

This is an excellent beer. Cleanly fermented, rich, and huge, however the sweetness makes it more of a dessert beer that should be slowly savored unlike other RIS's that can be drank at a normal pace. I would prefer it if the bitterness remained the same, and I feel that the amount of flavor and aroma hops are detrimental to it's flavor. However, as those mellow over time, it should improve. Why not just brew it without and make it more drinkable to begin with? Recommended.

Mitchster, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

A beautiful crude black oil poured out of a bomber into a snifter. A little brown head forms and stays for the remainder of the beer. Nice lacing as well.
The smell is very sweet and smooth, nothing comes out as prominent, but many traditional stout characteristics hide in the back. Some coffee and chocolate, a little licorice, malty and oaty sweetness.
The taste is a bit over oated in my opinion. The same ingredient that ups the mouthfeel into deliciousness almost over-silkens the taste. It almost irons out the other flavors, creating a smoother, if a little one-dimensional, flavor profile. Light carbonation and silky smooth mouth. I love oats.
Huge body makes it a little less drinkable, not my favorite, but certainly good.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

imperial black pour with a strong head. appearance looks enticing.

smell is a bit subdued but some roasty sweetness comes out.

taste hints at roasted stout flavors and oats. a bit sweet and full bodied.

mouthfeel is good here and i would even say the drinkability is above average even for being an imperial series.

skrib09, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22oz. bottle, which I shared with a couple friends.

A - Thick midnight black with a soapy, coffee colored head. Left a good bit of lacing

S - Rich & toasty, with a nice grain aroma. A bit too alcoholic on the nose, though.

T - Toasty, bitter, slightly sweet, slightly creamy. reminds me of a strong mocha latte, with oats apparent but not overpowering. Went well with the Sicilian pizza we were eating.

M - It's warming from the get-go, and the alcohol is there, but it was well rounded and easy sipping. Carbonation added lightness to an otherwise dark, strong brew.

D - I could probably have a few drinks worth of this one. It left little aftertaste and was easy drinking despite the powerful flavors and ABV. Not as sneaky as Duvel, but still deceptively smooth.

Overall - A fine stout. Stouts are not my favorite brews, but if I'm ever feeling like a strong, dark brew that I know I'll like, I'll reach for this one.

DannyS, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of julian
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: semi-viscous, cola black in color, big foamy head that's a vibrant light mocha color. Thick curtainous lacing, very nice.

Smell: Nice sweet oat smell, vanilla, malted barley.

Taste: Wow this is freakin tasty! Smooth and semi sweet taste. Molasses texture with a nice milky, liquid oatmeal taste with a hint of vanilla and a mild hop edge on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick almost creamy like texture. Definitely goes down with ease. Great feel all around.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. I could make a night of only this beer. Absolutely delicious!

julian, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A-Poured no head off the initial pour, just a smattering of random bubbles. Later additions to my glass yielded a light, small-bubbled tan collar. The beer is black, opaque... that simple.

S-Roasty malts, oaty nuances, and appearances of estery fruitiness, something distinct that I can't quite put my finger on...

T-Roasted malt, chocolate nuances, with oat character and a bit of caramel. I tastes black, with just a hint of esteriness. Slight hoppy spice with an assertive bitterness, keeping the army of malty flavors in line.

M-Full, thick, chewey beer, moves around my mouth like silk. Low carbonation. Oh baby, what a warmth in my belly.

D-I like this beer. I finished the bomber myself and could definitely tell that this one is 11% abv. Regardless, it's a very enjoyable beer that I look forward to having again (though maybe with a friend, next time).

CHSLBrew, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

everetends, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a very nice stout. Thin lacy mocha brown head with a close to but not quite motor oil black maybe a hint of brown.

Distinct rich coffee malty smell and a little hint of dark fruits.

The taste is spot on for the style. Espresso malts followed by a little dark chocolate bitterness.

All in all nothing that breaks the mold of a good Imperial stout, but a very well crafted offering from southern tier none the less.

bfields4, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Inky liquid topped with a small tan head. Minimal retention. Well within the style but nothing special.

S: milk chocolate, brown sugar, a bit of grass

T: sweet liquid chocolate is never negated by the slight hop bitterness at the end. Some alky "warming" but no real bite

M: silky smooth, lingering, rich, creamy coat on all parts of the mouth. Best in class.

D: super tasty and enjoyable. 12.5% ABV is incredibly dangerous.

Richardberg, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

From csmailey from my black booty 09.

Small brown head, dark black/brown beer. Minimal retention. Good looking enough but not mindblowing.

Rich nose, full of anise, black licorice, currants, christmas fruitcake, complex black malts and faint coffee/chocolate/generic roasted aroma.

Complex and decadent. Most prominent is the faint creamy sweet coffee. Alcohol doesn't show with heat (which I thought it would), but you can tell it's a big beer from the way it effected the yeast (slight autolysis) and from the dried fruit esters. Very sticky, sweet, chewy, like malted milk with tons of chocolate.

At first glance I thought this would be a typical overdone big American stout but it turned out to be a real treat. To be sipped and savored.

rayjay, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured a black color with a moderate creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted malt, hardy candy and woody alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Heavy complex bittersweet stout flavor with a smooth sweet oatmeal finish of long duration.

Very well balanced complex stout. This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of sluhdrum07
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%

drinking straight from the bottle

smell: chocolate, sweetness, like i think the richest chocolate milk and brandy mix might smell, and carmel too

taste: sweetly bitter, swirling it around my mouth leads the flavors into my nasal cavity...mmm, and it stays for a while

mouthfeel: feels like liquid chocolate candy on my tongue.

drinkability: i could drink this so fast i have to watch myself. i don't know the availability of this beer, but i hope it is yearlong because i can see drinking this easily in the summer as dark beers go. 11%?? sure goes down smooth

sluhdrum07, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

biegaman, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Gump
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours thick and solid. A warm inviting coca colored head dissipates quickly.

Deep-dark, opaque, but clean appearance. Reddish hue. It leaves some tiny solids or bubbles on the side of my glass.

Aroma is deep, and I think I'm just getting the tip of the iceberg when I describe it as chocolate, toffee, brown sugary, black pepper and brown toast aroma.

Flavor profile is mainly oats, straw or hay and a biscuit quality. The alcohol "heat" is noticeable in the finish.
I'm surprised at the healthy dose of bittering hops.

Creamy mouthfeel is offset by the almost woodsy hop finish.

It's not often to find an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm happy to see it. I like the heartiness and depth of the malt, but would like to see more oatmeal creaminess in lieu of the hop bitterness.

Gump, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Bomber (breed fall 2008) poured into my Meantime snifter, Oat is pitch black garnett with a dark tan head that leaves light, scattered foamy lace. Served ~60F.

Smell is strong, heavy on the caramel malts, but there is a brightness to it that keeps it enjoyable.

Taste is very rich, but there is a smooth balance that I really appreciate, lacking the acrid char that turns me off to most double stouts. This a nice herbal mintiness to the hops (which must be the willamette, rather than the more aggressive columbus), really it has a great taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, fully carbonated, a bit dry, medium heavy body.

Drinkability is high for me, particularly for the style. A nice roast without being overly bitter or acrid, the high ABV (11.0% ABV on my batch) is very well hidden, and it goes down pretty easy.

ccrida, Feb 15, 2009
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.