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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: 1,335
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 131
Gots: 153 | FT: 3
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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 grayburn
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of skrib09
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DannyS
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of julian
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

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 bfields4
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Richardberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rayjay
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sluhdrum07
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gump
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ccrida
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle out of the fridge into a large snifter twice. Glad to see this one come back. A cool image of a horse eating some oats on the label. How appropriate.

A- Southern Tier Oat pours out a deep black color with an apparent thickness to it. Once settled in the glass it is 100% black with a dark tan head. This foam rose to an inch and stuck around for a bit. Oat has some spotty lacing going on. This brew has some legs to it.

S- This imperial oat bomb has huge scents of roast maltiness and barley with some chocolate and a bit of charcoal/smokiness. A nice amount of flaked oats. If you try hard enough you can pick up some hops with warming.(Columbus & Willamette)

T- An imperial oatmeal stout indeed with a thick and lively taste. Oat burst out with huge caramel maltiness and burnt sugars with molasses. An apparent bittering quality with the two hop types used. Some creamy milk chocolate with slight dark fruits. A shot of coffee as well in the background. Not as much of an oat bomb as expected but enough to be deserving of an "imperial" title.

M- Oat is a very thick & flavorful stout that one needs to be in the mood to drink 22oz of it. An overall sweetness in the mouth with bitterness. With that said the 11% does come into play in the taste and mouth but I feel it adds another layer to this imperial & I give it a pass. The bitterness may get in the way after 10oz or so so be prepared or share.

D- 11% is nothing to scouf at so i took my time with this one & i'm glad I did as i feel the effects now standing. This is not one to open for a night cap on it's own but rather with a hearty meal. This is great for sharing. Why cant these come in 12oz bottles. If they did I would drink this on the regular.

Another solid entry from Southern Tier(who is always pushing the envelope in this blackwater series) & my 2nd favorite in this line up under choklat.

Photo of jkendrick
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black with the slightest of chocolate milk colored heads which quickly fades to fine champagne bubbles on the side and larger soapy bubbles in the center. A few moments later only the larger bubbles remain in the center. There is almost no lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, bourbony alcohol and currants with the slightest caramel chocolate whiffs.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for an imperial, but silky smooth with light carbonation.

Taste: Malty molasses with the currant and dark fruits. There is some smoke in the finish but all throughout I don't taste much chocolate or coffee. There is a slight leafy hops flavor in the finish and you can feel the alcohol after the swallow.

Overall impression: Another good entry from Southern Tier. They are three-for-three with me now. This would probably be my least favorite of the three (Choklat and Hoppe being the other two), but it is still a solid oatmeal stout and worth seeking out.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ Fall 2008

P: Dark leathery brown from the bottle, and sits obsidian black with very little light streaming in on the edge of the glass. Even with a vigorous pour, there's barely a 1/2 inch head of walnut brown foam that disappears quickly.

A: Deep roasted malts, rich creamy chocolate, rolled oats, a little molasses, and alcohol.

T: Wow! This is amazing! Sweet, roasted malts mix with oats and dark chocolate for a sweet start. Then, blackstrap molasses, currant, and alcohol hit the scene and mingle nicely. Coffee hits on the back-end, and joins the chocolate and booze for a slick & resinous finish.

M & D: Very full-bodied, thick, rich, and luxurious. It's like melted dark chocolate, so slick and smooth. Drinkability is through the roof, even for 11% ABV!

Notes: This is top-notch brew in my book. Insane amount of delicious flavor, enough complexity to keep it interesting, and a mouthfeel that's out of this world! Damn, I wish Southern Tier would expand their distribution out to CA so I could try the rest of their line. If they're anything like this, I would love to have a stockpile in my refrigerator. Highly recommended

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

Pours black with a tan head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Has a sweet, nutty, chocolate smell.

Taste of dark chocolate and espresso. Nice warming alcohol on the back end as it goes down. Very heave mouthfeel that feels great as it wonders and is chewed. Drinkability is amazingly high for a 12.5% ABV. No doubt about it that this one is terrific choice for a cold blustery winter day.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep cola color, no light is getting through this one. A thin mocha layer of bubbles above leaves a few dots of lace, but holds a solid collar.

Aroma - big aromas of roasted grain and coffee, and bittersweet cocoa powder. Rich but not necessarily intense and heavy. Good resilience as the beer sets up.

Taste - huge roasted grain opening, a lucious mouthful of espresso and dark chocolate. Some light char on the swallow enhances the black malts further. The aftertaste is like a shot of straight espresso. Finishes with a smoldering abv warmth and an enticing blend of the roasty grain, chocolate, and rich coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth, restrained carbonation, and a big body. Complements the flavors perfectly.

Drinkability - for an 11% brew, this is unbelievably drinkable. Fresh, it is phenomenal; aged - we'll see, but not anytime soon. A fine beer to toast the Steelers in their Superbowl XLIII win. Well done guys.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, "brewed fall 2008". poured into tulip

opaque black. tan head fades to eisps. lacing doesn't stick.

whiffs of coffee and charred malts. faint vanilla and earthy hop qualities. a bit alcoholic and boozy.

coffee and acidity with grassy hop that is quite bitter and resinous. again, a boozy quality. roasted malts and grain are a bit overpowered by the hops and alcohol.

smooth and syrupy, but finishes with acidity and resinous astringency. moderate carbonation.


Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from big bottle into Duvel glass

Poured jet bloack with light brown foam that I really had to coax out of the bottle.

Smelled of sweet caramel, but not overly present.

Taste: started off slight, hints of caramel that progressed very nicely into a deep roasted coffee/chocoloate combo. Definitely picked up the oats as wll. Late hop bittnerness, but no so much that it dominated the finish.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel

Overall drinkability was quite good - this beer was delicious. Mentally I'd definitely continue on with a second at the conclusion, but this big beer was a tad filling.

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

Got this in a great trade with spacecoyote. Served at the proper temperature range into a Stone IRS goblet.

A - Pours a deep brown with light tan edges. A vigorous pour produces a 1cm head followed by minimal lacing. Agitation returns a slight foaming that quickly dissipates. A resistant light tan head stays for nearly the whole ride.

S - Lots of dark chocolate... and aha... so that's what oats smells like in a beer! Notes of strong coffee and a hint of anise.

T - Wow, a bit more coffee than expected, followed by loads and loads of dark chocolate. A bitter sweetness says dark fruit. Burnt maltiness and caramel hit the tongue at the finish.

M - Both carbonation and body are mild and well-balanced. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden for such a high abv beer.

D - One will be enough, but it's gonna go quick.

Solid example of the style, and one that I would seek out were it more available on the west coast. ST makes some damn good beer.

Photo of mwilbur
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle says it was brewed Fall 2008.
A: Nice opaque black with thin dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Oat and hops hit first...not completely what I was expecting, but nice. Then dark chocolate, malt, and roasted caramel notes. Very nice.
T: Dark coffee notes, herbal hops, oatmeal, and dark baker's chocolate with a dry-bitter finish. Complex with a nice variety and balance.
M: Very smooth with a hoppy alcohol bite at the end. Surprisingly light body.
D: ABV very well hidden. Sure, it's there but it doesn't overpower or make you sip this brew too much. Again, surprisingly light body given the nature/style of this beer. An excellent offering.

Photo of Dubbercody
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Dark, dark brown with a tan head. Smells very nice, some roast and chocolate scents. Very smooth and a nice balance for bitterness and sweet.

I can't wait till this beer joins the other Southern Tier brews already available here. Nice beer. Worth seeking out .

Photo of JordanChabot
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is absolutely black with a thin caramel head. The smell is of rich dark chocolate, hickory, and a small hint of dark fruit at the end.
Now to taste. Rich, dry chocolate covers the palate, followed by smoky burnt malt, with a similar bite to scotch ales. If you can stay with me, the mouth feel is very ashy, and has some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol sticks around, but isn't anything too powerful. Sum it up with dried fruit and an unbelievable light clean finish and you have yourself one of the best new imperial stouts I've had the pleasure of consuming. Seems the southern tier is getting raised higher and higher.

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.