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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: 117
Gots: 149 | FT: 5
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of number1bum
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a rich, pitch black color with a finger of darkish tan head. Head settles pretty quickly, not leaving much lace or stick, and overall is a bit of a disappointment.

Smell is sweet and malty, with milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and lots of roasted malt, too. Some fruity hops burst through every now and again, as well, and I also pick up some raisins.

Taste starts of with some bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some sweetness, too, chocolate and molasses I'll call it. Roasted malt is the dominant flavor, it's deep and close to charred. There is some fruity hop flavor here and there, too, like there was in the smell. Oats provide some creaminess, as they should, but it's not as smooth and creamy as I would have guessed it to be. It's chewy and full bodied, but it seems to me it could be much smoother.

This is a good beer, but I don't love it. Definitely one that has to be allowed to warm and sipped slowly. I must say that I'm starting to cool on Southern Tier's creations. They just seem to be a bit much more often than not.

number1bum, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick used motor oil black. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and hints of coffee. The taste is like the aroma, but with everything a little more pronounced. There is also a lingering, moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, or any other stout for that matter. It is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer. It doesn't wow me the way Creme Brulee Stout did, but it is good on its own merits.

KarlHungus, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 22oz bomber aggressively poured into a snifter. As the bottle states pours "dark as a moonless night." Sits in the glass like molasses. A blackened blood red tint when held up to light. Head is minimal with small caramel colored bubbles that cling tightly to the glass.

S: Nose is toasted caramel, sugar, and dark fruit. Burnt cherries and fire roasted cocoa. Slight blistered vanilla and scorched citrus. Complex aromas yet the alcohol does sneak in for appearance.

T: Fire singed and charcoal roasted chocolate fudge taste. Sweet fruity hop tang coupled with coffee, oats, and caramel breads. Rich in thick sugared expresso and ripe grapes with spiced hops undertones. The alcohol is non existent which makes this desert of a beer dangerously drinkable.

M: Full bodied, rich, and creamy.

D: I loved the chocolate and hops coupling. Glad I have been able to try Southern Tier. This beer just reiterates my desire to try as many offerings from this brewery as possible.

erikm25, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

beachbum1975, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black. Little to no head. Ring left. Thin sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of booze.

T - Very bitter dark chocolate, booze, something a little astringent.

M - Heavy, viscous, oily, coating, almost no carb.

D - A delicious beer, but couldn't possibly do it all night, both for tiring of the big flavors and dealing with the high abv.

srandycarter, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Oat pours a deep, viscous black color with possibly brown edges if held up to a bright light. It has a thick brown head that leaves great lace and a thin later above the beer. The smell is of brown sugar and roasted malt, sugar, and molasses. The taste follows the smell but a great bitter aftertaste from the burnt characteristics. Dark brown sugar is heavily apparent. The beer has a full body and is very silky. Like a pumkin beer really tastes nothing like a pumpkin but reminds you of it, the Oat does the same for oatmeal. This beer is done in typical Southern Tier fashion.

Douglas14, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with no light getting through. Barely see bubbles rising up. Vigorous pour is required to kick up some oatmeal colored bubbly foam that recedes quickly.

Light aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is initially sharp roasted malt, some burnt espresso, cocoa, charred oaky bark wood, molasses and whiskey, some piney hoppy biters rise up through. Lots of body from the oats, but this tates more like an imperial than an oatmeal. Powerful ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and creamy, very full and satisfying. Pretty drinkable for a big beer, enjoy with a maduro cigar and a rich chocolate dessert.

far333, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brewed fall 2008, Enjoyed fall 2008.
Pours a Dark brown with the faintest of ruby when held to light. Smallish tan head that disappears quickly but leaves some lace on the glass. Smells of roasted malts, some alcohol, coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate, then some hops hit you, bitter roast and a bit of alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is Creamy smooth, thick body, low carbonation. This is a good brew that I think will be great with some age. I think the alcohol needs to tone down a bit, but I Love how creamy smooth this one is.
2008 Bottling enjoyed Jan 2013
Pours a solid blackness with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of coffee chocolate and molasses dominate the nose. There's a faint dark fruit and a hint of earthy hop aroma as well. The flavor is roast and chocolate with brown sugar, molasses and still a touch of ethanol. Light dried fruit flavor and earthy hop bite. Thick viscous body with a sweet roasty syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This one seems to do really well with a bit of age on it. The flavors seem to have melded nicely and the alcohol while still present has toned considerably.

johnnnniee, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of trpng0bily
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Brewed Fall 2007
Tasted Fall 2008

Just a note before the review: the bottle I have claims an ABV of 11%, not 12.5%.

A vigorous pour shows a thick, pitch black beer with quickly dissipating head. The smell, predominantly of chocolate and bread, is surprisingly thin for a brew this rich. The taste truly earns the "imperial" title - massive bittersweet chocolate (more sweet than bitter), some coffee, oats and lightly roasted barley, with some definite hop spice and slight hop bitterness. The real genious here is the melding of the deftness and relative lightness that is characteristic of an oatmeal stout with the largess of flavor (though not the complexity, it must be noted) of an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is absolutely spectacular - thick and chewy, with nice warming action. As to drinkability, between the ABV, the richness, and the sweetness, good luck trying to knock down more than one of these.

trpng0bily, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a half inch head of tan. Minimal lacework and retention is short.

Aromatics lead off with dark chocolate, oatmeal, charred malts, coffee, and toasted bread.
A warming Kahlua-like note pulls through.

Full bodied and very creamy. Sticky and chewy with a lush mouthfeel.

Roasted malts, rich chocolate, fresh oatmeal, and coffee beans start the pallet.
A bowl of oatmeal drizzled with chocolate syrup and a fresh coffee on the side.
Warming alcohol pulls through, but not hot and fairly subtle.

Finishes with lingering chocolate, caramel, coffee, char, and warming alcohol.

Another winner from the Blackwater Series of ST. Yum.
I think this one is best fresh though, as the bready, toasty, oat character will be fading.

brewandbbq, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

maddogruss, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very, very dark, hardly any light gets through. Only the slightest head forms, and that quickly disappears.

S- It's a formidable scent. It stings the nostrils... in a good way. Dark chocolate and licorice jump out at first. Boozy, fruity aromas are present too, reminiscent of cherries. Now this is what an Imperial Stout should smell like.

T- Sweet upfront with chocolate and dark fruits. You can tell that this is a very strong beer; the alcohol is always there, but it doesn't get in the way. The roasted malts really come out in the finish with a nice burnt flavor.

M- Thick and syrupy with just enough carbonation to liven things up a bit.

D- A good sipper, but too strong to have much of in one sitting. I'd suggest splitting the bomber between two people, but it's good enough that you might end up wanting the whole thing.

This is a superb Imperial Stout. It reminds me of Stone IRS, and that is most certainly a good thing. The smell is superb, the taste is rich and complex... it's the perfect beer to warm you up on a cold night. If you're a fan of big stouts you should definitely get some if you can. Highly recommended.

vtfan77, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of mnapier
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

This dark ale hold no light that pours a medium salt and pepper foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving behind ridge-lines of lace. The nose is that of dark chocolate almost cocoa like, with some coffee, and a sweet orange peel citrus.
Tasting this I detect dry roastedness, along with mild hop bitterness, with some medium alcohol. Overall mouthfeel is medium.

Interesting addition to the Fall Season, I will have to see how this holds up in the coming months.l


mnapier, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

homebrewhawk, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black and formed a small medium tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, cocoa, coffee and a hint of oats. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, anise and grain. The body is medium light and the finish is bittersweet. This stout is pretty good, but not quite as good as some of their other stout offerings.

Wildman, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been quite impressed with Southern Tier, so I was happy to see an Imperial Oatmeal Stout from them.

This beer pours a jet black color w/ a minimal off white head. There is a ruby-brown hue present. I get some chocolaty sweetness in the aroma, unfortunately this is followed up by a strong alcoholic aroma. Not what I like to see in my imperial stouts. The flavor is better than the smell. I get a strong dark chocolate flavor with some hints of roasted coffee. There is definite malty sweetness in this beer. The beer finishes w/ a strong bitterness. It compliments the sweetness well. I am a sucker for the mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout. This one does not let you down. Great chewy thick mouthfeel overall.

I really solid imperial stout overall. The oats make it have that pleasant mouthfeel as well. It isn't the best imperial stout I've had by far, but its pretty good. I'd probably buy it once again, but there are others I'd pick up first.

brewdoc75, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Pours a deep jet black color with little to no brown colored head. It has some lacing down the glass but not alot.
S: Smells of faint malts, some faint oatmeal aromas, and then a big alcohol aroma and some black malt in there as well.
T: Very very bitter. The malts all combine for a very bitter taste that perhaps the hops keep all the way through the beer. Some alcohol in the flavor as well.
M: Very thick, heavy, smooth, and very warming.
D: OK drinkability but there was alot of alcohol at 11% but I was able to do the bottle. Interesting take on the style as always from Southern Tier.

erosier, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Gorgeous lacing, gorgeous body, gorgeous head with great retention ... what's not to love about this one?

Aroma: Very interesting, actually. Much crisper, lighter, more citrus than I detected in the bottle. There's also plenty of dark, heavily roasted malts and some spicy alcohol.

Taste: Wholesome toasted malts, with a nice full-bodied quality that almost certainly comes from the oats, a lot of nuttiness, full roast coffee, milky bakers chocolate, a hefty spicy, lightly citrus-y hoppiness, some salty notes, and a soupcon of alcohol as things warm, though it's definitely not prominent. A bit of a step down from the bottled version, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly-bodied, with immaculate smoothness, a great carbonation level, no cloying notes, and not nearly as thick or sticky as I remember the bottle being.

Drinkability: Better than the bottle in some ways and worse in others. The taste and aroma seem to be dominated less by whatever tastes/aromas you would imagine would constitute an Imperial Oatmeal stout and more by fruity, nutty, and (potentially) some funky off flavors, though could just be my keg. A friend detected sunflower seeds, and I get way too much orange peel. On the other hand, appearance (a perfect pour will do that) and mouthfeel are a little improved, so I think it's a wash. Give it a shot either way. Recommended.

CrellMoset, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of kmeves
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black body beneath a thin tan head, some lacing. Aromas of cocao, plum, cherry, light roasted barley and malted milk balls. Flavor is semi-sweet cocoa, light coffee flavors and some restrained notes of roasted barley. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finishes a nice long cocao sweet.

kmeves, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of JeremyK
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wide mouthed chalice. Very little head that disipates immediately. This beer has a restrained aroma of a roasted chocolat liquor nose. Once the beer hits the mouth an explosion of flavor is released. Roasted malt, coffee, burnt toffee, and burnt wood flavors envelop the palate. a very silky textured mouthfeel with a long lingering finish with a drawn out bitterness and roasted malt. Alcohol is very well masked. Fully enjoyed this beer.

JeremyK, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep, dark black. A thin white head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

S-Excellent. Strong aroma of vanilla and sweet chocolate with a bit of roasted malt and hops lurking behind the malt.

T-Less sweet than the nose. A nice roasted coffee mixed with caramel and vanilla in the front, finishing with a nice hop bitterness.

M-Very nice. Creamy and slightly bitter with light to moderate carbonation.

D-Well, one is awesomely drinkable. High ABV caps my intake at one.


sholland119, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iowa never has been able to get too many Imperial Stouts. Whenever I see one, I have to try it. To date, I can only think of two or three that have come across our borders.

This beer ours very, very dark. I couldn't even seen light through the stream coming out of the bottle. The head was not overwhelming but was a beautiful dark tank. It went away to a thin layer and lace stayed on the side of the glass quite nicely.

The nose is sweet, chocolate and caramel.

Taste is quite strong. Chocolate, burnt, malt with a little sweetness yet it is not overly thick tasting. As I drink this beer it seems to mellow a little and is pretty easy to drink despite the strong ABV. Mouth feel has a little bite but is really smooth to the tongue. Overall, a very appealing beer.

daledeee, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my friend today. 2007 bottle

A: Thick, jet black with dark brown highlights. Solid dark brown head that isn't too big. There's some carbonation that's visible along the sides of the glass but settles down eventually

S: Solid stout aroma with a lot of chocolate, some coffee. Smells thick!

T/M: Starts off with some chocolate and coffee flavor with a rather big body that ends up with a bitter finish. There's some mild raisin like notes that are pleasant. On the palate, this beer is ridiculously slick. The carbonation is low and this coupled with how big the beer is really makes this one slick beer. Unfortunately, as this warms up, the alcohol heat is noticeable despite being cellared a year. Still solid, though

D: The high ABV really hurts this - at 8-10% range, this would be stellar.

**Edit 30 June 2013**

Nothing quite says heat wave like a 11%stout. Bottle, batch 1.

This has aged quite nicely. Fruity, chocolate, oatmeal raisin cookies , Minimal oxidation is present. The palate is a blend of oatmeal cookies, Chocolate syrup, toasted oatmeal, a little bit of coffee and licorice. quite slick on the palate, this beer is moderately sweet and quite enjoyable. alcohol is well hidden. 4/4/4

DefenCorps, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of msolar
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - this beer was amazing. I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this is certainly one of my favorites. It might even replace Sam Smith's as my favorite Oatmeal Stout.

The >11% ABV is dangerously well hidden.

I'm hoping to get this on tap at home at some point. In the meantime, I'm certainly picking up another bottle or two.

msolar, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Chimay chalice. 2008 batch.

Appearance: Even with a vigorous pour I'm not getting much head or lacing, and I'm not sure why, though the color's beautifully opaque, and a swirl or two lets me get an idea of how pretty this hypothetically could look otherwise.

Smell: Grainy oats, sweet baker's chocolate, mild coffee but more mocha, blackened but not burned malts, caramel malts, a good does of earthiness, mild berries. And as it warms the hops come to the forefront a bit more too. Balanced and heady without going too far.

Taste: I like the oats here for the smoothness and creaminess and not going overboard. Coffee flavors are mild but are nicely more mocha than burnt or strong coffee. Powdered sugar, caramel malts, molasses, honey, raw earthiness and berries, mild charcoal, and finishes deep with lingering roasted malt flavors, honey sweetness, and coating citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and luscious and heavy-bodied, with enough carbonation to let all the flavors mesh without being too much.

Drinkability: A great beer, and within the same great circle like Stone RIS and Weyerbacher XIII, though the around $9 price tag is a bit hard to swallow. Maybe the economy has something to do with that also I suppose. That said, it took me a while to drink it and I enjoyed every sip. I wouldn't mind cellaring one to see if the sweetness curbs a bit, but it's great fresh. Southern Tier continues to get out of their hole they were in due to the first few brews I had by which I was not very impressed. The last few, however, were pretty great, including this.

asabreed, Sep 26, 2008
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.