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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 117
Gots: 148 | 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

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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, poured into a snifter.

A: Deep blackish brown and at first is topped with no head whatsoever. Pours vigorously it reveals a thick mocha colored one inch head that fades into a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Blackstrap molasses , chocolate, brown sugar and brandy, dark fruits and a thick dark grainy sweetness. Smells quite a bit like a dopplebock.

T/MF: Super huge malty punch, thick sweet with a mild grainy bitterness with mild peppery highlights. Closes with a slight alcoholic heat. Not really all that oaty, though it certainly tastes similar to oatmeal stouts, I was expecting something akin to a bowl of oatmeal, but it is very tasty nontheless, I mean some is there but there seems to be more of a focus toward the toasted grainy aspect of this beer. Noticeable hop bitterness mixed with a small amount of fresh ground coffee. Given time to warm the beer becomes a bit sweeter, brown sugar becomes a bit more pronounced as well as the oats. Mouthfeel is full and thick with a grainy bitterness and only a slight hint of pin prickly carbonation.

D: Very drinkable considering the ABV, which is well hidden, but compared to the bevy of other imperial stouts out there this one does not stack up as well as many other stouts out there. Not bad but not all that great.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, ABV 11%

Pours black as night, shiny, viscous with a thick appearance. A small brown head stays laced across the top of the brew. Roasted grain, chocolate malt, coffee been, and a hint of molasses in the nose. Much is the same with the beers flavor, very roasty, lots of semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malt, a grassy bitterness, a slight hint of alcohol heat, not 11% in the slightest. Not extremely complex but one hell of a quality Imperial Stout. Full bodied but not grainy or thick, a bit sticky but dangerously drinkable. I recommend this one for sure.

ATPete, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby color with minimal head and an even ring of lacing.

Scent of oats with cinnamon, caramel, chocolate and earthy hops. The sweetness of the malts and bitter hops balance this one nicely. Damn good scent, and different from a typical oatmeal stout.

Taste of oats and coffee start, with chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, earthy hops and a hint of vanilla. Finishes dry with oats and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bite from the alcohol. Though good, it would be better if it hadn't had that strong of a bite.

Another great beer from Southern Tier, the Black Water series continues to impress me the more I come back to it.

paco1029384756, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Fall 2008 indicated on the bottle. Served in my brand new Terrapin snifter. Poured just shy of black with deep burgundy highlights around the edges; opaque with regards to clarity. Quarter inch, tan-colored head dissipated into a mere swirl with a tiny band of foam and bubbles around the edges of the glass. Some lacing but no legs. Nose is malt, molasses and a touch of alcohol. Extremely flavorful - chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, oats and a light hops bittering to round out the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy without being overly viscous (viscosity is cut by a light carbonation in the background). Definitely a little bit of alcohol heat on this one. Best enjoyed slowly and savored as it warms so as to detect subtle changes in character.

Jwale73, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark and has nice carbonation. The head is nice, two finges, dark mocha, and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is good, chard coffee bean, chocholate notes and dark bread.

The taste is even better, a solid roasty brew with coffee, chocolate and toasted dark bread, a couple lactose notes hold it back from excellent.

The mouthfeel is good a solid full body and nice carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is a brew to be tried to be sure, Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of these in a trade recently as I had never had a chance to try it and I really do love the Southern Tier imperial series. This one I just had to get. Served at cellar temp and poured into an over sized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was very nice, lots of rich looking deep chocolate brown notes. A small head of tan poked up through the bottom of it, quietly sitting on top for the remainder of the session before slipping back down to just a veil over the top that easily set me up for some fine, and thin side glass lace.

The aroma was about as rich as they come. Deep notes of alcohol came tumbling in at the start. Lots of sweet chocolate like notes that were mingling in and out the entire time, really just pushing through on this quite well. Some lactose, and sweet sugar like notes coming through as well. A very tight flavor profile here, and extremely rich. I was actually quite shocked by this to be honest. This one seems as though it could hang up there with the best of the big boys for sure. Rich notes of vanilla and chocolate were dominating here, along with a nice tight profile of almost bourbon like alcohol. Creamy and smooth, this was a full bodied stout at its finest. I had no issue polishing off the sweet stout over the course of the night, but I was feeling it this morning for sure.
Overall I have to admit this one took me by surprise. I did not expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was. In fact this was downright excellent. One of the best bigger stouts I have had in a long time, and hands down my favorite of the big southern tier beers. I would like to have one of these everyday it would seem. Really go check this one out, it is absurdly good.

mikesgroove, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rather viscous pour, black as they will be. Head is a light sandy tone, a little short, but what's there is quite creamy.

S: Chocolatey, a little hint of dark fruit. There's a whiff of alcohol vapours. Quite a big malt presence.

T: A big coffee-ground flavour, alcohol, and some dark chocolate. Nice roasted malts, and the oatmeal flavour seems to tame what could otherwise be somewhat harsh and biting. Nicely done.

M: Rich and smooth, with a slick oiliness towards finish that provides a slippery exit and a touch of residue through the mouth.

D: The alcohol presence is noticable - but not in a sense that it needed to be 'hidden.' With the other flavours, it's almost dangerously drinkable. A pretty good beer - maybe a little bit over the top (only in America!), but good.

Proteus93, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having been impressed by this brew so much last year, there was no hesitation on my part to buy a bomber when I saw it on the shelf at Martys in Newton. I poured this one in to my Portsmouth tulip glass at a temperature perhaps slightly lower than cellar. Little in the way of heading, but a small white/tan ring could be seen forming around the glass. Color cannot be stated enough; this truly is black water that light will not penetrate. Burnt coffee bean is the first smell that shows itself, followed by earthy grains, oatmeal, and a bit of lactose sweetness. Taste starts off with a mix of chocolate and oatmeal, stays earthy throughout, and ends on a more bitter coffee note. Feel is robust, yet manages to slay slick on the palate. This one truly qualifies as a meal in a bottle. Try sharing this one with a friend, as the alcohol and overall weight of this beer might be a bit too much for single handedly polishing off a bomber. This beer is my favorite from Southern Tier, and one of my favorites throughout the year. Imagine a beer milk shake, and you might get an idea as to what this one resembles. Despite the steep price tag, Oat might have to be a brew that I cave in, and purchase a case of. Cheers to the guys at ST for creating such a great beer.

jamie2dope, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Ig0r
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour is as opaquely black as I have ever seen. The head is short, dark tan with large bubbles forming after a time. A lot of lacing is seen. The smell is sweet, bready, and a bit flowery the intensity is lower that I was expecting.

The feel is thick with a little carbonation that bubbles through to give a nice smoothness. The flavor is a bit of burnt toast with a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate. The higher alcohol content is apparent after the initial rush of flavor, but the taste is not dry. There is a bit of a hoppy finish that stays around with the good amount of mouth coating that is left after drinking.

Drinkability is good for an imperial stout; this makes an excellent heavy-meal or dessert drink.

Ig0r, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A : Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a very thin tan head that disappears real quickly

S : Great aroma...roasted malts, oats, and an underlying sweetness

T : Good roasted malt flavors along with the oats. Some bitter chocolate flavor. A nice sweetness throughout the glass also

M : Full-bodied, creamy, smooth

D : Extremely easy to drink. I had no idea it was 12.5%.

mhewes, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with an informative label that tells me my beer was brewed in the fall of 2007. Given it is a cool and rainy night, it seems to be a perfect time to crack this one open.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head. There are wisps of lacing.

Nose of raisins, plums, molasses, charred malts, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

The first taste is of sweet and charred malts, dark fruit and alcohol. I'm sure the oatmeal contributes sweetness and to the silky feel. Plums, molasses and a bit of smoke come into play as the beer warms.

The mouth is thick and creamy but also manages a bit of an oily tongue coating quality. Pretty drinkable given the 11%. I would have no problem recommending this beer.

Redrover, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of abedenbaugh
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown/almost black color with a light brown head. a light-med amount of carbonation
S: A light roasted aroma. Some malt and sweetness underneath the roasted aroma.
T: Earthy. Roasted falvors are in the mid to late palate. An smooth oat flavor.
MF: very smooth mouth feel from the oat. med to high body. low carbonation.
D: Very smooth flavor and the roast isn't too overpowering. I really enjoyed this beer and thought it was very drinkable.

abedenbaugh, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

--Arthur Baer

Pitch black with a faint glimmer of sepia along the bottom edge. The mocha colored cap is incredibly thick and rich, leading to slow-motion meltage and impressive sheets of residue that become seriously shredded as the coffee milkshake-like foam continues to deflate.

The aroma is everything one could want in a beer of this style. Although it isn't quite as chocolate-like as Choklat's nose, nor quite as java-like as Jahva's nose, it's wonderfully roasted malty and I love it. Looks like Southern Tier has come through yet again.

Simply put, Oat tastes like an Imperial oatmeal stout ought to taste. The only possible negative (and I would argue that it isn't one) is the fact that there isn't the same flavor focus as in the offerings mentioned above. However, those of us who love expertly crafted, big-ass stouts that derive their flavor from a well-chosen malt bill will be in seventh heaven.

Flavors include charred dark chocolate, dark caramel, blackstrap molasses, a double shot of espresso and a single shot of Sambuca. There's a fraction more unmasked alcohol than is ideal, but there's so much flavor that it's easily ignored. Big beer occasionally requires a few small compromises. Besides, this ain't no sissy session stout.

The body/mouthfeel is excellent... for a 7.0% stout. An 11.0% Imperial stout requires something a bit more viscous and more nougat chewy. On the other hand, the sneaky amount of silky smoothness that appears as the beer continues to warm is more than welcome.

Oat may not be as superb as Choklat and Jahva, but it's an excellent stout that drinks like a dream. It explodes out of the gate and cruises across the finish line in the manner of a true thoroughbred. This brewery is more than solid. Many thanks to far333 for sending me the bomber.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch blackness, still motor oil with a decent tannish head. Smell is rich and fairly deep. Some sweet scents of chocolate and oats paired with a roast scent. Taste is alright, though not very well balanced from my experience. Sweet and roast flavors along with a mild hop presence struggle for balance and never really get there. Mouthfeel is pretty enormous. Almost too thick, like I'm drinking something similar to the consistency of melted chocolate syrup. Just a bit overwhelming to enjoy much. Another big dark brew from Southern Tier that doesn't quite live up to its name for me. Maybe Jahva will prove otherwise?

ncvbc, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

kzoobrew, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black body with a small quickly dispersing coffee colored head.

S- roasted malts, oats, a bit of chocolate. very little alcohol, which is strange to say the least.

T- lots of roasted malts here. some chocolate, some coffee, a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- full bodied, and thick, just how it should be.

D- the most intense oatmeal stout ive ever encountered. something that i could have one of every so often, but no more than one in a night. its just too big.

jwinship83, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. sampled august 9/08.

pours like motor oil - thick, opaque inky black with no trace of head.

aroma is great. roasty and toasty. espresso. milk chocolate. big biscuit and bready malt. rich caramel. bit of toffee. bit of alcohol. touch of fruity character too. touch of sweetness.

taste is good. medium bitterness level, more coming across as bittersweet chocolate and coffee/espresso. you don't notice the alcohol on the first few sips, but then the warmth quickly starts to spread from your stomach out to the rest of your body. milk chocolate. caramel. there is some sweetness to it that seems to grow as it warms.

mouthfeel is great. despite the appearance, there is some carbonation in there, just fairly low and well integrated. big chewy body. silky smooth.

drinkability is pretty good. i have only had half a glass and already i feel warm all over and a growing numbness in the back of my mouth. that alcohol is balanced fairly well with a big malt base and sweetness and bitterness.

grub, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite possibly the mother of all Oatmeal stouts with respect to strength, robustness, flavor, and
mouthfeel, this hefty brew packed quite a punch both in taste and ABV...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a slightly reddish, tan frothy head that soon dissipated and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Copped this 2007 version from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City for $6.99...
Very robust, thick, full-bodied flavor with an undeniable presence of alcohol well-tempered by a strong dose of roasted malts, rich chocolate, and dark espresso...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel with a moderate level of drinkability due to the high ABV and super-sweet, ultra-rich flavors...
Job well done by Southern Tier...
If you like Oatmeal Stouts, consider this a bigger, badder version of what you're used to...

dsa7783, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of xgrigorix
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twenty-two ounce brown bottle - brewed fall 2007.

Intensely black. A wisp of beige foam forms and quickly disappears. No lace whatsoever.

Alcohol is overpowering in the nose - almost burning. Some hints of dried fruit sneak past as well.

Notes of black currant, and hints of coffee. Oh, that is hot. Thick and rich on the palette with very relaxed carbonation. Too damn hot - the alcohol is just too pronounced.

xgrigorix, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a redish brown head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, some dates/figs, molasses and rusty metal. The taste is of an extraordinarily smooth roasted malt, a chocolate/mocha blast, and the "imperial" dark cherry/rum/raisin sweetness. The feel is well bodied, with soft/velvty carbonation and finishes extremely smooth and bitter sweet. Though very silky it is also a bit slick and sticky. I wanted to give it a 5 for feel but its too sticky. A hard core stout with robust flavors that are kept in check with the oats. Big beer but nice and smooth. Could be less sticky.

Gmann, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, tan head that dissipates down to a ring around the glass and no lacing. Smells of molasses, sweet malt, cherries, and hops. Oats are noticeable on the tongue, though I don't know if it's the first thing that would have came to mind if I didn't know oats were used. Taste is also sweet with molasses and a little bit of cherries and currants. A little bit of hoppiness comes out in the finish, as well as some roastiness. Thick body with low carbonation. Good beer. This is my second offering from Southern Tier and both have been good beers that I'd get more of.

badbeer, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle at Binny's in Lake Zurich, drank it with my wife in Chicago. This beer was way more massive than I expected, easily one of the best (or maybe THE best) oatmeal stout I've had. The beer was very dark brown, opaque, with a thick red-tan foam. The smell was sweet malts, chocolate, and a little coffee. I got a lot more chocolate out of this than coffee in the aroma and taste. The flavors were so strong it got a little overwhelming, making this a real sipper. I can't rate the drinkability as high as appearance, smell, and taste. But that's fine, this beer is top shelf.

TurdFurgison, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Served at 45 degrees F.

Dark chocolate brown body. Thick. Small, gauzy, cardboard brown head. Okay lacing. Nose of roasted barley, maple syrup, dark rummy fruits, tinny smoked meat, chocolate frosting, and a whiff of coffee. Intense.

Dark chocolate bitterness and some herbal hops up front. Quickly pushed aside by big malty sweetness. Roasted barley mixes with maple syrup, molasses, concentrated dark fruit sweetness, and caramel. Slightly smoky, peat flavor adds more complexity. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness pick up in the finish. Some warmth from the alcohol, but deceptively easy drinking. Very full-bodied with a very creamy, smooth, chewy feel. Very nice!

alexgash, Jun 23, 2008
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful as the oil black thick body settles into the glass. hosts a fat foamy chocolate brown head standing in at two inches. Nose is just as big with notes of sweet chocolate malt alchol soaked dark fruit and even fresh baked pretzels. Super smooth and creamy chocolate waves splash over the tongue with first sip. Alchol is noticeable but much like a cordial. It is really smooth as a Imperial but it still retains the qualities of an oatmeal stout. The waves of chocolate keep coming with a ton of malted chocolate oats. Almost like drinking a warm chocolate malt. This really is quite tasty, I think I like it more than Chokolat. Chocolate bitter feel almost turns to spicey dryness on the mouthfeel. Very nicely drinkable for such a big stout.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Biggness
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured very dark nearly a black with no head thats I could see as well as no carbonation. The smell was nice mostly of chocolate and coffee. Thetaste was a little disapppointing the flavor of molasses overpowered most everything and made this not the easiest beer to drink. Don't get me wrong this is a finely crafted beer but the flavor of molasses was a little too much for me. The alcohol was well hidden and if not for the overpowering molasses flavor this would be something I would love to drink all the time :) On a side not this didn't have an oatmeal stout flavor to me @ all

Biggness, Jun 20, 2008
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.