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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: 1,331
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 128
Gots: 157 | 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 brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of kmeves
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of JeremyK
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  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.


Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of msolar
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ATPete
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.52/5  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.

Photo of Ig0r
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of mhewes
4.97/5  rDev +21.2%
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%.

Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of abedenbaugh
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
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?

Photo of kzoobrew
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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