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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 NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Deep black under a medium sized brown head. Very little retention, no lace.

S: Very sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, a little smoke. Pretty nice aroma.

T: Nice sweetness, roasted malt is very subtle until the very last instance where the beer finishes with a moderated roasted bitterness. Nice sweet chocolate through out that lingers around. Sweet fruitiness character as well. Ever so slightest of a hint of alcohol. Really great tasting.

M/D: Big full body, a little silky, mild carbonation. Alcohol done very well and the big sweet finish is good. Drinkability is fine. Big alcohol and big body make it a sipper but man does it taste good.

NCSUdo, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Perfect black beer with a small tan head but no real lacing. Head goes away fairly quickly to nothing.

s: Nose is sweet caramel malt and spicy dried fruit, a touch of alcohol, and light roasted malt.

t: Explosion of flavor - smooth caramel malt up front, very sweet and candy-like. Moves nicely into roasted chocolate malt, then bitters nicely into a mild hop finish. Very light alcohol presence that shows up towards the back, but its hidden well in some nice dried fruit (maybe prunes). A nice underlying chocolate sweetness that really warms and provides a perfect base for the flavor. A truly excellent flavor that mellows nicely into smooth oatmeal and coffee towards the end.

m: A perfect creamy body and excellent carbonation. Perfect for a stout.

d: Overall, this is really a fantastic beer. I prefer it to the slightly overwhelming Choklat which was also delicious but maybe a little tougher to drink.

soupyman10, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Flavor is very sweet. Almost comes off as a milk stout, and the 12.5% certainly doesn't show up at all. Kind of tangy and I'm not sure I like it. Have had this in the past and I don't remember it being like this. Sure it's smooth, but there are no real strong characteristics moving me here. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid with a low carbonation. Drinkable, yes. Just wondering if this bottle is not at its best.

RblWthACoz, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got this one from new england beverage co.:

a. pours a dark chocolate, with the slowest developing head ever--starts out dark and cascading bubbles slowly turn visible until a half finger of espresso colored head is left

s. roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus

t. oatmeal and malts, nuttiness, and especially milk chocolate

m. thick, round and sticky

d. decent drinkability, but feels like a meal, a sipper

definitely a sipper, thick and bold, some of the most amazing body, will probably buy again

lifebeer, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this in Batavia, New York, when I was up there for business.

Popped this bad boy open and poured into two pint glasses - one for me, and one for my dad.

Immediately as I poured it, I was taken in by the appearance, which was nearly jet-black motor oil in appearance. If they made a black cream, this would be it. The beer only got better from there.

Smell is very sweet for an imperial stout. I don't know if it was the alcohol, but it was certainly not offsetting.

Taste was superb. A very creamy, sweet stout. Traces of molasses, coffee, and chocolate. Definitely one of the more complex stouts I've had in a long time. It was almost a meal in a bottle.

A very creamy mouthfeel - almost like drinking whole milk... in beer form.

With regard to drinkability, it would be tough to have more than one of these because of the complexity, ABV, and richness of the beer.

Overall, an absolutely outstanding stout. Certainly am glad I brought this back from New York.

jdubjacket, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of pfknapp
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful jet black, it looks super viscous like old motor oil. Almost no head at all, with the oatmeal I would have thought there would be at least some head retention. The beer smells absolutely beautiful. Like bittersweet chocolate and espresso, with some caramel and molasses notes. You get a hint of the alcohol, but not too much it just lets you know it is there. This beer smells really fantastic. Taste is a lot of the same. It tastes like black, whatever that means. Basically like dark dark chocolate, espresso, molasses and a little bit of dried fig or prune flavors. The beer is very sweet, but there is a noticeable bitterness in the background. I would have preferred it to be a bit less sweet, it was bordering on cloying. Mouthfeel was viscous. You could feeel it coat you palate as it swirled around, almost like cough syrup. The drinkability suffered a bit do to the extreme sweetness. However, it was still an extremely enjoyable experience. Overall a wonderful beer.

pfknapp, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black, faint dark brown highlighted into my snifter. Great to swirl and watch the viscous liquid try to hold on for dear life to the inside of the glass. No head and no carbonation visible. The aroma is a warm, oaty, malty, chocolatey feeling and smelling beer. The smell gives you a great precursor to hat you can expect this beer to taste like. The first sip is a bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and marshmellow malt. Lets not forget the coffee and hints of toffee amidst this hotly alcoholic beer. Very creamy, warming, and oily palated beer. Great for sipping and swirling.

scruffwhor, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very much along the same lines as the choklat except with out the dark chocolate component. This beer is very dark and had very little foam when poured into a pint glass. Wouldn't say that the lack of CO2 was a problem as it accented the really thick viscosity of the beer.

The beer had some interesting sugary smells coming out of it including some dark fruits as well as a considerable alcohol aroma. The alcohol part of the smell is the reason I didn't give it a higher rating. Also included in the nose were coffee and roasted malts.

The flavor had all the same components but in a different balance. The coffee was strong, the roasted flavor was strong, and the alcohol was a bit more manageable. Things not noticeable in the aroma but present in the taste: oatmeal (or oats or what ever) which gave it a smooth wheaty texture, and hops (what the hell?). Pretty interesting but I almost think that the wheatiness took away from the overall texture of the beer.

Quite smooth with a lot of interesting things going on but that particular combination doesn't agree with my palate quite as well as the choklat does.

t0rin0, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA

A: Jet black. Minimal very dark tan head. Opaque. The beer has legs; it is visibly viscous.

S: Strong raisin/plum ester aroma. Some resiny hop aroma comes through as well. Overall the aroma profile is bittersweet with some good vanilla notes. Full of alcohol aroma. An impressive nose.

T: Mouth puckering bitterness is the first thing I noticed. Raisin ester flavor is strong. Intense bittersweet malt flavor. Roasty. Sweet alcohol flavors. The beer has a dry finish.

MF: Very thick and chewy. Low carbonation. Alcohol warming noticeable. Dry and bitter but not astringent.

D, notes: This is very good. The type of beer that BAs help move to the best of list.

Nipitato, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of rallison
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks sman262 & brandoman63!

Pours a nice thick black that leaves an all too quick tan head. Looks lovely, but disappears to nothingness too quickly!

First smell is of milk chocolate and sweet coffee. Dark fruits as well. I'm liking this so far, most definitely!

The flavors here are wonderful. Milk chocolate and cappuccino are very well balanced by a great oat presence in the background that gives this beer an incredible smoothness. There is a touch of alcohol hiding in the background, but is more than acceptable. Definitely a good dose of dark fruits and some molasses as well, plus a slight bittering from hops. Delicious. One of the most impressive oat-based stouts I have had.

Mouthfeel is deliciously thick and smooth, yet somehow light on the tongue as well. Nice. Drinkability is indeed excellent.

Highly recommended. One of the most enjoyable imperial stouts I have partaken in. The oat presence here is phenomenal. If you are lucky enough to find this around, you should at least give it a try.

Edit: Mouthfeel, as the bottle gets lower, gets a touch thick and syrupy - lowered to 4.0 from 4.5

rallison, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A horse is a horse of course of course...Oat.

This beer pours a beautiful dark black with brown highlights. Some head which quickly disappears with little lacing left.

This has some complex smells with it...sweet malts, some chocolate, hops actually, great smell. Keeps getting better with every sniff.

Taste is complex. Not like rubics cube complex, but more like qbert complex. With every square you jump on to avoid the coiled snake you taste chocolate, hops, alcohol, coffee, just BOLD and FRESH tastes is what southern tier is all about I believe.

Love this beer, it stays dry when pressure on, difference is, youre not.

Murchmac, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of irishevans
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a brown/black color with NO head regardless of how hard of a pour you go for, just a thin ring of light brown. smells like chocolate oatmeal, as though such a thing existed but if it did it would smell like this beer. and holy shit the taste, chocolate, oatmeal, malty smooth, not at all harsh from abv. just a fantastic taste, with a mouth-feel to match, velvet, pure velvet, for those who don't get me, subtle crispness/carbonation that tingles as though little flavor crystals just skimmed across your tongue. drinks fairly easy for 12.5%. TRY THIS BEER!!!

irishevans, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Boston new years eve 2006-2007. From notes. goddamn I have about 3,000 beer review notes I've yet to transcribe to this site, and as I'm in a writing mood I figured that I would get started on rectifying that situation. Anyway, this one is an inky, heavy black with not much carbonation. There is a small espresso head though and it can be revived with a swirl of the riedel. Dark roasty and sweet malts intersperse with a nice raw green hop aroma. Roasty chocolate, espresso, raisins, and more abound in the aroma and the actual taste is better still with just a hint of warming alcohol in the background. The roast notes are really nice and filled with an unusual level of depth. However the mouthfeel is a bit thick and cloying for my liking which kicks the drinkability down a notch or two.

francisweizen, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007, listed at 11% abv. Poured black, and a bit undercarbonated. Thick and viscous with bubbles slow to form. Little head. The initial smell is of alcohol, followed by sweet malt, an underlying bitterness, and perhaps a bit of light roastiness as well. The taste is a little hot as well, also quite bitter, a tad undercarbonated. But there are very good flavors of coffee, molasses, and a roasted graininess. The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. This beer didn't blow me away. I really think it needs more time in the bottle to mellow and integrate flavors a bit more and to tame some of the sweetness. Not bad now, but probably could be better.

Georgiabeer, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heady with a thickness and color of dark chocolate sauce. Well-balanced abundance of malt and hops on the nose. Best-tasting chocolate oatmeal you ever had - overpowering like the thickest blanket on the coldest night of the year; this is beautiful chemistry. Thickness slides down the palate for an enjoyably long finish. Excellent for a nightcap.

IBUnit63, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle that I picked up at Shawan Liquors a month and a half ago.

A: The stout pours with a fast-flowing oily blackness. Save for the small amount of carbonation that bubbled up, I'd say that this was chocolate syrup.

S: Thick, burnt grains and oat sweetness define the nose. The complexity of the grains is overwhelming, full of alcohol and chcoolate flavors.

T: The stout nicely pairs the extremity of an imperial with the sweetness of oatmeal. The imperial angle is full of burnt toast and alcohol. The flavors meld nicely, allowing the strength of the alcohol to hide behind the chocolate, graham and coffee. The oat is sweet, softening up the acrid burnt flavors while not detracting from what they add to the body. The end of the stout is an awesome mix of both flavors, acrid but sweet, lactic and chocolatey.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth as silk but bitingly bitter. The imperialization of an oatmeal stout? Brilliant or deranged. Either way, it works.

D: The abv is through the roof, 11% per the bottle, making this a one-off night cap. I like what Southern Tier is doing with their Imperial line and this is no exception. A must-try for fans of oatmeal.

akorsak, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of bjoyce12
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pours a thick, slow, black. Slight blackish-brown foam. This brew looks like oil. Doesn't pack a wallop on the aroma, but a distinct molasses-oatmeal scent. Southern Tier has done an outstanding job with this one. It actually has viscosity; you can feel the oats suspended in the ale. I picked this one up after trying their Choklat(unbelievable), and the Oatmeal Stout does not disappoint. Truth in advertising on this one; this is a dyed-in-the-wool Oatmeal Stout.

bjoyce12, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jastack for this extra.

Oat pours very very very black, with almost no head whatsoever. The nose is very sweet with some alcohol. The taste is much sweeter than I had expected. This is very good. Sweet sugars, lots of dark fruit with a hint of coffee and a kind of chocolate taste. Very good creamy creamy mouthfeel. Lovely drinkability as the abv does not show up in the least. This is a great beer, I am glad I have three more in my cellar!

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as death, no light gettin through here. Head faded to a ring with a few wisps of dark brown on the surface. Small dots of lacing.

S - Rich dark caramel, bitter licorice, some light chocolate and light vanilla.

T - A light bitterness starts us out, pronounced licorice tastes and some old coffee come shortly after. Big toasted malts: earthy, creamy, sweet & smoky. Short undertones of chocolate then a lasting finish of sweet creamy malts.

M - Thick, very smooth and very viscous with little carbonation.

D - A meal of a beer.

umustdrink, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark blackish brown with a tan head. The roasted character is actually not too high, its more on the sweet, caramel side with some chocolate. The mouthfeel is *thick*. Probably one of the thickets beers I've experienced so far. There is some alcohol that creeps up and stings the nostrils as well, but not too much. The finish is slightly sweet, like oats and chocolate basically. A pretty big beer that you better be ready for before you pour that glass.

MiScusi, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - inky, fathomy black with a golden brown half finger of thick head

S - rich array of aromas, made up of oat sweentess, chocolate bittersweetness and coffee bitterness, very thick smelling

T - whoa-ho! sneaky beer! nicely sweet with a bitter balance, the sweetness provided by a thick chocolate flavor provided by the rich malts and balanced by a faded hop profile and a rich roasted coffee flavor, the oats are also faded in the flavor but they make their presence known, a well balanced attack this beer is

M&D - like a rogue, this beer paid the prowl cost, (any MTG-ers out there), the alcohol is sneaky, hard to taste except at the very very end, otherwise its sneaky sweet, sneaky smooth, and sneaky delicious, well done Southern Tier

sinstaineddemon, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a trade with kmpitz2!

Poured into my new Ommegang chalice! This brew poured super dark and smelled so amazing! It smelled a lot like a chocolate cereal in front of a fan pointed toward your nose. The taste is nothing short of grand. It reminded me a lot of the 2 yr old Stone IRS I had not to long ago. Its super drinkable with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

iconoklaztor, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Solid obsidian but when held to the light slight reddish hues escape around the top. A light brown 1.5 finger head appears but quickly dissipates to a splotchy peninsula of tiny bubbles thin over the top.

Smell- Oats, cream and fusel alcohol byproducts. Belgian chocolate malts and more creaminess. The alcoholic bit wafting in and out really docks the score on this bad boy. Hints of raisin and almond come out after repeated sniffs.

taste- black patent malt, lactose creamery with a rich oaty chocolate malty sweetness. A coffee huskiness permeates the palate, no real dark fruits on the tongue, but imperial Russian traits still persist. Damn Southern Tier knows the way to make their stouts. I would love to age one of these back longer. Hops are nicely balanced and not too over the top.

Mouthfeel- Rich and sticky. Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Drinkability- This stout, although huge with alcohol and oily, is still delicious and quite drinkable. I would love to find this on tap.

blakesell, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of MillRat
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This thick black brew slithers out of the bottle to produce a cocoa-brown head that doesn't last. Aroma dominated by dark malts with bread and chocolate. Hops don't even seem to bother, but the alcohol makes an appearance. Taste is rich chocolate and with a thick sweet oaty body that leaves a dark film on the side if the glass if you swirl it. The alcohol level is not as well hidden as in some brews, but it is well moderated. The heavy body is quite appropriate for the style, but its at the sipper end of the scale, far from anything that could be sessioned. A good effort in the imperial stout range with a bit more creativity than most of its peers.

MillRat, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nearly straight black with only hints of brown. A very thin dark brown head makes a brief appearance. The smell is sweet and malty, roasted and chocolatey, with dark, fruity alcohol. The taste is sweet and malty. Bitter chocolate along with molasses, dark roasted coffee with vanilla and noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is crazy, oily smooth. I think I've tried three of Southern Tier's blackwater series now, and while they have all been good all three have been a bit rough. It seems that ST is somewhat of a beer bully that would be well advised to mellow out for a bit.

Slynger, Jan 13, 2008
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.