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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 123
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from a never ending trade between me and Adam, the guy better known as BeerTruth! (Great Guy by the way)

A: Pours as dark and black as any beer, or beverage I have ever seen. Even the Florida sunshine can't penetrate this one. Nice fluffy bubbly head quickly appears only to die down in a flash. A nice foamy collar is left, but it only mananges minimal lacing. What I can tell though is this is a thick and oily brew. The contents seem to slide back down the glass after each drink leaving an oily haze behind.

S: Nice earthy stout. Big bold charcoal roasted malts which come at you as French Roast coffee and bitter Belgian chocolate. Beneath the charcoal there is a tinge of butter, and just a hint of booze. This is gonna be another fine ST brew.

T: Oh yeah, ST knows what they are doing. Tons of flavor with the oats really shining in this one. Over cooked cowboy coffee poured over milk chocolate is how this one tastes. Sweet yet bitter, and oh so good. Dark fruits make themselves known in the end. Mostly dates but a I think a touch of hops produces an almost green raisin type flavor as well. If I were a horse you could fill my feed back with this OAT and I would be content for the entire winter.

M: Nice and full bodied. It's a shame I wasted this one on an 80 degree Florida winter day, but hey BeerTruth just sent me Choklat and Gemini and I had to celebrate.

D: Yeah I drank the entire bomber lickity split. No trace of the true ABV in this one.

Overall: I am absolutely blown away by ST. They have really come on the scene in the past year and the beers they are now putting out will rival the lineup of any of the other highly rated craft brewers. I love what they are doing and am excited to see what 2008 brings to their lineup of beer. I am thankful I have BeerTruth up in Syracuse to ensure that I enjoy each and everyone of their offerings.

tpd975, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of brantadid
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black into a tulip. Absolutely no light passed through this beer. 1/2 inch head formed and diminished very quickly. Not much lacing. I was a little disappointed in that.

Lots of toffee and tar in the nose. Sweet malts, raisins, and hops.

Tasted great. Nice sweetness with tons of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and earthy flavors. Some hops and burnt flavors on the back palate. Alcohol come through a bit. Very long finish.

Very low carbonation and very creamy mouthfeel. With the alcohol mostly masked, this is a very drinkable beer.

brantadid, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Southern Tier brew. After having enjoyed several heavily bourbon based stouts in a row, I was looking forward to trying something new.

Pours a dark black. Little to no head, maybe just a thin crust. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy: perfect! Smells like roasted malt and chocolate... no oatmeal yet!

Taste actually seems more chocolate than oatmeal, though that's there. Also some vanilla, dark roasted fruits, and maybe a splash of coffee. The vanilla was probably the biggest surprise, you'll taste this tantalizing treat tiptoeing towards your tongue as you sip away.

Very good, solid stout, with perhaps one off-note, kind of a funky bitterness that becomes more noticeable as a I drink it. I don't know that is, almost a metallic tang. Detracts slightly.

Overlord, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at track 84

The bar is dark, but this beer seems to be a bane to all light, completely pitch black with a dark tan fluffy head on top. Really tight lacing.

Aroma is of rich toffee, coffee and a hint of chocolate, there is some dried fruit and a subtle aroma of brandy.

Taste: Incredibly rich and dark and heavy on the palatte, there is a strong enough hop character to bring balance to the ridiculously strong roasted malt and grainy flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet, however still dries the mouth out... odd

Overall: This is a really big beer in every way that is not for the faint of heart. Although i found it maybe to be slightly less complex than i was expecting, another outstanding extreme stout from the brewers at southern tier.

YankChef, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of BassAssassin
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pure black with a very thin, tan head. Despite the lack of head, there is nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet molasses hits the nose first, followed by slight roasted malt aroma. Big whiff of alcohol is also present. Hints of dried fruit are detected every once in awhile.

T: Starts malty sweet with a pleasant, even handed roasted bitterness. Balanced, although, perhaps leaning toward the sweeter side. Strong flavors of molasses and dried fruits. Warming and alcoholic. Definitely lacks the huge hop punch of many American double stouts. This is a good thing in my opinion. It keeps it from getting lost in the crowd.

M: Very heavy and full bodied. Also, very smooth. It could use a little more carbonation. Maybe it's the bottle I got.

D: This is definitely a good beer. A sipper for sure. Makes a perfect nightcap on a cold winter night. However, could be a little more carbonated.

BassAssassin, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from tpd975 for winning the Beer Advocate Suicide Pool and I also received another bottle last night from drseamus in his Big Black Booty package. Drank from my new Dogfish Head pint glass that drseamus sent along in his package.

Appearance- Glugs black as night with hues of super dark brown (maybe) along the edges. Nice half finger head forms but dissipates rather quickly. A super thin collar is left for most of the beer but zero cap and lacing.
Smell- Loaded with rich super roasted malt that is full of dark chocolate and licorice. Dark fruits, toasted nuts and plenty of mild coffee do a pretty nice job of covering the alcohol vapors. The alcohol become more pronounced as they warm but this brew does a nice job hiding it considering the 11%.
Taste- Very rich and thick with plenty of dark roasted goodness. Sweet milk chocolate and plenty of caramel goodness are the first things that jump out at me. Some dark fruits such as figs and raisins make an appearance adding a bit of bitterness to cut the sweetness. Lots of alcohol is present and it leaves a Kahlúa and coffee like aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy with a nice mouth coating viscosity and light carbonation.
Drinkability- I really like this one. I haven’t yet tried Choklat or Jah*va but if this is any indication of how good they are going to be I can’t wait. This was a really good Imp Stout and like all the other Southern Tier brews I tried, fantastic. Big thanks again to Greg and Jeremy!

younger35, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of LeeMarvin
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this unexpected gem tucked away in a dusty corner of a townie package store. I love the Southern Tier stuff, and saved it for the New Year's Eve Twilight Zone marathon.

I let the bottle sit for a few minutes before opening as the label says to serve at 48 degrees. I used my Sam Adams glass for lack of the suggested glassware indicated on the bottle.

Poured rich and thick, with little head. Smell of dark essences, malts, booze. Each mouthful immerses the tongue in darkness, with tight carbonation interspersed with chocolate, rich sweets and caramel.

It’s a hearty brew, satisfying like a fine desert, and it masks the alcohol well. I don’t think I could drink two of these filling brews in a row, but every sip was better than the last. Another killer beer from Southern Tier.

LeeMarvin, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of YonderWanderer, thanks again!

Beer pours a dark flat black color, with a big rocky brown head.

Aromas are boozy, dark roasted chocolate malts, slightly sweet smelling, and with a coffee like note as well. The boozy alcohol smell is quite strong and overpowering of the other aromas.

Taste is malt dominant. Creamy and sweet, with a dark chocolate flavor. Finish has a vegetal bitter hop bite, and is a bit hot and prickly from the alcohol, but it doesn't taste overly strong. Very thick and smooth flavored stout. My only complaint would be that this comes off as being a bit too sweet in my opinion, it's still quite tasty though.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very thick and syrup like character.

Drinkability is good. This is a very nice full flavored stout, that doesn't taste overly heavy, and the high ABV is hidden nicely. Well worth a try.

I'll be interested to see how the other bottle tastes with some age under it's belt.

flexabull, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. First impression is how thick it is. Second impression is how black it is -- light is not penetrating at all. Thick and black with a chocolate brown head that settles pretty quickly. No real lacing at first, but plenty of "legs" down the side of the glass after each sip. My second pour (of the remainder of the bomber) was more aggressive and yielded a bigger head and some lacing.

S: Not as strong as expected at first, though perhaps I'm serving this a little too cold. There's the usual suspects from a big stout: some coffee/espresso; sweet, roasted malt; and some black licorice. As it warms and I make a 2nd pour, I also get a waft of alcohol and some citrusy hops.

T: When it's colder I get roasted malt, coffee, a hint of wood, and some black licorice towards the back of the mouth. Slight coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it's pretty mellow. As it warms there's a more chocolatey taste to it, and the alcohol heat is more prevalent at the back of the sip. Not terribly strong in any one flavor profile, just nicely balanced and smooth.

M: Weight is definitely heavy -- perhaps one of the heaviest beers I've had. Yet it's also creamy and feels almost airy on the palate if that's possible for such a big beer.

D: Easy does it -- this is a definite slow sipper. But enjoyable as you're sipping it.

Notes: Like Choklat (sampled for the first time just 2 nights earlier), the amazing part of this beer is how well-hidden the 11% ABV is. I ended up with a real solid buzz from this, probably because it was so smooth -- I find oatmeal stouts have that creamy smoothness to them that is lacking in other stouts, and Oat didn't disappoint in that regard -- that I drank it pretty fast. Another excellent beer from Southern Tier; I'm curious to see how this one will age. . . .

Kendo, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mully
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a -- matte black, pours with 3 fingers of brown head, very fine bubbles that slowly fade and cling to the sides of the glass

s - bright hops, dark chocolate

t -- dark malts, creamy, pleasent hop bitterness and roast from the malts blend together well

m -- big, thick

d -- bomber size is good couldn't drink too many of them though

Overall --I like it the oats cover up almost all of the alcohol sting -- not lacking, good beer here

mully, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bought at Lone Hill Liquors, in Glendora, CA, first time I've ever seen a Southern Tier beer in this state,

A: Pours black, with hints of brown, with a small, frankly, mocha coffee tan head, fair retention, limited lacing, not the best looking big stout that I have seen.

S: The smell has an overall smoky feel to it, even though this beer isn't smoked, nice notes of strong coffee and milk chocolate come along for the ride.

T: Never having had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout before, I didn't know what to expect, but was eager to try, I assumed it would be a sweeter version of an RIS-type beer. Very sweet on the first sip, very malty, but not with a roasted flavour, more caramel, then as the flavour evolves in your mouth, the burnt sugar and molasses come with strong espresso notes finishing out the drink. A complex and satisfying stout.

M: Very rich, but actually somewhat light and fluffy on the tongue which lessens its alcoholic impact, making it easier to drink. Very well done.

D: My first beer from Southern Tier and I am impressed, I'd like to try more of their beers if I'm ever in the Northeast.

Halcyondays, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited when this brewery started distributing in Chicago, but so far the most exciting of the beers for me has been the Pumking... Into the Atomium goblet...

A - Eh, dark with very little head poking out from the syrup. Seen one....

S - Dense, that's for sure. Alcohol and esters are surprisingly dominate in this dry aroma. Not much in the way of lactic qualities I usually detect in Oatmeal Stouts, but did pick up some melon and nut notes. Not bad, but not as different as I had hoped...

T - In the mouth, this beer tasted more like what one would expect from a big, hoppy, high alcohol oatmeal stout. Lactic flavors mixed with alcohol, hops, dark fruits, and smoke to please me.

M - Can note that silky mouthfeel that comes from the oatmeal, and was plenty dense.

D - Just different enough to separate itself from all the other Impy Stouts out there, something I could see myself coming back to.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2007 Release, Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, richly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, black color no matter what angle I look at it. Aromas of tempered black coffee, dark chocolate, and acidic espresso are strongly noticeable and dominant, though the chocolate note is the least noticeable. Behind this are aromatic notes of deeply toasted grain, blackened malt, and carbonized wood. The aroma is really dominated by overly roasted malt characteristics; sharp, acidic and harsh some feeble attempts at balance are made by weak chocolate notes and concentrated caramelized malt sugars. The aroma is not bad and would in fact appeal to those who like hugely roasted beers, but it is fairly uni-dimensional / one sided.

The taste is thick and rich up front with an ample, deeply caramelized, dark, malt sugar profile. The light carbonation makes has this leaning towards a creamy mouthfeel, but the roast acidity prickly carbonation cause the beer to thin out unsatisfactorily in the finish. Up front, creamy dark chocolate notes lend a richness and texture that is really quite nice, unfortunately the finish ruins this with sharp, bitter, burnt grain-husk flavors and a lingering roasted astringency. The harsh finish doesn't quite banish the rich, textured malt character though it gives it harrowing blow. A bitter, roasted, almost tepid, overly drained espresso flavor with blackened vegetal characteristics in the finish really gets in the way.

While the aroma is way too one-dimensional, the front part of each sip is quite enjoyable; the rich, textured grain character (of which the oatmeal plays a significant role) accents a delightful chocolate flavor and reasonable espresso flavor. The finish though is overly sharp and roasted; harsh, off-putting and acidic, at best this beer needs five years to mellow. At which point it might actually be quite sublime. If you only have one bottle, I would highly recommend holding on to it for quite some time.

Gueuzedude, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured as if I were draining oil from one of my cars. Very black. Minimal tan head falls quickly to some moderate lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of black liquorish. Strong aggressive flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt toast, brown sugar and booze. Some light pine mixed in there as well. Finishes sweet. High ABV is definitely noticeable, but not harsh. Mouth feel is thick and sticky. Low carbonation. Overall drinkability is fair. A bit too sweet and syrupy for me, but still found it very enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

DavidEddie, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black preventing any light from making its way through. Thin creamy brown head.

S - Oats, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted malt and caramel chocolate brownies. Some dark fruits also show up as it warms.

T - Burnt brownies, caramel, dark fruits, burnt coffee. Starts out sweet and is followed by bitter chocolate and green tasting bitter hops that linger in the finish. I didn't notice the alcohol at first but it grew with each sip as it warmed.

M - Starts thick but tends to feel medium bodied as I continue to sip. Strange since the aroma/taste is screaming huge Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. It is weird how it feels medium bodied but still coats the mouth.

D - A great beer that might be perfect with a touch less alcohol and a bit more body. I went through this one too fast trying to place complex taste after complex taste. The alcohol seemed to build in the taste to the point it truly became a sipper.

brewcrew76, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11% abv. Brewed in Fall 2007. Demon-blood black with a thin burnt-orange head that quickly vanishes into a ring. Dark-chocolate-dipped blackberry aromas with a slightly menacing undercurrent of alcohol vapor. The oil-slick texture carries a cacophony of juicy dark fruit flavors: black cherries, burnt currants, earthy and coniferous hop spice, charred grain, and silky booze. The latter is deftly hidden amongst the wall of flavor this stout presents, but its warming effect is nearly immediately noticeable both in the stomach and in the cheeks. A sipper for certain. A solid effort, but less than awesome all the same.

orfeu, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle, delivered by hoppymeal as a <welcome> extra. Poured to a pint glass. "Only" 11.0% ABV is what the silk-screened bottle says...from the "Blackwater Series", brewed Fall 2007.

A: Virtually black, maybe a slim trace of amber brown on the fringes. About 1/2 finger of rusty-tan fizziness forms the head on this one; it's quick to die, becoming a clinging ring of cream with a feathery swirl of film. Lace sticks in slick bands.

S: Big aroma of sweet malts, laden with caramel and molasses. It's oatmeal the way I like it - topped with brown sugar and dried fruit. Toasted grain with some coffee roast, maybe a hint of oxidized tartness. It's a wealth of complex aromas and a pleasure to inhale.

T: Sweet, yet savory. This has a layered dose of burnt sugars, coffee grounds, cocoa and caramel melded with a bit of dried tart raisins and smoked barbeque. An intriguing mix of sweeter and darker, richer malt flavors with just enough bittering hops for balance. Oh, and throw in a little booze, because there's definitely a woody 'barrel' flavor in there...

M: Pretty thick, really rather syrupy. Some boozy warmth and a little burnt/sweet goodness lingering on the tongue. Carbonation is mild and the mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, coating.

D: A big, big beer; a pleasure to drink as a single pour, but nearly impossible to finish a bottle. Dessert-like and decadent, this is certainly recommended, but is the type of beer you want to end the night on. Absolutely worth seeking out and sipping on rare occasions when the moment seems right...

msubulldog25, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of well balance of sweet oatmeal malt with some coffee and bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by a rich creamy texture with some notes of coffee, medium sweet black chocolate and a light bitter ending. I have to admit to being very impressed by this beer that retains some balance while being very extreme.

Phyl21ca, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle lists 11.0% abv, I'll try and make an update.
Pours a completely opaque black beer with a quarter inch of head that quickly sinks to a slim covering of cappucino colored tracing. Aromas are carried by a strong alcohol presence. Lots of earthy, rich and deep notes come through, mostly chocolate, cream soda, vanilla, a little light oak, and a bunch of milled oatmeal. It's really nothing like any RIS I've had as I would compare it to; not as roasty or chocolaty, but still with some slight port like notes. On the palate, this beer explodes! Minimal carbonation fills your mouth with a heavy slickness of chocolate, oatmeal, some slight lactose like notes. It is incredible smooth as the high percentage of oats would do and the finish is very long, very smooth with some slight roasty bitterness. A little bit of an herbal touch is felt from the hops, columbus bringing citrus and willamette a little floral. Overall, this is an overwhelmingly good beer and I'm scared to rate it so high. My first from this brewery and hopefully the rest will live up to this one.

dreadnatty08, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'07 22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F.

Black color with cedar hues and a thick brown head. Poor retention as it settled to a light foam around the glass.

Roasted malts and oats. Chocolate, caramel, and peppery hops as well. Some dark fruit comes out as it warms.

Wow, I was totally not expecting such a powerfull and delicious beer from the smell. A wonderful roasted malt structure composed of caramel, chocolate and black varieties. More sweet chocolate with molasses, vanilla and a nice floral hop character to keep everything in good balance.

Quality mouthfeel as well. Full body with light carbonation. Thick, smooth and chewy.

A great oatmeal stout and on eof the best around. Nothing out of balance and the 11% is well hidden. Highly suggested.

rye726, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.

Almost a completely jet black fills the glass that no light could ever penetrate...very small off white head disappears way too quickly. A tease to the alcohol inside.

Aromas are chocolate...dark chocolate...sweet dark chocolate...coffee...espresso...touch of hops and alcohol.

Taste is as it smells....but more so. The sweet dark chocolate is so intense it is decadent and sinful...the espresso is just enough to balance the chocolate, and the alcohol at the end reminds you this is one very potent and substantial dessert.

Mouthfeel is as creamy and smooth as a dessert should be.

Everything about this beer is...
...decadent, sinful, and worth the price of the sin.

IntriqKen, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle says 11.0% abv.

a - pours quite black and thick-looking, very small brown head with no retention or lacing

s - deeply roasted malt and iced coffee on the nose, some fruit and bright hops, alcohol notes as well

t - bright hops with lots of sweetness up front, body of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, finish is quite bitter with more fruitiness from the hops, chocolate and coffee linger on the finish that's fairly sweet, some alcohol

m - full-bodied, coats the mouth very well, mostly sweet but some dryness on the finish, warming from the alcohol

d - definitely a sipper, very powerful and intense beer, not easy on too easy on the palate and at 11% abv, not overly drinkable

Very interesting impy stout...more hops than any other stout I've tried. Very distinct and well worth seeking out.

WeisGuy, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some quick-hit notes:

* Pitch black color, no head.
* Strong coffee bitterness in the taste
* Heavy blast of alcohol
* Feels thick like motor oil; viscous
* Smell is sweeter, milder than the taste
* More hops are present in the smell than in the taste.
* Oats and grains come out in the flavor more as it warms up
* Quite strong; big time alcoholic kick
* A real choker; thick as molasses
* The cherry/berry element is dark but overpowered by the alcohol and the bitter, roasted malt.

williamherbert, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle, I found this to be a lackluster pour with only a light head created even when the velocity and distance were increased. Head retention was virtually nonexistent, as was residual lacing; not necessarily what I'd expect from a thick, double-strength stout. The dark brow-black hue of the beverage was pleasant, lending this beer an appealing, though not extraordinary appearance.

The scent was equally unimpressive, fairly astringent with a readily accessible alcohol profile. Perhaps my expectations for sampling chocolate or coffee were not high enough, for I simply could not find any in this offering.

After partaking of the scent, I tasted this brew with mixed feelings. Unfortunately, my consternation was found to be warranted as this beer is rather unbalanced and skewed. The alcohol was clearly in the forefront, dominating all else; a clear faux paus. The oat sweetness was virtually nonexistent, as were indications of the dark fruit embodied in a normal imperial stout (and, as an aficionado of the so-called dark fruits, I can say that there is little here in the way to interpret with). What I detected was simple: alcohol followed by a meager malt profile attached to some rather delectable hops. Again, not a poor specimen, but rather average.

Mouthfeel was satisfactory, smooth and somewhat creamy with a low amount of carbonation in the throat. An acceptable beer, but nothing remarkable. Unless offered as a gift, I would not make a point of partaking of this beverage again.

falloutsnow, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown color with a gooey tan head that leaves droplets all around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aroma with a subtle blend of dark fruit sneaking through

Taste: Opens with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by dark fruit and hints of molasses; after the swallow, some piney hops peek through and take the beer in an unexpected direction

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: These bombers that Southern Tier put out are just an adventure that I am ready to take whenever I see them; another great achievement

brentk56, Dec 02, 2007
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,319 ratings.