Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
So this is fairly black, with a tan head and really fine lace. The smell is not overwhelming in power, but some nice burnt malts (oats too i suppose), and with time, a fair amount of the sugary booze. Taste is straight forward and sweet, hershey's syrup and coffee liquor, with a slight burnt bitterness. Boozy/vinous aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of syrup, low carbonation, silky. Overall, this is a heavy hitter, but seems like it's missing something to me.
11-14-2007 04:39:56 | More by zjungleist
4.58/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours an inky black beer with a small cap of dark brown foam. Lacing is spotty and minimal. The nose is full of roast, chocolate, char and a little smoke. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Body is medium or so. Could use a little boost. But it lends to a lot easier beer to drink, which could be dangerous with this one. Very lightly carbonated. The taste is full of dark oils....anise, tar, black licorice, tobacco and char. It's really quite a nicely integrated flavor profile. Plus there's that flavor packed residue that lingers long after you drink. Alcohol is hidden quite nicely behind all the roast and blackened malts. Roasted bitterness lingers. Quite a nice accomplishment here. A good "sipper."
11-14-2007 04:29:22 | More by Bighuge
3.58/5 rDev -12.9%
Pours black with a tan head that gives an espresso look. The head falls to wisps, leaving some thin lines of spotted lacing.
The smell is of dark maltiness - some coffee/chocolate though neither really stand out - a general dark maltiness fits description well enough. Boozy.
The taste is of sweet dark malt with a bittering touch. The alcohol comes through strongly. Chocolate syrup with thick caramel makes this one sweet and dessert-like. Hot, sweetish finish.
It is rich and hits full-bodied, but not too syrupy. There is a certain smoothness despite noticeable alcohol.
This is a slow-sipper. Personally, not as impressed as I was hoping to be, but an interesting beer, nevertheless.
11-13-2007 13:54:25 | More by jwc215
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: Pours a very rich looking, scorched earth black. All this dark lovliness is capped with a tiny espresso crema head.
S: Bitter chocolate, dark fruit, burnt malt, and espresso. Rum soaked raisins, burnt brown sugar and molassas.
T: See above with the perfect amount of bite from the alcohol. Sweetness lingers on the lips during the looong finish. A veritable surplus of bitter, burnt, and toasted flavors.
M: Bitter, sweet, and spicy with that delicious alcohol heat.
D: A fantastic stout, but one is more than enough.
11-13-2007 02:23:17 | More by GbVDave
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from the 22oz Bomber into a snifter. Even with the most agressive pour I could muster, I only raised up less than 1/4" of tan head...and that all but dissappeared...SO, I stirred it briskly with a spoon and was gratified with a nice 1" head. The beer is a deep ebony that didn't allow ANY light to penetrate.... NONE! Lot's of lacing as I drank.... But I don't thing hardly any lacing would show had I not stirred to produce the initial head.
The nose was somewhat subdued even though I was able to get some head to appear... I did pick up some sweet caramel and some roasted malt character.
Taste: Smokey, sweet caramel, some roasted/burnt bitterness. BIG alcohol finish... BA says 12.5% ABV; Bottle says 11.0% ABV...
Mouthfeel: I never thought that I'd say this.... but could use just a touch MORE carbonation.... I think that this would ADD body.... as it is.... it is VERY ROBUST and thick and chewy... just a little flat.... I added the remainder of the bomber down the side.... so as not to stir up any more foam... and that did help...
Drinkability: DEFINATELY A SIPPER! But a good sipper... I believe that this is my FIRST American Double (Imperial) Stout... I've had a few Russian Imperial Stouts B4.... and I will definately note that this ADIS is bigger than any RIS I've tried!... The alcohol is more present. I will have to grow into these....
11-10-2007 17:11:58 | More by TheBierBand
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottle bought at some supermarket place in East Lansing a month ago. Not quite opaque, but nearly so. Extremely small head of medium-brown layered onto a black body. Sticky brown lacing. Smells boozy and of chocolate and thick malts. Notes of charcoal, coffee and the other usual suspects. Tase is huge. Oaky thickness with a large coffee presence that's bitter, but in a way that doesn't make you think "why am i sucking on some old wet coffee grounds?", as some beers tend to do. No, its an obvious hop bitterness that melds well with the rest of the beer and that I imagine would fade as you aged this. Some hints on the finish of oak, raspberry and plums. Tastes delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, like black olive oil. Chewy, almost, or like a melted milkshake. I think the mouthfeel makes this beer. This might be the first beer from S.T. that I've REALLY liked. I'm a sucker for a tasty stout, i guess.
11-10-2007 15:22:42 | More by aforbes10
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
22 oz. bottle, 11% ABV. Pitch black in color with absolutely no highlights. Poured aggressively, but I still could not coax a head out of this beast. What was present was a very thin tan ring.
Chocolate, caramel and molasses come to mind first in the nose. Milky, and chocolate syrup as well.
Rick, thick chocolate syrup, caramel, and just a slight hint of dark fruit. Lots of dark chocolate. Just a hint of bitterness to help balance, but still remains pretty sweet.
Thick, silky body, very full and low carbonation. Alcohol comes out more in the nose and feel as it warms. Very well done, but maybe a bit overwhelming. A 22 oz. bottle of this is good to share. Very nice.
11-10-2007 14:13:43 | More by Bierguy5
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this beauty...
Appears a syrupy black with a small tan head that fades into a small head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell if of chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted nuts, caramel, mocha, and cream...luscious.
Taste is of the same with fruity notes and a deep, rich cocoa.
Mouthfeel is boozy, chocolate filled, fudgey, caramel laden, bready, sugary, full bodied, and sweet.
The only thing that could possibly make this one better is some age. Other than that, it's really tasty. A true winner that I thouroughly enjoyed and will seek out again.
11-08-2007 21:46:24 | More by weeare138
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks to Tip Top for this beer
A: Pours thinner than I would have imagined. The carbonation has a delay to it, but ultimately produces a neat, cappuccino colored head which falls quick and leaves a simple film. Body is mostly opaque, an extreme dark brown.
S: Molasses, chocolate syrup, cherry cough meds, some coffee grounds and dusty roasted barley.
T: Starts oily yet smooth. A fantastic balance between bitter chocolate, lactose and oats. Chocolate comes in multiple layers, finally finishes with lush, chocolate cake. The roasted barley is a player, but plays the supporting cast during the first part of the swallow. After the swallow, a spike of alcoholic vapors flood the nasal cavity. Roasted barley now moves in as the main player, really scraping the back of the palate with chard notes. Hops are finally allowed to come out and play, now that the dominating sweet chocolate flavors have subdued a tad. Finishes creamy, where the oats and lactose really shine.
M: Full bodied and voluptuous. An absolute pleasure to roll across the tongue.
D: Nice beer. Its the balance that makes this beer a winner. Not too dominant in one direction or another, just a very nice double stout to drink on a cold evening. Very smooth for the high alcohol content.
11-08-2007 02:14:21 | More by Westsidethreat
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque black brew. Head holds steady, with sticky slow-falling lace. Aroma is moderately of malt & dark fruit. Taste is dark sweetness upfront, a shot of fruit coupled with strong bitterness, of both the hops and coffee type, and closes with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvet, but the closing bitterness pushes a bit too hard, with style-appropriate drinkability. A pleasing nightcap.
11-07-2007 02:24:42 | More by ppoitras
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. left a creamy sheet and ring throughout. the body was black as night.
s - chocolate, caramel with a hint of bourbon.
t - chocolate, ripe cherries, coffee, oats again with a hint of bourbon.
m - creamy and slick, really coats the tongue.
d - wonderful sipper. first time i've had this and i loved it. has a little heat to it and it would be incredible on a very cold night. good fresh and might even get better with age. i have another bomber that i'm going to age for a year and see what happens.
11-05-2007 22:40:23 | More by GPHarris
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA
Poured a thick, viscous, jet black with a small ring of coffee-colored froth capping the liquid.
The aroma was dark and rich. Deep roasted malts, brown sugar and a bourbon-like alcohol quality were noticeable.
The taste was intensely flavorful and luscious smooth. Sweet, creamy, silky oats came through up front. By mid-palate, a potent mix of molasses, oak, bourbon and brown sugar took over. Deep, charred malts, coffee and a moderate alcohol warming came through on the back end. The finish was rather sweet and creamy.
As tasty as this beer was, its most impressive aspect lay in the mouthfeel. The beer was extremely thick, heavy and viscous with a silky smoothness that made the liquid glide across my palate and down my throat.
At a whopping 12.5% ABV I was furthermore amazed at how drinkable this beer turned out to be.
All in all, this was an outrageously rich, complex and unique beer. I was very impressed with the creative liberties that Southern Tier took on this already extreme style.
11-05-2007 03:42:56 | More by Damian
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
This is an impressive and unique imperial stout. From pour to taste, I knew this was different than other Imperial Stouts I've had. It has an oat-y wholesome taste that is both delicious and unique.
Pour was thick...possibly as thick as any beer I've every had...with absolutely no head. "Motor oil" is a comparison raters make pretty freely, but it was very apt for this beer; this stuff would coat the back of a spoon. Aroma is of oatmeal, roastiness, and a surprising amount of hoppiness for a stout. Flavor is very unique - a ton of oatmeal flavor (which "oatmeal stouts" usually lack) and good cerealness, balanced with some chocolate malt roastiness and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, viscous and good.
This beer is excellent. Highly recommended.
11-04-2007 18:50:11 | More by BeerBelcher
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Split a 22oz bomber with the gf. Brewed Fall 2007 11%
A: Jet black. Head had a chocolate color. Head popped up at the end of the pour and then quickly minimized.
S: Roasted malt. Then some coffee and booze. Chocolate is there but the booze really drowned it out.
T: This is this beers strength. Malt malt malt. Then you get a hint of chocolate then a rush of oats. Finishes with a subtle note of hops. The alcohol is always there but it really doesn't hurt the taste. Enjoy this one slowly.
M: Thick body but very drinkable. Very smooth considering the style. This is about the smoothest thick beer I have ever had if that makes sense.
D: For an imperial oatmeal stout this is about as easy drinking as there is. Yes the booze is there but that is part of the package. While not something I would drink every day I am enjoying this one on a brew day. Cheers.
$9.76 for the bomber.
11-03-2007 22:15:40 | More by aerozeppl
4.6/5 rDev +11.9%
This was a happy find at my local beer store on tap for my growler...
Appearance for this brew is perfect for a imperial stout- Pours like oil nice and thick--black as can be- no light can penetrate it- only swirling it in the glass shows the dark brown oil like appearance -- nice brown 1 finger head that disappears fast and leaves a very thin lace...
If this beer lacks anyplace its in the smell- I only smell dark roasted grains maybe some woody smell and the alcohol..A hints of other things in there but cant make it out... none of the smells are strong except the roast and the alcohol
As for the Taste- this one is awesome..I love the taste - loads of dark chocolate and black black coffee with plenty oaty oatness - it is much much sweeter than I expected... The best thing about this one is somehow you really cannot taste the alcohol- it is not "in" the taste like a lot of higher abv's --it is blended and part of the taste- never really tasted one like that before...It starts sweet and finishes spicy almost citrus with the alcohol and ending with a oat and chocolate aftertaste. Perfect.
Mouthfeel is also outstanding on this---smooth as silk- very slippery -goes down a bit syrupy but this is as imperial stout so thats expected...carbonation is perfect too not to much not to little and also adds to the finish on the taste.
Drinkability is as high as a imperial stout can get. Like I said earlier- the alcohol is part of the taste - you don't taste alcohol- if it wasn't for the syrupy consistency of the beer it would be dangerous easy to drink A++
Would like to try this one in a bottle to see if its as good bottled.
10-31-2007 23:55:21 | More by BuffaloBill91
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
$7.99 for 22 ounce bomber at Harvest Co-op, Cambridge, MA. Bottle states 11% (note difference) and brewed Fall 2007.
Appearance: Opaque deep brown to black, limited deep brown head, no lacing.
Smell: Roasty creosote burned (but good for style!) Slight metallic.
Taste: Intense roasty creosote, strong alcohol, warm, prunes, stonefruit. Very tasty.
Mouth: Medium, fairly hot alcohol.
Overall: Very nice, robust and big. Not nuanced, but an 11% imperial stout really isn't designed to be, right? Very drinkable given the specs. I'll buy it again.
10-31-2007 21:35:56 | More by warmstorage
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours an opaque darkness with an impressive dark brown head that fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a full, but light, speckled lacing pattern that resembles the surface of a citrus fruit. The smell immediately reveals the alcohol content within. It has that vanilla cherry oak barrel treatment aroma and the onset reminds me somewhat of the sweetness of a dark chocolate / caramel / oat / coffee Cadbury Easter Egg. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is that classic smooth and syrupy American Double Stout with that widely sought after 'coating texture' only found with premium Double Stouts. The flavor mirrors the nose. At 12.5% ABV, its a good idea to make this one the last one for the road or the first one from the Barcalounger. Really glad that Southern Tier decided to bottle this one! Highly recommended!!!
10-30-2007 23:33:22 | More by jjayjaye
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
My bottle says this is 11% strong.
Oat is good, solid and tasty in every which way. I don't think I've really cared for oatmeal stoats a whole lot before but this one clearly works when doubled up.
Sweetness is strong and a little bit cloying by itself, but when paired with dark, bitter chocolate this beer is a beautiful dream. The coffee character, as well as the slight oatmeal notes harmonizes in a delicious way.
Wait for this fellow to warm up. All of its goodness will show itself when closer to room temperature. This isn't very very special, in my opinion, but it's very good. Considering the very competitive category this holds its own very well. Oat ought to be included in a double stout side by side.
10-30-2007 03:16:36 | More by ommegangpbr
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
I'm not sure I've ever had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm looking forward to the experience as Southern Tier has yet to disappoint me.
This one pours a viscous black used motor oil. Pours like syrup and unfortunately generates no head. I was afraid I was going to have to squeeze the bottle to get everything out. Of course no head means no lacing.
Smells like chocolate. More chocolate than any Imperial Stout I've ever experienced. No hop bitterness as in your standard Imperial Stout. This one seems to be pure sweetness. With the chocolate are hints of coffee, but there is no roasted or burnt qualities like other stouts. A hint of anise spicing.
Sipping reveals the bitterness that was lacking in the nose, but I'm getting ahead of myself as thats on the finish. This is lip smacking good! Tastes of sweet chocolate, but not in a cocoa sense and instead of a creamy chocolate. After warming to a temperature closer in range of 55 to 60 Fahrenheit instead of the suggested 48 Fahrenheit I find more of the caramel flavors I thought were initially missing. The sweetness evolves into a spicier flavoring and reminds me more of a Belgian Imperial Stout with a hint of anise. Finish consists of an alcohol and hop bite.
Mouthfeel is stupendous and is the most fascinating aspect of this beer. Extremely viscous, thick and amazingly smooth makes sipping this beer very enjoyable. Very low amounts of carbonation enhance the mouthfeel. Drinkability is dangerously high for this brew, but I will note that the bottle marks this one at 11% rather than the 12.5% listed on Beeradvocate. Highly recommended stout as we move into the colder months.
10-30-2007 00:29:04 | More by Jmamay22
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
A very mild head that dies quickly. Nearly black in color where no light can shine through.
Cocoa with cream aroma
Extreme doesn't begin to describe this beer. Strong black patent malt bitterness (similar to coffee grounds). After the aroma, I didn't expect this much flavor. Brandy-like warmth from the alcohol, particularly in the swallow.
Could this be too much of a good thing? I certainly could not drink this regularly.
10-28-2007 00:49:40 | More by smcolw
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.
Super thick pour a lot like cool used motor oil and just as dark a thin brown head forms but this isn't a beer notable for head formation at all. A decent head and this could have been a "5" appearance beer easily.
As I type noting the appearance the aroma of the beer tempts me from a distance this is odoriferous stuff. Sweet dark dried fruits, mostly fig and plum mix with chocolate and Kahlua in my first sniff. Berries and dried Bing Cherries rum and cinnamon are in the very next layer of scent. Among the better scented RIS out there but not quite the best of the best.
The taste begins sweet and chocolate with a coffee after taste. Boozy on the tongue in a good way and quite a lot like a glass of Kahlua wonder what this is like over ice cream? Flavor is quite good but no where near as complex as the scent. Figs and prunes are in the taste profile and even a bit of Bock beer flavor.
The mouthfeel is very thick like milkshake mix.
Quite the pleasant and comfortable RIS and one that I look forward to sampling again. Pretty much a top-notch example of the style and one that I would recommend. Add a little more complex flavor and some head and this would be a competitor for the best RIS on the planet.
10-27-2007 23:15:35 | More by Zorro
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Southern Tier's Oat gurgles from the bottle like a quart of oil.Pours black without a hint of light being able to sneak through. The beers body is so black it just swallows any light in it's path. A small ecru head formed on a hard pour and just wouldn't grow any farther. The head disappeared quickly and the swirling looked like our galaxy swirling in space. The collar did stick around though.
The nose is good but not near as intense as I expected for a brew this huge. Smell has a solid dark fruitiness up front and throughout. Blackberry, black raspberry and a faint hint of bing cherries Roasty malts and mild coffee comes through in the middle. Spicy booziness toward the back combines with a distance but noticeable pine/aspirin like hoppiness. The berries are noticeable throughout.
Flavor is right in step with the aroma. Roasted grain and black coffee mingle very nicely with the dark berries. Light cream on the finish along with the pine and aspirin like hoppiness. This beer is a mind bender. It seems to change with each sip either showing more fruit, coffee, or hoppiness. That's one aspect I really enjoy, an ever evolving brew.
The mouthfeel is heavenly. Heavy bodied but incredibly silky smooth. Just lays on the tongue with hardly any carbonation noticeable. Excellent mouthfeel!
Drinkability is good considering the abv. I could sip this till I fall asleep and tonight it will probably be as soon as this bomber disappears.
Another good brew from Southern Tier. This is from the Blackwater series. Is this the first? And what's the difference from the Imperial series? Is the Blackwater series all stouts? Enough ramblin' I just want to try them all.
10-27-2007 02:39:06 | More by joe1510
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
My first sample of this hearty brew came from a 22oz bomber. Upon pouring into a standard pint glass, the color was dark as midnight...no light shining through this baby! The liquid emitted an aroma of coffee, chocolate and a lot a malt. The taste was everything i suspected and more. Very chocolatey, toasted coffee, roasted malt and a little bit of alcohol. The aftertaste was as if I was just sipping on a fresh cup of coffee. The alcohol does kick in a bit after you swallow. Mouthful is very good. Not to syrupy, just right. As far as drinkability goes, it's outstanding. Very good for a glass or two, but anymore than that you'll either be too full or too lit. No sessions here. Good effort by Southern Tier.
10-26-2007 20:34:29 | More by Infamous7100
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to franksnbeans for the trade.
The color is a like that of a cola drink but with no fizz at all. I got absolutely no head whatsoever.
Smells are of chocolate malt, roasted barley, a little chocolate, caramel, alcohol and strangely enough a bit of green olives; I know it must be some combination thats coming across as olives and I think its due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but thats what it reminds me of.
The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate with an alcohol kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and just a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Strange thing about this beer is that it hints to serve at 48° F, which I would not agree with when it comes to an Imperial Stout, but I kept this one in the fridge anyways and its cold but it doesnt feel as cold when you sip it. I am sure that has to do with the alcohol though and I find it enjoyable. As it warms up there is some smoked flavors in the finish, more like an aftertaste really.
A very good Imperial Oat.
10-24-2007 23:48:25 | More by seaoflament
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. This bottle notes it was brewed Fall 2007. It also claims 11.0% ABV, whereas B.A. lists this one as 12.5%. Maybe this changes year to year?
A: Beautiful night black color, no hint of light coming thru. A fairly thin 1/2 inch of head comes with the pour, and it's a dark tan-leaning-on-brownish color. It recedes rather quickly to leave a swirling layer atop the beer. There's a thin, drifting layer of lacing on the sides of the glass after each sip that slowly falls back into the beer. I appreciate the color of this brew, but even with a vigorous pour, I can't get more than at most 1/2 inch of head.
S: Roasted malts with scents of chocolate, nuts and oatmeal hit the nose right away and are quite filling. There's also a kind of spicy floral note to it that lingers in the tip of the nose.
T: Roasted malts and slightly nippy hops, actually, are what lead the way. The middle is mostly full of roasted barley, slightly chocolatey flavors, and a smooth oatmeal toast. The finish reveals a bit more of the spiciness and underlying hop flavors, which is rather surprising to me. After it all, the malts linger a bit longer, leaving a smooth but tingly taste in the mouth. After letting this beer warm even more, I find the spiciness is more subtle but certainly not diminished.
M: For a beer of this heaviness, I am impressed with how calm and satisfying the mouthfeel is. Being a stout, this brew is filling and weighty on the palate, but it does not weigh down too heavily. All in all, this beer feels great.
D: Very drinkable. Hardly a hint of the 11+ % ABV. Relatively tasty; leaves me wanting another sip.
Overall, a solid oatmeal stout. Interesting combination of barley, malts, oatmeal and slightly spicy hops that seem to change over time and with the beer warming. I was expecting a smoother malt character, and was surprised by the noticeable hoppiness. Certainly worth trying if you haven't had it. When I have an oatmeal stout, I'm looking for something smoother and creamier, but perhaps this is what you're looking for.
10-24-2007 05:20:48 | More by LeftyBWS
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,285 ratings.