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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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BA SCORE
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1,293 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 114
Gots: 149 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

A-Blackish brown...tan/amber head...

S-Quite impressive....rich and sweet....chocolate...roasted malts...very appealing vanilla...a little caramel....some dark fruits and rum....tremendously complex....AWESOME aroma

T-Milk chocolate....roasted malts...."tia maria" liquor...maple...nougat...dark fruits...plums, black cherries...figs....boozy to a point...finish with a spicy gain alcohol kick.

M-Like fucking velvet...smooth and as creamy a beer as I've ever had....full bodied...definitely a sipper.

D-Right up there with the best of the best....a slight grainy alcoholic feel is the only minor complaint...now listed at 11.0% rather than 12.5% Maybe they are working on that...might be even better at 10%...nevertheless this is a hell of a beer. I'm not sure where the scores will place it but it feels like a top 25-50 beer of all-time for me. (Note: I just checked it is tied for # 72 out of 1302 on my list....about right)

12-01-2007 07:05:18 | More by ZAP
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Inky black with almost no head whatsoever. Very little carbonation present even with a hard pour.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Like the nose. Coffee up front along with the vanilla. Has a big alcohol taste, which dominates the end of the swallow. There is a bit of hoppiness at the end as well, not too overpowering, just enough to add a few extra flavors to the beer. Not much in the way of oatmeal sweetness, which is the only real complaint here.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and heavy. Coats the mouth and leaves a good amount of alcohol and hops. Would like more of the oatmeal to stick around instead of those two.

Drinkability: Very big beer. Too thick and heavy to have much of. A bomber will about do it. Best enjoyed with something much lighter alongside. Very good beer, with good complexity, and a bit different than a lot of Imperial Stouts out there.

12-01-2007 04:00:36 | More by hellcatsjg
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%

Deep black in color-not as much head as the label would have you believe. Lightly carbonated-nice lacing as it goes down. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and oats. Quite grainy. Slick and oily oat flavor. Decent level of roasted malts against a fairly heavy dose of hops. Really great slickness to it with the roasted flavor. Slightly spiced-cinnamon and licorice. Perfect mouthfeel-as before with the oilyness. Not a touch of alcohol in there. Almost the perfect brew going on here. A great drinkability. I cant get enough of the mouthfeel on this one. Great, great beer.

11-26-2007 01:25:08 | More by lackenhauser
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a ridiculously thick, inky black. At first there was no head at all and thought maybe I had a bad bottle, then all of the sudden bubbles rose up and a 1/2 inch, brown head was formed. Looks like engine oil after 10,000 miles of use. Heads goes away after a few minutes, leaving no lacing behind.

Smells of mucho roastiness, coffee, maltiness, burnt chocolate, slight alcohol. Tastes of sweet, roasty malts up front turning into even more of a robust roastiness after the sip. Burnt toffee flavors, dark unsweetened cocoa/chocolate, dark-roast coffee, vanilla is present (almost like it was aged in casks). There is some alcohol presence in the finish but not as bad as you would expect from such a big beer. This is an extremely robust beer and full of complexities.

If ever a beer was labeled as a "meal in a bottle", this would be it. Insanely thick, coats the mouth, very heavy. Light on the carbonation or maybe I dont notice it as much because of the thickness of the brew. This is definitely a sipper and a great winter beer. Very good and highly recommended. It appears that Southern Tier can do no wrong.

11-24-2007 23:35:09 | More by Doomcifer
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sleazo

New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Figured this would be good on a cold blustery night.

A-Pours an opague black. No light getting through on this bad bot. A coffee coloured dense head sits atop its' murky blackness.

S-This smells of rich roasted malt, a bit of coffee and some slight alcohol. Not as potent as I was expecting but I mean that in a good way. An underlying sweetness is evident as well.

T-Sweet rich roasted malt is the first thing you notice then toffee, vanilla, coffee and a woodiness. The hop character is restrained and this definitely leans on the sweeter side. The bitterness is there and it balances things well. The alcohol is VERY well hidden even though it is a sipper. It does warm the blly though so you do know the % is there. Very roasty to say the least.

M-Syrupy, slightly chalky like some baltic porters and a mild yet pleasing carbonation.

D-This is one hell of a stout, I like it better than their Ja-va. A well made stout

11-23-2007 03:39:31 | More by sleazo
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PlaywrightSam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

22oz bomber into snifter. A: Pours thick as oil, completely black, very little head and almost no lacing. S: Chocolate, thick caramel up front, some citrus notes hidden in there. Hops pretty faint. Alcohol present. T: Very sweet and creamy up front, darker fruit with some citrus, nice biting hops that really come through on the finish. Great balance. M: Very, very thick, smooth, chewy. D: Really enjoyable--obviously very intense, but very drinkable for such a huge abv. I'll definitely pick this one up again if I see it. Really delicious.

11-22-2007 04:52:14 | More by PlaywrightSam
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

22 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods.

Pours a very thick and oily opaque black, thick and huge brown head forms, massive lacing, good retention. Smell is oats, caramel, chocolate, big roast, molasses, vanilla, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is molasses and toffee, chocolate, roast, oats, sweet lactic middle, coffee with cream, some floral and bitter roast in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, low carbonation, very sweet. At first I had this rated pretty highly, but the more I drank the more I disliked it. It turns sickly sweet and sugary, and if I have this again its going to be split a hell of a lot more than two ways.

11-21-2007 18:18:13 | More by Viggo
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and some cocoa is picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt sweetness with some bitter dark chocolate, prunes, mild bitterness, and a good bit of alcohol. The oats seem to mellow out the malt profile a bit.

Mouthfeel: lightly prickly at the start. Smooth almost syrupy at the finish. Heavy in body. Aftertaste is long on the flavor profile.

Drinkability: decent but a real slow sipper here. This bottle will last a good part of the evening. One bomber is more than enough though.

11-15-2007 23:13:43 | More by Gavage
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zjungleist

Illinois

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
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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GbVDave

Illinois

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
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TheBierBand

Ohio

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
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aforbes10

Iowa

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
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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
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Westsidethreat

California

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. It’s 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
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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GPHarris

Alabama

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
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Damian

Massachusetts

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
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

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
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aerozeppl

New York

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
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BuffaloBill91

New York

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
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warmstorage

California

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
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jjayjaye

New York

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
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.