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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: 1,337
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 133
Gots: 153 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004

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Ratings: 1,337 | Reviews: 676
Photo of rallison
4.42/5  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

Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of irishevans
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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!!!

Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.43/5  rDev +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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of blakesell
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of MillRat
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Slynger
3.82/5  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.

Photo of tayner
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a medium brown head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer.

smelled like alcohol up front with some aroma hops and raw malt flavors.

Tasted hot. The 11% was not well masked like some other high ABV selections. There was some roasted malt flavors with a citrus hop finish, but the alcohol dominated the flavor and feel all the way through for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, nothing special though, but wasnt too thin.

As for drinkability, for me it was just too hot from the alcohol to really enjoy. It is a sipper beer that warmed all the way down. I think maybe a year in the cellar would mellow this out some and allow the flavor of the beer to dominate the alcohol.. or so i hope. I was slightly disspointed in this one after all of the very high reviews but i want the flavor to dominate, not the alcohol burn when i drink beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a deep black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy dark tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, chocolaty, toffee, roasty, vanilla, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots and lots of roasty/chocolate/toffee tones. The alcohol is hidder pretty well for a brew this high. Medium body. A well rounded brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from ST, highly recommended. Thanks Joe.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of brantadid
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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.

Photo of BassAssassin
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of younger35
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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