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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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pDev: 10.98%


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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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Zorro

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 23:15:35 | More by Zorro
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joe1510

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Binny's Orland

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 02:39:06 | More by joe1510
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 20:34:29 | More by Infamous7100
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seaoflament

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 that’s coming across as olives and I think it’s due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but that’s 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 it’s cold but it doesn’t 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 23:48:25 | More by seaoflament
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 05:20:48 | More by LeftyBWS
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mcmidc

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful inch thick head on the pour from this imperial stout, and the was pour very thick (what's better?) and left a nice lacey tan head after it settled. Smell was very good, a ton of aromas with chocolate and carmel dominating. Taste was amazing, a lot of things going on in my mouth. Very full bodied with dark chocolately malt taste with a hint of molasses. Minor tones of alcohol in the backround. This stout finished clean and I thought I could sense some hoppy undertones at the end, but now that I'm halfway done with a pint I'm not tasting it anymore. This is everything I think an imperial stout should be. Exceptional beer and I recommend it and will definetely drink again. I can't wait.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 23:31:13 | More by mcmidc
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mcallister

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black and burnt looking with a thick mocha head. A great looking stout all around. Head fades somewhat quickly and only leaves some trace lacing behind.

Full of dark fruits, oozing dark chocolate, fudge, mollasses, bits of pine and alcohol bite. Layer after layer in the noes of different dark fruits and a caramel underlying.

Man this is a thick creamy and chewy stout. Very good and again just bursting with big bold dark fruit flavors. So creamy from the oatmeal and a good amount of alcohol in the mouth that does not deter from the taste whatsoever. Black berries, black currant, caramel, mollsses with a hint of residual sugar on the long smooth finish. So much complexity and things going on that I will probably keep adding to this review over my next six bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 17:56:16 | More by mcallister
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured pretty hard and got a slow rising mocha head about 1" thick laying on top of a pitch black body.
S- I was expecting the oatmeal to be pretty much hidden in this but the oatmeal comes through nice and strong with a ton of chocolate. Light roasted aroma but it's mostly just a ton of chocolate with a ton of oatmeal. I can't even imagine how much oatmeal they would of had to put in this to make it come through in such a strong beer. Alcohol also tickles the nose just a little along with some grass hops.
T- Woah! Each sip is just amazing. A crap load of chocolate blended with a ton of oats. Grass hops manage to make their way through and give a medium bitterness on tongue along with lingering chocolate and the newly arrived coffee. The alcohol slowly builds up and eventually heats up the throat but does so in a calming and soothing way. Hints of caramel sweetness manage to peak its head out.
M-Just a perfect mouthfeel for this brew. Thick, chewy, creamy, and smooth. Just one of those ones you want to chew on going down.
D- This has made it to one of my favorite beers out there. The only flaw I can see in it (for my taste) is the bit of coffee in the aftertaste. If this was bourbon barrel aged I doubt you could find a beer as good as this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 08:11:47 | More by BlindPig
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep black opaque gasoline color with seemingly no head. Seconds later a dark brown foam emerges at the top of the brew. It peaks at about 3 fingers before slowly subsiding to 1 finger with good retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. This brew is still and opaque black when held up to the light.

S-Big slightly roasted chocolate malt smell upfront with hints of toffee and alcohol. Warm and welcoming but at the same time ominous and robust.

T- Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate upfront with a hearty malty backbone and hints of toffee. The flavor intensifies for the finish and a subtle presence of hops appears. What lingers is dark chocolate toasted malt and a blanket of alcohol warmth.

M- Low to medium carbonation mouthfeel and a nice oatmeal stout heaviness. The body is not to thick and a but slicker than most due to the alcohol.

D- This imperial stout stands out to me as one of the best I have had to date. At such a high ABV the alcohol is not hidden-but it is an important part of the character of this beer and compliments the flavor well. Southren Tier has yet to disappoint me and I am going to continue to try their brews because they always seem to be impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 20:25:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso-foam colored head that eventually fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves some decent webs of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - the nose is filled with rich aromas of chocolate, raisins, plums, and dark crusted malt bread. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Chocolate, plums, raisins, and dark crusted maltbread upfront, with smoky malt in the middle, and some medicinal alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, sticky syrupyness, semi-dry to fully dry at times from the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and only its high abv limits sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 17:28:28 | More by ultralarry2006
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nefarious looking black with a thin layer of dark brown foam. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a pit that's as black as your soul staring back at you. A couple bubbles hint that there might be a bit of carbonation in there.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and grains are dominant. Not much else in this one. Good aroma.

T: Dark chocolate that makes you cringe at what it would do to you in its purest form melds with the darkest cup of good coffee you've ever had on a grainy, oatmeal base. The alcohol hits you again and again with warm notes making you wish you could just put this down and walk away. but you can't, and you won't. That chocolate and coffee flavor brings you back and makes you want more of it. More! More I say!

M: Dark, viscous, like drinking motor oil but with a lot more flavor and a lot less potential health issues. A hint of carbonation hits your tongue and then leaves you wishing there was more. The warmth of the alcohol runs down your throat, perfect for a cold, still, winter night.

D: An intense oatmeal stout that doesn't let you forget that it's in charge. Despite the price, more of this is needed! More! Southern Tier, we salute you for putting together a fine, fine oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 19:24:10 | More by YonderWanderer
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ralree

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, 11% ABV.

A: Black as night with a deep brown 1/2 finger head. Head retention decent. I'm a little disappointed about the size of the head.

S: Deep black chocolate with hints of alcohol and caramel. Roasting smells good - not burned. Maybe some coffee. A very sweet and delicious aroma.

T: Rich chocolate malt flavor with a pinch of coffee. Backed up by a nice mild hop flavor and some bread notes. Alcohol stays long after swallowing. A little too much alcohol in my opinion.

M: Creamiest beer i've ever tasted. Very carbonated - burns the tongue a little. Slightly astringent. Heavy-bodied and syrupy. Creaminess comes along with an oily mouthfeel after swallowing.

D: Hard to drink - I can't say it's refreshing either. It's so thick that you basically have to be hungry to drink it. I'll finish it, but it's going to take me a while, and I think I'll be REALLY drunk at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 04:25:43 | More by ralree
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, '07 release, served in a tulip glass.

A - dark black with a deep tan head that all but disappeared after a while, no lacing.

S - licorice, espresso, roasted malt.

T - all of the above and then some, abv is well hidden in taste.

M - full bodied, thick and rich.

D - damn good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 23:23:46 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased at Sam's in downers grove and lugged back to madison after a week on a tri-state tour

appearance: pours into a snifter, dark mahogany body with a light tan ring but not much in the way of head....probably the first imperial stout i have had in a while but it has turned quite chilly lately and i need to know if i need to buy more of this beer

smell: big big nose, chocolate malt, huge dark chocolate nose, licorice, lots and lots of oats, green hops definitely back there...hell of an aroma on this one

taste: this thing is a dark chocolate bomb, thick roasted malts, fudge, black licorice, vanilla and cream, hazelnut, oatmeal, char, hops provide a mildly bitter feel, alcohol is pretty well masked...a very enjoyable stout here

mouthfeel: smooth but with bitterness

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 01:45:57 | More by dirtylou
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall 2007 Release.
It's puddle-of-spilled-ink appearance is belied by the mulberry hints at its edges (and throughout it's surprisingly clear body when held to a strong light). A thin mocha-brown lid lazily rises and falls and fades away.
Boldly fragranced of chocolate syrup and port, almost at the exclusion of all other things, but a vague vanilla bean essence creeps out with time, along with kilned tobacco, maple, leather, and hazelnut. Tracers of smoked meat arrive as it warms.
Across the tongue, it's striking how un-roasted it intitally presents. Granted, there are brief coffee bean flourishes, but this is a far cry from the burnt-black quadruple espresso tire-fires of some Imperial Stouts. Fudge is preeminent, lasting, and deep. Molasses is secondary, for a moment, then eventually usurps fudge for dominance. In union, the two are iron-fisted in their rule....or possibly ham-fisted. Maple and hazelnut and vanilla flavors are interwoven, but basically drowned out. Plum and black currants reside in the later portions, seeming to preclude a sherry-like alcohol note that never arrives. While this smells vinic and alcoholic, those are lost in the translation into the mouth. Oats are too frail and slight a flavor to carve out a niche in this cluttered biosphere, even though I'm sure they are used by the shovel-full. There's a creamed sweetness that hints at them, but I'm not so sure, as it seems more tied to the S. Tier house yeast. For those searching for Oatmeal like it's Waldo; it probably best viewed as a vague flakiness in the back of the mouth upon the swallow. Hops, too, are relocated to the fringes contributing only a basically illusory sense of wintergreen and a drying algae brown-greenness.
While oatmeal is essentially shut out of the flavor, it shows up in feel. Adding spun-silk to a puddle of syrup, it lubricates the virtually flat liquid and sends it careening through the mouth and gullet. For as strong and heartily flavored as this is, it's near incredulous to drink this so effortlessly...and quickly.
This is well-integrated and structured for a recently-released big stout. It's doesn't need time to assemble itself. In fact, I'd drink it now. It's not seemingly bottle-conditioned and just doesn't seem like cellaring would benefit it.
All told, this is very good, and probably about step away from the Rapture.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 08:09:32 | More by cokes
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle marked 11%ABV.
Poured into a 16 ounce snifter glass

A - Hard pour causes a big cascade effect. Finishes with a completely black liquid topped with two fingers of tan head. Head shrinks but remains present and leaves some lace rings to remember it by.

S - Some chocolate and coffee aromas have a grainy smell leading them.

T - Very smooth, very nice bitter stout with some sweetness coming through. A bit of coffee flavor in there. Alcohol is masked well behind a sweet flavor. Oatmeal contributes perhaps more to the aftertaste, when you get a bit of a grainy flavor left behind.

M - A nice thick, coating feel for this one.

D - Can't stop sipping this one. Really kind of dig that oatmeally flavor that seems to come around only in the finish and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 04:52:22 | More by EStreet20
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a burnt dark black completely opaque shields all and any pigment from the visible light spectrum forms a large thicket of mocha tan head leaves light even lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of burnt roasted malts with dark chocolate cream accented notes with alcohol and ripened fruit blended in. Soft sweet oatmeal girth and a deep herbal minty hop profile express themselves as well. Roasted malt alcohol burn with a chocolate liqueur quality upfront herbal bitterness heavy sweetness raisin and plum galore, as it warms flavors rush the palate even more I have loved every Blackwater Series offering this one is no different loads of flavor oatmeal added with brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy thick ass texture, a beer I can definitely bite into carbonation is even carries this heavy body pretty well. Drinkability is great a whole 22oz is my limit but I’m willing to share this one next time around, although I might have to track down a whole case.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 18:57:38 | More by WVbeergeek
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Brewed Fall 2007.

Silky, almost syrup-like opaque molasses in color. Quarter-inch high, creamy tan head that falls to a whispy sheet. A few spots of dimpled lacing, but not much.

Rich, malted barley with dark chocolate and peat-smoke aromas. Spicy, floral hops that impart touches of licorice, espresso, and hazlenut. Hints of deep, warming alcohol.

Slick, deep malt flavors: milk and dark chocolate, mocha. Clean, grain-filled rolled oats. Moderate flavors of peat with an intensely rich, semi-sweet alcohol component. At mid-sip, the floral hops blend well with the residual coffee and chocolate flavors.

Full in body; smooth and creamy, however the alcohol intensity gives this rich stout an overwhelming slickness.

This concoction is a battle between chewy, roasted flavors of an Oatmeal Stout and a high octane Strong Ale. Pleasant at times, but unfortunately the abv is too intense even for the Oat's deep, roasted characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 11:15:53 | More by NEhophead
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, the etched on the bottle label says this one was brewed in the "fall of 2007"....fresh is good. Pours black and thick, carbonation is fairly low as a vigorous pour only lifted a very minor dark tan film. NIce ringed, fine bubble sheeting. Nose just mildly of some sweetness and then some roasty malts. Nice sipper, plenty of roasted malts, cafe au lait, and hints of smokey, earthyness. The finish here goes on and on, sliky smooth, subtle sweetness, hints of tropical fruits, yeah I taste em...Rich and viscous, more quality, COMPLEX beer from Southern tier. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 12:31:07 | More by Billolick
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an absolute onyx black with a nice dark brown one finger head that slowly dies down to a thin layer that stays. Stickiness is great, lots of legs holding on all over the sides. Smell is a bit too much in terms of alcohol. Very strong, almost vodka like odors with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. Some sweet oats in the nose as well, but not as much as I would like. Taste is a very dry wood like oat flavor. Super dark french roast coffee flavors mixed with a tiny hint of caramel. A bit of alcohol can be detected on the tongue, but not nearly as much as the smell would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel is not as full as I had anticipated, but still quite thick and chewy with a fair amount of carbonation. I definitely love my Oatmeal Stouts, but this was a bit too much for me, still a very solid brew all around. Southern Tier continues to pump out huge beers, add this one to that list.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 01:09:23 | More by BeerTruth
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. The beer is very dark, with just a small hint of light around the edge coming through as a deep deep ruby. A finger of solid milky tan head sits over top and there is a moderate carbonation working up the sides of my glass. I really like the compactness of the foam on this one. The aroma is solid ashy roast with a prevalent oat character with an undertone of solid pine and chocolate, with some fruity esters playing in there as well. It feels just a tad light to me, as I was expecting more force in the smell. The flavor is interesting. I get a strong pine hop and alcohol infusion that blends into a creamy oat that goes to a deep roast that gives ash impressions. It crescendos again with pine hop and a strong but pleasing bitterness. The flavor is bold, with a good bit of complexity. No flavor sticks around too long. I would like to see the alcohol flavors blend better, but I think some time will help that out. Mouthfeel is very thick and a bit slick. This one is distinctly drying to the sides of my tongue. Carbonation is very fine and bubbles are small. This is an enjoyable brew. The alcohol character seems to be settling in a bit as it warms. I think the pine hop is a little strong overall, but again, this would settle in as it ages. I think this one will only get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:59:57 | More by kmpitz2
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap for the first time at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a viscuous looking black, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex with aromas of licorise (quite a bit in fact), coffee, burnt sugar and band aides. If anything the beer is even more complex on the palate, with flavors of sweet cherry cough drop (to the point where the beer is almost cloying), coffee, chocolate, licorise and spearmint. The beer has a pretty good mouthfeel, though the sweetness and abv. are almost overpowering. This is a very good beer, but it's not really very drinkable. A little bit goes a long way and I can't imagine trying to drink a pint of this stuff. Nevertheless, an impressive effort from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2007 14:31:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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franksnbeans

Ohio

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

Pours an opaque black with 2 fingers of chocolate milk head that dies slow. Smells of chocolate notes with roasted malt. Tastes of licorice, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Feels full in the mouth and finishes with a bitterness. A GYNORMOUS and tasty brew indeed though it tastes a little hot right now. A little age would do this one wonders.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 21:31:59 | More by franksnbeans
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drseamus

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I realize that when beers get this strong, they don't usually have much head. That doesn't mean I miss it less though. The body is jet black and with a glug glug style agressive pour I managed to get a decently thin dark mocha head that immediately disappeared leaving just a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate blast out of the snifter. There is a good roasty aroma as well.

T: This is a damn flavorful beer. Definitely in the extreme category. The coffee and chocolate are incredibly strong but they don't seem to fill out the entire flavor. Some of the silkiness from the oatmeal is there too. Maybe a bit too bitter for my taste but the alcohol is hidden really well.

M: Not as heavy as I would have though, but a lot of these higher ABV stouts get like that. It's still pretty heavy and not bad at all.

D: Not nearly as good as the Jah-va, but a damn good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 05:21:02 | More by drseamus
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a while for this monster and now it's finally here. Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a magnificent midnight black. About as black as black can be. About two and a half fingers of dense, coffee brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head hung around for quite a while leaving plenty of lace all the way down the glass. Awesome nose on this one! Plenty of chocolate, and coffee like aromas up front, smokey roasted malt, oats, and maybe a bit of vanilla. A little bit of booze was noticeable in the nose as well. This beer was also an explosion of flavor. Tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted toasted malt, and a bit of hops in the background. Had a little bit of smoke and molasses in the finish. The eleven percent ABV was quite boozey and left a quick burn in the throat, but does fit in nicely in the beer. Mouthfeel was oily, thick and almost chewey. Pretty much how any big stout should be. Awesome drinkability despite the high ABV, but it will sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Probably ranks near the top of my list as far as stouts go.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 18:50:00 | More by jaxon53
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.