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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with only a thin layer of head that does not retain very well. No lace either

S: Very sweet smelling with notes of chocolate and booze. Also some nice oat notes.

T: Heavily sweet with a touch of the oatmeal coming through and some bitterness from the roasted malt.

M: Very full bodied with a nice level of creaminess.

D: Definitely one to split with someone else. The sweetness was a bit cloying at times which I have found to be normal for the southern tier black water series

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:14:45 | More by mikey711
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JRed

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in body with cinnamon head. Weak aroma of oats and alcohol. A great taste of oats, malt, slight roast, milk chocolate, alcohol. Heavy body with a lingering malty sweet aftertaste. The alcohol isn't obnoxious but hides in the back of your head. A very nicely done heavy ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 07:30:39 | More by JRed
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with nice label; no freshness date but with this abv, no worries

Appearance: The bottle's claim that this is "as dark as a moonless night" is pretty darn accurate; no light is getting through this brew. A dark tan cap forms, but soon falls to a thick ring and a thin film

Smell: Big and supremely boozy; if I didn't know better, I'd swear this was probably a bourbon-oak aged stout, it has that character in the aromas of woodsy, vanilla-laced booze and mild sweet roasty grains. Touch of chocolate emerges as this warms. Would like a little more intensity and less alcohol, though this is still pretty good.

Taste: Big booze character, in keeping with the aromas, though the bourbon-like scents aren't reproduced. The booze is a bit hot, but this tastes like an imperial oatmeal stout should; it's sweet and full of cocoa, with just a touch of hazelnut coffee in the background as well. The chocolatey notes are especially nice, and the taste reminds me of the aromas of the bags of cocoa shells my parents spread around our flower beds when I was a kid which made the whole yard smell like chocolate. Not bad, but not a ton of depth, and the booze needs to be toned down just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fairly rich, but not as big as the 11% suggests it might be

Drinkability: (1) 22oz bottle split between two people was about right

Conclusion: The chocolately flavors are really nice, but the booze is a bit hot and a lack of complexity keeps this from being truly great.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 04:19:42 | More by BedetheVenerable
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a nice fine, foamy, thick, creamy, tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque dark brownish black. Aroma is malty, toffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's about the same. The molasses and dark ripe fruits stand out, to the beer's detriment, I feel. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is long and has a flavor with a boozy warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 22:16:00 | More by drpimento
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours from the bottle with no head and just a touch of edge lacing. Looks very much like an undercarbonated cola.

S- Very very roasty, with lesser aromas of oatmeal, vanilla and coffee.

T- *BIG* Roasty and oatmeal flavors come blasting through... simple, clean and quite lovely. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness and astringency.

M- Big body- slightly granular with the unattenuated sugar, and creamy with the addition of oats to the brew. This all combines with a nice soft carbonation for a fantastic mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable for 11% ABV... the alcohol is quite hidden. While I enjoyed a sample of this beer, the roastiness could very easily become overpowering for me... and for this reason, I think I'll make sure to have at least two other friends available to split the next bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 15:23:29 | More by jgasparine
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TexIndy

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got from johnnnniee in a trade - many thanks! 2009 edition so 11% ABV instead of the 9.6% currently listed. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Was pitch black in color. Wasn't getting much of a head until I did a hard pour at the end and even then it was slightly above average. It quickly faded into a collar. No lacing.

The aroma was surprisingly very subdued. Sweet from the sugar and dark fruit mixed with oats, chocolate and coffee plus a huge hit of the alcohol within. The alcohol was a bit too hot for me as I wanted the oat and chocolate to come thru more. The taste was better than the aroma with more of the chocolate flavor and much less of the alcohol. Starts out very sweet and then fades a little bit to finish with a not too sweet finish offset a bit of bitterness. Good but I think this would be even better with some aging. Time to get another one and cellar it. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy.

Overall, a good beer that I think would be even better with some age to tone down the alcohol and to let the other flavors develop. Still rather good though and I do recommend. Rotation: not avail in TX (got in a trade). Will probably seek out another for cellaring and see if worth doing more after that.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:41:42 | More by TexIndy
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My fiancee and I picked up this dark beauty in honor of our official engagement: 09 November 2009.

Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F, and from there enjoyed throughout the temperature spectrum. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass. ABV is denoted as 11.0%.

Part of Southern Tier's "Blackwater" series, this brew's color befits its background: "as dark as a moonless night," as the brewery describes it, with ruby-red highlights showing themselves along the edges. A short tan head rises and falls quicker than a waning moon; lacing is as untraceable as the new moon in a morning sky.

A dark and delectable aroma entices the senses, with notes of dark roast, unsweetened chocolate, dried figs and black cherries wafting into the nose.

Rich, chewy, and full-bodied, with a very light carbonation that accentuates the thickness and provides explanation for the quickly-dissipating head. Decadent flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, figs and dark pit fruits play across the palate, melding with a heavy bittering edge and a powerful alcoholic warmth that carries well into the chest, making this a perfect sipper and winter warmer. Finishes with a lingering chocolate-caramel malt fade and a warming glow.

Drinkability is not the number one trait of this beer, with the 11.0% ABV hitting the head and chest hard and the heavy-handed bitterness storming the palate, but this is nevertheless a wonderful and complex brew that could certainly stand up to some aging. The creamy characteristics typical of oatmeal stouts are unable to truly present themselves here thanks to the ale's weightiness, but this certainly doesn't detract from the overall appeal of this black beauty; undoubtedly, underneath and though undetectable, it serves its purpose well and only enhances the depth of this creation.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 05:24:08 | More by superdedooperboy
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: dark dark dark. Small amount of caramel colored head that leaves some spotty lacing that lingers long enough to remind to take your next sip.

S: Not an overpowering nose, but perhaps I'm just getting a cold. I'm getting a lot of coffee.

T: Very smooth stout. Lots of coffee and toffee and caramel. Some chocolate notes and some oatsy graininess.

M: A little gritty. Full bodied. Seems like it could use a little more carbonation.

D: At almost 10% abv this is a great winter warmer. I'm just sitting around with my imperial pint glass relaxing after dinner, and this is beer is certainly working for me right now. It is also nicely improving as it warms up. Now it is even finishing with a slight warming alcohol bite that was masked by the oats when I first poured it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 01:18:49 | More by AleWatcher
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nanertak

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz to tulip.

Appearance: Very, very dark. No hints of light. No head, almost no carbonation (bad bottle perhaps?).

Smell: Smells deep and rich. Cocoa, toffee, hint of sweet alcohol. Molasses and dried fruit, figs hidden in there somewhere. Call me crazy, but something like earthy mushrooms too.

Taste: Deep and rich. The usual chocolate, coffee, backed with molasses sweetness, then a nice and very mild bitterness in the finish that helps to disguise the alcohol. Still apparent in the breath, but considering the ABV, it's well masked. I'd like a little more robustness to the malts, but it's well balanced.

(edit - it's getting richer as i finish the glass, opening up a LOT as it warms some. This is one of those beers I'd drink room temperature.)

Mouthfeel: Not unctuous, but has some serious viscosity. Coats the mouth, but not in an unpleasant way.

Drinkability: Very good. I'd find this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 00:25:21 | More by nanertak
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

into a tulip wine glass. (sidenote: the beer menu and the Southern Tier website record a 9.6% ABV)

The pour. HOLY SHlT. Am I ready for this?!?! Black as satan himself (with ruby traces when held to light), an average, creamy and medium brown head that's gone quickly.

The aroma. A little tamer. DAMN STRAIGHT I'm ready for this!! Molasses, chocolate and caramel toasted malts. Bit of baked cookie. I can't wait.

The taste. WHAT HAPPENED?? Or in this case, what DIDN'T happen in this grab bag of flavors. Everything that the nose picked up plus hop heavy, resiny, musty/earthy/doughy yeast, oats, alcohol heavy, smoke, tar, charcoal, anise and sour milk.

Pleasant mouthfeel but not very drinkable.

My experience went downhill after the aroma. I am very disappointed in this VERY bitter Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 15:18:09 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.

$8.99 / ea.

S: Wonderful malt and significant amount of chocolate. The scent truly builds anticipation for the taste.

A: Deep brown body with a small tight tan head that leaves some lacing and covers nicely.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and rich malt. Warm -OH on the back end. Would be better if the -OH was better hidden.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, and oh so creamy!

D: Such a smooth beer. This is delicious, and cheap, but at 11.0 abv you won't feel your face if you try to session it.

O: Great beer. Might be even better if the -OH mellows with age. Going to put some away.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 03:24:42 | More by dpnelson1978
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PrinceDarren

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a forced attempt to induce a little head which quickly dissipates.

Surprisingly drinkable for 11 abv. This is a tasty oatmeal stout with just a little complexity. If you had told me that part of the batch was barrel aged, I would have believed it. Seemed to have a touch of wood, but without the presence of extra alcohol that we typically see in bourbon barrel stouts. My taste buds were fooled.

I would love to try a version of this that has truly been barrel-aged. Add a little more head and a little more complexity and we might have a big winner here. Otherwise, the drinkability characteristic will still keep it on the list of recommended stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 04:35:52 | More by PrinceDarren
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from rgtravers, cheers Ryan...

Fall 08 Vintage pours black as night & oily with fairly fast falling brown/mocha head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruits, raisins, cherries & vanilla & cocoa

T: Leafy hops, dark fruit, licorice & molasses with powdery dryness up front. Dark choclate, figgyness & more dark fruit with a whisper of booze as this warms, plus faint herbal & leafy hops, plus a touch of charred grain. Finishes dry with nice mocha notes & a touch of charred grain

MF: Very oily & smooth as all hell with low carbonation & nice stickyness. Great balance on this as well

Drinks pretty easy for the style & abv, another great dark bruiser from Southern Tier

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 04:03:28 | More by russpowell
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brianh78

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly found this beer on tap while on a business trip in southern New Jersey, so I had to give it a shot...so here goes...

Appearance: very very dark brown to jet black, with a creamy and slightly caramel colored head which was about a finger thick...left lots of pretty lacing on the glass

Smell: malty sweet; vanilla, caramel, a hint of chocolate and cooked oat overtones

Taste: sweet; malty; caramel and slight vanilla, hint of chocolate/coffee/toffee; light oat flavor which was a bit toasty in the back

Mouthfeel: velvety thick, slightly coating; carbonation in the first sip, but calms down quickly and settles to a nice, slick feel

Drinkability: holy high alcohol content, Batman! 11%? where is it? I didn't taste it at all. This beer is, like many other oatmeal stouts, quite filling. I wouldn't drink more than two in a sitting...but it is quite tasty!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 03:54:47 | More by brianh78
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is from batch 2008.

Jet black color with a one finger tan head. Small amount of lace.

Cola dominates the nose with some light chocolate and coffee as well. Literally smells like a glass of cola.

I'm guessing that since this isn't fresh, the flavor has changed a bit. Deep roasted malt and coffee make up the majority of the taste. A bit of dark chocolate causes a slight bitterness as well. Really lacks in complexity for an Imperial Stout.

Full bodied, syrupy and smooth. Small amount of soft carbonation. Finish is extremely dry.

Pretty easy drinking. Not as heavy as some double stouts. Great coffee flavor if your into that. Just lacks in depth and complexity for the style. Maybe it's just the age on it. Nicely priced though compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:10:04 | More by jera1350
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes away quick, clear

Smell: burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate syrup

Taste: burnt malt, oats, coffee, subtle chocolate, and a bit of toffee

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter, heavy bodied, chewy, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A good and solid, but not great oatmeal stout. Because of the high abv, one per sitting is the absolute max. This is a sipper. It hits the flavors just right, but I was not as blown away by this one as other Southern Tier beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 16:37:13 | More by tigg924
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this brew on numerous occasions, and it remains very nice throughout. I have had the '08 fresh, '08 aged a year and now the '09 fresh. There is not a drastic drop off in quality from last year as many BAs would lead you to believe. Here is my review.

A: Pours a pitch black color. Head is pretty much non-existant. No lacing to speak of. Not super thick looking, but definetly a stout.

S/T: In the aroma, I get roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, and a touch of oatmeal. Flavor is very nice, but a little different than last year. Not worse, just different. I get a lot more smoke in the flavor this year, and less on the oatmeal. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Some alcohol is present as well. Probably my least favorite in the Blackwater series, but when you got beers as good as Choklat and Jah-Va, that really doesn't mean anything. Definetly one of the best Oatmeal Stouts around.

M/D: Its definetly a full-bodied beer. Somewhat syrupy. I wish it was a little creamier, however. Drinks rather well. Like most stouts, it is a sipper. Finishing a whole bomber will be no challenge.

Sometimes I just think people like to hate Southern Tier based on the fact that they make very unconventinal and unique beers. This is one of their more mainstream efforts, but it is nothing short of great. Age definetly adds to the greatness. Another Southern Tier classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 19:03:29 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Looks pitch black but some dark brown at the edges. Very thin tan head at first, then looks flat.

Smell: Alcohol, milk chocolate, molasses, sweet roasted malt. The smell is too boozy.

Taste: Chocolate roasted malts, cream, molasses and oats. Decent level of bitterness that builds with each sip. The alcohol becomes noticeable in the aftertaste.

Feel: Very thick and chewy, with a nice smooth and warming body. However, it is pretty much flat and slightly chalky.

Drinkability: Actually pretty easy to drink despite the 11%. However, it is a little simple for an Imperial Stout and definitely too boozy. Actually, every ST Imperial beer I have had is too boozy. I don't think it is worth paying for them anymore.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 14:28:45 | More by bsp77
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter.

Inky black color with khaki colored head that dissiapates qucikly but leaves pleasnat lacing throughout the enjoyment of the beer.

Aroma of roasted malt and oats, as one would expect.

Roasted malt upfront, with some coffee notes as well. Quite tastable alcohol. Finishes quite bitter and dry but also a but sweet at the same time because of the oat.

Not all that drinkable because of the alchol, but I would like to finsih the bomber tonight. We'll see...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:23:43 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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adamette

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber that I bought at SAVE-ON Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $8.99 last week into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. No "best by" date observed by me. 11.0% ABV written on the label.

A Dark dark body that lets no light through. Head was not easy to get (had to pour vigorously) and when it did come it was less than 1 cm high and a medium brown. Reasonable, trace lacing on the glass. 3.5

S Little to no smell. Repeated sniffs reveal some dark roast malt and the slightest oat, grain smell. True to style but not amazing or remarkable. 3.0

T Dark roast malt, some oat grains but a kick of alcohol that is a bit too obvious for my liking. This remains a tasty beer but could have been so much better in my opinion. 3.5

M More thin that I thought it would be but the dark roast malt and the kick of alcohol beef up the feel. It lacks a nice thick body that I like in the style but also it lacks any stickiness that I also enjoy out of this style. 3.0

D Only fair due to the rather obvious alcohol, the bigness of the dark roast malt and the less than desirable thin feel of the beer. 3.0

Notes: There are better examples of the style out there. Southern Tier remains a good brewery as my recent rating of Unearthly and more remotely Pumking will atest.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:05:35 | More by adamette
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billab914

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch Poured from a bomber into my Southern Tier Tulip glass.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Southern Tier so I thought it was time I gave it a review (My first review as well).

Pours dark brown and nearly black with a modest amount of head that disappears quickly. It tastes of sweet malts with some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy. I really enjoy drinking this one and will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:55:56 | More by billab914
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a complete black with no light getting through with a nice foamy brown head with some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty strong with oat presence and a pretty nice malty sweetness. Some hop flavor does come through on the second go around.

The taste is a sweet with a biscuit feel. There is some nice mixing of a bitter hop and a bit of a sweet maltyness that really comes across quite well.

The feel of this beer pretty easy drinking and has a medium body to it. This does have a bit of a kick but it an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. A really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:07:26 | More by Duhast500
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TheViolator666

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours "dark as a moonless night" as the bottle describes it, letting no light through at all. Initially had a small head, but after looking away for a moment and looking back, the head had already dissipated down to a thin circle of of tan bubbles along the edge. Very light lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruit and sweetness. A bit of alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Caramel and dark roasted/burnt malts.

T: Tons of alcohol, dark fruits and a caramel-like maltyness are in the forefront, followed by dark roasted/burnt malts that also consists of a warming alcohol sensation down the back of the throat. The aftertaste also reveals a bit of rich chocolate, earthyness and grainyness.

M/D: Very viscous yet smooth. Alcohol comes on a bit strong, taking away from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:35:45 | More by TheViolator666
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kegger22

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with an embarrassingly miniscule head that really didn't disappear as much as never show up. The aroma didn't exist. So far, not a very promising start. The taste... actually, not bad. I was a little worried that there would be nothing there either. First off, it's very sweet, though not sickeningly so. There is also some coffee, some maple, and from out of nowhere, a bitter after taste. That's an interesting surprise. The feel is full bodied with nada carbonation. Drinkability? Ehhh, not so much. Too sweet and too much ABV to be anything more than a sipper.

ST Oats tasted pretty good, but suffered from low scores on all of the other categories.

Under-rated.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 22:09:51 | More by kegger22
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brystmar

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours very dark -- almost black -- with very little head. Carbonation is minimal. Chocolate & oatmeal are the predominate scents; hints of coffee too. This beer is an utter treat to smell...I could sniff it all day!

Taste is that of overwhelming chocolate and oatmeal-y goodness. Quite smooth too -- I was completely unaware of its high (11%) ABV until standing up to toss the bottle when I was almost finished with the beer. It was at this point that I checked the beer's ABV. This thing hits you hard, but not in the head, not the palate. Very very smooth for the ABV. I'm not typically a stout guy, but I can see myself keeping a regular stash of this beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, sneakily hiding this beer's true strength. Aftertaste leaves a tiny hint of its strength, but it's well balanced for sure. Undoubtedly solid in this field.

Drinkability is quite good from a strictly mouthfeel & smoothness POV, but slightly diminished due to its strength.

Pretty darn delicious overall. And again, I'm not a stout guy.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 08:20:51 | More by brystmar
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,276 ratings.