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: 1,328
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 126
Gots: 151 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of ujsplace
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass...

Near pitch black in appearance, chunky, quick fading, tan colored head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malt, sweet molasses and chocolate.

Tastes of burnt caramel, thick, rich roasted molasses, bitter chocolate and a big espresso-like finish. Nice. Big. Brew.

Creamy as hell smooth carbonation that sits on the tongue.

This is a nice creamy big brew. Those who aren't into big brews need not apply. Thick and long lasting flavors - I like it, I like it, I like it...

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I had been looking forward to this beer for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is great, with roasted malt and chocolate up front as well as some burnt malt. You also get some oat flavor as well as the creaminess in the mouthfeel that you expect from oats. The alcohol is very well hidden in the beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice imperial stout.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Pours dark brown with very little head. The head quickly disappears, leaving faint swirls of tan on top.

There is a definite oat smell with this, slightly starchy even. There is a hint of chocolate underneath, and a very slight hint of alcohol.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel- in fact it's one of the better "feeling" beers I've ever had. The oats are definitely present in this one. Along with the oats, there is a bit of chicory, some creaminess, and a bit of grass. There's a bit of warmth in the belly after this one goes down.

Overall, a very tasty, very drinkable stout. I look forward to having this one again.

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all my bottle states that this brew is 11%ABV and looks exactly the same as this bottle displayed with some different highlights on the label,the brew pours a thick crude oil colour with no light let thru whatsoever and leaves a two finger mocha laced head and a rim of creamy coffee lacing,the smell is a combination of aromas of brown sugar,bourbon,dark caramel and toffee soaked in alcohol,it has a syrupy silky light carbonated mouthfeel with hints of dark expresso,caramel,dark berries and blackforrest cake,overall a very nice desert brew that is very easy to drink with its ABV well hidden and would definately buy again.

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared at DLD.

Pours pretty much black, and somewhat thick, with a small tannish head sitting on top.

Aroma is very nice, roasty and chocolatey with molasses and caramel malts. Sweetness is evident.

On the flavor, Southern Tier's usual underattenuation is present, but besides that it's a very nice imperial oatmeal stout. Roasted and caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, dark chocolate, and molasses.

Smooth mouthfeel from the oats, with fairly full body and light carbonation. A little syrupy.

A very good stout overall, one I wouldn't mind revisiting. ABV is well-hidden, and it's not undrinkable despite the sweetness.

Photo of korguy123
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Fall 2008
Poured from a 22oz into my over sized goblet.

A- Thick murky black color, thin tan head, very little lacing.
S- Brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, faint alcohol smell
T- Burnt coffee, milk, brown sugar, bitter aftertaste of chocolate and alcohol which doesn't last long. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms a little.
M- Not too thick, not too thin, leaves your lips a little sticky. Very light carbonation which suits this beer.
D- Very drinkable, everything just seems to fit together with this beer perfect balance of everything

Was actually glad I talked myself into getting this one.

Photo of Long813
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Pub Italia, 22oz
Note: Bottle says 11%, label say 9%

G: Pint

A: Pitch black body with two fingers of light mocha head. Moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, some medium roasted coffee beans.

T: Following the aromas it is very nice. Smooth balance between milk chocolate, roasted malts and I sense some hops in the end.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. The oats create an amazing smooth creamy texture and leaves a bitter sweet aftertaste. No hints of alcohol on this one.

D: Amazing. It's not as sweet as Choklat, which is good depending on what you are after. I only wish it were cheaper.

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bomber consumed on 3/26/10.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy khaki 1 finger crown that displays moderate head retention and lacing.

Smell: A strong lightly roasted milk chocolate malt smell with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: A light hop and alcohol tinge over chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The richness and the high abv challenge me a bit.

Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. From 2009 and my bottle says 11.0% ABV.

a - Pours a dark brown with moderate carbonation evident and about an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal. More chocolate than oatmeal to me, and I didn't smell any alcohol as some have.

t - Some oatmeal and nice malts. Also some dark fruits? Definitely getting some alcohol in the taste.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

d - Pretty good smell but I thought the alcohol was a bit too much in the taste. I felt as though it dominated some of the other flavors, and it definitely felt the 11% ABV it says it is. Would like to try again perhaps after some cellaring.

Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A small tan head forms, a recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Lots of oatmeal and chocolate in the nose. Soft brownies and fudge. Very sweet, but excellent.
T: Oats, and chocolate. Some astringent roasted coffee, and a strange bitterness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, but I could not finish a bomber by myself.

Good, but like most Southern Tier stouts, this is something to share with a lot of people.

Photo of cratez
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle at Chancey Smith's. Midnight black in colour with three fingers of foamy brown head and speckles of lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are burnt grains, roasted malt, flaked oats, coffee, tobacco, bitter hops, and a smokey, charred finish. Alcohol is noticeable and provides a bit of heat, but doesn't detract from the flavour. Full-bodied mouth feel is chocolaty, though not sweet. Chewy and oily in the body with a dry and astringent aftertaste. A complex and enjoyable stout to be savoured over an evening.

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/7 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, chocolate, oat, slight tart malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, oat, sweet malt, slight chocolate, slight roasted malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, complexity.

Photo of keanex
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle with no date. Poured into my scotch glass as it's the closest thing I have to a snifter.

A: Pitch black with no sign of a head. Looks like flat soda.

S: Sweet chocolate with oats coming through. This smells great, sweet with a slight dark chocolate coming through. Very good!

T: Sweet chocolate upfront with a bitter thick dark chocolate coming through at the end and a nice dry finish from the oats. This is sweet, but sweet done right.

M: Thick and syrupy with slight carbonation.

O: This is really sweet, but good at the same time. There's a good balance of sweet up front with a nice bitter dry finish. This is definitely worth trying.

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

Drinks big and black without the added coffee explosion of the Java. The thick mouthfeel is a ST trademark style and it really works for this beer. I slowed right down to really enjoy every last sip of this wonderful Impy. Can't decide whether I like this or the Java more but both are excellent

Photo of Pabs311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown, almost black. very little mocha head on this one leaving way to very little lacing at all. very different head & lacing from the other blackwater series stouts.

S- Very sweet smelling. Alot of molasses, brown sugar, some bittersweet chocolate. there's also some dried fruit like raisins in there as well as some hopiness.

T- There is sweet maltiness up front in the form of molasses, brown sugar and the such. there's also a hint of that dried fruit right before a bitter hoppy finish.

M/D- Medium-full bodied. very littlde carbonation. good beer to share with friends due to the heavy duty nature of beer.

not my favorite imperial stout in ST's blackwater series, but stil a very good and complex imperial stout

Photo of pnkHoody
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This wins. Pours black as night, but if you put it to the light it has an oakwood colour. Thick but compact head that is immovable, aside from the gloopy slug trails it leaves on the glass. My first taste impression is of turpentine. Three sips in and the flavour floodgates open. Star of anise, cardamon and coal dust. The stout is spicy and exotic tasting, with a dirty funk of discordant sourness that revives you. 3/4 through the bottle and the booze is kicking my arse. Before it drags me under the table, I have to tell you that I have never had a beer with such a velvety, gorgeous mouth texture. Honey coated oil.

An unfortunate afflication of many imperial stouts -- rating-wise -- although not all, is that drinkability is diminished by their sheer power and weight. My 3.5 is awarded as a relative score in the imperial stout world, which means I could probably cope with two on the trot, but Oaties render me even more lethargic than regular RIS, and this is no exception. Goodnight.

BTW mine clearly says 11% ABV.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Oat, Now 11% alcohol instead of listed 9.6.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a slight off white head.

Smell: Oats, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Nutty malts, smooth oats, grains and a nice roastedness round the beer out. Alcohol is present but not distracting.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet smooth and a nice lingering cocoa/grain flavor.

Drinkability: Wow, a big beer here. Tasty and goes down easy, pleasant for a night cap but alas I have more in store for tonight. Good beer from Southern Tier once again.

Photo of dudecandle
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 Vintage Bomber into chalice:

A: Black body with brownish-dark tan soapy head.

S: Grape, chocolate, and smoke, with a slight oatmeal sweetness and very tiny bit of coffee once it opens up.

T: The dark fruit is the most forward flavor and is a bit boozy, along with the chocolate. The smoke and oatmeal hold off til the finish, along with a slight coffee bite.

M: Quite smooth, medium-body, with that bite on the end.

D: Fruit and smoke dominate a bit much, and I was expecting a good amount of oat, which really gets overshadowed. For an imperial stout, it's quite easygoing, and the booze is not overwhelming, but I really wanted some more oat.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass at slightly warmer than cellar temperature.

A-Dark brown pour, not as dark as some other stouts, but pretty black. Creamy tan head that settles fairly rapidly.

S-Mellow roasted malt aroma with the usual mocha tones, but nothing stands out as a predominant note. Seems pretty well balanced.

T-Well balanced indeed! Creamy sweet mocha ranges to bittersweet as it crosses the palate. Vanilla and rich molasses combine with a hint of anise and dark fruits midrange, then some warming alcohol and a bit of hops kick in at the finish. Another brew that I cannot believe is 11% ABV.

M-Thick, chewy, creamy, slightly oily, but oh so smooth, light carbonation and just about damn near perfect.

D-Immensely drinkable...what is not to like here. Absolutely wonderful and enjoyable beer.
Bottle says 11% ABV, rather than the stated 9.6%. Definately drinks like the lower ABV though...hard to sip this one...I just want more, more, more! This sucker sure is filling though....

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer and shared it with a couple friends. It poured pitch black with a short tan head. This is by far one of the smoothest impy stouts I've had. I'd give a higher MF score, but as the beer warmest a lot of alcohol came forward. Otherwise the flavor is a big, rich mix of candied cocoa with a little mocha around the edge. It reminds me of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout on steroids.

Photo of dborginis
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black and smells like an oatmeal stout on steroids.

Delicious dark smoked malts, very much exaggerated here. As with the smell, an oatmeal stout on steroids. Not sure the 11% is needed here to make the super oatmeal stout flavor. Higher alcohol should only be used as needed to give more availability for flavor. I think this could have been done with less alcohol allowing fans to drink a bit more. Not as flavorful as the Creme Brulee with similar ABV.

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. Picked this up recently, & the back of the bottle reads "brewed fall 2008". So either they brewed it & aged it, or this bottle has been kicking around my favorite shop's coolers & shelves for a long time. Well, too late to turn back now!

Black as a moonless night reflecting off of newly plowed northern plains dirt. Smell is appealing, dry, powderized chocolate & rich, sweet malts.

Can I make a marketing suggestion, quickly? The horse on the label, & the "oats" I then see in my mind, might not be what you're looking for in a reaction from beer-drinkers. Anyways, Oat is smooth, as one might expect from a doubled-up oatmeal recipe. Bitter, light chocolate comes quickly to the fore, tailed by the balancing sweetness of the malts. Hops, even after all this time, are still enough of a force to make themselves known on the downhill slope. And this ain't no sipper, this is a dark beer meant to be chugged through a tailpipe. The smoothness sees to it.

Pretty good beer, & mostly recommended for the insane clown posse of its smoooth moves. And get rid of that damn horse!

Photo of thryn
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 bottling.

Pours dark nearly black. Rough pour results in a thin layer of cappuccino-colored lace on top that quickly vanishes, leaving just a faint ring.

Smells of rich coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla, with some dark/dried fruit. Almost whiskey. I might think this was oaked a bit from the nose. Not bad, but a little disjointed and the alcohol in the nose is a bit strong.

Brilliant on the palate, though! Strong, whiskey-like booze, a bit of raisin, nice roasty chocolate, slightly burnt coffee ... it all meshes together into a luxury, for sure.

A lot of what is making it taste so good is the astonishing mouthfeel. A thick, creamy and slick body with carbonation just present enough to enhance the thing. This is a masterful use of oats.

Quite drinkable, though the alcohol presence might make it a little slow work to get through a bomber. I might just recap the thing, though that has more to do with the time of night than the enjoyability of the beer.

Photo of goblet
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a bottle of southern tier imperial stout that has a yellow label and an "alc 11.0% by vol", aside from those things it looks like whats on this page.so i pop the cap and pour into a snifter.

it says "dark as a moonless night" and it is midnight black with a fluffy tan cloud like frothy head that fades in time to a ring.it look like mud in a glass with foam.

hardy molasses malt,hints of coffee,chocolate and brown sugar aroma.fruits like prunes and some spices and of course sweet oats .

tad hoppy a bit sweet malty of a taste . got a lot of the flavors that go along with the smell; molasses and coffee,fresh oats and a strong alcohol backbone.

full body stout,a big malty feel and a spicy ,slightly bitter bite in the after.

great oatmeal stout a step up from others of it's style .a rich sipper that you will enjoy drinking slowly. great winter warmer .cheers..!!

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A nice cascade effect on the pour creates a one finger medium-thick looking tan head with decent retention. Black in color with very little carbonation. Note quite as thick looking as I'd expected coming out of the bottle. Head fades to a thin wisp and a ring. Slight wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. The nice cascade brought this one over the average mark.

SMELL: Some roasted malts with mild hints of coffee, chocolate and a touch of oats in there. Slightly musty as well. This one just doesn't have that boldness that I've come to expect from Southern Tier. A little too mild.

TASTE: Now this is more like it. Very bold flavors. Roasted malts up front with some bitter chocolate and coffee notes through the middle. Finishes just a little boozy with a strong and longer lasting aftertaste of bitter pure chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Great here too. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth and soft on the palate. The oats have served this beer very well here. Goes down very creamy smooth and leaves a bit of an alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little lighter on the palate than I'd expected, but oh so soft and creamy. This is what oats were born to do. If it were slightly heavier, it'd get a perfect score here.

OVERALL: Fantastic in the mouth, a little average before it got there. One that needs a little more aroma to bring it up a notch. Non-the-less, there's no denying that it's one tasty great-feeling treat for sure. One I'll be grabbing again if I see it. Recommended.

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.