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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 109
Gots: 141 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who the hell thought filling growlers of this was a good idea?!

Half pour into my DFH goblet, feeling pretty tonight.

First pour a little chilly. A bubbling murky, marshy, cookie dough-colored head. A dense-looking body; rich sateen black paint. Lace drips in even legs, before drying out & getting crusty.

A soft, sugar cookie smell wafts through the immediate area upon pouring. A closer sniff gets my head full of molasses & nougat. Cubes of caramel macerating in kvass, gold rum, & a long spray of aerosol. Deceiving when cold, it gets your nostrils flaring once it gets warm.

Bittergreen hops strike me first. Doughy char. White bread soaking in your glass of Nesquik. Plenty of residual sugars. A coffee ash & a slightly sharp pruney finish, settling with a little of what I hope isn't oxidation(newspapery). Not nearly as complex as the smell led me to believe.

A powdery smoothness going down, but it flares up once you disconnect from the glass. Very tolerable, considering the ABV. Disengaging is difficult. It just flows.

I'm not a Southern Tier groupie, but this beer works on some levels. Price was more reasonable on the jug($14) vs. the $7-8-9 that place places charge for 22oz bottles.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2009 06:23:09 | More by PEBKAC
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a snifter to two inches of brown head. It is pretty much black in color. The aroma is rich, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. It has a creamy texture and no hints of alcohol in the taste or smell. This beer is delicious. As is the case with most Southern Tier beers, it is full of flavor and the aroma is amazing. It is just so rich and flavorful that one in a sitting is satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:10:13 | More by buschbeer
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Another nice tap sighting out here in the 'Burbs. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises wheat, oats, grass, very light chocolate, flowers, and light honey. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light chocolate syrup, toasted oats, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco somewhere in the back. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stout. Another win for ST.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 23:16:09 | More by TMoney2591
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Old bottle received in a trade eons ago.
A: Pours damn near black with a finger of dense, dark brown head that faded into a thick scum that left a few soapy spots down the glass.
S: Light notes of chocolate, alcohol, raisins, and a splash of coffee.
T: Tingly notes of roasted grains, creamy oats, dark chocolate, milk chocolate milkshake, cream, and oatmeal. The flavors are very well rounded, integrated and smooth. I get just a touch of alcohol in the finish, but its more flavor rather than the heat. The aftertaste is full of sweet raisins and lightly bitter chocolate.
M: Exceptionally creamy and smooth body with a thick and fluffy mouthfeel. The carbonation is soft but textured. This is a wonderfully thick and soft brew.
O: A pleasant surprise. I’m glad I waited so long to open this as its aged beautifully. Really enjoyable flavor and mellow mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:45:37 | More by scottfrie
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: An eighth of an inch head graces the top of the beer for about 30 seconds when it is first poured. The coffee colored wisps it leaves behind concentrate in the center and in a ring around the outside. The color of the beer is close to black, but a few bits of brown light shine through the top.

SMELL: Big dark chocolate greets the nose with hints of roasted malt and coffee. A touch of wood and a sweeter, milkier chocolate lurk behind.

TASTE: After smelling this beer it was not nearly as sweet or chocolaty as I anticipated. More of the dark chocolate came through along with some roasted flavors. The hops also arrived after being overpowered in the nose. An earthy, bitter finish follows a coffee flavored bridge from malt to hops and carries a touch of citrus with it.

The milk chocolate eventually comes through a little stronger as it warms up. And speaking of temperature, only a whiff of alcohol can be tasted in this 10.8%er.

MOUTHFEEL: Big and full-bodied, very round and with a decent, but not overpowering carbonation. There is a bit of a mouthcoating feel up front here, but a dryer finish washes it away with each sip.

OVERALL: This is another fantastic beer from Southern Tier. I really wish they distributed to Colorado and I regret not focusing on them more when I had access to their stuff in Chicago. Anyhow, the Oat paired pretty much perfectly with the skirt steak and potatoes I had for dinner tonight. Like many other Southern Tier offerings I have had, this one stays balanced throughout, in almost every way.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:23:28 | More by StoneTSR
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first venture into anything from the folks at Southern Tier, and I have to say that it is one of the best oatmeal stouts I have tasted in recent months. Grabbed a bomber from the always impressive Friendly Package just two towns away and enjoyed it immensely last night.

Pitch black pour with an intense coffee foam that will not dissipate, providing a hefty promise that you will enjoy the drink that follows. It lived up to the promise quite nicely, giving off an aftertaste and aroma that balances oats and java, with a smidgeon of chocolate. Everything compliments each other nicely and makes this a very enjoyable brew. I will be trying other beers from Southern Tier in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 21:16:55 | More by neckbracesub
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11% ABv according to my bottle. Rich, black body with a creamy tan coloured head.

Creamy roasted malt, oats, chocolate and coffee in the scent. The translates very well in the taste, with a slight bit of bitterness. Rich, malty taste. Black coffee, toffee and chocolate, with a bit of raisin.

Very smooth mouthfeel, even with the 11% ABV this is quite nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 05:57:38 | More by BDTyre
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle bought at Oak Tree Buy Rite during a pilgrimage in October. Bottle says brewed in Fall 2008. I think I paid about $6-7 for it.

Served at about 50 degrees in a Chimay goblet glass.

Opaque black beer with little to no head from a careful pour. Good amount of lacing.

I don't know how to describe the smell other than it smells exactly like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout should smell in my mind.

The front of the mouthfeel had good carbonation with some heat and bitterness. (This sucker is 11%; that's fo sho.) Great smoothness backs the traditional oatmeal taste.

Finishes a little hot, but not overly so for an 11% Imp Stout. It's hard to balance that much heat and Southern Tier did a good job of it. I'd like to see how this beer is after a year or two in the bottle.

Certainly worth the purchase. I'd recommend this to many friends and even a couple of enemies :)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 04:03:24 | More by JohnHoyos
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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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New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22oz. bottle, which I shared with a couple friends.

A - Thick midnight black with a soapy, coffee colored head. Left a good bit of lacing

S - Rich & toasty, with a nice grain aroma. A bit too alcoholic on the nose, though.

T - Toasty, bitter, slightly sweet, slightly creamy. reminds me of a strong mocha latte, with oats apparent but not overpowering. Went well with the Sicilian pizza we were eating.

M - It's warming from the get-go, and the alcohol is there, but it was well rounded and easy sipping. Carbonation added lightness to an otherwise dark, strong brew.

D - I could probably have a few drinks worth of this one. It left little aftertaste and was easy drinking despite the powerful flavors and ABV. Not as sneaky as Duvel, but still deceptively smooth.

Overall - A fine stout. Stouts are not my favorite brews, but if I'm ever feeling like a strong, dark brew that I know I'll like, I'll reach for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 22:11:24 | More by DannyS
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks the business, and thanks to Cole's for deciding to give me a pint of imperial stout. A deep black body sits under a chocolate milkshake head that laces in sheets as its slowly fades to a cap. The nose is full of that smoky, slightly bready oatiness that I love, but its also complimented by all the regular flavours you would get in a beer of this heft - chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Hmmm... would you like some coffee with your oatmeal? One sip reveals this to be a bang on interpretation of an imperial oatmeal stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and burned brown sugar mixed in with a shot of espresso. The oatmeal comes through strongly in the finish, giving the impression of tobacco, and (not surprisingly), oatmeal. There's moderate bitterness, but I feel its mostly from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel belies the alcohol, and isn't as heavy as I would expect, veering more towards that of a regular oatmeal stout. That said it is smooth and well-handled... I just expected something bigger and silkier - Southern Tier don't usually do half measures.

This is an excellent interpretation, and my one real criticism is the same one that applies to all Southern Tier's bigger beers - after a while the sweetness starts to become too much. in fact this would have been excellent in a two-thirds pint glass. Nonetheless, another impressive stout from the blackwater series.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 01:46:11 | More by bobsy
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North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and chocolate malts with some lighter notes of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted and chocolate malts along with a lighter flavor of milk chocolate. There are some light flavors of coffee beans and a moderate amount of oatmeal flavors as well. Light amounts of sweetness upfront and a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, coats the inside of your mouth.

O: The rather high ABV is extremely well hidden in this beer and there is a nice balance between the sweetness and roastiness - all of this makes this beer very easy to drink and enjoy. I recommend sipping this one and it is going down well on the first really cold night of the autumn (and the first night where we saw some snow flurries).

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:45:05 | More by dbrauneis
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Rich brown black color with half a finger of tan head no lacing.
S - Dark bitter malt and oat roasts, earthy hops, some dark chocolate.
T - Sweet roasted malt light toasted oats and grain, a little booze.
M - Super rich velvety texture, silky, just wonderful.
O - Great beer, its a shame this one isnt around anymore, but what a treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2014 13:11:54 | More by Omnium
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New York

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

A - Pours black and impressive cream colored foam. Minimal lacing, and almost no carboantion at all.

S - Smells creamy, malty, with a hint of smoke. Really could make an air freshener out of this.

T - Hearty malt, rich flavor that is creamy and full of roasted taste. A real treat; you don't feel treated at all.

M - Heavy, thick, and full bodied. You feel like you've had a big stout. But you aren't cheated one bit.

O - I've noticed Southern Tier does big beers well. They go big and I like them. Anything else seems underwheling. This is a tasty big stout. I'd have it again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-19-2012 04:36:02 | More by socon67
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks thin and dark brown when poured but is opaque black with a thin mocha head.

S: Dark stone fruits, molasses, burnt sugar and some oat. Mostly dark fruit. Alcohol is also present.

T: I get dark rum and raisins with some soft grain notes. Some coffee and light smoke.

M: Full bodied, with mild carbonation. Silky and smooth.

O: Pretty easy drinker and good. Nothing super special but it isn't bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 05:17:09 | More by rwf08
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged about 8 months, this is the first of a line of Southern Tier bombers I'll be drinking in the coming week.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a thick, motor oil black. A grayish, dark tan head forms on top but is quickly gone leaving only a thin collar and small patch of foam.

SMELL: The aromas aren't particularly intense but come out more as the beer warms. A standard combination of coffee and dark chocolate (with an emphasis way to the chocolate side) is accompanied by the slightest alcohol bite. Nice.

TASTE: Wow, this beer is just all silky chocolate the entire way through. It's not even the most chocolaty beer that Southern Tier makes, but don't let that fool you. This is one luxurious brew. The slight alcohol twinge comes out on the finish, but it actually gives the beer a little more complexity - something it could use more of.

MOUTHFEEL: There no doubt the oats are at work here, as this is one smooth beer. The carbonation is very, very low.

DRINKABILITY: It drinks pretty well, but even after 8 months, the alcohol still intrudes a little bit. That said, what a smooth, silky beer!

Southern Tier sure knows how to make extreme beer. I'll likely look for this whenever it comes out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 00:25:10 | More by jmalex
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fall 2007

Pours pitch black with a minimal creamy tan ring of a head. Sporadic lace speckles the glass. Boozy chocolate and berries in the nose...thick, rich, dark, and sweet with a slight burned edge. Licorice, sweet bread, cherry, and vanilla...and alcohol. Heavy, sweet malty flavor. More charred wood and less booze, which is nice. Vinous fruit, sweetened coffee, roastiness, raisins, dark chocolate. Complex, yet well balanced. Heavy, smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy for its strength.

Thick and potent...still, it aged better than I thought it would. It's a sipper, but not as boozy tasting as the aroma lead me to believe. Tasty...

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:26:43 | More by wedge
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New York

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

Bottle says 11.0% abv.

a - pours quite black and thick-looking, very small brown head with no retention or lacing

s - deeply roasted malt and iced coffee on the nose, some fruit and bright hops, alcohol notes as well

t - bright hops with lots of sweetness up front, body of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, finish is quite bitter with more fruitiness from the hops, chocolate and coffee linger on the finish that's fairly sweet, some alcohol

m - full-bodied, coats the mouth very well, mostly sweet but some dryness on the finish, warming from the alcohol

d - definitely a sipper, very powerful and intense beer, not easy on too easy on the palate and at 11% abv, not overly drinkable

Very interesting impy stout...more hops than any other stout I've tried. Very distinct and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:40:31 | More by WeisGuy
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark coffe black with a brown thin big bubble head. Aroma was slightly sugary sweet, with roasted grains. Flavor was sweet, a bit milky sweet, almost like a milk/cream stout. No noticeable oatmeal/grain flavors, hence a lower score. Felt great in the mouth. Coated very well, clung to the mouth perfectly. Very easy to drink, went down well.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 23:02:46 | More by mountdew1
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New York

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

Brewed Fall 2007
Tasted Fall 2008

Just a note before the review: the bottle I have claims an ABV of 11%, not 12.5%.

A vigorous pour shows a thick, pitch black beer with quickly dissipating head. The smell, predominantly of chocolate and bread, is surprisingly thin for a brew this rich. The taste truly earns the "imperial" title - massive bittersweet chocolate (more sweet than bitter), some coffee, oats and lightly roasted barley, with some definite hop spice and slight hop bitterness. The real genious here is the melding of the deftness and relative lightness that is characteristic of an oatmeal stout with the largess of flavor (though not the complexity, it must be noted) of an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is absolutely spectacular - thick and chewy, with nice warming action. As to drinkability, between the ABV, the richness, and the sweetness, good luck trying to knock down more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 02:44:10 | More by trpng0bily
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with an informative label that tells me my beer was brewed in the fall of 2007. Given it is a cool and rainy night, it seems to be a perfect time to crack this one open.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head. There are wisps of lacing.

Nose of raisins, plums, molasses, charred malts, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

The first taste is of sweet and charred malts, dark fruit and alcohol. I'm sure the oatmeal contributes sweetness and to the silky feel. Plums, molasses and a bit of smoke come into play as the beer warms.

The mouth is thick and creamy but also manages a bit of an oily tongue coating quality. Pretty drinkable given the 11%. I would have no problem recommending this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 00:31:49 | More by Redrover
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly totally black and just barely some sunburst brown hues near the edges. Very thin brown head after a semi vigorous pour.

Nose is full of dried dark fruits, mostly plum, some vanilla in the back. Not overly complex.

Taste mirrors the smell, dark fruits and vanilla, with some added pleasant alcohol warmth. Nice lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Nice full mouthfeel from the oats and medium carbonation.

Overall, nice beer and definitely worth a try. A bit lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 14:56:56 | More by jculler82
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New York

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

Opaque, dark chocolate (near black) in color with a thin, khaki head that leaves a caviar-bubbled ring around the perimeter of the glass. Pleasant coffee/roasted malt aroma. The taste is sweet and malty, chocolaty, bready, smoky (almost to the point of burnt) and fruity (maybe Raisinettes?). The syrupy, full body gives way to a slightly bitter finish which warms the palate and balances the beer nicely. I liked this oatmeal stout more than a few of the local breweries’ oaty offerings (particularly Brown’s Oatmeal Stout) which used to be my standbys for cold weather drinking. As to be noted with a number of the Southern Tier Imperial series, a 650ml bomber is best enjoyed split with a buddy.

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Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:43:13 | More by dudelove7485
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep black color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, dark malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops. The taste is malty and very creamy up front with strong flavors of roasted oats and dark chocolate. There are background flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and there's very little trace of the 12.50% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet. Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick due to the heavy viscosity, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 15:05:09 | More by Anthony1
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black body with a small quickly dispersing coffee colored head.

S- roasted malts, oats, a bit of chocolate. very little alcohol, which is strange to say the least.

T- lots of roasted malts here. some chocolate, some coffee, a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- full bodied, and thick, just how it should be.

D- the most intense oatmeal stout ive ever encountered. something that i could have one of every so often, but no more than one in a night. its just too big.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 03:45:17 | More by jwinship83
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.