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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 144
Gots: 161 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004

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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of riversider76
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, with a thin lighter brown head. Decent retention, and a good lace effect. Aroma is of dark chocolate, and dark, fruity malts. Body is thick and rich with some carbonation. Taste is of oats and malted chocolate, with a dark bittersweet edge. Hints, of coffee, and dark fruit are there as well. Awesome!!

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Photo of MacQ32
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours near black with a caramel/chocolate colored head, ok retention, nearly completely dissipates after about 3 minutes, thin outer ring remains. pretty nice lacing, although it (mostly) eventually slides down the glass.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, tons of oats, maybe a hint of molasses and caramelized malts. Slight roastyness and a hint of dates/dark fruit.

T - Lots of roasty chocolate, lots of dark fruit (prunes, dates, etc) and a pretty large wallop of alcohol burn. slightly mediciny

M - Definitely the most sipperish beer ive had in some time. Thick thick thick, minimally carbonated, very smooth.

O - As it warms the alcohol becomes more tame and the sweet and richer vanilla flavors come through - even more of a sipper but much better balances/flavors at room temperature. - Ratings reflect my room temperature impressions

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 08/16/12.

A: Pours a very thick dark black with a half finger light khaki head. Quick to dissipate it leaves some spots of lacing. Light only shines through about 1/8".

S: Smooth roasted malts and oat notes. A bit of vanilla and sweetness. Alcohol is just a touch noticeable. Chocolate certainly comes through and is quite dominate along with the oat. Dark fruit come out as it warms.

T: Chocolate and oat blend together and balance nicely. Hops are tame at this point and just appear for a flash and touch of aftertaste. Roastiness of the malt provides some richness. Coffee comes to mind as well.

M: Full bodied but not too heavy it is quite pleasant. Low carbonation. Fairly crisp finish. Booze is there but doesn't provide a harsh mouthfeel.

Overall well crafted and has developed nicely in the last 7 months. One of the less flavored of the blackwater series but the still a real good beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review adapted from notes taken 5/10/13

Note: Review 600

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark, dark brown - perhaps black from a distance - some lighter brown and red tones around the edges - nice, light brown head, keeps a nice, wispy cap, and an above-average, creamy ring - leaves some lacing, not much

Smell: Dark, decadent malts and oats - like someone melted a dark chocolate bar into a bowl of oatmeal - dark, burnt, roasty, cooked, caramelized malts - caramel and an above-average amount of sugar (fitting with Southern Tier's reputation), but the sweetness smells somehow subdued with the grainy oat notes

Taste: Dark chocolate, oats, and roasty, burnt malts - very rich, decidedly "imperial" - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some sweetened cocoa - caramel, molasses, and some straight-up sugar - burnt, dry, chocolate notes - some roasty notes and absurdly strong coffee - nicely bitter - oats are very apparent and abundant - adds a nice oatmeal flavor that kind of balances the sweetness, at the least makes it more interesting - some booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy, with a lot of creaminess from the oats - smooth, with a touch of syrupy booze in the finish

Overall: Christmas cheer in a bottle... or something

I selected this beer for review 600 because it was my official "Christmas Eve" bomber for three years (until I couldn't find a bottle one year and consequently killed the tradition). I honestly haven't had a bottle in a couple of years, and I am glad to report that it's still great. In fact, I think this is the best stout from Southern Tier. It's oddly under-appreciated, in my opinion. It's big, burly, and sweet, but I don't feel like I have diabetes thanks to the oats. Yum.

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Photo of brian60625
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle for $7.99. Oily Irish coffee and grain with a sloppy splash of booze aroma. Pitch black, no light gets through, brown head, no lacing, no foam residue moments after the pour. Flavor is a strange medley of soy, coffee, umami, oats, alcohol. Palate is thick bodied, pungent taste to nose effect. Overall, this is a big shouldered, big daddy. Clear your schedule for the rest of the night, because this one takes time to polish off.

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Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DOB: 9/19/12

A: Pitch black with a bubbly, medium brown head. Thick, viscous legs. No lace or retention.

S: Deeply roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, char, wood, a bit of coffee, and some booze.

T: So incredibly rich, roasty, and sweet. Very delicious. Plenty of sweet, malty sugars and a slightly boozy finish.

M: Creamy, roasty, tasty. Great body. Carbonation is proper. Huge roasty coating left on the palate.

O: Huge fan of Oatmeal Stouts and happy that ST nailed this one. A beefed up version of the style with plenty of the unique ingredients to make it special.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out substantially black in color, a little bit dark brown. Beige head, about 1/3" deep. Looks more like what I would expect from a coffee beer.

Aroma was fairly muted, the alcohol was noticeable. Oatmeal didn't cover up the roastiness of this one.

Roastiness and alcohol dominates the taste buds. I thought this was going to be a more smooth drinking experience, with the whole oat motif, but the problem here is the beer is just too big. A lot of bitterness as well. I don't think the notion of making something imperial and oat works. Dark chocolate, dark fruit underneath the booziness and bitterness. I love some Southern Tier, this one doesn't fall into that category.

There isn't much there, there. Flavors aren't the high point. Too non descript, not enough of what I want with oatmeal, a smooth chocolatey experience. Coating, but what makes up the coating is nothing special. The espresso notes should have shown up more in Jahva, not here.

Should be about half this strength.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- This head seems to start late but it is a bit vigorous when it does. Lots of initial fizziness but doesn't create too much head. It is dissipating quickly and is leaving no lacing. It's a tan, mocha colored head with a dark chocolate black body. It's quite a pretty beer.

Nose- This jumps out at you with initial sweetness of cherries and chocolate that moves into coconut. This is vanilla, this is toffee, this is caramel, this is everything that makes up my favorite beers. There is a slight alcohol burn but it is 11%- and who am I to complain? Even some honey too. This has lots of candy and sugar in it. I could sniff it all day long.

Taste- All that was in the nose is pretty much reflected with the addition of the bitter woodiness of the hops. This is coconut, this is cherry, chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol. This baby has some burn. It tastes like a macaroon. Very well balanced and the alcohol is necessary. It would be a weaker beer without it.

Mouthfeel- Heavy but not syrupy. Very creamy and not too much carbonation. This is a delight on the tongue.

Drinkability- This is an incredibly dangerous beer. Its flavor profile is inviting, its alcohol burn is inviting. It begs to be abused. It should be a sipper but I don't think it will last as long as it should.

Overall- Definite A/A+. I really like this beer. It does everything an imperial stout should and more. The oat balances this perfectly and draws all of its complexity in together. It also provides the slight grittiness to give a unique mouthfeel which informs a solid beer. Great beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today is St. Patrick's Day and I am drinking my last Christmas Beer (don't worry there were only three). I have been putting this one off because it looked so heavy I had to wait for a special occasion.
This is a heavy heavy beer, but enjoyable. The beer poured almost black and the head was thin and brown but quickly dissipated. Definitely a creamy beer.

Now that I am almost finished with it I can say I like this one and will have it again. Not something to drink after mowing the lawn, but definitely a late winter beer!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY.

Pours a deep, dark black with a small half inch head and no lacing due to how oily this mofo is.

Smells like rich chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, and sugar.

The taste is similar. Very sweet oatmeal stout, much like Southern Tier's other stouts. It tastes great, though. A little bit of roasted malt washed over by Hershey's syrup, vanilla ice cream. Huge malt flavor here, with a little bit of toasted oatmeal taste as well. A bit of caramel, as well. The flavor does get a bit cloying after a while.

Thick, gloopy, oily body, this one is just molasses like. Awesome mouthfeel. Low, almost non-existent carbonation, at the very least it's not noticeable. Would be more drinkable without the intense sweetness.

An extreme oatmeal stout if I ever drank one. If it was a little less sweet, it would be much better.

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Photo of 57md
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is deep dark brown to black with a thin layer of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is the epitome of hearty roasted oats. The roast profile is quite potent and tasty. The body is typical of a top tier stout – hearty. The finish brings even more roasted goodness with coffee notes coming through as well.

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Photo of dlcoblen
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served from a growler. (Charleston Beer Exchange)

A: Very dark, basically black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells sweet, like chocolate I did not find the aroma too complex.

M: Slightly viscous and creamy its just what to expect while drinking an imperial stout.

T: Amazing! This has to be one of my favorite stouts. It starts with sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, slight coffee taste and perhaps a touch of caramel. With being 11% abv, they did a good job with masking the alcohol, you can tell its there but just a hint on the back end. Also the oats adds its own dimension, I'd say it contribute mostly to the creaminess to this brew.

Overall: I gave it a 5 mostly due to the fact that since having the beer I believe this is how stouts should be made in the past I have had (hoppier stouts) while they are good too, this Southern Tier Oat Stout changes the perspective. The chocolate and creamy/sweetness made for a real treat I will be buying this again.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -very black with very little tan/khaki head

S-dark chocolate, licorice.. oats, molasses.. coffee

T- dark chocolate yet light and creamy..licorice.. oats.. coffee notes.. strong and bold

M- medium thick body, not very carbonated, initial sweetness.. slightly bitter finnish.. hard to telk this one is 11% abv

O- a pleasant stout, must have.. gotta try! i recommend this beer!

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pitch black with tan head

Smell - black licorice, dark chocolate, oats, molasses

Taste - no departure from the nose, dark chocolate, oats, black licorice, molasses

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, bitterness on the back to balance things out, smooth going down, booze is well masked (11% ABV), flavors linger a bit on the aftertaste

Overall - an enjoyable stout, recommended for a chilly night

Price Point - $8.99/22oz bottle

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black pour with a thin layer of mocha colored bubbles that longer around the edges of the glass.

S- Huge roasted malts, tons of oats, some sweetbread, slight caramel.

T- Roasted malts, grainy oats, hints of caramel, coffee and cocoa powder. Virtually no alcohol presence except for a slight hint during the finish.

M- Silky, smooth, low carbonation, full bodied, thick and coating. Expected for a big beer.

O- Another enjoyable offering from the Blackwater series. This one is a huge beer, but more subtle than Choklat and Creme Brûlée. Seek it out if you like big oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one needed a little more complexity for me to be great. It essentially was exactly like it advertises itself to be and that is a decent oatmeal stout but no more and no less. I will say that the high alcohol was rather well hidden so it might be possible to get pretty lit up on this beer.

When I tasted this beer, I got chocolate, roastiness and oatmeal. I was waiting for something else to kick in (booziness, fruits, something) but the taste was pretty much surface deep. I felt like I have tasted this beer 10 times before in various other chocolate and/or oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier delivers again. This beer is ver dark, almost an opaque black. It was lightly carbonated, and had roasted malst on the nose, as well as oatmeal and caramel. Its flavour was also oatmeal, with a bit of toffee and nuts. I'd seek out again!

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured nearly black with a minimal and short-lived head. The carbonation level, nonetheless, is good. The high ABV is amazingly well hidden, even in the feel and nose. Full body with very smooth feel. Rich but not particularly complex flavor with plenty of very dark roasted malt and some oats.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is near black and opaque with a thick beige head. Excellent retention with ample lacing cascading down the walls of the tulip. The aroma offers roast, alcohol heat, oats, bread, chocolate. The taste pretty much follows suit, with perhaps a bit more oat presence than was indicated in the aroma. Lots of flavor, but I find the alcoholic heat a bit obtrusive, keeping this beer from being great. Crackers and biscuits linger, as the beer finishes dry. Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation. A solid beer. I bet this would age gracefully.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some nice viscosity. There is a nice 1 inch tan head that forms that is very dense and sticky. It recedes slowly down to a thin film.

Starts off with strong oat aromas. Smooth and bready. In the background there is some nice caramel malt sweetness that is mixed in with the slight roast that permeates through. The oat notes are very appealing and mellowing. There are some slight coca powder notes in the nose that are nice and sweet and soft and mix well with the roast and bready oat.

Flavor follows the nose very well. Starts off with oat and roasted malt notes. The roast is smooth and not too intense, well balanced. Thens some mild sweetness is perceived. Nice cocoa powder notes and chocolate cake notes. Some slight dark cocoa bitterness is perceived in the middle. As the beer warms the chocolate malts really shine, offering a bit more sweetness and a nice creamy mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Near perfect thickness.

Overall this beer is excellent. Nice smooth and rich flavors. There is some good roast and great oat and chocolate malt notes. Some good sweetness and the ABV is barely noticed.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with no head at all.

The smell is extremely sweet,chocolate malts,oats and alcohol. This is the sweetest beer I've ever tasted, a little bit sickly.

The taste is like the smell, crazy sweet, alcohol and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

Overall a great desert beer, although a 12oz bottle would be more than enough, I'm struggling to finish the 22oz bottle. Definitely a sipper, the alcohol and sweetness make it hard to drink too quickly.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely dark, cannot see any light through my Nonic glass. Brown head gets to 1.5 fingers after a vigorous pour.

Smell - Dark malts.

Taste - Classic stout with oats well balanced sweetness and dryness at finish. I do taste alcohol given the abv, understandable.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body expected with this style

Overall - Very solid stout, great on a cold fall night like tonight

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Photo of silverking
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This truly is an outstanding stout. It Poured almost pitch black with a white head. It had beautiful lacing, I mean truly beautiful. aromas of coffee, chocolate, oats, and hops were all present. heavy in the mouth with light carbonation. alcohol is detectable in the palate, but only after flavors of chocolate, caramel and chocolate are enjoyed. the finish kept me wanting more and I was saddened by the last sip. This is my first experience with southern tier and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served chilled in a snifter

A- A very dark pour with a traditional oatmeal stout head that's nice and white. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Oats, barley, chocolate.

T- A very easy drinking oatmeal stout. Doesn't establish it's flavors as much as the other stouts in the series (creme brulee, jahva, mokah, etc.) but still is better than the average.

M- Very fun to gulp. Quite heavy at 11% but you'd never notice it. The creaminess is wonderful.

O- Bombers are always pricey and rarely justify the costs. While I still prefer other S/T stouts, Oat is ranks up there.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.