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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 1228
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%

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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of Darkmagus82


4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-brown nearly black color with a tiny thin wisp of tan foam. The foam fades very fast to leave almost no lacing. Upon swirling the beer in the glass it is seen to be quite sticky with it slowly sliding down the sides of the glass back to the body of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is lighter then would have been anticipated. It was largest of a sweeter caramel and roasted malt aroma. There are notes of oat and some chocolate and coffee mixed with in. A light alcohol aroma is present as well rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather sweet. It starts of caramel with a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Toward the middle of the flavor, an oat flavor comes to the tongue with some darker fruit flavors of plum and raisin. It has a very nice flavor here and then transitions nicely to a very different, but equally pleasurable flavor blend. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt come at the end with many of the sweeter flavors losing some strength. When combined with the oat flavor as well as a light alcohol flavor, it creates a roasted, dark, bitter, warming feel on the tongue. It is quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The brew coats the mouth and smothers it in all its great flavors. The body of the beer is chewy and thick with a lower level of carbonation level. The feel is fantastic for the bitter and dark flavors of the beer, as well as the warming alcohol taste.

Overall – Very nice. I love the smooth flavor transitions in this one. It starts out sweet and then moves to more roasty and bitter. The feel helps with both the great flavors as well as the transition of those flavors. Really a tasty and enjoyable beer to drink. Grab one, sit back and sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:43:30 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

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

Dense finger plus of dark brown foam, mix of differing bubble sizes, dissolves down at a moderately steady pace leaving a solid surface coating behind, skimpy lacing looks like miniature iron mail, no stickiness. The liquid is the expected jet black color, impossible to tell if there are bubbles inside or not, hint of orange at the outermost edges. The nose is all chocolate, toffee, butterscotch and coffee ice cream, probably more flowers than oats although there is a granola, breakfast cereal element going on, might be some plum or cherry fruit there but that chocolate is overwhelming. Full-bodied, lands on the palate with a thud like an anvil. Eventually the carbonation lifts it to create space to move a little, but not much. Blend of both dark and milk chocolate, heavy duty licorice in the mix, vanilla bean, flowers, pine, mint, caramel, molasses and hazelnut coffee too. Once more the oats seem relegated to the background. Gets hoppier retronasally yet without any real sting. Can appear a bit boozy at times. That noted, props for the vividness of the flavors and for all of its flash doesn’t wear you down trying to consume it. Hard to think of what food you’d pair it with, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 03:19:12 | More by farrago
Photo of WillCarrera


4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours pitch black with a three-finger, fluffy, creamy mocha head, leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate, cocoa, some roasted grain and coffee.

T- Big flavor of dark chocolate, molasses, some bitter roasted malt and coffee become more prominent towards the finish. The booze is very well-hidden and provides some nice fruity complexity.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich, creamy and velvety.

O- A very nice stout, the oats give it a really great feel while the well-hidden booze gives it some warmth and complexity, it's pretty damn drinkable too for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:36:58 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

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

A- A midnight black pour into my Bruery tulip. A thick, 3 finger deep tan head floats gently... but rapidly dissapears leaving some nice lacing behind clinging to the rim. Lacing chokes every square centimeter of the glass!!! Lovely spiderwebing!!!

S- Roasted malts, bitter cocoa, sweet oatmeal, Tangy/citrusy hops!!! Notes of pine, coffee, grapefruit, molasses, toasted pecans/cashews/hazelnuts. Really nice depth... yet no one flavor dominates! Much more citrus than I remember from past years.

T- Perfectly sweet roasted malts... Rich black coffee, sweet oatmeal, pungent yellow grapefruit, pine needles, and oven roasted nut mix! Some hints of marshmallow and dry grass and cocoa powder.

M- Thick, chewy, full and sweet!!! Notes of caramel, subtle chocolate, and piney hops! Nice bitterness and coffee presence. Not as oily as I remember, but really full none-the-less! Like biting into an espresso/tangerine brownie!!! Lovin' it!

O- I love all of Southern Tiers Backwater Imperial Stouts... As much as I love this one... it's probably 5th out of the 5... that's not a bad thing... it's just that I LOVE the others sooo much!!! It's very really nice, but it doesn't have the caracter that the other Backwater Stouts exude!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:06:02 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of khaki head that fades to a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate aromas along with hints of cream and vanilla.

T: Roasted malts here as well with creamy vanilla and chocolate. The finish has some char and bitter notes with a slight alcohol presence.

M: Thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet rather than being creamy.

O: A decent stout overall, though like most Southern Tier beers, is too sweet and comes in too large of a serving that is difficult to finish alone. It's also fairly simple and lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:30:52 | More by n2185
Photo of CheezyBlaster


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About as solid as a double stout is going to get before crossing the real threshold. That threshold being the line when we judge something as being very good, or great.

Solid expected nose, mouth and feel. Chocolate, dark coffee beans, chewy, mild viscosity, slight booze afterglow with a touch in the nose. Oaty, malt bally, only slightly dry. Not a lot of dark fruit at all. Very sweet, but obviously not choklat sweet. Only a touch of bitterness, just a little kiss, from hops to make it so quaffable at 11%.

I'd give it an 89/90. I'd love a 10 dollar 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 23:37:35 | More by CheezyBlaster
Photo of Danny1217


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours just about pitch black. Not too much head or lacing. Smells quite chocolatey. Roasted malts, a bit of alcohol. Very big scent. Some good chocolate flavors on the taste as well. Nice smooth oatmeal feel. Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and a mild hop flavor. Mmmm.

A big imperial oatmeal stout. Very nice offering from this brewery, who has become a major player in these various imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:15:43 | More by Danny1217
Photo of BMMillsy


3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bomber pitch black, syrypy looking, without much head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, more sweet molasses and chocolate. Flavor follows the aroma rather well with big chocolate notes and lots of sweet molasses and lactose influence. Syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Very sweet and I was expecting a bit more roast on this one.

Solid chocolate stout, but but not much else going on here. Syrupy and sweet, save for dessert. Not much to differentiate it from the other big ST stouts like Choklat. Not much from the oatmeal at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 16:34:12 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Dennoman


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

One of the quintessential "budget big stouts". I've had a fair few stouts in my day, let's see how this beast stacks up.

2011 vintage bomber, poured into a pint glass (I was feeling decadent, sue me).

A: A dark ruby red, nearly black. Pours a hoppy and lively two-finger tan head that disappears fairly quickly into a fingernail ring around the top.

S: Hops on the forefront dominate the "stouty" smells. Some roasted malts and oats on the nose, carried by booze.

T: Dry biscuits which I'm guessing are the oats hit the tongue first, followed by hop bitterness and then coffee and some dark chocolate from the roasted malts. Leaves a dry biscuit finish with some hoppy punch.

M: I think almost everyone would agree this could be thicker and richer for the style, but considering its price range this isn't anywhere close to disappointing. Light carbonation enhances creaminess and overall drinkability. Lush, but not overly indulgent.

O: A very good big stout for those times when you don't have all that much cash to blow on the big leagues. No-nonsense and a fine example of the oatmeal stout style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 19:51:54 | More by Dennoman
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown to black in Yeti snifter. Tan head that lingers longer than usual for this style.

Smell is toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, ripe fruit and a little coffee. Very inviting.

Taste follows the smell well. Lots of chocolate and sweet malt. Gets even sweeter as it warms. Molasses present and just a slight hint of bitterness in the finish. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Very smooth.

Overall this was absolutely superb! Wish I had bought a case of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:16:57 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruits, oats, roastiness, caramel malts, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some chocolate and caramel malts with some light dark fruit and roasted flavors. Through the middle, some oats come through with some light vanilla sweetness and a bit more dark fruit. The finish is a mix of chocolate and dark caramel malts with some roasted flavors, a bit of dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The oats really give this beer a great smoothness for how big the body and abv are. Overall, very nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 05:40:58 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of draheim


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (bottled 10/12/2011) into a snifter. Pours a deep brown/black w/ a 1-finger tan head that settles to a thin head.

Aroma is roasty and bitter, molasses, dark fruit, chewy nuts.

Taste follows nose. Bitter roasted malt, chocolate & caramel malt, molasses, dark fruit, hops for bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a moderately dry finish.

Overall a solid, well-crafted imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 05:14:43 | More by draheim
Photo of cfrances33


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip and enjoyed on 6/27/12

Pour: Pitch black with a light brown, inch head. Fades to a rim around edges.

Smell: Dark chocolate and a little booze, but not a ton.

Taste: Really tastes like a double oatmeal stout. Bitter dark chocolate with a very roasty with a light espresso aspect thrown in. Slight booze.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a light warming.

Overall: Tasty and nearly always on shelves in NJ right now. While not jaw dropping, if nothing piques my interest and I'm in the mood for a strong oatmeal stout, I would happily turn to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 19:01:15 | More by cfrances33
Photo of cvm4


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

A - Doesn't pour thick, almost like a real black cola or rootbeer. Definitely deep, dark brown. Half finger, tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet, roasted malt sticks out to me. Also, some bitter chocolate and and tinge of licorice.

T - Sweet malt combined with cocoa nibs. Gets more roasted, coffee and bitter towards the end. Alcohol is rather tame considering the abv.

M - Somewhat lacking in this department. Definitely thinner than most stouts.

O - If the mouthfeel was a thicker beer, then this would be a winner. And, it's a sweeter stout than I'm used to drinking as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:09:01 | More by cvm4
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark, no wait let me rephrase that...it is basically motoroil black with a somewhat dark tan head that rises to maybe 1/4" off a gentle pour.

Smell: Just on smell alone you feel how complex this beer is, I feel everything from chocolate to barley to malts. Superb.

Taste: Little bitter and slight sweet, has a vanilla feel similar to some milk stouts but raises eyebrows with it's heavy alcohol.

Mouth: Of course I couldn't expect less from southern tier, this beer is very sticky. I would be lying if i Said it was smooth, but it isn't the hardest to drink.

Overall: I have no complaints, Imperial Oat exceeded my expectations but then again rarely southern tier has disappointed me. Be happy and keep drinking, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:26:44 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of BostonHops


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

the pour is a bit lighter than your typical imperial stout motor oil black, not totally opaque, but remains a very dark brown. aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of a foamy tan head; middling retention, some lacing. nose is good but not great - definitely not as aromatic as choklat (but then, few are). i pick up notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, oats, and a touch of booze.

flavor mostly follows the aroma. very tasty beer with plenty of roastiness, chocolate, coffee, and oats. a bit of caramel, maybe a touch of a vague hoppy presence in the background. mouthfeel is medium-full with adequate carbonation.

overall i think this is an excellent beer, very tasty and enjoyable. won't challenge any of my personal favorites for imperial stout supremacy, but one i would not hesitate to revisit in the future.

(originally reviewed: 07-26-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:04:14 | More by BostonHops
Photo of stampfler07


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark, thick brown, one finger of brown foamy head

S- Moderate roast, light cocoa notes, oat grain and sweet malt

T- Sweet and smooth malt to start and through the middle, roasted flavor starts about midway, finish is warm, milky cocoa and a slight roasted bitterness

M- Moderate carbonation, medium to heavy body, warming, smooth finish

O- Great taste and feel, nice warming from the alcohol without the harsh taste, solid imperial stout

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:24:07 | More by stampfler07
Photo of kylehay2004


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger deep tan head on a jet black with no light getting through.

S: aroma is light overall with vanilla, some roasted marks, milk chocolate and toffee getting through.

T: fairly sweet up front with vanilla, milk chocolate, some nutty notes and fairly light on the bitter roasted malts.

M: smooth and thick. Light to medium carbonation.

Overall: a nice flavorful stout. One of their best. Very drinkable. Almost too sweet but otherwise very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 23:47:38 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of t420o


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From old notes (sept. 15, 2011)

Southern tier oat

A- very aggressive pour produces a coca cola like head that fizzes away leaving no lacing. Beer looks almost
Exactly like coke. Not a good look 2.5 

S- big oat smell with a light smokiness. Chocoalte and caramel malt, vanilla very sweet but I like sweet beers 4.5

T-  toasted oat, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, raisins. A very good beer that I enjoyed 4     

M- very light cabonation. Thick and syrupy 3.5

O- a very good oatmeal stout that is definitely on the sweeter side but I like it. 4 


Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:13:39 | More by t420o
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small mocha head that dies almost immediately. Very little in the lacing department. I prefer a dense, long lasting head in this style.

S - Smells of plum, oatmeal, coffee beans, and cherry. Booze is also present. The malts are mostly sweet with a touch of roasty.

T - Sweet from the start with dark fruits and caramel. The oat flavors come through in the middle coupled with some roasty malts. The finish is mostly of toasted coffee with a slight bitterness that doesn't stand up to the big sweet flavors. Alcohol is apparent on the back of the tongue.

M - Medium-thick feel with micro-carbonation that suits the style and flavors.

O - I enjoy most of Southern Tier's 22 oz. offerings and while this was decent, it was a little bit disappointing. Very sweet, which is acceptable in a diverse style, but I would have preferred a bit more complexity. I probably won't spend the $10 to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:58:48 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB: 10/11/11

A: Pours motor oil black with a small tan heads that disappears quickly leaving nothing behind. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Cacao, roast, char, vanilla beans, nuts. Alcohol is non-existent.

T: Slightly sweet chocolate, raisins, and vanilla upfront that immediately drys up leaving a nice bitter roast in the back of the palate. Aftertaste leaves lingering flavors of cacao, roasted almonds, and charred wood. An oat like flavor can be detected the whole way through but it's very subtle. Alcohol comes through as a bit of heat in the throat.

M: Medium/Full body, very soft carbonation, starts off sweet finishes dry.

O: Overall a delicious stout. Not my favorite of the BlackWater series or ST beers but it shouldn't be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 20:36:35 | More by ixodus
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: black/hint of dark brown body, khaki finger head,
solid tan lacing

S: oats, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, mild vanilla

T: dark chocolate, big oats, malt, nutty,
hint of vanilla bean, light boozy smooth finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Southern Tier's bombers are excellent.
This is a very good, not my personal taste, but
would recommend it to stout lovers.


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 20:10:26 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of BrownNut


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 to tulip. Date indecipherable.

A - Totally opaque black. Light tan decent looking head that lasts a few minutes. Minor lacing.

S - While still foaming, it's a good bit more chocolatey than I'm used to or want in an oatmeal stout. A little metallic. Nicer later though. Booze masquerades as something vaguely floral until you later realize what it is.

T - A noticeable sour metallic tang jumbled up with bitter ash/char malt flavors, mild coffee, restrained sweetness, and naked booze. Just as with their Choklat, the parts just don't come together well, though by the end of the bomber I'm lit up and it's harder to tell and seems more together. Initially though, rather than complexity, I got discordance. It's kind of like a soup not left to simmer nearly long enough. The booze and the sour metallic thing are the parts that don't play well with the others. It's a 10.8 imperial, so you expect more, but plenty of others hide it a lot better than this. Choklat wast the same strength and I didn't get the booze in that one, for example.

M - Thick in a way I really like, yet with a little sting on the tongue.

O - The only way I'd get this again would be to see if aging it for a year would do anything to mellow out that booze and bring everything together more cohesively. So I'll assign myself that project. The bigness and thickness of the beer make me want to rate it higher, but the overall execution makes me rate it lower.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:04:37 | More by BrownNut
Photo of Rizalini


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

Poured from a bomber bottled on 10/12/11, into my Stone tulip. Received in a trade from StlThrash.

A - Pours black and viscous, with pretty much no head at all. I had to swirl this one vigorously just to get a little foam. Weird...

S - Smells of sweet malts and chocolate. Very robust aroma.

T/M - Has more of a bittersweet flavor, like dark chocolate, coffee with a hint of brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry with a dark chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel and slightly under carbonated.

O - Southern Tier has yet to disappoint me, and this one just follows suit. Great oatmeal stout, very easily drinkable at 10.8%. Pretty much no alcohol detected at all. I would defiantly grab more of these... If I could. Thanks a bunch Todd for sending me another great brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 07:11:32 | More by Rizalini
Photo of ThickNStout


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Crabapple Bottle Shoppe (Alpharetta, GA). 8.49. 2010 bottle. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with 1 finger thick mocha head that quickly fades. No lacing.  

Smells of roast malts and sweet sugar with a wisp of booze. Subdued. 

Nice creamy blend of burnt coffee, dark  chocolate, oats and brown sugar. The 11% alcohol is quite present but not overbearing. 

Excellent thick creamy feel. Little carbonation. 

I'm glad I bought 2 of these last year. The age has smoothed it out nicely and I like it much more now than I did initially. Drinks like a Russian imperial with the dark fruit replaced by oats. I'll definately track down a few more & let them sit for 2-3 years to see how it developes further. 

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 14:58:15 | More by ThickNStout
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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