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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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1,296 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 117
Gots: 148 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Shilt, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured very dark nearly a black with no head thats I could see as well as no carbonation. The smell was nice mostly of chocolate and coffee. Thetaste was a little disapppointing the flavor of molasses overpowered most everything and made this not the easiest beer to drink. Don't get me wrong this is a finely crafted beer but the flavor of molasses was a little too much for me. The alcohol was well hidden and if not for the overpowering molasses flavor this would be something I would love to drink all the time :) On a side not this didn't have an oatmeal stout flavor to me @ all

Biggness, Jun 20, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Sunn, Nov 09, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

champ103, Mar 21, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber ordered from Archer Liquors
Pours dark black with a small tan head that doesn't last even with a violent pour. Smell is of marshmallows, oat, chocolate and a lot of alcohol coming through in the way of acetone, almost. Taste is creamy, smooth, and oily with a great carbonation level. More oatiness, chocolate, roast malt and marshmallowy goodness, but again the alcohol is huge, and is the only thing that keeps this from being awesome in my mind. If they scaled it back to maybe 8-9% or hid it better I'd love this stuff, but as hot as it is, It was just an enjoyable one time beer for me.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black wih a coffee colored head. Malty aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Lots of oatmeal and roasted chocolate maltiness i the flavor as well as a noticeable alcohol warmth. ABV not very well masked.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

chinchill, Jan 01, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle to try.. love oatmeal in stouts and reds...

- quick mocha finger of head down to a thin layer of scattered foam and a small ring. Jet brown brew.. can't see a thing through it..

- Nice slightly sweet grain bill.. oats, flakes, cheerios, cereal.. bready.. and a nice zingy hop presence.. touch of citrus. Dark roasty dryness.

- Sweet robust oats, grains, chocolate, sugars, and more caramel sweet sugars. Bitter zesty hop dryness and citrus and grassy finish. Overall tasty, spot on for the style, but as usual.. a bit too sweet.

- Creamy viscous heavy bodied, drying.. sticky sweet, chewy.

- Overall not bad, has a killer dry touch.. but is a bit sweet. Might turn out better after a couple of years.

Docer, Dec 15, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Continuing the tradition of the First and Second Unorganized Invitational, I bring the start of the Third Unorganized Invitation. For those unfamilair, the "unorgainized" theme is for a stretch of beers which I celebrate the end of the school year with. This year, given it was the year I graduated, I poured more money into the one. The first one is Southern Tier Oat. Are you ready? Let's go:

Inot a snifter it goes, no head forms on top this dark liquid. That's not a good sign. Well, the smells is nice. The nose is tickled with licorice, dark fruits, figs, and fudge brownies. Please don't taste flat...

There's a light sizzle of carbonation on the palate. It is a thick beer that clings to the palate, but slips off at the same time. It tastes more like mocha than oatmeal. A mild pinch of alcohol, which is a little hot, pairs with an astringent roasted note. As it warms, it become sweeter, and the booze is less felt. Mocha and hot fudge begin to take over. The beer becomes smoother as well.

A little oommph seems to be missing from the overall picture to warrant a higher taste score. Still, it's fairly good. Drinking a bomber of this is stretching it; better in smaller samples.

That's one beer down in the Third Unorganized Invite (T.U.I.), and hopefully the upcoming competition meets my high expectations.

DoubleJ, Jun 02, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

NoLeafClover44, May 15, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, "brewed fall 2008". poured into tulip

opaque black. tan head fades to eisps. lacing doesn't stick.

whiffs of coffee and charred malts. faint vanilla and earthy hop qualities. a bit alcoholic and boozy.

coffee and acidity with grassy hop that is quite bitter and resinous. again, a boozy quality. roasted malts and grain are a bit overpowered by the hops and alcohol.

smooth and syrupy, but finishes with acidity and resinous astringency. moderate carbonation.

meh...

tai4ji2x, Feb 02, 2009
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3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color. Very little head is formed, sadly, though not unexpected given the serving glass. The thin, mocha-colored foam fades away very quickly.

Giving it a VERY aggressive pour, the head forms about a finger high, but still with fairly middling retention. However, it leaves a very nice ring of lacing on the glass.

S: A decent amount of chocolate and vanilla make themselves known immediately. Oats are also evident. It's a touch boozy, not surprising given its gravity. I wish the aroma was bigger/bolder, but it's pretty decent either way.

T: At first, I notice the slightest touch of chocolate. This is quickly supplanted by subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oats; it finishes with some boozy dark fruits, licorice, earthy tones, and a touch of roasted malt. Licorice becomes a bit too dominant as it warms up. The sweet finish helps conceal the boozy qualities somewhat. On the other hand, the flavors, while well balanced, aren't very intense. Bigger notes of chocolate or vanilla (AND LESS LICORICE) would make this good stout great.

M: This is really luscious, thick, chewy, creamy, viscous, oily, and luscious in the mouth. Did I mention luscious? It's almost like liquid velvet in a manner. Low carbonation and high residual sugar means this will sit lazily on the palate...ah well, anything to make me want to swish this around more is a great thing. The monstrous feel does a very good job of concealing the alcohol.

O: I admit, I didn't have terribly high hopes for this one, seeing as I feel most big oatmeal stouts have way too much booziness to them. Then again, if there's one thing Southern Tier knows how to make, it's a ridiculously decadent dessert beer. And ridiculously decadent it is - finishing a whole bottle solo can be a chore. However, the fact that I simply can finish this solo is a testament to its solidity. This would have been incredible if the flavor could match up to the mouthfeel, though.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 21, 2013
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.