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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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1,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 123
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Lucasrj, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, mocha head. Nose is dark fruits and mild roast. Taste- low roast, plum/prunes, molasses. Finish is very cardboardy, seems as if father time has not been kind as oxidation has settled in. Mouthfeel is thick with the oats leading the way and boozy heat. Drinkability suffers considerable from the booze and oxidized taste. Too had as I had higher expectations.

oakbluff, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber split between two tulips.

This baby is opaque black and holding to light reveals...nothing. Thin tan head is dense but does not stay for long. Lacing is minimal.

Slight chocolaty aroma, with a good does of some sweet, over-ripe, rotten fruit. Not unpleasant, but rotten fruit nonetheless. Taste is big with alcohol, hot biter chocolate, and burning, decaying fruit...picture bees swarming around the rotten sweetness. Sorry to keep going back to this. Still not unpleasant.

It does have a nice smooth, slick feel...before the alcohol burn kicks in. Not terribly viscous and it does feel thin. This beer would be good at the above 9.6%...too bad the bottle says 11.0%.

ZimZamZoom, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a small tan head upon pouring that reduces very quickly, leaving a bubbly ring on top. Not muh lacing at all.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, a good bit of cream (kind of like a sweet stout), a little chocolate and oats, but also a little bit of a buttery aroma.

T: More of the same, some chocolate and a little bit of oat, but beyond that not much. The buttery flavor shows up a little bit at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Rather boring overall. Had high hopes based on my experience with the rest of the blackwater series, but this one fell flat for me.

mdaschaf, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of ncvbc
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch blackness, still motor oil with a decent tannish head. Smell is rich and fairly deep. Some sweet scents of chocolate and oats paired with a roast scent. Taste is alright, though not very well balanced from my experience. Sweet and roast flavors along with a mild hop presence struggle for balance and never really get there. Mouthfeel is pretty enormous. Almost too thick, like I'm drinking something similar to the consistency of melted chocolate syrup. Just a bit overwhelming to enjoy much. Another big dark brew from Southern Tier that doesn't quite live up to its name for me. Maybe Jahva will prove otherwise?

ncvbc, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle, I found this to be a lackluster pour with only a light head created even when the velocity and distance were increased. Head retention was virtually nonexistent, as was residual lacing; not necessarily what I'd expect from a thick, double-strength stout. The dark brow-black hue of the beverage was pleasant, lending this beer an appealing, though not extraordinary appearance.

The scent was equally unimpressive, fairly astringent with a readily accessible alcohol profile. Perhaps my expectations for sampling chocolate or coffee were not high enough, for I simply could not find any in this offering.

After partaking of the scent, I tasted this brew with mixed feelings. Unfortunately, my consternation was found to be warranted as this beer is rather unbalanced and skewed. The alcohol was clearly in the forefront, dominating all else; a clear faux paus. The oat sweetness was virtually nonexistent, as were indications of the dark fruit embodied in a normal imperial stout (and, as an aficionado of the so-called dark fruits, I can say that there is little here in the way to interpret with). What I detected was simple: alcohol followed by a meager malt profile attached to some rather delectable hops. Again, not a poor specimen, but rather average.

Mouthfeel was satisfactory, smooth and somewhat creamy with a low amount of carbonation in the throat. An acceptable beer, but nothing remarkable. Unless offered as a gift, I would not make a point of partaking of this beverage again.

falloutsnow, Dec 05, 2007
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3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

into a tulip wine glass. (sidenote: the beer menu and the Southern Tier website record a 9.6% ABV)

The pour. HOLY SHlT. Am I ready for this?!?! Black as satan himself (with ruby traces when held to light), an average, creamy and medium brown head that's gone quickly.

The aroma. A little tamer. DAMN STRAIGHT I'm ready for this!! Molasses, chocolate and caramel toasted malts. Bit of baked cookie. I can't wait.

The taste. WHAT HAPPENED?? Or in this case, what DIDN'T happen in this grab bag of flavors. Everything that the nose picked up plus hop heavy, resiny, musty/earthy/doughy yeast, oats, alcohol heavy, smoke, tar, charcoal, anise and sour milk.

Pleasant mouthfeel but not very drinkable.

My experience went downhill after the aroma. I am very disappointed in this VERY bitter Imperial Stout.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 08, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter...

A - Roasted mocha body with some residual mahogany hues, minimal beige head, no lacing, kind of disappointing though we are pushing 10% ABV..

S - Ground oats, bitter dark chocolate notes, coffee, caramel malts with some faint toffee notes. The lasting impression is alcohol on this, not too appealing in my opinion. What starts out with a beautiful bouquet of flavors I look for in an oatmeal stout, end rather unfortunately.

T - Whoa, this is sweet. Cloying sweetness and warming bourbon coat the palate. Thankfully, it's not enough to prevent the other great flavors this has coming through: hot spice oatmeal, dry grains, and a hint of coffee beans. No chocolate or anything more diverse here, for me.

M - Not bad, a bit higher on the carbonation than I'd like, but this bottle is rather fresh and would probably mellow with some age on it. The mouth feel is thick enough without going overboard.

D - I couldn't get through the bottle. This is definitely one to sip and split, which seems to be the case with a lot of the Blackwater Series beers from Southern Tier... The sweetness and alcohol esters overtook my palate and seemed to burn it out.

It's a nice beer, but probably only one glass nice. I wouldn't buy this one again, instead I'd go for the Choklat which has an even higher ABV and seems to mask the alcohol better than this. Both are sweet, but the Choklat is more tasty, though it is a chocolate vs. oatmeal stout. Take it for what it's worth.

ShanePB, Jan 10, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Was not generating any head so I poured it straight down the glass to produce some. Pours black, with a dark brown, oily looking head the was gone in a mini second.

Aroma: Alcohol,licorice, dark chocolate,
mollasses and raisens. SWEET!

Taste: Immediately pick up the alcohol, carmalized raisens. Too much alcohol in the taste.

mouthfeel:Thick on the tongue, sticky, sweet, almost chewy.

Drinkability: Not a refresher, not the beer to have "when your having more than one".
This was a Christmas gift from my niece and husband. I typically like Oatmeal Stouts but this was a-typical.

jadpsu, Dec 27, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twenty-two ounce brown bottle - brewed fall 2007.

Intensely black. A wisp of beige foam forms and quickly disappears. No lace whatsoever.

Alcohol is overpowering in the nose - almost burning. Some hints of dried fruit sneak past as well.

Notes of black currant, and hints of coffee. Oh, that is hot. Thick and rich on the palette with very relaxed carbonation. Too damn hot - the alcohol is just too pronounced.

xgrigorix, Jul 28, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a nice fine, foamy, thick, creamy, tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque dark brownish black. Aroma is malty, toffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's about the same. The molasses and dark ripe fruits stand out, to the beer's detriment, I feel. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is long and has a flavor with a boozy warmth.

drpimento, Nov 15, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

cwps48, Nov 21, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

david18, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

cosmonick, Mar 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

CGMLS3, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

09/26/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Part of a flight which included So. Tier Creme Brulee, Java Head, Imperial OAT & Founders Brkfst Stout. Started w/the OAT. Nice but compared to the rest it's a bit lacking.

I should give it another chance.

seedyone, Oct 11, 2014
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,319 ratings.