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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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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 128
Gots: 157 | FT: 4
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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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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.

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%.

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.

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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
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?

Photo of jadpsu
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of adamette
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber that I bought at SAVE-ON Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $8.99 last week into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. No "best by" date observed by me. 11.0% ABV written on the label.

A Dark dark body that lets no light through. Head was not easy to get (had to pour vigorously) and when it did come it was less than 1 cm high and a medium brown. Reasonable, trace lacing on the glass. 3.5

S Little to no smell. Repeated sniffs reveal some dark roast malt and the slightest oat, grain smell. True to style but not amazing or remarkable. 3.0

T Dark roast malt, some oat grains but a kick of alcohol that is a bit too obvious for my liking. This remains a tasty beer but could have been so much better in my opinion. 3.5

M More thin that I thought it would be but the dark roast malt and the kick of alcohol beef up the feel. It lacks a nice thick body that I like in the style but also it lacks any stickiness that I also enjoy out of this style. 3.0

D Only fair due to the rather obvious alcohol, the bigness of the dark roast malt and the less than desirable thin feel of the beer. 3.0

Notes: There are better examples of the style out there. Southern Tier remains a good brewery as my recent rating of Unearthly and more remotely Pumking will atest.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got of bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a small, dark tan head with pretty minimal retention adn very limited lacing.

S: Smelled of a bittersweet, chocolate, roasted note with some alcoholic undertones noted.

T: A pretty, nice, robust, roasted taste but the alcohol is not very well hidden as it also makes itself evident in the taste. The aftertaste is some more alcohol and roasted notes and a kind of hoppy, earthy bitterness also makes itself evident, which is most likely the oats.

M: A very smooth and a pretty thick mouthfeel. A nice mouthfeel for an Imperial Stout.

D: A decent drinkability for this style of beer, but recommended for the cooler months. You will feel the higher than normal ABV after a little bit, so it can be quite warming. However, if approached accordingly, you should be able to handle this one and be fine.

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.