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: 677
Hads: 1,357
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 141
Gots: 161 | 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 mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. From 2009 and my bottle says 11.0% ABV.

a - Pours a dark brown with moderate carbonation evident and about an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal. More chocolate than oatmeal to me, and I didn't smell any alcohol as some have.

t - Some oatmeal and nice malts. Also some dark fruits? Definitely getting some alcohol in the taste.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

d - Pretty good smell but I thought the alcohol was a bit too much in the taste. I felt as though it dominated some of the other flavors, and it definitely felt the 11% ABV it says it is. Would like to try again perhaps after some cellaring. (732 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Comes out dark brown in color, with lighter brown edges. Sort of a chocolate milk colored head, average lacing.

Smell is pretty good, probably the best part. Well malted, strong notes of chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans and very grainy. There is also some sweetness, almost like burned sugar, maybe with some maple mixed in.

Taste is pretty good, but a slight step down. It maintains all of the aroma characteristics, but it has a few additions. It's a little bitter and a little boozy almost like bourbon or whiskey. I guess it makes sense at 11% but Southern Tier is usually pretty good about masking the alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty bad. Not a good carbonation level and I actually found the body to be inconsistent, almost separated; part of it is full the rest watery. Sweet start with a very bitter finish, almost burns a little on the way down.

All in all I guess it's ok, there is a chance I got a bad bottle, so I'm sure I'll give it another try in the future. I let this age for a year but was still a little boozy. I guess I'm spoiled with Ipswich and St Ambrose Oatmeal Stouts that I might have expected more from an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. A gift from a good friend, my review does not reflect my appreciation. (1,302 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - black as night but very little head.

S - very strong malts. Caramel and chocolate, almost molasses like. Mild bitter hops in the finish.

T - strong hit of chocolate, hops, malt and oak/oat. Bitter with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M - full coating with mild tingle on sides of tongue with an alcohol burn in the throat.

D - flavor makes you want more, but the bitterness and alcohol burn make you want to stop. One bomber will do. (443 characters)

Photo of Biggness
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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 (594 characters)

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured black, "as dark as a moonless night" as it says on the bottle, with a small, dark tan head. It smelled like oak, chocolate, espresso, sugar, caramel. The taste was loaded with sweetness and chocolate with some vanilla, caramel, oak and espresso with some oats to smooth it out. It was like a liquid candy, but smooth. There's some hidden hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was thick like motor oil, after all, it's 28o Plato. This is what I see as definition of a dessert beer - something that goes great with chocolate, heavy, and something that should be slow sipped. I couldn't go much faster than slow sipping anyway because it was so sweet. This was like a smoother, less vanilla-y, somewhat less sweet version of their Creme Brulee. (784 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -13%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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... (484 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,981 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that gives an espresso look. The head falls to wisps, leaving some thin lines of spotted lacing.

The smell is of dark maltiness - some coffee/chocolate though neither really stand out - a general dark maltiness fits description well enough. Boozy.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with a bittering touch. The alcohol comes through strongly. Chocolate syrup with thick caramel makes this one sweet and dessert-like. Hot, sweetish finish.

It is rich and hits full-bodied, but not too syrupy. There is a certain smoothness despite noticeable alcohol.

This is a slow-sipper. Personally, not as impressed as I was hoping to be, but an interesting beer, nevertheless. (692 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods.

Pours a very thick and oily opaque black, thick and huge brown head forms, massive lacing, good retention. Smell is oats, caramel, chocolate, big roast, molasses, vanilla, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is molasses and toffee, chocolate, roast, oats, sweet lactic middle, coffee with cream, some floral and bitter roast in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, low carbonation, very sweet. At first I had this rated pretty highly, but the more I drank the more I disliked it. It turns sickly sweet and sugary, and if I have this again its going to be split a hell of a lot more than two ways. (641 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer poured a very deep brown...you could see the brown highlights towards the edge...the head was khaki in color and very small...it disappeared quickly but came right back with a swirl...some lacing

S - The nose only provided a heavy roasted malt aroma with dashes of chocolate and oats...not as big as a Southern Tier nose usually is

T - This is one heavily roasted beer...the malts are roasted hard and as the beer warms they start to become a little burnt in flavor...the burnt flavor leads to a coffee aftertaste...the chocolate stands out since it is chocolate malt and the oats are there but very little...there is also an alcohol taste all around

M - Medium bodied...the beer is dry but also smooth

D - This one weighs in at 11% and I was happy to be sharing it with someone else...I've had better oatmeal stouts and I was expecting more coming from Southern Tier...this one doesn't stand up to their other imperial stouts (943 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a light brown (darker than tan) head. Aromas of bacon fat and the kitchen at my local pub. Tastes oily and sweet with a deep rich malted milk flavor. Not so much roast as a deep caramelized malty syrup. Well balanced in terms of alcohol, hops, and dark malty flavors. Full body and a used motor oil finish. I enjoyed it with four other people, so it never had a chance to get cloying. Beers of this pugnacious character ought not to be consumed in excess of eight ounce servings - for professional reasons, not masculine issues. (544 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with an embarrassingly miniscule head that really didn't disappear as much as never show up. The aroma didn't exist. So far, not a very promising start. The taste... actually, not bad. I was a little worried that there would be nothing there either. First off, it's very sweet, though not sickeningly so. There is also some coffee, some maple, and from out of nowhere, a bitter after taste. That's an interesting surprise. The feel is full bodied with nada carbonation. Drinkability? Ehhh, not so much. Too sweet and too much ABV to be anything more than a sipper.

ST Oats tasted pretty good, but suffered from low scores on all of the other categories.

Under-rated. (690 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with nice label; no freshness date but with this abv, no worries

Appearance: The bottle's claim that this is "as dark as a moonless night" is pretty darn accurate; no light is getting through this brew. A dark tan cap forms, but soon falls to a thick ring and a thin film

Smell: Big and supremely boozy; if I didn't know better, I'd swear this was probably a bourbon-oak aged stout, it has that character in the aromas of woodsy, vanilla-laced booze and mild sweet roasty grains. Touch of chocolate emerges as this warms. Would like a little more intensity and less alcohol, though this is still pretty good.

Taste: Big booze character, in keeping with the aromas, though the bourbon-like scents aren't reproduced. The booze is a bit hot, but this tastes like an imperial oatmeal stout should; it's sweet and full of cocoa, with just a touch of hazelnut coffee in the background as well. The chocolatey notes are especially nice, and the taste reminds me of the aromas of the bags of cocoa shells my parents spread around our flower beds when I was a kid which made the whole yard smell like chocolate. Not bad, but not a ton of depth, and the booze needs to be toned down just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fairly rich, but not as big as the 11% suggests it might be

Drinkability: (1) 22oz bottle split between two people was about right

Conclusion: The chocolately flavors are really nice, but the booze is a bit hot and a lack of complexity keeps this from being truly great. (1,506 characters)

Photo of brian60625
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of beckje01
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black as night with no head and its a very still beer.

S- Very malty with a little hint of coffee.

T- Nice malt some coffee a dry middle to end. The dryness really makes the taste enjoyable.

M- Nice thickness and carb.

D Drinkable and nice but a touch dry overall, while it helps the taste the overall experience isn't great. (332 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes away quick, clear

Smell: burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate syrup

Taste: burnt malt, oats, coffee, subtle chocolate, and a bit of toffee

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter, heavy bodied, chewy, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A good and solid, but not great oatmeal stout. Because of the high abv, one per sitting is the absolute max. This is a sipper. It hits the flavors just right, but I was not as blown away by this one as other Southern Tier beers. (512 characters)

Photo of dejrrma
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.75 for 8 oz pour at the Porter.

a-Served in a tulip with absolutely no head. it is jet black and looks very still. no lacing.

s- not very much going on in terms of smell, some chocolate and coffee.

t- it tastes like a mix between a coffee stout and a milk stout. it's slightly hoppy and there's a strong chocolate presence. It's roasted and malty.

m- it's creamy and full-bodied with moderate carbonation and well-balanced. the 11% alcohol is hardly noticeable. this was my favorite part about the beer.

o- this was an okay stout. I'm glad I tried it but I'm also glad I didn't pay $9-$10 for a big bottle. (619 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased directly from the Southern Tier Brewery. Served in a Tervis tumbler.

Appearance: Dark/black, little head with a little lacing.

Smell: molasses, maybe some oats, I really don't know. Definitely some alcohol

Taste:I really wasn't too impressed. It wasn't bad, but wasn't great. Some Molasses, maybe some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This the worst part. There is no body, no freshness. I would say thick with maybe a little too much carbonation. Of all of the Southern Tier 11% beers (there are plenty), this was the worst for mouthfeel. Just really wasn't my thing. The Choklat was much better.

Overall: I'd drink it if somebody had it. Wouldn't buy it again if there were other Southern Tiers available. (712 characters)

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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