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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: 1,296
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 117
Gots: 149 | FT: 5
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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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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

craftbrew502, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of adamette
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

adamette, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

maddogruss, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to seaoflament for the bottle

ABV was labeled as 11%

A - Opaque black with two fingers of dark tan head and some pretty good lacing

S - Boozy up front for sure. Roasted malt, chocolate and some

T - Chocolate with some weird sugar sweetness

M - Thick body with medium carbonation. Almost like syrup

D - Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable for the high ABV. But I not what I would expect out of an imperial oatmeal stout

midaszero, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2007 Release, Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, richly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, black color no matter what angle I look at it. Aromas of tempered black coffee, dark chocolate, and acidic espresso are strongly noticeable and dominant, though the chocolate note is the least noticeable. Behind this are aromatic notes of deeply toasted grain, blackened malt, and carbonized wood. The aroma is really dominated by overly roasted malt characteristics; sharp, acidic and harsh some feeble attempts at balance are made by weak chocolate notes and concentrated caramelized malt sugars. The aroma is not bad and would in fact appeal to those who like hugely roasted beers, but it is fairly uni-dimensional / one sided.

The taste is thick and rich up front with an ample, deeply caramelized, dark, malt sugar profile. The light carbonation makes has this leaning towards a creamy mouthfeel, but the roast acidity prickly carbonation cause the beer to thin out unsatisfactorily in the finish. Up front, creamy dark chocolate notes lend a richness and texture that is really quite nice, unfortunately the finish ruins this with sharp, bitter, burnt grain-husk flavors and a lingering roasted astringency. The harsh finish doesn't quite banish the rich, textured malt character though it gives it harrowing blow. A bitter, roasted, almost tepid, overly drained espresso flavor with blackened vegetal characteristics in the finish really gets in the way.

While the aroma is way too one-dimensional, the front part of each sip is quite enjoyable; the rich, textured grain character (of which the oatmeal plays a significant role) accents a delightful chocolate flavor and reasonable espresso flavor. The finish though is overly sharp and roasted; harsh, off-putting and acidic, at best this beer needs five years to mellow. At which point it might actually be quite sublime. If you only have one bottle, I would highly recommend holding on to it for quite some time.

Gueuzedude, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber

pours very nearly black, not as viscous as I'd thought (hoped?). Head is thick and cocoa-colored, firm, and lasts quite well for the strength. Lacing is intermittent but the overall effect on the glass is quite nice. Great start.

...which continues in the nose. Quite roasty but it still takes a backseat to the chocolate. Coffee is well underneath those two along with heavily carmelized sugars. Intoxicating...

...speaking of which, I think there's a little alcohol in here. It is nicely hidden by the strength of the aroma though never invisible, but to be honest this beer is too damn hot. I have no problem with alcohol but this is detracting from my enjoyment of the beer. Plenty of espresso, chocolate, molasses, bitter roastiness to the point of being charred. I think some of the bitterness is hops, but a bunch is from the malt. Even a little fruit is noted before my palate, throat, and stomach start to feel really warm.

The body is really nice. It just isn't up to par with what I've come to expect with huge stouts, and oatmeal stouts. Smooth, but not silky enough. etc, etc. Call it unfair, whatever - the bar has raised, and this falls a bit short.

A little tough to finish. If this beer keeps its flavor and aroma profiles but the alcohol heat backs off with some age, it will be a real winner. Guess I'll wait a bit to crack another.

udubdawg, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour, but becomes black in the tulip glass, absolutely no head or lacing. Yeah,it's dark, but there's not much else going for it. Aroma of alcohol, charred barley, light smokiness, and coffee, but it's so light, it might as well not be there. Flavor is smokey, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, nice bitterness, astringent flavors, and alcohol. Big alcohol warming on the tongue and in the throat. This brew is medium bodied and just can't hold up the the high ABV. I'm somewhat disappointed in this beer. Alcohol is out of control. I was expecting a lot more, especially coming out of this brewery.

KeefD, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very strong with coffee, oats, molasses, chocolate, and hops. The appearance is almost black with a large head. The taste is like the aroma with a burnt coffee oat finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is an interesting beer but not that great.

nick76, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Bottle says it was brewed in Fall '08. Sweet, its got some age on it...

A- Pours black with a half finger brown colored head that quickly dissipates. No lacing. Very disappointing.

S- Very strong smelling...hints of chocolate and coffee, but mostly roasted malts and alcohol. Getting some dark fruits as well. Interesting aromas for what is being called an oatmeal stout.

T- I nearly choked on the oatmeal after a sip of this. Dear GOD is it strong, and the alcohol isn't helping matters in the slightest. It tastes like a much more alcoholic version of a standard oatmeal stout...very strong. Not really picking up much stout characteristics.

M- really heavy and thick...almost syrupy in quality. Hard to stomach, actually

D- I was not a fan of this. Way too much of an alcohol flavor, and not enough of the good qualities you get from stouts. I'm aware its a double and not a RIS..but still. Very disappointing.

bigfnjoe, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Grafter
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip from a 22 oz bottle. The appearance is a very black very thin tan head. The aromas are strong chocolate, cherry and alcohol. Taste wise I am not super impressed this is a creamy chocolate back, but the alcohol seems to dominate the flavor for me. This is a sipper I split the 22oz bottle 4 ways and definitely had plenty. I think that a little more time in the bottle might take away a little of the alcohol flavor and mature out th chocolate.

Grafter, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of LittleDon
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 10 oz. pour in a tulip at the Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY 5/26/11.

Dark, opaque, with a tan well retained head and no lace. Aroma of latte and chocolate. Flavor has elements of dried fruit, with lots of molasses sweetness in the middle and finish. A hint of alcohol comes out middle to end. Carbonation is a on the medium high side. Medium body.

LittleDon, May 27, 2011
Photo of MaxSpang
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE

Very little head to be found on this beer. It poured a slightly brownish DARK black, almost jet black.

AROMA

Tons of bittersweet chocolate with a little bit of the alcohol in the nose. It smelled somewhat grainy. There was a good amount of raisin and dark fruits in the nose, as well as some licorice.

MOUTHFEEL

Very thick, but very smooth! It was a velvety, almost silky type of mouthfeel that coats your mouth. No carbonation was to be found in this beer.

TASTE

A lot of alcohol in the taste, as well as a good amount of licorice, coffee, and a lot of maltiness. There was just a hint of the raisin flavor, but it was not nearly as pronounced as it was in the nose.

Overall, a good oatmeal stout from one of my favorite series of beers from Southern Tier.

MaxSpang, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. Picked this up recently, & the back of the bottle reads "brewed fall 2008". So either they brewed it & aged it, or this bottle has been kicking around my favorite shop's coolers & shelves for a long time. Well, too late to turn back now!

Black as a moonless night reflecting off of newly plowed northern plains dirt. Smell is appealing, dry, powderized chocolate & rich, sweet malts.

Can I make a marketing suggestion, quickly? The horse on the label, & the "oats" I then see in my mind, might not be what you're looking for in a reaction from beer-drinkers. Anyways, Oat is smooth, as one might expect from a doubled-up oatmeal recipe. Bitter, light chocolate comes quickly to the fore, tailed by the balancing sweetness of the malts. Hops, even after all this time, are still enough of a force to make themselves known on the downhill slope. And this ain't no sipper, this is a dark beer meant to be chugged through a tailpipe. The smoothness sees to it.

Pretty good beer, & mostly recommended for the insane clown posse of its smoooth moves. And get rid of that damn horse!

maximum12, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

n2185, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours an almost black color with no head whatsoever. No lacing. Not much of a smell to this one. Aroma is a earthy with some malts, grain, and chocolate aromas. Taste is boozey with some chocolate, cherries and grain flavors. Earthy. Does have some of that typical Southern Tier sweetness to it. Certainly can taste the abv. Virtually no carbonation. I have to say that this is not one of the best Blackwater Series beers. Overall, its decent but Southern Tier makes some better Imperial Stouts than this one.

PicoPapa, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of kylehayworth
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just got this in a few days ago...had to try it.

A: More of a robust brown with tinges of black. The head was light mocha in color as it slowly faded.

S: Nice sweetness, vanilla, roasted notes, as well oats. The back end has a slight hint of boozy'ness to it.

T: The flavor is sweet with chocolate, and roasted malts. The finish is a little spicy/boozy. As it warms up, it takes on some darker fruits, and had somewhat of a medicinal quality to it.

M/D: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, mild carbination, works well. I liked the beer at first, but once I was sipping it, it just had a medicinal/tingling aftertaste.

kylehayworth, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights, slight opacity. The head falls after a few minutes, residing to a small ring.

Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, subtle alcohol. Not a ton of depth here, but it's a nice bold aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Chocolate, cream, molasses; definitely on the sweet side, though burnt bitterness is ample as well. Rich, creamy and full-bodied - they must have used a ton of oats in this stuff. Carbonation is low, further contributing to the silky texture. The finish does little to hide the high alcohol, leaving a boozy astringency on the back of the throat.

Notes: Nice stuff, but perhaps a bit too strong for its own good - the noticeable alcohol adds a harsh edge to a style that I prefer to be smooth and mellow.

largadeer, May 26, 2008
Photo of TCgoalie
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Forgot about this review in my beer book. These notes are from 11/10/10.

Pours black with a 2 finger mocha head. Great spider web lacing.

Some strange smells in this one; tar, ashtray, coffee, and chocolate.

This is a taste full. Caramel, burnt peanuts, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, plum, and biscuit in the taste. Quite interesting and not what I expected. There is a subtle hop bite in the end. The flavors don't quite work for me.

There is a chewy, full mouthfeel in this but it is a bit too syrupy.

This is not very drinkable but it is fairly interesting and worth a try.

TCgoalie, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of gfreed
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in Baltimore at the Baltimore Taphouse in Canton. Pint glass; very dark color and short tan head. The aroma was quite sweet with alcohol, with notes of chocolate and some coffee. Unfortunately, I found that the alcohol overshadowed most of the taste. There was some toastiness, some smokiness, a bit of dark fruit like prunes and dried apricots, some tobacco; there was a nice bitter punch at the back end, but mostly it was booze. Body was a bit watery, too. Worth a try, but not a great sample.

gfreed, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a light mocha head without too much retention. Nose brings forward some chocolate, light espresso, and roasted malt and oats. The taste is a bit harsh with some booze as well as a lot of roasted character. Feel is heavy and a bit boozy. As is often the case with this series, the beer shows promise but gets to be a bit much with more than a few ounces.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into a Great Divide Globe glass My bottle is listing at 11% ABV

A-- Poured a dark cola color, settling to black with tints of red in the glass. Short lived mocha colored head grew in the final bit of the pour. Was maybe half a finger in height and settled to light brown film. Some head retention but also very short lived.

S-- More like a carmel/ chocolate milk. Also reminds me of oatmeal with brown sugar and milk. A touch of booze in the nose.

T-- Thick sweet and rich molasses, chocolate, and a bit of a spice kick to this. As it warms up get some dark fruits in this. Feel like I am drinking over brown sugared oatmeal with a touch of brandy added to this.

M-- The spice from the hops help this out. Otherwise would be very one dimensional. Sweet and more sweet. Get a big brandy like feel also. Low carbonation, thick, chewy, and heavy body.

D-- Very much a slow drinker and only one is needed. Good smell but very sweet and too many touches of booze in this. Really needs something to offset all the sweetness and the hops only distract me for short periods in this before the alcoholic brandy taste kicks in. Low drinkability due to the sweetness and the ABV being noticeable very quickly. Honestly I should have let this sit in the cellar for a while longer.

mulder1010, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a small (10 or 12oz) nonic pint glass and served right at the brewery in there own bar The Empty Pint.

Appearance: The body has a very dark black color which I can't even see through. On top of this opaque body sits a small tan head which fades quickly leaving just a ring of lace. Glass lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is over the top sweet and roasty. It's heavy on roasted barely, burnt caramel and dark toast. I also pick up light notes of toffee and hard butterscotch candy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor sweet sweet sweet!!! It has a full bodied hit of sticky sweet roasted malt that delivers notes of burnt caramel, burnt toast and burnt raisins. Molasses and chocolate also hit the sweet tooth and then everything hooks up with the boozy alcohol and rides slowly off into the finish. The palate is smooth creamy and sticky all at the same time and the carbonation offers little help in lifting this feeling.

Notes: For me this one was a bit hard to finish. It has a lot going on but it's all cloyingly sweet and there is little to no balance at all.

generallee, Jan 03, 2011
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.