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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 109
Gots: 141 | FT: 3
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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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cfrances33

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip and enjoyed on 6/27/12

Pour: Pitch black with a light brown, inch head. Fades to a rim around edges.

Smell: Dark chocolate and a little booze, but not a ton.

Taste: Really tastes like a double oatmeal stout. Bitter dark chocolate with a very roasty with a light espresso aspect thrown in. Slight booze.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a light warming.

Overall: Tasty and nearly always on shelves in NJ right now. While not jaw dropping, if nothing piques my interest and I'm in the mood for a strong oatmeal stout, I would happily turn to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 19:01:15 | More by cfrances33
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick used motor oil black. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and hints of coffee. The taste is like the aroma, but with everything a little more pronounced. There is also a lingering, moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, or any other stout for that matter. It is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer. It doesn't wow me the way Creme Brulee Stout did, but it is good on its own merits.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 18:57:07 | More by KarlHungus
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bfields4

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice stout. Thin lacy mocha brown head with a close to but not quite motor oil black maybe a hint of brown.

Distinct rich coffee malty smell and a little hint of dark fruits.

The taste is spot on for the style. Espresso malts followed by a little dark chocolate bitterness.

All in all nothing that breaks the mold of a good Imperial stout, but a very well crafted offering from southern tier none the less.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 04:58:49 | More by bfields4
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11% abv. Brewed in Fall 2007. Demon-blood black with a thin burnt-orange head that quickly vanishes into a ring. Dark-chocolate-dipped blackberry aromas with a slightly menacing undercurrent of alcohol vapor. The oil-slick texture carries a cacophony of juicy dark fruit flavors: black cherries, burnt currants, earthy and coniferous hop spice, charred grain, and silky booze. The latter is deftly hidden amongst the wall of flavor this stout presents, but its warming effect is nearly immediately noticeable both in the stomach and in the cheeks. A sipper for certain. A solid effort, but less than awesome all the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 03:03:57 | More by orfeu
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007, listed at 11% abv. Poured black, and a bit undercarbonated. Thick and viscous with bubbles slow to form. Little head. The initial smell is of alcohol, followed by sweet malt, an underlying bitterness, and perhaps a bit of light roastiness as well. The taste is a little hot as well, also quite bitter, a tad undercarbonated. But there are very good flavors of coffee, molasses, and a roasted graininess. The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. This beer didn't blow me away. I really think it needs more time in the bottle to mellow and integrate flavors a bit more and to tame some of the sweetness. Not bad now, but probably could be better.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 14:40:37 | More by Georgiabeer
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Jmamay22

New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I've ever had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm looking forward to the experience as Southern Tier has yet to disappoint me.

This one pours a viscous black used motor oil. Pours like syrup and unfortunately generates no head. I was afraid I was going to have to squeeze the bottle to get everything out. Of course no head means no lacing.

Smells like chocolate. More chocolate than any Imperial Stout I've ever experienced. No hop bitterness as in your standard Imperial Stout. This one seems to be pure sweetness. With the chocolate are hints of coffee, but there is no roasted or burnt qualities like other stouts. A hint of anise spicing.

Sipping reveals the bitterness that was lacking in the nose, but I'm getting ahead of myself as that’s on the finish. This is lip smacking good! Tastes of sweet chocolate, but not in a cocoa sense and instead of a creamy chocolate. After warming to a temperature closer in range of 55 to 60 Fahrenheit instead of the suggested 48 Fahrenheit I find more of the caramel flavors I thought were initially missing. The sweetness evolves into a spicier flavoring and reminds me more of a Belgian Imperial Stout with a hint of anise. Finish consists of an alcohol and hop bite.

Mouthfeel is stupendous and is the most fascinating aspect of this beer. Extremely viscous, thick and amazingly smooth makes sipping this beer very enjoyable. Very low amounts of carbonation enhance the mouthfeel. Drinkability is dangerously high for this brew, but I will note that the bottle marks this one at 11% rather than the 12.5% listed on Beeradvocate. Highly recommended stout as we move into the colder months.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 00:29:04 | More by Jmamay22
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keanex

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle with no date. Poured into my scotch glass as it's the closest thing I have to a snifter.

A: Pitch black with no sign of a head. Looks like flat soda.

S: Sweet chocolate with oats coming through. This smells great, sweet with a slight dark chocolate coming through. Very good!

T: Sweet chocolate upfront with a bitter thick dark chocolate coming through at the end and a nice dry finish from the oats. This is sweet, but sweet done right.

M: Thick and syrupy with slight carbonation.

O: This is really sweet, but good at the same time. There's a good balance of sweet up front with a nice bitter dry finish. This is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 01:40:56 | More by keanex
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nerdrocker101

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a solid black with a creamy, tan head. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and oats. Wonderful smell with a taste to match. Full body with a rich, smooth mouthfeel. I could definitely drink this with breakfast. If I could only find a way to make my coffee pot brew one cup of beer at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 19:41:48 | More by nerdrocker101
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

34th Review
On-tap at The Bavarian Lodge
Served in Bavarian Lodge snifter.

L: Burnt, dark, roasted coffee with 0.25 fingernail pour.

S: Mix of sweet, caramel, vanilla with a hint of roasted malt.

T: Smoked cocoa combined with sweet vanilla bean. Very sweet. Well-balanced and smooth.

M: Light carbonation for the style, but smooth and crisp.

O: Well put-together and nice. I really enjoyed this treat and love to get my hands on ST brews! Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 05:26:05 | More by spdyfire83
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says this is 11% strong.
Oat is good, solid and tasty in every which way. I don't think I've really cared for oatmeal stoats a whole lot before but this one clearly works when doubled up.
Sweetness is strong and a little bit cloying by itself, but when paired with dark, bitter chocolate this beer is a beautiful dream. The coffee character, as well as the slight oatmeal notes harmonizes in a delicious way.
Wait for this fellow to warm up. All of its goodness will show itself when closer to room temperature. This isn't very very special, in my opinion, but it's very good. Considering the very competitive category this holds its own very well. Oat ought to be included in a double stout side by side.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 03:16:36 | More by ommegangpbr
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a viscous inky black with a slight tan head which disappears quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

The nose blooms with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and cocoa, some vanilla sweetness and slight alcohol warmth.

The flavors are connected closely to the scents, as plenty of roasty, warm flavors and dark, almost bitter malt with oats begin. Dark chocolate and vanilla with some smoky tendencies swirl as some boozier warmth becomes apparent. Finishes long, dry, a little sweet, and warm.

Full bodied and lingering dryness in the feel, but this is still very palatable, especially at 11%.

Quality imp stout, which isn't overly sweet and avoids too much heat despite higher alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 03:37:44 | More by xnicknj
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joe1510

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Binny's Orland

Southern Tier's Oat gurgles from the bottle like a quart of oil.Pours black without a hint of light being able to sneak through. The beers body is so black it just swallows any light in it's path. A small ecru head formed on a hard pour and just wouldn't grow any farther. The head disappeared quickly and the swirling looked like our galaxy swirling in space. The collar did stick around though.

The nose is good but not near as intense as I expected for a brew this huge. Smell has a solid dark fruitiness up front and throughout. Blackberry, black raspberry and a faint hint of bing cherries Roasty malts and mild coffee comes through in the middle. Spicy booziness toward the back combines with a distance but noticeable pine/aspirin like hoppiness. The berries are noticeable throughout.

Flavor is right in step with the aroma. Roasted grain and black coffee mingle very nicely with the dark berries. Light cream on the finish along with the pine and aspirin like hoppiness. This beer is a mind bender. It seems to change with each sip either showing more fruit, coffee, or hoppiness. That's one aspect I really enjoy, an ever evolving brew.

The mouthfeel is heavenly. Heavy bodied but incredibly silky smooth. Just lays on the tongue with hardly any carbonation noticeable. Excellent mouthfeel!

Drinkability is good considering the abv. I could sip this till I fall asleep and tonight it will probably be as soon as this bomber disappears.

Another good brew from Southern Tier. This is from the Blackwater series. Is this the first? And what's the difference from the Imperial series? Is the Blackwater series all stouts? Enough ramblin' I just want to try them all.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 02:39:06 | More by joe1510
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and grain. Coffee and chocolate are definitely present along with some noticeable oatmeal, definitely more so that traditional oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is good, though I would prefer it to be a little heavier.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 04:49:09 | More by hckyfn9999
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bomber consumed on 3/26/10.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy khaki 1 finger crown that displays moderate head retention and lacing.

Smell: A strong lightly roasted milk chocolate malt smell with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: A light hop and alcohol tinge over chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The richness and the high abv challenge me a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 01:08:49 | More by koopa
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/29/08. Bottle, 2007 batch. Poured a dark brown, with some nice dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, faint oat. Taste of chocolate (same chocolate malt as in Choklat, tasted like tootsie rolls), dark fruits, alcohol, bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick, sticky, some burn in the finish from the alcohol. I really enjoyed this one!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

Update 9/24/08: Batch 2008. Definitely not as good, perhaps it needed some age? Lots of hops and vegetables (asparagus). Only a slight hint of roasty malt goodness. Nothing like the 2007 batch. I didn't change my rating but I am disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 02:29:30 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Oat, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint and shared with the wife.

A: Opaque & viscous, with a small amount of khaki/brown head and low retention.

S: Oat, lactose, sugar, chocolate, sweetness, cream, chocolate ice cream, rich decadent sweetness, faint coffee house, caramel, faint roast, light alcohol.

T: Lots of malt; dark malts, roasted malts, crystal malts, chocolate malts, hint of smoke, molasses, definite flaky oatmeal character. Big and full, rich flavors, like oatmeal/chocolate fudge cake. Faint coffee & some alcohol burn round out the palette.

MF: Moderately viscous mouthfeel, dryish burn, light bitterness.

O: Pleasant, but not extremely quaffable, more of an Imperial sipper. In my opinion, these Blackwater Series beers are bigger than they need to be, though for the most part they are tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 15:33:28 | More by Scotchboy
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away and left very delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is much stronger and intensifies even more as the beer warms up. There are also some notes of coffee beans and oatmeal in the flavor.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and coats the mouth. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:38:23 | More by metter98
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My fiancee and I picked up this dark beauty in honor of our official engagement: 09 November 2009.

Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F, and from there enjoyed throughout the temperature spectrum. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass. ABV is denoted as 11.0%.

Part of Southern Tier's "Blackwater" series, this brew's color befits its background: "as dark as a moonless night," as the brewery describes it, with ruby-red highlights showing themselves along the edges. A short tan head rises and falls quicker than a waning moon; lacing is as untraceable as the new moon in a morning sky.

A dark and delectable aroma entices the senses, with notes of dark roast, unsweetened chocolate, dried figs and black cherries wafting into the nose.

Rich, chewy, and full-bodied, with a very light carbonation that accentuates the thickness and provides explanation for the quickly-dissipating head. Decadent flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, figs and dark pit fruits play across the palate, melding with a heavy bittering edge and a powerful alcoholic warmth that carries well into the chest, making this a perfect sipper and winter warmer. Finishes with a lingering chocolate-caramel malt fade and a warming glow.

Drinkability is not the number one trait of this beer, with the 11.0% ABV hitting the head and chest hard and the heavy-handed bitterness storming the palate, but this is nevertheless a wonderful and complex brew that could certainly stand up to some aging. The creamy characteristics typical of oatmeal stouts are unable to truly present themselves here thanks to the ale's weightiness, but this certainly doesn't detract from the overall appeal of this black beauty; undoubtedly, underneath and though undetectable, it serves its purpose well and only enhances the depth of this creation.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 05:24:08 | More by superdedooperboy
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite possibly the mother of all Oatmeal stouts with respect to strength, robustness, flavor, and
mouthfeel, this hefty brew packed quite a punch both in taste and ABV...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a slightly reddish, tan frothy head that soon dissipated and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Copped this 2007 version from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City for $6.99...
Very robust, thick, full-bodied flavor with an undeniable presence of alcohol well-tempered by a strong dose of roasted malts, rich chocolate, and dark espresso...
Creamy, thick, rich mouthfeel with a moderate level of drinkability due to the high ABV and super-sweet, ultra-rich flavors...
Job well done by Southern Tier...
If you like Oatmeal Stouts, consider this a bigger, badder version of what you're used to...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 23:58:02 | More by dsa7783
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a pretty rich nose...I get some chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit immediately. Upon pouring, heavy molasses showed up as well, making it a very rich brew on the nose. In fact, the chocolate seemed to disappear and it was just richly sweet.

Pours midnight black...little to no head showing up at all. No big surprises here.

Taste is a very sweet one, which I suppose is what makes it an "imperial" oatmeal stout. Loads of molasses accompanied with dark fruit dominate the body of this beer. A very sugary stout (though nowhere near some of their others). A roasted note does show up at the backend for balance, with a touch of bitterness closing it out, allowing for a little roasted note to linger afterwards. Mouthfeel is pretty dang oily here...there's no doubt this is an imperial stout. Really though, it is a pretty big, sweet, dark fruit bomb for the most part.

Not bad. Honestly, I really don't know taste wise what makes this an oatmeal stout. I won't pretend to. It just comes across as a thick, sweet stout with minimal roasted and hop bitterness in the back. Tasty though, especially for the ridiculous ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 01:26:00 | More by NODAK
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lifebeer

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got this one from new england beverage co.:

a. pours a dark chocolate, with the slowest developing head ever--starts out dark and cascading bubbles slowly turn visible until a half finger of espresso colored head is left

s. roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus

t. oatmeal and malts, nuttiness, and especially milk chocolate

m. thick, round and sticky

d. decent drinkability, but feels like a meal, a sipper

definitely a sipper, thick and bold, some of the most amazing body, will probably buy again

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:34:11 | More by lifebeer
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cmq103

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Newcastle Brown Ale Schooner glass.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black with a minimal light brown head which quickly dissipated to a thin beige ring. Minimal lacing as I tilted the glass for a sip, which disappeared once the glass was held upright. This is one dark beer!!

Smell: Not as aromatic as the Souther Tier Mokah I just drank a few nights ago. I had to really breath in deep to catch the sweet oats, roasted malt & barley, molasses with maybe a little bit of chocolate. With a second deep inhale I caught some mild booziness at the end. No hoppy aroma in this one.

Taste: The taste is definitely better than the smell. Very thick and chewy combination of roasted sweet oats, barley, burnt sugar, finishing with mild chocolate and molasses booziness at the end. Great flavor, but a little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Although very thick of chewy, this beer manages a creamy texture on the tongue. Carbonation is minimal, which is par for the style. This goes down easy considering the 11% ABV, which is well hidden.

Overall: The Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite among the strong stouts but I felt the need to branch out to the different strong stout styles. This one is a slow sipping dessert style beer. I can't imagine having more than one or two in a sitting. The 22 oz. bottle is perfect size for sampling this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 21:41:08 | More by cmq103
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark tan head; not much retention, but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Chocolate, molasses, dark bread, spice, sherry & some fusil alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, dark bread, nuts, light spicing; good bitterness, alcohol is warming (though I wouldn't have thought it was THAT high!).

M: Thick body is smooth & creamy, with the oats really cutting the roasted acidity.

D: Fairly drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 23:34:55 | More by Derek
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froghop

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a thin khaki head, and some lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, vanilla, and graham cracker.

taste is thick, smooth, chocolate, nuts, espresso, oatmeal, vanilla, and some licorice, a sourness to it, ends a little dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 07:07:46 | More by froghop
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at track 84

The bar is dark, but this beer seems to be a bane to all light, completely pitch black with a dark tan fluffy head on top. Really tight lacing.

Aroma is of rich toffee, coffee and a hint of chocolate, there is some dried fruit and a subtle aroma of brandy.

Taste: Incredibly rich and dark and heavy on the palatte, there is a strong enough hop character to bring balance to the ridiculously strong roasted malt and grainy flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet, however still dries the mouth out... odd

Overall: This is a really big beer in every way that is not for the faint of heart. Although i found it maybe to be slightly less complex than i was expecting, another outstanding extreme stout from the brewers at southern tier.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2008 04:36:02 | More by YankChef
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.