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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 118
Gots: 147 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and chocolate malts with some lighter notes of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted and chocolate malts along with a lighter flavor of milk chocolate. There are some light flavors of coffee beans and a moderate amount of oatmeal flavors as well. Light amounts of sweetness upfront and a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, coats the inside of your mouth.

O: The rather high ABV is extremely well hidden in this beer and there is a nice balance between the sweetness and roastiness - all of this makes this beer very easy to drink and enjoy. I recommend sipping this one and it is going down well on the first really cold night of the autumn (and the first night where we saw some snow flurries).

dbrauneis, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Rich brown black color with half a finger of tan head no lacing.
S - Dark bitter malt and oat roasts, earthy hops, some dark chocolate.
T - Sweet roasted malt light toasted oats and grain, a little booze.
M - Super rich velvety texture, silky, just wonderful.
O - Great beer, its a shame this one isnt around anymore, but what a treat.

Omnium, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is series #2 at 11%, licoricey and chewy. Columbus and Chinook and chocolate and de-bittered black barley from Belgium. A very rich and oily imperial stout that is a meal in itself. A sipper that goes down well with a meal. Very satisfying. Thick black and an aroma that is chocolatey and somewhat hoppy.Mollasses and cocoa.

Sammy, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa buddy. This is a monster...don't try to finish one at the end of a session like I tried to do once. Here's a review on a fresh palate.

Woody brown in the light as it's poured into a 22 oz. glass. Black with a dark brown glint at the edge. A finger of tan mocha foam, dense and chocolatey. Spindly ring of lace is draped inside the glass. Roasty with a sweet whiff of alcohol. This hides it's abv, but it still shows around the edges. Ashy char and tobacco meets bitter dark chocolate, with a silky texture that seals the deal. Rich lactic feel, mild fusel note that fades fast. Overall a definite winter sipper...

emerge077, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who the hell thought filling growlers of this was a good idea?!

Half pour into my DFH goblet, feeling pretty tonight.

First pour a little chilly. A bubbling murky, marshy, cookie dough-colored head. A dense-looking body; rich sateen black paint. Lace drips in even legs, before drying out & getting crusty.

A soft, sugar cookie smell wafts through the immediate area upon pouring. A closer sniff gets my head full of molasses & nougat. Cubes of caramel macerating in kvass, gold rum, & a long spray of aerosol. Deceiving when cold, it gets your nostrils flaring once it gets warm.

Bittergreen hops strike me first. Doughy char. White bread soaking in your glass of Nesquik. Plenty of residual sugars. A coffee ash & a slightly sharp pruney finish, settling with a little of what I hope isn't oxidation(newspapery). Not nearly as complex as the smell led me to believe.

A powdery smoothness going down, but it flares up once you disconnect from the glass. Very tolerable, considering the ABV. Disengaging is difficult. It just flows.

I'm not a Southern Tier groupie, but this beer works on some levels. Price was more reasonable on the jug($14) vs. the $7-8-9 that place places charge for 22oz bottles.

PEBKAC, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a snifter to two inches of brown head. It is pretty much black in color. The aroma is rich, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. It has a creamy texture and no hints of alcohol in the taste or smell. This beer is delicious. As is the case with most Southern Tier beers, it is full of flavor and the aroma is amazing. It is just so rich and flavorful that one in a sitting is satisfying.

buschbeer, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Another nice tap sighting out here in the 'Burbs. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises wheat, oats, grass, very light chocolate, flowers, and light honey. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light chocolate syrup, toasted oats, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco somewhere in the back. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stout. Another win for ST.

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Old bottle received in a trade eons ago.
A: Pours damn near black with a finger of dense, dark brown head that faded into a thick scum that left a few soapy spots down the glass.
S: Light notes of chocolate, alcohol, raisins, and a splash of coffee.
T: Tingly notes of roasted grains, creamy oats, dark chocolate, milk chocolate milkshake, cream, and oatmeal. The flavors are very well rounded, integrated and smooth. I get just a touch of alcohol in the finish, but its more flavor rather than the heat. The aftertaste is full of sweet raisins and lightly bitter chocolate.
M: Exceptionally creamy and smooth body with a thick and fluffy mouthfeel. The carbonation is soft but textured. This is a wonderfully thick and soft brew.
O: A pleasant surprise. I’m glad I waited so long to open this as its aged beautifully. Really enjoyable flavor and mellow mouthfeel.

scottfrie, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: An eighth of an inch head graces the top of the beer for about 30 seconds when it is first poured. The coffee colored wisps it leaves behind concentrate in the center and in a ring around the outside. The color of the beer is close to black, but a few bits of brown light shine through the top.

SMELL: Big dark chocolate greets the nose with hints of roasted malt and coffee. A touch of wood and a sweeter, milkier chocolate lurk behind.

TASTE: After smelling this beer it was not nearly as sweet or chocolaty as I anticipated. More of the dark chocolate came through along with some roasted flavors. The hops also arrived after being overpowered in the nose. An earthy, bitter finish follows a coffee flavored bridge from malt to hops and carries a touch of citrus with it.

The milk chocolate eventually comes through a little stronger as it warms up. And speaking of temperature, only a whiff of alcohol can be tasted in this 10.8%er.

MOUTHFEEL: Big and full-bodied, very round and with a decent, but not overpowering carbonation. There is a bit of a mouthcoating feel up front here, but a dryer finish washes it away with each sip.

OVERALL: This is another fantastic beer from Southern Tier. I really wish they distributed to Colorado and I regret not focusing on them more when I had access to their stuff in Chicago. Anyhow, the Oat paired pretty much perfectly with the skirt steak and potatoes I had for dinner tonight. Like many other Southern Tier offerings I have had, this one stays balanced throughout, in almost every way.

StoneTSR, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of neckbracesub
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first venture into anything from the folks at Southern Tier, and I have to say that it is one of the best oatmeal stouts I have tasted in recent months. Grabbed a bomber from the always impressive Friendly Package just two towns away and enjoyed it immensely last night.

Pitch black pour with an intense coffee foam that will not dissipate, providing a hefty promise that you will enjoy the drink that follows. It lived up to the promise quite nicely, giving off an aftertaste and aroma that balances oats and java, with a smidgeon of chocolate. Everything compliments each other nicely and makes this a very enjoyable brew. I will be trying other beers from Southern Tier in the future.

neckbracesub, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11% ABv according to my bottle. Rich, black body with a creamy tan coloured head.

Creamy roasted malt, oats, chocolate and coffee in the scent. The translates very well in the taste, with a slight bit of bitterness. Rich, malty taste. Black coffee, toffee and chocolate, with a bit of raisin.

Very smooth mouthfeel, even with the 11% ABV this is quite nice to drink.

BDTyre, May 24, 2010
Photo of JohnHoyos
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle bought at Oak Tree Buy Rite during a pilgrimage in October. Bottle says brewed in Fall 2008. I think I paid about $6-7 for it.

Served at about 50 degrees in a Chimay goblet glass.

Opaque black beer with little to no head from a careful pour. Good amount of lacing.

I don't know how to describe the smell other than it smells exactly like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout should smell in my mind.

The front of the mouthfeel had good carbonation with some heat and bitterness. (This sucker is 11%; that's fo sho.) Great smoothness backs the traditional oatmeal taste.

Finishes a little hot, but not overly so for an 11% Imp Stout. It's hard to balance that much heat and Southern Tier did a good job of it. I'd like to see how this beer is after a year or two in the bottle.

Certainly worth the purchase. I'd recommend this to many friends and even a couple of enemies :)

JohnHoyos, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for the trade.

The color is a like that of a cola drink but with no fizz at all. I got absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smells are of chocolate malt, roasted barley, a little chocolate, caramel, alcohol and strangely enough a bit of green olives; I know it must be some combination that’s coming across as olives and I think it’s due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but that’s what it reminds me of.

The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate with an alcohol kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and just a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Strange thing about this beer is that it hints to serve at 48° F, which I would not agree with when it comes to an Imperial Stout, but I kept this one in the fridge anyways and it’s cold but it doesn’t feel as cold when you sip it. I am sure that has to do with the alcohol though and I find it enjoyable. As it warms up there is some smoked flavors in the finish, more like an aftertaste really.

A very good Imperial Oat.

seaoflament, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of DannyS
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22oz. bottle, which I shared with a couple friends.

A - Thick midnight black with a soapy, coffee colored head. Left a good bit of lacing

S - Rich & toasty, with a nice grain aroma. A bit too alcoholic on the nose, though.

T - Toasty, bitter, slightly sweet, slightly creamy. reminds me of a strong mocha latte, with oats apparent but not overpowering. Went well with the Sicilian pizza we were eating.

M - It's warming from the get-go, and the alcohol is there, but it was well rounded and easy sipping. Carbonation added lightness to an otherwise dark, strong brew.

D - I could probably have a few drinks worth of this one. It left little aftertaste and was easy drinking despite the powerful flavors and ABV. Not as sneaky as Duvel, but still deceptively smooth.

Overall - A fine stout. Stouts are not my favorite brews, but if I'm ever feeling like a strong, dark brew that I know I'll like, I'll reach for this one.

DannyS, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks the business, and thanks to Cole's for deciding to give me a pint of imperial stout. A deep black body sits under a chocolate milkshake head that laces in sheets as its slowly fades to a cap. The nose is full of that smoky, slightly bready oatiness that I love, but its also complimented by all the regular flavours you would get in a beer of this heft - chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Hmmm... would you like some coffee with your oatmeal? One sip reveals this to be a bang on interpretation of an imperial oatmeal stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and burned brown sugar mixed in with a shot of espresso. The oatmeal comes through strongly in the finish, giving the impression of tobacco, and (not surprisingly), oatmeal. There's moderate bitterness, but I feel its mostly from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel belies the alcohol, and isn't as heavy as I would expect, veering more towards that of a regular oatmeal stout. That said it is smooth and well-handled... I just expected something bigger and silkier - Southern Tier don't usually do half measures.

This is an excellent interpretation, and my one real criticism is the same one that applies to all Southern Tier's bigger beers - after a while the sweetness starts to become too much. in fact this would have been excellent in a two-thirds pint glass. Nonetheless, another impressive stout from the blackwater series.

bobsy, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of itsscience
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with no light around the edges and a finger of tan head that reduces to nothing in short order. It smells great with notes of chocolate, oatmeal, toasted oats, rum soaked raisins, and clean malts. The taste is alcoholic throughout with sweet malts, burnt toast, bitter hops, and plum. It has a medium body and leaves an alcohol burn at the end.

itsscience, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly thick, deep cola brown with a small dark tan head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Nice chocolate, some roasty malt, some graham crackers.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, molasses, dark bakers chocolate and coffee in the end. Just a little bit of acidity present.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with low+ carbonation. Just a little warmth.

Overall. Good beer, but maybe not quite as much for the style. I'd drink it again, for sure.

Rutager, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of pfknapp
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful jet black, it looks super viscous like old motor oil. Almost no head at all, with the oatmeal I would have thought there would be at least some head retention. The beer smells absolutely beautiful. Like bittersweet chocolate and espresso, with some caramel and molasses notes. You get a hint of the alcohol, but not too much it just lets you know it is there. This beer smells really fantastic. Taste is a lot of the same. It tastes like black, whatever that means. Basically like dark dark chocolate, espresso, molasses and a little bit of dried fig or prune flavors. The beer is very sweet, but there is a noticeable bitterness in the background. I would have preferred it to be a bit less sweet, it was bordering on cloying. Mouthfeel was viscous. You could feeel it coat you palate as it swirled around, almost like cough syrup. The drinkability suffered a bit do to the extreme sweetness. However, it was still an extremely enjoyable experience. Overall a wonderful beer.

pfknapp, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of badboyrsl84
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark as hell and thick as hell. No visible head.

Smell - bakers chocolate, roasted oats. I get some oakyness and vanilla. No hint of alcohol.

Taste - yum! Follows the nose and the chocolate and roasted oats runs laps on my palate. More burnt chocolate in the finish. Lots O chocolate in this one.

Mouthfeel - smooth with just enough carbonation.

Overall - its very nice!! I like

badboyrsl84, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of daythree16
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with just a thin ring of foam.

Don't really know what to expect from this "Imperial Oatmeal Stout." Aromas of dark chocolate and sweetness from some fruity esters. There may be just a touch of molasses or maple in there as well.

Taste is a burst of dark chocolate up front. Subdued sweetness takes point on this one. The high ABV provides some warmth to go with the smoky, bitter finish. This is one big beer.

Mouthfeel has that smooth, silky, thick oatmeal finish I was looking for. Drinkability is decent for the style, but I would definitely only have one in a sitting.

daythree16, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as death, no light gettin through here. Head faded to a ring with a few wisps of dark brown on the surface. Small dots of lacing.

S - Rich dark caramel, bitter licorice, some light chocolate and light vanilla.

T - A light bitterness starts us out, pronounced licorice tastes and some old coffee come shortly after. Big toasted malts: earthy, creamy, sweet & smoky. Short undertones of chocolate then a lasting finish of sweet creamy malts.

M - Thick, very smooth and very viscous with little carbonation.

D - A meal of a beer.

umustdrink, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of NYManc
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14 notes, poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Poured pitch black with no head and little to no lacing. There was a thin head that was there briefly and disappeared almost immediately, as was expected like most bigger stouts that I have come across. Smelled very sweet with a back hint of malt, chocolate, and oats. Smelled no booze in this and was mouth watering to me.
Upfront taste was very malty to me. That thrown in with the great taste of the chocolate mixed in. At the backend of this, I tasted oat coming through. This was a medium-heavy bodied beer with little carbonation. The ABV is well hidden so beware!

NYManc, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

the pour is a bit lighter than your typical imperial stout motor oil black, not totally opaque, but remains a very dark brown. aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of a foamy tan head; middling retention, some lacing. nose is good but not great - definitely not as aromatic as choklat (but then, few are). i pick up notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, oats, and a touch of booze.

flavor mostly follows the aroma. very tasty beer with plenty of roastiness, chocolate, coffee, and oats. a bit of caramel, maybe a touch of a vague hoppy presence in the background. mouthfeel is medium-full with adequate carbonation.

overall i think this is an excellent beer, very tasty and enjoyable. won't challenge any of my personal favorites for imperial stout supremacy, but one i would not hesitate to revisit in the future.

(originally reviewed: 07-26-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours just about pitch black. Not too much head or lacing. Smells quite chocolatey. Roasted malts, a bit of alcohol. Very big scent. Some good chocolate flavors on the taste as well. Nice smooth oatmeal feel. Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and a mild hop flavor. Mmmm.

A big imperial oatmeal stout. Very nice offering from this brewery, who has become a major player in these various imperial stouts.

Danny1217, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with highlights of deep rich brown on the edges. Not much head, what did form was nice and tan, but quickly died down - not much carbonation. After a few minutes and a few sips there is completely no sign of foam, the beer looks deceptively placid.

The smell is fantastic. Big notes of chocolate, sweet dark fruit and some hints of alcohol are very pronounced with underlying aromas of coffee.

Taste is similar to the smell in that the chocolate and dark fruit are very rich and pronounced. There is a big chocolate, molasses and fruit sweetness up front followed by some heat from the alochol, which at 11% is still pretty masked. The finish exhibits some of the coffee character.

Overall a remarkable beer. The mouth feel is very silky and creamy, but not too syrupy and viscous. The alcohol packs a punch but is still well hidden. Chalk another one up to Southern Tier.

ClevoPiwo, Oct 19, 2009
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.