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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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1,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 111
Gots: 143 | FT: 3
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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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out substantially black in color, a little bit dark brown. Beige head, about 1/3" deep. Looks more like what I would expect from a coffee beer.

Aroma was fairly muted, the alcohol was noticeable. Oatmeal didn't cover up the roastiness of this one.

Roastiness and alcohol dominates the taste buds. I thought this was going to be a more smooth drinking experience, with the whole oat motif, but the problem here is the beer is just too big. A lot of bitterness as well. I don't think the notion of making something imperial and oat works. Dark chocolate, dark fruit underneath the booziness and bitterness. I love some Southern Tier, this one doesn't fall into that category.

There isn't much there, there. Flavors aren't the high point. Too non descript, not enough of what I want with oatmeal, a smooth chocolatey experience. Coating, but what makes up the coating is nothing special. The espresso notes should have shown up more in Jahva, not here.

Should be about half this strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 18:11:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DavidEddie

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured as if I were draining oil from one of my cars. Very black. Minimal tan head falls quickly to some moderate lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of black liquorish. Strong aggressive flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt toast, brown sugar and booze. Some light pine mixed in there as well. Finishes sweet. High ABV is definitely noticeable, but not harsh. Mouth feel is thick and sticky. Low carbonation. Overall drinkability is fair. A bit too sweet and syrupy for me, but still found it very enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 02:42:42 | More by DavidEddie
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Clean powdery cocoa notes. Low esters and low spicy hop aroma. Almost boring on the nose.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Minimal effervescence noted.

Flavor: Layers of rich coffee notes. Roasted malts, cocoa powder, background carmel sweetness to balance it all. A definite resiny hop bitterness to balance all the roasted and sweeter malt notes. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly oily and slick.

Overall impression: A big, roasty, American stout. Not one of my favorite ST beers but a good one to sample. Worth a try once.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 19:58:28 | More by mattcrill
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-18-2012 20:50:40 | More by DruC4
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beerman999999

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-15-2012 14:37:14 | More by beerman999999
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-13-2014 20:55:13 | More by GRG1313
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

10-18-2013 23:51:26 | More by jduprey007
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ninner00

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-27-2012 18:27:31 | More by ninner00
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-10-2012 01:52:31 | More by sneth019
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 17:06:07 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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Kerne

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-16-2014 01:01:04 | More by Kerne
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-29-2012 02:58:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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elect1960


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

02-29-2012 00:40:07 | More by elect1960
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-16-2012 03:04:58 | More by MeisterSmudge
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BeStoutMyHeart

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-21-2013 20:12:13 | More by BeStoutMyHeart
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:32:54 | More by AndyAvalanche
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tayner

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a medium brown head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer.

smelled like alcohol up front with some aroma hops and raw malt flavors.

Tasted hot. The 11% was not well masked like some other high ABV selections. There was some roasted malt flavors with a citrus hop finish, but the alcohol dominated the flavor and feel all the way through for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, nothing special though, but wasnt too thin.

As for drinkability, for me it was just too hot from the alcohol to really enjoy. It is a sipper beer that warmed all the way down. I think maybe a year in the cellar would mellow this out some and allow the flavor of the beer to dominate the alcohol.. or so i hope. I was slightly disspointed in this one after all of the very high reviews but i want the flavor to dominate, not the alcohol burn when i drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 20:51:27 | More by tayner
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Focusf111

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

10-20-2012 12:41:37 | More by Focusf111
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

08-26-2013 02:32:37 | More by scxcrunner
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hit728

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

11-05-2013 00:50:25 | More by hit728
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mtlasley

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

04-05-2012 04:47:28 | More by mtlasley
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

11-09-2012 00:00:12 | More by RWLawman
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:34:25 | More by biglite351
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

10-13-2013 23:40:09 | More by Anvilfarm
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-29-2011 10:11:19 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,276 ratings.