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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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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,361
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 144
Gots: 161 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (bottled on 10/16/12)

A: Pitch black with a slightly brown head that starts one finger thick but diminishes rapidly.

S: Roasty, sweet and malty. Oaty too.

T: Nice tame sweetness with a nice even flavor. A bit of oat, which probably gave it the nice even flavor.

M: Not too thick but almost no carbonation (just a bit of massaging bubbles).

O: Pretty tame, nothing too stellar about it. I can see why it was discontinued, but I have yet to try the other ST stouts. There wasn't much for me to describe here, it was quite plain.

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Photo of KajII
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a pitch jet black with an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown fizzy head that diminished quickly, down to a wispy residue and small collar with fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted biscuit malt, light resin hops and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of milk chocolate, oats, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla and a light dark fruit presence (raisons & plums).

The taste was lightly sweet and very roasty with a good malt backbone and had hints of oats, chocolate and a mild fruity presence at first, and then became smooth and creamy with a bold coffee presence, a mild oat lactose flavor and a light boozy feel towards the finish. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a roasty alcohol warming sensation left to linger on for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was just past halfway between medium and full in body with a mildly dry texture and a carbonation that had an intensity that was just past medium.

Overall this was a very good and roasty brew with a bold mocha coffee taste along with a creamy oat flavor that when blended together it created a beer with a nice smooth drinkability, which did a superb job of concealing the exceptionally high ABV. In one word YUM…


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

like the other stouts in this little series from southern tier, this is a monster. it pours a frightening dense motor oil black, with little visible carbonation and just a thin film of tan. the darkness of this is insane. it smells oaty indeed, like a bowl of oatmeal, a little sweet, and really heavy from the roasted and burnt barley malt. the flavor is not as sweet as some of their others, but its got all the weighty feel and tastes. the malt is so dark, darker than ive seen really, and would probably be very bitter if it were not for the oats to sweeten it up and round it off. however, they also provide body, so the thickness of this is exacerbated into a freak of fermentable sugars. the alcohol that results is massive, and makes this a must share bottle of beer. it burns on the way down, but I still like the feel. its just so big, so dense and thick, but not stupidly sweet, its really a challenge to me. southern tier has got these huge stouts figured out, and this is the best of the lot really. I might have enjoyed the choklat more, but this is a special beer here, worth seeking out.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oats, toast, toffee, coffee, cream, dark bread, floral, light nuttiness, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, light char, floral, dark bread, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, oats, light char, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; with big robustness and malt balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Big robustness and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of riversider76
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, with a thin lighter brown head. Decent retention, and a good lace effect. Aroma is of dark chocolate, and dark, fruity malts. Body is thick and rich with some carbonation. Taste is of oats and malted chocolate, with a dark bittersweet edge. Hints, of coffee, and dark fruit are there as well. Awesome!!

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Photo of MacQ32
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours near black with a caramel/chocolate colored head, ok retention, nearly completely dissipates after about 3 minutes, thin outer ring remains. pretty nice lacing, although it (mostly) eventually slides down the glass.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, tons of oats, maybe a hint of molasses and caramelized malts. Slight roastyness and a hint of dates/dark fruit.

T - Lots of roasty chocolate, lots of dark fruit (prunes, dates, etc) and a pretty large wallop of alcohol burn. slightly mediciny

M - Definitely the most sipperish beer ive had in some time. Thick thick thick, minimally carbonated, very smooth.

O - As it warms the alcohol becomes more tame and the sweet and richer vanilla flavors come through - even more of a sipper but much better balances/flavors at room temperature. - Ratings reflect my room temperature impressions

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 08/16/12.

A: Pours a very thick dark black with a half finger light khaki head. Quick to dissipate it leaves some spots of lacing. Light only shines through about 1/8".

S: Smooth roasted malts and oat notes. A bit of vanilla and sweetness. Alcohol is just a touch noticeable. Chocolate certainly comes through and is quite dominate along with the oat. Dark fruit come out as it warms.

T: Chocolate and oat blend together and balance nicely. Hops are tame at this point and just appear for a flash and touch of aftertaste. Roastiness of the malt provides some richness. Coffee comes to mind as well.

M: Full bodied but not too heavy it is quite pleasant. Low carbonation. Fairly crisp finish. Booze is there but doesn't provide a harsh mouthfeel.

Overall well crafted and has developed nicely in the last 7 months. One of the less flavored of the blackwater series but the still a real good beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review adapted from notes taken 5/10/13

Note: Review 600

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark, dark brown - perhaps black from a distance - some lighter brown and red tones around the edges - nice, light brown head, keeps a nice, wispy cap, and an above-average, creamy ring - leaves some lacing, not much

Smell: Dark, decadent malts and oats - like someone melted a dark chocolate bar into a bowl of oatmeal - dark, burnt, roasty, cooked, caramelized malts - caramel and an above-average amount of sugar (fitting with Southern Tier's reputation), but the sweetness smells somehow subdued with the grainy oat notes

Taste: Dark chocolate, oats, and roasty, burnt malts - very rich, decidedly "imperial" - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some sweetened cocoa - caramel, molasses, and some straight-up sugar - burnt, dry, chocolate notes - some roasty notes and absurdly strong coffee - nicely bitter - oats are very apparent and abundant - adds a nice oatmeal flavor that kind of balances the sweetness, at the least makes it more interesting - some booze in the finish

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy, with a lot of creaminess from the oats - smooth, with a touch of syrupy booze in the finish

Overall: Christmas cheer in a bottle... or something

I selected this beer for review 600 because it was my official "Christmas Eve" bomber for three years (until I couldn't find a bottle one year and consequently killed the tradition). I honestly haven't had a bottle in a couple of years, and I am glad to report that it's still great. In fact, I think this is the best stout from Southern Tier. It's oddly under-appreciated, in my opinion. It's big, burly, and sweet, but I don't feel like I have diabetes thanks to the oats. Yum.

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Photo of brian60625
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DOB: 9/19/12

A: Pitch black with a bubbly, medium brown head. Thick, viscous legs. No lace or retention.

S: Deeply roasted malt, rich dark chocolate, char, wood, a bit of coffee, and some booze.

T: So incredibly rich, roasty, and sweet. Very delicious. Plenty of sweet, malty sugars and a slightly boozy finish.

M: Creamy, roasty, tasty. Great body. Carbonation is proper. Huge roasty coating left on the palate.

O: Huge fan of Oatmeal Stouts and happy that ST nailed this one. A beefed up version of the style with plenty of the unique ingredients to make it special.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- This head seems to start late but it is a bit vigorous when it does. Lots of initial fizziness but doesn't create too much head. It is dissipating quickly and is leaving no lacing. It's a tan, mocha colored head with a dark chocolate black body. It's quite a pretty beer.

Nose- This jumps out at you with initial sweetness of cherries and chocolate that moves into coconut. This is vanilla, this is toffee, this is caramel, this is everything that makes up my favorite beers. There is a slight alcohol burn but it is 11%- and who am I to complain? Even some honey too. This has lots of candy and sugar in it. I could sniff it all day long.

Taste- All that was in the nose is pretty much reflected with the addition of the bitter woodiness of the hops. This is coconut, this is cherry, chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol. This baby has some burn. It tastes like a macaroon. Very well balanced and the alcohol is necessary. It would be a weaker beer without it.

Mouthfeel- Heavy but not syrupy. Very creamy and not too much carbonation. This is a delight on the tongue.

Drinkability- This is an incredibly dangerous beer. Its flavor profile is inviting, its alcohol burn is inviting. It begs to be abused. It should be a sipper but I don't think it will last as long as it should.

Overall- Definite A/A+. I really like this beer. It does everything an imperial stout should and more. The oat balances this perfectly and draws all of its complexity in together. It also provides the slight grittiness to give a unique mouthfeel which informs a solid beer. Great beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today is St. Patrick's Day and I am drinking my last Christmas Beer (don't worry there were only three). I have been putting this one off because it looked so heavy I had to wait for a special occasion.
This is a heavy heavy beer, but enjoyable. The beer poured almost black and the head was thin and brown but quickly dissipated. Definitely a creamy beer.

Now that I am almost finished with it I can say I like this one and will have it again. Not something to drink after mowing the lawn, but definitely a late winter beer!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY.

Pours a deep, dark black with a small half inch head and no lacing due to how oily this mofo is.

Smells like rich chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, and sugar.

The taste is similar. Very sweet oatmeal stout, much like Southern Tier's other stouts. It tastes great, though. A little bit of roasted malt washed over by Hershey's syrup, vanilla ice cream. Huge malt flavor here, with a little bit of toasted oatmeal taste as well. A bit of caramel, as well. The flavor does get a bit cloying after a while.

Thick, gloopy, oily body, this one is just molasses like. Awesome mouthfeel. Low, almost non-existent carbonation, at the very least it's not noticeable. Would be more drinkable without the intense sweetness.

An extreme oatmeal stout if I ever drank one. If it was a little less sweet, it would be much better.

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Photo of 57md
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is deep dark brown to black with a thin layer of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose is the epitome of hearty roasted oats. The roast profile is quite potent and tasty. The body is typical of a top tier stout – hearty. The finish brings even more roasted goodness with coffee notes coming through as well.

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Photo of dlcoblen
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served from a growler. (Charleston Beer Exchange)

A: Very dark, basically black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells sweet, like chocolate I did not find the aroma too complex.

M: Slightly viscous and creamy its just what to expect while drinking an imperial stout.

T: Amazing! This has to be one of my favorite stouts. It starts with sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, slight coffee taste and perhaps a touch of caramel. With being 11% abv, they did a good job with masking the alcohol, you can tell its there but just a hint on the back end. Also the oats adds its own dimension, I'd say it contribute mostly to the creaminess to this brew.

Overall: I gave it a 5 mostly due to the fact that since having the beer I believe this is how stouts should be made in the past I have had (hoppier stouts) while they are good too, this Southern Tier Oat Stout changes the perspective. The chocolate and creamy/sweetness made for a real treat I will be buying this again.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -very black with very little tan/khaki head

S-dark chocolate, licorice.. oats, molasses.. coffee

T- dark chocolate yet light and creamy..licorice.. oats.. coffee notes.. strong and bold

M- medium thick body, not very carbonated, initial sweetness.. slightly bitter finnish.. hard to telk this one is 11% abv

O- a pleasant stout, must have.. gotta try! i recommend this beer!

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pitch black with tan head

Smell - black licorice, dark chocolate, oats, molasses

Taste - no departure from the nose, dark chocolate, oats, black licorice, molasses

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, bitterness on the back to balance things out, smooth going down, booze is well masked (11% ABV), flavors linger a bit on the aftertaste

Overall - an enjoyable stout, recommended for a chilly night

Price Point - $8.99/22oz bottle

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black pour with a thin layer of mocha colored bubbles that longer around the edges of the glass.

S- Huge roasted malts, tons of oats, some sweetbread, slight caramel.

T- Roasted malts, grainy oats, hints of caramel, coffee and cocoa powder. Virtually no alcohol presence except for a slight hint during the finish.

M- Silky, smooth, low carbonation, full bodied, thick and coating. Expected for a big beer.

O- Another enjoyable offering from the Blackwater series. This one is a huge beer, but more subtle than Choklat and Creme Brûlée. Seek it out if you like big oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one needed a little more complexity for me to be great. It essentially was exactly like it advertises itself to be and that is a decent oatmeal stout but no more and no less. I will say that the high alcohol was rather well hidden so it might be possible to get pretty lit up on this beer.

When I tasted this beer, I got chocolate, roastiness and oatmeal. I was waiting for something else to kick in (booziness, fruits, something) but the taste was pretty much surface deep. I felt like I have tasted this beer 10 times before in various other chocolate and/or oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier delivers again. This beer is ver dark, almost an opaque black. It was lightly carbonated, and had roasted malst on the nose, as well as oatmeal and caramel. Its flavour was also oatmeal, with a bit of toffee and nuts. I'd seek out again!

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is near black and opaque with a thick beige head. Excellent retention with ample lacing cascading down the walls of the tulip. The aroma offers roast, alcohol heat, oats, bread, chocolate. The taste pretty much follows suit, with perhaps a bit more oat presence than was indicated in the aroma. Lots of flavor, but I find the alcoholic heat a bit obtrusive, keeping this beer from being great. Crackers and biscuits linger, as the beer finishes dry. Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation. A solid beer. I bet this would age gracefully.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some nice viscosity. There is a nice 1 inch tan head that forms that is very dense and sticky. It recedes slowly down to a thin film.

Starts off with strong oat aromas. Smooth and bready. In the background there is some nice caramel malt sweetness that is mixed in with the slight roast that permeates through. The oat notes are very appealing and mellowing. There are some slight coca powder notes in the nose that are nice and sweet and soft and mix well with the roast and bready oat.

Flavor follows the nose very well. Starts off with oat and roasted malt notes. The roast is smooth and not too intense, well balanced. Thens some mild sweetness is perceived. Nice cocoa powder notes and chocolate cake notes. Some slight dark cocoa bitterness is perceived in the middle. As the beer warms the chocolate malts really shine, offering a bit more sweetness and a nice creamy mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Near perfect thickness.

Overall this beer is excellent. Nice smooth and rich flavors. There is some good roast and great oat and chocolate malt notes. Some good sweetness and the ABV is barely noticed.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.