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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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Ratings: 1230
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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
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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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz (bottled 10/12/2011) into a snifter. Pours a deep brown/black w/ a 1-finger tan head that settles to a thin head.

Aroma is roasty and bitter, molasses, dark fruit, chewy nuts.

Taste follows nose. Bitter roasted malt, chocolate & caramel malt, molasses, dark fruit, hops for bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a moderately dry finish.

Overall a solid, well-crafted imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 05:14:43 | More by draheim
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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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cvm4

Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Doesn't pour thick, almost like a real black cola or rootbeer. Definitely deep, dark brown. Half finger, tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet, roasted malt sticks out to me. Also, some bitter chocolate and and tinge of licorice.

T - Sweet malt combined with cocoa nibs. Gets more roasted, coffee and bitter towards the end. Alcohol is rather tame considering the abv.

M - Somewhat lacking in this department. Definitely thinner than most stouts.

O - If the mouthfeel was a thicker beer, then this would be a winner. And, it's a sweeter stout than I'm used to drinking as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:09:01 | More by cvm4
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark, no wait let me rephrase that...it is basically motoroil black with a somewhat dark tan head that rises to maybe 1/4" off a gentle pour.

Smell: Just on smell alone you feel how complex this beer is, I feel everything from chocolate to barley to malts. Superb.

Taste: Little bitter and slight sweet, has a vanilla feel similar to some milk stouts but raises eyebrows with it's heavy alcohol.

Mouth: Of course I couldn't expect less from southern tier, this beer is very sticky. I would be lying if i Said it was smooth, but it isn't the hardest to drink.

Overall: I have no complaints, Imperial Oat exceeded my expectations but then again rarely southern tier has disappointed me. Be happy and keep drinking, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:26:44 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

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)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 22:04:14 | More by BostonHops
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark, thick brown, one finger of brown foamy head

S- Moderate roast, light cocoa notes, oat grain and sweet malt

T- Sweet and smooth malt to start and through the middle, roasted flavor starts about midway, finish is warm, milky cocoa and a slight roasted bitterness

M- Moderate carbonation, medium to heavy body, warming, smooth finish

O- Great taste and feel, nice warming from the alcohol without the harsh taste, solid imperial stout

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:24:07 | More by stampfler07
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t420o

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From old notes (sept. 15, 2011)

Southern tier oat

A- very aggressive pour produces a coca cola like head that fizzes away leaving no lacing. Beer looks almost
Exactly like coke. Not a good look 2.5 

S- big oat smell with a light smokiness. Chocoalte and caramel malt, vanilla very sweet but I like sweet beers 4.5

T-  toasted oat, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, raisins. A very good beer that I enjoyed 4     

M- very light cabonation. Thick and syrupy 3.5

O- a very good oatmeal stout that is definitely on the sweeter side but I like it. 4 

B+

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:13:39 | More by t420o
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small mocha head that dies almost immediately. Very little in the lacing department. I prefer a dense, long lasting head in this style.

S - Smells of plum, oatmeal, coffee beans, and cherry. Booze is also present. The malts are mostly sweet with a touch of roasty.

T - Sweet from the start with dark fruits and caramel. The oat flavors come through in the middle coupled with some roasty malts. The finish is mostly of toasted coffee with a slight bitterness that doesn't stand up to the big sweet flavors. Alcohol is apparent on the back of the tongue.

M - Medium-thick feel with micro-carbonation that suits the style and flavors.

O - I enjoy most of Southern Tier's 22 oz. offerings and while this was decent, it was a little bit disappointing. Very sweet, which is acceptable in a diverse style, but I would have preferred a bit more complexity. I probably won't spend the $10 to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:58:48 | More by NoLeafClover44
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ixodus

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB: 10/11/11

A: Pours motor oil black with a small tan heads that disappears quickly leaving nothing behind. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Cacao, roast, char, vanilla beans, nuts. Alcohol is non-existent.

T: Slightly sweet chocolate, raisins, and vanilla upfront that immediately drys up leaving a nice bitter roast in the back of the palate. Aftertaste leaves lingering flavors of cacao, roasted almonds, and charred wood. An oat like flavor can be detected the whole way through but it's very subtle. Alcohol comes through as a bit of heat in the throat.

M: Medium/Full body, very soft carbonation, starts off sweet finishes dry.

O: Overall a delicious stout. Not my favorite of the BlackWater series or ST beers but it shouldn't be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 20:36:35 | More by ixodus
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black/hint of dark brown body, khaki finger head,
solid tan lacing

S: oats, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, mild vanilla

T: dark chocolate, big oats, malt, nutty,
hint of vanilla bean, light boozy smooth finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Southern Tier's bombers are excellent.
This is a very good, not my personal taste, but
would recommend it to stout lovers.

VERY GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 20:10:26 | More by BeerLover99
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BrownNut

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 to tulip. Date indecipherable.

A - Totally opaque black. Light tan decent looking head that lasts a few minutes. Minor lacing.

S - While still foaming, it's a good bit more chocolatey than I'm used to or want in an oatmeal stout. A little metallic. Nicer later though. Booze masquerades as something vaguely floral until you later realize what it is.

T - A noticeable sour metallic tang jumbled up with bitter ash/char malt flavors, mild coffee, restrained sweetness, and naked booze. Just as with their Choklat, the parts just don't come together well, though by the end of the bomber I'm lit up and it's harder to tell and seems more together. Initially though, rather than complexity, I got discordance. It's kind of like a soup not left to simmer nearly long enough. The booze and the sour metallic thing are the parts that don't play well with the others. It's a 10.8 imperial, so you expect more, but plenty of others hide it a lot better than this. Choklat wast the same strength and I didn't get the booze in that one, for example.

M - Thick in a way I really like, yet with a little sting on the tongue.

O - The only way I'd get this again would be to see if aging it for a year would do anything to mellow out that booze and bring everything together more cohesively. So I'll assign myself that project. The bigness and thickness of the beer make me want to rate it higher, but the overall execution makes me rate it lower.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:04:37 | More by BrownNut
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottled on 10/12/11, into my Stone tulip. Received in a trade from StlThrash.

A - Pours black and viscous, with pretty much no head at all. I had to swirl this one vigorously just to get a little foam. Weird...

S - Smells of sweet malts and chocolate. Very robust aroma.

T/M - Has more of a bittersweet flavor, like dark chocolate, coffee with a hint of brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry with a dark chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel and slightly under carbonated.

O - Southern Tier has yet to disappoint me, and this one just follows suit. Great oatmeal stout, very easily drinkable at 10.8%. Pretty much no alcohol detected at all. I would defiantly grab more of these... If I could. Thanks a bunch Todd for sending me another great brew. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 07:11:32 | More by Rizalini
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Crabapple Bottle Shoppe (Alpharetta, GA). 8.49. 2010 bottle. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with 1 finger thick mocha head that quickly fades. No lacing.  

Smells of roast malts and sweet sugar with a wisp of booze. Subdued. 

Nice creamy blend of burnt coffee, dark  chocolate, oats and brown sugar. The 11% alcohol is quite present but not overbearing. 

Excellent thick creamy feel. Little carbonation. 

I'm glad I bought 2 of these last year. The age has smoothed it out nicely and I like it much more now than I did initially. Drinks like a Russian imperial with the dark fruit replaced by oats. I'll definately track down a few more & let them sit for 2-3 years to see how it developes further. 

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 14:58:15 | More by ThickNStout
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black brew with a small mocha head. No lacing.

S - Rich dark chocolate melting. I feel like I'm failing to capture the aroma in words, but thats it. The slightest hint of acetone at warmer temperatures.

T - Dark chocolate, ash, pecans... mushrooms. Aftertaste is rich and full chocolate at first, but it fades quickly into a mild marly bitterness with chocolate dominating it even then. This flavor is marvelous.

M - Silky smooth, thick, very refreshing.

D - I never would have guessed this to be 11%, 9 - maybe. It is very smooth. The taste is outstanding. I will have this again - one of the best offerings form Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 06:18:37 | More by mrasskicktastic
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azdback

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 10/11/11 Poured into snifter. Deep dark black color. Not much of a highlight either. Head rises up a finger or so and is dark tan in color and creamy in appearance. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves very little lace.

Smell is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, leather, tobacco or charred wood, tart fruit and maybe a bit of licorice and some alcohol.

Taste is pretty heavy on the coffee, but has some silky chocolate there too. Maybe a chocolate covered espresso bean. Some charred wood. The dark fruit flavor is there just a bit in the end. No alcohol present in the taste.

Mouth is velvety and a bit viscous. Carbonation is creamy and the body is full and heavy. The finish is long and wet.

Overall I have really enjoyed every Southern Tier brew I have tried and this one is no different. Enjoyed with a friend and a UFC fight. Quite a fantastic combination. Thanks to injuredreserve for the chance. A slam dunk if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 06:31:16 | More by azdback
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very very close to black. Very impressed by the color. Head is thin and disappears quite quickly.
S- The aroma is pleasant with a bit of sweet chocolate, the normal roasted stout characteristics, with a light smokey note.
T- Very pleasant with a roasted malt flavor, some medium-dark caramel, and a good espresso flavor in the finish.
M- Alcohol has a prickly effect on the tongue. Carb is medium-low for style. Very smooth. Very pleasant mouthfeel.
O- Not as absurd as many in the Blackwater series, but it is big in many ways itself. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:43:22 | More by jsprain1
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a small tan head upon pouring that reduces very quickly, leaving a bubbly ring on top. Not muh lacing at all.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, a good bit of cream (kind of like a sweet stout), a little chocolate and oats, but also a little bit of a buttery aroma.

T: More of the same, some chocolate and a little bit of oat, but beyond that not much. The buttery flavor shows up a little bit at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Rather boring overall. Had high hopes based on my experience with the rest of the blackwater series, but this one fell flat for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:02:14 | More by mdaschaf
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WEBBEER

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black in color with a thin khaki head. Thin lacing disipates during the drink.

Smell: aroma is of sweet roasted malts, bitter chocolate, wood, and some coffee.

Taste: the flavor is roasted malts, some mild espresso, chocolate, and some sweet spice.

Mouthfeel: Thick viscousness in body. Creamy and smooth at the start with minimal carbonation as per Imperial. Finish is smooth with sweet roasted tones lasting shortly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: My favorite local oatmeal stout so far. As the label states this 650ml. bottle is a meal in itself

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 20:42:17 | More by WEBBEER
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harrymel

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12OCT11
Black with mahogany edges and only a rim of tan foam. Licorice, molasses and dark fruits on the nose with a lower dose of sweetness in the nose than say, choklat or creme brulee. Flavor is of oats and molasses and dark malts with some nice soily character. The beer is chewy and resonant in finish with a moderate carb and has the potential to fill a belly. The 10.8% ABV doesn't even shine whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 07:17:04 | More by harrymel
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Aethien

Netherlands

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

Ink black with no head.
Smells sweet, dark fruits, oats, malts and some coffee or cocoa bitterness at the back.
The coffee is more pronounced in the taste and a smokiness joins in as well. It's still sweet but it's balanced nicely with the bitterness. Alcohol is just not noticeable at all and I was surprised to see 10.8% ABV when I checked the bottle.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with medium carbonation, really good.

Overall, definitely a good stout and I'm happy I still have about 2/3rds of my 65cl bottle left. ^^

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 17:38:14 | More by Aethien
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer is pitch black, no clarity, no head, no bubbles, and a thin layer of foam.

Smell: sweetness to my nose, oats, some dark fruits, mocha, coffee, and breadiness.

Taste: A nice blend of all above flavors with a little smoke and ash mixed in between.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy and watery, and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a shabby stout. I was expecting more, but still pleasantly happy on this St. Patrick's Day. Wish I could try this out on nitro if the time becomes right.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 16:07:32 | More by Flounder57
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RickS95

Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black...an 8-ball in the glass. I'd give it a 5 but the head was pretty lame. Medium brown, but fleeting. No retention.

It actually smells sweet. You can almost smell the creamy oats. Very malty and rich.

Tastes fantastic. Malts galore, very roasty. Slight bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Extremely creamy. Very rich. Medium bodied. Sweet, but not overly so. Bitter, but not overly so.

The best Southern Tier offering I've had. One of the best beers I've had. Tastes more like a porter, but a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:53:30 | More by RickS95
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neckbracesub

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 21:16:55 | More by neckbracesub
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dudelove7485

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark chocolate (near black) in color with a thin, khaki head that leaves a caviar-bubbled ring around the perimeter of the glass. Pleasant coffee/roasted malt aroma. The taste is sweet and malty, chocolaty, bready, smoky (almost to the point of burnt) and fruity (maybe Raisinettes?). The syrupy, full body gives way to a slightly bitter finish which warms the palate and balances the beer nicely. I liked this oatmeal stout more than a few of the local breweries’ oaty offerings (particularly Brown’s Oatmeal Stout) which used to be my standbys for cold weather drinking. As to be noted with a number of the Southern Tier Imperial series, a 650ml bomber is best enjoyed split with a buddy.

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Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 01:43:13 | More by dudelove7485
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up a bomber I've been saving for a couple of years. Appearance is still nice, with a rich, dark color and a good full head of dark tan foam. Smell is a little lacking, with only some oats and dark malt and alcohol aromas. The taste is much fuller and complex, though. Dark fruits, sweet malt, roasted chocolatey flavors and a fairly dry, slightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is rather thick, but the carbonation is robust enough to balance it. Overall, this is a very nice example of the style and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:00:39 | More by AaronHomoya
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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