1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,263 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 109
Gots: 141 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 12-17-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,263 | Reviews: 671 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 03:49:25 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very much along the same lines as the choklat except with out the dark chocolate component. This beer is very dark and had very little foam when poured into a pint glass. Wouldn't say that the lack of CO2 was a problem as it accented the really thick viscosity of the beer.

The beer had some interesting sugary smells coming out of it including some dark fruits as well as a considerable alcohol aroma. The alcohol part of the smell is the reason I didn't give it a higher rating. Also included in the nose were coffee and roasted malts.

The flavor had all the same components but in a different balance. The coffee was strong, the roasted flavor was strong, and the alcohol was a bit more manageable. Things not noticeable in the aroma but present in the taste: oatmeal (or oats or what ever) which gave it a smooth wheaty texture, and hops (what the hell?). Pretty interesting but I almost think that the wheatiness took away from the overall texture of the beer.

Quite smooth with a lot of interesting things going on but that particular combination doesn't agree with my palate quite as well as the choklat does.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 22:52:39 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a pitch black color with a small 1 inch tan head that fades to a tiny cap. No real lacing on the drink down and what is present seems to drip back down into the beer. Smells of malted milk, milk chocolate, oatmeal, and some dark fruits like raisins. I get a distinct smell of Whoppers candy and that is awesome. A very sweet beer here, which sort of detracts from the overall tastes. The taste comes through as roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and toasted oatmeal. Mild cocoa powder bitterness on the palate lasts after each sip. Beer is nicely carbonated and is thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer and my first from Southern Tier. I liked it overall, but it's a bit too sweet in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:25:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-12-2011 20:41:05 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a light mocha head without too much retention. Nose brings forward some chocolate, light espresso, and roasted malt and oats. The taste is a bit harsh with some booze as well as a lot of roasted character. Feel is heavy and a bit boozy. As is often the case with this series, the beer shows promise but gets to be a bit much with more than a few ounces.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 10:53:46 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

--Arthur Baer

Pitch black with a faint glimmer of sepia along the bottom edge. The mocha colored cap is incredibly thick and rich, leading to slow-motion meltage and impressive sheets of residue that become seriously shredded as the coffee milkshake-like foam continues to deflate.

The aroma is everything one could want in a beer of this style. Although it isn't quite as chocolate-like as Choklat's nose, nor quite as java-like as Jahva's nose, it's wonderfully roasted malty and I love it. Looks like Southern Tier has come through yet again.

Simply put, Oat tastes like an Imperial oatmeal stout ought to taste. The only possible negative (and I would argue that it isn't one) is the fact that there isn't the same flavor focus as in the offerings mentioned above. However, those of us who love expertly crafted, big-ass stouts that derive their flavor from a well-chosen malt bill will be in seventh heaven.

Flavors include charred dark chocolate, dark caramel, blackstrap molasses, a double shot of espresso and a single shot of Sambuca. There's a fraction more unmasked alcohol than is ideal, but there's so much flavor that it's easily ignored. Big beer occasionally requires a few small compromises. Besides, this ain't no sissy session stout.

The body/mouthfeel is excellent... for a 7.0% stout. An 11.0% Imperial stout requires something a bit more viscous and more nougat chewy. On the other hand, the sneaky amount of silky smoothness that appears as the beer continues to warm is more than welcome.

Oat may not be as superb as Choklat and Jahva, but it's an excellent stout that drinks like a dream. It explodes out of the gate and cruises across the finish line in the manner of a true thoroughbred. This brewery is more than solid. Many thanks to far333 for sending me the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 21:40:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of metter98
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
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown color with a gooey tan head that leaves droplets all around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aroma with a subtle blend of dark fruit sneaking through

Taste: Opens with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by dark fruit and hints of molasses; after the swallow, some piney hops peek through and take the beer in an unexpected direction

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: These bombers that Southern Tier put out are just an adventure that I am ready to take whenever I see them; another great achievement

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 21:53:12 | More by brentk56
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of these in a trade recently as I had never had a chance to try it and I really do love the Southern Tier imperial series. This one I just had to get. Served at cellar temp and poured into an over sized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was very nice, lots of rich looking deep chocolate brown notes. A small head of tan poked up through the bottom of it, quietly sitting on top for the remainder of the session before slipping back down to just a veil over the top that easily set me up for some fine, and thin side glass lace.

The aroma was about as rich as they come. Deep notes of alcohol came tumbling in at the start. Lots of sweet chocolate like notes that were mingling in and out the entire time, really just pushing through on this quite well. Some lactose, and sweet sugar like notes coming through as well. A very tight flavor profile here, and extremely rich. I was actually quite shocked by this to be honest. This one seems as though it could hang up there with the best of the big boys for sure. Rich notes of vanilla and chocolate were dominating here, along with a nice tight profile of almost bourbon like alcohol. Creamy and smooth, this was a full bodied stout at its finest. I had no issue polishing off the sweet stout over the course of the night, but I was feeling it this morning for sure.
Overall I have to admit this one took me by surprise. I did not expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was. In fact this was downright excellent. One of the best bigger stouts I have had in a long time, and hands down my favorite of the big southern tier beers. I would like to have one of these everyday it would seem. Really go check this one out, it is absurdly good.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 00:12:38 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-24-2011 19:32:23 | More by nmann08
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of well balance of sweet oatmeal malt with some coffee and bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by a rich creamy texture with some notes of coffee, medium sweet black chocolate and a light bitter ending. I have to admit to being very impressed by this beer that retains some balance while being very extreme.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 21:05:10 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Insanely rich, thick, and silky smooth, the roast character of this larger-than-life beer is tempered by the creamy solace of oats that makes the beer velvety unitl the end.

"As dark as a moonless night" ...or at least that's how the label describes the appearance of this lush stout. The beer lives up to the moniker with a rich black viscocity and a completely opaque appearance. Releasing a lightly tanned head, the beer holds onto an espresso-like creme of foam for nearly half the session, but then colapses and the beer falls into stillness.

Roast is the dominant aroma, along with heavy toast, espresso-like coffees, cocoa-rich chocolates, heavy cream, a hint of vanilla, and a balance of woody and grassy hops. With no fruity esters or phenolic spices detected, the aromas remain focused and assertive in it's creamy roast character.

Strong flavors of roast also dominate the taste profile. Deeply roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa, charred breads and woods, and a malty-rich taste of sweet breads, burnt caramel, and heavy cream- this Oatmeal Stout undoubtedly takes top honors with the strongest version of the style, but never brings attention to the flavor of oats...

...but the oats have a dramatic impact in mouthfeel! The aggressive roast bitterness and harshness is tempered with the protien-rich creamy, velvety, and silky smooth texture that oats provide. Very robust, viscous, and chewy to start, the beer transitions nicely across mid palate and arrives with a warm, malty-rich finish with an extended aftertaste of coffee and vanilla.

Along with Hoppin' Frog BORIS, these beers accend the thresholds for traditional Oatmeal Stouts and thrust into the realm of Imperial Status while retaining a true base recipe. If this is the new world for Imperial Stouts, then I'm all in on the shift!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:20:17 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-13-2012 19:13:03 | More by acurtis
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage received in a trade with rciesla.

Appearance: Pours a black, thick-looking body with a thin, khaki-colored head. Lovely legs on this one!

Smell: Full nose smelling of dark malts, with chocolate sauce, and oats, natch. All layered beneath crusted chunks of dark, gooey sugar.

Taste: Heavily sugared, chocolate-coated oats slide and smear over the tongue along with bountiful tastes of marshmallows, second molasses, humble caramel, and sweet licorice-flavored candy. There's a huge burst of dark fruitiness early in the taste and it lasts well beyond the finish. Very faint, subdued bitterness. Transitory spiciness. Then, it's back to the heavy, heady dessert-like flavors with a far-off, faint touch of roastiness. Finishes decidedly sweet with lasting tastes of fruit and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. There are some warming qualities, but, for the most part, the 11% ABV goes down very, very easily.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Excessively smooth, tongue-coated mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A tasty Imperial Stout that glides across one's palette with sheer ease, though the grotesque hedonist in me is left yearning for a bottle of Choklat, oooh, or even their new Mokah. Still, it's one I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 05:42:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-04-2011 23:15:57 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-09-2013 23:28:35 | More by spycow
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-17-2011 09:09:17 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-29-2012 02:58:28 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Black Water series of big beers from ST,11% ABV per label.Poured an opaque black with a thinner deep mocha colored head atop that left a half ring around my Guinness pint glass.Deep bitter chocolate and espresso coffee in the nose that brought on a bit of earth and fruitiness very deep and entrenched "dark" aromas,pretty much perfection on the palate deeply roasted and rich flavors bitter chocolate and molasses dominates up front with a bit of vanilla and dark roast coffee and wood hovers, a big earthy almost leafy presence shows up in the finish.Complex and well rounded the alcohol begins to show some heat after a bit but never intrudes on the flavors,kick ass new "big one" from Southern Tier wich I expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 21:47:02 | More by oberon
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger deep tan head on a jet black with no light getting through.

S: aroma is light overall with vanilla, some roasted marks, milk chocolate and toffee getting through.

T: fairly sweet up front with vanilla, milk chocolate, some nutty notes and fairly light on the bitter roasted malts.

M: smooth and thick. Light to medium carbonation.

Overall: a nice flavorful stout. One of their best. Very drinkable. Almost too sweet but otherwise very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 23:47:38 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this about a year ago and honestly wasn't too impressed with it. The beer pours out as a deep thick black looking liquid with a thin tan head that nearly vanishes within minutes. The smell is a little grainy with some oats and roasted malts. The taste is rather muted, I can taste the malts and oats but it just seems to be on the faint side. If this is really an imperial I'd expect the flavors to be much more intense. The mouthfeel I thought was thinner than what it looked when it was being poured out. Overall not my favorite brew from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 15:18:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 23:16:09 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-13-2014 20:55:13 | More by GRG1313
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 03:33:24 | More by emerge077
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-27-2011 21:59:15 | More by JAHMUR
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.