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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: 1,358
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 145
Gots: 162 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,358
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick layer of brown head that has great retention. There's a very light aroma; roasted malts, faint chocolate, and mild hop character. The taste is chocolaty and roasty with a very smooth, rich full body. There is also a smooth, citrusy hop bitterness. This is full boded and well carbonated.

It's well balanced, delicious, and very drinkable. (372 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and some cocoa is picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt sweetness with some bitter dark chocolate, prunes, mild bitterness, and a good bit of alcohol. The oats seem to mellow out the malt profile a bit.

Mouthfeel: lightly prickly at the start. Smooth almost syrupy at the finish. Heavy in body. Aftertaste is long on the flavor profile.

Drinkability: decent but a real slow sipper here. This bottle will last a good part of the evening. One bomber is more than enough though. (598 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2007 Release, Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, richly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, black color no matter what angle I look at it. Aromas of tempered black coffee, dark chocolate, and acidic espresso are strongly noticeable and dominant, though the chocolate note is the least noticeable. Behind this are aromatic notes of deeply toasted grain, blackened malt, and carbonized wood. The aroma is really dominated by overly roasted malt characteristics; sharp, acidic and harsh some feeble attempts at balance are made by weak chocolate notes and concentrated caramelized malt sugars. The aroma is not bad and would in fact appeal to those who like hugely roasted beers, but it is fairly uni-dimensional / one sided.

The taste is thick and rich up front with an ample, deeply caramelized, dark, malt sugar profile. The light carbonation makes has this leaning towards a creamy mouthfeel, but the roast acidity prickly carbonation cause the beer to thin out unsatisfactorily in the finish. Up front, creamy dark chocolate notes lend a richness and texture that is really quite nice, unfortunately the finish ruins this with sharp, bitter, burnt grain-husk flavors and a lingering roasted astringency. The harsh finish doesn't quite banish the rich, textured malt character though it gives it harrowing blow. A bitter, roasted, almost tepid, overly drained espresso flavor with blackened vegetal characteristics in the finish really gets in the way.

While the aroma is way too one-dimensional, the front part of each sip is quite enjoyable; the rich, textured grain character (of which the oatmeal plays a significant role) accents a delightful chocolate flavor and reasonable espresso flavor. The finish though is overly sharp and roasted; harsh, off-putting and acidic, at best this beer needs five years to mellow. At which point it might actually be quite sublime. If you only have one bottle, I would highly recommend holding on to it for quite some time. (2,042 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle out of the fridge into a large snifter twice. Glad to see this one come back. A cool image of a horse eating some oats on the label. How appropriate.

A- Southern Tier Oat pours out a deep black color with an apparent thickness to it. Once settled in the glass it is 100% black with a dark tan head. This foam rose to an inch and stuck around for a bit. Oat has some spotty lacing going on. This brew has some legs to it.

S- This imperial oat bomb has huge scents of roast maltiness and barley with some chocolate and a bit of charcoal/smokiness. A nice amount of flaked oats. If you try hard enough you can pick up some hops with warming.(Columbus & Willamette)

T- An imperial oatmeal stout indeed with a thick and lively taste. Oat burst out with huge caramel maltiness and burnt sugars with molasses. An apparent bittering quality with the two hop types used. Some creamy milk chocolate with slight dark fruits. A shot of coffee as well in the background. Not as much of an oat bomb as expected but enough to be deserving of an "imperial" title.

M- Oat is a very thick & flavorful stout that one needs to be in the mood to drink 22oz of it. An overall sweetness in the mouth with bitterness. With that said the 11% does come into play in the taste and mouth but I feel it adds another layer to this imperial & I give it a pass. The bitterness may get in the way after 10oz or so so be prepared or share.

D- 11% is nothing to scouf at so i took my time with this one & i'm glad I did as i feel the effects now standing. This is not one to open for a night cap on it's own but rather with a hearty meal. This is great for sharing. Why cant these come in 12oz bottles. If they did I would drink this on the regular.

Another solid entry from Southern Tier(who is always pushing the envelope in this blackwater series) & my 2nd favorite in this line up under choklat. (1,888 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch Poured from a bomber into my Southern Tier Tulip glass.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Southern Tier so I thought it was time I gave it a review (My first review as well).

Pours dark brown and nearly black with a modest amount of head that disappears quickly. It tastes of sweet malts with some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy. I really enjoy drinking this one and will purchase again. (443 characters)

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

Bomber bottle, the etched on the bottle label says this one was brewed in the "fall of 2007"....fresh is good. Pours black and thick, carbonation is fairly low as a vigorous pour only lifted a very minor dark tan film. NIce ringed, fine bubble sheeting. Nose just mildly of some sweetness and then some roasty malts. Nice sipper, plenty of roasted malts, cafe au lait, and hints of smokey, earthyness. The finish here goes on and on, sliky smooth, subtle sweetness, hints of tropical fruits, yeah I taste em...Rich and viscous, more quality, COMPLEX beer from Southern tier. Well done. (585 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bought at Lone Hill Liquors, in Glendora, CA, first time I've ever seen a Southern Tier beer in this state,

A: Pours black, with hints of brown, with a small, frankly, mocha coffee tan head, fair retention, limited lacing, not the best looking big stout that I have seen.

S: The smell has an overall smoky feel to it, even though this beer isn't smoked, nice notes of strong coffee and milk chocolate come along for the ride.

T: Never having had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout before, I didn't know what to expect, but was eager to try, I assumed it would be a sweeter version of an RIS-type beer. Very sweet on the first sip, very malty, but not with a roasted flavour, more caramel, then as the flavour evolves in your mouth, the burnt sugar and molasses come with strong espresso notes finishing out the drink. A complex and satisfying stout.

M: Very rich, but actually somewhat light and fluffy on the tongue which lessens its alcoholic impact, making it easier to drink. Very well done.

D: My first beer from Southern Tier and I am impressed, I'd like to try more of their beers if I'm ever in the Northeast. (1,129 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Continuing the tradition of the First and Second Unorganized Invitational, I bring the start of the Third Unorganized Invitation. For those unfamilair, the "unorgainized" theme is for a stretch of beers which I celebrate the end of the school year with. This year, given it was the year I graduated, I poured more money into the one. The first one is Southern Tier Oat. Are you ready? Let's go:

Inot a snifter it goes, no head forms on top this dark liquid. That's not a good sign. Well, the smells is nice. The nose is tickled with licorice, dark fruits, figs, and fudge brownies. Please don't taste flat...

There's a light sizzle of carbonation on the palate. It is a thick beer that clings to the palate, but slips off at the same time. It tastes more like mocha than oatmeal. A mild pinch of alcohol, which is a little hot, pairs with an astringent roasted note. As it warms, it become sweeter, and the booze is less felt. Mocha and hot fudge begin to take over. The beer becomes smoother as well.

A little oommph seems to be missing from the overall picture to warrant a higher taste score. Still, it's fairly good. Drinking a bomber of this is stretching it; better in smaller samples.

That's one beer down in the Third Unorganized Invite (T.U.I.), and hopefully the upcoming competition meets my high expectations. (1,327 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer and shared it with a couple friends. It poured pitch black with a short tan head. This is by far one of the smoothest impy stouts I've had. I'd give a higher MF score, but as the beer warmest a lot of alcohol came forward. Otherwise the flavor is a big, rich mix of candied cocoa with a little mocha around the edge. It reminds me of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout on steroids. (412 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Oat, Now 11% alcohol instead of listed 9.6.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a slight off white head.

Smell: Oats, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Nutty malts, smooth oats, grains and a nice roastedness round the beer out. Alcohol is present but not distracting.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet smooth and a nice lingering cocoa/grain flavor.

Drinkability: Wow, a big beer here. Tasty and goes down easy, pleasant for a night cap but alas I have more in store for tonight. Good beer from Southern Tier once again. (537 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007, listed at 11% abv. Poured black, and a bit undercarbonated. Thick and viscous with bubbles slow to form. Little head. The initial smell is of alcohol, followed by sweet malt, an underlying bitterness, and perhaps a bit of light roastiness as well. The taste is a little hot as well, also quite bitter, a tad undercarbonated. But there are very good flavors of coffee, molasses, and a roasted graininess. The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. This beer didn't blow me away. I really think it needs more time in the bottle to mellow and integrate flavors a bit more and to tame some of the sweetness. Not bad now, but probably could be better. (644 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brewed fall 2008, Enjoyed fall 2008.
Pours a Dark brown with the faintest of ruby when held to light. Smallish tan head that disappears quickly but leaves some lace on the glass. Smells of roasted malts, some alcohol, coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is chocolate, then some hops hit you, bitter roast and a bit of alcohol in the end. Mouthfeel is Creamy smooth, thick body, low carbonation. This is a good brew that I think will be great with some age. I think the alcohol needs to tone down a bit, but I Love how creamy smooth this one is.
2008 Bottling enjoyed Jan 2013
Pours a solid blackness with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of coffee chocolate and molasses dominate the nose. There's a faint dark fruit and a hint of earthy hop aroma as well. The flavor is roast and chocolate with brown sugar, molasses and still a touch of ethanol. Light dried fruit flavor and earthy hop bite. Thick viscous body with a sweet roasty syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This one seems to do really well with a bit of age on it. The flavors seem to have melded nicely and the alcohol while still present has toned considerably. (1,158 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black wih a coffee colored head. Malty aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Lots of oatmeal and roasted chocolate maltiness i the flavor as well as a noticeable alcohol warmth. ABV not very well masked. (280 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this beauty...
Appears a syrupy black with a small tan head that fades into a small head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell if of chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted nuts, caramel, mocha, and cream...luscious.
Taste is of the same with fruity notes and a deep, rich cocoa.
Mouthfeel is boozy, chocolate filled, fudgey, caramel laden, bready, sugary, full bodied, and sweet.
The only thing that could possibly make this one better is some age. Other than that, it's really tasty. A true winner that I thouroughly enjoyed and will seek out again. (598 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.

Super thick pour a lot like cool used motor oil and just as dark a thin brown head forms but this isn't a beer notable for head formation at all. A decent head and this could have been a "5" appearance beer easily.

As I type noting the appearance the aroma of the beer tempts me from a distance this is odoriferous stuff. Sweet dark dried fruits, mostly fig and plum mix with chocolate and Kahlua in my first sniff. Berries and dried Bing Cherries rum and cinnamon are in the very next layer of scent. Among the better scented RIS out there but not quite the best of the best.

The taste begins sweet and chocolate with a coffee after taste. Boozy on the tongue in a good way and quite a lot like a glass of Kahlua wonder what this is like over ice cream? Flavor is quite good but no where near as complex as the scent. Figs and prunes are in the taste profile and even a bit of Bock beer flavor.

The mouthfeel is very thick like milkshake mix.

Quite the pleasant and comfortable RIS and one that I look forward to sampling again. Pretty much a top-notch example of the style and one that I would recommend. Add a little more complex flavor and some head and this would be a competitor for the best RIS on the planet. (1,290 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into a pint glass, presenting with a jet black and viscous look, with a huge, creamy, smooth milk chocolate colored head. Aromas of nut and bread, with some dark fruit sweetness. Flavors are dark cherry bittersweet, coffee, and a steady backbone of dark chocolate. The aftertaste is bittersweet dark chocolate, and the finish is ridiculously smooth. Very tasty brew! (380 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick black with no head. Nose is of oatmeal, roastiness, and a surprising amount of hoppiness for a stout. Flavor is very unique - a ton of oatmeal flavor (which "oatmeal stouts" usually lack) and good cerealness, balanced with some chocolate malt roastiness and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, viscous and good. ABV very well disguised make it an easy drink that is damn tasty. (398 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sooty ink tone that is so brightly accented with chestnut that I'm having trouble believing it's actually black. This batch (brewed Fall 2008) doesn't appear quite as thick as I remember the original release looking. Any foam whipped up on the original pour quickly diffused but a determined, hyperactive stream of carbonation continues to pin-prick the surface and is actually succeeding in restoring some level of capping.

The aroma smells like a number of things, all of which are good. A really oily mound of fresh roasted coffee beans is what comes to mind first and most repeatedly. This smell also triggers thoughts of caramel cheesecake. So far the beer has reminded me of both breakfast and dessert, I'm starting to wonder which one comes out victorious in the end...

From the first taste of things it would seem breakfast. This has far more heavy roast coffee than gooey baked chocolate. We're talking a heavy, dark, smokey 14 minute roast on these beans; it's bitter and burnt like an espresso roast. As far as the chocolate side of things, there is a good deal of creamy, truffle like flavour but surprisingly little caramelization.

The beer doesn't drink like its alcohol content is anywhere near the 11-12% range. This is a good thing for drinkability in the conventional sense - low bitterness, restrained sweetness, no alcohol and a light body masked in heavy flavours makes easy work of a 650ml bomber. That said, I feel a little disappointed this doesn't throw its weight around a little more, I find that's often part of a big stout's charm.

I still can't make any real complaints about the beer (unless you count "it drinks too easily because it's so smooth and tasty" a complaint). Southern Tier has accustomed me to super decadent, ultra rich beers (see: Choklat, Creme Brulee) so I naturally was expecting something a little heartier, a little more bold, a little more "hoarse" shall we say? Instead, I received perhaps the most composed, smooth and sessionable 11% beer in recent memory. (2,020 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap for the first time at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a viscuous looking black, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex with aromas of licorise (quite a bit in fact), coffee, burnt sugar and band aides. If anything the beer is even more complex on the palate, with flavors of sweet cherry cough drop (to the point where the beer is almost cloying), coffee, chocolate, licorise and spearmint. The beer has a pretty good mouthfeel, though the sweetness and abv. are almost overpowering. This is a very good beer, but it's not really very drinkable. A little bit goes a long way and I can't imagine trying to drink a pint of this stuff. Nevertheless, an impressive effort from Southern Tier. (734 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
The bottle says 11% ABV
A- This beer pours a jet-black body with a creamy thin chocolate milk colored head. This beer is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a dark rich black malt smell with nice complexity and a nice note of cream and dark chocolate malt.

T- This beer has an inky black malt and black roasted grain flavors with a hint of tar and some light bourbon notes. There is also some caramel malt notes with a soft bitterness of grain that lingers briefly after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a silky texture and a light chewy texture as the beer warms.

D- This is a very well built beer with lots of great bold flavor with a nice complexity. It is just delicious. This is a great session beer but at that ABV two is all I can handle before I call it a night. (836 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a one finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet chocolate, oats and some caramel. Smooth, hints of baker's chocolate at finish. High ABV is hidden. $8.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (334 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle that I picked up at Shawan Liquors a month and a half ago.

A: The stout pours with a fast-flowing oily blackness. Save for the small amount of carbonation that bubbled up, I'd say that this was chocolate syrup.

S: Thick, burnt grains and oat sweetness define the nose. The complexity of the grains is overwhelming, full of alcohol and chcoolate flavors.

T: The stout nicely pairs the extremity of an imperial with the sweetness of oatmeal. The imperial angle is full of burnt toast and alcohol. The flavors meld nicely, allowing the strength of the alcohol to hide behind the chocolate, graham and coffee. The oat is sweet, softening up the acrid burnt flavors while not detracting from what they add to the body. The end of the stout is an awesome mix of both flavors, acrid but sweet, lactic and chocolatey.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth as silk but bitingly bitter. The imperialization of an oatmeal stout? Brilliant or deranged. Either way, it works.

D: The abv is through the roof, 11% per the bottle, making this a one-off night cap. I like what Southern Tier is doing with their Imperial line and this is no exception. A must-try for fans of oatmeal. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a deep black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy dark tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, chocolaty, toffee, roasty, vanilla, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots and lots of roasty/chocolate/toffee tones. The alcohol is hidder pretty well for a brew this high. Medium body. A well rounded brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from ST, highly recommended. Thanks Joe. (456 characters)

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

Bottle shared with my brother at the Rhino. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Black. Body appears to be medium. Small amount of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet dark caramel, brown sugar, chocolate.

T - Dark roasted malts, sweet oatmeal, chocolate, brown sugar, slightly noticeable alcohol.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. (339 characters)

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