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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 117
Gots: 149 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Benesi88, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of martyl1000
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dexters, madison. The mild-mannered aroma is the only drawback, here. It's an absolutely beautiful, opaque black, with a massive fluffy brown head. White lacing draws a precise contrast w/ the the brown head.

I feel like I'm drinking a real contender to the double stout crown, but one that's a bit short on complexity. The 11% alcohol is entirely well-hidden. The hop bitterness balances the sweet so well it creates the mirage of sweet french-roast coffee w/ cream. And the smoothness in the mouth is unsurpassed.

martyl1000, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Shilt, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Focusf111, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of czfreeman
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have eagerly looked foward to sampling the third of Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. The talent these guys exibit in their brews have quickly made them one of my favorites.
Appearance is a glass devoid of any light! Pitch, utter black. As expected from the mind-blowing 248 Lovibond on the side. Suprisingly foamy tan head from a beer this big. Goregeous tan oat colored head.
Smell is creamy chocolate, coffeea, lactose-like sweetness, hops in there provide a ever-so-light yet perfect amount of citric balance. A wonderful oaty mustiness backs in the complexity. It isn't a coffeeish as Jahva, not as chocolaty as Choklat, a seemingly perfect blend of the two, all with that great "oatiness". As with it's Blackwater brothers, aromatically Im debating a near-perfect score.
The flavor I am experiencing now is one of those to laugh over...because it's so damn good. This tastes like a oatmeal blender mix of coffee, chocolate, espresso, cream, all with a suprisingly delicious lightness on the finish, with a long lingering espresso-cocoa-oatmeal taste. It's a perfect blend of Jahva and Choklat-Choklava if you will-I think the giddiness is going to my head. Raisins, vanilla, bitter maltiness, earthy grains all mesh with a extremly light yet appropriate amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is everything I could ask for-rich, full, creamy, yet finishes cleanly, lingers around for a while.
As with Jahva and Choklat, Oat is the perfect liquid embodiment of it's name. It's oats, cocoa, malt, coffee in perfcet balance. I really can't get over the great actual musty oat flavor in the beer. Same as the other two in the series, I couldn't ask for a more perfect beer based on the one-word name. Southern Tier has astounded me time and time again, and I am scoring based not only on the pure enjoyment I experienced form this beer, but my admiration for the talent of these guys as hopeful future brewer myself. Prost!

czfreeman, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Deep black under a medium sized brown head. Very little retention, no lace.

S: Very sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, a little smoke. Pretty nice aroma.

T: Nice sweetness, roasted malt is very subtle until the very last instance where the beer finishes with a moderated roasted bitterness. Nice sweet chocolate through out that lingers around. Sweet fruitiness character as well. Ever so slightest of a hint of alcohol. Really great tasting.

M/D: Big full body, a little silky, mild carbonation. Alcohol done very well and the big sweet finish is good. Drinkability is fine. Big alcohol and big body make it a sipper but man does it taste good.

NCSUdo, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark brown black and settles black with a mocha head that runs away. Some lacing.

Smell - Oatmeal, cream, and coffee with boozy hot malt. Sweet aroma.

Taste - Malt forward with coffee and some chocolate. Powerful oatmeal finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderately carbonated. Full body. Pretty boozy but at 11% duh. Good drinkability.

Overall - Super interesting, the cream adds a great twist to a typically thinner formula (non imperial oatmeal stout). This was a bit on the sweet side which takes something away from it, but otherwise not bad. Worth a shot if you want to expand your horizons a bit but I am sure there are better imperial oatmeal stouts out there.

JMScowcroft, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

tripledbrew, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DrMindbender, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

FrankShirley, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

twowheelssoar, Dec 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

seplo, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pure black with no head at all.

The smell is extremely sweet,chocolate malts,oats and alcohol. This is the sweetest beer I've ever tasted, a little bit sickly.

The taste is like the smell, crazy sweet, alcohol and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

Overall a great desert beer, although a 12oz bottle would be more than enough, I'm struggling to finish the 22oz bottle. Definitely a sipper, the alcohol and sweetness make it hard to drink too quickly.

Dave1999, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours thick and creamy. Near black with a fading head of mocha foam.

S: Smells like dark cocoa and burnt toast. There is some of that oat twang in it and some sweet booziness.

T: All the right oatmeal stout flavours are there...on steriods. Smooth, cream chocolate gives way to dark chocolate bomb. The booziness is pretty strong too.

D: A true sipper. The 11% is apparent as hell and that detracts from the drinkability. The mouthfeel, however, is perfect.

Overall: Like all of ST Blackwater series, its big and boozy. However, I do like these huge beers and this was no exception. I will say, however, that Choklat was much better and really seemed to tame the harsher elements of these big stouts.

JohnnyChicago, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

zenwatts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce brown bomber poured into a tulip at 50 degrees. This is the 2008 vintage.

A: Despite an aggressive pour I get minimal suds or lacing. The color is an opaque brownish/black with small dark tan colored suds 'eddies' lingering around. Looks yummy despite the lack of head.

S: Sweet, heavily roasted oats galore mixed with a definite chocolate (baker's chocolate?) presence and coffee. As it warms the hops come to the forefront a bit more. Impressive nose overall.

T: The taste is less sweet then picked up on the nose. A nice roasted coffee mixed with mild caramel and a touch of vanilla in the front, similar in the middle with a touch of honey or molasses (?) and all together, finishing with a nice hop bitterness.

M: Thick, creamy at times and chewy with just the right about of carbonation to get it down gracefully - a real treat.

Overall, this is a great beer for this time of season. This is perfect after spending a cool day at the pumpkin patch with the kids. In fact, that sounds like a stellar idea, I have two bottles remaining, maybe I'll just do that! Definitely recommended...

beachbum1975, Oct 16, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

kemoarps, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of LittleDon
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 10 oz. pour in a tulip at the Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY 5/26/11.

Dark, opaque, with a tan well retained head and no lace. Aroma of latte and chocolate. Flavor has elements of dried fruit, with lots of molasses sweetness in the middle and finish. A hint of alcohol comes out middle to end. Carbonation is a on the medium high side. Medium body.

LittleDon, May 27, 2011
Photo of kegger22
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with an embarrassingly miniscule head that really didn't disappear as much as never show up. The aroma didn't exist. So far, not a very promising start. The taste... actually, not bad. I was a little worried that there would be nothing there either. First off, it's very sweet, though not sickeningly so. There is also some coffee, some maple, and from out of nowhere, a bitter after taste. That's an interesting surprise. The feel is full bodied with nada carbonation. Drinkability? Ehhh, not so much. Too sweet and too much ABV to be anything more than a sipper.

ST Oats tasted pretty good, but suffered from low scores on all of the other categories.


kegger22, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Zraly
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a slight brownish head. The head is minimal and slightly disappointing. However, it smells of sturdy, rich malts and licorice.

Rich, earthy, creamy flavor --- the oat becomes more and more pronounced as it warms. Smooth chocolate, coffee, licorice, and alcohol notes mingle with a slight hop note to create a very balanced mouthfeel. Oats add lovely creamy note that smooths the experience out even more into a chewy, dry finish. Very tasty and the alcohol, while noted, isn't pronounced and is buried well. Thus, this is dangerous with its 11% alcohol billing. Even so, though, a 22 oz bomber by myself is probably not going to happen --- thankfully I have a drinking buddy.

I would very much enjoy this with an ice cream sandwich.

Zraly, Jun 13, 2009
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3/5  rDev -27%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bmurray10, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Crimsontider22, Mar 21, 2013
Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.