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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: 146
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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Reviews: 678 | Hads: 1,361
Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is now 11% ABV.

The colour is black with a dark gold edge. There is almost no head at all. The liquid is clear.

The smell is much matured with the expected notes of raisins, roasted nuts, some alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and black coffee.

The full bodied taste includes flavours of strong coffee, roasted nuts, some meat and stock cube, rolled oats/oat porridge/oat cookies. Somewhat sweet malty flavours. It develops into a mildly sweet flavour with hints of blackcurrant and roast beef. The long aftertaste is quite sweet with notes of mild coffee and dark chocolate.

The carbonation is mild, the liquid is mid-thick.

Another bold and balanced "big beer", not bad at all.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black, faint dark brown highlighted into my snifter. Great to swirl and watch the viscous liquid try to hold on for dear life to the inside of the glass. No head and no carbonation visible. The aroma is a warm, oaty, malty, chocolatey feeling and smelling beer. The smell gives you a great precursor to hat you can expect this beer to taste like. The first sip is a bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and marshmellow malt. Lets not forget the coffee and hints of toffee amidst this hotly alcoholic beer. Very creamy, warming, and oily palated beer. Great for sipping and swirling.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black colour with a small tan head. Poor head retention. Nice legs.

Sweet chocolatey malt with some spicy alcohol and a hint of phenolic. Sweet.

Lush malt with some moderate roast and chocolate notes. Alcohol and phenolics round out the flavour. Quite sweet but with a bitter finish.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice beer and the phenolics add depth to an otherwise sweet beer. Nice.

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Photo of Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a brown one-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is creamy with a nice hint of chocolate and roasted coffee in the nose.

Taste is slick and oily from the oatmeal with cream, a light hint of roasted coffee and chocolate (from chocolate malt) all showing up in the middle. Everything just melds together nicely.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering slickness from the oatmeal along with cream and roasted coffee. Very nice texture to the beer. Alcohol level is well-hidden as well after a few months on this (brewed in Fall of 2008).

This is a good example of a beer that will mellow with age and actually taste better if aged properly. It's very nice and can be enjoyed in any weather (my opinion).

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two year anniversary beer! Thanks BA!

A - Pours a sold jet black and a soft pour lead to the minimal of head, just a ring but lacing looks good.

S - From what I can smell this beer smells sweet. Touches of candy and syrup like chocolates with surprising very little coffee or roasted malt. Balanced.

T - Ow wow that's tasty! Where the alcohol? Seriously I get Smooth tones of baker chocolate and sweet roasted coffee's. Not sure of the age but it was not very sweet and cloying or extreme roasty in anyway. Just smooth chocolate tones. Lovely.

M - I may be the only one but this drinks damn smooth like a medium body. No way is this 11 percent.

Overall I got what I hoped to get. Sweet, balanced, chocolate. Not sure the age since they don't date, could be months, could be years. All I know is my bottle was perfect. Can't wait to finish the bomber!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle at Binny's in Lake Zurich, drank it with my wife in Chicago. This beer was way more massive than I expected, easily one of the best (or maybe THE best) oatmeal stout I've had. The beer was very dark brown, opaque, with a thick red-tan foam. The smell was sweet malts, chocolate, and a little coffee. I got a lot more chocolate out of this than coffee in the aroma and taste. The flavors were so strong it got a little overwhelming, making this a real sipper. I can't rate the drinkability as high as appearance, smell, and taste. But that's fine, this beer is top shelf.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin and black 1-finger tan head the receeds quickly and leaves minor lacings. A husky malt smell, with seemingly roasted, toasted and some chocolate malts coming in the smell as well as some oats and coffee malts. Very smooth and sweet but a definitive dry edge is how I'd describe this beer in the short run. Roasted, coffee and dark chocolate malts are a plenty in a creamy medium body that smooths out from oat malt presence, and also tucks in some caramel/molasses and dark fruits with a slight peppery backbite thanks to minor alcohol burn. I liked this beer, but something was a little askew for me and I am not sure if I'll be buying this again - still worth trying if you haven't had it.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick brown yet clear, despite the fact that there's probably a ton of oats in this guy. A warm inviting coca colored head dissipates quickly.

Aromas are of deep-dark malts, but an English dryness can also be appreciated if that makes senses. Still though, there are some chocolates, brown sugars and brown toast notes.

Flavor profile is mainly thick/chewy oats, yet a great dry/bready/a biscuit quality. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the finish, I wonder if this would age well, too late to find out now.

Creamy mouthfeel is offset by the almost woodsy/dry hop finish.

It's not often you find an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm happy to see it. I like the heartiness and depth of the malt, but would like to see more oatmeal creaminess in lieu of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate with solid amounts of roasted malts. Also present, and more prevalent as the beer warms, are slight hints of sweet oats.

Tastes good. Equal parts roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. The chocolate flavors integrate better with the roastiness of the malts than I had anticipated from the nose. Midway through the sip the flavor profile does sweeten a bit then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a nice thickness to begin with and the oats intensify it even more and make the bubbles feel more fine.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall the thing that stood out most about this beer was the mouthfeel - until I found out that it is 11% ABV. A flavorful beer that is not quite over the top and does a very good job of masking the alcohol. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a thin amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, chocolate malt, and some hops.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, coffee, hops, and oats. Not the most complex of flavors, but very focused and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable 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 DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my friend today. 2007 bottle

A: Thick, jet black with dark brown highlights. Solid dark brown head that isn't too big. There's some carbonation that's visible along the sides of the glass but settles down eventually

S: Solid stout aroma with a lot of chocolate, some coffee. Smells thick!

T/M: Starts off with some chocolate and coffee flavor with a rather big body that ends up with a bitter finish. There's some mild raisin like notes that are pleasant. On the palate, this beer is ridiculously slick. The carbonation is low and this coupled with how big the beer is really makes this one slick beer. Unfortunately, as this warms up, the alcohol heat is noticeable despite being cellared a year. Still solid, though

D: The high ABV really hurts this - at 8-10% range, this would be stellar.

**Edit 30 June 2013**

Nothing quite says heat wave like a 11%stout. Bottle, batch 1.

This has aged quite nicely. Fruity, chocolate, oatmeal raisin cookies , Minimal oxidation is present. The palate is a blend of oatmeal cookies, Chocolate syrup, toasted oatmeal, a little bit of coffee and licorice. quite slick on the palate, this beer is moderately sweet and quite enjoyable. alcohol is well hidden. 4/4/4

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Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased at Sam's in downers grove and lugged back to madison after a week on a tri-state tour

appearance: pours into a snifter, dark mahogany body with a light tan ring but not much in the way of head....probably the first imperial stout i have had in a while but it has turned quite chilly lately and i need to know if i need to buy more of this beer

smell: big big nose, chocolate malt, huge dark chocolate nose, licorice, lots and lots of oats, green hops definitely back there...hell of an aroma on this one

taste: this thing is a dark chocolate bomb, thick roasted malts, fudge, black licorice, vanilla and cream, hazelnut, oatmeal, char, hops provide a mildly bitter feel, alcohol is pretty well masked...a very enjoyable stout here

mouthfeel: smooth but with bitterness

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of ccrida
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (breed fall 2008) poured into my Meantime snifter, Oat is pitch black garnett with a dark tan head that leaves light, scattered foamy lace. Served ~60F.

Smell is strong, heavy on the caramel malts, but there is a brightness to it that keeps it enjoyable.

Taste is very rich, but there is a smooth balance that I really appreciate, lacking the acrid char that turns me off to most double stouts. This a nice herbal mintiness to the hops (which must be the willamette, rather than the more aggressive columbus), really it has a great taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, fully carbonated, a bit dry, medium heavy body.

Drinkability is high for me, particularly for the style. A nice roast without being overly bitter or acrid, the high ABV (11.0% ABV on my batch) is very well hidden, and it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Fall 2008 indicated on the bottle. Served in my brand new Terrapin snifter. Poured just shy of black with deep burgundy highlights around the edges; opaque with regards to clarity. Quarter inch, tan-colored head dissipated into a mere swirl with a tiny band of foam and bubbles around the edges of the glass. Some lacing but no legs. Nose is malt, molasses and a touch of alcohol. Extremely flavorful - chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, oats and a light hops bittering to round out the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy without being overly viscous (viscosity is cut by a light carbonation in the background). Definitely a little bit of alcohol heat on this one. Best enjoyed slowly and savored as it warms so as to detect subtle changes in character.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a viscous inky black with a slight tan head which disappears quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

The nose blooms with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and cocoa, some vanilla sweetness and slight alcohol warmth.

The flavors are connected closely to the scents, as plenty of roasty, warm flavors and dark, almost bitter malt with oats begin. Dark chocolate and vanilla with some smoky tendencies swirl as some boozier warmth becomes apparent. Finishes long, dry, a little sweet, and warm.

Full bodied and lingering dryness in the feel, but this is still very palatable, especially at 11%.

Quality imp stout, which isn't overly sweet and avoids too much heat despite higher alcohol content.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark near black with cap of brown cap, good retention and decent lacing. Scent is sweet from the get go, notes of chocolate cake and a cup of mild coffee, heavy on the cream and sugar but a nice roasty quality lingers in the back. Taste again starts of sweet, but not cloying. Roast flavors come through quickly. Same notes of chocolate cake and sugary and creamy coffee. Noticeable juicy hop presence behind the strong flavors. Fuller sid eof medium bodied, definitely coasts the glass but feels lighter than that on the palate, some dryness despite all the sweetness. A really nice tasting stout that brings the full flavor profiles as well as the sweetness expected from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and smoky with an overtone of molasses and a hint of quality coffee. It pours a rich opaque sable, like any good stout, with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some substantial, if not persistent, lacing. Flavor is fabulous - fine roast coffee, sweet chocolate, molasses, and a hint of hops. The sweetness is not cloying or overpowering, and the touch of hop bitterness balances this nicely. Lively texture is quite fizzy and leaves behind a good tingle, along with molasses sweetness and a little hop bitterness.

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Photo of drpimento
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a nice fine, foamy, thick, creamy, tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque dark brownish black. Aroma is malty, toffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's about the same. The molasses and dark ripe fruits stand out, to the beer's detriment, I feel. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is long and has a flavor with a boozy warmth.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A small tan head forms, a recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Lots of oatmeal and chocolate in the nose. Soft brownies and fudge. Very sweet, but excellent.
T: Oats, and chocolate. Some astringent roasted coffee, and a strange bitterness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, but I could not finish a bomber by myself.

Good, but like most Southern Tier stouts, this is something to share with a lot of people.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a very nearly black color with very little brown foam, even with an aggressive pour. Not a pretty horse, even with the bag over his mouth...I guess you cant look this gift horse in the mouth...alright, alright, enough puns.

Black licorice and brown sugar flavored instant oatmeal pervade the nostrils along with a bit (but not 11% worth) of alcohol. Not much else really noteworthy, maybe a bit of minty hops, pretty faint overall for such a big beer.

Taste more than makes up for the appearance and smell shortcomings, as this is a very tasty beer. Low carbonation and viscous mouthfeel are very nice. Oatmeal makes the brew oh-so creamy and the ABV is extremely well hidden yet still incorporated into the flavor. Hint of roasty coffee and the black licorice is still there. Amazingly smooth big beer, I like it!

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

A-Blackish brown...tan/amber head...

S-Quite impressive....rich and sweet....chocolate...roasted malts...very appealing vanilla...a little caramel....some dark fruits and rum....tremendously complex....AWESOME aroma

T-Milk chocolate....roasted malts...."tia maria" liquor...maple...nougat...dark fruits...plums, black cherries...figs....boozy to a point...finish with a spicy gain alcohol kick.

M-Like fucking velvet...smooth and as creamy a beer as I've ever had....full bodied...definitely a sipper.

D-Right up there with the best of the best....a slight grainy alcoholic feel is the only minor complaint...now listed at 11.0% rather than 12.5% Maybe they are working on that...might be even better at 10%...nevertheless this is a hell of a beer. I'm not sure where the scores will place it but it feels like a top 25-50 beer of all-time for me. (Note: I just checked it is tied for # 72 out of 1302 on my list....about right)

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008. Near black pour, dark cream head lingers momentarily. Roasted malt, grain and coffee aromas. Nice chewy full body. Roasted malts and coffee with chocolate hints, microscopic toffee. Hops are a little more pronounced than I would like. A little bitter in the finish but clean. I could see some aging smoothing this out a bit and bringing out some more sweetness. Pretty straight forward, higher octane oatmeal stout. The Java is better, but this is pretty good as well.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-brown nearly black color with a tiny thin wisp of tan foam. The foam fades very fast to leave almost no lacing. Upon swirling the beer in the glass it is seen to be quite sticky with it slowly sliding down the sides of the glass back to the body of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is lighter then would have been anticipated. It was largest of a sweeter caramel and roasted malt aroma. There are notes of oat and some chocolate and coffee mixed with in. A light alcohol aroma is present as well rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather sweet. It starts of caramel with a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Toward the middle of the flavor, an oat flavor comes to the tongue with some darker fruit flavors of plum and raisin. It has a very nice flavor here and then transitions nicely to a very different, but equally pleasurable flavor blend. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt come at the end with many of the sweeter flavors losing some strength. When combined with the oat flavor as well as a light alcohol flavor, it creates a roasted, dark, bitter, warming feel on the tongue. It is quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The brew coats the mouth and smothers it in all its great flavors. The body of the beer is chewy and thick with a lower level of carbonation level. The feel is fantastic for the bitter and dark flavors of the beer, as well as the warming alcohol taste.

Overall – Very nice. I love the smooth flavor transitions in this one. It starts out sweet and then moves to more roasty and bitter. The feel helps with both the great flavors as well as the transition of those flavors. Really a tasty and enjoyable beer to drink. Grab one, sit back and sip slowly.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes away quick, clear

Smell: burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate syrup

Taste: burnt malt, oats, coffee, subtle chocolate, and a bit of toffee

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter, heavy bodied, chewy, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A good and solid, but not great oatmeal stout. Because of the high abv, one per sitting is the absolute max. This is a sipper. It hits the flavors just right, but I was not as blown away by this one as other Southern Tier beers.

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