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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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1,111 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1111
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-29-2004)
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Photo of microbrewlover


4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a solid black with a three finger mocha head and strong lacing all the way through. Some of head also remains on the top of the brew until the end. There are faint red highlights when this brew is held up to the light.

The smell is coffee, chocolate, oats, sweet malts and nuts. Everything blends together nicely.

The taste follows the nose with burnt coffee and chocolate dominating at the beginning, then moving to sweet malts and oats with a little nutty flavor. There are just enough hops on the back end in order to prevent this brew from being too sweet. A slight amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Everything goes down easily.

Overall this is a well balanced stout; it reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout although it does not have all of the subtleties of that brew it is a close second. Will drink again especially if I cannot get Founders.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:43:43 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of kcrosson492


3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark with an amber hint when held in the light. Has a soda-like color.

S-Strong hues of oatmeal with a little bit of a bite.

T-Sharp on the tongue but smooths out afterwards.

M-Lighter for a stout.

O-This is a very good stout.give it a try because it does differentiate from others on the market.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 18:29:38 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of FLima


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a one finger beige head with low retention.
Aroma of roasted malts and oats, hay and cocoa powder.
Unexpected flavor, strong notes of cola, licorice, lots of oatmeal, caramels, bitter chocolate and earthy hops. Hints of sour milk, plums, pineapple, coffee, ash and cinnamon. Dry aftertaste with burnt and earthy lingering notes.
Full body with low carbonation and a smooth and sticky feeling. Alcohol of 8.02% is very well hidden.
Smooth but not harmless Imperial Stout with an original flavor with a complexity that grows over time. Literally an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Definitely worth trying, though I would play down a little the oatmeal and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:08:44 | More by FLima
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, super dark brown that almost appears black until you hold it up to direct light which reveals very faint blood-red highlights towards the bottom. A mildly aggressive pour results in a large, frothy light-mocha colored head which eventually dwindles down to a 1/4 inch creamy cap, leaving beautiful sticky tan lacing down the glass. After a few sips, the head is reduced to a paper-thin layer of mocha colored cream that rests on top of the brew. Fat Dog started out with an outstanding score in the aesthetic categories, but as time passed, it dropped a few notches as it's merely just "good" now.

S: Roasted dark malts with some sweet hints of toasted oats and brown sugar. Some cocoa powder and alcohol is evident underneath. Clean and expressive of the style.

T: Before I begin explaining what my tongue detects, I want to start off by saying that you should give this brew proper justice by letting it warm up to just below cellar temperature before sipping. Anything cooler than that honestly does mask the intensity and complexity of the flavors. Dark malts give a wonderful bitter chocolate flavor with an underlying sweetness of brown sugar that does well to balance out the brew and keep the bitterness at bay. The initial sweetness eventually fades leaving a mild black coffee character that's bitter until the end, but not off-putting. The alcohol content is absolutely shrouded and nearly non-existent until the very end, as it makes its way down and tingles your throat and warms the face.

M: Well-controlled carbonation takes a backseat, as it should. Viscous and frighteningly full-bodied. Fat Dog absolutely conquers every inch of real estate in your mouth, leaving no taste bud unvisited by its diabolically creamy presence. Finishes silky smooth. If it weren't for the boozy after-taste and face-tingling properties, you'd have no idea this brew sports a 8%ABV.

O: Part of me feels like I'm scoring this brew too high, but as I sip it more and re-visit its properties, my mouth and nose assure me that I'm making no mistakes. Stoudt's has really knocked it out of the park with Fat Dog. While it's not "world class" or taking home the award for best brew of the style, it's up there letting the bigger guys know that it backs up its bark with a bite that's not to be trifled with. Outstanding flavor, incredible mouth presence, and an overall experience that makes me wish I picked up more than just one bottle. A must-try, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 18:28:34 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of scotorum


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a; Black with ruby hints at the edges when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded to even surface foam and

s; Caramel malt.

t; Hop bite forward over a smoky malt base. Potent. Alcohol seems evident, and a strong cigar ash aftertaste follows, although this mellows out later. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Light to medium with some watery feel.

o: It's a pretty hoppy one, but not enjoying the flavor that much. Also seems rather light bodied for an oatmeal stout. And towards the end I'm getting the notorious vinegary taste as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 06:46:18 | More by scotorum
Photo of bmwats


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, tan, head. Settles slowly, leaving a lingering foamy blanket. Thick, pervasive, lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate, oats, and a little licorice.

T: Charred grains. Pungent oats. Bitter black licorice.

M: Thick and syrupy. A little overly bitter, and feels a little boozy.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is roasty with lightly bitter and sweet components. Roasted grains with a bit of bitterness and pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 23:51:44 | More by bmwats
Photo of ISmith87


4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - Nice dark brown/black beer, opaque, tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Bottles' kinda boring but who cares.
S - 4.5 - Coffee, creamer, oatmeal, chocolate.
T - 4.5 - More roasted malts in the taste than in the smell. Coffee, espresso, chocolate, oatmeal, tiny little bit of booze.
M - 4.5 - Nice medium-thick mouthfeel. alc covered REAL well, aftertaste is creamy and roasted malt at the same time.
O - 4.5 - This is a great beer. It's thick and strong but friendly at the same time. It's definitely better than Narwhal, probably up there with Ten Fidy and Expedition. Most similar to Stone RIS Espresso.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:24:19 | More by ISmith87
Photo of aleamericanreject


4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark. Black. Nice fluffy brown head.

Smell: Strong, rich roasted malt. Coffee.

Taste: Smooth and malty, finishes strong with big roasted flavor

Mouth feel: Body not too huge or thick. Flavor not overwhelming but lingers throughout. Very nice

Overall: Real good beer. Great flavor. Not a sip willing to waste

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 14:04:31 | More by aleamericanreject
Photo of amorette87


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown, think light brown head

Smell- Smokey, roasted, light coffee

Taste- Coffee, carmel, tasted, strong flavors up front and a roasted finish

Mouth Feel- heavy up front and creamy finish. light carbonation,

Overall- Great full bodied beer, perfect for a cold night

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:41:07 | More by amorette87
Photo of Steff_Wantz


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, unable to see through

S: It has a slight hop aroma with a hint of coffee

T: Very smooth, drinkable, sweetness

M: does not linger too long, definitely covers palate with that typical stout feel (almost milky)

O: Overall this is great liquid, not something that I would typically order myself, a little too sweet for me but I can really appreciate that taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:45:36 | More by Steff_Wantz
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark chestnut brown with two fingers worth of tan head

S-roasted oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla

T-not as sweet as the smell suggested. Roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal sweetness, and a strange presence of dark fruit tartness. I am not sure how the tartness fits into an oatmeal stout...

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall I am not sure what to think of this one, since I am not sure if the tart/sour taste is supposed to be there. I will have to try it again to see how I feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 22:17:54 | More by ksimons
Photo of Gryphon69


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
dated: 1-30-smudged but looks like 15
oversized wine glass

A- Dark brown, as in dark coffee, had a slight head that faded to a slight, and I mean very slight off colored white ring.

S- oats, grains; think cherrios, bready, some faint chocolate

T- Dark malts , followed by the grains, hints of chocolate and some coffee in the finish.

M- Full body that has a creamy and smooth feel, finishs with a slick feel on the tongue.

O- Don't think ive had a beer that has had this much oat / grain smell, very different. The taste was solid and balanced for what the nose throws at me. The alcohol is very well played down and not real noticeable. Ill have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 03:02:24 | More by Gryphon69
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark, almost black body; small frothy tan head; good lacing

Smell: sweet malts with caramel and roasted grains; light hints of coffee and chocolate with a touch of smoke

Taste: creamy malt on the start; slightly bitter to offset the sweet; good balance; silky sweet in the mid; finishes semi-sweet with a bit of coffee lingering; good warming alcohol throughout

Mouthfeel: creamy with an excellent level of carbonation

Remarks: Outstanding beer, but I LOVE a good oatmeal stout

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 23:42:04 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Smurf2055


3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours lighter black with a minimal tan head.

Smell sweet and creamy vanilla.

Taste lighter bodied, creamy texture, roasty finish. Bit of chocolate and fruit in the middle, caramel sugar, chocolate forward though.

Almost a bit watery. A decent imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 06:02:33 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into McDonald's collector glass (I'm...not at my own place right now). Poured dark brown/black with a thick rocky tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of dense foam with tons of lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malts up front, with some clean wetness and sweetness in the middle, and a bitter coffee finish, although some bitter dark chocolate sneaks back in at the last second to sweeten the aftertaste a bit. Mouthfeel is full and wet, perfect for an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 02:04:14 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of ckollias


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a tan frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Smoked malty aroma with a definitive chocolate aroma.

T: Sweet roasted malt flavor with a smoky alcoholic background. There are some dark fruit flavors and finishes on the sweet side of malty.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent imperial oatmeal stout. Great flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:07:38 | More by ckollias
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Appearance - A brown stream accumulates into a pretty black body. Small khaki head. Settles to a nice collar and a few pocks of foam.

Smell - There is a ton of oatmeal in this. Some chocolate. Some acidity in the nose too. Maybe just a combination of oatmeal and alcohol giving that impression. Definite licorice character.

Taste - Grainy texture and flavor up front. Licorice flavor manifests itself immediately. Chocolate behind it. Still buckets of oatmeal. That acidic flavor comes back here too. Maybe even metallic. Not sure.

Mouthfeel - Builds into an intrusive flavor with each sip. Slow drinking as a result. Not my favorite and this might get dumped.

Overall - Slowly working through this and enjoying it less and less. Too much oatmeal, which is giving off all sorts of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:43:41 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of brewskifan55


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Shoe polish brown with a tan half finger head that dissipates fast. No lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, dark fruits

T: Follows nose with some nice coffee notes. Sweet, robust, hearty, smokey.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Really smooth. Would drink again. Nice doggie.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 18:56:02 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of WissBrauSean


4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks as good as it tastes and smells! Black with a hint of brown showing through and poured vigorously from the bottle gave it a full three finger brown head that lasts as a full cap leaving nice sticky brontosaurus looking lacing on the glass. Kewl!

The aroma is roasted and sweet with some dark prunes and bready notes.

The taste is phenomenal and complex. It starts off caramel malty and sweet with hints of milk chocolate, vanilla and moves back towards slight breadiness (oats?) then some earthy hops and finishes with a licorice hint that numbs the tongue for a short period of time. It's pretty balanced!

The mouthfeel is carbonation hot at the very beginning then becomes creamy smooth. The body is moderate to full, just a tad on the thin side. There is a mildly dry and numbing feeling and finally a slick coat on the tongue.

Overall I would have to agree with many judges of this beer who called it exceptional! The alcohol is hidden well and really is only apparent to me with the tongue numbing and a slight warming. The body is just a tad, I mean a tiny bit, light, which is a blessing if you want to drink 2 or 3 of these puppies! The flavours are interestingly complex and evolve as the beer warms. A solid 4.25 or higher out of 5 for this doe-gee!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 01:21:12 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of acevenom


3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours opaque dark caramel bown with a thick, tan head that dissipates slowly. The beer smells of dark roasted malt with some hints of coffee. I also pick up some alcohol. The flavor is of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. There's a touch of back end bitterness and roastiness. The body is full and thick with low carbonation. The beer does stick to the mouth ever so slightly and leaves some aftertaste. The alcohol can be felt in the back of the throat. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 16:30:02 | More by acevenom
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade from cpetrone84, thanks for the opportunity Chris!
Bottled in 2009 enjoyed in 2013
Pours a solid color of darkness with a smallish tan head that quickly dissipates to wisps of foam on the top. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate, light cereal grains, a hint of earthy hops and a touch of ethanol. The flavor is sweet and malt with a bit of sugary caramel malt with some roasty milk chocolate. Earthy hop with a hint of wet cardboard round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet oily mouthfeel. Nice Stout really heavy on the sweet caramel and chocolate and showing slight hints of oxidation. glad I got to try it, but wouldn't mind a fresh sample too.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:05:02 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Fat Dog imperial oatmeal stout has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a quite dark, brown appearance, with a few little bubble streams visible at the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is evident. The aroma is of sweet, heavily roasted barley malt, oatmeal, and possibly even cocoa powder. Taste is of all that, plus deep bitterness. Mouthfeel is verging on heavy, and Stoudts Fat Dog finishes mostly dry, rich, cloying, and sip-able. Overall, this is a most excellent beer and a most def try!


Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:45:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black with a short-lived, soft, semi-fizzy, brown head

S - roasted malts, some faint chocolate, dark fruit

T - big dark fruit notes, chocolate, roasted malts, some very faint coffee, mild bitter finish, alcohol

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a decent stout. The dark fruit notes dominate the flavor, but it is a well rounded stout with a rich, complex flavor profile. It's well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:15:04 | More by tdm168
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich looking jet-black pour. The one-finger head is somewhat uninspiring, with average retention and not a trace of lacing. Molasses is prominent on the nose. Black licorice and dark chocolate notes follow. The aroma is capped off by a long, lingering solvent note that detracts quite a bit from the aroma score. At 8%, alcohol should not be this prominent.

Fortunately, the flavor profile accentuates the positives from the aroma. Good balance is achieved as an upfront malty sweetness segues into a drier, more bitter finish. Molasses and toffee notes prevail. Some char and roastiness add astringency. Solvent note is present but muted. The mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing for an oatmeal stout, and the body is a bit thin overall. Carbonation is kind of weak, yet it's also too harsh at first. It eventually settles down to become pleasantly soft.

Fat Dog has a great flavor profile, but it stumbles in all other areas. The draft version may improve upon its weak points, but I can't really recommend the bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 02:05:15 | More by gr0g
Photo of harrymel


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 14AUG12 (I think, month was a bit smudged)

Dark brown with a nice quilt of fine light cocoa foam. Smells of graham, toast, bits of chocolate, some toasted malts and a good dose of coffee beans. Taste is real nice, smooth, oaty, slightly sharp with coffee, sweet cocoa powder, and fudgy dark chocolate. Full bodied with light, fluffy carb and a watery but dry finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 05:35:05 | More by harrymel
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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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