Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: v2006 12oz bottle (bottling date of 3/3/06), cellared in my possession for almost 6 months, in a Guinness pint glass
BAside: thanks to BA stefgriff for a chance to try this!
Poured silent, steady, a little thick. Nice rich nose, sharp but with rounded corners. Hops are strong but not overwhelming & add a licorice echo. A firm burnt caramel aspect rises from the malts as does the black coffee bitterness and some mild baking chocolate atop a hint of fig or prune richness.
The chocolate quality continues to grow & a caramel-like sweetness emerges as well with some air. Bread crusts peek out when agitated. I like how the nose is evolving.
A fat finger's worth of loose mocha hued foam slowly settles to a thin sheeting with edge ring, all atop a warm, slick, oily looking body, ruddy & warm, "black in a good mood" burnt umber.
Slick n' thick, a surprising fruit sweetness leaps out, catching me off-guard. There were hints in the nose, but I wasn't expecting such noticeable fig, prune, raisin, even sour cherry. Malts are subtly burnt but otherwise even & flat, a lite black coffee & baking chocolate aspect that acts as a pool slate for the other tastes to ricochet off of.
Rather soft & rounded, it has a fluid, flowing mouth-feel, not syrupy but not thin in the least. Imagine wet satin if you will. The fruit qualities lie on my tongue heavy & very thick, providing a most unusual contrast. Its drinking very nice, but its earning the right to be sipped.
The hops rise up on the palate, growing a little sharper, mild grapefruit rind comes to mind. This helps to lighten it as the echoing warmth of the 9% slowly begins to creep into my teeth, which adds to the sipper quality.
It finishes drier, sharper, a little warm 'n fuzzy, leaving a cloying, coating aftertaste full of mild bitterness and soft fruit sweetness.
A damn fine stout. This was surprising complex. I do not know if this is due to the cellaring or brewing or both, but if you are sitting on any its drinking damn nice right now at 18 months. This would be good with a Bleu like Gorgonzola or, better yet, Humboldt Fog. Already looking forward to the few others I have. Definitely recommended, and drink it now if you have it.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2007 03:00:24 | More by BuckSpin
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