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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,111 | Reviews: 731 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Nibbley:
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Nibbley

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a finger of tan head that settles down to nice lacing around the glass.
Tastes of dark,over ripe fruit and burnt toast with warming alcohol running underneath.
Mouthfeel is just a little thin for an "Imperial Stout", but doesnt detract from the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 18:18:54 | More by Nibbley
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

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
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CraftFan5

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-04-2014 13:06:31 | More by CraftFan5
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ACarp

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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kcrosson492

Virginia

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
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-24-2014 23:41:48 | More by anzb
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Panama

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-22-2014 04:01:33 | More by dmorgan310
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

03-16-2014 17:22:55 | More by Gator_Nation
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.2%

03-14-2014 11:48:51 | More by chooch5
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curmudgeon236

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-13-2014 07:20:27 | More by curmudgeon236
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-10-2014 20:02:56 | More by DLSheidy
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stinkboy13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-08-2014 09:45:50 | More by stinkboy13
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Dave_in_GR

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-05-2014 22:21:27 | More by Dave_in_GR
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FLima

Brazil

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
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-28-2014 20:13:31 | More by markdrinksbeer
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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Nlawrence301

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-26-2014 16:18:27 | More by Nlawrence301
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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

02-24-2014 22:30:11 | More by Eighty
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Wandano

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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New Jersey

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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

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
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.