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

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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,162 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 67
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color that betrays a little light near the edges. The head is a one finger light tan color with low retention. A thin collar around the edge of the glass remains, and tries to leave behind a bit of lacing.

S: This seems to feature a lot of roasted grain, backed by some cocoa, licorice, and faint raisin. Even a bit of oats seem to appear on the nose. A nice aroma, but fairly standard issue.

T: Again, the stout comes across as heavily reliant on roasted barley, especially near the opening flavors. Eventually, a transition will occur to toffee, vanilla, marzipan, cream, coffee beans, and a little raisin. For whatever reason, the finish makes it come across as boozier than it needs be. It doesn't FEEL boozy (just astringent - more on that later), but there is a slightly sharp taste of alcohol that needs to be cut down. Having said that, some decently cohesive complexity is saving it from a lower score in this category.

M: Really astringent on the finish, which I don't like too much. The general feel is fairly thin, but with a very nice combination of smoothness and rolling carbonation at first. I can't fault its drinkability too much, but I do think the faint sharpness could be toned down.

O: This one is good, but not elite. There are many other stouts I'd rather have over this, but I wouldn't be averse to returning to it again, or on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 21:51:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark black with brown edges.
s - big oatmeal aromas, some chocolate, coffee, hint of fruitiness and a spicy finish.
t - oatmeal, chocolate, roasty, fruity.
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Pours an opaque onyx with a frothy, lingering tan head.

Cocoa, oatmeal, and slightly nutty malt form the initial aroma. Nutty malt and oats dominate, promising a lightly cocoa taste.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.