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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

1,253 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,253
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: Gavage on 10-29-2004

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Ratings: 1,253 | Reviews: 744
Reviews by blakesell:
Photo of blakesell
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle cellared by the distributor for 6 years. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a 'perfect pint' glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a near obsidian, but showing minor clarity when held to the light, a light small half finger of creamy head appears, and then disappears quickly after. There is minor lacing, that clings a bit to the sides of the glass.

Smell- I catch the nose of the oatmeal and the standard roast malts, black patent as well that is in a normal oatmeal stout, But I am also catching a ruby port type of note with a rich dark fruit backbone. The nose has become a bit more sophisticated over the years.

Taste- Damn smooth. The rich creamy oatmeal stout flavor is there thick on the tongue, and more of a berry flavor that seems to have come around, the berry flavor increases the longer I hold it in my mouth. This beer has a lot of wine notes.

Mouthfeel- A bit more disappointing in the mouthfeel department. Tingly, warming, a bit hot. Creamy and mid high in carbonation.

Drinkability- Still a great beer but the drinkability is hindered by the warmth of the alcohol. I do enjoy this vintage and am pleased to say that I have another bottle hiding out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/21/05 pours pitch black nothing showing thru even when held up to the light with a thin mocha head.Heay on the roasted malt in the nose with some bitter chocolate and underlying fruitiness the alcohol doesnt really rear its head,milk chocolate and deeply roasted malt dominate the flavor department with some alcohol burn showing up more as I drink more.Smooth and palatable for the style,quite nice.

Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a very dark and delicious-looking brown in color with a deeply tanned head that came up sprightly and left some heavy lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass. The foam settled into creamy pits on top of the liquid, completing the presentation nicely.

Smell – The sharp sugars dominate the nose. The malts are dark and roasty but very sweet. There’s a good showing of alcohol in the bouquet as well. Brown sugar is the biggest smell that I can find, but the bitter coffee grounds and, to a lesser extent the bittersweet chocolate powder, are easy to identify.

Taste – Ah, this tastes exactly like it smells. The sugars are up front and taste like brown with maybe some cane mixed in. The malts are next and are very dark and bitter. The hops are hide to find because they are so well-blended. I can pick up just enough of the booze from the nose to make it fun.

Mouthfeel – This one is a tad bigger than medium-bodied and very well-blended. The bitterness is strong here.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this offering from Stoudt’s, more so than most others seem to have. This is a no-nonsense ADS that will get your salivary glands working overtime.

Comments – Big thanks to garthwaite for including this in his awesome package of killer beers.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review is from notes written on 1/13/11.

This Fat Dog pours a dark brown with amber hues round the edges. The head is not all that dark; I would say it's light brown. A elativy hard pour results in one-finger of dense head. Lacing on the glass is splotchy with lots of little boomerangs.

The smell is startlingly sweet for an Imerial Stout. I think that sweetness is attributable to the oatmeal. Wafts of cherries, sherry, and raisin are present and are supported by aromas of roasted malt, a touch of milk chocolate, and a little coffee.

A sweet tanginess is also the overriding flavor; again, I think this can be attributed to the oats. It is a very semi-sweet, grainy cereal taste that is accompanied by a sweet liquor and dark fruit flavor. Roasted malt jumps into the mix around the middle of the sip, and the finish is mostly dry. However, that cereal-like sweetness sticks on my palate for the whole tasting, and almost borders on tartness.

For an Imperial Stout the mouthfeel is quite light. It is not quite medium-bodied and is fairly nippy front the sweet tartness. Each sip leaves an acidic twang on the sides of my palate.

I'm not sure that I would seek this one out again. It is just a little too sweet, tart, and light-bodied for a high alcohol stout. It was an interesting beer, but not all the way up my alley.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours basically opaque; about a finger of dark tan head that fades

s - raisins, chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, maybe some cherries, and a whiff of something herbal

t - big, big, big. same as above with a huge burned flavor hitting at the end. high on the bitterness (burnt malt and/or oatmeal), low on the sweetness.

m - incredibly thick and a touch high on the fizz

d - I'm guessing it's the oatmeal that I'm not really liking, because this is striking me as something that I wouldn't want to get again.

Photo of newk340
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark black color that pours smoothly with very little head.

S: very heavy on the malts and faint hints of oatmeal lace the sweet aromas.

T: somewhat bitter initially, with some tracings of chocolate and sour cherries... possibly infected?

MF/D: very thin on the tongue and slow to drink, likely due to the unexpected taste...

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/3/05 lasered on neck. Hooray for clear dating! Pours into my SN tulip a somewhat viscous deep charcoal black with a nice inch of bubbly tan head. Aromas of rich dark roasted burnt grains with huge notes of bakers chocolate, coffee beans, black currants, a hint of raspberry and dark fruits abound. Some fusel alcohol in the nose as well. Lovely.

First sip brings a wonderful, silky, creamy dark roasted maltiness accentuated by bakers chocolate, hints of bitter coffee, anise and a mix of dark fruits. Slightly smoky on the way down. The oatmeal imparts such a nice, silken quality to the brew. Some bitterness on the way down with a touch of herbal/citrus hops. A nice brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a healthy amount of bubbles. A very drinkable Imperial Oatmeal Stout that's damn tasty and goes down easily. Yummy stuff! Thanks to warriorsoul for the bottle.

Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically pitch black with a light brown colored single finger head which reduced to a thin layer. Not the usual thin layer only a bubble or so deep, but a true thin layer. This little touch is nice on a 9% beer.

Chocolate and coffee with hints of toffee fill my nose. A bit of dark toasted, slightly burnt malts in there as well. Definate notes of dark fruits and a slight aroma of bourbon alcohol. Dry oats in the nose as well.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate in the forefront with a heavy dose of dark roasted coffee beans immediately following. Dark fruits come in next with hints of overripe plums. Finishes with a brief sharp bite of alcohol. The oatmeal in this one comes in at the end and literally plasters itself to your mouth and hangs in for a long time. This is how I like my Double Stouts to taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and smooth. There is a bit of sharpness due to some carbonation initially. Like I said before this one really sticks around. Drinkability is good. If it wasn't for the bit of alcohol kick the drinkability would be a bit higher.

This is an awesome beer and what I find to be typical of the style: strong aroma, full of complex flavor and a big body to boot. A must try in my opinion.

Photo of nickadams2
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March 11 09. Consumed January 9 10

A_ Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head and thin lacing. Lighter in color than your average imperial stout.

S_ Smells of malted milk and bitter chocolate and coffee.Smells good but rather tame.

T_ Heavy malt flavor than chocolate. Bitter coffee in the after taste. There is a slight detection of hops coming through.

M_ Thick. Coats the mouth nicely.Pretty smooth.

D_Not the harshest impy stout out there. A few in one sitting isnt that hard of a feat.

Photo of JasonA
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep carbonated black. Nice solid and thick bache head. Lots of lacing, lots of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Coffee/espresso. Smooth smell, could be oatmeal, somewhat grainy (in a good way).

Roasted malt power. Wow, the finish is impressive, very coffee like. SOme initial coffee, biscuit. Some hops in there, kinda nice. I get the oatmeal smoothness, but it isnt pronounced. I get more ABV than Oatmeal. It is imperial ;). The alcohol teters on unbalanced, but is still quite nicely warming with the malts. The thick head wont go away!

Roasted malt takes this one. Sits well, as mentioned in taste, overall well balanced, though I think this might be the area for improvemennt.

Give me more. Id love to have 1 with a year on it.

Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A - Pours very deep brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention.

S - Deep roasted malts and a slightly sweet aroma as well. Simple, but pretty nice.

T - Similar to smell. Earthy roasted malts predominate. None of the sweetness I got from the aroma. The roasted malts leave some lingering bitterness. A bit of noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a tad thiiner tha I would like, but not watery.

O - Nice flavor profile and not overly heavy body make for a pretty easy drinking, if not outstanding, imperial stout. I would have this again.

Photo of Todd
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark, near opaque black and topped milky coffee colored head. Good finger thick that settles to a respectable lace with stick. Roasted aroma with earth and soft sherry and paper. Smooth and thick mouthfeel, viscous, full-bodied. Sharp-ish light acrid astringency and sherry-like flavor strikes the palate at first, some tannins, sweet black coffee, light fruits, cola, spicy alcohol, powdery light chocolate, paper, thinned underlying bitterness with a touch of rawness. A tasty brew with a lot going on. Interesting and complex, but still very approachable.

Photo of shark262
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is extremely dark brown mixed with deep red/ruby tones. A slight head forms upon pouring yet quickly dissapates to nothing.

Fruity almost banana-like smell mixed with brown sugar and a whisper of cloves. Roasted notes are present and there are little to no hops in the nose.

Taste is overpowered by roasted and even burned malts, yet the usage of oatmeal provides a nice, heavier body. A strong bite of alcoholic taste hits first with a somewhat acidic, highly dry finish afterwards.

Hardly any carbonation and alcohol leaves mouth feeling warm. High usage of roasted malts leaves a somewhat bitter taste in the mouth after drinking.

While not a session beer, its overly-drying effects ironically leave me thirsty for more.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep brown, opaque body with a small tan head that quickly falls into patch and skim lace. Aroma has lots of roasty malts, with a prominent note of bitter coffee. Some prunes and bittersweet dark chocolate are also noted. Mouthfeel has moderated carbonation and a smooth medium full body. Taste largely mirrors the aroma, with bitter, roasted coffee, roasty malts, dark fruits(prunes) and a lactose note that adds some creaminess. No alcohol is noted amidst the complexity of flavors. A decent impy stout, but something seems missing. Richness detracts somewhat from drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, the bottle has a "bottled on" date etched on it. Pours almost black with a dark tan head that leaves fine scattered lacing. Nose is sweet mocha and pungent malts. This is a super smooth oatmeal stout. Easy drinking and tasty. Notes of coffee, mocha, vanilla,raisins and dark bready malts, all balanced by a subtle layer of balancing hops. Fine, fine brew. Stout lovers rejoice. Get a few sixers of this stuff and enjoy today or put some away for a year or two. Another high quality offering from Stoudts.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark black w/ a 1/4 finger of cocoa colored head.
Aroma filled w/ chocolate malt, coffee (slight) and brandy-like alcohol...very pleasant.
The flavor is fantastic...semi-sweet chocolate/coffee with a mild smoky flavor. Hops are present and a much welcomed addition to this fine offering.
A somewhat bittersweet finish...mouthfeel is thick. Bitterness does not linger at all.
Drinkability is very high for 9% ABV...I can detect more alcohol in the nose than in the taste.
Just when I thought I had found my favorite Double Stout in Victory's Storm King...along comes Fat Dog. Great stuff...would highly recommend.

Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from Stoudt's new Variety case. The date is clearly stamped on the label. (Yay!)

Pours an opaque black with some brown at the edges. A one finger head of brown foam forms on top, which drops to a coating and a ring. Intermittent splotches of lacing are on the glass.

Aroma is, wow! Very fruity, big, dark malts, chocolate-y, notes of prunes, chocolate covered cherries, a little diacetyl, not much in the way of hop smell.

First flavor is chocolate malt, followed by a fairly strong hop bitterness and flavors of coffee and alcohol. This is one big sumbitch. Roasted flavors are there, but fairly muted. Good level of residual sugar for the style. Maybe I can pick up a faint floral hop flavor. Aftertaste is long and roasty and chocolate-y. A very yummy beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Lip smacking sweetness, a decent grab at your throat from bitterness, and a smooth and creamy finish. A little bit of heat is there, also.

When I go to Reading Royals hockey games, this is all I drink. It is absolutely delicious, and quite poundable even at 10% ABV. Just make sure your wife will drive you home!

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a big tulip glass,black and opaque a mocha head.Tiney strings of bubbles rising from the sides of the glass.Very retentive and creamy.
Aromas of licorice,molassess,caramel,a bit smokey,piney,nutty,smells of oatmeal and alcohol.Intense and inviting smelling beer.
A complex taste of caramell,molassess,nutty,piney,smokey,licorice,sweetness,oatmeal.A nicely balanced beer for all the tastes.
The mouthfeel was thick,cloying and velvety on the palate.A sweet,sharp aftertaste the sweetness lingering making the mouth water.
Great taste,more filling a 1 beer per session for me.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Porter to Stout in color. Dark, rich and deep. A little light does get through. The head was tan/white and dissipated quickly.

S: Very malty. Biscuit, black patent and Belgian chocolate notes. Toast and oats.

T: Chocolate, caramel, oats and a woody taste. Alcohol is prevalent. The hop profile is surprisingly noticeable, but not in your face. Acid levels and tannic properties could also be the dark specialty malts.

M: Rounded and bubbly. It doesn't hang on the palate. Surprisingly clean for a 9.5% Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

D: Exceedingly easy to drink. Drink with snacks at arms reach because 9.5% will catch up to you quickly.

Photo of hiphopipa
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always, a big thanks Mike (InebriatedJoker) for the tasty extra!

Pours a deep dark and non-transparent brown. Thin ring of head that retains as its warmed up.

Not much of an aroma, but I do smell the dark malts and chocolate notes.

Thick and chewy mouth feel carried by a high carbonation. Tasting burnt malts, dark bitter baking chocolate and a bit of hazelnut. Slight alcohol warming in the finish and the bitterness lingers.

My first Stoudt's beer and a nice imperial oatmeal, really boozy and despite the high ABV I'd sip another any day.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Extreme Beer Fest 2005...

Opaque black pour with a deep tan glistening head that rises almost an inch in height. The lace that sticks is extremely milky and full. Dense chocolatey aroma, slight roast, a little simple for a Double Stout. Mouthfeel is very nice -- slick but coating from the oatmeal with a lighter carbonation and a creamy sense. Slight coffee at best in the flavor profile, more chocolate and sweetness. In many ways, I'm surprised that this checks in at 9.0 ABV, the alcohol is hardly noticeable and the beer settles in as a comfortable and easy-to-drink rendition. Cheers to tossing some oats into a bigger ass Stout...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black awesome nectar of the gods the most imperial of an imperial oatmeal stout, whatever that means. Pure black coffeee tone huge massive tan head leaves evenly dispersed scattered lacing. Aroma: Deep notes of coffee, fusel alcohol, whole hop leaves, and chocolate this one is hard to beat along with a big grainy sweetness from the oatmeal addition. Taste: Smooth velvety pit of chocolate coffee tones wow what a big bodacious beer (I've never used that word before) however it descrirbes this one perfectly just amazing multi layers of herbal hop tea and black chocolate enhanced coffee melds together so nicely. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy at times smooth drinking completely coats the palate with a smooth sipping brew can be this enticing. Drinkability: Simply amazing brew that is hard to describe in simple English words you need to hear the groans and grunts of happiness that have occureed mmm mmmm mutha fuck^n good.

Photo of OStrungT
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick brown head. This beer looks as thick as blood. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

The aroma from this beer assulted me even from a distance. It smells strongly of chocolate. Coffee is also very present. A sweet malty caramel aroma is also present. A subtle hop aroma is present. The alcohol content is also noticable.

This beer tastes exactly as it smells. Coffee and chocolate upfront. Some caramel and molasses also. A slight hop flavor is also present.

This thick, full boside beer goes down very smooth, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

I think that despite the high alcohol content, this beer might be a good session beer. It is so smooth.

Overall: Thank you Himerman for this great beer. I trades for it as part of my goal to review every beer on the top 100. Today I noticed that the scoring changed, and it is no longer on the top 100. I am very happy to have hid this one. I will seak it out in the future.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Allmost black? Motor oil colored? A light brown head with small bubbles.

Smell: Mostly the roasted chocolate malts here, but there are some prunes and some hops in the background.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins and figs. There is a mild amount of hops to balance out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite stouts but a solid offering.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,253 ratings.