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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good appearance, mocca head. Tiny head but significant lace. Aroma of chocolate and and alcohol. Chocolate malt,licorice in mix, but too bitter and acidic for my liking. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing. I don't think it's retired given its ready availability.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 00:27:15 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours an almost (like 99% here) opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin film. Random blotches of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, sour dark fruits, and an alcohol scent. Taste is of dark fruits up front with some malt/oat flavors on the finish. There is also a sour flavor that is coming through on this one that I am pretty sure is not intended. Perhaps an infection? This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, I am disappointed in this beer. I think there is an infection or age issue going on with this one. The sour smell and flavors are pretty off putting in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:50:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%

11-30-2011 20:24:01 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Huge thanks to ChrisPro for sending this out in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with a touch of a reddish hue in the light around the edges of the glass. The head is a light tan without much, if any, staying power. A touch of spotty lacing and a very thin collar around the edges of the beer. The nose brings forward a bit of black anise and some roast. Coffee and chocolate linger in the background. A touch of a metallic character is it warms. The taste melds things together a bit more, though the anise flavor certainly stands out in the finish, which also has a slightly-pronounced bitterness. Other than this, there's a touch of balanced sweetness and roast going back and forth. Body is a bit too thin. Drinks fairly well overall. A bit unbalanced toward the black licorice character plus a bit of roast, but I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:20:10 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable mahogany with a razor thin rim of ruby-gold along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored cap is firmer than it is creamy. Unfortunately, very little lace makes its way to the glass, probably at least partly due to the high ABV. Fat Dog looks great right after the pour and less great as time passes.

The nose is more Russian Imperial stout than it is American double stout. It's intensely dark and rich with raging rivers of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, anise and dark rum. It looks like Stoudt's loaded up on the roasted malt. Although there's power to spare, incompletely masked alcohol and a wee lack of depth keep it from world-class status.

Good dog. Very good dog! Kilned-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life black malt dominates the flavor profile. It's hard to say whether the considerable bitterness is due to charred malt or to hops, but it doesn't really matter. Whatever namby-pampy sweetness appears at the beginning of each mouthful is cut off at the knees by a gathering bitterness and by a polite, yet still powerful, port wine mixed with Sambuca alcohol presence.

I'm glad that I've decided to drink my Imperial stouts at cellar temperature. No longer do I have to wait until the bottom of the bottle to appreciate each and every nuance. Despite my (slight) dissatisfaction with the nose, the flavor is as deep as it is bold. It has that 'multi-faceted jewel' character on the palate that every outstanding beer possesses.

I still wish the spicy alcohol was more in the background. Then again, it does give the beer an 'I mean business' attitude that I love. If I can lay my hands on another bottle or six, a snifter would be a more appropriate vessel than this pint glass. Even though I've experienced bigger mouthfeels, that's no reason to fault this one. It's medium-full, supremely smooth and tremendously silky.

Fat Dog is a wonderful American double stout that, again, drinks more like an RIS. It may not be 'best of show', but then the best versions of this style are some of the best beers in all the world. The bottom line is it backs up its bark with an incredibly flavorful bite. This might just be Stoudt's best beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 16:09:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and has a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface. There are good head retention properties. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: Roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of caramel, coffee and molasses.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol, particularly In the finish.
D: This is a beer that needs to be sipped given its alcohol content, although it doesn't need to be sipped as slowly as some of the other heavier types of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:17:59 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Dark brown, prune color with a relatively small head that leaves a few swathes of lace

Smell: Lots of roasty malts, some chocolate and some alcohol on the nose

Taste: Starts out with dark chocolate flavor that grows increasingly roasty and bitter by mid-palate and after the swallow; concludes with unusual bitterness that tastes like holiday spice cake spices

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Very rich and different, but I guess I would prefer more of the coffee and chocolate flavors that this one lacks

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 23:45:00 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually picked up this bottle in a trade a long time ago, though now it is commercially available here, it definitely was not then. I have held unto it for over a year, and I am just getting around to trying it now. It's a 2007 bottling, and has been cellared around 50 degrees. I poured it vigorously into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice producing a thick dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches before finally settling down onto a pillow if tan around one finger in height that stayed throughout the session. Very nice web like side glass presentation on here as well. Overall, definitely a very good looking stout by all means.

Smell - The aroma was just as rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice.

Taste - Very good profile here. It was a little bit lighter then some of the other big stouts I have had, but still could put a hurting on most any other. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. Very well done indeed.

Mouthfeel - It was a nice full-bodied stout, though nowhere near as filling as some of the others can be. Rich carbonation and a smooth creamy profile were nothing to sneeze at. Definitely not the thick sludge like RIS's, this was just right and a really nice feeling.

Drinkability - Outstanding for a big stout over 9% ABV. There was hardly a touch of alcohol anywhere near this thing. Quite impressive with really just sweet roasted malts playing the major roles here. Very nice underlying hints of chocolate just were the icing on the cake.

Overall, I thought this was excellent. I cannot wait to go down to Barleys and try one of these on tap. It really was a great Imperial Stout and for those love the sweeter versions, this would be right up your alley. Definitely have to recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 05:37:56 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev 0%

11-25-2011 03:05:32 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark creamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is easily distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by what I believe to be the oatmeal, which brings lots of sweetness. The level of hops seems low and bitterness is really low. Body is above average but not as full as I would have expected for an imperial stout. Alcohol is well hidden and no trace could be detected. I very much enjoy that one thought it probably does not fit its style entirely.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 19:51:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not knowing what I was buying, seems I lucked out. This is a pretty good stout! It has the rich malt, roasted, coffee, chocolate flavors expected in Oatmeal Stouts. The body is a very smooth, rich feeling, dense, creamy feel with little abrasion or harshness. The feel is certainly more that I get from any other Oatmeal Stout. Alcohols are nicely pronounced, reminding me that this is not my daddy's Oatmeal Stout. It has some kick. Finishes with a fruity, estery hint of fruits (grapes and berries), before a one last passing of sweet alcoholic strenth. It's what I like in Oatmeal Stouts, just more of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 17:56:14 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-09-2012 01:32:49 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-01-2011 18:52:57 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan-colored head that stacks up impressively in the pint glass, but gradually it dissolves to nothing.

Smell: The aroma is full of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Also, a few hints of grain and fruits, primarily plums, sneak through which help to add further depth to this brew. There's a minor undercurrent of alcohol present, but never is it overbearing.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavors are plentiful, as is the distinct taste of fresh-roasted coffee. Also, the taste of toffee is present. The plum flavors carry over from the scent to add a bit of fruitiness. This stout finishes with a just a slight twang of hop bitterness and the drying sensation of cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body. Carbonation is fairly minor, thankfully. The soft, velvety consistency of this brew is simply to die for! The oats, while absent from the smell and taste, at least deliver a level of creaminess to the beer. Way to go, Oats.

Drinkability: Overall, there's an excellent, unparalleled drinkability with this stout. The hearty 9% ABV is all but buried beneath the rich layers of flavors. For me, this is Stoudt's top beer and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 01:24:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

01-27-2012 02:16:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-17-2011 09:05:51 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a jet black body.

S: some espresso and lots of dry roasted coffee bean, hints of cocoa. mildy aromatous and simple.

T: this one is mostly coffee, which is great, but still very simple. cocoa comes in late in the finish with roasted malts throughout. oats, cocoa and earthy hops are very mild.

M: full body, moderate to high carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable and very simple. coffee dominates but isnt over stated making it more drinkable than most coffee forward stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:24:24 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 00:20:40 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is probably the best I've had from this brewery. This brew poured out as a really nice black color with a creamy looking brown head on top. The smell of the brew is chocolaty and roasted with some light sweetness on the nose too. The taste has a little bit of some coffee like flavors along with a sweet roasted malt character in there too. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and dry in that order. Overall this beer is really nice. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:35:59 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a very foamy, tan head. It left thin, soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled very roasty, almost smoky. Nice subtle coffee aroma, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, bitter oats and some bitter dark coffee beans.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little dry. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a pretty good oatmeal imperial stout.I'd like to try more from Stoudt's.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:00:31 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black liquid with a dense tan head. Lacking a bit in color.

Smell - Chocolate, cream, toast and a hint of coffee. Sweet and mellow, very inviting.

Taste & mouthfeel - Mild milky sweetness with just a touch of roasty bitterness. Hints of chocolate and toffee with a bittersweet finish. Not bland, but very mellow and balanced - one of the gentler imperial stouts I've had. Soft carbonation. Creamy but not exceptionally thick. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 19:19:26 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Fat Dog pulls no punches in it's re-formulated, Imperial Oatmeal Stout!

Gleaming ruby highlights wink at you as you pour it into the glass, but once full, it becomes an opaque black. Some of the yeast from bottle-conditioning is visible at the base of the glass, but nothing else can be seen. The head initially rises above it, dark tan and fluffy; but then slowly settles to a creamy half inch or so, and then down into a wide collar that leaves only sparse, spotty lace.

The nose is rich and exciting with notes of sweetish, dried cereal; a touch of berry-like fruit; some soft, light cocoa; dark sweet chocolate, and caramel.

In the mouth it's full-bodied and delicately tingly, before warming to become airy, and then creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor is rich and robust; bready and grainy; loaded with very dark chocolate, gently roasty coffee, light molasses, almost-burnt caramel, carob, a hint of coconut, a berry & apple-like fruitiness (and also a suggestion of lightly sweet dark raisins in the background), and a spritz of alcohol. It's superbly balanced for a beer of its size; and the solid bitterness, alcohol, and roasted notes lead it to a dry and roasty, lingering finish with a touch of caramel-glazed nuttiness.

What's interesting about it though, is that even in it's richness and complexity, it's still extremely drinkable. It doesn't build on the palate with sweetness, bitterness, or alcohol; nor is it so full bodied that it fills you. In my opinion, that is the pinacle of the brewer's art - balance! Kudos!!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 23:52:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

01-10-2013 22:41:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Coffee, caramel, and some smoky notes of molasses.

T - Dark sugar up front with notes of molasses and brown sugar. More dark malt in the middle with a touch of warming alcohol. The beer finishes with some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon as well as coffee, smoke, and licorice.

M - A moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, it is complex but a bit harsh. The alcohol is apparent in the flavor profile and the dark malt is rough and charred. There is also a bit of spicy character that makes me think of higher alcohols and potential hangovers. Not something I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 07:23:12 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted oats, milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty as you would expect with flavors of chocolate, oats and coffee. There's a background flavor of dark fruit and a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but typical of the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong stout that is worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:08:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,162 ratings.