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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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 65 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-29-2004)
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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chocolate brown...borderline black. Head was a roasted marshmallow color which was dismissed fairly just a ring and a few wisps.

S: Cafe au lait, steeped oatmeal and grapenuts.

T: Up front cola, which I'm not really a fan of. Transitions to some roasted barley, instant coffee and apricot. Finishes with dried cocoa, lactose and charcoal. Aftertaste of sugary chocolate frosting.

M: Medium to full body with a semi-full mouthfeel.

D: OK. Nothing staggering and a somewhat off balance. A bit sweet with some undesirable aspects.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly black in color. Very nice 1/4 inch thick tan head on top. Just an all round perfect looking beer. Not much aroma. Some roasted malt and licorice notes but very faint, I am suprised. Deep roasted malt flavor-very nice flavors of dark chocolate and anise. Nice bitterness level from the roasted malt. Excellent body-full bodied but quite creamy and smooth. An excellent beer overall. I could get used to this one.

Photo of mjc410
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this again after accidentally stumbling on Stoudt's brewpub in Adamstown after a wedding, and before the reception. I ordered this on draft, and found it to be excellent. I quickly bought a sixer when I got home, so I have to change my review. It's still saved below for reference, since this will show what a bad bottle is like.

The taste is rich, chocolatey, and highly caramelly. Except for taste and drinkability (which really is great), the review below stands.

The pour into a nonic raises a creamy light tan head, 1/2 finger, very lasting. The body is not quite opaque - a bit of ruby shows through when back-lit.

Smells highly of espresso, dark fruits, alcohol, brown sugar.

Taste is off, I imagine - vinous, slight roast, not much else.

Very thick in the mouth, with mild carbonation.

There's certainly not enough to bring me back, if this is truly how the beer is. However, other reviews indicate otherwise, so I may revisit in the future.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce bottle. Brass colored crown cap has “Stoudt’s Craft Beer” black text on it. Main label looks like just the one in the BA Database, a big black fat dog set atop the Brewery. Listed as “Bottle Conditioned Imperial Oatmeal Stout”. No strength but a ‘Bottled on 1/25/06’ ink stenciled onto the neck.

Appearance: Jet back body allows no light to pass through. Light tan head fizzes and fills a tidy ½” cap but soon relaxes to a broken covering in double-quick time. Minimal lacing but a super fine conditioning. Once the beer slips down the glass it starts to reveal a dark ruby mahogany torso, but top-ups return the appearance to a thick black body.

Nose: Deep aromas, a mélange of dark treats, caramel, bonfire toffee, parkin, Dundee cake, dark chocolate with a dollop of cocoa powder to add depth. Rewarding and enticing. Deeply inhaled the nose adds so much to the overall experience and enjoyment.

Taste: Dark chocolate start, powdered cocoa leaves a textured finish on the tongue and cheeks which lasts. The middle explodes with liquorice caramel toffee, thick and luscious, roasted malts and a burnt charcoal swathe. Aniseed and yet more liquorice in the finish. Long lasting on the swallow, lots of remnants minutes after the last mouthful. The 9% is incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: It is hard to fault the Mouthfeel here; super fine carbonation is talcum powder soft. The poise and balance between the strong tastes and the texture is stunningly good. And as for the 9% alcohol….did I miss it? Maybe! If so it is dangerously absent.

Drinkability: The 12 ounce bottle can last a long time if you savor the finish. Problem is that I quickly miss the rich toffee texture on the tongue. Very drinkable indeed. At 9 clicks this one is extremely dangerous. The perfect quaffing 9% Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: Wow, cost $2.19 but it was worth every penny. Super stuff and very tasty. A Six-Pack of this could well be the entrance to a forgetful night and a hazy next day.

Stoudt’s Fat Dog could well be Man’s best friend.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. Like Black Black. And then some. Topped by a fluffy, thick tan head that sticks around for a while and remains clinging to the side of the glass.
Smell is big, heavy, sweet, dry chocolate or cocoa and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is just as big. Bold cocoa and bakers chocolate. A nice full malty taste with a bit of alcohol dryness at the end, but a nice dark chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and drinkability is fantastic, but maybe a little overcarbonated.

Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of DrJay, dated 10/5/05.

pours a deep black colour, with just a whisp of head that disappears almost instantly.

aroma is nice. very malty, kind of bready. slightly sweet. roasty. milk chocolate and coffee.

taste is great. bittersweet chocolate. roasty. deep malty backbone. noticeable alcohol, but not overpowering. nice warmth as it goes down. bitterness level is low, and probably could be a little higher to balance the alcohol better.

mouthfeel is good. not as big as i'd expect from an imperial/double stout. smooth from the oats.

drinkability is good. although the alcohol is noticeable, it doesn't quite feel like 9%. the mouthfeel makes it more drinkable too.

i'm enjoying this one alot. feels like it'd be even better with a little time in the cellar. i'll have to pick up some more of this.

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

Another bottle, brought over 2500 miles from the Foodery. Used to drink the old Fat Dog in the 765 ml's, can't wait to try this one. It's been over 3 years since I've been able to drink a Stoudts beer, one of my old favorite breweries (also used to love the Y2KIPA and the Pils).

Thick pour, nice chocolate milk head with soft brown bubbles. Smells good, like sweet milk chocolate, expresso, and lots of sugary roasted malt.

Nice flavor, I called it with the sweetness and the roastedness. Sweet lactose with a mild hoppy twang that only is detectable during swallowing. A little bit of a hard water aftertaste which is a downer. I didn't let it get me down, though. Very enjoyable flavors, it's fun to stick your nose right in the glass and take a big swig. 9% abv? I didn't even notice, drinks like a 4 percent-er.

A thick feel that coats the tongue. Velvet and silk. The carbonation is soft, just right. I gave the drinkability a 3.5 because of the thick, viscous nature of the beer. Good for after dinner or a snack but not for long sessions. Another great candidate for the hand pump. I miss this brewery, one of PA's finest. Cheers!

Photo of UnionMade
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz earlier today. Popped the cap, and the beer pours a dense opaque black. A modest topping of khaki head, thinning down to a tight film. Negligible lace. Smells like the Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate bar. Sweet and very chocolatey, with a creamy smooth oatmeal vanilla presence. Coffee beans intensify with warmth, taking on a whipped mocha feel, with a shot of cherry syrup. Just a touch of booze. Very inviting. The flavor opens with chocolatey, creamy roastiness. Very delicious. Smooth and silky. Dense fruit syrup and whipped cream, it's like drinking a dessert. Full bodied and full flavored. The complexity feels smoothed out somewhat by the incredibly soft mouthfeel, but it is there. Definitely on the sweet side, but this is luscious and decadent, the way a great dessert should be. A hint of charred roastiness tones things down in the finish, a spot of clovey, smoky phenols as well. The barest touch of alcoholic, fruity sweetness as well. I''m enjoying every sip. Get your hands around a glass of this one.

Photo of trep
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in '04 thanks to pugman for the trade.

Very dark, but not completely opaque. Thin head dissipates quickly, as expected after a couple of years of aging.

Roasted malt, some smooth vanilla and chocolate. Some dark fruitiness.

Mm, very solid taste. Chocolate and roasted malt sucker punch your tastebuds initially, then fade to the vanilla creaminess. Very smooth and subtle flavors are present throughout. Finishes dry with a bit of white grapes in the aftertaste.

Medium-Full body with little carbonation. Seems appropriate though and very smooth. Super easy drinking. It isn't massive at 9%, but the alcohol never shines through.

Photo of phishgator
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. The head is 1/2" of tanned creamy foam, slightly thick and dissipates after a few sips. The color of the brew is opaque with an amber-ruby edge. The aroma is of plum/chocolate pudding, roasted pumpernickel bread, and coffee. The taste is nice and smooth up front. The chocolate, roated barley, and bitter coffee flavors are highlights. The astringent bitterness is very strong and never leaves your mouth. It is just the same mouthfeel as drinking black coffee. That fact alone makes this a one session brew; it is a good one just don't one more than one every once in a while.

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

Purchased in August 2005 at Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Bottled on 04/21/05 according to the stamp on the neck of the bottle. This beer poured completely black with a small light tan head that lingered in the glass. Aroma was of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste was nicely meshed with flavors of espresso coffee, dark fruits, chocolate, some winey/alcohol notes and sweet malts. As the beer warmed, flavors of burnt currants and some liqueur like notes became more apparent. This beer was medium bodied and had a slick and oily mouthfeel. Nevertheless, it was easy drinking and hit the spot on a cool and rainy night in early July. My only wish is that Stoudt's products become available in NC.

Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as a single. The beer was served in a imperial pint glass. I started drinking this beer far to cold. The beer was almost a drain pour fresh out of the fridge. I waited another twenty minutes after pouring it in my glass and got a nice suprise.

Appearance: The beer has a nice black coloration with ruby opaqueness to light. The head was about a inch high creamed coffee in color.

Smell: This beer has a very pleasing roasted maltyness. The beer has plenty of chocolate and medium roasted espresso. The beer has vanilla and anise mingling together. The beer gives a spicy alcohol smell.

Taste: The beer has a moderately roasted espresso lead in. The beer has a nicely done biter sweet chocolatey vanilla and prune combo. The beer has a good bitterness from earthy hops and spicy alcohol. The alcohol brings sort of a bourbonesque feel to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just shy a full body. The beers taste lingers for a short bit. Perhaps if the beer had a slightly oily mouthfeel this would be improved. The 9% alcohol is well incorporated into smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Overall this is a dam fine imperial stout. This will more than likely make more frequent visits in my beer glasses.

Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hey, this dog can hunt ! Nice start with the black pour topped by a lacing brown head.

Toasted malts in the aroma and taste. Rich and malty notes of chocolate and coffee, sweetened with the oaty malt kicker. Touch of RIS raisons and anise.

Very rich brew, this one made for a quite evening finisher, perfect way to wind down with quality brew. Great example of an Oaty – well, double oaty, a real sipper.

Photo of maek228
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Jet Black....looks thicks. I got a huge tan head when i poured it and it clung well to teh glass all the way around. Nice lace

Smell: Roasted malts, dark chocolates, and ground expresso

Taste: Upfront, the taste is a very nice mix of bold expresso and dark chocolate...the hop finish is strong, whcih is par for an imperial, and the hops seem very american.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and thick

Drinkability: good for an imp. stout

Photo of KyleVick4
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

A: Pours with a thick tan head. Leaves a little belgian lace and has a few visible carbonation bubbles. Very dark. No light shines through. Also kinda sedimenty.

S: Smells strikingly similar to Old Rasputin. but seems a little less pungent. Dominated by a coffee smell, but has some chocolate smells in the back. Seems to lack a hop presence at all...

T: Very coffee like. Deep dark roasted grains. Taste some chocolate but not much at all. Not much of an oatmeal taste that other oatmeal stouts have.

M: A little to carbonated for the style I think, but not bad. I like the mild chewyness of it, but its not terribly overdone like other Imperial Stouts (cough Great Divide cough).

D: A pretty drinkable stout. I cant taste the 9% abv at all, I didnt give it great reviews, but I am impressed with how easily drinkable it is...

Photo of Mitchster
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

$2.30 a single down at Jack's. 55 IBU. 9% ABV.

Pours out to an inky black, forming a creamy and rocky dark brown head like espresso crema with excellent retention and big thick sticky chunks of lacing. Nice looking brew. Mild to moderate in it's carbonation. The aroma is interesting, akin to old Kzoo stout in it's yeast selection. Big notes of black walnut, vanilla, dark chocolate, french roast coffee and when swirled, a grassy hoppy acidity. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dense body. The taste begins with the acidity of leafy green hops and this penetrates until the end. In the middle, the big amber malts bring out a nice malty sweetness with dark fruit notes, and then in the end is a big roasted/burnt grain taste. An odd combination of the vegetal hops with the sweet/sour mix of the malts throws me for a loop towards the end. The finish has that vegetal sourness that I can't put my finger on, kinda like the bitterness of cabbage mixed with the sourness of green apples. At any rate, it kinda disturbs me. The chalk of brewing minerals is waaayyyy too potent. As it warms, a big alcohol presence makes itself known in aroma and flavor. Burps taste of burnt cookies, grass clippings, and Chef Boyardee canned lasagna.

Ugh. This is a hefty brew, but way too many things are off here, so I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd like to. Odd constellation of flavors, like it's trying to be an imperial stout but got stuck in a rotten vegetable cooler. Maybe my taste is just off today, but I'm definitely not digging this. Bad dog. Go home.

Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog pours an opaque, dark brown with a small brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Malty and fruity aromas come from the glass, brown sugar too. Silky mouthfeel. Quite tasty. I'm getting a lot of malt, but not an extreme roasted flavor. The oatmeal has a significant role in the flavor and mouthfeel. I quite like this beer, and I recommend it.

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

Impenetrable blackness topped by a tan head. Light does not escape this beer.

Smell is good, if unexciting. Some chocolate, coffee and such, but nothing that knocks my socks off.

Sweet toffee chocolate richness. Fantastic, but for the whisky burn. The alcohol is a bit obtrusive.

Smooth and full oatmeal body round off this awesome offering from Stoudt's.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very stout dark, with a half finger of dark chocolate colored head, too dark of course to see any carbonation or sediment

S - hmmm, smells like a barleywine at first, with the bready/oatmeal stout of an oatmeal stout

T - nice stoutiness in the beginning, with a very nice balanced bitter/sweet finish, very good stout

M - with a great mouthfeel, very smooth and velvety on the palate on the way down

D - high for an impy stout, tastes great, easy to bottom up

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Espresso, 3 sugars, with a shot of Jim Beam... maybe Knob Creek.
Smells a little bit like a new paperback book!
Looks blacker than black with a deep tan head... I think I can only score such things as a 4 from now on cause it's silly to differentiate between black and.. black. Big, black, impressive is what the style should be. So there.
Reminds me of Brooklyn's 05/06 batch of Black Chocolate stout. Imperializing an oatmeal stout makes it quite like a Russian Imperial stout.
A bit of salt and soy with a really nice dark sugar sweetness that pulses in the flavor profile.
This will tickle your stout bone.

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

Pours black with only a hint of reddish amber in strong light. Head was a half finger of tan under an aggressive pour. Melted to decent outside lacing that sticks nicely.
Aroma is dark cherry, plums, and lightly alcohol.
Flavor is very complex. Dark Cherry, plums, creamy coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sharp hops, and alcohol.
Aftertaste is like a bittersweet chocolate covered cherry or dark fruit with a spreading alcohol warmth
Mouthfeel is full from tiny carbonation and astringent from the hops.
This is very tasty and drinkable.
I'm going back for a six pack.

Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours completely opaque looking almost black with mahogany hues. I let this beer reach almost room temp before I poured it into my pint glass. When I popped the cap it started sudsing over I quickly moved to pours and got a huge 3+ finger thick creamy brown head with *great* retention.

Smell: The smell is very rich and enticing causing much salivating. It is a toasted malt, sweet caramel and toffees aroma; with a bit of berry fruits and dark chocolate along with a hint of earthiness and a hint of bitterness.

Taste: Evident oats and grain make way through the thick malty layers of coco, burnt woodiness & molasses. The taste starts off so smooth and immediately reveals the oats, followed by a hint of chocolate and toffee with nuts. Through the middle, it gradually tips from sweet to coffee woody bitter (charcoal-like) with a slight lip-smacking pucker in the mildly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick and smooth as can be! Impressive big creamy body feels fluffy and then leaves your mouth tingling.

Drinkability: Who would have thought a double stout could be so easy to put back. It is exceptionally easy to drink for an imperial stout. The smooth balanced approachable feel and taste make this a friendly beer, I highly recommend.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of JohnW
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a BA recommended bar in Tampa FL. Having read all the other reviews before trying it, was expecting exactly as discribed. Regret to have to say it was not to my taste at all, unless the beer was "off" though it was not sour. Almost jet black, with decent head to start. The aroma was more like methylated spirit, dry and unpleasant, though the texture and body of the beer was good. I was expecting some hints of fruity sweetness, but there was non at all. A very bitter taste with lingering chocolate and dark roasted coffee in the aftertaste which I liked, but the initial taste was not to my liking at all. I only had a sampler glass, and certainly could not have drunk a pint. As I am unsure to whether this was in good condition or not, and having no-one else who knew the beer to comment, I can only mark it as I found it. As far as I am concerned a very acquired taste!

Bham UK (while in Tampa FL May 2006)

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

Black color with a very dark brown head. Head was good-sized, but pretty quickly shrunk down to almost nothing.

Roasted, sweet aroma. Coffee, malt, maybe a bit of chocolate.

Taste is similarly sweet and roasty, but with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied and smooth and almost creamy.

Overall a nice, drinkable stout with good flavor, good all-around presentation and does a pretty good job of hiding it strength.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bottle revieved via trade with timtheenchanta. Thanks!

This beer poured jet black with a nice sized tan head that leaves a nice film and laces decently. The smells is a combination of sweetness from the oatmeal and some chocolate malts. There is also some faint roasted malt flavors. The taste is very similar to the smell with the sweetness from the oatmeal and the chocolate malts. There is just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is also fantastic. This is incredibly smooth due to the oatmeal and pleasantly thick. Just enough carbonation ot balance it all out. Overall highly drinkable. Just a fantastic beer.

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.