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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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1,206 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 74
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of fromage
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a modest tan head which was soon nonexistent. Ruby when held up to the light, and towards the end a good deal of sediment was seen.

Smell was strongly of alcohol, especially during pour. Lots of dark fruit--cherries, currants, plums. Some molasses.

Upon tasting, I get some chocolate in the mix. Although alcohol and fruit are still present, it's not like cough syrup or anything. Aftertaste is mostly molasses.

Very full mouthfeel. A good double stout for sure, but nothing especially remarkable about it. Too alocoholic for my tastes. When had on tap at the restaurant with dessert, alcohol was all I could taste--it was like the chocolate in the beer and dessert cancelled each other out.

I'm not sure why it's an "oatmeal" stout. It didn't seem any sweeter than other 2x stouts I've had.

fromage, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Mark
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black body is topped by a lasting tan head, lacing is good. Nose is something very familiar, a sweet roasted character with hints of chocolate. Upon first sip I'm floored! If someone blindfolded me and I had no idea what I was about to have, I would swear this is Old Rasputin. Yes the taste comes very close to that classic beer. ood roasted character with notable alcohol presence. a very drinkable beer and not bothered one bit by the similarities mentioned above. Good beer and thanks to my man Rkhaze for the sample.

Mark, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of bahumutx
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Great smell!! I can pick out roasted malt, a sweetness, and hints of chocolate and cherry.

Taste: The first thing that hits my tongue is sweetness and then roasted malt. Also picking out oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and cherry flavors. An alcohol warming becomes more pronounced as the beer warms but not over powering.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick Mouthfeel with a small amount of carbonation. Oatmeal adds a great smoothness to the beer that helps it go down great.

Drinkability: I could have 1 or 2 of these in sitting. A very rich beer.

This is a great an example of a stout. I look forward to trying all of the other beers that Stoudts have to offer. Keep up the great work!!!!

bahumutx, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite an interesting beer here. Lots of rich flavors and a nice roastiness. Some bittersweet chocolate along with molasses and some vinous notes. A slightly sour middle comes but then gets smoothed out by the oats. The oatmeal provides smoothness which helps the richness of the beer go down easily. A nice hoppiness is there all along but the bitter finish is really enjoyable. I might want even more roastiness and maybe a bit thicker of a body, but I'm nitpicking. It's good, go get some.

granger10, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of BrewMan13
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much a lifeless black with only a small amount of fizz; no head or lacing all. I wouldnt expect a huge head from a big stout, but something at least. Some dark brown highlights at the edge of the glass. Has aromas of solvent-like alcohol, and some hints of chocolate. Taste is very nice: your typical impy-stout bitter chocolate roastiness and mega-smooth mouthfeel as a result of the oatmeal and low carbonation. A touch of alcohol comes through in the taste, though not as much as the aroma would have you expect. Alcohol most noticeable as it warms. While this is quite the hearty beer, I wouldnt complain if it was a tad heavier. A unique attempt at combining 2 different styles of stouts with, for the most part, excellent results.

BrewMan13, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-fingered light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Midnight black color. Nice, beefy full bodied. Sweet roasty chocolate nose. Starts sweet with roasted coffee/chocolate flavor, smooth, you don't notice the high ABV, finish has hints of bitterness. 12oz bottle $2.45 from Blanchard's Allston, Ma.

jdhilt, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe they should call it "festively plump dog" so the canine doesn't get a complex? Well call it what you will, Fat Dog pours a rich dark black color. Some dark brown colors are noted around the edge but when held to the light remains a good dark color. The head retention is limited and quickly hides to the edge of the glass. Lacing is non-existent.

The smell is noticeable rich and buzzing with malt aromas. Some noticeable coffee and rich chocolate notes are present. And a sweetness that should be associated with the oatmeal. Also there is noticeable alcohol gust that is hard to miss.

The taste is rich in malt but much smoother then would expect. The oatmeal mix really mellows a "could be" malt kick and gives it a velvet texture to the beer. There is a chocolate note that plays lightly at the end. The phenol taste is not as noticeable until the beer starts to warm.

The body is big but with good texture (silk-esk) giving it a smooth taste to it. Overall a good beer for those who want to try an imp stout but don't like the malt over kill.

Oxymoron, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of bjohnson
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a half finger caramel colored head. Very little lace.

S: Aroma of what else...Oatmeal, roated malt. There is a sweet smell there also, maybe thats chocolate

T: Can taste the oatmeal right away, but also some chocolate, coffee, black licorice, figs or prunes, and some fruit, maybe a dark fruit--cherries. Can definately taste the alcohol.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth, not much carbonation--goes down well. Drinkability is very good. I would definately have another one of these. Full body with a complexity that hits you in levels.

bjohnson, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very opaque black, medium tan head forms, laces really nice, lots of legs. Smell is oatmeal, cherries, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and wheat. Taste is oatmeal, lots of black licorice, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and some cherries. Mouthfeel is full bodied, low carbonation. Pretty nice, I like it. Thanks DrJay.

Viggo, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me begin by saying - damn i love oatmeal stouts! An imperial oatmeal stout?!?!? HELL YEAH!

Appearance: This bad boy is straight black. No light penetrates. Cappucino colored head (2 fingers) the dissipates but nevertheless leaves a nice ring around the glass. A truly beautiful stout.

Smell: Outmeal, toffee, and maybe even some caramel.

Taste: Oatmeal sweetness predominates. It's like having a liquified milano in my mouth. Roasted malts and maybe even some frozen hot chocolate (don't get it? go to serendipity).

Mouthfeel: So damn creamy, but in a very different way from a cream stout. Thick and smooth. Absolutely perfect.

Drinkability: It's damn good, but not quite as drinkable as other stouts. I think the alcohol presence becomes a bit much towards the end of the bottle. Not necessarily a bad thing when just drinking one, but may affect ones ability to pound away another.

This is absolutely, hands down the best oatmeal stout I have ever had. It is Samuel Smith on steroids.

Lnedrive14, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with dark brown edging.
Thickish brown head that fell quick.
Alcohol clears the way for dense chocolate cake drizzled with Kahlua in the nose.
Swirling and warming finds more treasures from the dark such as fudge covered oatmeal cookies, rum steeped figs, and toffee coated cherries.
Full bodied and viscous,- deep pile velvet.
Large on the pallet, generous amounts of 151 spiked chocolate batter, coffee syrup, and hazelnuts roasted with vanilla bean.
Finishes long and lingering, warming and memorable.

brewandbbq, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a virtually black color with massive tan head that fell to a chunky coating. This has to be the blackest stout I've ever seen. Smell is cocoa, chocolate, dark fruit (prunes, figs), and a bit of alcohol noted. Taste is more chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, Dark cherries, toasted grains, hop bitterness and an alcohol finish. Very nice and creamy in the mouth leaving a very pleasant feeling. The alcohol is always present , even in the finish, and combined with the hops gives a strong, dry ending. This is truly a sipper, and as the glass warms, it becomes even nicer and more enjoyable. Nice picture on the label)

tgbljb, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of loving44
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my all time favs

Poured very black with little to no light shining through along with a small tan head that faded quickly.

Very deep and rich smell with traces of roasted chocolate and alcohol.

The taste is this beer is amazing... strong and complex with strong alcohol notes, but very smooth and drinkable due to the oatmeal. The mouthfeel this thick and chewy and very warm on the tongue.

Normally when I drink an Imperial stout I am done after just one, but ths one is so smooth and drinkable because of it's oatmeal additions I could drink this all day long... a very very good beer and highly recommended!!

loving44, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of doubleipa
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted malt, chocolate and strong coffee aroma. Nice creamy light-brown head with great lacing, that lasted a long time. Color was, of course, black. Initial flavor was a bit sweet that grew towards the long finish. Body was full, oily, and syrupy. Ther was a heavy alcoholic finish. I think this needs a year or so in the cellar. I didn't really smell or taste a lot in the way of oatmeal.

doubleipa, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black beer, looks pretty thick from the pour, with a thin chocolate coloured head. Looks pretty nice. Lots of dark malt in the aroma, plenty of roasted character and chocolate. Also the oats seem to make an appearance, along with a tiny bit of vanilla. Malty flavour, quite bitter with a mild tartness. Mild hops and anise appear in the finish. Tastes a little under-attenuated. Heavy body, a bit sticky, with low carbonation. Even though the scores don't really reflect it, I wasn't that impressed with this one, maybe due to high expectations, but it's still a fair oatmeal stout.

DrJay, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a keg that was given to me as a thank-you for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pretty damn nice of them to give me 5 gallons of this dandy. Pours a half finger light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Just the faintest edging (brown) when held to light. Smells chocolate, lactose sweet, roast coffee. Some alcohol and searching also pulls up some grassy hop aroma. Tastes, whoa, the alcohol is much stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Noticable alcohol burn that persists from start to finish and has some rubbing alcohol qualities. Chocolate is present, but the alc sting makes a dry coffee stand taller. I think the alcohol is also hiding a grassy hop edge. This beer needs to age. I may do just that, if I can hold off need for the keg for 6 months or so. mild carbonation and md-light body.

mentor, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades, but there's always a few bubbles kicking around on the surface, with sparse, delicate lacing. Aroma is dominated by harsh alcohol (ie rubbing) that shouts down the dark malts. Taste is sweet roasty malts to start, slowly giving way to the strong alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth from the oatmeal, but quashed by the alcohol in the end, with the drinkability suffering the same fate. Some subtlety with the abv component would do wonders for this brew.

ppoitras, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of malty
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/5/05

Poured BLACK with no light permeating whatsoever. Loose beige head settled to 1/4". Tried to force-pour a head, but it just wouldn't take.

Scent of wheat bread straight from the toaster. Faint roastness with a hint of sourness, similar to a Flemish Brown Ale, but not full-blown.

Wow, the roasted scents went under the radar, but the flavor is all about deep roasted chocolate malts. The sweet silkiness of the oat malt really shines. A subtle alcohol trail down the esophagus, but nothing really obtrusive. The flavors are very clean and don't build-up at all. A nice chalky dryness is left behind, I'd guess from a nice dose of hops, but no hop flavors were present.

Mouthfeel is decent. A bit lighter in body than I'd expect, but on the heavier side of medium bodied for sure. Carbonation is minimal.

Drinkability is good. I could sip a couple while relaxed in my fireside chair. Not that filling for an Imperial Stout.

Overall a decent Oatmeal Impy, but didn't blow my Dr. Scholls off. I wish there was more 'life' in the body, maybe it's much better on tap. Still, a great stout from a spectacular brewery. Cheers Eddie!

malty, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of unclederby
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i really had high expectations for this beer.
brought home a six pack so poured from a 12 oz. bottle (the case pack was stamped bottled on 10/05/05.

well i gotta say... i dunno know.
it has a very nice look. nearly opaque black with little head.
smell is of roasted and chocolate malts, oats, and alcohol.

all well and good, but it was the first drink that made me do a doubletake. all alcohol burn, with a lingering, burnt aftertaste. really a little unpleasant. but the beer was still cold, so i'm letting it warm a bit before i conclude.

bear with me, i'm trying to find the positive qualities in this one.
now at room tempurature, i'm getting some chocolate and french roast flavors, but still this beer is highly astringent, and i don't think it's from the hops. it's just not well integrated at this point - the alcohol being overly pronounced.

it did get better as it warmed, but...

maybe this thing just needs some age to smooth out the rough edges, and i'll save some to find out but at this point i can't rate it as one of my favorite imperial stouts. not even close.

unclederby, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After their Double IPA I had to try more of their beers... 12 oz., bottle conditioned on 5/24/05 - served lightly chilled in a wine glass. Pours black with a half inch brown head that reduces to almost nothing and leaves no lacing - looks like a black wine. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, anise, and hints of dark fruits, with alcohol being the most prevalent. It is harsh and alcoholic on the first sip with a body that is thinner than I'd like. The malts are roasted and contribute some bitterness along with some chocolate, coffee, and anise or dark fruits. The green/citric hops have a mild bitterness at first but intensifies a some toward the end. I was a bit let down by this - it seemed too harsh or unbalanced and the alcohol was too noticeable to make it an easy drinker.

mmmbeer, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog is the second of Stoudt's brews that I've tried....their Double IPA being the first.

The Fat Dog is a rich stout! It pours black and thick. Very little carbonation, minimal head. RICH, extra dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a little earthy/oatmeal-ey. A generic description for a stout, but this one is 10X concentrated. This brew compares in smell, taste, and consistency to Worldwide Stout. Now its no Worldwide Stout, but it is along the lines...and the best comparison I can draw. Regardless, I recommend this. It's a delicious and full bodied brew.

ILiveOffHops, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Stoudt's. Poured out to a deep black color with a small brown head. Some lacing in the glass. Lower carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts and coffee, with some hints of earth. Taste was nothing special, but good; flavors of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, with an overall feeling of whisky on the palate. Some mild aftertaste of wood. Mouthfeel was full and thick, similar to what I would think of when describing an oatmeal stout. Pretty good drinkability, but i'd be likely to try something else first before coming back to this. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Nov 03, 2005
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.