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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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1,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 64 | 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 edchicma
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with minimal head..some lacing. Smell is coffee, malt,alcohol, oatmeal. Taste is similar...coffeee, malt, oatmeal, alcohol, with a decent hop finish. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, probably just a tad too much. For th ehigh abv it is smoot enough. A definite recommendation.

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

Close to pitch black with a one finger tan head. The head doesn't stick around but leaves some sticky gorgeous lacing. Delightful looking beer.

I took too large of a first smell and got pretty much all alcohol. A second check smells of Cheerios and a sweeter oatmeal. Sweet milky chocolate aromas round off te nose of this one..

Slightly chewy feel. Sweet coffee with hints of sweet smooth oatmeal. Spicy alcohol warms the mouth and stomach. Left over roasted tastes cap this one off in a very dry manner.

This is a wonderful brew that doesn't leave too much to be desired.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mercilessly dark brown with a great mushroom of uneven bubbled copper and dark tan head that loomed out of my tulip. Sadly, the head fell to a little ring and a spot of film as I let it warm.

Smelled of earthy and woody coffee with some subtle hints of chocolate hard candy. There’s some raisin sweetness lingering in the background with some nips of black licorice.

I initially noticed a creamy malt consisting of figs and light clean fruits. It then picks up some burnt caramel and strong fruity coffee that’s blended into a hard to identify sourness that compliments the coffee well. There are also little appearances by milk chocolate that seem to appear only for an instant and then disappear as mysteriously as they came. However, in the finish, I noticed a disappointing metallic taste that crept out of the coffee. There was also a huge alcohol warming that lit up my esophagus, stomach and mouth. 9.0%? I’m surprised.

The mouth feel was surprisingly light for the style with a nice gentle swarm of little bubbles that really rocked with the flavor.

Not bad. The sour coffee flavor isn’t one of my favorites, but the magical flickering chocolate was really fun for my palate and nose to play with. Not too shabby.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very good beer. The only problem was that it wasn't really unique, almost the same as every other hopy beer. I'd order it again, but only if there wasn't a unique beer on the menu. I'm still looking for someone to point me in the direction of someplace that will show me more about beer and teach me what I should be looking for. Plus I'm always open to suggestions.

Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick and near black in color with a little red showing around the edges. Disappointing head formation, small amount of tan foam.

Smell is sweet and fruity and chocolate without deep investigation. Deeper sniffing reveals, chocolate, figs, anise, and cherry. Mild coffee aroma and no smoky aromas. Lots of chocolate in this one.

Taste is creamy in the extreme with a quick bitter hit and then it smoothes out nicely. Mild sweetness and a semi sweet chocolate flavor are the major flavors here. Coffee is present but is no more than an aftertaste. Good taste but it could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Certainly easy to drink. If this was just a little more complex in taste this could be a great beer. The taste is just too one-dimensional though.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is quite impressive from start to finish. Poured jet black with dark khaki head, quite a bit darker than the foam on a glass of coke. As I watched the liquid flow out of the bottle and into my glass, I knew at once that this was going to be very thick and heavy. Almost (not quite) pours like Old Rasputin. The head subsides in about 90 seconds to a thin frosting over the surface of the liquid. Decent lacing. Plenty of roasted malt on the nose, with a faintly noticeable amount of unsweetened chocolate and perhaps some stewed prunes hiding way in the back. Smells absolutely delicious! A modest, but certainly noticeable amount of hop bitterness up front, with a positively magnificent "busy" finish with plenty going on. Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, perhaps the stewed prunes from the smell and wonderfully dry. I simply love it when the pleasant characteristics of the "smell" carry over to the taste. A wonderfully satisfying beer and exceptional example of the style, IMO. The mouthfeel is bold and heavy, but not quite able to be classified as chewy, to me anyway. I also feel that Stoudts did a fantastic job concealing the alcohol level in this one. It [the alcohol] is virtually unnoticeable in both the smell and taste, even as this gradually warms. Overall, I am greatly pleased with this, and will most assuredly get some more in the future. If you enjoy this style, I highly recommend you give this a go.
Blessed Be

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color. Fairly aromatic, with strongly roasted, toasted and chocolatey tones in the nose, with hints of light mocha and cream. Creamy texture. Roasty, chocolatey flavors surrounded by a light hint of vinous fruits and a hint of hops on the finish. Pretty tasty.

Draught @ Linwood, it was a bit better.

Photo of jhollick
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 12 oz. bottle conditioned bottle. Poured the deepest brown imaginable with a tenacious 1" thick head, which was also brown, albeit a much lighter shade.

Smell - Sweet and buttery, even aside from the chocolate smell. This one definitely smells as though it will be of the English style of the oatmeal stout. I can scarcely detect any hop presence by smell alone.

Mouthfeel - Very substantial in the mouth and ohhh...sooo...smooth, with a very slight carbonation.

Taste - Dark chocolate, berries, butterscotch, and lightly roasted malts up front. The oats add an additional element of sweetness and body. The alcohol is brought out in the finish, followed by a slightly bolder roasted flavor and more sweet, creamy flavor. There is an acidic quality and floral taste from the hops, but it is pretty mellow.

Drinkability - The name Imperial Oatmeal Stout doesn't exactly conjure up images of binge drinking, but for the style, this beer is very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden (I would have never guessed 9%). There is just enough carbonation to keep the sweetness from being too much.

Overall - So far, this is my favorite Stoudt's beer. This is a welcome change of pace from some of the harsher, more aggressively hopped stouts that brewers seem to be fancying these days. There are a lot of pleasing flavors mixing and melding in this beer, and I look forward to the rest of my 6 pack. I would definitely buy it again. Rock on PA breweries!

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

Bottled on 11/16/05. Murky, impenetrable dark brown, like the thickest espresso imaginable; modest but dense tan foam cap. Chunky, flaky grey sediment all over the bottom of the pint glass. Nose is all chocolate mousse and vinous dark fruits. Big and sweet chocolate flavors swarm all over the mouth -- I recognize some cocoa flavor that reminds me of these chocolate flavored Twizzlers I used to enjoy as a kid. A big fusel alcohol taste washes in immediately thereafter, fizzling out to some bitter earthy hop flavors. Roastiness abounds throughout. Mildly sour aftertaste. I'm a sucker for the silky mouthfeel of anything brewed with oats, and this one has it in spades. But that big-ass alcohol content keeps buzzing in and breaking it up. All this alcohol distraction mellows out as the beer warms, but this dog definitely needs some time to chill in the kennel. Mouthfeel otherwise big and chewy. A promising big stout, but give it 6-12 months to tame before drinking. Score in good measure earned on credit, i.e. for potential with age.

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

12oz bottle from Shoreline - poured into a chalice. Fairly thick - tawny lacing atop a sea of black and dark brown. Very attractive to look at as you let it come to room temp.

To the nose, huge roasted malt sweetness. Not a huge aroma from this as I couldn't get past the grains.

In the mouth - this excels. Layers and layers of smooth, creamy roasted malt goodness. The coffee bean goodness without any of the sour touches. Just a hint of background bouquet and an odd acidity the keeps the caramel and sweet grains in line.

The feel is perfect for the style. Full, substantial and chewy. It has a nice little carbonation that creates a highly drinkable brew. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste or feel. It finishes dry, clean and pouring over the back of your tongue.

Musings: As a lover of oatmeals, I didn't know what to make of this in the store. It is not a true oatmeal - and leans more towards an IS. However, it does have that full oatmeal blast of roasted grain flavor that I love. You can easily drink 2,3 - 6 of these. They will however, kick your ass. Highly recommended from a house that I typically will not frequent.

Photo of Litterbean
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black. That's it. It's just black. It has a nice tan head that is quite large and takes a long time to disappear. Really nice looking brewski, here.

I don't know if it's just my nose but the smell is faint. What I do find is a very dry smelling beer, with coffee aromas and hints of chocolate. A sort of sugary sweetness underlies everything.

Really creamy and smooth taste. Well balanced. Sweetness is perfectly complimented by the chocolatey bitterness. A milky sweetness is pronounced at the end. Earthiness is prevalent in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite a bargain and quite a beer.

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

I recently got to visit Stoudt's and try their Fat Dog again. I remembered liking this before and as my first beer of the day I feel confident saying I REALLY like this beer now.

Nice dark black pour with a creamy one fingered head sitting right on top. Smelled like many of this style, roasted malt and a slight prefume of cocoa dominate. At first taste I wasn't sure this was an Imperial, it sort of settles a bit softer on the palate than many of this ABV but still tastes more substantial than the more mundane Oatmeal Stout's so commonly found.

In the mouth the beer was slightly chewy with a strong malt backbone that dominated on the tounge and helped highlight hints of some coffee and cocoa without completly overwhelming.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's- Fat Dog Stout

Appearance- Dark pitch black with a small bubbly cola like head. Decent lacing present.
Smell- light and watery but a noticable chocolate aroma.
Taste- mild hot chocolate flavor with a dash of cherry and a woodsy/ nut shell taste. Slight hazelnut/ vanilla coffee hints.
Mouthfeel- very smooth. No bubbles, alcohol presence, or bitterness.

Overall- a nice easy Oatmeal Stout. An easy 1 to sip at and a recomendation for any Stout/ Oatmeal Stout lover. Not the best I've ever had but pretty good!

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

This is about as high as I'm likely to rate a beer. I find it hard to ever see a beer as having exceptional appearance, smell, or mouthfeel. Unless the entity in question is parading around Atlantic City with a "Miss State" banner around her midsection, appearance and mouthfeel will never get a 5.0 score. Smell is left as an exercise to the reader, as they say.

That leaves only taste and drinkability, the only 2 real qualities when it comes down to it - for my tastes. For this beer, 4.5 on both counts seems justified. It's a rare thing for me to see any entity as perfect in its field - that includes a beer, a book, Miss State, a movie, or music. Perfection is hard to come by, and it needs to be hard earned.

On a pragmatic level, this is an easy-to-drink beer. The only thing keeping it from a 5.0 drinkability is the prevalence of alcohol. It's masked partially by the thick maltiness follow-up, but not completely. For that, it's probably not always going to hit the spot. I can imagine pulling this out after mowing the grass on a hot summer day and being asleep in the hammock after 10 minutes.

In all, though, this is well done. While I don't know much about this style at all, it seems to capture it's essence well enough, being in-line with the Russian Imperial Stout while coming close enough on the other details of the style.

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

A - Dark black with a 1 finger head. Head faded quickly.

S - Sweet, malty, rich, very subtle but definitely there. Took a couple of concentrated sniffs to start bringing flavors out

T - Very smooth. Malty with subtely rich flavors. A little sweetness, but not cloying. Caught a little, coffee, chocolate, malts, and alcohol but nothing dominated the flavor. Well balanced.

M - Very nice. Carbonated but just the right amount for a stout. really smooth and went down nice.

D - Had this one in the closet for about 2 months. The first beer I had the alcohol was present. After just that short rest the alcohol was only a pleasant flavor. Definitely very drinkable for a 9% beer.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a deep black color. Even when held to light, little color appears. The ale pours with a smallish head that disappears quickly.

Smell: The ale has a slightly sweet aroma from the oatmeal used in the malt. There is also an ever-present roasted malt aroma that comes across with a light chocolate scent.

Taste: The roasted malts really overtake the taste buds. The flavor lingers long after the swallow is taken. There is a slight sweetness from the oatmeal and it interacts well with the roasted characteristics.

Mouthfeel: The ale feels very smooth in the mouth. The roasted flavors do not dominate the stout, allowing the oatmeal and chocolate notes to make themselves known.

Drinkability: Very high on the drinkability scale, this ale goes down smooth, so smooth in fact that one does not notice the 9% abv.

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

1 brown 12 oz. bottle dumped into a thick American pint glass.

Totally opaque attractive mahogany-black beer with a bubbly nut-brown crest.

Bouquet is crisp and sweet. Caramel as in kettle corn sets the stage as hazelnut and marshmallow sing softly in the dark. The aromas are sufficient to jolt salivary glands to action. The olfactory onslaught builds to crescendo as deep roasted flavors and toasted grains dance fervently beneath a blazing spotlight.

Once in the mouth the liquid develops into a gentle creaminess with flavors redolent of dark wood moving on to burnt dark roast without even a hint of astringency.

A charming brew to say the least. Highly complex and truly approachable. Completely quaffable. Absolutely enjoyable. An eminent member of the Oatmeal Stout community.

Lots going on in this beer. All pleasant

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black in color with an oak brown colored foamy head. The smell is roasted and malty. It has a sweet, caramelly, creamy aroma. The taste is heavy and flavorful. Definitly a lot going on here. It has a slight sourness to it, yet remains very smooth throughout. Burnt roasted nutty flavors, and something that reminds me of sloe gin. The alcohol content is evident and very warming on the way down. Definitly a full-bodied heavy beer, yet it still is silky smooth and easy to drink. A recommended offering here.

Photo of ski271
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and almost pitch black with practically no head whatsoever. The little bit that was there was light brown and tight with good retention. The smell is dominated by sweet, huge roasted malts with noticeable alcohol right off the bat. Coffee (like the ridiculously dark, bitter Sumatra coffee that the local cheese shop roasts up themselves), brown sugar, bitter chocolate, some vanilla extract and some light licorice. That taste is quite meaty… literally in some respects. Of course the taste follows the aroma in that it’s malt-dominant, but it has a beefy au-jous flavor and mouthfeel to it. It has a thick, syrupy texture and very low carbonation The finish is bitter, long and warming. A good beer for long winter nights.

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

A: Pours like a used motor oil. Very dark and viscous, with a touch of tan head. Unfortunately, the head doesn't stand up, but the syrupy fluid does cling to the glass like a sweet wine.

S: Dark fruit (prune, raisin), treacle, roasted malt, chocolate, a little sherry. As it warms, the alcohol becomes very assertive and overwhelms the aroma.

T: Strong bittersweet flavour, with a warming alcohol in the finish. Bittersweet chocolate, slightly tart fruityness, a little red wine. Plenty of depth, and certainly intriguing.

M: Thick, creamy, syrupy, viscous body, with an acidic prickly feel. Light to moderate carbonation (a little more carbonation might've produced some more head).

D: It's very syrupy, yet balanced by a sharp bitterness. This is a big brew, and its strength is also limiting.

Thanks DrJay!

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

A- Into my snifter it pours a very dark brown pretty much black with a nice 1 1\2 in off white tan head. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass

S- Pleasant in the nose. Roasted malts and mild hops and a little chocolate. i was expecting a little more but im not disappointed.

T- Nice and sweet. A little bit of coffee and chocolate mixed in with the alcohol. No real oatmeal taste for me

M- Nice and thick and heavy. Just what i was looking for.

D- Drinkability it good. Nice balance of all the flavors with the aclohol make it somewhat easy to drink for an imperial

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

01/17/06- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Aged at least a year. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Mid range black in color, nice dirty brown 3/4 inch head. Decent amount of head reamins while you consume. Mild lacing inside the glass.

Smell- Dark rich chocolate, mild berry scent of some kind. Campfire smoke smell.

Taste- Very dark roasted malt, a touch smokey as well. Campfire smoke that is. Very light hop bitterness, but it is present. Caramel, plums and chocolate combine for a real nice flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, which is always nice for a stout IMO. Fairly rich and lightly warming.

Drinkability- The more I drink of this beer, the more i enjoy it. Another great cold weather beer. I can see myself sitting in the ski lodge with this one.

Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter glass.

Imperial Oatmeal Stout??? I like Imperial stouts and oatmeal stouts. This one sounds good.

A - Pours out an opaque black with a very large, tight tan head. I poured hard so the head is HUGE, it seems to have staying power too. Clings to the glass quite a bit as well.

S - Lots of roasted coffee flavor up front as well as some chocolate. I can smell a bit of a liquor type smell as well (just a hint) due to the alcohol I presume. It melds well with the other smells to give a very nice aroma.

T - A whole ot of dark chocolate flavor hits you on the initial sip. The roasted taste lingers for a while. The sweetness of this beer is balanced by a great little hint of alcohol with loads of warming. This is the flavor you want in a beer on a freezing cold winter night (like this one is).

M - A great full bodied thick feel on the tongue, I guess from the oats. This beer really does have the great flavor and aroma of an excellent imperial or double stout along with the texture of a Sam Smith's oatmeal stout. Absolutely wonderful.

D - Very complex and enjoyable. Sip after sip of this brew and the flavor keeps getting better. The lingering aftertaste really makes you want more.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

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

Had on tap from Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. Was presented to me in a 13oz. toulip glass. The beer was a near pitch black in color with about a half finger of dark tan creamy head. Some lacing throughout the sample, and no other outright signs of carbonation.

The aroma was of hearty roasted malt with touches of chocolate, slight grain, oat, and coffee.

The taste has a syrup like molasses consistancy with innitial flavors of black chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, black strong coffee, and alcohol. Very warming throughout the sample, and even more so as the beer warmed. A slight toffee-ish after taste and ever so slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy with a syrup-like coating of the palate. Very little carbonation.

The beer was enjoyable although hearty and filling. Perhaps better saved for after a meal, the beer could easily be a dessert in and of itself. Some very nice flavor characteristics and an all around ejoyable beer.

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.