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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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1,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 51 | 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 RedwoodGeorge


4/5  rDev 0%

The pour was rather disappointing - the label claimed "bottle conditioned" which got my hopes up but there was almost no carbonation. Even with a healthy pour there was only a thin yellowish-tan head which died off almost instantly leaving only a faint off-brown ring. No lacing.

The smell was a vast improvement - this is an obviously sweet brew with a good amount of alcohol in the nose. The flavor was another step forward - while there were plenty of caramel flavors in the stout it wasn't sickly sweet. There's an obvious dark roasted note but it wasn't bitter coffee and it wasn't dark chocolate. If anything it was like a very smooth french roast. Most of the notes are sweet but it's not the least bit cloying. There's an obvious alcohol flavor but it compliments the sweet caramel flavors very well.

Mouthfeel was good but it should have been great. There was a reasonable amount of silkiness from the oatmeal but considering this was bottle conditioned there should have been more of a body to this stout. No real carbonation to speak of, not quite enough bittering to provide an interesting finish and no oily coating on the tongue. There was just no personality to the body of this beer.

It's a pretty drinkable brew, quite tasty in fact. I'd certainly have another one to see if this was just a case of bottle conditioning falling short or if this was the normal level of carbonation. The taste was fantastic but it wasn't as well rounded a brew as it could have been...

[Thanks to mntlover for yet another interesting brew]

10-24-2005 07:25:31 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of clippersfanbob


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

This new arrival pours a silky ebony color with a rich, dark brown head that lasts well down the glass. Chocolate and honeyed oats make up the primary aroma, along with a splash of roasted coffee. Deliciously rich, dark, and malty, with flavors of bitter-sweet chocolate, honey, rolled oats, and coffee. A well put together beer; even with all the robust flavors it finishes cleanly, with no rough edges.

10-24-2005 01:38:56 | More by clippersfanbob
Photo of dgallina


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz bottle without freshness date.

Poured a completely opaque deep (nearly purple) black. A finger of creamy tan head quickly subsides to a film and light lace. A heady mix of coffee malts, fruity raisins and plums, and strong alcohol. Tastes of sweet grains up front, followed with oatmeal smoothness, strong coffee malts, and alcohol warming. The finish is unusually clean for a stout; fruity alcohol with a minimal lingering dryness and coffee notes.

10-23-2005 04:39:45 | More by dgallina
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

10-22-2005 20:48:22 | More by Billolick
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

This is a nice middle ground between Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts from the folks at Stoudts.

It pours a nice near black colour with a moderate to thick, creamy tan head atop the liquid. This one looks really nice.

The aromas are of earth, chocolate, malt and some general sweetness throughout.

The flavour is pretty much in line with the aroma but is more dry than you might expect and there is a bit more earthiness here as well. Some additional flavour notes include hints of alcohol and coffee. The mouthfeel was nice but could have been a bit chunkier for my liking.

This was a solidly tasty brew overall that I'd be happy to purchase again.

10-20-2005 20:48:56 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of weeare138


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Appears black with a dark tan head. Spotty lacing is left behind on the glass.
Smell is of sweet, syrupy chocolate, dark fruit, coffee.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is good but there is some abv noticeable. There also seems to be a slight chalkyness, dryness, and dark fruit and roasted nuts with black grapes resounding.

10-19-2005 17:54:17 | More by weeare138
Photo of beermanbrian


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The head dosn't stick around which is the only knock on the appearance. Smell just blows you away. Little strong on the alcohol (amareto) but there is enough malt to balance it out. Coffee and chocolate as expected with some plum thrown in. The roasted malts really show up in the taste. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice finish. I would definately recommend this beer. I bought a case of this and the more of it i drink the more i like it. Of the offering i've had from Stoudt's this is the best.

10-19-2005 00:05:10 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +22%

Vintage Date: 7/24/03

Pours black as night with an out of control huge, thick, lumpy tan head. Thick aroma of roasted chocolate and coffee malts, fruit tones (apple?), brown sugar. What a smell. Taste is rich and roasty - sweet cocoa...very much like an oatmeal stout with more power. Very slight hop bitterness is detected in the end. So creamy smooth and thick yet it floats around in the mouth. Rediculously drinkable.

Imperial oatmeal stout you say? Sounds like a great idea to me. Easier to handle than a Russian Imperial but just as tasty and complex. Quite the impressive beverage.

10-03-2005 05:25:09 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +25%

Bought at Westport liquors, the only one and aged for 2 years. Bottle has the old label design on it. A few miles of chocolate milk colored head over a black body. The most rediculous head I've ever seen. Smell is thick with roasty coffee and chocolate and mollasis malts. Grape and plum brings it all together. Taste is an ultra smooth combo of various malts and dark fruits like in the scent. Full bodied and velvety smooth in every direction.

I think this is becoming my favorite kind of beer. Really really amazing complexity that floats down. You NEED to try this.

10-02-2005 01:38:20 | More by tastybeer
Photo of jakester


4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

09-06-2005 15:47:30 | More by jakester
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.47/5  rDev +11.8%

Fantastic. A cross between Sammy Smith Oatmeal and Imperial stouts. Surely that's what they were shooting for.

Mine was bottled on 6/21/05. All of what you'd expect from a beer of this magnitude. Coffee. Chocolate. Roasted flavors. Nutty. Hints of cherry and what have you. Complex. Deep. Dark. Mysterious.

They hit it, and i'm interested to see what a couple bottles will do with a little aging on them. Top notch brew Stoudt's.

09-02-2005 01:56:23 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of Px2GrafX


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a red label with a big black dog over a photo of the stoudts brewery. "bottle conditioned ale" displayed on label. no abv or freshness date to speak of.

appearance: pours a near pitch black with no real highlights into my snifter glass. good 1 inch dark tan head that laces and sticks well.

smell: sweet chocolate malts with a grassy floral hop aroma in the back. earthy with light alcohol.

taste: excellent roasted flavors over chocolate and coffee. there is a suggestion of molasses over a biscuit. super complex with raisins and plums. lightly bitter-sweet finish with hints of wine. dark chocolate aftertaste.

mouthfeel: very full body. very smooth rolling around in your mouth with a silky swallow. nice carbonation prickling to start off the sip.

drinkability: drinkable, but not the most drinkable stout i've ever had. the double alcohol slows the consumption. more of a single sitting dessert drink, but that's not terrible for this style.

overall: much more of a double stout than an oatmeal stout. so many malty flavors. could use a little more hop balance. absolutely delicious, though. a good savor.

08-31-2005 03:53:35 | More by Px2GrafX
Photo of Gaisgeil


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

A very solid offering, one of the better stouts I've ever partaken of, nice job!

Pours into my imperial pint an opaque black with a thin light brown head with a bit of retention overall. Nose is very nice, mealy and full, dry light chocolate notes and slight bitterness. Taste is similar, hints of cola and oatmeal with the same chocolate flavor hinted at in the nose. Bitterness is spot on. Mouthfeel is quite full but not overwhelmingly so.

A very nice stout indeed, if I see this again I'll definatly buy it.


08-29-2005 07:24:04 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of rajendra82


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

The new arrival in Georgia came in a 12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date (6/21/05) stamped on the neck. The beer came out pitch black and opaque, and did not have much of a head. While pouring the body did not look quite as viscous as other imperial stouts.

The aroma was sweet and heavy on chocolate. Also smelled, were notes of roast grain, alcohol, and toffee, and a whiff floral hops. The aroma was very inviting without being overly intense.

The taste continued the subtle, sweet stout journey. Powdered cocoa, and malted milk ball taste, mixed well with the roasted grain backbone. There was lingering charcoal smokiness and faint hop bitterness in the taste as well. The body was little thin for the style, and slippery as heck. The high ABV was not apparent in the taste until near the end of each swallow, when the alcohol fumes took off. Quite a drinkable stout despite the high strength, this was lacking a little in the complexity department. I think that after aging, this will be quite a treat.

08-28-2005 04:10:21 | More by rajendra82
Photo of DogFood11


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Woohooo !! I've finally found Stoudt's Imperial Oatmeal stout. Not that exciting for some but I've been a' lookin' for a while. Nasty dark dreadful looking body with a filthy meal like head and retention. Seems like a nice fit for a double stout.

Comes across hard on the alcohol. Thought that could have been at least a little bit more hidden (not entirely unwelcome). Big Malty charred presence. Coffee/creamy. Hops try to slosh their way through the muddy mess and barely sneak a peak and add another level to this fine brew. Big warming finish...Big warming finish...did I mention the finish it was warmmm

08-27-2005 07:01:07 | More by DogFood11
Photo of nickss


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: Black with a paper thin creamy-brownish head

Smell: Nutty, grainy, musty smell with some chocolatiness and
berries thrown in the back end.

Taste: Big malty taste. Very nutty... tastes as the name would
suggest... oatmeal incarnate... mm mm mm.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy... almost milkshake like... wonderful

Drinkability - While I love the thickness of this beer, it prevents it from being extremely drinkable. While I would love to drink this all
day long, I simply don't think my stomach could handle it.

Nonetheless... a very nice beer all in all... I would expect as much
from this brewery.

08-26-2005 19:24:58 | More by nickss
Photo of Naes

New York

2.1/5  rDev -47.5%

This beer is jet black and has a two finger milk chocolate colored head.

The aroma is super malty with the presence of coffee and alcohol.

The flavor is much sweeter than I expected. It’s a bit syrupy and has a lot of bitter chocolate flavor.

Its mouth feel and drinkability are greatly hindered by the syrupy factor. This is definitely a sipping beer. It is worth looking at if you like the super sweet stouts, but this is not the brew for me.

08-20-2005 05:00:44 | More by Naes
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.28/5  rDev +7%

This is pretty much exactly what they say it is. Thick and black with a thin creamy tan head. Rich dark chocolate nose, licorice, anise, whiskey. Sweet flavors coat the tongue initially, dark plums and cherries are noticeable, followed by strong coffee and chocolate notes and a serious walloping of hops in the finish. Smooth and silky, and the alcohol is warming and present. Definitely improved (even though it's really a different style) in every way on this beer. Much more '"imperial" than "oatmeal."

08-17-2005 04:07:25 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of oggg


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

On tap at O'Briens

Nice looking black with brownish foam, like any other stout. Aroma is a squeek of chocolate, even after warming. On the tongue, this double stout is smooth but thin. Tiny burnt character offers itself up but you have to concentrate. Bitterness is mild. Banana ester increases with warming and it totally out of place. Finish is off-dry. Alcohol imperceptible.

Overall: get rid of the banana and it might be a high alcohol oatmeal stout. Forget the Imperial part though.

08-16-2005 03:55:59 | More by oggg
Photo of smcolw


3.48/5  rDev -13%

Extraordinary head, as if it were way over-carbonated. Surprisingly, it leaves no lace. Dark ruby-mahogany brown in color. Does not allow light to penetrate the brew.

Sweet coffee and toffee aromas. This beer does not have the coyingly sweet sugary smells that would typical of big malt. A touch of hop rounds off the aroma.

Much sweeter than I expected. Lots of burnt coffee flavors. Reminds me of an expresso with extra sugar. Some nuttiness to the flavor. It is very highly carbonated, but has an above average body. I can only detect any hop in the aftertaste.

As a bottle conditioned beer, I wonder if I received one that had too much sugar in the wort. The carbonation was distracting and it was far sweeter than I would normally expect in a stout. Flavorful, it is; preferable to mass-produced, absolutely; it still falls short of being a great stout.

08-14-2005 20:40:21 | More by smcolw
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.2/5  rDev +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.

08-14-2005 20:03:58 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-07-2005 00:20:40 | More by oberon
Photo of KroMagnon


4.4/5  rDev +10%

Appearance was lower because the head was so blasted...nothing. High alcohol or not, I'm afraid I was expecting more head, even from the bottle. The aroma was better, with a rich, clean blend of caramel, coffee, chocolate, and something else like licorice. The flavor was phenomenal, however - hits your tongue with a deep chocolatey note, combined with a good blend of sweetness and bitterness that are almost equal in proportion and obvious without being overpowering. Awesome.

07-29-2005 02:18:24 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13%

Interesting style and was very eager to taste. Very dark appearance. Small head and some slight retention. The smell was a little dull. Especially for an imperial stout. This one should have had some real kick to it, but it was definitely lacking in the aroma department. The taste was a little better but was lacking something. It had the sourness of an oatmeal stout, but there was just something missing. The dry mouthfeel didn't do it for me either, but in the end, it evened out to a balanced, drinkable imperial brew. Don't get me wrong, the beer was enjoyable to drink, but I just thought it could use some improvement.

07-28-2005 03:44:59 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of gotbeer


4.2/5  rDev +5%

The bottle has a picture of a fat, black labrador on it. Very cool looking dog.

The brew itself pours black and thick with a coffee colored head. It leaves some lacing on the glass as you drink it.

The taste has some oatmeal grain taste to it with liquorice, a sweet malty presence, and some hops for balance. It hides the alcohol, but not entirely, giving it a spicy alcohol taste at the end of a sip. Very drinkable for a beer of this ABV, but you still have to respect it. Overall, an incredible and unique stout with tons of complexity. Every sip brings out different aspects of this beer.

I think it's about time for more imperial oatmeal stouts. This one is great, and I look forward to enjoying it again. Very much reccomended.

07-28-2005 00:17:42 | More by gotbeer
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.