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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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1,249 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 79 | 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

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Beer added by: Gavage on 10-29-2004

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Ratings: 1,249 | Reviews: 743
Photo of phishgator
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
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
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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
2.69/5  rDev -32.8%
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
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of crwills
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep muddy brown, nearly black, into my pint flass. Chocolate-milk head, fades quickly.

Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt.

Taste is fantastically bitter and chocolatey, like 85% cocoa Valhrona (sp?). Black coffee and licorice are quite prominent as well.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel--like a milkshake. Bitter, mildly fruity or sour aftertaste.

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

12oz bottle - poured into a Murphy's pint glass.

Pour - Great dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Excellent pour, with a minimal head that is fairly light tan that gets slightly darker as the head subsides.

Smell/Taste- rolled oats and typical oatmeal stout kind of smell; with a mild chocolate that peeks through in between sips. Very good oatmeal stout, with a higher amount of carbonation than I anticipated.

Not the perfect mouthfeel; but I am not against moderate carbonation either.

Definitely worth drinking if you have it in your area. Goes down very well; highly suggest trying for Oatmeal stout fans.


Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.