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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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1,241 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,241
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of malty
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Photo of unclederby
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of ypsifly
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz with a big lazy looking hound on the label, poured into a pint glass.

As black as it gets with a small cocoa colored head that shows decent retention with minimal lace.

The nose is very roasty with coffee and chocolate followed by an ample hop bitterness. Just a wisp of smoke and molasses. Has a nutty character as it warms.

The choco/roasty notes are upfront in the taste. They are followed by walnuts and almonds and a nice flavor of bitter, almost piney hops. I really like the combination of flavors, especially the fresh tasting hops. This is very true to my interpretation of the style: much more than a Porter, but not as much as an Impy Stout. Gotta love it when a brewer hits the mark on a niche style, rather than present a watered down Imp or an overwhelming Porter.

The mouth is full. Nowhere near chewy or oily. It has ample carbonation that doesn't get in the way of, but rather accentuates the nuances of this beer. The drinkability is a no brainer. I wish I had bought this as a sixer instead of a single.

My second Stoudts, and I'm getting the idea that these guys have their shit together. Damn glad these beers are making it to MI.

Photo of jaluria
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Rather dark and opaque in color with a thick texture as it pours; relatively viscous in appearance. A mocha colored head with good retention and some lacing. The aromas I detect are that of: nuts, chocolate, mocha, cocoa, and bread. The taste contains elements of all of these as it warms. I'd like to add that this beer is smooth with a dry, sharp aftertaste with a bit of bread-like chewy character. Although, I enjoyed this beer, the aftertaste was just way too bitter and strong for my liking. With time, the aftertaste transforms into an unappealing entity in the back of my throat. A decent stout worth trying, but I won't be having anymore of this anytime soon.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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]

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

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.

Photo of dgallina
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wedge
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of tastybeer
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.


Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,241 ratings.