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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,223 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,223
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 75
Gots: 63 | 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 beerluvr
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A towering and creamy rocky head over opaque black liquid. Roasty nose gives clues as to whats to come: some espresso, dark chocolate. The taste is outrageously good, with notes of bitter coffee, bitter hops, chocolatey/malty sweetness, light fruit and alcohol...a great blend of taste sensations. Finishes very roasty and very long and complex. A treat for the palate and a double thumbs up.

beerluvr, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a very dark and delicious-looking brown in color with a deeply tanned head that came up sprightly and left some heavy lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass. The foam settled into creamy pits on top of the liquid, completing the presentation nicely.

Smell – The sharp sugars dominate the nose. The malts are dark and roasty but very sweet. There’s a good showing of alcohol in the bouquet as well. Brown sugar is the biggest smell that I can find, but the bitter coffee grounds and, to a lesser extent the bittersweet chocolate powder, are easy to identify.

Taste – Ah, this tastes exactly like it smells. The sugars are up front and taste like brown with maybe some cane mixed in. The malts are next and are very dark and bitter. The hops are hide to find because they are so well-blended. I can pick up just enough of the booze from the nose to make it fun.

Mouthfeel – This one is a tad bigger than medium-bodied and very well-blended. The bitterness is strong here.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this offering from Stoudt’s, more so than most others seem to have. This is a no-nonsense ADS that will get your salivary glands working overtime.

Comments – Big thanks to garthwaite for including this in his awesome package of killer beers.

RoyalT, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque brown-black with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is a strong dark malt, lots of sweet sorghum and dark chocolate with a touch of hop scent and vinous notes.

Taste is rich and dark malt, chocolate and black patent, lightly sweetened. Flavors of espresso and sorghum with a good milky backbone. Hints of burnt caramel, vanilla and a light hop bitterness towards the end. No alcohol elements detected.

Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, the oatmeal really boosts the body (although it does subtract from the drinkability).

assurbanipaul, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this is pitch black with a thin half finger of beige head that quickly fades away to nothing. Smell is sweet chocolate milk, oatmeal cookies, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and dark fruits. Full bodied with a creamy feel and a dry finish. Alcohol is present but stays nicely in check. This is a really wellbalanced and drinkable double stout.

cubedbee, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically pitch black with a light brown colored single finger head which reduced to a thin layer. Not the usual thin layer only a bubble or so deep, but a true thin layer. This little touch is nice on a 9% beer.

Chocolate and coffee with hints of toffee fill my nose. A bit of dark toasted, slightly burnt malts in there as well. Definate notes of dark fruits and a slight aroma of bourbon alcohol. Dry oats in the nose as well.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate in the forefront with a heavy dose of dark roasted coffee beans immediately following. Dark fruits come in next with hints of overripe plums. Finishes with a brief sharp bite of alcohol. The oatmeal in this one comes in at the end and literally plasters itself to your mouth and hangs in for a long time. This is how I like my Double Stouts to taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and smooth. There is a bit of sharpness due to some carbonation initially. Like I said before this one really sticks around. Drinkability is good. If it wasn't for the bit of alcohol kick the drinkability would be a bit higher.

This is an awesome beer and what I find to be typical of the style: strong aroma, full of complex flavor and a big body to boot. A must try in my opinion.

blitz134, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of warriorsoul
Pours a deep opaque brown with a small but dense tan head. Retention is lacking a bit, but lacing and collar are nice.
Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a pleasant rolled oat character. Hops are present as well in the nose as is a very slight alcohol presence.
Taste is espresso, slight chocolate, and roasted malt. Smoothness from the oats definitely makes this one easier to drink. Some very strong flavors here and all are balanced out by the oats. Hops are also pretty strong in this one. Alcohol is present but only in a slight warming sensation as this one goes down.
Mouthfeel is good. Smooth, not slick or oily, carbonation is just right.
Overall, a good double stout. I think that the oats here help a great deal in balancing out the flavors in this beer. Without them, I fear that it might be a bit too strong. Nevertheless, it's still pretty damn good.

LuckySevens82, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured witha thin weka tan chocolate head on a thick dark black body. sweet creamy milk sugar aroma soft hints of roasted barley.
thhick creamy and smooth, body is like silk with an expected dense chewy mouthfeel but not overly thick and obtrusive. a very nicely balanced smooth drinking stout with some roasty coffee in the finish. tons of flavor has a spicy prickly bit of co2 that hangs around for a second in the end, very nice.

shippos, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of ggroller
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black liquid with a brown rocky head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, prunes.

Tastes dusty, chocolately, hint of vanilla. I am waiting for the alchohol to punch me in the face in the finish but it doesn't happen. NICE!

Silky smooth mouthfeel, slightly chewy.

A very nice stout. I'll be drinking this in quantity this coming winter.

ggroller, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Fat Dog pulls no punches in it's re-formulated, Imperial Oatmeal Stout!

Gleaming ruby highlights wink at you as you pour it into the glass, but once full, it becomes an opaque black. Some of the yeast from bottle-conditioning is visible at the base of the glass, but nothing else can be seen. The head initially rises above it, dark tan and fluffy; but then slowly settles to a creamy half inch or so, and then down into a wide collar that leaves only sparse, spotty lace.

The nose is rich and exciting with notes of sweetish, dried cereal; a touch of berry-like fruit; some soft, light cocoa; dark sweet chocolate, and caramel.

In the mouth it's full-bodied and delicately tingly, before warming to become airy, and then creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor is rich and robust; bready and grainy; loaded with very dark chocolate, gently roasty coffee, light molasses, almost-burnt caramel, carob, a hint of coconut, a berry & apple-like fruitiness (and also a suggestion of lightly sweet dark raisins in the background), and a spritz of alcohol. It's superbly balanced for a beer of its size; and the solid bitterness, alcohol, and roasted notes lead it to a dry and roasty, lingering finish with a touch of caramel-glazed nuttiness.

What's interesting about it though, is that even in it's richness and complexity, it's still extremely drinkable. It doesn't build on the palate with sweetness, bitterness, or alcohol; nor is it so full bodied that it fills you. In my opinion, that is the pinacle of the brewer's art - balance! Kudos!!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy pitch black with a thin tan colored head. Smell is expressso, unsweetend chocolate, alcohol, currant, and blackstrap molasses. Taste is very similar to the aroma, big expresso flavor with underlying chocolate and roasted flavors. There is also a slightly sweet molasses flavor in there that is followed by a roasted malt and hops bitterness. The finish is bitter and dry and the alcohol makes for a biting finish. An interesting and complex stout, but the alcohol is slightly overwhelming.

silver0rlead, May 20, 2005
Photo of OldSock
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Black with a minimal brown head, not much lacing.

Smell – Mainly roasted barley with alcohol and some dark fruits.

Taste – Nice bitterness from the malts with a balancing sweetness as well. Definitely molasses and coffee there along with some fruits, prune most notably, along with alcohol. It certainly has a lot of flavor, but not much hopiness just a little at the back… maybe I’ve been drinking too many imperials and not enough doubles.

Mouthfeel – The best part of this beer, really smooth with just a little bit of carbonation. It is not as syrupy as some stouts, but that is fine by me. The oatmeal really helps here, one of the best stout mouthfeels I have had.

Drinkability – Certainly a sipper due to the strong flavor and alcohol, a good stout and the first double oatmeal I have had… or have heard of for that matter. Glad I drank this before the summer months hit.

OldSock, May 05, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black body, very little head. What little there was went away quickly.

Smell: Fruity, apples, citrus, some roasted malt, hint of coffee.

Taste/mouthfeel: Rich and sweet up front. The roasted malts really kick in at the end and give a really nice lingering taste. A slight warming of the throat from the alcohol, a nice feeling. The hops are there to keep everything in check, but don't seem to be the focus. The beer feels a little thin, or too crisp for an Imp. Stout.

JackStraw22, May 05, 2005
Photo of babydoc
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle labeled Bottled on 9-22-04. Pours sparkling but opaque coffee color, lets no light through. Foamy, dark brown-sugar head fades to bits of lace. Nose is sweet molasses, a bit of coffee, mostly sweet, a hint of the alcohol warms the nose.

There is dark, sweet malt and molasses at the outset, a swirl of dark fruits, then bitter dark chocolate and burnt malts. Full, chewy, slick mouthfeel at the start yields to a bitter, dark-cocoa-like powdery-dry finish on the tongue.

Thanks to kafkaEsb for this wonderful bottle.

babydoc, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of aaj1002
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the reformulated Fat Dog...and boy did Carol do it right... The beer pours black as night, with a substantial head. The nose is a wonderful blend of coffee bitterness and roast malt sweetness. The mouth-feel is rich and smooth with some slight undertones of activity. The flavor is a complex blend of roast-y malt goodness, bitter oat flavors, and a nice hint of hops at the end for dryness. Very, very nice...

aaj1002, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It came to me black as night in the pint glass, allowing no light to pass, at least that I could see. A thin, brown head clung to the surface throughout the drink, and it laced along the glass as it descended.

The aroma was thick and darkly malty, hoisting coffee and chocolate to the top, and allowing a vague hoppy bitterness to swirl beneath.

The first sip brought a thick wash of charcoal-grilled malt sweetness across my tongue, lashing traces of coffee in its wake. As the sweetness ebbed, sloe-fruit earth tones came through, and faded as well to a mild but oily hop bitterness, apart from the lingering bitterness of the toasted malt. The sweetness and bitterness both were a pleasant memory between each sip.

It is thick, full-bodied and hearty, its consistency buoyed by the passing sugfar references in the flavor of the beer. It'll leave a bit of itself behind with each sip, lingering for some time.

It's thick, intially sweet, and then refreshingly finished by the hops, and it goes down smooth and nicely. But, take note of the ABV. Yeah, it may not be WWS-level, but it's not minor league either.
Overall, this is one more example of Stoudt's stepping out and establishing itself as an entity in the big-beer market. They may not have done it first, and they may not be the most outrageous, but I think this beer is evidence that they're comfortable in this niche.

Foxman, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark, terminally opaque appearance, roasty tan head, very impressive...Aroma: more roasty & toasty, with plenty of chocolate, hints of coffee, traces of prune & carob, trickles of anise...mmmm, slick and delicious, full flavor on the tongue. smooth and tasty, more of the same tastes discerned in the nose. Brief flashes of charcoal glimmer over the palate...this is right on! An excellent night-cap, with the roasty feel maintaining dominance in the mouth, ...awesome! I love an good oatmeal stout, double love an imperial oatmeal stout, and what the hey, I kind of like this a little, too!

feloniousmonk, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black body, unleashes a tan head marked by explosive expansion, and then a slower, smoother decay. Good lacing quickly evident.

Nose has bits of cocoa, a hint of licorice, some dark fruits, and a whiff of herbal hoppiness. Not a lot of any one thing, but a nice blend.

Across the tongue, coffee emerges, wth some bits of chocolate. There's a plum bobbing in the fluid. As it fades away, a gentle hop wash dances in and out. Very well balanced. Just the barest perception of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is lush and extra smooth, as it should be. Very good drinkability, particularly when allowed to warm a bit.

Like the Double IPA, an example of a bolder attitude from Stoudts. While not best in show, this mixed breed of a beer is no mere mutt.

RonfromJersey, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tossed a drool-covered tennis ball with this one on 4/4/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Fierce mocha froth of coffee milkshake seething with interminable stick. Pitch black, but the continuous frank head gives it a slight, almost purple cast. Huge roasted oat on nose with a pitch of prune juice and root beer barrel sweetness. Pleasant, charred malt on mouth with a sublime alcohol presence that heats up a bit with warming; dark caramel coating finishes everything up. Very even for style, not over the top in any way, which is refreshing.

Truh, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of JoeNobody
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the Drafting Room in Exton after watching the bartender pour one for another customer. It poured with a nice but not large head and after a few sips came across with an espresso flavor minus the bitterness. A nice smooth mouthfeel that left a rich chocolate/coffee finish. An very enjoyable stout.

JoeNobody, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark black w/ a 1/4 finger of cocoa colored head.
Aroma filled w/ chocolate malt, coffee (slight) and brandy-like alcohol...very pleasant.
The flavor is fantastic...semi-sweet chocolate/coffee with a mild smoky flavor. Hops are present and a much welcomed addition to this fine offering.
A somewhat bittersweet finish...mouthfeel is thick. Bitterness does not linger at all.
Drinkability is very high for 9% ABV...I can detect more alcohol in the nose than in the taste.
Just when I thought I had found my favorite Double Stout in Victory's Storm King...along comes Fat Dog. Great stuff...would highly recommend.

warriorsoul, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/23/04, Sampled March 2005
Pours a pitch black color with a thick creamy full brown head that starts out 4 fingers thick. The aroma is thick and malty with notes of chocolate, molasses, and coffee. The aroma is amazingly smooth smelling, with out the harsh astringent burnt notes that are in some. The taste is fairly thick and creamy with a full sweet flavor up front. It is certainly reminiscent of chocolate milk shake. The finish is slightly astringent, with roasted malt notes. This beer is nicely drinkable for an Imperial stout, it is so smooth and creamy and not too thick. This makes for an easy drinking Imperial stout. This beer is dominated by the sweet malt flavors and the smooth roast notes that are evocative of rich dark chocolate. I am really enjoying this beer right now, so thanks to PisskyNights for this brew.

Gueuzedude, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This black beer churns out a nice looking creamy brown head. Very creamy. It's retention is solid. Lace is sporadic, yet nice. Nice nose of chocolate, molasses sludge, licorice and vanilla bean. Quite inviting. There's a nice roasted bitterness on the palate. This blends with the dry cocoa and coffee tones nicely. Black currants come to mind and anise as well. This a bold beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Body is damn near full. I was sitting on this one for a while...looking forward to the ocassion. And now the time has arrived and it delivered. Very enjoyable.

Bighuge, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Maestro
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been improved. Actually, this is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The beer pours an almost pitch-black with a thick tan head. There is a nice lacing left on the glass. The nose is full of roasty malts and a good coffee and chocolate presence. The taste is very rich with all sorts of characteristics. There is a good bit of coffee and chocolate as well as some fresh, crisp hops. I like this beer's new rendition. Drinkability is amazing so be careful. This gem can sneak up on you at this ABV.

Maestro, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, prune color with a relatively small head that leaves a few swathes of lace

Smell: Lots of roasty malts, some chocolate and some alcohol on the nose

Taste: Starts out with dark chocolate flavor that grows increasingly roasty and bitter by mid-palate and after the swallow; concludes with unusual bitterness that tastes like holiday spice cake spices

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Very rich and different, but I guess I would prefer more of the coffee and chocolate flavors that this one lacks

brentk56, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of isubsmith
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very black, opaque. Brown creamy head.

Nose: Roasted malts, chocolate and lots of sweet oatmeal.

Taste: Sweet malty oatmeal taste. Typical chocolate and coffee tastes as well. Minimal carbonation. Very full bodied, tends to coat the mouth nicely.

A rather tasty beer. I quite enjoyed it. Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content. I just have to find somewhere local to get some...

Definately worth trying.

isubsmith, Feb 20, 2005
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.