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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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1,191 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 73
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 whartontallboy
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/23/04. Oily black pour with a tan head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma is malty with some roasty and chocolate notes coming through in there. The high ABV is also right there in the nose; you can tell this one is going to have a little punch to it.
Taste is similarly dominated by roasted malt and coffee flavors with some chocolate coming through. The finish has a nice little bit of hop bitterness, but is predominantly alcohol, which I guess you would expect. The oatmeal slips in there, too.
Mouthfeel is thick but still relatively silky.

Overall: Not too bad, and it certainly has a good flavor, but the alcohol seems just a little out of balance in this one. Each sip starts out marvelous until the alcohol gets a little out of control.

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Stoudts have improved an already good beer here. Inky black with a nice head of mocha-coloured foam. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of booze as well. Taste is roasty up front, with some lovely chocolate and coffee notes in the middle. The finish is slightly hoppy, boozy, and roasty yet again. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>thick, and nice and the drinkability is good as well. Nothing mind-blowing, but a tasty, very drinkable strong stout available at a very good price.

francisweizen, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from ManekiNeko as a surprise in a trade. Thanks!
I am drinking a room temp bottle in a snifter. Bottled on 11/2/04
The beer pours dark brown with a soft creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up and fading very slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is light grassy hops and some cocoa powder and a hint of roasted malt. First sip reveals mild rolling carbonation and a silky creamy texture. Flavor is a mix of malt madness with chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and some oats (cheerios). The finish leaves a roasted malt and oaty taste in my mouth with just a pinch of sweet twang on the swallow. None of the hops on the nose are to be found in the flavor. Quite a nice beer, better than the original fat dog? I think the two beers are different enough not to be compared.

sulldaddy, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

States that it's bottle conditioned so I'm going to set one back for another 6-12 months and see what happens.

Appearance: Pours dark chocolate brown to black with a nice tan head. There are craters in the foam and it looks kind of cool in my snifter.

Smell: Prominent alcohol up front, espresso, baker's chocolate, and vanilla extract all woft out of the glass in perfect medley.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, licorice, espresso, and rum-soaked raisins finish out the sip. A definite dry, alcohol finish rounds out this tasty little stout.

Mouthfeel: thick and velvety presumably from the oats. Very complex and interesting.

Drinkability: Rainy day goodness in a glass. I will definitely be looking for this one again. Not super fantastic but unique enough that I will make this a regular rotation.

mattcrill, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A slight improvement over the original but really can’t hang with the "big dogs" in the Imperial Stout world. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a miniscule tan head that was gone right away. Very little lacing as well. Toasted malt and coffee aroma. The body is rich after awhile but it is so dry, with so much hops and coffee on the front end it made my hair stand on end. Malt and chocolate show up to the party later. The finish is dry and roasty and bitter. I would get this again but as an Imperial Stout it falls short, as it needs more body and more balance.

Dogbrick, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very cool logo. Loved the big ass dog sittin' atop the brewery. Apperance was the only downfall of this brew. Really, it wasn't that bad either. The only draw back on the appearance was that the head went flat rather quick and completely disappeared. The color was a super black color with a tan head. The head started out big and fluffy, but then faded away. The smell was of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, and a little alcohol. The taste was similar, but also had elements of coffee in it. Even though it had a rather strong alcohol content, it was hardly detectable in the taste. The taste and mouthfeel was actually very smooth. Along with all the aforementioned properties, it was very drinkable and warmed me up on a nice cold night up here in Va. mountains.

JISurfer, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured much like oil out of the bottle. The beer rested in my tulip with a heavy black body and a nice toffe head that was several fingers deep. As the head receded it left much lace clinging to the side of the glass. the smell was quite roasty and full of alcohol flavoring coupled with some lucsh caramel and chocolate. The taste was full of the oatmeal stout flavors that you would expect only with an increased alcohol content and a little more of a warming flavor in the after taste. The mouthfeel was flat and smooth, just how I like my stout. This was an excellent beer and a good experiement.

GreatPondBrewer, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful midnight color. Gentle, fizzy bubbles rise to the top to form a perfect cocoa head. Wonderful smells of cocoa, coffee and a faint whiff of alcohol.

Deep, hefty flavors predominate. Super rich chocolate, alcohol, espresso, and nuance of dried fruit culminate into a nice sippin' ale. Sweet and full-flavored. The finish starts off smooth, but ends with a bit of a rough, raw alcohol flavor. This isn't entirely discouraging, though.

Break out some hearty beef stew with root veggies and a big loaf of crusty bread for this bad boy. Or perhaps dessert is in order...try a homemade chocolate pudding to compliment the flavors that this "super stout" has to offer.

Zraly, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a dark black with a thin, rocky chocolate head (even with heavy pouring). Leaves decent lacing, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: Smells of chocolate with hints of molasses and toffee. A very malty smelling Stout. Just the tiniest touch of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes very heavy, and very strong. Obviously not a beer to take lightly. A nice coffee taste hits the mouth at first, and slowly blends into a sweeter, more creamy flavor at the end. The finish is long-lasting, and very pleasent. In the mouth it's chewy and full-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a suprisingly drinkable beer considering the ABV, but not quite a session brew. This is the second of the new Stoudt's I've had, and I must say they've done well. A rich, full-flavored Stout that might just do wonders with age. Try it.

santoslhalper, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of soulfly967
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tonight I'm trying Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout in their new 12oz bottle. Poured very dark, nearly jet black. Had a nice tan head that settled slowly, and left decent lacing on the glass Smell is of coffee, roasted malt, and some alochol. The taste is of rather sweet, with notes of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is amazing, smooth as silk. If i had more of this beer, they would have been consumed tonight, but, as fate would play out, I only had two. I will be getting me a case of these bad boys very soon.

soulfly967, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Imperial Oatmeal Stout. 12 oz. bottle. Stamp for bottled on date was not lined up, and both lines were printed on top of each other. No worry. Pours a dark, pretty much pitch black liquid with no highlights. Thick, creamy tan head. Good look for any type of big stout. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Smells of coffee, notes of alcohol and maybe some chocolate. Big roasted malt, almost burnt. Oatmeal sweetness, some coffee in the flavor as well. Good amount of hop bitterness. This is a big beer, as the alcohol is certainly present. Mouthfeel is a great aspect of this beer. A big, creamy, velvety beer. Soft and velvet from the oatmeal, low carbonation. A nice new version, good concept for an imperioa oatmeal stout. Despite the noticable alcohol went down pretty easy.

Bierguy5, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of mpkill
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no brew date.

Pours pitch black with a nice inch of mocha-laced head. Coffee aroma with a hint of roasted/burnt malt. Initial taste is slightly grainy, followed by chocolate and coffee undertones and a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. There is the pleasant warmth of alcohol in the finish.

Overall, an excellent stout. Hard to believe, but it actually improves as it warms up a little.

mpkill, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black awesome nectar of the gods the most imperial of an imperial oatmeal stout, whatever that means. Pure black coffeee tone huge massive tan head leaves evenly dispersed scattered lacing. Aroma: Deep notes of coffee, fusel alcohol, whole hop leaves, and chocolate this one is hard to beat along with a big grainy sweetness from the oatmeal addition. Taste: Smooth velvety pit of chocolate coffee tones wow what a big bodacious beer (I've never used that word before) however it descrirbes this one perfectly just amazing multi layers of herbal hop tea and black chocolate enhanced coffee melds together so nicely. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy at times smooth drinking completely coats the palate with a smooth sipping brew can be this enticing. Drinkability: Simply amazing brew that is hard to describe in simple English words you need to hear the groans and grunts of happiness that have occureed mmm mmmm mutha fuck^n good.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good old fat dog has been revamped I have been waiting to try this. Pours out a pitch black with a glass filling brown head peaking out of the top. The head has decent staying power and leaves rings of lace all around the glass. Aroma is full of coffee and roasted malt. The smell seems surprisingly tame after taking a sip and seeing how much flavor this really has. Taste here is full and rich with sweet caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and alcohol all coming together perfectly. There is a good bit of bitter earthiness here and notes of oats/grains. Alcohol is surprisingly prevalent but with the richness of the other flavors it mingles in quite well. After taste is a bitter roastiness. Mouthfeel on this is full and slick with a great warmness about it. I could definitely put down a few of these and want more. Great revamping of an old favorite. It definitely lives up to the Imperial Oatmeal Stout name, very tasty offering indeed.

meathookjones, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Deep brown, nearly black body. 1.5" head of dark tan rises and slowly falls to a thin, intermittent lacing on the surface. Low carbonation, moderate visocosity.

Smell: A robust and highly proteinous smell of roasted malt and oatmeal. It really smells like an oatmeal stout hopped up on steroids.

Taste: This stout is very complex. The inital taste lends a smooth character which is sharly cut by the ascerbic dark and roasted malt. This carries a nice and full roasted flavor through until the residual oatmeal lends a lactic flavor. This oat flavor remains through the finish as the dark malt bitterness once again overcomes the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is nice and creamy, and doesn't cloy even when warmed to room temperature. The alcohol hides itself very well in the strong roasted notes; though it is apparent by the viscosity that this isn't your typical 4-5% oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: I really like this. I can't say I ever had the "original" Fat Dog Stout, but this new Imperial Oatmeal version is great and unlike any other 'big' stout out there. I couldn't really throw this back unhindered, but I sure wouldn't refuse another one, especially on a chill winter evening. This new bottle conditioned series is 2/2 in my book so far (I have yet to get to the triple). One note: I notice quite a bit of tan yeast/protein/sludge in the last sip of my beer. It might be sage to slowly decant this guy if you're turned off by such sediment.

99bottles, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's changed the beer known as Fat Dog to an Imperial Oatmeal Stout at a hefty 9% ABV. Deep black in color with a reasonable 1/2" brown head. Super thick lacing develops on the glass. The aroma is of coffee and roasted malts. The flavor is much better than what was detected by the nose as mellow roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and a hint of bitterness are well balanced. Overall a simple and enjoyable brew for the tastebuds.

This is a medium / heavy bodied brew. The start was smooth and the finish was smooth and thin with a coffee, chocolate, and alcohol tones lasting briefly on the tongue. This is a great drinking brew and having more than one is quite easy even with the higher alcohol levels.

Gavage, Oct 30, 2004
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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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