1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,211 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 74
Gots: 59 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,211 | Reviews: 739 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep brown, opaque body with a small tan head that quickly falls into patch and skim lace. Aroma has lots of roasty malts, with a prominent note of bitter coffee. Some prunes and bittersweet dark chocolate are also noted. Mouthfeel has moderated carbonation and a smooth medium full body. Taste largely mirrors the aroma, with bitter, roasted coffee, roasty malts, dark fruits(prunes) and a lactose note that adds some creaminess. No alcohol is noted amidst the complexity of flavors. A decent impy stout, but something seems missing. Richness detracts somewhat from drinkability.

merlin48, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Suds
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Thick, black, sweet, solid, dark…yum. This is a superb stout. Small, but firm head. Chocolate and fruit aroma. Alcohol smell is omnipresent. Berries and roasted grains and oatmeal are central flavors. There’s a lot of complexity and a lot of taste. Thick and heavy mouthfeel, with nice warming. It’s a very creamy, slightly oily, mouth coating beer. Simply great. Finish is a little peppery. I could toss back a lot of these.

Suds, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black as midnight with a 1'' cream colored head that falls to a thin ring. laces the glass nicely. smell is strong chocolate with some big coffee notes. also smells slightly of alcohol. taste is big coffee with some sweet dark chocolate with maybe a hint of fermented fruit. alcohol is barlely noticable. small with hops in the far back.mouthfeel is thick and slighlty chewy. drinkabilty is good overall. not too many though at the high abv. a fine stout from stoudt's.

ramrod666, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark, near opaque black and topped milky coffee colored head. Good finger thick that settles to a respectable lace with stick. Roasted aroma with earth and soft sherry and paper. Smooth and thick mouthfeel, viscous, full-bodied. Sharp-ish light acrid astringency and sherry-like flavor strikes the palate at first, some tannins, sweet black coffee, light fruits, cola, spicy alcohol, powdery light chocolate, paper, thinned underlying bitterness with a touch of rawness. A tasty brew with a lot going on. Interesting and complex, but still very approachable.

Todd, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, Extreme Beer Fest 2005...

Opaque black pour with a deep tan glistening head that rises almost an inch in height. The lace that sticks is extremely milky and full. Dense chocolatey aroma, slight roast, a little simple for a Double Stout. Mouthfeel is very nice -- slick but coating from the oatmeal with a lighter carbonation and a creamy sense. Slight coffee at best in the flavor profile, more chocolate and sweetness. In many ways, I'm surprised that this checks in at 9.0 ABV, the alcohol is hardly noticeable and the beer settles in as a comfortable and easy-to-drink rendition. Cheers to tossing some oats into a bigger ass Stout...

ADR, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of krberg
2.28/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Molasses colored with a thick brown head. I am actually suprised at the density of the head considering the ABV. No light escapes my glass! Fat Dog is the only beer I have ever held up to the bright white BA reviewing field that hasn't reveiled ruby or brown highlights. Just pure black.

Smells malty-sweet and like lighter roasted coffee with hints of very dark brown sugar. I can't pick out any hop aroma. In short it smells like a big, roasty stout. Awesome!

Did I just take a shot of something?! Tastes like booze; hot, sharp and sweet. Where is the roast I smell? There is a hint of smooth oatmeal stout in the background. I think it is too cold... Alright, 55 degrees and now the nose has turned to pure alcohol and the taste hasn't changed except that now I can find the black patent very easily. The background stout has faded into fusel hell. Goddamn it!

Mouthfeel is lacking the slickness and fullbody of a regular oatmeal stout.

I'm having a hard time finishing the 12 oz. Couldn't drink anymore of this.

I am so very disappointed. Fat Dog looks and smells great (when cold anyway). This coupled with my love for a good oatmeal stout had my expectations in the stratosphere. I wanted to love this beer! Maybe it was a bad bottle...

EDIT: Now that I have read the other reviews, I am willing to give this another try in the coming months.

krberg, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of Beervis
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer, very complex and roasty!

Pours extremely dark with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is awesome with notes of chocolate, caramel, espresso, and so many other smells going on that are too many to single out.

Mouthfeel is complex, smooth, and creamy. Strong roasted malt flavours with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

Finish is long, sweet, and warm. This just keeps begging for another sip. My only complaint is that I only picked up one bottle, I will however, be grabbing more!!

Beervis, Jan 24, 2005
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
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.