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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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1,235 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,235
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extraordinary head, as if it were way over-carbonated. Surprisingly, it leaves no lace. Dark ruby-mahogany brown in color. Does not allow light to penetrate the brew.

Sweet coffee and toffee aromas. This beer does not have the coyingly sweet sugary smells that would typical of big malt. A touch of hop rounds off the aroma.

Much sweeter than I expected. Lots of burnt coffee flavors. Reminds me of an expresso with extra sugar. Some nuttiness to the flavor. It is very highly carbonated, but has an above average body. I can only detect any hop in the aftertaste.

As a bottle conditioned beer, I wonder if I received one that had too much sugar in the wort. The carbonation was distracting and it was far sweeter than I would normally expect in a stout. Flavorful, it is; preferable to mass-produced, absolutely; it still falls short of being a great stout.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/3/05 lasered on neck. Hooray for clear dating! Pours into my SN tulip a somewhat viscous deep charcoal black with a nice inch of bubbly tan head. Aromas of rich dark roasted burnt grains with huge notes of bakers chocolate, coffee beans, black currants, a hint of raspberry and dark fruits abound. Some fusel alcohol in the nose as well. Lovely.

First sip brings a wonderful, silky, creamy dark roasted maltiness accentuated by bakers chocolate, hints of bitter coffee, anise and a mix of dark fruits. Slightly smoky on the way down. The oatmeal imparts such a nice, silken quality to the brew. Some bitterness on the way down with a touch of herbal/citrus hops. A nice brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a healthy amount of bubbles. A very drinkable Imperial Oatmeal Stout that's damn tasty and goes down easily. Yummy stuff! Thanks to warriorsoul for the bottle.

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

Bottled on 4/21/05 pours pitch black nothing showing thru even when held up to the light with a thin mocha head.Heay on the roasted malt in the nose with some bitter chocolate and underlying fruitiness the alcohol doesnt really rear its head,milk chocolate and deeply roasted malt dominate the flavor department with some alcohol burn showing up more as I drink more.Smooth and palatable for the style,quite nice.

Photo of KroMagnon
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was lower because the head was so blasted...nothing. High alcohol or not, I'm afraid I was expecting more head, even from the bottle. The aroma was better, with a rich, clean blend of caramel, coffee, chocolate, and something else like licorice. The flavor was phenomenal, however - hits your tongue with a deep chocolatey note, combined with a good blend of sweetness and bitterness that are almost equal in proportion and obvious without being overpowering. Awesome.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting style and was very eager to taste. Very dark appearance. Small head and some slight retention. The smell was a little dull. Especially for an imperial stout. This one should have had some real kick to it, but it was definitely lacking in the aroma department. The taste was a little better but was lacking something. It had the sourness of an oatmeal stout, but there was just something missing. The dry mouthfeel didn't do it for me either, but in the end, it evened out to a balanced, drinkable imperial brew. Don't get me wrong, the beer was enjoyable to drink, but I just thought it could use some improvement.

Photo of gotbeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a picture of a fat, black labrador on it. Very cool looking dog.

The brew itself pours black and thick with a coffee colored head. It leaves some lacing on the glass as you drink it.

The taste has some oatmeal grain taste to it with liquorice, a sweet malty presence, and some hops for balance. It hides the alcohol, but not entirely, giving it a spicy alcohol taste at the end of a sip. Very drinkable for a beer of this ABV, but you still have to respect it. Overall, an incredible and unique stout with tons of complexity. Every sip brings out different aspects of this beer.

I think it's about time for more imperial oatmeal stouts. This one is great, and I look forward to enjoying it again. Very much reccomended.

Photo of Fish113d
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a snifter from a bottle, chilled, it pours a pitch black color with a thin, tan, consistent head that leaves a nice edge layer on the glass. Most of the surface clears to allow the pitch blackness come through, but the edge layer holds nicely.

Aroma is some dark roasted and chocolate malts, along with some slight hops. Also some oatmeal and grains come through to my sinuses. I also catch the hint of some black liquorice (sp?), which is suprising to me.

Sipping, i quickly notice a black liquorice flavor along with the oatmeal and dark, chocolate malts. The black liquorice could actually maybe be described as rasberry chocolate also. On the swallow, a little hops flavor comes through along with some slight bitterness and some warming. Nice composition.

Sipping this, the carbonation hits a little hard (twangy carbonation), right away but it gives way to a full-bodied palette killer, along with some slight alcohol on the finish. Decent feel overall, but could be better.

I like this one very much. I recommend it to anyone, especially big beer freaks!!!

Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limpid black. Thin creamy light cocoa cap. Stringy lacing sticks and a thin collars keeps.

Aroma is quite nice with dark milky chocolate that seems oily slick and waxy fresh. Notes of very dark vanilla, dark maple syrup, and very light anise.

Taste is smooth and chocolatey with slimming layers of roasted grains and oats, cocoa and vanilla, with a flexing bend of sweet fruits intertwined with alcoholic esters and carob induced warming filling out the finish. Has some complexity to it, but never foreboding to the point of unreasonable balance. Partial molasses floats into the finish where it drys off very, very gradually with an airy twinge of dark roast.

Feel is uniquely different with a slick blended medium body smoothness of creamy chocolate laced with a gentle richness and warmth of light roast and even lighter dark fruit tang. Enticing drinkability. The slick silky smooth texture is wonderful on the tongue. Its richness is very easy to take in, as is its ABV. Good stuff.

Photo of shark262
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is extremely dark brown mixed with deep red/ruby tones. A slight head forms upon pouring yet quickly dissapates to nothing.

Fruity almost banana-like smell mixed with brown sugar and a whisper of cloves. Roasted notes are present and there are little to no hops in the nose.

Taste is overpowered by roasted and even burned malts, yet the usage of oatmeal provides a nice, heavier body. A strong bite of alcoholic taste hits first with a somewhat acidic, highly dry finish afterwards.

Hardly any carbonation and alcohol leaves mouth feeling warm. High usage of roasted malts leaves a somewhat bitter taste in the mouth after drinking.

While not a session beer, its overly-drying effects ironically leave me thirsty for more.

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color with some ruby highlights....nose is light but has some nice dark fruits...sweet malty nose...

Body is full and creamy....definitely has an "imperial" feel to it...a little sticky sweet mouthfeel....

Taste is extremly sweet....a lot of dark fruits, molasses, a little vanilla...great stuff..

I always wondered what an Imperial Oatmeal would taste like....I think it works wonderfully....you get a big heavy hitter with a very nice creamy texture....great flavor...nice heftiness to this....top notch effort....I'd love a sixer of this every winter to warm up by the fire....ranks as one of the better stouts I've had..

Thanks to Warriorsoul for this add on treat.

Photo of kegerator
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black with little head and no real retention.
smell is alcohol, sweet, burnt sugar and bitter chocolate/coffe aromas.
taste was a little odd to me. it has a very sharp bite to it maybe from the oatmeal used. alcohol was warming and inviting and as it warmed the sweeter flavors started to appear. chocolate and brown sugar. medium to medium full in body finishes very smooth and coats the tongue well.

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

Pours a blackish color with red highlights when held to the light. Nice tan head falls slowly to a ring of foam that leaves some light lace.

Aroma is rich chocolate, licorish light alcohol hints mixed with some light bitter coffee flavors and piney hops. Very nice dark smell sweet and inviting but big and chewy at the same time.

Taste is full can feel the oats as this wonderful liquid flows over the tounge. Taste is lots of chocolate that mellows to a moca expresso like flavor. Nice bubbley carbonation brings some sweet oats mixed with bitter coffee flavors forth. Finish is fading chocolate increased coffee flavors blending with bitter piney hops and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is big full nice flavorable brew full body full roasted oaty flavors.

Drinkability is good nice hell of a double oatmeal stout or an American double stout nice anyway you look at it or taste it. Wish I had picked up more of these.

Photo of beerluvr
4.8/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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).

Photo of cubedbee
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of shippos
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
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!!!!

Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of OldSock
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of JackStraw22
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of babydoc
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.