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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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Ratings: 1,243
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 73 | 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 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.


Photo of rajendra82
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The new arrival in Georgia came in a 12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date (6/21/05) stamped on the neck. The beer came out pitch black and opaque, and did not have much of a head. While pouring the body did not look quite as viscous as other imperial stouts.

The aroma was sweet and heavy on chocolate. Also smelled, were notes of roast grain, alcohol, and toffee, and a whiff floral hops. The aroma was very inviting without being overly intense.

The taste continued the subtle, sweet stout journey. Powdered cocoa, and malted milk ball taste, mixed well with the roasted grain backbone. There was lingering charcoal smokiness and faint hop bitterness in the taste as well. The body was little thin for the style, and slippery as heck. The high ABV was not apparent in the taste until near the end of each swallow, when the alcohol fumes took off. Quite a drinkable stout despite the high strength, this was lacking a little in the complexity department. I think that after aging, this will be quite a treat.

Photo of DogFood11
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Woohooo !! I've finally found Stoudt's Imperial Oatmeal stout. Not that exciting for some but I've been a' lookin' for a while. Nasty dark dreadful looking body with a filthy meal like head and retention. Seems like a nice fit for a double stout.

Comes across hard on the alcohol. Thought that could have been at least a little bit more hidden (not entirely unwelcome). Big Malty charred presence. Coffee/creamy. Hops try to slosh their way through the muddy mess and barely sneak a peak and add another level to this fine brew. Big warming finish...Big warming finish...did I mention the finish it was warmmm

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

Appearance: Black with a paper thin creamy-brownish head

Smell: Nutty, grainy, musty smell with some chocolatiness and
berries thrown in the back end.

Taste: Big malty taste. Very nutty... tastes as the name would
suggest... oatmeal incarnate... mm mm mm.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy... almost milkshake like... wonderful

Drinkability - While I love the thickness of this beer, it prevents it from being extremely drinkable. While I would love to drink this all
day long, I simply don't think my stomach could handle it.

Nonetheless... a very nice beer all in all... I would expect as much
from this brewery.

Photo of Naes
2.19/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is jet black and has a two finger milk chocolate colored head.

The aroma is super malty with the presence of coffee and alcohol.

The flavor is much sweeter than I expected. It’s a bit syrupy and has a lot of bitter chocolate flavor.

Its mouth feel and drinkability are greatly hindered by the syrupy factor. This is definitely a sipping beer. It is worth looking at if you like the super sweet stouts, but this is not the brew for me.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is pretty much exactly what they say it is. Thick and black with a thin creamy tan head. Rich dark chocolate nose, licorice, anise, whiskey. Sweet flavors coat the tongue initially, dark plums and cherries are noticeable, followed by strong coffee and chocolate notes and a serious walloping of hops in the finish. Smooth and silky, and the alcohol is warming and present. Definitely improved (even though it's really a different style) in every way on this beer. Much more '"imperial" than "oatmeal."

Photo of oggg
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Briens

Nice looking black with brownish foam, like any other stout. Aroma is a squeek of chocolate, even after warming. On the tongue, this double stout is smooth but thin. Tiny burnt character offers itself up but you have to concentrate. Bitterness is mild. Banana ester increases with warming and it totally out of place. Finish is off-dry. Alcohol imperceptible.

Overall: get rid of the banana and it might be a high alcohol oatmeal stout. Forget the Imperial part though.

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.

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.