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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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1,163 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 67
Gots: 49 | 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 peterittenhouse


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery in Adamstown,PA late last year. Finally enjoying on this crisp fall evening.

Appearance- Pours jet black with thin white head.

Smell- Aroma of prunes, dark chocolate, and roasted malt

Taste- Deep malty punch w/ crisp hot bite. This is a rich beer w/ a winey, bittersweet backbone. I taste coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth and sticky. Wondeful mouthfeel

Drinkabilty- Great stuff. Just right for a nightcap. W/ the cold nights and impending holidays, I need another detour in Adamstown.

Happy Holidays!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 02:09:30 | More by peterittenhouse
Photo of joe1510


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$2.29 Single
Siciliano's, Grand Rapids

Bottled 5/16/07

Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout pours black into my pint glass with deep rich mahogany highlights when backlit. A two finger insanely creamy beige head formed on the pour and, although fading slightly, stayed put throughout. Leaves sheet lacing as I drink with the occasional chunk here and there. A great looking stout.

A big solid roastiness starts things off with the aroma. While the roastiness provides a solid base there's waves of bakers chocolate, freshly ground coffee, a lactic creaminess, and a noticeable pine needle hoppiness showing up in the background.

Damn, this is a rich and delicious stout! What I described for the aroma comes along in the flavor three-fold. The roastiness is deep, the chocolate intense, the coffee rich, and the creaminess ...super creamy (Ran out of descriptors). Solid pine needle hoppiness and coffee bean bitterness on the swallow that balances things nicely. There's some alcohol spiciness that's present in the flavor that's not in the aroma. The spiciness adds a nice depth of complexity.

Body is thick and luxurious. As this beer works through the mouth it becomes thicker and by the swallow incredibly smooth. Sluggish carbonation lets this beer work through on it's own silky smooth time.

This is a sipper for sure with the big body and intense flavors but one I would happily sip the night away with. Great beer on a cold day like today.

My first encounter with Stoudts Brewing and if Fat Dog is any indication I will be more than happy with the IIPAs and Pale Ales that are in the fridge. An exceptionally crafted Imperial stout that I will buy again and again, when I find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 21:15:19 | More by joe1510
Photo of stewart124


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't get a great pour on this one so there wasn't much head but what is there is a bit of tan lace. The lace stays with the beer. Pitch black appearance with a bit of burgundy on the edges.

Smell is of strong sherry and raisins. Very sweet smells that are boosted with hints of dark roasted and toasted malts.

Taste is very strong and sweet with a nice medium to full body. Alcohol is nice an warming but not over the top in presence. Sweet raisins and plums are very noticable and could be from some dark caramel malts. Hops must be of the noble variety and fairly toned down. There is a burnt aftertaste but it molds well with the rest of the flavors. Finishes dry and with a nice left of burntness that blends with the alcohol.

Really a nice beer that is smooth and big.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 02:19:12 | More by stewart124
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) has a fluffy head that offers fair retention and good lacing. Has a deep dark brown almost black color.

Smells of burnt/roasted malt, coffee, molasses, a bit of maple syrup and chocolate fruits.

Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate and a good hop bitterness that keeps everything in line. Cant wait to age a few of these bad boys.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 03:37:19 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of neobassman


3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial stouts and oatmeal stouts - this brew attempts to cover both bases, and like a Chevy Avalanche, it's a bit of pickup and a bit of an SUV, but not really first rate at either. The particulars: black color that passes virtually no light. Dark, moderately sticky head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smell is fruity (along with the roasted maltiness characteristic of the style), almost sour apple when fresh from the bottle, though this essence did not hang around. Taste was mildly bitter, somewhat sweet, with the cooked coffee underneath. Frankly I could not sense the oatmeal in this oatmeal stout, so it is not nearly as round a flavor of a good oatmeal stout like Young's, though some of the sweet stickiness might be attributed to oats. It does not have the bite of Guinness. This is a plus for me but may not appeal to some stout lovers who favor Guinness's cooked coffee personality.

So... okay, but not a home run. For me it is not as memorable an Imperial as Old Heathen and not as substantial an oatmeal stout as Young's. An also-ran. Two additional notes - I can't confirm the date for this bottle because the date code appeared to be water-soluble, and the alcohol content was not to be found on the label - I hunted three times - so I'll have to assume the 9.0% reported on Ba holds for my sample, as well. If so, it hides it's high ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 02:52:37 | More by neobassman
Photo of genog


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black rich color with a creamy and frothy light brown head. Head is excellent and fully lasting on this brew. Smell is of caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. Taste is moderately sweet at first followed by a slight bitterness. Medium, watery mouthfeeling with a lively carbonation and very smooth finish. Not too sweet overal and a very nice tasting oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 00:49:50 | More by genog
Photo of mnj21655


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with about a finger of sticky light brown long-lasting head that leaves great lacing. Great aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, some dark fruits, light alcohol. Taste is much like that aroma. Initially quite roasty, just shy of acrid, but gives way to more chocolate flavors that are distinctly bittersweet in the finish. The alcohol is quite well hidden here. There is a bit of a harsh aftertaste that is likely from the roasted malts, its not terribly prominent but detracts a bit from my opinion of this beer. Mouthfeel is good, medium-full body, moderate carbonation, and a nice smooth, silky mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good. Despite the harshness of the aftertaste I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 23:47:00 | More by mnj21655
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip.

Definitely oats, coffee and just a slight chocolate aroma.

Doesn't have the sweetness I expected.
Bitterness on the back of my tongue followed by dryness.
Smooth. Slightly creamy, yet feels a little thin. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 23:14:32 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of dbalsock


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for this treat.

App: Pours dark brown with a tan head, 2 fingers thick and very dense. The head is frothy and appealing, but reduces to a thick ring too soon.

Smell: Caramelly and creamy with a spice hop aroma that I find a little too intense. The roasted notes remind me of sweet coffee.

Taste: There's a fruity, malty character with a great balance of hop taste and dark chocolate. It's rather nutty and all the malts are complimented nicely by the hops. The aftertaste provides a nice warming and roastiness.

Mouthfeel: So very smooth with a bitter coffee aftertaste to mix it up. Seems to froth in my mouth as I sip and end with an alcoholic airiness that I find appealing in the style.

Drinkability: Interesting, balanced and moderately complex, I find this beer to be very good. I would pick this up regularly if I could, even if it is a rather intense beer. I would probably prefer smaller servings though, than a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 01:21:42 | More by dbalsock
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of balck malts and oatmeal. It has a fine roasted character. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, roasted malt flavor with a stiff black malt finish. It's not too rich, but the alcohol warms a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. It has a complex malt palate and is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 19:39:33 | More by WesWes
Photo of xychromosome

North Carolina

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass and watched as the tan coloured head quickly formed ontop. Aromas of coffee and oatmeal, breakfast! Tastes similar to its aroma, thick, creamy with a finish of coffee and roast. Tasted smoother and thicker the warmer it became in the glass. A lovely imperial stout to be savoured, not too overwhelmingly roasty like some imp. stouts can be. I imagine the oatmeal helps smooth things out a bit. Nice effort.


Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 23:13:34 | More by xychromosome
Photo of thatguy314

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich deep brown color with a dense tan head that started full and quickly decreased to a consistent thin covering that remained throughout the entire drink. A little agitation thickens this film temporarily. The nose brings intense toasty and coffee aromas. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a stout I think but it doesn't feel watery by any stretch. The taste brings on the intense aforementioned coffee and roasty notes, with a prominent yet subtle nutty flavor in the finish that lingers in your mouth long after the liquid is gone. The finish is what really makes this beer stand out. You definitely taste (and feel) the alcohol a bit in this beer, which is appropriate for an imperial stout, but it's not offensive or overwhelming. Overall, I would order this without thinking twice, but I would think more carefully before ordering a second round.

Ian and Lee

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:06:43 | More by thatguy314
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

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

Longneck poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass at room temperature. Bottle has a bottled on date printed on the neck.

Beer sits in the glass black as coal with no transparency at all. Quarter inch of light tan head rests on top after a careful pour - looks like the froth on the top of a capuccino. Smells of cocoa, caramel, and coffee. Flavor starts out with a quick hit of mellow smoke, followed by some medium caramel sweetness, dark dried fruits, and dark roasted coffee. Also hints of yeasty fruitiness, chocolate, and alcohol. Finish is on the bitter side, with a roasted bitterness settling around the edges of the tongue. I thought that the carbonation level of this ale was going to be way too high after observing the pour, but it was at a very nice level. Mouthfeel was very full and creamy, with just a slight astringency probably from the alcohol and highly roasted malt. Too complex and high in alcohol to offer a great drinkability, but very nice to sip on.

My first beer sampled from this brewery, and it was a very good first impression. This is a very nice stout to welcome the impending cold and snow to come. A big, heavy beer with a nice creamy feel and very complex flavors. Definately recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 21:50:07 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of KingG


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 11/29/06

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Tripel Karemliet glass.

Appearance is good. Aggressive pour gives way to a thick black fluid that you can't see through. Head is initially tan-colored, thick and fizzy but dies down to a thin film after sitting a few minutes.

Smell is very good. Roasted malts, mocha coffee, rich milk chocolate, candy sugar and alcohol fumes.

Taste is good. Much like the smell but more of a chocolate-coffee flavor dominates. After-taste is fruity and roasty. Alcohol is not as prevalent as in the smell.

Mouthfeel is good. Below-average carbonation. Texture's like drinking slightly carbonated chocolate milk. Little bit thin. Smooth, and creamy.

Drinkability is very good. An easy drinker for a stout with this much flavor.

A pleasant flavor with very good drinkability makes this a winner. Wish more breweries tried to brew an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 03:07:34 | More by KingG
Photo of jetfanzee

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with half inch tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, slight carbonation, as you would expect for this style. Not very strong nose rising from the glass, a little burnt toast? Slight sweetness balances the heavy roast / espresso taste. Touch of hops on the back end, stop this from being too sweet. Not as creamy as I would expect for an Oatmeal Stout. Bit of an oily mouthfeel, coats the mouth and stays with you for a while after each sip. Considering the ABV not very strong alcoohol taste, no burn at all.

Overall nice drinking beer, but not the best for the style I've had. More than 2 in a night would be too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 23:48:09 | More by jetfanzee
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled exactly 6 months before consumption. Also, on a side note, this is the highest ABV I've seen in a six pack before.
A: Dark black with a decent head initially but it cell leaving a small dark ring. Served in my DFH snifter.
S: Very dark roasted aroma up front although it was served a bit wrong. I think I can smell the alcohol though. It isn't as sweet as I would have expected.
T: The taste is as roasty as the aroma and quite creamy as well, but lacking sweetness just like the aroma as well. Overall not what I had expected as all. It's much dryer than I'm used to for an oatmeal stout, even if it is and Imperial.
M: Pretty heavy but right in line for a dark beer. Very smooth and creamy.
D: I'm not as impressed as I though, which seems to be the theme here. I'm going to chill one down and try this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 05:26:11 | More by drseamus
Photo of jdg204


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birthday trip to the Stoudt's brewery meant that I finally got my hands on this gem of a stout (my first double).

Appearance - Beautiful deep, black, opaque look with a thick brown head.

Smell - Wonderful deep roasted coffee tone with an undertone of sweet, dark french vanilla.

Taste - This bad boy has some serious power, though is still approachable. Coffee flavors with sweet french vanilla and a good bit of strong malt (almost reminds one of Kahlua). Healthy amout of hops definetly help balance things out.

Mouthfeel - Quite a thick brew which strength is shown in it's weight on the tongue. Really good balance on the sweetness/hop bitterness provides a surprisingly smooth aftertaste for a stout.

Drinkability - Well the Stoudt family definetly has a winner in this bad boy. It's definetly got some hutzpa to it but does have a pleasant approachability. I'm pretty jacked for more double stouts (or imperial oatmeals as the brewery prefers), and extremely excited for the other Stoudt's that I picked up at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 00:55:37 | More by jdg204
Photo of PittBeerGirl


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

A- Pours a deep black with thick foamy overzealous light brown head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind. When held up to the light red and brunette hues appear at the top and bottom.

S- Big malty smell. Lots of chocolate malt, some barley and maybe caramel too. Alcoholic smell in the background.

T- Very rich. Lots of chocolate malt upfront with oatmeal and barley. Finish is a little more bitter with hop character giving it a nice roasted coffee taste. Bitter dark chocolate and a big alcohol warming effect linger. The taste is big and rich but unoffensive at the same time.

M- Medium carbonation and nice thick oatmeal stout body.

D- This is good and it was great to try and Imperial Oatmeal stout. Taste was good and mouthfeel great-but the alcohol could be a little bit more well hidden here. Something good and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 18:31:08 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of franksnbeans


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

Pours an opaque black with a creamy chocolate milk head that holds its ground and laces as it lets go. Smells of chocolate, molasses and hints of vanilla. Tastes of chocolate notes, roasted coffee beans and a hint of alcohol. Creamy and full in the mouth, almost chewy. Though this is a big beer it is highly drinkable. A very delicious stout from stoudt.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 12:43:19 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of GreenWBush


3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is deeper-than-cola ruby with a slight ochre skim and pre-drink lace-age.

Nose is sharp, acrid, bite-y. Stale coffee. Tinny. Burnt.

Pointed roastiness goes near metallic. Tannic. Slight blackberry outro. Better by the end of the bottle, but seems rather like a slighter Founder’s Breakfast stout.

MF Phenomenal, but not sure it saves the whole package.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 03:23:23 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of barefootbrewer


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a thick oily black color with a thin brown head. The aroma was of malt and molasses like. The taste was bitter, roasted and malty sweet with dark chocolate flavors perceptible. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit chewy. Overall, this is a delicious brew and I’d definitely want another, but not several in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 01:02:10 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of snilsen13


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Liquid chocolate, dark.

A- thin head, medium dark color...

S - chocolate malts, pretty smooth, not spicey

T - very even and consistent bitter chocolate, a touch sour towards the end, the alcohol is very hidden (8% ABV I think, not 9%)

M - thinner than you would expect for all this flavor

D - almost too rich, too one-dimensional.

Pretty much as chocolate flavored as they get, with not much else going on. Could be better, my first attempt at a stout was better. However, there is a goal here, and it is achieved. This is very nearly liquid chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 02:03:32 | More by snilsen13
Photo of TuckerCarlson


3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours basically opaque; about a finger of dark tan head that fades

s - raisins, chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, maybe some cherries, and a whiff of something herbal

t - big, big, big. same as above with a huge burned flavor hitting at the end. high on the bitterness (burnt malt and/or oatmeal), low on the sweetness.

m - incredibly thick and a touch high on the fizz

d - I'm guessing it's the oatmeal that I'm not really liking, because this is striking me as something that I wouldn't want to get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 00:32:51 | More by TuckerCarlson
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a coal black with a creamy mocha head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Rich roasty aroma with layers of cocoa and espersso along with the unmistakable smell of toasted oats. Just a faint suggestion of hops in the background. Wonderfully blended and complex.

Delicious roasted malt taste upfront with the distinct taste of oats. Rich layers of dark chocolate and coffee present themselves as does a medium bitterness and extremely faint taste of hops. Finishes slightly bitter with a nice lingering roasted taste.

Full body, creamy texture.

For a big beer and high ABV, this is extremely easy to drink. I could easily enjoy a few over the course of an evening. Easily my favorite beer from Stoudt's, and one that every BA should be seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 03:28:21 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog pours a inky black with a thick brown head. Aroma is slightly roasty with some caramel malts. Flavor is slightly astringent burnt malts with a caramel sweetness that asserts itself as the beer warms balance the beer. There is a slight alcohol flavor, but it is light for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 01:27:06 | More by ericj551
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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