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

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
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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 Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a full tan head with good retention.

S: Strong sugar and coffee scents, some chocolate.

T: Roasted malts, sweet oatmeal, molasses are the dominant flavours, though the flavour isn't as big as I would have hoped for in this style. Not bad tasting at all though.

M: Smooth and rich, creamy, though the heaviness doesn't hit you until the second sip, with some solvent character.

D: A nice beer, but there are better beers to be had in this category, such as Southern Tier, though the price is really good on this beer, compared to others of this style, so I'll probably come back to it.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Black colored brew, topped by an inch or so of burnt brown colored head. Smooth, but quickly fades. Some fingers of slippery lacing down the glass.
S: Chocolate, grass and grains, with a slight alcohol whiff to it. Muted but pleasant, not stale or artificially sweet.
T: Malty but not too sweet. Chocolate and grains and oats mostly, with some little floral hop nips. Balanced, but weak and unobtrusive. Solid but nothing memorable.
M: Okay, kinda satisfying mostly, but rather light. It's missing a stouty weight.
D: Good. Easy to drink, especially since the mouthfeel is rather light.

Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at just about cellar temperature, into a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured out a deep, oily, dark as night black that no light could pass through. A good finger and a half of thin mocha brown head formed from a rather gentle pour, then quickly dissipated into a thin ring of foam around the glass. Did leave some soapy streaks of lace on the glass. Smell was chocolate, thin coffee notes, black licorice, toasted oats, and a bit of molasses. A tiny bit of booze was also noted in the nose. Taste was just a tad better. Nice thick flaked oat flavor matched up with some semi-sweet chocolate. A little bit of burnt coffee and caramel finished this up nicely. Had a thick, almost chewey mouthfeel that was moderately carbonated. Great drinkability.

Photo of Lupe
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black as night with no light coming through. Big and fluffy cappuccino colored head with some serious retention and loads of lace. Just a beautiful looking beer.

Dark roasted malt aroma - chocolate, coffee, dark berries, burnt caramel, oatmeal, and vanilla. Alcohol shows up adding a port/sherry aroma.

Starts with a huge roasted coffee flavor that fades to sweet with honey, caramel, and chocolate. Dark fruits come in with a hint of licorice and spice. Flavors get a bit muddied with the big drop from heavy roast to almost cloying sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable and very warming. Hits pretty hard, seems like more than beers with a higher abv.

Full in body, smooth yet a bit sticky, thick but not too thick. Nice mouthfeel but gets more cloying and sticky as you drink and/or it warms.

Solid double stout that starts great then fades a bit. Leaves the front and sides of your tongue very dry, the back sticky and thick, and tingling throughout. Couldn't see having more then 1 in a sitting. A nice sipper perhaps as dessert or an accompaniment to.

Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Bottled on 11.20.07.

Light chocolatey brown in color beneath a half-inch high, creamy tan head. Little to no lasting lacing.

Powdered milk chocolate with fresh oats. Roasted malts yet creamy and semi-sweet; hints of caramel. Notes of slick alcohol and dark berries.

Creamy, milk and dark chocolate take over by a robust, chewy espresso flavor. Notes of smoke and leather. Licorice, cinnamon, and spicy saffron. Mid-sip is milky but the slickness of alcohol builds and lasts into the aftertaste.

Full bodied; full, smooth, but too slick. Almost vaporous/gaseous that overpowers the roasted malt texture.

An intense Oatmeal Stout that is way too over-the-top with the alcohol presence, much in the same way Stoudt's Double IPA is. Extreme abv at the expense of some promising flavors.

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very seemingly black, though still semi-translucent, showing dark dark brown in the light. A nice tan head left good lacing. Smells are big on cocoa, with some coffee grounds and dark fruits thrown in. Starts off with a sweet honey taste before a smooth chocolate syrup coats the tongue. Hints of licorice and dark fruits arrive as the beer warms up, all with a nice creamy espresso finish. Medium-full in body, very smooth and creamy. A terrific stout by Stoudt's, good for a nice dessert beer, though one has to be careful with the higher ABV.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you have not had Stoudts "American Pale Ale", I recommend it. That beer is completely worth checking out. I think it's a bit underrated.

As for this beer, it was not at all bad, and I understand why everyone gives it great ratings. A nice strong imperial with awesome head, pitch black. You can't even notice how strong it is as you drink. My only problem was it seemed to be a bit of a microbrew stout cliche, as far as taste. Kind of the same old formula I have with all stouts when I visit various brew pubs. Don't get me wrong, it's good, just not as unique as I was looking for. Maybe I need another bottle another day for a tweaking of this review.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

On initial pour, absolutely beautiful. An ink black with a creamy tan head. Then, it faded to a very light lacing down the glass, still rather attractive.

Semi-sweet belgian chocolate and toasted almonds. The malts smell rather sweet, but not in a bad way. Tough to find the hops.

Oxidizes as it hits the tongue. Bittersweet chocolate and sweet toasted malts hit the tongue and then lift away. Slight fruity alcohol aftertaste.

Slick and full-bodied.

On par for the style.

This is a nice oatmeal stout, not so sure the imperial translates well in this beer. I do really like it though, but not as much as some others in its class.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black and a monster dark tan head off a pretty firm pour. Nose is like cocoa powder. Flavor starts off promising but kind of falls off fairly quickly, leaving a noticeable alcohol aftertaste. There is a nice coffee and malt and chocolate flavor in there, but the feel of everything just knocks it down a notch I say. Just too thin, or maybe it is just that it is thinner than the others I have tried. There is also an odd saltiness to it I think. Drinkable, sure. But as far as how it compares to others, I think it falls a bit short.

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful foam bubble mix of a rich milk chocolate colored head. Perfect oil black body makes for a apitizing stout standard.

Nose is realatively soft with hints of malt and smoked meat with backround hints of alchol soaked dark fruit.

Enters the mouth with a nice mouth filling richness. Malts are huge, dark and robust. Notes of dark chocolate, black liquorice, and burnt malt dominate the palate.

This big beer is nicely smooth on the mouthfeel though. Does have a belly warming effect.

Smooth drinking blackness. This is a solid stout, only downside is alchol is maybe up front to much.

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

A- Pours a black with a tan head that settles down after a bit. Floaties apparent throughout, not sure what that's about.

S- The smell jumps out at you. Sweet dark roasted malts. I actually feel like I can detect an oatmeal type of smell in this, which may be a first for me.

T- Across the tongue its a smooth malt flavor, not highly roasty, but where the flavor really kicks in is after the sip. Dark chocolate and then finishes with cocoa powder. A slight alcohol burn can be felt in the after-sip.

M/D- Not bad here. Pretty easy drinking for a big stout.

Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Littlebreeze for this nice beer!
Pours black with a lovely creamy beige head. Some light gets through around the edges. Smell is rich oatmeal and dark roast at first. Next, some dark fruit like figgyness comes in along with a meaty almost smoky hint. Taste is big and figgy with some dark roasty malt. Not as much oatmeal as the nose would indicate, but the dark fruity taste is rich and nice. Slightly oily, creamy mouthfeel. Thanks a bunch for the great beer!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - deep, dark brown color with a small tan head that fell to a light layer, but left a good deal of lacing.

S - sweet smelling brew, molases and chocolate aromas.

T - very good tasting stout, sweet molases and roasted malt flavor with a light espresso bitterness on the finish.

M - medium/full bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - extremely enjoyable, very highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on 4/18/07

A: Pours a rich looking chesnut tinted black with a small yet creamy dark khaki colored head. Lacing is minimal, as is the carbonation.

S: Incredible aromas of dark fruit, molassas, roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: The taste follows the aroma closely with the addition of some dry maltiness, and possibly something along the lines of some espresso bitterness. Plums, figs, date nut bread, and cherry emerge as it warms.

M: Big, sweet, and full with just the right amount of roasted/hoppy/cofffee bitterness.

D: An absoulute joy to drink!

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

Decanted cool into a snifter.
A - Black as an eight ball when held up to the light w/ a medium brown cappuccino head of about 1/2 inch w/ a fine bead. The head is smooth w/ speckles like a bluebirds egg and produces moderated lace.

S - Plenty of sweet fruity dark malt esters w/ herbal hop aromas and vinous qualities. Crisp w/ an almost blueberry skin-like earthy aroma.

M - Chewy, almost viscous w/ a sweet creamy feel. Moderately full carbonation and gentle hops spice round out the stout.

T - The initial taste has a lactic creamy flavor w/ berry notes that quickly blend into a syrupy chocolaty sweet dark blend w/ a honey like accent, just the faintest amount of roasted flavor shows up as it warms w/ more vinous/currant notes. There is a subtle fland of flavors w/ an almost floral quality in the finish -So chewy, yet so nuanced in taste.

D - An incredible example of a rich big, stout, The oats add so much smooth feel and the ale hardly tastes like an imperial anything. The taste is very refreshing for a beer of its stature. The 9% is barely noticeable. The is a true American Classic -one to sip and savor.

edit-review 11-4 bottle into nonic A-3.5, S-4, M-4.5 T-4.5 D-3.5

A - A dark cocoa color w/ deep garnet hues highlighting. The head is 2 1/2 fingers of rocky cream which settles to about 1/4 inch, smatterings of lace cling

S - A creamy vanilla + cocoa nose w/ mild caramel odors + gentle nutty scents w/ slight woody nose. The aroma is slightly buttery w/ toffee notes and overall the aroma is sweet

M - The feel is gentle smooth and creamy w/ mild nutty roasted textures and moderately carbonated effervescence-wise
The feel is slightly sweet, malt focused w/ subtle hop spice in the finish and a mild alcohol accent

T - The taste of the stout has such a mild roasted malt element - the flavor profile seems more caramel malt and gentle toasted flavor-wise. The caramel leads to to a buttery toffee-like smooth flavor w/ a pine hop accent in the middle. The oatmeal + sweet malt combo is very seemless and the alcohol only comes forward in the finish w/ a mild raisin-like concentrated sugar note

D - Fat dog tastes great and is so drinkable, but a bit strong for multiples, so basically an above average oatmeal stout. The beer is well made, but a little less alcohol in the flavor would help this maybe if cellared for a year or so

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/16/2007 and poured into an Imperial Pint glass. I have to give this one a solid four across the board. Definitely not for the weak-hearted. Poured the darkest shade of brown, almost black, but not quite. Off-white head that dissipated quickly into a thin skim of foam; thin, consistent lacing through the tasting. Nose presented with strong aromas of molasses, malt and brown sugar. Flavor similar to the nose, as well as strong flavors of coffee and chocolate, that become more palatable through the tasting. Full mouthfeel with a milky smooth finish. Some alcohol astringency, but not at all unpleasant - also a somewhat earthy, smoky ending. Very pleasant and could become a staple.

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

The first beer I put away for cellaring. 12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/04/06 poured into a St.Bernardus chalice.

Body one shade less than pitch black pours one finger of a light-caramel head, which vanishes pretty quickly. The head is a little lighter than that found on a Russian Imperial, but not much. Nice looking beer.

Aging has improved this beer, at least in the nose. The alcohol is not as pronounced. Big nose of roasted barley and chocolate, both the dark and milk chocolate varieties. Some smell of oatmeal just out of the microwave as well, which is obviously to be expected, given its Imperial Oatmeal class distinction.

A lot of oats in the mid-palate, which again, were helped by the aging. I remember when I first had this beer, one of the first cases I ever bought legally, this was disgustingly boozy, with a little chocolate in the finish. Now there's a lot of oats in the mid-palate along with some dark cocoa on the finish. Nice beer, really smoothed out. Not as much flavor as there once was, but not as much in a good way- it's more refined.

The mouthfeel is still a tough sell for this beer. There is a ton of focused carbonation on the tongue, so much so that it almost if not burns, then violently fizzles. That's really tough. There isn't much grip- it's a pretty loose beer, or maybe it just lost some of its tightness due to the aging. Either way, not bad.

It's a pretty drinkable stout, given that it's 9% alcohol. I've drank more pitchers of this beer than I have of any others, and have no problem to drinking this all night. It gets to be a little boozy at the end, which is to be expected, but it's highly drinkable, compared to some of its Russian Imperial brothers of the same alcohol. All in all, good beer fresh, better beer aged. I like it.

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

Bottled on 03/14/07. A thanks to JJ for sharing this one!

Black in appearance. With a Khaki head. Some nice lacing hangs around. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and Fig Newton’s. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, really burnt charred toast and some dark fruit mixed in. Some bitter hops kinda rounds everything out. Mouth feel is creamy, smooth and slick. Overall drinkability is outstanding. Alcohol was well hidden. Recommended. Cheers!

Photo of timtim
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tough category... there's lots of stiff competition here... dark mahogany with feet that are a little lighter in color. small tan head and little lace. nose has roasty roasty malt character and isn't as strong as i would have hoped for. taste is much better. good full body with coffee, chocolate and seriously roasted malt flavor. a little sweetness and some hop in the background. nice and velvety (presumably the oatmeal helped). pleasure to drink, but i think they could really step it up a bit.

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

Presentation: v2006 12oz bottle (bottling date of 3/3/06), cellared in my possession for almost 6 months, in a Guinness pint glass

BAside: thanks to BA stefgriff for a chance to try this!

Poured silent, steady, a little thick. Nice rich nose, sharp but with rounded corners. Hops are strong but not overwhelming & add a licorice echo. A firm burnt caramel aspect rises from the malts as does the black coffee bitterness and some mild baking chocolate atop a hint of fig or prune richness.

The chocolate quality continues to grow & a caramel-like sweetness emerges as well with some air. Bread crusts peek out when agitated. I like how the nose is evolving.

A fat finger's worth of loose mocha hued foam slowly settles to a thin sheeting with edge ring, all atop a warm, slick, oily looking body, ruddy & warm, "black in a good mood" burnt umber.

Slick n' thick, a surprising fruit sweetness leaps out, catching me off-guard. There were hints in the nose, but I wasn't expecting such noticeable fig, prune, raisin, even sour cherry. Malts are subtly burnt but otherwise even & flat, a lite black coffee & baking chocolate aspect that acts as a pool slate for the other tastes to ricochet off of.

Rather soft & rounded, it has a fluid, flowing mouth-feel, not syrupy but not thin in the least. Imagine wet satin if you will. The fruit qualities lie on my tongue heavy & very thick, providing a most unusual contrast. Its drinking very nice, but its earning the right to be sipped.

The hops rise up on the palate, growing a little sharper, mild grapefruit rind comes to mind. This helps to lighten it as the echoing warmth of the 9% slowly begins to creep into my teeth, which adds to the sipper quality.

It finishes drier, sharper, a little warm 'n fuzzy, leaving a cloying, coating aftertaste full of mild bitterness and soft fruit sweetness.

A damn fine stout. This was surprising complex. I do not know if this is due to the cellaring or brewing or both, but if you are sitting on any its drinking damn nice right now at 18 months. This would be good with a Bleu like Gorgonzola or, better yet, Humboldt Fog. Already looking forward to the few others I have. Definitely recommended, and drink it now if you have it.

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

I was excited by the prospect of a, imperial oatmeal stout, so I couldn't pass this one up. It poured a thick, jet-black with a short-lived coffee brown head. The aroma was of burnt caramel and slight alcohol.

The burnt/roasted flavor really hits the palate hard, with slight hints of oatmeal, chocolate and coffee grinds. After a few minutes, the alcohol starts to warm the taste. There is a slight hop presence, but it's not distracting. The flavors work together very well to create an exciting experience. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with a clean finish.

Stoudts did not disappoint with this one. If you've ever wondered what a souped up Oatmeal stout would be like, or are just a fan of imperial stouts, by all means try this one.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of irishkyle21
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.

Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.