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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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1,206 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 74
Gots: 57 | 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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is probably the best I've had from this brewery. This brew poured out as a really nice black color with a creamy looking brown head on top. The smell of the brew is chocolaty and roasted with some light sweetness on the nose too. The taste has a little bit of some coffee like flavors along with a sweet roasted malt character in there too. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and dry in that order. Overall this beer is really nice. Worth a try for sure.

Knapp85, Sep 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

rolltide8425, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Axnjxn, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of scottyg354
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Semi transparent black. Nice tiny head. Minimal lacing.

S: malt and chocolate. Nice pleasant nose, but nothing extravagant.

T: Cocoa with mild coffee. Some toast. Little maltiness.

M: Good carbonation. Mild stickiness on the lips.

O: Not the worst, not the best.

scottyg354, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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 MasterSki
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an extra from Tayner - thanks so much Dana! Shared with my wife in our matching FOBAB mini-pint glasses.

A - A solid one finger of tan foam that dissipated quickly to a nice cap - minimal lacing though. A brown that is one shade away from black, and slightly lighter near the edges. Par for the course...

S - Some roasted malt with notes of coffee, milk chocolate, and dark fruits. Fairly strong - can smell it from outside the glass. Not boozy at all.

T - Sweet milk chocolate and brown sugar that quickly morph into roasty bitterness by the top of the palate and sticks around well into the aftertaste.

M - It's lighter than I expect from an imperial stout, but still nicely medium-bodied and moderate carbonation. The oatmeal lends some creaminess, and it the stickiness lingers for quite a while.

D - Alcohol is very well hidden, and the bitterness doesn't get out of hand. I would easily have finished the whole bottle if I hadn't shared it with my wife.

This is the definition of "good, not great". If it was my local stout I'd be totally happy with it and it was nice to try as an extra, but I wouldn't bother hunting it down.

MasterSki, Mar 29, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a very dark brown head. Head was good-sized, but pretty quickly shrunk down to almost nothing.

Roasted, sweet aroma. Coffee, malt, maybe a bit of chocolate.

Taste is similarly sweet and roasty, but with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied and smooth and almost creamy.

Overall a nice, drinkable stout with good flavor, good all-around presentation and does a pretty good job of hiding it strength.

AaronHomoya, May 08, 2006
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4/5  rDev 0%

Burkbom23, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Gatordaddy, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was rather disappointing - the label claimed "bottle conditioned" which got my hopes up but there was almost no carbonation. Even with a healthy pour there was only a thin yellowish-tan head which died off almost instantly leaving only a faint off-brown ring. No lacing.

The smell was a vast improvement - this is an obviously sweet brew with a good amount of alcohol in the nose. The flavor was another step forward - while there were plenty of caramel flavors in the stout it wasn't sickly sweet. There's an obvious dark roasted note but it wasn't bitter coffee and it wasn't dark chocolate. If anything it was like a very smooth french roast. Most of the notes are sweet but it's not the least bit cloying. There's an obvious alcohol flavor but it compliments the sweet caramel flavors very well.

Mouthfeel was good but it should have been great. There was a reasonable amount of silkiness from the oatmeal but considering this was bottle conditioned there should have been more of a body to this stout. No real carbonation to speak of, not quite enough bittering to provide an interesting finish and no oily coating on the tongue. There was just no personality to the body of this beer.

It's a pretty drinkable brew, quite tasty in fact. I'd certainly have another one to see if this was just a case of bottle conditioning falling short or if this was the normal level of carbonation. The taste was fantastic but it wasn't as well rounded a brew as it could have been...

[Thanks to mntlover for yet another interesting brew]

RedwoodGeorge, Oct 24, 2005
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4/5  rDev 0%

WDJersey, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

deapokid, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%
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.

JackStraw22, May 05, 2005
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4/5  rDev 0%

ridgeline23, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of pvsob
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black with a good inch and a half head that is tan to light brown in color. Head dissipated rather quickly and leaves slight lacing.

Smell - Huge sticky, roasted malts up front followed by hints of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol at the end.

Taste - Starts off with a slight bitterness which transitions into a smooth flavor of oats, and finishes with a nice combination of chocolate and alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full mouthfeel and extremely smooth on the palate. Carbonation was moderate.

Overall - This is a great example of a Double Stout. It's well balanced and is incredibly drinkable. It's worth a try if you haven't had it before. I think I'm going to cellar a six pack of this and see how it is in six months or so.

pvsob, Sep 19, 2006
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4/5  rDev 0%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

deonreds, Nov 08, 2012
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djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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Twal, Sep 21, 2012
Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.