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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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746 Reviews
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Reviews: 746
Hads: 1,283
Avg: 4
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 75
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: Gavage on 10-29-2004

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, cellared about 16 months.

A: In my snifter, this beer is black with a thin, ecru head with rather poor retention. Reddish highlights

S: This really smells like an oatmeal cookie. What a treat! There's some milk chocolate and a mild bitterness, but the oatmeal character is unique. Faint oxidation is present, slightly cardboard-like, but to my nose, it works well with the strong oatmeal aroma.

T: Opens with a lot of oatmeal flavor with a strong, balancing bitterness. Again, there's a slight cardboard-like flavor, this time I'm not too crazy about it. Bitter chocolate is strong, and dominates on the finish that's strangely watery

M: While slick on the palate, the carbonation is a bit high and detracts from the experience. The body, while present with heft, is surprisingly watery. The finish is bitter and robust, pleasantly so.

D: I was hoping I'd like this more, but I guess I'll stick to lagers from Stoudts, all of which have been excellent

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with what looks like decent clarity with auburn highlights when held to the light. Tan head. Sweetened coffee on the nose with touches of chocolate and charcoal. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Sweet cola and lactose flavor up front with a chocolate and coffee finish. Moderately bitter finish to round out some of the sweeter flavors. Layered in an interesting way, gives the tongue a real ride. Slight hazelnut flavors somewhere in the beer. Lots of flavors that are hard to pin point. The layering does a good job of combing the right flavors at the right right time. Would never guess this is 9%. Drinks like a mild 6% stout. Very good.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown color with a half inch tan head. It sinks to a skim and leaves

Aroma is very sweet, quite brown sugary, with a big fruitiness that is strangely like candy.

Taste is similar. A big candy-like sweetness up front with a bit of chocolate in the middle that becomes more coffee-like in the finish, but it's like stale coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp carbonation, not really smooth for an oatmeal stout.

I really just didn't like this one that much. There's much better Oatmeal stouts out there.

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

Poured from a keg that was given to me as a thank-you for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pretty damn nice of them to give me 5 gallons of this dandy. Pours a half finger light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Just the faintest edging (brown) when held to light. Smells chocolate, lactose sweet, roast coffee. Some alcohol and searching also pulls up some grassy hop aroma. Tastes, whoa, the alcohol is much stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Noticable alcohol burn that persists from start to finish and has some rubbing alcohol qualities. Chocolate is present, but the alc sting makes a dry coffee stand taller. I think the alcohol is also hiding a grassy hop edge. This beer needs to age. I may do just that, if I can hold off need for the keg for 6 months or so. mild carbonation and md-light body.

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Photo of curlykate
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a more little translucent than expected, it was lighter with red hues. Head dissipated quickly. It had a nice roasted aroma and flavor, i really could barely taste the 9% abv. i was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel, it wasn't creamy or full, and felt more like a lager than a stout, but generally a drinkable beer, maybe just not for someone looking for a stout with a creamy mouthfeel

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Photo of Jayli
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

received this one from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

Consumed 12/9

A: This beer pours an opaque deep brown with somewhat ruby hues around the edges. A one finger of off white/khaki head that recedes rapidly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of toasted and roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal.

T: Taste starts off with a major roasted malt flavoring, moving in to a bitter chocolate, strong oatmeal and touch of vanilla flavoring. Finish is extremely sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel with a somewhat dry yet stick finish.

D: Taste is ok, ok balanced, goes down easy, not too filling, I've had better of the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After their Double IPA I had to try more of their beers... 12 oz., bottle conditioned on 5/24/05 - served lightly chilled in a wine glass. Pours black with a half inch brown head that reduces to almost nothing and leaves no lacing - looks like a black wine. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, anise, and hints of dark fruits, with alcohol being the most prevalent. It is harsh and alcoholic on the first sip with a body that is thinner than I'd like. The malts are roasted and contribute some bitterness along with some chocolate, coffee, and anise or dark fruits. The green/citric hops have a mild bitterness at first but intensifies a some toward the end. I was a bit let down by this - it seemed too harsh or unbalanced and the alcohol was too noticeable to make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in a recent trade.

Looks pretty good on the pour, decent head khaki colored head.

Smells pretty good, slight chocolate and coffee smell.

T- Not a bad beer, nothing to sell the farm for but wouldn't turn one down. Tastes actually goes downhill as it warms. Alcohol is much more prevalent as it warms as well.

M- pretty light.

O- B- sounds fair to me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good appearance, mocca head. Tiny head but significant lace. Aroma of chocolate and and alcohol. Chocolate malt,licorice in mix, but too bitter and acidic for my liking. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing. I don't think it's retired given its ready availability.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this brew from a 12 oz bottle at about 55 degrees. It poured a mahogany color with reddish hues when held to the light. the head was thin and tan and faded within 30 seconds.

The nose was dominated by coffe notes overriding the apparent malt.

The taste was of bakers chocolate and coffee with a malt finish.

The mouthfeel of this brew was lighter and more carbonated then I like in my stouts.

Overall this is an OK brew that I would gladly accept from a friend but I won't go out searching for it. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of phisig137
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Feb 22, 2006. Drank on October 5, 2006. Pours an absolutely deep dark black, letting no light through at all. Creamy one finger head with good retention slowly falls, leaving behind just a ring and some decent lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

The aroma here is a little different, but good. Smells like someone decided to mash malt and raisons with bourbon and rum instead of water. Hugely alcoholic, with some malty-raisony sweetness, and a bit of roasted malt. Not all that enticing of a nose. Luckily, the flavor is quite a bit better. Chocolate flavors are abundant, along with a bit of coffee. Hops are almost non-existant, and the alcohol is present in huge quantities. Rum soaked raisons are huge in the mid palate and finish as well. Maybe not rum soaked raisons, but raison flavored rum would be more accurate. This is just massively boozey. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a quite thin for the style. Drinkability is decent at best.

Stoudt's is usually a fantastic brewery, and this is a bit of a let down. The few times I've had this fresh, it is pretty good. But this slightly aged bottle just doesn't do it. Way too much alcohol presence, and way too thin. The flavors are decent, but this is one I'd definitely recommend drinking fresh. Perhaps I'm drinking this during a dumb period, and it just needs to age longer. But that still won't fix the thin body. Drink it fresh and enjoy, otherwise, don't even think about aging this one. I'm kinda sad now that I ruined a whole six pack of this by stashing it away for almost a year. I'll re-review it once the new vintage comes out.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light cola color, settled dark cola with tints of red. Very short lived light brown head. At most one finger of head. Same with swirling. A few thin strips of lacing with this.

S-- Sweet, very sweet. Brown sugar oatmeal, sherry, cherry. A small bit of alcohol smell but not that much.

T-- Alcohol mixed with a lot of rolled oats. Alcohol drops off and becomes a lot of oat taste. No real sweetness in the taste just a lot of oats. Not a bad thing though.

M-- Much higher carbonated than would have guessed. Feel is higher medium. Not syrupy at all. In some ways prickly and fizzy in the mouth. A lot of oat in the mouth and a lot of alcohol all the way through. Get more burnt brown sugar in the mouth than in the taste.

D-- Goes down pretty easy, even with the high alcohol feel to this. In some ways Ok, in some ways not so much. Too carbonated and needs more brown sugar or molasses to offset the amount of oat in this. Really needs to hide the ABV better.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, looks like cola with a beer head. Seems a little clearer than I'd like an imperial stout to be. Head is kinda lazy.

Aroma is mostly soft anise, currant and raisin with a little alcohol fume.

On the palate, this falls a little flat. Not a bad-tasting beer, with the anise-y chocolate and slight earthy hop bitterness, but the flavor doesn't seem very deep, if you know what I mean. Feel is relatively thin and less lush and creamy than I'd expect from an oatmeal stout.

For me, a small disappointment, as I was expecting a bit more. It's not a bad beer, though - and as always with Stoudt's, it carries a very favorable price tag. You could certainly drink a couple - an "everyday Imperial Stout," if there was such a thing.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black w/ a nice tan head

S -Medium roasted aroma mixed in with some chocolate. fruity resiny hop aromas overpowered by roasted barley.

T - Flat toasty paper, roasty chocolate and flat roasted chocolate. Some hop bitterness.

M - Starts of medium body with a bit of carbonation to it. Smooths out to finish nicely.

D - Not too bad for an oatmeal stout. Not my bag of tea.

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Photo of runesead
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Totally Opaque with a dark tan head. Good head retention. Average carbonation.

Smell: Hints of roasted barley and a deep heavy smell prepare you for the beer to come.

Taste: A heavy and overwhelming, yet not overbearing, taste. The scents that are hinted at explode on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lingering alcohol taste and burn hinder the pleasant aftertaste of this oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: The initial pleasantness of this beer wears thin and begins to (but never completley) turns sour.

Note: I dislike beers where I can taste the alcohol, so this lost points with me. If you like that, however, my colleagues all seem to agree that this is the best beer made by Stoudt's.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH signature glass because it was close by. Beer appears thick and black with no real head, a few tan bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is roasty and mildly sweet, that's all.

Overall, it is a pretty drinkable 9% stout but I am completely bored and unimpressed with it. Imperial Oatmeal stout eh? I'm bored, you're boring me, I don't taste the oatmeal, mostly it's a bitter grain backing with some mild sweetness and a medium body. I guess I ticked it but I doubt I'll bother with it again.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a big fan of this brew. It is not horrible or anything, I just didn't like smell and taste combo. I expected something a little more on the smooth side. I found this to be a little stingy and harsh. I got a fizzy head on the pour and the aroma of dark fruits. The taste also was very strong and fruity almost? I am confused by this beer.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head at all even a forceful pour. One more shade of darkness and it would be opaque. Some dark ruby highlights. Nothing impressive.

Dark malts, coffee, oats, chocalate. Smells like an above average typical Oatmeal Stout.

Chocalate, booze, toffee and coffee. It's okay tasting. Not impressed. There is something lacking. A metallic/bitterness taste at the end.

Light to medium body, leaves the lips sticky. Not impressed with the feel.

I don't think I want to try this one again. Not for me. I love Oatmeal Stouts but this one is lacking.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades, but there's always a few bubbles kicking around on the surface, with sparse, delicate lacing. Aroma is dominated by harsh alcohol (ie rubbing) that shouts down the dark malts. Taste is sweet roasty malts to start, slowly giving way to the strong alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth from the oatmeal, but quashed by the alcohol in the end, with the drinkability suffering the same fate. Some subtlety with the abv component would do wonders for this brew.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date and I bought this on a clearance rack.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, flat though

smell: sublte chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice whiff of vanilla

taste: with some vanilla background from the oatmeal, but all covered by some metalish taint. Could be oxidized

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not good. NO date, unsure, so I'll rate and seek to try again

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Photo of chilly460
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a solid black with medum tan head, fluffy head dissipated to a single layer of bubbles. Some lacing.

S - I didn't get much from this beer, some definite oats and roasted malt aroma but that's about it.

T - Got some earthy hops up front, some spiciness as well. Mixes into a sweeter oatmeal taste as expected, then finishes with minimal roasted malts. Get some smooth vanilla as well. Overall, though, it didn't have a big flavor profile.

M - Thought it was definitely too thin for an "Imperial" of any kind, over-carbonated as well.

D - Drinkability was fine, especially compared to other imperials. It was too carbonated to really enjoy though.

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Photo of jmalex
3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Somehow I've managed to go my whole drinking lifetime without having a single beer from Stoudt's even though their right in my backyard (comparatively). That'll change tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours an almost deep, deep red to black into a shaker pint. The head is very small and light tan. It shrinks to a moderate collar and some sparse, hazy foam.

SMELL: The aroma isn't terribly strong, but it's heavy on the sweeter spectrum of stout flavors. The chocolates and caramels come out and are augmented by a slight roastiness. It's also a tad fruity with dates and licorice.

TASTE: An oddly split taste that's distinctly sweet, but also separately bitter. Caramels and sweet malt is side by side with burnt black malt and a mild hop bitterness. It's kinda weird, but I am enjoying it.

MOUTHFEEL: Definitely thinner than I'd like it. Carbonation is on the lower end as well.

DRINKABILITY: It's ok. I have no problem drinking this. There's just a lot that I'd rather have.

Hmm, I'm not terribly impressed with my first taste of Stoudt's. But first impressions can be deceiving. I'll give a different beer of theirs a try sometime in the future.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, one of the darker brews. Has a foamy tan head that laced slightly. Smells nutty with some sweet, maybe caramel or chocolate, I can't really make it out. The taste has some chocolate tone to it but it's got a lot of bite to it as well (typical imperial style). This is the least favorite of oatmeal stouts i've had in the past. I am not a huge fan of it myself. I have read that you can take these imperial stouts and make a ice cream float, I may have to try that for one of these.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 11 April 2012

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a small, one finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and bubbly ring. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end and leave touches of lacing down the glass. Good head, but the body is too transparent.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee notes and some oats on the nose. Some light touches of sweet cream as well as some cocoa powder. Decent, but mild.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some light oat notes up front, then some caramel sweetness and burnt malts at the swallow. A medium but lingering finish of burnt malt, bitter cocoa powder, light oat flavors and some boozy notes. Pretty nice, but again, just too mild to be memorable.

PALATE: Lighter body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Average at best, so we'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

OVERALL: A really average beer for the style. Nothing wrong with it per say, but to bring it out of the realm of averagedom, the look will have to be darker and thicker, and palate fuller and heavier. The flavors and aromas will have to be bolder as well. A decent beer, but that's all.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.