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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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1,231 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 73
Gots: 64 | 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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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]

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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.

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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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on 06/13/06
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an opaque black with a khaki colored head on top. Little spots of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass.

The nose unveils whiffs of chocolate, roasted coffee and sweet dairy.

The mouthfeel is balanced nicely. Rich and dark chocolate flavors with an espresso bitterness biting on the finish. I also get a little taste of sweet cream dairy and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Hints of prune juice, barley and roasted malts take over the palate.

I served this one slightly above room temperature for pure enjoyment. Worth checking out, I really liked it.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.