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Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog StoutStoudt's Fat Dog Stout

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87
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Original Fat Dog Stout. No longer brewed.

To review the current version, go here:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /394/20539 

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-20-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Cattafin, Mar 25, 2012
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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a rather large almond colred head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma pretty sweet and chocolaty with some light nuttienss.Taste is creamy and somewhat lactic with some unsweetened chocolate flavors.Some nice earthiness tones in the finish ,akes this a real nice somewhat complesx stout worthy of a pretty high rating.

oberon, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of shapudding
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my beautiful 750 that I still had horded away, to a wonderful dark woodsy brown. Carbination rising up the sides to the thick, khaki head that reduced down to a nice covering and thick ring. Can't see through this one, just a bit of ruby/amber at the sides when you hold it to the light. Yummm... scents of dark fruits and merlot... Good amount of carbination, but not annoyingly so. Nice feel to it, smooth and medium bodied, but not too creamy feeling. Tastes of dark fruits, plums, red grapes, and raisins. Bit of caramelly sweetness. Bit of vineous flavor, maybe house red wine in the aftertaste. This is just very, very nice. Easy drinker for us stout lovers. Not too heavy or overpowering with flavor. The wonderful flavors do sit on your tongue and play there after each sip, but they do it so well, that nothing is cloying or "too much".
This is the reason that I have been letting this one sit in the fridge for most of this year, putting off cracking it open since I only brought back maybe 2 of them for myself from the early fest this year. Knowing that it would be just this damn good.

shapudding, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of anjah
4.5/5  rDev +16%

anjah, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby almost black full tan head leaves some partial uneven lacing behind. Aroma: Dark roasts and chocolate malts carry the primary components of the scent soft sweetness with a nice roasty creaminess. Taste: Stout on the sweeter side, nice lucious layers of milk chocolate with fruity undertones and a mild moccha accent. Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied beer even carbonation smooth on the palate going down. Drinkability: I could have a few of these, very nice solid stout the kind I really dig.

WVbeergeek, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz. bottle from the brewery. Bottled on 11/12/01. After 10 months it's still in excellent condition! Very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. The head is full, dense, very dark tan, and holds exceptionally well but leaves no lace. The bold aroma offers a light fruitiness with both light and dark fruits, alot of chocolate/cocoa, and some mild roastiness. Very nice. The body is medium with a very fine, tight carbonation from bottle conditioning that gives a creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is sharply fruity up-front, mellowing into some dark, bittersweet chocolate and a light touch of caramel as it crosses the palate; and finishes with a rich, lightly buttery chocolate & almost "smoky" roastiness that lingers nicely. Very well balanced. This is a beer that benefits greatly from serving at cellar temperature; only then is it's full complexity shown. Very nice.
Re-reviewed on 4/2/03 - bottle dated 8/15/02... 8 months old. Just 2 months younger, it's a little more vibrant. The nose expresses a similar fruitiness and light touch of chocolate, but with more caramel character. The flavor is less fruity (and just mildly tropical in character with some cocoanut and subdued pineapple), and much rounder with caramel and chocolate maltiness. The roastiness is also softer, and not quite as "smoky". I've had it fresh on draught and it doesn't have quite the character; yet this slightly younger version is much better than the one I'd had previously. Based on that, I'd have to recommend enjoying this beer with less than 10 months of aging. Quite enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of benmiliron
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$5.99 for a 750 mL bottle.

This is your very standard stout. Very pretty in the glass, with a large tan head on top of ruby-hinted blackness. Not a very heavy mouthfeel, very bitter. Chocolate, coffee and charcoal in the taste. Very little sweetness, very little hops. Pretty much what a stout should be. I liked it quite a bit, but wouldn't get it again.

benmiliron, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A three-year-old bottle I picked up at Ring Brothers on Cape Cod. Beer was opened and served and consumed at room temperature.

Now back to the beginning. Upon opening a huge explosion of carbonation, in fact, it took up almost a quarter of the liquid when all was said and done. Made for a very nice looking pour though.

I am sure the age of this beer help in its nasal characteristics. Big chocolate and dark fruit absolutely wafting from said carbonation. On the lips it was dry, semi-sweet, and a little bitter.

A very complex beer which was undoubtedly helped by proper aging and storage. A little bit of a task getting through it, but nonetheless a tasty offering.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of bierman2000
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Russian Imperial Stout with less alocohol than most but smooth choclatey and a good bit of hops in the finish.As it warms the malt comes through a bit stronger, a nice heavy beer that is very filling and has an excellent mouthfeel. The alocohol is present at the finish and it is a very nice example of an Imperial Stout.

bierman2000, Mar 05, 2003
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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with maroon and black streaks and an enormous tan head that leaves spotty chunks of foam on the pint.
Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, touch of roasted coffee and a raosted barley note.
Flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee and barley were noted along with some wheat bread and a biscuit twinge. Finishes with a bitter, burnt and oliy hop note.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout but stars sweet and moves to a roasty, charcoal and finishes with a moderate dose of bitterness.
Drinkability is godd. As I stated, maybe a tad too thin for style. May actually qualify as a Porter but pretty tasty either way.

CRJMellor, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a deep brown to black color, moderate head, sheets of lace, both chocolate brown in color, and they settle quite quickly. Malt nose, toasted grains, hints of coffee and caramel, also somewhat sweet. Start is malt and lightly sweet, the top skimpy, middling carbonation, decent hop presence, with malt dry long lasting aftertaste. A good stout, not overly robust, so might appeal to those that don't care for the heavier stouts, and well worth the try.

Gusler, Nov 13, 2002
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Andy’s Corner Bar in Bogata, NJ. It came from the tap in tulip glass a deep black with mild mahogany highlights. Thick creamy tan head. Espresso, chocolate, black cherry nose. It was amazingly complex. There were likely more traits than that, but I was really overwhelmed by the berry notes that came across as I breathed this in. Wonderful dark berry flavor with a mocha espresso back. Again, really surprising. Thick rich mouth feel, nice drinkability. I’ve had hit and miss experiences with this brewery in the past, but this beer, and a fresh tap are a winner.

carln26, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a motor oil black hue with no head to speak of.

The smell was hot fudge with a faint alcohol aroma.

The taste was chocolate and toasted malt. There was a very sweet finish. A bit of an alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel was full, with a little bite at the end.

A relatively low ABV for an American stout. Not enough toasted grain flavor to keep me interested.

plaid75, May 31, 2006
Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black color, w/ excellent clarity and deep ruby when held to light. Head settles slowly into a tight layer that manages sparse trails of bubbles. Rich, buttery milk chocolate, w/ maltose - like sweetness in aroma that's reminescent of wort. Smooth roasted barley adds a coffeeish undertone. Trace pear - like fruitiness is perceptible as well in aroma. In flavor caramel sweetness and smooth chocolate burst in first, then are ensued by mellow diacetyl and smokey, dark roasted barley. Sweet fruit darts in mid palate, hangs for a bit, then darts right back out, briefly contrasting the overall chocolately sweet profile. Hop bitterness has diminished significantly, and although present in the background, prevents the strong caramel and residual sweetness from becoming cloying. Moderately bodied, w/ a viscous (but not at all syrupy or thick), silky mouthfeel contributed by the oats. Finishes w/ buttery malt and mellow roasted grain fading. Fat Dog is a delicious and enjoyable oatmeal stout. It has a rich, chocolately sweet overall character without any trace of astringency from roasted barley. Skewed towards sweetness, but not cloyingly so. Excellent drinkability. This was bottled 7/25/01.

marc77, Sep 09, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts fat dog 2003

so, I never thought of this as a long term cellerable beer before last night. Props to hopasaurus for breaking into his cellar for this gem. A slight foam over upon opening yields a pitch black liquid with a huge tan head. intense chocolate, roasted coffee flavors dominate, a hint of lactic but barely at that. This one has aged wonderfully. Given the foam over I'd say if you've got a stash of 03s you might want to try one to see if you've got a similar issue. If not this one has legs to go a few more years easily.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark black with no head what so ever. A little bit of light came through the edges of my glass reveling some browns and purples.

Smelled slightly sour, or red licorice and a bit of roasted malt.

Tasted like candy-like medicinal syrupy roasted malts. Not so hot.

Mouth feel was medium with very little carbonation, to the point of seeming flat.

Bleh.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 06, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to find a 750ml of Stoudt's because I have been unimpressed with the 12oz bottling and was told that the 750's were the way to go. Well, it's just not for me I guess. I'm just really getting into Stout's and maybe I don't have the experience in tasting these but this one just didn't work for me ---- the color was your typical coal black, with a slight dark brown tinge and a medium tan head which dissipated quickly and left little lacing. The smell had hints of Chocolate and dark ripe fruit, but nothing outstanding or memorable. The taste was dry, a bit bland and watery with little to no carbonation ---- it could have used more to add some life to the drink. The mouthfeel was forgettable and I had to move on to something else quickly after giving this a shot. Like I said, I'm new to Stout's but this doesn't come close to Storm King or even Love Stout which I see as a standard, very drinkable decent stout. The "born on date" was unreadable so I'm thinking maybe I had a batch that was too old (or too young) but I don't think I'll spend any more money on Stoudt's until I can drink it at their brewery --- something's going on with their bottling and I really want to give them a chance, but I'm not impressed so far.

Gasp100, Jan 23, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Vintage date 7/24/03.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's a foamer, with 4" of light brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Lacing is minimal once the head settles at about 1/4". Aroma is powdered chocolate with an underlying fruit character. Taste is also the rich chocolatey goodness, which lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Unfortunately, this one hasn't aged quite as well as I hoped, but since is the last bottle I have, I won't be repeating the mistake.

9/8/04 - 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.5
765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 2" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Laces well. Nose is lightly of dark malts, but not as intense as I would hope. Taste is dark malts, but nary a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, with smoothness being key. This goes down the hatch like nobody's business. Worth the search...

ppoitras, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 9/30/03
Poured an opaque black in color with a medium sized tan head that rose from the bottom. Not much lacing. Smell is chocolate and caramel and maybe some roastiness. The taste hits me immediately with the chocolate/coffee mixture that I have come to love in stouts. But the flavor goes way beyond that. Creamy in the middle along with a lactic astringency that almost fits the beer (if that's possible). Finish is very bittersweet from the chocolate flavor. Body is a little inconsistent and the flavors sometimes seem out of place, but all in all this is a very good stout that I could drink all night long.

granger10, Feb 20, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mixed_master7, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a nice creamy brown head and low head remains with sheets of lace. Balanced aroma of chocolate and raostiness but a light aroma overall. Light hoppy notes upon initial pour. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a dry roasty finish.

Per label: "Bottle Conditioned Ale" & "Oatmeal and nine varieties of malt"

Per S. website: The darkest of the beers we make, this imperial-style stout has a full body, a rich hearty dark-chocolate taste and a coffee-like finish. Its surprisingly smooth drinkability is enhanced by the careful blending of the finest English Kent Golding and Fuggle hops.

Vintage: 06/18/01
Tasted: 08/19/03

(25.87 oz. / 765 ml)

RBorsato, Aug 21, 2003
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paid $4.25 direct from Stoudt's Brewery in June '04:

The appearance is pretty much a black base with excellent retention and a bit of lacing as well. The aroma is bold of chocolate and roasted malts...

The taste is very mild for a stout, blended extremely well between the sweetness and the roastness... The mouthfeel wins top honors, this is even smoother than Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, absolutely incredible mouthfeel! The drinkability is good as well, I drop a few points for the fact that it does its' damage quickly, however I can drink this in a small session if necessary...

Final Thought: The best bottled brew I've had from this fine brewery; luckily they've started distributing out here in Cincinnati, wonderful!

mobyfann, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled big bottle from the brewery, I bought this at the pub about 6 months ago and its been in my fridge since. I pour the brew into a snifter and the color is immediately impressive. A very drak brown pour with no light penetrating. Soft fluffy tan chocolate milk colored head foams up nicely and sticks around a while. Aroma is very appealing, with nice roasted malt scents mixing with chocolate, cocoa powder, and some coffee grinds too. I also get very faint pine hops in the background, but make no mistake this is a malty one first.
First sip reveals a smooth creamy texture very light rolling carbonation. Flavor is all the nose advertises, rich chocolate and roasted flavors explode in my mouth. I get brief hits of piney hops on the swallow as well. A very tasty brew that impressed me immensely. Cant wait for the next trip to PA to get this one again!!

sulldaddy, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-fingered light brown cream head that goes quickly and leaves little lace. Black as ink. Light-medium carbonation. Malty, chocolately nose. Heavy bodied. Starts and finishes with a chocolate taste. Smooth, easy beer. $6.00 for a 765ml bottle (yes I thought this was a 750 but the math says otherwise).

jdhilt, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Fat Dog had a very dark, opaque, almost black appearance. A decent head topped the pint, and didn't dissipate too much. Subtle coffee or chocolate aroma...I was hoping for a bit stronger and inviting smell, but I wasn't too disappointed. The taste was a good all-around roastedness, with a hint of chocolate. It had a nice, sharp hop presence at the end, too. While the body was a little lighter than I expected for an oatmeal stout, the mouthfeel was still pretty good, with a subtle tingle on the tongue. Overall, this stout was very drinkable and very tasty. It might not blow your socks off, but it's a fine beer from a great microbrewery.

SchmichaelJ, Feb 03, 2003
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Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout from Stoudts Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.