Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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Reviews by badbeer:
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
Black with a beige head that had amazing retention and lacing. Smell was of oak, vanilla, cream, and dark chocolate. Taste was whiskey and oak flavored with some smoke and coffee. Very smooth tasting barrel aged beer. Body and carbonation are both medium. As previously mentioned, this was very smooth, I'd drink this again. Thanks to iowaherkeye for sharing.
01-03-2009 04:16:04 | More by badbeer
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4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
Colossal thanks to ericwo for tossing a couple of these my way! Served in a chalice on Xmas Eve.
Pours an inky black with a thin, off white head.
Nice amount of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla in the snout. Mabye some char as well.
Mmmm. Tastes like a chocolate brownie! The darker, harder corners that are just about to burn. The barrel aging makes this thing so damn smooth as well. Unbelievably silky mouthfeel.
The drinkability is off the charts for a big beer such as this. A good dessert beer for sure, but this sucker will work for me any time, any place. I'm looking forward to sitting on my other bottle another year and seeing how it progresses!
12-25-2009 04:16:24 | More by rudylaw
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours almost black with still lots of amber undertones in the goblet with an almost white head that slowly melts leaving a bit of a map in it's wake.
Aromas are soft...soft roasted malts, soft oaks, soft and smooth sweet dark chocolate.
Taste follows aroma with a softness that is typical of a very good oatmeal stout. Very mellow chocolates and malts and a touch of coffee...but mostly the chocolate mellowed by woods.
Mouthfeel is buttery smooth and aftertaste is all milk chocolate with a touch of hops to dry it out and keep it from becoming cloying.
12-20-2007 05:11:17 | More by IntriqKen
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
I received this one from a great BA, gibby!
Poured it into a snifter and plan on continuously enjoying this one throughout the night.
A: Black as black can be with a tan head that was one finger thick and disappated to thick ring after about a minute.
S: Sweet smelling chocolate notes that a very pungent. No whiskey or wood notes.
T: A big RIS with thick chocolate notes that finished with a very pleasant and subtle roasty note with some vanilla from the oak and whiskey. Deeper than that there is some brown sugar/moslasses sweetness and a touch of fruitiness.
M: I was expecting there to be some chalkiness, but was amazed by how creamy and smooth this beer is.
D: Surprisingly easy to drink this one. Heavy on flavor but not overwhelming at all
10-06-2009 21:30:13 | More by mikey711
3.73/5 rDev -12%
765ml bottle shared thanks to - oh, what do you know, it was me. Thanks, Nick. You are the man! Keep it up! I very generously shared this with Arbitrator, who gave it a C+ the first time - a pretty good score for him.
This beer really looks great in the glass. Darkest brown (just a shade short of black) in color with a large, lasting tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma is roast, chocolate, wood, and whiskey. Fairly simple, not amazing.
Flavor is mainly roast, chocolate, and oak. The whiskey doesn't really assert itself as much as it does in other whiskey -bal aged stouts. I disagree with Arby's review below on this point. There is also an odd hint of tartness to it. But hey, at least it's not a booze bomb.
Medium-full bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel and average carbonation for the style.
Drinkability is good for an imperial stout. Good but not great overall. Grows on you a bit.
01-25-2010 17:56:17 | More by nickd717
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
750 ml bottle from the Brewery poured into giant Dogfish snifter at 60 degrees
Appearance: Color very dark brown & Opaque. Deep tan and well-formed head with moderately high head retention for style. 9% visible in "legs" when beer is swirled in a glass.
Aroma: Complex roasted Grains (Chocolate and some coffee), maltiness, Oatmeal, fruity esters (Raisins), mild hop character, and some vanilla bourbon alcohol. Rich malt aroma with almost barleywine-like character fading into a slight sherry kiss
Flavor: Rich, deep, roasted vanilla bean coffee. GOODNESS GRACIOUS. A nice plum and raisony character folds into a coffee and chocolate bath and on the afterswallow there is a nice warming. even a hint of smokiness. There is lots going on in this beer. Perfect fermentation as there are no fusyls or anything solventy at all.
Mouthfeel: Chewy, with a velvety, luscious feel perhaps subdued some due to the age. Gentle smooth warmth from alcohol. Carbonation is very low do to conditioning but i don't mind at all
Overall Impression: An intensely flavored, complex bourbon imperial oatmeal stout. Overall a complex stout with lots of layers. If you are just looking for a stout that tastes like it has whisky poured in it, then this is not your beer. (Go to kkipples House and he will make you an Old Chubbourbon) This tastes like a Fat Dog with an extra layer or 2
01-05-2009 08:12:08 | More by ChrisDotson
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
A 750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at the brewery about a year ago. Since then I've cellared it in my basement.
A: The stout opened with a pop, a nice start compared to the BA Old Abominable that I had last weekend. After the pop, a thick head formed in my glass, approaching 3 fingers of bubbly goodness. The stout is a deep brown-black color lacking any form of clarity.
S: The nose is relaxed, lacking a big defining scent from either the double stout or the barrel aging. What does come out does so as the ale warms and has a pleasing chocolate-bourbon combination. It doesn't sound appealing but it really is.
T: The stout is silky sweet, lacking all any abrasive biting characteristics. Soft chocolate flavors define the stout side. They are sweet with a darker, burnt taste that is not overly bitter. Mid-sip the whiskey barrel flavors becomes apparent, wiith a strong vanilla presence that has touches of buttery sweetness. Not a great deal bourbon-wise, but what does emerge is pleasing. I like the subtlety of the barrel, it is not as in-your-face as some versions are.
M: The barrel aging was done conservatively and I really appreciate that. The vanilla flavors are a nice attribute as a result of that aging. The stout has mellowed out significantly, greatly assisting the feel.
D: The high alcohol is well hidden, rarely popping up. The interaction between barrel and stout is well done.
12-02-2007 04:07:47 | More by akorsak
4.45/5 rDev +5%
750 received a long while back from the insurmountable trader DIM... I've been sitting on this for too long and after a well placed beermail from Dan, I decided tonight was the night.
"A place for everything and everything in its place," comes to mind.
A fairly vigorous pour produced a simply stunning 3 finger creamy brown head... great retention and lacing.. the brew is pretty much black...
Aromas are a very complex and somehow forgiving and well melded. chocolate fudge and hints of good Kentucky whiskey... not as roasty as many big hyped barrel aged stouts... there is no char to be found ... this just is soooo close to perfect.
flavors mesh as well as the nose... chocolate and vanilla from the barrel and bourbon.... some cherry essence that adds well to the overall brew.. This beer is a lesson on restraint and how things can be done extremely well without using 20 malts or 4 different barrels.
The body seems a bit lite.. but I can overlook generally... really it adds to the overall drinkablity.
Thanks a ton Dan!! DIM is a trader that should be considered a friend and not just a contact... I appreciate it a bunch buddy.
Now I just need to figure when to drink my other bottle ;-)
I had this a while back at a combined RB/BA tasting here in Boise and really enjoyed it then too.
12-16-2009 07:51:21 | More by JohnGalt1
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
750ml bottle that was acquired during a recent trade. I had been looking for this for a while. Chilled in the fridge and allowed to warm up to cellar temperature. Served in an oversized wine glass and consumed on 07/21/2008.
What a treat to be able to get this one open. Rather impressive looking bottle with a huge picture of the dog on the front! Nice cork and cage, but the cork was damn hard to get out, and I had to resort to prying it open! Rich, and very decadent looking liquid came pouring out. Super dark brown, and completely opaque meant that I knew I was in for a whopper. A towering head of three inches came roaring across the top and would not settle down for anything! Thoroughly coating the inside of the glass was thick and sticky chocolate lace. Even at the end of the session, this one still had a good inch of foam in the bottom of the glass. Very impressive to say the least!
The aroma was super sweet, classic oatmeal stout when it was cool. As it warmed some nice touches from the barrel became a bit more evident. Touches of oak, some like alcohol and a good amount of vanilla coming through stronger now. This was by no means a monster barrel aged aroma, but rather a subtle, nicely blended smell that welcomed instead of intimidated. The flavor was more of the same. Super sweet with nice touches of lactose and vanilla. Touches of chocolate and coffee swirled in and an almost mocha like flavor in the middle. Some light hints at fruit coming through towards the end, with maybe some raisins, plums, and a touch of spice to wrap it together. Delicious Mouthfeel, with more then adequate carbonation and a really nice coating feeling across the tongue. I had no issue with putting this one down over the course of a couple hours, in fact it was absolutely delicious and I was looking for another one nearly as soon as I finished the first.
Overall this one was outstanding. Really a fine example on how barrel aging can be done without being over the top. I would love to get another bottle f this as it was smooth as silk and still had the ability to age a little bit. This was easily one of the better big stouts I have had in terms of ease of drinking. Really should seek this one out and grab a case to put down if its there.
07-25-2008 00:53:57 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
a: Pours into my snifter with a 2 finger mocha colored head. After a slow initial fall, a respectable layer remains. The beer is nearly black in color.
s: Smooth medium roast barley and dry chocolates on the nose with a nice undertone of bourbon soaked oak. The barrel comes through much better on the nose than on the tongue, with a nice whiskey twang in the back of the nostrils. Well integrated sweetness balanced with a moderate, earthy hop aroma.
m: The carbonation is smooth, and on the upper side of the medium range. The body is pleasingly full without really being heavy. Good, but could stand to be smoothed out a bit. Maybe lower the carbonation a bit and/or give the body just a touch more staying power on the tongue after the swallow.
t: Smoothed roasts dominate the palate, with undertones of bittersweet chocolate. Nice oak/whiskey presence, but I feel a larger portion of the blend could have used some barrel aging. Or it may just need some added depth of flavor. Not overly complex...but a very nice beer no matter how you look at it.
d: Begins to warm the body after only half a snifter, but that's the only time it shows...a sipper
750 mL from zrrbrrt some time ago, cellared since
12-14-2007 05:14:18 | More by blackie
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
Big thanks to DIM for this bottle.
a - pours a shade lighter than black, huge cappuccino colored head with great retention and lacing
s - deeply roasted malt, some nice dark chocolate, plum, decent amount of oak and light whiskey notes
t - sweet roasted malt up front, bittersweet chocolate, lots of dark fruit, plum and black cherry on the midpalate, finish has a lingering chocolate covered cherry flavor mixed in with light oak and hints of whiskey, very well integrated and not the oak or whiskey bomb that some barrel-aged beers tend to be
m - medium-bodied, a little light on the palate, moderate carbonation, well balanced on the finish, some alcohol warming
d - par for the style, definitely not something you'll be drinking multiple bottles of in one sitting, that said, it's pretty easy on the palate for a big stout
An impressive effort from Stoudts. A good example of what barrel-aging can do for a beer. Seems to be very well rounded and the barrel-aging adds another dimension rather than overwhelming the flavors of the base beer. Definitely worth seeking out a bottle.
06-21-2008 22:41:15 | More by WeisGuy
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks to egajdzis for deciding to crack this open at the tasting...
Appears black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a mild collar. Lots of spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon oak, vanilla, raisins, nuts, rich caramel, brown sugar, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a light, mellow bourbon and oaky vanilla flavor melding wonderfully. In comes more alluring characters of raisins, nuts, caramel, and chocolate...similar to those Cadbury bars with the nuts and raisins. Very delicious.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, semi-dry, sweet, medium/full bodied.
Overall, a well done brew by Stoudt's. I hope to see more like this from the gang in Adamstown.
12-22-2006 17:25:28 | More by weeare138
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance: This beer pours completely opaque looking almost black with mahogany hues. I let this beer reach almost room temp before I poured it into my pint glass. When I popped the cap it started sudsing over I quickly moved to pours and got a huge 3+ finger thick creamy brown head with *great* retention.
Smell: The smell is very rich and enticing causing much salivating. It is a toasted malt, sweet caramel and toffees aroma; with a bit of berry fruits and dark chocolate along with a hint of earthiness and a hint of bitterness.
Taste: Evident oats and grain make way through the thick malty layers of coco, burnt woodiness & molasses. The taste starts off so smooth and immediately reveals the oats, followed by a hint of chocolate and toffee with nuts. Through the middle, it gradually tips from sweet to coffee woody bitter (charcoal-like) with a slight lip-smacking pucker in the mildly astringent finish.
Mouthfeel: Full and thick and smooth as can be! Impressive big creamy body feels fluffy and then leaves your mouth tingling.
Drinkability: Who would have thought a double stout could be so easy to put back. It is exceptionally easy to drink for an imperial stout. The smooth balanced approachable feel and taste make this a friendly beer, I highly recommend.
Hope this is helpful.
12-18-2006 22:14:31 | More by Phatz
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
thanks to DIM for getting these brews for me!!! I've had the regular Fat Dog fresh and aged and it's always a great choice.
A - rich dark brew, nice soft dark tan head.
S - bourbon, roasted grains, roasted coffee, faint vanilla, chocolate and oak. with some time to breath the aroma became feathery soft and intoxicatingly lush.
T - the first few sips were very roasty with espresso and sharp whiskey notes. Once it warmed up it showed all sorts of tasty levels. Rich soft buourbon mixed and melded with a dark chocolate, oak, vanilla creaminess to a perfect medley!
M - full bodied, creamy carbonation, soft velvety texture and a slight warming effect.
D - a wonderful beer indeed! This one drank so smooth, so invitingly that I'm really happy to have more in the cellar.
Definitely worth a try if you can get it!
05-19-2008 17:49:23 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
This beer pours from the corked and caged 750mm bottle a dark black that lightens a little around the edges to a clear brown. I expected more red... The head is a rough sandy brown that falls to a film and sticks around.
Smells of ridiculous creamy barley and chocolate with hints of caramel and a little coffee beneath. Yummy!
Tastes initially of a dry, woody sourness reminiscent of old burnt coffee, dry camp fire and a touch of sour mash whiskey. It then fades into a bit of chocolate and creamy oats and wheat. Finishes with a bit of coffee and a slight charred, sweet woody elements.
Feels light and easy with a nice touch of viscosity and a nice prickly carbonation.
Not a bad beer at all. The BA doesn't' do all that much to the already solid Fat Dog, but it's a nice touch and a fun addition to the world of barrel aging.
07-20-2007 01:40:07 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.58/5 rDev +8%
750ml bottle from hopdog via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.
Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Foamy head lasts well especially for the style, with thick complementary lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with alcohol noticeable but not dominant. Taste is dominated by the rich maltiness, which is present from start to finish. Whiskey flavors flit in and out, but are certainly not the focus. Warmth comes on after the swallow quite suddenly. Mouthfeel is a bit too bubbly, with quite good drinkability. Liking this one quite a bit, glad I've got a whole bottle to savor.
06-03-2007 00:40:48 | More by ppoitras
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
A cask of Barrel Aged Fat Dog was available at the Yards Real Ale Invitational on March 21, 2010...
Dark, near black in color, minimal head from the cask pour. Smell is of dark roasted grain with just hints of everything from chocolate, coffee, cream, cinnamon, vanilla, booze and dark dried fruit. Would love if the scent was more aggressive. Taste is a little bolder then scent dictates, once again, the dark roasted malts are the highlight with dark dried fruit notes fairly aggressive as well. Other flavors mentioned in scent are also present such as chocolate, coffee, cream, brown sugar, cinamon and vanilla. The burbony booze is there, but not too aggressive, but that can be a good thing. Full bodied, creamy, slightly dry finnish. ABVs hidden well. The barrel aging really didnt do a ton for this beer as i had hoped, but its still a great beer.
03-26-2010 14:37:11 | More by rfgetz
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
got this one in a trade with leftmindedrighty earlier this year. thanks aaron!
750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled dec 31/08.
pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.
aroma is great. vanilla and bourbon. milk and dark chocolate. bit of coffee. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy. bit of anise. light roast. a hint of dark fruit too.
taste is good. bourbon and vanilla. bit of raw oak. biscuit and wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. anise. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. just a touch of fruity character. pretty much a decent stout with a nice bourbon barrel character added.
mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. good balance in general, and a good balance between the barrel and the base beer. quite tasty overall and a beer i'd be happy to have again. thanks aaron!
01-01-2009 06:20:25 | More by grub
4.88/5 rDev +15.1%
I drank this brew at cellar temp poured into a snifter. the beer pours pitch black with soft fluffy tan head of 3.5 cm foaming up easily and hanging around throughout sampling. Aroma is sweet cocoa and a bit of roasted malt with a bit of vanilla and bourbon and some oak as well. Bourbon is very mild unlike some barrel aged stuff. First sip reveals a smooth texture and fairly thick bogy with very fine and tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose with sweet chocolate and brown sugar mixing with bourbon and a bit of warming booze at the finish. The bourbon flavor is more pronounced than the nose and lingers. Not a problem to drink this ultra smooth and tasty beer. Would definitely sneak up on you after a few pints. Very nice beer!
04-06-2007 18:17:16 | More by sulldaddy
3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
I have never seen a cork that was this hard to remove. We had to tie it to the bumper of my friends 4x4 to get it out. Well, not really, but it was almost that hard...
A - Stout. Some tan-mocha head, some lace.
S - Too oat-y, even with the barrel treatment. Just roasty, oat-y and boozy. It is possible that the barrel exacerbated lesser characteristics of this brew and negated the greater.
T - Perhaps it was because I had this side-by-side with BA Blackbeerd that I am so underwhelmed. It is just second-tier, at best. Basically, roasted malt, chalky oat, and booze, combine to form a brew that is a cut above decent.
M - Stout. Full-bodied and viscous, but not particularly outstanding.
D - This was a decent brew. Actually, a little better than that. But I suspect most would expect a very good or great beer, just as I did, given the speciality and barrel aging of this one.
07-18-2010 18:13:49 | More by ktrillionaire
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
careful pour decants half midnight and half brown bubbly soup. solid appearance, imperial (yes) stout (yes).. lactic bourbon aroma with a wheaty tinge coming off the malts and oatmeal. the tartness in the aroma evokes high alpha cat piss and cranberry sauce, which may or may not serve well in balancing a hefty bourbon dose. not the best aroma on a barrel-aged beer, but intriguing nonetheless.
sip.. bam! bourbon. fizzy enough to make this way too drinkable, and that does a wonderful job of injecting dryness into the sweet, caramelly notes of woody bourbon that are certainly present here. whatever was sour in the nose certainly doesn't rear its ugly head too much in the flavor. it would be nicer if this beer was a bit thicker and smoother, but i think that would open it up to extreme booziness. it maintains the sweet afterbite and creamy lack of bitterness that makes oatmeal stouts unique in the dark beer world.. and impresses me with its overall balance. fat dog itself is usually such a sipper, and for the barrel-aged version to be more drinkable is inherently insane.
i kind of expected a monstrous, vinous, walloping boozer/sipper, and despite the grief that would have caused me, i am slightly disappointed. if this was in 12oz'ers at the same price as regular fat dog, i would probably go for the old standard.
still, a decent beer and big thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this rare treat.
01-12-2007 04:43:03 | More by goodbyeohio
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
This beer came my way from a Bif. I cannot remember who sent it. A big thank you to the sender of this beer.
Appearance: The beer pours an impenetrable black coloration. The head is approximately 2 fingers high. The head has a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The head retention is near perfect.
Smell: The aroma is on the subtle side. Lightly roasted coffee notes combine with cocoa, vanilla, anise and just a hint of whiskey. I would have liked a bolder smell but this isnt bad.
Taste: As with the smell the taste seems subdued and subtle. The coffee flavors are well lightly roasted and toasted. Semi-sweet cocoa and vanilla. The whiskey flavors come across in the finish.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very smooth. The body is on the full side. The carbonation is low but appropriate. The beer is subtle and grew on me as it warmed up. By the time this beer hit room temperature I was fully enjoying the beer. I would have liked a bit more boldness in the smell and flavor. This is a nice beer but doesnt really make it to the Imperial level.
05-24-2007 02:02:05 | More by nlmartin
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
The epic (for me at least) fiftieth review here on BA...and for an epic review, I felt that I needed an even more epic beer. So I decided to go with this sweet little gem of a brew that I received from Dana Tayner through a charitable donation. I had heard that it was peaking, and I guess I had decided that I couldn't really hold on to it much longer. 750 ml corked and caged bottle into an oversized wine glass...just a warning, this cork was probably the most stubborn cork I have ever seen. It took me roughly fifteen minutes to work it out of the bottle. And once it releases from the bottle, you better have a tight grip on it, because this bad boy is CARBONATED!
The body was a bit more transparent than I was expecting. It was a dark brown, with loads of ruby highlights throughout. Lots of lively carbonation that helps to produce a large four finger head. It's a nice frothy toffee colored head with excellent retention and sticky lacing.
Litht notes of coffee and dark fruits with some bittersweet chocolates coming through. Muted notes of bourbon and molasses, dominated by raisins and vanilla. I could have smelled this brew for five hours, and still picked out new aromas...it was THAT complex!
Sweet and malty chocolates with some dark fruit dropping into a bittersweet finish. Whiskey is there, but it's been aged out and replaced with strong wood aged notes...a bit bourbony at times, but a sweet bourbon, not an alcohol infused bourbon. Very smokey, midpalate, with lots of raisins and molasses. Let your nose follow the smell, and it will taste just as it smells.
The body was a bit thin for an impy stout, but the carbonation was able to hold it up.
The alcohol is muted by all of the complex flavors, but it is there. One bottle is enough, but it goes down so smooth.
I won't lie...with the whiskey almost completely burnt out, this beer is at it's peak. But I do think that it can peak for at least another year if cellared properly. This beer was definitely held up by the barrel aging, and could probably be one of the better barrel aged stouts. It's definitely one of the best impy stouts (barrel aged or not) that I have ever had...and I think I will be hard pressed to find another one that compares let alone comes close. An amazing brew from Stoudt's, that I wish wasn't retired.
I will be on the search for a couple more bottles before the year is up...
06-29-2009 21:09:53 | More by BitterPachyderm
Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.