Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this brew on 1/22/11.
2007 offering poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with clarity and lighter brown around the edges. Dark tan to brown head composed of big bubbly foam hangs close to the edges of the glass. Lengthy strings of lace cling to the glass.
The aroma of this brew smells of whiskey and vanilla. I love that character that a barrel can impart when it's done correctly. Smooth scents of alcohol mix with a grainy scent which imparts chocolate and some oat sweetness to the nose.
Tastes of whiskey accented alcohol, citrus hops, roasty grain that imparts chocolate flavors through the body. A light bitterness from the hops is present beyond the bitterness imparted by the dark grain character. Overall pretty good. I enjoy normal fat dog and this barrel treatment is even better.
Medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue. Excessively drinkable and well rounded. The alcohol was readily noticeable but never hindered the experience, just accented it the way that barrel aging should. Hope to see this brew make anyone back one day.
02-04-2011 20:46:40 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Shared by Azurelimits at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks Pete!
This beer appears a very dark brown color, but certainly not black. A smallish tan head camps out upon the beer for a few moments before leaving a small trace of lacing in its wake. Aromas include chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. The taste is nice, with a nice flavor from the oatmeal. Oats + stout = I like. The beer was really smooth and mellow, having been cellared for five years. Whiskey flavors were definitely present, but the heat was tamed by time. A really nice, unexpected treat. If it wasn't retired, I'd acquire a few bottles.
08-20-2010 01:12:56 | More by Huhzubendah
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Bottle shared by Azurelimits, thanks Pete. Beer poured into a snifter. I didn't even know this beer existed. Kind of cool. Beer is black and has a thin broken head of brown small bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on my glass. It appears that the carbonation is low. I don't know the vintage of this beer unfortunately as I did not write it down.
Aroma is an appropriate volume and its mostly whiskey and some sweetness from the malt. Minimal roast.
This is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had. Now I'm really curious how long this has been sitting. Beer finishes cleanly but isn't dry, no aftertaste. Some sweetness up front gives way to a nice, almost coconut, liquor flavor in the midpalate that carries you through to some minimal roasty bitterness in the back. Beer is quite mellow and very drinkable.
08-11-2010 18:33:20 | More by drabmuh
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
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to Sean for sharing this one at the 110k release.
A- pours balck in color with shades of brown when held to the light. A 1 finger tan head. The head disappears and leaves a thin ring. Some spotty lacing left.
A- roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not a lot going on.
T- Semi-sweet dark chocolate chips comes to mind. The malts are robust. There is a bit of char presence. Some wood. The bourbon is blended nicely and doesn't overpower the other flavors.
M- nice and smooth. On the fuller side of medium in body.
D- pretty tastey. I could have killed the bottle without hesitation. Thanks again Sean!
06-08-2010 16:33:17 | More by urwithdave
3.18/5 rDev -25%
750ml bottle into a mini-nonic; shared at a tasting.
A: Solidly black body with an inch of creamy tan head. Good retention and strong lacing. Very nice.
S: Mild aromas of sweet malts (chocolate and caramel), with some alcohol as well. Meh.
T: Tons of caramel sweetness, and not much else. Not very roasty, no barrel influence to speak of, and simply nothing to praise. Not bad, but thoroughly boring.
M: Surprisingly thin with relatively low carbonation.
D: Easy enough to drink, but why would you want to?
Notes: Perhaps I would have liked this one more in isolation, but it was by far the worst of the BA stouts at the tasting. There's just nothing much going on, and it's a shame. I was surprised to see how high its average score was on here, but I guess some people just love anything that claims to have been in a barrel at some point. Compared to most other barrel aged stouts I've had, Fat Dog was bland and forgettable. Thanks, Tony, for the chance to find this out.
06-08-2010 12:48:10 | More by woosterbill
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
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
2.65/5 rDev -37.5%
EDIT: downgraded after a second sharing by nickd717. Thanks, Nick. But I firmly maintain that this is a lot of whiskey.
Chilled bottle into a glass. Donated by cpferris for a tasting at ipa247's house in December. Thanks, Chad and Jeff.
A: Pours a clear, but very dark, reddish brown body. Half a finger of light beige head. Short retention, with a thin collar and some bubbles on top.
S: Whiskey... Wow. It's like the glass is 2/3 spirits with a little beer. Caramel, tannins, vanilla. I enjoy whiskey, but I prefer more balance in my beers, and this doesn't deliver.
T: Whiskey (strong), caramel, tannins, vanilla. Nice grainy oatmeal in the mid-taste, with some raisin highlights. Chocolate in the finish. But again, it's BIG on the whiskey. Can't say that's particularly a great thing.
M: Very viscous, pretty smooth. I had no trouble putting this down, as the heat was restrained.
D: For a whiskey-bomb I'd go straight to this. But, as said above, I like my beers with more balance and nuance and subtlety. While I wouldn't turn this beer down, I wouldn't chase it down for myself. Out of all the barrel-aged impy stouts I've tried, this doesn't distinguish itself as being particularly top-tier.
01-17-2010 08:25:40 | More by Arbitrator
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
4.45/5 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
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Special Thanks to Gibby for providing this in trade earlier this year.
A couple of fingers of light tan head form. Mostly foamy and not quite creamy. Begins to slowly settle immediately. Dark brown with some ruby tones around the edges. Looks like it pours a little thin. Some clinging lacing remains.
The aroma is quite bold and of vanilla, a touch of mustiness and some sweetness.
Quite chocolaty out of the shoot. Then there is a balance between coconut and vanilla. The flavor is circular in that it comes back to the initial chocolate flavor at the end. The aftertaste is all chocolate, specifically chocolate syrup. Nice flavor... Only one thing is holding this beer back..
And that's the body... Just too thin for the flavor profile. It's been a while since I've had a regular Fat Dog, but this seems thinner than I remember the standard edition.
I am torn on this beer.. I love the flavor and am disappointed in the body.. This does affect the drinkability for me. I want to rave about it, but this is holding me back.
Bottom line, still an awesome beer. If this had the right body, it could have been epic.
11-26-2009 02:43:10 | More by Reagan1984
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
Got this 750ml bottle over 2 years ago in a trade with Beerbeing.
Dark black, but not massively thick looking. Decent tan foam that never fully dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Smells like it a has a touch of age, I get a hint of roast, some light alcoholic sweetness, almost fruity, with some chcolate notes.
The taste is very well-rounded. Quite mellow due to age. The flavor has alot of semi-sweet chocolate character, mildly dry. Light bitterness at the finish. Nothing too intense. There is a good hint of the whisky barrel in the flavor but thankfully the alcohol is well hidden. It goes down quite easily for 9% ABV. The body is not real thick/chewy. It's very smooth with a light creaminess. It stayed well-carbonated.
Very pleased with this beer, I was a little concerned I had held onto this too long before opening, but it turned out alright. I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. Hope to try this again if they make it...
04-11-2009 23:29:05 | More by bennetj17
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Another brew I have to thank Dim for. The bottle poured into a dogfish head snifter. It produced a two finger worth of tan head that settled to a thick lace. The body of the brew was black as night no light coming through at all.
This brew smell fantastic bourbon, chocolate and coffee are some of the many aromas'. That is just a start; some dark fruit vanilla and a slight earthiness are also present
The flavor is really mellow nice grain sweetness, chocolate, vanilla, coffee among others. The feel is great in the mouth with ample carbonation. The regular fat dog is a favorite of mine and this just takes those flavors to a whole new level
Great drinkability I am enjoying every drop I might even shed a tear when it gone. It was truly a treat to have this one thanks again Dim
03-06-2009 02:33:24 | More by joepais
3.83/5 rDev -9.7%
Enjoyed on New Year's Eve, 2008. Bottle courtesy of todd1. Thanks!
Pretty much black in colour with faint brown edges. It had a thick tan cap that showed great head retention and a bit of sticky lace. Rich toffee aroma, lots of roast and chocolate, nutty, vanilla and milk chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit and light whiskey. Bitterness was subdued. Lots of fruit and chocolate in the flavour, along with toffee, vanilla, light booziness, and some peppery spice in the finish. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some warmth and a bit dry from the dark malts. The barrel character was lighter than I expected, but still nice. It smelled great. Pretty smooth and an easy drinking big stout.
01-25-2009 00:16:27 | More by DrJay
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
I poured the 765ml bottle chilled into 2goblets. The bottle was purchased from the brewery over a year ago and kept refrigerated.
A - Pours a beautiful ebony blocking out all light w/ a thick creamy ecru head of 2 fingers which appears smooth like a ramekin of creme brulee on top. The cap begins clinging to the glass in a film like coating thick and becomes ring-like.The head holds strong the whole time
S - dark fruit, very subtle cocoa w/ a hint of alcohol in the nose-mild vanilla and toasted wood notes. The odor has hints of piney hop aromas
M - A rich and thick, roasty start...creamy and alcohol tinged middle and dry spicy semi sweet whiskey tinged finish
T - Sweet and cocoa tasting w/ dry and powdery notes that lead into a taste of whiskey w/ drying flavor -spicey vanilla and caramel flavor w/ a raisin-like sweet/thick fruity flavor. The taste of English hops that are woody or are the flavors more barrel-like oaky? Possibly both, there is a truffle similarity w/ candy taste w/ chocolate malt and cherry notes and slight pine tastes. There is a twiggy crisp taste that gives this a slightly edgier and less creamy and oatmeal tasting stout than the original. I like the barrel's effect that gives this big Stoudt beer-(pun intended) a slightly bitter and blackberry and coffee flavor emreges as it warms to cellar temperature.
D - A great stout, but not the most quaffable barrel-aged beer ever...I love how it has metamorphosed w/ the barrel really becoming a flavor component instead of just an "icing" on the cake. This beer should be released more often -it is an excellent example of the best Stoudt's has to offer.
01-16-2009 22:41:17 | More by Slatetank
Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.