Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
750ml bottle sent to me by Himerman. Best beer I've had in a while.
Pours dark brown, almost black. Large brown foam rises and falls over a period of a few minutes. No light gets through. Good retention and good lace.
Aroma is strong of oak, mildly of whiskey, some roast and some chocolate,and no real alcohol to speak of.
Taste contains mellowed chocolate and roast, don't know the age of this but I would guess at 2 years. The oak flavor is strong and the whiskey flavor is in the background. Mild bitterness, sweet, and the aftertaste lasts forever. Mild alcohol flavor.
Body is heavy, medium/high CO2 levels. Highly drinkable. I would buy more of this if it was available.
11-16-2008 06:21:56 | More by t0rin0
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup color with a huge beige head that sticks throughout and leaves scads of lace
Smell: Dark chocolate, raisin/prune, milk coffee, oatmeal and just the vaguest hint of the barrel
Taste: Opens with a chocolate and dark fruit flavor that begins to reveal the barrel aging by mid-palate, with peaty vanilla and whisky flavors arriving; after the swallow, the blend of the whisky flavors and chocolate/fruit combine to provide a great deal of complexity
Mouthfeel: Just a tad thin for a full-bodied stout, but creamy and moderately carbonated
Drinkability: Were it not for the slightly thin body, this would be truly extraordinary; as it is, it is exquisitely flavored, with a subtle understatement that makes for a supurb rendition of the style
08-14-2008 00:49:32 | More by brentk56
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
4.28/5 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
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
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
4.13/5 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
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
4.58/5 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
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
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
750 ml bottle, opened by the grubmeister.
Pours a opaque dark brownish red, some burgundy highlights, thick light brown head forms, forms a solid layer on the glass, really thick and leaves a nice crown of lacing; Smell is chocolate and caramel, some biscuit, light oak and vanilla barrel character, sweet, some alcohol, not too complex. Taste is some caramel and roast, decent vanilla and chocolate, dark fruits, a lot of raisin and figs, more vanilla, some whiskey and roast, very dry and biscuity in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to miedium carbonation. A nice beer, but not much else happening, decent for the drinking but otherwise unremarkable, and the whiskey character is not very present. Thanks grub!
01-01-2009 06:21:21 | More by Viggo
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
4.45/5 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
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
4.13/5 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
4.28/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Thanks to Gillard for this one.
A: Pours a nice flat black hue with a medium size khaki colored head. The head died quickly and left no lace.
S: Nice bourbon aromas with hints of oak, vanilla, and booze.
T: Nice bourbon flavors with the oak and vanilla coming thru in a mild sort of way. Dark fruits and a hint of nuts can be detected. Hints of chocolate malt as well.
M: Medium in body smooth and somewhat creamy.
D: Not bad at all.
Overall: A nice barrell beer. One of the better BA stouts I have tasted. Gillard thanks for the try.
05-21-2008 15:26:14 | More by tpd975
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
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
750 ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade with mymrngjckt, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this beer, split with my girlfriend last night during the Kansas and North Carolina basketball game, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter
A-Looked black at first but saw through it with some red highlights towards the top when I held it up to the light, 1 1/3 inch bubbly and creamy light tan head that stuck around for close to five minutes, nice retention, some lacing at the beginning
S-Bourbon was not overpowering and added something special to the aroma, smell was subtle but quite nice overall with sweet and roasted accents, got some nice coffee, sugary cream, faint vanilla, lots of milk chocolate, oak, and toffee
T-Taste started off rather roasty with burned malts and barley, only a little bourbon was in the aftertaste, once it warmed the complexities started to show, whiskey hit you first, then some sweeter dark chocolate and vanilla in the middle, aftertaste was a little spicy but not hot or boozy by any means, the bourbon smoothed this stout out and gave it a nice thin but complex flavor, coffee and sweet cream came out later on, by the end there was lots of sweetness mixed with the whiskey which was quite good, really easy to drink and no flavor was overwhelming
M-Sweet, spicy, warming, gentle, and roasty mouthfeel, all changes as the liquid warms, nice level of carbonation, body was pretty thin for an imperial stout, taste lingered which allowed to take my time and enjoy it, alcohol is not hot at all but does warm going down
D-Could have easily drank this whole bottle by myself even if it did take a couple hours, certainly a sipper but not as heavy as other beers of its kind, ABV is high but could be worse as well, incredibly smooth, alcohol is hidden nicely other than whiskey of course
Have never had the non barrel aged version of Fat Dog so I do not have anything to compare it to but this beer was fantastic and one of the better barrel aged stouts I have tasted, pretty sure this was the freshest batch of this available that came out about a month ago, would love to drink this again, highly recommended
04-06-2008 16:01:16 | More by Floydster
4.03/5 rDev -5%
Hard not to give this a 5 for appearance. An awesome tan thick and tight foamed 3 inch head protrudes out the top of my Maudite snifter. Retention is second to none and leaves a sticky layer of lace down the glass. The only thing keeping this from a 5 is the fact that the color of the liquid had loads of ruby highlights throughout. I prefer stouts to be black and midnight. So take that score with an opinionated preference.
Nose is nice but seems overly subdued. Again still very pleasant. Nice chocolate barley aromas with hints of coffee and oats as well. Dark fruit with black currant at the forefront. Hints of vanilla, and a bit of caramel as well.
Great balance. A bittering hop on the finish helps balance the chewy thick mouthfeel from the oat addition. On the feminine side of things. At 9% this may be the easiest drinking stout I've had. Smooth and refined. Full of milk and dark chocolate, vanilla extract, currant, anise, lactose, stale coffee, and other fruity adventures. Nice easy drinker.
04-08-2007 19:31:59 | More by mcallister
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
3.73/5 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
Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.