Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
765 ml corked and caged bottle with a larger Fat Dog label. The differences between this and regular version is that it's bigger (obviously!)and the big time words "Aged in a Whiskey Barrel" above the dog's body. That is one big dog on the label! It has to be a Mastiff of some sort. It looks like this dog could eat a 7 ft 250 lb male and ask for seconds later. A vintage year on the bottle would have been nice of Stoudt's to do, but they didn't mark the bottle with anything. All I know that this is late 2008 version. How do I know? Well, that's when I bought at the brewery.
Appearance: I poured this barrel aged Stout into my Maudite Snifter. It seemed fitting for this beer. With a loud pop from the cork, out comes a Stout that was black as tar and just as thick as a heavily roasted coffee. It wasn't quite thick as oil, but it was getting there. It had one of those solid black colors where light just bounced off of it. Sitting on top of this black as night liquid was a good 1 inch creamy light tan colored head of foam. This creamy tan colored head of foam had great slow retention that left behind a 1/2 an inch long lasting tan film, spots of lace, and even small streaks of lace. It couldn't decide what to leave behind so it left behind both kinds of lace.
Smell: At first, I didn't care all that much for the aroma. All I got at first was a little dark roasted malts, a hint of dark roasted coffee beans, and a subtle touch of bourbon. It's a different story when this beer is swirled around. When it was swirled around, the first 3 aroma where still there, but enhanced. Besides those three, there was also bitter dark chocolate, a splash of charred oak, a whiff of black cherries, the scent of chocolate covered bananas, and a subtle bitterness at the end. What kind of hop bitterness? I couldn't tell because the hops were too subtle. The bourbon and the oak were not let to run wild and free. Hell, nothing was running wild and free. Every aroma was almost the same size. Well, everything except for the black cherry and hops. You don't get much for those two.
Taste: Barrel Aged Fat Dog started off lightly dry and roasted and then it ends with a big bourbon finish. Let me explain the taste in greater detail. The taste kicked off with dark roasted malts, a drop of roasted coffee beans, a hint of lightly bitter dark chocolate, and a splash of charred oak. That was fine and dandy like sour candy, but it was after the charred oak where the beer got really interesting. It's just too bad that it was at the end of the taste and not at the beginning. This beer finishes up with a big bourbon/bitter combo. The hops weren't getting any play time, so they jumped on the bourbon band wagon and aligned itself with the bourbon. Not the most thick and roasted Barrel Aged Stout out there today. The level of bourbon and oak were just fine, but to me it would have been better if they would have increased the strength of some of the dark roasted flavors. Some of them like the roasted coffee beans were too small of a taste.
Mouthfeel: Despite this beer being an Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey barrels, it was mover over the medium bodied side than the full bodied side. It must have been the lack of effort coming from the dark roasted flavors that caused that. The aftertaste to this Imperial Stout was weak. There wasn't much of anything coming from the aftertaste. The aftertaste was lightly roasted with roasted malts, dried black cherries, a pinch of roasted coffee beans, a hint of dark chocolate, and plenty of bourbon. The bourbon was the only taste that bothered to stick around. It stuck around for a few seconds and then that was the end of this beer.
Drinkability: I went over my past reviews and it seems that I enjoyed the regular Fat Dog on draft than the barrel aged version in a bottle. The regular version was thick and chewy and it tasted like the barrel aged version took away some of roasted flavors and replaced them with a little oak and bourbon. If you can get this beer it's worth a shot, but if you can't, the regular version will do just fine. Just replace some the roasted flavors with a a little oak and bourbon.
01-11-2009 20:29:09 | More by AltBock
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
Yo. This is tasty smelling. ABout 3-4 years old. Nice looking although not as nice looking as it is smelling. Dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma:I first smelled a light toasty oatmeal smell and vannila coffee. The next sniff I smelled an oaky chocolate smell. Not overly bourbony. Balanced. Some sweet fruitiness to the nose as well. Something almost like plum wine as well.
Taste:The roast is more subdued than I expected. Dark chocolate. Slightly basementy. I mean that in a positive light. I'm tasting a raisiny flavor as well like in a quad. The finish has such an awesome bitter chocalate flavor that squeezes the sides of my tounge nicely.
Lighter mouth feel than a lot of other oaked imperial stouts. Lower carbonation.
Nice and drinkable relative to the style. Very smooth as well. Vary rock and roll beer.
01-05-2009 08:21:51 | More by adamdotson
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
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
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
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
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
A: Very dark black with a very ample mocha head. I was surprised at the amount of head from an aged bottle.
S: Great aroma. There is a bunch of oak in there with the accompaning vanilla, but it is all in check. It adds a nice sweetness.
T: Mmm. The oak is much more subdued in the flavor. There is a good bit of chocolate.
M: SMOOTH!! Amazing smoothness for a decent abv beer with oak aging. Simply amazing.
D: Damn. This is even better than regular Fat Dog, and that is damn good.
11-24-2008 02:33:39 | More by drseamus
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
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
Thanks Imstillthegman for this one.
Large corked bottle, poured into a snifter, right after tasting the regular offering.
Darker than the original, nearly pitch black, with a voluminous brown head that drops quite fast, but leaves lots of lacing on its way down to a collar that holds for a long time.
Aroma lost some chocolate and coffee with the aging, and particularly the chocolate which was the dominant flavor became just a note here and there; notes of oakiness and vanilla came in its place, and very little bourbon or whisky is noticeable.
Nearly full bodied, it shows less chocolate than the original, more vanilla and interestingly, a lot less of an alcohol character.
This one got better balanced, not necessarily better. It makes me wonder if aging the original one longer would not come to better results. Either way, very nice beers.
11-15-2008 02:31:20 | More by brdc
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Kegatron knocked a big "wants" off my list last week with this bottle, thanks again Heath! BA Fat Dog fills the snifter black as night without letting any light shine through, even when backlit. A dense two finger dish soap beige head formed on the pour and quickly fizzled to a skim coat with a small ring. A quick swirl brings a cap around for a few minutes. Patchy thin lacing gets left behind with every tilt of the glass.
The bourbon is well contained in the nose of this brew. Roasty malts lead the way with a nice coffee addition and heavy cream. Baker's chocolate makes a showing here and there. The barrel aging brings about a mild well integrated bourbon character with a slightly sweet vanilla oakiness. Hazelnut pops up here and there while a slight vegetal aroma shows up while this beer is still cold but dies off as it warms.
Stoudts did a good job with the barrel aging letting the bourbon compliment the stout instead of dominate like in a lot of the others on the market. The oak takes on more of a damp woodiness in the flavor while the bourbon adds some warmth in the back of the throat. There are definite signs of coffee with a splash of heavy cream along with those roasty malts from the nose. Stoudts practiced finesse with this beer and it repays them with complex flavors and a great depth.
When I first started drinking this beer the body seemed to be a little thin from the barrel aging. Now that it's warming there seems to be some more stick with a lively carbonation right off the bat. I'm torn between a 3.5-4. I like what this beer does though so I'll bump it up.
This is super easy drinking for a BA RIS. The lighter body and subtle barrel notes keep this beer flowing with no problem. As a matter of fact I keep drinking faster then I should to try and grasp all the nuances.
I actually thought this beer would score a little better from me. I love Fat Dog so I thought the barrel aging might bump that score up a bit. It seemed to thin the body slightly. I think I enjoy the regular Fat Dog better then the BA version. The bourbon is a nice addition to this beer though and they allowed just the right amount to seep in. Thanks again Heath!
11-06-2008 05:39:19 | More by joe1510
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Almost black with brownish ruby hues and a medium, somewhat fizzy head for the style that fades pretty fast. Good smell of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and just a touch of vanilla and oak. Taste is lovely and incredibly well balanced. The barrel hasn't made too big an influence on the beer but it is there in the perfect amount for me. Great roast coffee flavor and chocolate. An excellent chocolate covered dark fruit, mainly of dark cherry with raisin as well. I think this one has a bit too much carbonation. A light burn and just not enough of a full body for such a big stout. Still, this stuff drinks like a champ. The more small scale presence of the whiskey makes this one sublime. Because of this, it's easier to drink but still maintains a good complexity. While I must admit, regular Fat Dog isn't my favorite, this was a step up from it and added great depth to the regular brew. Very happy to have the chance to try this one.
I owe dashirey a huge thank you for this generous Powerball treat!
10-04-2008 02:43:31 | More by ncvbc
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
I've been looking for this one for a while now and warriorsoul was kind enough to hook me up with it in a recent trade. Thank you sir!
765 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a deep dark black with a big two finger tan colored head that slowly falls to a creamy layer of foam. A spotty wall of lacing is left on the sides of the glass, very nice. Smell consists of whiskey, vanilla extract, and milk chocolate. Some caramel sweetness and coffee in the nose as well, not as complex as I was expecting, but still good none-the-less. Taste starts off with a warm whiskey flavor followed by fresh roasted coffee and some dark fruits. Midway the toasted oats and chocolate flavors emerge with a touch of butterscotch and oak. Aftertaste has nice combination of some smokey malts and molasses, definitely some complex flavors to this stout. Rich, smooth, and creamy feel with a medium body. Carbonation is low but fits well into the overall profile of the beer. I'm not typically a fan of "imperializing" oatmeal stouts, but this beer is damn good. By far the best beer I've had from Stoudt's, thanks again Tom!
08-20-2008 23:57:52 | More by BeerTruth
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
4.18/5 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
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
Bottle brought out from philly by my dad....very exciting. Pours black with nice head retention. tan head, long legs. Smells of chocolate, dry malt like an irish stout, hints of peat and whiskey. Taste is strong at first, dry chocolate and chewy astringent malt, with a building whiskey flavor. softens fast, with tiny hints of fruit and delicate toffee. Extremely smooth, velvety mouthfeel, very full bodied. The whiskey fits this beer well and isn't a dominating flavor at all. an improvement on the original.
05-30-2008 13:03:54 | More by aforbes10
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
4.72/5 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
4.78/5 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
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
note: Fat Dog is one of my favorite beers. This will be the best beer I've tried a BA version of so far. I was thrilled to see this for sale at Stoudt's! Also, this was the most stubborn cork I have come across.
a: This is not quite black. It is a verk dark, cloudy, ruby red. It pours with big foamy mocha head that has decent retention and great lace.
s: Gentle whiskey aromas serve to enhance rather than overwhelm the smells of naked Fat Dog. The coffee and dark chocolate aromas are much bigger here. In addition there are smoky peaty malts, faint wood, and sweet vanilla notes. This has a fantastic, complex nose overall.
t: This beer changed quite a bit throughout the two hours I spent enjoying it. For the first couple of sips I was surprised by how strong the coffee flavors were. They soon faded back into balance, however. At other times I strongly tasted roasty dark chocolate. At various times I also tasted vanilla, smokey peats, charred pretzels, oak, and whiskey. Some very faint dark fruits like plums and cherries as well. Wow, what an outstanding brew!
m: The carbonation is gentle and foamy, a perfect conveyor of flavor. The body, however, seemed to be a bit watery at times. That is a very minor complaint, given how damn near perfect every other aspect of this beer is.
d: I embarassed my girlfriend in public (again) by doing a little happy dance when I saw these in the cooler. It turned out to be as good as I'd hoped it would be. I'm very glad I have a few more bottles to enjoy.
03-19-2008 11:48:16 | More by DIM
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
4.13/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
After about ten months in the cellar, I brought this one up to celebrate landing a job teaching at the University of New Mexico next fall. Nice, resounding pop as I open the cork-finished bottle. Glistening coffee-brown-diluted obsidian topped with an exagerated dark khaki head with oversized bubbles that dimisnish rather quickly. Toffee and roasted chicory aromas at first, somewhat earthy with soft cocoa notes and just a whisper of whiskey barrel booziness. Either this bottle sat in the cellar too long or the barrel-aging process had only a limited effect on this beer, because this exhibits only the very slightest notes of whiskey at the finish. It's so little as to be nearly indiscernible. That said, this is a very smooth and well-structured stout, with rich chocolate flavors melding expertly with roasty char, diminutive leafy hop accents, a bit of alcohol pepperiness, and a loamy topsoil character. Some vinous dark berry characteristics emerge right before the finish, which, as I noted above, is subtly inflected by whiskey, along with a quiet, tannic woodiness. Medium-full in body and appropriately slick mouthfeel. Perhaps slightly overcarbonated. It's not the biggest stout around by far, but it drinks less like 9% abv and more like 6%. In all, quite an enjoyable stout, but not one I'd necessarily peg as barrel-aged in a blind tasting. Many thanks to zrrbrrt for the opportunity.
12-14-2007 03:56:05 | More by orfeu
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
4.25/5 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
Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.