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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) - Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged  Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Barrel Aged  Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 65
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 48
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phatz on 12-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 65
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Fish113d
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass, it pours a dark chocolate color with a huge billowy mocha colored head rising to about 4 inches (rather agressive pour). The head slowly dissipates, but leaves a rather sticky lacing on the glass as it does.

Very aromatic, right away I can smell sweet chocolate along with a healthy dose of bourbon, and since it was aged in bourbon barrels, that would make sense. Slightly roasty on a deep whiff, and just a bit of grain aromas. However, lots of chocolate comes through on the nose.

Body is medium-to-full body with a distinct flavor of sweet chocolate along with some oatmeal coming through, but the swallow is treated with some slight roasty flavors as well as a good dose of alcohol burn; in fact, my mouth is still tingling 10 seconds after the swallow (under my tongue). The alcohol does a good job of making the tip of my toungue and lips tingle just a bit also. The swallow is dryer than expected probably due to the alcohol. I like a lot!

I'm somewhat scared to hit this bottle all on my own; then again, I am a teacher and I don't work tomorrow, so maybe I should be worried! Enjoy!!

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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