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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 46
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phatz on 12-18-2006)
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Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork blasted out of the bottle. If I hadn't had a good grip on it it would have embedded in my ceiling. Massive brown head on top of a black beer. The head just keeps coming and sticks like glue to the glass.
Smell is very nice, bourbon and some nice malt sweetness.
Falls a little flat in the taste for me. Too carbonated to really enjoy. I let it sit quite a while hoping to let some of the carbonation fade but no dice. Tastes of sweet bourbon, dark fruit, nice malt profile but just a little thin.
Nice thick mouthfeel but difficult to drink due to the massive carbonation. Glad I tried it but I won't be buying more.

kirok1999, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ppoitras, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

nlmartin, May 24, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe jpm30 sent me this . Thanks dude!

A: Holy poop on a stick is this beer carbonated. Overall the beer looks somewhat thin but I feel that its misleading. The head is friggin huge, chock full of large tope bubbles like swiss cheese.

S: Marshmallow, latte dulce de leche, milk chocolate and bourbon.

T: Bourbon is evident with the first sip, quite pungent really (but not as much as others). Some ruby red fruits frolic on the tip of the tongue amongst the bourbon. Transitions to a lactose dominated stout, fairly smooth with a nip of cocoa. Roasted coffee is the last flavor in the equation, although contained and concealed. Finishes with a wash of vanilla and the taste of whiskey never really leaving the palate.

M: Full body with a fuzzy mouthfeel.

D: Tasty beer but lacks a lot of complexity which generally comes with high level imperial stouts. I never thought the original was a great beer but I do like this one better. Atleast the whiskey adds another dimension.

Westsidethreat, May 05, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mcallister, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

sulldaddy, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of HimerMan
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice larger corked and caged bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens glass.

Very nice pour with a dark brown to black liquid that has a huge head (3-4 fingers plus) on each fill of the glass.

Not a huge smell, very fine chocolate and a touch of cream with coffee.

Taste is truly exceptional. This is where the beer does not come short in anyway. While this looks outstandind, it tastes ridiculous, imperial coffee/cream and chocolate flavors with a very nice blend of the whiskey barrel coming through very seamlessly. This is the type of beer a lot of brewers try to do and come up short with the aging.

On drinkability - I had no problem finishing this beer, and I believe this should hold up for a few years without a problem. I will update if this is not the case, but this is exceptional.

If you have the ability to get this beer, you really should, this is a rare example of where barrel aging with imperial stouts doesn't just go well, it goes perfectly.

Cheers.

HimerMan, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

goodbyeohio, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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!!

Fish113d, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.28/5  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.

weeare138, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Dec 18, 2006
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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.