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Max Imperial Mocha Oatmeal Stout | Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

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Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aracauna on 02-23-2004

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour, on tap at Max Lager's (Atlanta, GA). 7.00. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours chestnut hued dark brown with a quarter finger tan head. Nice webs of lacing as I drink ot down.

Smells of creamed coffee, milk chocolate and sweet oat bran muffins. Subdued but nice.

Smooth flavors of bittersweet cocoa, coffee beans, burnt wood, leather and molasses sweetened bread. Drinks very smooth, considering the 9.5%abv.

Medium body with light carbonation. Long bittersweet cocoa coffee finish.

I've long been a fan of this 2011 GABF bronze medal winner. It was past time to review. JR does a great job on this and it's worth a try if you're ever in the area and can swing by the oldest brew pub in Atlanta.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one had a monster head, even in the 3 oz glass, that stayed through the sampling of five other beers that I tasted. It just would not go away. As it settled a bit it completely covered the inside of the glass with a beautiful, tan film. The liquid itself was a dark ruby black.

Smell – The roasted malt aroma was subtle and lightly complimented with just a hint of oatmeal and cocoa.

Taste – Light and roasty with shades of oatmeal and chocolate.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was the stout’s weak point. It was very thin for the style and felt unbalanced. The mouthfeel was rough around the edges.

Drinkability – This Imperial Stout was too thin to really enjoy.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source during a friend’s bachelor party! Tick all day, every day! Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and bread. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and bread. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While they were able to pull off what they were shooting for with this one, I really feel that it fell a little short from some other brews I’ve had from this style. All of the right flavors were there for the style, but I really wanted it to bring something else to the game as far as complexity. Not bad, but doubt I would pound a full pint of it if I had a choice of something else.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Genx
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aracauna
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on the weaker end of the Imperial Stout style. It lacked the huge fruitiness and other characteristics of the bigger Imperial stouts, but I don't think that is what it was going for. It came off as a kicked up Dry Irish Stout, and it was very good at doing that. It was dark, but not quite opaque, but it had this dense, generous dark tan head that was just gorgeous. A good amount of roast and chocolate was there. This is quite the tasty stout.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not realize this was an Imperial until visiting BA site. Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a dense red brown head with awesome lacing.

Nose of roasted malts, coffee, raisins and sweet oats.

The taste is sweet and roasty with coffee and molasses notes. There is a bit of bakers chocolate in the finish.

The mouth is smooth and somehow a bit dry. It is an easy drinker that was served a bit to cold.

Nice desert beer for me. I had 2 and enjoyed them!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excerpt from the Max House beer menu:
"Smooth creamy body and a rich roasted malt character with distinct coffee and chocolate notes and an overall bittersweet quality. IBU 80. Abv. 9.5%. OG 22 Plato"

A silky rich looking pour delivers a very dark brown hue that's just a shade off from black. Light tan foam caps the beer in a very creamy sheet that takes on the appearance of espresso. Light haze keeps the beer basically opaque.

Roast and chocolatey sweetness fill the olfactories along with heavy toast, burnt grain, toffee, and fruit-filled alcohol scents. Somewhat subdued in intensity, I expected much more robust aroams from the level of variance in the aroma profile.

The dominance of cocoa and coffee continue in taste, and with the backbone of deeply caramelized caramel and burnt toast. Complementary notes of rumy alcohol, cherry, berry, and walnuts offer variety and roundness to the roasty grains and verbose malt flavors. The balance tilts toward heavy roast and prevents the chocolate flavors to make the impact that I expected.

Likewise, the creamy and silky start gives way to an acrid roast for a much drier and nearly ashy feel post mid palate than normal for Oatmeal Stouts. But the alcohol content here pushes past the style parameters also. Surprisingly, the beer doesn't feel as heavy or oily as most Imperial Stouts also.

Overall, a much more drinkable stout than most of 9+ percent alcohol. But the acrid dryness and focus on cocoa rather than chocolate limit its more succulent capabilities. A long roasty finish and cocoa bitterness last well into the next sip. An ideal complement to the chocolate cake desert.

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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SeanHMechEngineee
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bcrossan
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcm75
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour with 1/2 finger of straight cream head. No retention and a trace of lace.

Anise and light roast coffee dominate the nose.

Toffee with weak citrus hops and a light roast flavor start things up. Dark chocolate finish. Not quite what I want in depth from an impy stout.

Body on the thin side.

Nice sipping stout, but a stretch to classify this as imperial - no matter what the abv says.

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Photo of mush
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pixieskid
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best of the beers I tried from the sampler of 5...if you happen to find yourself here during happyhour, this would be the go-to!

Medium bodied, frothy mouthfee, with a mild almost fluffy carbonation.

Oatmeal, chocolate, coffee and a nice piney bitterness all meld together creating a pretty solid flavor profile.

Quite drinkable for the abv as well.

All in all, pretty decent beer, just doesn't stand out.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Max Imperial Mocha Oatmeal Stout from Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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