King Rat Imperial Oatmeal Stout | Aviator Brewing Company

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King Rat Imperial Oatmeal StoutKing Rat Imperial Oatmeal Stout
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King Rat Imperial Oatmeal StoutKing Rat Imperial Oatmeal Stout

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Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hawks10 on 06-14-2010

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by mechamifune:
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3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint.

Looks the part of a good IS. Slight tan head and evident carbonation and lacing. Nearly pitch black in color.

Smell is not particularly strong, From what I can pick up its kind of a grainy-sweet smell and very malt heavy in the nose.

The taste is more of the same... the oatmeal sweetness is very prevelant, but not in a particularly pleasant way.... its just well... grainy is the best word I can think of to describe it (my chicago public school education leaves me unable to think of a better one). Finishes with a little bitterness but mostly sweet. No real sense of hops.

Mouthfeel is where I was pretty dissapointed. For this style it just is not smooth enough and feels a little abrasive (maybe would be better on nitro?). As a result the drinkability is not too great either. One pint at a sitting would be about enough for me.

Overall this is not a bad beer, but its just not much of a stand out. For being the brewery's "big" stout, I just think it needs to hit its marks a little higher, especially considering all the other good to very good beer they put out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that never quite completely faded away.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts as well as a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness.
D: The combination of the dryness, bitterness and roasted flavors make this beer a slow sipper.

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Photo of ghunterck
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was traveling up the east coast and stopped by Raleigh to try out the local microbrewery scene.

Ended up in Fuquay Varina about 14 miles south of Raleigh to try Aviator Brewing.

I went to their bar located at 600 E. Broad St. I purchased a 750ml corked and caged King Rat Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

I took this back to my hotel room and did a sampling. I like my beer a bit warmer so i let this warm up to about 55F before sampling.

The beer had a great pop when opened. The smell of roasted malts filled my nose!

I poured into the center of a clean 20oz pint glass and the head was great! Floated right out of the top of the glass and held together.

The beer is very hoppy and has tastes of chocolate and coffee but was assured by the bartenders that no chocolate or any additives were put into this stout. I'm not a fan of that.

The beer has a great after taste that leaves the tongue with a great full bodied stout taste. Probably could use a bit more maltiness....but that is being nit-picky.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.16/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown in color with a tall khaki head. The nose is way off for a beer like this. Lemon and intense lactic acidity up front. Lots of raisins, too. Acidic and acrid roast with a char character, too. The flavor is just as bad. Sour and lemony with intense char/roast/burnt flavors, too. Obviously not what was intended, but that’s what it is.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jwale73
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of BucketBoy. Served at 52 degrees in my Brigand goblet. As soon as I started to work the cork out it popped of it's own accord about two feet in the air and a fountain of mocha-colored foam cascaded down the sides of the bottle. Recommendation - open this one over the sink, pointing said cork in a safe direction, and keep several glasses available to catch the discharge.

Once the liquid is actually captured in a vessel and the foam subsides, it presents as an inky black with a creamy, half-inch, khaki-colored head embedded with clusters of bubbles and ringlets. Head exhibits good retention and is refreshed with any easy swirl. Delicate clusters and strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is strange - roasted, dark malt with a suggestion of char, a slightly sour quality and a tinge of something metallic. Taste is somewhat consistent with nose; fortunately, the slight sourness that presented in the nose does not carry over to the flavor profile. The char becomes a bit acrid and lingers unpleasantly between quaffs. The metallic quality carry through the middle and towards the end. The only redeemable aspect is that the beginning expresses roasted malts and a slightly bittersweet chocolate character before it all starts to fall apart. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body for the style with a slightly watery texture to the overall consistency. Carbonation is too over the top and almost approaches fizzy. Not quite a drain pour, but a 750 is a bit tough to get through. Not sure if there is just a quality control issue with this batch, or if it's just a sub par Oatmeal Stout. Bottom line is that it's not something I think I need to try again.

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Photo of BEER88
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hawks10
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter...

Pours thin, coffee black with very little light brown head which quickly dissipates leaving a small ring of haze on top of the beer...

Rather weak aroma of dark burnt grains and cold coffee...there is a tiny touch of chocolate sweetness with a bit of molasses, but overall it is mostly a bland bitter coffee aroma...

Intensely bitter and one-sided. Lingers with a bad burnt grain aftertaste. Spicy and slightly boozy, out of whack, no balance or residual sweetness to add any dimension to this beer other than bitter. Thin and bland...just not good...

Thin and dead, resembles the watery feel of Guinness...a lingering bitterness and slight alcohol burn are not pleasant...

This is just a bad beer, nothing really more to say, unfortunately 66% of this bottle went down the drain...

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Photo of beer2day
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, almost too big pour. Extremely active carbonation results in towering amounts of head and takes more than a couple of glasses to produce a decent pour. Beer stored in the beer fridge since purchase, so not sure what the deal is here.

Big frothy 3+ fingers of dark head anoint a jet black pour. Lace all around the glass and head retention all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet with no indication of roast and just a faint indication of chocolate malt. Some anise, but not much.

Get a little more chocolate malt in the taste, but still very sweet. Astringent feel from the excessive carbonation overwhelms the chocolate taste, however. I do get some hop bitters in the finish and feel like this could be a decent glass of beer if it could just calm down some.

Feel is thin for an 8% stout. Just too thin to accommodate that high a figure.

Even so, it's not a bad drinker. Just nothing to get excited about. I really want to like the beers from this brewery, but have not found one that does that for me yet.

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Photo of carrollmel7
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of meich75
5/5  rDev +48.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +19%

King Rat Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 15 ratings