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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Blackwater Imperial Stout Series is full of delicious dessert beers, with one exception: Oat, our Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Pouring black as night, with a mocha colored head, big dark flavors of molasses and bitter malts conspire to hide the high alcohol content.

Brewed with 2-row pale malt, oats, caramel malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, black malt, Columbus and Willamette hops, this beer is chock-full of what a real imperial stout should be brewed with. We’re brewing it expressly for the turning seasons. It’s a great beer to kick back with on a cool fall evening, or cellar some away for when the snow starts to fly.


Added by John on 12-17-2004

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap for the first time at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a viscuous looking black, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex with aromas of licorise (quite a bit in fact), coffee, burnt sugar and band aides. If anything the beer is even more complex on the palate, with flavors of sweet cherry cough drop (to the point where the beer is almost cloying), coffee, chocolate, licorise and spearmint. The beer has a pretty good mouthfeel, though the sweetness and abv. are almost overpowering. This is a very good beer, but it's not really very drinkable. A little bit goes a long way and I can't imagine trying to drink a pint of this stuff. Nevertheless, an impressive effort from Southern Tier.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black color with a thin light brown head with a bit of retention.

S- Dark malt and roasted aromas dominate the nose.

T- Full roasted malt flavor with waves of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and oatmeal. Actually the oatmeal is more prominent than I would have guessed going in. A quick alcohol bite was present in the finish.

M- Full bodied with light carbonation.

D- Nice roasted flavor with a well hidden alcohol burn. Worth getting again.

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Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is now 11% ABV.

The colour is black with a dark gold edge. There is almost no head at all. The liquid is clear.

The smell is much matured with the expected notes of raisins, roasted nuts, some alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and black coffee.

The full bodied taste includes flavours of strong coffee, roasted nuts, some meat and stock cube, rolled oats/oat porridge/oat cookies. Somewhat sweet malty flavours. It develops into a mildly sweet flavour with hints of blackcurrant and roast beef. The long aftertaste is quite sweet with notes of mild coffee and dark chocolate.

The carbonation is mild, the liquid is mid-thick.

Another bold and balanced "big beer", not bad at all.

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Photo of bogus564
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I'm making my spread pool picks for tomorrow's NFL games, so why not have a beer while I'm at it?

It's very dark brown, as one would expect from an imperial stout, quite nice looking. With an aggressive pour, it forms a 1 1/2 cm caramel colored head that does not last very long. So far, so good.

It smells very, very sweet; toffee sweet, in fact. Hints of coffee, caramel, and as one would expect, oatmeal. I'm not picking anything hoppy in the nose. Optimistic.

Good lord, this is sweet. You can really taste the alcohol in this one, as well as dark fruit, coffee, toffee, and the usual imperial stout suspects. Don't get me wrong; I love a beer with some kick, but holy mackarel, this hits like Clay Matthews.

Mouthfeel is good, not great. The alcohol and dark fruit sweetness is almost off-putting. Aside from that, it's full-bodied and well-carbonated.

Overall, okay. I wish it had more to balance out the sweetness. Or I could have cooked a good medium rare steak to mitigate it. Cheers.

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with no transparency. Cream colored head forms a gentle froth then recedes to a ring around the glass. Leaves behind delicate traces of lacing.

Nice balance of roasted malt with dark fruit and maple sweetness.

Flavor is toasty overall with wheat and rye malt character. Mild coffee, dark chocolate and roasted almonds come to mind. Sweetness of prunes, raisins and black currants balance the roasted flavors well. Hops are assertive but in good balance with an herbal, medicinal bite. Oatmeal lies in the background and adds a smoothness to the flavor.

Dense body and feel. Sticky and chewy texture in the middle transforms into a dry finish. Slightly undercarbonated but common for the style and strength.

Very well done imperial oatmeal stout. Really showcases all of the finer qualities of a well crafted stout with great balance and oat added to smooth it out.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter/

the pour is a bit lighter than your typical imperial stout motor oil black, not totally opaque, but remains a very dark brown. aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of a foamy tan head; middling retention, some lacing.

nose is good, not great - definitely not as aromatic as choklat (but then, few are). i pick up notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, oats, and a touch of booze.

flavor mostly follows the aroma. very tasty beer with plenty of roastiness, chocolate, coffee, and oats. a bit of caramel, maybe a touch of a vague hoppy presence in the background. mouthfeel is medium-full with adequate carbonation.

overall i think this is an excellent beer, very tasty and enjoyable. perhaps not up there with the best of the best, but one i will not hesitate to revisit in the future.

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very viscous brown almost black color. The very minuscule head appears very sticky and leaves a film on the side of the glass even after the majority of the lacing diapers.
S- A very dark roasted malt aroma with a prune and fig undertone. A very high ABV is apparent.

T- Although this is a very good beer, I'm a little disappointed after all the hype and attention my friends have given this brew. A sweet dark malt flavor with some syrupy chocolate aftertaste. After several "tastes" the sweet taste backs away leading to a tobacco/dip type flavor.

MF- Very smooth considering the ABV. Not a chewy as I would have expected with an almost silky feel. The beer is a lot smoother after it warms up and settles in the glass.

D-Although this beer is very drinkable for a 12%ABV and I would drink more of this, it is not as exciting as Choklat or Crème Brulee. This is an obvious sipping beer and would prefer to share this with others on a cool Autumn evening.

I really want to like this beer, but something is missing. I can't quite put my finger on it. Southern Tier is still in my top three as far as breweries, but this beer is just not as good as I expected. Yes, it is great, just not outstanding.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. The beer is very dark, with just a small hint of light around the edge coming through as a deep deep ruby. A finger of solid milky tan head sits over top and there is a moderate carbonation working up the sides of my glass. I really like the compactness of the foam on this one. The aroma is solid ashy roast with a prevalent oat character with an undertone of solid pine and chocolate, with some fruity esters playing in there as well. It feels just a tad light to me, as I was expecting more force in the smell. The flavor is interesting. I get a strong pine hop and alcohol infusion that blends into a creamy oat that goes to a deep roast that gives ash impressions. It crescendos again with pine hop and a strong but pleasing bitterness. The flavor is bold, with a good bit of complexity. No flavor sticks around too long. I would like to see the alcohol flavors blend better, but I think some time will help that out. Mouthfeel is very thick and a bit slick. This one is distinctly drying to the sides of my tongue. Carbonation is very fine and bubbles are small. This is an enjoyable brew. The alcohol character seems to be settling in a bit as it warms. I think the pine hop is a little strong overall, but again, this would settle in as it ages. I think this one will only get better with age.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has been in my cellar for 2 years. Poured a super dark black color with a third inch sized brown head that stuck around for a minute or so. Wow tarts a helluva nose! I smell dark AND a sweeter milk chocolate dark with hints of brown sugar, a strong liqueur, and raisins or other dried dark fruit. Wow, age has been kind to this. For being 11% alcohol(and the boozy nose) I expected more of a boozy taste. This is smoooth and not too bitter. The oat flavor is there but perhaps more in the background than i would expect. Chocolate is the strongest flavor here with a hint of coffee. After the age, id say this beer taxes more like a Belgian style stout than an oatmeal but thats cool. The feel, perhaps slightly thinner than most is still very smooth and coating. This would be great with nilla ice cream!

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Photo of baggio
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with BA Bark at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.

A: Black as in a black hole. Slight golden edge and no head.

S: Raisin, Chocolate, Grain, Coffee

T: Chocolate, Brown sugar, Espresso, Alcohol, Oatmeal

M: Smooth and luxurious.

D: This is a sipper for sure...and a great one at that.

Wow. This was the final beer during an night of alot of impressive beers. This was damn smooth and filling and a perfect nightcap. Higly recommended.

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Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iowa never has been able to get too many Imperial Stouts. Whenever I see one, I have to try it. To date, I can only think of two or three that have come across our borders.

This beer ours very, very dark. I couldn't even seen light through the stream coming out of the bottle. The head was not overwhelming but was a beautiful dark tank. It went away to a thin layer and lace stayed on the side of the glass quite nicely.

The nose is sweet, chocolate and caramel.

Taste is quite strong. Chocolate, burnt, malt with a little sweetness yet it is not overly thick tasting. As I drink this beer it seems to mellow a little and is pretty easy to drink despite the strong ABV. Mouth feel has a little bite but is really smooth to the tongue. Overall, a very appealing beer.

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Photo of pfknapp
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful jet black, it looks super viscous like old motor oil. Almost no head at all, with the oatmeal I would have thought there would be at least some head retention. The beer smells absolutely beautiful. Like bittersweet chocolate and espresso, with some caramel and molasses notes. You get a hint of the alcohol, but not too much it just lets you know it is there. This beer smells really fantastic. Taste is a lot of the same. It tastes like black, whatever that means. Basically like dark dark chocolate, espresso, molasses and a little bit of dried fig or prune flavors. The beer is very sweet, but there is a noticeable bitterness in the background. I would have preferred it to be a bit less sweet, it was bordering on cloying. Mouthfeel was viscous. You could feeel it coat you palate as it swirled around, almost like cough syrup. The drinkability suffered a bit do to the extreme sweetness. However, it was still an extremely enjoyable experience. Overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of daythree16
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with just a thin ring of foam.

Don't really know what to expect from this "Imperial Oatmeal Stout." Aromas of dark chocolate and sweetness from some fruity esters. There may be just a touch of molasses or maple in there as well.

Taste is a burst of dark chocolate up front. Subdued sweetness takes point on this one. The high ABV provides some warmth to go with the smoky, bitter finish. This is one big beer.

Mouthfeel has that smooth, silky, thick oatmeal finish I was looking for. Drinkability is decent for the style, but I would definitely only have one in a sitting.

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Photo of NODAK
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a pretty rich nose...I get some chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit immediately. Upon pouring, heavy molasses showed up as well, making it a very rich brew on the nose. In fact, the chocolate seemed to disappear and it was just richly sweet.

Pours midnight black...little to no head showing up at all. No big surprises here.

Taste is a very sweet one, which I suppose is what makes it an "imperial" oatmeal stout. Loads of molasses accompanied with dark fruit dominate the body of this beer. A very sugary stout (though nowhere near some of their others). A roasted note does show up at the backend for balance, with a touch of bitterness closing it out, allowing for a little roasted note to linger afterwards. Mouthfeel is pretty dang oily here...there's no doubt this is an imperial stout. Really though, it is a pretty big, sweet, dark fruit bomb for the most part.

Not bad. Honestly, I really don't know taste wise what makes this an oatmeal stout. I won't pretend to. It just comes across as a thick, sweet stout with minimal roasted and hop bitterness in the back. Tasty though, especially for the ridiculous ABV.

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Photo of ixodus
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB: 10/11/11

A: Pours motor oil black with a small tan heads that disappears quickly leaving nothing behind. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Cacao, roast, char, vanilla beans, nuts. Alcohol is non-existent.

T: Slightly sweet chocolate, raisins, and vanilla upfront that immediately drys up leaving a nice bitter roast in the back of the palate. Aftertaste leaves lingering flavors of cacao, roasted almonds, and charred wood. An oat like flavor can be detected the whole way through but it's very subtle. Alcohol comes through as a bit of heat in the throat.

M: Medium/Full body, very soft carbonation, starts off sweet finishes dry.

O: Overall a delicious stout. Not my favorite of the BlackWater series or ST beers but it shouldn't be overlooked.

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Photo of Aethien
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ink black with no head.
Smells sweet, dark fruits, oats, malts and some coffee or cocoa bitterness at the back.
The coffee is more pronounced in the taste and a smokiness joins in as well. It's still sweet but it's balanced nicely with the bitterness. Alcohol is just not noticeable at all and I was surprised to see 10.8% ABV when I checked the bottle.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with medium carbonation, really good.

Overall, definitely a good stout and I'm happy I still have about 2/3rds of my 65cl bottle left. ^^

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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark near black with cap of brown cap, good retention and decent lacing. Scent is sweet from the get go, notes of chocolate cake and a cup of mild coffee, heavy on the cream and sugar but a nice roasty quality lingers in the back. Taste again starts of sweet, but not cloying. Roast flavors come through quickly. Same notes of chocolate cake and sugary and creamy coffee. Noticeable juicy hop presence behind the strong flavors. Fuller sid eof medium bodied, definitely coasts the glass but feels lighter than that on the palate, some dryness despite all the sweetness. A really nice tasting stout that brings the full flavor profiles as well as the sweetness expected from Southern Tier.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got this one from new england beverage co.:

a. pours a dark chocolate, with the slowest developing head ever--starts out dark and cascading bubbles slowly turn visible until a half finger of espresso colored head is left

s. roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus

t. oatmeal and malts, nuttiness, and especially milk chocolate

m. thick, round and sticky

d. decent drinkability, but feels like a meal, a sipper

definitely a sipper, thick and bold, some of the most amazing body, will probably buy again

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark tan head; not much retention, but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Chocolate, molasses, dark bread, spice, sherry & some fusil alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, dark bread, nuts, light spicing; good bitterness, alcohol is warming (though I wouldn't have thought it was THAT high!).

M: Thick body is smooth & creamy, with the oats really cutting the roasted acidity.

D: Fairly drinkable considering its strength.

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Photo of crewfan16
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber dated 11/11/11 into a chimay goblet. havent had this brew in a while, so looked forward to trying this out of southern tier's generally delicious black water series

a- pours black/brown with no light shining through. dark khaki colored head foams up and then fades quickly, just sticking around lightly around the edges

s- creamy sweet chocolate and roasted malts. ever so slight hop. nothing overwhelming, but a very pleasant nose

t- mmmm typical southern tier sweetness. creamy chocolate and malt sweetness. some nice bitter nop towards the end to balance out the sweetness nicely. sort of an earthy hop and oat aftertaste lingers.

m- starts very creamy and smooth, but as it warms, the booze starts to show a bit. nice thickness with low carbonation is right on par for the style. definately a sipper

overall, a very tasty stout, although a bit on the sweet side. pretty typical for southern tier big stouts. value is just ok at $10 a bomber. there are better southern tier black water stouts in my opinon, but this one is pretty tasty anyways.

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Photo of YankChef
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at track 84

The bar is dark, but this beer seems to be a bane to all light, completely pitch black with a dark tan fluffy head on top. Really tight lacing.

Aroma is of rich toffee, coffee and a hint of chocolate, there is some dried fruit and a subtle aroma of brandy.

Taste: Incredibly rich and dark and heavy on the palatte, there is a strong enough hop character to bring balance to the ridiculously strong roasted malt and grainy flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet, however still dries the mouth out... odd

Overall: This is a really big beer in every way that is not for the faint of heart. Although i found it maybe to be slightly less complex than i was expecting, another outstanding extreme stout from the brewers at southern tier.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black, faint dark brown highlighted into my snifter. Great to swirl and watch the viscous liquid try to hold on for dear life to the inside of the glass. No head and no carbonation visible. The aroma is a warm, oaty, malty, chocolatey feeling and smelling beer. The smell gives you a great precursor to hat you can expect this beer to taste like. The first sip is a bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and marshmellow malt. Lets not forget the coffee and hints of toffee amidst this hotly alcoholic beer. Very creamy, warming, and oily palated beer. Great for sipping and swirling.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

like the other stouts in this little series from southern tier, this is a monster. it pours a frightening dense motor oil black, with little visible carbonation and just a thin film of tan. the darkness of this is insane. it smells oaty indeed, like a bowl of oatmeal, a little sweet, and really heavy from the roasted and burnt barley malt. the flavor is not as sweet as some of their others, but its got all the weighty feel and tastes. the malt is so dark, darker than ive seen really, and would probably be very bitter if it were not for the oats to sweeten it up and round it off. however, they also provide body, so the thickness of this is exacerbated into a freak of fermentable sugars. the alcohol that results is massive, and makes this a must share bottle of beer. it burns on the way down, but I still like the feel. its just so big, so dense and thick, but not stupidly sweet, its really a challenge to me. southern tier has got these huge stouts figured out, and this is the best of the lot really. I might have enjoyed the choklat more, but this is a special beer here, worth seeking out.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Gorgeous lacing, gorgeous body, gorgeous head with great retention ... what's not to love about this one?

Aroma: Very interesting, actually. Much crisper, lighter, more citrus than I detected in the bottle. There's also plenty of dark, heavily roasted malts and some spicy alcohol.

Taste: Wholesome toasted malts, with a nice full-bodied quality that almost certainly comes from the oats, a lot of nuttiness, full roast coffee, milky bakers chocolate, a hefty spicy, lightly citrus-y hoppiness, some salty notes, and a soupcon of alcohol as things warm, though it's definitely not prominent. A bit of a step down from the bottled version, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly-bodied, with immaculate smoothness, a great carbonation level, no cloying notes, and not nearly as thick or sticky as I remember the bottle being.

Drinkability: Better than the bottle in some ways and worse in others. The taste and aroma seem to be dominated less by whatever tastes/aromas you would imagine would constitute an Imperial Oatmeal stout and more by fruity, nutty, and (potentially) some funky off flavors, though could just be my keg. A friend detected sunflower seeds, and I get way too much orange peel. On the other hand, appearance (a perfect pour will do that) and mouthfeel are a little improved, so I think it's a wash. Give it a shot either way. Recommended.

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Photo of bonk0076
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a generous chocolate head that diminishes quickly, leaving a little lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt oatmeal and caramel. Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oatmeal flavor. Good mouthfeel. Slightly carbonated. Nice finish

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,369 ratings
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