Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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

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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1.5/5  rDev -63.4%

Photo of WalrusJockey
1.5/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is my first beer from Southern Tier. I really like oatmeal stouts, and I like some RIS, so I was hoping for a slam-dunk.

A- I poured the second glass out of the bottle straight down into a tulip and *still* didn't get enough head to cover the surface of the beer. It is nearly completely still. Swirling it is like swirling motor oil, no head comes up and only a slight skin forms on top, eventually.

S- very generic "oh look we made an RIS" aroma. roasted malts with a hint of sweetness and more than a hint of alcohol. nothing new or outside of the bog-standard, here, though. this is where I started getting worried.

T- bad. it tastes bad. it tastes like chewing on coffee beans that have turned to charcoal in the middle, or the completely carbonized chicken skin that has gone past 'chared' and way out the other side. the non-burnt flavors are beaten into submission in short order.

M- very good mouthfeel, but then no smoothness at all on the swallow. putting it in the middle.

D- terrible.

this is a textbook example of someone trying too hard on a beer that they just weren't prepared to make. the oatmeal was a good idea, but it was poorly implemented, and the entire beer is just a hodge-podge of mediocrity and crappyness. I have no idea why this is so highly rated, this beer is a perfect example of what is wrong with Big Beers brewed simply for the sake of being Big, not for the sake of making beer worth drinking.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
1.84/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Oat | 650 ml. | 11.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: pint

Coal black with a small mocha head

Roasty and malty

Ahh... eck... ewh. This was completely unpalatable. Because the brewer has no bottling or "best before" date I can't tell if the beer is just stale. There's a strong, sour milk and burning oats taste backed by alcohol... not my idea of a good beer.

Medium-bodied but relatively thin in the mouth.

Not a fan of the stale milk flavor. This destroyed the balance.

Would I get it again?:
No, unless I hear something good about it from a trusted friend. In that case, I might try it again.

Bottled: ??
Served: January 19, 2011

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Photo of RichScherle
1.94/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

this was awful and disappointing.

A - pitch black, modest head. Needed a vigorous pour to elicit even a moderate head. Viscous look.

S - chocolatly sweetness on the nose - toffee and caramel. Cloying

T - absolutely cloying and terrible. I couldn't drink more than two little sips and I LOVE stouts (rogue's chocolate stout is the best i've had lately). This was waaay over the top sweet and not drinkable in the least - had to pour it down the drain.

M - viscous and sugary. Not nice.

D - worse than awful - had to pour it down the drain. Sweetness is over the top and totally out of balance. Absolutely terrible and disappointing considering this wasn't cheap.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.96/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - A pitch black brew with average lacing. No froth or head on this one. It looks quite thick and powerful in a way.

Smell - Not much going on here. It of course smells of oats. It has hints of slight cocoa, but not much else.

Taste - A slightly bitter oat stout; surprisingly not much chocolate. Medium bodied and extraordinarily dry. Very very alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Absolutely horrible. Just an awful ethanol taste.

Drinkability - By the end, this was just barely sippable for me.

Verdict - I personally did not enjoy this beer at all. The first sip or two were interesting. But after that, it was just painful for me to drink. The 11% alcohol did not balance well with the rest of the ingredients.

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of anewlanguage
2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of bfflo
2.43/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch purple-black, with a typical looking head which had to be forced a little. Head falls fast, although it left a few thick scraps of lacing. Smell is extremely sweet, bready, and busy, with chocolate, ash, butterscotch, and a bevy of strong dark fruit notes. Although there's a lot going on, the overall bouquet isn't proving especially pleasant, just sort of weird.

Taste is also very fruity and sweet, downright candy-ish for a stout, in fact; but with some noticeable alcohol bite at the end, which clashes a bit with the cloying upfront sweetness. Syrupy mouthfeel. This is certainly flavorful enough, with a lot going on, but it's way too sugary tasting for my liking; I'm getting sick of it fast as I drink. If you're seeking a super-sweet, syrupy, yet very alcoholic-tasting stout, this one is for you. If that sounds sort of gross, well ... it is. It's complex enough to warrant a taste -- the complexity leaves me feeling open to trying other beers from this brewer -- so if it is a failure, it's at least an ambitious failure. But I can't recommend this particular beer very highly in and of itself. C+ or so, though BA's system scores it out even lower.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of mdcrouser
2.54/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The deep black beer shows tiny crescents of ruby red shining through the bottom of the glass.

The smell seems to be earthy, maybe even a little bit green - not nearly the well-rounded and sweetly-malted version I was expecting.

Those virtues do come through a bit more in the mouth, but the green-ness is also emphasized - I think that's the oats - are they under-roasted, or just coming through that way?

Even the roasted qualities that are here are burnt to the point of being off-putting - some bitter is good, but burnt bitter, not so good.

Even the carbonation seems to be somewhat flat, boring, and simply lifeless.

Not only will this beer fall to the bottom of my list, but it makes me second guess the brewery just a bit.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.71/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark cola brownish-black color. Arrived with neither head nor even the courtesy of a thin retentive collar. Just a few sojourn foam wisps twirling in the snifter center. Bummer.

Roasted malt and dark vinous fruit aroma with a vanilla bean lean. Scents aren't exactly erupting from the glass. Taste is a roast malt and red grape edges soaked in something sweet, cloying, and wholly unpleasant - like thin molasses or hazelnut extract. Mouthfeel goes beyond oaty smooth, and is almost oily.

With 11% ABV I was expecting something bold and bursting with flavor to be smoothed out and refined by a year of cellaring. Maybe it doesn't age well?

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Photo of mctizzz
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of anwo56
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of Hoshymoto
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of mentor
2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours almost no head. Thin ring of light borwn tiny bubbles. Pitch lquid. Smells caramel and roast. Grassy hoppy and alcohol edgy.

Tastes thick sweet with strong hop grassya nd noticable alcohol burn. Carbonation is much stronger in the mouth than during the pour. Malt flavor is burnt and some coffee. Hopsa are grassy and blend with a vodka-like alcohol. Some hop blackberry flavor, so I'd guess Norther Brewer. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with some rubbing alcohol. Thick body. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of goethean
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

You know, this started out with some wonderful caramel-toffee roasted malt flavor, but towards the end of the bomber, it stated to really have a nasty bitter aftertaste for some reason. Very difficult to finish. Full-bodied, on the sweet side, but a bad aftertaste.

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Photo of marvin213
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

'Tis "black as a moonless night," but the tan head resembles more of a sun-soaked Irish girl than perhaps a California blonde. In other words, it's white with only a tinge. The nose, as you'd expect, is oaty. In this world of evermore, I can't help but want chocolate and coffee. Oh how I love beer and coffee....

Love the smooth oaty feel. I bet I could put my own sunburned Scotch-Irish ass in a tub full of this and it'd soothe and heal me! There is a bit of harshness in the aftertaste especially, a measure of this abv. Why's it got to be so strong, anyway? Oh yeah...evermore.

I taste oats. Go figure. I taste Willamette hops. Are they white? For a beer so dark, it tastes so pale. It's a bit of a disappointing dichotomy. It's like the bitter hops only prevent a sweet-candied, molassy mess. It's strong, and mostly smooth, but it's ehh.... There's just nothing neat about. To be frank, it's forgettable.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a damn fine looking beer that makes you want to drink it. Beer doesn't smell half bad either with notes of chocolate and fruit. It actually smells like a belguim quadrupel ale (abt 12). Unfortunately for me I don't like sweet beers and this one is very sweet. Too sweet actually, if you like sweet and even fruity beers this one is for you, otherwise stay away.

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Photo of BeerHownd
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier delivers again. This beer is ver dark, almost an opaque black. It was lightly carbonated, and had roasted malst on the nose, as well as oatmeal and caramel. Its flavour was also oatmeal, with a bit of toffee and nuts. I'd seek out again!

Serving Type: Bottle

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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