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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,369 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,109
Reviews:
680
Ratings:
1,369
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
158
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,369 |  Reviews: 680
Photo of Wilhelm
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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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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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%

Photo of IdrinkGas
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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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of roysand
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of enznevr
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of Lucasrj
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, mocha head. Nose is dark fruits and mild roast. Taste- low roast, plum/prunes, molasses. Finish is very cardboardy, seems as if father time has not been kind as oxidation has settled in. Mouthfeel is thick with the oats leading the way and boozy heat. Drinkability suffers considerable from the booze and oxidized taste. Too had as I had higher expectations.

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Photo of Codycusey
3.04/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thin and oily. Heavy on the bitter

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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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