Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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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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Photo of Raymond69
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black , small mocha head some lacing.

Aroma of hops , citrus , some coco/coffee sweetness.

Bitter hoppy upfront.The hops overpowers most of the sweet dark malts , the Oatmeal probably helps in this regard.

Mouthfeel is medium with some residual sweetness hidden but present through sticky lips.

Overall a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque black brew. Head holds steady, with sticky slow-falling lace. Aroma is moderately of malt & dark fruit. Taste is dark sweetness upfront, a shot of fruit coupled with strong bitterness, of both the hops and coffee type, and closes with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is velvet, but the closing bitterness pushes a bit too hard, with style-appropriate drinkability. A pleasing nightcap.

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Photo of brianh78
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randomly found this beer on tap while on a business trip in southern New Jersey, so I had to give it a shot...so here goes...

Appearance: very very dark brown to jet black, with a creamy and slightly caramel colored head which was about a finger thick...left lots of pretty lacing on the glass

Smell: malty sweet; vanilla, caramel, a hint of chocolate and cooked oat overtones

Taste: sweet; malty; caramel and slight vanilla, hint of chocolate/coffee/toffee; light oat flavor which was a bit toasty in the back

Mouthfeel: velvety thick, slightly coating; carbonation in the first sip, but calms down quickly and settles to a nice, slick feel

Drinkability: holy high alcohol content, Batman! 11%? where is it? I didn't taste it at all. This beer is, like many other oatmeal stouts, quite filling. I wouldn't drink more than two in a sitting...but it is quite tasty!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown nearly black, nice dark brown milky head retention

smell: coffee, loaded chocolate, touch of vanilla

taste: tons of dark raw chocolate, some vanilla liek flavors from the oats

mouthfeel: great body, full bodied, silky smooth

drinkability: a all world stout! This is how you do it. They get it.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to emm0217 for getting me this one!
A-bitch black, thin tan head

S-fairly chocolate with a slight hint of oats

T-mmm a rich goodness of chocolate and dark roasted malts. there is a bit on unpleasant tanginess that comes in with the after-taste but it seems to subside after a few tastes. the dark malts come in with the after-taste as well as some hint of oats. It is very rich tasting.

M-very thick, medium to low carbonation. very smooth

D-well i don't believe this is 11%. i couldn't taste the alcohol at all. it went down so easily and i hardly feel it at all. taste stays great all the way through. a bomber can easily be finished by yourself.

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Photo of jkendrick
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black with the slightest of chocolate milk colored heads which quickly fades to fine champagne bubbles on the side and larger soapy bubbles in the center. A few moments later only the larger bubbles remain in the center. There is almost no lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, bourbony alcohol and currants with the slightest caramel chocolate whiffs.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side for an imperial, but silky smooth with light carbonation.

Taste: Malty molasses with the currant and dark fruits. There is some smoke in the finish but all throughout I don't taste much chocolate or coffee. There is a slight leafy hops flavor in the finish and you can feel the alcohol after the swallow.

Overall impression: Another good entry from Southern Tier. They are three-for-three with me now. This would probably be my least favorite of the three (Choklat and Hoppe being the other two), but it is still a solid oatmeal stout and worth seeking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted and chocolate malts with some lighter notes of coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted and chocolate malts along with a lighter flavor of milk chocolate. There are some light flavors of coffee beans and a moderate amount of oatmeal flavors as well. Light amounts of sweetness upfront and a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with just slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy, coats the inside of your mouth.

O: The rather high ABV is extremely well hidden in this beer and there is a nice balance between the sweetness and roastiness - all of this makes this beer very easy to drink and enjoy. I recommend sipping this one and it is going down well on the first really cold night of the autumn (and the first night where we saw some snow flurries).

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Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NCStateAE
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rwf08
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks thin and dark brown when poured but is opaque black with a thin mocha head.

S: Dark stone fruits, molasses, burnt sugar and some oat. Mostly dark fruit. Alcohol is also present.

T: I get dark rum and raisins with some soft grain notes. Some coffee and light smoke.

M: Full bodied, with mild carbonation. Silky and smooth.

O: Pretty easy drinker and good. Nothing super special but it isn't bad by any means.

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Photo of jmalex
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged about 8 months, this is the first of a line of Southern Tier bombers I'll be drinking in the coming week.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a thick, motor oil black. A grayish, dark tan head forms on top but is quickly gone leaving only a thin collar and small patch of foam.

SMELL: The aromas aren't particularly intense but come out more as the beer warms. A standard combination of coffee and dark chocolate (with an emphasis way to the chocolate side) is accompanied by the slightest alcohol bite. Nice.

TASTE: Wow, this beer is just all silky chocolate the entire way through. It's not even the most chocolaty beer that Southern Tier makes, but don't let that fool you. This is one luxurious brew. The slight alcohol twinge comes out on the finish, but it actually gives the beer a little more complexity - something it could use more of.

MOUTHFEEL: There no doubt the oats are at work here, as this is one smooth beer. The carbonation is very, very low.

DRINKABILITY: It drinks pretty well, but even after 8 months, the alcohol still intrudes a little bit. That said, what a smooth, silky beer!

Southern Tier sure knows how to make extreme beer. I'll likely look for this whenever it comes out again.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 but 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. won't challenge any of my personal favorites for imperial stout supremacy, but one i would not hesitate to revisit in the future.

(originally reviewed: 07-26-2011)

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Photo of cfrances33
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip and enjoyed on 6/27/12

Pour: Pitch black with a light brown, inch head. Fades to a rim around edges.

Smell: Dark chocolate and a little booze, but not a ton.

Taste: Really tastes like a double oatmeal stout. Bitter dark chocolate with a very roasty with a light espresso aspect thrown in. Slight booze.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a light warming.

Overall: Tasty and nearly always on shelves in NJ right now. While not jaw dropping, if nothing piques my interest and I'm in the mood for a strong oatmeal stout, I would happily turn to this brew.

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Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber with an informative label that tells me my beer was brewed in the fall of 2007. Given it is a cool and rainy night, it seems to be a perfect time to crack this one open.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head. There are wisps of lacing.

Nose of raisins, plums, molasses, charred malts, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

The first taste is of sweet and charred malts, dark fruit and alcohol. I'm sure the oatmeal contributes sweetness and to the silky feel. Plums, molasses and a bit of smoke come into play as the beer warms.

The mouth is thick and creamy but also manages a bit of an oily tongue coating quality. Pretty drinkable given the 11%. I would have no problem recommending this beer.

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Photo of jculler82
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly totally black and just barely some sunburst brown hues near the edges. Very thin brown head after a semi vigorous pour.

Nose is full of dried dark fruits, mostly plum, some vanilla in the back. Not overly complex.

Taste mirrors the smell, dark fruits and vanilla, with some added pleasant alcohol warmth. Nice lingering bitterness after the swallow.

Nice full mouthfeel from the oats and medium carbonation.

Overall, nice beer and definitely worth a try. A bit lacking in complexity.

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Photo of dudelove7485
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark chocolate (near black) in color with a thin, khaki head that leaves a caviar-bubbled ring around the perimeter of the glass. Pleasant coffee/roasted malt aroma. The taste is sweet and malty, chocolaty, bready, smoky (almost to the point of burnt) and fruity (maybe Raisinettes?). The syrupy, full body gives way to a slightly bitter finish which warms the palate and balances the beer nicely. I liked this oatmeal stout more than a few of the local breweries’ oaty offerings (particularly Brown’s Oatmeal Stout) which used to be my standbys for cold weather drinking. As to be noted with a number of the Southern Tier Imperial series, a 650ml bomber is best enjoyed split with a buddy.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep black color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, dark malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops. The taste is malty and very creamy up front with strong flavors of roasted oats and dark chocolate. There are background flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and there's very little trace of the 12.50% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet. Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick due to the heavy viscosity, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- black body with a small quickly dispersing coffee colored head.

S- roasted malts, oats, a bit of chocolate. very little alcohol, which is strange to say the least.

T- lots of roasted malts here. some chocolate, some coffee, a bit of heat from the alcohol.

M- full bodied, and thick, just how it should be.

D- the most intense oatmeal stout ive ever encountered. something that i could have one of every so often, but no more than one in a night. its just too big.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This is from the first vintage - 2007. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of dark ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin creamy layer within a few minutes. Aroma and flavor consist of rich roasted grains, both bittersweet and creamy milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee beans, sweet caramelized malt, notes of mild vanilla, alcohol has subsided nicely. Approaching full bodied and somewhat chewy with ample carbonation. Really decent drinkability, richness be damned.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kept this one in the cellar for a couple months
Poured into a Maudite snifter.

Pours a very dark molasses brown and settles black with less than an inch of tan head. Oily legs stick.

The nose is is sweet and malty. It offers some cocoa nib scents along with some coffee and a bit of bourbon.

The taste is quite bold. A bitter, yummy chocolate taste resonnates, giving a tannin filled, bitter cocoa feel. A very sweet chocolate Infused brew thats like a dessert! Very sweet.

A chocolate moose dessert! An awesome brew! A bit sweet but the thickness and sweetness help to carry out the robust flavors within. I damn fine brew

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is black in color with a brown head that is fully diminishing. The head, which goes as quickly as it comes, is lacy and very sticky. The beer itself is also very oily, leaving a thick residue on the glass if swirled around.

S: This is a very pleasant beer to smell. You immediately detect a very nice mixture of sweet molasses, vanilla, oats, and booze. There may be hints of cocoa, but that is debatable. Overall a good smelling beer.

T: Surprisingly a thin tasting beer, if that makes any sense. Not as boozey as I thought it was going to be, but a playful mix of roasted malts, oats, brown sugar, and molasses making this a sweet concoction of a beer.

M: Light-bodied with not really to any carbonation.

D: Very goood. Not sure when or what I would drink this with, but like it says on the bottle, "it's a meal in itself."

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Photo of Pabs311
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown, almost black. very little mocha head on this one leaving way to very little lacing at all. very different head & lacing from the other blackwater series stouts.

S- Very sweet smelling. Alot of molasses, brown sugar, some bittersweet chocolate. there's also some dried fruit like raisins in there as well as some hopiness.

T- There is sweet maltiness up front in the form of molasses, brown sugar and the such. there's also a hint of that dried fruit right before a bitter hoppy finish.

M/D- Medium-full bodied. very littlde carbonation. good beer to share with friends due to the heavy duty nature of beer.

not my favorite imperial stout in ST's blackwater series, but stil a very good and complex imperial stout

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks the business, and thanks to Cole's for deciding to give me a pint of imperial stout. A deep black body sits under a chocolate milkshake head that laces in sheets as its slowly fades to a cap. The nose is full of that smoky, slightly bready oatiness that I love, but its also complimented by all the regular flavours you would get in a beer of this heft - chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Hmmm... would you like some coffee with your oatmeal? One sip reveals this to be a bang on interpretation of an imperial oatmeal stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and burned brown sugar mixed in with a shot of espresso. The oatmeal comes through strongly in the finish, giving the impression of tobacco, and (not surprisingly), oatmeal. There's moderate bitterness, but I feel its mostly from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel belies the alcohol, and isn't as heavy as I would expect, veering more towards that of a regular oatmeal stout. That said it is smooth and well-handled... I just expected something bigger and silkier - Southern Tier don't usually do half measures.

This is an excellent interpretation, and my one real criticism is the same one that applies to all Southern Tier's bigger beers - after a while the sweetness starts to become too much. in fact this would have been excellent in a two-thirds pint glass. Nonetheless, another impressive stout from the blackwater series.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice and smooth imperial oat stout.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed Southern Tier design with the image of a horse's head eating a haversack of oats. Small paragraph narrative going over the intent of brew, ingredients and serving indications. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (28) °Lovibond (238), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour, with a good brown creamy head, good retention and some solid strokes of lace as it goes down.

S - Roasted nose, malty, dash of chocolate and coffee, and a sweet and boozy end very Southern Tier like. A bit subdued but nice.

T - Taste is nicely full and compact with a great roasted malt, riding very smooth, with the chocolate and coffee hints woven over sweetness, not short of a bitter dash

M - Full body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth. It comes together with great dexterity and the emerging boozy touch does so softly.

D - Nice sipper, smooth and recommendable.

Notes: Another nice offering from Southern Tier, maybe not my favorite but they sure know how to craft these big stouts, and while maintaining their characteristic touch this feels particularly adept and smooth.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,365 ratings.
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