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 Bierguy5
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 11% ABV. Pitch black in color with absolutely no highlights. Poured aggressively, but I still could not coax a head out of this beast. What was present was a very thin tan ring.

Chocolate, caramel and molasses come to mind first in the nose. Milky, and chocolate syrup as well.

Rick, thick chocolate syrup, caramel, and just a slight hint of dark fruit. Lots of dark chocolate. Just a hint of bitterness to help balance, but still remains pretty sweet.

Thick, silky body, very full and low carbonation. Alcohol comes out more in the nose and feel as it warms. Very well done, but maybe a bit overwhelming. A 22 oz. bottle of this is good to share. Very nice.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this beauty...
Appears a syrupy black with a small tan head that fades into a small head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell if of chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted nuts, caramel, mocha, and cream...luscious.
Taste is of the same with fruity notes and a deep, rich cocoa.
Mouthfeel is boozy, chocolate filled, fudgey, caramel laden, bready, sugary, full bodied, and sweet.
The only thing that could possibly make this one better is some age. Other than that, it's really tasty. A true winner that I thouroughly enjoyed and will seek out again.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tip Top for this beer

A: Pours thinner than I would have imagined. The carbonation has a delay to it, but ultimately produces a neat, cappuccino colored head…which falls quick and leaves a simple film. Body is mostly opaque, an extreme dark brown.

S: Molasses, chocolate syrup, cherry cough meds, some coffee grounds and dusty roasted barley.

T: Starts oily yet smooth. A fantastic balance between bitter chocolate, lactose and oats. Chocolate comes in multiple layers, finally finishes with lush, chocolate cake. The roasted barley is a player, but plays the supporting cast during the first part of the swallow. After the swallow, a spike of alcoholic vapors flood the nasal cavity. Roasted barley now moves in as the main player, really scraping the back of the palate with chard notes. Hops are finally allowed to come out and play, now that the dominating sweet chocolate flavors have subdued a tad. Finishes creamy, where the oats and lactose really shine.

M: Full bodied and voluptuous. An absolute pleasure to roll across the tongue.

D: Nice beer. It’s the balance that makes this beer a winner. Not too dominant in one direction or another, just a very nice double stout to drink on a cold evening. Very smooth for the high alcohol content.

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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 GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. left a creamy sheet and ring throughout. the body was black as night.
s - chocolate, caramel with a hint of bourbon.
t - chocolate, ripe cherries, coffee, oats again with a hint of bourbon.
m - creamy and slick, really coats the tongue.
d - wonderful sipper. first time i've had this and i loved it. has a little heat to it and it would be incredible on a very cold night. good fresh and might even get better with age. i have another bomber that i'm going to age for a year and see what happens.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a thick, viscous, jet black with a small ring of coffee-colored froth capping the liquid.

The aroma was dark and rich. Deep roasted malts, brown sugar and a bourbon-like alcohol quality were noticeable.

The taste was intensely flavorful and luscious smooth. Sweet, creamy, silky oats came through up front. By mid-palate, a potent mix of molasses, oak, bourbon and brown sugar took over. Deep, charred malts, coffee and a moderate alcohol warming came through on the back end. The finish was rather sweet and creamy.

As tasty as this beer was, its most impressive aspect lay in the mouthfeel. The beer was extremely thick, heavy and viscous with a silky smoothness that made the liquid glide across my palate and down my throat.

At a whopping 12.5% ABV I was furthermore amazed at how drinkable this beer turned out to be.

All in all, this was an outrageously rich, complex and unique beer. I was very impressed with the creative liberties that Southern Tier took on this already extreme style.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an impressive and unique imperial stout. From pour to taste, I knew this was different than other Imperial Stouts I've had. It has an oat-y wholesome taste that is both delicious and unique.

Pour was thick...possibly as thick as any beer I've every had...with absolutely no head. "Motor oil" is a comparison raters make pretty freely, but it was very apt for this beer; this stuff would coat the back of a spoon. Aroma is of oatmeal, roastiness, and a surprising amount of hoppiness for a stout. Flavor is very unique - a ton of oatmeal flavor (which "oatmeal stouts" usually lack) and good cerealness, balanced with some chocolate malt roastiness and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, viscous and good.

This beer is excellent. Highly recommended.

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

Split a 22oz bomber with the gf. Brewed Fall 2007 11%

A: Jet black. Head had a chocolate color. Head popped up at the end of the pour and then quickly minimized.

S: Roasted malt. Then some coffee and booze. Chocolate is there but the booze really drowned it out.

T: This is this beers strength. Malt malt malt. Then you get a hint of chocolate then a rush of oats. Finishes with a subtle note of hops. The alcohol is always there but it really doesn't hurt the taste. Enjoy this one slowly.

M: Thick body but very drinkable. Very smooth considering the style. This is about the smoothest thick beer I have ever had if that makes sense.

D: For an imperial oatmeal stout this is about as easy drinking as there is. Yes the booze is there but that is part of the package. While not something I would drink every day I am enjoying this one on a brew day. Cheers.

$9.76 for the bomber.

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a happy find at my local beer store on tap for my growler...

Appearance for this brew is perfect for a imperial stout- Pours like oil nice and thick--black as can be- no light can penetrate it- only swirling it in the glass shows the dark brown oil like appearance -- nice brown 1 finger head that disappears fast and leaves a very thin lace...

If this beer lacks anyplace its in the smell- I only smell dark roasted grains maybe some woody smell and the alcohol..A hints of other things in there but cant make it out... none of the smells are strong except the roast and the alcohol

As for the Taste- this one is awesome..I love the taste - loads of dark chocolate and black black coffee with plenty oaty oatness - it is much much sweeter than I expected... The best thing about this one is somehow you really cannot taste the alcohol- it is not "in" the taste like a lot of higher abv's --it is blended and part of the taste- never really tasted one like that before...It starts sweet and finishes spicy almost citrus with the alcohol and ending with a oat and chocolate aftertaste. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is also outstanding on this---smooth as silk- very slippery -goes down a bit syrupy but this is as imperial stout so thats expected...carbonation is perfect too not to much not to little and also adds to the finish on the taste.

Drinkability is as high as a imperial stout can get. Like I said earlier- the alcohol is part of the taste - you don't taste alcohol- if it wasn't for the syrupy consistency of the beer it would be dangerous easy to drink A++

Would like to try this one in a bottle to see if its as good bottled.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$7.99 for 22 ounce bomber at Harvest Co-op, Cambridge, MA. Bottle states 11% (note difference) and brewed Fall 2007.

Appearance: Opaque deep brown to black, limited deep brown head, no lacing.

Smell: Roasty creosote burned (but good for style!) Slight metallic.

Taste: Intense roasty creosote, strong alcohol, warm, prunes, stonefruit. Very tasty.

Mouth: Medium, fairly hot alcohol.

Overall: Very nice, robust and big. Not nuanced, but an 11% imperial stout really isn't designed to be, right? Very drinkable given the specs. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with an impressive dark brown head that fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a full, but light, speckled lacing pattern that resembles the surface of a citrus fruit. The smell immediately reveals the alcohol content within. It has that vanilla cherry oak barrel treatment aroma and the onset reminds me somewhat of the sweetness of a dark chocolate / caramel / oat / coffee Cadbury Easter Egg. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is that classic smooth and syrupy American Double Stout with that widely sought after 'coating texture' only found with premium Double Stouts. The flavor mirrors the nose. At 12.5% ABV, its a good idea to make this one the last one for the road or the first one from the Barcalounger. Really glad that Southern Tier decided to bottle this one! Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says this is 11% strong.
Oat is good, solid and tasty in every which way. I don't think I've really cared for oatmeal stoats a whole lot before but this one clearly works when doubled up.
Sweetness is strong and a little bit cloying by itself, but when paired with dark, bitter chocolate this beer is a beautiful dream. The coffee character, as well as the slight oatmeal notes harmonizes in a delicious way.
Wait for this fellow to warm up. All of its goodness will show itself when closer to room temperature. This isn't very very special, in my opinion, but it's very good. Considering the very competitive category this holds its own very well. Oat ought to be included in a double stout side by side.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I've ever had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm looking forward to the experience as Southern Tier has yet to disappoint me.

This one pours a viscous black used motor oil. Pours like syrup and unfortunately generates no head. I was afraid I was going to have to squeeze the bottle to get everything out. Of course no head means no lacing.

Smells like chocolate. More chocolate than any Imperial Stout I've ever experienced. No hop bitterness as in your standard Imperial Stout. This one seems to be pure sweetness. With the chocolate are hints of coffee, but there is no roasted or burnt qualities like other stouts. A hint of anise spicing.

Sipping reveals the bitterness that was lacking in the nose, but I'm getting ahead of myself as that’s on the finish. This is lip smacking good! Tastes of sweet chocolate, but not in a cocoa sense and instead of a creamy chocolate. After warming to a temperature closer in range of 55 to 60 Fahrenheit instead of the suggested 48 Fahrenheit I find more of the caramel flavors I thought were initially missing. The sweetness evolves into a spicier flavoring and reminds me more of a Belgian Imperial Stout with a hint of anise. Finish consists of an alcohol and hop bite.

Mouthfeel is stupendous and is the most fascinating aspect of this beer. Extremely viscous, thick and amazingly smooth makes sipping this beer very enjoyable. Very low amounts of carbonation enhance the mouthfeel. Drinkability is dangerously high for this brew, but I will note that the bottle marks this one at 11% rather than the 12.5% listed on Beeradvocate. Highly recommended stout as we move into the colder months.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very mild head that dies quickly. Nearly black in color where no light can shine through.

Cocoa with cream aroma

Extreme doesn't begin to describe this beer. Strong black patent malt bitterness (similar to coffee grounds). After the aroma, I didn't expect this much flavor. Brandy-like warmth from the alcohol, particularly in the swallow.

Could this be too much of a good thing? I certainly could not drink this regularly.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.

Super thick pour a lot like cool used motor oil and just as dark a thin brown head forms but this isn't a beer notable for head formation at all. A decent head and this could have been a "5" appearance beer easily.

As I type noting the appearance the aroma of the beer tempts me from a distance this is odoriferous stuff. Sweet dark dried fruits, mostly fig and plum mix with chocolate and Kahlua in my first sniff. Berries and dried Bing Cherries rum and cinnamon are in the very next layer of scent. Among the better scented RIS out there but not quite the best of the best.

The taste begins sweet and chocolate with a coffee after taste. Boozy on the tongue in a good way and quite a lot like a glass of Kahlua wonder what this is like over ice cream? Flavor is quite good but no where near as complex as the scent. Figs and prunes are in the taste profile and even a bit of Bock beer flavor.

The mouthfeel is very thick like milkshake mix.

Quite the pleasant and comfortable RIS and one that I look forward to sampling again. Pretty much a top-notch example of the style and one that I would recommend. Add a little more complex flavor and some head and this would be a competitor for the best RIS on the planet.

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Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Binny's Orland

Southern Tier's Oat gurgles from the bottle like a quart of oil.Pours black without a hint of light being able to sneak through. The beers body is so black it just swallows any light in it's path. A small ecru head formed on a hard pour and just wouldn't grow any farther. The head disappeared quickly and the swirling looked like our galaxy swirling in space. The collar did stick around though.

The nose is good but not near as intense as I expected for a brew this huge. Smell has a solid dark fruitiness up front and throughout. Blackberry, black raspberry and a faint hint of bing cherries Roasty malts and mild coffee comes through in the middle. Spicy booziness toward the back combines with a distance but noticeable pine/aspirin like hoppiness. The berries are noticeable throughout.

Flavor is right in step with the aroma. Roasted grain and black coffee mingle very nicely with the dark berries. Light cream on the finish along with the pine and aspirin like hoppiness. This beer is a mind bender. It seems to change with each sip either showing more fruit, coffee, or hoppiness. That's one aspect I really enjoy, an ever evolving brew.

The mouthfeel is heavenly. Heavy bodied but incredibly silky smooth. Just lays on the tongue with hardly any carbonation noticeable. Excellent mouthfeel!

Drinkability is good considering the abv. I could sip this till I fall asleep and tonight it will probably be as soon as this bomber disappears.

Another good brew from Southern Tier. This is from the Blackwater series. Is this the first? And what's the difference from the Imperial series? Is the Blackwater series all stouts? Enough ramblin' I just want to try them all.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first sample of this hearty brew came from a 22oz bomber. Upon pouring into a standard pint glass, the color was dark as midnight...no light shining through this baby! The liquid emitted an aroma of coffee, chocolate and a lot a malt. The taste was everything i suspected and more. Very chocolatey, toasted coffee, roasted malt and a little bit of alcohol. The aftertaste was as if I was just sipping on a fresh cup of coffee. The alcohol does kick in a bit after you swallow. Mouthful is very good. Not to syrupy, just right. As far as drinkability goes, it's outstanding. Very good for a glass or two, but anymore than that you'll either be too full or too lit. No sessions here. Good effort by Southern Tier.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for the trade.

The color is a like that of a cola drink but with no fizz at all. I got absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smells are of chocolate malt, roasted barley, a little chocolate, caramel, alcohol and strangely enough a bit of green olives; I know it must be some combination that’s coming across as olives and I think it’s due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but that’s what it reminds me of.

The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate with an alcohol kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and just a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Strange thing about this beer is that it hints to serve at 48° F, which I would not agree with when it comes to an Imperial Stout, but I kept this one in the fridge anyways and it’s cold but it doesn’t feel as cold when you sip it. I am sure that has to do with the alcohol though and I find it enjoyable. As it warms up there is some smoked flavors in the finish, more like an aftertaste really.

A very good Imperial Oat.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass. This bottle notes it was brewed Fall 2007. It also claims 11.0% ABV, whereas B.A. lists this one as 12.5%. Maybe this changes year to year?
A: Beautiful night black color, no hint of light coming thru. A fairly thin 1/2 inch of head comes with the pour, and it's a dark tan-leaning-on-brownish color. It recedes rather quickly to leave a swirling layer atop the beer. There's a thin, drifting layer of lacing on the sides of the glass after each sip that slowly falls back into the beer. I appreciate the color of this brew, but even with a vigorous pour, I can't get more than at most 1/2 inch of head.
S: Roasted malts with scents of chocolate, nuts and oatmeal hit the nose right away and are quite filling. There's also a kind of spicy floral note to it that lingers in the tip of the nose.
T: Roasted malts and slightly nippy hops, actually, are what lead the way. The middle is mostly full of roasted barley, slightly chocolatey flavors, and a smooth oatmeal toast. The finish reveals a bit more of the spiciness and underlying hop flavors, which is rather surprising to me. After it all, the malts linger a bit longer, leaving a smooth but tingly taste in the mouth. After letting this beer warm even more, I find the spiciness is more subtle but certainly not diminished.
M: For a beer of this heaviness, I am impressed with how calm and satisfying the mouthfeel is. Being a stout, this brew is filling and weighty on the palate, but it does not weigh down too heavily. All in all, this beer feels great.
D: Very drinkable. Hardly a hint of the 11+ % ABV. Relatively tasty; leaves me wanting another sip.
Overall, a solid oatmeal stout. Interesting combination of barley, malts, oatmeal and slightly spicy hops that seem to change over time and with the beer warming. I was expecting a smoother malt character, and was surprised by the noticeable hoppiness. Certainly worth trying if you haven't had it. When I have an oatmeal stout, I'm looking for something smoother and creamier, but perhaps this is what you're looking for.

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Photo of mcmidc
4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful inch thick head on the pour from this imperial stout, and the was pour very thick (what's better?) and left a nice lacey tan head after it settled. Smell was very good, a ton of aromas with chocolate and carmel dominating. Taste was amazing, a lot of things going on in my mouth. Very full bodied with dark chocolately malt taste with a hint of molasses. Minor tones of alcohol in the backround. This stout finished clean and I thought I could sense some hoppy undertones at the end, but now that I'm halfway done with a pint I'm not tasting it anymore. This is everything I think an imperial stout should be. Exceptional beer and I recommend it and will definetely drink again. I can't wait.

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Photo of mcallister
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black and burnt looking with a thick mocha head. A great looking stout all around. Head fades somewhat quickly and only leaves some trace lacing behind.

Full of dark fruits, oozing dark chocolate, fudge, mollasses, bits of pine and alcohol bite. Layer after layer in the noes of different dark fruits and a caramel underlying.

Man this is a thick creamy and chewy stout. Very good and again just bursting with big bold dark fruit flavors. So creamy from the oatmeal and a good amount of alcohol in the mouth that does not deter from the taste whatsoever. Black berries, black currant, caramel, mollsses with a hint of residual sugar on the long smooth finish. So much complexity and things going on that I will probably keep adding to this review over my next six bottles.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured pretty hard and got a slow rising mocha head about 1" thick laying on top of a pitch black body.
S- I was expecting the oatmeal to be pretty much hidden in this but the oatmeal comes through nice and strong with a ton of chocolate. Light roasted aroma but it's mostly just a ton of chocolate with a ton of oatmeal. I can't even imagine how much oatmeal they would of had to put in this to make it come through in such a strong beer. Alcohol also tickles the nose just a little along with some grass hops.
T- Woah! Each sip is just amazing. A crap load of chocolate blended with a ton of oats. Grass hops manage to make their way through and give a medium bitterness on tongue along with lingering chocolate and the newly arrived coffee. The alcohol slowly builds up and eventually heats up the throat but does so in a calming and soothing way. Hints of caramel sweetness manage to peak its head out.
M-Just a perfect mouthfeel for this brew. Thick, chewy, creamy, and smooth. Just one of those ones you want to chew on going down.
D- This has made it to one of my favorite beers out there. The only flaw I can see in it (for my taste) is the bit of coffee in the aftertaste. If this was bourbon barrel aged I doubt you could find a beer as good as this one.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep black opaque gasoline color with seemingly no head. Seconds later a dark brown foam emerges at the top of the brew. It peaks at about 3 fingers before slowly subsiding to 1 finger with good retention. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. This brew is still and opaque black when held up to the light.

S-Big slightly roasted chocolate malt smell upfront with hints of toffee and alcohol. Warm and welcoming but at the same time ominous and robust.

T- Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate upfront with a hearty malty backbone and hints of toffee. The flavor intensifies for the finish and a subtle presence of hops appears. What lingers is dark chocolate toasted malt and a blanket of alcohol warmth.

M- Low to medium carbonation mouthfeel and a nice oatmeal stout heaviness. The body is not to thick and a but slicker than most due to the alcohol.

D- This imperial stout stands out to me as one of the best I have had to date. At such a high ABV the alcohol is not hidden-but it is an important part of the character of this beer and compliments the flavor well. Southren Tier has yet to disappoint me and I am going to continue to try their brews because they always seem to be impressive.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger espresso-foam colored head that eventually fades to a foam ring at the edge, and leaves some decent webs of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - the nose is filled with rich aromas of chocolate, raisins, plums, and dark crusted malt bread. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Chocolate, plums, raisins, and dark crusted maltbread upfront, with smoky malt in the middle, and some medicinal alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, sticky syrupyness, semi-dry to fully dry at times from the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, and only its high abv limits sessionability.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nefarious looking black with a thin layer of dark brown foam. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a pit that's as black as your soul staring back at you. A couple bubbles hint that there might be a bit of carbonation in there.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and grains are dominant. Not much else in this one. Good aroma.

T: Dark chocolate that makes you cringe at what it would do to you in its purest form melds with the darkest cup of good coffee you've ever had on a grainy, oatmeal base. The alcohol hits you again and again with warm notes making you wish you could just put this down and walk away. but you can't, and you won't. That chocolate and coffee flavor brings you back and makes you want more of it. More! More I say!

M: Dark, viscous, like drinking motor oil but with a lot more flavor and a lot less potential health issues. A hint of carbonation hits your tongue and then leaves you wishing there was more. The warmth of the alcohol runs down your throat, perfect for a cold, still, winter night.

D: An intense oatmeal stout that doesn't let you forget that it's in charge. Despite the price, more of this is needed! More! Southern Tier, we salute you for putting together a fine, fine oatmeal stout.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,364 ratings.
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