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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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 12-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
679
Ratings:
1,363
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of well balance of sweet oatmeal malt with some coffee and bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by a rich creamy texture with some notes of coffee, medium sweet black chocolate and a light bitter ending. I have to admit to being very impressed by this beer that retains some balance while being very extreme.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa buddy. This is a monster...don't try to finish one at the end of a session like I tried to do once. Here's a review on a fresh palate.

Woody brown in the light as it's poured into a 22 oz. glass. Black with a dark brown glint at the edge. A finger of tan mocha foam, dense and chocolatey. Spindly ring of lace is draped inside the glass. Roasty with a sweet whiff of alcohol. This hides it's abv, but it still shows around the edges. Ashy char and tobacco meets bitter dark chocolate, with a silky texture that seals the deal. Rich lactic feel, mild fusel note that fades fast. Overall a definite winter sipper...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a light mocha head without too much retention. Nose brings forward some chocolate, light espresso, and roasted malt and oats. The taste is a bit harsh with some booze as well as a lot of roasted character. Feel is heavy and a bit boozy. As is often the case with this series, the beer shows promise but gets to be a bit much with more than a few ounces.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black and opaque. There were a few light brown bubbles on the surface of the beer. Absolutely no lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, coffee and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of bitter dark chocolate and oats. There were toffee and molasses flavors, too. Despite the high ABV, no boozy or alcohol flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial Stout. The ABV is sneaky...watch out

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Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Black Water series of big beers from ST,11% ABV per label.Poured an opaque black with a thinner deep mocha colored head atop that left a half ring around my Guinness pint glass.Deep bitter chocolate and espresso coffee in the nose that brought on a bit of earth and fruitiness very deep and entrenched "dark" aromas,pretty much perfection on the palate deeply roasted and rich flavors bitter chocolate and molasses dominates up front with a bit of vanilla and dark roast coffee and wood hovers, a big earthy almost leafy presence shows up in the finish.Complex and well rounded the alcohol begins to show some heat after a bit but never intrudes on the flavors,kick ass new "big one" from Southern Tier wich I expected.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with some minor, ruby highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Dark, bready malt with some chocolate and toffee.

T - Thick, dark malt with notes of black bread, molasses, and caramel. A more roasted character comes out in the middle as chocolate and light coffee appear. Finishes with more molasses and notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and dark caramel.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Thick and complex, like all of Southern Tier's stouts, but still fairly drinkable for a beer of this strength. The balance definitely favors malt and a sweet finish but there is enough roast character and malt bitterness to prevent it from becoming excessive the way some other sweet, strong stouts tend to.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse."

--Arthur Baer

Pitch black with a faint glimmer of sepia along the bottom edge. The mocha colored cap is incredibly thick and rich, leading to slow-motion meltage and impressive sheets of residue that become seriously shredded as the coffee milkshake-like foam continues to deflate.

The aroma is everything one could want in a beer of this style. Although it isn't quite as chocolate-like as Choklat's nose, nor quite as java-like as Jahva's nose, it's wonderfully roasted malty and I love it. Looks like Southern Tier has come through yet again.

Simply put, Oat tastes like an Imperial oatmeal stout ought to taste. The only possible negative (and I would argue that it isn't one) is the fact that there isn't the same flavor focus as in the offerings mentioned above. However, those of us who love expertly crafted, big-ass stouts that derive their flavor from a well-chosen malt bill will be in seventh heaven.

Flavors include charred dark chocolate, dark caramel, blackstrap molasses, a double shot of espresso and a single shot of Sambuca. There's a fraction more unmasked alcohol than is ideal, but there's so much flavor that it's easily ignored. Big beer occasionally requires a few small compromises. Besides, this ain't no sissy session stout.

The body/mouthfeel is excellent... for a 7.0% stout. An 11.0% Imperial stout requires something a bit more viscous and more nougat chewy. On the other hand, the sneaky amount of silky smoothness that appears as the beer continues to warm is more than welcome.

Oat may not be as superb as Choklat and Jahva, but it's an excellent stout that drinks like a dream. It explodes out of the gate and cruises across the finish line in the manner of a true thoroughbred. This brewery is more than solid. Many thanks to far333 for sending me the bomber.

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

2007 Vintage received in a trade with rciesla.

Appearance: Pours a black, thick-looking body with a thin, khaki-colored head. Lovely legs on this one!

Smell: Full nose smelling of dark malts, with chocolate sauce, and oats, natch. All layered beneath crusted chunks of dark, gooey sugar.

Taste: Heavily sugared, chocolate-coated oats slide and smear over the tongue along with bountiful tastes of marshmallows, second molasses, humble caramel, and sweet licorice-flavored candy. There's a huge burst of dark fruitiness early in the taste and it lasts well beyond the finish. Very faint, subdued bitterness. Transitory spiciness. Then, it's back to the heavy, heady dessert-like flavors with a far-off, faint touch of roastiness. Finishes decidedly sweet with lasting tastes of fruit and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. There are some warming qualities, but, for the most part, the 11% ABV goes down very, very easily.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Excessively smooth, tongue-coated mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A tasty Imperial Stout that glides across one's palette with sheer ease, though the grotesque hedonist in me is left yearning for a bottle of Choklat, oooh, or even their new Mokah. Still, it's one I recommend.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of these in a trade recently as I had never had a chance to try it and I really do love the Southern Tier imperial series. This one I just had to get. Served at cellar temp and poured into an over sized wine glass, this one was consumed on 09/14/2008.

The pour was very nice, lots of rich looking deep chocolate brown notes. A small head of tan poked up through the bottom of it, quietly sitting on top for the remainder of the session before slipping back down to just a veil over the top that easily set me up for some fine, and thin side glass lace.

The aroma was about as rich as they come. Deep notes of alcohol came tumbling in at the start. Lots of sweet chocolate like notes that were mingling in and out the entire time, really just pushing through on this quite well. Some lactose, and sweet sugar like notes coming through as well. A very tight flavor profile here, and extremely rich. I was actually quite shocked by this to be honest. This one seems as though it could hang up there with the best of the big boys for sure. Rich notes of vanilla and chocolate were dominating here, along with a nice tight profile of almost bourbon like alcohol. Creamy and smooth, this was a full bodied stout at its finest. I had no issue polishing off the sweet stout over the course of the night, but I was feeling it this morning for sure.
Overall I have to admit this one took me by surprise. I did not expect it to be anywhere near as good as it was. In fact this was downright excellent. One of the best bigger stouts I have had in a long time, and hands down my favorite of the big southern tier beers. I would like to have one of these everyday it would seem. Really go check this one out, it is absurdly good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 release, poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted oats, dark malts, some alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: 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.

M: Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick due to the heavy viscosity, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, a little filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this one definitely falls into the sipper category because of its heaviness and high ABV, but a pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured nearly black with a minimal and short-lived head. The carbonation level, nonetheless, is good. The high ABV is amazingly well hidden, even in the feel and nose. Full body with very smooth feel. Rich but not particularly complex flavor with plenty of very dark roasted malt and some oats.

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, oats, toast, toffee, coffee, cream, dark bread, floral, light nuttiness, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oats, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cream, light char, floral, dark bread, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, oats, light char, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; with big robustness and malt balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! Big robustness and complexity of roasted and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Another nice tap sighting out here in the 'Burbs. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises wheat, oats, grass, very light chocolate, flowers, and light honey. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light chocolate syrup, toasted oats, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco somewhere in the back. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stout. Another win for ST.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from rgtravers, cheers Ryan...

Fall 08 Vintage pours black as night & oily with fairly fast falling brown/mocha head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruits, raisins, cherries & vanilla & cocoa

T: Leafy hops, dark fruit, licorice & molasses with powdery dryness up front. Dark choclate, figgyness & more dark fruit with a whisper of booze as this warms, plus faint herbal & leafy hops, plus a touch of charred grain. Finishes dry with nice mocha notes & a touch of charred grain

MF: Very oily & smooth as all hell with low carbonation & nice stickyness. Great balance on this as well

Drinks pretty easy for the style & abv, another great dark bruiser from Southern Tier

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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 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 mdaschaf
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a small tan head upon pouring that reduces very quickly, leaving a bubbly ring on top. Not muh lacing at all.

S: A little bit of roasted malt, a good bit of cream (kind of like a sweet stout), a little chocolate and oats, but also a little bit of a buttery aroma.

T: More of the same, some chocolate and a little bit of oat, but beyond that not much. The buttery flavor shows up a little bit at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Rather boring overall. Had high hopes based on my experience with the rest of the blackwater series, but this one fell flat for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. From 2009 and my bottle says 11.0% ABV.

a - Pours a dark brown with moderate carbonation evident and about an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal. More chocolate than oatmeal to me, and I didn't smell any alcohol as some have.

t - Some oatmeal and nice malts. Also some dark fruits? Definitely getting some alcohol in the taste.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

d - Pretty good smell but I thought the alcohol was a bit too much in the taste. I felt as though it dominated some of the other flavors, and it definitely felt the 11% ABV it says it is. Would like to try again perhaps after some cellaring.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch Poured from a bomber into my Southern Tier Tulip glass.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Southern Tier so I thought it was time I gave it a review (My first review as well).

Pours dark brown and nearly black with a modest amount of head that disappears quickly. It tastes of sweet malts with some chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy. I really enjoy drinking this one and will purchase again.

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

Appears a burnt dark black completely opaque shields all and any pigment from the visible light spectrum forms a large thicket of mocha tan head leaves light even lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of burnt roasted malts with dark chocolate cream accented notes with alcohol and ripened fruit blended in. Soft sweet oatmeal girth and a deep herbal minty hop profile express themselves as well. Roasted malt alcohol burn with a chocolate liqueur quality upfront herbal bitterness heavy sweetness raisin and plum galore, as it warms flavors rush the palate even more I have loved every Blackwater Series offering this one is no different loads of flavor oatmeal added with brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy thick ass texture, a beer I can definitely bite into carbonation is even carries this heavy body pretty well. Drinkability is great a whole 22oz is my limit but I’m willing to share this one next time around, although I might have to track down a whole case.

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

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Flavor is very sweet. Almost comes off as a milk stout, and the 12.5% certainly doesn't show up at all. Kind of tangy and I'm not sure I like it. Have had this in the past and I don't remember it being like this. Sure it's smooth, but there are no real strong characteristics moving me here. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid with a low carbonation. Drinkable, yes. Just wondering if this bottle is not at its best.

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

The beer is near black and opaque with a thick beige head. Excellent retention with ample lacing cascading down the walls of the tulip. The aroma offers roast, alcohol heat, oats, bread, chocolate. The taste pretty much follows suit, with perhaps a bit more oat presence than was indicated in the aroma. Lots of flavor, but I find the alcoholic heat a bit obtrusive, keeping this beer from being great. Crackers and biscuits linger, as the beer finishes dry. Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation. A solid beer. I bet this would age gracefully.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that gives an espresso look. The head falls to wisps, leaving some thin lines of spotted lacing.

The smell is of dark maltiness - some coffee/chocolate though neither really stand out - a general dark maltiness fits description well enough. Boozy.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with a bittering touch. The alcohol comes through strongly. Chocolate syrup with thick caramel makes this one sweet and dessert-like. Hot, sweetish finish.

It is rich and hits full-bodied, but not too syrupy. There is a certain smoothness despite noticeable alcohol.

This is a slow-sipper. Personally, not as impressed as I was hoping to be, but an interesting beer, nevertheless.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid, impenetrable black, perfect roasty tan head.

Aroma is right on the money, too. Roasted black malt, flaked oats, grainy a little. Some chocolate coming through, but still essentially dry.

Hefty mouthfeel, a big, solid jump on the mouth, then it's silky smooth. Cocoa meets oats, yum...and then the booze creeps in...

Dark fruit pops up, and bumps into the cocoa/coffee/oat feel. Mighty complex malt character here, and terrifically tasty.
And here comes the booze...

I still don't think oatmeal stouts need to be "imperialized", but they didn't ask me what they should do, did they? On the other hand, maybe it's an Imperial Stout with oatmeal. Oat tastes almost exactly like an RIS and an oatmeal stout blended. With over the top booze.
And it's damn good!

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a thick layer of brown head that has great retention. There's a very light aroma; roasted malts, faint chocolate, and mild hop character. The taste is chocolaty and roasty with a very smooth, rich full body. There is also a smooth, citrusy hop bitterness. This is full boded and well carbonated.

It's well balanced, delicious, and very drinkable.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.
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