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

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Ratings:
1,364
Reviews:
679
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this about a year ago and honestly wasn't too impressed with it. The beer pours out as a deep thick black looking liquid with a thin tan head that nearly vanishes within minutes. The smell is a little grainy with some oats and roasted malts. The taste is rather muted, I can taste the malts and oats but it just seems to be on the faint side. If this is really an imperial I'd expect the flavors to be much more intense. The mouthfeel I thought was thinner than what it looked when it was being poured out. Overall not my favorite brew from Southern Tier.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very much along the same lines as the choklat except with out the dark chocolate component. This beer is very dark and had very little foam when poured into a pint glass. Wouldn't say that the lack of CO2 was a problem as it accented the really thick viscosity of the beer.

The beer had some interesting sugary smells coming out of it including some dark fruits as well as a considerable alcohol aroma. The alcohol part of the smell is the reason I didn't give it a higher rating. Also included in the nose were coffee and roasted malts.

The flavor had all the same components but in a different balance. The coffee was strong, the roasted flavor was strong, and the alcohol was a bit more manageable. Things not noticeable in the aroma but present in the taste: oatmeal (or oats or what ever) which gave it a smooth wheaty texture, and hops (what the hell?). Pretty interesting but I almost think that the wheatiness took away from the overall texture of the beer.

Quite smooth with a lot of interesting things going on but that particular combination doesn't agree with my palate quite as well as the choklat does.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away and left very delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is much stronger and intensifies even more as the beer warms up. There are also some notes of coffee beans and oatmeal in the flavor.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and coats the mouth. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Insanely rich, thick, and silky smooth, the roast character of this larger-than-life beer is tempered by the creamy solace of oats that makes the beer velvety unitl the end.

"As dark as a moonless night" ...or at least that's how the label describes the appearance of this lush stout. The beer lives up to the moniker with a rich black viscocity and a completely opaque appearance. Releasing a lightly tanned head, the beer holds onto an espresso-like creme of foam for nearly half the session, but then colapses and the beer falls into stillness.

Roast is the dominant aroma, along with heavy toast, espresso-like coffees, cocoa-rich chocolates, heavy cream, a hint of vanilla, and a balance of woody and grassy hops. With no fruity esters or phenolic spices detected, the aromas remain focused and assertive in it's creamy roast character.

Strong flavors of roast also dominate the taste profile. Deeply roasted coffee, bittersweet cocoa, charred breads and woods, and a malty-rich taste of sweet breads, burnt caramel, and heavy cream- this Oatmeal Stout undoubtedly takes top honors with the strongest version of the style, but never brings attention to the flavor of oats...

...but the oats have a dramatic impact in mouthfeel! The aggressive roast bitterness and harshness is tempered with the protien-rich creamy, velvety, and silky smooth texture that oats provide. Very robust, viscous, and chewy to start, the beer transitions nicely across mid palate and arrives with a warm, malty-rich finish with an extended aftertaste of coffee and vanilla.

Along with Hoppin' Frog BORIS, these beers accend the thresholds for traditional Oatmeal Stouts and thrust into the realm of Imperial Status while retaining a true base recipe. If this is the new world for Imperial Stouts, then I'm all in on the shift!

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown color with a gooey tan head that leaves droplets all around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aroma with a subtle blend of dark fruit sneaking through

Taste: Opens with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by dark fruit and hints of molasses; after the swallow, some piney hops peek through and take the beer in an unexpected direction

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: These bombers that Southern Tier put out are just an adventure that I am ready to take whenever I see them; another great achievement

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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 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 largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights, slight opacity. The head falls after a few minutes, residing to a small ring.

Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, subtle alcohol. Not a ton of depth here, but it's a nice bold aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Chocolate, cream, molasses; definitely on the sweet side, though burnt bitterness is ample as well. Rich, creamy and full-bodied - they must have used a ton of oats in this stuff. Carbonation is low, further contributing to the silky texture. The finish does little to hide the high alcohol, leaving a boozy astringency on the back of the throat.

Notes: Nice stuff, but perhaps a bit too strong for its own good - the noticeable alcohol adds a harsh edge to a style that I prefer to be smooth and mellow.

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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 zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2%

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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