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

A: Pours pure black with a very thin, tan head. Despite the lack of head, there is nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet molasses hits the nose first, followed by slight roasted malt aroma. Big whiff of alcohol is also present. Hints of dried fruit are detected every once in awhile.

T: Starts malty sweet with a pleasant, even handed roasted bitterness. Balanced, although, perhaps leaning toward the sweeter side. Strong flavors of molasses and dried fruits. Warming and alcoholic. Definitely lacks the huge hop punch of many American double stouts. This is a good thing in my opinion. It keeps it from getting lost in the crowd.

M: Very heavy and full bodied. Also, very smooth. It could use a little more carbonation. Maybe it's the bottle I got.

D: This is definitely a good beer. A sipper for sure. Makes a perfect nightcap on a cold winter night. However, could be a little more carbonated.

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Photo of bonk0076
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a generous chocolate head that diminishes quickly, leaving a little lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt oatmeal and caramel. Chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oatmeal flavor. Good mouthfeel. Slightly carbonated. Nice finish

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


Appearance: Pours a dark black color with an almost purplish tint. Heavy looking and impossible to see through. Has a one-finger foamy black head which lasts for almost a minute and leaves some bubbly lacing behind.

Smell: Smells of chocolate and grain, like a sweet dark bread. Malts are there along with some molasses, toffee, a faint coffee scent, and some toastiness. Very dark and rich smelling.

Taste: Tastes like a bitter oatmeal-chocolate cookie. Starts with a bitter kick, then gets a little sweeter but the bitterness remains the whole time. Has some unsweetened chocolate and coffee in there, along with some oats and malt. Has a little bit of a milky taste in the back somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and thick. Has a very good carbonation which keeps it from being acidic on the tongue. Aftertaste is bitter and still feels thick, but has a slight sweetness underneath it all.

Drinkability: This beer is very similar to the Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Both beers are great Stouts, and I honestly couldn't pick which one I like better. I would suggest you try them both, because if your a fan of this kind of beer you won't be disappointed. This beer might be a little heavy, but it so good you won't even care.

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

Bomber to snifter. Cool not cold.

A: Poured thick and smooth. Black, and no visible amber around edges of glass. Thin tan / expresso head - small bubbles. Doesn't last long.

S: Dark roasted malt. Lots of dark fruit then some coffee. A little bit of chocolate and alcohol afterwards.

T: Big malty flavor - with some sweetness upfront. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisins. Followed by some chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness afterwards that seems mild but still comes across balanced with the sweetness. Little bit of alcohol in the finish but not too noticeable.

M: Full body. Very Smooth. Very creamy and it really coats the mouth with each slug. It lingers. This does not seem dry at all in my opinion.

D: Delicious. Great malt sweetness and still very balanced. Very smooth, and the alcohol is well harmonized. Can't tell it has 11% abv. I'm slugging this back.

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Photo of WEBBEER
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black in color with a thin khaki head. Thin lacing disipates during the drink.

Smell: aroma is of sweet roasted malts, bitter chocolate, wood, and some coffee.

Taste: the flavor is roasted malts, some mild espresso, chocolate, and some sweet spice.

Mouthfeel: Thick viscousness in body. Creamy and smooth at the start with minimal carbonation as per Imperial. Finish is smooth with sweet roasted tones lasting shortly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: My favorite local oatmeal stout so far. As the label states this 650ml. bottle is a meal in itself

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

Served in a bomber

Appearance - black as night, with a caramel brown head

smell - light, sweet malty aroma

Taste - really nice, chocolate and roasted malts

Mouthfeel - smooth as a silk, nice long finish

Overall this is an excellent oatmeal stout - Highly recommended!

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Photo of lifebeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

got this one from new england beverage co.:

a. pours a dark chocolate, with the slowest developing head ever--starts out dark and cascading bubbles slowly turn visible until a half finger of espresso colored head is left

s. roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus

t. oatmeal and malts, nuttiness, and especially milk chocolate

m. thick, round and sticky

d. decent drinkability, but feels like a meal, a sipper

definitely a sipper, thick and bold, some of the most amazing body, will probably buy again

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Photo of Dennoman
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the quintessential "budget big stouts". I've had a fair few stouts in my day, let's see how this beast stacks up.

2011 vintage bomber, poured into a pint glass (I was feeling decadent, sue me).

A: A dark ruby red, nearly black. Pours a hoppy and lively two-finger tan head that disappears fairly quickly into a fingernail ring around the top.

S: Hops on the forefront dominate the "stouty" smells. Some roasted malts and oats on the nose, carried by booze.

T: Dry biscuits which I'm guessing are the oats hit the tongue first, followed by hop bitterness and then coffee and some dark chocolate from the roasted malts. Leaves a dry biscuit finish with some hoppy punch.

M: I think almost everyone would agree this could be thicker and richer for the style, but considering its price range this isn't anywhere close to disappointing. Light carbonation enhances creaminess and overall drinkability. Lush, but not overly indulgent.

O: A very good big stout for those times when you don't have all that much cash to blow on the big leagues. No-nonsense and a fine example of the oatmeal stout style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nanertak
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22 oz to tulip.

Appearance: Very, very dark. No hints of light. No head, almost no carbonation (bad bottle perhaps?).

Smell: Smells deep and rich. Cocoa, toffee, hint of sweet alcohol. Molasses and dried fruit, figs hidden in there somewhere. Call me crazy, but something like earthy mushrooms too.

Taste: Deep and rich. The usual chocolate, coffee, backed with molasses sweetness, then a nice and very mild bitterness in the finish that helps to disguise the alcohol. Still apparent in the breath, but considering the ABV, it's well masked. I'd like a little more robustness to the malts, but it's well balanced.

(edit - it's getting richer as i finish the glass, opening up a LOT as it warms some. This is one of those beers I'd drink room temperature.)

Mouthfeel: Not unctuous, but has some serious viscosity. Coats the mouth, but not in an unpleasant way.

Drinkability: Very good. I'd find this one again.

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

The beer poured a very dark thick pour. With a dark colored head, it didn't have a big head at all. It did leave quite a bit of lacing to the glass. The beer can't even be seen through!

Smells of smokey, malts, caramel, oats, and coffee. Definatley smokey on the nose.

Tastes good. Has a oat, smokey, and coffee mix to it. Some said they can taste chocolate in it, I can't. Very little alchohol taste to it. A dry smokey finish to it.

It's moderately carbonated. It gets better as it warms.

Overall it's a very drinkable beer if youre looking for a thick smokey stout.

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

poured from a 22oz into a snifter glass

A: Pours a thick black with minimal head, not much carbonation

S: Tons of sweetness...I just know this is going to be a great after dinner drink...

T: Just what I thought....chocolatey sweetness finishing with a slight burn from the alcohol...great balance through and through

M: Perfect...not too heavy, not too light....low carbonation...

O: Senasational after dinner drink....very well done....

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet strong beer to sip on....

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a growler into an oversized wine glass.

A - Pours a thick and completely black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. When I say completely black, I mean it too; not even any brown color to the edges whatsoever. It leaves very little lacing around the glass.

S - The aroma wafts to the nose and beckons you to take a sip with a lovely and rich blend of caramel, smooth oatmeal, molasses, roasted and slightly bitter chocolate and toasted malt.

T - A wave of bitter chocolate, chewy toasted malt, molasses and oatmeal hit first. Followed by mixture of smooth oatmeal, alcohol and a slight hop/bitter twinge, making the somewhat lingering finish a tad dry as well as warm. Through the entire sip is a warming feeling from the alcohol as well as a rich and creamy smoothness attributed to the oatmeal character, both of which stay in the background for the entirety of the sample.

MF - Full-bodied, creamy and smooth with a bit of a lower carbonation which I blame on the fact that the sample is from a growler fill.

D - Taste-wise it's quite nice and drinkable. Despite this the ABV will knock you straight on your ass, although this aspect is balanced quite well in the taste.

Notes: Overall, a really well-crafted Imperial Oatmeal Stout. More complex than I expected (a good thing). If it weren't for the ABV I would probably finish off the growler, however, not sure that's possible without finding the floor at the end of it all. Between this and the Jahva though, I think I'd choose the Jahva. Granted, this was an excellent stout and I'd highly recommend at least trying it if you're a fan any type of stout.

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Photo of Ninjabrew
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a damn fine looking beer that makes you want to drink it. Beer doesn't smell half bad either with notes of chocolate and fruit. It actually smells like a belguim quadrupel ale (abt 12). Unfortunately for me I don't like sweet beers and this one is very sweet. Too sweet actually, if you like sweet and even fruity beers this one is for you, otherwise stay away.

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Photo of trpng0bily
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Brewed Fall 2007
Tasted Fall 2008

Just a note before the review: the bottle I have claims an ABV of 11%, not 12.5%.

A vigorous pour shows a thick, pitch black beer with quickly dissipating head. The smell, predominantly of chocolate and bread, is surprisingly thin for a brew this rich. The taste truly earns the "imperial" title - massive bittersweet chocolate (more sweet than bitter), some coffee, oats and lightly roasted barley, with some definite hop spice and slight hop bitterness. The real genious here is the melding of the deftness and relative lightness that is characteristic of an oatmeal stout with the largess of flavor (though not the complexity, it must be noted) of an imperial stout. The mouthfeel is absolutely spectacular - thick and chewy, with nice warming action. As to drinkability, between the ABV, the richness, and the sweetness, good luck trying to knock down more than one of these.

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

Pours the typical stout black, not a trace of light coming through the full glass. Creamy tan colored head.

Lots of sweetness in the aroma from malt and oats. Alcohol is present on the aroma, but relatively mild for 11%. Dark roasted notes follow the malty sweetness, smoky with hints of dark fruit.

Taste is very sweet up front, but not overwhelmingly so. rich malty palate and a milky sweetness from the oats. Typical smoky/burnt flavors from dark roasted malt follow, but are less prominent than the sweetness. Some herbal hops on the finish, hard to discern among everything else. Alcohol prickles at the tongue and pleasantly warms after the finish. Milky/roasted aftertaste.

Thick, full bodied mouthfeel silky smooth from the oats. A great example of what I love about oatmeal stouts, this brew just glides across the tongue.

Overall: A nice example of the style, and one of the heaviest oatmeal stouts I've had. It is a very big beer but the aforementioned smoothness really keeps it in check. Wouldn't drink more than one of these in an evening, but it was a great sipper over a 2 hour movie.

Not sure what to make of the ABV on this one... BA says 9.6, Southern Tier's site says 10.8, and the bottle says 11. hmm...

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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 NYManc
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14 notes, poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Poured pitch black with no head and little to no lacing. There was a thin head that was there briefly and disappeared almost immediately, as was expected like most bigger stouts that I have come across. Smelled very sweet with a back hint of malt, chocolate, and oats. Smelled no booze in this and was mouth watering to me.
Upfront taste was very malty to me. That thrown in with the great taste of the chocolate mixed in. At the backend of this, I tasted oat coming through. This was a medium-heavy bodied beer with little carbonation. The ABV is well hidden so beware!

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Photo of Ig0r
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour is as opaquely black as I have ever seen. The head is short, dark tan with large bubbles forming after a time. A lot of lacing is seen. The smell is sweet, bready, and a bit flowery the intensity is lower that I was expecting.

The feel is thick with a little carbonation that bubbles through to give a nice smoothness. The flavor is a bit of burnt toast with a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate. The higher alcohol content is apparent after the initial rush of flavor, but the taste is not dry. There is a bit of a hoppy finish that stays around with the good amount of mouth coating that is left after drinking.

Drinkability is good for an imperial stout; this makes an excellent heavy-meal or dessert drink.

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Photo of tozz8
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A--Pitch black with a small mocha colored head. Head dissapates quickly leaving a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S--Chocolate, licorice, more alcohol than i was hoping for

T--Spicy licorice and alcohol up front. Smooth chocolate and hint of coffee at the end.

M--Thick and chewy

D--Excellent drinkability for this high of an ABV. Gotta take it slow and enjoy the flavors as it warms up.

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Photo of RichScherle
1.94/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

this was awful and disappointing.

A - pitch black, modest head. Needed a vigorous pour to elicit even a moderate head. Viscous look.

S - chocolatly sweetness on the nose - toffee and caramel. Cloying

T - absolutely cloying and terrible. I couldn't drink more than two little sips and I LOVE stouts (rogue's chocolate stout is the best i've had lately). This was waaay over the top sweet and not drinkable in the least - had to pour it down the drain.

M - viscous and sugary. Not nice.

D - worse than awful - had to pour it down the drain. Sweetness is over the top and totally out of balance. Absolutely terrible and disappointing considering this wasn't cheap.

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Photo of BlastTyrant
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at MacGregor’s in Henrietta, NY 4/22/2005. Aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel, coffee, vanilla, and oak. The flavor does not disappoint. Coffee, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying, probably due to a pretty significant hops flavor. No one element dominated, nicely balanced. Huge bodied. Should be savored, but I drank my first so fast I had to order a second. They REALLY need to bottle this stuff. Outstanding.

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Photo of Soncheebs
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet Black, motor oil with a frappy chocolatey head that had very poor retention (whiddled down to essentially a few bubbles and a little filmy texture at top) within 1 minute of the pour. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, oats, malt, rum raisin, vanilla, just about in that order of potency.
Taste: Chocolate/coffee at the tip of the taste but you are immediately blasted with a overpowering malt that almost overdoes it but manages to sit back just in time to enjoy some of the subtler notes and after tastes of vanilla, chocolate, rum soaked raisins, and of course oatmeal. Even a bit hoppy in the middle there, actually quite complex of a mid taste.
Mouthfeel: For the gravity of the beer as it seemed throughout the pour, I was surprised that it was a little light in the mouth, not nearly as syrupy as I expected and this worked tremendously.

Overall: Very well done, complex stout that you will enjoy tremendously.

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Photo of SAS
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier 22 Enjoyed out of my Delirium Tulip with my bro.

First off I would like throw a big thanks to ahatcher78 great trader that didn't shy away from me trying to score a sexual chocolate with very little trading history! Thanks again I look forward to future trades... anyhow sitting around listening to prodigy...First time I've had this one..

Appearance: Pours out like used motor oil from a 65 mustang that burns oil! Good head, about a finger or so. Honestly it just looks pretty

Aroma: Fantastic! Big roasted malt... chocolate... black licorice.

Flavor: Perfect Balance between 11% alcohol and malt! Big and bold malty up front with a nice alcohol warmth. Chocolaty oatmeal is there but it almost over shadowed by espresso notes. This one has finishes out with nice lingering licorice.

Mouth Feel: Coats the tongue with a variety of flavors. Perfect balance for a high alcohol beer.

Drink ability: I would like a case or two of this one just to sit on and have one every now and then on rainy day. Great Beer! Wish I lived back east right now..

Again big thanks to Andrew! I really appreciate it.

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Photo of brewskier
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hard pour from 22oz bottle into a snifter yields a frothy medium brown foam that dissipates surprisingly rapidly. The amount of alcohol in this beer probably is the reason for the lack head and lacing. Nearly opaque extremely dark beer shows a brown colour around the edges only when held right next to a bright light.

Musky grain aroma smells like the inside of a silo. Very roasty. A whiff of the 11% alcohol is definitely present, as are slight carob and coffee hints.

Initial impression is a blast of heavily roasted malt, but the flavor also demonstrates the considerable alcohol presence, with a tangy ethanol bite cutting through the wagonload of malt that is this hearty stout. This is not grandpa's bowl of oatmeal. Cuts right through the smoked mozzerella and salty/tangy hard Spanish goat cheeses I am drinking it with, and those food flavors bring out the underlying bittersweetness of the beer, of molasses and very dark chocolate. Also brings to mind charred hazelnuts.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with little carbonation and a thick consistency, maybe a tiny bit sticky.

Drinkability is low, however, due to the heaviness and very high alcohol percentage.

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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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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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