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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,364
Reviews:
679
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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Photo of cmwilliq
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Tafyob41
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of riversider76
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, with a thin lighter brown head. Decent retention, and a good lace effect. Aroma is of dark chocolate, and dark, fruity malts. Body is thick and rich with some carbonation. Taste is of oats and malted chocolate, with a dark bittersweet edge. Hints, of coffee, and dark fruit are there as well. Awesome!!

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

A--Pours black in color with a bit less than a finger of head in my 16 oz. snifter. Only spotty lacing left behind.

S--Wood, vanilla, grains, dark chocolate, raisins, toffee. Rich and complex but not very big, you really have to dig your nose into the glass.

T--Lots of burnt woodiness in the initial taste. Chocolate starts to creep through, the oatmeal creaminess becomes very apparent once warming begins to take place. Tasty brew for sure.

M--Medium to full bodied, very creamy. Definitely what an oatmeal stout should feel like.

D--Very easy to drink for an 11% ABV brew. A little bit more flavor could have easily pushed the drinkability to a 5 rating...but that's not an easy task for such a high alcohol beer.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an imperial pint glass, pours an almost oily black, very dark, no light penetration, an aggressive pour yielding a two inch head of frothy, bubbly tan, and leaves quite a bit of lacing all over the glass. The nose is quiet, some oats, coffee and roasted malt noticeable but nothing stands out.

This thing is pretty delicious, lost of chocolate, some smooth oat, rich roasted malts, starts nice, then does an abrupt about face and turns into an aggressively bitter thing, with a lot of coffee espresso in the end with and its an odd combination. Apart, they're great, but together its confusing. The mouth is smooth, full, the carbonation a little more than your average stout perhaps. A solid beer, a bit odd, but plenty enjoyable to drink.

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

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with nice label; no freshness date but with this abv, no worries

Appearance: The bottle's claim that this is "as dark as a moonless night" is pretty darn accurate; no light is getting through this brew. A dark tan cap forms, but soon falls to a thick ring and a thin film

Smell: Big and supremely boozy; if I didn't know better, I'd swear this was probably a bourbon-oak aged stout, it has that character in the aromas of woodsy, vanilla-laced booze and mild sweet roasty grains. Touch of chocolate emerges as this warms. Would like a little more intensity and less alcohol, though this is still pretty good.

Taste: Big booze character, in keeping with the aromas, though the bourbon-like scents aren't reproduced. The booze is a bit hot, but this tastes like an imperial oatmeal stout should; it's sweet and full of cocoa, with just a touch of hazelnut coffee in the background as well. The chocolatey notes are especially nice, and the taste reminds me of the aromas of the bags of cocoa shells my parents spread around our flower beds when I was a kid which made the whole yard smell like chocolate. Not bad, but not a ton of depth, and the booze needs to be toned down just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Fairly rich, but not as big as the 11% suggests it might be

Drinkability: (1) 22oz bottle split between two people was about right

Conclusion: The chocolately flavors are really nice, but the booze is a bit hot and a lack of complexity keeps this from being truly great.

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

A: I realize that when beers get this strong, they don't usually have much head. That doesn't mean I miss it less though. The body is jet black and with a glug glug style agressive pour I managed to get a decently thin dark mocha head that immediately disappeared leaving just a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate blast out of the snifter. There is a good roasty aroma as well.

T: This is a damn flavorful beer. Definitely in the extreme category. The coffee and chocolate are incredibly strong but they don't seem to fill out the entire flavor. Some of the silkiness from the oatmeal is there too. Maybe a bit too bitter for my taste but the alcohol is hidden really well.

M: Not as heavy as I would have though, but a lot of these higher ABV stouts get like that. It's still pretty heavy and not bad at all.

D: Not nearly as good as the Jah-va, but a damn good beer all around.

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

Figured this would be good on a cold blustery night.

A-Pours an opague black. No light getting through on this bad bot. A coffee coloured dense head sits atop its' murky blackness.

S-This smells of rich roasted malt, a bit of coffee and some slight alcohol. Not as potent as I was expecting but I mean that in a good way. An underlying sweetness is evident as well.

T-Sweet rich roasted malt is the first thing you notice then toffee, vanilla, coffee and a woodiness. The hop character is restrained and this definitely leans on the sweeter side. The bitterness is there and it balances things well. The alcohol is VERY well hidden even though it is a sipper. It does warm the blly though so you do know the % is there. Very roasty to say the least.

M-Syrupy, slightly chalky like some baltic porters and a mild yet pleasing carbonation.

D-This is one hell of a stout, I like it better than their Ja-va. A well made stout

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Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of udubdawg
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22 oz bomber

pours very nearly black, not as viscous as I'd thought (hoped?). Head is thick and cocoa-colored, firm, and lasts quite well for the strength. Lacing is intermittent but the overall effect on the glass is quite nice. Great start.

...which continues in the nose. Quite roasty but it still takes a backseat to the chocolate. Coffee is well underneath those two along with heavily carmelized sugars. Intoxicating...

...speaking of which, I think there's a little alcohol in here. It is nicely hidden by the strength of the aroma though never invisible, but to be honest this beer is too damn hot. I have no problem with alcohol but this is detracting from my enjoyment of the beer. Plenty of espresso, chocolate, molasses, bitter roastiness to the point of being charred. I think some of the bitterness is hops, but a bunch is from the malt. Even a little fruit is noted before my palate, throat, and stomach start to feel really warm.

The body is really nice. It just isn't up to par with what I've come to expect with huge stouts, and oatmeal stouts. Smooth, but not silky enough. etc, etc. Call it unfair, whatever - the bar has raised, and this falls a bit short.

A little tough to finish. If this beer keeps its flavor and aroma profiles but the alcohol heat backs off with some age, it will be a real winner. Guess I'll wait a bit to crack another.

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Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mbw314
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pored black into the glass almost no head or lace but a total pitch black color. aromas of smoky charcoal, strong coffee, alcohol, all very strong in the nose. taste is complex, sweet, smoky, extremely smooth, chewy full body mouthfeel, taste becomes even stronger as it warms. alcohol warms and blends well with the overall taste. definitely look for it its a great tasting beer.

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Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
11% abv
BlackWater Series

Acquired in trade by the always-gracious IBUnit63, thanks again!

Pours a deep chestnut color..small layering of tan foam.
Aroma of toasted grains, nuts, and earthy hops.
Toasted barley malt, milk chocolate, and sweet caramel carry the majority of the flavor. Huge body, syrupy mouthfeel helps blend everything together very well. Also extremely smooth and drinkable for a beer of this potency.

Yet another great, high octane brew from Southern Tier.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 08/16/12.

A: Pours a very thick dark black with a half finger light khaki head. Quick to dissipate it leaves some spots of lacing. Light only shines through about 1/8".

S: Smooth roasted malts and oat notes. A bit of vanilla and sweetness. Alcohol is just a touch noticeable. Chocolate certainly comes through and is quite dominate along with the oat. Dark fruit come out as it warms.

T: Chocolate and oat blend together and balance nicely. Hops are tame at this point and just appear for a flash and touch of aftertaste. Roastiness of the malt provides some richness. Coffee comes to mind as well.

M: Full bodied but not too heavy it is quite pleasant. Low carbonation. Fairly crisp finish. Booze is there but doesn't provide a harsh mouthfeel.

Overall well crafted and has developed nicely in the last 7 months. One of the less flavored of the blackwater series but the still a real good beer.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to reginaldo for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured into an imperial pint glass. Brewed Fall 2008.

A: Deep, rich, brown color. Not quite black. About a half finger of creamy brown head appears, then fades to a thin rim.

A: Very earthy. Oats, barley, grass, and wheat. I also get dried cherry, raisin, and fig.

T: Again, very earthy. Dried fruit and roasted malt. Some grassy hops as well. But the grains are what stand out in this one. Alcohol is hidden until the very end. Oat finishes unexpectedly dry.

M: Heavy body. The oats give it a velvety texture, but the unusually high amount of carbonation give it a little bite on the back side.

D: A little on the low side for me, the 11% ABV combined with the dryness of the brew really limit it on the drinkability. Overall, a good beer, just not great for the style. Skal.

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Photo of Fitze
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kirok1999
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll start this review from the end....damn, this is one fantastic stout!! I could drink this thing all night, it is super creamy and thick, mellow and smooth. The taste is wonderfully sweet, vanilla, sugar, dark fruit, cherries, plums. Absolutely delicious. Smell is vanilla and cherries. This thing is black as night, an LED couldn't shine through it.
Highly recommended; I'll be buying as many as I can get my hands on.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Capones beer event from tap into a small sample glass.

A: A dark almost black thick liquid with a thick little head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and malty sweetness. I can also smell the alcohol in this monster.

T: Dark flavors of coffee, chocolate, malt with some burnt flavors mixing in. Some creamy sweetness meets your lips with some very slight hoppy bitterness, very slight. For some reason I was getting a smoky finish on this beer, but not unenjoyable.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with quite a bit of alcohol burn to it. Very thick and oily with the alcohol lingering on the finish.

D: Low. I had had enough after the one sample glass. To me, this Imp Oat Stout was just too much at 12.5%. I bet this beer with some age on it would be much better.

Overall I'm glad I tried it, but it is not a stout I would reach for in a pack of other stouts. I respect what they did with this beer, but it's just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some quick-hit notes:

* Pitch black color, no head.
* Strong coffee bitterness in the taste
* Heavy blast of alcohol
* Feels thick like motor oil; viscous
* Smell is sweeter, milder than the taste
* More hops are present in the smell than in the taste.
* Oats and grains come out in the flavor more as it warms up
* Quite strong; big time alcoholic kick
* A real choker; thick as molasses
* The cherry/berry element is dark but overpowered by the alcohol and the bitter, roasted malt.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep viscous black with only a thin layer of deep tan head. This closely resembles an oil slick, excellent.

The roasted chocolate and caramel malt wafts from the glass. There is also a smokey quality teaming with some vanilla or creamy like scents.

Toasty, roasty, and a little smokey; the palate offers a hearty malt experience of chocolate and caramel with delicious grainy oat aspects and a touch of alcohol burn at the finish.

This is a big, chewy stout that is silky and smooth with little noticeable carbonation, a great flavor offering, and just the perfect alcohol burn to warm the body.

This is an awesome brew. Tons of flavor and character, truly enjoyable, but the abv will keep me at one bomber in a night.

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Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ajs4bd
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of projectflam86
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black color with a thin light brown head with a bit of retention.

S- Dark malt and roasted aromas dominate the nose.

T- Full roasted malt flavor with waves of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses and oatmeal. Actually the oatmeal is more prominent than I would have guessed going in. A quick alcohol bite was present in the finish.

M- Full bodied with light carbonation.

D- Nice roasted flavor with a well hidden alcohol burn. Worth getting again.

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Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -2%

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