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 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 Onenote81
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to JohnGalt1 for sending this little beauty as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks, Toby!

2007 Vintage

Pours a thick deep black with a very thin tan head on top. This becomes just a ring around the edge, but it leaves some nice-looking lacing rings behind. Smells of cocoa beans, bitter coffee, sourdough bread, with a slight nutty scent.

The mouth is silky smooth and creamy. Hints of carbonation-bite tickle the tongue, but overall, she's creamy. There's a sharp twang on the first few sips, reminding me of sourdough bread. This gives way to a nice bitter espresso mixed with creamy oats and chocolate flavor that is splendid. The alcohol presence is still quite there after a few years in the cellar. I'm feeling happily buzzed halfway through this bomber. Very good stout. Get some if available.

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

22 oz bomber, marked brewed fall of 2008.

Dark brown body w/ ruby edges shows black in the glass. 1.5 finger mocha colored head slowly drops to a ring. Some soapy lace.

Scent is strong licorice, chicory, mild coffee, chocolate

Taste is smooth warm sweet chocolate and black strap molasses. Peppery alcohol note in the background lingers and develops into a smokey peaty flavor. Oatmeal flavors and nutty notes. Earthy, spicy and citric hops notes become evident.

Mouth is voluptuous and creamy -almost chewy - with a firm but not excessive warming in the throat

Drinkability is exceptional.

This is a fantastic example of a style I am very fond of. Excellent!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This is from the first vintage - 2007. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of dark ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin creamy layer within a few minutes. Aroma and flavor consist of rich roasted grains, both bittersweet and creamy milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee beans, sweet caramelized malt, notes of mild vanilla, alcohol has subsided nicely. Approaching full bodied and somewhat chewy with ample carbonation. Really decent drinkability, richness be damned.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a thick, tan head. Great head retention and awesome sheets of sticky molasses-like lacing.

Aromas of rich roasted malt, some toast, cocoa, and a slight smokiness. Sweet oats are evident in the nose as well. If there's a hop aroma in here, it's so well-hidden by the malt that I'm missing it.

Rich, sweet, and sticky on the palate. Definite coffee flavors-- mixed with a sweet hazelnut/oaty flavor. Chocolate, and a nice bitterness that reminds me of black coffee. Pretty complex, with a full body and a nice, creamy-- almost chewy texture. Great carbonation, and a lasting sweetness on the palate.

Pretty well balanced for an oatmeal stout. The only downside lies in the ABV, and the fact that anything this sweet or rich could become overwhelming after too much.

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Photo of kels
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown, completely opaque, with a 1 finger tan head that fades and retains at a hazy, 1/2 finger skim. A thick ring of tan lace follows the liquid down the glass. No visible carbonation in the liquid.

Smell: The smell is very full and pleasant. Roasted character is most forward, along with chewy malt and a slight sweetness of oats. The smell reminds me of the way Quaker chewy granola bars smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste's roastiness borders on smoky much more than I expected. Alcohol is also a little sharper than imagined, especially since this bottle is from Fall 08. Great chew, charred oat, malt and slight bitterness that I can't attribute fully to the roast or a possible hop presence. Feel is pretty bright from a surprisingly higher carbonation, and the aftertaste leaves a ton of sticky film behind on my lips and palate.

Drinkability: Moderate - the taste is great and it is very full-bodied. The alcohol content and its sharpness slow it down.

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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kels for bringing this one up. Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown/near black; body is opaque; on the pour there is a one finger head that is pretty much a straight up tan shade that is very foamy - typical for the style - and fades to a thick ring around the surface with a slightly thinner uneven skim floating in the middle; spotty uneven lacing, but it's thick where it's at.

Smell: About what I would expect - very deep roasted malts with a moderate scent of chocolate coming with the malts; oat scent is present as well - smells a bit like a bowl of oatmeal buried in the beer somewhere; very faint whiff of alcohol as well, but for something that's 11% it seems like it might be more present -- may be a sneaky beer...

Taste: Much like the smell - deep dark toasty and roasty malts; strong hints of semi-sweet chocolate that is a little bitter; a very miniscule presence of some hop bitterness that is a little earthy/dirty. The alcohol is present on a the vapor, but really masked well in the taste, much more apparent in the mouth/chest; aftertaste is burnt roast - a nice way to finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little on the thick side, creamy; still has a low level of carbonation (was bottled in Fall of 2008 so it's been sitting for a while) and it really warms the chest too on the way down, so the alcohol is still a very present factor here.

Drinkability: I'm really enjoying this beer - it's a heavier one so I wouldn't want to drink a ton in a night, but splitting a bomber is just about right. ABV is a little high as well and would probably be a factor. So while it's great in a lot of other areas, weight and 11% will knock this down a little bit.

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Photo of Zraly
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a slight brownish head. The head is minimal and slightly disappointing. However, it smells of sturdy, rich malts and licorice.

Rich, earthy, creamy flavor --- the oat becomes more and more pronounced as it warms. Smooth chocolate, coffee, licorice, and alcohol notes mingle with a slight hop note to create a very balanced mouthfeel. Oats add lovely creamy note that smooths the experience out even more into a chewy, dry finish. Very tasty and the alcohol, while noted, isn't pronounced and is buried well. Thus, this is dangerous with its 11% alcohol billing. Even so, though, a 22 oz bomber by myself is probably not going to happen --- thankfully I have a drinking buddy.

I would very much enjoy this with an ice cream sandwich.

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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 DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Continuing the tradition of the First and Second Unorganized Invitational, I bring the start of the Third Unorganized Invitation. For those unfamilair, the "unorgainized" theme is for a stretch of beers which I celebrate the end of the school year with. This year, given it was the year I graduated, I poured more money into the one. The first one is Southern Tier Oat. Are you ready? Let's go:

Inot a snifter it goes, no head forms on top this dark liquid. That's not a good sign. Well, the smells is nice. The nose is tickled with licorice, dark fruits, figs, and fudge brownies. Please don't taste flat...

There's a light sizzle of carbonation on the palate. It is a thick beer that clings to the palate, but slips off at the same time. It tastes more like mocha than oatmeal. A mild pinch of alcohol, which is a little hot, pairs with an astringent roasted note. As it warms, it become sweeter, and the booze is less felt. Mocha and hot fudge begin to take over. The beer becomes smoother as well.

A little oommph seems to be missing from the overall picture to warrant a higher taste score. Still, it's fairly good. Drinking a bomber of this is stretching it; better in smaller samples.

That's one beer down in the Third Unorganized Invite (T.U.I.), and hopefully the upcoming competition meets my high expectations.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark coffe black with a brown thin big bubble head. Aroma was slightly sugary sweet, with roasted grains. Flavor was sweet, a bit milky sweet, almost like a milk/cream stout. No noticeable oatmeal/grain flavors, hence a lower score. Felt great in the mouth. Coated very well, clung to the mouth perfectly. Very easy to drink, went down well.

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Photo of Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a brown one-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is creamy with a nice hint of chocolate and roasted coffee in the nose.

Taste is slick and oily from the oatmeal with cream, a light hint of roasted coffee and chocolate (from chocolate malt) all showing up in the middle. Everything just melds together nicely.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering slickness from the oatmeal along with cream and roasted coffee. Very nice texture to the beer. Alcohol level is well-hidden as well after a few months on this (brewed in Fall of 2008).

This is a good example of a beer that will mellow with age and actually taste better if aged properly. It's very nice and can be enjoyed in any weather (my opinion).

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

Picked up this year old bottle for sale at $3.99.

Poured from a bomber inso a snifter. The pour producing a 1 inch brown head. Receeding to a colar with some bubble islands. Black in color, no light penetration.
Very thin greasy streaks of lace.

Aroma is a bit warm, but not solvent like. Chocolate, coffee, creamy dairy aroma, malted milk balls, a little sweetness off this, a touch of vanilla, resembling creme brulee just a little.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy, carbonation is present throughout first sip into the finish. Some slickness in a milk fat kind of way.

Starting out sweet and oaky, toasted oak, roasted grain, bitter chocolate, chocoalte cake batter, and plenty of dark roasted coffee into the swallow.
The heat that I experienced off a fresh bottle about a year ago was pretty distracting to the beer. It has since severly balanced out, dropping alot of the boozyness it once had.
Its mildly warm now, exceptionally hiding its 11% abv.

This is super drinkable, its definatly a sipper though. Thick, creamy and desert like.
Definatly an exceptional brew, even moreso with a little age.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in CanBIF 5 from wfeddern, thank you!

From a brown 22 oz. bomber, abv. on import label listed as 9.1%, 2008 edition. Pours out a menacing and enticing opaque pitch black, tall creamy tan head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap. The lacing is abundant.

Bitter roasted malt, milky sweetness, with a green grassy hop character on the nose.

Is there such a thing as a healthy tasting beer? If so then this is the ticket. Mild soothing roasted malt, soothing alcohol warmth, with a fresh, satisfying finish. Not a complex falvour profile, nearly one-dimensional, yet in a delightful manner that does what it does very well.

The oats do a wonderful job with making the mouthfeel full and velvety smooth, quite exceptional for an Imperial stout.

What can I say, this Oat Imperial Stout is my new best friend, and I'd recommend it to anyone seeking a replacement safety blanket, a constant regular in their fridge, and even breaking protocol would make an excellent session ale in moderation. Most certainly greater than the sum of its parts, however it works beautifully.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in color, nice inch and a half head and stellar lacing. Smells are of caramelized malts, that there oat (grainy), earthy tones of soil. Taste is more caramel and oat than anything, roasted malt all the way. Almost full bodied in nature, the ABV is noticeable throughout, nicely carbonated and stickiness lingering between gulps. Drinkability is right on if you like em big. Glad I got to sample a pint...

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

Big-ass bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane back in February for $8.49. 2008 vintage according to the label. Part of ST's "Blackwater Series", which doesn't sound all that appetizing, though I suppose it's better than gray water.

Poured an inky black color, with the slightest shade of mahogany visible when held up to direct light. Modest, mocha-colored head that doesn't stick around too long - not surprising for an 11% beer. Spotty lace.

Rich nose to this one. Brown sugar, chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, tart cherries and spicy hops are what jump out at the olfactory organ. Very yummy scents.

Starts off with a sweet chocolaty flavor that is almost immediately matched with bitter, dark fruit flavors and a roasty, coffee-like taste. As it warms, the high abv becomes evident with a warming booziness. Very well balanced. Bitter hop zap to the palate at the swallow.

Thick, coating, stick-to-yer-ribs mouthfeel to this one.

This double stout is like an oatmeal stout on steroids - not that there's anything wrong with that . Hitting the spot as dessert after some homemade pizza. This is a big beer, so I wouldn't consider sessioning it, but I'm enjoying the hell out of drinking it, and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again to drink as a dessert or nightcap

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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 greg202stewart
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great company and I really like their stouts. Pours a dark dark black color yet nice and smooth. It smells of coffee and oatmeal. The taste is very rich and you taste the fullness of the oats. A great beer to sip on. One of the best stouts I've had thus far

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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 Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter glass and was surprised by the minimal head that formed. Maybe a finger at most. Light tan and short lived.. Very dark brown and opaque.

Aroma is mostly chocolate... With a hint of vanilla in the background.

Dark roasted flavor, vanilla flavors and then a dark roasted bitterness towards the end. You can detect the hop bitterness amongst the roasted flavors. Smokey as well.

Fairly full bodied and thick, but a bit thin for an IMP Stout. Very light carbonation.

Slow sipper, but nicely drinkable. Not quite as deep and complex as some others.

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Photo of Benjiehorn
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer from Southern Tier. The Imperial Oat pours very dark with little white head, and very nice lacing on the glass. (Poured into a brandy snifter.) The aroma was heavy on chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla, caramel and oatmeal. The flavors work your way through the palate with dark fruits, oatmeal, coffee, chocolate, and a tinge of sweetness. Southern Tier does a great job with their seasonal bottles and this is one that I think goes above and beyond the expectations. Great beer!

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

Oat's an impressive dark mahogany color. There's very little light getting through at the edges giving it some garnet highlights. It's nearly black. A creamy tan head stands two fingers tall on top. It stuck around quite a while and left thick waves of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

One whiff reveals a ton of roasted malts. Smells delicious. A healthy mix of chocolate malts is in play and gives it a sweet smell. To a lesser degree, there's some coffee or espresso, molasses, and a hint of black licorice. Those secondary elements add a ton of character to Oat. It's very deep and will leave and stout fan salivating.

The nose is very indicative of what's to come and the flavor is no let down. This is a massively malted, ass-kicking oatmeal stout. Roasted malts are the primary feature and kick it off very well. Chocolate malts follow and add a declicious, sweet milk chocolate flavor. The most artful part of Oat is the light coffee flavor. It complements the malt flavors extremely well and will act as a tractor beam for any coffee fan. There's a little molasses, black, licorice, and vanilla to broaden the scope. Alcohol is noted, but is deceptive. I wouldn't have guessed it's nearly as strong as it is. Finishes sweet.

The body is medium, trying to be thick. It's smooth and appeasing, but is ultimately a little too thin. Carbonation is light and spot-on. Just a little more body. I'm actually shocked that it feels so thin given the abundance of malt. Drinkability is good, but a little limited. Despite it's deceptive nature, it's limited by its strength. My bottle indicates 11% abv. That's big.

Southern Tier's got a big time winner with Oat. I had moderate expectations, but it blew past them. I was slightly let down by the recent Krampus and Iniquity releases, but this one's easily better. It's everything anyone could want in a big Oatmeal Stout. The only gripe I have is that it doesn't feel as big as it is. Beef up that body a little. Nonetheless, this is one monster stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mentor
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours almost no head. Thin ring of light borwn tiny bubbles. Pitch lquid. Smells caramel and roast. Grassy hoppy and alcohol edgy.

Tastes thick sweet with strong hop grassya nd noticable alcohol burn. Carbonation is much stronger in the mouth than during the pour. Malt flavor is burnt and some coffee. Hopsa are grassy and blend with a vodka-like alcohol. Some hop blackberry flavor, so I'd guess Norther Brewer. Syrupy sweet aftertaste with some rubbing alcohol. Thick body. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have eagerly looked foward to sampling the third of Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. The talent these guys exibit in their brews have quickly made them one of my favorites.
Appearance is a glass devoid of any light! Pitch, utter black. As expected from the mind-blowing 248 Lovibond on the side. Suprisingly foamy tan head from a beer this big. Goregeous tan oat colored head.
Smell is creamy chocolate, coffeea, lactose-like sweetness, hops in there provide a ever-so-light yet perfect amount of citric balance. A wonderful oaty mustiness backs in the complexity. It isn't a coffeeish as Jahva, not as chocolaty as Choklat, a seemingly perfect blend of the two, all with that great "oatiness". As with it's Blackwater brothers, aromatically Im debating a near-perfect score.
The flavor I am experiencing now is one of those to laugh over...because it's so damn good. This tastes like a oatmeal blender mix of coffee, chocolate, espresso, cream, all with a suprisingly delicious lightness on the finish, with a long lingering espresso-cocoa-oatmeal taste. It's a perfect blend of Jahva and Choklat-Choklava if you will-I think the giddiness is going to my head. Raisins, vanilla, bitter maltiness, earthy grains all mesh with a extremly light yet appropriate amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is everything I could ask for-rich, full, creamy, yet finishes cleanly, lingers around for a while.
As with Jahva and Choklat, Oat is the perfect liquid embodiment of it's name. It's oats, cocoa, malt, coffee in perfcet balance. I really can't get over the great actual musty oat flavor in the beer. Same as the other two in the series, I couldn't ask for a more perfect beer based on the one-word name. Southern Tier has astounded me time and time again, and I am scoring based not only on the pure enjoyment I experienced form this beer, but my admiration for the talent of these guys as hopeful future brewer myself. Prost!

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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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