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

Brewed by:
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 sweetbrew82
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ Fall 2008

P: Dark leathery brown from the bottle, and sits obsidian black with very little light streaming in on the edge of the glass. Even with a vigorous pour, there's barely a 1/2 inch head of walnut brown foam that disappears quickly.

A: Deep roasted malts, rich creamy chocolate, rolled oats, a little molasses, and alcohol.

T: Wow! This is amazing! Sweet, roasted malts mix with oats and dark chocolate for a sweet start. Then, blackstrap molasses, currant, and alcohol hit the scene and mingle nicely. Coffee hits on the back-end, and joins the chocolate and booze for a slick & resinous finish.

M & D: Very full-bodied, thick, rich, and luxurious. It's like melted dark chocolate, so slick and smooth. Drinkability is through the roof, even for 11% ABV!

Notes: This is top-notch brew in my book. Insane amount of delicious flavor, enough complexity to keep it interesting, and a mouthfeel that's out of this world! Damn, I wish Southern Tier would expand their distribution out to CA so I could try the rest of their line. If they're anything like this, I would love to have a stockpile in my refrigerator. Highly recommended

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

Pours black with a tan head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Has a sweet, nutty, chocolate smell.

Taste of dark chocolate and espresso. Nice warming alcohol on the back end as it goes down. Very heave mouthfeel that feels great as it wonders and is chewed. Drinkability is amazingly high for a 12.5% ABV. No doubt about it that this one is terrific choice for a cold blustery winter day.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep cola color, no light is getting through this one. A thin mocha layer of bubbles above leaves a few dots of lace, but holds a solid collar.

Aroma - big aromas of roasted grain and coffee, and bittersweet cocoa powder. Rich but not necessarily intense and heavy. Good resilience as the beer sets up.

Taste - huge roasted grain opening, a lucious mouthful of espresso and dark chocolate. Some light char on the swallow enhances the black malts further. The aftertaste is like a shot of straight espresso. Finishes with a smoldering abv warmth and an enticing blend of the roasty grain, chocolate, and rich coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth, restrained carbonation, and a big body. Complements the flavors perfectly.

Drinkability - for an 11% brew, this is unbelievably drinkable. Fresh, it is phenomenal; aged - we'll see, but not anytime soon. A fine beer to toast the Steelers in their Superbowl XLIII win. Well done guys.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, "brewed fall 2008". poured into tulip

opaque black. tan head fades to eisps. lacing doesn't stick.

whiffs of coffee and charred malts. faint vanilla and earthy hop qualities. a bit alcoholic and boozy.

coffee and acidity with grassy hop that is quite bitter and resinous. again, a boozy quality. roasted malts and grain are a bit overpowered by the hops and alcohol.

smooth and syrupy, but finishes with acidity and resinous astringency. moderate carbonation.


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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from big bottle into Duvel glass

Poured jet bloack with light brown foam that I really had to coax out of the bottle.

Smelled of sweet caramel, but not overly present.

Taste: started off slight, hints of caramel that progressed very nicely into a deep roasted coffee/chocoloate combo. Definitely picked up the oats as wll. Late hop bittnerness, but no so much that it dominated the finish.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel

Overall drinkability was quite good - this beer was delicious. Mentally I'd definitely continue on with a second at the conclusion, but this big beer was a tad filling.

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a great trade with spacecoyote. Served at the proper temperature range into a Stone IRS goblet.

A - Pours a deep brown with light tan edges. A vigorous pour produces a 1cm head followed by minimal lacing. Agitation returns a slight foaming that quickly dissipates. A resistant light tan head stays for nearly the whole ride.

S - Lots of dark chocolate... and aha... so that's what oats smells like in a beer! Notes of strong coffee and a hint of anise.

T - Wow, a bit more coffee than expected, followed by loads and loads of dark chocolate. A bitter sweetness says dark fruit. Burnt maltiness and caramel hit the tongue at the finish.

M - Both carbonation and body are mild and well-balanced. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden for such a high abv beer.

D - One will be enough, but it's gonna go quick.

Solid example of the style, and one that I would seek out were it more available on the west coast. ST makes some damn good beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle says it was brewed Fall 2008.
A: Nice opaque black with thin dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Oat and hops hit first...not completely what I was expecting, but nice. Then dark chocolate, malt, and roasted caramel notes. Very nice.
T: Dark coffee notes, herbal hops, oatmeal, and dark baker's chocolate with a dry-bitter finish. Complex with a nice variety and balance.
M: Very smooth with a hoppy alcohol bite at the end. Surprisingly light body.
D: ABV very well hidden. Sure, it's there but it doesn't overpower or make you sip this brew too much. Again, surprisingly light body given the nature/style of this beer. An excellent offering.

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Photo of Dubbercody
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Dark, dark brown with a tan head. Smells very nice, some roast and chocolate scents. Very smooth and a nice balance for bitterness and sweet.

I can't wait till this beer joins the other Southern Tier brews already available here. Nice beer. Worth seeking out .

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Photo of JordanChabot
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is absolutely black with a thin caramel head. The smell is of rich dark chocolate, hickory, and a small hint of dark fruit at the end.
Now to taste. Rich, dry chocolate covers the palate, followed by smoky burnt malt, with a similar bite to scotch ales. If you can stay with me, the mouth feel is very ashy, and has some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol sticks around, but isn't anything too powerful. Sum it up with dried fruit and an unbelievable light clean finish and you have yourself one of the best new imperial stouts I've had the pleasure of consuming. Seems the southern tier is getting raised higher and higher.

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Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a deep black that produced a brown head that retained well and laced the glass nicely

S - Smells like oatmeal, but since I eat it every morning (literally), it might be dominating my sense

T - Like sitting down for breakfast for coffee and oatmeal, but then pouring the coffee in the oatmeal, stirring, and then eating. If that really clears it up, but what can I say, I enjoy both

M - Thick, in the way it sticks to your throat on the way down, with little carbonation

D - Possibly my favorite oatmeal stout, which is why it gets the 5 for taste

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

Shared with BA raznug with doing a Southern Tier tasting.

Pours jet black with light brown/caramel carbonation.

Smells of dark malts with a slight coffee smell as well.

Tastes creamy with nice coffee undertones.

Quite thick on the palette. Just the way a Imp. Stout should be.

Very enjoyable Imp. Stout. Probably my favorite from Southern Tier so far. Bottle says 11% abv, so watch out.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend from Jungle Jim's. Poured into a 22oz Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a late forming light brown head that disappeared relatively quickly into a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the surface. The ring does try to leave some lacing but it slides down the glass instead of sticking.

S: I am having a flashback to drinking Wake and Bake when I smell it. Sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, and what I assume is oats since that same aroma was in Wake and Bake and FBS.

T: I really like this one. I expected more of a coffee or chocolate bomb like Wake and Bake or FBS. This one is much more balanced with the flavors with a hint of an oatmeal flavor seeming to come to the front. The alcohol is present, but just enough to warm you up a bit which is remarkable for a 12.5% brew. Worldwide Stout now has some competition for my favorite stout. Too bad that I keep liking the ones that I can't get in GA.

M: Thick almost doesn't do this one justice. One of those beers that seems almost like you could chew it. Very enjoyable to just roll around on the tongue.

D: Amazingly drinkable for the ABV and the style.

Another brewer that I wish was distributed here in GA. What a great beer.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BREWED Fall 2008

Super dense black colored liquid. Bright light does not penetrate. One-finger head of coffee cream colored foam. Retention is slight. Lacing is good, but spotty.

Huge dark roasted malts come out first. Nice notes of dark chocolate. Roasted oat sweetness. Nothing really overdominant in the nose. Just a nice, smooth, easy roasted smell.

Super big roasted malt flavor. This could be hugely rough and harsh if not for the oatmeal presence. It totally smooths it out and makes it easy drinking bliss. Nice hints of dark chocolate. Very, very slight hint of coffee notes. Slight hints of dark fruits. Very mild vanilla notes. Super mild hops kiss.

Medium bodied and super smooth. Nicely oily. Goes down so easy. Nothing harsh about it at all. The 11%ABV is so totally hidden.

This is an extremely drinkable brew. So super smooth and easy to drink. Highly recommended, if you've not had it, yet.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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 SpecialK088
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma bottle into a wide mouth pint

A-Poured a very deep brown near black, does not competely block out direct light but a nice fluffy head an laces well

S-Rich and very sweet, notes of malt, chocolate and grains all very noticeable and strong. Also get some cherry on a big inhale

T-Much like the nose it is very sweet and all the flavors come out extremly well, no real trace of the grains but the sweet malt and chocolate is supurb with a nice slightly alchololy finish

M-Thick body very complex and well balanced. Exceptionally smooth

D-To sweet for me to drink all the time but would be a good alternitive to not being able to get the creme' brulee very often and is much more drinkable than it.

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Photo of midaszero
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to seaoflament for the bottle

ABV was labeled as 11%

A - Opaque black with two fingers of dark tan head and some pretty good lacing

S - Boozy up front for sure. Roasted malt, chocolate and some

T - Chocolate with some weird sugar sweetness

M - Thick body with medium carbonation. Almost like syrup

D - Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable for the high ABV. But I not what I would expect out of an imperial oatmeal stout

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 xpimptastikx
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to dmeadows for the ST line-up.
Brewed Fall 2007.

A - Pours a thick black syrup. I could barely force a mocha sheet of head.

S - Malt, sugar, and a hint of roast and coffee. Nothing dominates the smell, and the alcohol is present.

T - Pretty tasty. Thick and sweet with hints of chocolate and coffee.

M/D - This is one of the thickest RISs I've seen with a great mouthfeel. Being over a year old it still had decent heat on with the high abv.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who the hell thought filling growlers of this was a good idea?!

Half pour into my DFH goblet, feeling pretty tonight.

First pour a little chilly. A bubbling murky, marshy, cookie dough-colored head. A dense-looking body; rich sateen black paint. Lace drips in even legs, before drying out & getting crusty.

A soft, sugar cookie smell wafts through the immediate area upon pouring. A closer sniff gets my head full of molasses & nougat. Cubes of caramel macerating in kvass, gold rum, & a long spray of aerosol. Deceiving when cold, it gets your nostrils flaring once it gets warm.

Bittergreen hops strike me first. Doughy char. White bread soaking in your glass of Nesquik. Plenty of residual sugars. A coffee ash & a slightly sharp pruney finish, settling with a little of what I hope isn't oxidation(newspapery). Not nearly as complex as the smell led me to believe.

A powdery smoothness going down, but it flares up once you disconnect from the glass. Very tolerable, considering the ABV. Disengaging is difficult. It just flows.

I'm not a Southern Tier groupie, but this beer works on some levels. Price was more reasonable on the jug($14) vs. the $7-8-9 that place places charge for 22oz bottles.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle from fall 2008. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are average. It smells like roasted/burnt malt, coffee, oats, bittersweet chocolate and some molasses. The taste is similar to the aroma, but I also can taste a bit of dark fruit too. Nice mix between sweet and bitter flavors, and it has a dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's rich, smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's very easy and enjoyable to drink even with the high ABV. It's probably a sipping beer, but it was hard for me to enjoy this one slowly since I liked it so much. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sudsdog for this one. This is a Fall 2007 vintage.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter. Beer is pitch black in color without a touch of daylight penetrating. A small, brown head forms. A small amount of lacing is present.

Aroma is alcoholic and chocolatey and quite fruity. A nice, floral hop presence adds another round of fruitiness to the beer.

Quite hoppy and alcoholic. Some smooth coffee and chocolate make their way toward the front of the toungue. Sweet and chewy and very sticky. Licorice and more fruitiness.

Although the alcohol is noticeable and gives a nice warming sensation, the alcohol isnt too powerful or powerful enough to ruin the beer. A beer to be slowly sipped for sure, and one that is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Oat is a deep brown-black ale with a muscovado head that totally dissipates. It has a malty, slightly sweet, aroma. It's a little roasty and maybe a little nutty. Alcohol and butter are detected in the aroma. It is very thick and chewy! It is smooth and of great substance. Wow! Much flavor! It is sweet and boozy. This is a meal. It's very well bittered. Just wow. It's big and overwhelming.
(rated Feb 5, 2008)

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Photo of KeefD
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour, but becomes black in the tulip glass, absolutely no head or lacing. Yeah,it's dark, but there's not much else going for it. Aroma of alcohol, charred barley, light smokiness, and coffee, but it's so light, it might as well not be there. Flavor is smokey, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, nice bitterness, astringent flavors, and alcohol. Big alcohol warming on the tongue and in the throat. This brew is medium bodied and just can't hold up the the high ABV. I'm somewhat disappointed in this beer. Alcohol is out of control. I was expecting a lot more, especially coming out of this brewery.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of vwcraig. Bottle says this was brewed in fall of 2007. It smells like it has held up well, sweet stout notes and a little alcohol. The flavor is some chocolate, more stout, no roast or oat but a good beer nonetheless. The only thing I don;t care for is the high ABV, I prefer beers to be under 10%

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Photo of AltBock
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a black and tan silk screened label of a horse with a feed bad around its mouth. This not your daddy's feed bag. This feed bag has the Southern Tier symbol stamped on it. Since the label was silk screened, that means it's from 2007 or below. The new labels are plastic. There's that and the back of the label says it was brewed in 2007. To the left of the horse is the Government warning and barcode. To the right of the horse is a barn and the usual Southern Tier wealth of information. That means the side of the label lists the beer's specifications, ingredients, proper serving temp, correct glassware, and 3 long paragraphs about the beer. The first paragraph was about the oats and the last 2 were about the beer itself. To be honest, most of it was just gibberish anyway.

Appearance: I took Southern tier's suggestion and poured this Oatmeal Stout into a Snifter, a Maudite Snifter. Out of this bomber bottle came a thick black oily sludge of a beer. I mean "oily sludge" in a good way. You can hold this beer into the light all day long and no matter what, no ray of light will penetrate this beer's thick black body. The color was great and all, but the head of foam wasn't. This head of foam was about 1/2 an inch in height and mocha in color. It was a decent size, but this head of foam only stuck around for about 5 seconds and then it quickly receded into a tiny string of foamy mocha rings and small blots of mocha colored lace. The color was great, but the head of foam needed a little work.

Smell: The aroma was thick and roasted like a good Oatmeal Stout should be. This aroma was thick and roasted with dark roasted malts, a huge amount of roasted and charred oats, a hint of dark roasted coffee beans, a subtle touch of sweet caramel, a few drops of melted bitter dark chocolate, a black cherry or two, roasted peanuts, and a quick splash of roasted hops. This was an interesting aroma. I don't think I've ever had an Oatmeal Stout where I smelled a whole bunch of roasted oats or even roasted peanuts for that matter. I should also mention that these roasted peanuts were on the verge of smelling like peanut butter. That's new!

Taste: Finally, now onto the taste. Well, if it's thick and black in the appearance, thick and roasted in the aroma, that must mean it's going to be super hoppy. Hell No! The taste was thick, chewy, and roasted with some lightly charred oats, dark roasted malts, a drop of sweet caramel, a hint of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, a subtle splash of roasted hops, roasted peanuts, and a touch of alcohol at the finish line. I thought it was funny that a drop of sweet caramel tried to come into this beer and balance out all of the dark roasted flavors contained in this beer. The difference between the roasted taste and aroma was that there was more alcohol in the taste, a little bit more roasted malts in the taste, and the roasted peanuts matured some since the aroma. These peanuts were still not peanut butter just yet, but they were getting there.

Mouthfeel: This was clearly a full bodied dark roasted Oatmeal Stout with a full flavored roasted aftertaste of roasted malts, roasted oats, roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate...you know what? The aftertaste flavors were almost the same as the initial flavors. This just means that the dark roasted aftertaste showed up once more to say their goodbye.

Drinkability: not the most easy drinking Oatmeal Stout out there, but this beer is packed to the ceiling with a ton of delicious roasted flavors. Be careful with this one. It's a sipper. Would I ever drink this Southern Tier beer again. I sure would!

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,369 ratings
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