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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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 udubdawg
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Mdog
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, opaque, decent sized head, good lacing.

Smell: Smoky, dark chocolate.

Taste: Rich chocolate flavor. Definite oatmeal, a little bitterness. Really hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: Thick but very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very tasty stuff but a little dangerous in how well the alcohol was hidden.

Very tasty beer to finish off the weekend. I like oatmeal stouts and this amped up the flavor without getting boozy. Really good stuff.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, mocha head. Nose is dark fruits and mild roast. Taste- low roast, plum/prunes, molasses. Finish is very cardboardy, seems as if father time has not been kind as oxidation has settled in. Mouthfeel is thick with the oats leading the way and boozy heat. Drinkability suffers considerable from the booze and oxidized taste. Too had as I had higher expectations.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JohnHoyos
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle bought at Oak Tree Buy Rite during a pilgrimage in October. Bottle says brewed in Fall 2008. I think I paid about $6-7 for it.

Served at about 50 degrees in a Chimay goblet glass.

Opaque black beer with little to no head from a careful pour. Good amount of lacing.

I don't know how to describe the smell other than it smells exactly like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout should smell in my mind.

The front of the mouthfeel had good carbonation with some heat and bitterness. (This sucker is 11%; that's fo sho.) Great smoothness backs the traditional oatmeal taste.

Finishes a little hot, but not overly so for an 11% Imp Stout. It's hard to balance that much heat and Southern Tier did a good job of it. I'd like to see how this beer is after a year or two in the bottle.

Certainly worth the purchase. I'd recommend this to many friends and even a couple of enemies :)

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick black with no head. Nose is of oatmeal, roastiness, and a surprising amount of hoppiness for a stout. Flavor is very unique - a ton of oatmeal flavor (which "oatmeal stouts" usually lack) and good cerealness, balanced with some chocolate malt roastiness and a bit of hop. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, viscous and good. ABV very well disguised make it an easy drink that is damn tasty.

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008. Near black pour, dark cream head lingers momentarily. Roasted malt, grain and coffee aromas. Nice chewy full body. Roasted malts and coffee with chocolate hints, microscopic toffee. Hops are a little more pronounced than I would like. A little bitter in the finish but clean. I could see some aging smoothing this out a bit and bringing out some more sweetness. Pretty straight forward, higher octane oatmeal stout. The Java is better, but this is pretty good as well.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. I might take monthly trips from Portland since Southern Tier is not distributed in Portland OR.

Served at around room temperature in a traditional stout glass.

Smooth pour; head rises slowly then shows off it's chocolate brown color.

Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, and nutmeg.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate , burnt malts, and then finishes with tastes of barley and hops.

I am very pleased with Southern Tiers version of a oatmeal stout.

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

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter. 11%ABV. Brewed fall 08. It ays to serve it in a snifter at 48 degrees F; I'm surprised it doesn't specify the size of the snifter.

Pours obsidian black, without letting any light through even when held up to light. On the first pour a thin brown head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass, and thin wispy swirls sit on top of the surface. The second pour does much of the same, with a head that's quick to build and falls just as fast to another thin rim. Third pour is more of the same. No matter how agressive the pour, I can't get a thick head out of this beer. I believe this is more of a characteristic of the small 8oz glass rather than the beer. Fourth pour I finally got serious and held the beer about 6 inches above the glass, which finally produced a smooth one finger head. It slowly settles to a thicker rim along the glass. (I figure with a pint glass I would have gotten a one or two finger head, but I felt this was more of a sipping beer.) Strings of lacing appear as the beer descends down the glass.

The aroma is a mix of burnt barley, some dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a little bit of molasses. The alcohol comes out a little at warmer temperatures. Once the beer gets to about room temperature there is almost nothing but alcohol in the aroma.

Each sip provides several levels of roastiness. The burnt malts, the black mats, and what I can only assume includes some roated oats. After the bitter malts set up the flavor, the chocolate notes coat the tongue and add a bit of sweetness, then it surrenders to the bitter barley while the sharp hops kick in then slowly take over. Like in any oatmeal stout, the oats smooth out the beer and force in a bit of velvety creaminess that teams up with the light chocolate to barely prevent the bitterness from dominating. Full bodied with a thick oily feel. The alcohol comes through a little, but is well hidden. Some dark fruit flavor emerges as the beer creeps closer to room temperature.

Generally oatmeal stouts are gentle and docile creatures, approachable, and easy going. But Southern Tier has created something very different, that doesn't sit idle in the corner, but attacks every time you come near. Think of it as going to the pet store, expecting to buy a black cat, only to get home and find out that you purchased a malanistic panther. This one steps up the complexity and makes it more of a Russian Imperial Stout with oats, rather than an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Whatever you call it, the burnt flavors along with the sweet chocolate and creamy oats make this an enjoyable beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 22 fluid ounce brown bottle on 04 November 2008. Black color with a brown head. Medium to full body with a chewy mouthfeel. Has a dry bakers chocolate flavor with rich, lingering blackened malt finish. I wish there were more words to describe how great this beer is.

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

Reviewed on 3/29/08. Bottle, 2007 batch. Poured a dark brown, with some nice dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, faint oat. Taste of chocolate (same chocolate malt as in Choklat, tasted like tootsie rolls), dark fruits, alcohol, bitterness. Mouthfeel was thick, sticky, some burn in the finish from the alcohol. I really enjoyed this one!
9/4/8/4/16 (4.1/5)

Update 9/24/08: Batch 2008. Definitely not as good, perhaps it needed some age? Lots of hops and vegetables (asparagus). Only a slight hint of roasty malt goodness. Nothing like the 2007 batch. I didn't change my rating but I am disappointed.

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

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Dark brown/black and viscous. Little to no head. Very 'stout looking' for sure.

S- Raisiny and plum like, chocolate, and light alcohol in the aroma.

T- Still carries over from the nose with raisins, chewy dates, and alcohol. Very warming for sure.

M- Thick and chewy. Relatively high carb sting on the tongue.

D- Rich and sweet; maybe a good night cap. Not my favorite stout from these guys, but not bad.

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Photo of froghop
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a thin khaki head, and some lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, vanilla, and graham cracker.

taste is thick, smooth, chocolate, nuts, espresso, oatmeal, vanilla, and some licorice, a sourness to it, ends a little dry and bitter.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet, generous tan head and black body, no light coming through.
S: Smells of dark roasted malts. Also milk chocolate and molasses.
T: Similar to the smell, chocolate and molasses. A bit of smokiness and the dark maltiness is definitely present. Also has the really sweet fig-molasses sweet kick at the end that most imperial stouts I've tasted have.
M: Smooth, rich and heavy.
D: Wow didn't realize it was 12.5% until I started rating it. Drinks just like any other stout to some extent--the alcohol isn't overpowering, but the taste, especially the sweet kick at the end keep it from being a great session beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black wih a coffee colored head. Malty aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Lots of oatmeal and roasted chocolate maltiness i the flavor as well as a noticeable alcohol warmth. ABV not very well masked.

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Photo of deereless
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhat viscous looking as evident from the pour, spirals of creamy foam on top, only a hint of light passes through the beer along the top of the glass, the color of an eight-ball - 4.50, S: I'm catching whiffs of the beer from two feet away, thick and malty, smells almost like a dark molasses, a nice hop aroma that manages to get through the heavy malt - 4.25, T: Quite dry on the tail of the beer, touches of the fine coffee grounds that you find at the bottom of the pot, extremely sweet, hints of rum soaked raisins - 4.25, M: Heavy and creamy - 4.50, D: This is my ninth beer of Southern Tier's Imperial series and like almost all of them, I think they've done an impressive job, I seek their Imperial beers out - 4.50

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Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11% listed on bottle. I miss the silk-screened bottles Southern Tier were doing, but at least they still have the unique, classy look. But how does the beer look? It's dark chocolate black with highlights like red wine. Head is thin and thins further to a nice brown crown.

Aroma is that of just about any well-made American stout. Roasty/toasty, hints of chocolate and coffee. Earthy, grainy. A little mineral in there. Some alcohol comes through with warming, giving it an almost liqueur type nose.

Flavor brings on a mildly spiced chocolate front and center. I'm thinking the spice essence is actually coming from the 11% ABV, which is otherwise not even detected. It's got the big gooey feel to it, in flavor and texture, of a big-big stout, balanced by a soft, luxurious earthiness and slick, smooth mouthfeel. The wonderful chocolate flavor keeps coming in waves, like a gourmet hot chocolate, with hints of coffee/mocha, graham cracker, licorice, molasses and a hop bitterness that almost gets swallowed by the seductive, rich flavors. Yum, yummy and holy shit this is yummy.

Oat is absolutely wonderful. Strap a feedbag to me like the horse on the label, fill it with Oat, and I'll be good. Southern Tier generously throws a lot of ingredients into their "bomber" beers, and combined with talent and vision, it results in incredible beers like this. These guys can brew a mean stout, and this is one of their best beers overall. Hail.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and grain. Coffee and chocolate are definitely present along with some noticeable oatmeal, definitely more so that traditional oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is good, though I would prefer it to be a little heavier.

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Photo of awall422
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

almost pitch black with a finger of tan head that disappears quickly. faint aroma of dates and molasses. taste is fairly sweet with some nice roastiness in the background and a nice bite on the swallow. alcohol is well masked. mouthfeel is creamy and quite rich.

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Photo of beckje01
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black as night with no head and its a very still beer.

S- Very malty with a little hint of coffee.

T- Nice malt some coffee a dry middle to end. The dryness really makes the taste enjoyable.

M- Nice thickness and carb.

D Drinkable and nice but a touch dry overall, while it helps the taste the overall experience isn't great.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on pour, minor tan ring around the glass with an aggressive pour. Alcohol and malts on the nose, nice heavy stout flavors on the tongue. A slight different flavor with the oat malts, but defiantly good. As it warms, all the excellent flavors come out, easy to drink. Excellent big beer. Thanks to Jwale73 for this one.

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Photo of padan7
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperance is it really dark? yep. The way a oatmeal stoudt ris should be. Agressive pour yields about a 2 inch head. It quickly settles back.

smell is happening. I catch coffee and chocolate maybe some fruits as well

taste the coffee really comes through. The booze & the bitter are at the end. Is it yummy? Why yes! Is it boozy? Why yes!

mouthfeel is slightly oily but very nice.

drinkability is dangerous. I could drink a bomber myself but that could get ugly. Without question a beer to drink and stay home.

Overall this is an agressive beer that is not for the prissy. If you like tasty beers that have high octane then rock on.

I was drinking my beer as I wrote the review. My beer is done. Now I am sad.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Grafter
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a tulip from a 22 oz bottle. The appearance is a very black very thin tan head. The aromas are strong chocolate, cherry and alcohol. Taste wise I am not super impressed this is a creamy chocolate back, but the alcohol seems to dominate the flavor for me. This is a sipper I split the 22oz bottle 4 ways and definitely had plenty. I think that a little more time in the bottle might take away a little of the alcohol flavor and mature out th chocolate.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,368 ratings
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