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 largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights, slight opacity. The head falls after a few minutes, residing to a small ring.

Smell: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, subtle alcohol. Not a ton of depth here, but it's a nice bold aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel: Chocolate, cream, molasses; definitely on the sweet side, though burnt bitterness is ample as well. Rich, creamy and full-bodied - they must have used a ton of oats in this stuff. Carbonation is low, further contributing to the silky texture. The finish does little to hide the high alcohol, leaving a boozy astringency on the back of the throat.

Notes: Nice stuff, but perhaps a bit too strong for its own good - the noticeable alcohol adds a harsh edge to a style that I prefer to be smooth and mellow.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If Choklat is a milkshake, than Oat is its chocolate milk cousin. This beer is similar in many ways including appearance and smell but the taste is whole chocolate milk with a helping of oatmeal. Fantastic stuff.

The drinkability is also pretty darn impressive for such a thick beer. I had to slow myself down just to savor it. I'll be definitely going back to pick up a few more of these as I think I like this better than Choklat.

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Photo of jmalex
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged about 8 months, this is the first of a line of Southern Tier bombers I'll be drinking in the coming week.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a thick, motor oil black. A grayish, dark tan head forms on top but is quickly gone leaving only a thin collar and small patch of foam.

SMELL: The aromas aren't particularly intense but come out more as the beer warms. A standard combination of coffee and dark chocolate (with an emphasis way to the chocolate side) is accompanied by the slightest alcohol bite. Nice.

TASTE: Wow, this beer is just all silky chocolate the entire way through. It's not even the most chocolaty beer that Southern Tier makes, but don't let that fool you. This is one luxurious brew. The slight alcohol twinge comes out on the finish, but it actually gives the beer a little more complexity - something it could use more of.

MOUTHFEEL: There no doubt the oats are at work here, as this is one smooth beer. The carbonation is very, very low.

DRINKABILITY: It drinks pretty well, but even after 8 months, the alcohol still intrudes a little bit. That said, what a smooth, silky beer!

Southern Tier sure knows how to make extreme beer. I'll likely look for this whenever it comes out again.

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark tan head; not much retention, but it leaves a nice leg.

S: Chocolate, molasses, dark bread, spice, sherry & some fusil alcohol.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, dark bread, nuts, light spicing; good bitterness, alcohol is warming (though I wouldn't have thought it was THAT high!).

M: Thick body is smooth & creamy, with the oats really cutting the roasted acidity.

D: Fairly drinkable considering its strength.

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

Huge thanks to Tayner for the chance to try this beer.

A- Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with very little light making it though. Very light lacing on the head.

S- Sweet malts, oats, caramel, and chocolate are prevalent on the nose of this beer.

T- Very syrupy with a powerful flavor of malt and oats. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee are noticeable in this beer also.

M- Very thick and viscous. Not overly carbonated though.

D- This is a powerful brew. You wouldn't be able to drink a ton of this but it is very tasty and flavorful. Exactly what I have come to expect from Southern Tier.

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Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with no apparent edges topped by fine, dark brown foam that settled to a thin ring that lasted to the end. Some streaky lacing. Rich aroma - nutty and roasted with chocolate and caramel notes, lots of malt and a bit of alcohol. Strong bitterness barely provided balance with the huge malty sweetness. The alcohol really helped reign in the malt too. Quite roasty with lots of chocolate and caramel, grainy and malty with a hint of licorice. Thick and creamy texture with lots of warmth (a bit on the hot side actually). Good stuff. It seems like a good candidate for aging, especially if the alcohol cools down a bit.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #300 poured into Duvel tulip glass. . .

Appearance is a dark dense brown/black hue, thick creamy tan head dissipates to a thin ring, watery lacing quickly descends

Smell is dominated by big malts ranging from caramel to bread and roast, dark fruits, big stiff alcohol presence, tones of chocolate, grassy hops, and molasses

Taste opens with roasty chocolate malts, high alcohol presence, and brown sugar, transitions to oatmeal, coffee, dark fruit, and bitter hops, finishes with booze and syrupy sweet molasses

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and chewy texture with a burning alcohol sensation, prickly and lively carbonation

Drinkability is moderate, hampered by a big alcohol presence (11%abv), but overall great malt profile with a range of complex flavors that will beat you up if you don't watch it, another solid beer from ST!

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

Black water series. Southern tier always goes big for their beers and this is certainly no exception.

A: The beer pours a dark cola color with a creamy off tan cherry head.

S: A huge citrusy aroma fills the nose from the Chinook hopping.

T: The malting is very big, and roasted with a huge creamy mouthful from the oats. There is some sugary sweetness from the malt, sweet chocolate, cocoa, plums and a huge chocolately roast finish and fade. wow. There is some dark fruit upon warming, some fresh coffee grinds, licorice, sticky oats, and a touch of molasses sweetness.

M: The texture is very creamy and sweetness is balanced well with the pungent Columbus hops.

D: 11% abv goes down almost to easy for a beer of this nature and proportions? Drinkability is therefore limited to one but drinks like a full meal. A definite high recommend.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black, black oh so black with a mocha tan head that left some thick lacing. The smell is a little sweet fruit over dark chocolate and double shot of espresso. The taste is very intense and there is a lot going on. The dark choco and espresso is right up front with some dark fruits and a little boozy barrel aged aftertaste. The alcohol wasn't overpowering but this did taste a little like bourbon. It makes it even more amazing. The mouthfeel was very thick and chewy which made it more of a sipper but was still drinkable and I could definitely do another bottle.

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

What a black beauty of a pour, and with such a surprising frothy tan head too! Brew is leaving a sheet of lace in my Bitburger pilsner mini-glass. Very good start.

Then, the blast of a chocolate malt in the aroma, pop of coffee. But that's nothing as the quaff settles in for a mouth-stay. Good grief, so rich and creamy, even some anise. This thing could pass for an death Oaty, or a double coffee stout, or a fine RIS. Gritty texture, but such a smooth finish. No trace of the hammer time 11%

Hells bells, it would make for a great dessert beer,

What a great brew sent by Hojaminbag, in a very nice trade.

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Photo of Risser09
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fall 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a brown head that is 1" tall. The bubbles burst rather quickly. Swirling leaves ample lace on the glass.

Smell: Strawberry twizzlers. Big time. Dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet caramel. The aroma is very intense and sweet.

Taste: Espresso, honey, floral hops, dark chocolate. Lots of intense flavors of fruit such as cherry, figs, plum, and perhaps even some orange. Quite complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chewy with plenty of big body. This beer loves to settle in the mouth and slip down the throat. It's quite viscous and coating like cough syrup. This beer doesn't feel like it is 12.5& alcohol, which is rewarding.

Drinkability: Very nice and quaffable on a cold evening. Bready and chewy. Complex enought to finish a bottle yourself. Not as good as BORIS though. =-0

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

The beer poured a darker black with a small brown head.

The aroma had a pretty big up-front molasses aroma with roasted malts, caramel, and some faint vanilla were also there. The high alcohol helped carry the aroma.

The flavor of the beer was pretty heavy on the roast and molasses. This beer was full of intense blackstrap molasses, deep roasted malts, vanilla, and sweet caramel malt. The hops provided a sturdy bitterness that complimented the sweetness.

The mouthfeel was thick and heavy. It really coated my mouth with a big layer of flavor. The carbonation was medium and appropriate for an imperial stout. Drinkability was slightly hampered by the heavy mouthfeel, but still a very nice sipping beer.

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Photo of SAS
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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 JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 brought over by my trading partner SAS .. My share from my New Belgium snifter.

Looks thick even in the pour .. Black brew with a nice cap of tan head.. no lacing, but a firm collar.

Dark malts and dark fruits .. with coffee and whiffs of milk chocolate .. lite spicy hop notes.

Flavor is dark malts up front .. chocolate .. everything melds perfectly .. nothing is overpowering but instead is incredibly well meshed. Very smooth mouthfeel.. thick with a moderate carbonation ..

Viscous and boozy as it warms .. certainly a sipper .. certainly an excellent brew.

Thanks Steven for providing a great beer for our mini tasting.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with no light penetrating even the edges of the glass. The smallish coffee colored head recedes to a ring quickly, leaving huge swathes of tan lace behind. An explosive charge of chocolate milk syrup, dark roast coffee, toffee and hop bitterness fills my nostrils. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing for the ABV. Thick, rich chocolate flavors fill the first sip. Espresso beans, maple syrup, kahlua cream and some lemon notes abound. Alcohol adds a pleasant heat, truly understated. the mouthfeel is very thick and silky smooth with light carbonation. The finish is high in hop bitterness as well as milk chocolate flavors, and lasts forever.

This is an astoundingly delicious stout. Very rich and robust, yet it belies its high ABV. Try this beer.

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

Consumed 03/18/08.

A moderate pour generates a slightly-less-than-one-finger brown head. The head disappeared completely within one minute. Beer itself is a clear midnight brown (I saw bubbles rising in it under intense light).

Aroma is strong, with sweet pitted fruit being the dominant note with some chocolate in the background.

Mouthfeel is velvety and thick, though not coating. There is a slight dryness at the end of each taste.

Flavor... where to begin? Big, big palate on this one. First comes the mildly bitter roasted malt character, followed by sweet dates/raisins. Alcohol heat follows and there's even a subtle hint of mint (?!?). Funny, I don't really taste any oats...

Not a gulper, this is one substantial beer and needs to be savored slowly and with respect to its alcohol content. My only nit to pick might be its lack of carbonation; on a nitro pour, this would be the absolute bomb.

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Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is now 11% ABV.

The colour is black with a dark gold edge. There is almost no head at all. The liquid is clear.

The smell is much matured with the expected notes of raisins, roasted nuts, some alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and black coffee.

The full bodied taste includes flavours of strong coffee, roasted nuts, some meat and stock cube, rolled oats/oat porridge/oat cookies. Somewhat sweet malty flavours. It develops into a mildly sweet flavour with hints of blackcurrant and roast beef. The long aftertaste is quite sweet with notes of mild coffee and dark chocolate.

The carbonation is mild, the liquid is mid-thick.

Another bold and balanced "big beer", not bad at all.

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

Midnight black body without a highlight, topped by two inches of light brown (way past tan) froth with milk shake texture. Good lacing quickly evident.

Strong, potent aroma of roast coffee and dark fruits.

The beer smashes across the tongue, leaving havok in its wake. This is a good thing. Rich dark fruits floating in a rushing river. An undercurrent of coffee. A pleasant warming but no alcoholic burn. A gentle sandpapering by the oats, rounding off the rough edges. Chocolatly finish.

Rich slick smooth mouthfeel. Great drinkability for an imperial stout this big.

Another great bomber from Southern Tier. Seek it and its brothers out.

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Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber ordered from Archer Liquors
Pours dark black with a small tan head that doesn't last even with a violent pour. Smell is of marshmallows, oat, chocolate and a lot of alcohol coming through in the way of acetone, almost. Taste is creamy, smooth, and oily with a great carbonation level. More oatiness, chocolate, roast malt and marshmallowy goodness, but again the alcohol is huge, and is the only thing that keeps this from being awesome in my mind. If they scaled it back to maybe 8-9% or hid it better I'd love this stuff, but as hot as it is, It was just an enjoyable one time beer for me.

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Photo of baggio
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with BA Bark at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.

A: Black as in a black hole. Slight golden edge and no head.

S: Raisin, Chocolate, Grain, Coffee

T: Chocolate, Brown sugar, Espresso, Alcohol, Oatmeal

M: Smooth and luxurious.

D: This is a sipper for sure...and a great one at that.

Wow. This was the final beer during an night of alot of impressive beers. This was damn smooth and filling and a perfect nightcap. Higly recommended.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a light brown (darker than tan) head. Aromas of bacon fat and the kitchen at my local pub. Tastes oily and sweet with a deep rich malted milk flavor. Not so much roast as a deep caramelized malty syrup. Well balanced in terms of alcohol, hops, and dark malty flavors. Full body and a used motor oil finish. I enjoyed it with four other people, so it never had a chance to get cloying. Beers of this pugnacious character ought not to be consumed in excess of eight ounce servings - for professional reasons, not masculine issues.

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

22 oz. bomber purchased at Palisades Liquor in Jersey City.

A- An extremely black motor oil colored liquid. Hardly any head, but a small thin head coated the top of the pour.

S- Smell was of marshmallow and vanilla- throw in some coffee.

T- Taste was very sweet. Think vanilla, oatmeal, faint hops, chocolate malt, and alcohol (although it was VERY faint). Surprised by how savory this brew was.

M- Thick and sticky. Coated my lips. Dryed out my mouth. Burned my throat. TASTED GOOD.

D- Crazy high drinkability for such a high ABV. This is hardly noticable in the nose and the same with the taste- be careful as this can really creep up on you.

I really like this one from Southern Tier.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Deep black under a medium sized brown head. Very little retention, no lace.

S: Very sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, a little smoke. Pretty nice aroma.

T: Nice sweetness, roasted malt is very subtle until the very last instance where the beer finishes with a moderated roasted bitterness. Nice sweet chocolate through out that lingers around. Sweet fruitiness character as well. Ever so slightest of a hint of alcohol. Really great tasting.

M/D: Big full body, a little silky, mild carbonation. Alcohol done very well and the big sweet finish is good. Drinkability is fine. Big alcohol and big body make it a sipper but man does it taste good.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Perfect black beer with a small tan head but no real lacing. Head goes away fairly quickly to nothing.

s: Nose is sweet caramel malt and spicy dried fruit, a touch of alcohol, and light roasted malt.

t: Explosion of flavor - smooth caramel malt up front, very sweet and candy-like. Moves nicely into roasted chocolate malt, then bitters nicely into a mild hop finish. Very light alcohol presence that shows up towards the back, but its hidden well in some nice dried fruit (maybe prunes). A nice underlying chocolate sweetness that really warms and provides a perfect base for the flavor. A truly excellent flavor that mellows nicely into smooth oatmeal and coffee towards the end.

m: A perfect creamy body and excellent carbonation. Perfect for a stout.

d: Overall, this is really a fantastic beer. I prefer it to the slightly overwhelming Choklat which was also delicious but maybe a little tougher to drink.

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