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.

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Photo of ralree
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml bottle, 11% ABV.

A: Black as night with a deep brown 1/2 finger head. Head retention decent. I'm a little disappointed about the size of the head.

S: Deep black chocolate with hints of alcohol and caramel. Roasting smells good - not burned. Maybe some coffee. A very sweet and delicious aroma.

T: Rich chocolate malt flavor with a pinch of coffee. Backed up by a nice mild hop flavor and some bread notes. Alcohol stays long after swallowing. A little too much alcohol in my opinion.

M: Creamiest beer i've ever tasted. Very carbonated - burns the tongue a little. Slightly astringent. Heavy-bodied and syrupy. Creaminess comes along with an oily mouthfeel after swallowing.

D: Hard to drink - I can't say it's refreshing either. It's so thick that you basically have to be hungry to drink it. I'll finish it, but it's going to take me a while, and I think I'll be REALLY drunk at the end.

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

22oz bomber, '07 release, served in a tulip glass.

A - dark black with a deep tan head that all but disappeared after a while, no lacing.

S - licorice, espresso, roasted malt.

T - all of the above and then some, abv is well hidden in taste.

M - full bodied, thick and rich.

D - damn good Imperial Stout.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased at Sam's in downers grove and lugged back to madison after a week on a tri-state tour

appearance: pours into a snifter, dark mahogany body with a light tan ring but not much in the way of head....probably the first imperial stout i have had in a while but it has turned quite chilly lately and i need to know if i need to buy more of this beer

smell: big big nose, chocolate malt, huge dark chocolate nose, licorice, lots and lots of oats, green hops definitely back there...hell of an aroma on this one

taste: this thing is a dark chocolate bomb, thick roasted malts, fudge, black licorice, vanilla and cream, hazelnut, oatmeal, char, hops provide a mildly bitter feel, alcohol is pretty well masked...a very enjoyable stout here

mouthfeel: smooth but with bitterness

drinkability: pretty good

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

Fall 2007 Release.
It's puddle-of-spilled-ink appearance is belied by the mulberry hints at its edges (and throughout it's surprisingly clear body when held to a strong light). A thin mocha-brown lid lazily rises and falls and fades away.
Boldly fragranced of chocolate syrup and port, almost at the exclusion of all other things, but a vague vanilla bean essence creeps out with time, along with kilned tobacco, maple, leather, and hazelnut. Tracers of smoked meat arrive as it warms.
Across the tongue, it's striking how un-roasted it intitally presents. Granted, there are brief coffee bean flourishes, but this is a far cry from the burnt-black quadruple espresso tire-fires of some Imperial Stouts. Fudge is preeminent, lasting, and deep. Molasses is secondary, for a moment, then eventually usurps fudge for dominance. In union, the two are iron-fisted in their rule....or possibly ham-fisted. Maple and hazelnut and vanilla flavors are interwoven, but basically drowned out. Plum and black currants reside in the later portions, seeming to preclude a sherry-like alcohol note that never arrives. While this smells vinic and alcoholic, those are lost in the translation into the mouth. Oats are too frail and slight a flavor to carve out a niche in this cluttered biosphere, even though I'm sure they are used by the shovel-full. There's a creamed sweetness that hints at them, but I'm not so sure, as it seems more tied to the S. Tier house yeast. For those searching for Oatmeal like it's Waldo; it probably best viewed as a vague flakiness in the back of the mouth upon the swallow. Hops, too, are relocated to the fringes contributing only a basically illusory sense of wintergreen and a drying algae brown-greenness.
While oatmeal is essentially shut out of the flavor, it shows up in feel. Adding spun-silk to a puddle of syrup, it lubricates the virtually flat liquid and sends it careening through the mouth and gullet. For as strong and heartily flavored as this is, it's near incredulous to drink this so effortlessly...and quickly.
This is well-integrated and structured for a recently-released big stout. It's doesn't need time to assemble itself. In fact, I'd drink it now. It's not seemingly bottle-conditioned and just doesn't seem like cellaring would benefit it.
All told, this is very good, and probably about step away from the Rapture.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle marked 11%ABV.
Poured into a 16 ounce snifter glass

A - Hard pour causes a big cascade effect. Finishes with a completely black liquid topped with two fingers of tan head. Head shrinks but remains present and leaves some lace rings to remember it by.

S - Some chocolate and coffee aromas have a grainy smell leading them.

T - Very smooth, very nice bitter stout with some sweetness coming through. A bit of coffee flavor in there. Alcohol is masked well behind a sweet flavor. Oatmeal contributes perhaps more to the aftertaste, when you get a bit of a grainy flavor left behind.

M - A nice thick, coating feel for this one.

D - Can't stop sipping this one. Really kind of dig that oatmeally flavor that seems to come around only in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a burnt dark black completely opaque shields all and any pigment from the visible light spectrum forms a large thicket of mocha tan head leaves light even lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma is full of burnt roasted malts with dark chocolate cream accented notes with alcohol and ripened fruit blended in. Soft sweet oatmeal girth and a deep herbal minty hop profile express themselves as well. Roasted malt alcohol burn with a chocolate liqueur quality upfront herbal bitterness heavy sweetness raisin and plum galore, as it warms flavors rush the palate even more I have loved every Blackwater Series offering this one is no different loads of flavor oatmeal added with brown sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is full bodied syrupy thick ass texture, a beer I can definitely bite into carbonation is even carries this heavy body pretty well. Drinkability is great a whole 22oz is my limit but I’m willing to share this one next time around, although I might have to track down a whole case.

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

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Brewed Fall 2007.

Silky, almost syrup-like opaque molasses in color. Quarter-inch high, creamy tan head that falls to a whispy sheet. A few spots of dimpled lacing, but not much.

Rich, malted barley with dark chocolate and peat-smoke aromas. Spicy, floral hops that impart touches of licorice, espresso, and hazlenut. Hints of deep, warming alcohol.

Slick, deep malt flavors: milk and dark chocolate, mocha. Clean, grain-filled rolled oats. Moderate flavors of peat with an intensely rich, semi-sweet alcohol component. At mid-sip, the floral hops blend well with the residual coffee and chocolate flavors.

Full in body; smooth and creamy, however the alcohol intensity gives this rich stout an overwhelming slickness.

This concoction is a battle between chewy, roasted flavors of an Oatmeal Stout and a high octane Strong Ale. Pleasant at times, but unfortunately the abv is too intense even for the Oat's deep, roasted characteristics.

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

Bomber bottle, the etched on the bottle label says this one was brewed in the "fall of 2007"....fresh is good. Pours black and thick, carbonation is fairly low as a vigorous pour only lifted a very minor dark tan film. NIce ringed, fine bubble sheeting. Nose just mildly of some sweetness and then some roasty malts. Nice sipper, plenty of roasted malts, cafe au lait, and hints of smokey, earthyness. The finish here goes on and on, sliky smooth, subtle sweetness, hints of tropical fruits, yeah I taste em...Rich and viscous, more quality, COMPLEX beer from Southern tier. Well done.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an absolute onyx black with a nice dark brown one finger head that slowly dies down to a thin layer that stays. Stickiness is great, lots of legs holding on all over the sides. Smell is a bit too much in terms of alcohol. Very strong, almost vodka like odors with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. Some sweet oats in the nose as well, but not as much as I would like. Taste is a very dry wood like oat flavor. Super dark french roast coffee flavors mixed with a tiny hint of caramel. A bit of alcohol can be detected on the tongue, but not nearly as much as the smell would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel is not as full as I had anticipated, but still quite thick and chewy with a fair amount of carbonation. I definitely love my Oatmeal Stouts, but this was a bit too much for me, still a very solid brew all around. Southern Tier continues to pump out huge beers, add this one to that list.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. The beer is very dark, with just a small hint of light around the edge coming through as a deep deep ruby. A finger of solid milky tan head sits over top and there is a moderate carbonation working up the sides of my glass. I really like the compactness of the foam on this one. The aroma is solid ashy roast with a prevalent oat character with an undertone of solid pine and chocolate, with some fruity esters playing in there as well. It feels just a tad light to me, as I was expecting more force in the smell. The flavor is interesting. I get a strong pine hop and alcohol infusion that blends into a creamy oat that goes to a deep roast that gives ash impressions. It crescendos again with pine hop and a strong but pleasing bitterness. The flavor is bold, with a good bit of complexity. No flavor sticks around too long. I would like to see the alcohol flavors blend better, but I think some time will help that out. Mouthfeel is very thick and a bit slick. This one is distinctly drying to the sides of my tongue. Carbonation is very fine and bubbles are small. This is an enjoyable brew. The alcohol character seems to be settling in a bit as it warms. I think the pine hop is a little strong overall, but again, this would settle in as it ages. I think this one will only get better with age.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap for the first time at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a viscuous looking black, with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite complex with aromas of licorise (quite a bit in fact), coffee, burnt sugar and band aides. If anything the beer is even more complex on the palate, with flavors of sweet cherry cough drop (to the point where the beer is almost cloying), coffee, chocolate, licorise and spearmint. The beer has a pretty good mouthfeel, though the sweetness and abv. are almost overpowering. This is a very good beer, but it's not really very drinkable. A little bit goes a long way and I can't imagine trying to drink a pint of this stuff. Nevertheless, an impressive effort from Southern Tier.

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

Pours an opaque black with 2 fingers of chocolate milk head that dies slow. Smells of chocolate notes with roasted malt. Tastes of licorice, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. Feels full in the mouth and finishes with a bitterness. A GYNORMOUS and tasty brew indeed though it tastes a little hot right now. A little age would do this one wonders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of jaxon53
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a while for this monster and now it's finally here. Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a magnificent midnight black. About as black as black can be. About two and a half fingers of dense, coffee brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head hung around for quite a while leaving plenty of lace all the way down the glass. Awesome nose on this one! Plenty of chocolate, and coffee like aromas up front, smokey roasted malt, oats, and maybe a bit of vanilla. A little bit of booze was noticeable in the nose as well. This beer was also an explosion of flavor. Tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted toasted malt, and a bit of hops in the background. Had a little bit of smoke and molasses in the finish. The eleven percent ABV was quite boozey and left a quick burn in the throat, but does fit in nicely in the beer. Mouthfeel was oily, thick and almost chewey. Pretty much how any big stout should be. Awesome drinkability despite the high ABV, but it will sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Probably ranks near the top of my list as far as stouts go.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's just dark black with a little brown creeping in around the edges. Very little head at all short of a thin collar.

Smells of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with a delicate backing of booze that tries to pass itself off as ginger.

Tastes powerfully of milk chocolate and a touch of maple syrup along with a concoction of ambiguous fruits (raspberry?) that's held at bay by a finely roasted coffee. This then shifts more towards the coffee that brings with some delicate dryer chocolates. This finishes mouth-puckering dry, which is quite a surprise considering the ABV with a touch of sticky maple syrup to keep things in check.

Feels quite viscous with only a smattering of carbonation that leaves a slight film in my mouth.

Not a bad brew at all, but the dryness was hard to deal with.

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Photo of bort11
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirok1999 for this one.

22 oz silk screened bottle, stating brewed fall of 2007. Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Dark tan colored that only stands up about a 1/4 inch, but that is to be expected for a beer of this ABV. Slowly recedes to a sticky ring.
Smell is sweet and chocolatey with a boozy burn. Taste is like a chocolate malt with some extra oomph. Sweet and creamy like a good oatmeal stout. Has some nice spicy notes in the back from the hops. Chocolate/toffee flavors from the malt is the dominate flavor.
Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Very pleasant alcohol burn. I feel it in my chest. I'm done for the night after one, but I feel really good about it. To bad this is no longer available.

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Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Black Water series of big beers from ST,11% ABV per label.Poured an opaque black with a thinner deep mocha colored head atop that left a half ring around my Guinness pint glass.Deep bitter chocolate and espresso coffee in the nose that brought on a bit of earth and fruitiness very deep and entrenched "dark" aromas,pretty much perfection on the palate deeply roasted and rich flavors bitter chocolate and molasses dominates up front with a bit of vanilla and dark roast coffee and wood hovers, a big earthy almost leafy presence shows up in the finish.Complex and well rounded the alcohol begins to show some heat after a bit but never intrudes on the flavors,kick ass new "big one" from Southern Tier wich I expected.

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Photo of shirfan
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, warm tan head bubbles up an inch or so before receding to a thin layer of lace.

Sweet aroma of smoke, bratwurst waiting to be grilled, mild sour milk. Quite an "organic" aroma.

Taste is sweet with seductive hints of toffee, chocolate milkshake, latte, and dark but not bitter malts.

If I could give mouthfeel a 6.0, I would. Ridiculously smooth, soft, creamy, mousselike. Beyond exceptional -- sublime.

A mild dose of hops kicks into the finish along with nothing more than a breath of alcohol warmth. As others have mentioned, a bottle of Oat will be the perfect beer for the snowy, house-bound nights that are sure to come. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of Fourem
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Cole's

Poured an oily black with a tan head. Lacing all the way to the bottom of the goblet. Smell is sweet and roasty but not too overpowering. Slight sweet caramel flavor with a lingering vanilla, cherries. Very light hop finish with roasted malt all the way home. Chewy body, very nice to sit and sip if it were snowing...
Alcohol is very well hidden in this monster. I cant wait to take some home in the bottle!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
The bottle says 11% ABV
A- This beer pours a jet-black body with a creamy thin chocolate milk colored head. This beer is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- This beer has a dark rich black malt smell with nice complexity and a nice note of cream and dark chocolate malt.

T- This beer has an inky black malt and black roasted grain flavors with a hint of tar and some light bourbon notes. There is also some caramel malt notes with a soft bitterness of grain that lingers briefly after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a silky texture and a light chewy texture as the beer warms.

D- This is a very well built beer with lots of great bold flavor with a nice complexity. It is just delicious. This is a great session beer but at that ABV two is all I can handle before I call it a night.

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

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

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

Pours a thick, black color with a thick and fluffy mocha layer of head that disappears only to leave a faint trace of some lacing along the side. Swirls of brown lacing swim on top of this beer. Smell is dried fruits, black licorice, some dark cocao. Toasted oat malt is present in this one as well, although the traits of an imperial stout seem more present. Taste is rich and full of oat, and dark chocolate with coffee and cream. Slight warming sensation on the chest as this one goes down. The oat malt really makes this a smooth drink in the mouth feeling.

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

Picked up this badboy at the brewery yesterday. Pours a complete black with a nice light brown head that leaves ample lacing throughout session. Aromatic experience is mostly a sweet oaty scent with a nice hop infusion. Taste is sweet with nice oat and chocolate mix, slight caramel lingering with a tinge of alcohol, nothing to frown at. A really nice mouthfeel with perfection soothing every inch of the mouth. Nice and smooth. As the bottle says "A meal in it's self"

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Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, with a large, filmy, light mocha colored head, particularly large for being hand bottled. Aroma very reminiscent of Avery Czar; burnt, slightly vinous, with hints of chocolate, roast and charred fruits and fortunately, not flooded with aroma hops like some Imperial Stouts, making it very nice. Big, full, coating body, again, sensational, especially considering it was hand bottled. Flavor is unbelievably rich, with roast, chocolate blanket, charred fruit, and a light hop finish. Beautiful beer. Thanks to my secret santa, whoever you are.

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Photo of BlastTyrant
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at MacGregor’s in Henrietta, NY 4/22/2005. Aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel, coffee, vanilla, and oak. The flavor does not disappoint. Coffee, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying, probably due to a pretty significant hops flavor. No one element dominated, nicely balanced. Huge bodied. Should be savored, but I drank my first so fast I had to order a second. They REALLY need to bottle this stuff. Outstanding.

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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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