Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
1,367 Ratings
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 WildTurkey
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to snifter. Cool not cold.

A: Poured thick and smooth. Black, and no visible amber around edges of glass. Thin tan / expresso head - small bubbles. Doesn't last long.

S: Dark roasted malt. Lots of dark fruit then some coffee. A little bit of chocolate and alcohol afterwards.

T: Big malty flavor - with some sweetness upfront. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisins. Followed by some chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness afterwards that seems mild but still comes across balanced with the sweetness. Little bit of alcohol in the finish but not too noticeable.

M: Full body. Very Smooth. Very creamy and it really coats the mouth with each slug. It lingers. This does not seem dry at all in my opinion.

D: Delicious. Great malt sweetness and still very balanced. Very smooth, and the alcohol is well harmonized. Can't tell it has 11% abv. I'm slugging this back.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black and opaque color with a thin mocha head that leaves medium lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malts, oats, light coffee notes and some booze. Smell could be stronger.

Taste starts out with dark malts, charamel, mollasses and little oats and coffee. I also get some nice alcohol warmth in the end.

Body is heavy with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is very sweet and charamel-like with mild bitter notes.

Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

This is a good oat imperial stout but a little too sweet for my palate.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Deep black color with light lacing around the top.

Smell: Oats, barley, and caramel malts present themselves first followed by a sweet dark chocolate scent.

Taste: Buttery and chocolate first with some spicy hops, then a strong alcohol presence. There is a nice alcoholic dark chocolate flavor that seems to linger on the tongue after tasting. The taste and mouthfeel is akin to a quad.

Drinkability: This is something I'd drink while sitting on my couch near a fire while watching a movie. I don't really think this beer would match well with food, it might be something you would drink for desert.

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

From bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a jet black with little carbonation and a small, coffee-tan head. Looks very oily and viscous as it slowly fills the glass.

S: Toasted malts, coffee and alcohol make up the nose. The alcohol is powerful but in no way crowd out the malt's bready profile

T: Coffee and chocolate are the first flavors, followed quickly by the toasted, grainy malts. The brew's backdrop reminds me of whole grain toast. The chocolate tones are a nice surprise as they were barely detectable in the smell. There's plenty of alcohol to warm things up, carrying into a rich and balanced finish.

M: One of the best mouthfeels I've encountered in a stout. Really rich and creamy, almost as if it's been decanted or aerated. There is a lot more carbonation than noticed visually, which nicely cleanses the palate between each sip.

D: Given the brew's amazing balance, you'll find yourself drinking this dangerously fast. None of the flavors dominate one another. Coffee, chocolate, bready malts - all resonate perfectly. The flavors were so good here I never noticed any stout bloat.

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

awesome brew! love southern tier, they make some of the best beers around as far as I'm concerned

a - thick black, little or no head

s - alcohol, chocolate, sweet raisin

t - gorgeously chocolatey, alcoholy with a sweetness that rises to the top of the palate in a smokey finish. balanced bitterness that clings a bit to the tongue

m - smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. full bodied

d - not something I would drink two in a row of, but definitely a great beer for a cold night

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Photo of gordavidson
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle (2007 batch)
11% ABV

A- A deep, dark oily black liquid with no light penetrating the edges. The dark brown head is creamy and thin, but only takes a bit of swirling to bring it back to life. Menacing.

S- Pungent anise, black cherries, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and just the slightest hints of alcohol and soy sauce.

T- Anise, black cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and oats. Extremely strong flavors that blend together outstandingly well.

M- Oily slick with just enough carbonation to keep it almost creamy. The flavors coat the mouth and linger for quite some time.

D- Outlandishly rich and delicious. It has really calmed down over the years. Highly recommended, but be prepared for a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and smoky with an overtone of molasses and a hint of quality coffee. It pours a rich opaque sable, like any good stout, with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some substantial, if not persistent, lacing. Flavor is fabulous - fine roast coffee, sweet chocolate, molasses, and a hint of hops. The sweetness is not cloying or overpowering, and the touch of hop bitterness balances this nicely. Lively texture is quite fizzy and leaves behind a good tingle, along with molasses sweetness and a little hop bitterness.

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

A pint on tap at terrace taproom. Wow a pint, I'm in for it now.

A- comes my way with a small cap of latte colored creamy head that settle quickly leaving just a thin ring. Almost pitch black in color with just the faintest glimmer of super dark brown at the edges.

S- dark roasted malts and slightly burnt oatmeal with molasses and a hint of raisins and other dark fruits. Hint of cocoa powder and some coffee.

T- roasty oatmeal that's for sure with bakers chocolate and light roasted coffee beans that bring in some dark fruits and brown sugar. Malted milk powder waffle cones, I know sounds crazy but not when you used to work at an ice cream shop, its fucking in there. Hints of sweetened condensed milk.

M- full bodied with a good amount of chew to it and a lowish carb that has to fight its way through the slightly syrupy brew.

D- this is one of my favorite offerings for them and on draft is fucking awesome. No sign of the abv and for a much flavor and as big as it is this pint will be no problem.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Another nice tap sighting out here in the 'Burbs. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises wheat, oats, grass, very light chocolate, flowers, and light honey. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light chocolate syrup, toasted oats, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco somewhere in the back. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stout. Another win for ST.

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Photo of tbart428
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A:Black in color with khaki colored head with a nice 2 inch head. This beer is the quintessential RIS in appearance. Great looking beer.
S: The Smell on this beer is of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, molasses/brown sugar with booze.
T: The taste is of roasted malts followed by a roasted burnt coffee flavor that goes to a bitter chocolate flavor and finishes off with alcohol harshness.
M: The beer is thick and silky smooth until the end where the alcohol comes out from hiding and bites you in the back of the tongue.
D: this beer is a sipper and unfortunately no one is here to share this one with so I am feeling pretty intoxicated right now (maybe being a sociopath with no friends who is single is not all that bad after all)
would drink again

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter on-tap at the Barley House in Algonquin

This beer pours a blackness that no color is anywhere near. Finger of head that is a pretty sandy brown. The smell of this beer is rather odd. The smell is of ash (smokey char), chocolate and booze. This beer tastes mostly of the booze, it's possible I missed the oat on the nose, but my palate distinctly noticed it missing here. There is a caramel and chocolate flavor that does work rather well. Odd mouthfeel to be as smooth as it is with all the burnt remnants involved on the palate. Overall it has some very good characteristics and some ones that I don't like very much. I suppose this beer comes down to personal palate. I wouldn't dissuade anyone from having it.

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Photo of chickenm
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a very thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The flavor has burnt coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. Full bodied with low carbonation, kind of syrupy mouthfeel and very boozy. Tasty, but the high alcohol limits the drinkability.

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Photo of Brez07
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Ink black pour with a 1/2 finger head. Recedes to a thin ring. No lacing on the glass

S: Mostly malts - oat, chocolate. Some bread crust. Definitely some alcohol present too

T: Initial sweetness similar to dark chocolate. You get the nice bitterness from this as well. After the sweetness fades, there is a nice toasted oat flavor. As in the nose, some alcohol in the finish

M: Incredibly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with just enough carbonation

D: Great, easy drinking imperial stout. Maybe my favorite of the BlackWater Series. Loved this on draft and the bottle is not letting me down in the slightest

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Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate with solid amounts of roasted malts. Also present, and more prevalent as the beer warms, are slight hints of sweet oats.

Tastes good. Equal parts roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. The chocolate flavors integrate better with the roastiness of the malts than I had anticipated from the nose. Midway through the sip the flavor profile does sweeten a bit then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a nice thickness to begin with and the oats intensify it even more and make the bubbles feel more fine.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall the thing that stood out most about this beer was the mouthfeel - until I found out that it is 11% ABV. A flavorful beer that is not quite over the top and does a very good job of masking the alcohol. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to emm0217 for getting me this one!
A-bitch black, thin tan head

S-fairly chocolate with a slight hint of oats

T-mmm a rich goodness of chocolate and dark roasted malts. there is a bit on unpleasant tanginess that comes in with the after-taste but it seems to subside after a few tastes. the dark malts come in with the after-taste as well as some hint of oats. It is very rich tasting.

M-very thick, medium to low carbonation. very smooth

D-well i don't believe this is 11%. i couldn't taste the alcohol at all. it went down so easily and i hardly feel it at all. taste stays great all the way through. a bomber can easily be finished by yourself.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a light mocha head without too much retention. Nose brings forward some chocolate, light espresso, and roasted malt and oats. The taste is a bit harsh with some booze as well as a lot of roasted character. Feel is heavy and a bit boozy. As is often the case with this series, the beer shows promise but gets to be a bit much with more than a few ounces.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a dark brown. sits black with medium dark brown rim. hoping for a slightly higher Lovibond. creamy light brown head - while it lasts

Smell: fragrant debittered dark malt with obvious alcohol, some chocolate and just a hint of hops and molasses

Taste: very well balanced notes of chocolate, dark malt, and hops with a slight bitterness. alcohol and molasses in supporting roles. finish is well balanced but tilted slightly to the dry side and with a light hop presence

Mouthfeel: full body with medium carbonation. very creamy and smooth

Notes: full bodied and full flavored. very well done. i like how there isnt a really strong bitter roast flavor like with Dark Horse One (though that is an excellent OS). spectacular!

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

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a viscous inky black with a slight tan head which disappears quickly leaving almost no lacing on the glass.

The nose blooms with dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and cocoa, some vanilla sweetness and slight alcohol warmth.

The flavors are connected closely to the scents, as plenty of roasty, warm flavors and dark, almost bitter malt with oats begin. Dark chocolate and vanilla with some smoky tendencies swirl as some boozier warmth becomes apparent. Finishes long, dry, a little sweet, and warm.

Full bodied and lingering dryness in the feel, but this is still very palatable, especially at 11%.

Quality imp stout, which isn't overly sweet and avoids too much heat despite higher alcohol content.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with no head, looks like heavily used lightweight motor oil. Aroma is smooth and sweet, tons of malt with notes of chocolate and molasses. Taste is dominated by malt, oatmeal and chocolate malts are prominent. The taste is not even remotely bitter, it is a refined sludge of several malts that highlights chocolate and molasses. Great mouthfeel, very full and smooth while being extra thick - also extremely drinkable due to the near lack of bitterness.

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Photo of karmaghost
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Under "serving type" I chose "cask" because there's no option for "fermentor." Served by one of the southern tier brewing staff straight from the fermentor before bottling had begun for the year (Oct 2010).

Creamy smooth, roasted, chocolately taste with just enough of a presence of alcohol to know it's there. Sweet sugary/caramel scent that also hinted at the ABV. Not much more to say except it was an excellent, uncarbonated experience to have with an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a solid black with a creamy, tan head. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and oats. Wonderful smell with a taste to match. Full body with a rich, smooth mouthfeel. I could definitely drink this with breakfast. If I could only find a way to make my coffee pot brew one cup of beer at a time.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured was black water like the label reads with absolutely no head to speak of and left zero lacing sticking to the glass.

S: off the bat I noticed thr aroma was quite boozy alongside unique oatmeal cookie notes but was also able to detect caramel and chocolate notes as well.

T: the chocolate was much more potent on the palate with caramel and oatmeal cookie accents but did feel it was pretty boozy. I felt there was slight astringent character from coffee like notes.

M: the brew was light to medium in body which for me was quite thin for a stout. It had a very low amount of carbonation but had a sweet, boozy,thin, and slight astringent dry finish.

D: it drank really good considering the boozy character but IMO was thin for the style; it was still tasty.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fall 2007

Pours pitch black with a minimal creamy tan ring of a head. Sporadic lace speckles the glass. Boozy chocolate and berries in the nose...thick, rich, dark, and sweet with a slight burned edge. Licorice, sweet bread, cherry, and vanilla...and alcohol. Heavy, sweet malty flavor. More charred wood and less booze, which is nice. Vinous fruit, sweetened coffee, roastiness, raisins, dark chocolate. Complex, yet well balanced. Heavy, smooth mouthfeel that goes down easy for its strength.

Thick and potent...still, it aged better than I thought it would. It's a sipper, but not as boozy tasting as the aroma lead me to believe. Tasty...

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

22 oz bomber. No bottle date, but I purchased at the beginning of the year. Since its an August release, it must be about a year aged now.

just as the label says, the color is as dark as a moonless night. tan head. the aroma is of sweet malt, a little booziness, whiskey. taste is big roasted malt, a little sweet. chocolate and coffee subtle highlights. no where near as boozy as the smell would have indicated. very tasty.

body is thick, but very smooth. mild carbonation.

drinkability is very good for the strength. thought it would be a sipper, but it's a drinker.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter, basically black even when held up to light. not much of a head to speak of, but left some decent lacing.

nose has a rich cocoa with sweet caramel, almost similar to a cow tail candy in terms of sweetness and caramel. bit of boozy port and coffee in the back round.

sweetened chocolate and coffee flavor upfront, subtle roasted flavor. getting a bit of caramel midway through, finished with a lingering roasted coffee/dark chocolate flavor. fairly sweet, but it's balanced by the subtle roasted flavor. the alcoholic flavor helps temper the sweetness slightly, in my opinion.

mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and the low carbonation accentuates this. drinkability is as good as you can get for an 11% beer.

this is a stout i find myself going back to consistently and out of all the southern tier blackwater beers it is by far by favorite.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,367 ratings
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