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

Very dark brown, mostly black, a beige head. The beer leaves good curtains.

This beer is smelling of roasted bread, dried fruit and dark chocolate.

The taste is very sweet, dark toast with fig marmalade, vinous notes - Madeira.

Little carbonation, a complex but smooth body.

Despite the sweetness a nice beer. Most suited as dessert. Wonder how it goes with vanilla ice-cream? Tasted at a beer sampling at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick brown yet clear, despite the fact that there's probably a ton of oats in this guy. A warm inviting coca colored head dissipates quickly.

Aromas are of deep-dark malts, but an English dryness can also be appreciated if that makes senses. Still though, there are some chocolates, brown sugars and brown toast notes.

Flavor profile is mainly thick/chewy oats, yet a great dry/bready/a biscuit quality. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the finish, I wonder if this would age well, too late to find out now.

Creamy mouthfeel is offset by the almost woodsy/dry hop finish.

It's not often you find an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm happy to see it. I like the heartiness and depth of the malt, but would like to see more oatmeal creaminess in lieu of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is black in color with a brown head that is fully diminishing. The head, which goes as quickly as it comes, is lacy and very sticky. The beer itself is also very oily, leaving a thick residue on the glass if swirled around.

S: This is a very pleasant beer to smell. You immediately detect a very nice mixture of sweet molasses, vanilla, oats, and booze. There may be hints of cocoa, but that is debatable. Overall a good smelling beer.

T: Surprisingly a thin tasting beer, if that makes any sense. Not as boozey as I thought it was going to be, but a playful mix of roasted malts, oats, brown sugar, and molasses making this a sweet concoction of a beer.

M: Light-bodied with not really to any carbonation.

D: Very goood. Not sure when or what I would drink this with, but like it says on the bottle, "it's a meal in itself."

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured black, "as dark as a moonless night" as it says on the bottle, with a small, dark tan head. It smelled like oak, chocolate, espresso, sugar, caramel. The taste was loaded with sweetness and chocolate with some vanilla, caramel, oak and espresso with some oats to smooth it out. It was like a liquid candy, but smooth. There's some hidden hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was thick like motor oil, after all, it's 28o Plato. This is what I see as definition of a dessert beer - something that goes great with chocolate, heavy, and something that should be slow sipped. I couldn't go much faster than slow sipping anyway because it was so sweet. This was like a smoother, less vanilla-y, somewhat less sweet version of their Creme Brulee.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a deep black color with a little bit of an amber highlight around the edges. The head is pretty much non existant and leaves no lacing.

S= Lots and lots of roast. There is an obvious oat note to it. There's a good bit of sweetness to it but not as much as a typical imperial stout.

T= The taste is pretty nice as well. This sort of reminds me more of an imperial porter in flavor than a stout. I dunno why but it does. Lots of roast to it with little sweetness for a impy stout. There is a nice oat finish to it.

M= Smooth as silk and creamy. Really one of the smoothest beers I've had.

D= Pretty decent beer. This isn't a top impy stout by any means but for an oat based Impy stout it's not bad at all. Worth trying to get the oat flavor and possibly to try again.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the thick black I expected, but lacked anything more than the thinnest cap of head, thus zero retention or lacing.

A full, rich, malty aroma had some traces of roast, and a bit each of sharpness and sweetness. The aroma had a very nice earthiness that you don't find often. The taste was very good, and I found that earthiness to be mast forthright and quite pleasant. The expected stout flavors were also solidly present and very well balanced.

The body was a quite a bit thinner than I expected or is typical for a stout this size. Drinkability was excellent, except for a couple of small tastes to other folks, this whole 22 went easily and I'm looking forward to getting more.

Overall, a very good beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into a Great Divide Globe glass My bottle is listing at 11% ABV

A-- Poured a dark cola color, settling to black with tints of red in the glass. Short lived mocha colored head grew in the final bit of the pour. Was maybe half a finger in height and settled to light brown film. Some head retention but also very short lived.

S-- More like a carmel/ chocolate milk. Also reminds me of oatmeal with brown sugar and milk. A touch of booze in the nose.

T-- Thick sweet and rich molasses, chocolate, and a bit of a spice kick to this. As it warms up get some dark fruits in this. Feel like I am drinking over brown sugared oatmeal with a touch of brandy added to this.

M-- The spice from the hops help this out. Otherwise would be very one dimensional. Sweet and more sweet. Get a big brandy like feel also. Low carbonation, thick, chewy, and heavy body.

D-- Very much a slow drinker and only one is needed. Good smell but very sweet and too many touches of booze in this. Really needs something to offset all the sweetness and the hops only distract me for short periods in this before the alcoholic brandy taste kicks in. Low drinkability due to the sweetness and the ABV being noticeable very quickly. Honestly I should have let this sit in the cellar for a while longer.

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

A: Nice black color with a thick tan head that slowly faded and left some decent lacing.

S: Smells great. Smells of roasted malts and caramel and vanilla. Really tasty smell.

T: Great balance of flavors. Starts with a nice sweet taste of caramel and vanilla then finishes with some roasted malts and maybe a touch of hops.

M: Pretty thin beer. I was really expecting a lot more, so I am a little disappointed.

D: The beer is very drinkable. As a very tasty beer, I could drink a bunch of these. Sadly, the beer was $9 so I doubt I will be able to afford drinking many of these.

Overall: Overall I enjoyed the beer. I thought it smelled great and delivered on the taste. I would recommend this to any dark beer/imperial stout drinkers.

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Photo of illidurit
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy daknole. Pours a darkish brown color with a small tan head. Smells like that instant oatmeal that comes in pouches with a heap of maple powder inside. That, and booze. Flavor is roasted coffee and sweeter chocolatey notes, pretty standard. Loses the oatiness in the flavor but the body is almost chewable from it. Not really jumping out of my shoes at this one.

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Photo of Quej
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, almost impossible to see through. A nice tan head.
S - Smells quite roasty, lots of coffee and roasted barley, with a bit cocoa.
T - Nice and toasty tasting, with hints of berries and chocolate. Quite well balanced between sweet and bitter.
This is a very nice little stout, which I enjoyed side-by-side with the chokolat so it was a bit outshined, but is none-the-less a good, more normal, balanced beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Bottle says it was brewed in Fall '08. Sweet, its got some age on it...

A- Pours black with a half finger brown colored head that quickly dissipates. No lacing. Very disappointing.

S- Very strong smelling...hints of chocolate and coffee, but mostly roasted malts and alcohol. Getting some dark fruits as well. Interesting aromas for what is being called an oatmeal stout.

T- I nearly choked on the oatmeal after a sip of this. Dear GOD is it strong, and the alcohol isn't helping matters in the slightest. It tastes like a much more alcoholic version of a standard oatmeal stout...very strong. Not really picking up much stout characteristics.

M- really heavy and thick...almost syrupy in quality. Hard to stomach, actually

D- I was not a fan of this. Way too much of an alcohol flavor, and not enough of the good qualities you get from stouts. I'm aware its a double and not a RIS..but still. Very disappointing.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a thin amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, chocolate malt, and some hops.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, coffee, hops, and oats. Not the most complex of flavors, but very focused and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

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

11% ABv according to my bottle. Rich, black body with a creamy tan coloured head.

Creamy roasted malt, oats, chocolate and coffee in the scent. The translates very well in the taste, with a slight bit of bitterness. Rich, malty taste. Black coffee, toffee and chocolate, with a bit of raisin.

Very smooth mouthfeel, even with the 11% ABV this is quite nice to drink.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a very dark brown, near black. The head is dark tan. The head leaves fast. Has a small lace head.

Brew smells of burnt smoked malts, chocolate, sweet caramel.

This brew is thick and creamy, has a near chewy mouthfeel. The brew is roasted; chocolate, coffee, caramel. Burnt malts. Extreamly smooth and finishes slightly dry. Not much of the alcohol in this flavor.

This is one hell of an imperial stout. Savor and sip, enjoy this excellent stout.

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

Poured into an over sized wine glass...

Near pitch black in appearance, chunky, quick fading, tan colored head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malt, sweet molasses and chocolate.

Tastes of burnt caramel, thick, rich roasted molasses, bitter chocolate and a big espresso-like finish. Nice. Big. Brew.

Creamy as hell smooth carbonation that sits on the tongue.

This is a nice creamy big brew. Those who aren't into big brews need not apply. Thick and long lasting flavors - I like it, I like it, I like it...

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. I had been looking forward to this beer for a long time.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is great, with roasted malt and chocolate up front as well as some burnt malt. You also get some oat flavor as well as the creaminess in the mouthfeel that you expect from oats. The alcohol is very well hidden in the beer. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice imperial stout.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Pours dark brown with very little head. The head quickly disappears, leaving faint swirls of tan on top.

There is a definite oat smell with this, slightly starchy even. There is a hint of chocolate underneath, and a very slight hint of alcohol.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel- in fact it's one of the better "feeling" beers I've ever had. The oats are definitely present in this one. Along with the oats, there is a bit of chicory, some creaminess, and a bit of grass. There's a bit of warmth in the belly after this one goes down.

Overall, a very tasty, very drinkable stout. I look forward to having this one again.

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

First of all my bottle states that this brew is 11%ABV and looks exactly the same as this bottle displayed with some different highlights on the label,the brew pours a thick crude oil colour with no light let thru whatsoever and leaves a two finger mocha laced head and a rim of creamy coffee lacing,the smell is a combination of aromas of brown sugar,bourbon,dark caramel and toffee soaked in alcohol,it has a syrupy silky light carbonated mouthfeel with hints of dark expresso,caramel,dark berries and blackforrest cake,overall a very nice desert brew that is very easy to drink with its ABV well hidden and would definately buy again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared at DLD.

Pours pretty much black, and somewhat thick, with a small tannish head sitting on top.

Aroma is very nice, roasty and chocolatey with molasses and caramel malts. Sweetness is evident.

On the flavor, Southern Tier's usual underattenuation is present, but besides that it's a very nice imperial oatmeal stout. Roasted and caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, dark chocolate, and molasses.

Smooth mouthfeel from the oats, with fairly full body and light carbonation. A little syrupy.

A very good stout overall, one I wouldn't mind revisiting. ABV is well-hidden, and it's not undrinkable despite the sweetness.

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Photo of korguy123
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Fall 2008
Poured from a 22oz into my over sized goblet.

A- Thick murky black color, thin tan head, very little lacing.
S- Brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, faint alcohol smell
T- Burnt coffee, milk, brown sugar, bitter aftertaste of chocolate and alcohol which doesn't last long. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms a little.
M- Not too thick, not too thin, leaves your lips a little sticky. Very light carbonation which suits this beer.
D- Very drinkable, everything just seems to fit together with this beer perfect balance of everything

Was actually glad I talked myself into getting this one.

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Photo of Long813
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Pub Italia, 22oz
Note: Bottle says 11%, label say 9%

G: Pint

A: Pitch black body with two fingers of light mocha head. Moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, some medium roasted coffee beans.

T: Following the aromas it is very nice. Smooth balance between milk chocolate, roasted malts and I sense some hops in the end.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. The oats create an amazing smooth creamy texture and leaves a bitter sweet aftertaste. No hints of alcohol on this one.

D: Amazing. It's not as sweet as Choklat, which is good depending on what you are after. I only wish it were cheaper.

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

220z bomber consumed on 3/26/10.

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy khaki 1 finger crown that displays moderate head retention and lacing.

Smell: A strong lightly roasted milk chocolate malt smell with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: A light hop and alcohol tinge over chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: The richness and the high abv challenge me a bit.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. From 2009 and my bottle says 11.0% ABV.

a - Pours a dark brown with moderate carbonation evident and about an inch and a half of tan head.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal. More chocolate than oatmeal to me, and I didn't smell any alcohol as some have.

t - Some oatmeal and nice malts. Also some dark fruits? Definitely getting some alcohol in the taste.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

d - Pretty good smell but I thought the alcohol was a bit too much in the taste. I felt as though it dominated some of the other flavors, and it definitely felt the 11% ABV it says it is. Would like to try again perhaps after some cellaring.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A small tan head forms, a recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Lots of oatmeal and chocolate in the nose. Soft brownies and fudge. Very sweet, but excellent.
T: Oats, and chocolate. Some astringent roasted coffee, and a strange bitterness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, but I could not finish a bomber by myself.

Good, but like most Southern Tier stouts, this is something to share with a lot of people.

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Photo of cratez
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle at Chancey Smith's. Midnight black in colour with three fingers of foamy brown head and speckles of lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are burnt grains, roasted malt, flaked oats, coffee, tobacco, bitter hops, and a smokey, charred finish. Alcohol is noticeable and provides a bit of heat, but doesn't detract from the flavour. Full-bodied mouth feel is chocolaty, though not sweet. Chewy and oily in the body with a dry and astringent aftertaste. A complex and enjoyable stout to be savoured over an evening.

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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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