Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
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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 keanex
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle with no date. Poured into my scotch glass as it's the closest thing I have to a snifter.

A: Pitch black with no sign of a head. Looks like flat soda.

S: Sweet chocolate with oats coming through. This smells great, sweet with a slight dark chocolate coming through. Very good!

T: Sweet chocolate upfront with a bitter thick dark chocolate coming through at the end and a nice dry finish from the oats. This is sweet, but sweet done right.

M: Thick and syrupy with slight carbonation.

O: This is really sweet, but good at the same time. There's a good balance of sweet up front with a nice bitter dry finish. This is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinks big and black without the added coffee explosion of the Java. The thick mouthfeel is a ST trademark style and it really works for this beer. I slowed right down to really enjoy every last sip of this wonderful Impy. Can't decide whether I like this or the Java more but both are excellent

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Photo of Pabs311
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown, almost black. very little mocha head on this one leaving way to very little lacing at all. very different head & lacing from the other blackwater series stouts.

S- Very sweet smelling. Alot of molasses, brown sugar, some bittersweet chocolate. there's also some dried fruit like raisins in there as well as some hopiness.

T- There is sweet maltiness up front in the form of molasses, brown sugar and the such. there's also a hint of that dried fruit right before a bitter hoppy finish.

M/D- Medium-full bodied. very littlde carbonation. good beer to share with friends due to the heavy duty nature of beer.

not my favorite imperial stout in ST's blackwater series, but stil a very good and complex imperial stout

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Photo of pnkHoody
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This wins. Pours black as night, but if you put it to the light it has an oakwood colour. Thick but compact head that is immovable, aside from the gloopy slug trails it leaves on the glass. My first taste impression is of turpentine. Three sips in and the flavour floodgates open. Star of anise, cardamon and coal dust. The stout is spicy and exotic tasting, with a dirty funk of discordant sourness that revives you. 3/4 through the bottle and the booze is kicking my arse. Before it drags me under the table, I have to tell you that I have never had a beer with such a velvety, gorgeous mouth texture. Honey coated oil.

An unfortunate afflication of many imperial stouts -- rating-wise -- although not all, is that drinkability is diminished by their sheer power and weight. My 3.5 is awarded as a relative score in the imperial stout world, which means I could probably cope with two on the trot, but Oaties render me even more lethargic than regular RIS, and this is no exception. Goodnight.

BTW mine clearly says 11% ABV.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Oat, Now 11% alcohol instead of listed 9.6.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a slight off white head.

Smell: Oats, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste: Nutty malts, smooth oats, grains and a nice roastedness round the beer out. Alcohol is present but not distracting.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet smooth and a nice lingering cocoa/grain flavor.

Drinkability: Wow, a big beer here. Tasty and goes down easy, pleasant for a night cap but alas I have more in store for tonight. Good beer from Southern Tier once again.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 Vintage Bomber into chalice:

A: Black body with brownish-dark tan soapy head.

S: Grape, chocolate, and smoke, with a slight oatmeal sweetness and very tiny bit of coffee once it opens up.

T: The dark fruit is the most forward flavor and is a bit boozy, along with the chocolate. The smoke and oatmeal hold off til the finish, along with a slight coffee bite.

M: Quite smooth, medium-body, with that bite on the end.

D: Fruit and smoke dominate a bit much, and I was expecting a good amount of oat, which really gets overshadowed. For an imperial stout, it's quite easygoing, and the booze is not overwhelming, but I really wanted some more oat.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass at slightly warmer than cellar temperature.

A-Dark brown pour, not as dark as some other stouts, but pretty black. Creamy tan head that settles fairly rapidly.

S-Mellow roasted malt aroma with the usual mocha tones, but nothing stands out as a predominant note. Seems pretty well balanced.

T-Well balanced indeed! Creamy sweet mocha ranges to bittersweet as it crosses the palate. Vanilla and rich molasses combine with a hint of anise and dark fruits midrange, then some warming alcohol and a bit of hops kick in at the finish. Another brew that I cannot believe is 11% ABV.

M-Thick, chewy, creamy, slightly oily, but oh so smooth, light carbonation and just about damn near perfect.

D-Immensely drinkable...what is not to like here. Absolutely wonderful and enjoyable beer.
Bottle says 11% ABV, rather than the stated 9.6%. Definately drinks like the lower ABV though...hard to sip this one...I just want more, more, more! This sucker sure is filling though....

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

Picked up a bomber from Abe's Cold Beer and shared it with a couple friends. It poured pitch black with a short tan head. This is by far one of the smoothest impy stouts I've had. I'd give a higher MF score, but as the beer warmest a lot of alcohol came forward. Otherwise the flavor is a big, rich mix of candied cocoa with a little mocha around the edge. It reminds me of Sam Smith's oatmeal stout on steroids.

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Photo of dborginis
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black and smells like an oatmeal stout on steroids.

Delicious dark smoked malts, very much exaggerated here. As with the smell, an oatmeal stout on steroids. Not sure the 11% is needed here to make the super oatmeal stout flavor. Higher alcohol should only be used as needed to give more availability for flavor. I think this could have been done with less alcohol allowing fans to drink a bit more. Not as flavorful as the Creme Brulee with similar ABV.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. Picked this up recently, & the back of the bottle reads "brewed fall 2008". So either they brewed it & aged it, or this bottle has been kicking around my favorite shop's coolers & shelves for a long time. Well, too late to turn back now!

Black as a moonless night reflecting off of newly plowed northern plains dirt. Smell is appealing, dry, powderized chocolate & rich, sweet malts.

Can I make a marketing suggestion, quickly? The horse on the label, & the "oats" I then see in my mind, might not be what you're looking for in a reaction from beer-drinkers. Anyways, Oat is smooth, as one might expect from a doubled-up oatmeal recipe. Bitter, light chocolate comes quickly to the fore, tailed by the balancing sweetness of the malts. Hops, even after all this time, are still enough of a force to make themselves known on the downhill slope. And this ain't no sipper, this is a dark beer meant to be chugged through a tailpipe. The smoothness sees to it.

Pretty good beer, & mostly recommended for the insane clown posse of its smoooth moves. And get rid of that damn horse!

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

2008 bottling.

Pours dark nearly black. Rough pour results in a thin layer of cappuccino-colored lace on top that quickly vanishes, leaving just a faint ring.

Smells of rich coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla, with some dark/dried fruit. Almost whiskey. I might think this was oaked a bit from the nose. Not bad, but a little disjointed and the alcohol in the nose is a bit strong.

Brilliant on the palate, though! Strong, whiskey-like booze, a bit of raisin, nice roasty chocolate, slightly burnt coffee ... it all meshes together into a luxury, for sure.

A lot of what is making it taste so good is the astonishing mouthfeel. A thick, creamy and slick body with carbonation just present enough to enhance the thing. This is a masterful use of oats.

Quite drinkable, though the alcohol presence might make it a little slow work to get through a bomber. I might just recap the thing, though that has more to do with the time of night than the enjoyability of the beer.

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

picked up a bottle of southern tier imperial stout that has a yellow label and an "alc 11.0% by vol", aside from those things it looks like whats on this page.so i pop the cap and pour into a snifter.

it says "dark as a moonless night" and it is midnight black with a fluffy tan cloud like frothy head that fades in time to a ring.it look like mud in a glass with foam.

hardy molasses malt,hints of coffee,chocolate and brown sugar aroma.fruits like prunes and some spices and of course sweet oats .

tad hoppy a bit sweet malty of a taste . got a lot of the flavors that go along with the smell; molasses and coffee,fresh oats and a strong alcohol backbone.

full body stout,a big malty feel and a spicy ,slightly bitter bite in the after.

great oatmeal stout a step up from others of it's style .a rich sipper that you will enjoy drinking slowly. great winter warmer .cheers..!!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A nice cascade effect on the pour creates a one finger medium-thick looking tan head with decent retention. Black in color with very little carbonation. Note quite as thick looking as I'd expected coming out of the bottle. Head fades to a thin wisp and a ring. Slight wisp remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. The nice cascade brought this one over the average mark.

SMELL: Some roasted malts with mild hints of coffee, chocolate and a touch of oats in there. Slightly musty as well. This one just doesn't have that boldness that I've come to expect from Southern Tier. A little too mild.

TASTE: Now this is more like it. Very bold flavors. Roasted malts up front with some bitter chocolate and coffee notes through the middle. Finishes just a little boozy with a strong and longer lasting aftertaste of bitter pure chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol. Very nice indeed.

PALATE: Great here too. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth and soft on the palate. The oats have served this beer very well here. Goes down very creamy smooth and leaves a bit of an alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little lighter on the palate than I'd expected, but oh so soft and creamy. This is what oats were born to do. If it were slightly heavier, it'd get a perfect score here.

OVERALL: Fantastic in the mouth, a little average before it got there. One that needs a little more aroma to bring it up a notch. Non-the-less, there's no denying that it's one tasty great-feeling treat for sure. One I'll be grabbing again if I see it. Recommended.

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

This beer is poured a black opaque color, with a thin caramel colored head, that quickly dissolves away. A sweet and sugary scent at the start with touches of dark bread and dried fruit. The taste comes with the sweet oats at the front, followed by hearty flavors of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Dried fruit and bread start to come through midway, then it finishes with a grassy and citrus bitterness, that lingers on the palate for some time. A skim milk texture at the start, then it gradually gains weight to become more full bodied, more of a two percent milk feel. The back of the palate is left very dry and tacky. Overall this beer has a beautiful look, though the head was sub-par. A solid aroma and taste, with a thick and rich feel, make this a nice night cap offering.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
1.5/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is my first beer from Southern Tier. I really like oatmeal stouts, and I like some RIS, so I was hoping for a slam-dunk.

A- I poured the second glass out of the bottle straight down into a tulip and *still* didn't get enough head to cover the surface of the beer. It is nearly completely still. Swirling it is like swirling motor oil, no head comes up and only a slight skin forms on top, eventually.

S- very generic "oh look we made an RIS" aroma. roasted malts with a hint of sweetness and more than a hint of alcohol. nothing new or outside of the bog-standard, here, though. this is where I started getting worried.

T- bad. it tastes bad. it tastes like chewing on coffee beans that have turned to charcoal in the middle, or the completely carbonized chicken skin that has gone past 'chared' and way out the other side. the non-burnt flavors are beaten into submission in short order.

M- very good mouthfeel, but then no smoothness at all on the swallow. putting it in the middle.

D- terrible.

this is a textbook example of someone trying too hard on a beer that they just weren't prepared to make. the oatmeal was a good idea, but it was poorly implemented, and the entire beer is just a hodge-podge of mediocrity and crappyness. I have no idea why this is so highly rated, this beer is a perfect example of what is wrong with Big Beers brewed simply for the sake of being Big, not for the sake of making beer worth drinking.

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

22 oz bottle. Something about the label on this bottle is unappealing to me. I guess I don't want a oat eating horse on my beer.

Appearance: Completely black. Totally opaque. Just really, really black. A medium, brown head forms with the pour and lasts a couple of minutes. It fades to a rim and leaves some spots of lacing when I sip from the snifter.

Smell: Rich, sweet, dark roasted malts. One of those stouts that has more almost burnt roastiness and caramelly sweetness than big chocolatey or coffee notes. Not that it is without chocolate or coffee smells, just more of the other. Slightly earthy/ grassy hops smell. This is starting out great.

Taste: This is a big flavorful stout, but is hurt in the flavor profile by being too bitter. It seems like the hoppy bitterness up front is well balanced by the sweet maltiness, but the burnt malt bitterness becomes too much on the finish. Again there are some chocolate and coffee notes, but they are bystanders. I like it, but with every sip I wish it was less bitter.

Mouthfeel: Great. Not the fullest mouthfeel like you get in some RISs, but so smooth and silky. Very nice.

Drinkability: This is a tasty, huge beer with a pretty well hidden 11%. I whine about the bitterness, and I do think its a little bitter, but all in all, a really nice imperial oatmeal stout.

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

I have been short of coin lately for purchasing the kinds of high-test, super-high quality beverages that I like so much, so sampling new (for me) goodies such as Imperial Oat needed to wait a couple months. This, good readers, is well worth the wait, and well worth obtaining if at all possible.

Deep onyx topped with a smattering of intermittent tan froth that fades fast. The color, however, is beautiful enough to merit a big score--rich black, with ruby trim. Big and beautiful. The aroma is a little subtle at first, but really rises to the occasion as it warms slightly--licorice, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate--wonderful.

As is the taste, with all aspects of the smell well represented. There is also a nice, hoppy bite in the aftertaste, to me indicative of the Columbus funk and Williamette woody cask flavor. The molasses and licorice are especially rich in flavor. Excellent, and the alcohol is tucked away nicely. The mouthfeel brings it home well, creamy and smooth in texture with a nice bite in flavor--terrific combination. With the 11% ABV, I anticipated this being more of a sipper than it is. Imperial Oat sure is potent, but laying waste to a bomber bottle of Oat isn't at all difficult.

Southern Tier continually proves itself to be one of the very best breweries in the US, in my opinion. Imperial Oat is an outstanding addition to Southern Tier's burgeoning repertoire, another big, brassy Imperial beer in a series that may well be superior to Boulevard's Smokestack series.


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

Pours black as hell. Very dark. Almost zero head, even with a vigorous pour. Smell is a bit boozy to me, some sweetness, a bit of roasted malt, some coffee too. Not my favorite smell, alcohol is definitely there. Taste is good, but definitely not one to be had cold--too hot. Some sweet oat notes, booze, some good piney and earthy notes, a bit of chocolate. MF is thin, not creamy, way under-carbonated for me. Drinkability is ok, decent, big alcohol (says it's 11%, not 9.6%). Overall, an ok beer, give me an Iniquity or Pumking instead. Too hot, could use some age on it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a 3 oz. Sam Adams sampler.

A: Poured a dark brown, black color with a thin veil of tan foam which left a bit of lace.

S: Smells of sweetened, toasted oats, chocolate and a little coffee.

T: Flavor is full and sweet at first, with sweet milky oatmeal backed by chocolate, roasted malts and a bitter, herbal finish.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and full with a slick oily residue.

D: A heavy drinking stout, but roasty and tasty. Finish is a little strange and harsh but it's full bodied and flavorful.

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my Cigar City snifter (01/03/10) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a very dark shade of black with a slight ruby/chestnut hue when held up to a bright light capped off by just a skin of mocha foam that disappeared almost immediately. Only a few small bubbles remained and no lacing to speak of.

S: Interesting smell of grains, oats, molasses and carob. Hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt are present as well.

T: Molasses and carob seem to dominate the flavor profile quickly followed by oats along with subtle layers of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

M: Fuller-bodied with low carbonation that was rather syrupy with a slight cloying nature. Alcohol was hidden quite well for a 9.6% abv Imperial Stout.

D: There was something about the flavor profile that seemed a bit off and it dragged this category down slightly. Interesting, but something seemed out of place.

Overall this beer was a decent Imperial Stout from Southern Tier, but Choklat blows this one out of the water. Interesting take on an Oat Imperial Stout and one I will revisit again to see if I can get a better grasp on what exactly makes up this unique flavor profile. Recommend

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Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep brown black fluid with a light brown head. Nice lace and good retention. A deep rich aroma of chocolate and roasted grains. Charcoal and burnt sugar. Molasses is a big feature. Taste is rich with chocolate and caramel malts. Oats a a mellow binding facet. Coffee and faint charcoal in the finish. A full and creamy feel that blends into a somewhat slick and lightly syrupy touch. Carbonation breaks it up nicely and lets it flow like honey down your throat. Quite drinkable for the abv as it never shows itself until too late.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a very nearly black color with very little brown foam, even with an aggressive pour. Not a pretty horse, even with the bag over his mouth...I guess you cant look this gift horse in the mouth...alright, alright, enough puns.

Black licorice and brown sugar flavored instant oatmeal pervade the nostrils along with a bit (but not 11% worth) of alcohol. Not much else really noteworthy, maybe a bit of minty hops, pretty faint overall for such a big beer.

Taste more than makes up for the appearance and smell shortcomings, as this is a very tasty beer. Low carbonation and viscous mouthfeel are very nice. Oatmeal makes the brew oh-so creamy and the ABV is extremely well hidden yet still incorporated into the flavor. Hint of roasty coffee and the black licorice is still there. Amazingly smooth big beer, I like it!

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Photo of brewskier
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hard pour from 22oz bottle into a snifter yields a frothy medium brown foam that dissipates surprisingly rapidly. The amount of alcohol in this beer probably is the reason for the lack head and lacing. Nearly opaque extremely dark beer shows a brown colour around the edges only when held right next to a bright light.

Musky grain aroma smells like the inside of a silo. Very roasty. A whiff of the 11% alcohol is definitely present, as are slight carob and coffee hints.

Initial impression is a blast of heavily roasted malt, but the flavor also demonstrates the considerable alcohol presence, with a tangy ethanol bite cutting through the wagonload of malt that is this hearty stout. This is not grandpa's bowl of oatmeal. Cuts right through the smoked mozzerella and salty/tangy hard Spanish goat cheeses I am drinking it with, and those food flavors bring out the underlying bittersweetness of the beer, of molasses and very dark chocolate. Also brings to mind charred hazelnuts.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, with little carbonation and a thick consistency, maybe a tiny bit sticky.

Drinkability is low, however, due to the heaviness and very high alcohol percentage.

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Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a goblet. note this batch has a higher abv than stated, at 11%.

A - Black as motor oil. Very opaque. Head formation is light, with only a few chocolate colored bubbles hanging around. Carbonation bubbles adhere to the glass strongly, but it doesn't have much for carbonation appearance.

S - Extremely chocolately. Very bittersweet. A light oat grainy note hangs around in the background. Phenolics are barely detected, well hidden.

T - Starts off with a light, dry sweet note of sugars and some bittersweet chocolate. Some roasted barley comes through. Gets a little bit dry through the mid-stream. Finishes with a very potent chocolate note, now on the sweet side. The only strong bitter flavors of this beer come through in the aftertaste.

M - Strong body - very sugary and clinging. Aftertaste sticks to the tongue like glue. No carbonation bite.

D - Deceptively potent. Flavors are well integrated, smooth. Easy drinking. ABV would sneak up on you. A good single session beer, not to be taken lightly.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with no light transparency. Nice! Has a nice coffee colored thick head that doesnt stick around too long. Keeps lacing all the way down as you drink....Looks good.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit of hops as well.

Tastes great, Bittering hops along with bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth and quite...thick?? Its heavy body is perfect for colder weather like this. A bit bubbly and decently carbonated.

Pretty good and very flavorful..A nice wallop at 11% alcohol too.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.3% out of 100 with 1,366 ratings
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