Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Blackwater Imperial Stout Series is full of delicious dessert beers, with one exception: Oat, our Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Pouring black as night, with a mocha colored head, big dark flavors of molasses and bitter malts conspire to hide the high alcohol content.

Brewed with 2-row pale malt, oats, caramel malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, black malt, Columbus and Willamette hops, this beer is chock-full of what a real imperial stout should be brewed with. We’re brewing it expressly for the turning seasons. It’s a great beer to kick back with on a cool fall evening, or cellar some away for when the snow starts to fly.

Added by John on 12-17-2004

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jastack for this extra.

Oat pours very very very black, with almost no head whatsoever. The nose is very sweet with some alcohol. The taste is much sweeter than I had expected. This is very good. Sweet sugars, lots of dark fruit with a hint of coffee and a kind of chocolate taste. Very good creamy creamy mouthfeel. Lovely drinkability as the abv does not show up in the least. This is a great beer, I am glad I have three more in my cellar!

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Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as death, no light gettin through here. Head faded to a ring with a few wisps of dark brown on the surface. Small dots of lacing.

S - Rich dark caramel, bitter licorice, some light chocolate and light vanilla.

T - A light bitterness starts us out, pronounced licorice tastes and some old coffee come shortly after. Big toasted malts: earthy, creamy, sweet & smoky. Short undertones of chocolate then a lasting finish of sweet creamy malts.

M - Thick, very smooth and very viscous with little carbonation.

D - A meal of a beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark blackish brown with a tan head. The roasted character is actually not too high, its more on the sweet, caramel side with some chocolate. The mouthfeel is *thick*. Probably one of the thickets beers I've experienced so far. There is some alcohol that creeps up and stings the nostrils as well, but not too much. The finish is slightly sweet, like oats and chocolate basically. A pretty big beer that you better be ready for before you pour that glass.

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

A - inky, fathomy black with a golden brown half finger of thick head

S - rich array of aromas, made up of oat sweentess, chocolate bittersweetness and coffee bitterness, very thick smelling

T - whoa-ho! sneaky beer! nicely sweet with a bitter balance, the sweetness provided by a thick chocolate flavor provided by the rich malts and balanced by a faded hop profile and a rich roasted coffee flavor, the oats are also faded in the flavor but they make their presence known, a well balanced attack this beer is

M&D - like a rogue, this beer paid the prowl cost, (any MTG-ers out there), the alcohol is sneaky, hard to taste except at the very very end, otherwise its sneaky sweet, sneaky smooth, and sneaky delicious, well done Southern Tier

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a trade with kmpitz2!

Poured into my new Ommegang chalice! This brew poured super dark and smelled so amazing! It smelled a lot like a chocolate cereal in front of a fan pointed toward your nose. The taste is nothing short of grand. It reminded me a lot of the 2 yr old Stone IRS I had not to long ago. Its super drinkable with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of blakesell
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Solid obsidian but when held to the light slight reddish hues escape around the top. A light brown 1.5 finger head appears but quickly dissipates to a splotchy peninsula of tiny bubbles thin over the top.

Smell- Oats, cream and fusel alcohol byproducts. Belgian chocolate malts and more creaminess. The alcoholic bit wafting in and out really docks the score on this bad boy. Hints of raisin and almond come out after repeated sniffs.

taste- black patent malt, lactose creamery with a rich oaty chocolate malty sweetness. A coffee huskiness permeates the palate, no real dark fruits on the tongue, but imperial Russian traits still persist. Damn Southern Tier knows the way to make their stouts. I would love to age one of these back longer. Hops are nicely balanced and not too over the top.

Mouthfeel- Rich and sticky. Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.

Drinkability- This stout, although huge with alcohol and oily, is still delicious and quite drinkable. I would love to find this on tap.

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Photo of MillRat
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This thick black brew slithers out of the bottle to produce a cocoa-brown head that doesn't last. Aroma dominated by dark malts with bread and chocolate. Hops don't even seem to bother, but the alcohol makes an appearance. Taste is rich chocolate and with a thick sweet oaty body that leaves a dark film on the side if the glass if you swirl it. The alcohol level is not as well hidden as in some brews, but it is well moderated. The heavy body is quite appropriate for the style, but its at the sipper end of the scale, far from anything that could be sessioned. A good effort in the imperial stout range with a bit more creativity than most of its peers.

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Photo of Slynger
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nearly straight black with only hints of brown. A very thin dark brown head makes a brief appearance. The smell is sweet and malty, roasted and chocolatey, with dark, fruity alcohol. The taste is sweet and malty. Bitter chocolate along with molasses, dark roasted coffee with vanilla and noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is crazy, oily smooth. I think I've tried three of Southern Tier's blackwater series now, and while they have all been good all three have been a bit rough. It seems that ST is somewhat of a beer bully that would be well advised to mellow out for a bit.

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Photo of tayner
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a medium brown head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer.

smelled like alcohol up front with some aroma hops and raw malt flavors.

Tasted hot. The 11% was not well masked like some other high ABV selections. There was some roasted malt flavors with a citrus hop finish, but the alcohol dominated the flavor and feel all the way through for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, nothing special though, but wasnt too thin.

As for drinkability, for me it was just too hot from the alcohol to really enjoy. It is a sipper beer that warmed all the way down. I think maybe a year in the cellar would mellow this out some and allow the flavor of the beer to dominate the alcohol.. or so i hope. I was slightly disspointed in this one after all of the very high reviews but i want the flavor to dominate, not the alcohol burn when i drink beer.

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a deep black color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy dark tan head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, chocolaty, toffee, roasty, vanilla, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, lots and lots of roasty/chocolate/toffee tones. The alcohol is hidder pretty well for a brew this high. Medium body. A well rounded brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from ST, highly recommended. Thanks Joe.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from a never ending trade between me and Adam, the guy better known as BeerTruth! (Great Guy by the way)

A: Pours as dark and black as any beer, or beverage I have ever seen. Even the Florida sunshine can't penetrate this one. Nice fluffy bubbly head quickly appears only to die down in a flash. A nice foamy collar is left, but it only mananges minimal lacing. What I can tell though is this is a thick and oily brew. The contents seem to slide back down the glass after each drink leaving an oily haze behind.

S: Nice earthy stout. Big bold charcoal roasted malts which come at you as French Roast coffee and bitter Belgian chocolate. Beneath the charcoal there is a tinge of butter, and just a hint of booze. This is gonna be another fine ST brew.

T: Oh yeah, ST knows what they are doing. Tons of flavor with the oats really shining in this one. Over cooked cowboy coffee poured over milk chocolate is how this one tastes. Sweet yet bitter, and oh so good. Dark fruits make themselves known in the end. Mostly dates but a I think a touch of hops produces an almost green raisin type flavor as well. If I were a horse you could fill my feed back with this OAT and I would be content for the entire winter.

M: Nice and full bodied. It's a shame I wasted this one on an 80 degree Florida winter day, but hey BeerTruth just sent me Choklat and Gemini and I had to celebrate.

D: Yeah I drank the entire bomber lickity split. No trace of the true ABV in this one.

Overall: I am absolutely blown away by ST. They have really come on the scene in the past year and the beers they are now putting out will rival the lineup of any of the other highly rated craft brewers. I love what they are doing and am excited to see what 2008 brings to their lineup of beer. I am thankful I have BeerTruth up in Syracuse to ensure that I enjoy each and everyone of their offerings.

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

Poured black into a tulip. Absolutely no light passed through this beer. 1/2 inch head formed and diminished very quickly. Not much lacing. I was a little disappointed in that.

Lots of toffee and tar in the nose. Sweet malts, raisins, and hops.

Tasted great. Nice sweetness with tons of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and earthy flavors. Some hops and burnt flavors on the back palate. Alcohol come through a bit. Very long finish.

Very low carbonation and very creamy mouthfeel. With the alcohol mostly masked, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Southern Tier brew. After having enjoyed several heavily bourbon based stouts in a row, I was looking forward to trying something new.

Pours a dark black. Little to no head, maybe just a thin crust. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy: perfect! Smells like roasted malt and chocolate... no oatmeal yet!

Taste actually seems more chocolate than oatmeal, though that's there. Also some vanilla, dark roasted fruits, and maybe a splash of coffee. The vanilla was probably the biggest surprise, you'll taste this tantalizing treat tiptoeing towards your tongue as you sip away.

Very good, solid stout, with perhaps one off-note, kind of a funky bitterness that becomes more noticeable as a I drink it. I don't know that is, almost a metallic tang. Detracts slightly.

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Photo of YankChef
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at track 84

The bar is dark, but this beer seems to be a bane to all light, completely pitch black with a dark tan fluffy head on top. Really tight lacing.

Aroma is of rich toffee, coffee and a hint of chocolate, there is some dried fruit and a subtle aroma of brandy.

Taste: Incredibly rich and dark and heavy on the palatte, there is a strong enough hop character to bring balance to the ridiculously strong roasted malt and grainy flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet, however still dries the mouth out... odd

Overall: This is a really big beer in every way that is not for the faint of heart. Although i found it maybe to be slightly less complex than i was expecting, another outstanding extreme stout from the brewers at southern tier.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pure black with a very thin, tan head. Despite the lack of head, there is nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet molasses hits the nose first, followed by slight roasted malt aroma. Big whiff of alcohol is also present. Hints of dried fruit are detected every once in awhile.

T: Starts malty sweet with a pleasant, even handed roasted bitterness. Balanced, although, perhaps leaning toward the sweeter side. Strong flavors of molasses and dried fruits. Warming and alcoholic. Definitely lacks the huge hop punch of many American double stouts. This is a good thing in my opinion. It keeps it from getting lost in the crowd.

M: Very heavy and full bodied. Also, very smooth. It could use a little more carbonation. Maybe it's the bottle I got.

D: This is definitely a good beer. A sipper for sure. Makes a perfect nightcap on a cold winter night. However, could be a little more carbonated.

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Photo of younger35
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from tpd975 for winning the Beer Advocate Suicide Pool and I also received another bottle last night from drseamus in his Big Black Booty package. Drank from my new Dogfish Head pint glass that drseamus sent along in his package.

Appearance- Glugs black as night with hues of super dark brown (maybe) along the edges. Nice half finger head forms but dissipates rather quickly. A super thin collar is left for most of the beer but zero cap and lacing.
Smell- Loaded with rich super roasted malt that is full of dark chocolate and licorice. Dark fruits, toasted nuts and plenty of mild coffee do a pretty nice job of covering the alcohol vapors. The alcohol become more pronounced as they warm but this brew does a nice job hiding it considering the 11%.
Taste- Very rich and thick with plenty of dark roasted goodness. Sweet milk chocolate and plenty of caramel goodness are the first things that jump out at me. Some dark fruits such as figs and raisins make an appearance adding a bit of bitterness to cut the sweetness. Lots of alcohol is present and it leaves a Kahlúa and coffee like aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy with a nice mouth coating viscosity and light carbonation.
Drinkability- I really like this one. I haven’t yet tried Choklat or Jah*va but if this is any indication of how good they are going to be I can’t wait. This was a really good Imp Stout and like all the other Southern Tier brews I tried, fantastic. Big thanks again to Greg and Jeremy!

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Photo of LeeMarvin
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this unexpected gem tucked away in a dusty corner of a townie package store. I love the Southern Tier stuff, and saved it for the New Year's Eve Twilight Zone marathon.

I let the bottle sit for a few minutes before opening as the label says to serve at 48 degrees. I used my Sam Adams glass for lack of the suggested glassware indicated on the bottle.

Poured rich and thick, with little head. Smell of dark essences, malts, booze. Each mouthful immerses the tongue in darkness, with tight carbonation interspersed with chocolate, rich sweets and caramel.

It’s a hearty brew, satisfying like a fine desert, and it masks the alcohol well. I don’t think I could drink two of these filling brews in a row, but every sip was better than the last. Another killer beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of flexabull
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of YonderWanderer, thanks again!

Beer pours a dark flat black color, with a big rocky brown head.

Aromas are boozy, dark roasted chocolate malts, slightly sweet smelling, and with a coffee like note as well. The boozy alcohol smell is quite strong and overpowering of the other aromas.

Taste is malt dominant. Creamy and sweet, with a dark chocolate flavor. Finish has a vegetal bitter hop bite, and is a bit hot and prickly from the alcohol, but it doesn't taste overly strong. Very thick and smooth flavored stout. My only complaint would be that this comes off as being a bit too sweet in my opinion, it's still quite tasty though.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very thick and syrup like character.

Drinkability is good. This is a very nice full flavored stout, that doesn't taste overly heavy, and the high ABV is hidden nicely. Well worth a try.

I'll be interested to see how the other bottle tastes with some age under it's belt.

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Photo of Kendo
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. First impression is how thick it is. Second impression is how black it is -- light is not penetrating at all. Thick and black with a chocolate brown head that settles pretty quickly. No real lacing at first, but plenty of "legs" down the side of the glass after each sip. My second pour (of the remainder of the bomber) was more aggressive and yielded a bigger head and some lacing.

S: Not as strong as expected at first, though perhaps I'm serving this a little too cold. There's the usual suspects from a big stout: some coffee/espresso; sweet, roasted malt; and some black licorice. As it warms and I make a 2nd pour, I also get a waft of alcohol and some citrusy hops.

T: When it's colder I get roasted malt, coffee, a hint of wood, and some black licorice towards the back of the mouth. Slight coffee bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it's pretty mellow. As it warms there's a more chocolatey taste to it, and the alcohol heat is more prevalent at the back of the sip. Not terribly strong in any one flavor profile, just nicely balanced and smooth.

M: Weight is definitely heavy -- perhaps one of the heaviest beers I've had. Yet it's also creamy and feels almost airy on the palate if that's possible for such a big beer.

D: Easy does it -- this is a definite slow sipper. But enjoyable as you're sipping it.

Notes: Like Choklat (sampled for the first time just 2 nights earlier), the amazing part of this beer is how well-hidden the 11% ABV is. I ended up with a real solid buzz from this, probably because it was so smooth -- I find oatmeal stouts have that creamy smoothness to them that is lacking in other stouts, and Oat didn't disappoint in that regard -- that I drank it pretty fast. Another excellent beer from Southern Tier; I'm curious to see how this one will age. . . .

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Photo of mully
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a -- matte black, pours with 3 fingers of brown head, very fine bubbles that slowly fade and cling to the sides of the glass

s - bright hops, dark chocolate

t -- dark malts, creamy, pleasent hop bitterness and roast from the malts blend together well

m -- big, thick

d -- bomber size is good couldn't drink too many of them though

Overall --I like it the oats cover up almost all of the alcohol sting -- not lacking, good beer here

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bought at Lone Hill Liquors, in Glendora, CA, first time I've ever seen a Southern Tier beer in this state,

A: Pours black, with hints of brown, with a small, frankly, mocha coffee tan head, fair retention, limited lacing, not the best looking big stout that I have seen.

S: The smell has an overall smoky feel to it, even though this beer isn't smoked, nice notes of strong coffee and milk chocolate come along for the ride.

T: Never having had an Imperial Oatmeal Stout before, I didn't know what to expect, but was eager to try, I assumed it would be a sweeter version of an RIS-type beer. Very sweet on the first sip, very malty, but not with a roasted flavour, more caramel, then as the flavour evolves in your mouth, the burnt sugar and molasses come with strong espresso notes finishing out the drink. A complex and satisfying stout.

M: Very rich, but actually somewhat light and fluffy on the tongue which lessens its alcoholic impact, making it easier to drink. Very well done.

D: My first beer from Southern Tier and I am impressed, I'd like to try more of their beers if I'm ever in the Northeast.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited when this brewery started distributing in Chicago, but so far the most exciting of the beers for me has been the Pumking... Into the Atomium goblet...

A - Eh, dark with very little head poking out from the syrup. Seen one....

S - Dense, that's for sure. Alcohol and esters are surprisingly dominate in this dry aroma. Not much in the way of lactic qualities I usually detect in Oatmeal Stouts, but did pick up some melon and nut notes. Not bad, but not as different as I had hoped...

T - In the mouth, this beer tasted more like what one would expect from a big, hoppy, high alcohol oatmeal stout. Lactic flavors mixed with alcohol, hops, dark fruits, and smoke to please me.

M - Can note that silky mouthfeel that comes from the oatmeal, and was plenty dense.

D - Just different enough to separate itself from all the other Impy Stouts out there, something I could see myself coming back to.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fall 2007 Release, Sampled December 2007
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, richly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an opaque, black color no matter what angle I look at it. Aromas of tempered black coffee, dark chocolate, and acidic espresso are strongly noticeable and dominant, though the chocolate note is the least noticeable. Behind this are aromatic notes of deeply toasted grain, blackened malt, and carbonized wood. The aroma is really dominated by overly roasted malt characteristics; sharp, acidic and harsh some feeble attempts at balance are made by weak chocolate notes and concentrated caramelized malt sugars. The aroma is not bad and would in fact appeal to those who like hugely roasted beers, but it is fairly uni-dimensional / one sided.

The taste is thick and rich up front with an ample, deeply caramelized, dark, malt sugar profile. The light carbonation makes has this leaning towards a creamy mouthfeel, but the roast acidity prickly carbonation cause the beer to thin out unsatisfactorily in the finish. Up front, creamy dark chocolate notes lend a richness and texture that is really quite nice, unfortunately the finish ruins this with sharp, bitter, burnt grain-husk flavors and a lingering roasted astringency. The harsh finish doesn't quite banish the rich, textured malt character though it gives it harrowing blow. A bitter, roasted, almost tepid, overly drained espresso flavor with blackened vegetal characteristics in the finish really gets in the way.

While the aroma is way too one-dimensional, the front part of each sip is quite enjoyable; the rich, textured grain character (of which the oatmeal plays a significant role) accents a delightful chocolate flavor and reasonable espresso flavor. The finish though is overly sharp and roasted; harsh, off-putting and acidic, at best this beer needs five years to mellow. At which point it might actually be quite sublime. If you only have one bottle, I would highly recommend holding on to it for quite some time.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured as if I were draining oil from one of my cars. Very black. Minimal tan head falls quickly to some moderate lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of black liquorish. Strong aggressive flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt toast, brown sugar and booze. Some light pine mixed in there as well. Finishes sweet. High ABV is definitely noticeable, but not harsh. Mouth feel is thick and sticky. Low carbonation. Overall drinkability is fair. A bit too sweet and syrupy for me, but still found it very enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep black preventing any light from making its way through. Thin creamy brown head.

S - Oats, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted malt and caramel chocolate brownies. Some dark fruits also show up as it warms.

T - Burnt brownies, caramel, dark fruits, burnt coffee. Starts out sweet and is followed by bitter chocolate and green tasting bitter hops that linger in the finish. I didn't notice the alcohol at first but it grew with each sip as it warmed.

M - Starts thick but tends to feel medium bodied as I continue to sip. Strange since the aroma/taste is screaming huge Imperial Stout. Low carbonation. It is weird how it feels medium bodied but still coats the mouth.

D - A great beer that might be perfect with a touch less alcohol and a bit more body. I went through this one too fast trying to place complex taste after complex taste. The alcohol seemed to build in the taste to the point it truly became a sipper.

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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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