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

11% abv. Brewed in Fall 2007. Demon-blood black with a thin burnt-orange head that quickly vanishes into a ring. Dark-chocolate-dipped blackberry aromas with a slightly menacing undercurrent of alcohol vapor. The oil-slick texture carries a cacophony of juicy dark fruit flavors: black cherries, burnt currants, earthy and coniferous hop spice, charred grain, and silky booze. The latter is deftly hidden amongst the wall of flavor this stout presents, but its warming effect is nearly immediately noticeable both in the stomach and in the cheeks. A sipper for certain. A solid effort, but less than awesome all the same.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle, delivered by hoppymeal as a <welcome> extra. Poured to a pint glass. "Only" 11.0% ABV is what the silk-screened bottle says...from the "Blackwater Series", brewed Fall 2007.

A: Virtually black, maybe a slim trace of amber brown on the fringes. About 1/2 finger of rusty-tan fizziness forms the head on this one; it's quick to die, becoming a clinging ring of cream with a feathery swirl of film. Lace sticks in slick bands.

S: Big aroma of sweet malts, laden with caramel and molasses. It's oatmeal the way I like it - topped with brown sugar and dried fruit. Toasted grain with some coffee roast, maybe a hint of oxidized tartness. It's a wealth of complex aromas and a pleasure to inhale.

T: Sweet, yet savory. This has a layered dose of burnt sugars, coffee grounds, cocoa and caramel melded with a bit of dried tart raisins and smoked barbeque. An intriguing mix of sweeter and darker, richer malt flavors with just enough bittering hops for balance. Oh, and throw in a little booze, because there's definitely a woody 'barrel' flavor in there...

M: Pretty thick, really rather syrupy. Some boozy warmth and a little burnt/sweet goodness lingering on the tongue. Carbonation is mild and the mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, coating.

D: A big, big beer; a pleasure to drink as a single pour, but nearly impossible to finish a bottle. Dessert-like and decadent, this is certainly recommended, but is the type of beer you want to end the night on. Absolutely worth seeking out and sipping on rare occasions when the moment seems right...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of well balance of sweet oatmeal malt with some coffee and bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by a rich creamy texture with some notes of coffee, medium sweet black chocolate and a light bitter ending. I have to admit to being very impressed by this beer that retains some balance while being very extreme.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle lists 11.0% abv, I'll try and make an update.
Pours a completely opaque black beer with a quarter inch of head that quickly sinks to a slim covering of cappucino colored tracing. Aromas are carried by a strong alcohol presence. Lots of earthy, rich and deep notes come through, mostly chocolate, cream soda, vanilla, a little light oak, and a bunch of milled oatmeal. It's really nothing like any RIS I've had as I would compare it to; not as roasty or chocolaty, but still with some slight port like notes. On the palate, this beer explodes! Minimal carbonation fills your mouth with a heavy slickness of chocolate, oatmeal, some slight lactose like notes. It is incredible smooth as the high percentage of oats would do and the finish is very long, very smooth with some slight roasty bitterness. A little bit of an herbal touch is felt from the hops, columbus bringing citrus and willamette a little floral. Overall, this is an overwhelmingly good beer and I'm scared to rate it so high. My first from this brewery and hopefully the rest will live up to this one.

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Photo of rye726
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'07 22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F.

Black color with cedar hues and a thick brown head. Poor retention as it settled to a light foam around the glass.

Roasted malts and oats. Chocolate, caramel, and peppery hops as well. Some dark fruit comes out as it warms.

Wow, I was totally not expecting such a powerfull and delicious beer from the smell. A wonderful roasted malt structure composed of caramel, chocolate and black varieties. More sweet chocolate with molasses, vanilla and a nice floral hop character to keep everything in good balance.

Quality mouthfeel as well. Full body with light carbonation. Thick, smooth and chewy.

A great oatmeal stout and on eof the best around. Nothing out of balance and the 11% is well hidden. Highly suggested.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.

Almost a completely jet black fills the glass that no light could ever penetrate...very small off white head disappears way too quickly. A tease to the alcohol inside.

Aromas are chocolate...dark chocolate...sweet dark chocolate...coffee...espresso...touch of hops and alcohol.

Taste is as it smells....but more so. The sweet dark chocolate is so intense it is decadent and sinful...the espresso is just enough to balance the chocolate, and the alcohol at the end reminds you this is one very potent and substantial dessert.

Mouthfeel is as creamy and smooth as a dessert should be.

Everything about this beer is...
...decadent, sinful, and worth the price of the sin.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle says 11.0% abv.

a - pours quite black and thick-looking, very small brown head with no retention or lacing

s - deeply roasted malt and iced coffee on the nose, some fruit and bright hops, alcohol notes as well

t - bright hops with lots of sweetness up front, body of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, finish is quite bitter with more fruitiness from the hops, chocolate and coffee linger on the finish that's fairly sweet, some alcohol

m - full-bodied, coats the mouth very well, mostly sweet but some dryness on the finish, warming from the alcohol

d - definitely a sipper, very powerful and intense beer, not easy on too easy on the palate and at 11% abv, not overly drinkable

Very interesting impy stout...more hops than any other stout I've tried. Very distinct and well worth seeking out.

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

Some quick-hit notes:

* Pitch black color, no head.
* Strong coffee bitterness in the taste
* Heavy blast of alcohol
* Feels thick like motor oil; viscous
* Smell is sweeter, milder than the taste
* More hops are present in the smell than in the taste.
* Oats and grains come out in the flavor more as it warms up
* Quite strong; big time alcoholic kick
* A real choker; thick as molasses
* The cherry/berry element is dark but overpowered by the alcohol and the bitter, roasted malt.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the bottle, I found this to be a lackluster pour with only a light head created even when the velocity and distance were increased. Head retention was virtually nonexistent, as was residual lacing; not necessarily what I'd expect from a thick, double-strength stout. The dark brow-black hue of the beverage was pleasant, lending this beer an appealing, though not extraordinary appearance.

The scent was equally unimpressive, fairly astringent with a readily accessible alcohol profile. Perhaps my expectations for sampling chocolate or coffee were not high enough, for I simply could not find any in this offering.

After partaking of the scent, I tasted this brew with mixed feelings. Unfortunately, my consternation was found to be warranted as this beer is rather unbalanced and skewed. The alcohol was clearly in the forefront, dominating all else; a clear faux paus. The oat sweetness was virtually nonexistent, as were indications of the dark fruit embodied in a normal imperial stout (and, as an aficionado of the so-called dark fruits, I can say that there is little here in the way to interpret with). What I detected was simple: alcohol followed by a meager malt profile attached to some rather delectable hops. Again, not a poor specimen, but rather average.

Mouthfeel was satisfactory, smooth and somewhat creamy with a low amount of carbonation in the throat. An acceptable beer, but nothing remarkable. Unless offered as a gift, I would not make a point of partaking of this beverage again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown color with a gooey tan head that leaves droplets all around the chalice

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aroma with a subtle blend of dark fruit sneaking through

Taste: Opens with a dark chocolate flavor that is joined by dark fruit and hints of molasses; after the swallow, some piney hops peek through and take the beer in an unexpected direction

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: These bombers that Southern Tier put out are just an adventure that I am ready to take whenever I see them; another great achievement

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is series #2 at 11%, licoricey and chewy. Columbus and Chinook and chocolate and de-bittered black barley from Belgium. A very rich and oily imperial stout that is a meal in itself. A sipper that goes down well with a meal. Very satisfying. Thick black and an aroma that is chocolatey and somewhat hoppy.Mollasses and cocoa.

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Photo of ZAP
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Blackish brown...tan/amber head...

S-Quite impressive....rich and sweet....chocolate...roasted malts...very appealing vanilla...a little caramel....some dark fruits and rum....tremendously complex....AWESOME aroma

T-Milk chocolate....roasted malts...."tia maria" liquor...maple...nougat...dark fruits...plums, black cherries...figs....boozy to a point...finish with a spicy gain alcohol kick.

M-Like fucking velvet...smooth and as creamy a beer as I've ever had....full bodied...definitely a sipper.

D-Right up there with the best of the best....a slight grainy alcoholic feel is the only minor complaint...now listed at 11.0% rather than 12.5% Maybe they are working on that...might be even better at 10%...nevertheless this is a hell of a beer. I'm not sure where the scores will place it but it feels like a top 25-50 beer of all-time for me. (Note: I just checked it is tied for # 72 out of 1302 on my list....about right)

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

Appearance: Inky black with almost no head whatsoever. Very little carbonation present even with a hard pour.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Like the nose. Coffee up front along with the vanilla. Has a big alcohol taste, which dominates the end of the swallow. There is a bit of hoppiness at the end as well, not too overpowering, just enough to add a few extra flavors to the beer. Not much in the way of oatmeal sweetness, which is the only real complaint here.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and heavy. Coats the mouth and leaves a good amount of alcohol and hops. Would like more of the oatmeal to stick around instead of those two.

Drinkability: Very big beer. Too thick and heavy to have much of. A bomber will about do it. Best enjoyed with something much lighter alongside. Very good beer, with good complexity, and a bit different than a lot of Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black in color-not as much head as the label would have you believe. Lightly carbonated-nice lacing as it goes down. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and oats. Quite grainy. Slick and oily oat flavor. Decent level of roasted malts against a fairly heavy dose of hops. Really great slickness to it with the roasted flavor. Slightly spiced-cinnamon and licorice. Perfect mouthfeel-as before with the oilyness. Not a touch of alcohol in there. Almost the perfect brew going on here. A great drinkability. I cant get enough of the mouthfeel on this one. Great, great beer.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ridiculously thick, inky black. At first there was no head at all and thought maybe I had a bad bottle, then all of the sudden bubbles rose up and a 1/2 inch, brown head was formed. Looks like engine oil after 10,000 miles of use. Heads goes away after a few minutes, leaving no lacing behind.

Smells of mucho roastiness, coffee, maltiness, burnt chocolate, slight alcohol. Tastes of sweet, roasty malts up front turning into even more of a robust roastiness after the sip. Burnt toffee flavors, dark unsweetened cocoa/chocolate, dark-roast coffee, vanilla is present (almost like it was aged in casks). There is some alcohol presence in the finish but not as bad as you would expect from such a big beer. This is an extremely robust beer and full of complexities.

If ever a beer was labeled as a "meal in a bottle", this would be it. Insanely thick, coats the mouth, very heavy. Light on the carbonation or maybe I dont notice it as much because of the thickness of the brew. This is definitely a sipper and a great winter beer. Very good and highly recommended. It appears that Southern Tier can do no wrong.

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

Figured this would be good on a cold blustery night.

A-Pours an opague black. No light getting through on this bad bot. A coffee coloured dense head sits atop its' murky blackness.

S-This smells of rich roasted malt, a bit of coffee and some slight alcohol. Not as potent as I was expecting but I mean that in a good way. An underlying sweetness is evident as well.

T-Sweet rich roasted malt is the first thing you notice then toffee, vanilla, coffee and a woodiness. The hop character is restrained and this definitely leans on the sweeter side. The bitterness is there and it balances things well. The alcohol is VERY well hidden even though it is a sipper. It does warm the blly though so you do know the % is there. Very roasty to say the least.

M-Syrupy, slightly chalky like some baltic porters and a mild yet pleasing carbonation.

D-This is one hell of a stout, I like it better than their Ja-va. A well made stout

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into snifter. A: Pours thick as oil, completely black, very little head and almost no lacing. S: Chocolate, thick caramel up front, some citrus notes hidden in there. Hops pretty faint. Alcohol present. T: Very sweet and creamy up front, darker fruit with some citrus, nice biting hops that really come through on the finish. Great balance. M: Very, very thick, smooth, chewy. D: Really enjoyable--obviously very intense, but very drinkable for such a huge abv. I'll definitely pick this one up again if I see it. Really delicious.

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods.

Pours a very thick and oily opaque black, thick and huge brown head forms, massive lacing, good retention. Smell is oats, caramel, chocolate, big roast, molasses, vanilla, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is molasses and toffee, chocolate, roast, oats, sweet lactic middle, coffee with cream, some floral and bitter roast in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, low carbonation, very sweet. At first I had this rated pretty highly, but the more I drank the more I disliked it. It turns sickly sweet and sugary, and if I have this again its going to be split a hell of a lot more than two ways.

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

Appearance: black in color with a 2" head that slowly falls. Some lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and some cocoa is picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt sweetness with some bitter dark chocolate, prunes, mild bitterness, and a good bit of alcohol. The oats seem to mellow out the malt profile a bit.

Mouthfeel: lightly prickly at the start. Smooth almost syrupy at the finish. Heavy in body. Aftertaste is long on the flavor profile.

Drinkability: decent but a real slow sipper here. This bottle will last a good part of the evening. One bomber is more than enough though.

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

So this is fairly black, with a tan head and really fine lace. The smell is not overwhelming in power, but some nice burnt malts (oats too i suppose), and with time, a fair amount of the sugary booze. Taste is straight forward and sweet, hershey's syrup and coffee liquor, with a slight burnt bitterness. Boozy/vinous aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side of syrup, low carbonation, silky. Overall, this is a heavy hitter, but seems like it's missing something to me.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an inky black beer with a small cap of dark brown foam. Lacing is spotty and minimal. The nose is full of roast, chocolate, char and a little smoke. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Body is medium or so. Could use a little boost. But it lends to a lot easier beer to drink, which could be dangerous with this one. Very lightly carbonated. The taste is full of dark oils....anise, tar, black licorice, tobacco and char. It's really quite a nicely integrated flavor profile. Plus there's that flavor packed residue that lingers long after you drink. Alcohol is hidden quite nicely behind all the roast and blackened malts. Roasted bitterness lingers. Quite a nice accomplishment here. A good "sipper."

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head that gives an espresso look. The head falls to wisps, leaving some thin lines of spotted lacing.

The smell is of dark maltiness - some coffee/chocolate though neither really stand out - a general dark maltiness fits description well enough. Boozy.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with a bittering touch. The alcohol comes through strongly. Chocolate syrup with thick caramel makes this one sweet and dessert-like. Hot, sweetish finish.

It is rich and hits full-bodied, but not too syrupy. There is a certain smoothness despite noticeable alcohol.

This is a slow-sipper. Personally, not as impressed as I was hoping to be, but an interesting beer, nevertheless.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a very rich looking, scorched earth black. All this dark lovliness is capped with a tiny espresso crema head.

S: Bitter chocolate, dark fruit, burnt malt, and espresso. Rum soaked raisins, burnt brown sugar and molassas.

T: See above with the perfect amount of bite from the alcohol. Sweetness lingers on the lips during the looong finish. A veritable surplus of bitter, burnt, and toasted flavors.

M: Bitter, sweet, and spicy with that delicious alcohol heat.

D: A fantastic stout, but one is more than enough.

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

Poured from the 22oz Bomber into a snifter. Even with the most agressive pour I could muster, I only raised up less than 1/4" of tan head...and that all but dissappeared...SO, I stirred it briskly with a spoon and was gratified with a nice 1" head. The beer is a deep ebony that didn't allow ANY light to penetrate.... NONE! Lot's of lacing as I drank.... But I don't thing hardly any lacing would show had I not stirred to produce the initial head.

The nose was somewhat subdued even though I was able to get some head to appear... I did pick up some sweet caramel and some roasted malt character.

Taste: Smokey, sweet caramel, some roasted/burnt bitterness. BIG alcohol finish... BA says 12.5% ABV; Bottle says 11.0% ABV...

Mouthfeel: I never thought that I'd say this.... but could use just a touch MORE carbonation.... I think that this would ADD body.... as it is.... it is VERY ROBUST and thick and chewy... just a little flat.... I added the remainder of the bomber down the side.... so as not to stir up any more foam... and that did help...

Drinkability: DEFINATELY A SIPPER! But a good sipper... I believe that this is my FIRST American Double (Imperial) Stout... I've had a few Russian Imperial Stouts B4.... and I will definately note that this ADIS is bigger than any RIS I've tried!... The alcohol is more present. I will have to grow into these....

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Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at some supermarket place in East Lansing a month ago. Not quite opaque, but nearly so. Extremely small head of medium-brown layered onto a black body. Sticky brown lacing. Smells boozy and of chocolate and thick malts. Notes of charcoal, coffee and the other usual suspects. Tase is huge. Oaky thickness with a large coffee presence that's bitter, but in a way that doesn't make you think "why am i sucking on some old wet coffee grounds?", as some beers tend to do. No, its an obvious hop bitterness that melds well with the rest of the beer and that I imagine would fade as you aged this. Some hints on the finish of oak, raspberry and plums. Tastes delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, like black olive oil. Chewy, almost, or like a melted milkshake. I think the mouthfeel makes this beer. This might be the first beer from S.T. that I've REALLY liked. I'm a sucker for a tasty stout, i guess.

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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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