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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by John on 12-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 679 | Ratings: 1,364
Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Vdubb86
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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Photo of Dennoman
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the quintessential "budget big stouts". I've had a fair few stouts in my day, let's see how this beast stacks up.

2011 vintage bomber, poured into a pint glass (I was feeling decadent, sue me).

A: A dark ruby red, nearly black. Pours a hoppy and lively two-finger tan head that disappears fairly quickly into a fingernail ring around the top.

S: Hops on the forefront dominate the "stouty" smells. Some roasted malts and oats on the nose, carried by booze.

T: Dry biscuits which I'm guessing are the oats hit the tongue first, followed by hop bitterness and then coffee and some dark chocolate from the roasted malts. Leaves a dry biscuit finish with some hoppy punch.

M: I think almost everyone would agree this could be thicker and richer for the style, but considering its price range this isn't anywhere close to disappointing. Light carbonation enhances creaminess and overall drinkability. Lush, but not overly indulgent.

O: A very good big stout for those times when you don't have all that much cash to blow on the big leagues. No-nonsense and a fine example of the oatmeal stout style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle that says 11% on the label, rather than the 9.6% listed here on BA. Deep, dark and luscious looking with a thick tan head.. Poured into my very large snifter and the aroma coming off this thing is very strong. Once you get past the alcohol on the nose, this opens up to give off some great aromas. Caramel, dry fruits and even a banana aroma? Maybe it's just me. Coffee and chocolate of course, and a hint of oats. Tastes of bitter chocolate and cold coffee. A little astringent, needs a bit more malt to smooth it out. It may be the heat of the alcohol that is contributing to the bitterness. Could certainly see this aging well. Very creamy on the mouthfeel, the Blackwater Series all seem to have great mouthfeel. Too boozy to be drinkable, sip it slow and enjoy!

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Photo of bbeane
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized wine glass... after an agressive pour, it starts with a small brown head that doesn't linger long. Beer is black with no light making it through when held up to one

S- Disappointingly weak. A bit of sweetness, like dark fruits... more like that of a RIS

T- Starts sweet, dark fruits mixed with licorice. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Has a very earthy oak taste

M- Smooth with little carbonation, on the heavier side, but not chewy

D- Tasty, but a bit disappointing as far as Southern Tier Imperials go... IMO.


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Photo of doughanson78
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very black. Not super black but no light gets through. Two finger mocha colored head with awesome retention and good lacing.

S: Light nose on this. Oatmeal is the main aroma. Coffee and chocolate are very very light. A touch of alcohol.

T: Some chocolate upfront. Touch of coffee bitterness. Then oatmeal is pretty big in the middle through the finish. Touches of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium full body. Medium high carbonation. Creaminess is light. Decent mouthcoating.

O: A good beer but kind of disappointed due to the quality of the other Southern Tier stouts.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got from johnnnniee in a trade - many thanks! 2009 edition so 11% ABV instead of the 9.6% currently listed. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Was pitch black in color. Wasn't getting much of a head until I did a hard pour at the end and even then it was slightly above average. It quickly faded into a collar. No lacing.

The aroma was surprisingly very subdued. Sweet from the sugar and dark fruit mixed with oats, chocolate and coffee plus a huge hit of the alcohol within. The alcohol was a bit too hot for me as I wanted the oat and chocolate to come thru more. The taste was better than the aroma with more of the chocolate flavor and much less of the alcohol. Starts out very sweet and then fades a little bit to finish with a not too sweet finish offset a bit of bitterness. Good but I think this would be even better with some aging. Time to get another one and cellar it. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy.

Overall, a good beer that I think would be even better with some age to tone down the alcohol and to let the other flavors develop. Still rather good though and I do recommend. Rotation: not avail in TX (got in a trade). Will probably seek out another for cellaring and see if worth doing more after that.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a snifter. Poured a deep, opaque black with a thin wispy head. Roasted malts with some fruit and a little alcohol. Full bodied. Deep roasted malt flavor. Not a lot of hop bitterness, but roasted malt bitterness. Long dry finish of chocolate malt. I'm going to put my other bottle away for a while. This seems like it might need a little time.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/7 inch head of a tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, chocolate, oat, slight tart malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, oat, sweet malt, slight chocolate, slight roasted malt, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good body, blend, complexity.

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Photo of tbart428
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of beerceller99
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving from a 22 fluid ounce brown bottle on 04 November 2008. Black color with a brown head. Medium to full body with a chewy mouthfeel. Has a dry bakers chocolate flavor with rich, lingering blackened malt finish. I wish there were more words to describe how great this beer is.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Aenema
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep black brown fringes when held to the light. Very thin, short-lived tan head which leaves little lacing.
Smell - Roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol.
Taste - Tasty base of roasted malts features lots of rich chocolate and is nicely supported by a firm hop-backbone.
Mouthfeel - Silky smooth, creamy feel with a medium-full body and light carbonation.
Drinkability - Rich and quite filling. Lots of flavor and quite enjoyable, but definitely a slow sipper to be shared.
Overall - An enjoyable beer that is most notable for the silky smooth mouthfeel and then the rich chocolate flavors. Plan to split this with at least one other person.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours on the thin side for a bit oatmeal stout, dark brown to black with a one finger brown heat that recedes to a wispy cap and ring, leaving some webs of lacing behind.

Aroma is roasted malts, some day-old coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, some pine/herbal hops, toffee, caramel. Moderate strength.

Flavor is quite strong and features chocolate, roasted malts, coffee/espresso, some dark fruits, some caramel & toffee, molasses, brown sugar, just a touch of hops, some alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium for an Imperial Stout, somewhat creamy, but less so than other oatmeal stouts, medium carbonation.

This is the Southern Tier brew that I've most wanted to try for the past few years and I'm glad to finally get a chance to try it. However, I can't help but be a bit disappointed in the relatively thin body and weak aroma.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
Pours a rich, dark brown in color with just a little head showing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose, but WOW, Southern Tier has nailed the perfect mouthfeel. This is thick, roasty, creamy and easy drinking. This is so thick it's borderline chewy. This beer is very well done. Didn't even notice the alcohol til about two thirds of the way through the bottle. I started to get that warming sensation at about that time. They used oats in abundance in this thing. Plenty in the taste as well as roasted malts and plenty of bakers chocolate. Southern Tier is doing very well with their "Big Beer" series. Keep up the good work.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into Glass

a - Very dark colored, almost pitch black, very small head nothing crazy.

s - Chocolate and vanilla with hints of dark fruits

t - Great taste, somewhat like a oatmeal cookie, very pleasant, tastes of raisins also and vanilla.

m - Full Bodied Beer, creamy feel with not a lot of carbonation.

d - Very drinkable and very pleasant would definitely enjoy this beer again!

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Photo of TheMistler
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wowza, this beer has a dark head. Creamy and displaying good retention with decent lacing, it is tan to the point that i might as well just call it brown. The brew itself is black. Not as thick as some stouts, I would say it looks medium bodied.

Oats and cream on the nose, commingling with grains and chocolate.

Tastes of milk chocolate as well as oats and other grains. Hops make themselves known with a hint of pine and then bittering. Coffee, and the chocolate notes go from "milk-" to "dark-" with it.

I found that the alcohol sharpness built from initially noticeable to fairly biting and spicy by the time the sweetness of the beer has gone down the gullet.

While I said earlier that it looks medium bodied, it certainly drinks heavily, with a creamy feel. The creamy sensation didn't quite jibe with the ultimately sharp sensation. A nicely complex (I did at least like the progression from sweet to sharp) and tasty brew, to my mind it could've used a lower ABV. That would probably boost the drinkability.

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Photo of grayburn
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful crude black oil poured out of a bomber into a snifter. A little brown head forms and stays for the remainder of the beer. Nice lacing as well.
The smell is very sweet and smooth, nothing comes out as prominent, but many traditional stout characteristics hide in the back. Some coffee and chocolate, a little licorice, malty and oaty sweetness.
The taste is a bit over oated in my opinion. The same ingredient that ups the mouthfeel into deliciousness almost over-silkens the taste. It almost irons out the other flavors, creating a smoother, if a little one-dimensional, flavor profile. Light carbonation and silky smooth mouth. I love oats.
Huge body makes it a little less drinkable, not my favorite, but certainly good.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an absolute onyx black with a nice dark brown one finger head that slowly dies down to a thin layer that stays. Stickiness is great, lots of legs holding on all over the sides. Smell is a bit too much in terms of alcohol. Very strong, almost vodka like odors with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. Some sweet oats in the nose as well, but not as much as I would like. Taste is a very dry wood like oat flavor. Super dark french roast coffee flavors mixed with a tiny hint of caramel. A bit of alcohol can be detected on the tongue, but not nearly as much as the smell would lead you to believe. Mouthfeel is not as full as I had anticipated, but still quite thick and chewy with a fair amount of carbonation. I definitely love my Oatmeal Stouts, but this was a bit too much for me, still a very solid brew all around. Southern Tier continues to pump out huge beers, add this one to that list.

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Photo of number1bum
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a rich, pitch black color with a finger of darkish tan head. Head settles pretty quickly, not leaving much lace or stick, and overall is a bit of a disappointment.

Smell is sweet and malty, with milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and lots of roasted malt, too. Some fruity hops burst through every now and again, as well, and I also pick up some raisins.

Taste starts of with some bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some sweetness, too, chocolate and molasses I'll call it. Roasted malt is the dominant flavor, it's deep and close to charred. There is some fruity hop flavor here and there, too, like there was in the smell. Oats provide some creaminess, as they should, but it's not as smooth and creamy as I would have guessed it to be. It's chewy and full bodied, but it seems to me it could be much smoother.

This is a good beer, but I don't love it. Definitely one that has to be allowed to warm and sipped slowly. I must say that I'm starting to cool on Southern Tier's creations. They just seem to be a bit much more often than not.

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Photo of erosier
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Pours a deep jet black color with little to no brown colored head. It has some lacing down the glass but not alot.
S: Smells of faint malts, some faint oatmeal aromas, and then a big alcohol aroma and some black malt in there as well.
T: Very very bitter. The malts all combine for a very bitter taste that perhaps the hops keep all the way through the beer. Some alcohol in the flavor as well.
M: Very thick, heavy, smooth, and very warming.
D: OK drinkability but there was alot of alcohol at 11% but I was able to do the bottle. Interesting take on the style as always from Southern Tier.

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Photo of vande
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ dark and calm. Much like a flat cola. My guess is though, the entire beer is not quite as calm as it is presenting....the calm before the storm?

S ~ light, roasted malts...touches of chocolate notes...slight coffee

T ~ My expectations were higher I think... although the notes that came through in the aroma are hit upon no the flavor...it did come across somewhat flat... I think I may have to snag a fresher bottle and try again...

M ~ medium to heavy bodied smooth and creamy...

0 ~ i enjoy ST beers. this one was pretty good.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bottle of this with JustinA1 last night. Thanks for sharing dude!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pitch black with a sudsy brown cap that shows good retention. Faint, spotty lace dots the walls of the glass. Looks very thick!

Smell: Molasses, oats, chocolate, char, red berries, and syrup. Alcohol is masked well, even after the beer warms. Robust, sweet, roasty, and blunt.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses, oats, roasted barley, red currants and booze. Flavor profile is gigantic! As noted in the smell assessment, I think "blunt" is an excellent descriptor for this beer.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and syrupy throughout with a dry, sticky finish. Lightly carbonated, very heavy, and warm. Roastiness balances things out a bit, but there are a ton of residual sugars in here.

Drinkability: I think I would've been happier splitting this four ways... or even five, six, or seven ways. Oat is a humongous beer! I think it would actually be better off with a lower OG and FG.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter glass and was surprised by the minimal head that formed. Maybe a finger at most. Light tan and short lived.. Very dark brown and opaque.

Aroma is mostly chocolate... With a hint of vanilla in the background.

Dark roasted flavor, vanilla flavors and then a dark roasted bitterness towards the end. You can detect the hop bitterness amongst the roasted flavors. Smokey as well.

Fairly full bodied and thick, but a bit thin for an IMP Stout. Very light carbonation.

Slow sipper, but nicely drinkable. Not quite as deep and complex as some others.

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Photo of far333
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with no light getting through. Barely see bubbles rising up. Vigorous pour is required to kick up some oatmeal colored bubbly foam that recedes quickly.

Light aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is initially sharp roasted malt, some burnt espresso, cocoa, charred oaky bark wood, molasses and whiskey, some piney hoppy biters rise up through. Lots of body from the oats, but this tates more like an imperial than an oatmeal. Powerful ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and creamy, very full and satisfying. Pretty drinkable for a big beer, enjoy with a maduro cigar and a rich chocolate dessert.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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