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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,095
Reviews:
680
Ratings:
1,367
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of RWLawman
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Pinkocd
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Anvilfarm
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of myuncle
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of GinsuDave
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of johnrs
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of jborg
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of dbattey
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of target88
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Comes out dark brown in color, with lighter brown edges. Sort of a chocolate milk colored head, average lacing.

Smell is pretty good, probably the best part. Well malted, strong notes of chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans and very grainy. There is also some sweetness, almost like burned sugar, maybe with some maple mixed in.

Taste is pretty good, but a slight step down. It maintains all of the aroma characteristics, but it has a few additions. It's a little bitter and a little boozy almost like bourbon or whiskey. I guess it makes sense at 11% but Southern Tier is usually pretty good about masking the alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty bad. Not a good carbonation level and I actually found the body to be inconsistent, almost separated; part of it is full the rest watery. Sweet start with a very bitter finish, almost burns a little on the way down.

All in all I guess it's ok, there is a chance I got a bad bottle, so I'm sure I'll give it another try in the future. I let this age for a year but was still a little boozy. I guess I'm spoiled with Ipswich and St Ambrose Oatmeal Stouts that I might have expected more from an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. A gift from a good friend, my review does not reflect my appreciation.

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Photo of biglite351
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - black as night but very little head.

S - very strong malts. Caramel and chocolate, almost molasses like. Mild bitter hops in the finish.

T - strong hit of chocolate, hops, malt and oak/oat. Bitter with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M - full coating with mild tingle on sides of tongue with an alcohol burn in the throat.

D - flavor makes you want more, but the bitterness and alcohol burn make you want to stop. One bomber will do.

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Photo of Biggness
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured very dark nearly a black with no head thats I could see as well as no carbonation. The smell was nice mostly of chocolate and coffee. Thetaste was a little disapppointing the flavor of molasses overpowered most everything and made this not the easiest beer to drink. Don't get me wrong this is a finely crafted beer but the flavor of molasses was a little too much for me. The alcohol was well hidden and if not for the overpowering molasses flavor this would be something I would love to drink all the time :) On a side not this didn't have an oatmeal stout flavor to me @ all

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

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

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Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber ordered from Archer Liquors
Pours dark black with a small tan head that doesn't last even with a violent pour. Smell is of marshmallows, oat, chocolate and a lot of alcohol coming through in the way of acetone, almost. Taste is creamy, smooth, and oily with a great carbonation level. More oatiness, chocolate, roast malt and marshmallowy goodness, but again the alcohol is huge, and is the only thing that keeps this from being awesome in my mind. If they scaled it back to maybe 8-9% or hid it better I'd love this stuff, but as hot as it is, It was just an enjoyable one time beer for me.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black wih a coffee colored head. Malty aroma of oatmeal, roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Lots of oatmeal and roasted chocolate maltiness i the flavor as well as a noticeable alcohol warmth. ABV not very well masked.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured nearly black with a minimal and short-lived head. The carbonation level, nonetheless, is good. The high ABV is amazingly well hidden, even in the feel and nose. Full body with very smooth feel. Rich but not particularly complex flavor with plenty of very dark roasted malt and some oats.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a small mocha head that dies almost immediately. Very little in the lacing department. I prefer a dense, long lasting head in this style.

S - Smells of plum, oatmeal, coffee beans, and cherry. Booze is also present. The malts are mostly sweet with a touch of roasty.

T - Sweet from the start with dark fruits and caramel. The oat flavors come through in the middle coupled with some roasty malts. The finish is mostly of toasted coffee with a slight bitterness that doesn't stand up to the big sweet flavors. Alcohol is apparent on the back of the tongue.

M - Medium-thick feel with micro-carbonation that suits the style and flavors.

O - I enjoy most of Southern Tier's 22 oz. offerings and while this was decent, it was a little bit disappointing. Very sweet, which is acceptable in a diverse style, but I would have preferred a bit more complexity. I probably won't spend the $10 to get this one again.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,367 ratings
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