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 RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black body without a highlight, topped by two inches of light brown (way past tan) froth with milk shake texture. Good lacing quickly evident.

Strong, potent aroma of roast coffee and dark fruits.

The beer smashes across the tongue, leaving havok in its wake. This is a good thing. Rich dark fruits floating in a rushing river. An undercurrent of coffee. A pleasant warming but no alcoholic burn. A gentle sandpapering by the oats, rounding off the rough edges. Chocolatly finish.

Rich slick smooth mouthfeel. Great drinkability for an imperial stout this big.

Another great bomber from Southern Tier. Seek it and its brothers out.

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

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. left a creamy sheet and ring throughout. the body was black as night.
s - chocolate, caramel with a hint of bourbon.
t - chocolate, ripe cherries, coffee, oats again with a hint of bourbon.
m - creamy and slick, really coats the tongue.
d - wonderful sipper. first time i've had this and i loved it. has a little heat to it and it would be incredible on a very cold night. good fresh and might even get better with age. i have another bomber that i'm going to age for a year and see what happens.

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Photo of Fourem
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Cole's

Poured an oily black with a tan head. Lacing all the way to the bottom of the goblet. Smell is sweet and roasty but not too overpowering. Slight sweet caramel flavor with a lingering vanilla, cherries. Very light hop finish with roasted malt all the way home. Chewy body, very nice to sit and sip if it were snowing...
Alcohol is very well hidden in this monster. I cant wait to take some home in the bottle!

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Photo of shippos
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at the chapter house and served in the black water series own line of glassware.
poured black black black, with little head until I poured it into a big glass and it produced a thick creamy dense tan head that lasted until the final drop. very balanced and smooth aroma with a bit of alcohol. intense concentrated creamy oily mouthfeel and is so smooth. surprisingly little roasted character, would expect some some from a heavy stout like this. oats seem to mellow and smooth out the rough edges on this. so so drinkable despite the alcohol content. don't even think about letting this get pass you with out trying it.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dexters, madison. The mild-mannered aroma is the only drawback, here. It's an absolutely beautiful, opaque black, with a massive fluffy brown head. White lacing draws a precise contrast w/ the the brown head.

I feel like I'm drinking a real contender to the double stout crown, but one that's a bit short on complexity. The 11% alcohol is entirely well-hidden. The hop bitterness balances the sweet so well it creates the mirage of sweet french-roast coffee w/ cream. And the smoothness in the mouth is unsurpassed.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having been impressed by this brew so much last year, there was no hesitation on my part to buy a bomber when I saw it on the shelf at Martys in Newton. I poured this one in to my Portsmouth tulip glass at a temperature perhaps slightly lower than cellar. Little in the way of heading, but a small white/tan ring could be seen forming around the glass. Color cannot be stated enough; this truly is black water that light will not penetrate. Burnt coffee bean is the first smell that shows itself, followed by earthy grains, oatmeal, and a bit of lactose sweetness. Taste starts off with a mix of chocolate and oatmeal, stays earthy throughout, and ends on a more bitter coffee note. Feel is robust, yet manages to slay slick on the palate. This one truly qualifies as a meal in a bottle. Try sharing this one with a friend, as the alcohol and overall weight of this beer might be a bit too much for single handedly polishing off a bomber. This beer is my favorite from Southern Tier, and one of my favorites throughout the year. Imagine a beer milk shake, and you might get an idea as to what this one resembles. Despite the steep price tag, Oat might have to be a brew that I cave in, and purchase a case of. Cheers to the guys at ST for creating such a great beer.

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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 bigflatsbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Extremely dark, cannot see any light through my Nonic glass. Brown head gets to 1.5 fingers after a vigorous pour.

Smell - Dark malts.

Taste - Classic stout with oats well balanced sweetness and dryness at finish. I do taste alcohol given the abv, understandable.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body expected with this style

Overall - Very solid stout, great on a cold fall night like tonight

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a happy find at my local beer store on tap for my growler...

Appearance for this brew is perfect for a imperial stout- Pours like oil nice and thick--black as can be- no light can penetrate it- only swirling it in the glass shows the dark brown oil like appearance -- nice brown 1 finger head that disappears fast and leaves a very thin lace...

If this beer lacks anyplace its in the smell- I only smell dark roasted grains maybe some woody smell and the alcohol..A hints of other things in there but cant make it out... none of the smells are strong except the roast and the alcohol

As for the Taste- this one is awesome..I love the taste - loads of dark chocolate and black black coffee with plenty oaty oatness - it is much much sweeter than I expected... The best thing about this one is somehow you really cannot taste the alcohol- it is not "in" the taste like a lot of higher abv's --it is blended and part of the taste- never really tasted one like that before...It starts sweet and finishes spicy almost citrus with the alcohol and ending with a oat and chocolate aftertaste. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is also outstanding on this---smooth as silk- very slippery -goes down a bit syrupy but this is as imperial stout so thats expected...carbonation is perfect too not to much not to little and also adds to the finish on the taste.

Drinkability is as high as a imperial stout can get. Like I said earlier- the alcohol is part of the taste - you don't taste alcohol- if it wasn't for the syrupy consistency of the beer it would be dangerous easy to drink A++

Would like to try this one in a bottle to see if its as good bottled.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black brew with a small mocha head. No lacing.

S - Rich dark chocolate melting. I feel like I'm failing to capture the aroma in words, but thats it. The slightest hint of acetone at warmer temperatures.

T - Dark chocolate, ash, pecans... mushrooms. Aftertaste is rich and full chocolate at first, but it fades quickly into a mild marly bitterness with chocolate dominating it even then. This flavor is marvelous.

M - Silky smooth, thick, very refreshing.

D - I never would have guessed this to be 11%, 9 - maybe. It is very smooth. The taste is outstanding. I will have this again - one of the best offerings form Southern Tier.

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Photo of jrarthur
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Opaque black. Head rose to about a half cm pretty quickly, then subsided leaving one small island on the surface and a ring around the edge. Very dark body, but the head shows some brown.

Smell - Immediate hints of chocolate, some oats, and roasted malt (it is a stout). Could be a little stronger.

Taste - Very enjoyable. The chocolate is not nearly as dominant as one would expect after smelling it, and there is even some sort of mellow vanilla-ish taste. Very well balanced and, unlike many Imperial Stouts (IMHO), not overly-boozy at all considering its strength.

Mouthfeel - Although I generally dislike Imperial Stouts that feel like syrup going down, I would prefer a beer with a little bit more thickness. That being said, it is by no means what I would consider too light to enjoy. Very drinkable and, given the high ABV, should be sipped with caution!

Overall - Excellent beer. Well balanced, easy to drink beer with strong, but not harsh, flavors. I definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers the bold flavors in imperial stouts without the harsh booziness.

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Photo of BlastTyrant
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at MacGregor’s in Henrietta, NY 4/22/2005. Aroma is sweet and malty, with caramel, coffee, vanilla, and oak. The flavor does not disappoint. Coffee, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying, probably due to a pretty significant hops flavor. No one element dominated, nicely balanced. Huge bodied. Should be savored, but I drank my first so fast I had to order a second. They REALLY need to bottle this stuff. Outstanding.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Stout! It poured a almost black into my crystal mug.
The creamy deep tan head dissipates fast into great lacing.
The smell tells of coffee, chocolate, malt and honey.
Tasting the beer, up front there are roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. In the middle sweet honey flavors and some mild hops balance the beer. The smooth finish is giving away the oats as well as some alcohol.
A nice full bodied mellow oily Stout, very drinkable and now one of my favorites. Great beer and a must try!!!

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Photo of isualum12
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark as night with a great looking headon the glass. We enjoyed this beer last night at an imperial stout party here in Boise

This was easily one of my high lights from over 50+ tastes on the night. Great job bringing the thick tasty stout to life on my toung without to much c02.

Moderate toasted malt with dark bread and a light coffee aroma. There is a flavor ofwith some yeastiness, figs, and plums.

Southern delivers again. We really need more access to them here in Boise.

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Photo of sluhdrum07
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

drinking straight from the bottle

smell: chocolate, sweetness, like i think the richest chocolate milk and brandy mix might smell, and carmel too

taste: sweetly bitter, swirling it around my mouth leads the flavors into my nasal cavity...mmm, and it stays for a while

mouthfeel: feels like liquid chocolate candy on my tongue.

drinkability: i could drink this so fast i have to watch myself. i don't know the availability of this beer, but i hope it is yearlong because i can see drinking this easily in the summer as dark beers go. 11%?? sure goes down smooth

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, pitch-black with a small half-finger brown head. Very small amount of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Dark malts, raisins and prunes, caramels, oats, cherries, overall dark fruity.

Taste: Very nice. Sweet malts in the forefront, with a roasty attribute. Chocolate and caramel penetrate the backend, with a definite oat based taste and light hoppy character. The alcohol is discernible, but definitely not overbearingly so. There is almost a creamy/milky character to the taste, it's divine.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and heavy body, very rich and creamy, it would be a sipper but it's so damn good!

Overall: I was expecting my first offering from Southern Tier to be good based on their reputation for good brewing, but this blew me away. An amazing oatmeal stout that sweet-tooths and hop heads alike could enjoy.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle (2007 batch)
11% ABV

A- A deep, dark oily black liquid with no light penetrating the edges. The dark brown head is creamy and thin, but only takes a bit of swirling to bring it back to life. Menacing.

S- Pungent anise, black cherries, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and just the slightest hints of alcohol and soy sauce.

T- Anise, black cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and oats. Extremely strong flavors that blend together outstandingly well.

M- Oily slick with just enough carbonation to keep it almost creamy. The flavors coat the mouth and linger for quite some time.

D- Outlandishly rich and delicious. It has really calmed down over the years. Highly recommended, but be prepared for a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oat in a snifter at cellar temperature. The bottle reads 10.8% ABV rather than 11%.

A beautiful black body this beer has, and a one-finger, chocolaty brown head which quickly reduces to a mellow ring of foam and some froth partially covering the surface.

Smells a bit of espresso, vanilla, and some lusciously sweet milk chocolate, And, unlike most oatmeal stouts I've tried up till now, it actually smells like oats! Like, it's amazingly a LOT like oatmeal. A pleasant little touch of booze lets me know what I'm in for...

I'll be damned! It even TASTES like oatmeal! A bit of molasses, chocolate milk, and earthy dark chocolate in the finish round out a very memorable flavor impression.

The feel is thick, but also so very silky smooth. And creamy. They pretty much nailed it.

This is one of those distinctively delicious brews that I never forget. It's about time someone imperialized the traditional oatmeal stout. I've always found the oats in standard ones to generally be much too subtle, if present at all. This is not the case with this. THIS delivers the oats... assertive oats. The oats in this stout will NOT be ignored. This stout will bash you over the head with a big sack of oats... and then you'll ask for more. Or at least I did.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle marked 11%ABV.
Poured into a 16 ounce snifter glass

A - Hard pour causes a big cascade effect. Finishes with a completely black liquid topped with two fingers of tan head. Head shrinks but remains present and leaves some lace rings to remember it by.

S - Some chocolate and coffee aromas have a grainy smell leading them.

T - Very smooth, very nice bitter stout with some sweetness coming through. A bit of coffee flavor in there. Alcohol is masked well behind a sweet flavor. Oatmeal contributes perhaps more to the aftertaste, when you get a bit of a grainy flavor left behind.

M - A nice thick, coating feel for this one.

D - Can't stop sipping this one. Really kind of dig that oatmeally flavor that seems to come around only in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of julian
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: semi-viscous, cola black in color, big foamy head that's a vibrant light mocha color. Thick curtainous lacing, very nice.

Smell: Nice sweet oat smell, vanilla, malted barley.

Taste: Wow this is freakin tasty! Smooth and semi sweet taste. Molasses texture with a nice milky, liquid oatmeal taste with a hint of vanilla and a mild hop edge on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick almost creamy like texture. Definitely goes down with ease. Great feel all around.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. I could make a night of only this beer. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, thick, slightly syrupy appearing with a half inch thick, dense head. IMO, appears as a good oatmeal stout should.

S: Chocolately malt, with a slight hint of coffee. Not a strong smell overall, though.

T: This is one of the best oatmeal stouts I've ever had the pleasure of tasting! Rich, slightly sweet, well balanced chocolate/malt/coffee. There may be just a hint of dark fruit in there as well, although it really only became apparent as the beer warmed to room temp.

M: Thick, just a bit on the syrupy side, but not a negative as far as I'm concerned. Chewy might be the right word. Right amount of carbonation.

O: I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this tops my list. I would be hard pressed to come up with another brew that would top this one. It is well balanced is most every respect. If you come across it, I highly recommend picking up a bottle!

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Photo of dmfrench
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A near flawless, syrupy sweet, fruity American Double.

A: Black with the faintest ruby brown highlights topped with a half finger somewhat persistent medium khaki head.

S: Candied prunes, burnt malt, cinnamon, cocoa, no alcohol. Beautiful.

T: Syrupy sweet spiced cocoa, over-ripe prunes, molasses, espresso, no real alcohol to speak of, and a touch of hops to round things out. A huge, mouth-filling flavor experience.

M: Superb. Heavy and light at the same time.

D: Oh so easy, but it was so big, it took me an hour and a half.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a dark brown. sits black with medium dark brown rim. hoping for a slightly higher Lovibond. creamy light brown head - while it lasts

Smell: fragrant debittered dark malt with obvious alcohol, some chocolate and just a hint of hops and molasses

Taste: very well balanced notes of chocolate, dark malt, and hops with a slight bitterness. alcohol and molasses in supporting roles. finish is well balanced but tilted slightly to the dry side and with a light hop presence

Mouthfeel: full body with medium carbonation. very creamy and smooth

Notes: full bodied and full flavored. very well done. i like how there isnt a really strong bitter roast flavor like with Dark Horse One (though that is an excellent OS). spectacular!

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Photo of jaxon53
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a while for this monster and now it's finally here. Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a magnificent midnight black. About as black as black can be. About two and a half fingers of dense, coffee brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head hung around for quite a while leaving plenty of lace all the way down the glass. Awesome nose on this one! Plenty of chocolate, and coffee like aromas up front, smokey roasted malt, oats, and maybe a bit of vanilla. A little bit of booze was noticeable in the nose as well. This beer was also an explosion of flavor. Tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted toasted malt, and a bit of hops in the background. Had a little bit of smoke and molasses in the finish. The eleven percent ABV was quite boozey and left a quick burn in the throat, but does fit in nicely in the beer. Mouthfeel was oily, thick and almost chewey. Pretty much how any big stout should be. Awesome drinkability despite the high ABV, but it will sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Probably ranks near the top of my list as far as stouts go.

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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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