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 BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is black in color with a brown head that is fully diminishing. The head, which goes as quickly as it comes, is lacy and very sticky. The beer itself is also very oily, leaving a thick residue on the glass if swirled around.

S: This is a very pleasant beer to smell. You immediately detect a very nice mixture of sweet molasses, vanilla, oats, and booze. There may be hints of cocoa, but that is debatable. Overall a good smelling beer.

T: Surprisingly a thin tasting beer, if that makes any sense. Not as boozey as I thought it was going to be, but a playful mix of roasted malts, oats, brown sugar, and molasses making this a sweet concoction of a beer.

M: Light-bodied with not really to any carbonation.

D: Very goood. Not sure when or what I would drink this with, but like it says on the bottle, "it's a meal in itself."

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Photo of Pabs311
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark brown, almost black. very little mocha head on this one leaving way to very little lacing at all. very different head & lacing from the other blackwater series stouts.

S- Very sweet smelling. Alot of molasses, brown sugar, some bittersweet chocolate. there's also some dried fruit like raisins in there as well as some hopiness.

T- There is sweet maltiness up front in the form of molasses, brown sugar and the such. there's also a hint of that dried fruit right before a bitter hoppy finish.

M/D- Medium-full bodied. very littlde carbonation. good beer to share with friends due to the heavy duty nature of beer.

not my favorite imperial stout in ST's blackwater series, but stil a very good and complex imperial stout

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks the business, and thanks to Cole's for deciding to give me a pint of imperial stout. A deep black body sits under a chocolate milkshake head that laces in sheets as its slowly fades to a cap. The nose is full of that smoky, slightly bready oatiness that I love, but its also complimented by all the regular flavours you would get in a beer of this heft - chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Hmmm... would you like some coffee with your oatmeal? One sip reveals this to be a bang on interpretation of an imperial oatmeal stout. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and burned brown sugar mixed in with a shot of espresso. The oatmeal comes through strongly in the finish, giving the impression of tobacco, and (not surprisingly), oatmeal. There's moderate bitterness, but I feel its mostly from the roasted malt. The mouthfeel belies the alcohol, and isn't as heavy as I would expect, veering more towards that of a regular oatmeal stout. That said it is smooth and well-handled... I just expected something bigger and silkier - Southern Tier don't usually do half measures.

This is an excellent interpretation, and my one real criticism is the same one that applies to all Southern Tier's bigger beers - after a while the sweetness starts to become too much. in fact this would have been excellent in a two-thirds pint glass. Nonetheless, another impressive stout from the blackwater series.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice and smooth imperial oat stout.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed Southern Tier design with the image of a horse's head eating a haversack of oats. Small paragraph narrative going over the intent of brew, ingredients and serving indications. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (28) °Lovibond (238), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour, with a good brown creamy head, good retention and some solid strokes of lace as it goes down.

S - Roasted nose, malty, dash of chocolate and coffee, and a sweet and boozy end very Southern Tier like. A bit subdued but nice.

T - Taste is nicely full and compact with a great roasted malt, riding very smooth, with the chocolate and coffee hints woven over sweetness, not short of a bitter dash

M - Full body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth. It comes together with great dexterity and the emerging boozy touch does so softly.

D - Nice sipper, smooth and recommendable.

Notes: Another nice offering from Southern Tier, maybe not my favorite but they sure know how to craft these big stouts, and while maintaining their characteristic touch this feels particularly adept and smooth.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goodspeed83
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lucasj82
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aerozeppl
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber with the gf. Brewed Fall 2007 11%

A: Jet black. Head had a chocolate color. Head popped up at the end of the pour and then quickly minimized.

S: Roasted malt. Then some coffee and booze. Chocolate is there but the booze really drowned it out.

T: This is this beers strength. Malt malt malt. Then you get a hint of chocolate then a rush of oats. Finishes with a subtle note of hops. The alcohol is always there but it really doesn't hurt the taste. Enjoy this one slowly.

M: Thick body but very drinkable. Very smooth considering the style. This is about the smoothest thick beer I have ever had if that makes sense.

D: For an imperial oatmeal stout this is about as easy drinking as there is. Yes the booze is there but that is part of the package. While not something I would drink every day I am enjoying this one on a brew day. Cheers.

$9.76 for the bomber.

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Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Beermuda, 28x Tap Take-Over for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
This version is the 2012 vintage.

A - Rich brown black color with half a finger of tan head no lacing.
S - Dark bitter malt and oat roasts, earthy hops, some dark chocolate.
T - Sweet roasted malt light toasted oats and grain, a little booze.
M - Super rich velvety texture, silky, just wonderful.
O - Great beer, its a shame this one isnt around anymore, but what a treat.

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Photo of tozz8
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A--Pitch black with a small mocha colored head. Head dissapates quickly leaving a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S--Chocolate, licorice, more alcohol than i was hoping for

T--Spicy licorice and alcohol up front. Smooth chocolate and hint of coffee at the end.

M--Thick and chewy

D--Excellent drinkability for this high of an ABV. Gotta take it slow and enjoy the flavors as it warms up.

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Photo of socon67
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black and impressive cream colored foam. Minimal lacing, and almost no carboantion at all.

S - Smells creamy, malty, with a hint of smoke. Really could make an air freshener out of this.

T - Hearty malt, rich flavor that is creamy and full of roasted taste. A real treat; you don't feel treated at all.

M - Heavy, thick, and full bodied. You feel like you've had a big stout. But you aren't cheated one bit.

O - I've noticed Southern Tier does big beers well. They go big and I like them. Anything else seems underwheling. This is a tasty big stout. I'd have it again.

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

2007, listed at 11% abv. Poured black, and a bit undercarbonated. Thick and viscous with bubbles slow to form. Little head. The initial smell is of alcohol, followed by sweet malt, an underlying bitterness, and perhaps a bit of light roastiness as well. The taste is a little hot as well, also quite bitter, a tad undercarbonated. But there are very good flavors of coffee, molasses, and a roasted graininess. The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet. This beer didn't blow me away. I really think it needs more time in the bottle to mellow and integrate flavors a bit more and to tame some of the sweetness. Not bad now, but probably could be better.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, (Blackwater Series) obnoxious horse staring at me while I poured....
Poured dark walnut brown into pint glass .

Weak scent, roasted malts, sweet aroma, definite hop aroma, but overpowered by dark malt.

Taste is very sweet. I heard a few people talking about this one being green. It tastes delicious as is, but I have no doubt that the beer can mature with a year on it, changing flavors without a problem. In any case, deep dark chocolate flavor, I definitely would not say burnt, in fact comparatively to some stouts I have been drinking lately(BBCS), this one tastes lower than many on the burnt scale - very small black patent kicking in. Willamette and Columbus hops as stated on label seem to be balancing quite nicely with this one, and I actually find a hard time experiencing the 11% abv.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and completely flat. I cannot help but think that I may have gotten an off bottle but seem to think that this is the norm with the 11% abv. I think ST should bump it up a few degrees and force carb this bad boy

D: bomber down in 20 solo and enjoyed

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

Thanks to franksnbeans for the trade.

The color is a like that of a cola drink but with no fizz at all. I got absolutely no head whatsoever.

Smells are of chocolate malt, roasted barley, a little chocolate, caramel, alcohol and strangely enough a bit of green olives; I know it must be some combination that’s coming across as olives and I think it’s due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but that’s what it reminds me of.

The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate with an alcohol kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and just a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Strange thing about this beer is that it hints to serve at 48° F, which I would not agree with when it comes to an Imperial Stout, but I kept this one in the fridge anyways and it’s cold but it doesn’t feel as cold when you sip it. I am sure that has to do with the alcohol though and I find it enjoyable. As it warms up there is some smoked flavors in the finish, more like an aftertaste really.

A very good Imperial Oat.

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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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa buddy. This is a monster...don't try to finish one at the end of a session like I tried to do once. Here's a review on a fresh palate.

Woody brown in the light as it's poured into a 22 oz. glass. Black with a dark brown glint at the edge. A finger of tan mocha foam, dense and chocolatey. Spindly ring of lace is draped inside the glass. Roasty with a sweet whiff of alcohol. This hides it's abv, but it still shows around the edges. Ashy char and tobacco meets bitter dark chocolate, with a silky texture that seals the deal. Rich lactic feel, mild fusel note that fades fast. Overall a definite winter sipper...

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

I poured into a snifter to two inches of brown head. It is pretty much black in color. The aroma is rich, dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor is dark chocolate and coffee. It has a creamy texture and no hints of alcohol in the taste or smell. This beer is delicious. As is the case with most Southern Tier beers, it is full of flavor and the aroma is amazing. It is just so rich and flavorful that one in a sitting is satisfying.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away and left very delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is much stronger and intensifies even more as the beer warms up. There are also some notes of coffee beans and oatmeal in the flavor.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and coats the mouth. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Another nice tap sighting out here in the 'Burbs. It pours a deep obsidian topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises wheat, oats, grass, very light chocolate, flowers, and light honey. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light chocolate syrup, toasted oats, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco somewhere in the back. The body is a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stout. Another win for ST.

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Photo of cmq103
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Newcastle Brown Ale Schooner glass.

Appearance: Super dark brown, almost black with a minimal light brown head which quickly dissipated to a thin beige ring. Minimal lacing as I tilted the glass for a sip, which disappeared once the glass was held upright. This is one dark beer!!

Smell: Not as aromatic as the Souther Tier Mokah I just drank a few nights ago. I had to really breath in deep to catch the sweet oats, roasted malt & barley, molasses with maybe a little bit of chocolate. With a second deep inhale I caught some mild booziness at the end. No hoppy aroma in this one.

Taste: The taste is definitely better than the smell. Very thick and chewy combination of roasted sweet oats, barley, burnt sugar, finishing with mild chocolate and molasses booziness at the end. Great flavor, but a little on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Although very thick of chewy, this beer manages a creamy texture on the tongue. Carbonation is minimal, which is par for the style. This goes down easy considering the 11% ABV, which is well hidden.

Overall: The Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite among the strong stouts but I felt the need to branch out to the different strong stout styles. This one is a slow sipping dessert style beer. I can't imagine having more than one or two in a sitting. The 22 oz. bottle is perfect size for sampling this style.

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Photo of froghop
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a thin khaki head, and some lacing.

smell of milk chocolate, vanilla, and graham cracker.

taste is thick, smooth, chocolate, nuts, espresso, oatmeal, vanilla, and some licorice, a sourness to it, ends a little dry and bitter.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz fresh bottle out of the fridge into a large snifter twice. Glad to see this one come back. A cool image of a horse eating some oats on the label. How appropriate.

A- Southern Tier Oat pours out a deep black color with an apparent thickness to it. Once settled in the glass it is 100% black with a dark tan head. This foam rose to an inch and stuck around for a bit. Oat has some spotty lacing going on. This brew has some legs to it.

S- This imperial oat bomb has huge scents of roast maltiness and barley with some chocolate and a bit of charcoal/smokiness. A nice amount of flaked oats. If you try hard enough you can pick up some hops with warming.(Columbus & Willamette)

T- An imperial oatmeal stout indeed with a thick and lively taste. Oat burst out with huge caramel maltiness and burnt sugars with molasses. An apparent bittering quality with the two hop types used. Some creamy milk chocolate with slight dark fruits. A shot of coffee as well in the background. Not as much of an oat bomb as expected but enough to be deserving of an "imperial" title.

M- Oat is a very thick & flavorful stout that one needs to be in the mood to drink 22oz of it. An overall sweetness in the mouth with bitterness. With that said the 11% does come into play in the taste and mouth but I feel it adds another layer to this imperial & I give it a pass. The bitterness may get in the way after 10oz or so so be prepared or share.

D- 11% is nothing to scouf at so i took my time with this one & i'm glad I did as i feel the effects now standing. This is not one to open for a night cap on it's own but rather with a hearty meal. This is great for sharing. Why cant these come in 12oz bottles. If they did I would drink this on the regular.

Another solid entry from Southern Tier(who is always pushing the envelope in this blackwater series) & my 2nd favorite in this line up under choklat.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,365 ratings.
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