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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:
#2,101
Reviews:
680
Ratings:
1,368
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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145
Gots:
158
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,368 |  Reviews: 680
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black and brown, how about that for an imperial stout. Aroma was alcohol, and then some roast.

Taste again was dominated by alcohol and roast. C'mon man, gimme some oats to smooth this beast out. Dark fruit kinds of bitterness permeate the palate. Unless we're talking Choklat or Creme Brulee, these stouts like Oat and Jahva just fall flat for me. Bomber format sucks for cost per oz.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Clean powdery cocoa notes. Low esters and low spicy hop aroma. Almost boring on the nose.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Minimal effervescence noted.

Flavor: Layers of rich coffee notes. Roasted malts, cocoa powder, background carmel sweetness to balance it all. A definite resiny hop bitterness to balance all the roasted and sweeter malt notes. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly oily and slick.

Overall impression: A big, roasty, American stout. Not one of my favorite ST beers but a good one to sample. Worth a try once.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into a Great Divide Globe glass My bottle is listing at 11% ABV

A-- Poured a dark cola color, settling to black with tints of red in the glass. Short lived mocha colored head grew in the final bit of the pour. Was maybe half a finger in height and settled to light brown film. Some head retention but also very short lived.

S-- More like a carmel/ chocolate milk. Also reminds me of oatmeal with brown sugar and milk. A touch of booze in the nose.

T-- Thick sweet and rich molasses, chocolate, and a bit of a spice kick to this. As it warms up get some dark fruits in this. Feel like I am drinking over brown sugared oatmeal with a touch of brandy added to this.

M-- The spice from the hops help this out. Otherwise would be very one dimensional. Sweet and more sweet. Get a big brandy like feel also. Low carbonation, thick, chewy, and heavy body.

D-- Very much a slow drinker and only one is needed. Good smell but very sweet and too many touches of booze in this. Really needs something to offset all the sweetness and the hops only distract me for short periods in this before the alcoholic brandy taste kicks in. Low drinkability due to the sweetness and the ABV being noticeable very quickly. Honestly I should have let this sit in the cellar for a while longer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Looks pitch black but some dark brown at the edges. Very thin tan head at first, then looks flat.

Smell: Alcohol, milk chocolate, molasses, sweet roasted malt. The smell is too boozy.

Taste: Chocolate roasted malts, cream, molasses and oats. Decent level of bitterness that builds with each sip. The alcohol becomes noticeable in the aftertaste.

Feel: Very thick and chewy, with a nice smooth and warming body. However, it is pretty much flat and slightly chalky.

Drinkability: Actually pretty easy to drink despite the 11%. However, it is a little simple for an Imperial Stout and definitely too boozy. Actually, every ST Imperial beer I have had is too boozy. I don't think it is worth paying for them anymore.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured out substantially black in color, a little bit dark brown. Beige head, about 1/3" deep. Looks more like what I would expect from a coffee beer.

Aroma was fairly muted, the alcohol was noticeable. Oatmeal didn't cover up the roastiness of this one.

Roastiness and alcohol dominates the taste buds. I thought this was going to be a more smooth drinking experience, with the whole oat motif, but the problem here is the beer is just too big. A lot of bitterness as well. I don't think the notion of making something imperial and oat works. Dark chocolate, dark fruit underneath the booziness and bitterness. I love some Southern Tier, this one doesn't fall into that category.

There isn't much there, there. Flavors aren't the high point. Too non descript, not enough of what I want with oatmeal, a smooth chocolatey experience. Coating, but what makes up the coating is nothing special. The espresso notes should have shown up more in Jahva, not here.

Should be about half this strength.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured as if I were draining oil from one of my cars. Very black. Minimal tan head falls quickly to some moderate lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of black liquorish. Strong aggressive flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt toast, brown sugar and booze. Some light pine mixed in there as well. Finishes sweet. High ABV is definitely noticeable, but not harsh. Mouth feel is thick and sticky. Low carbonation. Overall drinkability is fair. A bit too sweet and syrupy for me, but still found it very enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from tap into a small (10 or 12oz) nonic pint glass and served right at the brewery in there own bar The Empty Pint.

Appearance: The body has a very dark black color which I can't even see through. On top of this opaque body sits a small tan head which fades quickly leaving just a ring of lace. Glass lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is over the top sweet and roasty. It's heavy on roasted barely, burnt caramel and dark toast. I also pick up light notes of toffee and hard butterscotch candy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor sweet sweet sweet!!! It has a full bodied hit of sticky sweet roasted malt that delivers notes of burnt caramel, burnt toast and burnt raisins. Molasses and chocolate also hit the sweet tooth and then everything hooks up with the boozy alcohol and rides slowly off into the finish. The palate is smooth creamy and sticky all at the same time and the carbonation offers little help in lifting this feeling.

Notes: For me this one was a bit hard to finish. It has a lot going on but it's all cloyingly sweet and there is little to no balance at all.

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Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of beerman999999
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of jduprey007
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ninner00
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Fievel
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Kerne
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of elect1960
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BeStoutMyHeart
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tayner
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a medium brown head which quickly dissipated to a thin layer.

smelled like alcohol up front with some aroma hops and raw malt flavors.

Tasted hot. The 11% was not well masked like some other high ABV selections. There was some roasted malt flavors with a citrus hop finish, but the alcohol dominated the flavor and feel all the way through for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, nothing special though, but wasnt too thin.

As for drinkability, for me it was just too hot from the alcohol to really enjoy. It is a sipper beer that warmed all the way down. I think maybe a year in the cellar would mellow this out some and allow the flavor of the beer to dominate the alcohol.. or so i hope. I was slightly disspointed in this one after all of the very high reviews but i want the flavor to dominate, not the alcohol burn when i drink beer.

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Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of hit728
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of mtlasley
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,368 ratings
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