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:
#2,109
Reviews:
680
Ratings:
1,369
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
158
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,369 |  Reviews: 680
Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear black with a slight creamy taupe head. There is minimal lacing that leaves rings on a snifter glass.

Moderate toasted malt with dark bread and a light coffee aroma. There is a suggestion of spruce along with some yeastiness, figs, and plums.

Light combination of sweet and bitter flavors with a modest balance between malt and hops and a short finish.

Oat, Vintage 2009, has a dense body with a smooth, creamy texture that is drying with light alcohol.

Despite the high alcohol, this is an easy-drinking beer that improves significantly with warmth.

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Photo of teromous
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ABV is 10.8%

A: It pours a dark syrupy brown color, leaving a fluffy tan head which mirrors the color of the label (not the one displayed here, which is dull and looks desaturated). It fades and leaves a small ring around the glass, like most stouts would. I get no lacing that sticks from this beer...just some caviar bubbles that roll off the sides.

S: I smell coffee, some dark chocolate, and alcohol.

T: It tastes very good. The strength of the beer and flavor put on the show of an aged whiskey. It has lots of dark character, tasting like roasted coffee and bourbon mixed together.

M: The mouthfeel stood out to me before I could even fully taste the beer. It is exceptionally smooth, perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness on the palate, with amazingly perfect carbonation.

O: Overall I think this is an awesome beer. If you have friends that are whiskey drinkers, this is the perfect beer for them. The "Oat" title makes it sound like it's going to be a grainy flavored slick beer, but it seriously tastes rich and feels smooth like it was aged...it's that good...and it just has this nice roasted flavor. I would buy it again, and I will enjoy the rest of this!

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Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of atr2605
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a foamy tan head
S-roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, plums
T-more roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit/plums. Coffee doesnt come in to play in the flavor.Hops provide a nice bitterness balance to counteract the big sweet flavors.
M-full bodied and creamy
O-Very well balanced stout with great flavor.

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Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BeerHownd
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of OldTime
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. 10/11/11 laser etched on the bottle.

Pours pitch black with a finger of off white foam. Doesn't appear to be as viscous as I'd expect for a beer of this size. Aroma is redolent of roasted malt, plum, and a bit of booze.

First sip is very nice. Quite a bit of residual sweetness with a bitter finish, and the viscosity is certainly there in the mouthfeel. Tastes a bit boozy as well. As it warms, the bitterness and booze become more pronounced. Still there is a nice bit of plum sweetness and roasty astringency.

Very smooth finish - feels slick on the tongue. I feel the biggest detractor is the alcohol burn - I think this would benefit from a little age.

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Photo of noel2977
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jriggins6
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Oat, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint and shared with the wife.

A: Opaque & viscous, with a small amount of khaki/brown head and low retention.

S: Oat, lactose, sugar, chocolate, sweetness, cream, chocolate ice cream, rich decadent sweetness, faint coffee house, caramel, faint roast, light alcohol.

T: Lots of malt; dark malts, roasted malts, crystal malts, chocolate malts, hint of smoke, molasses, definite flaky oatmeal character. Big and full, rich flavors, like oatmeal/chocolate fudge cake. Faint coffee & some alcohol burn round out the palette.

MF: Moderately viscous mouthfeel, dryish burn, light bitterness.

O: Pleasant, but not extremely quaffable, more of an Imperial sipper. In my opinion, these Blackwater Series beers are bigger than they need to be, though for the most part they are tasty.

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Photo of Lucasrj
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of bigbeers84
2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of 46333
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Hopman1985
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mohlman
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of sevenarts
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark wine-like purple with a small tan head and no lacing.

S: Sweet, malty and fruity. A bit boozy.

T/M: Really rich, flavorful blend of sweet, sugary malts, roasted oats, with some burnt bitter flavors balancing out the sweetness. Very earthy and complex. The alcohol comes through, but hidden better than it is in the smell.

O: A delicious, really layered and well-balanced stout with a lot going on. Heavy and super-rich and strong.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Colour is a deep, dark brown. Barely any head whatsoever - just a thin ring.

Smell: Very rick malt aromas with a certain sweet and alcoholic quality. Just a hint of roasted/burnt character.

Taste: Very strong roasted and burnt malt flavours; bold and complex. There is a nice bitterness to it that evens out the sweet alcohol flavours. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice silky, creamy attribute. Mild carbonation keeps things interesting.

Overall: I love this beer. It's got good looks and good taste. What else can you ask for?

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,369 ratings
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