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

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 12-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
679
Ratings:
1,364
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
14.95%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
159
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 679 | Ratings: 1,364
Photo of bark
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is now 11% ABV.

The colour is black with a dark gold edge. There is almost no head at all. The liquid is clear.

The smell is much matured with the expected notes of raisins, roasted nuts, some alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and black coffee.

The full bodied taste includes flavours of strong coffee, roasted nuts, some meat and stock cube, rolled oats/oat porridge/oat cookies. Somewhat sweet malty flavours. It develops into a mildly sweet flavour with hints of blackcurrant and roast beef. The long aftertaste is quite sweet with notes of mild coffee and dark chocolate.

The carbonation is mild, the liquid is mid-thick.

Another bold and balanced "big beer", not bad at all.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a thin amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, chocolate malt, and some hops.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, coffee, hops, and oats. Not the most complex of flavors, but very focused and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark near black with cap of brown cap, good retention and decent lacing. Scent is sweet from the get go, notes of chocolate cake and a cup of mild coffee, heavy on the cream and sugar but a nice roasty quality lingers in the back. Taste again starts of sweet, but not cloying. Roast flavors come through quickly. Same notes of chocolate cake and sugary and creamy coffee. Noticeable juicy hop presence behind the strong flavors. Fuller sid eof medium bodied, definitely coasts the glass but feels lighter than that on the palate, some dryness despite all the sweetness. A really nice tasting stout that brings the full flavor profiles as well as the sweetness expected from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Brad007
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a brown one-finger head into my Piraat glass.

Aroma is creamy with a nice hint of chocolate and roasted coffee in the nose.

Taste is slick and oily from the oatmeal with cream, a light hint of roasted coffee and chocolate (from chocolate malt) all showing up in the middle. Everything just melds together nicely.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering slickness from the oatmeal along with cream and roasted coffee. Very nice texture to the beer. Alcohol level is well-hidden as well after a few months on this (brewed in Fall of 2008).

This is a good example of a beer that will mellow with age and actually taste better if aged properly. It's very nice and can be enjoyed in any weather (my opinion).

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with my friend today. 2007 bottle

A: Thick, jet black with dark brown highlights. Solid dark brown head that isn't too big. There's some carbonation that's visible along the sides of the glass but settles down eventually

S: Solid stout aroma with a lot of chocolate, some coffee. Smells thick!

T/M: Starts off with some chocolate and coffee flavor with a rather big body that ends up with a bitter finish. There's some mild raisin like notes that are pleasant. On the palate, this beer is ridiculously slick. The carbonation is low and this coupled with how big the beer is really makes this one slick beer. Unfortunately, as this warms up, the alcohol heat is noticeable despite being cellared a year. Still solid, though

D: The high ABV really hurts this - at 8-10% range, this would be stellar.


**Edit 30 June 2013**

Nothing quite says heat wave like a 11%stout. Bottle, batch 1.

This has aged quite nicely. Fruity, chocolate, oatmeal raisin cookies , Minimal oxidation is present. The palate is a blend of oatmeal cookies, Chocolate syrup, toasted oatmeal, a little bit of coffee and licorice. quite slick on the palate, this beer is moderately sweet and quite enjoyable. alcohol is well hidden. 4/4/4

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes away quick, clear

Smell: burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate syrup

Taste: burnt malt, oats, coffee, subtle chocolate, and a bit of toffee

Mouthfeel: a little bit bitter, heavy bodied, chewy, minimal carbonation

Drinkability: A good and solid, but not great oatmeal stout. Because of the high abv, one per sitting is the absolute max. This is a sipper. It hits the flavors just right, but I was not as blown away by this one as other Southern Tier beers.

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods.

Pours a very thick and oily opaque black, thick and huge brown head forms, massive lacing, good retention. Smell is oats, caramel, chocolate, big roast, molasses, vanilla, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is molasses and toffee, chocolate, roast, oats, sweet lactic middle, coffee with cream, some floral and bitter roast in the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, low carbonation, very sweet. At first I had this rated pretty highly, but the more I drank the more I disliked it. It turns sickly sweet and sugary, and if I have this again its going to be split a hell of a lot more than two ways.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a Pint glass.

A- Deep opaque brown with an 1/2 finger dark tan head. Mild retention and no lacing.

S- Oats, nuts, malts.

T- Sweet oats, malts, toffee, and vanilla.

D- Slightly bitter, sweet finish, coats the mouth.

O- Overall a very nice brew, a touch sweet, but nice to end the night with it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Bung
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008. Near black pour, dark cream head lingers momentarily. Roasted malt, grain and coffee aromas. Nice chewy full body. Roasted malts and coffee with chocolate hints, microscopic toffee. Hops are a little more pronounced than I would like. A little bitter in the finish but clean. I could see some aging smoothing this out a bit and bringing out some more sweetness. Pretty straight forward, higher octane oatmeal stout. The Java is better, but this is pretty good as well.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick brown yet clear, despite the fact that there's probably a ton of oats in this guy. A warm inviting coca colored head dissipates quickly.

Aromas are of deep-dark malts, but an English dryness can also be appreciated if that makes senses. Still though, there are some chocolates, brown sugars and brown toast notes.

Flavor profile is mainly thick/chewy oats, yet a great dry/bready/a biscuit quality. The alcohol is fairly noticeable in the finish, I wonder if this would age well, too late to find out now.

Creamy mouthfeel is offset by the almost woodsy/dry hop finish.

It's not often you find an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I'm happy to see it. I like the heartiness and depth of the malt, but would like to see more oatmeal creaminess in lieu of the hop bitterness.

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Photo of drpimento
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a nice fine, foamy, thick, creamy, tan head and some lace. Color is an opaque dark brownish black. Aroma is malty, toffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's about the same. The molasses and dark ripe fruits stand out, to the beer's detriment, I feel. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is long and has a flavor with a boozy warmth.

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black colour with a small tan head. Poor head retention. Nice legs.

Sweet chocolatey malt with some spicy alcohol and a hint of phenolic. Sweet.

Lush malt with some moderate roast and chocolate notes. Alcohol and phenolics round out the flavour. Quite sweet but with a bitter finish.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice beer and the phenolics add depth to an otherwise sweet beer. Nice.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle at Binny's in Lake Zurich, drank it with my wife in Chicago. This beer was way more massive than I expected, easily one of the best (or maybe THE best) oatmeal stout I've had. The beer was very dark brown, opaque, with a thick red-tan foam. The smell was sweet malts, chocolate, and a little coffee. I got a lot more chocolate out of this than coffee in the aroma and taste. The flavors were so strong it got a little overwhelming, making this a real sipper. I can't rate the drinkability as high as appearance, smell, and taste. But that's fine, this beer is top shelf.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. No bottle date, but I purchased at the beginning of the year. Since its an August release, it must be about a year aged now.

just as the label says, the color is as dark as a moonless night. tan head. the aroma is of sweet malt, a little booziness, whiskey. taste is big roasted malt, a little sweet. chocolate and coffee subtle highlights. no where near as boozy as the smell would have indicated. very tasty.

body is thick, but very smooth. mild carbonation.

drinkability is very good for the strength. thought it would be a sipper, but it's a drinker.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Fall 2008 indicated on the bottle. Served in my brand new Terrapin snifter. Poured just shy of black with deep burgundy highlights around the edges; opaque with regards to clarity. Quarter inch, tan-colored head dissipated into a mere swirl with a tiny band of foam and bubbles around the edges of the glass. Some lacing but no legs. Nose is malt, molasses and a touch of alcohol. Extremely flavorful - chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, oats and a light hops bittering to round out the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy without being overly viscous (viscosity is cut by a light carbonation in the background). Definitely a little bit of alcohol heat on this one. Best enjoyed slowly and savored as it warms so as to detect subtle changes in character.

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Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of rich dark chocolate with solid amounts of roasted malts. Also present, and more prevalent as the beer warms, are slight hints of sweet oats.

Tastes good. Equal parts roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. The chocolate flavors integrate better with the roastiness of the malts than I had anticipated from the nose. Midway through the sip the flavor profile does sweeten a bit then carries through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a nice thickness to begin with and the oats intensify it even more and make the bubbles feel more fine.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall the thing that stood out most about this beer was the mouthfeel - until I found out that it is 11% ABV. A flavorful beer that is not quite over the top and does a very good job of masking the alcohol. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-brown nearly black color with a tiny thin wisp of tan foam. The foam fades very fast to leave almost no lacing. Upon swirling the beer in the glass it is seen to be quite sticky with it slowly sliding down the sides of the glass back to the body of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is lighter then would have been anticipated. It was largest of a sweeter caramel and roasted malt aroma. There are notes of oat and some chocolate and coffee mixed with in. A light alcohol aroma is present as well rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins rather sweet. It starts of caramel with a sweeter chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Toward the middle of the flavor, an oat flavor comes to the tongue with some darker fruit flavors of plum and raisin. It has a very nice flavor here and then transitions nicely to a very different, but equally pleasurable flavor blend. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt come at the end with many of the sweeter flavors losing some strength. When combined with the oat flavor as well as a light alcohol flavor, it creates a roasted, dark, bitter, warming feel on the tongue. It is quite nice.

Mouthfeel – The brew coats the mouth and smothers it in all its great flavors. The body of the beer is chewy and thick with a lower level of carbonation level. The feel is fantastic for the bitter and dark flavors of the beer, as well as the warming alcohol taste.

Overall – Very nice. I love the smooth flavor transitions in this one. It starts out sweet and then moves to more roasty and bitter. The feel helps with both the great flavors as well as the transition of those flavors. Really a tasty and enjoyable beer to drink. Grab one, sit back and sip slowly.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color. A small tan head forms, a recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Lots of oatmeal and chocolate in the nose. Soft brownies and fudge. Very sweet, but excellent.
T: Oats, and chocolate. Some astringent roasted coffee, and a strange bitterness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Not hard to drink, but I could not finish a bomber by myself.

Good, but like most Southern Tier stouts, this is something to share with a lot of people.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm. Picked this up recently, & the back of the bottle reads "brewed fall 2008". So either they brewed it & aged it, or this bottle has been kicking around my favorite shop's coolers & shelves for a long time. Well, too late to turn back now!

Black as a moonless night reflecting off of newly plowed northern plains dirt. Smell is appealing, dry, powderized chocolate & rich, sweet malts.

Can I make a marketing suggestion, quickly? The horse on the label, & the "oats" I then see in my mind, might not be what you're looking for in a reaction from beer-drinkers. Anyways, Oat is smooth, as one might expect from a doubled-up oatmeal recipe. Bitter, light chocolate comes quickly to the fore, tailed by the balancing sweetness of the malts. Hops, even after all this time, are still enough of a force to make themselves known on the downhill slope. And this ain't no sipper, this is a dark beer meant to be chugged through a tailpipe. The smoothness sees to it.

Pretty good beer, & mostly recommended for the insane clown posse of its smoooth moves. And get rid of that damn horse!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased at Sam's in downers grove and lugged back to madison after a week on a tri-state tour

appearance: pours into a snifter, dark mahogany body with a light tan ring but not much in the way of head....probably the first imperial stout i have had in a while but it has turned quite chilly lately and i need to know if i need to buy more of this beer

smell: big big nose, chocolate malt, huge dark chocolate nose, licorice, lots and lots of oats, green hops definitely back there...hell of an aroma on this one

taste: this thing is a dark chocolate bomb, thick roasted malts, fudge, black licorice, vanilla and cream, hazelnut, oatmeal, char, hops provide a mildly bitter feel, alcohol is pretty well masked...a very enjoyable stout here

mouthfeel: smooth but with bitterness

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was black in color with a thin tan head.
Nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. The alcohol was just peeking through.
Chocolate taste, coffee, boozy. It tasted like Cocoa Puffs soaked in alcohol, with a cup of coffee on the side.
Easy drinking; alcohol there but not at all intrusive.
Nice beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (breed fall 2008) poured into my Meantime snifter, Oat is pitch black garnett with a dark tan head that leaves light, scattered foamy lace. Served ~60F.

Smell is strong, heavy on the caramel malts, but there is a brightness to it that keeps it enjoyable.

Taste is very rich, but there is a smooth balance that I really appreciate, lacking the acrid char that turns me off to most double stouts. This a nice herbal mintiness to the hops (which must be the willamette, rather than the more aggressive columbus), really it has a great taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, fully carbonated, a bit dry, medium heavy body.

Drinkability is high for me, particularly for the style. A nice roast without being overly bitter or acrid, the high ABV (11.0% ABV on my batch) is very well hidden, and it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of ZAP
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Blackish brown...tan/amber head...

S-Quite impressive....rich and sweet....chocolate...roasted malts...very appealing vanilla...a little caramel....some dark fruits and rum....tremendously complex....AWESOME aroma

T-Milk chocolate....roasted malts...."tia maria" liquor...maple...nougat...dark fruits...plums, black cherries...figs....boozy to a point...finish with a spicy gain alcohol kick.

M-Like fucking velvet...smooth and as creamy a beer as I've ever had....full bodied...definitely a sipper.

D-Right up there with the best of the best....a slight grainy alcoholic feel is the only minor complaint...now listed at 11.0% rather than 12.5% Maybe they are working on that...might be even better at 10%...nevertheless this is a hell of a beer. I'm not sure where the scores will place it but it feels like a top 25-50 beer of all-time for me. (Note: I just checked it is tied for # 72 out of 1302 on my list....about right)

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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