Oat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oat - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by superspak on 04-28-2018

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled December 2018 from 16.9oz bottle in pint glass. There is a bottled on date of April 2018 date on listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark black, dark color, with a dark tan head of 1 finger. The head lasted only a short length of time, and did notleave much lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong bourbon aroms. There are also roasted malt aromas, along with some coffee and hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the bourbon barrel, hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Pronounced bourbon and caramel flavors. Also coffee and burnt malt flavors. Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. It is very smooth. There is a hint of sweetness like chocolate that may be due to the oats and malts, but it has an excellent taste. Light hop flavor as well. The bourbon barrel flavors provide for a unique stout.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with strong alcohol which matches with the 12.6% on the label.

Overall: Overall Oat Imperial Stout is a very good breakfast/oatmeal stout. It has strong flavors as well as alcohol, and the mix of malts and hops makes for a unique and interesting stout. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Kmkapalka
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing.
S - Notes of chocolate and bourbon as well as roasted and toasted oats - the smell isn't very strong however.
T - Follows the nose with dark chocolate up front intermixed with roasted and toasted oats throughout followed by notes of bourbon on the back end - no booze which is surprising for 12.6%. Slight notes of toffee and caramel.
F - Fuller bodied with a light amount of carbonation - sticky, but creamy and smooth.
O - A pretty good stout, though not nearly as good as I was hoping. Great flavors, but somewhat plain and boring tasting. Worth a try, but don't expect it to blow you away.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2018
Pours a darker colored slight creamy frothy but smaller head that retains well, some thick lacing and very thick long legs, pitch black beer not light

Nose plenty of toasted malts, dark roasted malts, toasted creamy oats, a little fruity almost raisiny note, espresso roast and acrid burnt malts, super dark black patent malt, a touch of dark chocolate, a bit of a whisky bourbony note but not a ton, but a decent vanilla barrel note and mild fudge brownie and some caramel

Taste starts quite sweet but not too bad, big fudge brownie, candy bar, caramel, thick creamy oatmeal with dark chocolate cocoa, fudge, a little burnt coffee and coffee chocolate syrup, nougat caramel candy in the center, with a little bit more super dark roasty malt but not acrid, bit of chocolate chip cookie , into a little whiskey and flash of sweet bourbon with nice vanilla barrel notes and touch of baking spices, a bit of bitterness from the roast and bit of spicy hop, sticky sweet finish, just a flash of alcohol later

Mouth is thicker bod, creamy rich oatmeal, nice fluffy carbonation, just a touch of alcohol

Overall not bad, barrel was a bit light but present and def wish there was more bourbon, it would be a nice balance, bitterness and roast gets a little much but thankfully not acrid, nice creamy oatmeal and dark malts too, quite sweet but not as bad as some of the other Southern Tier ones, decent enjoyable sipper

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, bottled April 2018, thanks to Brutaltruth for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some molasses. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark fruit, oats, anise and some burnt/charred flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's a bit sticky and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Also a bit boozy, but not in a bad way. I thought this was pretty good, glad I was able to try this! Definitely recommend this to imperial stout fans.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isarnan
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a mini-bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with 1 finger of foamy brown head. Falls fast... great lacing.

S: Boozy... sweet bourbon and vanilla... roasted sugars.

T/F: Follows the nose. Rich and roasty... burned sugars and grains. Barrel char... boozy... bourbon and vanilla. Sweet but balanced by roast bitterness. Thick bodied and oily.. slick on the tongue with a sticky after-feel. The finish is more booze and roast.

O: A pretty oustanding big barrel aged stout. Smooth, sweet, boozy, and roasty. Delicious.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml bottle dated April 2018.

A: Pitch black with 1-2 finger tan head. Lasting retention and chunky lacing.

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, and molasses.

T: Rich dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and coffee combined with subtle dark fruits. A bit of an off note at the finish like wet cardboard that becomes much less noticeable as it warms.

M: Full bodied almost chewy with above average carbonation for the style. Creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

O: Very nice BA stout that comes off a touch too sweet for my tastes but otherwise very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an ink black, motor oil looking viscous liquid. No immediate head, yet a moderate layer of tan foam quickly rises after the completion of the pour. It then dissipates shortly and yields a ring thin lace.
The aroma hints at the richness of flavors to come. Predominant aromas include cocoa, dark caramel, brown sugar, and oats. There is also a hint of dark fruit and anise. Despite the high ABV, it does not smell boozy at all, instead, there are subtle hints of bourbon, oak and vanilla.
Sweet flavors are heavy in dark and milk chocolate; decadent and complex accompanied by oats, dark fruit, raisins and plums. The alcohol is not too intense, more liqueur like with hints of bourbon, vanilla, and an oaky finish. The balance lies in the light to moderate hops bitterness and a light roasty and coffee like flavor that begins to develop.
Full bodied, smooth and gently carbonated. Syrupy, viscous, and creamy, yet surprisingly easy drinking. Hides it’s alcohol beautifully.
A delicious easy drinking imperial stout at a great price.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber enjoyed in a snifter. This FANTASTIC brew pours a
deep and muddy blackish brown with subtle cola highlights and displays
a nice thick brown quickly dissipating foam head that settles to a thick ring, thin
wispy pool, and displays some light sudsy lacing. Nose is muted for such
a critter---toasted malts, coffee, brown sugars, light char, and bourbon.
Flavors hit it out of the park with bourbon and oak up front that
are enveloped in marshmallow fluff and touches of char. Dark fruit
hit middle of the taste with coffee and tons of chocolate that dance
about notes of cola and a touch of coconut with earthy malts and
warming booze. Vanilla and marshmallow fluff appear with warmth.
Excellent mouth feel for such a heavy beast of burden---medium
carbonation that is invigorating for a stout of this heft, full body,
moderately sticky, rich, lightly syrupy, lightly coating, and warming
with a bourbon heavy finish.

Overall----the little lady and myself like this one a LOT!

One of the best imperials I have tried this year!


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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psumjl269
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jason_cs
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a thick-looking dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like chocolate syrup, boozy bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, oak, and maple.

Like most Southern Tier beers, this is quite sweet, but I enjoy it. There's very sweet chocolate here, with a little bit of roast and oak to balance out the sweetness. There's some syrupy molasses/maple, too, and a hint of fruit.

This is definitely a slow sipper, it's thick and a little syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

Southern Tier was one of the first breweries that got me into better beer- it's cool to see them still putting out cool new beers. I remember liking Oat a lot back in the day, so this is a fun one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with a thumb+ of rocky tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: A little roastyness, faint Bourbon, really the only short-coming in this beer

T: Dark fruit, roastyness,& a some Bourbon Barrel rawness up front, dryness too, a little vanilla & caramel sneaks in as well. Faint raisin notes mix with chocolate, vanilla, a little leafy hop & dryness as this warms. Finishes a little dry with some Bourbon notes, some raisin & dark cherry, chocolate & caramel

MF: Fairly chewy, fairly firm carbonation, smooths out as this warms, warming

A nice take on the style in a very crowded & talented field. Worthy of purchase again, nice price point as I recall

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Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled April 2018, so 2-3 months old.

Evil looking jet black body. medium sized oatmeal colored head, initially leaving nice lacing.

faint bourbon & mildly roasted malts on the nose.

a silky smooth drink as advertised, but the bourbon is very heavy on this one, crushing any other flavors under it. there is a very faint vanilla note.

Full on the mouth, bourbon on the finish.

Overall, the very strong bourbon presence kills off any other nuance in this drink. Cellaring would doubtless help soften this. BBA fans would probably enjoy this as is, others might want to hide it in the cellar for a few years.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2018. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, molasses, licorice, and dark fruits; with light notes of coconut, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. A touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, dark fruits, smoke, char, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, coconut, light molasses/licorice/dark fruit, smoke, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight slickness, sticky hops, chalky roast, oak tannins, and increasing dryness. Slightly increasing warmth of 12.6%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Amazingly rich and well rounded imperial stout malt complexity; with perfect barrel integration. Not overly bitter, charred, tannic, or drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected of the base beer.

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