Oat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.16 | pDev: 5.53%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Oat - Bourbon Barrel-AgedOat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle poured into a tulip
Bottles April 2018

A- pours pitch black in color with a two-finger khaki colored creamy head that has great retention

S- plenty of oaky bourbon on the nose that adds some vanilla, as well as a spicy element. Undertones of chocolate, oats, caramel and dark fruits. Predominately barrel on the nose

T- taste is an onslaught of barrel; barrel juice, spicy oak, pretty much straight bourbon up front. Mid-palate brings out the typical sweet malty notes of a ST Stout; dark chocolate, cake icing, caramel, pastry stout-like. The finish continues with more bourbon barrel and lingers of barrel juice and oak

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel than continues into a creamy finish

O- they must have used some wet barrels to age these in, as the bourbon is strong throughout. As a bourbon drinker, I really enjoyed it. But it might be a task to drink for the non bourbon drinker

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jun 10, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I didn't really intend to sit on this April 2018 500 ml bottle this long, but I picked it up on a whim last year, stuck it in the cellar fridge and other things got in the way until now.

Poured a brownish black in a DFH tulip with a dark tan head that stuck around. Smell is of boozy caramel with a strong bourbon barrel presence as other undefinable aromas linger in the background. Taste started off a bit more bitter than expected but as it warms it becomes more balanced as other flavors rise up with an unexpected spiciness settling in. Nicely complex. Mouthfeel is fine but a little thin for as big of a stout; maybe that's the oat presence with which I'm not experienced.

I enjoyed this a great deal. Too bad this was a one off release.

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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in April 2018. 16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a creamy dark khaki head that fades leaving nice bubbly retention and solid lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of bourbon along with some chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Some dark fruits. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. The bourbon shines without completely dominating. More dark chocolate, which gives it a decent bitterness. More hints of vanilla and caramel. Some raisins and more dark fruits in the mix. The oak and barrel characteristics are there. Mild sweetness. Mild spiciness. I'm picking up some rye. Nice malt backbone. It finishes warm, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly creamy, velvety and sharp. This is a big stout, but it's ultimately smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice barrel-aged stout. It has aged well (10-11 months). It basically has everything that you'd look for in the style. The bourbon blends well with everything. It's bold, but balanced. Balance is the key with this one. It's well crafted, enjoyable and fun to drink. I really like it.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Feb 27, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania, Dec 01, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
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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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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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jlindros from Massachusetts, Nov 12, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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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EMV from Pennsylvania, Sep 09, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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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richj1970 from Alabama, Sep 02, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Gajo74 from New York, Aug 20, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jul 14, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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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russpowell from Arkansas, Jul 08, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jul 07, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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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superspak from Michigan, Jun 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown colored pour with a thick and creamy toffee colored layer of foam.

S - Bourbon, delicate woodiness and malt.

T - Bourbon, some dark fruit, oak, and ends with a bourbon dark fruit caramel sweetness.

M - Full body and thick.

O - I want to re-visit this one in a year to see where it goes.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Jun 23, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose Roasted malt, light burnt barely, chocolate (60% bakers 20% milk, 20% nuget), touch of brulee, toasted oats, and finishing with the lightest slightly citrus hop note.

Taste - Russian Imperial Stout big time here. Citrus hops, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, caramel, and the finish leaves a hint of artificial sweater which I expect of fade as the beer warms as I've found. The flavors are not yet well integrated which makes pulling them easy but doesn't do the mix justice. Age will really help this one along, even 6 months form now it will be a much more seamless experience.

The mouth feel is thick enough but there's nothing special here either. i'm a big fan of stouts to be almost chewy in nature so this is a touch thin and not as carbonated as perhaps it could be.

Overall - When I think of a big stout from southern tier I really think of a sugar/sweat bomb. The bourbon barrels have added a lot of bitter flavors from the oak tannin and it has really created a more nuanced and complex experience. That said I'm not sure they've really made for a better overall experience. The oak is a bit strong as I'm getting more into it and that is adding some bitterness that perhaps goes too far the other way. It's a good beer and I'd love to see how this would work with their chocolate or coffee versions, I feel the chocolate or moka would do better than the standard oat.

I believe it was 9 for the 500 ml and I don't think that's unreasonable, but it is rather high. I won't buy again just as there are other options out there, but I'd recommend this as a try for anyone who likes this style. Well, I would buy on draft again.

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bobhits from Kentucky, Jun 07, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, and oak all up front. Some vanilla from the barrel as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bourbon and goes into some of the oak, caramel, and vanilla. Dark fruit way in the back. Finishes with lingering roast and bourbon

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth

O: A very nice BBA stout that adds to the base. The 12.6% abv is very well hidden which makes for a great sipper

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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle feom Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 04/2018. Served in a Southern Tier tulip. Enjoyed 5/31/18.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of foamy beige head. The froth gradually fades to some surface wisps, a fluffy collar and a few sparce pinpricks on the glass.

Aromas of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, wet wood and some vague chocolate. That sweet combination is so enjoyable that I find myself returning my nose to the glass quite often.

Rich flavors of bourbon, cooked caramel, rolled oats, wet oak, vanilla, creamed coffee, faint coconut, a little brown sugar and a pretty hearty dose of alcohol. Remarkable barrel character.

Smooth, medium full feel with gentle carbonation. The finish comes across as a bit boozey but holds delightful notes of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar oatmeal.

The first beer I ever had from Southern Tier was Oat. Now they’ve upped the ante here and this is Oat as I’d never dreamed of.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/500 mL capped bottle ($ 0.592/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Undated bottle, stored at room temperature at the dealer and at my house (for four days) at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent. When held to the light, a minimal translucency occurs at the meniscus.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, average retention time, diminishing to an irregular six to nine mm ring fed by effervescence and a rocky complete layer.
Lacing – Very good. Complete rings of tiny bubbles with stalactites and stalagmites and a couple of rooms.
First pour – Very dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Strong chocolate. As the glass warms, bourbon becomes evident. Weakens but lasts. The last exhale following a swallow contains a hint of alcohol.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with an odd but good cocoa and bourbon mix and ends with distinct bourbon and distinct barrel in the aftertaste. Slightly bitter throughout. No hops, no alcohol (12.6 ABV!), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.25 – One of the better high ABV brews from Southern Tier. The appearance is good, having both head and lacing, moderately uncommon for a high ABV BBA brew. The aroma begins with chocolate and ends with bourbon – there are two winners. But flavor is why we’re here. The chocolate and bourbon continue through the taste. The palate is as expected. Overall, ST has managed to produce an up-scale version of their “Oat”.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, May 19, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, jet black in color with minimal head. Taste is big bourbon, milk and dark chocolate, and vanilla. Heavy bodied, boozy, moderate carbonation, sweet and roasty. The booziness hits immediately. Once adjusted to it, the beer becomes smooth and layers of chocolate appear. The oat adds nicely to the body. A sipper that is good now. Would be great with age.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, May 12, 2018
Oat - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 65 ratings