Fat Dog
Stoudts Brewing Co.

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #53
Ranked #6,033
4.01 | pDev: 10.47%
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
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Photo of muchos
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/13/18 (pretty sure)
Enjoyed 10/11/19 (sure)
added to a "make your own six-pack"
L. Black, not opaque, small off-white head.
S. Bakery and chocolate, like fresh chocolate donuts. And that's about it, so it smells pretty great.
T. Sweet fresh bread, semi-sweet chocolate, some sweet vanilla, even sweeter toward the end like a touch of honey. Aftertaste is chocolaty.
F. Body is rich and smooth, not too much carbonation, no noticable alcohol warming.
O. Was looking forward to trying this for the first time, yet I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Give it a try. Cheers ! ! !

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Photo of lastmango
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a tan 2 finger head that quickly disappeared. Nose is faint roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt forward with a detectable booziness as if it were a bourbon barrel aged brew, even though it is not. Dark chocolate and mild coffee then mix in with a wonderful black licorice finish. Moderate body and light carbonation is mixed with a sexy silkiness that is very nice. Very surprised at how good this was. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice mahogany with semi off white foam and nice lacing, but neither hold on long.
The aroma is nice roasted coffee with some dark chocolate and cherry notes to it, and this is just how the taste follows with the coffees and nice fruitiness...slendid mix of evreything.
This is slendid in feel as well as flavor, taste, and very surprised for a Pa. stout brew...way to go local brewery! Cudos!

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard poured from a bottle. It pours a dark brown. The head dissipates fast but what’s left laces pretty good. The smell is classic oatmeal stout with notes of bittersweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation and not terribly fizzy, which to me is pretty appropriate for this style. The flavor is really good. Pretty richly flavored, and definitely has notes of bittersweet chocolate. It a very good beer and worth a try.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing. The smell had a nice sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate with roasty coffee tones roaming around the beer. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine. Sweet gentle tones. A nice sweet rolling roasty aftertaste leads to a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonated nicely, the oatmeal helps to balance to a decent grainy feel. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this beer and would have it again.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black, with a very small head. Maybe I didn't pour vigorously enough. The smell is mild. I'm not able to distinguish much. Flavor is also mild, but in a good way. Hint of cocoa - bit of dark fruit perhaps. Quite pleasant, Mouthfeel is creamy, little or no alcohol burn, and sufficiently carbonated for my tastes.

A solid imperial that I would not hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz undated bottle that has a dog on the label that looks like a less-shaggy version of my cousin-dog George, a Newfoundland the size of a pony, easily the largest dog I have ever seen. My first beer from Stoudt's.

Poured into a River City snifter, this was a seemingly black color that took on a more dark brown shade when held up to light. Big, creamy tan head that took it's time dropping and left lots of lace.

Initially, the nose was boozy and roasty, surprisingly so for something not barrel aged. As it warmed, elements of vanilla and licorice joined the usual suspects of chocolate, coffee and molasses for the style.

The taste was much like the aroma. Once things had warmed up, the initial hit of roasty, coffeeish dark malts was succeeded by a more complex middle that reminded me of something bourbon barrel aged, with a light, warming alcohol taste beyond what the stated abv percentage prepared me for.

Creamy mouthfeel, though the body seemed a little thin.

This is yummy stuff. It's the equal of it's local equivalent, Iron Goat's Goatnik, which is not bottled or distributed widely even here in town. If I had access to it, I'd drink it regularly. Thanks, Rob!

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Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at near room temperature into a stimmed goblet bottled on 4/13/16. Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger light tan head that leaves plenty of rings of lace behind.

Smell is roasted oats, vanilla, biscuit, toffee, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds.

Taste follows nicely starting with roasted oats, vanilla biscuit dark chocolate, and dry coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for me, plenty of life, a little dry for sure, and nice drinkability.

Overall this is a very solid stout, a little thinner than I prefer, but a dry taste stout.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black pour with a thick, excessively creamy, mocha colored head and very sticky lacing.

S - Cream, dark roasted chocolate, a hint of cocoa, some light chocolate char.

T - Dark roasted chocolate, cream, roasted cocoa, some light char/smokiness, and ends with a mild char/bitter cocoa finish with some alcohol presence mixed in.

M - Big and full bodied, thick, light carbonation, viscous. Finishes dry on the back of the tongue while the front waters excessively.

O - This is a very impressive oatmeal stout. I haven't had this one in quite awhile, time to start pursuing this beer again. Nice job, Stoudts.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a warm, deep reddish brown with several fb of tan head with solid lacing. Smells of roasted malts, molasses, earthy, coffee. Tastes roasted, sweet malts forward, coffee, cocoa with pleasant balance of hops at mid and mild bite at the end note. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with small effervescence and clean palate with only the smallest bitter note and pleasant astringency.
Overall, this is a solid imperial oatmeal stout – a little thinner than I expected – almost porter like, but quite pleasant. Easily one of the better examples of this genre.

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Photo of ordybill
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at "The Pub" in Gettysburg, PA. This beer is a pitch black offering with a nice tan head. The aromas is full of roasted grains and cocoa. the taste is a lot like the aroma with some cocoa, coffee and malt blended well for a flavorful event. My favorite Imperial Oatmeal Stout to date.

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Photo of delta490
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, with barely any light getting through to illuminate the true color. It has a creamy tan head that has almost no retention but still manages to leave some small lacing. The aroma is big on alcohol and dark fruit (think boozy raisins), tempered with just a little dark malt roastiness. The taste is much prominently chocolate malt and a little one dimensional. It's a nice dimension but it's lonely. The body is thinner with just a faint hint of carbonation.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Virtually black with a creamy, milk colored head and attractive lacing especially as it warmed in the glass. The smell is a nice mix of caramel, chocolate, and cherry. When sipped, the first taste is dark fruit, followed by the chocolate, bitter coffee, and dry oatmeal at the finish. This is a medium-bodied stout with a pleasant mouth feel and carbonation. It's nicely chewy. Overall, this is a very good stout. I'd like to taste a little more dark fruit but I'm definitely a fan and will have to learn more about Stout's Brewing Co.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle; Lot #721; Bottled date of August 2014..

Pours dark brown, looking black in the snifter. The light brown head has a creamy look and good retention. This has a full and very smooth mouthfeel, but with some light heat fro alcohol.

The aroma carries the usual mix of dark malts and oats,with little in the way of alcohol esters, but with a touch of spiciness (hops?). The flavor also reflects some spicy hops but is dominated by dark roasted grains. Minimal sourness. Mildly bitter. Some chocolate with only faint raisins and vague dark fruit in the flavor.

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Photo of citizencane
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must have gotten a bad bottle. Instantly reminded me of that acrid polish my parents put on my nails as a child so I'd stop biting them, backed by an otherwise solid stout taste.

Update 2/2016

That odd bitter note seems to slightly more clearly manifest as an oddly matched hint of dark fruit than bitter nail polish. Not as off as I thought, though still an odd note to the flavor. Might get again if the best option available.

Further edit 2/2016 the more this warms the more clearly the fruit notes come out and the better it works. Perhaps not exceptional; but would drink again.

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Photo of classixIII
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good Oatmeal Stout! Dark raisin color, 1/2" dark brown head. Dark fruits and oatmeal roasts. Great carbonation and mouth feel. A bit of alcohol at the finish. Another decent brew from Stoudt's.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent red-brown. Biscuit malt aroma with a hint of chocolate. Nice grainy flavors up front, dark red fruit, slightly sweet finish. Best part is the prickly carbonation and wet mouthfeel.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a big fan of this brew. It is not horrible or anything, I just didn't like smell and taste combo. I expected something a little more on the smooth side. I found this to be a little stingy and harsh. I got a fizzy head on the pour and the aroma of dark fruits. The taste also was very strong and fruity almost? I am confused by this beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revisited after initial review Nov 2014. Bottle dated 2/3/14 (so it's a little over a year old) poured into pint glass. Deep brown in color with a thick tan head.

Fruity and flavorful, with a definite overtone of plums or raisins. Malty, medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Little bitterness and a very faint alcohol burn. Sweet, astringent aftertaste with a little residual bitterness.

All in all, not bad but not top-of-the-heap for the style.

Re-revisited after cellaring for almost 2 years. Pretty much the same - a lot of dark fruits, not much in the way of your typical oatmeal stout characteristics. This tastes more like a barleywine.

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Photo of Bone53
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at fridge temperature

Appearance (4): Very dark brown with faint mahogany tent around the edges

Smell (4.75): Probably the best smelling oatmeal stout I've had to date. A healthy amount of oats and roasted malts with a undertone of caramel malts. Light dark fruit notes as well

Taste (4): If only the taste matched the smell. Like others have said there is something a little off in the oat department, and also quite bitter which is a mild distraction. Roasted and caramel malts come through nicely however

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body; A bit too bitter for my liking as far as stouts are concerned

Overall (4.18): Although enjoyable, i feel this could be world class if the taste matched the smell. The odd oat character and bitterness threw me off a bit. It gets a little better as it warms and could be rated higher when room temperature. I think some age would tone down the oat presence and bitterness. Still a solid beer as my first offering from Stoudts.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Draft at Stoudt’s
Aroma of roasted malt with hint of alcohol
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 1 cm ring and broken layer
Lacing – excellent, small bubble rings and stlactites
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, smooth and creamy; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetly
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.125. Final weighted score: 4.25
An excellent imperial oatmeal stout, attractive, smooth and flavorable, with the alcohol well hidden. This is much better on draft than bottled.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 2/13/08

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left a thin ring throughout. the body was dark black with brown edges.
s - big oatmeal aromas, some chocolate, coffee, hint of fruitiness and a spicy finish.
t - oatmeal, chocolate, roasty, fruity.
m - thin body.
o - held up well after all these years. complex and drinkable.

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Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's an 11, so we'll see...

Pours an opaque onyx with a frothy, lingering tan head.

Cocoa, oatmeal, and slightly nutty malt form the initial aroma. Nutty malt and oats dominate, promising a lightly cocoa taste.

Flavor is equally nutty and oatmeal-like initially, with a slightly bitter cocoa finish. This is one of the most balanced stouts I've had. It's decadent, but incredibly drinkable.

Body is a little full, with minimal carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

If it's possible to have a sessionable imperial stout, 3 year old fat dog fits the bill! The nuances of toasted malt and caramel meld perfectly with the cocoa and slightly sweet chocolate notes, with enough bitterness at the finish to dry things out. Wow.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a very deep, dark brown. Not quite black. About a dark brown as you can get before I'd call it black. Nice foamy two finger head, which is retains for a little bit of time.

Smell: Oats with a hint of chocolate and sweet vanilla cream. Almost has a very tiny hint of alcohol, but it's not obvious.

Taste: Coffee like flavor, Sweet upfront. Almost has a wood like taste to it. A slight hoppy finish but very mild.

Mouthfeel: A bit more carbonation "burn" that I'd prefer, but not too bad here. It is full bodied and creamy

Overall: The big pup on the label is adorable. This style of beer is one of my favorites and I think Stoudts did a very good job.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a very dark brown. Small accumulation of brown head. Mild lacing.

S-Moderate roast with a more noticeable chocolate presence. Light roast coffee and maybe a bit of dark fruit.

T-Chocolate muffins. Roast maltiness is far from over the top. Oats and light nuts. Alcohol sneaks in on the flavor's finish.

M-Body is not very viscous or full. I could stand to see it a bit fuller. Flavors do not linger for very often. Mild bitterness.

O-A pretty standard, albeit tasty Imperial Stout. It doesn't press the boundaries of the style like seemingly every other Imperial Stout is trying to do now a days and their strategy with this beer worked for me.

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