Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gavage on 10-29-2004

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Reviews by Buggies:
Photo of Buggies
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a hint of dark ruby red coming through when held to a light. About a 2 finger caramel colored head. Smell is of roasted malt. A small hint of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee. A slight alcohol smell also.

Taste is pretty much the same. Alcohol is present and noticeable but not to overwhelming. A small touch of hops gives it a little bitterness at the end which finishes the sweetness off nicely.

A very tasty brew. It is very hard to stop at just one of these.

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not knowing what I was buying, seems I lucked out. This is a pretty good stout! It has the rich malt, roasted, coffee, chocolate flavors expected in Oatmeal Stouts. The body is a very smooth, rich feeling, dense, creamy feel with little abrasion or harshness. The feel is certainly more that I get from any other Oatmeal Stout. Alcohols are nicely pronounced, reminding me that this is not my daddy's Oatmeal Stout. It has some kick. Finishes with a fruity, estery hint of fruits (grapes and berries), before a one last passing of sweet alcoholic strenth. It's what I like in Oatmeal Stouts, just more of it.

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is probably the best I've had from this brewery. This brew poured out as a really nice black color with a creamy looking brown head on top. The smell of the brew is chocolaty and roasted with some light sweetness on the nose too. The taste has a little bit of some coffee like flavors along with a sweet roasted malt character in there too. The mouthfeel is creamy, thick and dry in that order. Overall this beer is really nice. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/21/05 pours pitch black nothing showing thru even when held up to the light with a thin mocha head.Heay on the roasted malt in the nose with some bitter chocolate and underlying fruitiness the alcohol doesnt really rear its head,milk chocolate and deeply roasted malt dominate the flavor department with some alcohol burn showing up more as I drink more.Smooth and palatable for the style,quite nice.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a very dark and delicious-looking brown in color with a deeply tanned head that came up sprightly and left some heavy lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass. The foam settled into creamy pits on top of the liquid, completing the presentation nicely.

Smell – The sharp sugars dominate the nose. The malts are dark and roasty but very sweet. There’s a good showing of alcohol in the bouquet as well. Brown sugar is the biggest smell that I can find, but the bitter coffee grounds and, to a lesser extent the bittersweet chocolate powder, are easy to identify.

Taste – Ah, this tastes exactly like it smells. The sugars are up front and taste like brown with maybe some cane mixed in. The malts are next and are very dark and bitter. The hops are hide to find because they are so well-blended. I can pick up just enough of the booze from the nose to make it fun.

Mouthfeel – This one is a tad bigger than medium-bodied and very well-blended. The bitterness is strong here.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this offering from Stoudt’s, more so than most others seem to have. This is a no-nonsense ADS that will get your salivary glands working overtime.

Comments – Big thanks to garthwaite for including this in his awesome package of killer beers.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review is from notes written on 1/13/11.

This Fat Dog pours a dark brown with amber hues round the edges. The head is not all that dark; I would say it's light brown. A elativy hard pour results in one-finger of dense head. Lacing on the glass is splotchy with lots of little boomerangs.

The smell is startlingly sweet for an Imerial Stout. I think that sweetness is attributable to the oatmeal. Wafts of cherries, sherry, and raisin are present and are supported by aromas of roasted malt, a touch of milk chocolate, and a little coffee.

A sweet tanginess is also the overriding flavor; again, I think this can be attributed to the oats. It is a very semi-sweet, grainy cereal taste that is accompanied by a sweet liquor and dark fruit flavor. Roasted malt jumps into the mix around the middle of the sip, and the finish is mostly dry. However, that cereal-like sweetness sticks on my palate for the whole tasting, and almost borders on tartness.

For an Imperial Stout the mouthfeel is quite light. It is not quite medium-bodied and is fairly nippy front the sweet tartness. Each sip leaves an acidic twang on the sides of my palate.

I'm not sure that I would seek this one out again. It is just a little too sweet, tart, and light-bodied for a high alcohol stout. It was an interesting beer, but not all the way up my alley.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - pours basically opaque; about a finger of dark tan head that fades

s - raisins, chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, maybe some cherries, and a whiff of something herbal

t - big, big, big. same as above with a huge burned flavor hitting at the end. high on the bitterness (burnt malt and/or oatmeal), low on the sweetness.

m - incredibly thick and a touch high on the fizz

d - I'm guessing it's the oatmeal that I'm not really liking, because this is striking me as something that I wouldn't want to get again.

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Photo of newk340
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark black color that pours smoothly with very little head.

S: very heavy on the malts and faint hints of oatmeal lace the sweet aromas.

T: somewhat bitter initially, with some tracings of chocolate and sour cherries... possibly infected?

MF/D: very thin on the tongue and slow to drink, likely due to the unexpected taste...

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/3/05 lasered on neck. Hooray for clear dating! Pours into my SN tulip a somewhat viscous deep charcoal black with a nice inch of bubbly tan head. Aromas of rich dark roasted burnt grains with huge notes of bakers chocolate, coffee beans, black currants, a hint of raspberry and dark fruits abound. Some fusel alcohol in the nose as well. Lovely.

First sip brings a wonderful, silky, creamy dark roasted maltiness accentuated by bakers chocolate, hints of bitter coffee, anise and a mix of dark fruits. Slightly smoky on the way down. The oatmeal imparts such a nice, silken quality to the brew. Some bitterness on the way down with a touch of herbal/citrus hops. A nice brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a healthy amount of bubbles. A very drinkable Imperial Oatmeal Stout that's damn tasty and goes down easily. Yummy stuff! Thanks to warriorsoul for the bottle.

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Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically pitch black with a light brown colored single finger head which reduced to a thin layer. Not the usual thin layer only a bubble or so deep, but a true thin layer. This little touch is nice on a 9% beer.

Chocolate and coffee with hints of toffee fill my nose. A bit of dark toasted, slightly burnt malts in there as well. Definate notes of dark fruits and a slight aroma of bourbon alcohol. Dry oats in the nose as well.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate in the forefront with a heavy dose of dark roasted coffee beans immediately following. Dark fruits come in next with hints of overripe plums. Finishes with a brief sharp bite of alcohol. The oatmeal in this one comes in at the end and literally plasters itself to your mouth and hangs in for a long time. This is how I like my Double Stouts to taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and smooth. There is a bit of sharpness due to some carbonation initially. Like I said before this one really sticks around. Drinkability is good. If it wasn't for the bit of alcohol kick the drinkability would be a bit higher.

This is an awesome beer and what I find to be typical of the style: strong aroma, full of complex flavor and a big body to boot. A must try in my opinion.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on March 11 09. Consumed January 9 10

A_ Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin light brown head and thin lacing. Lighter in color than your average imperial stout.

S_ Smells of malted milk and bitter chocolate and coffee.Smells good but rather tame.

T_ Heavy malt flavor than chocolate. Bitter coffee in the after taste. There is a slight detection of hops coming through.

M_ Thick. Coats the mouth nicely.Pretty smooth.

D_Not the harshest impy stout out there. A few in one sitting isnt that hard of a feat.

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Photo of JasonA
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep carbonated black. Nice solid and thick bache head. Lots of lacing, lots of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Coffee/espresso. Smooth smell, could be oatmeal, somewhat grainy (in a good way).

Roasted malt power. Wow, the finish is impressive, very coffee like. SOme initial coffee, biscuit. Some hops in there, kinda nice. I get the oatmeal smoothness, but it isnt pronounced. I get more ABV than Oatmeal. It is imperial ;). The alcohol teters on unbalanced, but is still quite nicely warming with the malts. The thick head wont go away!

Roasted malt takes this one. Sits well, as mentioned in taste, overall well balanced, though I think this might be the area for improvemennt.

Give me more. Id love to have 1 with a year on it.

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Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A - Pours very deep brown with two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has pretty good retention.

S - Deep roasted malts and a slightly sweet aroma as well. Simple, but pretty nice.

T - Similar to smell. Earthy roasted malts predominate. None of the sweetness I got from the aroma. The roasted malts leave some lingering bitterness. A bit of noticeable alcohol in the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, maybe a tad thiiner tha I would like, but not watery.

O - Nice flavor profile and not overly heavy body make for a pretty easy drinking, if not outstanding, imperial stout. I would have this again.

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Photo of Todd
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark, near opaque black and topped milky coffee colored head. Good finger thick that settles to a respectable lace with stick. Roasted aroma with earth and soft sherry and paper. Smooth and thick mouthfeel, viscous, full-bodied. Sharp-ish light acrid astringency and sherry-like flavor strikes the palate at first, some tannins, sweet black coffee, light fruits, cola, spicy alcohol, powdery light chocolate, paper, thinned underlying bitterness with a touch of rawness. A tasty brew with a lot going on. Interesting and complex, but still very approachable.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of shark262
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is extremely dark brown mixed with deep red/ruby tones. A slight head forms upon pouring yet quickly dissapates to nothing.

Fruity almost banana-like smell mixed with brown sugar and a whisper of cloves. Roasted notes are present and there are little to no hops in the nose.

Taste is overpowered by roasted and even burned malts, yet the usage of oatmeal provides a nice, heavier body. A strong bite of alcoholic taste hits first with a somewhat acidic, highly dry finish afterwards.

Hardly any carbonation and alcohol leaves mouth feeling warm. High usage of roasted malts leaves a somewhat bitter taste in the mouth after drinking.

While not a session beer, its overly-drying effects ironically leave me thirsty for more.

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Photo of dgfool
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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