Fat Dog
Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #53
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,520
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
800
Ratings:
1,374
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Stoudts Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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ThaneMcC from Germany

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.

Nov 29, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jan 26, 2007
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Sep 18, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jun 19, 2015
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woemad from Washington

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!

Apr 30, 2017
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99bottles from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Deep brown, nearly black body. 1.5" head of dark tan rises and slowly falls to a thin, intermittent lacing on the surface. Low carbonation, moderate visocosity.

Smell: A robust and highly proteinous smell of roasted malt and oatmeal. It really smells like an oatmeal stout hopped up on steroids.

Taste: This stout is very complex. The inital taste lends a smooth character which is sharly cut by the ascerbic dark and roasted malt. This carries a nice and full roasted flavor through until the residual oatmeal lends a lactic flavor. This oat flavor remains through the finish as the dark malt bitterness once again overcomes the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is nice and creamy, and doesn't cloy even when warmed to room temperature. The alcohol hides itself very well in the strong roasted notes; though it is apparent by the viscosity that this isn't your typical 4-5% oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: I really like this. I can't say I ever had the "original" Fat Dog Stout, but this new Imperial Oatmeal version is great and unlike any other 'big' stout out there. I couldn't really throw this back unhindered, but I sure wouldn't refuse another one, especially on a chill winter evening. This new bottle conditioned series is 2/2 in my book so far (I have yet to get to the triple). One note: I notice quite a bit of tan yeast/protein/sludge in the last sip of my beer. It might be sage to slowly decant this guy if you're turned off by such sediment.

Nov 17, 2004
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mhewes from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a dark brown/black with a good tan head that leaves nice lacing behind

S : Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of oats

T : There's a sweet, toasted malt flavor from the oats that's really nice. Also hints of chocolate and coffee.

M : Thick and creamy...nice

D : Really good and I'd love to have more of it.

Jul 12, 2008
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BarrelO from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled on 2/4/09.

A: Mostly black, dark brown at the edges. The three-finger head becomes a thin film, leaving some lacing.

S: Roastiness and a bit of chocolate.

T: Roasted notes, bittersweet chocolate, clean neutral hop bitterness. Finishes rather bitter. Also a bit of alcohol sting. Roasty aftertaste.

M: A bit thinner than an imperial stout should be.

D: This struck me as a slightly above average imperial stout. But back in March, I had one which had been bottled close to a year prior that nearly blew me away. So if you have a sixer, set a few aside for a while.

Jul 10, 2009
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sendbeer from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Dec 21, 2012
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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Nov 29, 2013
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Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 24, 2017
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BeerBelcher from Ohio

3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huh - I'm sort of surprised to this rated so highly. It wasn't bad by any means, but it also didn't strike me as being a particularly special beer. I had this shortly after a Troegs Rugged Trail Brown Ale, and didn't find this Imperial Stout to be altogether more roasty or have that much more body than the brown ale, which sort of surprised and disappointed me. Imperial stout is sort of a superlative style - more malty, roasty and higher ABV than other styles, and while this beer was pleasant enough, it was hardly superlative.

A little light in color for a RIS, with a medium amount of head. Aroma was roasty, but pretty faint for the style. Flavor was as described above. Mouthfeel was a bit thin.

I bought this bottle at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.

Aug 28, 2009
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a creamy mocha colored head that sticks to the glass. Not much light at all comes through this one. Aroma is sweet dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Taste starts out smooth and roasty with coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is a long, dry and bitter finish with a bit of a kick from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy! Overall, this is an outstanding brew that is definately recommended.

Oct 03, 2006
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thethrone from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black, with 1" tan head with moderate retention. Some speckled lacing streaks down the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

T - Taste follows the smell, delicious rich roasted chocolaty flavor. Just enough hop bite to even out the sweetness.

M - Full body, very smooth, leaves a pleasant sweet aftertaste.

D - Great, drinkable brew. With its smooth sweet flavor, its hard to believe it 9% abv.

Aug 28, 2008
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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.

May 29, 2016
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SCZ from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Nov 30, 2012
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anthony-s from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 30, 2017
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katan from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Quite opaque - mostly black in color but I do see that there is a small amount of reddish hue in there. Head formation is dark mocha, tied to the roasted malts. Carbonation appears light.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate on the nose - has a sweet scent to it. A small amount of yeast in the background - bready and spicy. An even slighter hint of phenolic tones.

T - Starts off very much on the sweeter side. Mid-stream brings in only the slightest hint of hops and bitterness. Finishes with a nice roasted malt and chocolate flavor, combined with just a hair of the oat astringency. That same graininess does sit on the tongue.

M - Moderate to thick body - certainly full of unfermentables. A hair of the alcohol burn on the tongue. Little carbonation shining through.

D - Amazingly easy to drink - the flavors meld so well and come off so smoothly, that the palette fatigue doesn't even enter in.

An excellent beer - sad that I can't readily find more of this. I find it more of a RIS style than a double, but that is a matter of subjective opinion.

Mar 21, 2009
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muddah37 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Apr 27, 2012
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single of this for $2.

Wow this is a good beer. Pours a nice dark black with a tiny head. The mouthfeel and taste of this beer are spot on. Some nice oat-ey taste in the aftertaste and it just feels great in your mouth. I would never believe this was 9% ABV because it just tastes so smooth.

Sep 10, 2008
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csmartin6 from New York

3/5  rDev -25.2%

Nov 14, 2012
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marty717 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19%

Oct 28, 2012
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

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!

Jan 02, 2019
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Jul 04, 2005
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on 4/18/07

A: Pours a rich looking chesnut tinted black with a small yet creamy dark khaki colored head. Lacing is minimal, as is the carbonation.

S: Incredible aromas of dark fruit, molassas, roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: The taste follows the aroma closely with the addition of some dry maltiness, and possibly something along the lines of some espresso bitterness. Plums, figs, date nut bread, and cherry emerge as it warms.

M: Big, sweet, and full with just the right amount of roasted/hoppy/cofffee bitterness.

D: An absoulute joy to drink!

Dec 09, 2007
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