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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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tastybeer
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Westport liquors, the only one and aged for 2 years. Bottle has the old label design on it. A few miles of chocolate milk colored head over a black body. The most rediculous head I've ever seen. Smell is thick with roasty coffee and chocolate and mollasis malts. Grape and plum brings it all together. Taste is an ultra smooth combo of various malts and dark fruits like in the scent. Full bodied and velvety smooth in every direction.

I think this is becoming my favorite kind of beer. Really really amazing complexity that floats down. You NEED to try this.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today we are drinking two beers. Why? No idea. But who cares… it’s beer! The first beer we are drinking today is a Fat Dog stout from Stoudt’s Brewing Company. The label is awesome; the dog is so cute. There really is a fat dog! Anyway, this beer has a HUGE ABV, coming in at 9%. The beer is actually an imperial oatmeal stout, and I am not normally a big fan of an imperial stout. Let’s see what this one has in store.

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s dark. It almost looks like a cola. The head is actually pretty similar to that of a soda too. It’s light, with not much definition. You can’t see through the glass, but the beer doesn’t look thick. Let’s see what it smells like.

Nose: The nose is soft and subtle, and has a certain sweetness to it. Some of the oatmeal stouts that I have had don’t really smell like a stout. Now this one smells like a stout. I wonder what it tastes like.

Flavor: The flavor in this beer is HUGE. Oh man, it’s so good. The sweetness is pretty obvious and there is a ton of carbonation on the back of the palate as the beer slides down your throat. It isn’t think at all, and doesn’t really taste like a stout. It has a much smoother flavor than you would expect from a beer like this.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is amazing. It’s starts without much, then the carbonation comes in. Then, as the beer slides down you get that overwhelming stout flavor. The beer just continues to impress one sip after another. And the thing is, the high ABV isn’t obvious. You don’t notice it at all really. Oh man, I like this beer!

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is long and dry and leaves that obvious stout aftertaste. I say obvious, when a Guinness has no aftertaste at all. But this is what a stout is supposed to be. I had no idea what to expect when pouring this into the glass, but I was impressed. I would totally order another one of these. This beer is DELICIOUS! Bottoms up people.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.92/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black awesome nectar of the gods the most imperial of an imperial oatmeal stout, whatever that means. Pure black coffeee tone huge massive tan head leaves evenly dispersed scattered lacing. Aroma: Deep notes of coffee, fusel alcohol, whole hop leaves, and chocolate this one is hard to beat along with a big grainy sweetness from the oatmeal addition. Taste: Smooth velvety pit of chocolate coffee tones wow what a big bodacious beer (I've never used that word before) however it descrirbes this one perfectly just amazing multi layers of herbal hop tea and black chocolate enhanced coffee melds together so nicely. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy at times smooth drinking completely coats the palate with a smooth sipping brew can be this enticing. Drinkability: Simply amazing brew that is hard to describe in simple English words you need to hear the groans and grunts of happiness that have occureed mmm mmmm mutha fuck^n good.

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Photo of goschool
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took a shot at aging these and it worked out very well at 14 months, but I fucked up and let one bottle go a bit too long. I reviewed the 14 month old bottle in order to compare it with this one. This review is about the 14 month old bottle.

Appearance: The pour is somewhere between black and brown with red highlights. The head forms as a small light brown ring around the glass.

Smell: Holy crap! The nose is pure chocolate.

Taste: This is a delicious blast of milk chocolate. If I let it sit on my tongue for a while I get dark fruit. Espresso, with plenty of crema, enters into the mix for the finish.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium to full silky smooth body that puts all other silky smooth bodies to shame.

Drinkability: Only the thought that this might have gotten even better gave me the willpower to let this go to another few months. Argh!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick brown head. This beer looks as thick as blood. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

The aroma from this beer assulted me even from a distance. It smells strongly of chocolate. Coffee is also very present. A sweet malty caramel aroma is also present. A subtle hop aroma is present. The alcohol content is also noticable.

This beer tastes exactly as it smells. Coffee and chocolate upfront. Some caramel and molasses also. A slight hop flavor is also present.

This thick, full boside beer goes down very smooth, leaving a sweet malty aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

I think that despite the high alcohol content, this beer might be a good session beer. It is so smooth.

Overall: Thank you Himerman for this great beer. I trades for it as part of my goal to review every beer on the top 100. Today I noticed that the scoring changed, and it is no longer on the top 100. I am very happy to have hid this one. I will seak it out in the future.

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Photo of wedge
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage Date: 7/24/03

Pours black as night with an out of control huge, thick, lumpy tan head. Thick aroma of roasted chocolate and coffee malts, fruit tones (apple?), brown sugar. What a smell. Taste is rich and roasty - sweet cocoa...very much like an oatmeal stout with more power. Very slight hop bitterness is detected in the end. So creamy smooth and thick yet it floats around in the mouth. Rediculously drinkable.

Imperial oatmeal stout you say? Sounds like a great idea to me. Easier to handle than a Russian Imperial but just as tasty and complex. Quite the impressive beverage.

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Photo of KarlB
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, and a fantastic imperial stout.

An incredibly smooth beer, thick, full-bodied and full-flavored. Wonderful coffee, chocolate and oatmeal flavors. I was blown away when I found out this beer was 9% because the alcohol is so well hidden. The flavors absolutely dominate this beer, leaving a great after-taste and a very satisfied drinker.

(In case you hadn't noticed, I really love this brew!)

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Photo of amkpublishing
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this beer on

Great Head, nice lacing on the glass.

Chocolate, Caramel with a hint of Coffee. Full bodied rich mouthfeel.

Bottled 5-16-2007

A few more and I am afraid I won't be able to type much longer...

Can't wait to get my hands around some more of these!!!!

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Photo of Maestro
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been improved. Actually, this is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The beer pours an almost pitch-black with a thick tan head. There is a nice lacing left on the glass. The nose is full of roasty malts and a good coffee and chocolate presence. The taste is very rich with all sorts of characteristics. There is a good bit of coffee and chocolate as well as some fresh, crisp hops. I like this beer's new rendition. Drinkability is amazing so be careful. This gem can sneak up on you at this ABV.

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Photo of Pencible
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured a nearly opaque, very dark brown with almost no head. It smelled like dark chocolate mixed with a balance of sweet oats and bitter pine hops. It tasted very smooth, like melted chocolate, cream of wheat, and some hops bitterness. It was oily with no carbonation and had a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Overall this was one of the most drinkable double stouts I've ever had. Not a sipping beer, but it had wonderfully delicious flavor and texture.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A towering and creamy rocky head over opaque black liquid. Roasty nose gives clues as to whats to come: some espresso, dark chocolate. The taste is outrageously good, with notes of bitter coffee, bitter hops, chocolatey/malty sweetness, light fruit and alcohol...a great blend of taste sensations. Finishes very roasty and very long and complex. A treat for the palate and a double thumbs up.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stoudt's Fat Dog pulls no punches in it's re-formulated, Imperial Oatmeal Stout!

Gleaming ruby highlights wink at you as you pour it into the glass, but once full, it becomes an opaque black. Some of the yeast from bottle-conditioning is visible at the base of the glass, but nothing else can be seen. The head initially rises above it, dark tan and fluffy; but then slowly settles to a creamy half inch or so, and then down into a wide collar that leaves only sparse, spotty lace.

The nose is rich and exciting with notes of sweetish, dried cereal; a touch of berry-like fruit; some soft, light cocoa; dark sweet chocolate, and caramel.

In the mouth it's full-bodied and delicately tingly, before warming to become airy, and then creamy and smooth across the palate.

The flavor is rich and robust; bready and grainy; loaded with very dark chocolate, gently roasty coffee, light molasses, almost-burnt caramel, carob, a hint of coconut, a berry & apple-like fruitiness (and also a suggestion of lightly sweet dark raisins in the background), and a spritz of alcohol. It's superbly balanced for a beer of its size; and the solid bitterness, alcohol, and roasted notes lead it to a dry and roasty, lingering finish with a touch of caramel-glazed nuttiness.

What's interesting about it though, is that even in it's richness and complexity, it's still extremely drinkable. It doesn't build on the palate with sweetness, bitterness, or alcohol; nor is it so full bodied that it fills you. In my opinion, that is the pinacle of the brewer's art - balance! Kudos!!!!

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Photo of asabreed
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Stamped date of February 22nd 2006 on the top of the neck.

Appearance: Insanely jet black as expected, with a huge billowy mocha-colored head that leaves huge clumpy rings of lacing around the top of the glass

Smell: Dark berries, coffee, mocha, bread crust, smooth oatmeal sweetness, slight vanilla, and some citrus I imagine from the hops.

Taste: Huge and balanced, with lots of coffee flavors, oatmeal sweetness, mocha flavors, lots of flavorful dark berries, and a nice quelling citrus hop bite by the end. Finishes initially sweet before a bit of dryness and hops to curb everything beautifully. Wonderfully crafted on all accounts, and it's hard not to drink this quickly it's so good. And where's the alcohol? At 9% the balance shows; the alcohol's not really felt at all, which is astounding.

Mouthfeel: Beautifully smooth and creamy and not a flaw to be had. A pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: Insanely impressive and up there, in my opinion, with Siberian Night and Storm King, and it's threatening to be better. I wonder what 6 months has done for this, but goddamn this is tasty, and one of the best double stouts I've ever had. I'll be getting a case of this.

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Photo of DIM
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all-time favorites and I haven't reviewed it yet!

a: This is absolutely black, no highlights. It was served to me with a medium sized mocha head.

s: Very nice aromas of almost charred, roasty cocoa and coffee. Also, there are some dark fruit aromas and a touch of alcohol.

t: This is subtle, complex, and perfectly balanced. The most noticeable flavors are the cocoa and coffee flavors noted above. Some oaty, hoppy biterness manages to peek through. Some mildly tart cherry or plum flavors are also present. The finish has just the right touch of warming alcohol.

m: Super thick body, almost syrupy even. The carbonation is gentle and perfectly foamy.

d: I often times forget how fantastic the stuff I can get locally is. Fat Dog is a superb brew overall, bringing elements of an RIS to an oatmeal stout. This should be a must try.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Sunday afternoon visit to SPTR during the much flouted Philadelphia Beer Week provided me the warm and welcome opportunity to indulge my palate this wonderful brew.

Once out of the bottle and into the glass, Fat Dog is pitch black and topped with an initial ½ thick head that slowly slides down the rim leaving a brown lathery lacing.

This dog has a heavy molasses nose with a powerful alcohol blast that leaves your palate quivering beneath a malty after taste. This is not your father's imperial stout - nor your average session beer. It is an excellent sipping stout that leaves one begging for more.

Good job! Good Dog!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is quite impressive from start to finish. Poured jet black with dark khaki head, quite a bit darker than the foam on a glass of coke. As I watched the liquid flow out of the bottle and into my glass, I knew at once that this was going to be very thick and heavy. Almost (not quite) pours like Old Rasputin. The head subsides in about 90 seconds to a thin frosting over the surface of the liquid. Decent lacing. Plenty of roasted malt on the nose, with a faintly noticeable amount of unsweetened chocolate and perhaps some stewed prunes hiding way in the back. Smells absolutely delicious! A modest, but certainly noticeable amount of hop bitterness up front, with a positively magnificent "busy" finish with plenty going on. Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, perhaps the stewed prunes from the smell and wonderfully dry. I simply love it when the pleasant characteristics of the "smell" carry over to the taste. A wonderfully satisfying beer and exceptional example of the style, IMO. The mouthfeel is bold and heavy, but not quite able to be classified as chewy, to me anyway. I also feel that Stoudts did a fantastic job concealing the alcohol level in this one. It [the alcohol] is virtually unnoticeable in both the smell and taste, even as this gradually warms. Overall, I am greatly pleased with this, and will most assuredly get some more in the future. If you enjoy this style, I highly recommend you give this a go.
Blessed Be

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Photo of Beervis
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer, very complex and roasty!

Pours extremely dark with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is awesome with notes of chocolate, caramel, espresso, and so many other smells going on that are too many to single out.

Mouthfeel is complex, smooth, and creamy. Strong roasted malt flavours with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

Finish is long, sweet, and warm. This just keeps begging for another sip. My only complaint is that I only picked up one bottle, I will however, be grabbing more!!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AP: Darkest brown...very close to totally black in color, Thick and heavy looking with a frothy light mocha colored head, very thick ring of foam stick to edges relentlessly. Really nice look.

Nose: OH Boy! this one is aromatic. Roasty and smoked malted dominance with dark chocolate and sweet caramel.

Taste: first impression: WOW. This is a tastey stout right here. Very roasty and smokey malted goodness with a semi-sweet dark chocolate and caramel edge that is really delectible. There are some undertones of oak and oats as well; which is proof that there are charecteristics of both stout styles here, and very well balanced together. I've only given out maybe four or five perfect five scores in any one catagory in over 200 reviews and I have no doubt that this taste is about as good as it can get.

MF: True to style FULL-body...heavy and thick just as it looks with a great oameal-stout like creamy effect that's partially due to the constant sticky head that lasted to the last drop. It's basically a meal in a glass.

DA: I don't care if the ABV % is 9...if your a stout lover like me you will want another and another and...etc. This is a great hybrid of two of my favorite beer styles, you really can pick out each wonderful aspect of the two styles easily.(RIS and Oatmeal stout) Yeah...This was a really great beer experience.

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Photo of elvisnj
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Beautiful black beer. Nice head. Aroma is strong black coffee and dark chocolate. This beer smells great. Flavor is also strong coffee with just the right malty kick, but clean and smooth. The oatmeal really balances out the chocolate and coffee. Not alot of hops but the coffee adds to the bitterness so its not really missed.

Slightly sweet and thick. It has just the right mouth feel.

Overall a great example of a dark coffee oatmeal stout. Very happy with this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was provided thanks to Zorro. It's a damn good stout. The aftertaste is almost better than the taste itself, oddly enough.

The beer pours to a very dark black. Impervious to light. Nice chocolatey head, though the retention is fairly poor. Washy lacing, but some nice legs.

The smell is good. As soon as I popped open the bottle I could smell chocolate and oats. Very vinous and malty sweet with a gentle roast. Some coffee aromas as well. Almost smells like a bowl of oatmeal with some malted chocolate milk poured over it. Yummy... it's breakfast time (even though it is almost midnight at the time of writing this).

The taste is great. Every bit as wonderful as the smell, and then some. Some lactose sweetness up front, along with a great oatmeal flavor and a mild roast. Very chocolatey delicious. Fairly vinous as well, with a hint of dark currant. A hint of soy sauce, though not enough to make me think any less of this delicious stout. Very smooth and well rounded. As I said earlier, the finish brings everything together so perfectly that it is almost better to give it a few savory minutes in between drinks. Lingering coffee flavor, though the oats dominate.

The body is full and velvety smooth. The alcohol is well hidden under the complexity of flavor. I love it. Worth seeking out. My dog enjoys it as well, though on the contrary she is quite skinny.

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Photo of iceball585
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan fluffy head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Oats, smokey, dark chocolate, dark malts, hint of coffee beans

T- Milk chocolate, expresso, smokey, oats, roasted malts, light bitterness, faint burn of alcohol

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, chewy, flavorful

D- Very very good imperial stout

This is a definite instant favorite of mine. The second the auroma hit my nose I knew it was going to be a good brew. I was actually amazed to find out how strong this beer was because it is very drinkable to me (but I also love stouts).

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Photo of josht
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer with a dark color. Has a nice brown head to it and has aromas of chocolate and coffee bean. Love the first swig with the flavors really coming out on your tongue. Also has a very long finish. This is the best beer I have had so far. I hope to have many more of these.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 brown 12 oz. bottle dumped into a thick American pint glass.

Totally opaque attractive mahogany-black beer with a bubbly nut-brown crest.

Bouquet is crisp and sweet. Caramel as in kettle corn sets the stage as hazelnut and marshmallow sing softly in the dark. The aromas are sufficient to jolt salivary glands to action. The olfactory onslaught builds to crescendo as deep roasted flavors and toasted grains dance fervently beneath a blazing spotlight.

Once in the mouth the liquid develops into a gentle creaminess with flavors redolent of dark wood moving on to burnt dark roast without even a hint of astringency.

A charming brew to say the least. Highly complex and truly approachable. Completely quaffable. Absolutely enjoyable. An eminent member of the Oatmeal Stout community.

Lots going on in this beer. All pleasant

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark beer that lets no light through, but the head is thin and short lived. Smell isn't too distinctive- a little smokiness, hops. Taste and mouthfeel are phenomenal- thick oily texture, smoky roasted malt, just enough hops but not overly bitter. Very well balanced. The high alcohol content is well hidden. I would gladly drink this all night every night.

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4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz with a big lazy looking hound on the label, poured into a pint glass.

As black as it gets with a small cocoa colored head that shows decent retention with minimal lace.

The nose is very roasty with coffee and chocolate followed by an ample hop bitterness. Just a wisp of smoke and molasses. Has a nutty character as it warms.

The choco/roasty notes are upfront in the taste. They are followed by walnuts and almonds and a nice flavor of bitter, almost piney hops. I really like the combination of flavors, especially the fresh tasting hops. This is very true to my interpretation of the style: much more than a Porter, but not as much as an Impy Stout. Gotta love it when a brewer hits the mark on a niche style, rather than present a watered down Imp or an overwhelming Porter.

The mouth is full. Nowhere near chewy or oily. It has ample carbonation that doesn't get in the way of, but rather accentuates the nuances of this beer. The drinkability is a no brainer. I wish I had bought this as a sixer instead of a single.

My second Stoudts, and I'm getting the idea that these guys have their shit together. Damn glad these beers are making it to MI.

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