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)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of SawDog505
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +14.5%
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 -2.8%
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 +4.5%
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 -3.8%
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
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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 +3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -20.8%
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 -4.3%
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 +4.5%

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 +6.3%

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 +0.2%
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 +3%
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 +5.3%
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 -3.8%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, dark fruit and charcoal.

The taste consisted of a chewy roasted malt with charcoal and a touch of lactose.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side if the style with a gentle carbonation.

Overall a tasty and brawny oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
2.36/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-typical dark looking beer with a decent head that doesn't last long

S-Not much to say. Oddly smells like a wild ale

T-I must have a bad bottle. Taste like vinegar and nothing else. I even had someone else taste it and by the look on their face I am correct.

M-Not bad. Regular feel.

O-I am chaulking this one up as a fluke. I will try again if I run into it on tap.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a solid black with a three finger mocha head and strong lacing all the way through. Some of head also remains on the top of the brew until the end. There are faint red highlights when this brew is held up to the light.

The smell is coffee, chocolate, oats, sweet malts and nuts. Everything blends together nicely.

The taste follows the nose with burnt coffee and chocolate dominating at the beginning, then moving to sweet malts and oats with a little nutty flavor. There are just enough hops on the back end in order to prevent this brew from being too sweet. A slight amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Everything goes down easily.

Overall this is a well balanced stout; it reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout although it does not have all of the subtleties of that brew it is a close second. Will drink again especially if I cannot get Founders.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark with an amber hint when held in the light. Has a soda-like color.

S-Strong hues of oatmeal with a little bit of a bite.

T-Sharp on the tongue but smooths out afterwards.

M-Lighter for a stout.

O-This is a very good stout.give it a try because it does differentiate from others on the market.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a one finger beige head with low retention.
Aroma of roasted malts and oats, hay and cocoa powder.
Unexpected flavor, strong notes of cola, licorice, lots of oatmeal, caramels, bitter chocolate and earthy hops. Hints of sour milk, plums, pineapple, coffee, ash and cinnamon. Dry aftertaste with burnt and earthy lingering notes.
Full body with low carbonation and a smooth and sticky feeling. Alcohol of 8.02% is very well hidden.
Smooth but not harmless Imperial Stout with an original flavor with a complexity that grows over time. Literally an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Definitely worth trying, though I would play down a little the oatmeal and sweetness.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, super dark brown that almost appears black until you hold it up to direct light which reveals very faint blood-red highlights towards the bottom. A mildly aggressive pour results in a large, frothy light-mocha colored head which eventually dwindles down to a 1/4 inch creamy cap, leaving beautiful sticky tan lacing down the glass. After a few sips, the head is reduced to a paper-thin layer of mocha colored cream that rests on top of the brew. Fat Dog started out with an outstanding score in the aesthetic categories, but as time passed, it dropped a few notches as it's merely just "good" now.

S: Roasted dark malts with some sweet hints of toasted oats and brown sugar. Some cocoa powder and alcohol is evident underneath. Clean and expressive of the style.

T: Before I begin explaining what my tongue detects, I want to start off by saying that you should give this brew proper justice by letting it warm up to just below cellar temperature before sipping. Anything cooler than that honestly does mask the intensity and complexity of the flavors. Dark malts give a wonderful bitter chocolate flavor with an underlying sweetness of brown sugar that does well to balance out the brew and keep the bitterness at bay. The initial sweetness eventually fades leaving a mild black coffee character that's bitter until the end, but not off-putting. The alcohol content is absolutely shrouded and nearly non-existent until the very end, as it makes its way down and tingles your throat and warms the face.

M: Well-controlled carbonation takes a backseat, as it should. Viscous and frighteningly full-bodied. Fat Dog absolutely conquers every inch of real estate in your mouth, leaving no taste bud unvisited by its diabolically creamy presence. Finishes silky smooth. If it weren't for the boozy after-taste and face-tingling properties, you'd have no idea this brew sports a 8%ABV.

O: Part of me feels like I'm scoring this brew too high, but as I sip it more and re-visit its properties, my mouth and nose assure me that I'm making no mistakes. Stoudt's has really knocked it out of the park with Fat Dog. While it's not "world class" or taking home the award for best brew of the style, it's up there letting the bigger guys know that it backs up its bark with a bite that's not to be trifled with. Outstanding flavor, incredible mouth presence, and an overall experience that makes me wish I picked up more than just one bottle. A must-try, for sure.

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a; Black with ruby hints at the edges when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded to even surface foam and

s; Caramel malt.

t; Hop bite forward over a smoky malt base. Potent. Alcohol seems evident, and a strong cigar ash aftertaste follows, although this mellows out later. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Light to medium with some watery feel.

o: It's a pretty hoppy one, but not enjoying the flavor that much. Also seems rather light bodied for an oatmeal stout. And towards the end I'm getting the notorious vinegary taste as well.

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