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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Ratings: 1,320 |  Reviews: 754
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good appearance, mocca head. Tiny head but significant lace. Aroma of chocolate and and alcohol. Chocolate malt,licorice in mix, but too bitter and acidic for my liking. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing. I don't think it's retired given its ready availability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a jet black body.

S: some espresso and lots of dry roasted coffee bean, hints of cocoa. mildy aromatous and simple.

T: this one is mostly coffee, which is great, but still very simple. cocoa comes in late in the finish with roasted malts throughout. oats, cocoa and earthy hops are very mild.

M: full body, moderate to high carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable and very simple. coffee dominates but isnt over stated making it more drinkable than most coffee forward stouts.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.76/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for sending me this one!

Pours an almost (like 99% here) opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin film. Random blotches of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, sour dark fruits, and an alcohol scent. Taste is of dark fruits up front with some malt/oat flavors on the finish. There is also a sour flavor that is coming through on this one that I am pretty sure is not intended. Perhaps an infection? This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, I am disappointed in this beer. I think there is an infection or age issue going on with this one. The sour smell and flavors are pretty off putting in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black) and has a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface. There are good head retention properties. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the bubbles rising near the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: Roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which also has notes of caramel, coffee and molasses.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol, particularly In the finish.
D: This is a beer that needs to be sipped given its alcohol content, although it doesn't need to be sipped as slowly as some of the other heavier types of stouts.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, vanilla, raisin, toasted biscuit, and light herbal hops. Some pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, coffee, biscuit, toffee, and light herbal hops. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance with good complexity. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial oatmeal stout! Very robust and balanced flavor profile; with a very nice mouthfeel from the oats. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a very foamy, tan head. It left thin, soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled very roasty, almost smoky. Nice subtle coffee aroma, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, bitter oats and some bitter dark coffee beans.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little dry. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a pretty good oatmeal imperial stout.I'd like to try more from Stoudt's.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, prune color with a relatively small head that leaves a few swathes of lace

Smell: Lots of roasty malts, some chocolate and some alcohol on the nose

Taste: Starts out with dark chocolate flavor that grows increasingly roasty and bitter by mid-palate and after the swallow; concludes with unusual bitterness that tastes like holiday spice cake spices

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth after the swallow

Drinkability: Very rich and different, but I guess I would prefer more of the coffee and chocolate flavors that this one lacks

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark creamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is easily distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by what I believe to be the oatmeal, which brings lots of sweetness. The level of hops seems low and bitterness is really low. Body is above average but not as full as I would have expected for an imperial stout. Alcohol is well hidden and no trace could be detected. I very much enjoy that one thought it probably does not fit its style entirely.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
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 jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one thanks to msulinski, and this is probably a year or more aged.

A slightly dark fluffy and fizzy 1 finger head fades at a medium pace with no real lacing over pretty dark rosy dark brown almost black beer.

Nose is erupting with stout aromas, some dark malts, little roast and chocolate, lots of oatmeal, some crystal malts, light earthy hops, a nice oatmeal stout aroma.

Taste is fluffy and full bodied, lots of oatmeal, chewy malts, some caramel and vanilla, plenty of light chocolate, a bit of hot cocoa and milk chocolate, creamy malts, a bit of bitterness from a slight roasty malt bitterness and some light earthy hop additions. Pretty fluffy too. Finishes with a slight dry finish, with a long oatmeal and chocolate finish, and some subtle aged malt flavors. a slight sticky finish, but not much for the richness of the beer, and no real booze taste. The bitterness is nice, nothing overpowering, just enough to give it an imperial stature, and no minerality or burnt flavors, and pretty creamy and tasty.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied with creamy feel and decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, light dry finish, a little bit of stickiness though, no real booze taste, creamy and smooth and goes down well.

This beer was very surpring and tasty, as well as drinkable. Reminds me a lot of Cadillac Mountain Stout but with more oatmeal. I should try to find more of this. Not sure how much the aging affected it, but its great!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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