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 Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
2.76/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev 0%
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 metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black liquid with a dense tan head. Lacking a bit in color.

Smell - Chocolate, cream, toast and a hint of coffee. Sweet and mellow, very inviting.

Taste & mouthfeel - Mild milky sweetness with just a touch of roasty bitterness. Hints of chocolate and toffee with a bittersweet finish. Not bland, but very mellow and balanced - one of the gentler imperial stouts I've had. Soft carbonation. Creamy but not exceptionally thick. Very good stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to ChrisPro for sending this out in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with a touch of a reddish hue in the light around the edges of the glass. The head is a light tan without much, if any, staying power. A touch of spotty lacing and a very thin collar around the edges of the beer. The nose brings forward a bit of black anise and some roast. Coffee and chocolate linger in the background. A touch of a metallic character is it warms. The taste melds things together a bit more, though the anise flavor certainly stands out in the finish, which also has a slightly-pronounced bitterness. Other than this, there's a touch of balanced sweetness and roast going back and forth. Body is a bit too thin. Drinks fairly well overall. A bit unbalanced toward the black licorice character plus a bit of roast, but I'd drink this again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Coffee, caramel, and some smoky notes of molasses.

T - Dark sugar up front with notes of molasses and brown sugar. More dark malt in the middle with a touch of warming alcohol. The beer finishes with some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon as well as coffee, smoke, and licorice.

M - A moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, it is complex but a bit harsh. The alcohol is apparent in the flavor profile and the dark malt is rough and charred. There is also a bit of spicy character that makes me think of higher alcohols and potential hangovers. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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 superspak
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask, via handpump at the brewpub.

Pours black (with just the tiniest amount of ruby highlights around the bottom) with a finger of mocha colored head. Great, thick retention that left decent lacing behind. The aroma is a nice mix of chocolate, zippy coffee notes, some oats, and a slight presence of heat.

The taste is more chocolate sweetness with a touch of coffee bitterness, and some nutty characteristics are present. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but not nearly as thick as the draft version.

While I probably prefer and deeper and darkner tones and feel of the draft version, I can't fault this on cask, as the smoothness and drinkibility for a 9% Imperial Stout is just ridiculous. Grab some if you find it.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted oats, milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty as you would expect with flavors of chocolate, oats and coffee. There's a background flavor of dark fruit and a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but typical of the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong stout that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan-colored head that stacks up impressively in the pint glass, but gradually it dissolves to nothing.

Smell: The aroma is full of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Also, a few hints of grain and fruits, primarily plums, sneak through which help to add further depth to this brew. There's a minor undercurrent of alcohol present, but never is it overbearing.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate flavors are plentiful, as is the distinct taste of fresh-roasted coffee. Also, the taste of toffee is present. The plum flavors carry over from the scent to add a bit of fruitiness. This stout finishes with a just a slight twang of hop bitterness and the drying sensation of cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body. Carbonation is fairly minor, thankfully. The soft, velvety consistency of this brew is simply to die for! The oats, while absent from the smell and taste, at least deliver a level of creaminess to the beer. Way to go, Oats.

Drinkability: Overall, there's an excellent, unparalleled drinkability with this stout. The hearty 9% ABV is all but buried beneath the rich layers of flavors. For me, this is Stoudt's top beer and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable mahogany with a razor thin rim of ruby-gold along the bottom edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored cap is firmer than it is creamy. Unfortunately, very little lace makes its way to the glass, probably at least partly due to the high ABV. Fat Dog looks great right after the pour and less great as time passes.

The nose is more Russian Imperial stout than it is American double stout. It's intensely dark and rich with raging rivers of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, anise and dark rum. It looks like Stoudt's loaded up on the roasted malt. Although there's power to spare, incompletely masked alcohol and a wee lack of depth keep it from world-class status.

Good dog. Very good dog! Kilned-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life black malt dominates the flavor profile. It's hard to say whether the considerable bitterness is due to charred malt or to hops, but it doesn't really matter. Whatever namby-pampy sweetness appears at the beginning of each mouthful is cut off at the knees by a gathering bitterness and by a polite, yet still powerful, port wine mixed with Sambuca alcohol presence.

I'm glad that I've decided to drink my Imperial stouts at cellar temperature. No longer do I have to wait until the bottom of the bottle to appreciate each and every nuance. Despite my (slight) dissatisfaction with the nose, the flavor is as deep as it is bold. It has that 'multi-faceted jewel' character on the palate that every outstanding beer possesses.

I still wish the spicy alcohol was more in the background. Then again, it does give the beer an 'I mean business' attitude that I love. If I can lay my hands on another bottle or six, a snifter would be a more appropriate vessel than this pint glass. Even though I've experienced bigger mouthfeels, that's no reason to fault this one. It's medium-full, supremely smooth and tremendously silky.

Fat Dog is a wonderful American double stout that, again, drinks more like an RIS. It may not be 'best of show', but then the best versions of this style are some of the best beers in all the world. The bottom line is it backs up its bark with an incredibly flavorful bite. This might just be Stoudt's best beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually picked up this bottle in a trade a long time ago, though now it is commercially available here, it definitely was not then. I have held unto it for over a year, and I am just getting around to trying it now. It's a 2007 bottling, and has been cellared around 50 degrees. I poured it vigorously into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice producing a thick dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches before finally settling down onto a pillow if tan around one finger in height that stayed throughout the session. Very nice web like side glass presentation on here as well. Overall, definitely a very good looking stout by all means.

Smell - The aroma was just as rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice.

Taste - Very good profile here. It was a little bit lighter then some of the other big stouts I have had, but still could put a hurting on most any other. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. Very well done indeed.

Mouthfeel - It was a nice full-bodied stout, though nowhere near as filling as some of the others can be. Rich carbonation and a smooth creamy profile were nothing to sneeze at. Definitely not the thick sludge like RIS's, this was just right and a really nice feeling.

Drinkability - Outstanding for a big stout over 9% ABV. There was hardly a touch of alcohol anywhere near this thing. Quite impressive with really just sweet roasted malts playing the major roles here. Very nice underlying hints of chocolate just were the icing on the cake.

Overall, I thought this was excellent. I cannot wait to go down to Barleys and try one of these on tap. It really was a great Imperial Stout and for those love the sweeter versions, this would be right up your alley. Definitely have to recommend this one.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cool into a snifter.
A - Black as an eight ball when held up to the light w/ a medium brown cappuccino head of about 1/2 inch w/ a fine bead. The head is smooth w/ speckles like a bluebirds egg and produces moderated lace.

S - Plenty of sweet fruity dark malt esters w/ herbal hop aromas and vinous qualities. Crisp w/ an almost blueberry skin-like earthy aroma.

M - Chewy, almost viscous w/ a sweet creamy feel. Moderately full carbonation and gentle hops spice round out the stout.

T - The initial taste has a lactic creamy flavor w/ berry notes that quickly blend into a syrupy chocolaty sweet dark blend w/ a honey like accent, just the faintest amount of roasted flavor shows up as it warms w/ more vinous/currant notes. There is a subtle fland of flavors w/ an almost floral quality in the finish -So chewy, yet so nuanced in taste.

D - An incredible example of a rich big, stout, The oats add so much smooth feel and the ale hardly tastes like an imperial anything. The taste is very refreshing for a beer of its stature. The 9% is barely noticeable. The is a true American Classic -one to sip and savor.

edit-review 11-4 bottle into nonic A-3.5, S-4, M-4.5 T-4.5 D-3.5

A - A dark cocoa color w/ deep garnet hues highlighting. The head is 2 1/2 fingers of rocky cream which settles to about 1/4 inch, smatterings of lace cling

S - A creamy vanilla + cocoa nose w/ mild caramel odors + gentle nutty scents w/ slight woody nose. The aroma is slightly buttery w/ toffee notes and overall the aroma is sweet

M - The feel is gentle smooth and creamy w/ mild nutty roasted textures and moderately carbonated effervescence-wise
The feel is slightly sweet, malt focused w/ subtle hop spice in the finish and a mild alcohol accent

T - The taste of the stout has such a mild roasted malt element - the flavor profile seems more caramel malt and gentle toasted flavor-wise. The caramel leads to to a buttery toffee-like smooth flavor w/ a pine hop accent in the middle. The oatmeal + sweet malt combo is very seemless and the alcohol only comes forward in the finish w/ a mild raisin-like concentrated sugar note

D - Fat dog tastes great and is so drinkable, but a bit strong for multiples, so basically an above average oatmeal stout. The beer is well made, but a little less alcohol in the flavor would help this maybe if cellared for a year or so

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to Zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Beautiful rich choclate notes, iron & hints of coffee

T: Rich choclate, a little dryness & sweet expresso notes up front. Oaky & vanilla notes come though as this warms up. I also pick up a little roasted grain. Finishes dry, chocolatey, oaky & with a hint of breadyness& molasses

MF: Rich & creamy & moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, especially when you consider the ABV. Alcohol is artfully masked all the way through. I do believe the bottle conditioning brings out the best in this beauty. One tasty Double Stout! Thank you again Zrrbrt!

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