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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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Added by Gavage on 10-29-2004

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Photo of mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just a shade short of black with an almost mocha head thick in nature and about a half inch high. Some sticky lacing in the aftermath.

Very nice nose full of lactose, oats, spent coffee grounds, chocolate, hints of vanilla, licorice, black licorice, lavender, and some floral hop notes.

Damn fine tasty stout, hints of roasty malts, charcoal, chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, licorice, hershey syrup, cofee,lactose, and caramel. A bit of citrus and floral hop on the finish which is bitter and quenching.

Mouth is thick, creamy and full of goodness.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ

A: Pours a black body with a dark brown head with low retention, but nice lacing along the aides of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A slightly roasted smell with low, bitter undertones. Roasted nature was not too noticeable overall, which had me double guessing myself.

T: Any doubts I had were relieved once I tasted the beer. A nice, deep roasted taste with some alcohol bitterness in the aftertaste. Burn of the alcohol was not evident at all, which was good. There were some additional chocolate notes in the aftertaste that did well to balance the roasted taste.

M: Mouthfeel was a little light and crisp, which caught me a little by surprise. Overall, I would say the mouthfeel was pretty good for a stout.

D: A very drinkable beer. Nice, roasted taste with a complementing chocolate aftertaste. The high alcohol content was well hidden by the beer flavor. Nice, light mouthfeel did well to even out the stout. You may begin to feel it after a few of these, but you will not notice the alcohol at all, which makes it very appealing to me.

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Photo of dnichols
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to imacoug for sharing with me. We poured from a capped 12 ounce bottle.

A: It poured a nearly black body that when back lit did not block out all of the light resulting in tints of ruby around the edge. There was a slight chocolate head of less than a finger and there were clumps of lacing that sank into the liquid after lingering for a while.

S: It exhibited dominant sweet malts and fruit, as well as brown sugar.

T: The front end was dominated by caramelized brown sugar and burnt coco. The hops and alcohol were well hidden.

M: It was thin and medium bodied and not well balanced. It finished dry with a bit of lingering sweetness.

Dr: I was not impressed with the lack of balance or body. It was thin and almost watery and overly dominated by the burnt malts.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout...on tap at Hotel Hershey

Appearance-pitch black, thick as hell with a bursting head that sits and just stays there.

Smell-chocolate flavor rises, malt appears as well, alcohol is hidden

Taste/Mouthfeel - again very chocolaty, hops are behind everythig but I did find them eventually. Sweetness is balanced beautifully by the malt, incredible smoothness on the way down, finishes strong with a sweet alcoholic kick.

Drinkability-Alcohol was incredibly well hidden.

Overall-One of the best stouts I've had, lots of malty chocolate flavor, great balance so the alcohol isn't overpowering, and frankly it has a fantastic taste with just the right about of sweetness. A great great beer.

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Photo of Angelface
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I looked forward to having this stout for some time now. Had it @ Stoudt's Brewery from the cask. Little carbonation and little head but to be expected when served from the cask. Great chocolate aroma, very malty but had a clean finish. Some toffee hints, hops were not quite as present as expected. To be fair, I had this brew last among a 4 beer sampler. Will definately try again but alone.

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Photo of ralree
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a nice fluffy tan head. 2-fingers to start, slowly receding. Perfect.

S: Nice roasted malt with some slight hops.

T: Lots of bitter chocolate and some coffee backing in this stout. The roasted malt tastes great and goes down smooth. As it sits in the mouth, it creams up, and after swallowing a little more bitterness comes out along with some great fresh hop flavor.

M: Creamy, medium-heavy bodied, good carbonation, barely astringent.

D: Very drinkable. It's heavy, but it's great.

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Photo of kwm13
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Deep brown color, poured with a moderate head that fell apart quickly, but sticks to the edge well. When it poured, it looks quite carbonated.

You get a nice roasted malty smell with a slight hint of chocolate.

I get a good bit of carbonation from it, and it finishes a little watery with an aftertaste that really doesn't please me.

Other than the aftertaste, I could get by enjoying this one, but I can't get past it.

Edit: Thought about the taste for a few more minutes and determined it was just bitter. Too much for my liking.

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Photo of mecell2000
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout draft as a carry-out in a growler.

Full bodied, murky brown/black in color with a tan head that dissipates gradually, leaving a ring of head ontop of the beer. No lacing left on my glass at all.

Smell is toasted malts, caramels, nuts, chocolate and coffee. Standard and exactly what I expected.

Fairly low carbonation, typical of stouts in general. A smooth and creamy mouth feel that leads to a very different sugary sweetness and finishes with a smokey taste.

From the smell I thought this was going be have a typical stout, which is fine; a 'no news is good news' sort of thing. But the sweet taste was an interesting spin on a tried classic.

Beware: he suprisingly high alcohol content creeps up on you.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kegatron for the trade.

Pours an almost opaque with ruby around the edges of the glass. Big and VERY fluffy off white head that leaves good lace. Nose is of an oatmeal stout and some alchohol and maltiness. Taste is of a heavy oatmeal stout but has some good malty flavors down underneath with some dark fruitage. Alcohol makes its presence known in the taste, but very subtely and in a good way. The mouthfeel is good, but a little thinner than I like. If your looking for the viscosity of a ST oat, you won't find it here. drinkability is quite good, amazing really for 9%. Great brew, will defenitely trade for more, would love to try the barrel aged version. Thanks again Heath!

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Photo of Pencible
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
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 bluegrassbrew
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black as liquid night. Decent tan head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is roasted nuts and semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste is again some bittersweet chocolate on the edges of a very roasted but not burnt malt flavor.

Overall, this is one tasty brew. Well balanced and that oatmeal gives it a nice silky smooth feel. Paired this with a nice ribeye and was thoroughly satisfied.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium dark brown, very opaque, brew with a nice lacy tan head. Aroma is very sweet, chocolate chips and cookie dough mixed with candy bars and caramel -- all the good stuff. Taste is unreal smooth, probably the result of the oatmeal, chocolatey and sweet with only the slightest burnt coffee/cocoa to help keep this brew from being cloying.

This brew really grew on me as I drank the six-pack. At first I was unimpressed, by the last beer I was looking forward to cracking a bottle after dinner. A great brew for this American style. Highly recommend picking this up.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for this great extra!

Bottled on: 1/15/08 so this one is rather fresh.

Pours a dark caramel color and is mostly black in the glass except for a few ruby hues. A nice two inch crown quickly forms and half of that quickly retreats while the rest retains for a few more moments.

First aromas I pick up are cocoa, chocolate, grains, and hints of citrus--like orange flavored chocolate. After it settles for a little longer I am able to pick out the chocolate and toasted malts, which are abundant here. A bit of warm milk with oatmeal is also present.

Tastes a little more chocolate forward than the aroma. There are lots of sweet and bitter chocolate notes, roasted and toast flavors, cocoa, and some dry multi-grain bread. Some mocha coffee flavors in the finish as well. I'm not sure about his one. The flavors just don't seem smooth enough for an oatmeal stout. To me it feels a little grainy and dry, especially the aftertaste, which is something that has begun to put me off in stouts.

Pretty good mouth-feel but finishes a tad too thin in the end.

Not a bad beer really but it just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of ph2001
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass. poured quite smoothly for the thickness, minimal head, and black in color.

bitterness quickly hits the tip of the tongue and dissipates. there is a slightly sweet chocolate flavor but it quickly swept away by a forceful coffee flavor, that is very smoky tasting. it is a little thick but it drinks well. for such a strong flavor the taste melts away quickly from the mouth. very tasty, although being an imperial stout, i think i could only stomach a few at a time.

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Photo of DIM
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Market Cross Pub.

A- It pours a very dark yet thin black. It is dark as the night. a brown head lays on top for about 30 seconds and runs away fairly quick. The bottle itself is pretty cool as well.

S-a roasted coffee smell fills my nose and brings a smile to my face. 2 years ago i would have gagged but i have grown to enjoy coffee and i actually enjoy the smell. It is deep and aromatic (the beer that is).

T- malted coffee and a roasted feeling on the way down. Very luscious on the lips and quenches my thirst.

M/D- You would think it would be a thick beer but it is actually quite smooth and thin on the way down. A slight warmth along the throat as it makes its way down to my gullet. A good beer!

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Corvette Grill, Annville, PA on 3/7/08. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Thick, opaque dark brown body with sparse creamy tan head that receded into an even coating of lacing on the rim of the glass.

S - Roasted malts, toasted barley and some mild chocolate and coffee notes. Slight earthy hoppiness and a waft of alcohol. Hints of molasses and toffee.

T - Roasted coffee with a bit of nuttiness and slight burnt, toasted malt. Earthy bitter finish with chocolate and coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied with smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Semi-dry bitter finish.

D - Quite drinkable for such a big beer. Excellent mouthfeel on this one. Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink despite the high ABV.

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Photo of tayner
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

black with very little head.. not alot of lacing, but not bad for 9%

Smelled of roasted malts and sweet fruit, but not very strong smell for an imperial stout

taste was a very well balanced, well blended roasted flavor with dark, sweet fruits mixed in, plum, fig, raisen.

Very creamy and easy to drink. This one went down surprisingly well for such a high abv... wish i had more than one.

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Photo of lvbs
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the clear winner of our five beers tasted. Of the 10 tasters, it received three overall ratings of 5 and six overall ratings of 4. The one woman who did not enjoy the beer (rating of 2) admitted that the coffee tones were very nice in both the taste and the nose. The consensus was, even among those of us not usually into stouts, that the dryness of the oatmeal/imperial styles kept it from being too thick or overpowering. It was balanced well enough that many were surprised it had such a high abv.

Overall average: 4.1

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Photo of macster
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black pour under a thin, quickly dissapating tan head.

Pleasant, but somewhat faint aromas of dark roasted malts, espresso coffee beans, semi-sweet chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel I found just a tad thin and fizzy for the style. I just prefer a smoother, creamier palate for an Imp. Stout.

Taste presents an admirable balance of sweet chocolate, molasses and dark fruit flavors along with fairly assertive bitter notes of dark roasted malts, coffee and hops which finishes things off nicely.

A decent Imp Stout, but nowhere near worth the $13.99 price. Welcome to Florida!

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours blackish-brown, with a thick light tan head that has good staying power. Nice lacing.

Aroma is malty with a sure alcohol edge. Feint chocolate and coffee scents.

Hits you with roasted malts, combined with alcohol, a little bit of coffee bean, but the aftertaste leaves a wonderful coffee/dark chocolate taste behind.

Fairly hefty, thick feel to it, a little heavy on the carbonation, coats the mouth well.

A quite drinkable brew. Goes down quick, not to heavy in the gut, so hitting up 4 of these in a sitting is not out of the question. Very good job on this one.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem as part of a mixed sixpack. Imperial Oatmeal stout, should be interesting.

Dark, very dark brown liquid with some tan colored head that disappears quite quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell is a bit boozy, not quite enough to distract from the nice chocolate, sweet, and roasted notes, though.

Taste is more booze, the high ABV on this is quite apparent. Now it is starting to distract from all the great things going on here. I might pick another up and lay it down for a year or two.

Mouthfeel avoids being syrupy, so it is already ahead of most big stouts. It is nice and somewhat full but not chewy, pretty nice. This beer is somewhat of an oddity, it is usually marketed with and priced similarly to normal, session beers, but it is a lot bigger and actually has some real cellaring potential. I liked it, but i wouldn't drink it regularly unless it handled age very well and I had the patience to lay a bunch down.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is about two years old and stored in proper conditions.

A- Very dark brown with some light getting through on the edges. A small brown head forms and falls to a very splotchy surface. A little too transparent for my tastes.

S- Chocolate, cherries, some coffee. Very smooth and complex smelling. This has improved with some age on it.

T- Very cherry and chocolate like. Maybe a little oxidized. A little sour, but definitely taking on an aged quality to it. The alcohol is noticeable from its warming effect but not in the flavor/burning sense.

M- Actually a little thin for the style. The alcohol leaves a very warming sensation.

D- When all is said and done, this is a pretty enjoyable beer. The alcohol is not really hidden well, but it is pretty complex and worthwhile. I really am up in the air as to whether this improved with age or not.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A short tan head formed and quickly dissappeared. The beer was dark, almost black, but with a reddish tint. Smells of roasty malt, chocolate, and a little fruity, maybe plum/prune? Tastes of roasty malt, a little sweet and fruity at the end. Mouthfeel is moderately heavy and smooth. A tasty beer.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 1,317 ratings
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