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

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1,315 Ratings
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 MaltyGoodness
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a coal black with a creamy mocha head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Rich roasty aroma with layers of cocoa and espersso along with the unmistakable smell of toasted oats. Just a faint suggestion of hops in the background. Wonderfully blended and complex.

Delicious roasted malt taste upfront with the distinct taste of oats. Rich layers of dark chocolate and coffee present themselves as does a medium bitterness and extremely faint taste of hops. Finishes slightly bitter with a nice lingering roasted taste.

Full body, creamy texture.

For a big beer and high ABV, this is extremely easy to drink. I could easily enjoy a few over the course of an evening. Easily my favorite beer from Stoudt's, and one that every BA should be seeking out.

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Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog pours a inky black with a thick brown head. Aroma is slightly roasty with some caramel malts. Flavor is slightly astringent burnt malts with a caramel sweetness that asserts itself as the beer warms balance the beer. There is a slight alcohol flavor, but it is light for 9%.

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Photo of Zephenbrewid
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: on-tap 5 oz. taster

A: Darker, creamy head, very dark red colors present in the thinner areas of the glass

S: chocolate is the dominant aroma, slight roasted character

T: bitterness present right off the bat

M: medium body, could be a little thicker considering it is an outmeal stout

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Photo of motleybrew
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This roasty brew opens with a short, dark head and lighter color that I might expect in a real stout probably from the brilliant clarity. Ruby highlights suggest more of a baltic porter. The smell is openly roasty with chocolate character and some dried fruit. The taste is very charred, but also with some up-front fruit, a little chocolate, and a touch of sweetness, and a little sour for balance. Mouth feel is a little sticky, and not harsh dry like stouts can be. I've been not shy of drinking several of these...and I won't turn one down...but I wonder if a little fine tuning might turn this decidedly into a stout or something else...I think it is really not 'imperial' at a mere 6%, and needs to be more assertive, regerdless of a decent score.

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This one pours with a large tan head that quickly fades to just a small ring around the glass. It is dark a night and leaves some nice lacing behind as it disappears.

S: Fresh roasted coffee spiked with bitter chocolate. You can really smell the malt in this one.

T: Very nice taste. There is the coffee and chocolate up front, which fades away to a nice boozy kind of finish. I like this it’s a boozy tasting stout.

M: This stout is medium to thick; I just wish it was a little creamier.

D: Even though I really liked it, this is a one pint beer for me.

Overall: really good Stout by Stoudt's. They were able to capture a great chocolaty coffee taste, with a small shot of liquor. It's a really solid stout. I am going to age one to see what a little time does for this one.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this brew out of two glassware, Pilsner and chalice. Strange enough the pilsner gave me better results. Poured super dark brown with a caramel shine at the rim. A two finger frothy mocha head that diminished quickly also accomponied, leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. Small sediments appear towards the end of the drink. In the chalice the aroma was faint, yet the tall pilsner allow the aroma to rise slowly. Roasted malt, molasses and resin was upfront. Followed by a hint of smoke and soy sauce, that ended nicely with a scent of vanilla and licorice. The flavor was bold sweet dark plum and raisin to begin with that was short live with a bitter sweet chocolate and espresso ending. This full body brew had a slight fizzy feel with a oily to creamy texture that ended dry. Can't forget the light alcohol finish that left a nice warm feeling going down the pipes. Overall, this was a tasty treat, that I will be drinking again. Enjoy

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a goblet, pours a deep, opaque black, little bits of sediment floating toward the depths, a smallish tan head from a hard pours that recedes to a spotty, bubbly film. The aroma is decent, lots of roasted malts, lending hints of rum, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark fruits. The taste is quite better, a heaping load of flavors. First impact yields an impish sweet caramel thats quickly squashed by bittering chocolate, espresso, a sticky rum and alcohol drenched raisin fruitiness, bits of molasses and black licorice, magnified by a strikingly smooth carbonation, an almost electrifying buzz on the tongue. The body is full, fat, delicious, warming and soothing and every so slightly lively. In all, I started off unimpressed, but it won me over big time. Well done.

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Photo of flexabull
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a solid black color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are of stewed fruit, oatmeal, alcohol, and booze. A very pugent nose on this one.

Flavors are smooth up front, some oatmeal, a bit of cream from the malts, and a touch of sweetness. Finish is bitter, with an alcohol bite, and some coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel seems to be the only weak point for this beer. It's not bad, but it's pretty pedestrian. To me, this is much too lean for Double Stout.

This is a surprisingly easy to drink Double Stout. Flavors are good, and this is a beer worth trying. Not at the top of the style, but still a solid offering.

Bottle courtesy of Alkey, thanks again!

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

Thanks to Faro and MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, a few islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly roasted/oaky, malty, and some toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is very nice, rich in malts, slightly roaste/oaky thing going on, and lots of toffee/coffee/caramel. There's a nice warm feeling going on as well, slight bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty ADS from Stoudt's, thanks guy's for the trade.

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Photo of
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Friscos in Columbia.

Dark brown/black. Virtually opaque. Small, rim-hugging, light brown head.

Mild aroma. Mainly hops.

Taste stays true to aroma, big herbal hop taste. Roast/toast notes, but very well integrated. Touch of coffee. Definately more bitter than sweet.

Medium to full body. Low to no carbonation. Dry.

Good, very hoppy. I enjoyed this beer, but not sure how it would play for others. Hop character seems to overpower other taste aspects.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a jet black with slight ruby highlights when held to the light. Small brown head that disappears immediately.

S - Chocolate, coffee and roasted grain that become overpowered by dark fruits of figs, plums and dates.

T - Chocolate and roasted grains with pronounced dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins and a touch of licorice. Slightly on the sweet side.

M - Like an oil spill. Medium to thick, creamy and slightly syrupy.

D - Complex. I don't pick up much of the oatmeal but very drinkable for 9%.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My recent love for Oatmeal Stouts led me to this beer, an Imperial version of the style. So here goes!

12 oz. bottle poured into my "special" Sam Adams glass.

Pours a pretty much complete black with an amazing two finger tan head that dies down a bit after pour but leaves a very nice lacing. Tons of stickiness, all over the sides. Smell, this is an American style? For some reason I get hints of a british style, but maybe that's just me. Anyway, the 9% seems to appear at first in the nose, alcohol is definitely present. I'm not really getting the "oatmealy" smell. Smell is of chocolate, lots of brown sugar, and burnt coffee, not the best of odors. Taste is much better than smell leads on. Malty oats appear (I was waiting for them) and a very nice caramel malt smooths it out almost perfectly. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with little to no carbonation. So smooth for the abv, I hardly detect any alcohol on the tounge which makes it pretty drinkable so be careful with this one. Can I get the dog on the label as a pet, he would be bad ass. Cheers.

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Photo of shertz
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 3/14/07 into a Pint glass.

A- Real nice head,two fingers and stays around for awhile. Pitch black, cannot see through. Amazing lacing throughout. Almost perfect.

S-Sweet molasses smell here. Some hints of coffee, chocolate, and hops. Nice

T- Nice burnt taste of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol isn't noticeable which is quite shocking for a 9% ABV. Note: Starting to notice the alcohol halfway through.

M- Kind of thick and carbonated. Could almost chew this one.

D- At 9%, you must watch how many of these you drink because they go down so smooth. Just a wonderful example of a double stout. Very glad I bought a whole case.


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Photo of McHall
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a deep black color with a creamy brown head

S- a roasted sweet malt smell with a hint of coffee/dark chocolate

T- taste smoother than it smells, but still a strong taste. sweet at first. roasted coffee like malts, lightly carbonated with a slightly bitter hop taste and a warming alcohol after taste that is not overpowering....what I expected

m- thick and creamy. a lil acidic. lightly carbonated

d- very complex yet well balanced. taste better the more I drink. I drink them over and over

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Photo of boelker62
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned poured into a room temperature fluted glass.

A - Virtually no head or lacing that fully diminishes. However, the body on this bottle conditioned sstout is damn near chunky. You have to hold this craft brew up to a bright light bulb to have any light break through. Do that, and you'll see the huge yeast particulates throughout.

S - A beautifully heavy roasted malt and molasses nose, with a tinge of coffee backing. Lightly yeasty with a clean soap hint. It works, and entices, making you think, "I am really in for it on this one..." You are.

T - Being an IOS, this has a slightly acidic touch, with some hops in the background. You really feel and taste the heavy heavily roasted malts come through on each part of you palate. It is undeniable.

M - An oily body with a biting, slightly fizzy carbonation in this bottle. The finish is slightly astringent, as the alcohol punches through and hangs around warmingly.

D - yes. And I will continue to do so.

Thank god I live close enough to have this at any distributor...

Thank you, Stouts.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. (Bottle conditioned)

A- Very dark, thick, almost opaque, reddish brown when held up to a light, with a creamy dark brown head.

S- Coffee and chocolate are prevalent, very sweet smelling.

T- Even stronger chocolate and coffee, very balanced though, starts off sweet, then finishes dry.

M- Smooth, very thick, velvety. Smallish bubbles.

D- For a stong beer this is very drinkable, I am sure the alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this review got lost in the shuffle from a while ago, but I can still recall the beer itself. Got this a while back from a fellow BA, so props to nickss for letting me try this stuff.

A: A deep, murky mahogany pour that produced roughly a finger of head with decent retention.

S: Strongly sweet in the nose, hint of sugar and sweet malt, with some roasted notes in the background. Some fruity characteristics as well, banana-like scents.

T: A very mild yet malty introduction that produced a sweet and alcoholic kick in the finish. A lingering base of toasted malt clings in the aftertaste, but all around this is a surprising take on an oatmeal stout.

M: A lighter mouthfeel than expected, considerably smoother than I would have imagined, yet has enough of a body to it so as to not be bland or boring.

D: Because of the originality in flavor, I would definitely enjoy another one of these.

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Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep opaque black with a very decent tan head that slowly diminished but left decent lacing. The aroma was of roasted barley with some molasses and espresso. This is a very tasty Imperial Stout, all the common flavors one expects from the style are there in harmonious balance. The beer is medium bodied, smooth and the alcohol provides great warmth. This is a very enjoyable beer, even on a warm spring night.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Dog poured into a pint glass pours a crimson black with a fluffy foam carmel head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Roasted maltes and barley in the nose not over poering but quite nice and mellow. Taste is simply awesome malty and chocolate a hop bitterness a bit of alcohol burn and some awesome oatmeal flavor rolled up in a nice 12 oz bottle. Awesome stout and one that is very enjoyable, watch out drinking a few of these they are pretty bad ass.

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Photo of YankChef
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Very deep dark with a 1/4 inch creamy fluffy head.

Smell isnt overpowering, oats and brown sugar dominate.

Taste is of dark chocolate, coffee and sweet dark oatmeal. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticable but certainly not overpowering.

Good stout, sweet and full bodied and very flavorful. Also excellent to cook with. I made a butter beer sauce to pair with venison loin and it was sublime.

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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 kernalklink
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep cloudy brown, thick and with a nice creamy head. Aromas were huge malts, dark and heavily roasted coffee, with a grassy, fruity tang that sneaks up in the end. Very heavy mouthfeel, thick and sumptuous, sticky sweet molasses with a slightly bitter chocolate flavor. This one feels like a meal in a bottle, very pleasant and chewy- much easier on the palate than other double stouts. Finished with a slight warming alcoholic effect which sticks to the throat after every sip. The huge body makes this brew a sipper, a little too heavy for a sessioner but easy to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Slows BBQ in Detroit, and it was served with a little tumbler. Strange little glass, like an orange juice glass...

The color was dark and brownish and roasty looking. The flavor was all that, rich roasted malts, sweet malts, everything it should be. Except for a strange sour after-taste it was exceptional. Maybe the glass had some sour stuff in it, hard to tell. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, and except for the after-taste it was extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jasonm for this beer!

This beer pours a pitch black color, with absolutely no light coming through. The head is stable and creamy and slowly collapses into a small glass-sticking layer of off-white cream.

Smell of molasses and soy sauce, burned like coffee and espresso.

Taste is sweet molasses and drinking through soy sauce, the latter gets even more apparent when I near the bottom of the glass. The beer is bitter with a good maltbitter. Clear burned notes of coffee and espresso, with also a smokey and crème brulee taste. The oatmeal gives the beer a oily taste and probably a stock-like taste.
Nice balance between the burned taste and bitterness. Not as sharp bitter as other stout I have have, rather mild.
Aftertaste is bitter and slightly sticky with some caramellic and burned notes. Great beer, which could be a bit more burned and more 'agressive' in character.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- much thanks for a little known brewery in these barren parts. Pours out a jet black- that's a good start for an imperial oatmeal stout! Rich chocolate head with exceptional lacing- a joy to sit back and watch. Aroma is chocolate brownie. Taste- surprised the amount of hops- a fairly tart finish. This is nicely roasty with some coffee. I thought the oatmeal was quite subdued and nicely melded in. Alcohol not noticable at all. This beer was not as sweet as I expected- a good thing. It had some sort of a sour tartness that I couldn't put my finger on. Interesting and enjoyable beverage.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 1,315 ratings.
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