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: 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 TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 +9.8%
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 -3.3%
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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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Near opaque black in color. A craggy brown head pours two fingers thick and breaks down into islands of bubbles. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Roasted coffee bean. Chocolate. Sweet oats. Warm sherry.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate are immediately followed by astringent bite. Soft hop presence is taken over by dark fruits and sweet oats then a perfect balancing malt takes the beer over. Earthy taste is followed by a warm sherry like alcohol finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Slighty warm and dry.

D: A very tasty brew. The sweetness of the oats really shine in this beer. A well balanced stout that was a perfect with my Saint Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage. Salute!

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Allmost black? Motor oil colored? A light brown head with small bubbles.

Smell: Mostly the roasted chocolate malts here, but there are some prunes and some hops in the background.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins and figs. There is a mild amount of hops to balance out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite stouts but a solid offering.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours deep dark brown to black, one-finger brown head, no retention or lacing

s - dark chocolate dominates with hints of coffee and dark fruit in there too

t - bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits are the dominant flavors, definitely a hop presence on the finish along with a little coffee-like bitterness

m - medium-bodied, low carbonation, slightly dry finish but mostly sweet, nice warming effect

d - pretty drinkable generally, the alcohol really isn't noticeable outside of the warming, I could certainly have a few of these

Very nice stout overall. Nothing spectacular, but very well balanced and certainly not boring. Wish I had this available near me.

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

A - Dark brown with a medium sized dense head that leaves a thick ring of lacing on the top of the glass that fades to nothingness in a few minutes.

S - A bit of grassy hops under chocolate and coffee malts. A faint chemical background. A got a hint of licorice root too.

T - A heavy coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. A touch of chicory, licorice root and peppery alcohol too. Aftertaste is a blunt acidic coffee taste. The aftertaste is definitely a bit of a let down.

M - Thick and smooth. A little refreshing.

D - At first sips, this was too cold, and it greatly affected the taste. After it warmed up, I warmed up to it. I remember buying the Stoudt's variety pack and being sorely dissapointed by the lack of a Fat Dog (I had two Tripels instead of one). Well after a year and a half of waiting. Huzzah! It is pretty good. It definitely doesn't taste like a 9%'er and it also doesn't feel like a 9%'er.

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of DGryger
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields a 2+ finger head that quickly overflows the glass. Head has dusty tan color and is dominated by large bubbles. Head settles fairly quickly to produce nice lacing. Body is an opaque reddish black.

Pleasant malty smell dominates. Malt notes are reminiscent of bitter hot chocolate/chocolate milk from the lactose sweetness (almost like a milk stout). You can smell hints of oat similar to a freshly opened can of Quaker oatmeal. No hop scents are noticeable. Some fruity/floral notes as the beer warms.

Grains and oats. A little bit of dry bitterness as well, with slight hints of peppery notes and astringent pine. Bitter/burnt coffee taste is present – very similar to what a cup of coffee that has been sitting a pot on the warmer all day would taste like. Aftertaste is slightly floral with hints of dark fruits.

Crisp and dry. Medium to light body for a stout. Finishes with a carbonation tingle. Leaves a pleasant coating of aftertaste.

An easy drinker for an imperial. It has the typical stout thickness, and I think that I would be hard pressed to drink more than two or three of these – definitely not a seesionable beer. I think that it would go well with either some kind of roast meat or a chocolately dessert, but this is a beer that would go better with food than as a stand alone beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was provided thanks to Zorro. It's a damn good stout. The aftertaste is almost better than the taste itself, oddly enough.

The beer pours to a very dark black. Impervious to light. Nice chocolatey head, though the retention is fairly poor. Washy lacing, but some nice legs.

The smell is good. As soon as I popped open the bottle I could smell chocolate and oats. Very vinous and malty sweet with a gentle roast. Some coffee aromas as well. Almost smells like a bowl of oatmeal with some malted chocolate milk poured over it. Yummy... it's breakfast time (even though it is almost midnight at the time of writing this).

The taste is great. Every bit as wonderful as the smell, and then some. Some lactose sweetness up front, along with a great oatmeal flavor and a mild roast. Very chocolatey delicious. Fairly vinous as well, with a hint of dark currant. A hint of soy sauce, though not enough to make me think any less of this delicious stout. Very smooth and well rounded. As I said earlier, the finish brings everything together so perfectly that it is almost better to give it a few savory minutes in between drinks. Lingering coffee flavor, though the oats dominate.

The body is full and velvety smooth. The alcohol is well hidden under the complexity of flavor. I love it. Worth seeking out. My dog enjoys it as well, though on the contrary she is quite skinny.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark, almost opaque brown with two fingers of creamy dark tan, lingering head. Smells of roasted malts nuts. Taste is of nuts, espresso, dark chocolate and caramelized sugar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a dry, medium body. This is a really good stout that I'm glad, is easy to find near me. I could drink maybe two in one sitting and be happy due to the high ABV.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into tumbler at 48 degrees. Beer was very black with a nice big fat brown head. Chocolate smell flew out of head. Taste was bready for a stout and sweet from the oatmeal which I usually like, but alcohole is too highin my opinion and ruins all those great flavors of coffee. Thin lacing but head was around good. I'll have to say I will not buy this one again.

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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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Photo of mountdew1
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. A nice dark opaque black colored beer with a very slight brown head that lasted a few minutes. Smelt slightly sweet with a few hints of oatmeal. Tasted like an oatmeal cookie with slight bitterness. Coated the mouth nicely. Fiarly easy to drink. Very solid beer.

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Photo of Alkey
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured very dark and unable to see through with a little bit of a brown head that leaves a few specks of lace. Smells of malts, some oatmeal and a bit of alcohol. Taste rich and creamy with flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, with a slight alcohol warming. At 9% ABV this is a pretty strong brew but still tasty enough for a session beer to have a few of. I like to keep this around to change things up a bit.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours silky and thick, totally black with zero highlights and a collar of head. Aromas of coffee, vanilla creme, almond paste, and some chocolates. Very rich aroma. On the palate, initially cloying sweetness dissipates somewhat as the beer warms. Dextrine sweetness crops up at the front, then some coffee, but the taste isn't nearly as complex as the aroma. It's just generally sweet instead, and kind of a let down. Mouthfeel is huge, very thick and chewy, with little balancing carbonation. Overall, this beer was a bit disappointing for me; its got a great aroma but lets down in taste, and it just seems sludgy and thick without huge flavor to back it up.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured opaque brown with little head or lacing. You can coax a minute dark tan film around the surface rim by agitating. Nice malt chocolate aroma with a hint of oats, followed by a light fruity alcohol. Subtle hoppy notes complement the big malt chocolate roast flavor. Full body with a nice aftertaste that suggests a chewiness; smooth and uncomplicated

Recommended for Stout Lovers.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Jet black, rather thin consistency in appearance. Minimal head that fades almost immediately.

Aroma is mostly black cherries and raisins and alcohol. Also some chocolate. Alcohol was defintely noticeable in the aroma. Lots of sweetness to go with the dark fruits.

A little sweet in my opinion. Dark fruits and an almost syrupy feel and flavor. Some hops kick in during the finish, but needs more bitterness to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is a little noticeable but becomes more so as the beer warms.

This might be one of the most average Impy Oatmeals I have had. Just doesnt resonate with my palate. Was looking for something with a little more hop profile. It isnt bad but there are better stouts out there. If you are in to the sweeter stouts, give this one a go.

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

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a hint of light coming through the very bottom showing a few strings of tiny bubbles. There is a creamy tan head that last and last.

S- This beer has a dark roasted malt flavor with notes of dark black grain with a coffee note hint with faint notes of tar and dried fruit.

T- This beer has a dark malt flavor with a slightly earthy sweetness. There are notes of dark bitter chocolate and cola flavors. The finish has a nice bitterness to balance the malts but the bitterness could be from malt or hops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a slight dry finish.

D- This beer has good depth with some nice smooth creamy qualities that make it quite drinkable and the high alcohol is noticed but plays an important background flavor.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a friend pick this up for me while he went on a trip to PA since it's $12 for a 6er here, and $8 there.
Thick, syrupy, and black. Dark caramel colored head that settles to a ring. Bold rich smell. Coffee, burnt caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The taste is smooth and silky with a bit of a rough ending. Burnt green wood with a bang of alcohol. The oatmeal makes it earthy and gives it texture. Overall, looks good, smells good, taste is okay, but the finish is a little rough. I'd like to try the oak aged stuff to see how it is with the edge taken off of it.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funny thing!

I got this beer in a trade with Muenchenerkindl (thanks man, awesome brew) but I used a lot of the empties from that trade as vessels for my homebrew (a nice, albeit perhaps too sweet alt). So, I come home from work, grab a homebrew and crack it open.

My lucky day! That particular batch had been irregularly primed, and a pleasant gunsmoke cloud told me this brew was carbonated. Hooray, none of that pub-style shit for me! But then I poured it. Whoa! This guy was waaay too dark to be my homebrew. This sucker poured like motor oil with a dark coffee head. So, I looked at the bottle and though, "Hmm, Stoudt's Imperial Oatmeal Stout . . . Awesome!" And unexpected (but entirely welcome) surprise!

It smells of rich chocolate, mostly. Yeah, that's it really. Dark, malty roasted grains and chocolate. Yummy.

And it tastes delightful! Velvety-smooth mouthfeel and a wonderful taste that has the best elements of the vanilla-like oatmeal, roasted barley and chocolate malts, interrupted by a burst of slightly sweet chocolate milk and a very clean finish. Wow.

And the mouthfeel, whoa. Velvety smooth, yet full and round. Thick, but not cloying . . . it was simply perfect.

As for drinkability, errr, I drank this guy like it was a regular old stout. I mean it, I was able to chow down on this guy like it was a session beer -- very rare for such a potent brew.

Let's see if I can stand up now.

Cheers to beers!

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this one. Pretty decent. Pours a reasonably thick black color with some ruby around the edges. Large tan head with respectable lacing. The aroma is quite restrained. Licorice and caramel is present, but alcohol dominates.

Flavor is an improvement. Definitely a sweet stout, molasses and dark fruit (fig, raisin, currant) are prevalent. A bit of alcohol and a dryness in the finish. A bit of a hoppy bite would improve this beer tremendously. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style but aids the drinkability. Overall pretty good, but not exceptional. Tone down the sweetness and crank up the roastiness or add some hops, and this could be a contender.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, it's dark, dark black with a small, creamy brown head that disappeared quickly, leaving only the occasional pocket of lace clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Roasted, toasty grains at first, with just a hint of cocoa powder and coffee. Not as strong in the nose as I expected, though it did gain some strength -- and diversity -- as it warmed.

T: A lot going on here -- roasted malt, burnt charcoal, licorice (somewhat Sambuca-like given the alcohol), roasted coffee beans and sweet dark chocolate, which becomes even more noticeable as it warms. I could feel the alcohol kick at the finish in the mouth, even more so on its way down (when I drank this I had no idea what the ABV was; somewhat surprised to see that it's 9%, though I did speculate as I was drinking it that it was more potent than your average Oatmeal Stout). Roasted coffee-type bitterness fights the alcohol spice at the finish.

M: Slightly heaver than medium-bodied. Creamy and smooth all around, especially for a beer with this much alcohol and flavor going on.

D: Highly drinkable, especially if you're a lover of big stouts. I think the fact that this is an oatmeal stout makes it more creamy and drinkable than your typical big Russian Imperial-style stout.

Notes: An excellent beer. My only regret was that I had just a 12 oz sampling on Christmas Day. Despite the complex flavors and general heft of the body, I could see myself enjoying a few of these on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep black pour, no light can penetrate this one. Slim head of brown foam, but with good retention. Lots of tangy dark fruit in the nose, espresso, and also a hint of chocolate. The flavor is very fruity for a stout, lots of dark cherry, plum, licorice. Nice tangy bitterness plus some roast in the finish. The mouthfeel carries a nice thickness, coats well and is very smooth, overall the best characteristic of this beer.

A very nice double stout, nothing like an oatmeal stout as you would expect from the name. Unfortunately for me I thought it was too sweet. I would have preffered it to be more dry and coffee-like. Worth a try. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the bottle...

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Photo of Fugazme
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks aprilluvsbeer!

A great pour... jet black... tight, dark tan head about 1/2" that sticks around for awhile... little dissipation.

Aroma is beautiful. Chocolate and cocoa all over... some good sherry and port whiffs... a bit of coffee... some caramel... very nice.
Even a touch nutty...

Taste is sweet and chocolatey. Smooth mouthfeel... a slight alcohol burn, but very slight. A bit of alcohol in the taste.

An outstanding beer.

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