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)

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Drew966
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Fat Dog pours an opaque, dark brown with a small brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Malty and fruity aromas come from the glass, brown sugar too. Silky mouthfeel. Quite tasty. I'm getting a lot of malt, but not an extreme roasted flavor. The oatmeal has a significant role in the flavor and mouthfeel. I quite like this beer, and I recommend it.

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Photo of nortmand
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impenetrable blackness topped by a tan head. Light does not escape this beer.

Smell is good, if unexciting. Some chocolate, coffee and such, but nothing that knocks my socks off.

Sweet toffee chocolate richness. Fantastic, but for the whisky burn. The alcohol is a bit obtrusive.

Smooth and full oatmeal body round off this awesome offering from Stoudt's.

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

A - very stout dark, with a half finger of dark chocolate colored head, too dark of course to see any carbonation or sediment

S - hmmm, smells like a barleywine at first, with the bready/oatmeal stout of an oatmeal stout

T - nice stoutiness in the beginning, with a very nice balanced bitter/sweet finish, very good stout

M - with a great mouthfeel, very smooth and velvety on the palate on the way down

D - high for an impy stout, tastes great, easy to bottom up

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Espresso, 3 sugars, with a shot of Jim Beam... maybe Knob Creek.
Smells a little bit like a new paperback book!
Looks blacker than black with a deep tan head... I think I can only score such things as a 4 from now on cause it's silly to differentiate between black and.. black. Big, black, impressive is what the style should be. So there.
Reminds me of Brooklyn's 05/06 batch of Black Chocolate stout. Imperializing an oatmeal stout makes it quite like a Russian Imperial stout.
A bit of salt and soy with a really nice dark sugar sweetness that pulses in the flavor profile.
This will tickle your stout bone.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with only a hint of reddish amber in strong light. Head was a half finger of tan under an aggressive pour. Melted to decent outside lacing that sticks nicely.
Aroma is dark cherry, plums, and lightly alcohol.
Flavor is very complex. Dark Cherry, plums, creamy coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sharp hops, and alcohol.
Aftertaste is like a bittersweet chocolate covered cherry or dark fruit with a spreading alcohol warmth
Mouthfeel is full from tiny carbonation and astringent from the hops.
This is very tasty and drinkable.
I'm going back for a six pack.

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Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours completely opaque looking almost black with mahogany hues. I let this beer reach almost room temp before I poured it into my pint glass. When I popped the cap it started sudsing over I quickly moved to pours and got a huge 3+ finger thick creamy brown head with *great* retention.

Smell: The smell is very rich and enticing causing much salivating. It is a toasted malt, sweet caramel and toffees aroma; with a bit of berry fruits and dark chocolate along with a hint of earthiness and a hint of bitterness.

Taste: Evident oats and grain make way through the thick malty layers of coco, burnt woodiness & molasses. The taste starts off so smooth and immediately reveals the oats, followed by a hint of chocolate and toffee with nuts. Through the middle, it gradually tips from sweet to coffee woody bitter (charcoal-like) with a slight lip-smacking pucker in the mildly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick and smooth as can be! Impressive big creamy body feels fluffy and then leaves your mouth tingling.

Drinkability: Who would have thought a double stout could be so easy to put back. It is exceptionally easy to drink for an imperial stout. The smooth balanced approachable feel and taste make this a friendly beer, I highly recommend.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of JohnW
2.69/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at a BA recommended bar in Tampa FL. Having read all the other reviews before trying it, was expecting exactly as discribed. Regret to have to say it was not to my taste at all, unless the beer was "off" though it was not sour. Almost jet black, with decent head to start. The aroma was more like methylated spirit, dry and unpleasant, though the texture and body of the beer was good. I was expecting some hints of fruity sweetness, but there was non at all. A very bitter taste with lingering chocolate and dark roasted coffee in the aftertaste which I liked, but the initial taste was not to my liking at all. I only had a sampler glass, and certainly could not have drunk a pint. As I am unsure to whether this was in good condition or not, and having no-one else who knew the beer to comment, I can only mark it as I found it. As far as I am concerned a very acquired taste!

Bham UK (while in Tampa FL May 2006)

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with a very dark brown head. Head was good-sized, but pretty quickly shrunk down to almost nothing.

Roasted, sweet aroma. Coffee, malt, maybe a bit of chocolate.

Taste is similarly sweet and roasty, but with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied and smooth and almost creamy.

Overall a nice, drinkable stout with good flavor, good all-around presentation and does a pretty good job of hiding it strength.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bottle revieved via trade with timtheenchanta. Thanks!

This beer poured jet black with a nice sized tan head that leaves a nice film and laces decently. The smells is a combination of sweetness from the oatmeal and some chocolate malts. There is also some faint roasted malt flavors. The taste is very similar to the smell with the sweetness from the oatmeal and the chocolate malts. There is just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is also fantastic. This is incredibly smooth due to the oatmeal and pleasantly thick. Just enough carbonation ot balance it all out. Overall highly drinkable. Just a fantastic beer.

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

Poured a deep muddy brown, nearly black, into my pint flass. Chocolate-milk head, fades quickly.

Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt.

Taste is fantastically bitter and chocolatey, like 85% cocoa Valhrona (sp?). Black coffee and licorice are quite prominent as well.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel--like a milkshake. Bitter, mildly fruity or sour aftertaste.

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Photo of HimerMan
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - poured into a Murphy's pint glass.

Pour - Great dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Excellent pour, with a minimal head that is fairly light tan that gets slightly darker as the head subsides.

Smell/Taste- rolled oats and typical oatmeal stout kind of smell; with a mild chocolate that peeks through in between sips. Very good oatmeal stout, with a higher amount of carbonation than I anticipated.

Not the perfect mouthfeel; but I am not against moderate carbonation either.

Definitely worth drinking if you have it in your area. Goes down very well; highly suggest trying for Oatmeal stout fans.


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Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with minimal head..some lacing. Smell is coffee, malt,alcohol, oatmeal. Taste is similar...coffeee, malt, oatmeal, alcohol, with a decent hop finish. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, probably just a tad too much. For th ehigh abv it is smoot enough. A definite recommendation.

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

Close to pitch black with a one finger tan head. The head doesn't stick around but leaves some sticky gorgeous lacing. Delightful looking beer.

I took too large of a first smell and got pretty much all alcohol. A second check smells of Cheerios and a sweeter oatmeal. Sweet milky chocolate aromas round off te nose of this one..

Slightly chewy feel. Sweet coffee with hints of sweet smooth oatmeal. Spicy alcohol warms the mouth and stomach. Left over roasted tastes cap this one off in a very dry manner.

This is a wonderful brew that doesn't leave too much to be desired.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mercilessly dark brown with a great mushroom of uneven bubbled copper and dark tan head that loomed out of my tulip. Sadly, the head fell to a little ring and a spot of film as I let it warm.

Smelled of earthy and woody coffee with some subtle hints of chocolate hard candy. There’s some raisin sweetness lingering in the background with some nips of black licorice.

I initially noticed a creamy malt consisting of figs and light clean fruits. It then picks up some burnt caramel and strong fruity coffee that’s blended into a hard to identify sourness that compliments the coffee well. There are also little appearances by milk chocolate that seem to appear only for an instant and then disappear as mysteriously as they came. However, in the finish, I noticed a disappointing metallic taste that crept out of the coffee. There was also a huge alcohol warming that lit up my esophagus, stomach and mouth. 9.0%? I’m surprised.

The mouth feel was surprisingly light for the style with a nice gentle swarm of little bubbles that really rocked with the flavor.

Not bad. The sour coffee flavor isn’t one of my favorites, but the magical flickering chocolate was really fun for my palate and nose to play with. Not too shabby.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a very good beer. The only problem was that it wasn't really unique, almost the same as every other hopy beer. I'd order it again, but only if there wasn't a unique beer on the menu. I'm still looking for someone to point me in the direction of someplace that will show me more about beer and teach me what I should be looking for. Plus I'm always open to suggestions.

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

Pours thick and near black in color with a little red showing around the edges. Disappointing head formation, small amount of tan foam.

Smell is sweet and fruity and chocolate without deep investigation. Deeper sniffing reveals, chocolate, figs, anise, and cherry. Mild coffee aroma and no smoky aromas. Lots of chocolate in this one.

Taste is creamy in the extreme with a quick bitter hit and then it smoothes out nicely. Mild sweetness and a semi sweet chocolate flavor are the major flavors here. Coffee is present but is no more than an aftertaste. Good taste but it could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Certainly easy to drink. If this was just a little more complex in taste this could be a great beer. The taste is just too one-dimensional though.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is quite impressive from start to finish. Poured jet black with dark khaki head, quite a bit darker than the foam on a glass of coke. As I watched the liquid flow out of the bottle and into my glass, I knew at once that this was going to be very thick and heavy. Almost (not quite) pours like Old Rasputin. The head subsides in about 90 seconds to a thin frosting over the surface of the liquid. Decent lacing. Plenty of roasted malt on the nose, with a faintly noticeable amount of unsweetened chocolate and perhaps some stewed prunes hiding way in the back. Smells absolutely delicious! A modest, but certainly noticeable amount of hop bitterness up front, with a positively magnificent "busy" finish with plenty going on. Roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, perhaps the stewed prunes from the smell and wonderfully dry. I simply love it when the pleasant characteristics of the "smell" carry over to the taste. A wonderfully satisfying beer and exceptional example of the style, IMO. The mouthfeel is bold and heavy, but not quite able to be classified as chewy, to me anyway. I also feel that Stoudts did a fantastic job concealing the alcohol level in this one. It [the alcohol] is virtually unnoticeable in both the smell and taste, even as this gradually warms. Overall, I am greatly pleased with this, and will most assuredly get some more in the future. If you enjoy this style, I highly recommend you give this a go.
Blessed Be

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

Black color. Fairly aromatic, with strongly roasted, toasted and chocolatey tones in the nose, with hints of light mocha and cream. Creamy texture. Roasty, chocolatey flavors surrounded by a light hint of vinous fruits and a hint of hops on the finish. Pretty tasty.

Draught @ Linwood, it was a bit better.

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

Presentation - 12 oz. bottle conditioned bottle. Poured the deepest brown imaginable with a tenacious 1" thick head, which was also brown, albeit a much lighter shade.

Smell - Sweet and buttery, even aside from the chocolate smell. This one definitely smells as though it will be of the English style of the oatmeal stout. I can scarcely detect any hop presence by smell alone.

Mouthfeel - Very substantial in the mouth and ohhh...sooo...smooth, with a very slight carbonation.

Taste - Dark chocolate, berries, butterscotch, and lightly roasted malts up front. The oats add an additional element of sweetness and body. The alcohol is brought out in the finish, followed by a slightly bolder roasted flavor and more sweet, creamy flavor. There is an acidic quality and floral taste from the hops, but it is pretty mellow.

Drinkability - The name Imperial Oatmeal Stout doesn't exactly conjure up images of binge drinking, but for the style, this beer is very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden (I would have never guessed 9%). There is just enough carbonation to keep the sweetness from being too much.

Overall - So far, this is my favorite Stoudt's beer. This is a welcome change of pace from some of the harsher, more aggressively hopped stouts that brewers seem to be fancying these days. There are a lot of pleasing flavors mixing and melding in this beer, and I look forward to the rest of my 6 pack. I would definitely buy it again. Rock on PA breweries!

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Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/16/05. Murky, impenetrable dark brown, like the thickest espresso imaginable; modest but dense tan foam cap. Chunky, flaky grey sediment all over the bottom of the pint glass. Nose is all chocolate mousse and vinous dark fruits. Big and sweet chocolate flavors swarm all over the mouth -- I recognize some cocoa flavor that reminds me of these chocolate flavored Twizzlers I used to enjoy as a kid. A big fusel alcohol taste washes in immediately thereafter, fizzling out to some bitter earthy hop flavors. Roastiness abounds throughout. Mildly sour aftertaste. I'm a sucker for the silky mouthfeel of anything brewed with oats, and this one has it in spades. But that big-ass alcohol content keeps buzzing in and breaking it up. All this alcohol distraction mellows out as the beer warms, but this dog definitely needs some time to chill in the kennel. Mouthfeel otherwise big and chewy. A promising big stout, but give it 6-12 months to tame before drinking. Score in good measure earned on credit, i.e. for potential with age.

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Photo of ChuckD
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Shoreline - poured into a chalice. Fairly thick - tawny lacing atop a sea of black and dark brown. Very attractive to look at as you let it come to room temp.

To the nose, huge roasted malt sweetness. Not a huge aroma from this as I couldn't get past the grains.

In the mouth - this excels. Layers and layers of smooth, creamy roasted malt goodness. The coffee bean goodness without any of the sour touches. Just a hint of background bouquet and an odd acidity the keeps the caramel and sweet grains in line.

The feel is perfect for the style. Full, substantial and chewy. It has a nice little carbonation that creates a highly drinkable brew. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste or feel. It finishes dry, clean and pouring over the back of your tongue.

Musings: As a lover of oatmeals, I didn't know what to make of this in the store. It is not a true oatmeal - and leans more towards an IS. However, it does have that full oatmeal blast of roasted grain flavor that I love. You can easily drink 2,3 - 6 of these. They will however, kick your ass. Highly recommended from a house that I typically will not frequent.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black. That's it. It's just black. It has a nice tan head that is quite large and takes a long time to disappear. Really nice looking brewski, here.

I don't know if it's just my nose but the smell is faint. What I do find is a very dry smelling beer, with coffee aromas and hints of chocolate. A sort of sugary sweetness underlies everything.

Really creamy and smooth taste. Well balanced. Sweetness is perfectly complimented by the chocolatey bitterness. A milky sweetness is pronounced at the end. Earthiness is prevalent in the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite a bargain and quite a beer.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently got to visit Stoudt's and try their Fat Dog again. I remembered liking this before and as my first beer of the day I feel confident saying I REALLY like this beer now.

Nice dark black pour with a creamy one fingered head sitting right on top. Smelled like many of this style, roasted malt and a slight prefume of cocoa dominate. At first taste I wasn't sure this was an Imperial, it sort of settles a bit softer on the palate than many of this ABV but still tastes more substantial than the more mundane Oatmeal Stout's so commonly found.

In the mouth the beer was slightly chewy with a strong malt backbone that dominated on the tounge and helped highlight hints of some coffee and cocoa without completly overwhelming.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's- Fat Dog Stout

Appearance- Dark pitch black with a small bubbly cola like head. Decent lacing present.
Smell- light and watery but a noticable chocolate aroma.
Taste- mild hot chocolate flavor with a dash of cherry and a woodsy/ nut shell taste. Slight hazelnut/ vanilla coffee hints.
Mouthfeel- very smooth. No bubbles, alcohol presence, or bitterness.

Overall- a nice easy Oatmeal Stout. An easy 1 to sip at and a recomendation for any Stout/ Oatmeal Stout lover. Not the best I've ever had but pretty good!

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Photo of normZurawski
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is about as high as I'm likely to rate a beer. I find it hard to ever see a beer as having exceptional appearance, smell, or mouthfeel. Unless the entity in question is parading around Atlantic City with a "Miss State" banner around her midsection, appearance and mouthfeel will never get a 5.0 score. Smell is left as an exercise to the reader, as they say.

That leaves only taste and drinkability, the only 2 real qualities when it comes down to it - for my tastes. For this beer, 4.5 on both counts seems justified. It's a rare thing for me to see any entity as perfect in its field - that includes a beer, a book, Miss State, a movie, or music. Perfection is hard to come by, and it needs to be hard earned.

On a pragmatic level, this is an easy-to-drink beer. The only thing keeping it from a 5.0 drinkability is the prevalence of alcohol. It's masked partially by the thick maltiness follow-up, but not completely. For that, it's probably not always going to hit the spot. I can imagine pulling this out after mowing the grass on a hot summer day and being asleep in the hammock after 10 minutes.

In all, though, this is well done. While I don't know much about this style at all, it seems to capture it's essence well enough, being in-line with the Russian Imperial Stout while coming close enough on the other details of the style.

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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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