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 bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, tan, head. Settles slowly, leaving a lingering foamy blanket. Thick, pervasive, lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, unsweetened dark chocolate, oats, and a little licorice.

T: Charred grains. Pungent oats. Bitter black licorice.

M: Thick and syrupy. A little overly bitter, and feels a little boozy.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Foamy head and lots of lacing. Nose is roasty with lightly bitter and sweet components. Roasted grains with a bit of bitterness and pungency. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - Nice dark brown/black beer, opaque, tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Bottles' kinda boring but who cares.
S - 4.5 - Coffee, creamer, oatmeal, chocolate.
T - 4.5 - More roasted malts in the taste than in the smell. Coffee, espresso, chocolate, oatmeal, tiny little bit of booze.
M - 4.5 - Nice medium-thick mouthfeel. alc covered REAL well, aftertaste is creamy and roasted malt at the same time.
O - 4.5 - This is a great beer. It's thick and strong but friendly at the same time. It's definitely better than Narwhal, probably up there with Ten Fidy and Expedition. Most similar to Stone RIS Espresso.

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Photo of aleamericanreject
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark. Black. Nice fluffy brown head.

Smell: Strong, rich roasted malt. Coffee.

Taste: Smooth and malty, finishes strong with big roasted flavor

Mouth feel: Body not too huge or thick. Flavor not overwhelming but lingers throughout. Very nice

Overall: Real good beer. Great flavor. Not a sip willing to waste

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Photo of amorette87
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown, think light brown head

Smell- Smokey, roasted, light coffee

Taste- Coffee, carmel, tasted, strong flavors up front and a roasted finish

Mouth Feel- heavy up front and creamy finish. light carbonation,

Overall- Great full bodied beer, perfect for a cold night

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Photo of Steff_Wantz
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, unable to see through

S: It has a slight hop aroma with a hint of coffee

T: Very smooth, drinkable, sweetness

M: does not linger too long, definitely covers palate with that typical stout feel (almost milky)

O: Overall this is great liquid, not something that I would typically order myself, a little too sweet for me but I can really appreciate that taste.

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Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark chestnut brown with two fingers worth of tan head

S-roasted oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla

T-not as sweet as the smell suggested. Roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal sweetness, and a strange presence of dark fruit tartness. I am not sure how the tartness fits into an oatmeal stout...

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall I am not sure what to think of this one, since I am not sure if the tart/sour taste is supposed to be there. I will have to try it again to see how I feel.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle
dated: 1-30-smudged but looks like 15
oversized wine glass

A- Dark brown, as in dark coffee, had a slight head that faded to a slight, and I mean very slight off colored white ring.

S- oats, grains; think cherrios, bready, some faint chocolate

T- Dark malts , followed by the grains, hints of chocolate and some coffee in the finish.

M- Full body that has a creamy and smooth feel, finishs with a slick feel on the tongue.

O- Don't think ive had a beer that has had this much oat / grain smell, very different. The taste was solid and balanced for what the nose throws at me. The alcohol is very well played down and not real noticeable. Ill have this again.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark, almost black body; small frothy tan head; good lacing

Smell: sweet malts with caramel and roasted grains; light hints of coffee and chocolate with a touch of smoke

Taste: creamy malt on the start; slightly bitter to offset the sweet; good balance; silky sweet in the mid; finishes semi-sweet with a bit of coffee lingering; good warming alcohol throughout

Mouthfeel: creamy with an excellent level of carbonation

Remarks: Outstanding beer, but I LOVE a good oatmeal stout

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours lighter black with a minimal tan head.

Smell sweet and creamy vanilla.

Taste lighter bodied, creamy texture, roasty finish. Bit of chocolate and fruit in the middle, caramel sugar, chocolate forward though.

Almost a bit watery. A decent imperial stout.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into McDonald's collector glass (I'm...not at my own place right now). Poured dark brown/black with a thick rocky tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a ring of dense foam with tons of lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malts up front, with some clean wetness and sweetness in the middle, and a bitter coffee finish, although some bitter dark chocolate sneaks back in at the last second to sweeten the aftertaste a bit. Mouthfeel is full and wet, perfect for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ckollias
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a craft beer glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a tan frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and solid persistent lace.

S: Smoked malty aroma with a definitive chocolate aroma.

T: Sweet roasted malt flavor with a smoky alcoholic background. There are some dark fruit flavors and finishes on the sweet side of malty.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent imperial oatmeal stout. Great flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Appearance - A brown stream accumulates into a pretty black body. Small khaki head. Settles to a nice collar and a few pocks of foam.

Smell - There is a ton of oatmeal in this. Some chocolate. Some acidity in the nose too. Maybe just a combination of oatmeal and alcohol giving that impression. Definite licorice character.

Taste - Grainy texture and flavor up front. Licorice flavor manifests itself immediately. Chocolate behind it. Still buckets of oatmeal. That acidic flavor comes back here too. Maybe even metallic. Not sure.

Mouthfeel - Builds into an intrusive flavor with each sip. Slow drinking as a result. Not my favorite and this might get dumped.

Overall - Slowly working through this and enjoying it less and less. Too much oatmeal, which is giving off all sorts of flavors.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Shoe polish brown with a tan half finger head that dissipates fast. No lacing.

S: Chocolate, anise, dark fruits

T: Follows nose with some nice coffee notes. Sweet, robust, hearty, smokey.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation.

O: Really smooth. Would drink again. Nice doggie.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks as good as it tastes and smells! Black with a hint of brown showing through and poured vigorously from the bottle gave it a full three finger brown head that lasts as a full cap leaving nice sticky brontosaurus looking lacing on the glass. Kewl!

The aroma is roasted and sweet with some dark prunes and bready notes.

The taste is phenomenal and complex. It starts off caramel malty and sweet with hints of milk chocolate, vanilla and moves back towards slight breadiness (oats?) then some earthy hops and finishes with a licorice hint that numbs the tongue for a short period of time. It's pretty balanced!

The mouthfeel is carbonation hot at the very beginning then becomes creamy smooth. The body is moderate to full, just a tad on the thin side. There is a mildly dry and numbing feeling and finally a slick coat on the tongue.

Overall I would have to agree with many judges of this beer who called it exceptional! The alcohol is hidden well and really is only apparent to me with the tongue numbing and a slight warming. The body is just a tad, I mean a tiny bit, light, which is a blessing if you want to drink 2 or 3 of these puppies! The flavours are interestingly complex and evolve as the beer warms. A solid 4.25 or higher out of 5 for this doe-gee!

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Photo of acevenom
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours opaque dark caramel bown with a thick, tan head that dissipates slowly. The beer smells of dark roasted malt with some hints of coffee. I also pick up some alcohol. The flavor is of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. There's a touch of back end bitterness and roastiness. The body is full and thick with low carbonation. The beer does stick to the mouth ever so slightly and leaves some aftertaste. The alcohol can be felt in the back of the throat. This is a good beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade from cpetrone84, thanks for the opportunity Chris!
Bottled in 2009 enjoyed in 2013
Pours a solid color of darkness with a smallish tan head that quickly dissipates to wisps of foam on the top. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate, light cereal grains, a hint of earthy hops and a touch of ethanol. The flavor is sweet and malt with a bit of sugary caramel malt with some roasty milk chocolate. Earthy hop with a hint of wet cardboard round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet oily mouthfeel. Nice Stout really heavy on the sweet caramel and chocolate and showing slight hints of oxidation. glad I got to try it, but wouldn't mind a fresh sample too.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts Fat Dog imperial oatmeal stout has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a quite dark, brown appearance, with a few little bubble streams visible at the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is evident. The aroma is of sweet, heavily roasted barley malt, oatmeal, and possibly even cocoa powder. Taste is of all that, plus deep bitterness. Mouthfeel is verging on heavy, and Stoudts Fat Dog finishes mostly dry, rich, cloying, and sip-able. Overall, this is a most excellent beer and a most def try!


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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black with a short-lived, soft, semi-fizzy, brown head

S - roasted malts, some faint chocolate, dark fruit

T - big dark fruit notes, chocolate, roasted malts, some very faint coffee, mild bitter finish, alcohol

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a decent stout. The dark fruit notes dominate the flavor, but it is a well rounded stout with a rich, complex flavor profile. It's well worth a try.

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Photo of gr0g
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich looking jet-black pour. The one-finger head is somewhat uninspiring, with average retention and not a trace of lacing. Molasses is prominent on the nose. Black licorice and dark chocolate notes follow. The aroma is capped off by a long, lingering solvent note that detracts quite a bit from the aroma score. At 8%, alcohol should not be this prominent.

Fortunately, the flavor profile accentuates the positives from the aroma. Good balance is achieved as an upfront malty sweetness segues into a drier, more bitter finish. Molasses and toffee notes prevail. Some char and roastiness add astringency. Solvent note is present but muted. The mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing for an oatmeal stout, and the body is a bit thin overall. Carbonation is kind of weak, yet it's also too harsh at first. It eventually settles down to become pleasantly soft.

Fat Dog has a great flavor profile, but it stumbles in all other areas. The draft version may improve upon its weak points, but I can't really recommend the bottled version.

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Photo of harrymel
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 14AUG12 (I think, month was a bit smudged)

Dark brown with a nice quilt of fine light cocoa foam. Smells of graham, toast, bits of chocolate, some toasted malts and a good dose of coffee beans. Taste is real nice, smooth, oaty, slightly sharp with coffee, sweet cocoa powder, and fudgy dark chocolate. Full bodied with light, fluffy carb and a watery but dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with litte fanfare. On the pour the head was thin and small and vanished quickly. The color of this thin looking brew is deep ruby brown.
Aroma featured simply roasted barley and malts. I could pull out anything else really.
Most prominent in the taste was the roast and that was light by most standards based on Imp. stoudts.
I could pull out sutle hints of coffee and licorse, but that could be suggestive. Drinks sweet with an alcohol warming the palette.
Gritty on the palette. Overall, I think this beer is okay or average at best and easily drinkable.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark brown with giant three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Chocolate. Oats. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Burnt malt and vanilla and coffee. Alcohol.

M: Medium bot full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly warm going down.

O: Not a bad Imperial Oatmeal stout, although I may be slightly biased because I really like Oatmeal stouts. Will probably drink again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color that betrays a little light near the edges. The head is a one finger light tan color with low retention. A thin collar around the edge of the glass remains, and tries to leave behind a bit of lacing.

S: This seems to feature a lot of roasted grain, backed by some cocoa, licorice, and faint raisin. Even a bit of oats seem to appear on the nose. A nice aroma, but fairly standard issue.

T: Again, the stout comes across as heavily reliant on roasted barley, especially near the opening flavors. Eventually, a transition will occur to toffee, vanilla, marzipan, cream, coffee beans, and a little raisin. For whatever reason, the finish makes it come across as boozier than it needs be. It doesn't FEEL boozy (just astringent - more on that later), but there is a slightly sharp taste of alcohol that needs to be cut down. Having said that, some decently cohesive complexity is saving it from a lower score in this category.

M: Really astringent on the finish, which I don't like too much. The general feel is fairly thin, but with a very nice combination of smoothness and rolling carbonation at first. I can't fault its drinkability too much, but I do think the faint sharpness could be toned down.

O: This one is good, but not elite. There are many other stouts I'd rather have over this, but I wouldn't be averse to returning to it again, or on tap.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Have had this for about nine months now.

A: No light getting through this sucker. Half finger light khaki head which is more a collection of bubbles than the creamy head I expected. Slowly dissipates, but a good amount left in a halo.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee. Very nice. Picking up on a hint of dark fruits as well.

T: A much smaller amount of the chocolate and almost no coffee. There is an early tartness I pick up, which makes me think I may have either gotten a bad bottle or that I should have opened this one earlier. The chocolate lingers at the end, which is nice, but the initial taste really throws me off.

M: Way too thin and carbonated. Worst quality of this beer by far.

O: Average at best. I was let down after a strong start, and I won't be returning to this one again, especially with so many quality replacements readily available on the shelf.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a short brown head that dissipated pretty quickly but left a lace on the way down some noticable tan floaters in the bottom of the glass. Sweet nose of chocolate, oatmeal, some plum. Flavor was quite complex, chocolate, oatmeal, quite sweet with a decent aftertaste of chocolate as well. On the palate this is full bodied and coats the mouth well. The alcohol is completely covered by the full flavor.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 1,307 ratings.
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