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 Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a two finger tan head. The large bubbles in the head pop slowly over time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of some roasted malt and oatmeal. Mixed with this is a light hoppy and alcohol flavor.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and roasted flavor. Mixed with this is a caramel sweetness. Flavors of oat and some lighter cocoa soon come to the tongue as well as an increase in the roasted and a sweet caramel taste. In the end some toffee and a light herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. The flavor is rather interesting - slightly roasty and sweet yet hoppy and a little astringent.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thickness of the body is quite nice for the oat and dark flavors, allowing all the strong dark flavors and oat to linger on the tongue.

Overall – It was an alright stout. The appearance was nice and the feel very much so. The taste starts out very appealing and for the most part is nice. The smell however and the finish to the taste leave something to be desired. Not one I would likely frequent, but it is a tough one to call. Overall, I would recommend to give it a go and see what you think of it yourself.

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

Deep brown colour with a ring of tan head, little to no lace at all. Smell has a lot of roasted malt, biscuity as well, coffee grinds, little bit of hop and chocolate, pretty substantial malt bill overall. Tons of roast taste wise as well, some burnt/black coffee, dark chocolate and to a lesser degree a bit of smoke , light sweetness in the finish. Lightly carbonated, medium body, fairly smooth as well. This was good but probably something I wouldn't drink a lot of, but quite a nice stout though.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black with raisin colored highlights and a one finger foamy, tan head with good retention and lacing. I can pick up a good amount of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate, as well as some vanilla.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisins, and a small amount of vanilla. Somewhat sweet, with bitterness from the dark roasted malt flavor.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has a smooth feel to it, no doubt due to the oatmeal. Has a slightly charred aftertaste. A nice offering.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pino, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled March 14, 2012.

Dark brown, deep red at the edges. Beige head with bubbles as a collar. Nose of roasted oats, chocolate and light cooca. Taste has more roast/roasted oats, bitter chocolate, and some coffee grains. Light tartness. Medium body, roast into the finish. Lower medium carbonation. A tastier bigger stout, nice roasty character.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/1?/12

A- Pours a thin light tan head on a dark brown body. Head recedes to a collar fairly quickly. Leaves a pleasant lacing splattered on all side of the glass.

S- Deep cocoa notes in the aroma, some coffee.

T- Follows the nose with a hint of cola, figs. I feel like the hops are slightly elevated in this one, relatively speaking. 8%abv sounds about right.

M- Wonderful mouthfeel, nice and thick, smooth. Carbonation is on the lower end.

D/O- Very smooth, perhaps my favorite aspect of Fat Dog. Thanks for the try MaxSpang!

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to toporanda for this extra in a trade! Thanks Dan! Bottle was stamped: Bottled in 10/09. Opened Oct 4, 2012. Pours dark, but is really thin as filling the glass...almost watery consistency. Looks aren't everything...first! Big oats and oatmeal nose and taste! Really nice and warm..enjoyable.Mouthfeel was thin, but nice. Overall a really nice tasteful stout!

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

Definitely my favorite from Stoudts. I will say this though, I've enjoyed a few of these every year now for the past few years and I can say something's changed. I don't know what exactly (who knows, maybe I've changed!) but I think the chocolate/malt/caramel flavors have become a little more subdued in the last 5-10 years. There's a slight bitter quality to it that seems to have emerged over those years as well. I don't think it's made the beer worse, just, different...

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Photo of hiphopipa
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always, a big thanks Mike (InebriatedJoker) for the tasty extra!

Pours a deep dark and non-transparent brown. Thin ring of head that retains as its warmed up.

Not much of an aroma, but I do smell the dark malts and chocolate notes.

Thick and chewy mouth feel carried by a high carbonation. Tasting burnt malts, dark bitter baking chocolate and a bit of hazelnut. Slight alcohol warming in the finish and the bitterness lingers.

My first Stoudt's beer and a nice imperial oatmeal, really boozy and despite the high ABV I'd sip another any day.

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Photo of Jeffo
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 11 April 2012

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a small, one finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and bubbly ring. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end and leave touches of lacing down the glass. Good head, but the body is too transparent.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, light coffee notes and some oats on the nose. Some light touches of sweet cream as well as some cocoa powder. Decent, but mild.

TASTE: Roasted malts and some light oat notes up front, then some caramel sweetness and burnt malts at the swallow. A medium but lingering finish of burnt malt, bitter cocoa powder, light oat flavors and some boozy notes. Pretty nice, but again, just too mild to be memorable.

PALATE: Lighter body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Average at best, so we'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

OVERALL: A really average beer for the style. Nothing wrong with it per say, but to bring it out of the realm of averagedom, the look will have to be darker and thicker, and palate fuller and heavier. The flavors and aromas will have to be bolder as well. A decent beer, but that's all.

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

Pours a jet black color with a very foamy tan head that left thin, soapy rings of lace on the glass as it recedes.

The aromas begin with very roasty with dark bitter cocoa taking center stage. As it warms it opens up and you get some subtle coffee and some sweeter, almsot dark fruits and caramelzied sugar smells.

The tastes follow the nose with dark roasted malt, raw grainy oats and some bitter dark coffee beans. As it warms you get some dark chocolate, light molasses and a semi-sweet caramel maltiness. Earthy hops emerge it warms as well and contrasts some of the sweeter malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish was roasty, crisp, sharp and a little dry due to some emerging alcohol notes.

Overall this was a pretty goot beer but I feel the Oatmeal aspect is lost when you up the ABV in this style. The creaminess is replaced by increased acrid dark maltiness and alcohol bite; it throws the balance off as well. Not all styles need to be Imperial, but that's just my opinion for what it's worth.

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Photo of IronLover
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to opaque black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt, dark brown sugar, and sweet dark, earthy fruit aromas. Thick, viscous feel with lazy carbonation up front and an oily finish. Mellow roasted malt flavor front followed by sweet dark brown sugar and ripe dark fruit. A touch of light earth hoppiness in the middle followed by chocolate and coffee flavors to the end. Finishes dryly with a sweet dark sugary and black patent malt aftertaste. Nice earthy, mellow, and complex favors.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger off white head with excellent retention and lacing on a jet black body.

S: some espresso and lots of dry roasted coffee bean, hints of cocoa. mildy aromatous and simple.

T: this one is mostly coffee, which is great, but still very simple. cocoa comes in late in the finish with roasted malts throughout. oats, cocoa and earthy hops are very mild.

M: full body, moderate to high carbonation and dry finish.

Overall: very drinkable and very simple. coffee dominates but isnt over stated making it more drinkable than most coffee forward stouts.

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Photo of Pahn
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch frothy light tan head that dissipates slowly and lacelessly. Pours a red-tinged black/brown. A few lacing streaks.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt, sweet dark fruit tinge to both. Milk chocolate, mild breadiness. Smells good.

Taste: Follows nose, with roasted malt up front, milk chocolate finish, nutty roasted malt aftertaste. Aromas hinted at a fair amount of sweetness, and indeed the beer is very sweet. Next sip is creamier, with some coffee ice cream flavor and some of those faint dark fruit notes from the aroma.

Could definitely use some more bitterness. The complexity is there and the flavors are good, but it's not very well-balanced. Noticeable booziness, but it doesn't do enough to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Maybe not as creamy as "imperial oatmeal stout" makes me want the beer to be, but creamy enough. Overcarbonated. Slight dryness at the end helps with the sweetness, but (like the alcohol burn) doesn't help enough.

Overall: Good value, and actually a good beer, but I find it hard to recommend when things like Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Smuttynose Imperial Stout, Stone IRS, Lagunitas Imperial Stout (etc) exist (not to mention expensive but worth it options like Ten Fidy). If Stoudts nailed this style as well as they do their lagers, I think it would compare favorably to all the beers listed in the last sentence.

Overcarbonation plus too-sweet is a hard combination for me in a stout. I like a lot of the flavors here, but I won't buy this again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black beer with a lighter-than-expected head. Nice retention in the snifter glass. Ring with lace after almost fifteen minutes. 3.5

Very roasty with some smoke. Chewy oat nose with chocolate and dark fruit nuances. 4.0

Charred fruits. Smoky and almost meaty. Earthy hops, eggplant, cocoa, coffee, cracked oats, wet grain, and spicy booze. Strange vegetable character mixed in. 4.0

Viscous and bubbly, an odd joint. Plus body, overdone carb. Perhaps better aged (bottled 3/14/12). 3.5

Tick this one! Just kidding. Heard good things, but this falls a little short of expectations. 3.5

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles fairly rapidly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Coffee, caramel, and some smoky notes of molasses.

T - Dark sugar up front with notes of molasses and brown sugar. More dark malt in the middle with a touch of warming alcohol. The beer finishes with some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon as well as coffee, smoke, and licorice.

M - A moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, it is complex but a bit harsh. The alcohol is apparent in the flavor profile and the dark malt is rough and charred. There is also a bit of spicy character that makes me think of higher alcohols and potential hangovers. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with shades of brown at the edges of the glass. Two inches of creamy looking off-white head settle after only a short time. Lacing is small and patchy.

S: Cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips, cola, faint molasses, starchy oats, raisin and plum darkfruit scents, faint whiff of alcohol, and maybe some green and oily hops in the background. Not a bad nose, but I do find myself slightly underwhelmed.

T: Rum-raisin tastes open. Malt tastes are cake and cookie-like at first. Bakers chocolate and powdery cocoa. Chocolate covered currants. Definite cola undercurrent. Oats almost get lost; all they seem to contribute is a light earthiness and subtle starchy taste in the background. Brief hint of spicy alcohol. Vague hop bitterness is only barely noticeable. Finishes with a dry chocolatey taste, touch of darkfruit, and slight hop bitterness.

M: The body is heavy but not thick, if that makes sense. There's a sense of weight in the mouth, and it is a bit chewy and mouth-coating, but only slightly. Moderate carbonation lifts it a bit and helps to give it a creamy impression. Slight warming sensation in the swallow. It isn't a bad mouthfeel, but it just doesn't seem to be enough. I expected something more robust, given that this is an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout."

O: This beer just seems to underachieve across the board. Head retention is poor, the nose is understated, lacks cohesion in taste and lacks depth and complexity, and the mouthfeel lacks roundness. I love what oats can do in a good stout, but they don't seem to contribute much at all in this beer. Maybe I went into this one with my expectations set too high, but it didn't do it for me.

Notes: This is priced at $16 for a six pack in my neck of the woods. Stoudt's may want to think about downsizing to a four pack with this one. $16 is a big commitment, and in this case I don't think it's worth the money. Glad I bought the single bottle.

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

into firestone pint, thanks to my dad for the beer.

Nice chestnut brown on the pour, 2-finger oatmeal colored head, good staying power.

The beer tastes smells like black coffee and oatmeal- a hearty breakfast. The taste follows. There's a bitterness that is a good compliment to the malt sweetness- like bitter baking chocolate. The flavors harmonize well, and it finishes very smooth. Little to no sign of the alcohol, which I like.

This one's a winner. Glad I have a few more bottles in the fridge. One worth the price of admission.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown - almost black, but some brown pokes through. Oatmeal nose, chocolate too. Taste is an oaty hoppy thick stout - hearty with much bittering at the finish and beyond. Deep and bready. Some plums too.

A sipper. Flavorful.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher cuvee. The only portion of the bottled on date I can make out is the year, 2012.

A - Pours a very dark brown with one finger of sand colored head. Retains at a half finger for the duration and leaves a full lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, charred oak, moss. Not very sweet, but still has a very enjoyable, complex aroma.

T - Much sweeter than the nose indicated. Strong vanilla coupled with toasty malts and coffee. No booze on the finish.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

O - A very good Imperial Stout. This one is in my regular lineup.

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee, molasses, vanilla, raisin, toasted biscuit, and light herbal hops. Some pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, coffee, biscuit, toffee, and light herbal hops. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, coffee, and bread on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance with good complexity. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very nice creamy and lush mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial oatmeal stout! Very robust and balanced flavor profile; with a very nice mouthfeel from the oats. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of yamar68
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with a midsized, loose head. Pretty good lacing.

The nose boasts loads of chocolate, smooth oats, vanilla, simple syrup, molasses, quite sweet.

The taste showcases a lot of the same qualities with the addition of some brown ale iron-y bits. Very smooth. No real discernible booze.

Pretty tame in a good way. If a grownup hot cocoa could morph into a beer, this would be a close match.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled April 2012 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark color, tan head that lasted for a while.

Smell: Strong coffee aromas, with some toasted/burnt hints.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but smooth.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination both strong hops and malts. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours avery dark brown with a 1 finger head and no lace. It's aroma is of coffee with toast and a hint of chocolate. The flavor leads off with coffee followed by burnt toast, dark chocolate, and a creamy sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild alcohol warmth. Stoudts Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) is a good beer, recommended.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Dog, on cask at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz pint, the Dog comes with a big foamy cask head that lasts. No lacing and a clean glass after sipping. Great retention and pitch-black color.

Smell: Muted, disappointing. Some roastiness, sheep piss, barn and funk. Stale milk and unpasteurized dairy. Tar pits where dinosaurs died. Some hop-leaf bitterness, freshly-paved highway and tobacco.

Taste: Burnt tea, coffee flavor. Brand new barista burning your coffee but you still love the flavor. Prominent hops, chocolate milk and sugar. Mellow and nice.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, medium flavor and body. Low carbonation. Drinkable, easy, tasty but inoffensive.

Overall: I drank three and enjoyed them. Very easy, despite the high ABV. Not the best or most amazing flavor but great on cask.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1208th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Bottled 12/8/10
Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App-  Very opaque brown with a very quick receding khaki/light brown head. Very small cling that fell to nothing.

Smell-  A weird feeling old smell, with some creamy oats with some small coffee/ chocolate flavors. 

Taste-  Its fairly creamy with a good oat backbone. A liquidy chocolate flavor with a good amount of oatmeal.

Mouth- A medium body with a bit of a small thin spot and a medium thin carbonation. Slight chocolate and creamy oatmeal. A bit of oxidized feel.

Drink-  Its a tasty beer. It had pockets of bold flavors mixed with a bit of old flavors from sitting. Was smooth though.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 1,310 ratings.
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