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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Added by Gavage on 10-29-2004

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

Been in the cellar since 8/07. Impenetrable black with a large mud brown head. Slippery waves of lace and thin skim retention.

Smells of soft dark roast malt and cocoa powder with a brown sugar and dark fruit gentle alcoholic twang.

Tastes of rich dark roast and cocoa powder that settles into molasses and brown sugar. Mild alcoholic whimper with the brown sugar. Very subtle and balanced for an imperial. Smooth and sugary mouthfeel. Much more drinkable than most imperial stouts due to superbly hidden alcohol and gentle blending of flavors.

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Photo of bowersdm
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. The bottle contains a Bottled on Date of 9/9/08

A - textbook RIS: black with a 2.5cm light brown head

S - not a lot. suggestions of oats, chocolate, roasted barley, but it's all very weak.

T - roasted barley, oats, coffee, some chocolate, and a hop bitterness with a slightly dry finish to it. Alcohol is noticed as a slight sting and a slight warming in the throat. I deducted quite a bit because this really seems like an oatmeal stout (I know that it IS, but I think it would be better classified merely as an oatmeal stout, not an AD/IS.)

M - very, very good for a bottled beer. I think the oats gave this beer a great body.

D - it's pretty easy drinking for a 9%ABV beer. It's not your typical IS, it's more of a pretty strong oatmeal stout.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of my latest beer swap...

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, about half inch of head that vanished pretty quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: Somewhat mild, I was expecting more. Can pick up some chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Again, I feel like I'm missing something. Very mild for an Imperial Stout. I can pick up some nice hints of coffee, and it has a good clean finish to it. Goes down smooth and easy.

Mouthfeel: Very easy to drink. Creamy, light tasting, little carbonation.

Drinkability: I can easily see myself drinking a few of these in a night. While I was expecting more, the mildness of this brew lends itself to being able to consume more.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, but shows some dark brown/amber hues if held up to a bright light. Head is off-white/tan and thin, but leaves a good bit of lace.

Aroma is rather subdued, but what is evident is pleasant. Roasted malt aromas present, but again, soft.

Nice roasted malt flavors with just a hint of richness and sweetness to distinguish it as an Imperial Oatmeal Stout rather than Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full, making it a rather easy drinker.

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Photo of TMB0424
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body (with slight brown hues along edges) with tiny tan head that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring. Sticky lacing.

Smell is very strong. Waves of chocolate, roasted coffee mixed with barley and oats. Roasted malts all over the place. Slight hint of the alcohol, but barely. Very earthy and rich, powerful.

Taste is of creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, fresh oats. A slight touch of dark fruit (not quite plum, maybe prune?) and alcohol is present. Has a great roasted sweet/bitter transition. Flavors are all 'in your face.'

Mouthfeel is exceptional in my opinion - thick, slick, creamy in the mouth. Very rich. Full-bodied. Alcohol warmth is there but it's not overpowering in any way, only appearing slightly during the finish.

Somewhat unique brew - it's kind of unbalanced as the flavors just attack you - but it's definitely a great imperial stout/oatmeal stout. Recommended.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small 1 finger chocolate head. Black in color, head retention is minimal and lacing decent

Smells of roasted sweet malt. Hints of chocolate and alcohol

First taste is rich, smoky, sweet burnt malt. Also some slightly bitter hops. Alcohol is present but for 9 percent, is masked nicely

Mouth feel is silky smooth, rich. Nice balance of carbonation and smokiness coats the mouth nicely

Very flavor full beer. Highly drinkable even though it is strong and full bodied. Would love to drink again, though dont think i could locate it anywhere in Texas. Thanks to Sonicdescent for the trade

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown pour...a little...and I mean little tan head that doesn't stick around...but it leaves a nice amount of lacing

S - Roasted malts...and lots of them...a faint alcohol presence in the nose

T - Once again a very predominant roasted malt character...I like it...some caramel sweetness undertones...a slight bitter chocolaty bite at the end

M - Thick and creamy

D - The alcohol kept me nice and warm...I was very pleased with this beer...and I continue to love Stoudt's Brewing Co.!

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Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A dark opaque color with some carbonation in the beer. There was a dark tan head that was one finger thick. The head is a nice foamy and rich.

Nose: A nice roasted malt with coffee, oatmeal and an underlying sweetness. There are notes of cream, chocolate, molasses, and a burnt sugar.

Taste: A nice roasted malt with coffee, milk chocolate, cream, and molasses. There are hints of burnt sugar with an subtle earthiness like stone.

Overall: A really good beer. There a nice character to the beer. The grains are nicely roasted and not a harsh note in the brew. The mouth feel is creamy, rich, and a silky smooth texture. The finish is slightly bitter but refreshing. I the sudden urge to stop sipping and start to drink. One thing I can't believe is how well the alcohol is hidden in this beer.

Via Donkeyrunner.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark black with a nice tan head that Nose is of coffee, roasted malt, and some alochol. Taste is of rather sweet, with notes of coffee and chocolate but a bit average, nothing really outstanding. Mouthfeel is ok. Overall it was a good brew. ABV is well hidden making it pretty drinkable.

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

Pours a mahagony so dark that it verges on black, and is all but impenetrable by light once in the glass, with a small brown head. Smells of dark chocolate and burnt wood, with touches of alcohol (the fumes are masked but not completely hidden) and molasses sweetness. A very full body with a truckload of all the flavors that the nose picked up make for poetry on the palate. Goes great with my sharp cheese platter; would pair well with chocolate, or serve as night cap.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black colored with a small mocha head that will rise upon swirling in my snifter.

S: Nice roasted bittersweet chocolate slightly boozy but not too overwhelming.

T: Very nice dark chocolate with a bit of molasses underneath.

M: Thick and creamy. I wouldn't say overly thick but it definitely feels nice as coats your tongue.

D: Pretty good for a nice sized stout. Very nice flavors and and pleasant to drink will be bringing me back to this one quite often!

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

Purchase a single bottle at the Craft Ale House in Limerick, PA.

A - Pours midnight brown with a finger thick tan head that quickly retreats to the outside of the glass like it's scared of the dark. The beer has a noticeable viscous nature when I move the glass around.

S - Sweet chocolate, hints of coffee and banana bread. I just cannot get enough of the smell.

T - At first you are hit with Chocolaty caramel sweetness, then alcohol warmth, followed by bitterness.

M - Thick and chewy, not overly carbonated, I found myself waiting to swallow.

D - Not too shabby! I had to slow myself down from pounding this pint!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, near black mahogany in color. The faintest ruby glow when held up to light. Thick, foamy dark brown head with incredbile retention and lacing. Just a beautiful beer all around.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol. Surprisingly boozy in the nose. Hints of bittersweet chocolate as well.

T - Faint espresso taste initially and quickly sweetens with notes of chcolate and rasins. A strong, warming alcohol presence throughout the beer.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy smooth. Somewhat viscous in the feel as well. A very easy sipping big stout.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a very foamy, tan head. It left thin, soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled very roasty, almost smoky. Nice subtle coffee aroma, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, bitter oats and some bitter dark coffee beans.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little dry. A medium-bodied stout.

D - This is a pretty good oatmeal imperial stout.I'd like to try more from Stoudt's.

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Photo of hondo2160
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Too drinkable!
9% has never been so cleverly disguised.
Got in a 'variety' 6 pack from my local.

A- Dark, dark black with a thin head of tan. Pretty.

S- Dark smell. Dank even. Just like Cracker Jacks. Dark stuff.

T- Dark chocolate but smooth. Coffee with a touch of wet wood. Camping taste. Cold days make this beer feel at home.

M- Creamy but a bit of a mouth coating. Nice and low carb.

D- Would be nice with pungent cheese. Would really cut down a strong fruity flavor with it's dark mellowness.

I like Stoudts. A weird place to visit for sure, but nice solid beer.

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

Blackish pour, nice tan head. Roast malt aroma, some grass, hop/pine. Fairly lively mouthfeel. Roast malts and a definete oat tone. Some chocolate, more coffee. Finish a little bitter. Lingers pretty well. Not earth shattering, but very good. Deserving of an average rating right about where it's at. Worthy.

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Photo of Dirty1
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this last week and have just got the chance to try one tonight. I poured into a pint glass.

A- It pours a very dark black with the barest ruby hints when held to the light. It had a very small tan head that went away pretty quickly. It left faint splotchy laceing.

S- It smells great! Nice dark chocolate dominates with lots of deep roasted grains and hints of brown sugar and coffee. It also has a subtle hint of pancake syrup.

T- Sweat dark chocolate and roasted grains stand out at first with hints of caramel and molasses. Slight hint of tobacoo and syrup. It finishes with a nice slightly bitter coffee note. The alcohol has a nice warming effect that is mostley hidden.

M- Nice thick creamy mouthfeel with farily light carbonation. It fits the style nicely!

D- All in all a very nice beer, all though a little on the sweet side. It fits its style very nicely. The alcohol warms nicely on a cold night. I will drink again. Cheers!

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours almost completely opaque black with a minimal khaki colored head...small amount of lacing

S: coffee, roasted malts, slight chocolate, slight alcohol, some oat

T: similar to the smell, coffee and roasted malts are the most pronounced flavors, but it's pretty well balanced

M: Thick/creamy, which is what you'd expect from this style..some warming from the alcohol.

D: pretty drinkable, with the warming effect and high roast flavor taking away from it a little

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Photo of gratefulbrewski
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 3/4/08
Pours a Black hue...formed a 1/2 inch head that dosnt stick around worries tho....cause the malty, chocolate,coffee goodness will make up for it....a real nice balance, although the chocolate malt stands out the most (not a bad thing).Coffee in the nose..and ah yes,the oatmeal!!! What a nice creamy note on the pallet...This is a full bodied beer. Hard to believe this is 9% Totally drinkable. Thank you Stoudts.

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

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, decanted into my Sam Adams glass. Probably should have used a snifter or chalice for better aromatics.

An average pour produces a nearly opaque black brew, with an light brown sugar colored head, of decent size. The head has relatively good retention for the style, but lacing is somewhat minimal.

The nose is an abundance of malts, producing coffee, chocolate and roasty malt aromas. Not much of a hop presence is noticeable.

The taste is a medium-ful bodied combination of the nose. Lots of coffee/chocolate notes, with a hint of anise thrown in for good measure. The smoothness of the oatmeal does come through, and completely hides the 9% abv. Very smooth and almost creamy on the palate. Definitely balanced toward's the sweet side, but no where near cloying.

Very drinkable, and were it not for the high abv, it would make a good session brew. Goes down very easy. A well balanced brew which will be a hit with both Oatmeal Stout fans, as well as RIS fans. Highly recommended - a solid brew! Good job Stoudt's!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to have this on tap today at the Horseshoe Pub. I have been a big fan of Stoudts and this certainly helped to increase my respect for them as a brewer. This is an awesome stout.

Came in a pint glass with a finger of tan head. The head was thick and faded rather quickly. The beer was pitch black and visually thick. Some spotty lacing remained

Aroma was thick and really inviting. Thick chocolate aroma with some hints of black licorice. There is some roasted goodness here, but the real star is the chocolate tones.

I was impressed with the smoothness and balance of this stout. Nice dark roasted malt from front to back. Deep chocolate tones then some deep bitterness from both hops and the roasted malt. Big deep flavors and well balanced, there is sweetness but it's not too much. Near the end you get a lingering bitterness that last for a bit, then fades quickly. This leaves you satisfied and ready for another sip.

Mouth fell is thick in body and BIG on flavor. You know you are drinking a big beer here. Wonderful drinkability.

I really enjoyed this and will pick up some of this the next time I see it.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle with a portly pork chop of a pooch right on the label, poured into a fat dimpled seidel yields an ebony body sparkling with gold-tinted bubbles that build a short layer of dark beige foam. The cap fades quickly into a sticky-collared sheet that scatters wispy lacing around the glass.

The smell is roasty and rich with a hefty dose of spiced chocolate and a whip of licorice. An acrid charred maltiness permeates the encounter.

The taste is laden with bold, bitterish blackened malts and is only semi-sweetened by a rich, savory dark chocolatiness. Smooth caramel and mellow oats provide a fine milky silkiness with just a twang of spicy alcohol and a tad more grainy sweetness, but the burnt charcoal bitterness bitchslaps the semi-seco notion flat, ruling the aftertaste with an acrid, bitter smokiness that clings to the palate.

The drink is medium-bodied with fine, mild carbonation, and with the big boozy ABV so very well-hidden, Fat Dog hardly seems like any sort of an "Imperial" anything when drinkability is the question at hand. The brew is burly and potent, yet highly drinkable and soothing. Good Dog, Fatty. That'll do.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- One and a half finger tan head, nearly black with a barely discernable ruby tint.

S- Creamy coffee and mocha aromas with some roast character.

T- Roasted grain with chocolate notes. Light hop character at midpoint leading into a very smooth finish.

M- Medium bodied and very smooth.

D- Pretty easy to get along with.

I may not be well versed in this style but I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of william5586
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, black. One about one finger of head that faded to a ring.

S- Tons of roasted malts and a little coffee.

T- Roasted malts make up the backbone of this beer and are complimented nicely by some sweet milk chocolate and coffee flavors.

M- Smooth and thick.

D- I could definitely have a few of these.

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

Off the tap at American Flatbread this beer was a deep, brooding black color. The head was tan, one-finger thick and left decent lacing despite only moderate retention as a collar. The aroma was smoky with roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee in it. The flavor was quite sweet, almost too sweet for my preference, dominated by dark and milk chocolate notes along with toffee flavor and caramel malt. Hints of spices and roasted malt character became apparent as it warmed up but I never found the hoppy bitterness I was looking to counterbalance the malt and add a bitterness. The mouthfeel was good, the body rich and full and the carbonation excellent.

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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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