Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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Ratings: 1,315 |  Reviews: 752
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and thick tan colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass and fades slowly. Very nice lacing all the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some caramel, some chocolate, some black malt as well. Also has a sweet smell to it as well.
T: Nice malty base of roasted malts, then hints of chocolate, caramel, and some burnt roasty-ness to it. A hint of the alcohol at the end but nowhere near as much as I was expecting.
M: Very smooth, thick, warming, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, I was able to finish the whole thing no problem and relatively fast.

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Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT at the Stoudts Brewery Night.

Pours an opague dark black color with a one finger tan head with good retention and stickty ringlike lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, hazelnut, stone fruit and fruity yeast. Roasted malt flavor up front, coffee, sweet oatmeal, cherry, pine hops with a coffee and dark chocolate finish. Full body, medium carbonation there is a creamy mouthfeel with a smoothness from the oatmeal. The strong hop profile blends very nicely with the heavy flavors of this stout creating an easy drinking beer despite the 9%.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pretty standard black with a nice thick tan head. Basically what was expected but well done. Aroma is of light spicy hops, nice and clean and airy, maybe a little minty or at least just a very light and refreshing aroma that hits you like you're smelling some sort of liquor. I personally think that the idea of an imperial oatmeal stout is an abomination. The alcohol completely overrides anything that makes it an oatmeal stout- the creamy, smooth mouthfeel and the dark roastyness lying underneath it. Both are totally destroyed by making this beer extreme. Furthermore, most imperial stouts have some nice hop flavor to balance out this alcohol, which this beer is noticeably missing from the experience (although it's there and would be delicious if the beer was about 5% abv lower). On top of all of this, the carbonation was a little high. This plus the alcohol made me feel like I was drinking sparks. This probably isn't a badly brewed beer, I just think it's a bad idea.

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

Pours deep, dark black. Light does not seem to penetrate it. Mocha colored head falls slow, thick sticky lace.

Full, roasted aroma hits the nose.

Roasted malts in the taste. Coffee bitterness and an alcohol finish.

Thick and smooth in the mouth.

Very enjoyable stout. Easy to drink but beware of the ABV.

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

My 500th review!

A deep and dark reddish brown; only shows color through bright light. Puffy light brown head, the color of a paper bag; leaves a tan bishop's collar.

The smell is sweetish caramel and that smooth oatmeal aroma. Light chocolate. Balanced by a dry, slightly nutty graininess, like spent mash. Strong and complex.

The taste is heavy alcohol flavor, immediately followed by bittersweet malts. Coffee and choco-caramel. Hard to tell where the sweetness ends & bitterness begins, because they mesh so well.

A chewy concoction, thick ... like an oatmeal indeed! Both smooth and gritty. Sweet in a dark way, bitter in a pleasant way. Outstanding.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass.

A: Pours an almost completely opaque black color with a very vague raspberry highlight of light behind it. I could see myself in the glass, that's how dark it is. A one finger head of creamy brown foam fades fairly quickly, but leaves a slightly sticky lace.

S: Complex aroma of charcoal fired wood, brewed coffee, cocoa powder, dark fruits, such as raisin and grape, and a bit of vinous, liquor-like sweetness, like an anisette.

T: Deep, burnt roasted charcoal, dark chocolate and licorice flavors blend smoothly at first, with a creamy taste, before giving way to a fairly bitter and astringent fruitiness. This is filled with some floral and fruity hops, and the sweetness of raisin and plum. The finish is sticky, and straight up burnt oatmeal-tasting malts.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy at first, then astringent, but full-bodied all around, with a sticky, oily resinous cling.

D: A very complex, high ABV stout with a full-bodied taste and an array of deep flavors. A good bet for stout fans, as it is a brew worth getting lost in, but it would turn away those who aren't into the style pretty quickly. Best served as a dessert beer.

Holy cow, Fat Dog is a wild stout. Lots of deep roasted malt and a surprising clarity behind those fruity hops. A little out of whack, but a pretty drinkable and enjoyable imperial stout.

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Photo of msante79
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is strong with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oat and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy on roasted malt and coffee. Also picking up notes of oat and chocolate. Could use some more chocolate and less coffee as beer finishes with burnt coffee bitterness. A good RIS but a little to much coffee for my palate. Thanks to abcfan for this one.

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

Small capped bottle poured into a pint. Thanks clockworkorange.

Dark beer, near black, with a reddish brown highlight, and a rather thin light brown head with decent retention for the ABV.
A very nice aroma, although the alcohol is slightly more noticeable than it should; chocolate dominates, and more on the sweet side. Coffee, some spices, alcohol round it up.
Slightly below full bodied, it is quite flavorful but the noticeable alcohol interferes to some extent with the enjoyment. It is a lot on the sweeter side, and quite pleasant, with multiple chocolate layers, rum, roasted malts, and some occasional bitterness that seems to come from some charring of the malts.
It lacks a little bit of body, and shows more alcohol than it should, but it is still a very nice beer. Cadillac Mountain Stout would be similar, yet a bit better with less alcohol.
Now let's move on to the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Douglas88
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Thaichile. Pours a dark black hue with a large brown head. The aroma is full of rich chocolates, coffee, oatmeal, and light hops. The flavor is very nice; a robust roasted malt which is well matched by the strong oatmeal and chocolate flavors. A medium and creamy mouthfeel. A bit of earthy and not very aggressive in a nice way. The alcohol is very subdued. Very nice.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from DIM through the Rock, Paper, Scissors LIF tournament. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was dark brown, with a one-finger, mocha head. Minimal lacing around the glass.

Aroma was dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, raisins and roasted malts. Smells fantastic.

Taste was sweet and boozy. Dark fruits, roasted grains and molasses come through with a long bitter chocolate finish. Fairly complex. More flavors emerge as it warms up.

Goes down surprisingly smooth. Very tasty and well crafted beer. Thanks again to DIM for this one. I really appreciate it!

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Photo of currysage1
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter forms a one finger khaki head. Very large bubbled almost like fine styrofoam, falls quickly leaving some patchwork on the top of the chestnut edged void that is my glass.

Sweet dark fruits with not quite dark chocolate, slight booze but very light, light buttercookie smell, a little lighter of a smell than what I was expecting.

Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with bitter coffee towards the end. In the middle there are quick bursts of dark fruit doing battle with the 9% booziness. Hop presense is spot on for my taste in the style, enough to balance it out but not enough to take away from the malts flavor.

Feel is wonderful, not so thick as to be heavy but heavy enough to let you know this is no Porter. Drinkability is high with this one due to it being doable with ABV and with it not being a slight version of Turkish coffee.

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Photo of albern
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm typically no fan of Imperial stouts or beers with ABVs in the 9% range, but I'm sold on this offering from Stoudt. This is a very nice, smooth, creamy and enjoyable stout. The beer pours a inky black color with a brownish head that doesn't hang on as long as I had wished. No lacing to speak of. The aroma is strong roasted malts, some fruitiness, some dark cherry chocolate. The aroma is quite good and there is no real ABV lingering in the nose.

The taste is quite sweet, medium bodied, a bit cocoa powdery, a nice cherry chocolate underneath, and loads of roasted malts. The beer is reasonably complex and there are some mocha and fruity flavors that insinuate themselves at different times. This is a really nice stout, not too thick or syrupy, but warming and nourishing, without having a throaty alcohol presence. There is a slight bite to the beer in the finish and there is some alcohol presence, but for a 9% beer, this one masks itself as well as any. This is well worth seeking out and very enjoyable for a cold winters day (or night). L'Chaim.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Tayner, thanks a bunch. Nice dark black appearance with a brown head. Smells like roasty malt, oats, decent. Tastes like oatmeal, roast, pretty good and better than it smells, no alcohol. Easy to drink and I was glad to have had it.

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

Pours a dark brown with a hint of dark ruby red coming through when held to a light. About a 2 finger caramel colored head. Smell is of roasted malt. A small hint of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee. A slight alcohol smell also.

Taste is pretty much the same. Alcohol is present and noticeable but not to overwhelming. A small touch of hops gives it a little bitterness at the end which finishes the sweetness off nicely.

A very tasty brew. It is very hard to stop at just one of these.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my chalice yields a dark-chocolate colored liquid with a rich 3-finger crown of froth that almost overflows the glass as it continues to rise long after the pour is over. As I let the beer warm a bit, it drops to a short layer, but leaves behind a perfect wall of beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Clarity of the beer can't be determined because of the color... just a very faint hint of brown around the edges when held to the light, but certainly nothing that could be called "highlights." As I get down to the very bottom, it's easy to see that it is in fact quite clear and has ruby highlights.

The beer needs to warm before you can get a good sense of the aroma. When first poured and obviously a bit too chilled, the aroma is of slight dark chocolate, coffee with cream, and a bit of cereal. As it slowly warms, the chocolate becomes more apparent and sweetens to milk chocolate. Alcohol becomes apparent in the nose, and a good swirl gives you waves of nougat, like the inside of a 3 musketeers. There's also a slight hint of carob, interestingly... it took me a while to place that. A mild hint of artificial sweetener lurks somewhere in the back, but doesn't do much to detract from the overall aroma.

First cold sip yields notes of coffee, alcohol, roasted grain in the finish, and just a bit of cream. Second sip yields even more roasted grain, some cereal, and a lingering alcohol finish. As it reaches optimum temperature, there are slight hints of soy sauce, tons of sweet cream, milk chocolate, and carob, as well as a bitter, roasty finish with that lingering hint of alcohol. The lingering dry finish leaves you wanting another sip of the sweetness that is apparent in the initial flavor.

Carbonation is quite high, and lends that familiar tongue-dancing spice to the overall impression. The rest of the feel is thick and smooth, a bit chewy, and finishes slightly warm and dryly astringent from the intense roast.

This is an excellent beer, and certainly good at breakfast time. The oatmeal adds to the heft of this brew and balances it a bit more... were it not for the creamy body, the carbonation and dry finish would be far too much. As it is, this is one to savor, and certainly not one to down a few. The sweetness and bitterness could stand to be a bit more balanced, rather than being at odds in a bipolar sort of way; taking turns on the palate. The finish is a bit too alcoholic for the rest of the flavor, as it, along with the dense roasted grain, leaves the mouth both warm and dry, detracting from the final impression.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cool fall evening sent me running home to crack this open. This one was bottled in March 4th, 2008. I love when breweries date their bottles and it should become a standard in the industry.

This imperial oatmeal pours a menacing dark black with only the faintest hints of ruby highlights at the edges of my glass. A vigorous pour creates a dense mocha colored head.

Smells of roasted malts, dark sugar, and black coffee. Hops and alcohol are evident as well creating a nice balanced aroma.

First sips reveal a smooth feel and lower level of carbonation. Creates a nice thick chewy essence no doubt aided by the oatmeal. Tastes initially sweet of cocoa and darkened sugar. As the mouthfeel seems to thicken the flavor turns to the roasted malts and eventually reaches a coffee bitterness the melds well with the hop bite and warming alcohol. Great balance and progression of flavors. Very well conceived.

Very drinkable as the alcohol content only adds to the beer's feel, nose and flavor. All around wonderful beer and I'll be returning for a six pack to warm me over the cooling weather.

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Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/2/08

A. Pours a gorgeous rich brown that looks nearly black when in my pint glass, all capped off with a tough, dense rocky tan head that doesn't go anywhere for a while. When it finally does, it leaves a moderate amount of lace behind.

S. I honestly smelled this as soon as I cracked the cap. This is just flat out great. It's a rich, cocoa-dense and heavily roasted grain nose that is complex, bold, yet easy and tame all at once. It's mellow, well blended... you'll get bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee, earth, burnt husky grain, woody tannins, a hint of booze and a smoothness that screams oatmeal. A little nutty and almost, ALMOST a bit of red grapes... I dunno... It's deep and lush and strong smelling and... gosh, it just comes together so well. This is an exceptional smelling beer, and one you can get lost in. I'd better stop before I go overboard.

T. The flavor is not quite up to the level of the nose, but it's close. This is just an exceptionally tasty Imperial oatmeal stout. Creamy and rich, sweet and tweaked to perfection. Roasted bittersweet sugar, chocolate, molasses, coffee, underlying hop balance... it's all here. I could go on. But you need to get your hands on this yourself. It's wonderful.

M. Smooth like only oatmeal beers can be. Lingering full flavor after you take the final sip. Perfect carbonation. Delightful.

D. High for what it is. I could have another. The 9% is starting to kick in, but never mind that, bring on another Fat Dog!

Fat Dog is the best beer I have had from Stoudt's and the second best Imperial Oatmeal I've experienced (after Southern Tier Oat). I can't recommend this much more. Go get some.

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Photo of rye726
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking stout. Thick black color with a creamy dark tan head. The nose has some rich fruity malts, chocolate and sweet oats. The taste is a bit more complex. Lots of big sweet flavors with a good helping of subtle hops. Full body goes down well. A nice stout from Stoudt's.

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Photo of joezak5
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with an overflowing tan head and amazing retention and lacing

Smell: This smells like smooth... silky, chocolatey coffee.

Mouthfeel: Light swich but full mouthfeel, malty and smooth.

Taste: Pure smooth oats and coffee and a little sweeet toffee in the background.

Drinkability: This is a beauty. I picked this up as a single and it's my intro to this brewery... I'll definitely be searching this brewery out

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Pours a jet black color that has brown hues when held up to the light. Not a lot a lot of head but some decent lacing.

S - Roasted malts. Dark chocolate, really nice oat smell, maybe a little coffee

T - Really nice. Tastes a lot like the smell with a nice hop bitterness. Well balanced stout with a nice flavor that isn't over the top.

M - Smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

D - I really think it's a easy drinker as far as imperial stouts go but with 9% abv I wouldn't want more than 2 for sure.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a small tan head and a decent ring of lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, oats, raisins and a bit of alcohol. A great scent, but more traditional with nothing setting it over the top.

Taste of oats and roasted malts initially with some coffee and raisins as it warms.

Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and a little light, not bad, but not great.

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Photo of treyrab
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night at Zeno's Dark Side Day and had it poured into a pint glass. For how much I enjoy Stoudts I was really looking forward to this one.

A: Very dark brown with a brown-tan head that does not last that long.

S: Pretty robust smell, which was expected. Tons of chocolate and coffee with a touch of oats. Smells more like a RIS than an Impy oatmeal, but regardless it smells great.

T: Starts off light in taste with the usual cocoa and chocolate. However, the finish is a bit bitter and has an astringent alcohol that threw me off. The alcohol on the finish was not pleasant and definitely noticeable.

Overall, a decent stout by Stoudts. The alcohol warmth was the only downfall to this otherwise tasty beer.

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

12 oz single purchased from Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA and poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Appears black, but when held up to the light proves to be an extremely dark brown with red highlights. It had about a half in frothy tan head. The head settled pretty quickly down to a thin covering of bubbles with the majority of the bubbles around the outside edge. Those bubbles leave a sheet of lacing behind as the beer is consumed. Loses a bit due to head retention.

S: Dark roasted malt dominate the nose. The oatmeal aroma does break through along with coffee and chocolate hints.

T: The taste has all the qualities of the aroma. The strength of the flavors seem to match the strength of the parts of the aroma. A very tasty brew.

M: A very thick almost chewy beer. The in mouth carbonation gives it a bit of a creamy feel. It leaves a very nice finish in the mouth when swallowed as well.

D: With the high ABV, this one is almost too drinkable. I could knock a few of these back, but I am sure it would knock back if I did.

I tend to prefer the singles route so I can try more new beers. This is one of those occasions when I am disappointed I just have one.

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Photo of KarlB
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, and a fantastic imperial stout.

An incredibly smooth beer, thick, full-bodied and full-flavored. Wonderful coffee, chocolate and oatmeal flavors. I was blown away when I found out this beer was 9% because the alcohol is so well hidden. The flavors absolutely dominate this beer, leaving a great after-taste and a very satisfied drinker.

(In case you hadn't noticed, I really love this brew!)

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Photo of JEdmund
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(hard to tell, but looks like it was bottled in January 2008) Solid black with a small, 1/4" head that took a tall pour to reach

Sweet--figs, prunes, molasses; no roasted qualities

Taste & Mouthfeel
After the somewhat weak smell, I was surprised by how robust and full-flavored this was; it immediately opens with some big roasted malts--very coffee-like--which carry the whole way through; some hop bitterness pops up and is complemented by a touch of sweetness; good carbonation, but thin-to-medium body for an imperial; not getting any indication that oatmeal was a part of the recipe

A well done imperial stout and pretty drinkable. I'd prefer it to have some standout quality or 'wow' factor that keeps me excited and remembering the brew, and this does not possess anything like that (could possibly be due to age); just a bit too sweet in the aroma, which doesn't help draw me in for more; never got an inclination that this was brewed with oats

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82.1% out of 100 with 1,315 ratings
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