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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of amkpublishing
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this beer on

Great Head, nice lacing on the glass.

Chocolate, Caramel with a hint of Coffee. Full bodied rich mouthfeel.

Bottled 5-16-2007

A few more and I am afraid I won't be able to type much longer...

Can't wait to get my hands around some more of these!!!!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well built imperial stout. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint tumbler. It pours a deep dark black and only a thin head. Only subtle carbonization present. Not an overwhelming smell, but the malt and coffee overtones are present. Alcohol is present, but does not overtake the malty & chocolate taste. An excellent, not overdone flavor. With the low carbonization and thin ale texture, it feels light for a stout in your mouth. A surprisingly drinkable imperial stout, I had a couple this evening quite easily.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, Stoudts Fat Dog on a cask! I had to try it. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: A creamy medium brown color with hints of redness that lets light filter through it with a small light brown frothy tight laced head.

S: Dark roasted flavors with coffee grind, chocolate and oatmeal. Faint hops come through on the nose also.

T: Same as the nose with dark roasted flavors and nice coffee grind/espresso flavors mixed with dark chocolate and some underlying sweetness. The bitterness comes through on the finish with some very nice hops.

M: Full and creamy from cask....oh so creamy. Coats mouth and the taste lingers with nice hops on the finish as well as the toasted flavors. Minimal carbonation of course from the cask.

D: Medium to high. One was not enough, but at 9% this will kick you in the ass.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer. I was hesitant as some of the Stoudts stuff has been average to me, but this beer was stellar. Beautiful balance of roasted flavors with a very nice hop profile. Yummy! In fact, I'm going back tomorrow for another pint before the cask kicks. Awesome.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single of this for $2.

Wow this is a good beer. Pours a nice dark black with a tiny head. The mouthfeel and taste of this beer are spot on. Some nice oat-ey taste in the aftertaste and it just feels great in your mouth. I would never believe this was 9% ABV because it just tastes so smooth.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted oats, milk chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty as you would expect with flavors of chocolate, oats and coffee. There's a background flavor of dark fruit and a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is very mild but typical of the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good strong stout that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of JasonA
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep carbonated black. Nice solid and thick bache head. Lots of lacing, lots of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Coffee/espresso. Smooth smell, could be oatmeal, somewhat grainy (in a good way).

Roasted malt power. Wow, the finish is impressive, very coffee like. SOme initial coffee, biscuit. Some hops in there, kinda nice. I get the oatmeal smoothness, but it isnt pronounced. I get more ABV than Oatmeal. It is imperial ;). The alcohol teters on unbalanced, but is still quite nicely warming with the malts. The thick head wont go away!

Roasted malt takes this one. Sits well, as mentioned in taste, overall well balanced, though I think this might be the area for improvemennt.

Give me more. Id love to have 1 with a year on it.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

This beer poured chocolate/black in color. Light did not penetrate this brew.

Smells of sweet malt, some chocolate & coffee notes as well.

Tastes wonderful with the toasted malt and chocolate.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel. A nice chewy cool weather beer.

A nicely drinkable stout. I would always be happy to drink again!

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Photo of ATPete
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A rigorous pour yields a deep brown color with some bright ruby highlights and a small 1 finger tan head. Sweet chocolate malts and booze make up the nose. While tasting, a big face full of sweet toasted malts, notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla cream, maple syrup, brown sugar and a very subtle hop character with a hint of citrus fruit. Big chewy stout, very tasty. A big alcohol wave sweeps through on the finish creating a dry roasted aftertaste. Medium bodied, great mouth feel, perfect balance and very good drinkability. Great beer i would definitely go back to.

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Photo of thethrone
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black, with 1" tan head with moderate retention. Some speckled lacing streaks down the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, roasted malts, toffee

T - Taste follows the smell, delicious rich roasted chocolaty flavor. Just enough hop bite to even out the sweetness.

M - Full body, very smooth, leaves a pleasant sweet aftertaste.

D - Great, drinkable brew. With its smooth sweet flavor, its hard to believe it 9% abv.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan, creamy head. Dissipates slowly.
Smell is...practically non-existent. Very slight caramel & coffee notes.
Taste is much better with toffee, roasted malt & caramel.
Creamy texture, warming, smooth thought a bit thin. A medium-ish body with mild effervescence. Decent overall though nuttin' special.

One note: my bottle said 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Taco Mac's in Atlanta. Pours a super dark brown with creamy dark tan head. Nice lacing.

Smells like oats, alcohol, coffee, chocolate and carmel. Tastes pretty much the same. Has a long, lingering bitter finish.

Hoppy, malty and big. This one is pretty well balanced. I would definitely drink this again. Darn good, but not quite great.

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Photo of Med
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near pitch black with a hint of tan around the edges. Big tan head billows to a healthy two centimeters before slowly fading to a thin coating. Lacing is decent. Chocolate is at the forefront of the aroma with a light bitterness mingling with a noticeable astringent alcohol. Also a little charred wood at the end. Bitter chocolate dominates the flavor. Alcohol is still present but better hidden than the smell. Slight coffee now mixing with the charred wood finish. Feel is everything I expect from an oatmeal stout. Silky smooth with excellent coating and tingling carbonation. Drinkability is very good, even in August!

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

A nice close to pich black in colour with an inch of tan foam. That soon disappears barely leaving even a ring around the glass.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, some caramel and some fruit.

The taste has a good robust roastiness up front, with mild coffee and more noticeable chocolate, both milk and bitter. Nice flavour here. The sweet and the bitter are very balanced and it's no chore to take sip after sip.

Mouthfeel borders on medium, the carbonation also borders on medium, it finishes with a good dark chocolate bitterness that is long lasting. A nice brew and the 9%abv is very well hidden.

Well, this is my first Stoudt's brew that I'm reviewing and I think I'll try to find some more of their "stuff" in the future.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: More of a dark brown than black. Tan head that starts out really creamy, but falls rather quickly to a couple millimeters. Heavy lacing.

3.0 S: Weak smelling. Nuts and caramel come through.

3.5 T: Nuts and caramel again. Taste is there, but not quite enough for my liking.

4.5 M: Really creamy at first, then just regular creamy. Still nice though.

4.0 D: There's enough action going on to drink another and it goes down well.

Stoudts seems like a pretty solid brewery. I've had three of their beers now and all were pretty good.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin tan head.

Smells of strong roasted malts with some sweet tart fruit smell in the background

Taste is sweet with strong roasty sharp, tart goodness

Decent mouthfeel, but nothing to write home about

Tartness, and faint bitterness don't make it overly drinkable.

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

12oz bottle, cellared for a few months.

Poured an opaque black with 1/2 finger deep-tan head - cleared to the sides with a quickness.

Smell was solid - bittersweet chocolate, some dark ripe fruityness.

Taste was rich and complex - smells above transferred through along with touch of espresso.

When cold, mouthfeel was quite lighter than I expected - slightly thin, even. As it warmed, got nice and velvety smooth. Slight smokiness lingered at the end as well.

9%? Fur reol?? Very drinkable - the true test of a high quality, high caliber brew. More IMMEDIATELY!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received in trade from DIM a while back... big thanks... It's been in the fridge for the last week or so as an ongoing cellar clearing project... tonight is the night... poured into my Rochefort tulip.

1" lite brown head in a wide mouth glass is creamy looking with a fantastic amount of lacing.. brew is pretty much black as far as my eyes can tell.

Initial aromas remind me of fresh brownies or no-bake cookies. Less coffee and more chocolate.. smells fantastic... no alcohol to speak of.

Flavor is big chocolate too.. a little bit of espresso but mostly molten waves of bittersweet. Mild yeasty fruitiness brings to mind chocolate covered cherries.. but not the cheap ones my Grandma used to buy.. but chocolatier quality candies.. not really sweet though.. just the essence. Body is probably on the light side for the style but that ramps up the drinkablity.. never gets cloying or too overly complex.. just makes me want another sip... I think this has only been cellared for a few months.. so the hops are probably diminished slightly.. but honestly, I think it is pretty damn good right now... mouthfeel is again smooth with a light small bubble carbonation... If I had to complain, I would say it could use a little bit more body to bring it more into style.

Another huge thanks to DIM for this fantastic brew... Now I am REALLY looking forward to the BA FD. Dan is a great trader.. look him up!

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Photo of philbe311
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Sleek opaque black... No light gets through... Beautiful tan head... Heavy lacing... Textbook stout...

S - Chocolate... Coffee... Black cherries... Licoroise... Raisins... Layers or wonderful aromas...

T - Burnt chocolate... Artificial sweetener... Rye... Alcohol and hops on finsih... Not overly complex...

M - Oily and carbonated... Medium to heavy bodied...

D - Solid offering, but average at best imperial stout...

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Photo of younger35
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this brew many many moons ago from drseamus in Big Black Booty '07. This will be my first brew from Stoudts. Drank from my Stone India Pale ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a super pitch black with a nice sized one finger dark tan head that slowly recedes leaving very little cap and a small collar. Some lacing is left but it disappears almost as fast as it was left.
Smell- Starts very baker's chocolate bitter with light whiffs of fresh coffee. Some cream and vanilla add another layer that's reminiscent of Baileys. Some caramel and the lightest tinges of alcohol finish off the nose.
Taste- Full of dark roasted malts that add a huge burnt bitterness. Starts with a bit of sweet chocolate before that's quickly overtaken by a dry caramel middle. Some coffee is detectable along with a bit of vanilla. The finish is something like chocolate covered cherries with light tinges of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a semi slick velvety feel and light prickly carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty tasty little brew we got here. I like the fact that its not overly hopped like half the other brews I've had lately. I was a bit disappointed with the body though. The oatmeal adds its slick feel but I think it needs a bit more body to really shine. It's just a tad thin. Big thanks to drseamus again!

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

Pours a nice tan head and a black body.The head fades to a nice ring with a patch in the center of my snifter.

Nice fruit in the nose.Some hops.

Nice roasted tastes and awesome bitterness at the end of the taste.Both of the tastes are fighting for dominance.

Nice mouthful,very slick and smooth,very velvety.

Not a bad beer at all.Not my favorite IMPY stout but a beer I wouldnt turn down.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured real dark and oily with a thin tan head. It smelled like the usual, heavy stout with chocolate and coffee hints but had a mildly lofty oatmeal scent as well. The taste was pretty much right on with the smell, and it went down extremely smooth for how heavy it was. Definitely a great stout.

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

A : Pours a dark brown/black with a good tan head that leaves nice lacing behind

S : Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of oats

T : There's a sweet, toasted malt flavor from the oats that's really nice. Also hints of chocolate and coffee.

M : Thick and creamy...nice

D : Really good and I'd love to have more of it.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a thick dark tan head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S - Very strong chocolate and very rich.

T - Really good. Nice and smooth with a slight dry bite in the finish. Great flavor.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I wish I had had this before now. I really like this one a lot.

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Photo of perfectkaos
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

given the track record with the other beers from the cooler that this one came from, i would guess that this bottle is at least a year old.

pours deep black with a light tan head. leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

smells of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol sweetness.

this beer is pretty light for an imperial stout. a little bit of dark chocolate bitterness balances out the sweetness of the alcohol and malts.

Even thoughStoudt's is one of the two brewerys i've toured (Erie being the other) it fell off of my radar for a while, especially since they stopped bottling the Abbey Triple in 750s. Id drink the occasionaly Scarlet Lady ESB, but this beer might make me give all of their beers another look.

good beer.

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Photo of mully
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to theblackmallard for throwing this in as an extra

Black and thick with chocolate brown edges whispy brown head just hangs around the edges

brownies with fudge just hint of hops

chocolate some backbone of bitterness creamy delightful oatmeal blends well

creamy and soft, good cleans out well with some lingering bitterness

Very drinkable -- I went through a bunch of these last time I visited my brother out in Michigan this is a beer worth drinking

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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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