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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Photo of hwwty4
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tpd975 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack Goblet. This beer pours a shade lighter than black and the dark tan hues really come out when its held up to the light. The head was a lighter beige than I expected and slowly expanded out to just a rim around the glass. The aroma is big on sweet milk chocolate with coconut milk also really coming out. Sweet cream comes out in the finish of the nose. The taste is bit one-dimensional. Heavy chocolate malts overwhelm and kind of push many of the other flavors out. The one really surprisingly good part of this beer is how well the 9% ABV is hidden. It almost seems like I'm drinking chocolate milk. The mouthfeel is the only part of this beer experience that I found disappointing. With the amount of oatmeal involved I thought it would be much creamier. Instead it had an almost dry finish to it. Even when it warmed up and the creaminess really comes out of an oatmeal stout, this one fell flat. All in all its really drinkable. Its simplicity makes it easily sessionable even if the ABV makes it about impossible. I really would have given it a 5 except for the mouthfeel of the beer.

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Photo of Tbn2
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A-Pours a pitch black with with no light signing through when back lit. A creamy one finger head rises to the top and laces in spots all the way down.

S-Very good. Has a good bready smell right off with a faint smell of maybe raisins. There is a slight presence of alcohol and some dark chocolates, but no too much. The smell makes me want to just start drinking.

T/M-What a beer! Very nice and smooth. As the beer warms, the beer gets better. The flavors in the nose come out more and more. A slight presence of coffee has become apparent as you taste the beer. Good beer to relax with. I'm sorry I only have one bottle.

Overall this is a great beer. I would recommend this to anyone. They won't be disappointed.


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Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into my Guinness pub glass.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Cannot see any light through it. An agressive pour produces one and a half fingers of creamy dark tan head, that when receeds, leaves tons of thick webbing.

A: Big, roasted coffee malts, molasses, and chocolate. Earthy hops are subtle but present.

T: Again the coffe and chocolate flavors are dominating. I would think this is exactly how a chocolate flavored coffee would taste, without the alcohol. It finishes smooth with a slight alcohol burn.

M&D: Full body, creamy, beer. This is so smooth! At 9%, this is a prefect beer for relaxing on the couch on a Saturday night, a sipper, and delicious. Stoudt's puts out many quality beer, but I think this is their best. Skal.

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Photo of jordoo
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Super dark black with a thick heavy dark brown head the dicipated to more of a froth but did leave heavy lacing that slowly slide down the glass. Smell is not as great I antisipated but I can still pick out the roasted smell right of the bat with some coffee and charcol like aromas. Taste is very good, I am getting roasted grains and coffee flavors withnsome slight fruity tones and a nice spicey alcohol hit with chocolate notes. Its silky smooth mouthfeal has it sliding right down surprisingly easily for this big beer. Another impressve brew from Stoudts.

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Photo of thequeen711
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Dog Stout on tap, delivered with a minimal head. Great nose of the coffee/chocolate aroma that is prevalent in most stouts. Smooth rich coffee/chocolate flavour to match the nose! Highly enjoyable as well as drinkable! Even though this is a retired beer...I'll have fun trying to hunt down leftovers!!!

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

12 oz. bottle (bottled 1/15/08) I picked up from the beer cave at D's on a trip to Pittsburgh last month...I think this was the first Imperial Stout I ever had, and have always been fond of it, but haven't had one in years....since which I've had quite a few more impy stouts, so I'm happy to get a chance to finally revisit this. Poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, Fat Dog is dark blackish brown with a small tan head that quickly settles to a light skim and collar, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very nice, like a milk latte, a bit on the sweeter side, coffee and cocoa.

Taste is great, full flavored but very smooth, a nice bit of roast, just a hint of lactose, semi-sweet. Served at cellar temp, some plasticy phenols come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, yay oats.

Drinkability is high for me, just my speed for the style, not to roasty or bitter, nor to thin and weak flavored, very smooth, just strong enough, good all around. Still, that lactose flavor that I never care for amplifies the phenols as it warms, and I really slowed down for the last 1/3 a glass.

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

Poured a very attractive black color with almost no head that dissipated quickly. Aroma and Flavor are a mixture of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The maltiness is offset by the hop balance. Has an oily character to it. Little lacing. Hides the alcohol well. Really good beer.

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

A: Poured a dark opaque (black) color with a light tan head that was only moderately lasting.

S: roasted coffee beans, and bitter chocolate along with some dried fruit (cherries, raisins).

T: For flavor the drink was well rounded with a nice balance of bitter hops and roasted malting with some dry chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit lingering arourd with a slight smokiness detected as well.

M: silky and slick on the tongue, very light and smooth on the swallow.

D: Great drinkability, rich robust flavor and body provides for a great experience and drinkability factor with the abv well hidden. A dark roasted treat.

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Photo of Franchise
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Dog pours a onyx color leaving a thick tan head in its wake. The aroma is chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, sugar cookies, powdered milk, herbal hops in the back.

The taste mirrors the nose, coffee, butter toffee, herbs, aromatic hop presence, but not really bitter, but not too sweet either. There is light carbonation on the palate finishing bitter sweet, coffee in the end. Very nice.

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

I was able to try Fat Dog on-tap at High Street Grill's Stoudt's beer promo on 5/30/2008. They served it to me in a standard Troegs pint glass.

This Stoudt's beer poured a beautiful dark chocolate black with some dark ruby red highlights along the edges and the bottom. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy and tan colored head of foam. The retention was really nice by leaving behind a tan film and tan streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was heavy on the roasted coffee beans. Behind the coffee beans was roasted malts, a pinch of sweet caramel, and a tiny whiff of smoke at the end. A very nice heavy and dark aroma.

The taste was also heavy on the roasted coffee beans like the aroma had, but this element was filled with bitter dark chocolate, sweet caramel, dark roasted malts, a slight touch of oatmeal, and a splash of dark fruits at the finish line.

This was clearly a full bodied beer with a full flavored aftertaste of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted hops. The hops finally come into play at the last second.

I'm glad that I finally got to try this beer after so long. I don't know what was holding me back from trying this beer, but whatever it was it isn't there any more. I can't see why not why I wouldn't buy this beer again. A must try from Stoudt's!

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

Fat Dog pours quite dark but not quite black, some brown highlights seen through the light. A thin tan head does not resist sliding into the stillness. Smell is nice and pretty straight forward. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee. Coffee become more prevalent in taste and is quite nice. The roast flavors of the coffee are balanced nicely by sweeter malts. Not much alcohol evident. Mouthfeel is medium, not quite as big as I'd like. The drinkability gets credit for the fact that it goes down fairly easy, though compared to others in its class, I would probably not see much of this one.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Sunday afternoon visit to SPTR during the much flouted Philadelphia Beer Week provided me the warm and welcome opportunity to indulge my palate this wonderful brew.

Once out of the bottle and into the glass, Fat Dog is pitch black and topped with an initial ½ thick head that slowly slides down the rim leaving a brown lathery lacing.

This dog has a heavy molasses nose with a powerful alcohol blast that leaves your palate quivering beneath a malty after taste. This is not your father's imperial stout - nor your average session beer. It is an excellent sipping stout that leaves one begging for more.

Good job! Good Dog!

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

Pours a dark, thick, opaque black with a small tan head.

Smells very malty. Sweet, with some hints of chocolate. Can make out the outmeal smell.

Chocolatey with a slight trace of the alcohol at the end. Sweet and heavy - great for an Imperial Oat Stout.

Thick, but not too thick. Easy to go down and leaves some flavor behind. Can feel the alcohol on my throat.

Because of the high alcohol content I would limit myself to one or two per sitting, but I woudl certainly come back to this beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize that this was an imperial stout when I purchased it.

Color: Pitch black color with a one-finger head the color of coffee. Floaties are in this beer but probably just oats.

Aroma: Strong with a decent hint of coffee and chocolate flavors. Malty.

Taste: Tastes like an oatmeal stout upfront but as it kicks in, leaves a very rich coffee taste in the middle and chocolate notes. Very roasty as well. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Coffee and chocolate with a decent amount of roastiness. Delicious and very drinkable for 9.5%.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The only thing I can't see is the "imperial" part of this beer. It's well-hidden and deceptive due to the drinkability. Still a slow sipper.

Verdict: I give it high marks for doing what an imperial stout is supposed to do: maintain a high level of drinkability while exhibiting complexities of the style.

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Photo of iceball585
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan fluffy head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Oats, smokey, dark chocolate, dark malts, hint of coffee beans

T- Milk chocolate, expresso, smokey, oats, roasted malts, light bitterness, faint burn of alcohol

M- Medium/heavy body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, chewy, flavorful

D- Very very good imperial stout

This is a definite instant favorite of mine. The second the auroma hit my nose I knew it was going to be a good brew. I was actually amazed to find out how strong this beer was because it is very drinkable to me (but I also love stouts).

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer had a black color and a thick texture. The head was very miniscule and didn't last especially long. Decent lacing.

S: There was an aroma of coffee, oatmeal and malt, but it was never overpowering.

T: The coffee and malt dominated the taste, but the oatmeal did play a part. Not the most complex of tastes, but solidly done.

M: High amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. While it isn't as spectacular as some others of the style, it's still well made.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

VEry dark brown pour, not quite black. A medium head of light mocha is thin and leaves modest lace.

Aroma is of sweet chocolate, dark moist bread, coffee, and dry leather. Hints of grassy and herbal hops are faint in the distance.

Flavor has a bit more going on than the nose. Sweet milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and bittersweet scorched grain. A delicate creaminess provided a'la oatmeal makes this a fine dessert beer. Bring on the Tiramisu! A tad too sweet in the finish.

Body is medium to big, very creamy and sticky. Tastey, but could not drink more than one or two.

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

A - Pitch black with a good, sticky head on an admitted wussy pour.

S - Rich roasty aromas - coffee, cocoa, charcoal briquets (burning ones). Something else here I just can't place. Smells like some sort of restaurant-y charcoal-y grill-y thing. Roasted umami I suppose.

T - Toasty, roasty goodness here.Some nuttiness and a light fresh hop as well. A little tart up front as expected and some soy sauce without the salt of course.

M - Creamy and soft. Dry.

D - Very nice. Lots of flavour but nothing that overwhelms the rest. Good balance and drinkability.

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

pours almost black in color with a half inch medium tan head with some lacing. aromas, roasted malt, coffee, earthy, slightly alcohol. taste of roasted malt, creamy smooth and slightly sweet, hides the alcohol well, strong coffee, slightly bitter middle and finish. medium body, very smooth, carbonation ok. first beer from stoudts and plan to look for more offerings from them.

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Photo of jmalex
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Somehow I've managed to go my whole drinking lifetime without having a single beer from Stoudt's even though their right in my backyard (comparatively). That'll change tonight.

APPEARANCE: Pours an almost deep, deep red to black into a shaker pint. The head is very small and light tan. It shrinks to a moderate collar and some sparse, hazy foam.

SMELL: The aroma isn't terribly strong, but it's heavy on the sweeter spectrum of stout flavors. The chocolates and caramels come out and are augmented by a slight roastiness. It's also a tad fruity with dates and licorice.

TASTE: An oddly split taste that's distinctly sweet, but also separately bitter. Caramels and sweet malt is side by side with burnt black malt and a mild hop bitterness. It's kinda weird, but I am enjoying it.

MOUTHFEEL: Definitely thinner than I'd like it. Carbonation is on the lower end as well.

DRINKABILITY: It's ok. I have no problem drinking this. There's just a lot that I'd rather have.

Hmm, I'm not terribly impressed with my first taste of Stoudt's. But first impressions can be deceiving. I'll give a different beer of theirs a try sometime in the future.

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

Served on tap at the Stoudt's Restaurant in a stemmed glass.

Jet black almost glossy body. Nice mocha colored, creamy, bubbly head. Great lace which fades into an interestingly consistent polka dotted pattern.

Aromas of mocha, bakers chocolate, very faint spice. Nose is a tad watered down for lack of a better term. Not as rich or intense as other Imperial Stouts. It developed a sweet breadyness as it warmed.

Flavor is dark and intense. Roasted oats, dark chocolates, bit of nuttiness, light hops. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, though not much. Very smooth and quite drinkable considering the ABV and style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask, via handpump at the brewpub.

Pours black (with just the tiniest amount of ruby highlights around the bottom) with a finger of mocha colored head. Great, thick retention that left decent lacing behind. The aroma is a nice mix of chocolate, zippy coffee notes, some oats, and a slight presence of heat.

The taste is more chocolate sweetness with a touch of coffee bitterness, and some nutty characteristics are present. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but not nearly as thick as the draft version.

While I probably prefer and deeper and darkner tones and feel of the draft version, I can't fault this on cask, as the smoothness and drinkibility for a 9% Imperial Stout is just ridiculous. Grab some if you find it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually picked up this bottle in a trade a long time ago, though now it is commercially available here, it definitely was not then. I have held unto it for over a year, and I am just getting around to trying it now. It's a 2007 bottling, and has been cellared around 50 degrees. I poured it vigorously into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - The pour was very nice producing a thick dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches before finally settling down onto a pillow if tan around one finger in height that stayed throughout the session. Very nice web like side glass presentation on here as well. Overall, definitely a very good looking stout by all means.

Smell - The aroma was just as rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice.

Taste - Very good profile here. It was a little bit lighter then some of the other big stouts I have had, but still could put a hurting on most any other. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. Very well done indeed.

Mouthfeel - It was a nice full-bodied stout, though nowhere near as filling as some of the others can be. Rich carbonation and a smooth creamy profile were nothing to sneeze at. Definitely not the thick sludge like RIS's, this was just right and a really nice feeling.

Drinkability - Outstanding for a big stout over 9% ABV. There was hardly a touch of alcohol anywhere near this thing. Quite impressive with really just sweet roasted malts playing the major roles here. Very nice underlying hints of chocolate just were the icing on the cake.

Overall, I thought this was excellent. I cannot wait to go down to Barleys and try one of these on tap. It really was a great Imperial Stout and for those love the sweeter versions, this would be right up your alley. Definitely have to recommend this one.

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

Just a shade short of black with an almost mocha head thick in nature and about a half inch high. Some sticky lacing in the aftermath.

Very nice nose full of lactose, oats, spent coffee grounds, chocolate, hints of vanilla, licorice, black licorice, lavender, and some floral hop notes.

Damn fine tasty stout, hints of roasty malts, charcoal, chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, licorice, hershey syrup, cofee,lactose, and caramel. A bit of citrus and floral hop on the finish which is bitter and quenching.

Mouth is thick, creamy and full of goodness.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ

A: Pours a black body with a dark brown head with low retention, but nice lacing along the aides of the glass all the way to the finish.

S: A slightly roasted smell with low, bitter undertones. Roasted nature was not too noticeable overall, which had me double guessing myself.

T: Any doubts I had were relieved once I tasted the beer. A nice, deep roasted taste with some alcohol bitterness in the aftertaste. Burn of the alcohol was not evident at all, which was good. There were some additional chocolate notes in the aftertaste that did well to balance the roasted taste.

M: Mouthfeel was a little light and crisp, which caught me a little by surprise. Overall, I would say the mouthfeel was pretty good for a stout.

D: A very drinkable beer. Nice, roasted taste with a complementing chocolate aftertaste. The high alcohol content was well hidden by the beer flavor. Nice, light mouthfeel did well to even out the stout. You may begin to feel it after a few of these, but you will not notice the alcohol at all, which makes it very appealing to me.

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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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