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)

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Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UnionMade
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12oz earlier today. Popped the cap, and the beer pours a dense opaque black. A modest topping of khaki head, thinning down to a tight film. Negligible lace. Smells like the Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate bar. Sweet and very chocolatey, with a creamy smooth oatmeal vanilla presence. Coffee beans intensify with warmth, taking on a whipped mocha feel, with a shot of cherry syrup. Just a touch of booze. Very inviting. The flavor opens with chocolatey, creamy roastiness. Very delicious. Smooth and silky. Dense fruit syrup and whipped cream, it's like drinking a dessert. Full bodied and full flavored. The complexity feels smoothed out somewhat by the incredibly soft mouthfeel, but it is there. Definitely on the sweet side, but this is luscious and decadent, the way a great dessert should be. A hint of charred roastiness tones things down in the finish, a spot of clovey, smoky phenols as well. The barest touch of alcoholic, fruity sweetness as well. I''m enjoying every sip. Get your hands around a glass of this one.

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Photo of joezak5
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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 MSchae1017
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from a bottle revieved via trade with timtheenchanta. Thanks!

This beer poured jet black with a nice sized tan head that leaves a nice film and laces decently. The smells is a combination of sweetness from the oatmeal and some chocolate malts. There is also some faint roasted malt flavors. The taste is very similar to the smell with the sweetness from the oatmeal and the chocolate malts. There is just enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is also fantastic. This is incredibly smooth due to the oatmeal and pleasantly thick. Just enough carbonation ot balance it all out. Overall highly drinkable. Just a fantastic beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at "The Pub" in Gettysburg, PA. This beer is a pitch black offering with a nice tan head. The aromas is full of roasted grains and cocoa. the taste is a lot like the aroma with some cocoa, coffee and malt blended well for a flavorful event. My favorite Imperial Oatmeal Stout to date.

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to Zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Beautiful rich choclate notes, iron & hints of coffee

T: Rich choclate, a little dryness & sweet expresso notes up front. Oaky & vanilla notes come though as this warms up. I also pick up a little roasted grain. Finishes dry, chocolatey, oaky & with a hint of breadyness& molasses

MF: Rich & creamy & moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy, especially when you consider the ABV. Alcohol is artfully masked all the way through. I do believe the bottle conditioning brings out the best in this beauty. One tasty Double Stout! Thank you again Zrrbrt!

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Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours completely opaque looking almost black with mahogany hues. I let this beer reach almost room temp before I poured it into my pint glass. When I popped the cap it started sudsing over I quickly moved to pours and got a huge 3+ finger thick creamy brown head with *great* retention.

Smell: The smell is very rich and enticing causing much salivating. It is a toasted malt, sweet caramel and toffees aroma; with a bit of berry fruits and dark chocolate along with a hint of earthiness and a hint of bitterness.

Taste: Evident oats and grain make way through the thick malty layers of coco, burnt woodiness & molasses. The taste starts off so smooth and immediately reveals the oats, followed by a hint of chocolate and toffee with nuts. Through the middle, it gradually tips from sweet to coffee woody bitter (charcoal-like) with a slight lip-smacking pucker in the mildly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick and smooth as can be! Impressive big creamy body feels fluffy and then leaves your mouth tingling.

Drinkability: Who would have thought a double stout could be so easy to put back. It is exceptionally easy to drink for an imperial stout. The smooth balanced approachable feel and taste make this a friendly beer, I highly recommend.

Hope this is helpful.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Standard 12 ounce bottle. Brass colored crown cap has “Stoudt’s Craft Beer” black text on it. Main label looks like just the one in the BA Database, a big black fat dog set atop the Brewery. Listed as “Bottle Conditioned Imperial Oatmeal Stout”. No strength but a ‘Bottled on 1/25/06’ ink stenciled onto the neck.

Appearance: Jet back body allows no light to pass through. Light tan head fizzes and fills a tidy ½” cap but soon relaxes to a broken covering in double-quick time. Minimal lacing but a super fine conditioning. Once the beer slips down the glass it starts to reveal a dark ruby mahogany torso, but top-ups return the appearance to a thick black body.

Nose: Deep aromas, a mélange of dark treats, caramel, bonfire toffee, parkin, Dundee cake, dark chocolate with a dollop of cocoa powder to add depth. Rewarding and enticing. Deeply inhaled the nose adds so much to the overall experience and enjoyment.

Taste: Dark chocolate start, powdered cocoa leaves a textured finish on the tongue and cheeks which lasts. The middle explodes with liquorice caramel toffee, thick and luscious, roasted malts and a burnt charcoal swathe. Aniseed and yet more liquorice in the finish. Long lasting on the swallow, lots of remnants minutes after the last mouthful. The 9% is incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel: It is hard to fault the Mouthfeel here; super fine carbonation is talcum powder soft. The poise and balance between the strong tastes and the texture is stunningly good. And as for the 9% alcohol….did I miss it? Maybe! If so it is dangerously absent.

Drinkability: The 12 ounce bottle can last a long time if you savor the finish. Problem is that I quickly miss the rich toffee texture on the tongue. Very drinkable indeed. At 9 clicks this one is extremely dangerous. The perfect quaffing 9% Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: Wow, cost $2.19 but it was worth every penny. Super stuff and very tasty. A Six-Pack of this could well be the entrance to a forgetful night and a hazy next day.

Stoudt’s Fat Dog could well be Man’s best friend.

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

Oddly, I don't see the bottle stamp that I tend to love so much from these guys. Maybe because this is a 9% bottle-conditioned beer? Well, it was bought at the brewery, so I'll assume it is pretty young.

Pretty dark body, nearly black but with auburn highlights. A small khaki head lasts for a bit and then goes down to a ring and some lace. Smells like bitter chocolate, figs, some plum, some alcohol warmth, and brownies. Acidity and alcohol start it off with pizzazz, quickly turning towards a dessert-like chocolatiness. A bit of smoky burntness in the background. Perfect amount of alcohol flavor and warmth really complements the malt flavors going on. I am reminded of a warm brownie. A little oily, lighter than expected, rather low carbonation. Smooth enough. Maybe too smooth, actually. This one goes down dangerously quick, and is an all-around great beer. Thanks, Stoudts!

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

I'd never heard of this beer but just decided to try it because I'm really into stouts right now. There are definite coffee and chocolate hints but it's not too sweet. A little thinner than some stouts but oddly, this doesn't bother me at all--just makes it more drinkable--in this case. Also, there's a little carbonation. Normally, I don't like carbonation much at all but again, this really works in this beer. Great overall. Looking forward to trying others from this brewery.

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Photo of blackie
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a 0.5" mocha colored head that soon recedes to a nice ring around the glass. The beer is nearly black in color.

smell: Aromas of cocoa mixed with grainy oatmeal and a touch of cream. Considerable roasted barley and a little of nuttiness. Spicy, evergreen hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low and smooth, and the body full with a creamy, gradually drying finish.

taste: Rich milk and dark chocolates with a roasted malt backbone and slight ethanol fumes in the back of the throat after the swallow. Creamy, slight flavors of oat. Considerable American hop flavor slightly tempered with age. A growing bitterness lingers into the finish with some dark roast flavors.

drinkability: ABV eceptionally hidden, and a great Double Stout

one of two bottles received from goodbyeohio in "These go to eleven...a BiF." Bottled on 11/16/05

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout...on tap at Hotel Hershey

Appearance-pitch black, thick as hell with a bursting head that sits and just stays there.

Smell-chocolate flavor rises, malt appears as well, alcohol is hidden

Taste/Mouthfeel - again very chocolaty, hops are behind everythig but I did find them eventually. Sweetness is balanced beautifully by the malt, incredible smoothness on the way down, finishes strong with a sweet alcoholic kick.

Drinkability-Alcohol was incredibly well hidden.

Overall-One of the best stouts I've had, lots of malty chocolate flavor, great balance so the alcohol isn't overpowering, and frankly it has a fantastic taste with just the right about of sweetness. A great great beer.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-pours black with a slight slight hint of brown with a perfect 3/4 inch light tan head that stick around thrughout the glass
S-dominant chocolate with a coffee and dark fruit giving a good fight just a hint of hops that give a nice balance and emphasis to the flavors above
T-burnt chocolate and coffee (the latter giving a strong finish to the beer the oats give a great flavor and smoothness to the beer their is just enough hops hidden in the background to perfectly compliment the malt flavor very good representation of the style
M-rather light in body with a fairly good amount of carbonation both of which only gives a hint of the heavyness of this beer, the oats give an unreal smoothness to the mouth of the beer
D-this beer is highly drinkable and not only hides its abv well but also hides its heavy body extremly well i would actually call it a session beer but one that should be respected

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Photo of crwills
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep muddy brown, nearly black, into my pint flass. Chocolate-milk head, fades quickly.

Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt.

Taste is fantastically bitter and chocolatey, like 85% cocoa Valhrona (sp?). Black coffee and licorice are quite prominent as well.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel--like a milkshake. Bitter, mildly fruity or sour aftertaste.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter glass.

Imperial Oatmeal Stout??? I like Imperial stouts and oatmeal stouts. This one sounds good.

A - Pours out an opaque black with a very large, tight tan head. I poured hard so the head is HUGE, it seems to have staying power too. Clings to the glass quite a bit as well.

S - Lots of roasted coffee flavor up front as well as some chocolate. I can smell a bit of a liquor type smell as well (just a hint) due to the alcohol I presume. It melds well with the other smells to give a very nice aroma.

T - A whole ot of dark chocolate flavor hits you on the initial sip. The roasted taste lingers for a while. The sweetness of this beer is balanced by a great little hint of alcohol with loads of warming. This is the flavor you want in a beer on a freezing cold winter night (like this one is).

M - A great full bodied thick feel on the tongue, I guess from the oats. This beer really does have the great flavor and aroma of an excellent imperial or double stout along with the texture of a Sam Smith's oatmeal stout. Absolutely wonderful.

D - Very complex and enjoyable. Sip after sip of this brew and the flavor keeps getting better. The lingering aftertaste really makes you want more.

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Photo of tlinner
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, little head, decent lace. Smells deep & dark. Bitter chocolate and slightly fruit nose. And then the taste. It's honestly hard to describe why I love this beer so much. It doesn't blow me away in the way I'd expect from a stout (Brooklyn's is my favorite example of the style). Rather, it's inviting and non-threatening. The bitterness factor is very low. The dark, bitter chocolate I expected from the nose has transformed into sweet, milk chocolate. Hints of anise, coconut (!), and a tiny bit of hops make this a pleasing brew to sip. I wasn't expecting much, but man was I blown away from this beer. I'll be sure to check out more of Stoudt's offerings next time I'm at my local beer shop.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a solid black with a three finger mocha head and strong lacing all the way through. Some of head also remains on the top of the brew until the end. There are faint red highlights when this brew is held up to the light.

The smell is coffee, chocolate, oats, sweet malts and nuts. Everything blends together nicely.

The taste follows the nose with burnt coffee and chocolate dominating at the beginning, then moving to sweet malts and oats with a little nutty flavor. There are just enough hops on the back end in order to prevent this brew from being too sweet. A slight amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Everything goes down easily.

Overall this is a well balanced stout; it reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout although it does not have all of the subtleties of that brew it is a close second. Will drink again especially if I cannot get Founders.

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4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hats off to Zerosignal for this one and many other great extras. Love the bottle, this looks like my fat dog, Gloria.

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a thick, black body with a short lived head on top. The head is a caramel colored thin lined head, with rings of lace that are left.
S: An oaty aroma, that has subtle sweetness, very good indeed. Subtle notes of roasted chocolate.
T/M: First impressions are of the typical sweet Stout, but with a deeper look/examination, this one offers many layered tastes. These layers are not thrown on to the palate like a hodge podge painting, but do have a nice balance to them. A mighty melody that rings down from the sky. On the off taste, the roasted notes take off. Very silky mouthfeel on this Stout, malt undertones are adding a nice lingering taste and overall great smoothness to the mouthfeel.

D: Does this brew really have 9.0% ABV, I cannot taste it all and that warrants a great drinkablity. Smooth and easy going, this could be one of the most sessionable Imperial Stouts I have had. Steller. I hear the cry of victory, another of defeat.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium dark brown, very opaque, brew with a nice lacy tan head. Aroma is very sweet, chocolate chips and cookie dough mixed with candy bars and caramel -- all the good stuff. Taste is unreal smooth, probably the result of the oatmeal, chocolatey and sweet with only the slightest burnt coffee/cocoa to help keep this brew from being cloying.

This brew really grew on me as I drank the six-pack. At first I was unimpressed, by the last beer I was looking forward to cracking a bottle after dinner. A great brew for this American style. Highly recommend picking this up.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at local 44.

Pours a jet black with a soapy tan head, lacing right off the bat. Smell is rich with chocolate and cocoa and a raisin like porter character. Quite delectable. Taste is full of booze and rum soaked raisins, delicious. Burnt caramel and sugar are very evident, nice oat flavor as well. Smooth as chocolate and just bitter enough to dance on the tongue. Fantastic beer, great drinkability.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark black w/ a 1/4 finger of cocoa colored head.
Aroma filled w/ chocolate malt, coffee (slight) and brandy-like alcohol...very pleasant.
The flavor is fantastic...semi-sweet chocolate/coffee with a mild smoky flavor. Hops are present and a much welcomed addition to this fine offering.
A somewhat bittersweet finish...mouthfeel is thick. Bitterness does not linger at all.
Drinkability is very high for 9% ABV...I can detect more alcohol in the nose than in the taste.
Just when I thought I had found my favorite Double Stout in Victory's Storm King...along comes Fat Dog. Great stuff...would highly recommend.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a coal black with a creamy mocha head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Rich roasty aroma with layers of cocoa and espersso along with the unmistakable smell of toasted oats. Just a faint suggestion of hops in the background. Wonderfully blended and complex.

Delicious roasted malt taste upfront with the distinct taste of oats. Rich layers of dark chocolate and coffee present themselves as does a medium bitterness and extremely faint taste of hops. Finishes slightly bitter with a nice lingering roasted taste.

Full body, creamy texture.

For a big beer and high ABV, this is extremely easy to drink. I could easily enjoy a few over the course of an evening. Easily my favorite beer from Stoudt's, and one that every BA should be seeking out.

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Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Birthday trip to the Stoudt's brewery meant that I finally got my hands on this gem of a stout (my first double).

Appearance - Beautiful deep, black, opaque look with a thick brown head.

Smell - Wonderful deep roasted coffee tone with an undertone of sweet, dark french vanilla.

Taste - This bad boy has some serious power, though is still approachable. Coffee flavors with sweet french vanilla and a good bit of strong malt (almost reminds one of Kahlua). Healthy amout of hops definetly help balance things out.

Mouthfeel - Quite a thick brew which strength is shown in it's weight on the tongue. Really good balance on the sweetness/hop bitterness provides a surprisingly smooth aftertaste for a stout.

Drinkability - Well the Stoudt family definetly has a winner in this bad boy. It's definetly got some hutzpa to it but does have a pleasant approachability. I'm pretty jacked for more double stouts (or imperial oatmeals as the brewery prefers), and extremely excited for the other Stoudt's that I picked up at the brewery.

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Photo of HisDorian
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a friend from work.
Poured into 2 pint glasses.

First off, great looking beer. Dark, nice brown head, solid lacing. The head dissipated faster than I was expecting, but still left a solid ring around the top.

You can smell the roast right off the top. Light scent, or maybe my allergies were messing with me.

Flavor upon flavor in this one. Oatmeal, coffee or mocha, vanilla, caramel, and more in here. Big body that doesn't dissappoint.

Nice, thick, and chewy. Loving it!

I could easily sip on this all night long. I could not crush these beers, but I could easily kill a sixer while sipping on it throughout the night.

Overall, great beer. It was my first beer from Stoudts, and I will definitely have to check out some more of them!!

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 1,306 ratings.
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