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)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Pete9094
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery in Adamstown,PA late last year. Finally enjoying on this crisp fall evening.

Appearance- Pours jet black with thin white head.

Smell- Aroma of prunes, dark chocolate, and roasted malt

Taste- Deep malty punch w/ crisp hot bite. This is a rich beer w/ a winey, bittersweet backbone. I taste coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Silky smooth and sticky. Wondeful mouthfeel

Drinkabilty- Great stuff. Just right for a nightcap. W/ the cold nights and impending holidays, I need another detour in Adamstown.

Happy Holidays!

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

This black beer churns out a nice looking creamy brown head. Very creamy. It's retention is solid. Lace is sporadic, yet nice. Nice nose of chocolate, molasses sludge, licorice and vanilla bean. Quite inviting. There's a nice roasted bitterness on the palate. This blends with the dry cocoa and coffee tones nicely. Black currants come to mind and anise as well. This a bold beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Body is damn near full. I was sitting on this one for a while...looking forward to the ocassion. And now the time has arrived and it delivered. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks as good as it tastes and smells! Black with a hint of brown showing through and poured vigorously from the bottle gave it a full three finger brown head that lasts as a full cap leaving nice sticky brontosaurus looking lacing on the glass. Kewl!

The aroma is roasted and sweet with some dark prunes and bready notes.

The taste is phenomenal and complex. It starts off caramel malty and sweet with hints of milk chocolate, vanilla and moves back towards slight breadiness (oats?) then some earthy hops and finishes with a licorice hint that numbs the tongue for a short period of time. It's pretty balanced!

The mouthfeel is carbonation hot at the very beginning then becomes creamy smooth. The body is moderate to full, just a tad on the thin side. There is a mildly dry and numbing feeling and finally a slick coat on the tongue.

Overall I would have to agree with many judges of this beer who called it exceptional! The alcohol is hidden well and really is only apparent to me with the tongue numbing and a slight warming. The body is just a tad, I mean a tiny bit, light, which is a blessing if you want to drink 2 or 3 of these puppies! The flavours are interestingly complex and evolve as the beer warms. A solid 4.25 or higher out of 5 for this doe-gee!

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Photo of Tbn2
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 al3
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - D-A-R-K with a thin, but frothy top, and decent retention. Label reads "bottle conditioned" and bottle date is just over a year ago.

S - Sweet, molasses, candied fruit. some roasted coffee

T&M - fruit and dark chocolate, silky/milky feel with coffee and roasted grain on the finish

D - very drinkable, good cool/cold weather brew.

Overall a phenomenal beer, unbelievable balance, feel is perfect complement to flavor. Superbly crafted and something well worth seeking out.

*Note - I bought this again over the weekend (4-18), the bottle date was 2 months (as opposed to about a year for the initial review 4-10). It had a significantly different taste and feel, the flavor was more roasted and bitter and the feel seemed more dry with more of an alcohol bite. The aging does this one justice, definitely worth the wait.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was presented to me with a finger of medium-tan head with low retention. Color was a deep, solid black with NO light penetration. Nose was an interesting mix of cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and espresso coffee. Mouthfeel was full, approaching creamy. The taste was big, bold, warm, roasty, chocolaty. My, but this Dog was Phat! Finish packed some heat to go along with the coffee and chocolate flavors. Yow!

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Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - Nice dark brown/black beer, opaque, tan head that leaves a nice lacing. Bottles' kinda boring but who cares.
S - 4.5 - Coffee, creamer, oatmeal, chocolate.
T - 4.5 - More roasted malts in the taste than in the smell. Coffee, espresso, chocolate, oatmeal, tiny little bit of booze.
M - 4.5 - Nice medium-thick mouthfeel. alc covered REAL well, aftertaste is creamy and roasted malt at the same time.
O - 4.5 - This is a great beer. It's thick and strong but friendly at the same time. It's definitely better than Narwhal, probably up there with Ten Fidy and Expedition. Most similar to Stone RIS Espresso.

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Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hey, this dog can hunt ! Nice start with the black pour topped by a lacing brown head.

Toasted malts in the aroma and taste. Rich and malty notes of chocolate and coffee, sweetened with the oaty malt kicker. Touch of RIS raisons and anise.

Very rich brew, this one made for a quite evening finisher, perfect way to wind down with quality brew. Great example of an Oaty – well, double oaty, a real sipper.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic. A cross between Sammy Smith Oatmeal and Imperial stouts. Surely that's what they were shooting for.

Mine was bottled on 6/21/05. All of what you'd expect from a beer of this magnitude. Coffee. Chocolate. Roasted flavors. Nutty. Hints of cherry and what have you. Complex. Deep. Dark. Mysterious.

They hit it, and i'm interested to see what a couple bottles will do with a little aging on them. Top notch brew Stoudt's.

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

This is from Stoudt's new Variety case. The date is clearly stamped on the label. (Yay!)

Pours an opaque black with some brown at the edges. A one finger head of brown foam forms on top, which drops to a coating and a ring. Intermittent splotches of lacing are on the glass.

Aroma is, wow! Very fruity, big, dark malts, chocolate-y, notes of prunes, chocolate covered cherries, a little diacetyl, not much in the way of hop smell.

First flavor is chocolate malt, followed by a fairly strong hop bitterness and flavors of coffee and alcohol. This is one big sumbitch. Roasted flavors are there, but fairly muted. Good level of residual sugar for the style. Maybe I can pick up a faint floral hop flavor. Aftertaste is long and roasty and chocolate-y. A very yummy beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and luxurious. Lip smacking sweetness, a decent grab at your throat from bitterness, and a smooth and creamy finish. A little bit of heat is there, also.

When I go to Reading Royals hockey games, this is all I drink. It is absolutely delicious, and quite poundable even at 10% ABV. Just make sure your wife will drive you home!

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

Pours a blackish color with red highlights when held to the light. Nice tan head falls slowly to a ring of foam that leaves some light lace.

Aroma is rich chocolate, licorish light alcohol hints mixed with some light bitter coffee flavors and piney hops. Very nice dark smell sweet and inviting but big and chewy at the same time.

Taste is full can feel the oats as this wonderful liquid flows over the tounge. Taste is lots of chocolate that mellows to a moca expresso like flavor. Nice bubbley carbonation brings some sweet oats mixed with bitter coffee flavors forth. Finish is fading chocolate increased coffee flavors blending with bitter piney hops and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is big full nice flavorable brew full body full roasted oaty flavors.

Drinkability is good nice hell of a double oatmeal stout or an American double stout nice anyway you look at it or taste it. Wish I had picked up more of these.

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Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is among the better Imperial Stouts that I've had. The most impressive characteristic is the roasty character of both the flavor and aroma. This was had at the end of the night, so I was a little looped but this, I think, is one of the most interesting Imperial (Russian or American) stouts I've had.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Bottled on 4/18/07

A: Pours a rich looking chesnut tinted black with a small yet creamy dark khaki colored head. Lacing is minimal, as is the carbonation.

S: Incredible aromas of dark fruit, molassas, roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: The taste follows the aroma closely with the addition of some dry maltiness, and possibly something along the lines of some espresso bitterness. Plums, figs, date nut bread, and cherry emerge as it warms.

M: Big, sweet, and full with just the right amount of roasted/hoppy/cofffee bitterness.

D: An absoulute joy to drink!

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

Wow! Thick, black, sweet, solid, dark…yum. This is a superb stout. Small, but firm head. Chocolate and fruit aroma. Alcohol smell is omnipresent. Berries and roasted grains and oatmeal are central flavors. There’s a lot of complexity and a lot of taste. Thick and heavy mouthfeel, with nice warming. It’s a very creamy, slightly oily, mouth coating beer. Simply great. Finish is a little peppery. I could toss back a lot of these.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow or another, I haven't reviewed this beer which is a shame because its a go-to for me...

Rich roasted malt aromas abound with the dark chocolate and coffee notes never overtaking but always prevalent... Very similar to one of those chocolate oatmeal cookies that your mom would make when you were a kid... Nothing over complicated.. Straight forward and delicious aromas...

Creamy roasted chocolate malt goodness... Best way to describe it... I consider this an oatmeal stout and not a Double so I'm juidging it on thise merits and this one rocks... Rich and full on the palate... Delicious every time...

A world class oatmeal stout... My favorite early morning lawnmower beer in the spring...

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 7/23/06.

Pours pitch black with a 1/4 inch dark brown head.

The smell is chocolate, roasted malt, a sweet malty smell that's something like dark corn syrup, a very faint hop spice. Smells awesome.

The taste of this is much dryer than the smell led me to believe, due to the strong roasted malt flavor that is central to this beer. Finishes sweet and it's in the finish where the oatmeal stout qualities come out. The alcohol is totally hidden to my palate. Also some hops come through in the finish.

Creamy and very mildly carbonated.

An excellent beer all around. I can't believe this is 9% abv.

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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 amphion1065
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz.-ish pour into a plastic cup at Hawthorne's "Ales for Tails" fundraiser. Reviewed from notes.

The pour is a standard, imperial stout black. A one-finger light tan head lasts for a bit, leaving thick sheets of lacing around the cup.

Very sweet aroma - it's quite enticing. Big milk chocolate notes, not unlike chocolate milk. Just a hint of roast from the malt. The oats are not lost in the mix, and provide an earthy counterpart to the sweetness.

Chocolate is very prominent in the taste. In truth, I can't remember the last beer I had in which chocolate played such a major role. The oatmeal adds a slightly bitter, biscuit-like flavor that plays perfectly with the chocolate. This is all malty goodness with a slight touch of roast and some very dark fruits.

The feel is very smooth, no doubt in large part to the oatmeal. It was in the high 70s when I drank this beer, and I could have easily has a second glass.

A totally unexpected treat, and one I'm very happy I tried. I could see this being a great introductory imperial stout, but that certainly won't stop me from seeking it out again.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a creamy mocha colored head that sticks to the glass. Not much light at all comes through this one. Aroma is sweet dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Taste starts out smooth and roasty with coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is a long, dry and bitter finish with a bit of a kick from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy! Overall, this is an outstanding brew that is definately recommended.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man do I love imperial stouts! Got from my local six pack shop for 2.75

A - Pours jet black with minimal head that slowly leaves a ring of lace.

S - Mostly chocolate malts and slight coffee in the nose.

M - Wow this is 9 percent? It's so light and delicious. Not really delivering any bitter coffee but the chocolate in this beer is simply wonderful. Slight oat flavoring really balances even the bitterness out of the chocolate. Very nice.

M - As said medium at best. If you didn't know any better you would think it was around 6%.

D - Dangerously good. I love me some stouts and this one is both sweet and smooth yet no ABV burn to speak of. Loved it.

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Photo of AlCzerik
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in a sample pack from total wine has been on my to-try list for about 2 years now and it did not disappoint.

Appearance- Pours very dark almost black with a layer of foam on top.

Smell- Really picked up on the hint of oatmeal in this beer.

Taste- I was shocked at how good this beer tasted and how smooth is was to drink.

Overall- I was very impressed with this beer and would recommend it to any fan of stouts. It is a must try.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This imperial oatmeal stout was one of the first I had in this class. It is a very dark beer that when you hold it up to the light nothing comes thru. The head is a dark tan with excellent lacing. The aroma of dark cocoa is very prevalent on the nose. The first impression on the first sip is the noticeable thickness in the mouth. Nice effervense with strong roasted malt and coffee flavors.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks aprilluvsbeer!

A great pour... jet black... tight, dark tan head about 1/2" that sticks around for awhile... little dissipation.

Aroma is beautiful. Chocolate and cocoa all over... some good sherry and port whiffs... a bit of coffee... some caramel... very nice.
Even a touch nutty...

Taste is sweet and chocolatey. Smooth mouthfeel... a slight alcohol burn, but very slight. A bit of alcohol in the taste.

An outstanding beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stoudt's Fat Dog is a solid black ale with a thick, solid, beige head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a very roasty aroma, like dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. It's medium-full bodied and quite smooth. The dry finish is a touch gritty. It has a full, roasted flavor like dark roast coffee with a small touch of caramel sweetness and notes of chocolate and salmiakki. A bitter juniper flavor provides the finish and the aftertaste. This is good stuff! It's robust and satisfying.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 1,311 ratings.
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