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 Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a two finger tan head. The large bubbles in the head pop slowly over time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of some roasted malt and oatmeal. Mixed with this is a light hoppy and alcohol flavor.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and roasted flavor. Mixed with this is a caramel sweetness. Flavors of oat and some lighter cocoa soon come to the tongue as well as an increase in the roasted and a sweet caramel taste. In the end some toffee and a light herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. The flavor is rather interesting - slightly roasty and sweet yet hoppy and a little astringent.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thickness of the body is quite nice for the oat and dark flavors, allowing all the strong dark flavors and oat to linger on the tongue.

Overall – It was an alright stout. The appearance was nice and the feel very much so. The taste starts out very appealing and for the most part is nice. The smell however and the finish to the taste leave something to be desired. Not one I would likely frequent, but it is a tough one to call. Overall, I would recommend to give it a go and see what you think of it yourself.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to ChrisPro for sending this out in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with a touch of a reddish hue in the light around the edges of the glass. The head is a light tan without much, if any, staying power. A touch of spotty lacing and a very thin collar around the edges of the beer. The nose brings forward a bit of black anise and some roast. Coffee and chocolate linger in the background. A touch of a metallic character is it warms. The taste melds things together a bit more, though the anise flavor certainly stands out in the finish, which also has a slightly-pronounced bitterness. Other than this, there's a touch of balanced sweetness and roast going back and forth. Body is a bit too thin. Drinks fairly well overall. A bit unbalanced toward the black licorice character plus a bit of roast, but I'd drink this again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, cellared about 16 months.

A: In my snifter, this beer is black with a thin, ecru head with rather poor retention. Reddish highlights

S: This really smells like an oatmeal cookie. What a treat! There's some milk chocolate and a mild bitterness, but the oatmeal character is unique. Faint oxidation is present, slightly cardboard-like, but to my nose, it works well with the strong oatmeal aroma.

T: Opens with a lot of oatmeal flavor with a strong, balancing bitterness. Again, there's a slight cardboard-like flavor, this time I'm not too crazy about it. Bitter chocolate is strong, and dominates on the finish that's strangely watery

M: While slick on the palate, the carbonation is a bit high and detracts from the experience. The body, while present with heft, is surprisingly watery. The finish is bitter and robust, pleasantly so.

D: I was hoping I'd like this more, but I guess I'll stick to lagers from Stoudts, all of which have been excellent

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown with what looks like decent clarity with auburn highlights when held to the light. Tan head. Sweetened coffee on the nose with touches of chocolate and charcoal. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Sweet cola and lactose flavor up front with a chocolate and coffee finish. Moderately bitter finish to round out some of the sweeter flavors. Layered in an interesting way, gives the tongue a real ride. Slight hazelnut flavors somewhere in the beer. Lots of flavors that are hard to pin point. The layering does a good job of combing the right flavors at the right right time. Would never guess this is 9%. Drinks like a mild 6% stout. Very good.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance is a very dark brown color with a half inch tan head. It sinks to a skim and leaves

Aroma is very sweet, quite brown sugary, with a big fruitiness that is strangely like candy.

Taste is similar. A big candy-like sweetness up front with a bit of chocolate in the middle that becomes more coffee-like in the finish, but it's like stale coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp carbonation, not really smooth for an oatmeal stout.

I really just didn't like this one that much. There's much better Oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a keg that was given to me as a thank-you for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pretty damn nice of them to give me 5 gallons of this dandy. Pours a half finger light brown head over a pitch black liquid. Just the faintest edging (brown) when held to light. Smells chocolate, lactose sweet, roast coffee. Some alcohol and searching also pulls up some grassy hop aroma. Tastes, whoa, the alcohol is much stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Noticable alcohol burn that persists from start to finish and has some rubbing alcohol qualities. Chocolate is present, but the alc sting makes a dry coffee stand taller. I think the alcohol is also hiding a grassy hop edge. This beer needs to age. I may do just that, if I can hold off need for the keg for 6 months or so. mild carbonation and md-light body.

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Photo of curlykate
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a more little translucent than expected, it was lighter with red hues. Head dissipated quickly. It had a nice roasted aroma and flavor, i really could barely taste the 9% abv. i was a little disappointed with the mouthfeel, it wasn't creamy or full, and felt more like a lager than a stout, but generally a drinkable beer, maybe just not for someone looking for a stout with a creamy mouthfeel

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Photo of Jayli
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

received this one from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

Consumed 12/9

A: This beer pours an opaque deep brown with somewhat ruby hues around the edges. A one finger of off white/khaki head that recedes rapidly and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is of toasted and roasted malts, caramel, and oatmeal.

T: Taste starts off with a major roasted malt flavoring, moving in to a bitter chocolate, strong oatmeal and touch of vanilla flavoring. Finish is extremely sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel with a somewhat dry yet stick finish.

D: Taste is ok, ok balanced, goes down easy, not too filling, I've had better of the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After their Double IPA I had to try more of their beers... 12 oz., bottle conditioned on 5/24/05 - served lightly chilled in a wine glass. Pours black with a half inch brown head that reduces to almost nothing and leaves no lacing - looks like a black wine. Smells of alcohol, chocolate, coffee, anise, and hints of dark fruits, with alcohol being the most prevalent. It is harsh and alcoholic on the first sip with a body that is thinner than I'd like. The malts are roasted and contribute some bitterness along with some chocolate, coffee, and anise or dark fruits. The green/citric hops have a mild bitterness at first but intensifies a some toward the end. I was a bit let down by this - it seemed too harsh or unbalanced and the alcohol was too noticeable to make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in a recent trade.

Looks pretty good on the pour, decent head khaki colored head.

Smells pretty good, slight chocolate and coffee smell.

T- Not a bad beer, nothing to sell the farm for but wouldn't turn one down. Tastes actually goes downhill as it warms. Alcohol is much more prevalent as it warms as well.

M- pretty light.

O- B- sounds fair to me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good appearance, mocca head. Tiny head but significant lace. Aroma of chocolate and and alcohol. Chocolate malt,licorice in mix, but too bitter and acidic for my liking. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing. I don't think it's retired given its ready availability.

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Photo of AnPiobaire
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this brew from a 12 oz bottle at about 55 degrees. It poured a mahogany color with reddish hues when held to the light. the head was thin and tan and faded within 30 seconds.

The nose was dominated by coffe notes overriding the apparent malt.

The taste was of bakers chocolate and coffee with a malt finish.

The mouthfeel of this brew was lighter and more carbonated then I like in my stouts.

Overall this is an OK brew that I would gladly accept from a friend but I won't go out searching for it. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is deeper-than-cola ruby with a slight ochre skim and pre-drink lace-age.

Nose is sharp, acrid, bite-y. Stale coffee. Tinny. Burnt.

Pointed roastiness goes near metallic. Tannic. Slight blackberry outro. Better by the end of the bottle, but seems rather like a slighter Founder’s Breakfast stout.

MF Phenomenal, but not sure it saves the whole package.

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Photo of phisig137
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Feb 22, 2006. Drank on October 5, 2006. Pours an absolutely deep dark black, letting no light through at all. Creamy one finger head with good retention slowly falls, leaving behind just a ring and some decent lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

The aroma here is a little different, but good. Smells like someone decided to mash malt and raisons with bourbon and rum instead of water. Hugely alcoholic, with some malty-raisony sweetness, and a bit of roasted malt. Not all that enticing of a nose. Luckily, the flavor is quite a bit better. Chocolate flavors are abundant, along with a bit of coffee. Hops are almost non-existant, and the alcohol is present in huge quantities. Rum soaked raisons are huge in the mid palate and finish as well. Maybe not rum soaked raisons, but raison flavored rum would be more accurate. This is just massively boozey. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a quite thin for the style. Drinkability is decent at best.

Stoudt's is usually a fantastic brewery, and this is a bit of a let down. The few times I've had this fresh, it is pretty good. But this slightly aged bottle just doesn't do it. Way too much alcohol presence, and way too thin. The flavors are decent, but this is one I'd definitely recommend drinking fresh. Perhaps I'm drinking this during a dumb period, and it just needs to age longer. But that still won't fix the thin body. Drink it fresh and enjoy, otherwise, don't even think about aging this one. I'm kinda sad now that I ruined a whole six pack of this by stashing it away for almost a year. I'll re-review it once the new vintage comes out.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a light cola color, settled dark cola with tints of red. Very short lived light brown head. At most one finger of head. Same with swirling. A few thin strips of lacing with this.

S-- Sweet, very sweet. Brown sugar oatmeal, sherry, cherry. A small bit of alcohol smell but not that much.

T-- Alcohol mixed with a lot of rolled oats. Alcohol drops off and becomes a lot of oat taste. No real sweetness in the taste just a lot of oats. Not a bad thing though.

M-- Much higher carbonated than would have guessed. Feel is higher medium. Not syrupy at all. In some ways prickly and fizzy in the mouth. A lot of oat in the mouth and a lot of alcohol all the way through. Get more burnt brown sugar in the mouth than in the taste.

D-- Goes down pretty easy, even with the high alcohol feel to this. In some ways Ok, in some ways not so much. Too carbonated and needs more brown sugar or molasses to offset the amount of oat in this. Really needs to hide the ABV better.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, looks like cola with a beer head. Seems a little clearer than I'd like an imperial stout to be. Head is kinda lazy.

Aroma is mostly soft anise, currant and raisin with a little alcohol fume.

On the palate, this falls a little flat. Not a bad-tasting beer, with the anise-y chocolate and slight earthy hop bitterness, but the flavor doesn't seem very deep, if you know what I mean. Feel is relatively thin and less lush and creamy than I'd expect from an oatmeal stout.

For me, a small disappointment, as I was expecting a bit more. It's not a bad beer, though - and as always with Stoudt's, it carries a very favorable price tag. You could certainly drink a couple - an "everyday Imperial Stout," if there was such a thing.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black w/ a nice tan head

S -Medium roasted aroma mixed in with some chocolate. fruity resiny hop aromas overpowered by roasted barley.

T - Flat toasty paper, roasty chocolate and flat roasted chocolate. Some hop bitterness.

M - Starts of medium body with a bit of carbonation to it. Smooths out to finish nicely.

D - Not too bad for an oatmeal stout. Not my bag of tea.

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Photo of runesead
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Totally Opaque with a dark tan head. Good head retention. Average carbonation.

Smell: Hints of roasted barley and a deep heavy smell prepare you for the beer to come.

Taste: A heavy and overwhelming, yet not overbearing, taste. The scents that are hinted at explode on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lingering alcohol taste and burn hinder the pleasant aftertaste of this oatmeal stout.

Drinkability: The initial pleasantness of this beer wears thin and begins to (but never completley) turns sour.

Note: I dislike beers where I can taste the alcohol, so this lost points with me. If you like that, however, my colleagues all seem to agree that this is the best beer made by Stoudt's.

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Photo of citizencane
3.19/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I must have gotten a bad bottle. Instantly reminded me of that acrid polish my parents put on my nails as a child so I'd stop biting them, backed by an otherwise solid stout taste.

Update 2/2016

That odd bitter note seems to slightly more clearly manifest as an oddly matched hint of dark fruit than bitter nail polish. Not as off as I thought, though still an odd note to the flavor. Might get again if the best option available.

Further edit 2/2016 the more this warms the more clearly the fruit notes come out and the better it works. Perhaps not exceptional; but would drink again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH signature glass because it was close by. Beer appears thick and black with no real head, a few tan bubbles, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is roasty and mildly sweet, that's all.

Overall, it is a pretty drinkable 9% stout but I am completely bored and unimpressed with it. Imperial Oatmeal stout eh? I'm bored, you're boring me, I don't taste the oatmeal, mostly it's a bitter grain backing with some mild sweetness and a medium body. I guess I ticked it but I doubt I'll bother with it again.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not a big fan of this brew. It is not horrible or anything, I just didn't like smell and taste combo. I expected something a little more on the smooth side. I found this to be a little stingy and harsh. I got a fizzy head on the pour and the aroma of dark fruits. The taste also was very strong and fruity almost? I am confused by this beer.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head at all even a forceful pour. One more shade of darkness and it would be opaque. Some dark ruby highlights. Nothing impressive.

Dark malts, coffee, oats, chocalate. Smells like an above average typical Oatmeal Stout.

Chocalate, booze, toffee and coffee. It's okay tasting. Not impressed. There is something lacking. A metallic/bitterness taste at the end.

Light to medium body, leaves the lips sticky. Not impressed with the feel.

I don't think I want to try this one again. Not for me. I love Oatmeal Stouts but this one is lacking.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades, but there's always a few bubbles kicking around on the surface, with sparse, delicate lacing. Aroma is dominated by harsh alcohol (ie rubbing) that shouts down the dark malts. Taste is sweet roasty malts to start, slowly giving way to the strong alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth from the oatmeal, but quashed by the alcohol in the end, with the drinkability suffering the same fate. Some subtlety with the abv component would do wonders for this brew.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date and I bought this on a clearance rack.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, flat though

smell: sublte chocolate, roasted malt, and a nice whiff of vanilla

taste: with some vanilla background from the oatmeal, but all covered by some metalish taint. Could be oxidized

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not good. NO date, unsure, so I'll rate and seek to try again

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Photo of chilly460
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a solid black with medum tan head, fluffy head dissipated to a single layer of bubbles. Some lacing.

S - I didn't get much from this beer, some definite oats and roasted malt aroma but that's about it.

T - Got some earthy hops up front, some spiciness as well. Mixes into a sweeter oatmeal taste as expected, then finishes with minimal roasted malts. Get some smooth vanilla as well. Overall, though, it didn't have a big flavor profile.

M - Thought it was definitely too thin for an "Imperial" of any kind, over-carbonated as well.

D - Drinkability was fine, especially compared to other imperials. It was too carbonated to really enjoy though.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
4 out of 5 based on 1,307 ratings.
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