Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Fat Dog StoutStoudt's Fat Dog Stout
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Stoudt's Fat Dog StoutStoudt's Fat Dog Stout

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Original Fat Dog Stout. No longer brewed.

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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a chilled big bottle from the brewery, I bought this at the pub about 6 months ago and its been in my fridge since. I pour the brew into a snifter and the color is immediately impressive. A very drak brown pour with no light penetrating. Soft fluffy tan chocolate milk colored head foams up nicely and sticks around a while. Aroma is very appealing, with nice roasted malt scents mixing with chocolate, cocoa powder, and some coffee grinds too. I also get very faint pine hops in the background, but make no mistake this is a malty one first.
First sip reveals a smooth creamy texture very light rolling carbonation. Flavor is all the nose advertises, rich chocolate and roasted flavors explode in my mouth. I get brief hits of piney hops on the swallow as well. A very tasty brew that impressed me immensely. Cant wait for the next trip to PA to get this one again!!

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Photo of kegerator
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very nice
Pours a thick black with a thin light bornw head that sticks around.
Aroma of fruit, chocolate and a roastiness, slight coffee hints.
Flavor is mainly roasted malts, chocolate with hints of fruitiness. cherry like but not sour at all. sweet to the taste but not overly.
its fairly thick and coats the mouth well and finished very smooth. As it warms it gets even better. I really enojyed this one and am sorry that its retired.

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Photo of anjah
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of kirok1999
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark black with a dark head that quickly disapates and leaves little lacing.

S- Sweet dark fruit, cherries, raisins, caramel.

T- Very dark fruit, nice alcohol presence, rich and creamy.

M- Luscious and creamy, thick and smooth.

D- Very nice for a cold evening.

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Photo of shapudding
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my beautiful 750 that I still had horded away, to a wonderful dark woodsy brown. Carbination rising up the sides to the thick, khaki head that reduced down to a nice covering and thick ring. Can't see through this one, just a bit of ruby/amber at the sides when you hold it to the light. Yummm... scents of dark fruits and merlot... Good amount of carbination, but not annoyingly so. Nice feel to it, smooth and medium bodied, but not too creamy feeling. Tastes of dark fruits, plums, red grapes, and raisins. Bit of caramelly sweetness. Bit of vineous flavor, maybe house red wine in the aftertaste. This is just very, very nice. Easy drinker for us stout lovers. Not too heavy or overpowering with flavor. The wonderful flavors do sit on your tongue and play there after each sip, but they do it so well, that nothing is cloying or "too much".
This is the reason that I have been letting this one sit in the fridge for most of this year, putting off cracking it open since I only brought back maybe 2 of them for myself from the early fest this year. Knowing that it would be just this damn good.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged for a year in a 750ml bottle. Poured into a large snifter style glass. Simply put, this stuff rocks. I think a year's aging has mellowed some of the harsher characteristics of this beer and brought out more of the roasty goodness. Heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and a touch of brandy dominate this beer. Its quite rich and full, making consuming an entire 750 by one's self a somewhat daunting task (though not something I'd complain about). I'm glad I had the discipline to put this one away for a year. I may purchase another and age for even longer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a nice creamy brown head and low head remains with sheets of lace. Balanced aroma of chocolate and raostiness but a light aroma overall. Light hoppy notes upon initial pour. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Medium-full bodied and creamy with a dry roasty finish.

Per label: "Bottle Conditioned Ale" & "Oatmeal and nine varieties of malt"

Per S. website: The darkest of the beers we make, this imperial-style stout has a full body, a rich hearty dark-chocolate taste and a coffee-like finish. Its surprisingly smooth drinkability is enhanced by the careful blending of the finest English Kent Golding and Fuggle hops.

Vintage: 06/18/01
Tasted: 08/19/03

(25.87 oz. / 765 ml)

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoudts fat dog 2003

so, I never thought of this as a long term cellerable beer before last night. Props to hopasaurus for breaking into his cellar for this gem. A slight foam over upon opening yields a pitch black liquid with a huge tan head. intense chocolate, roasted coffee flavors dominate, a hint of lactic but barely at that. This one has aged wonderfully. Given the foam over I'd say if you've got a stash of 03s you might want to try one to see if you've got a similar issue. If not this one has legs to go a few more years easily.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paid $4.25 direct from Stoudt's Brewery in June '04:

The appearance is pretty much a black base with excellent retention and a bit of lacing as well. The aroma is bold of chocolate and roasted malts...

The taste is very mild for a stout, blended extremely well between the sweetness and the roastness... The mouthfeel wins top honors, this is even smoother than Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout, absolutely incredible mouthfeel! The drinkability is good as well, I drop a few points for the fact that it does its' damage quickly, however I can drink this in a small session if necessary...

Final Thought: The best bottled brew I've had from this fine brewery; luckily they've started distributing out here in Cincinnati, wonderful!

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Photo of carln26
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Andy’s Corner Bar in Bogata, NJ. It came from the tap in tulip glass a deep black with mild mahogany highlights. Thick creamy tan head. Espresso, chocolate, black cherry nose. It was amazingly complex. There were likely more traits than that, but I was really overwhelmed by the berry notes that came across as I breathed this in. Wonderful dark berry flavor with a mocha espresso back. Again, really surprising. Thick rich mouth feel, nice drinkability. I’ve had hit and miss experiences with this brewery in the past, but this beer, and a fresh tap are a winner.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black color, w/ excellent clarity and deep ruby when held to light. Head settles slowly into a tight layer that manages sparse trails of bubbles. Rich, buttery milk chocolate, w/ maltose - like sweetness in aroma that's reminescent of wort. Smooth roasted barley adds a coffeeish undertone. Trace pear - like fruitiness is perceptible as well in aroma. In flavor caramel sweetness and smooth chocolate burst in first, then are ensued by mellow diacetyl and smokey, dark roasted barley. Sweet fruit darts in mid palate, hangs for a bit, then darts right back out, briefly contrasting the overall chocolately sweet profile. Hop bitterness has diminished significantly, and although present in the background, prevents the strong caramel and residual sweetness from becoming cloying. Moderately bodied, w/ a viscous (but not at all syrupy or thick), silky mouthfeel contributed by the oats. Finishes w/ buttery malt and mellow roasted grain fading. Fat Dog is a delicious and enjoyable oatmeal stout. It has a rich, chocolately sweet overall character without any trace of astringency from roasted barley. Skewed towards sweetness, but not cloyingly so. Excellent drinkability. This was bottled 7/25/01.

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Photo of zerk
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer almost opaque... a touch of red light passes though. Has a quickly dissipating tan head that leaves some traces of lace behind. Aroma is a mixture of coffee, chocolate, and dates. Flavor is quite rich and complex... almost like an imperial stout, but without some of the vinous qualities and a little lower in alcohol. I found chocolate and coffee mixed with dark fruits and a pleasant maltiness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and the carbonation is low to medium. A very nice stout.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thick (2 inch) rich brown head. Smell is malty and chocolatey, lightly bitter.

Tastes of coffee and chocolate. Creamy too, like a latte. Sweet dark chocolate versus bitter chocolate that you get from many stouts. Lightly oaty. Full bodied with sweet chocolate mocha aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable for a big flavorful stout. Very pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. It poured a midnight borwn in color, with a thin, chocoalte-colored and filmy head. There was stubborn, pretty lace all over the glass. I could smell chocolate as I put it to my mouth. The flavor is strong in chocolate and toffee. The chocolate was like Hershey's Dark Chocolate. I had this beer with my dinner and it was a great compliment.

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Photo of Maestro
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I quite enjoyed this stout. Had this on tap and the bartender didn't know much about pouring a pint. (She was a sweetie though) The beer was pitch black. No head, as a result of the pour. The taste was roasty with hints of fruity hops and a bit of espresso character. Mouthfeel was full, with little carbonation. I think this beer would be nice on a nitro tap. Drinkability was good. Definitely a sippin' beer, not a session. Cheers.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to visit the brewpub when they had this as a cask conditioned offering. Was presented as a deep brown, almost black offering with moderate tannish creamy head. Served at proper temperature. Smell was a nice combination of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste was a bit overpowering (as might be expected with a 9% beer), but was moderated by the extraordinary creaminess. Nice coffee and toasted notes were present. Finished was very smooth with a slight bitterness present. A nice drinkable stout.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with four heeping fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a base of roasted malt. Some molasses and toffee present. The taste has a little bit of coffee and chocolate under the roasted malt that stands out. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy, yet smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is good as well. A really nice stout.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Russian Imperial Stout with less alocohol than most but smooth choclatey and a good bit of hops in the finish.As it warms the malt comes through a bit stronger, a nice heavy beer that is very filling and has an excellent mouthfeel. The alocohol is present at the finish and it is a very nice example of an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 9/30/03
Poured an opaque black in color with a medium sized tan head that rose from the bottom. Not much lacing. Smell is chocolate and caramel and maybe some roastiness. The taste hits me immediately with the chocolate/coffee mixture that I have come to love in stouts. But the flavor goes way beyond that. Creamy in the middle along with a lactic astringency that almost fits the beer (if that's possible). Finish is very bittersweet from the chocolate flavor. Body is a little inconsistent and the flavors sometimes seem out of place, but all in all this is a very good stout that I could drink all night long.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-fingered light brown cream head that goes quickly and leaves little lace. Black as ink. Light-medium carbonation. Malty, chocolately nose. Heavy bodied. Starts and finishes with a chocolate taste. Smooth, easy beer. $6.00 for a 765ml bottle (yes I thought this was a 750 but the math says otherwise).

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Photo of ramrod666
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fat dog stout has an ebony appearence with a nice chestnut head that retains well through the pint. nice lacing. smell is like french roast coffee with toffee and caramel undertones. taste is slightly sweet with just a slight hop twang. coffee-chocolate malts dominate the taste. medium carbonation for the style. mouthfeel is hearty and heavy. drinkability is good for a few, but i could not drink this all night simply becuase it is so heavy and filling. great to kick off a good session.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

25 oz. bottle from the brewery. Bottled on 11/12/01. After 10 months it's still in excellent condition! Very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. The head is full, dense, very dark tan, and holds exceptionally well but leaves no lace. The bold aroma offers a light fruitiness with both light and dark fruits, alot of chocolate/cocoa, and some mild roastiness. Very nice. The body is medium with a very fine, tight carbonation from bottle conditioning that gives a creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is sharply fruity up-front, mellowing into some dark, bittersweet chocolate and a light touch of caramel as it crosses the palate; and finishes with a rich, lightly buttery chocolate & almost "smoky" roastiness that lingers nicely. Very well balanced. This is a beer that benefits greatly from serving at cellar temperature; only then is it's full complexity shown. Very nice.
Re-reviewed on 4/2/03 - bottle dated 8/15/02... 8 months old. Just 2 months younger, it's a little more vibrant. The nose expresses a similar fruitiness and light touch of chocolate, but with more caramel character. The flavor is less fruity (and just mildly tropical in character with some cocoanut and subdued pineapple), and much rounder with caramel and chocolate maltiness. The roastiness is also softer, and not quite as "smoky". I've had it fresh on draught and it doesn't have quite the character; yet this slightly younger version is much better than the one I'd had previously. Based on that, I'd have to recommend enjoying this beer with less than 10 months of aging. Quite enjoyable!

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