Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 74
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a motor oil black hue with no head to speak of.

The smell was hot fudge with a faint alcohol aroma.

The taste was chocolate and toasted malt. There was a very sweet finish. A bit of an alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel was full, with a little bite at the end.

A relatively low ABV for an American stout. Not enough toasted grain flavor to keep me interested.

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Photo of rembrant
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

look I could see a garnet purple in the pouring but in the glass,black Thin tan head does not last long. Leaves sip rings.

Aroma, dark malt,a "sort of" bitter chocolate,some dark sweet bread and some sort of fruity tang like peaches and raisins soaked in rum.

Flavor Starts okay with approximate coffee/chocolate stouty tastes,and there's some odd thing,like a fruitcake made with a lot of overcooked canned beaches,some sour cherries and some booze. I've tasted that combo in Brandywines and Belgians,but it's the opposite of what's usual in Oat Stout.

In the aftertaste,the bitter is rather wooden with a little metallic and finishes with some sour that's not welcome. I tend to be a sucker for a good oatmeal stout...this one I don't care for.
It's ragged,it's not true to style. The good parts get buried by an odd mix of cloying old fruit,a sourness,and a bit of booziness that with the fruity effects and sour reminds me way too much of a jug wine.

Mouth, A tad thin. Carbonation is fine. The aftertaste is a wreck. I got a sip that was a bit like a cherry flavor cough syrup. Then it went sour from there. WTF ?

Drinkable? Not real good. The many flaws are not,individually overwhelming but they sure add up. Someone who loves a Dubbel might like this more.

This is not drainpour but of the many Oatmeal Stouts I have had...this is in last place.

Looking at reviews....It seems this stuff is pretty variable and the impressions mostly don't describe THIS one...though some DO.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark black with no head what so ever. A little bit of light came through the edges of my glass reveling some browns and purples.

Smelled slightly sour, or red licorice and a bit of roasted malt.

Tasted like candy-like medicinal syrupy roasted malts. Not so hot.

Mouth feel was medium with very little carbonation, to the point of seeming flat.


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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a tar pitch black with a big fizzy head and almost no lace. The aroma, unlike most stouts, is yeasty, hoppy with a whiff of fresh bread. Smoky and a bit watery, the malt holds some coffee and dark chocolate qualities. The hop flavors are difficult to identify, due to an overwhelmingly spritzy effervescence. There is some citrus bitterness and a bit of metallic tang, I think. Maybe bottle-conditioned stouts aren't such a good idea, unless steps are taken to reduce the seltzer effect.

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Photo of adammills
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this stout into a pint glass. Dark almost black with a nice tannish head. Both in smell and taste the beer is well toasted with some carmel, not terrific. The alcohol kick is out of balance with the style, and it turns this beer into a sipper, which in my opinion it shouldnt be. The mouthfeel is fine, and average stout at best.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to find a 750ml of Stoudt's because I have been unimpressed with the 12oz bottling and was told that the 750's were the way to go. Well, it's just not for me I guess. I'm just really getting into Stout's and maybe I don't have the experience in tasting these but this one just didn't work for me ---- the color was your typical coal black, with a slight dark brown tinge and a medium tan head which dissipated quickly and left little lacing. The smell had hints of Chocolate and dark ripe fruit, but nothing outstanding or memorable. The taste was dry, a bit bland and watery with little to no carbonation ---- it could have used more to add some life to the drink. The mouthfeel was forgettable and I had to move on to something else quickly after giving this a shot. Like I said, I'm new to Stout's but this doesn't come close to Storm King or even Love Stout which I see as a standard, very drinkable decent stout. The "born on date" was unreadable so I'm thinking maybe I had a batch that was too old (or too young) but I don't think I'll spend any more money on Stoudt's until I can drink it at their brewery --- something's going on with their bottling and I really want to give them a chance, but I'm not impressed so far.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful beer on the pour--jet black with a huge, frothy, tan head that lasts and laces pretty well. Some ruby highlights appear when the glass is held to the light. The nose is dominated by sweet malts with only minimal roasted or dark notes. Taste is quite the same--more sweet than dark. Worst of all is the watery quality that even by beer-loathing wife was struck by. As a mainstream ale this would be OK; as a stout it's a disappointment. Drinkable, but not for the right reasons.

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Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with a moderately sized tan head and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma isn't very strong, but there is some chocolate, coffee, and malt in there. The flavor was very common for a stout - chocolate with coffee and dark malts, but had a small bit of hops too. Pretty good stout.

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Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

765ml capped bottle. Vintage Date 4/3/03Pour was overcarbonated. Almost all foam in the first glass. This happened with the IPA as I recall also. Once it settled down it left a normal size tan head on top of adark black body. Aroma is chocolate and soft with a detectable hop presence and a seltzer like note from the carbonation I guess. Body was medium to full and creamy but overcarbonated. Flavor has good chocolate notes but not much else outstanding. Finish is slightly dry. I'd like to try a better sample one day.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage Jun 2002: Big, big bottle, and like the Pale I like the cool label. Dark mahogany color and a medium milk chocolate brown head. Some lacing was also evident. Strong roasted coffee/chocolate aroma. Flavor was rich in coffee and malt with a chocolatey finish. There was a slightly metallic, tinny aftertaste that I think was a result of the stout being bottle-conditioned, but who knows. I think a stronger hops presence may have helped in that regard. It made the beer seem thinner than it should have, but overall this is a good Stout.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$5.99 for a 750 mL bottle.

This is your very standard stout. Very pretty in the glass, with a large tan head on top of ruby-hinted blackness. Not a very heavy mouthfeel, very bitter. Chocolate, coffee and charcoal in the taste. Very little sweetness, very little hops. Pretty much what a stout should be. I liked it quite a bit, but wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a deep brown to black color, moderate head, sheets of lace, both chocolate brown in color, and they settle quite quickly. Malt nose, toasted grains, hints of coffee and caramel, also somewhat sweet. Start is malt and lightly sweet, the top skimpy, middling carbonation, decent hop presence, with malt dry long lasting aftertaste. A good stout, not overly robust, so might appeal to those that don't care for the heavier stouts, and well worth the try.

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Photo of maxpower
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, nice creamy tan head. Aroma of burnt black coffee, sweet roasty coffee tasting, some bitterness in the end, starts sweet and finishes a little dry, medium body and a creamy mouthfeel, a decent oatmeal-sweet stout.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with maroon and black streaks and an enormous tan head that leaves spotty chunks of foam on the pint.
Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, touch of roasted coffee and a raosted barley note.
Flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted coffee and barley were noted along with some wheat bread and a biscuit twinge. Finishes with a bitter, burnt and oliy hop note.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout but stars sweet and moves to a roasty, charcoal and finishes with a moderate dose of bitterness.
Drinkability is godd. As I stated, maybe a tad too thin for style. May actually qualify as a Porter but pretty tasty either way.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a nice dark malt scent that boasts of black and chocolate malts. It is dry, but very creamy. The taste is decent. It has a smooth and rich chocolate malt flavor with a dry, warm finish. It has complexity, but I'm not sure I'm in love with the flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This could use some extra body . This is a good stout, but it needs more body and less chocolate malts. It still drinks well.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head, a small one, that leaves no lace at alll.
Smell is light but balanced and includes malt, dark chocolate, hops and smoke.
Taste is better with malt, yeast,hops, smoke, dark chocolate, cane sugar, alcohol and vanilla detected. A fairly good balance to go with this complex flavor.
Chewy, full-bodied, warms the throat gently. Drinks heavily but very smooth. A really good beer that could use a bit more nose.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very deep blackish-brown in color. Thin little head with no real lacing to be seen.

S: Strong coffee, darkly roasted malts, some nice hints of chocolate.

T: Bitter coffee taste is the first thing I notice. After that taste comes a nice roasted malty taste that lingers. There's a nice bit of sweetness to this.

M: Slick, a bit mouth-coating. Carbonation is just right, and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

D&N: As I have yet to develop a taste for an imperial stout, this beer is quite nicely suited to what I like at this time. This is a big bodied beer that's quite nicely done.

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Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a very, very dark red. There is a little bit of a tan head. Some lacing down the glass. There is a rich aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Very similar tastes to the aroma. It is more along the lines of a Dry Stout as opposed to an Imperial (as they claim on their web-site), but very good none the less.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 12/23/03 from a bottle labeled "Bottled 12/23/02." We'll see what a year in the bottle has done to this conditioned stout. Pours india-ink black with no highlights. Small head less than one finger deep fades to pretty much nothing; only a viscous deep beige film stretches over top of beer. Aroma is light and bordering on thinnish; includes medium-bodied coffee and chocolate malt in the main body with overtones of burnt popcorn or toast, and a bit of hop sharpness hinting at tree bark... even soy sauce, but not unpleasantly so. Deep roasty, husky taste; smoke flavor more comparable to tobacco or leather than peat. Slight, dusty hop/yeast kick at edges of mouth with a dash of pepper suggesting more cocoa than chocolate. Very lingering bitter coffee flavor with very faint cola flavors in back palate. The flavors are enjoyable in and of themselves, however, I feel they lack the dynamics of a more assertive (esp. "Imperial") stout. Mouthfeel is a bit thin methinks. Flavor lingers; mid-drink is smooth but again, I would prefer for the flavors to extend further, well-melded as they are. Still, I find this to be more of a sippin' beer than a real drinker. Hmm. I might buy again.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Fat Dog had a very dark, opaque, almost black appearance. A decent head topped the pint, and didn't dissipate too much. Subtle coffee or chocolate aroma...I was hoping for a bit stronger and inviting smell, but I wasn't too disappointed. The taste was a good all-around roastedness, with a hint of chocolate. It had a nice, sharp hop presence at the end, too. While the body was a little lighter than I expected for an oatmeal stout, the mouthfeel was still pretty good, with a subtle tingle on the tongue. Overall, this stout was very drinkable and very tasty. It might not blow your socks off, but it's a fine beer from a great microbrewery.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


This beer was a very black beer that left a small off white head that did not hold and left trace lace. The aroma was of malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee and anise. The body was a touch light for this style and it had a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of dave750
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark beer, black and opaque. A huge, thick, rocky brown head lasts forever and leaves a spotty, fine lace.The initial aroma is of a sharp tart lime that changes to melon and fades with a deep mocha and coffee smell.
First taste is of rich caramel that's quickly joined by toffee. Bitter hops and spearmint emerge at mid-taste. Fades as burnt toast and powered cocoa join in. Occasional hints of orange fade in and out. Medium body. Carbonation was a bit too high, masking some of the flavor for the first few sips.
A good beer with some interesting qualities.

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Photo of Afterburner
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, opaque brown, with a firm, tan head.

Smell: Sour coffee, in the main. It's a smell that I irrationally associate with "green" coffee. I say "irrational" because I've never actually tasted green, unroasted coffee. But my brain insists that unroasted coffee would smell this way. Maybe it was paying attention at some point when I wasn't. There's also a strong malt backbone and hints of camphor.

Taste: There's a great deal going on all at once. The start is mild and creamy, but that quickly gives way to a rolling melee of flavors. Coffee is the strongest, and it's nowhere near as sour as the smell implies. But there's also a noticable caramel presence, some wood-y notes, and a vague fruityness. The finish is mild hop bitterness and more coffee.

Mouthfeel: Straddling the line between "medium-bodied" and "full-bodied." Velvety smooth, moderate bead, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Much better than I would have expected from the bouquet. Neither the camphor smell nor the sourness were present in the palate. This is a solid, worthwhile B-list beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask, in a pint glass, at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The color was a very dark brown, with a creamy tan head with nice retention. The smell was a slight roastiness. The taste was a nice almost lactose bitterness. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability-wise, could have a few.

Not a bad offering from Stoudt's. I thought this was a milk stout when I first had it, but could have been the cask itself. Quite good, and one I'd have in the future, especially when they start coming in 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A three-year-old bottle I picked up at Ring Brothers on Cape Cod. Beer was opened and served and consumed at room temperature.

Now back to the beginning. Upon opening a huge explosion of carbonation, in fact, it took up almost a quarter of the liquid when all was said and done. Made for a very nice looking pour though.

I am sure the age of this beer help in its nasal characteristics. Big chocolate and dark fruit absolutely wafting from said carbonation. On the lips it was dry, semi-sweet, and a little bitter.

A very complex beer which was undoubtedly helped by proper aging and storage. A little bit of a task getting through it, but nonetheless a tasty offering.

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