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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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a rather large almond colred head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma pretty sweet and chocolaty with some light nuttienss.Taste is creamy and somewhat lactic with some unsweetened chocolate flavors.Some nice earthiness tones in the finish ,akes this a real nice somewhat complesx stout worthy of a pretty high rating.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby almost black full tan head leaves some partial uneven lacing behind. Aroma: Dark roasts and chocolate malts carry the primary components of the scent soft sweetness with a nice roasty creaminess. Taste: Stout on the sweeter side, nice lucious layers of milk chocolate with fruity undertones and a mild moccha accent. Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied beer even carbonation smooth on the palate going down. Drinkability: I could have a few of these, very nice solid stout the kind I really dig.

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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 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 jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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 ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Vintage date 7/24/03.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's a foamer, with 4" of light brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Lacing is minimal once the head settles at about 1/4". Aroma is powdered chocolate with an underlying fruit character. Taste is also the rich chocolatey goodness, which lingers after the swallow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice. Unfortunately, this one hasn't aged quite as well as I hoped, but since is the last bottle I have, I won't be repeating the mistake.

9/8/04 - 4.5/4/4/4.5/4.5
765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 2" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Laces well. Nose is lightly of dark malts, but not as intense as I would hope. Taste is dark malts, but nary a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, with smoothness being key. This goes down the hatch like nobody's business. Worth the search...

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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 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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a damn fine stout from Stoudt's! It pours an inky jet black colour with a nice tan head, that stays for a while and than goes on its way. The aromas are of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. The taste is the same, with some hops thrown into the mix. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is top notch!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A very distinctive looking, and rather uniquely sized bottle at 1 Pint, 9.87 fluid ounces, or 765ml if you’re into metric units. A single plain looking blue colored label on the front has a picture of a Black Labrador Retriever's head (called Ferdinand allegedly) with the words ‘Stoudt’s Fat Dog Stout’ above it. Labeled as Bottle-Conditioned. The bottom right hand corner of the label states, ‘Vintage Date 6/25/03’.

Appearance: Pitch tar black-as-night, with a thin brown head that stays around throughout the drink. The collar head is soon replenished with a quick swirl thanks to the carbonation levels.

Nose: Dark malts and strong black coffee hints. Bourneville chocolate mixed with an exotic dark fruitiness and dates.

Taste: Deeply roasted malts with a complexity way beyond that of other 6%ABV Stouts. The nine varieties of malts used obviously aid the multi-faceted strata. Middle is lightly smoked that has aspects of strong black Coffee that has been standing for some time. Astringent finish, with a lingering malt-bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Above average, but far from heavy or “thick”. Creamy at times with a wholesome, solid, definitive and rounded body.

Drinkability: Very nice, the oatmeal lends smoothness to the myriad of roasted malts and bitter-coffee tastes. Easily downed, bet it’s nice on draft.

Overall: Cheers and Beers to NF for this Cracker!

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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 sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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 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 tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured pitch black with a barely visible ruby highlight when held to a light source. The head was tan and tall and fell very slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was roasty chocolate and coffee with a very slight sourness behind. Also present was a fruitiness, namely dark fruits (plums, raisins, prunes) and caramel.

The flavor was dominated by coffee with chocolate far behind. Caramel and dark fruits made up the balance and the slight sourness present in the aroma is also present in the flavor, but does not detract.

The finish was dry with lasting chocolate long into the aftertaste, subtle coffee flavors lingered as well, but they were not pronounced. The body was medium full, not quite full, but well done.

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 9/30/03.

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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 brez8791
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle purchased at the brewery. Bottle conditioned. Bottled May 8,02. Black body, ruby highlights at bottom of glass. Enormous tan head, with enough action following pour that it could pass for a nitro. Big lacing. Head dies a little too quick though. Big notes of coffee and chocolate in nose, hint of licorice. Taste is coffee and chocolate, and some roasted malts with a hint of hop tingle. Some alcohol. Mouthfeel could be just a little fuller for an Oatmeal stout. Not a classic, but a good one.

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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 Sellen
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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