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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.

To review the current version, go here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/394/20539

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-20-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 74
Photo of cbl2
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I own a chocolate lab, and must admit that the picture on the label was one of the determining factors in picking this one up. Turned out to be a good brew though.


Dark ruby red with 1/4 inch head that settles leaving no lace.

Roasted coffee beans with a hint of chocolate and smoke.

Dense on the tongue with bitter coffee flavors and a slightly off sweet finish. No traces of the oatmeal stout promised on the label. An enjoyable stout, but off style.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 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 ChrisBowers
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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 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 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 granger10
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 crookedhalo
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Midnight black with a thick bubbly tan head one would expect from a cask conditioned beer. Slightly metallic nose with a heavy dosage of roasted malts and a slight presence of hops. Beefy malt flavor together with all the flavors associated with some porters and stouts. Coffee, chocolate, toffee were all there. Moderate hoppiness. Slightly thin tasting, but not in a bad way. Highly drinkable.

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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 beernut7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip to Philly, not knowing Stoudts now distributes to the Boston area. Vintage date stamped on the bottle 4/3/03. Deep slow pour with and impressive mocha head. A huge roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. The first taste feels sharp with a latent bitterness. A huge malt sweetness is paired with deep roasted flavor that hits the palate hard, lingers, then mellows toward a nice finish. A bit of floral spice and a moderate bitterness grow and support the malt character throughout. Robust.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 765 mL bottle with a vintage date of 6/25/03.

Appearance: Very, very, very dark brown. As close as you can get to black without actually being black. Light brown head, slightly frothy with smallish bubbles. A smal crown of bubbles was left as the glass was emptied. Ok, but not spectacular, lacing.

Smell: Roasted chocolate malts balanced with prune. Faint whiff of floral aromatic hops.

Taste: Dark chocolate and carob flavors with a medium roasted coffee aftertaste. No real taste of alcohol. Very faint traces of bitter hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body, not all that filling for a stout.

Drinkability: I will be having this sucker again, especially because the shop up the street has it on sale. Very easy and pleasant to drink. I highly recommend having this with steak and/or grilled portabello mushrooms.

Other comments: I'm thinking this batch needs to age a bit, maybe just a few more months. I think a few of these will get cracked open this winter. There's some blurb on the label about this being some sort of Russian Imperial influenced stout, but I really don't taste it. It's not rich enough or mindblowingly strong in the alcohol department to warrant that description. My girlfriend liked this one as well. She said, "This is a beer with a hairy chest."

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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 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 zerk
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 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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Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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