Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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 NearerMyBeerToMe
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -17.5%
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 -14.9%
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 +3.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.8%
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 +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 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 TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Jarod
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

765 ml bottle – purchased directly from the brewery
Bottle conditioned, vintage date of 5-6-03
Simple label of blue and black with picture of black lab on front.

This beer poured a pitch black/brown color, where no light penetrated. It produced a a thick, creamy and sticky head that was a medium brown color. Lasted fairly well to mid glass and produced only a slight lace. The aromas were very noticeable when nosed outside in the fresh air, aromas of chocolate, roasted barley, black coffee, malt, roasted nut, and oatmeal flakes were all present. The flavors that were produced were also very distinct and became pronounced as it warmed. I tasted sweet malt, roasted malt, roasted grains, cocoa powder, melted chocolate, fruit, light floral hops, oatmeal, black coffee (fresh and roasted) and a roasted bitter chocolate at the end. The aftertaste was roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. It was medium bodied, not heavy like I would have thought and maybe liked it to be. It was creamy and rich and all the flavors were distinct. I rather enjoyed it, but would have liked it to be a little heavier in the body, but all and all a good balance and taste for a stout. I wish they would have classified it a little better, hints of oatmeal make it harder to distinct the exact type of stout it should be. But, will try to get another bottle 765ml to cellar for a year to see the difference and see if the flavors meld together and become better.

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Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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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Photo of ElGuapo
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great dark pour with a nice creamy pillow of tan foam on top. This foam did not want to die any time soon, and when it finally did, remnants of lace were left all over the glass. The aroma was qutie weak, but the chocolate and coffee that were there were very nice on the nose.

There is a load of chocolate in this brew. It is very easy to drink with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. The body is rich, but it is definitely not full. Coffee plays its role in the backround of the sweet flavors and the chocolate. It is very drinkable, and it just gets much better as it warms a bit and all the flavors start to come out.

This is a stout that could convert many people to dark beers.

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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 aaronh
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich chestnut brown color topped by a solid dark tan head. Strong roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes in the aroma are enticing. The taste exhibits the strong malt flavors with a touch of sweetness. This is followed by a bit of caramel and dark chocolate. The finish has a bit of a mocha-java taste, combined with a nice finish. This is really an enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability is excellent, maybe partly because of the thinner mouthfeel. A very solid offering from Stoudt's, and typical of their beers: nothing that knocks you out, but nothing sub-par either.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 maxpower
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Gusler
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -6.7%
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 Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 RonfromJersey
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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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Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.7% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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