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 Jarod
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -2.3%
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 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 ElGuapo
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +5.4%
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 +3.1%
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%
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 -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 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 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 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 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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