Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Stoudts Brewing Co.

Stoudt's Barrel Aged  Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Barrel Aged  Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
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Stoudt's Barrel Aged  Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Stoudt's Barrel Aged  Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phatz on 12-18-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Arbitrator
2.67/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

EDIT: downgraded after a second sharing by nickd717. Thanks, Nick. But I firmly maintain that this is a lot of whiskey.


Chilled bottle into a glass. Donated by cpferris for a tasting at ipa247's house in December. Thanks, Chad and Jeff.

From notes.

A: Pours a clear, but very dark, reddish brown body. Half a finger of light beige head. Short retention, with a thin collar and some bubbles on top.

S: Whiskey... Wow. It's like the glass is 2/3 spirits with a little beer. Caramel, tannins, vanilla. I enjoy whiskey, but I prefer more balance in my beers, and this doesn't deliver.

T: Whiskey (strong), caramel, tannins, vanilla. Nice grainy oatmeal in the mid-taste, with some raisin highlights. Chocolate in the finish. But again, it's BIG on the whiskey. Can't say that's particularly a great thing.

M: Very viscous, pretty smooth. I had no trouble putting this down, as the heat was restrained.

D: For a whiskey-bomb I'd go straight to this. But, as said above, I like my beers with more balance and nuance and subtlety. While I wouldn't turn this beer down, I wouldn't chase it down for myself. Out of all the barrel-aged impy stouts I've tried, this doesn't distinguish itself as being particularly top-tier.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a mini-nonic; shared at a tasting.

A: Solidly black body with an inch of creamy tan head. Good retention and strong lacing. Very nice.

S: Mild aromas of sweet malts (chocolate and caramel), with some alcohol as well. Meh.

T: Tons of caramel sweetness, and not much else. Not very roasty, no barrel influence to speak of, and simply nothing to praise. Not bad, but thoroughly boring.

M: Surprisingly thin with relatively low carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink, but why would you want to?

Notes: Perhaps I would have liked this one more in isolation, but it was by far the worst of the BA stouts at the tasting. There's just nothing much going on, and it's a shame. I was surprised to see how high its average score was on here, but I guess some people just love anything that claims to have been in a barrel at some point. Compared to most other barrel aged stouts I've had, Fat Dog was bland and forgettable. Thanks, Tony, for the chance to find this out.


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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have never seen a cork that was this hard to remove. We had to tie it to the bumper of my friends 4x4 to get it out. Well, not really, but it was almost that hard...

A - Stout. Some tan-mocha head, some lace.

S - Too oat-y, even with the barrel treatment. Just roasty, oat-y and boozy. It is possible that the barrel exacerbated lesser characteristics of this brew and negated the greater.

T - Perhaps it was because I had this side-by-side with BA Blackbeerd that I am so underwhelmed. It is just second-tier, at best. Basically, roasted malt, chalky oat, and booze, combine to form a brew that is a cut above decent.

M - Stout. Full-bodied and viscous, but not particularly outstanding.

D - This was a decent brew. Actually, a little better than that. But I suspect most would expect a very good or great beer, just as I did, given the speciality and barrel aging of this one.

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Photo of nickd717
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml bottle shared thanks to - oh, what do you know, it was me. Thanks, Nick. You are the man! Keep it up! I very generously shared this with Arbitrator, who gave it a C+ the first time - a pretty good score for him.

This beer really looks great in the glass. Darkest brown (just a shade short of black) in color with a large, lasting tan head and very good lacing.

Aroma is roast, chocolate, wood, and whiskey. Fairly simple, not amazing.

Flavor is mainly roast, chocolate, and oak. The whiskey doesn't really assert itself as much as it does in other whiskey -bal aged stouts. I disagree with Arby's review below on this point. There is also an odd hint of tartness to it. But hey, at least it's not a booze bomb.

Medium-full bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel and average carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is good for an imperial stout. Good but not great overall. Grows on you a bit.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I believe jpm30 sent me this . Thanks dude!

A: Holy poop on a stick is this beer carbonated. Overall the beer looks somewhat thin but I feel that its misleading. The head is friggin huge, chock full of large tope bubbles like swiss cheese.

S: Marshmallow, latte dulce de leche, milk chocolate and bourbon.

T: Bourbon is evident with the first sip, quite pungent really (but not as much as others). Some ruby red fruits frolic on the tip of the tongue amongst the bourbon. Transitions to a lactose dominated stout, fairly smooth with a nip of cocoa. Roasted coffee is the last flavor in the equation, although contained and concealed. Finishes with a wash of vanilla and the taste of whiskey never really leaving the palate.

M: Full body with a fuzzy mouthfeel.

D: Tasty beer but lacks a lot of complexity which generally comes with high level imperial stouts. I never thought the original was a great beer but I do like this one better. Atleast the whiskey adds another dimension.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of kirok1999
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork blasted out of the bottle. If I hadn't had a good grip on it it would have embedded in my ceiling. Massive brown head on top of a black beer. The head just keeps coming and sticks like glue to the glass.
Smell is very nice, bourbon and some nice malt sweetness.
Falls a little flat in the taste for me. Too carbonated to really enjoy. I let it sit quite a while hoping to let some of the carbonation fade but no dice. Tastes of sweet bourbon, dark fruit, nice malt profile but just a little thin.
Nice thick mouthfeel but difficult to drink due to the massive carbonation. Glad I tried it but I won't be buying more.

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Photo of Viggo
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, opened by the grubmeister.

Pours a opaque dark brownish red, some burgundy highlights, thick light brown head forms, forms a solid layer on the glass, really thick and leaves a nice crown of lacing; Smell is chocolate and caramel, some biscuit, light oak and vanilla barrel character, sweet, some alcohol, not too complex. Taste is some caramel and roast, decent vanilla and chocolate, dark fruits, a lot of raisin and figs, more vanilla, some whiskey and roast, very dry and biscuity in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to miedium carbonation. A nice beer, but not much else happening, decent for the drinking but otherwise unremarkable, and the whiskey character is not very present. Thanks grub!

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Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on New Year's Eve, 2008. Bottle courtesy of todd1. Thanks!
Pretty much black in colour with faint brown edges. It had a thick tan cap that showed great head retention and a bit of sticky lace. Rich toffee aroma, lots of roast and chocolate, nutty, vanilla and milk chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit and light whiskey. Bitterness was subdued. Lots of fruit and chocolate in the flavour, along with toffee, vanilla, light booziness, and some peppery spice in the finish. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Some warmth and a bit dry from the dark malts. The barrel character was lighter than I expected, but still nice. It smelled great. Pretty smooth and an easy drinking big stout.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

765 ml corked and caged bottle with a larger Fat Dog label. The differences between this and regular version is that it's bigger (obviously!)and the big time words "Aged in a Whiskey Barrel" above the dog's body. That is one big dog on the label! It has to be a Mastiff of some sort. It looks like this dog could eat a 7 ft 250 lb male and ask for seconds later. A vintage year on the bottle would have been nice of Stoudt's to do, but they didn't mark the bottle with anything. All I know that this is late 2008 version. How do I know? Well, that's when I bought at the brewery.

Appearance: I poured this barrel aged Stout into my Maudite Snifter. It seemed fitting for this beer. With a loud pop from the cork, out comes a Stout that was black as tar and just as thick as a heavily roasted coffee. It wasn't quite thick as oil, but it was getting there. It had one of those solid black colors where light just bounced off of it. Sitting on top of this black as night liquid was a good 1 inch creamy light tan colored head of foam. This creamy tan colored head of foam had great slow retention that left behind a 1/2 an inch long lasting tan film, spots of lace, and even small streaks of lace. It couldn't decide what to leave behind so it left behind both kinds of lace.

Smell: At first, I didn't care all that much for the aroma. All I got at first was a little dark roasted malts, a hint of dark roasted coffee beans, and a subtle touch of bourbon. It's a different story when this beer is swirled around. When it was swirled around, the first 3 aroma where still there, but enhanced. Besides those three, there was also bitter dark chocolate, a splash of charred oak, a whiff of black cherries, the scent of chocolate covered bananas, and a subtle bitterness at the end. What kind of hop bitterness? I couldn't tell because the hops were too subtle. The bourbon and the oak were not let to run wild and free. Hell, nothing was running wild and free. Every aroma was almost the same size. Well, everything except for the black cherry and hops. You don't get much for those two.

Taste: Barrel Aged Fat Dog started off lightly dry and roasted and then it ends with a big bourbon finish. Let me explain the taste in greater detail. The taste kicked off with dark roasted malts, a drop of roasted coffee beans, a hint of lightly bitter dark chocolate, and a splash of charred oak. That was fine and dandy like sour candy, but it was after the charred oak where the beer got really interesting. It's just too bad that it was at the end of the taste and not at the beginning. This beer finishes up with a big bourbon/bitter combo. The hops weren't getting any play time, so they jumped on the bourbon band wagon and aligned itself with the bourbon. Not the most thick and roasted Barrel Aged Stout out there today. The level of bourbon and oak were just fine, but to me it would have been better if they would have increased the strength of some of the dark roasted flavors. Some of them like the roasted coffee beans were too small of a taste.

Mouthfeel: Despite this beer being an Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey barrels, it was mover over the medium bodied side than the full bodied side. It must have been the lack of effort coming from the dark roasted flavors that caused that. The aftertaste to this Imperial Stout was weak. There wasn't much of anything coming from the aftertaste. The aftertaste was lightly roasted with roasted malts, dried black cherries, a pinch of roasted coffee beans, a hint of dark chocolate, and plenty of bourbon. The bourbon was the only taste that bothered to stick around. It stuck around for a few seconds and then that was the end of this beer.

Drinkability: I went over my past reviews and it seems that I enjoyed the regular Fat Dog on draft than the barrel aged version in a bottle. The regular version was thick and chewy and it tasted like the barrel aged version took away some of roasted flavors and replaced them with a little oak and bourbon. If you can get this beer it's worth a shot, but if you can't, the regular version will do just fine. Just replace some the roasted flavors with a a little oak and bourbon.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

careful pour decants half midnight and half brown bubbly soup. solid appearance, imperial (yes) stout (yes).. lactic bourbon aroma with a wheaty tinge coming off the malts and oatmeal. the tartness in the aroma evokes high alpha cat piss and cranberry sauce, which may or may not serve well in balancing a hefty bourbon dose. not the best aroma on a barrel-aged beer, but intriguing nonetheless.

sip.. bam! bourbon. fizzy enough to make this way too drinkable, and that does a wonderful job of injecting dryness into the sweet, caramelly notes of woody bourbon that are certainly present here. whatever was sour in the nose certainly doesn't rear its ugly head too much in the flavor. it would be nicer if this beer was a bit thicker and smoother, but i think that would open it up to extreme booziness. it maintains the sweet afterbite and creamy lack of bitterness that makes oatmeal stouts unique in the dark beer world.. and impresses me with its overall balance. fat dog itself is usually such a sipper, and for the barrel-aged version to be more drinkable is inherently insane.

i kind of expected a monstrous, vinous, walloping boozer/sipper, and despite the grief that would have caused me, i am slightly disappointed. if this was in 12oz'ers at the same price as regular fat dog, i would probably go for the old standard.

still, a decent beer and big thanks to akorsak for hooking me up with this rare treat.

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Photo of badbeer
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a beige head that had amazing retention and lacing. Smell was of oak, vanilla, cream, and dark chocolate. Taste was whiskey and oak flavored with some smoke and coffee. Very smooth tasting barrel aged beer. Body and carbonation are both medium. As previously mentioned, this was very smooth, I'd drink this again. Thanks to iowaherkeye for sharing.

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Photo of Lurkerson
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of h4ger
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of urwithdave
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one at the 110k release.

A- pours balck in color with shades of brown when held to the light. A 1 finger tan head. The head disappears and leaves a thin ring. Some spotty lacing left.

A- roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not a lot going on.

T- Semi-sweet dark chocolate chips comes to mind. The malts are robust. There is a bit of char presence. Some wood. The bourbon is blended nicely and doesn't overpower the other flavors.

M- nice and smooth. On the fuller side of medium in body.

D- pretty tastey. I could have killed the bottle without hesitation. Thanks again Sean!

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Review #600

Kegatron knocked a big "wants" off my list last week with this bottle, thanks again Heath! BA Fat Dog fills the snifter black as night without letting any light shine through, even when backlit. A dense two finger dish soap beige head formed on the pour and quickly fizzled to a skim coat with a small ring. A quick swirl brings a cap around for a few minutes. Patchy thin lacing gets left behind with every tilt of the glass.

The bourbon is well contained in the nose of this brew. Roasty malts lead the way with a nice coffee addition and heavy cream. Baker's chocolate makes a showing here and there. The barrel aging brings about a mild well integrated bourbon character with a slightly sweet vanilla oakiness. Hazelnut pops up here and there while a slight vegetal aroma shows up while this beer is still cold but dies off as it warms.

Stoudts did a good job with the barrel aging letting the bourbon compliment the stout instead of dominate like in a lot of the others on the market. The oak takes on more of a damp woodiness in the flavor while the bourbon adds some warmth in the back of the throat. There are definite signs of coffee with a splash of heavy cream along with those roasty malts from the nose. Stoudts practiced finesse with this beer and it repays them with complex flavors and a great depth.

When I first started drinking this beer the body seemed to be a little thin from the barrel aging. Now that it's warming there seems to be some more stick with a lively carbonation right off the bat. I'm torn between a 3.5-4. I like what this beer does though so I'll bump it up.

This is super easy drinking for a BA RIS. The lighter body and subtle barrel notes keep this beer flowing with no problem. As a matter of fact I keep drinking faster then I should to try and grasp all the nuances.

I actually thought this beer would score a little better from me. I love Fat Dog so I thought the barrel aging might bump that score up a bit. It seemed to thin the body slightly. I think I enjoy the regular Fat Dog better then the BA version. The bourbon is a nice addition to this beer though and they allowed just the right amount to seep in. Thanks again Heath!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mcallister
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard not to give this a 5 for appearance. An awesome tan thick and tight foamed 3 inch head protrudes out the top of my Maudite snifter. Retention is second to none and leaves a sticky layer of lace down the glass. The only thing keeping this from a 5 is the fact that the color of the liquid had loads of ruby highlights throughout. I prefer stouts to be black and midnight. So take that score with an opinionated preference.

Nose is nice but seems overly subdued. Again still very pleasant. Nice chocolate barley aromas with hints of coffee and oats as well. Dark fruit with black currant at the forefront. Hints of vanilla, and a bit of caramel as well.

Great balance. A bittering hop on the finish helps balance the chewy thick mouthfeel from the oat addition. On the feminine side of things. At 9% this may be the easiest drinking stout I've had. Smooth and refined. Full of milk and dark chocolate, vanilla extract, currant, anise, lactose, stale coffee, and other fruity adventures. Nice easy drinker.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came my way from a Bif. I cannot remember who sent it. A big thank you to the sender of this beer.

Appearance: The beer pours an impenetrable black coloration. The head is approximately 2 fingers high. The head has a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The head retention is near perfect.

Smell: The aroma is on the subtle side. Lightly roasted coffee notes combine with cocoa, vanilla, anise and just a hint of whiskey. I would have liked a bolder smell but this isnt bad.

Taste: As with the smell the taste seems subdued and subtle. The coffee flavors are well lightly roasted and toasted. Semi-sweet cocoa and vanilla. The whiskey flavors come across in the finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very smooth. The body is on the full side. The carbonation is low but appropriate. The beer is subtle and grew on me as it warmed up. By the time this beer hit room temperature I was fully enjoying the beer. I would have liked a bit more boldness in the smell and flavor. This is a nice beer but doesnt really make it to the Imperial level.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with brownish ruby hues and a medium, somewhat fizzy head for the style that fades pretty fast. Good smell of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and just a touch of vanilla and oak. Taste is lovely and incredibly well balanced. The barrel hasn't made too big an influence on the beer but it is there in the perfect amount for me. Great roast coffee flavor and chocolate. An excellent chocolate covered dark fruit, mainly of dark cherry with raisin as well. I think this one has a bit too much carbonation. A light burn and just not enough of a full body for such a big stout. Still, this stuff drinks like a champ. The more small scale presence of the whiskey makes this one sublime. Because of this, it's easier to drink but still maintains a good complexity. While I must admit, regular Fat Dog isn't my favorite, this was a step up from it and added great depth to the regular brew. Very happy to have the chance to try this one.

I owe dashirey a huge thank you for this generous Powerball treat!

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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pours into my snifter with a 2 finger mocha colored head. After a slow initial fall, a respectable layer remains. The beer is nearly black in color.

s: Smooth medium roast barley and dry chocolates on the nose with a nice undertone of bourbon soaked oak. The barrel comes through much better on the nose than on the tongue, with a nice whiskey twang in the back of the nostrils. Well integrated sweetness balanced with a moderate, earthy hop aroma.

m: The carbonation is smooth, and on the upper side of the medium range. The body is pleasingly full without really being heavy. Good, but could stand to be smoothed out a bit. Maybe lower the carbonation a bit and/or give the body just a touch more staying power on the tongue after the swallow.

t: Smoothed roasts dominate the palate, with undertones of bittersweet chocolate. Nice oak/whiskey presence, but I feel a larger portion of the blend could have used some barrel aging. Or it may just need some added depth of flavor. Not overly complex...but a very nice beer no matter how you look at it.

d: Begins to warm the body after only half a snifter, but that's the only time it shows...a sipper

750 mL from zrrbrrt some time ago, cellared since

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DIM for this bottle.

a - pours a shade lighter than black, huge cappuccino colored head with great retention and lacing

s - deeply roasted malt, some nice dark chocolate, plum, decent amount of oak and light whiskey notes

t - sweet roasted malt up front, bittersweet chocolate, lots of dark fruit, plum and black cherry on the midpalate, finish has a lingering chocolate covered cherry flavor mixed in with light oak and hints of whiskey, very well integrated and not the oak or whiskey bomb that some barrel-aged beers tend to be

m - medium-bodied, a little light on the palate, moderate carbonation, well balanced on the finish, some alcohol warming

d - par for the style, definitely not something you'll be drinking multiple bottles of in one sitting, that said, it's pretty easy on the palate for a big stout

An impressive effort from Stoudts. A good example of what barrel-aging can do for a beer. Seems to be very well rounded and the barrel-aging adds another dimension rather than overwhelming the flavors of the base beer. Definitely worth seeking out a bottle.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this brew on 1/22/11.

2007 offering poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with clarity and lighter brown around the edges. Dark tan to brown head composed of big bubbly foam hangs close to the edges of the glass. Lengthy strings of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma of this brew smells of whiskey and vanilla. I love that character that a barrel can impart when it's done correctly. Smooth scents of alcohol mix with a grainy scent which imparts chocolate and some oat sweetness to the nose.

Tastes of whiskey accented alcohol, citrus hops, roasty grain that imparts chocolate flavors through the body. A light bitterness from the hops is present beyond the bitterness imparted by the dark grain character. Overall pretty good. I enjoy normal fat dog and this barrel treatment is even better.

Medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue. Excessively drinkable and well rounded. The alcohol was readily noticeable but never hindered the experience, just accented it the way that barrel aging should. Hope to see this brew make anyone back one day.

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Stoudt's Barrel Aged Fat Dog (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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