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Brewed By: Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Number of Ratings: 460

Style: American Double / Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Brewed In: 2072 Stoneman Circle Lakewood, NY 14750, USA

ABV: 12.50%

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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Tasting Notes

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MikefromNH profile pictureMikefromNH - October 16, 2012
Classic imperial OS, mocha heavy and rich
chulk771 profile picturechulk771 - October 13, 2012
Mid body. Sweet from alc. nice burnt flavor. Bitterness smoothes out at end. Slight alc aftertaste. Hops add earthiness. Flavorful. 3.95
BMMillsy profile pictureBMMillsy - August 31, 2012
A nice sweet stout, but a bit sweet for an oatmeal stout. Not as hearty as I would like from an otmeal. But, if you want a sweet imperial, it's pretty good.
BJG333 profile pictureBJG333 - June 7, 2012
Really good imperial stout. Nice mouthfeel. Mild alc taste despite being almost 11%. Good flavor. I'm not a fan of others in this series bc they're overpoweringly sweet, but this hits the spot. As good as Stone RIS, not as good as Hopping Frog's Boris.
witchal profile picturewitchal - May 23, 2012
Pours a rich black, sweet but mellow nose. Drinks sweet, burnt with an definite alcohol burn.
pcguitarwzrd profile picturepcguitarwzrd - April 19, 2012
Rich and hearty, with enough sweetness to balance the smokiness.
GelatiKING profile pictureGelatiKING - March 12, 2012
This is what you expect - straightforward, if strong, oatmeal stout.
blackpowderbrews profile pictureblackpowderbrews - January 6, 2012
Good oatmeal stout. A lil too stout and a lil too boozy but very good
Jrodiaz profile pictureJrodiaz - December 16, 2011
The smoked/burnt flavor was a little too much for me in a drink, but I can tell is great fully brewed so I recommend.
bugs318 profile picturebugs318 - December 12, 2011
The head poured more thinly than I'd expected and receded nearly as quickly, a quality I find unappealing in a stout of any sort, though its mocha-brown colour alongside the deep, dark brown opacity of the beer itself were more reflective of the style. Aroma-wise, I was happily greeted with the standard oats and grainy goodness typical of such ales. The aroma itself was faint, but inviting. The notes of deeply roasted malts covered (and facilitated) its more subtle chocolate and coffee traces, and its strength was also hinted at by a slight whiff of alcohol. There truly is a triple part (at least) to this beer's taste. First, coffee comes through before the malted oats take over while the finish is dominated by a drying combined with the warmness of the high alcohol percentage. You truly can taste this beer's many strengths (yes, alcohol, but also oats and deeply roasted malts) though it is balanced enough to dry out in closure and warm you up towards your next sip. At times its strength left me almost thinking I was drinking a barley wine in its place. As far as the mouthfeel goes, it had a moderate carbonation and body alongside a healthy winter-warming, but seemed a bit syrupy or perhaps chewy. While chewiness is desirable, the syrup sensation (in combination with the alcohol) in ways evoked a slight resemblance to some sort of dry liqueur. In a sense this was unique and a bit different from most other stouts/imperial stouts/oatmeal stouts, yet it also took me away from appreciating the oats that drew me to this beer initially and slightly turned me off... yet, as noted in the flavour, its balanced drying kept me desiring 'just another sip.' While I do enjoy both standard and imperial stouts, I do prefer the oatmeal variety and for that this beer draws me in, but (being the first imperial oatmeal stout I have ever seen, let alone tasted) I am not sure that they work entirely in conjunction. Something about it kept me coming back for more, and I am glad Southern Tier did this for it makes me believe it is the dual-style variance more than the brewing that makes me a bit ambivalent. Perhaps it is the super-high alcohol content that complicates what is otherwise a more appealing chewy meal for me, though not so much that I would say I didn't enjoy it! Its strengths are wonderful and rich, but it may take its extremes a touch too far - at least for me. B
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