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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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“brewed for the harvest” This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout. Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly. 11.0% abv • 238º L

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Awesome beer. Pours a black opaque with a thick, brown head and sticky lacing. The scent was barley, malt, oatmeal and some faint chocolate. The taste was perfect for an imperial stout with some oat, chocolate, barley, malt and coffee. The thing that makes this beer stick out is the smoothness and the play on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Bottle - Dark brown pour with a very small tan head and some nice swirls of light color on top of the darkness. Aroma is sweet and full with fresh, roasty oat, some subtle coffee and chocolate, and a hint of fresh fruit. Flavor is a nice roasty-smooth oat mix that is sweet without killing the taste buds. Fresh-sweet fruits, egg-nog, cream, and chocolate are noticable. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough hop bite to remind you that this beer is young - no alcohol taste (amazing considering the ABV and age). I am really impressed with this one - glad to see Southern Tier bottling this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Rerate, 22oz bottle, sample #12 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, blackish color; minimal light tan head. Chewy toffee and dried red fruits in the aroma; leather and fruit. Lots of dried cherries, caramel, and sticky candy sugar; dense; light bitterness; some citrus and minerals coming through. Chewy, leathery imperial stout. Lengthy, candy sugar and dried fruit finish.

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, brownish black color; slightly oily and viscous; thin, medium brown head with patchy lacing; I’d expect more pronounced head formation from an oatmeal imperial. Nougat and milk chocolate are the most prominent notes in the aroma, followed by charred malts, oats, and a definite show of alcohol; a bit boozy. Chewy, viscous mouthfeel: very dense dark chocolate and charred malts upfront; not nearly as charred as Otto’s Jolly Rodger or Mikkeller Black Hole, but definitely shows a darker side than the average imperial stout; feels almost heavy on the tongue, with tons of dried dark fruit, sticky nougat, and an intense chewiness; like chocolate-laden dessert, but without becoming overly sweet or palate demolishing; balanced, generous, excellent imperial stout, and one of the first new ones I’ve had in a while that truly deserves its high rank; oily, piney and mineral hops on the edges. Lengthy, milk chocolate and roasted malt finish; soft, pleasant end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Light smoke and char with a heavy dose of oatmeal and milk chocolate in the nose, with some mild wood char, burnt meat and oil as well, but most of the aroma is the soft chocolate and oat scent. Extremely oily, viscous and soft on the palate, rich and sticky, very silky and smooth, rolling over the tongue like oil. Surprised and pleased to find that it does not taste overly charry, and the smoke is almost non-existant. Instead, it’s silky chocolate syrup, burnt but not abrasive malts, and a creamy coffee and oat flavor. Really quite good, but I prefer the Jah-Va more. I really don’t believe the 11-12% figure on this, there’s no way. If somehow it is true, it’s pretty amazing how nothing at all shows up. Even at a warm temperature there’s no alcohol noticed, but there is some ashy note in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (503) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, with fruit (cherry?) chocolate and alcohol. Mouth feel is silky with low carbonation. Flavor is fantastic with a nice tartness to even out all the malt goodness. Nice chocolate and coffee flavor are present as would be expected. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing. A very good stout indeed,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Fairly black pour that lets some light in aroma the edges - foamy tan head that shrinks pretty fast - powerful aroma of bittersweet chocolate, very apparent oats, some fruit skins, an earthy, kind of tannic tartness - slick, silky mouthfeel, with very low carbonation - you can tell they used an absurd amount of oats in here - a wee be cloying, but strong tobacco and leathery notes try their best to balance it, with mixed results - the alcohol is present just enough to make the beer warming, but not "hot" - a bit of berry and plum - tasty, just way too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4606) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Bottle: Huge chocolate aroma with both sweet milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate along with some oatmeal, faint roasted coffee, and the slightest hint of alcohol. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small fizzy brown head that fades quickly. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate up front with light caramel. There’s a nice dose of oatmeal in the middle. The finish has lots of dark chocolate with mellow roasted coffee. There’s a hint a alcohol in the finish but not too hot or overbearing. It leaves a cafe mocha aftertaste on the tongue that lingers for quite some time. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with thin head. aroma is of cocoa, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is slightly sweet with the oatmeal, bitter, coffee taste and chocolate. What is really going on in this beer is the smoothness and creaminess to it. It is so light on the mouth with zero alcohol being detected. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bomber, courtesy of hopson (Thanks Kyle!). Pours a syrupy deep brown that sits pitch black in the glass, with a decent dark brown head and no notable lacing. Aroma is full although slightly muted, with oats, roasty espresso, chocolate and some molasses. Flavor is warm, roasty and gently sweet, with more espresso, chocolate, and oats, and a light bitterness on the finish. Palate is stellar; silky and smooth with moderate carbonation and a full and chewy mouthfeel. Can see that this will age well, and glad I’ve got some to set back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1311) - Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Slight aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Pours black and thick, with a dark tan head that diminishes quickly. Flavor is sweeter in the beginning then my general preferences, but is redeemed with a nice blast of roasty malts and bittering hops. Noticeable flavor notes are coffee, chocolate (milk), vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Very thick and smooth mouthfeel. A very tasty beer, and one I want to grab some of to cellar.

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