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RATINGS: 1111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
ďbrewed for the harvestĒ 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 Oatís 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 ē 238ļ L

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jnkor (333) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Aroma is malty and thick with a boozy edge. Appearance is a dark brown with a small yellowish head. Taste is boozy but malty and sweet with a bitter finish. Palate is a bit watery, despite looking thick. It diminishes the enjoyment but increases the drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2013
This looks as it should for the style, pitch, thick, solid black in color with a medium brown colored head. The aroma is certainly the best Iíve ever smelled for an imperial oatmeal stout. Potent alcohol, softened by its roasted, but malty and soft oat body makes for a great combination. It smells more like a slightly aged barleywine than an imperial stout. Man, yes, just like a very-well brewed, aged barleywine, with sweet, fresh caramel peeking its way around the edges of the alcohol. It smells just like a freshly prepared candy apple if you hold your nose a few inches away from the glass. It starts much like a barleywine (definitely nothing like an imperial stout) up front, with alcohol and sweet malts dominating softly on the palate. Some roasted malts start to show in the middle, but have thereís no bitterness at all. Itís really quite fantastic. Roasted malts and a mash of alcohol, oats, chocolate, and wonderful, acute hops take over in the finish. I rarely enjoy a stout with as much hop character as this, but it really works in this beer. Itís wildly complex in the mouth, but so very, very soft. And that flavor as soon as it hits the lips and tongue... man, to die for. Rich, thick, and nothing like what youíd expect of an imperial stout. Iíd almost consider categorizing this as a black barleywine, but itís just a little too smooth with oats too present. This is a fantastic beer, and something not to miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (9503) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2013
650 ml bottle. 10.8%. From New York. Courtesy of Brandman.
The colour is black with a tiny tan head. The aroma is... mild? Is it possible? Hmmm... letís try again. Roasted malt, liquorice, some herbal notes, mild medicine and berries in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, mild bitterness, herbal notes, balancing hops, mild berries, liquorice and mild saltiness. Smooth. Extremely balanced. Alcohol is not strong but itís definitely there. Beer with 10.8% there should be some alcohol present. Tasty. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2013
Black body, light brown head. Aroma has complex roastiness, alcohol, medicinal and herbal hops, some sweet coffee. Flavor has much depth and quite nice alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Pours black with a small, creamy tan head. Sweet caramel, butterscotch aroma. Full body, creamy oats lingering but pleasant roasted bitterness. Some coffee and a lot of caramel sweetness. Extremely pleasant -Fish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tia (1475) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle shared with HopTsing. Reminds me of velvet- even looks smooth. Aroma puts me in mind of a cordial, chocolate cherry, sitting next to some pla-doh. Taste is a little more bitter than I expected, but still retains a liqueur like sweetness as well, and is cut with an astringency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopTsing (506) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2013
From the bottle poured a dark brown brew with a generous tan head.Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied with flavors of malt, molasses, chocolate, a bit of earthiness and a mild hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (2743) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2013 Bottle shared with friends. Pours dark with a small than head. A lot of chocolate together with some cacao. caramel and a slight licorice taste. Nice smooth beer. Great stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 3, 2013
22oz Bomber poured straight down the middle of my oversized snifter. A pinky sized dark tan head that doesnít stick around. The beer is pitch black. The remaining head is a nice ring around the glass. The nose has notes of chocolate and oats, maybe a non-deScript dark fruit. The beer is 35degrees out of the refrigerator so hopefully the aroma will improve. Initial thoughts, the mouthfeel on this beer is tremendous. It is thick and creamy. It has a super velvety quality as it rolls through your mouth. Super thick, wow! Big chocolate, almost a bitter chocolate, but its nice. There is a lot going on here. The chocolate is first but then thereís a sweet/bitter taste from the toffee and caramel flavors, maybe a licorice. The hops make themselves known on the finish. It is a very nice balance though between the sweetness and the bitterness and the mouthfeel. Leaves a nice stickiness on the lips. Overall an excellent beer!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
22 oz bottle into a snifter. A: Pours a black color. Very little head is formed, sadly, though not unexpected given the serving glass. The thin, mocha-colored foam fades away very quickly. Giving it a VERY aggressive pour, the head forms about a finger high, but still with fairly middling retention. However, it leaves a very nice ring of lacing on the glass. S: A decent amount of chocolate and vanilla make themselves known immediately. Oats are also evident. Itís a touch boozy, not surprising given its gravity. I wish the aroma was bigger/bolder, but itís pretty decent either way. T: At first, I notice the slightest touch of chocolate. This is quickly supplanted by subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oats; it finishes with some boozy dark fruits, licorice, earthy tones, and a touch of roasted malt. Licorice becomes a bit too dominant as it warms up. The sweet finish helps conceal the boozy qualities somewhat. On the other hand, the flavors, while well balanced, arenít very intense. Bigger notes of chocolate or vanilla (AND LESS LICORICE) would make this good stout great. M: This is really luscious, thick, chewy, creamy, viscous, oily, and luscious in the mouth. Did I mention luscious? Itís almost like liquid velvet in a manner. Low carbonation and high residual sugar means this will sit lazily on the palate...ah well, anything to make me want to swish this around more is a great thing. The monstrous feel does a very good job of concealing the alcohol. O: I admit, I didnít have terribly high hopes for this one, seeing as I feel most big oatmeal stouts have way too much booziness to them. Then again, if thereís one thing Southern Tier knows how to make, itís a ridiculously decadent dessert beer. And ridiculously decadent it is - finishing a whole bottle solo can be a chore. However, the fact that I simply can finish this solo is a testament to its solidity. This would have been incredible if the flavor could match up to the mouthfeel, though.

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