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RATINGS: 1108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Deep opaque brown body, as promised, topped by a tight, medium ochre head. Roasty nose with strong residual sugars and chocolate with bitter hops notes. Soft, creamy body, with abundant dark fruits, brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and bitter hops in the finish. The velvety, delicate palate is impressive for a 22-proof beer. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Burrobuns (83) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Tap served in a footie (why god? please serve in a snifter). Good aroma, but that was nothing compared to the flavor. Amazingly sweet considering how bitter and hoppy it was as well. I was told it was high alc and could tell, but it did not really feel like an 11%. Going back for more.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2007
I love my ips and this was no exception.dark thick and very tasty that has a hoppy finish to it ,i like it and will pick up more in future.CHEERS!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Bottle from SL. The pour was dark pitch black, tannish to choco head, nice little initial head, thinning to a little ring over time. The aroma was chocolate, sweet malts, maybe a touch of dark fruits. The flavor was full sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, finishing with a touch of cocoa (oat?) dry bitterness, but this thing needed more hop support. The alcohol was slightly detectable too. Too malty sticky to allow the oats to come through with much dryness. Draft re-rate, 11/07, SL: Much the same opinion, darned sweet and sticky, dropping the flavor and overall a notch, not even dry/bitter in the finish this time through.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of golubj; consumed with golubj during french night. Appearance was as expected, but the flavor wasn’t. Very good flavor and worthy of the lofty ranking. Flavor began with a chocolate and sugar and gave way to a great roasted malt/coffee flavor. Finish was spot on. Alcohol well hidden and the mouthfeel was full with some creaminess. Enjoyable and great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle. Nice aroma of roasted malt, milky oat sweetness, coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is very nice; slightly creamy. The roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, and coffee all blend quite well in the flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
22 oz botttle

I am always willing to try a new imperial stout, especially one that is getting good reviews. This was a fresh bottle from Riley’s in Wisconsin. If you are drinking it by yourself allot plenty of time to enjoy it. This is not a sessionable beer to be quickly rated.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body was the perfect example of an imperial stout though perhaps a little more fluid than I find ideal. A one finger tan head stubbornly refused to die down until the final pour. Oat, raisins, black cherries, expressos and plums do not disappoint. Velvet chocolate cake, truffles and other semisweet aspects wait if you let the beer warm a little more. There is even a hint of smoke eventually.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense and chewy yet not suffocating. Expresso, truffles and plums immediately come to mind but there are many things going on here. Anise with a slight bitterness is a nice treat. Blackberries and cherries lend a dark fruity character that is accompanied by a mild bitterness. The alcohol is never evident until you begin to feel it hit the system. This one would be interesting to age in barrels as I think oaky notes would compliment it well.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 Bottle. Pours a near black with a generous brownish tan head that dies into an even layer that stays throughout. Aroma of dark chocolate and flavor that has hints of coffee along with dark chocolate. This beer is huge, but there is a slight creaminess that hides the alcohol. There are different sensations of malt sweetness and hop bitterness/dryness on different parts of the tongue at the same time. I loved this beer!!!!!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Sampler at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/frankf Liquors, Frankfort. Starts out with a yeasty bitr, or maybe that’s from the cold I’m trying to shake. Dark brown body with tan foam atop. A lighter alcoholic smell and taste that other high=gravity stouts. Still a bit of astringency despite the oatmeal texture. This likely woould be pretty smooth if laid down for a few months.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1144) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2007
out of a 22 oz bottle, the beer pours a blackish brown accompanied by a moderate tan ring of foam and bubbles. sweet and starchy initial aroma, from the oats and sheer volume of malt required for an 11% brew. behind the sugar is a bit of alcohol and green hops - bitter grapefruit and vine, and plenty of bitter roasted barley. very good.


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