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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial Oatmeal Stout

This unique ale merges the smooth and complex richness of an Oatmeal Stout with the assertive hoppiness of Imperial Stout. Fat Dog has an inviting silky-black color, a prominent roasted malt character, and a chocolatey, coffee-like finish.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark brown color that betrays a little light near the edges. The head is a one finger light tan color with low retention. A thin collar around the edge of the glass remains, and tries to leave behind a bit of lacing. S: This seems to feature a lot of roasted grain, backed by some cocoa, licorice, and faint raisin. Even a bit of oats seem to appear on the nose. A nice aroma, but fairly standard issue. T: Again, the stout comes across as heavily reliant on roasted barley, especially near the opening flavors. Eventually, a transition will occur to toffee, vanilla, marzipan, cream, coffee beans, and a little raisin. For whatever reason, the finish makes it come across as boozier than it needs be. It doesn’t FEEL boozy (just astringent - more on that later), but there is a slightly sharp taste of alcohol that needs to be cut down. Having said that, some decently cohesive complexity is saving it from a lower score in this category. M: Really astringent on the finish, which I don’t like too much. The general feel is fairly thin, but with a very nice combination of smoothness and rolling carbonation at first. I can’t fault its drinkability too much, but I do think the faint sharpness could be toned down. O: This one is good, but not elite. There are many other stouts I’d rather have over this, but I wouldn’t be averse to returning to it again, or on tap.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle: Pitch black, inky body with a light-tan creamy head that doesn’t last. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, bitter cocoa dust, licorice, creamy oatmeal, a small hint of brown sugar, & mild coffee beans. Flavor is smooth, good balance of bitter & sweet. Oatmeal, chocolate, hints of coffee, faint anise, a touch of roast & char nearing the finish. Body could be a little thicker, but overall this was pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2587) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2015
This was poured into a mini snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing. The smell had a nice sweet milk chocolate and dark choclate with roasty coffee tones roaming around the beer. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine. Sweet gentle tones. A nice sweet rolling roasty aftertaste leads to a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonated nicely, the oatmeal helps to balance to a decent grainy feel. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this beer and would have it again.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jabah (180) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
Wow, what can I say! Don’t know if I have tried a better oatmeal stout yet. Has an off-black, thick appearance. Medium-heavy carbonation to bring out a frothy mocha-white head. Taste of oats, chocolate malts, hops, and all sorts of other goodies. Can’t wait to buy more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (917) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color. Brief beige head. Rich roasted malt aroma has a boozy sweet oatmeal note. Tangy roasted malt flavor has hints of cocoa and earthy coffee notes. Bold and rich with dark malt flavors. Chewy, dark dried fruit finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
c1raider (70) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Coffee, caramel, malt, vanilla, oatmeal, light on the palate, hides abv extremely well, dry. This would be a great intro into stouts beer if you don’t like sweet. Would buy again as a delicious easy drinker

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2701) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2014
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Opaque black/brown color, bubbly beige rim head, dots and blobs of lace. Taste is chewy toasted malt that grows into the palate, adding medium hops. On the swallow the malt re-enters, becoming sweeter as it lingers in a medium finish. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (154) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
APPEARANCE - classic stout w nice head. NOSE - roasty when it warms. Very slight sweetness to it. FLAVOR – deep and roasted with slight bitterness. NOTES - overall good beer. MUCH different out of the cooler & when it warms up – it’s a much more probouned than many other stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1718) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2014
Cervesa amb aroma i gust a xocolata, però en gust també es troba gust a galeta i a caramel, l’alcohol és molt sutil. Cerveza con aroma y sabor a chocolate, pero en sabor también se encuentra sabor a galleta y a caramelo, el alcohol es muy sutil.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stef73 (302) - - NOV 25, 2014
acheter lors d un voyage a nyc une stout classique avec une bonne torrification un cote chocolater et une amertune que je trouve assez presente en fin de bouche c est bien équilibre

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1926) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle at Bierstube in Philly. Opaque brown pour with minimal head - from what started as a nearly frozen bottle. Warmed up to a nice complex dark caramel brew. Medium-thick. Liquorice. Chocolate Twizlers. Ripe figs. Brown bananas. Carob. Raisins. Nice cloudy dark full brew with notes of red brown stone fruit. Works for me.


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