Imperial Oat

     I may have mentioned previously that I am a fan of Stouts. I am especially a fan of Oatmeal Stouts. There is just something about the intense, dark, roasted coffee, chocolate flavor that I love. This is probably because I am also a good coffee advocate as well. I found an Oatmeal Stout that I have been wanting to try for sometime now. It is from the Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood, NY. I have previously reviewed their “Imperial Gemini” Double IPA. This time I picked up a 1pt. 6oz. bottle of “Imperial Oat” oatmeal stout, and could not wait to crack it open and let the goodness out!
     It poured a rich, dark coffee brown, with a thin brown head. It had a busy aroma, giving off wonderful fragrances of chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa powder and grains. It was a pretty good precursor to what it would taste like. It was incredibly sweet with comforting chocolate malt and smooth oat flavors. It had a slightly bitter roasted black coffee finish. The mouthfeel was full and syrupy. Some might say it has a chewy quality. Never the less it is smooth and rich. It does have a rather high ABV. at 11%, so this is a sippin’ beer. I thought the alcohol was controlled well, and never found it to be over powering at any time. There was no lacing of any kind and head retention was non existent. This stout would go great with ice cream or anything chocolate for dessert! The Imperial Oat is a great example of how a beer can be an experience, or what I like to refer to as a “Beerventure”! This is an over the top example of an oatmeal stout. It is excellent but is not an everyday beer one would sit down with. For those that enjoy sweet stouts this is right up your alley! Here’s to Good Beers!
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