Old, sad review
22 oz bomber I have to thank Lum and Douglas14 for. One bottle went to my lady's grandfather because of his deep love for Oatmeal Stouts, and this bottle is the 2007 that Lum sent me. This bottle was going to be shared with Boompah because he loved the bottle I gave him so much, but unfortunately he passed today. So its just me drinking this in his memory.
A: Pours a really thick, oil like black color. This beer i in fact black. Held to the light, it lets nothing through. Just a perfect pitch black like the snowy Alabama sky I have going on right now. It did take quite a while for about a quarter finger of head to slowly bubble its way up. Sadly, the head doesn't stick around for long, falling back to a thin tan line on the top. This beer has a nice coating quality on the glass that slicks it with a slightly yellow film.
S: Smell is just right on traditional. You can just smell the rich, sweet malts in here. The malts have a nice roasty smell to them. The malts are brown sugary and chocolatey. Then comes this really nice earthy oat goodness. The oat smells like I just opened a container of fresh oats. There is a slight booziness coming out, but that is expected from a beer well over 11%.
T: Good God, is this tasty! Those nicely roasted malts are just so damn good. Milk Chocolate and brown sugar come up nicely along with some dark chocolate bitterness (some of that bitterness might be coming from some counter balancing hops). The oat is just so nice, really earthy goodness with just an amazing hearty quality. This beer also has just an amazing, creamy milk flavor. The milk is just a perfect flavor to compliment all this going on in here. Just amazing.
M: This is the definition of a full bodied brew. This beer is thick, viscous on the palate. This beer is just so heavy and sticky. Damn does this beer coat the mouth. Perfect feel for a beer that needs to be savored. There is some heat coming from the ABV in the throat and in the stomach. Aftertaste is just oats and creamy milk.
D: For such a big beer, thi drinks pretty easily. A beer with such an ABV seems like it would just kill you, but it really does go down easy. All points of this beer are right on point and that flavor is damned near perfect with its pretty traditional flare. I can really see why Boompah loved this beer when he enjoyed this as his nightcap. It does have a sweetness to it, but its not just a dessert beer. Just fantastic. Prost to you, Boompah.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-01-2009 05:17:13
Served In: Pint Glass
Southern Tier's Oat gurgles from the bottle like a quart of oil.Pours black without a hint of light being able to sneak through. The beers body is so black it just swallows any light in it's path. A small ecru head formed on a hard pour and just wouldn't grow any farther. The head disappeared quickly and the swirling looked like our galaxy swirling in space. The collar did stick around though.
The nose is good but not near as intense as I expected for a brew this huge. Smell has a solid dark fruitiness up front and throughout. Blackberry, black raspberry and a faint hint of bing cherries Roasty malts and mild coffee comes through in the middle. Spicy booziness toward the back combines with a distance but noticeable pine/aspirin like hoppiness. The berries are noticeable throughout.
Flavor is right in step with the aroma. Roasted grain and black coffee mingle very nicely with the dark berries. Light cream on the finish along with the pine and aspirin like hoppiness. This beer is a mind bender. It seems to change with each sip either showing more fruit, coffee, or hoppiness. That's one aspect I really enjoy, an ever evolving brew.
The mouthfeel is heavenly. Heavy bodied but incredibly silky smooth. Just lays on the tongue with hardly any carbonation noticeable. Excellent mouthfeel!
Drinkability is good considering the abv. I could sip this till I fall asleep and tonight it will probably be as soon as this bomber disappears.
Another good brew from Southern Tier. This is from the Blackwater series. Is this the first? And what's the difference from the Imperial series? Is the Blackwater series all stouts? Enough ramblin' I just want to try them all.
Price: $7.99 Served In: Snifter
Oily looking black color, with subtle amber highlights. Half finger brown head that disappears rather quickly. A small amount of lacing, ever present ring of foam.
Aroma of toasted malt-chocolate, licorice, coffee, molasses, cherries. Very nice.
The taste is in the same accord with the nose. Dark chocolate, hint of vanilla, coffee and molasses. A touch of grains. Slight hop bitterness, nicely rounded and balanced. A smoky burnt aftertaste, not overly so, pleasant.
Smooth, creamy, sticky. Medium in body, and the carbonation accompanies the body well. The alcohol is there, but blended quite well. This is exceptional.
This is a very good Oat Stout, well done by Southern Tier. A couple of these in the evening to relax after a long day... nice. I am glad I have more...
This ages very well.
Served In: Tulip
Originally reviewed on 01-30-2008.
Heady with a thickness and color of dark chocolate sauce. Well-balanced abundance of malt and hops on the nose. Best-tasting chocolate oatmeal you ever had - overpowering like the thickest blanket on the coldest night of the year; this is beautiful chemistry. Thickness slides down the palate for an enjoyably long finish. Excellent for a nightcap.
Price: $9.00 Served In: Pint Glass
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-24-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Thanks to franksnbeans for the trade.
The color is a like that of a cola drink but with no fizz at all. I got absolutely no head whatsoever.
Smells are of chocolate malt, roasted barley, a little chocolate, caramel, alcohol and strangely enough a bit of green olives; I know it must be some combination that’s coming across as olives and I think it’s due to the fruitiness of the alcohol or something with the hops but that’s what it reminds me of.
The taste is bolder than the aroma suggests. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate with an alcohol kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and just a bit of carbonation to keep it from being too syrupy. Strange thing about this beer is that it hints to serve at 48° F, which I would not agree with when it comes to an Imperial Stout, but I kept this one in the fridge anyways and it’s cold but it doesn’t feel as cold when you sip it. I am sure that has to do with the alcohol though and I find it enjoyable. As it warms up there is some smoked flavors in the finish, more like an aftertaste really.
A very good Imperial Oat.
Served In: Pint Glass
Deep black in the glass, but pours with a bit of very dark ruby to it. Small fluffy capping of tanned foam reaches about a pinky high before residing to a grouping of large bubbles along the edge. Lacing of long inky glob and a bunch of spots is placed well across the glass.
Aroma is mostly blackened things and tenderly crisp with a small oaty sweetness hidden underneath. Burnt grains, coffee, bread crusts, molasses, and oats are all singed to make a close cousin nose to cooked brown sigar and charcoal.
Flavors are quite nice with lots of girthy length and smoothness in a well established stout style of oaty sweetness, slight molasses, burntish hints of grains, grasses, and coffee. There's a smallish hint to some milk chocolate as it warms that renders even more smoothness to its body which is quite welcoming and pleasing to the overall character. It grabs some favorable flecks of burnt wood notes as it finishes and the easy going warth the creep in after each sip is quite nice.
Feel is quite smooth and just over a medium body and holds a nice length in its overall tone and holds that tone well the whole way thru. Becomes quite chocolatey as it warms and has lots of depth in its flavor profile with burntish stuff.
One very solid stout and nothing short of what Southern Tier cranks out!
Served In: Pint Glass
Appearance is what you expect - black, very thick looking, no light getting through. Smallish foam settles down to nothing. Smell is good, with a slight burnt smell, alcohol comes through notably also. Very mild chocolate too, but not getting as much as TT did apparently. First taste is very good. Thick, sticky. Lots more going on with the taste than the smell from what I got. Really get the chocolate taste at first, a bitter, baking chocolate. And it's very good, almost like unsweetened hot (cold?) chocolate in taste and feel. Follow that with a roasted malt taste. The alcohol stays away A LOT more than I figured from the smell too. At 11% this one isn't as strong in alcohol taste as I figured. Feel is thick, but the smoothness of the oatmeal helps out too.
Overall, this one is a keeper. Luckily it's easily found around here, because this is a new everyday stout for me when I need to find one quickly.
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to braconid for this brew>
A- Very dark pour with a thin head on it.Light head fades fast into the brew leaving only a ring on the edge of it.
S- Whoa, real boozy smell. It pretty much dominates the smell, with chocolate coming through. Nice roastiness to it also.
T- Well, this is not what I expected from the smell. Very smooth malty brew. The alcohol is there, but blends really well with chocolate and burnt malts. Really well balanced.
M- Solid here. Nice clean alcohol finish.
O- Yet another solid brew from ST. Easy to drink with boatloads of flavor.
Served In: Snifter
A - Pours a viscous dark brown liquid that is completely opaque. No light is going through this one. Produces a small cocoa colored head made up of tight bubbles. This falls in about thirty seconds and leaves some whisps on the surface and a thick ring around the glass. Leaves a sheet of lacing that slowly slides down the glass until it meets the liquid body once again.
S - Deep, dark chocolate tones that last the whole way breathing in. Roasted barley. Freshly ground expresso bean. Slight anise odors. Alcohol stings the nostrils just a bit, letting you know this one means business.
T - Starts with loads of roasty malt flavors, with malted barley, rich dark chocolate and the smoothness of oats letting this all slide beautifully down the tongue. After some lingering of the chocolate and roasty barley, there is a burst of hop bitterness. Surprisingly sharp for the style, but the bitterness is a nice compliment. Some citrus coming from the same hop bitterness. Alcohol is present here, but just backs up the fact that this is a sipper of a beer.
M - Big, thick and chewy, but yet supremely smooth and almost velvety.
D - Very, very good brew here. A true sipper in every meaning of the word. Big and thick. Full of flavor. Well worth the pricetag.
Served In: Pint Glass
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