Saturday, December 19, 2009

172a. Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout

So since the holiday season is upon us, I’ve bolted for the relative warmth of the Pacific Northwest, abandoning Elli to the cold of Dayton. This also means that we’re gonna have a little over a week of separate beer drinking. Elli’s choice to celebrate our separation was to pull out the Stoudts. This is our fifth Stoudts beer (well, not for me)—previously we’ve had Oktoberfest, American Pale Ale, Scarlet Lady ESB, and Heifer-in-Wheat.

Fat Dog is, according to the bottle, a bottle conditioned Imperial Oatmeal Stout. The nose is a combination of dark roasted and caramel aromas with toffee and vanilla rounding it out. Pouring a deep, dark brown, Fat Dog is clear despite the bottle conditioning with a creamy tan head. The beer starts creamy and sweet, then moves into roasted and chocolate flavors; there are no coffee or burnt malt flavors apparent, leaving the beer very smooth. Fat Dog is fairly dry overall; while there is some sweetness in the front, it finishes dry and bitter with a touch of hoppiness and spiciness at the end. Silky smooth, rich mouthfeel with a medium to heavy body and good carbonation that lingers and laces the glass heavily. As the beer warms, more alcohol is evident is the flavor and mouthfeel, as well as some nuttiness. Elli is not certain about this being bottle-conditioned (although the website says so as well)—besides being very clear, there was no yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Overall, Fat Dog is a smooth, rounded,and delicious beer—with the nutty and roasted flavors, it’s a very well-balanced and drinkable big beer.

From the Stoudts website: “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. For a special treat we aged a small batch of this beer in bourbon barrels and corked finished in our old style 750ml. bottle and kegged a small quantity as well. It was pretty sweet while it lasted, we just might have to do it again.”

ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 55


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