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Name – Oat
Country – United States
Type – American Imperial Stout

My first craft beer I ever had was Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout years ago.  From that point on I have been hooked to craft beer and that beer in particular hold a very special place on my pallet.  It was unlike anything I ever imagined a beer could be like.  The body of the beer from the oats and the subtle taste of them just took me to far off lands I didn’t think actually existed.

It is a number of years later now but we have been finally been graced with a beer I have been eagerly awaiting.  When Southern Tier hit South Florida early in 2010 I took it upon myself to read more about them.  And when I saw that they have a fall/winter seasonal beer called Oat I figuratively jumped out of my seat.

A couple weeks ago the bottles started hitting the shelves and the kegs hitting the lines of some select bars.  I grabbed a bottle and it was time to see what Southern Tier pushed out.

It poured into my nonic pint glass a mostly black color.  But there were some deep red highlights along the edges of the glass.  A nice sized light brown head sat atop the brew.

The nose was subtle but you got what you needed.  Cocoa and roasted malts were the main driving force.  A little bit of the alcohol peaked out in the nose as well.

The taste is more cocoa along with a lactose flavor as well.  There is a slight bitterness to it but it seems to be from chocolate or coffee more so than hops.  The body is full and creamy as you would hope with the style.

I made a bold claim on Twitter the other night when I was drinking this beer.  I called Southern Tier the “Kings of the Stout.”  But this Blackwater Series is incredibly good.  From Choklat to Mokah to Creme Brule and now to Oat (yes I left out Jahvah since I’m not a coffee stout fan) they just continue to hit the seems off the ball with these stouts.

So if you want yourself a very good oatmeal stout for this winter season I can’t recommend enough to pick this beer up.  Let it warm up a bit and have it by the fire.  Well I guess if you have a fire place.

Grade – A-

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  • Reply Corey Wilson

    I’m with you on this, the Blackwater series is great.. minus Jahva which was just too much coffee for my taste. This is my favorite of the series so far, it puts the stout on display instead of vanilla, coffee, or chocolate.

    Though for king of stouts… I’d say they are up there but Bells gives them a big run for the money. Expedition and Kalamazoo off a tapline is just too good.

    December 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply marie

    I like the horsey on the bottle.

    December 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm
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