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Beer #125 – May 7, 2010: Stoudts Fat Dog

July 5, 2010

Beer: Stoudts Fat Dog

Brewery: Stoudts Brewing Company, Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle, Bottled on 11/11/09

Price: $12.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 9.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Rich, dark and very enjoyable, but the high alcohol content makes for a slow sipper

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Really dark, almost black, espresso bean hue with a medium, creamy, tan head and some lacing on the sides of my glass.

Aroma: Roasted coffee aroma with a hint of dark chocolate and notes of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body with a fizzy and creamy carbonation

Taste: Initial mild chocolate and cola nut sweetness, followed by an earthy middle of espresso and walnut skins with roasted and bitter coffee grinds.   The finish is slightly astringent with a warming alcohol note.  A big stout where the oatmeal in the brew certainly makes it smoother, creamier, and more palatable than other imperial stouts.

Pairing: Trader Joe’s dark chocolate pretzel bark

Trivia: Stoudt’s hosts a Microbrew Fest each year, bringing in breweries from around the country to their outdoor Biergarten, and serving up a great German inspired buffet called the “Best of the Wurst”.  I can personally attest that this is a great event, and a great bargain for a beer fest with beer and food all-included for $30.

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