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cladinshadows 09-03-2009 07:24 PM

Where does Imperial Oatmeal Stout belong in competition?
Is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout a "Specialty Beer" or a "Russian Imperial Stout" ? For the record I tested mine side by side with Avery's The Czar and apart from my IOS having less aging character, it was pretty similar in body/alcohol/hoppiness.

I'm entering mine in both, just because I don't think it will do well up against a chipotle hefeweizen or some other random combo, but where should and IOS be put?

david_42 09-03-2009 10:27 PM

RIS is your best be as long as the oatmeal isn't a major flavor note.

Brooklyn-Brewtality 09-03-2009 10:29 PM


Originally Posted by david_42 (Post 1525846)
RIS is your best bet. I wouldn't mention the oatmeal.

ditto. if it is more "Imperial" than "Oatmeal" than that is where I go.

eulipion2 09-04-2009 01:51 AM

If oatmeal does play a big part in the flavor/mouthfeel/etc of the beer, but it still exhibits characteristics of an Imperial, I'd almost say you'd get docked if you entered it in either, and you might do better to enter it as specialty. That said, you'd probably be safest entering it as an RIS.

Orangevango 09-04-2009 02:29 AM

enter it in both.

cladinshadows 09-04-2009 12:50 PM


Originally Posted by Orangevango (Post 1526335)
enter it in both.

I did, just because I couldn't decide and thought it was applicable to both. Watch them combine the categories because there aren't enough of either...

Sigafoos 09-04-2009 02:14 PM

Then it'd be funny to see which of your entries did better :)

(Judging is a subjective process, so it's quite likely they'd be a few points apart)

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