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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout)Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout)

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521 Ratings
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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 11-28-2011)
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Black with a slight light brown head.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the nose.

T: Nice pleasant bitterness, medium and dark roast coffees, roasted malt and dark chocolate.

M: Medium-full bodied, and creamy smooth.

O: Very typical of the oatmeal stout style. Definitely recommended if you can find it. I personally had it on tap at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 01:33:44 | More by BierJager89
Photo of buschbeer


3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This is a dark beer. No light peaks through this one. It had about an inch of brown head.

S - The smell is of dark chocolate and delicious roasted malt.

T - I get some of that dark chocolate and roasted malt. I get a little anise, as well.

M - Pretty full

O - At first I thought it was pretty good. Then I got that anise flavor. I am not a fan of anise. I am guessing that developed as it aged. I have noticed that character with other older stouts. I would have probably liked it better 355 days ago when I got it.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 00:25:54 | More by buschbeer
Photo of SmashPants


3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a solid, stubby 355mL brown bottle with an interesting Sierra Nevada-style old-school label.

Appearance: pours a dark brown tending toward black, with flaties visible against the light. One- and- a- half finger tan head rises up and lingers quite a time, decent lacing also.

Aroma: solid flavours of burnt oats, cocoa chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Taste: some oats here, but mostly just a thick smoke-driven bunch of heavy malts. Honestly a bit dull. Not all it had been cracked up to be.

Aftertaste: does linger for quite a time, which is nice. The smoke characteristics carry through nicely.

Mouth feel: heavier in body yet quite sharp instead of the usually smooth stout. Lower- to- mid carbonation.

Overall: an interesting but ultimately not worthwhile stout. The normal flavours of toffee, coffee and chocolate with some burnt oat to boot. Not worth the AU$125+ per case price, however. Not even nearly.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 10:24:30 | More by SmashPants
Photo of brurevu


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes: It poured a deep black with a substantial khaki head and heavy dark chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. The taste was very smooth with light carbonation for such a heavy looking brew. There were hints of chocolate, sweet roasted malt, and some oatiness with a bit of hop bitterness on the very end. This Oatmeal stout was like a toasty oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookie with the slight bitterness keeping it from becoming overly sweet. Should be even better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 17:58:59 | More by brurevu
Photo of Jadjunk


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"This big Oatmeal stout is midnight black in color-with a big, roasty, mocha-like aroma. It has a silky body from the use of rolled oats, and a round and lasting finish. Perfect as an after dinner treat." Brewed in the style of an American Double/Imperial Stout. Available as part of the Best Of Beer Camp 2012 lineup 12 pack variety mix.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip snifter. Served north of 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy cream brown head over a near black body. Retention is average, lacing is light and streaked. Decent appearance overall, head quality is an obvious shortcoming, especially considering the ingredients in tow for this beer. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma contains copious amounts of roasted, chocolate malt and oatmeal grain for a mild syrupy sweet character. A subtle hop selection provides a touch of herbal flavor but a combative bitterness to balance out the aroma. The aroma is similar to an export stout with a touch more residual sweetness and body. Doesn't smell like it goes for too much. Aroma is very inviting. 4.25

(Taste) Flavors of heavy roast malt, cocoa nibs and earthy, herbal hops mesh together to create a bold flavor. Oats thicken up and smooth out the mix and embolden the potency of the flavors. Suggestions of licorice and a pinch of char give a medium earthy punch to the dry, roast finish. Certainly a great deal more potent and flavorful than a standard, run-of-the-mill Oatmeal Stout. 4

(Mouthfeel) Balance is equally sweet and bitter with a great deal of hop bitterness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, heavy overall. Carbonation is a touch excited- a little too much so for a supposed oatmeal stout. Alcohol presence is medium, accentuated somewhat by the bitterness and not concealed by the oat character. A mellow, slightly dry finish with a roasty character. A pretty nice mouthfeel. 4

(Overall) I don't have many complaints about this beer, although in terms of style, it's a bit heavier in depth and character than implied in an Oatmeal Stout, swinging to more of an export stout or perhaps a light-bodied Russian Imperial. The oats provided a mild thickness, but not enough to truly thicken this beer to what it needed in body. A roasty, mildly charred malt profile, bold herbal and earthy hop profile and mild spicy finish, this beer is great on its own merits! 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Beer Camp #45 2012 Oatmeal Stout

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 17:40:08 | More by Jadjunk
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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2012, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks, Drew!

A: Pitch black body under two fingers of fine light-brown head that rededes at a moderate pace and leaves plenty of lace. Excellent.

S: Pleasant, well-balanced aroma of dark chocolate, lightly-roasted coffee, and herbal hops. A nice hint of licorice. Solid.

T: Everything from the nose, with the addition of a spicy touch of booze on the finish. The interplay of coffee, licorice, and hoppiness is lovely, but the aftertaste is a little rough. Quite good overall.

M: Medium body with lots of lively effervescence. Perhaps a little too bubbly for the style, but enjoyable.

O: Very nice stout. Not one I'll be seeking out again, but I'm really glad I got to try it.


Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:21:42 | More by woosterbill
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 2012 Oatmeal Stout is a black ale with a chocolate brown overtone. The thin, shiny, brown head becomes a film. The dark, roasted aroma has a touch of toffee to it. It is soft, smooth and full bodied. It leaves the mouth a little chalky. The full, dark roasted flavor is like dark chocolate. The bitterness leans toward juniper and lemon peel. It has lots of taste that's well balanced. This stuff is just great. I used some in my black bean chili.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:09:42 | More by yesyouam
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation at the surface and some light amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall dense creamy mocha head that very slowly reduces to a medium patch of medium thickness including some larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with some light hints of oats and chocolate.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of roasted malts with some light notes of dark chocolate and oats. There is a light amount of sweetness along with a touch of anise/licorice in the finish. Some light hints of alcohol and light bitterness as well.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Slightly lighter in the body than some others in the style as well as the relatively well hidden alcohol make this one drink a lot smaller than it really is (surprised that it is 9% ABV). Enjoyable but I could only really have one during a single session.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:14:36 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of phishsihq


3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer Camp #45, Oatmeal Stout, pours an opaque black, and it is capped by a dark brown head that provides plenty of lacing. Dark flavors of mocha and chocolate lead way to darker fruit flavors like cherries and plums. The flavor follows the same dark flavor profile. Roasted malt, coffee, and just a touch of molasses mix with dark fruits and a bit of booze across the palate. The malt adds a bit of creaminess in this full-bodied, moderately carbonated ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:10:27 | More by phishsihq
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of double-chocolate milkshake is quite intense and very enjoyable. Taste is dominated by chocolate milkshake notes with light dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Some light dark chocolate and mocha notes are also perceptible. Body is full with nice chewy creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and quite a treat that I wouldn’t mind having on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 15:48:17 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of eric5bellies


2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep Mahogany colour with a cream coloured head the reduces quickly.

S - Dark fruits and sweet molassis and a little smoke.

T - Plenty of roasted malt a little sweet caramel and chocolate. The finish ios long and molassis.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation, slightly zingy on the finish.

O - A solid stout without complexity. Not a lot wrong with it, but won't wow you.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 10:08:33 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of gpogo


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a nice tan head. Tiny head bubbles.

A- Soft creamy smelling stout. Light sweet roasted caramel.

T- Creamy sweet, with a sharp bitterness from both hops and roasted malts. Alcohol in the finish.

M- Very creamy body, yet still somewhat sharp. Pours very thick. Light carbonation with very small almost nitro bubbles.

D- Enjoyable brew, definitely on the heavier side of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 07:37:13 | More by gpogo
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle purchase from Leura Cellars. Belatedly realised that it's 9% ABV. Wow.

Pours a deep but relatively clear and unhazed black-brown, with a solid and firm head of mocha. Body looks quite fluid, and as though it has little true weight behind it. Carbonation is fine however, and forms in pleasant rivulets when tilted. It's a good looking beer.

Nose is pleasant and sweet, but without a big richness, fullness, or even a chewiness like I'd expect from the oatmeal addition. Some mild dark fruity tones like cherry, red grapes or chocolate coated berries, and a faint hint of something smouldering in the background. It's nice, but not as robust as it might have been, especially for 9% ABV.

Taste is similar. It has a firm, rich basis which provides something mellow and solid, but it doesn't delve into anything deeper. There's no true sweetness, no palate-filling luxuriance, and not a great deal of complexity. But what it has is good: solid rich roasted malts, chocolate overtones and that firm persistent basis, which is nothing to scoff at. Faint hints of seaweed linger on the aftertaste.

Feel is light, indeed here the lack of complexity is probably showing the beer's weakest point.

This is a good beer that really could have been magnificent. It has a great deal of power and robustness to it, and it's built on a firm and pleasant structure. But it's really missing something, especially for a beer weighing in this heavily. I guess when you're disappointed in Sierra Nevada, you still end up with a pretty good package.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 08:45:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of hosehead83


4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted dark malt, dark fruit note
Taste-Hint of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee, warming alcohol in the finish. Smooth sipper. Worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 17:59:52 | More by hosehead83
Photo of confer


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is pitch black. No light passes through it at all. Minimal tan head.
Not very much to the smell. Slight sweet roasty smell.
The alcohol can be tasted but only a bit, with a slight roastiness in the finish.
Thick and chewy, this beer is very syrupy.
Overall a good Imp Stout for a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:34:11 | More by confer
Photo of Bfarr


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black and moderate brown fluffy head with good retention. Chocolate and biscuit with a light roasted aroma. Roasty mocha with a mellow sweetness, light herbal notes and a good lingering bitterness. Thick feel with a sharp bite.

A very good, easy drinking oatmeal stout that’s well rounded and balanced in flavor. I would say it’s imperial with a 9% abv but it doesn’t have the depth of a good imperial although there are no alcohol flavors or warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 22:37:37 | More by Bfarr
Photo of JWU


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a curved porter glass.

A- Black with a thin khaki head, dissipates quickly, leaves a little lacing down the glass. Alcohol legs are apparent.

S- mostly lactose sweetness, with some roasty notes, and dark chocolate.

T- Big hit of lactose sweetness with some dark roasty notes, some light char, and dark chocolate. Slight booziness and a mild hop bitterness on the backend. Bit to sweet for my liking.

M- Great. Thick and syrupy, and has that oatmeal smoothness. Best part of the brew.

O- Good, but not quite great. Little too sweet and not enough roasty backbone.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:12:38 | More by JWU
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured sweet lactose, dark chocolate and roasted barley.

The taste consisted of a soft lactose sweetness, cafe au lait and rather round roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty, brawny double stout. Nice winter treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:24:26 | More by plaid75
Photo of dgilks


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a small tan head. Fair head retention.

Roasty aroma with some sweetness. A fair amount of alcohol but mostly dark roast and some earthiness.

Moderately sweet malt with an earthy, bitter edge. Plenty of roast and some hop bitterness. Plenty of alcohol and malt to bring it all together.

Moderately-full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid stout. It isn't going to amaze anyone as it relies on big beer factor but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 08:58:10 | More by dgilks
Photo of heygeebee


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh the joys of the stout review.... So many similar characters.... Will this be any different?

Pours like a stout should... Smells on the money too.... Nice n rich with oats in mix and good roast notes.

Taste is very smooth, silky, with hint of coffee and dark dark chocolate in addition to oats. Taste lingers, quite dry finish.

Mouthfeel good, lightly carbed and full bodied to start with, gets lighter and almost watery as it warms. Odd given the ABV

There you go... Very little different to most stout reviews!!.... Good beer all in all tho, solid but not standout. Dry finish becomes unwelcome after a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 10:46:47 | More by heygeebee
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New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opaque tar-like color with a cinnamon head that retreats to the edges. Smells of dark chocolate, light cinnamon, some roast, little reminder of NyQuil. Ugh, flavors of unrestrained dark chocolate, light cinnamon, mud, unrestrained roast, medicinal notes, flaked oats burn, and cola spiked with bourbon. Heavy in body with high carbonation. Oily in mouthfeel. The oats, chocolate, medicinals, and booze are an assault on the palate. Tough to even sit through this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:27:04 | More by JRed
Photo of homebrew311


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Half Acre snifter. Appearance is jet black with no light passage. Minimal head upon pour, small amount of lacing. The nose is heavy on creamy smooth oatmeal up front. Next comes milk chocolate and roasted barley. Nice roasty profile with a creamy smooth quality. The taste starts with a complex and well balanced stout profile. A touch of sweetness in the form of molasses comes through, followed by chocolate and a touch of earthy hops, this all gives way to a progressively roasty finish. Pretty nice complete oatmeal stout here, this one would do well as a seasonal from Sierra Nevada. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this one was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 06:14:49 | More by homebrew311
Photo of herman77


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a think khaki head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of roast, a bit of smoke. Some dark bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee.

T:Seems more smokey then when I had it fresh. Lots of roasted malt, a bit of smoke and some bittersweet cocoa and coffee. Some dark fruits lurking as well.

M: Fuller body. Soft, lower carb.

O: Okay drinkability. ABV is hidden fairly well. Oatmeal stout is a little misleading, more of an imperial stout with oats. Having said that, it is pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:42:20 | More by herman77
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. 2172214:15 stamped on the side, which I think means this beer was bottled on the 172 day of 2012. An aggressive pour yields a pitch black beer with a dark tan head of about three fingers in size. Plenty of lacing down the glass and the retention is nice as well.

Aroma is a bit boozy with cocoa, coffee, grain alcohol, roasted nuts, and toasty bread comprising the aroma.

Alcohol shines in this one, which I am not fond of. There are some dark fruits with cocoa nibs and espresso coffee flavors. Thankfully it isn't overly sweet, but it is boozy and somewhat hot.

Thick and chewy and oily. Not my favorite in the style. Alcoholic and boozy and not really easy to drink. I think I would pass on this if offered in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 19:16:33 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a small, brown head, some alcohol legs.

Smell: Boozy, with some fruity ester and deep, roasted malt that gives scents of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to smell, with less but still noticable alcohol on the finish. The roasted flavors are cut short by the sharp, dry, and boozy finish. There is not much body for an Oatmeal stout, the beer enters and leaves without much residual effect. The carbonation is a bit high as well. The dark malts lean more toward dark fruit in the flavor

Overall: This is one of the very few Sierra Nevada releases I have been dissapointed with, it really didn't do it for me. The beer has an abrupt finish. Anything with 9.0% alcohol is going to be a sipper, and the taste does not linger enough to give it lasting effect. The flavor that is there is nice, but it is killed by the dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 06:57:34 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.