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

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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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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: sholland119 on 11-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 533 | Reviews: 217
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very thickly, almost syrupy. Solid black, small head.
Nose shows sweet chocolate, heavy roast, soft oatmeal, caramel and bready malt.
Pretty roasty and boozy flavours, but there's some caramel underneath along with a fair bit of pine. Big hoppy bitter finish.
Very thick body, syrup-like. Very low carbonation. Gives the impression of drinking an egg white....

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, no dating or freshness info that I could find.

Pours midnight black, dark tan head, rich and creamy. and leaving some low sheeting and minimal slippery lace.

Dense, dark chocolate, roasty malt and a hint of vanilla in the nose.

Flavorful and quite enjoyable double stout. Lots more chocolate, sweet, bitter and complex.

Super smooth over the tongue. Thick and oily. Double stout goodness.

All in all a fine stout, big and bold, but at the same time so smooth and not crushing the palate. Fine night capper

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with thick tan head. Not too much lacing left behind.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and oats.

Taste: Once again, chocolate, molasses and oats. Mostly tastes like an Oatmeal Stout, but a little more char and coffee, as well as that semi-sweet core that all Imperial Stouts have that I can't quite explain.

Feel: Exteremely smooth and creamy. Low carbonation with a full, warming body.

Overall: Comes across as the amped up Oatmeal Stout as advertised. Quite nice.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a oily and very dark black with only a slight hint of brownish amber color at the bottom of the glass. Big four finger tan head with surprisingly good retention considering the high ABV. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty and pretty sweet smell. Deep roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, burnt caramel, toast, milk, and toffee. Has some brown sugar and other burnt sugars. Smells creamy and somewhat like a mocha drink. Has a hint of smoke along with the roast bitterness. Also a very subtle hint of dark raisin and plum. Slight hint of earthy hops and alcohol. Pretty good smell.

Taste: Like the smell, although the roast bitterness and hops are much more pronounced. Dark roasted malts with notes of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, milk, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and burnt sugars. Big bitter roast notes of coffee, burnt toast, and smoke. Light undertones of dark fruit including raisin, fig, and plum. Towards the finish comes a noticeable taste of earthy hops and a little pine resin. Finishes with some alcohol heat. Tastes more like a hopped up imperial stout than a oatmeal stout, but tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the medium to heavy side with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, bitter, chewy, and pretty drying in the finish. A little bit boozy.

Overall: A pretty interesting and good beer. The roast is big here and the hops are vibrant for a stout. Still doesn't seem quite as a big as an imperial stout, which makes it like a cross between a oatmeal stout and imperial stout.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aces & Ales.

Very dark brown, mostly black pour, good 3/4" tan head with good retention and decent lacing going on. Aroma, very similar to the regular stout, but more hops, more chocolate going on here.

Taste, yup, still more chocolate and hops. This really is a true double of the regular stout I'm thinking, just more alcohol, thicker malt body, chocolate, hops, just more everything, but had an added creamy element like it was 10% oats used or something slightly different.

Nice mouthfeel, alternates between the bitter hoppiness and then goes down smoov.

I really liked it.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 12oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Darker than used motor oil with only faint hints of brown near the edges under intense light. Tan head quickly reduces to a durable ring and partial top coat, but leaves some lace on the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts with hints of light smoke, oatmeal and black licorice. Slightly fruity with some spicy hops. Some alcohol esters after warming; plenty after more warming.

T: Appropriately rich dark roast grain flavors, with a light smokiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Hops add spicing and high (for style) bitterness. Some coffee in the mildly bitter, and long-lasting, aftertaste.

M: Full body with low but adequate carbonation. Very smooth. Some light harshness and warming from the alcohol.

O: Relatively subtle aroma but the flavor is plenty rich, with fine roasted grain flavors should appeal to beer geeks who enjoy dark breads.

(revised with new sample and .25 increments in Feb. 2013)

Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light brown head stay around a while and then settles into a pretty decent lacing above a what I believe is a clear super dark brown to blackish colored beer. A very think and dark color to this stout is very enticing.

Surprisingly light aroma consisting of rich dark roasted grain malt, with hint of coffee, toffee, and what seems to be burnt cherries.

Dark roasted Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate grain malts with dark roasted cherries with mocha adds to the deep dark oatmeal taste.

A slight bitterness along with the dark roasted malts appear in a dry aftertaste on this full bodied stout.

A dark roasted taste that I'm quite sure stout and porter lovers will enjoy, it's not the best of those styles but a worthy addition to the fridge.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled June 21 2012.

A: Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger khaki tan head. Some large bubbles in the head. Cant see any light through this beer. Head is gone in a few minutes, not much lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee and loads of dark fruits. Some heavy roasted malt. Molasses and carmel notes. Alcohol is in there too.

T: Roasted malt and a dark sweet fruity taste. Strong chocolate malts and some coffee similar to the smell. A boozy smack in the face at the end.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. A nice silky smooth body. Very warming from the booze.

Overall a pretty serious beer for this mix pack. Has some great flavor and is quite bold. Worth a try by any stout fan.

Photo of rdilauro
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks great coming out of the bottle in to the glass. A dark jet black pour with a typical white head that stays for a bit.
The bouquet was of malt,barley, chocolate, coffee and some Asian spices.

The mouthful was big and bold as a good oatmeal stout should be. I think this one has a bit too much in the ABV.... I think a percent or two lower would have made this would rounder and totally enjoyable.

The finish to this one was big, but as I mentioned above, a little bit too much with the 9% ABV

I will have to save a few bottles when it is really Stout season

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with a small mocha colored head on top. Not much retention, reducing to a very thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some sweet oats and a bit of cream.

T: A bit richer than the aroma, more cocoa than chocolate mixed with some sweet cream and a bit of roast and some sweet oats as well.

M: Very creamy and smooth, medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A very solid beer, probably my favorite of the beer camp pack. Very easy drinking for 8%.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near jet black with a light brown 2 finger head. Good retention, results in a thin, sticky lace.

Smell - Roasted malts, with almost a cola like sugary aroma.

Taste - Starts with a bit of malt roastiness and a sugary sweetness. Hints of chocolate and burnt coffee peak through midtaste. Somewhat boozy. Finishes with a distant metallic twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a low level of carbonation; slightly acidic bite. Finish is somewhat dry.

Overall - A decent stout. Nothing I'll miss once it's no longer available. A lot of character in this one that nearly hits baltic porter territory.

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Sierra Nevada's imperial oatmeal stout is a very dark brown with good clarity seen around the edges. The head is short and settles quickly.

Aroma is roasty and a little boozy with hints of cocoa.

Flavor is big and bold but balanced and smooth. It has a good dose of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy smooth. Feels as though it could have been pumped from a cask which is pretty impressive from a bottled beer.

Overall a very good oatmeal stout and very enjoyable with the Reuben I had for dinner.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great very drinkable oatmeal stout. More sweet than the classic and more bitter St. Ambroise that is always available locally. Pours supremely dark brown with initially ridiculous head. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of good malt, a little sugar,, perfect and understated roasting and toasting. Very good, not a bad note.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a thick, black ale with a large, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of burnt sugar

T - roasted malts, a bit bitter, bittersweet chocolate, very faint coffee notes

M - full bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm at times

This is a decent stout. It's labeled an oatmeal stout but has more body and flavor than I would expect for an Oatmeal Stout. It's enjoyable and highly drinkable. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in appearance, with a thick head of tan foam. Lace is thick and detailed. Very nice.

Nose is chocolate and nutty. Very appealing.

Taste is bittersweet with tinges of mocha, cocoa, and some mildly roasty malts at the finish. Heavy alcohol is hidden until the finish, where the heat is exposed a little. Overall, a rich, flavorful brew, and a top-notch brew!

Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oatmeal Stout pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. Looks absolutely onyx. No light cuts through at all. Very impressive. It’s capped with a lighter tan head. It’s rather modest and only rises to about a finger in height. It recedes rather quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but is definitely lighter in volume.

The nose is a tad weak, but still performs pretty well. It definitely features a nice chocolate malt base. It doesn’t smell sweet. A bit of roasted malt note is also present. Coffee has a nice presence. It even adds a bit of a charred or burnt scent. Secondary scents include light dark fruit and alcohol. Cherry and plum are both noted. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Smells pretty good. A bump in strength would improve it.

The flavor is good. I like it. The malt base is a mix of chocolate and roasted varieties. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the stronger of the two. Roasted coffee or espresso flavors are very strong and mix well with the malt base. It definitely adds a strong burnt or charred flavor. It complements the other flavors nicely and is a nice addition. Cherry and plum flavors are secondary and subtle, but add quality depth. Alcohol comes through and is easily noted, but I still wouldn’t guess it’s 9%. It carries its size well. Finishes chocolaty and burnt.

Oatmeal Stout has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and feels rather soft and smooth. It still feels too thin. More body would definitely improve it. Given its size, it’s surprisingly drinkable.

I believe this is my first experience with a 9% abv Oatmeal Stout. Whatever you want to call it, it’s tasty beer. I wouldn’t a little more body and the nose could be a bit stronger. Small complaints though. This is good stuff. Nice addition to the Beer Camp roster.

Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 1 finger of mocha colored head. Some viscosity to this, some lacing & head retention

S: Faint dark fruittyness, this grows stronger as it warms, some boozeyness

T: Dark fruittyness, baker's chocolate & charred grain up front, with just a whisper of anise, plus slight dryness. More dark fruit, & a touch of chicory as this warms, some charred grain, & a touch of boozeyess. Finishes dry with slight leafy hops & charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, fairly slick carbonation, fairly warming

A nice, but not great itteration of this style, would buy again if Old Raspy wasn't availible

Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An innocuous Oatmeal Stout I thought as I opened my first from the 2012 Best of Beer Camp Series. The heft of this one was a bit disguised I must say.

Pours jet black from a 12 oz. bottle and offers up an inch of resilient mocha foam. Touch of yeast and some light chocolate on the aroma. Aptly dubbed an Oatmeal Stout yet subtle and sneaky in the delivery, thus the dump into the Double category.

Taste is creamy and quite so for its strength. Bit of light chocolate and sublte caramel. Touch of vanilla on the back. Very subtle on the delivery for a 9 percent brew, particularly on the aroma.

Smooth feel does lack complexity vs. your typical big stout, but a self described Oaty gives it a bit of cred. Overall a crazily easy drinking brew and quite silky smooth.

Photo of hdofu
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This is my favorite out of the latest best of beer camp set they had at my local liquor store. It smells smokey and sweet which is just a preview of whats to come. It pours dark brown with a thin tan top. Taste is chocolatey, a little grainy it has a malty finish to it. It definetly has an alcohol burn in the finish. If you like oatmeal stouts or imperial stouts, this is a good choice. I can't recommend it enough.

Photo of wspscott
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: A somewhat vigorous pour yields a somewhat thin head that drops quickly leaving just a hint of a tan on top, almost no lace. Completely black, no light gets through when held up to a bright light. The lack of a head is surprising given it is an oatmeal stout, might be the alcohol level.
S: When first poured, the nose is very subtle, just a hint of roast. As it warms, a little more develops, but not much.
T: Lots of roasted malts, but very well balanced, not acrid or ashtray-like at all. A slight hint of fruit on the back of the tongue is quickly washed away by the dark malts. No hint of alcohol
M: A medium to low level of carbonation that seems a little too high for the style. I usually expect more of a creamy mouthfeel for an oatmeal style.
O: A good, but not great american stout, for this level of alcohol, I like more of a sippin' beer, but this does not have enough going on for me to drink over the next hour, also, it goes down too easy :) The drinkability is somewhat dangerous. Worth trying, but I am not dying for this to be a regular beer, I would much rather have the Anniversary beer (Fritz and Ken?).

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a minimal beige head that settled into a very light ring.

The aroma has some light sweetness to it. A bit of milk sugar and a light dark fruit. Not bad but not very distinct.

The taste has a nice underlying roast flavor which is smoothed out by the oatmeal. NIce depth of roasty flavors without much of the bittness. Some plum and raisin note which is typical with a stout. A nice barky earthy bitterness. Bold flavors but smooth.

The feel is moderate to thick but has a cutting carbonation to it. Not as smooth as some other stouts but the carbonation helps with the drinkability. Nice balance for a stout.

A good outmeal stout. There is some aggressive roasted flavors but the oat seems to calm and smooth out the bitter notes.

Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One dark beer. Dense black with just over one finger of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Rings of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma was a bit of a letdown. Quite a bit of alcohol is detected and the malt barely gets through. Subtle hints of mocha and some baking spice.

The beer is quite boozy but there is plenty of roasted malt that flavors this beer. Not as complex as I would hope but still quite nice. Bitterness is more than moderate that seems to come from the roasted malt. Finishes warm with a moderately strong alcohol flavor.

Just a wonderful texture from this beer. One of the finer uses of oats demonstrated within this stout. Soft, velvety,full, rich, and smooth are just few adjectives to describe the feel.

Not a complete success from Sierra Nevada. But still a very worthwhile drinking experience. Just a little too boozey for me.

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottole into a perfect pint glass.

Pours jet black, fully dark, with some tan broan foam. It settles out but some lays on the top. Oaty roasted smell. Mocha blend. Taste is a thick chewy chocolate oat flavor. Long hold that slides off with a faint finish of bitter. Real flavorful.

Photo of mscudder
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep and dark mocha brown with a deep tan head. Very minute bubbles throughout with a poor quantity of lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. All nice on the nose, but nothing overwhelming.

T - Lots of roasted malts and a large quantity of espresso. Some sweetness comes through the brew and gives it a touch of character. For the ABV I can detect close to nothing.

M - Creamy but far too thin for my taste. Body is medium but the beer is just to slick on the palette. If this were a bit bolder the entire beer would evolve to an elite status; sadly it just is not here.

O - Has a large number of good things going on here and fantastic given I just picked it up in a sampler. That said with a little improvement this would be on par with some of the best oatmeal stouts.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

vintage 2012

Deep chestnut color with a one finger tan head. Burnt coffee on the nose with dark chocolate. Some asphalt on the nose as well.

Thinner body than expected but with a nice mellow creaminess. Cocoa powder, black chocolate, black coffee, and bitter english hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden. For such a big beer it's pretty simple. Semi-sweet with balancing bitterness. No real depth or layers of flavors but everything blends together rather well. Good but pretty ordinary as well.

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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 533 ratings.