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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Reviews: 218
Hads: 534
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 5.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sholland119 on 11-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Appearance: The beer is as black as dirty motor oil, with no hint of even the slightest hue of brown on the edges, at least until much later. A fine frothy, chunky mocha head slowly recedes to a rough sea of choppy foam film, before settling to a wisp with a tight mocha ring around the edge of the glass. Massive thick lacing coats the glass leaving what I call a world map pattern.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer is dark and rich. An immediate freshly baked oatmeal cookie greets me first, and there’s actually a really solid black licorice note in there as well.

Taste: The taste profile is just as rich as the aroma. The beer starts off with a deliciously dry yet hearty bittersweet chocolate chip note. Which reminds me of choc-chip oatmeal cookies ... And from there, the slightly alcoholic burn of the 9% greats the throat, but not before filling your taste buds up with dark roasted malts, hearty oats, and just a faint kiss of black licorice. The beer finishes with sharp, bitter hops, leaving a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Super, super dry.

Overall: Geez, this was so good that half-way into it, I started to realize that this 9% brew means business. What an awesome, excellent dessert beer this would make. I drank it out of my favorite snifter, which seemed quite appropriate. (1,325 characters)

Photo of slash196
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours freely, with a thick, lingering head. Reminiscent of a freshly pulled espresso. Not much lacing left behind.

Smell - All roast, with some sweet oatmeal character. Like Sam Smith but with a tiny whiff of hops.

Taste - Brassy and flagrant coffee, sweet cocoa and fluffy oatmeal cookie. A little booziness, but very well-balanced. I keep thinking Sam Smith, but obviously turned up to 11. Lingering finish recedes with a subtle bittersweetness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light for such a big beer, but with a syrupy, sticky finish.

This is dessert beer at its finest. For my money Sam Smith is still king but this beer is Sam's brawnier big brother. My expectations for this were sky-high and it definitely measured up. (733 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Meridian Pint the other night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose in this beer is really, really impressive, as I picked up something of a smoke flavor, which I thought went beautifully with the abundant dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla I picked up. The flavor profile replciates the nose in this impressive beer, though there was also an interesting licorice and hoppy bitterness component on the finish that I appreciated. Some stouts seem to overdo it on the licorice, but I thought this beer had just the right amount. It, along with the hoppy bitterness, seemed to beautifully balance the moderate sweetness I picked up initially. Mouthfeel was fairly full, and I thought the beer was almost viscuous on the palate. Otherwise, the finish was long, with a slighly bitter, licorice edge to it. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, and so despite the 9% abv., the beer was not at all heavy or tiring to drink.

Will definitely order this one again! (1,032 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid dark chocolate brown with a short yet dense head of creamy mocha colored foam.

Loads of chocolate with notes of roasted malt, cream and vanilla bean.

Very chocolatey, roasty, coffee bean, underlying vanilla bean. Light bit of alcohol, but ever so tasty and full of chocolate.

Silky, velvety full mouthfeel that just slides across the palate.

Terrific beer and easily the best of this latest Beer Camp sampler. I was a bit disappointed in this pack until having this one. Loads of flavor and just a quality big stout. (526 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im having this at my job at Black Sheep Lodge. Poured from ye old tap. Super dark brown. Black if you will. Quickly fading head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, nice sweet malts, midgets. Flavors of toasty malts, subtle dark chocolate, oaky. Medium to full bodied. Crispy carbo. Very delectable. Not much oatmeal tho. False advertising. But I dig the mess outta this brew (372 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a huge, dense, dark mocha colored head. Head is ultra-thick and chewy looking, and took forever to collapse into a very dense and greasy film that lasted the whole beer through. A complex network of thick lace was left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of coffee dominate but I get scents of chocolate, molasses, toasted oats and hop resin. As the head dies more bitter dark chocolate comes forward.
T: Creamy and integrated flavors of toasted oats, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and piney herbal hop are present. The finish is very light and creamy, with almost no bitterness, and the aftertaste is full of milk chocolate and light espresso.
M: Chewy thick body, velvety smooth mouthfeel, with tingly yet very fine carbonation that bubbles up on my palate.
O: Exceptionally smooth and creamy. Flavors are potent without being so rich that it takes away from the smooth drinkability. Low bitterness, great oat character. A definite winner. (994 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: June 20, 2012 at 7:33 in the morning.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tall, milk chocolate head. The head retains very well. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. I can also detect some faint alcohol in the smell. The coffee and chocolate flavors are strong and the alcohol is definitely there in the taste. I also pick up some anise. Some sweetness emerges as the beer warms. There is a good mild sweet and roasty profile to this beer from the malt. There is a clinging bitter aftertaste from the hops that does fade slowly. The body is full, creamy, and smooth. The finish is dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer. (762 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with traces of tan, thick creamy 1 inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - ROasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, some rasin and plum. Coffee bean and some alcohol also.

Taste - Much like the smell, really nice chocolate and coffee flavor up front. Malts are roasty, bold and really smooth. Fruits are dark, and add a sweet and tangy flavor. Alcohol is present, adds a warm to each sip.

Mouthfeel - Thick, strong and tasty. Tounge gets coated with malts and chocolates, some molasses and coffee. Palate gets more of the same with a little fruit tart and alcohol. The finish is slighty thin and bittersweet.

Overall - Excellent, easy the best beer in the series so far. Very balanced, tons of flavor and a real pleasure to drink. Id love to see this avaible in a 4 or 6 pack, year round or even seasonal. (848 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate with some vanilla and oats and a bit of coffee.

T - Starts off with some roasted milk chocolate, vanilla, some some cola flavor. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through with some oats. The finish is a mix of milk chocolate with some roasted coffee, vanilla, and a bit of earthy hops.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and creamy with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice mouthfeel with great overall balance. (675 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first sip of this beer raised my eyebrows. I have always been a big fan of their hoppier offerings, but the stouts were good and not great. This stout is very good. Everything that you would want in an oatmeal stout. The creamy texture. The medium-to heavy-texture. Pours a pitch black color with almost not head head. A aroma is smoky with roasted malts and light mocha. Lower carbonation reduces the nose a bit. The aroma is right on but not as strong as I would have liked. The taste is where this beer really shines. Its not Old Rasputin, but i think it's close. Flavor is smooth roast, dark fruit, sweet dark oils, coffee, lactose, metal, smoke. Very good. Well done Sierra Nevada (689 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of mocha, roasted malt and molasses.

T - Great tasting - chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A touch of piney bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good stout. I wish they could make this a year round offering. (447 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle from their sampler...

Appearance - A slightly rough pour gave me 3 fingers of rich mocha foam, body is an opaque near black, with dark brown-mahogany edges, the beer keeps a half finger cap through the rest of the session with well defined mocha rings after each sip - nice.

Smell - Black cherries, molasses, roasted malt, roast coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste - This is nice - starts semi sweet roasted malts, dark fruits and molasses, a touch of amaretto and light alcohol, longer into the finish there is rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate and finally roasted coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel - This oatmeal stout is silky smooth and creamy, higher side of medium and coats the mouth, carb is lower side of medium, foaming and smooth. Really nice mouthfeel, and wonderful to sip and contemplate. The richness really accentuates and enables the enjoyment of all the complex flavors here.

Overall - Really an excellent oatmeal stout imho, I really like this - would definitely purchase in 6pax if released that way. The floral ipa was excellent, but I think this is the strongest offering in the sampler. Definitely give this one a try. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a small brown head that settles fast. No lacing.

S: Good big-stout nose: some roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but with some sort of dark fruit (maybe black cherries) as well.

T: I'm drinking this one kinda warm (the beer sat on the counter for awhile while I got side-tracked with other things) to start, and I suspect I would've noted different tastes had I drank it 25 minutes ago. Right now I get a good amount of chocolatey malt (milk chocolate, not dark or bitter), some dark fruit and a hint of char. Finishes with a touch of bitterness that I attribute more to hops than roast - maybe a touch of pine needles is there - and then the alcohol heat is noted pretty strongly on the way down the gully and into the belly.

M: Good creaminess from the oatmeal. Definitely full-bodied in heft. A slight oiliness coats the palate with sweet chocolate.

O: This is good stuff. I thought it was going to be a lighter, traditional (i.e., non-double) Oatmeal Stout. It's obviously not that. If the alcohol was just a little more muted I would've bumped this score up. As it is though, if SN sold this in reasonably-priced sixers, I'd buy it nearly as quickly as I'd buy Old Rasputin or Storm King (at higher prices) or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. IMO, it's nearly in their class. (1,348 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

A - Inky black, this thick beer pours into the pint with vigor but no sound. Momentary cascading sends the beer's tall cap of whipped mocha foam skyward with chunky, Swiss cheese-like lace draping down the glass afterwards.

S - Robust and assertive, this Best of Beer Camp offering unleashes a hearty malt aroma complete with milk chocolate, cocoa, and notes of cold coffee but, there is a present earthy hoppiness which gives it some uniqueness. Flaked oats and grainy pale malt finish the aroma out with a pleasant, juxtaposed rough edge while dull dark fruit and mild alcohol trickle in.

T - Hearty maltiness flourishes but doesn't overwhelm in flavor with an up-front mocha and chocolate bar perception that disappears quickly to a faint plum and fig fruitiness.

M - Silky smooth from the oats, this voluptuous beer's full body glides down ever so softly, trailing with carbonation and a balanced roasted bitter finish.

O - Sierra Nevadas Best of Beer Camp Oatmeal Stout is an excellent, high octane (though it almost doesn't show at all!) rendition of an oatmeal stout that showcases the oat's body-smoothing characteristics incredibly well. This beer is a dangerously easy drinker and perfect for the cool fall and cold winter nights! (1,301 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Brown Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2172209:06 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Light roast, tons of malt, and medium alcohol present. Bit of molasses too!

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies quick. No problem of this style. Pours a thick, deep brown body with tons of viscosity. Leaves dark suds behind.

Flavor- Tons of roast and a bit of espresso. Sweet when it comes down to it and finishes with a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Viscous, Espresso smooth, Closest thing to an Iced Caramel Latte, and then a great roasty finish with some oatmeal. Perfect!

Overall impression- My favorite without a doubt in this "Beer Camp" series! Such a great stout too for Sierra Nevada. Would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strong stout with tons of complexity. Did not expect this one from this brewery. (1,054 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #216
Served On: 09/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.0%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD. From the 2012 Best of Beer Camp mixed 12 pack.

Look: Complete darkness in the color. An aggressive pour produced a nice dense 2-finger head of dark tan foam. Head dissipated to a thin cap of patchy bubbles with some alcohol legs forming on the Duvel glass.

Smell: Roasty caramel with some coffee notes mixed with a sweet lactose character.

Taste: First up was the roasted quality from the nose. Then an alcohol warmth that lead into a bitter black coffee with a slight hint of caramel. Definitely not as sweet as expected. The aftertaste was of some winter fruits with the coffee bitterness and alcohol warmth retuning towards the end. Mouth-feel was extremely smooth and cream.

This was a nice Oatmeal Stout. My only comment would be a slight lack of sweetness to balance out the bitterness that seemed to be throughout the palate. (1,007 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Beer Camp 12 pack. This is listed as 'Oatmeal Stout', but the number is 45.

A-Pours a not-too-sludgy black. Light penetrates the body only mildly. Not viscous, but I thought the light would penetrate the body more (which is a plus). Head starts off big but dies off to only a skin. Head is a pretty, dark tan hue. It also leaves respectable islands of lacing.

S-Chunky chocolate and burnt oatmeal. Vanilla bean and mocha. Like a lukewarm cup of coffee. The aroma is complex and high in intensity. Great nose. The aroma is spot on.

T-Plenty to talk about here. I get a light cola flavor. Then, the extra-bold roasted coffee kicks in. All the sudden the coffee seems to be wrapped in dark chocolate. Not long after, the oats set in and linger with each breath. This brew has a beginning, middle and end; and I enjoy that a lot. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness.

M-I would put the viscosity-level at a 7. A bit syrupy and sludgy, but not awe inspiring. Tickling bubbles. Finishes pretty damn bitter.

O/D-This is a great brew! Robust and coercive. I really enjoyed this. What a great way to introduce myself to a new Beer Camp 12-pack. (1,147 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,669 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a black body. Slick, oily lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol. Taste includes baker's chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate (I would think this is a chocolate stout blindfolded). Very smooth and especially easy to drink considering the abv. Excellent. (369 characters)

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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.