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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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Reviews: 218
Hads: 534
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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.

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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 534
Photo of SmashPants
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of ToddT
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a medium tan head. Head fades slowly to a cap but leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S- Roast malt, chocolate, coffee and a hint of floral hops, somewhat mild aroma.

T- Chocolate malt and notes of chocolate right away, followed by hints of bitter hops and then closed out with an dry earthy final note.

M- A little less than medium in body, feels a little thin, and low in carbonation. Somewhat creamy but the lack of body hurts it in the mouth. Finish is dry and earthy.

O- Decent beer, but nothing outstanding either. The 9.0% ABV gives it a nice kick, but not one I'll come back to again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black, and pours with a bit of viscosity that is nice to see... a promising sight. The head was a little late to form, and is rather short, sandy, and rather creamy.

S + T + M: Deep and roasty, with the standard chocolate notes. The oatmeal certainly gives it a full body, but it's perhaps lacking a bit of complexity all around.

O: A decent stout... though I'd be curious to see what would result if the malts were toned down a little, bringing the alcohol down, and creating some more delicate notes.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very dark black color with 1/2 inch of deep tan head that had low retention and very light lacing. The aroma didn't show much malt or oatmeal, but did have an abundance of roast.

The taste showed some chocolate notes, some roastiness, a bit of grain, but again, no oatmeal. There was a certain amount of alcohol heat across most of the tongue. The body was good, very well-rounded and balanced. Drinkability was good for such a hearty style. Overall, a very nice brew. Not an outstanding example, but certainly a worthy one. Worth having, and worth having again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This pours dark brown with just a thin layer of tan head.

Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma with a roasted malt backbone. Mild hints of coffee. Roasted grains on the flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. Very robust.

The body is creamy and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall this one is fair enough. A pretty enjoyable brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as coal. Very little head develops from the gentle pours of my bar wench. No lace, no surprise as there is no head. I finish the pour later and got a short-lived, dark tan almost espresso colored head to form.
Smell is very weak, nothing more than a bit of
Taste more than makes up for the lack of nose. Toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, hops. Great balance, flavors are woven together very well.
Reasonably smooth considering. Slightly drying and slightly cloying on the palate, a decent film on the roof of the mouth. If it had a nose and skipped the film this could be 4.5 across the board.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of a beer camp 12er served in a snifter

A- pours a heavy black with a touch of deep brown along the edges. Tan colored head that dissipated quickly.

S- mild roasted malts, oats, sweet chocolate, and a touch of alcohol

T- slight roasted malts a touch of dryness into silky bozey chocolate taste. Mild bitter hop finish.

M- carbonation right up front leading into a medium light overall body with a lingering malty alcohol like finish than lingers.

Overal a solid oatmeal stout gives you a little more than a usual all year round offering.

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Photo of shand
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Oatmeal Stout pours out an opaque dfeep brown color with a minuscule head. The aroma is very sweet, with some coffee, hops, dark fruit, and a hint of booze. The taste really follows through on the sweetness, it's syrupy sweet with the dark fruits, and the hops and coffee really can't balance things out here. It's just a bit rough, and not in a great way. Still a solid flavor profile, but quite unbalanced. Where's the oatmeal, anyway? The mouthfeel is full, rich, and silky, and the drinkability is solid enough. Overall, this one just tends a bit too sweet for me. Still a solid brew.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1657th Review on BA
Bottle to Hoppin Frog Snifter

Purchased for $1.99 @ Mission Liquors, Freemont, CA

App- When I poured this into the glass, it looked like a crimson liquid. A bit of purples intermixed into and a bit thick in the center. A lighter outside. A small 1/2" tan head and didnt leave too much cling or lace.

Smell- This was a bit off to me. A bit too boozy with some nice malts and chocolate but a bit of a fruit aroma. Blackberry and blueberry juice intermixed. Whispy and a bit hot but not overtly unpleasant.

Taste- This was an okay oatmeal stout. I dont see too much of that creamy oaty, flavor. More of a "big" stout that they were going for. This had some good fruits behind it a bit flaky and chocolate flavors with a bit of booze. A bit of a grainy and tart flavor behind it.

Mouth- A big medium body with a pretty thin/medium carbonation. The residual flavors were of the fruits and the booze. Didnt get any of the creamy oatmeal or anything else.

Drink- Was just okay. Fairly solid. Probably wont have this one again.

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Photo of herman77
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but has poor head retention and lacing is minimal.

The aroma of this beer is surprisingly bland. The label describes it as a "big, roasty, mocha-like aroma" but I find it to be surprisingly tame. Slightly smokey with some roasted dark malt and used coffee bean. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal and toffee as well but it's hard to pick much of this out until it warms up considerably.

Medium bodied and thankfully more complex and interesting than the nose suggests. Pretty robust with lots of smokey, roasted dark malt notes followed by silky sweet chocolate flavor. There's a nice robust coffee bean flavor along with some burnt toast and toffee followed by dark chocolate and fudge cake sweetness. It definitely has the roasty, mocha character that was missing in the aroma. Finishes dry without a trace of alcohol heat. Well balanced with a well masked ABV, making this complex beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to cpolking for this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, a touch of oats. Taste is smoky, coffee, alcohol, again just a bit of oats. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2012. Pours thick pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, oatmeal, char, toast, coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, earth, and dark fruitiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast, roasted malt, molasses, cocoa, earth, herbal, licorice, char, and light dark fruits. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, char, toast, roasted malt, oatmeal, molasses, earth, licorice, and dark fruits on the finish for a while. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; with some cloying dark fruit, roast, and earthy flavors on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good imperial oatmeal stout. A bit too cloying, but there are some nice flavors and decent balance. Fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 172 of 2012 (June 20). 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45.

Appearance: Pours a liquid black with the viscosity of oil. Thin tan head that recedes quickly. This beer looks meaty.

Smell: Strong mocha aroma. Slight alcohol.

Taste: Robust. Overpowering. Almost too sweet. Coffee, mocha, vanilla. A lot of flavor. Definite alcohol taste in this 9% ABV stout.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thick and sticky.

Overall: Not a big stout fan, and even less an imperial stout fan, but I can appreciate the depth of flavors in this beer. I will be sharing with my my stout-loving friends and family!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour on this beer is thick and dense, with a small but tight head of brownish foam forming. The nose is not as prominent as I expected, but it offers some nice sweet coffee overtones. The flavor is also more bitter than I expected, not just from hops but also from roast, giving an impression of bitter cocoa. Alcohol is also lightly detectable. It makes an OK double stout, but not a very good oatmeal stout, overall. The expected character of an OS just aren't present.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a black body, appearing dark brown at the edges, sporting a thin beige cap. The aroma is mild, with light scents of dark roast, molasses, a hint of chocolate. The flavor is roasty and chocooalty, with subtle coffee notes. The flavor is decent. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation. Palate coating, with abv hidden well. While this beer has some nice things going on and shows potential, I find it to be generally unexciting. This was ok.

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Photo of Buebie
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this fella out of the 12 pack Beer Camp pack couple days ago.

Didn't have high hopes for the beer going into it. I mean I like oatmeal stouts, but SN usually gives me a big ballzy hop bomb.
Boy did I misjudge this beer!

Try for a hard pour, because this is so thick it makes it hard to get some head from her. I would given it to her a little harder.
For the soft pour I got about a half inch from the build, and it left a thick cap. Thin wisps of lace that retreat back somewhat quickly.
The head itself is a light brown and the color of the beer is black, no light penetration.

Aroma of dark roasted coffee, Windex, toasted grain, and a little peat smokiness.
Taste delivers a little of the same, although its bit more sweet on the taste buds. Aroma makes you think big bitter stout.
Some chocolate too and finishing roasty and a little more bitter.

Mouthfeel is where its at here. Like drinking heavy whipping cream. Its thick as hell.

Good brew and alcohol is hidden from any taste or aroma, so be careful :0

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical Sierra Nevada excellence in the appearance. Black in colour, impressive 2 finger head of tan foam, great lacing.

Cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate in the smell...not strong but there. For a big beer, I expected a bigger "punch" smell wise.

Dark chocolate bitterness, roasted malt, coffee and cocoa, the taste is huge compared to what I was getting in the smell. I'm also getting some of the ample alcohol...why does an Oatmeal Stout need to be 9%abv? Oh well. The brew certainly won't bore me to death; it's actually tasty and with less alcohol, would be an easy drinker. As is, the sips I'm taking are on the slow side.

Full bodied, light carbonation, there's no complaints about the mouthfeel.

I like this beer but I guess I'm not a huge fan of an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: an aggressive pour yields a single finger dark tan head with some retention and lacing on a jet black thick body.

S: a lot of vanilla, even some bourbon, with roasted malts and hints of coffee. overall though, the aroma is a bit weak.

T: flavor is simple with standard roasted malts with some coffee ground. some sweetness from oats, vanilla in the finish but it enters late and though it smooths this one out, it contributes little else.

M: very thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall: oatmeal stout... really? Don't think so. This may be a stout with oatmeal in it but not really following that genre. This should be judged as a straight up stout.

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Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a sparse blanket of foam on the surface. Very spars lacing mostly quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, espresso, and a slightly sweet oaty aroma.

T: Roasted coffee malt goodness with a heavy stroke black licorice pungency.

M: Hefty and hearty and sticky. Peaty, pungent aftertaste wears on throughout the experience. Dry in the finish.

D: This is of the sipping variety.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark, intimidating appearance characterized by a pretty solid foamy head, but no real lacing. Nose is full, with a few basic expected components. Hearty roasted, slightly, sweet and pungent malty character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of DavidST
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, this is the 2012 edition. This pours a nice dark brown almost black color with a two finger thick mocha color head. The smell is of dark roasted malts, some alcohol. The feel is medium to a little thick and creamy. The taste is okay a little roaster malts, but a not well hidden alcohol taste.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate and a bit of espresso bean on the nose. Nothing really jumps out at me other than that.

Pitch black with a nice mocha head which laces quite funny. Its spotty and interesting. I like it.

Its very rich in flavor and mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans are prominent and elevated with the silky texture and low carbonation. Overall a very nice beer. Short review because I have things burning on the stove..

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Photo of divineaudio
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my deschutes snifter.

a - pours a deep dark brown, totally opaque, with a thick, creamy, two finger, light brown head. retention is good, slowly calming to a thin cap and staying put. leaves thick rings/legs of lacing in the glass.

s - rich chocolate malt, dark fruits, and faint cream.

t - bitter chocolate malt with a medium roasted character. faint raisin and something slightly tangy like plum or prunes. has a mild, earthy hop character and bitterness seems to come more from the malt and alcohol than from the hops. finishes slightly boozy, especially so as it warms.

m - full bodied with adequate carbonation and a medium co2 profile. serious alcohol warming going on here as well. lacking the characteristic oatmeal smoothness.

o - a solid beer but a little hot and rough around the edges. i may set one aside for a few months and see what happens. enjoyable and pretty drinkable but the abv catches up quick. i'd like to see sierra nevada do an expanded release of this.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head and light lacing on the glass throughout.

The smell is of burnt oats, coffee, chocolate and toffee.

The taste mostly follows the nose with roasted and sweet malts as well as coffee taste. The chocolate then comes in with a hint of toffee; there is also a strong hop backbone. This brew loses some points due to the fact that too much alcohol bleeds through an otherwise well balanced brew.

The alcohol which tends to dominate at the end does provide a warming effect and therefore this brew would be a good "warmer" for a cold winter night. Overall this is another well balanced brew from Sierra Nevada.

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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.