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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

529 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 11-28-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Sammy, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa, and some slight cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think the smell is better than the taste.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours near black with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some roast and a good bit of chocolate. Slight booze comes through in the flavor underneath some chocolate sweetness and a bit of roast. Nice oat creaminess through the feel. Rich and enjoyable.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts along with some notes of chocolate and hints of sweetness from the oatmeal with notes of licorice in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because there are no traces of alcohol in the taste and it isn't that full-bodied. This beer is called "Snowed in Stout" so it sounded like an appropriate selection to drink during Hurricane Sandy

metter98, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Texasfan549, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Because sometimes those 5% oatmeal stouts can't cut it, there's this: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp imperialized version that delivers all the roast and savory flavors of oatmeal stouts but with the complexities that only high gravity brewing can deliver.

Like many a imperial stout, this one shares those onyx-black anti-colors but with oil viscocities, dense tan foam, but somehow lacking in the lacing department. Alas, the weight of alcohol takes a toll on its foam character.

Rich and succulent aromas of deeply roasted coffee and chocolate come to life with an undertow of campfire smoke. Light esters peak through the malt with a shade of grilled cherries, plumbs, and currants.

Strong flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate coat the palate with an malty oiliness that saturates the soft tissues of the mouth with rummy alcohols, dark pitted fruits, and a marshmallowy sweetness that makes me think about smores around the campfire.

Obviously full bodied, the beer retains a malty creaminess well into finish before finally shedding its weight and starting to favor dry roast textures with the tannin of burnt embers (not quite ash) and slight fusal alcohols that nearly induce heartburn.

I often contend that oatmeal stouts are the best candidates for devising imperial recipes because of their use of oats that provide a creamy, velvety, and richly textured buffer against the alcohols and the pang of charred grain. Sierra Nevada executes this theory nearly to perfection.

BEERchitect, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viscous and black on the pour with a finger of tan head. Rich oatmeal and toffee sweetness on the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, a nice creamy chocolate character, coffee, and some hints of vanilla to it as well. The flavor is pleasantly sweet with chocolate, toffee, and vanilla notes. A moderate roasted malt flavor along with a touch of coffee give a light bitterness. There’s a touch of licorice on the finish. Carbonation is a little high for me, but nothing that ruins the beer.

womencantsail, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, May 28, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

largadeer, May 09, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JAHMUR, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Starting in on this year's Best Of case with the oatmeal stout. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, light coffee, and cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa, now more of a fudgy chocolate syrup, holds the prime position. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, one that could stand to be a bit creamier, but one that still ends up being a tasty and enjoyable brew.

TMoney2591, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

zeff80, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my ratings arent that high, but as a whole this beer is fantastic. it pours a full bodied looking brown color, dark and mostly flat, with just a tad of white head on top. the nose is booze and rolled oats, with some dark chocolate notes and a strange raw sugar sweetness. the flavor is similar, although the alcohol is much more prominent and the chocolate is way in the back. vanilla and even some wood take turns entertaining, while malty sweetness and thick oaty body round the thing out. theres not quite enough carbonation, and the body is thick as a result. its a slow sipper, getting mildly less enjoyable as it warms. i feel like ive rated this low, but as a whole its a pretty nice beer, its just that its constituent parts dont impress me wildly. still not the worst beer in this mix i dont think, although drinking all three in a night would be a bear...

StonedTrippin, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small head of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles down fairly quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S - A smoky aroma of roast barley and dry caramel with some pine hop character in the background.

T - Thick, sweet malt character up front with lots of caramel and toffee as well as a bit of dark chocolate. More unsweetened chocolate in the middle with burnt caramel. Finishes with molasses, caramel, and lingering smoke.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is subdued but nice and the flavor profile follows along much the same lines. The sweetness pushes back nicely against the dark malt and while the finish has a bit more sugar than I would like it is an enjoyable experience overall.

nickfl, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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

russpowell, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a tan head, lazy, thin, no lacing, moderate retention, looks good.

Aroma is mildly roasty, chocloate, a little boozy.

Beer is thick and sweet and thin on the finish. The alcohol cuts through and gives the last little bit a dry finish. Not a great stout but the bitterness at the end from the grain is not ashy like you might expect. I'm on the fence about ever having it again.

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to black in the glass with a lovely beige head. Nose of cocoa and dark caramel. Foamy mouthfeel and not at all sticky.

Quite a sensational dark and flavorful beer. There are so many Imperial Stout style beers it is hard to get clear on the variations, but this is one that is quite interesting. It's neither so sweet nor so hoppy, but it has a pleasing bitter chocolate taste. Some kind of fruit that is not obvious-- like persimmon pudding or plum jam. A touch of chestnuts. Hugely roasted malt flavors, but nothing obviously charred or sourish. The overall taste is rather dry, but there is a nice finish of mincemeat pie.

From the 12 oz bottle in the 2012 Beer Camp box. Yet another thoroughly pleasant SN brew adding to the subtleties of a well-traveled style.

mactrail, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MarkyMOD, Oct 08, 2012
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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.