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.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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.

Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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 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 kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. I like the style. Acquired at Cap N Cork in Los Feliz as part of a Sierra Nevada beer camp 12 pack.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a solid black. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: I get the mocha identified by the label, but in minute quantities. Hints of chocolate malt. Dark malts. Very slight roast. Oats. An average strength aroma. Typical for the style. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's nothing unique or special here.

T: Rolled oats, chocolate malt, a dark malt foundation, mocha cream (I'd stop short of calling it java or coffee), hints of roasted barley, and a bit of caramel. The roast is severely underdone, and feels limited. Alcohol is barely detectable. No yeast comes through. Well balanced, but underwhelming. Even the oats are a bit underdone.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic oatmeal stout fashion. The label goes a bit far by calling it "silky", but it does suit the flavour profile. Good thickness and presence. Moderately heavy on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. Quite drinkable. Good for getting bollocksed, but not particularly interesting in terms of flavour. I might try it on nitro (if it's offered). A decent offering from Sierra Nevada. Pretty par for the course as far as Oatmeal Stouts go. I like it, but there's nothing unique or special here.

C+

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin, light-brown head that disappears. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Some licorice/anise comes through.

The taste is sweet with roast and some pumpernickel bread. Alcohol shows, making it hot and peppery, though flavors do come through.

It is full-bodied and rather thick.

A hot brew, this is a nice dessert sipper!

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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 dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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 Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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 BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada snifter.

Snowed in Stout looks semi gooey out the bottle pouring in, the liquid is black when condensed, cant see through. A nice mocha colored head pops up and forms a milkshake like head with no stick to the glass. Smell is flaked oats very pumped up with some basic chocolate and roasted malt. At this point, I get no hops in the nose. A bit of dark fruit and a scent of alcohol. A nice hit of stout in taste with oatmeal, tootsie roll, roasted malt and a faint hit of dark fruit. The 9.2 is barely noticable but still there. Feel is medium bodied, not quite full, not gooey, smooth, rolls down the gullet. A slight warming sensation. All in all a good oatmeal stout that I would pick up more of if I could find it, which I wont, Beer camp goes quick.

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