1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout)Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

521 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 521
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 521 | Reviews: 217 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A three finger head, seems to build almost in reverse from the top down, then settles very slowly with a light milk chocolate tan look. Body is a very dark walnut black. almost red body in color, you can just make out some bare very tiny bubbles rising.

Nose is kind of subtle, mild milk chocolate and roast. Very faint berry sense. Chocolate angle comes out a little more dominant.

A real nice mix of flavors on the palate here. Dense milk chocolate and coffee, together. Roasting grains come in the finish, mixing real nicely with the first two tastes. Balanced, little heat and warmth and a sense of piping hot coffee. Feel is almost silky, but a good density and chewy cookie like character.

Overall, really digging this.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 23:52:22 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice beer, so well balanced and with good depth of flavor and a silky texture. Definitely one of the better beer camp beers. Pours black with a beige head that fades to a ring. Nice aromas of vinous chocolate, cocoa, a bit of bubblegum, vanilla, and perhaps a touch of mint. Nicely balanced and deep tastes of chocolate, vanilla, some roasty grain, a bit of licorice, and a nice finishing bitterness. Silky smooth at first, largely due to the oatmeal no doubt, followed by a touch of chalkiness that is not unpleasant. I especially like the long cocoa finish this beer has. Very well done indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:48:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:22:36 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:14:36 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of beertunes


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 19:57:45 | More by beertunes
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 01:37:44 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma (seems like a trait with a lot of oatmeal stouts) of malt, coffee, and oatmeal.

T: Tasted of malt, a mild amount of hops, some chocolate, light coffee, and of course, oatmeal. A solid flavor that grows on you as you go along.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a striking or super original beer, but well done and definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 12:06:20 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:59:18 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.23/5  rDev +9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:24:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a thin, low profile, light tan head that recedes to a surface ring. Aromas of dark, bittersweet chocolate, roasted oats, and a touch of coffee. Flavors are rich and roasted on a smooth, slightly dry body. Rich, bitter cocoa nibs dominate the palate, with a subtle char in the backbone. Bitter and slight roasted coffee aftertaste leads to a slick, slightly drying finish. You start to get a campfire beer at the end of the palate. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:49:20 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Got some head on this about 1/4 inch of deep mocha head that turns to a silky lace ring. Color as expected is a pitch black with light escaping.

s - Smell is mild with notes of roasty oat goodness and some sweet bakers chocolate.

T - Quite good actually the taste of roast is mild and chocolate like malts mend well with the oat goodness. Mild, sweet, and delicious.

M - Chewy and medium bodied very hard to believe it's around 9%.

Overall I enjoy a good oatmeal stout and this one is great. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:36:09 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinks like a Russian Imperial stout without the hops....Aroma is big on the dark cocoa...also some of the soy sauce impression a lot of Impy Stouts leave with me...

Taste is good...some licorice....a bit of espresso...dark chocolate....

Body does lend some oatmeal creaminess...

A pretty impressive effort here that I am enjoying quite a bit...just a hint of heat but overall pretty smooth drinking, while also being substantial....not an all-time great but impressive...bottle this in 6'ers for 9.99 or in that area and I am all over it...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 05:25:06 | More by ZAP
Photo of scruffwhor


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oily black color, quick brown head. Looks tastey.

Roasted cocoa nibs, coffee with a little vanilla cream and almost burnt, roasted malt. Overall these aromas are a little faint though.

Palate is oily and thin. Boozey warmth mixes with roasty, sometimes burnt malts. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. This stout is pretty standard in flavor and texture given the style. Nothing exceptional considering this special product line from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 13:28:47 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:14:37 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a finger of frothy tan foam. Not a bad looking stout.

Smell: nice aroma of chocolatey malt and fruity alcoholic compounds. This is just the kind of bouquet I like in the style.

Taste: this beer starts of somewhat mild before the richer flavor elements begin to build on the palate. I actually kind of like this; it helps prevent palate fatigue. Chocolate and roasty malt character are present, but the big story is in the alcohol and fruity compounds. Strong, but it suits my taste.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and an incredible silky creaminess. I really do love it.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I admit it may not be to everyone's taste, but it really punches my ticket.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:00:53 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger light tan head with decent retention and slippery lacing. Mild aroma of dark toasted malt with slight coffee, a bit of hay. Flavor follows, with toasted and biscuit malt, light chocolate and coffee and hay; a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium bodied with decent creaminess. A pleasant, well made stout that is somewhat understated in flavor and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 04:38:57 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of dgilks


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a small tan head. Fair head retention.

Roasty aroma with some sweetness. A fair amount of alcohol but mostly dark roast and some earthiness.

Moderately sweet malt with an earthy, bitter edge. Plenty of roast and some hop bitterness. Plenty of alcohol and malt to bring it all together.

Moderately-full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A solid stout. It isn't going to amaze anyone as it relies on big beer factor but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 08:58:10 | More by dgilks
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:16:14 | More by nickfl
Photo of woosterbill


3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2012, poured into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks, Drew!

A: Pitch black body under two fingers of fine light-brown head that rededes at a moderate pace and leaves plenty of lace. Excellent.

S: Pleasant, well-balanced aroma of dark chocolate, lightly-roasted coffee, and herbal hops. A nice hint of licorice. Solid.

T: Everything from the nose, with the addition of a spicy touch of booze on the finish. The interplay of coffee, licorice, and hoppiness is lovely, but the aftertaste is a little rough. Quite good overall.

M: Medium body with lots of lively effervescence. Perhaps a little too bubbly for the style, but enjoyable.

O: Very nice stout. Not one I'll be seeking out again, but I'm really glad I got to try it.


Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:21:42 | More by woosterbill
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:26:05 | More by chinchill
Photo of FosterJM


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 16:49:20 | More by FosterJM
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with an average size fizzy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a bitter coffee flavour and a touch of dark fruit and anise. It ends with a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty good.. seems to be missing a little something and it's a tad too bitter on the finish.. but maybe a little bit of aging would help. Still a nice mix of flavours, a little something for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 00:45:58 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours slightly darken than cola with a dense, creamy, 2.5 inch, khaki-colored head with raised bubbles clustered across the surface. Head eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch cap with thin clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is roasty with a light charred character and aromas of mocha. Taste follows nose - the mocha definitely takes the forefront, with the roast and char falling in neatly behind. The back end expresses a trace of artificial sweetener and a faint metallic quality before finishing with a slightly earthy hops bittering that nicely dissipates any residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a pleasant, silky texture. Overall, a pretty tasty offering. Just a couple slightly off flavors keep this beer from being exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 01:11:39 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


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

12 oz. bottle in Beer Camp 12 pack.

Inky dark brown to black body. Viscous and oily looking. Small, sandy brown head with some lacing. Roasted coffee and barley mix with dark chocolate, mocha, and fudge. Also a bit of dark fruits offering up some sugary sweetness.

Smoky, roasted malts up front. Bitter dark coffee notes come on soon enough and stick around. Palate opens up with more mocha, dark chocolate flavors. Finishes with plenty of lingering cocoa and roasted coffee/malts. Full-bodied, with a thick, chewy feel. Pretty nice, overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:38:27 | More by alexgash
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 22:10:37 | More by tdm168
Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.