Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.18/5 rDev -18%
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.
10-21-2012 03:18:02 | More by kojevergas
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
09-18-2012 07:26:42 | More by corby112
3.96/5 rDev +2.1%
355ml bottle purchase from Leura Cellars. Belatedly realised that it's 9% ABV. Wow.
Pours a deep but relatively clear and unhazed black-brown, with a solid and firm head of mocha. Body looks quite fluid, and as though it has little true weight behind it. Carbonation is fine however, and forms in pleasant rivulets when tilted. It's a good looking beer.
Nose is pleasant and sweet, but without a big richness, fullness, or even a chewiness like I'd expect from the oatmeal addition. Some mild dark fruity tones like cherry, red grapes or chocolate coated berries, and a faint hint of something smouldering in the background. It's nice, but not as robust as it might have been, especially for 9% ABV.
Taste is similar. It has a firm, rich basis which provides something mellow and solid, but it doesn't delve into anything deeper. There's no true sweetness, no palate-filling luxuriance, and not a great deal of complexity. But what it has is good: solid rich roasted malts, chocolate overtones and that firm persistent basis, which is nothing to scoff at. Faint hints of seaweed linger on the aftertaste.
Feel is light, indeed here the lack of complexity is probably showing the beer's weakest point.
This is a good beer that really could have been magnificent. It has a great deal of power and robustness to it, and it's built on a firm and pleasant structure. But it's really missing something, especially for a beer weighing in this heavily. I guess when you're disappointed in Sierra Nevada, you still end up with a pretty good package.
02-13-2013 08:45:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
A : Poured near black with a tannish head, a good amount head retention which fades after a few sips leaving a light amount of lacing clinging to the glass and some sporadic bubbles
S : Smells of deeply roasted malts coupled with a nice chocolate and oat presence
T : Immediate oats, a tad creamy upfront in tandem with a nice roastiness. Chocolate, lights espresso and moderate creaminess come to the front midbody but then so does a twang and some light bitterness. The finish is a light decadent creaminess, little booze sting but nowhere near the 9 ABV would let on.
M : Medium to big body, wel carbonated. Lots of oats, cocoa and light espresso reside and linger on the palate
O: Not to shabby
09-22-2012 16:40:02 | More by barleywinefiend
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, no dating or freshness info that I could find.
Pours midnight black, dark tan head, rich and creamy. and leaving some low sheeting and minimal slippery lace.
Dense, dark chocolate, roasty malt and a hint of vanilla in the nose.
Flavorful and quite enjoyable double stout. Lots more chocolate, sweet, bitter and complex.
Super smooth over the tongue. Thick and oily. Double stout goodness.
All in all a fine stout, big and bold, but at the same time so smooth and not crushing the palate. Fine night capper
09-10-2012 00:24:09 | More by Billolick
4.23/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-17-2012 01:48:27 | More by Georgiabeer
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
04-28-2013 00:14:36 | More by dbrauneis
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-01-2012 04:44:49 | More by BARFLYB
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-22-2012 04:22:36 | More by superspak
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 5.90 %
LOOK: Dark, oily looking liquid with an off white head. Leaves some lace and appears like a big black behemoth.
SMELL: Deeply roasted malts, coffee, oatmeal, dark fruits, alcohol.
TASTE: Roasted malt, smoke, coffee, rolled oats, and a presence of alcohol. Dark chocolates, chocolate covered cherry, and a bit of warming booze.
FEEL: Full bodied, velvety smooth, moderate carbonation.
OVERALL: A nice strong stout from the beer camp series. Big time chocolate notes and a bit hot. Would like to set a few of these down for a while to age, but I don't think I'll be able to.
09-03-2012 15:16:44 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-04-2012 02:27:16 | More by Huhzubendah
4.48/5 rDev +15.5%
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!
10-20-2012 12:57:44 | More by John_M
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-08-2012 23:52:22 | More by smakawhat
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured a jet black hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.
The smell featured sweet lactose, dark chocolate and roasted barley.
The taste consisted of a soft lactose sweetness, cafe au lait and rather round roasted malt.
The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.
Overall a tasty, brawny double stout. Nice winter treat.
01-05-2013 03:24:26 | More by plaid75
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
09-07-2012 20:59:59 | More by LXIXME
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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%.
09-04-2012 01:08:10 | More by mdaschaf
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-04-2012 22:10:37 | More by tdm168
4.15/5 rDev +7%
On tap at Aces & Ales.
Very dark brown, mostly black pour, good 3/4" tan head with good retention and decent lacing going on. Aroma, very similar to the regular stout, but more hops, more chocolate going on here.
Taste, yup, still more chocolate and hops. This really is a true double of the regular stout I'm thinking, just more alcohol, thicker malt body, chocolate, hops, just more everything, but had an added creamy element like it was 10% oats used or something slightly different.
Nice mouthfeel, alternates between the bitter hoppiness and then goes down smoov.
I really liked it.
06-20-2012 20:53:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
On tap at Churchkey. Black in color with a thin chocolate colored lacing around the edges of the glass.
In the aroma I get a good amount of roasted malts and dark chocolate. It's a little creamy with some notes of black coffee as well. Pretty nice aroma overall.
Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a little burntness come out in the taste. It's very rich and chocolaty. Pretty solid overall.
Very thick and creamy, I didn't get the story behind this beer but I'm making an assumption based on mouthfeel that oats are involved somehow. Best part about the beer was the mouthfeel for me.
Overall, I thought it was a very solid beer of the style. It was very rich and flavorful with a great mouthfeel to it.
06-08-2012 12:43:15 | More by billab914
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
12oz picked up at Bier Thirty... Poured into my slim tulip... nice dark brown head shows good retention... the brew is the expected black... No real lacing, but a nice cap lingers until the final sip.
Nose is a bit mild... bits and pieces of the standard components... some bittersweet chocolate... some fruity esters... dark roast... still a little mild.
Flavor is much better... dark fruity esters combine with residual sweetness and light cocoa and roastiness really well... drinking nicely right out of the gate... a sorta lingering bitterness on the finish from the dark malts..
nice body without becoming chewy... sorta silky.. carbonation is spot-on for the style.
I like this one.... Damn, I am impressed with this year's "best of beer camp"... I might pick up a few of these to hang on to and open every couple of months... certainly doable with the low pricetag.
08-15-2012 05:31:11 | More by JohnGalt1
Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.