Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +3.1%
Served in a Founders snifter, bottled 6/21/12.
A: Pitch black, no light getting through. Fingers worth of brown, creamy head fades to a skim. Moderate lace, big alcohol legs.
S: Heavy roasted malt, bittersweet mocha chocolate, a bit of alcohol with a swirl, faint espresso and vanilla cream. There's also a generalized grainy component.
T: Lots of dark roasted malt, a bit of smoke, a good mix of sweet mocha and burnt coffee. Alcohol is not very well hidden however, this ones a bit boozey in the taste. Some warmth going down and a little astringency.
M: Definitely smooth and creamy, medium carbonated.
O: A solid imperial oatmeal from SN. The booziness however was a bit too much though, other than that, very solid all around.
10-29-2012 01:36:50 | More by Dools9
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
I love this beer. This is my favorite out of the latest best of beer camp set they had at my local liquor store. It smells smokey and sweet which is just a preview of whats to come. It pours dark brown with a thin tan top. Taste is chocolatey, a little grainy it has a malty finish to it. It definetly has an alcohol burn in the finish. If you like oatmeal stouts or imperial stouts, this is a good choice. I can't recommend it enough.
10-25-2012 21:37:46 | More by hdofu
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
10-24-2012 20:01:46 | More by womencantsail
3.88/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a Sam Adams glass.
Minimal head that is sustained by carbonation. No lacing. Body is one of the darkest browns I have seen. Advertised as midnight black, which is a stretch.
Aroma is very malty. A mix of cocoa and roasted. Some grain. Medium strength.
Flavor is predominantly chocolate, with oats and caramel.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but not silky. Remains on the palate for some time. A classic oatmeal stout style.
Overall - An above average oatmeal stout. Is it worth $4 a bottle? Not in my book.
10-24-2012 18:50:47 | More by KansasBeerLover
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
3.43/5 rDev -11.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a footed goblet-esque wine glass. Stamped 2172213:59.
A: Pours black, with an oily glisten and consistency. Light mocha head. Completely opaque.
S: Very flat. Some dull malts and discernable oatmeal. Sweet chocolate.
T/M: Pretty solid. Smooth and thick with a malty-sweet base. Hint of chocolate, no roast, mild hops. Sticky aftertaste.
O: Unobjectionable, tasty, and drinkable. Wouldn't recommend.
10-22-2012 00:11:32 | More by AgentMunky
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
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
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a small brown head that settles fast. No lacing.
S: Good big-stout nose: some roasted coffee and chocolate malt, but with some sort of dark fruit (maybe black cherries) as well.
T: I'm drinking this one kinda warm (the beer sat on the counter for awhile while I got side-tracked with other things) to start, and I suspect I would've noted different tastes had I drank it 25 minutes ago. Right now I get a good amount of chocolatey malt (milk chocolate, not dark or bitter), some dark fruit and a hint of char. Finishes with a touch of bitterness that I attribute more to hops than roast - maybe a touch of pine needles is there - and then the alcohol heat is noted pretty strongly on the way down the gully and into the belly.
M: Good creaminess from the oatmeal. Definitely full-bodied in heft. A slight oiliness coats the palate with sweet chocolate.
O: This is good stuff. I thought it was going to be a lighter, traditional (i.e., non-double) Oatmeal Stout. It's obviously not that. If the alcohol was just a little more muted I would've bumped this score up. As it is though, if SN sold this in reasonably-priced sixers, I'd buy it nearly as quickly as I'd buy Old Rasputin or Storm King (at higher prices) or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. IMO, it's nearly in their class.
10-20-2012 02:15:37 | More by Kendo
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-19-2012 16:15:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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