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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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Reviews: 218
Hads: 534
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 218 | Hads: 534
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a small, brown head, some alcohol legs.

Smell: Boozy, with some fruity ester and deep, roasted malt that gives scents of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Similar to smell, with less but still noticable alcohol on the finish. The roasted flavors are cut short by the sharp, dry, and boozy finish. There is not much body for an Oatmeal stout, the beer enters and leaves without much residual effect. The carbonation is a bit high as well. The dark malts lean more toward dark fruit in the flavor

Overall: This is one of the very few Sierra Nevada releases I have been dissapointed with, it really didn't do it for me. The beer has an abrupt finish. Anything with 9.0% alcohol is going to be a sipper, and the taste does not linger enough to give it lasting effect. The flavor that is there is nice, but it is killed by the dry finish.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very thickly, almost syrupy. Solid black, small head.
Nose shows sweet chocolate, heavy roast, soft oatmeal, caramel and bready malt.
Pretty roasty and boozy flavours, but there's some caramel underneath along with a fair bit of pine. Big hoppy bitter finish.
Very thick body, syrup-like. Very low carbonation. Gives the impression of drinking an egg white....

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, a bit of coffee, and alcohol.

T: Starts sweet with caramel and brown sugar before the coffee and alcohol come on. In between the oats smoothly carry from one flavor to the next. The finish is a bit nutty and roasty.

M: Very smooth. Slightly less carbonation than average.

O: Very good. Its very smooth for the strength.

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Photo of Mojo
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into World Market tulip.

This beer pours up a deep black with a one finger caramel colored head, not much retention and not a lot of lacing left over. The smell is alcohol, roasted malt, and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is full and bitter. Good beer, recommended.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.... this beer is imperial. Nice dark appearnce and good head retention. Lots of dark malt aromas, chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla... tastes like it smells. Just a very solid oatmeal stout. Has the typical silky body and drinks very smooth for the abv... it still packs a punch though

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Photo of zeledonia
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't tried any of the beer camp beers before. Tasted 25 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black, dark brown at the edges. One finger of medium-tan head, pretty good retention, but not much lacing. Dark dark dark.

Smell is sweet oaty goodness. Delicately roasty, with molasses and coffee, topped with lifting oat sweetness. Really nice combination.

Taste is similarly sweet and roasty. More molasses, a whole lot of it, backed by some woody roasts and a bit of chocolate. All kinds of flavors in here. Quite tasty, with one element rolling out as another one cruises in, like a parade of stouty flavors

Fluffy mouthfeel - thanks go out to the oats. Much lighter than I'd expect given the weight of flavors and the ABV. Lasting, just like I want it to.

I'm really liking this beer. It's a smooth, sweet, strong oatmeal stout. Nothing wrong with it, and a whole lot right.

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Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown color with a minimal beige head that settled into a very light ring.

The aroma has some light sweetness to it. A bit of milk sugar and a light dark fruit. Not bad but not very distinct.

The taste has a nice underlying roast flavor which is smoothed out by the oatmeal. NIce depth of roasty flavors without much of the bittness. Some plum and raisin note which is typical with a stout. A nice barky earthy bitterness. Bold flavors but smooth.

The feel is moderate to thick but has a cutting carbonation to it. Not as smooth as some other stouts but the carbonation helps with the drinkability. Nice balance for a stout.

A good outmeal stout. There is some aggressive roasted flavors but the oat seems to calm and smooth out the bitter notes.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle from their sampler...

Appearance - A slightly rough pour gave me 3 fingers of rich mocha foam, body is an opaque near black, with dark brown-mahogany edges, the beer keeps a half finger cap through the rest of the session with well defined mocha rings after each sip - nice.

Smell - Black cherries, molasses, roasted malt, roast coffee, dark chocolate.

Taste - This is nice - starts semi sweet roasted malts, dark fruits and molasses, a touch of amaretto and light alcohol, longer into the finish there is rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate and finally roasted coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel - This oatmeal stout is silky smooth and creamy, higher side of medium and coats the mouth, carb is lower side of medium, foaming and smooth. Really nice mouthfeel, and wonderful to sip and contemplate. The richness really accentuates and enables the enjoyment of all the complex flavors here.

Overall - Really an excellent oatmeal stout imho, I really like this - would definitely purchase in 6pax if released that way. The floral ipa was excellent, but I think this is the strongest offering in the sampler. Definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of wspscott
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: A somewhat vigorous pour yields a somewhat thin head that drops quickly leaving just a hint of a tan on top, almost no lace. Completely black, no light gets through when held up to a bright light. The lack of a head is surprising given it is an oatmeal stout, might be the alcohol level.
S: When first poured, the nose is very subtle, just a hint of roast. As it warms, a little more develops, but not much.
T: Lots of roasted malts, but very well balanced, not acrid or ashtray-like at all. A slight hint of fruit on the back of the tongue is quickly washed away by the dark malts. No hint of alcohol
M: A medium to low level of carbonation that seems a little too high for the style. I usually expect more of a creamy mouthfeel for an oatmeal style.
O: A good, but not great american stout, for this level of alcohol, I like more of a sippin' beer, but this does not have enough going on for me to drink over the next hour, also, it goes down too easy :) The drinkability is somewhat dangerous. Worth trying, but I am not dying for this to be a regular beer, I would much rather have the Anniversary beer (Fritz and Ken?).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  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...

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Photo of shand
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Oatmeal Stout pours out an opaque dfeep brown color with a minuscule head. The aroma is very sweet, with some coffee, hops, dark fruit, and a hint of booze. The taste really follows through on the sweetness, it's syrupy sweet with the dark fruits, and the hops and coffee really can't balance things out here. It's just a bit rough, and not in a great way. Still a solid flavor profile, but quite unbalanced. Where's the oatmeal, anyway? The mouthfeel is full, rich, and silky, and the drinkability is solid enough. Overall, this one just tends a bit too sweet for me. Still a solid brew.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a thick dark brown/black pour with a finger of tan head.
there is hardly any aroma coming from my snifter, which is very unusual. sniffing hard, i get some dark roasted grain smells, a hint of cocoa, and a mild sweetness (lactose?)
ok, the taste way more than makes up for the smell. a sweet hit of the malt bill showcases tons of roasted grains, yet has a subtleness to it causing a well balanced sweetness. flavors of coffee, tobacco, dark cocoa nibs.
medium to full body, a nice creamy feel to it with a nice amount of carbonation.. somewhat of a chalky feeling on the finish.

a pretty good stout coming from SN.. the only other one i believe i've had is their seasonal "STOUT" which i wasn't all that impressed by. this is way better.

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in colour, one finger tan head, light lace. Smell is roasty with some cocoa powder, coffee grind and milky chocolate, light alcohol and some liquorice as well. Taste is roasted with a great deal of dark chocolate, bittersweet coffee and hop notes as well. mildly sweet with bits of anise, mildly sweet mid palate into the finish, roasted aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, full body, chewy, but quite creamy and smooth. A nice serviceable and quite drinkable but still short of remarkable.

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Photo of genitempo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet-black body into a snifter. Tinted head with sappy lace that swiftly melts.

S - subdued nose, loose smell of roasted coffee beans, caramel, and cocoa.

T - well-rounded malts, acidic hints from the coffee.

MF - silk, gaining weight as the beer warms.

O - I really wanted to love this beer, but it fell a bit short for me. This is the second Imperial Stout I've had by Sierra Nevada (first being Narwhal). Both shooting below my expectations. I don't want to stereotype all NW Breweries as typically having a weak Stout/Imp Stout/ + or - Porter Recipes, but if I had to make an overly cliche statement, I'd let the Colorado guys run the show.

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Photo of danieelol
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose is a sexy black with a somewhat off-white tanned head.

Nose is coffee, sweetened cream, strong hops. Irish Coffee is one descriptor which sticks a bit. Molasses. Lots of caramel. Roast. On a later revisit, I notice the nose is as boozy as the taste.

Taste is roast, sweetened cream. A big flood of alcohol hits you. Punishing bitterness. I struggle to put this away, and I am trying. Really pretty astringent actually.

Fairly thick mouthfeel. Good in that regard.

I frankly find the bitterness and alcohol in this beer a bit too punishing at this stage in its life. Would be curious to see how it develops over time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a black body. Slick, oily lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol. Taste includes baker's chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate (I would think this is a chocolate stout blindfolded). Very smooth and especially easy to drink considering the abv. Excellent.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like 30 weight motor oil, jet black, with a light-brown one-finger head of detergent like suds. Thin lacing which slides back into the glass almost immediately.

S - Milk chocolate, espresso beans, licorice, and some dark fruit. Smells good.

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose, with coffee, chocolate, and plum, but they don't mesh well. Very boozy, with all of it's 9% in your face. Overall, the flavors are very brash, burnt, acidic, and biting. A minty heat in the finish.

M - Not nearly as full as expected, more of a medium body. Oily and slick. More carbonation than seemingly needed for the style. Definitely disappoints here.

O - I think this one could have benefited from more aging. Just kind of a big, boozy, mess. Not smooth or well blended at all. Flavors are brassy when they should be rich, and the mouthfeel was off putting. A misfire for me.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Sierra Nevada's imperial oatmeal stout is a very dark brown with good clarity seen around the edges. The head is short and settles quickly.

Aroma is roasty and a little boozy with hints of cocoa.

Flavor is big and bold but balanced and smooth. It has a good dose of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy smooth. Feels as though it could have been pumped from a cask which is pretty impressive from a bottled beer.

Overall a very good oatmeal stout and very enjoyable with the Reuben I had for dinner.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.