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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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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | 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 JEdmund
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a tan head that’s fairly minimal in size, despite an aggressive pour; it settles down quickly too.

Big aroma of espresso and cocoa; a little boozy; smells good!

Oh yeah. Mmm. First sip really unfolds, starting off with strong dark malt bitterness, followed by a lovely smooth/silky texture and then it ends with a rising tide of bitterness. The body is really nice; those oats add a lot (why don’t more imperial stouts/porters use oatmeal?). A little boozy and hot in the finish but it’s not bad. It’s strong on bitterness, and I’m not sure if that’s from hops (probably) or roasted malts—or both. Either way, they play off the smooth texture nicely.

I’m enjoying this and now I’m extra excited for Sierra’s new imperial stout coming out later this year. However, the more I drink this, the more I find the finish to be a little too assertive. It could use a little less bitterness or a little more malt sweetness to balance. But that’s really my only complaint. Otherwise, it’s got a nice aroma and overall flavor and a stellar body.

Photo of dcook11
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Very dark brown, nearly black. Rich looking mocha head, about 2 fingers worth. The head slowly settled to a collar. No lacing, a bit of traction noted.

S) Roasted malt, light milk chocolate, brown sugar, hint of vanilla extract, oatmeal cookie dough, and some alcohol as it warms to room temp.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely. The alcohol is a bit more detectable, with a following warmth. This has some decent hop bitterness, but this is drowned out somewhat by overly burnt/charred flavors at the finish.

M) Pretty much full bodied. It's rich, thick, rather chewy. It definitely coats the mouth. There is warm and tingle. The alcohol and bitter/burnt characteristics linger a bit.

O) A pretty good oatmeal stout overall, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but I wouldn't say they knocked it out of the park. A solid effort, and worth a try.

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 jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid dark chocolate brown with a short yet dense head of creamy mocha colored foam.

Loads of chocolate with notes of roasted malt, cream and vanilla bean.

Very chocolatey, roasty, coffee bean, underlying vanilla bean. Light bit of alcohol, but ever so tasty and full of chocolate.

Silky, velvety full mouthfeel that just slides across the palate.

Terrific beer and easily the best of this latest Beer Camp sampler. I was a bit disappointed in this pack until having this one. Loads of flavor and just a quality big stout.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

A: Pours a dark black with a finger of light tan head that left some lacing.

S: Deep sweet chocolate and roasted chocolate malts. Some clearly vinous bitter hopping here is also present. a bit of smoke and some roasted oats as well.

T: Sweet bitterness along with a midsummer campfire. There is a lot of residual sweetness available which is my preference for an imperial stout along with a good hop character of pine and citrus. Chocolate malt is very prominent as are the oat flavors.

M: Thick body with low carbonation. Slightly higher than I expected coming out of Sierra Nevada only because they do not make all too many thick beers. Their stock Porter and Stout are very solid offerings, but this is clearly thicker and less drinkable as a result at the same time.

O: This is a solid offering from Sierra's Summer camp. I prefer this the most of the three I have tried and I only have the Imperial Pilsner left. Overall a very solid beer. I would prefer the Belgian wheat beer from the last summer pack over this, but I will have to enjoy this while I have it.

Photo of BillyCannon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nkp765
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rau71
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KegsAndEggs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of roadies
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: near black body. two inches of a thick creamy mocha colored head. decent staying power and lacing.

s: chocolate, roasted malts, alochol, oats.

t: smooth rich chocolate up front, followed by a slightly chewy center of oats and a warming alochol presence on the end.

m: medium-full body, good carbonation. dry and bitter with a warming alochol presence.

o: pretty good, wish it was thicker.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a qquarter finger of a tan head. Slight alcohol legs.

S- A lot of roasted malts. A good bit of oatmeal. Some alcohol.

T- A slight alcohol taste up front. It follows up with a big oatmeal and chocolate taste. Its fairly bitter for a stout. A underlying hop profile but diuised by the other flavors.

M- A little alcohol feel. Drinks easy for a big stout. A little thin in my opinion. bitter and dry aftertaste.

O- Could be better. It really needs a bigger feel and stronger flavor to stand out. I hope the alcohol flavor also fades with age.

Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.