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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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528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 11-28-2011)
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Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

duff247, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with thick tan head. Not too much lacing left behind.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and oats.

Taste: Once again, chocolate, molasses and oats. Mostly tastes like an Oatmeal Stout, but a little more char and coffee, as well as that semi-sweet core that all Imperial Stouts have that I can't quite explain.

Feel: Exteremely smooth and creamy. Low carbonation with a full, warming body.

Overall: Comes across as the amped up Oatmeal Stout as advertised. Quite nice.

bsp77, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

roblund, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

polishkaz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the most recent beer camp mixer. Dark black. Smells of oats, malt, stout, not bad. Taste is malty and oats, silky sort of. This is a pretty solid beer for the style but I wish they could have done it at a lower ABV. Oh well, it was definitely worth the price of admission.

ArrogantB, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: June 20, 2012 at 7:33 in the morning.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tall, milk chocolate head. The head retains very well. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. I can also detect some faint alcohol in the smell. The coffee and chocolate flavors are strong and the alcohol is definitely there in the taste. I also pick up some anise. Some sweetness emerges as the beer warms. There is a good mild sweet and roasty profile to this beer from the malt. There is a clinging bitter aftertaste from the hops that does fade slowly. The body is full, creamy, and smooth. The finish is dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of mschind
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I may have poured this too cold but I got no head. Let it warm and gave it a swirl but that didn't do much either. Great looking otherwise, thick and viscous looking opaque dark brown.

S- Smells like something I want to drink. Vanilla, milk chocolate and even a spicy note, perhaps cinnamon. Dark coffee and alcohol in the background.

T- Sweet roasty malt with a nutty bitterness that balances things out.

M- Rich and full bodied. Doesn't feel undercarbonated. There is alcohol warmth but no harshness.

O- Definitely one to sip and savor. I would serve this as an after dinner offering with something chocolate.

mschind, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of redblacks75
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, from the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark, some brown, and amber highlights as light tries to shine through. The head was very minimal, with a mocha tint.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, faint alcohol, some vanilla.

Taste: A medium bitter profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for this style, fizzy, with a long finish. Some creamy notes.

Overall: This beer surprised me. It’s a decent representation of the style. I would buy this year round if it was offered. Worth seeking out if you enjoy the style.

redblacks75, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

twelveinches, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great very drinkable oatmeal stout. More sweet than the classic and more bitter St. Ambroise that is always available locally. Pours supremely dark brown with initially ridiculous head. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of good malt, a little sugar,, perfect and understated roasting and toasting. Very good, not a bad note.

Sammy, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JAHMUR, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Because sometimes those 5% oatmeal stouts can't cut it, there's this: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp imperialized version that delivers all the roast and savory flavors of oatmeal stouts but with the complexities that only high gravity brewing can deliver.

Like many a imperial stout, this one shares those onyx-black anti-colors but with oil viscocities, dense tan foam, but somehow lacking in the lacing department. Alas, the weight of alcohol takes a toll on its foam character.

Rich and succulent aromas of deeply roasted coffee and chocolate come to life with an undertow of campfire smoke. Light esters peak through the malt with a shade of grilled cherries, plumbs, and currants.

Strong flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate coat the palate with an malty oiliness that saturates the soft tissues of the mouth with rummy alcohols, dark pitted fruits, and a marshmallowy sweetness that makes me think about smores around the campfire.

Obviously full bodied, the beer retains a malty creaminess well into finish before finally shedding its weight and starting to favor dry roast textures with the tannin of burnt embers (not quite ash) and slight fusal alcohols that nearly induce heartburn.

I often contend that oatmeal stouts are the best candidates for devising imperial recipes because of their use of oats that provide a creamy, velvety, and richly textured buffer against the alcohols and the pang of charred grain. Sierra Nevada executes this theory nearly to perfection.

BEERchitect, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a dark brown hue. There is a thin layer of head that quickly dissipates. The nose is touch roasty, but that is all. Smooth, but the roasted bitterness is still present throughout. The roasty flavors grow on the finish and this offering leaves one with a distinct bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol bite gets a bit rough at the end, but nothing to seriously detract from the enjoyment of this offering.

57md, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of slash196
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours freely, with a thick, lingering head. Reminiscent of a freshly pulled espresso. Not much lacing left behind.

Smell - All roast, with some sweet oatmeal character. Like Sam Smith but with a tiny whiff of hops.

Taste - Brassy and flagrant coffee, sweet cocoa and fluffy oatmeal cookie. A little booziness, but very well-balanced. I keep thinking Sam Smith, but obviously turned up to 11. Lingering finish recedes with a subtle bittersweetness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light for such a big beer, but with a syrupy, sticky finish.

This is dessert beer at its finest. For my money Sam Smith is still king but this beer is Sam's brawnier big brother. My expectations for this were sky-high and it definitely measured up.

slash196, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of MikeConklin
4.5/5  rDev +16%

MikeConklin, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Chugs13, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +16%

JohnBender, Aug 22, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From '12 Beer Camp mixpack, best mixpacks.

A Pours dark brown and looks closer to a porter. Dark brown in the glass and a 1+ finger brown head with some retention. Not much lacing in the head and pretty lively with carbonation.

S First whiff is a light booze and some roasted malt/coffee scent. Light chocolate but coffee dominates.

T Roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Biter coffee finish that lingers for a bit. Strong on the coffee.

M Medium feel with medium carbonation. I wished for a more luscious feet but cant really complain due to price..

O Nice oatmeal stout with some nice darker flavors. At the price of the mixpack this is a hit. Make cases of this.

Gushue3, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

vintage 2012

Deep chestnut color with a one finger tan head. Burnt coffee on the nose with dark chocolate. Some asphalt on the nose as well.

Thinner body than expected but with a nice mellow creaminess. Cocoa powder, black chocolate, black coffee, and bitter english hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden. For such a big beer it's pretty simple. Semi-sweet with balancing bitterness. No real depth or layers of flavors but everything blends together rather well. Good but pretty ordinary as well.

jtierney89, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep and dark mocha brown with a deep tan head. Very minute bubbles throughout with a poor quantity of lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. All nice on the nose, but nothing overwhelming.

T - Lots of roasted malts and a large quantity of espresso. Some sweetness comes through the brew and gives it a touch of character. For the ABV I can detect close to nothing.

M - Creamy but far too thin for my taste. Body is medium but the beer is just to slick on the palette. If this were a bit bolder the entire beer would evolve to an elite status; sadly it just is not here.

O - Has a large number of good things going on here and fantastic given I just picked it up in a sampler. That said with a little improvement this would be on par with some of the best oatmeal stouts.

mscudder, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a black with khaki, tan head. Average-to-below average retention.

Smelled coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toffee, oats and roasty malts.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got coffee, coffee beans, roasty malts, dark chocolate, toffee and oats. Pretty malty.

Full body. Creamy, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. The best part of this beer. Very appealing.

Like the Floral IPA, this beer really grew on me. Would definitely have it again.

BucannonXC5, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Brown Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2172209:06 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Light roast, tons of malt, and medium alcohol present. Bit of molasses too!

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies quick. No problem of this style. Pours a thick, deep brown body with tons of viscosity. Leaves dark suds behind.

Flavor- Tons of roast and a bit of espresso. Sweet when it comes down to it and finishes with a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Viscous, Espresso smooth, Closest thing to an Iced Caramel Latte, and then a great roasty finish with some oatmeal. Perfect!

Overall impression- My favorite without a doubt in this "Beer Camp" series! Such a great stout too for Sierra Nevada. Would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strong stout with tons of complexity. Did not expect this one from this brewery.

DCon, Aug 21, 2012
Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.