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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: 12
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:
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 tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer made a fine breakfast drink during a recent chilly tailgating experience. Even though I was in a parking lot it was poured lovingly into a Greenport Harbor pint glass.

Very deep and dark brown body with a sizeable tan head, strong retention and lacing. Sweet chocolatey nose; some bitter roastiness to the malt; hints of cream and coffee and a touch of piney hops.

Flavor follows the aroma; lots of chocolate, both bitter and sweet; coffee and cream; a hint of dark fruits; nice roastiness; a bit of a piney hop bitterness in the finish, but also a little lingering sweetness. Alcohol pokes its head out a bit but in a gentle, warming way and is unobtrusive and not overtly hot.

Nicely chewy, medium-full body, smooth and creamy with medium to slightly lowish carbonation, excellent overall feel. Really nice beer.

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Photo of dfillius
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate pour yields 2/3 finger of pillowy brown head with great retention. Nearly opaque dark brown that is nearly black. Nearly perfect!
S: Coffee, chocolate, milk, slight PNW hops. Some esters bring it down.
T: Breathy alcohol up front told me this was 9.0%. Why make it so high and not label it as double/Imperial? Roastiness afterwards is very nice. Hoppy finish is nice.
M: Warmth up front is a bit much. Full bodied. The warmth it contributes to my chest is nice. Hoppy finish is nice but a tad starchy green banana-y feeling.
O: A bit too much alcohol for what I want from an oatmeal stout. Even hotter than I like from a RIS. A fairly tasty beer that is imbalanced unnecessarily.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black color. The tall, dark brown head has a dense, frothy texture and strong, lasting retention. Lacing is attractive, with splotches and rings deposited irregularly across the glass.

S: Roasted malts are prominent, with some chocolate and dark/preserved fruit. Some sweet oatmeal aroma is also present, with lesser alcohol, charcoal, and toffee notes.

T: Big, roasty malt flavor up front. Preserved fruit (raisins?) and chocolate are noticeable. A bit of sweet/smooth oat character is present as well. Hop bitterness builds in to a gradual firmness. The aftertaste is of toffee, coffee, charcoal, and alcohol.

M: Firm, chewy maltiness on the palate. Carbonation is light and supple. Oatmeal contributes a nice, velvety texture. Eventually the tide turns to a more, roasty aftertaste, with a bit of alcohol warmth to boot.

D: This is a nice oatmeal stout, if a little big. As an imperial stout, however, I like the addition/contribution of oatmeal to the beer. It's still big, chewy, and malty, but has a nice, rounding smoothness.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts along with some notes of chocolate and hints of sweetness from the oatmeal with notes of licorice in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because there are no traces of alcohol in the taste and it isn't that full-bodied. This beer is called "Snowed in Stout" so it sounded like an appropriate selection to drink during Hurricane Sandy

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of a beer camp 12er served in a snifter

A- pours a heavy black with a touch of deep brown along the edges. Tan colored head that dissipated quickly.

S- mild roasted malts, oats, sweet chocolate, and a touch of alcohol

T- slight roasted malts a touch of dryness into silky bozey chocolate taste. Mild bitter hop finish.

M- carbonation right up front leading into a medium light overall body with a lingering malty alcohol like finish than lingers.

Overal a solid oatmeal stout gives you a little more than a usual all year round offering.

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Photo of Dools9
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hdofu
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CarolinaKev
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown deep color with small dark tan 1 finger head. Good chocolate malt aromas. Sweet chocolate malt taste with hint of alcohol to taste. Nice mouth tingle with lingering hints of alcohol. Overall a decent oatmeal stout. May be a little better with some age

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Photo of chickenflea
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first sip of this beer raised my eyebrows. I have always been a big fan of their hoppier offerings, but the stouts were good and not great. This stout is very good. Everything that you would want in an oatmeal stout. The creamy texture. The medium-to heavy-texture. Pours a pitch black color with almost not head head. A aroma is smoky with roasted malts and light mocha. Lower carbonation reduces the nose a bit. The aroma is right on but not as strong as I would have liked. The taste is where this beer really shines. Its not Old Rasputin, but i think it's close. Flavor is smooth roast, dark fruit, sweet dark oils, coffee, lactose, metal, smoke. Very good. Well done Sierra Nevada

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One dark beer. Dense black with just over one finger of tan head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Rings of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma was a bit of a letdown. Quite a bit of alcohol is detected and the malt barely gets through. Subtle hints of mocha and some baking spice.

The beer is quite boozy but there is plenty of roasted malt that flavors this beer. Not as complex as I would hope but still quite nice. Bitterness is more than moderate that seems to come from the roasted malt. Finishes warm with a moderately strong alcohol flavor.

Just a wonderful texture from this beer. One of the finer uses of oats demonstrated within this stout. Soft, velvety,full, rich, and smooth are just few adjectives to describe the feel.

Not a complete success from Sierra Nevada. But still a very worthwhile drinking experience. Just a little too boozey for me.

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

The beer pours much as the back label describes it; “midnight black.” There are faint ruby glimmerings from within the body, and some very light carbonation bubbles. The head is a very light tan color and not too large, leaving behind lacing that is sticky and long, like tentacles rising up from the rescinding beer-line on my glass. The beer smells roasty with nice notes of chocolate and coffee. The oat is also slightly present as a sweet cereal hint that melds with the roasted malts. The beers taste follows the nose nicely with big roasted malt notes, strongly reminiscent of coffee. The taste begins first and foremost as those roasted malts with light chocolate notes which opens up to further roasted notes and then begins to suggest slight citrusy notes (presumably from the hops) before falling back into the roasted grain and cereal flavor that hints at the oats within the beer. Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and clean, leaving a slight dry feeling tingling over the tongue, even as some saliva pools there to await the next sip. Overall this is a nice roasty oatmeal stout. Nothing too fancy is introduced with this beer, but it is a lovely example of the style, and well worth sampling.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Appearance: The beer is as black as dirty motor oil, with no hint of even the slightest hue of brown on the edges, at least until much later. A fine frothy, chunky mocha head slowly recedes to a rough sea of choppy foam film, before settling to a wisp with a tight mocha ring around the edge of the glass. Massive thick lacing coats the glass leaving what I call a world map pattern.

Aroma: The aroma of this beer is dark and rich. An immediate freshly baked oatmeal cookie greets me first, and there’s actually a really solid black licorice note in there as well.

Taste: The taste profile is just as rich as the aroma. The beer starts off with a deliciously dry yet hearty bittersweet chocolate chip note. Which reminds me of choc-chip oatmeal cookies ... And from there, the slightly alcoholic burn of the 9% greats the throat, but not before filling your taste buds up with dark roasted malts, hearty oats, and just a faint kiss of black licorice. The beer finishes with sharp, bitter hops, leaving a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Super, super dry.

Overall: Geez, this was so good that half-way into it, I started to realize that this 9% brew means business. What an awesome, excellent dessert beer this would make. I drank it out of my favorite snifter, which seemed quite appropriate.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in appearance, with a thick head of tan foam. Lace is thick and detailed. Very nice.

Nose is chocolate and nutty. Very appealing.

Taste is bittersweet with tinges of mocha, cocoa, and some mildly roasty malts at the finish. Heavy alcohol is hidden until the finish, where the heat is exposed a little. Overall, a rich, flavorful brew, and a top-notch brew!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a nice jet balck body with a nice 2' tan foamy head that doesn't hang around for long, then leaves a nice thin lace around the top. The smell is of roasted malt and coffee. The taste is of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee coming through also a little bit of hops just enough that u can tell they are there but not there. The mouth feel is nice, it is on the heavier side but its a nice stout.

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Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a sparse blanket of foam on the surface. Very spars lacing mostly quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, espresso, and a slightly sweet oaty aroma.

T: Roasted coffee malt goodness with a heavy stroke black licorice pungency.

M: Hefty and hearty and sticky. Peaty, pungent aftertaste wears on throughout the experience. Dry in the finish.

D: This is of the sipping variety.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark, intimidating appearance characterized by a pretty solid foamy head, but no real lacing. Nose is full, with a few basic expected components. Hearty roasted, slightly, sweet and pungent malty character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of mocha, roasted malt and molasses.

T - Great tasting - chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A touch of piney bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good stout. I wish they could make this a year round offering.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Really great head retention and a little bit of lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and espresso beans. A little floral hop aroma also comes through. The aroma is a little bit on the weak side, however.

Heavy roast and espresso immediately on the taste. Some dark fruit and vanilla is also apparent. Basically no hop flavor and bitterness is also on the light side initially. Alcohol becomes noticeable towards the finish but is pleasant and warming. There is a bit of a sharp bitterness on the back of the throat reminiscent of strong coffee. Mouthfeel is extremely chewy and slick from the oats. Really adds a nice additional dimension.

Overall, a nice beer from Sierra Nevada. While it is definitely a sipper and a one-and-done beer, it is perfect for dessert on a chilly night.

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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.