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Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Copper Kettle Brewing Company

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Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal StoutSnowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 67
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 17
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ratman197 on 02-02-2012

Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels, with Coffee & Chocolate. Brewed with locally roasted Pablo's Coffee, aged in bourbon barrels from Breckenridge Distillery. Part of their Barrel-Aged Series.
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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the most intensely flavored beers out there right now, equal parts heavy roasted barley, dark black coffee, and raw chocolate. the bourbon barrel is anything but subtle too, adding the boozy vanilla oak complexion it usually does, and the oatmeal in here gives just a little residual sugar and a ton of body. i always loved the mouthfeel of the mexican chocolate stout, and i think that same richness carries over into this one really well. coffee is strong in the nose, as is the barrel, but its more well integrated in the flavor, where bitterness from all three elements really combine for an intense flavor rush. it almost tastes like rum not bourbon for a minute there, with an unexplained spice and raw sugar complexion, but it evens out pretty quickly. thick like fudge to drink, and not much in the way of bubbles, but you never really miss them, or at least i didnt, the viscosity is almost required with all the flavor in this one. i dug this pretty hard, a very slow drinker, especially at this alcohol strength, but its a very impressive example of the style, and one that should age awfully well.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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A: Dark brown with a light creamy head. Slight deduction for carbonation that seemed to dissipate rather quickly.
S: There was massive roasted espresso notes all over this with much less emphasis from the bourbon than I'm used to.
T: I was surprised at how balanced I actually felt this was. Coffee forward, with the vanilla and heat from the bourbon barrel more on the finish. Sweetness from the chocolate all the way through.
M: While I thought there seemed to be minimal carbonation in the appearance, it was actually ample upon drinking and provided a consistent, creamy rich mouthfeel.
O: I was skeptical, but this was a real pleasure to drink. My wife and I are huge stout fanatics and both agreed this was phenomenal.

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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking the 2014 bottling of this beer. ABV is listed at 12%.

Huge chocolate flavor, nice and creamy mouthfeel. I assume from all of the delicious oats that are in the beer. I also get some boozy high alcohol flavors but they are not at all harsh. Great jet black and oily color. Almost viscous in the glass. Very complex. The aroma is only so-so but otherwise this is a really good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured at just above room temp into a 13 ounce snifter glass. Nose is of huge huge chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla. Taste is even better, first of all, this beer is surprisingly super smooth for all complexity going on, tons of chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruits and vanilla.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 10.6% ABV per the label. 68 IBUs. Bottle #0304. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with black wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap and understated appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the description on the label - "Oatmeal stout ale aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and chocolate."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Decent consistency and complexion.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Not unique or special. Pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Cream, chocolate malts, oats, dark malts, cocoa dust, caramel, faint vanilla (likely from the bourbon), and chocolate.

A very pleasant, clean aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character is detectable.

I'm looking forward to trying it, but I do wish the bourbon was more forward.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, bourbon-induced vanilla, cocoa dust, cream, and caramel. It's pretty well balanced, if a bit too sweet. The vanilla in particular is quite forward and contributes substantially to the sweetness. Build is certainly cohesive, but not gestalt. The oats are quite subtle. As is the coffee. There's not much roast or graininess, but the coffee they chose works well with the rest of the flavour profile.

Lacks any real oak or barrel notes. Some toasty refined oak would really help it.

Fair subtlety and nuance, but it's not real complex or intricate. Amplitude is pretty high; it blends its notes well and integrates the bourbon into the base pretty well.

Pretty decent depth of flavour for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I like it.

Not at all boozy or hot - a feat for a fresh imperial stout at 10% or more ABV. No yeast character or hop character comes through. I love that it isn't too sweet.

It really opens up as it comes to temperature. The depth of the coffee really picks up.

Mf: I love how creamy it is. Succulent. Smooth and wet. Silky. Good body and thickness. Good presence on the palate. Soft and comforting. Sleek and somewhat glossy. A biteen chewy. Clean. Well-carbonated, if a bit overly so. Texture complements the taste well, though it doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

Unrefreshing.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

I love that it's smoother than most imperial stouts without feeling too porter-like. Many oatmeal stouts can't walk that line as finely as this one does.

Dr: Quite drinkable considering the high ABV. As much as I like it, it's not in the same league as the best beers in the style, particularly in terms of complexity and balance. The bourbon barrel does play on and complement the characteristics of the base beer to an extent, but really all that comes through is the vanilla of the barrel. It's set at a high price point, but I'd probably try it again aged or at a bar. It's a very likable imperial stout with a lot of good characteristics, and I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners, albeit with reservations. I'm really glad I picked it up. I could see this becoming a sleeper hit.

I'm really looking forward to trying more beers from Copper Kettle. This is an impressive introduction to their lineup. These cats clearly know what they're doing.

The softness and creaminess of the texture are the highlights of the beer for me personally. That texture really works great in a good imperial stout.

Low B+

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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Copper Kettle Brewing Company
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