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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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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Copper Kettle Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Ratman197 on 02-02-2012)
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

On tap at Copper Kettle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, coffee and light bourbon. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee and light bourbon with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

02-02-2012 00:08:34 | More by Ratman197
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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.


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.

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Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Copper Kettle Brewing Company
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