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Snowmageddon - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sweasty on 02-14-2011

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by Labeorphile:
Photo of Labeorphile
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Black as night with a thick brown head that laces down the glass.

Aroma is kind of lacking for a stout. Lots of sweet maltiness almost gives it a hint of a soda flavor, which is unusual for a stout, but characteristic of many Rahr beers. Everything improves as it warms.

Flavor follows the nose. Good stout, but overly sweet and would benefit from some chocolatey or coffee flavor balance. Mouth is nice and creamy, but a touch thin.

Overall a good but not great stout, certainly not my favorite, but I enjoy having Rahr as a local option.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Premo88
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(2015 printed on label)

L: black/black-brown liquid pushes up a FANTASTIC high-gravity head of tan foam that looks like coffee ice cream it's so thick ... super sticky, the foam is coated on the inside of the glass ... what a pour! so much percolating. lacing is good, too, and the tan collar and light skin is beautiful. no question a 5.

S: big bourbon, vanilla, soft oak ... this isn't barrel-aged? the dark malt here is massive, really pouring on the bourbon note with some darker fruits (raisins, dates) in there; as it warms, the toasted/burnt wood hits; yep, as we go, the bourbon notes are gone and the standard darker American porter/stout burnt notes take over ... still plenty of good malt sweetness, though

T: holy crap ... it's coffee-vanilla ice cream with a roasted oak character, so sweet and good, and a bitter bite runs throughout to dance with the sweetness -- bitterness might be from hops (earthy?) and could be burnt malt ... as we go, a milder flavor settles in, almost Scotch ale/old ale like with a hint of peat, bourbon/vanilla falls off considerably and raisins and huge chunk of bitterness takes over; the alcohol warmth is there, but the taste of alcohol is mostly hidden

F: relatively light and not slick ... looks thick but it's not a full heavyweight, maybe midweight with solid carbonation

O: it's no average oatmeal stout, that's for sure, playing with Russian imperial and American imperial notes as much as some good British ale notes ... it's a perfect sipping beer without being overly slick and heavy, and while it doesn't maintain its fantastic start of bourbon flavors, it's foundation of charred/burnt oak and raisin/raisin bread darkness include just enough sweetness to make it quite tasty

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to try this new beer from Rahr's. Since re-opening last year, Rahr has been making better beers and this one is a great example.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is cream, oats, roasted malt and some chocolate. Everything you look for in an oatmeal stout is present.

The flavor is dominated by heavily roasted/burnt malts with some bitter chocolate, oats, coffee and cream. All of the flavors meld well together and form a very nice imperial oatmeal stout.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lnashsig for this one. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery tulip. February, 2011 release I presume.

Bistre liquid, very dark but not quite opaque (as revealed when held to a strong light). Three fingers of khaki foam recedes slowly to a lasting soapy head. Soft frothy lacing adheres fairly well.

Coffee, sweet potato, toasted grain/wheat, and molasses in the nose.

The flavor profile follows the aroma closely, but adds some mild bitterness mid-way through. No discernable hop flavor per se. Root-y finish. Vaguely salty throughout (brings to mind teryaki sauce at times).

Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and faintly creamy. Warming, but not quite hot.

Decent balance, though lacking depth compared to the heavy hitters of the style.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought I had already reviewed this but BA says differently. The first time I had Rahr's Snowmageddon, I thought it was a pretty good beer. It was was tasty but I thought wasn't heavy enough for my liking. The first Snowmageddon I tried was the first batch from 2010. Since then I've come to like the Rahr brewery a lot more, mostly because of their beers that use roasted and chocolate malts. For some reason their beers that use them are by far their best (Ugly Pug, Iron Thistle, Winter Warmer, especially the BBWW[, and the Snowmageddon]). I remember having some of my brother's Snowmageddon not too long ago and enjoyed it more then than the first time I had it. Now I'll see if that wasn't a fluke.

When you pour this out, try to tip the bottle more than you think you should because I didn't get much head on mine, about half an inch. It was light tan in color and creamy, had decent retention, and fizzed away fairly quickly. No lacing. Pitch black at first glance, the beer is a deep, dark ruby color and a bit opaque.

This smells good as soon as you pour it out. None of the aromas are very strong but the smell is complex overall. Roasted coffee, rich cocoa, sweet and sugary chocolate, dark fruits of fig and raisin, a mild booziness, and a touch of tobacco.

This is definitely a beer you want to let warm up in order to better appreciate it. The taste is much like the smell in that none of the flavors are very strong but there is good complexity. There's more of a hoppy bitterness than I expected but it's mild. More prominent are the dark fruit flavors of fig and raisin, adding sweetness and come after the initial hop presence. Next comes the goodness, what I love about stouts, the roasty, chocolatey, coffee flavors. There is some warm booziness but it's not overpowering at all. Later on comes tobacco, and since I love cigars, I welcome it. This isn't a very robust or in-your-face stout but it does taste good.

The beer is very smooth and has a medium carbonation that keeps it interesting with the drinkability being high. Sweetness makes it just a bit slick.

This is a good stout although I wouldn't say it's a very good representation of what most would think of an imperial stout. You think big, bold flavors with the style, and although the Snowmageddon can't be described as that, the beer still has good flavors and enough of them to make it a well-balanced and tasty beer. I'd rather it have a heavier beer but it is drinkable. So, while I wish it was "more", it's still good. I'd love to have another!

Photo of clearwall
1.46/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This was the worst beer I've had in quite some time. Have you ever seen a chocolate coke? The pour looked almost exactly like that but more watered down. The smell was extremely bitter and overly sweet at the same time. The taste was the worst part. It was like the hops spoiled in the fermentation and they were awful. mouth feel was the thinnest beer I think ive ever tasted, almost like drinking water. Bad bad bad. Avoid this one

Photo of goochpunch
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2014 bottling. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Booze aroma, toasted malt, lightly roasty. Not a whole lot going on. Flavor is big brown ale up front with chocolate malts. Aftertaste of coffee and booze. Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and very sticky. Not good.

Photo of cgmees
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Poured a deep mahogany colored body with a thin head.

Smells of chocolate, raisins and a slight coffee tang.

Slight coffee tang with chocolate and roasted malt/nuts.

Thin body, almost a milk stout style, but with more alcohol

Very nice and easy on the palate with nice finish.

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. Released earlier this year. Heard it needed some aging so let it sit till now. It was mostly black in color with mahogany edges. It had an average sized, brown foamy head that settled into a collar and covering film. Good sheeting with just a little sticking.

The aroma was roasted malt, slight char, bitter coffee and still a good dose of booze. Was good but needed something more to it. The taste follows the aroma. Starts with a bit of sweet and then the bitter from the coffee and chocolate come in at the end. Again, good but doesn't really make a lasting impression. Mouthfeel is near full with good carbonation and good aftertaste.

Overall, a good middle of the pack ImpStout for me. I was here for the Snowmageddon in DFW that hit the brewery and is the story behind the beer so had to try it. Good to see Rahr continue their maturation as a brewery and try new styles. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - it was good but one was enough for me. [N;O]

Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JJFoodie for this!

Pours a super dark brown, not quite black. Medium tan head, looking a bit bubbly. Nice roasted malt notes and subtle chocolate notes, with a touch of coffee. Fairly spot on with the taste, little bit more roasted and a hair sweeter. Carbonation is a touch off and a little stingy, but aside, body is medium to full bodied and creamy.

Nothing spectacular, but it's solid and not bad at all.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +7.5%

2012 vintage
A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense tan head that is slow to fade and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of roasted malts and chocolate with a little coffee. slightly sweet on the nose
T: taste is fairly delicate with some milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and light sweetness. swallow is assertive roasted malt flavor with some lingering chocolate
M: smooth and velvety on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: As an Oatmeal stout this is really good. I should have drank it a little sooner but the flavors are still there and very smooth and balanced. Well made and goes down easy.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a massive cap of tan head. Excellent retention and light lacing. Light in color for an Oaty Stout, especially an imperial one.

Nose is sweet chocolate, black licorice and honeyed grains. Not bad, the roast is pretty low and the alcohol well hidden.

Alcohol shows up plenty more in the taste along with some anise and bready flavors. Body is fairly full, but lacks the smooth 'creaminess' that oats usually impart. Sweetness is pretty well balanced by some burnt toast and light hoppiness. Has some good parts and some not so great, just doesnt quite come all the way together as well as I had hoped. Still, the bomber was pretty easy to finish and I would not mind sipping on this again sometime.

Photo of Fenris244
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my old guardian snifter

Pours a black, with some light underneath it's a really dark red, 2 finger head with very little retention.

Soy sauce aroma some maltiness I guess but the soy sauce is pretty overpowering

Some coffee a little chocolate, I don't know what was up with the smell but I tastes much better than it smells, coffee, chocolate and some roasted malt is pretty pleasant. A little hot for my tastes

Really light in body for an imperial, feels watery

Overall not bad but it all feels a little forced, maybe with some time it'll turn into a damn fine beer but right now it's not something I'll have again

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to OakedCanuck for this. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of creamy beige head that retains about average and leaves behind a good bit of lacing.

4.0 S: Nose is a bit weak, but I really like the way it smells. Foremost, it has a strong "fresh mountain stream" aroma to it. Under that there is cacao powder, light to moderate roastiness, and a dry, almost dustiness. Zero booze. A touch of caramel and coffee. Not overly complex, but incredibly pleasant.

4.0 T: Again, not an intense brew, but a tasty, well crafted one. Light roastiness with more coffee than in the nose and a little less chocolate. Soft balancing sweetness in the form of caramel first, then molasses and brown sugar. Again absolutely no booze at all. Perhaps the lightest touch of smoke.

4.5 M: Medium body. Despite the lighter body (for the style) this is wonderfully creamy. Super smooth with a roasty aftertaste.

4.0 D: This isn't for those who need big, bold (and often unwieldy) imperial stouts. For those who want a tasty, well made beer, this is it. No problems and solid all-around.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep garnet-colored body topped by a massive, persistent tan head, with lots of Belgian lacing. Lots of fine, slow-rising bubbles are visible before a strong back light.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol dominates the aroma. There are also notes of dark fruit, espresso beans, and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Opens with lots of dark roasted malt, dark bread, sweet alcohol. Throughout the taste, strong dark malt flavors dominate. Later in the taste, bitter chocolate notes appear, and linger on to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft,very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, quite drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Photo of zdk9
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a full head and quite a bit of lacing. A nice looking beer.

S- The aroma starts with a blast of roast- woody, slightly smoky, good bit of coffee. Then comes some saltier bits- teryaki, soy sauce, licorice. As it warms it gets sweeter and sweeter- tending more toward chocolate and mocha.

T- Quite along the same lines as the aroma- some wood smoke, coffee, soy sauce, bitter chocolate.

M- Here's where this beer really shines. It has a super creamy aspect, almost oatmeal stout-like. And at 10% it really hides the alcohol well. It also has the ideal amount of syrupyness I think for the flavor and power- it lingers but not too much.

O- A great Texas beer, glad we have a great stout to call local.

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for this interesting guy.

Big fluffy head fades slowly with lacing, super dark coke colored beer.

Nose has quite a bit of dark chocolate, bakers, some roasty malts, light burnt coffee, light oats, little vanilla.

Taste is a bit rich, coffee, roast, chocolate, milk, bakers, and dark, light oats, some vanilla and light caramel, porter like, earthy and spicy hops, a nice fresh hops and porter like taste. Finish is drier and a bit sticky, lingering dark malts.

Mouth is a bit lighter than I expected but med bodied, decent carb, no real booze either.

Overall pretty good, more like a fresh hoppy porter than imp stout, but tasty. Lots of dark malts, bit roasty, lots of chocolate, nice hops, just light on body and overall malt bill. If this were labelled an American POrter it would be an A- to A, but it's not nearly big enough to be an Imp Stout... but then again who would want to drink a huge Imp Stout in Texas on a 110degF day.

Photo of weizenbob
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spring is finally here, yet I still have some winter brews to clear out of the fridge. This bomber was received as an extra in a trade with dizknee24. Thanks Pete. I did not locate a bottling date but I'm going to assume that it is this year's vintage as the label talks at length about a snow storm that destroyed the brewery in February 2010. I popped the cap and poured into a tulip-shaped imperial pint.

This is a 10% ABV brew so I poured down the center of the glass in order to maximize the head. I didn't really need to do that as the head was ample. When it had finally settled I had about a 1:1 ratio of head to beer, or in this case, about four fingers of foamy mocha colored head. The retention is surprisingly high. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass. The brew is a deep ruby hue. By virtue of having a small amount of translucence it is the lightest 10% alcohol stout I've seen. It is not unattractive; but I'm concerned that it's not darker. The remainder of the visual aesthetic is incredible.

The aroma puts the alcohol content on full display. It combines with the toasted malts to create impressions of licorice and toffee. It also smells like bananas which is kind of weirding me out. It's not a banana taffy aroma such as I would associate with a hefeweizen; it is like a straight up banana smoothy. A small amount of chocolate syrup scent manifests on the back end. I'm starting to wonder if I should have held onto this until next winter.

My fears are laid to rest with the first sip. For such a funky smelling stout, the taste is wonderfully conventional. Robust coffee flavor blends nicely with earthy malts. Sweet chocolate hits the palate shortly thereafter. Alcohol is certainly present, but not in a way that suggests anywhere near 10%. There is a small licorice bite and a nice bitter hoppy finish. The succession of flavors weave through bitter to sweet and back to bitter in wonderful balance. Each component is distinct and robust, though there is never a point where the palate is fatigued.

This stout is amazingly creamy in the mouth. I have never come across a stout with such a smooth creamy feel. Snowmageddon is a full bodied brew. The carbonation is low so it feels a little syrupy but as the flavors have not been jacked out of proportion it's actually a very pleasant viscosity. The alcohol is smooth and silky and surprisingly underdetectable at 10%. That pushes the drinkability off the chart. If this actually is 10% alcohol then I could be in trouble in a few minutes, as I am polishing off this bomber far too rapidly for the sake of my own sobriety. I don't know what Pete paid for this but it was worth every penny.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
Two Schlitz for Snowmageddon would be a bargain. This is a true diamond in the rough.

Photo of crusian
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours, thin. as this pours, it is light brown, and I am not liking the looks of it. Already disappointed right off the bat. nice 1/2 finger of head, and it looks better and darker once it is in the glass.
Smell is faintly roasted with some chocolate notes... but to be honest, there just isnt much there.
taste is different though... there are a lot of roasted flavors, a bit of sweetness, and actually a hint of sour on it too, but not too much. not too much chocolate, and to be honest, if i didnt know this was an imperial oatmeal stout, I wouldnt have guessed it. It is smooth, but it does have a fair amount of coffee bitterness to it. I completely agree, this is a dangerous beer, as the 10% abv is nowhere to be detected.
I like where Rahr is going, they just have more work to do. Overall this is ok, I just wish this was thicker. Very light bodied for an imperial stout. Also, gets infinitely better as it warms.
I would buy this again, as I said, extremely drinkable based on the abv.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a rather dark brown color with quite a bit of red notes to it and a substantial amount of tan head.

S: Dark and semi-bitter chocolate with a lot of roasted malts. A bit of char to the beer along with some roasted coffee beans. Moderately sweet with toffee aromas as well as a surprising nuttiness.

T: Big time roast flavors to this one. Lots of coffee and roasted malts as well as a slight char. Dark chocolate and a touch of bitter cocoa. Moderately bitter with some earthy hop flavors.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad at all. A bit unimpressive as an imperial stout, but as an "imperial" brown ale, this is pretty good.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown, almost black, with a nice tan head that lasted quite a while, eventually subsiding to a thin sheen along the top with a nice froth around the sides of the glass, leaving good lacing.

Smelled of roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate.

Tasted bold, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts for sure, with a touch of dark fruits and a bit of alcohol warming.

Feel is somewhat medium bodied, thinner than expected for the style, but still nice. Carbonation is light. Bitterness and coffee flavors linger nicely afterwords.

Overall it's not spectacular, but I do like this beer. It's almost along the lines of an oatmeal stout, but a little heavier.

RE-review notes: I wouldn't change much, except to note that it's really hard to tell this is anything higher than about 8% alcohol. Otherwise I would say that the consistency between batches seems to be excellent. Once again I enjoyed this beer, will pick one up every year. Rahr has done well lately, I have enjoyed several of their selections that I've had of recent.

Photo of champ103
2.24/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Nice lace is left behind as well.
S: Fairly roasted, light chocolate and coffee. Kind of sweet with some earthy yeast. Not a lot in the nose.
T: Roasted malt, bitter and acrid coffee. Some burnt notes as well. Lightly metallic. Oily hops in the finish. Hot alcohol all the way.
M/D: A very thin and week mouthfeel. Slick and oily in the mouth as well. I will struggle to finish this. Lots of hot alcohol.

I did not enjoy this. Nothing meshes well, a very thin beer, and to much alcohol. Not something I would recommend. Rahr is trying to please the beer geeks, but it is just not there yet.

Photo of kcopelan002
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. I picked this beer up days before i went on a tour at this brewery. I choose this after reading about the story on the bottle. Also to support my local brewery. The apperance is opaque b dark brown with a tan head. There is nice chocolate and malt taste. Medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty decent ale.

Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. 9% ABV according the label. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as an oatmeal stout since Rahr & Son's website identifies it as such.

Served cold - at fridge temp - 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 half finger wide head of nice khaki colour. Healthy looking. Nice creaminess and thickness. Complexion could be softer, but it's decent. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - about 1 minute - not a great sign.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears undercarbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an oatmeal stout. Not unique or special. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, oats, lactose, cream, and a kiss of burnt sugars/char. Unfortunately, I don't find any roasted barley in the aroma. Coffee is also sorely missed.

No yeast character, alcohol, overt hop character, or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma on the sweeter side for an oatmeal stout. Average in terms of strength.

T/Mf: Taste is too sweet, and the creamy/lactose notes feel artificial, as does the vanillicin. The body features a generic dark malt/chocolate malt build, with no perceptible roasted barley. While the flavour profile does evoke chocolate, it doesn't evoke coffee - to the beer's detriment. The oats are also quite buried, but the smoothness and wetness of the texture reveals they've done their work.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Has a nice balance and cohesion, but it's far from a carefully brewed gestalt beer, and lacks intricacy, subtlety, and complexity. It's more simple an oatmeal stout than it really needs to be.

No yeast character, overt hop character, or off-flavours come through. There is some unnecessary alcohol warmth, unfortunately.

Has a decent presence on the palate, with moderate thickness and a medium body. Overcarbonated. Filling. Sticky. This texture doesn't really enhance the taste in any way, but it does an okay job at not drawing attention to itself. Far from ideal. I do like that the texture is creamy.

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

Dr: There are a wealth of superior oatmeal stouts available well below this price point. The one contract brewed for Trader Joe's comes to mind. This is just more disappointing work from Rahr & Sons, and while I'll finish the bottle with some effort, I see no need to buy it again. It's just a very boring oatmeal stout with no boldness or inspiration behind it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners; it's pretty underwhelming.

C-

Photo of ms11781
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown color with light brown hues on the sides and bottom of the glass. A huge, creamy beige head develops and takes its time settling down. It ends up as a nice foam cap that stays for the time it takes to finish the beer. Excellent foamy lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Some of it clings and some of it slowly slips back down the glass to meet the head. Really great looking beer.

The nose isn't all that strong. It takes a bit for the aromas to show themselves and even then they aren't all that potent. Some slight roasted notes are present along with a bit of coffee to a lesser extent. Again, there really isn't a ton going on. What is notable is that zero alcohol is detected. Usually with a beer of such high ABV and a weak nose some booze with come through. Not the case here.

The taste has a bit more going on with the nose but not a considerable amount. Roasted malt character is most prominent but that's not saying much. The coffee that was in the nose is present along with a touch of some chocolate. There is a slightly charred character to the taste that wasn't in the nose. Semi dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit off with this beer, relative to the style. Medium to full mouthfeel with a higher amount of carbonation. Feels less full than most imperial stouts The higher carbonation helps thin out the mouthfeel. As mentioned, the finish is slightly dry.

Overall, this beer looked great but was lacking in the smell and taste departments. Perhaps the beer was a touch too cold but it went from room temp to the fridge for 10 minutes and then to the glass. Even so, the beer was allowed to warm up in the glass and the flavors and aromas didn't change that much.

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Snowmageddon from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.