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Snowmageddon | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Sweasty on 02-14-2011

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 147
Reviews by zdk9:
Photo of zdk9
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ldgrem
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into an oversized tulip.

This is a solid brew. Roasty malt flavor and oatmeal with a strong dark fruit flavor on the finish. Light chocolate and vanilla kind of gives it the faintest of chocolate chip cookie vibes. Imagine some raisins added to that cookie.

Gotta give it up for the feel here, it's roasty and bitter, but full and masks any sign of booze. Pretty damn smooth.

Well done brew out of the Dallas area. I'd love to see more goods from these guys.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of clearwall
1.46/5  rDev -59.8%
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

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Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of Chuck_25
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of erushing
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FTWKevin
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of bmurray10
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of goochpunch
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of cgmees
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of johnnyb4
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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]

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