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Snowmageddon - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sweasty on 02-14-2011)
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Reviews by zdk9:
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

04-04-2011 05:05:16 | More by zdk9
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-12-2013 00:55:02 | More by Tiernan
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

04-25-2011 01:11:34 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-03-2013 02:21:42 | More by ryancl
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-21-2014 17:15:13 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of augustgarage


3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

05-15-2011 02:43:06 | More by augustgarage
Photo of BeardedRiker


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

04-26-2012 03:58:05 | More by BeardedRiker
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-06-2013 21:06:14 | More by jwg782
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-22-2014 22:15:55 | More by jheezee
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1/5  rDev -73.1%

11-16-2012 03:11:07 | More by dgrauwiler
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-07-2014 02:16:57 | More by Chuck_25
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-01-2014 12:33:20 | More by FTWKevin
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-22-2013 17:57:26 | More by bmurray10
Photo of cgmees


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

03-06-2011 02:50:06 | More by cgmees
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

02-18-2013 22:55:58 | More by CRJMellor
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-04-2013 18:04:46 | More by johnnyb4
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-23-2013 01:06:10 | More by Sazz9
Photo of TexIndy


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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]

08-18-2011 01:39:27 | More by TexIndy
Photo of EgadBananas


3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

08-07-2011 03:51:40 | More by EgadBananas
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

06-09-2012 06:34:57 | More by gtermi
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-14-2014 03:50:56 | More by Big_Dave
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

03-12-2012 20:18:41 | More by WritersBlock
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

04-06-2011 00:10:04 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Fenris244


2.8/5  rDev -24.7%

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

04-25-2011 07:01:27 | More by Fenris244
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

06-30-2011 17:39:06 | More by DavoleBomb
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Snowmageddon from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.