Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout)Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sholland119 on 11-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 535
Photo of harrymel
2.54/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2012, drunk in 2012

Dark brown on black with a persistent sheet of mocha foam. Smells of coffee and oats, but also a smell of chocolate and a hint of some poops I've taken - okay. Maybe also a hint of licorice. Flavor is mealy and oaty. Some nutty character and a decent amount of hop bitterness. Full bodied with hi carb and a dry, too dry finish. I'm not impressed, which is weird, as these beers usually d the trick for me (the Beer Camp beers that is).

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Photo of JRed
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opaque tar-like color with a cinnamon head that retreats to the edges. Smells of dark chocolate, light cinnamon, some roast, little reminder of NyQuil. Ugh, flavors of unrestrained dark chocolate, light cinnamon, mud, unrestrained roast, medicinal notes, flaked oats burn, and cola spiked with bourbon. Heavy in body with high carbonation. Oily in mouthfeel. The oats, chocolate, medicinals, and booze are an assault on the palate. Tough to even sit through this one.

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Photo of dontpanic5
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours with no head. I find that kind of lame, I like to see a head on my beers. The beer smells like chocolaty malts, but there's a little bit of hop spiciness too. It's too carbonated for my tastes, so I can't speak well of the mouthfeel. The taste is sticky and sweet, with a slight bitter aftertaste. I'm not a fan of how sweet this beer is. Overall I think this beer is a misstep, similar to how I've felt about the other beers in this pack...

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Photo of danieelol
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose is a sexy black with a somewhat off-white tanned head.

Nose is coffee, sweetened cream, strong hops. Irish Coffee is one descriptor which sticks a bit. Molasses. Lots of caramel. Roast. On a later revisit, I notice the nose is as boozy as the taste.

Taste is roast, sweetened cream. A big flood of alcohol hits you. Punishing bitterness. I struggle to put this away, and I am trying. Really pretty astringent actually.

Fairly thick mouthfeel. Good in that regard.

I frankly find the bitterness and alcohol in this beer a bit too punishing at this stage in its life. Would be curious to see how it develops over time.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Peg's snifter.

Opaque, thin elixir, 2mm, tan to brown head, no lacing.

Burnt malt and coffee, lite caramel. Not much.

It's like a scaled back version of what you'd like in a stout: coffee, malt, caramel, chocolate. About a fifth of what's expected. Disappointing.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol hidden. Well carbonated.

Not what I want in a stout or even an oatmeal stout. Unfortunate.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep Mahogany colour with a cream coloured head the reduces quickly.

S - Dark fruits and sweet molassis and a little smoke.

T - Plenty of roasted malt a little sweet caramel and chocolate. The finish ios long and molassis.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation, slightly zingy on the finish.

O - A solid stout without complexity. Not a lot wrong with it, but won't wow you.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

vintage 2012

Deep chestnut color with a one finger tan head. Burnt coffee on the nose with dark chocolate. Some asphalt on the nose as well.

Thinner body than expected but with a nice mellow creaminess. Cocoa powder, black chocolate, black coffee, and bitter english hop finish. Alcohol is well hidden. For such a big beer it's pretty simple. Semi-sweet with balancing bitterness. No real depth or layers of flavors but everything blends together rather well. Good but pretty ordinary as well.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/13/12

The beer is a very dark brown; nearly black once in the glass. A one and a half finger cap of sandy colored bubbles begins to deflate immediately.

The aroma is deep and dark, full of roasted dark grains, dark chocolate and oatmeal. It does smell sweet, like liquid no bake cookies. I'm giving a pass on the sweetness here; I do like no bake cookies quite a lot. Some tangy roast as it warms. Alcohol is well-hidden.

The feel is fairly smooth, too. Viscous, inky, full body with moderately low carbonation. The taste however, is not. Brash flavors come from all directions: burnt tones, scorched chocolate, roasted bitter coffee, earthy/piney hops and a thick mash of oatmeal and alcohol. though not terribly sweet, the feel has a sticky, sugary quality. Residuals are heavy and long lingering.

All in all, this isn't a bad beer and truthfully, it's mostly enjoyable. It's roughish at the moment and perhaps needs some time to cool down. If I get another Beer Camp box, I'll be letting the Oatmeal Stouts hang out for a while.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. I like the style. Acquired at Cap N Cork in Los Feliz as part of a Sierra Nevada beer camp 12 pack.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a solid black. Nontransparent; non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: I get the mocha identified by the label, but in minute quantities. Hints of chocolate malt. Dark malts. Very slight roast. Oats. An average strength aroma. Typical for the style. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's nothing unique or special here.

T: Rolled oats, chocolate malt, a dark malt foundation, mocha cream (I'd stop short of calling it java or coffee), hints of roasted barley, and a bit of caramel. The roast is severely underdone, and feels limited. Alcohol is barely detectable. No yeast comes through. Well balanced, but underwhelming. Even the oats are a bit underdone.

Mf: Smooth and wet in classic oatmeal stout fashion. The label goes a bit far by calling it "silky", but it does suit the flavour profile. Good thickness and presence. Moderately heavy on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. Quite drinkable. Good for getting bollocksed, but not particularly interesting in terms of flavour. I might try it on nitro (if it's offered). A decent offering from Sierra Nevada. Pretty par for the course as far as Oatmeal Stouts go. I like it, but there's nothing unique or special here.


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Photo of wspscott
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: A somewhat vigorous pour yields a somewhat thin head that drops quickly leaving just a hint of a tan on top, almost no lace. Completely black, no light gets through when held up to a bright light. The lack of a head is surprising given it is an oatmeal stout, might be the alcohol level.
S: When first poured, the nose is very subtle, just a hint of roast. As it warms, a little more develops, but not much.
T: Lots of roasted malts, but very well balanced, not acrid or ashtray-like at all. A slight hint of fruit on the back of the tongue is quickly washed away by the dark malts. No hint of alcohol
M: A medium to low level of carbonation that seems a little too high for the style. I usually expect more of a creamy mouthfeel for an oatmeal style.
O: A good, but not great american stout, for this level of alcohol, I like more of a sippin' beer, but this does not have enough going on for me to drink over the next hour, also, it goes down too easy :) The drinkability is somewhat dangerous. Worth trying, but I am not dying for this to be a regular beer, I would much rather have the Anniversary beer (Fritz and Ken?).

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Photo of BB1313
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black with red hues and light getting through. Dark mocha head which unfortunately fades very fades quickly, not much lacing and retention. The aromas a full of chocolate malts, vanilla and lots of grains. The flavors are nice, but pretty typical for the style. There's a nice roastiness and black coffee makes an appearance. More dark chocolate giving this one a strong bitterness. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's thick, but not like motor oil. Slightly spritzy and the carbonation is there. Finishes dry and bitter with a warming sensation. There's a touch of heat, but nothing distracting from the flavors.

Overall, this is a fine oatmeal stout, but it doesn't exactly stand out. It lacks true depth and complexity for the style. I've had more enjoyable stouts from Sierra Nevada. Well crafted, just boring for the style, IMO.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass. 2172214:15 stamped on the side, which I think means this beer was bottled on the 172 day of 2012. An aggressive pour yields a pitch black beer with a dark tan head of about three fingers in size. Plenty of lacing down the glass and the retention is nice as well.

Aroma is a bit boozy with cocoa, coffee, grain alcohol, roasted nuts, and toasty bread comprising the aroma.

Alcohol shines in this one, which I am not fond of. There are some dark fruits with cocoa nibs and espresso coffee flavors. Thankfully it isn't overly sweet, but it is boozy and somewhat hot.

Thick and chewy and oily. Not my favorite in the style. Alcoholic and boozy and not really easy to drink. I think I would pass on this if offered in the future.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-black with a tan head.

S-creamy mocha with a touch of oatmeal. Surprisingly faint. 

T-comes in with a bitter taste of dark roasted grains with some hint of raspberry somehow. There's really not a taste of chocolate, coffee, or oatmeal. It's an okay taste but I'm not too big of a fan. The bitterness sticks.

M-medium to low carbonation with a wet finish

O-really is just okay. Tastes very traditional made with more classic ingredients than adding any flavors. Though I admire this, it just tastes unbalanced to me. This isn't something I'd want for the long run or even for a short night cap.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: dark brown/black body, trace khaki head, very little lacing

S: mild chocolate, roasted malt, nutty, caramel

T: dark chocolate, nutty, mild vanilla, caramel, roast malt, mild bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth mouth

O: Nothing amazing, but still fun to try.
I love this style + enjoy this brewery.


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Photo of hoplover82
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the rim of the beer with very good sticky lacing.
S-The aroma is very faint when first poured, we'll see how it progresses as it warms a little. Right now, just faint dark chocolate and some roastiness. Yeah, even after the beer warms a little, I give it a swirl and it's still not as "in yo face" as I'd like an imperial stout to be...
T-The flavor is sweet up front, could actually use more bitterness imo, sweet and roasty with a dark chocolate finish, and there is some caramel there as well.
M-VERY CREAMY indeed! But it has a lot of that harsh acidic roastiness that I actually think some more bittering hops would benefit this beer very much, the huge sweetness coupled with that huge roastiiness without a hefty "bitterness" is kind of overwhelming my palate.
O-Overall it's ok... I think I should give the overall score a 3.0, but because it's SN beer, I give it a .5 point curve. Cheers Everyone!

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Photo of CarolinaKev
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown deep color with small dark tan 1 finger head. Good chocolate malt aromas. Sweet chocolate malt taste with hint of alcohol to taste. Nice mouth tingle with lingering hints of alcohol. Overall a decent oatmeal stout. May be a little better with some age

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

not a bad oatmeal stout from sierra nevada, but perhaps a little dissapointing by their standards. fleeting head leaves a little bit of lacing. bitter malt and coffe aromas. tasty but not overly cohesive. a little bit of malty sweetness is quickly cleaned up by the astringent coffe tones. good thick body, but a little sappy. could perhaps have used a tiny bit more carbonation.
you arent going to get bad from sierra nevada, but this isnt one i would seek out.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Opaque black with a short brown head that dissipates quickly.

Dark chocolate, cocoa, red licorice, lactose and perhaps some red wine.

Dark chocolate, cocoa and black licorice. Some sweet dark fruits make an appearance. Raisin and overripe plum. Finishes with an abundance of citrusy hops, pine and lemon.

Full bodied, velvety, dry and bitter.

Very bitter. Perhaps too much so. This is borderline Black IPA territory in my opinion. Loads of dark chocolate, black licorice and hops. The 9% abv is well hidden.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oily black color, quick brown head. Looks tastey.

Roasted cocoa nibs, coffee with a little vanilla cream and almost burnt, roasted malt. Overall these aromas are a little faint though.

Palate is oily and thin. Boozey warmth mixes with roasty, sometimes burnt malts. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. This stout is pretty standard in flavor and texture given the style. Nothing exceptional considering this special product line from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the Beer Camp!

Pours out pitch black with a mocha tan head.

The aroma has a lot of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and oats.

The taste is very close. A lot of roasted/burnt malts, chocolate and slight hints of espresso. Inbetween bitter and sweet, while having a nice, full, rich and creamy body.

It's a decent Imperial Stout, but it's a very average approach. All the elements are decent, but it's been done many times before and better as well. Not a bad beer, just nothing mindblowing.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like 30 weight motor oil, jet black, with a light-brown one-finger head of detergent like suds. Thin lacing which slides back into the glass almost immediately.

S - Milk chocolate, espresso beans, licorice, and some dark fruit. Smells good.

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose, with coffee, chocolate, and plum, but they don't mesh well. Very boozy, with all of it's 9% in your face. Overall, the flavors are very brash, burnt, acidic, and biting. A minty heat in the finish.

M - Not nearly as full as expected, more of a medium body. Oily and slick. More carbonation than seemingly needed for the style. Definitely disappoints here.

O - I think this one could have benefited from more aging. Just kind of a big, boozy, mess. Not smooth or well blended at all. Flavors are brassy when they should be rich, and the mouthfeel was off putting. A misfire for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours near black with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some roast and a good bit of chocolate. Slight booze comes through in the flavor underneath some chocolate sweetness and a bit of roast. Nice oat creaminess through the feel. Rich and enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near jet black with a light brown 2 finger head. Good retention, results in a thin, sticky lace.

Smell - Roasted malts, with almost a cola like sugary aroma.

Taste - Starts with a bit of malt roastiness and a sugary sweetness. Hints of chocolate and burnt coffee peak through midtaste. Somewhat boozy. Finishes with a distant metallic twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a low level of carbonation; slightly acidic bite. Finish is somewhat dry.

Overall - A decent stout. Nothing I'll miss once it's no longer available. A lot of character in this one that nearly hits baltic porter territory.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a footed goblet-esque wine glass. Stamped 2172213:59.

A: Pours black, with an oily glisten and consistency. Light mocha head. Completely opaque.

S: Very flat. Some dull malts and discernable oatmeal. Sweet chocolate.

T/M: Pretty solid. Smooth and thick with a malty-sweet base. Hint of chocolate, no roast, mild hops. Sticky aftertaste.

O: Unobjectionable, tasty, and drinkable. Wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a thin ring of mocha foam. Aroma is a bit boozy, chocolately, and bitter roasted coffee.

First sip is very chewy, huge mouthfeel, with a sweet roasted malt character, and pretty bitter finish with a boozy aftertaste. This is like seriously thick, the oatmeal adds a huge amount of body. I feel like despite all the body, there just isn't enough sweetness though. It's like a thick mess of boozy beer that really needs some sweetness to balance things out. There is a lot of bitterness here, but it comes across pretty harsh.

Meh - not really a hit for me with this beer. Kind of harsh all around.

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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 535 ratings.
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