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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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sholland119 on 11-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 534
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a tan head, lazy, thin, no lacing, moderate retention, looks good.

Aroma is mildly roasty, chocloate, a little boozy.

Beer is thick and sweet and thin on the finish. The alcohol cuts through and gives the last little bit a dry finish. Not a great stout but the bitterness at the end from the grain is not ashy like you might expect. I'm on the fence about ever having it again.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, no dating or freshness info that I could find.

Pours midnight black, dark tan head, rich and creamy. and leaving some low sheeting and minimal slippery lace.

Dense, dark chocolate, roasty malt and a hint of vanilla in the nose.

Flavorful and quite enjoyable double stout. Lots more chocolate, sweet, bitter and complex.

Super smooth over the tongue. Thick and oily. Double stout goodness.

All in all a fine stout, big and bold, but at the same time so smooth and not crushing the palate. Fine night capper

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a thin, low profile, light tan head that recedes to a surface ring. Aromas of dark, bittersweet chocolate, roasted oats, and a touch of coffee. Flavors are rich and roasted on a smooth, slightly dry body. Rich, bitter cocoa nibs dominate the palate, with a subtle char in the backbone. Bitter and slight roasted coffee aftertaste leads to a slick, slightly drying finish. You start to get a campfire beer at the end of the palate. Very tasty.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2172213 (June 20) poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Black with a thin layer of bubbly light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, some bitterness and a touch of molasses.

T - Bitter dark roasted malts and sweet oatmeal up front that give way to semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of molasses. The ABV is slightly noticeable but balanced out well with the sweetness from the oatmeal.

M - Medium, almost full body with a big hearty chew. Silky smooth. Light carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this one. Perhaps a touch sweet but otherwise great. Definitely a sipper. Would buy this again if sold on its own.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada snifter.

Snowed in Stout looks semi gooey out the bottle pouring in, the liquid is black when condensed, cant see through. A nice mocha colored head pops up and forms a milkshake like head with no stick to the glass. Smell is flaked oats very pumped up with some basic chocolate and roasted malt. At this point, I get no hops in the nose. A bit of dark fruit and a scent of alcohol. A nice hit of stout in taste with oatmeal, tootsie roll, roasted malt and a faint hit of dark fruit. The 9.2 is barely noticable but still there. Feel is medium bodied, not quite full, not gooey, smooth, rolls down the gullet. A slight warming sensation. All in all a good oatmeal stout that I would pick up more of if I could find it, which I wont, Beer camp goes quick.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger light tan head with decent retention and slippery lacing. Mild aroma of dark toasted malt with slight coffee, a bit of hay. Flavor follows, with toasted and biscuit malt, light chocolate and coffee and hay; a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium bodied with decent creaminess. A pleasant, well made stout that is somewhat understated in flavor and complexity.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Dark, oily looking liquid with an off white head. Leaves some lace and appears like a big black behemoth.

SMELL: Deeply roasted malts, coffee, oatmeal, dark fruits, alcohol.

TASTE: Roasted malt, smoke, coffee, rolled oats, and a presence of alcohol. Dark chocolates, chocolate covered cherry, and a bit of warming booze.

FEEL: Full bodied, velvety smooth, moderate carbonation.

OVERALL: A nice strong stout from the beer camp series. Big time chocolate notes and a bit hot. Would like to set a few of these down for a while to age, but I don't think I'll be able to.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at Bier Thirty... Poured into my slim tulip... nice dark brown head shows good retention... the brew is the expected black... No real lacing, but a nice cap lingers until the final sip.

Nose is a bit mild... bits and pieces of the standard components... some bittersweet chocolate... some fruity esters... dark roast... still a little mild.

Flavor is much better... dark fruity esters combine with residual sweetness and light cocoa and roastiness really well... drinking nicely right out of the gate... a sorta lingering bitterness on the finish from the dark malts..

nice body without becoming chewy... sorta silky.. carbonation is spot-on for the style.

I like this one.... Damn, I am impressed with this year's "best of beer camp"... I might pick up a few of these to hang on to and open every couple of months... certainly doable with the low pricetag.


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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black hue with a one finger off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured sweet lactose, dark chocolate and roasted barley.

The taste consisted of a soft lactose sweetness, cafe au lait and rather round roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty, brawny double stout. Nice winter treat.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to cpolking for this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, a touch of oats. Taste is smoky, coffee, alcohol, again just a bit of oats. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice beer, so well balanced and with good depth of flavor and a silky texture. Definitely one of the better beer camp beers. Pours black with a beige head that fades to a ring. Nice aromas of vinous chocolate, cocoa, a bit of bubblegum, vanilla, and perhaps a touch of mint. Nicely balanced and deep tastes of chocolate, vanilla, some roasty grain, a bit of licorice, and a nice finishing bitterness. Silky smooth at first, largely due to the oatmeal no doubt, followed by a touch of chalkiness that is not unpleasant. I especially like the long cocoa finish this beer has. Very well done indeed.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Meridian Pint the other night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose in this beer is really, really impressive, as I picked up something of a smoke flavor, which I thought went beautifully with the abundant dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla I picked up. The flavor profile replciates the nose in this impressive beer, though there was also an interesting licorice and hoppy bitterness component on the finish that I appreciated. Some stouts seem to overdo it on the licorice, but I thought this beer had just the right amount. It, along with the hoppy bitterness, seemed to beautifully balance the moderate sweetness I picked up initially. Mouthfeel was fairly full, and I thought the beer was almost viscuous on the palate. Otherwise, the finish was long, with a slighly bitter, licorice edge to it. Alcohol was well integrated into the flavor profile, and so despite the 9% abv., the beer was not at all heavy or tiring to drink.

Will definitely order this one again!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely black with a finger of frothy tan foam. Not a bad looking stout.

Smell: nice aroma of chocolatey malt and fruity alcoholic compounds. This is just the kind of bouquet I like in the style.

Taste: this beer starts of somewhat mild before the richer flavor elements begin to build on the palate. I actually kind of like this; it helps prevent palate fatigue. Chocolate and roasty malt character are present, but the big story is in the alcohol and fruity compounds. Strong, but it suits my taste.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good carbonation and an incredible silky creaminess. I really do love it.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I admit it may not be to everyone's taste, but it really punches my ticket.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer made a fine breakfast drink during a recent chilly tailgating experience. Even though I was in a parking lot it was poured lovingly into a Greenport Harbor pint glass.

Very deep and dark brown body with a sizeable tan head, strong retention and lacing. Sweet chocolatey nose; some bitter roastiness to the malt; hints of cream and coffee and a touch of piney hops.

Flavor follows the aroma; lots of chocolate, both bitter and sweet; coffee and cream; a hint of dark fruits; nice roastiness; a bit of a piney hop bitterness in the finish, but also a little lingering sweetness. Alcohol pokes its head out a bit but in a gentle, warming way and is unobtrusive and not overtly hot.

Nicely chewy, medium-full body, smooth and creamy with medium to slightly lowish carbonation, excellent overall feel. Really nice beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle purchase from Leura Cellars. Belatedly realised that it's 9% ABV. Wow.

Pours a deep but relatively clear and unhazed black-brown, with a solid and firm head of mocha. Body looks quite fluid, and as though it has little true weight behind it. Carbonation is fine however, and forms in pleasant rivulets when tilted. It's a good looking beer.

Nose is pleasant and sweet, but without a big richness, fullness, or even a chewiness like I'd expect from the oatmeal addition. Some mild dark fruity tones like cherry, red grapes or chocolate coated berries, and a faint hint of something smouldering in the background. It's nice, but not as robust as it might have been, especially for 9% ABV.

Taste is similar. It has a firm, rich basis which provides something mellow and solid, but it doesn't delve into anything deeper. There's no true sweetness, no palate-filling luxuriance, and not a great deal of complexity. But what it has is good: solid rich roasted malts, chocolate overtones and that firm persistent basis, which is nothing to scoff at. Faint hints of seaweed linger on the aftertaste.

Feel is light, indeed here the lack of complexity is probably showing the beer's weakest point.

This is a good beer that really could have been magnificent. It has a great deal of power and robustness to it, and it's built on a firm and pleasant structure. But it's really missing something, especially for a beer weighing in this heavily. I guess when you're disappointed in Sierra Nevada, you still end up with a pretty good package.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Nice color but has poor head retention and lacing is minimal.

The aroma of this beer is surprisingly bland. The label describes it as a "big, roasty, mocha-like aroma" but I find it to be surprisingly tame. Slightly smokey with some roasted dark malt and used coffee bean. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal and toffee as well but it's hard to pick much of this out until it warms up considerably.

Medium bodied and thankfully more complex and interesting than the nose suggests. Pretty robust with lots of smokey, roasted dark malt notes followed by silky sweet chocolate flavor. There's a nice robust coffee bean flavor along with some burnt toast and toffee followed by dark chocolate and fudge cake sweetness. It definitely has the roasty, mocha character that was missing in the aroma. Finishes dry without a trace of alcohol heat. Well balanced with a well masked ABV, making this complex beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Poured near black with a tannish head, a good amount head retention which fades after a few sips leaving a light amount of lacing clinging to the glass and some sporadic bubbles

S : Smells of deeply roasted malts coupled with a nice chocolate and oat presence

T : Immediate oats, a tad creamy upfront in tandem with a nice roastiness. Chocolate, lights espresso and moderate creaminess come to the front midbody but then so does a twang and some light bitterness. The finish is a light decadent creaminess, little booze sting but nowhere near the 9 ABV would let on.

M : Medium to big body, wel carbonated. Lots of oats, cocoa and light espresso reside and linger on the palate

O: Not to shabby

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very dark black color with 1/2 inch of deep tan head that had low retention and very light lacing. The aroma didn't show much malt or oatmeal, but did have an abundance of roast.

The taste showed some chocolate notes, some roastiness, a bit of grain, but again, no oatmeal. There was a certain amount of alcohol heat across most of the tongue. The body was good, very well-rounded and balanced. Drinkability was good for such a hearty style. Overall, a very nice brew. Not an outstanding example, but certainly a worthy one. Worth having, and worth having again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical Sierra Nevada excellence in the appearance. Black in colour, impressive 2 finger head of tan foam, great lacing.

Cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate in the smell...not strong but there. For a big beer, I expected a bigger "punch" smell wise.

Dark chocolate bitterness, roasted malt, coffee and cocoa, the taste is huge compared to what I was getting in the smell. I'm also getting some of the ample alcohol...why does an Oatmeal Stout need to be 9%abv? Oh well. The brew certainly won't bore me to death; it's actually tasty and with less alcohol, would be an easy drinker. As is, the sips I'm taking are on the slow side.

Full bodied, light carbonation, there's no complaints about the mouthfeel.

I like this beer but I guess I'm not a huge fan of an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, if that makes any sense.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with an average size fizzy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is a below amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a bitter coffee flavour and a touch of dark fruit and anise. It ends with a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty good.. seems to be missing a little something and it's a tad too bitter on the finish.. but maybe a little bit of aging would help. Still a nice mix of flavours, a little something for everyone.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Beer Camp 12 pack. This is listed as 'Oatmeal Stout', but the number is 45.

A-Pours a not-too-sludgy black. Light penetrates the body only mildly. Not viscous, but I thought the light would penetrate the body more (which is a plus). Head starts off big but dies off to only a skin. Head is a pretty, dark tan hue. It also leaves respectable islands of lacing.

S-Chunky chocolate and burnt oatmeal. Vanilla bean and mocha. Like a lukewarm cup of coffee. The aroma is complex and high in intensity. Great nose. The aroma is spot on.

T-Plenty to talk about here. I get a light cola flavor. Then, the extra-bold roasted coffee kicks in. All the sudden the coffee seems to be wrapped in dark chocolate. Not long after, the oats set in and linger with each breath. This brew has a beginning, middle and end; and I enjoy that a lot. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness.

M-I would put the viscosity-level at a 7. A bit syrupy and sludgy, but not awe inspiring. Tickling bubbles. Finishes pretty damn bitter.

O/D-This is a great brew! Robust and coercive. I really enjoyed this. What a great way to introduce myself to a new Beer Camp 12-pack.

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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 barczar
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Dark chocolate, roast malt, a touch of coffee grounds, and dark cherries form the aroma.

Flavor reveals more of that slightly tart cherry character upfront, with a hint of phenol, followed by moderately rich chocolate notes, finishing roasty and a touch charred.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Got some head on this about 1/4 inch of deep mocha head that turns to a silky lace ring. Color as expected is a pitch black with light escaping.

s - Smell is mild with notes of roasty oat goodness and some sweet bakers chocolate.

T - Quite good actually the taste of roast is mild and chocolate like malts mend well with the oat goodness. Mild, sweet, and delicious.

M - Chewy and medium bodied very hard to believe it's around 9%.

Overall I enjoy a good oatmeal stout and this one is great. Would drink again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma (seems like a trait with a lot of oatmeal stouts) of malt, coffee, and oatmeal.

T: Tasted of malt, a mild amount of hops, some chocolate, light coffee, and of course, oatmeal. A solid flavor that grows on you as you go along.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a striking or super original beer, but well done and definitely drinkable.

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Snowed In Stout - Beer Camp #45 (Best Of Beer Camp: Oatmeal Stout) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.
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