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)

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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 NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer Camp beer 4 of 4 for the night. 12 oz bottle poured into DFH Signature Goblet. Bottled on Junee 21 of this year.

A - Pours a black color with a finger of dense almond head. Retains nicely and leaves nearly perfect tiered lacing.

S - Big chocolate and roasted malts. Some campfire, molasses sweetness, and wet oats.

T - Bitter dark chocolate and toasted malt in a tug of war, as in the nose. I also pick up on the cola flavor that many others have noted. The finish is a bit piney with plenty of linger, but no booze.

M - Rich and creamy feel, but a bit thin for the style.

O - This is probably my favorite of the four beer camp beers, although admittedly it is my favorite style of the four as well. Good toasted chocolate flavor with high drinkability for a 9% stout. Overall this installation of the beer camp series is well done. There are no spectacular brews, but there are also no bad beers in the bunch.

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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of all the great ideas coming from this brewery, I think this series tops them all. This massive oatmeal stout caught my eye immediately. Poured into a pint glass:

Pours black as night with a swelling, healthy soft brown head with incredible retention.

Quite reminiscent of BORIS with a less dominating oatmeal quality. The booze is hidden entirely.

Mmm... not so familiar to the tongue. Refreshingly apparent hop profile that is distinctly bitter, cutting through the smooth and creamy oatmeal. A slight suggestion of booziness at the end.


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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black with thick tan head. Not too much lacing left behind.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and oats.

Taste: Once again, chocolate, molasses and oats. Mostly tastes like an Oatmeal Stout, but a little more char and coffee, as well as that semi-sweet core that all Imperial Stouts have that I can't quite explain.

Feel: Exteremely smooth and creamy. Low carbonation with a full, warming body.

Overall: Comes across as the amped up Oatmeal Stout as advertised. Quite nice.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the most recent beer camp mixer. Dark black. Smells of oats, malt, stout, not bad. Taste is malty and oats, silky sort of. This is a pretty solid beer for the style but I wish they could have done it at a lower ABV. Oh well, it was definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of acevenom
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: June 20, 2012 at 7:33 in the morning.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a tall, milk chocolate head. The head retains very well. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. I can also detect some faint alcohol in the smell. The coffee and chocolate flavors are strong and the alcohol is definitely there in the taste. I also pick up some anise. Some sweetness emerges as the beer warms. There is a good mild sweet and roasty profile to this beer from the malt. There is a clinging bitter aftertaste from the hops that does fade slowly. The body is full, creamy, and smooth. The finish is dry. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of mschind
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I may have poured this too cold but I got no head. Let it warm and gave it a swirl but that didn't do much either. Great looking otherwise, thick and viscous looking opaque dark brown.

S- Smells like something I want to drink. Vanilla, milk chocolate and even a spicy note, perhaps cinnamon. Dark coffee and alcohol in the background.

T- Sweet roasty malt with a nutty bitterness that balances things out.

M- Rich and full bodied. Doesn't feel undercarbonated. There is alcohol warmth but no harshness.

O- Definitely one to sip and savor. I would serve this as an after dinner offering with something chocolate.

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Photo of redblacks75
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, from the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark, some brown, and amber highlights as light tries to shine through. The head was very minimal, with a mocha tint.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, faint alcohol, some vanilla.

Taste: A medium bitter profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for this style, fizzy, with a long finish. Some creamy notes.

Overall: This beer surprised me. It’s a decent representation of the style. I would buy this year round if it was offered. Worth seeking out if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great very drinkable oatmeal stout. More sweet than the classic and more bitter St. Ambroise that is always available locally. Pours supremely dark brown with initially ridiculous head. Smooth mouthfeel, lots of good malt, a little sugar,, perfect and understated roasting and toasting. Very good, not a bad note.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Because sometimes those 5% oatmeal stouts can't cut it, there's this: Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp imperialized version that delivers all the roast and savory flavors of oatmeal stouts but with the complexities that only high gravity brewing can deliver.

Like many a imperial stout, this one shares those onyx-black anti-colors but with oil viscocities, dense tan foam, but somehow lacking in the lacing department. Alas, the weight of alcohol takes a toll on its foam character.

Rich and succulent aromas of deeply roasted coffee and chocolate come to life with an undertow of campfire smoke. Light esters peak through the malt with a shade of grilled cherries, plumbs, and currants.

Strong flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate coat the palate with an malty oiliness that saturates the soft tissues of the mouth with rummy alcohols, dark pitted fruits, and a marshmallowy sweetness that makes me think about smores around the campfire.

Obviously full bodied, the beer retains a malty creaminess well into finish before finally shedding its weight and starting to favor dry roast textures with the tannin of burnt embers (not quite ash) and slight fusal alcohols that nearly induce heartburn.

I often contend that oatmeal stouts are the best candidates for devising imperial recipes because of their use of oats that provide a creamy, velvety, and richly textured buffer against the alcohols and the pang of charred grain. Sierra Nevada executes this theory nearly to perfection.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a dark brown hue. There is a thin layer of head that quickly dissipates. The nose is touch roasty, but that is all. Smooth, but the roasted bitterness is still present throughout. The roasty flavors grow on the finish and this offering leaves one with a distinct bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol bite gets a bit rough at the end, but nothing to seriously detract from the enjoyment of this offering.

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Photo of slash196
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours freely, with a thick, lingering head. Reminiscent of a freshly pulled espresso. Not much lacing left behind.

Smell - All roast, with some sweet oatmeal character. Like Sam Smith but with a tiny whiff of hops.

Taste - Brassy and flagrant coffee, sweet cocoa and fluffy oatmeal cookie. A little booziness, but very well-balanced. I keep thinking Sam Smith, but obviously turned up to 11. Lingering finish recedes with a subtle bittersweetness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light for such a big beer, but with a syrupy, sticky finish.

This is dessert beer at its finest. For my money Sam Smith is still king but this beer is Sam's brawnier big brother. My expectations for this were sky-high and it definitely measured up.

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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 Gushue3
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From '12 Beer Camp mixpack, best mixpacks.

A Pours dark brown and looks closer to a porter. Dark brown in the glass and a 1+ finger brown head with some retention. Not much lacing in the head and pretty lively with carbonation.

S First whiff is a light booze and some roasted malt/coffee scent. Light chocolate but coffee dominates.

T Roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Biter coffee finish that lingers for a bit. Strong on the coffee.

M Medium feel with medium carbonation. I wished for a more luscious feet but cant really complain due to price..

O Nice oatmeal stout with some nice darker flavors. At the price of the mixpack this is a hit. Make cases of this.

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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 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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Photo of mscudder
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep and dark mocha brown with a deep tan head. Very minute bubbles throughout with a poor quantity of lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. All nice on the nose, but nothing overwhelming.

T - Lots of roasted malts and a large quantity of espresso. Some sweetness comes through the brew and gives it a touch of character. For the ABV I can detect close to nothing.

M - Creamy but far too thin for my taste. Body is medium but the beer is just to slick on the palette. If this were a bit bolder the entire beer would evolve to an elite status; sadly it just is not here.

O - Has a large number of good things going on here and fantastic given I just picked it up in a sampler. That said with a little improvement this would be on par with some of the best oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a black with khaki, tan head. Average-to-below average retention.

Smelled coffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toffee, oats and roasty malts.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got coffee, coffee beans, roasty malts, dark chocolate, toffee and oats. Pretty malty.

Full body. Creamy, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. The best part of this beer. Very appealing.

Like the Floral IPA, this beer really grew on me. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of DCon
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Dark Brown Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2172209:06 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Light roast, tons of malt, and medium alcohol present. Bit of molasses too!

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies quick. No problem of this style. Pours a thick, deep brown body with tons of viscosity. Leaves dark suds behind.

Flavor- Tons of roast and a bit of espresso. Sweet when it comes down to it and finishes with a light-medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Viscous, Espresso smooth, Closest thing to an Iced Caramel Latte, and then a great roasty finish with some oatmeal. Perfect!

Overall impression- My favorite without a doubt in this "Beer Camp" series! Such a great stout too for Sierra Nevada. Would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a strong stout with tons of complexity. Did not expect this one from this brewery.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An innocuous Oatmeal Stout I thought as I opened my first from the 2012 Best of Beer Camp Series. The heft of this one was a bit disguised I must say.

Pours jet black from a 12 oz. bottle and offers up an inch of resilient mocha foam. Touch of yeast and some light chocolate on the aroma. Aptly dubbed an Oatmeal Stout yet subtle and sneaky in the delivery, thus the dump into the Double category.

Taste is creamy and quite so for its strength. Bit of light chocolate and sublte caramel. Touch of vanilla on the back. Very subtle on the delivery for a 9 percent brew, particularly on the aroma.

Smooth feel does lack complexity vs. your typical big stout, but a self described Oaty gives it a bit of cred. Overall a crazily easy drinking brew and quite silky smooth.

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Photo of Danno48
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Well she is a dark one. Pours blackish brown and is completely opaque. Tan soap foamy head that starts out at an inch then goes down to a quarter inch after 1 minute.

S- Mmmmm, Dark roast coffee and a hint of cocoa.

T- She has high ABV and yet the cocoa and coffee flavors, the sweetness, the maltyness, all shine through. Doesn't quite taste like dark chocolate...more like cocoa, dry rather than sweet.

M- Heavy and lingering... kind of sticks the alcohol to the inside of your mouth and makes your teeth taste like baking cocoa which is not unpleasant. On a fizziness scale of 1-5 I give it a 3.

O- It tastes drier than other imperial stouts I've had and that's ok because the flavors are pronounced and definite.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted milk chocolate with some vanilla and oats and a bit of coffee.

T - Starts off with some roasted milk chocolate, vanilla, some some cola flavor. Through the middle, some coffee flavor comes through with some oats. The finish is a mix of milk chocolate with some roasted coffee, vanilla, and a bit of earthy hops.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and creamy with a roasted and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice mouthfeel with great overall balance.

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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 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 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 AleWatcher
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Founders snifter.

Bit boozy this one. Not bad though.
Feels a bit watery, especially considering this is an oatmeal stout... Lots of roasty character with prominent chocolate malts. Scalded coffee-like bitterness on the finish.

It has some flaws, but all in all, this beer is surprisingly good. If this were bottled again I would certainly buy some... This is quite a decent little shelf brew.

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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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