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)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
535
Reviews:
220
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 535 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 dfillius
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate pour yields 2/3 finger of pillowy brown head with great retention. Nearly opaque dark brown that is nearly black. Nearly perfect!
S: Coffee, chocolate, milk, slight PNW hops. Some esters bring it down.
T: Breathy alcohol up front told me this was 9.0%. Why make it so high and not label it as double/Imperial? Roastiness afterwards is very nice. Hoppy finish is nice.
M: Warmth up front is a bit much. Full bodied. The warmth it contributes to my chest is nice. Hoppy finish is nice but a tad starchy green banana-y feeling.
O: A bit too much alcohol for what I want from an oatmeal stout. Even hotter than I like from a RIS. A fairly tasty beer that is imbalanced unnecessarily.

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

A: Pours an opaque black color. The tall, dark brown head has a dense, frothy texture and strong, lasting retention. Lacing is attractive, with splotches and rings deposited irregularly across the glass.

S: Roasted malts are prominent, with some chocolate and dark/preserved fruit. Some sweet oatmeal aroma is also present, with lesser alcohol, charcoal, and toffee notes.

T: Big, roasty malt flavor up front. Preserved fruit (raisins?) and chocolate are noticeable. A bit of sweet/smooth oat character is present as well. Hop bitterness builds in to a gradual firmness. The aftertaste is of toffee, coffee, charcoal, and alcohol.

M: Firm, chewy maltiness on the palate. Carbonation is light and supple. Oatmeal contributes a nice, velvety texture. Eventually the tide turns to a more, roasty aftertaste, with a bit of alcohol warmth to boot.

D: This is a nice oatmeal stout, if a little big. As an imperial stout, however, I like the addition/contribution of oatmeal to the beer. It's still big, chewy, and malty, but has a nice, rounding smoothness.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted malts along with some notes of chocolate and hints of sweetness from the oatmeal with notes of licorice in the finish. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink because there are no traces of alcohol in the taste and it isn't that full-bodied. This beer is called "Snowed in Stout" so it sounded like an appropriate selection to drink during Hurricane Sandy

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Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Keyportnick
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle out of a beer camp 12er served in a snifter

A- pours a heavy black with a touch of deep brown along the edges. Tan colored head that dissipated quickly.

S- mild roasted malts, oats, sweet chocolate, and a touch of alcohol

T- slight roasted malts a touch of dryness into silky bozey chocolate taste. Mild bitter hop finish.

M- carbonation right up front leading into a medium light overall body with a lingering malty alcohol like finish than lingers.

Overal a solid oatmeal stout gives you a little more than a usual all year round offering.

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Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Dools9
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Founders snifter, bottled 6/21/12.

A: Pitch black, no light getting through. Fingers worth of brown, creamy head fades to a skim. Moderate lace, big alcohol legs.

S: Heavy roasted malt, bittersweet mocha chocolate, a bit of alcohol with a swirl, faint espresso and vanilla cream. There's also a generalized grainy component.

T: Lots of dark roasted malt, a bit of smoke, a good mix of sweet mocha and burnt coffee. Alcohol is not very well hidden however, this ones a bit boozey in the taste. Some warmth going down and a little astringency.

M: Definitely smooth and creamy, medium carbonated.

O: A solid imperial oatmeal from SN. The booziness however was a bit too much though, other than that, very solid all around.

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Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hdofu
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This is my favorite out of the latest best of beer camp set they had at my local liquor store. It smells smokey and sweet which is just a preview of whats to come. It pours dark brown with a thin tan top. Taste is chocolatey, a little grainy it has a malty finish to it. It definetly has an alcohol burn in the finish. If you like oatmeal stouts or imperial stouts, this is a good choice. I can't recommend it enough.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viscous and black on the pour with a finger of tan head. Rich oatmeal and toffee sweetness on the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, a nice creamy chocolate character, coffee, and some hints of vanilla to it as well. The flavor is pleasantly sweet with chocolate, toffee, and vanilla notes. A moderate roasted malt flavor along with a touch of coffee give a light bitterness. There’s a touch of licorice on the finish. Carbonation is a little high for me, but nothing that ruins the beer.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Minimal head that is sustained by carbonation. No lacing. Body is one of the darkest browns I have seen. Advertised as midnight black, which is a stretch.

Aroma is very malty. A mix of cocoa and roasted. Some grain. Medium strength.

Flavor is predominantly chocolate, with oats and caramel.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but not silky. Remains on the palate for some time. A classic oatmeal stout style.

Overall - An above average oatmeal stout. Is it worth $4 a bottle? Not in my book.

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Photo of drh1382
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Giantspace
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of PortLargo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Buick222
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of jhhollier
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2012. Pours thick pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, oatmeal, char, toast, coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, earth, and dark fruitiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast, roasted malt, molasses, cocoa, earth, herbal, licorice, char, and light dark fruits. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, char, toast, roasted malt, oatmeal, molasses, earth, licorice, and dark fruits on the finish for a while. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; with some cloying dark fruit, roast, and earthy flavors on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good imperial oatmeal stout. A bit too cloying, but there are some nice flavors and decent balance. Fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of HeyJim
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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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