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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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black body with no transparency and a thick mocha colored head.

S- Roasted malts, rolled oats and a strong coffee aroma.

T- Nice mix of roasted malt and coffee notes. Oats are more complementary than primary. There is also a slight lactose taste towards the end of the taste.

M- Thick, creamy, definitely a sipper.

O- This one I would buy in sixers. After tasting all of this years beer camp beers, this one is the best.

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

Poured into a pint glass. This pours dark brown with just a thin layer of tan head.

Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma with a roasted malt backbone. Mild hints of coffee. Roasted grains on the flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee in the background. Very robust.

The body is creamy and smooth with soft carbonation. Overall this one is fair enough. A pretty enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ToddT
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a medium tan head. Head fades slowly to a cap but leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S- Roast malt, chocolate, coffee and a hint of floral hops, somewhat mild aroma.

T- Chocolate malt and notes of chocolate right away, followed by hints of bitter hops and then closed out with an dry earthy final note.

M- A little less than medium in body, feels a little thin, and low in carbonation. Somewhat creamy but the lack of body hurts it in the mouth. Finish is dry and earthy.

O- Decent beer, but nothing outstanding either. The 9.0% ABV gives it a nice kick, but not one I'll come back to again.

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

The beer camp sets don't seem to ever disappoint. This one is no exception. The stout is a choclatey/oatmeal affair with plenty of roasty aftertaste and a bit of booziness.

The beer hides a lot of alcohol with tons of malt and hops flavor. Like most American styles, it is over the top with flavor. I really want to get a bunch more before it is gone.

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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 PicoPapa
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a blackish, dark brown color with an inch of frothy tan head. Virtually no lacing. Aromas of caramel malts, vanillla, brown sugar, earth and booze. Sweet. Taste is caramel malts and booze up front with some vanilla and chocolate flavors. Earthy malt taste with a sweet finish. Taste is a bit boozey but I wouldn't have guessed it was 9%. Silky mouthfeel. Overall, good Imperial Stout worth having again.

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Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a thick brown colored head that leaves laces down the glass. A sweet roasted malt, coffee and hop aroma comes off the beer. Lots of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors. A touch of hop. Heavy body and sticky and acidic from the roasting. A smooth feel in the finish. I saved this beer for last since I knew it would assault my taste buds. I was right; the beer is very strongly flavored and has quite a bit of alcohol burn and bitterness from the roast. The finish still has an alcohol tingle a few minutes after my last sip.

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

Had this on 2012-08-11 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark black with a 3/4-finger dark tan head and mild lace. Nice alcohol legs.

S - Dark roasted grain, molasses and a light touch of chocolate. Not very strong.

T - Nice dark roasted grain, french roast coffee/bitterness, hint of vanilla. Glad it isn't too sweet. Seems about right. Finishes with a lot of roasted bitterness and some alcohol.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O - My favorite of the 2012 Beer Camp series. Makes me curious how the upcoming Sierra Nevada Imperial Stout will be. Of interst, my wife and I had this side-by-side with a Founders Breakfast Stout, which we deemed the better brew. The Snowed In Stout is good but doesn't have the same WOW factor. That being said, getting this in a lowish priced case is pretty awesome and is one of the reasons I'm so high on Sierra Nevada as a champion craft brewer.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black, and pours with a bit of viscosity that is nice to see... a promising sight. The head was a little late to form, and is rather short, sandy, and rather creamy.

S + T + M: Deep and roasty, with the standard chocolate notes. The oatmeal certainly gives it a full body, but it's perhaps lacking a bit of complexity all around.

O: A decent stout... though I'd be curious to see what would result if the malts were toned down a little, bringing the alcohol down, and creating some more delicate notes.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, bottled on June 21.

A - Pours very deep red to black with a moderate deep tan head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Appears very viscous.

S - Malt and roast in equal quantities. Deep plum with a very faint, pleasant burnt character. Modest.

T - Light carbonation entices the slightly sweet caramelized sugar notes on the front. Deep plum and dark fruits in the mid briskly transitions into a distinct roasted bitterness. Good!

M - Very heavy mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation - perfection.

O - An excellent example of an oatmeal stout. Relatively aggressive compared to most common (i.e., english) examples of the style. One thing is certain - one would never guess this is a 9% beer.

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Photo of cvm4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown. Not a thick pour. Little tan head.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, slight licorice and a good helping of roasted malt.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. Only with coffee coming into the picture and a boozy finish.

M - Not a really thick beer, medium bodied & carbonation. But, it still has a good coating to the mouth.

O - A nice representation of an oatmeal stout, a bit hot but that'll even out with time.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick black body and a small dark tan head.

The aroma has some bitter chocolate and a hint of chicory.

This is full of bitter chocolate flavor with a hint of molasses also. This is just barely sweet, for a near perfect drinkability. The taste isn't super complex, but it's very good.

This is medium bodied; the carbonation is mellow, but sharp.

This is just a good, no frills, strong stout. I like it and look forward to the other bottle in the fridge.

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Photo of flexabull
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out thick from the bottle, black with a small tan head,

Aromas are boozy, with chocolate, roasted nuts, and brown sugar.

Taste starts out with dark roasted malt flavors. Roasted nuts, dark chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Finish is fairly bitter, some pine, and surprisingly not a lot of booziness.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and not heavy at all.

Overall, a very nice stout, very flavorful, but surprisingly drinkable for a 9% ABV beer. My favorite beer from the new beer camp sampler.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a thick, black ale with a large, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of burnt sugar

T - roasted malts, a bit bitter, bittersweet chocolate, very faint coffee notes

M - full bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm at times

This is a decent stout. It's labeled an oatmeal stout but has more body and flavor than I would expect for an Oatmeal Stout. It's enjoyable and highly drinkable. It's definitely worth a try.

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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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