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

On tap at Aces & Ales.

Very dark brown, mostly black pour, good 3/4" tan head with good retention and decent lacing going on. Aroma, very similar to the regular stout, but more hops, more chocolate going on here.

Taste, yup, still more chocolate and hops. This really is a true double of the regular stout I'm thinking, just more alcohol, thicker malt body, chocolate, hops, just more everything, but had an added creamy element like it was 10% oats used or something slightly different.

Nice mouthfeel, alternates between the bitter hoppiness and then goes down smoov.

I really liked it.

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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 billab914
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Black in color with a thin chocolate colored lacing around the edges of the glass.

In the aroma I get a good amount of roasted malts and dark chocolate. It's a little creamy with some notes of black coffee as well. Pretty nice aroma overall.

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a little burntness come out in the taste. It's very rich and chocolaty. Pretty solid overall.

Very thick and creamy, I didn't get the story behind this beer but I'm making an assumption based on mouthfeel that oats are involved somehow. Best part about the beer was the mouthfeel for me.

Overall, I thought it was a very solid beer of the style. It was very rich and flavorful with a great mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monkey Paw, 11/10/11.

This one is an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

A-Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a thin mocha head and no lacing.

S-Mocha and chocolate, hint of toffee. Sweet, obviously, but appealing.

T-Sweet malt, mocah and chocolate notes, lightly hopped. A nice oatmeal sweet creaminess. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-Medium bodied with a nice creaminess.

O-One of my favorite beer camp beers. Quite tasty.


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