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

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Added by sholland119 on 11-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 535 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of match1112
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: near black body. two inches of a thick creamy mocha colored head. decent staying power and lacing.

s: chocolate, roasted malts, alochol, oats.

t: smooth rich chocolate up front, followed by a slightly chewy center of oats and a warming alochol presence on the end.

m: medium-full body, good carbonation. dry and bitter with a warming alochol presence.

o: pretty good, wish it was thicker.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with a qquarter finger of a tan head. Slight alcohol legs.

S- A lot of roasted malts. A good bit of oatmeal. Some alcohol.

T- A slight alcohol taste up front. It follows up with a big oatmeal and chocolate taste. Its fairly bitter for a stout. A underlying hop profile but diuised by the other flavors.

M- A little alcohol feel. Drinks easy for a big stout. A little thin in my opinion. bitter and dry aftertaste.

O- Could be better. It really needs a bigger feel and stronger flavor to stand out. I hope the alcohol flavor also fades with age.

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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 mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 roblund
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 MikeConklin
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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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