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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 zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of mocha, roasted malt and molasses.

T - Great tasting - chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. A touch of piney bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good stout. I wish they could make this a year round offering.

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Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Really great head retention and a little bit of lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and espresso beans. A little floral hop aroma also comes through. The aroma is a little bit on the weak side, however.

Heavy roast and espresso immediately on the taste. Some dark fruit and vanilla is also apparent. Basically no hop flavor and bitterness is also on the light side initially. Alcohol becomes noticeable towards the finish but is pleasant and warming. There is a bit of a sharp bitterness on the back of the throat reminiscent of strong coffee. Mouthfeel is extremely chewy and slick from the oats. Really adds a nice additional dimension.

Overall, a nice beer from Sierra Nevada. While it is definitely a sipper and a one-and-done beer, it is perfect for dessert on a chilly night.

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Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours motor oil black with a massive 2 finger foamy/creamy mocha tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly; this looked like a frothy Frappucino and settled down leaving a foamy layer on top and excellent foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of oats, roasted grains, coffee beans, toffee, light vanilla, caramel, citrus hops, lemon zest, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, molasses and mild booze like rum; the smoky notes and grains dominate the nose, with bitter whiffs of coffee and chocolate trailing with a mild sweetness.

Tastes of oats, roasted grains, coffee, toffee, vanilla, caramel, lemon zest, herbs, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, molasses, pepper, grass, charcoal and booze like rum or a liquor; the alcohol is much stronger in the taste than in the nose and sweeter than I expected overall. It’s good, but not that good: the booze is a bit too much and the burnt notes seem to pave the way for the coffee and cocoa notes to close the swallow on the bitter side. The oats or oatmeal seem to have vanished and the vacuum of that void is filled by mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, with mild carbonation, a bitter finish with lots of burnt coffee and grains in the mix, and a metallic twinge.

Overall it was good and I did enjoy this Beer Camp experiment, but I would not run out and buy a 6 pack of this; glad it came in the Beer Camp 12 Pack Sampler set, but not sure I’d go out and get this on its own. The alcohol is strong and this beer hit me pretty fast and hard. The aftertaste is just like a bold Starbucks coffee.

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

very big thanks to scott for tossing this beer my way the other day. been meaning to try these for a while. enjoyed from a sierra nevada snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a thin light tan almost mocha head that bubbled away leaving a thin skin of head on the surface. lacing was slick and left small strings of lace on the glass that slid down to the brew within moments. beer has a nice shine to it.

s - roasted malts with some char that comes off a bit metallic. cocoa powder and coffee notes.

t - chocolate and mocha with a bit roasted char. oatmeal stout meets a porter.

m - full bodied and rather robust. heavy char of a porter with the thickness of an oatmeal stout.

o - overall, i dig a good oatmeal stout, but the char on this one was a bit odd...still good, but different. as i sipped on the beer i got over the char and found myself really digging the flavor.

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

The pour on this beer is thick and dense, with a small but tight head of brownish foam forming. The nose is not as prominent as I expected, but it offers some nice sweet coffee overtones. The flavor is also more bitter than I expected, not just from hops but also from roast, giving an impression of bitter cocoa. Alcohol is also lightly detectable. It makes an OK double stout, but not a very good oatmeal stout, overall. The expected character of an OS just aren't present.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a thin ring of mocha foam. Aroma is a bit boozy, chocolately, and bitter roasted coffee.

First sip is very chewy, huge mouthfeel, with a sweet roasted malt character, and pretty bitter finish with a boozy aftertaste. This is like seriously thick, the oatmeal adds a huge amount of body. I feel like despite all the body, there just isn't enough sweetness though. It's like a thick mess of boozy beer that really needs some sweetness to balance things out. There is a lot of bitterness here, but it comes across pretty harsh.

Meh - not really a hit for me with this beer. Kind of harsh all around.

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

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 172 of 2012 (June 20). 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45.

Appearance: Pours a liquid black with the viscosity of oil. Thin tan head that recedes quickly. This beer looks meaty.

Smell: Strong mocha aroma. Slight alcohol.

Taste: Robust. Overpowering. Almost too sweet. Coffee, mocha, vanilla. A lot of flavor. Definite alcohol taste in this 9% ABV stout.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately thick and sticky.

Overall: Not a big stout fan, and even less an imperial stout fan, but I can appreciate the depth of flavors in this beer. I will be sharing with my my stout-loving friends and family!

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

Sierra Nevada calls it an Oatmeal, BA calls it an Imperial -- since Oatmeal Stout sort of limits out at 5.9%, I have to wonder how smooth and/or silky this beer is. Let's see how it falls together.

A -- Inky, opaque black -- couldn't get light to shine thru with a Mag-Lite. Thick, creamy, long-lasting brown head (here come the roasted malts).

S -- Roasted malt, cocoa, light citrus, and peppery alcohol -- all pretty mellow.

T -- A balance of roasted malts, fruit esters, and peppery alcohol up front. The finish starts showing a blend of roasted malts and some cocoa flavors ending in mildly hot alcohol. The alcohol and some hop bitterness follow into the aftertaste in a blend that makes this great for cold nights.

M -- Full bodied and chewy, smooth warmth from alcohol. Rather silky, considering the big roasted malt and alcohol character. Some lingering syrupiness in after a swallow. Dry finish.

O -- It's certainly a good Imperial, and the smooth silkiness of oatmeal in the mix fights through a little, but make no mistake -- this is no Oatmeal Stout you've probably ever tried before. Expect Imperial Stout with some lightly smooth mouthfeel from the oats. The nose and flavor are all Imperial in character - I vote BA's interpretation of this.

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

The beer has a black body, appearing dark brown at the edges, sporting a thin beige cap. The aroma is mild, with light scents of dark roast, molasses, a hint of chocolate. The flavor is roasty and chocooalty, with subtle coffee notes. The flavor is decent. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation. Palate coating, with abv hidden well. While this beer has some nice things going on and shows potential, I find it to be generally unexciting. This was ok.

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Photo of motorhed
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a dark black color with a very slight head, less than one finger. Head is a darker shade of tan and it dissipates quickly. Darker than i thought it would have been. Very little lacing around the glass through consumption.

S - I get a light roasted malt base with sweet chocolate and booze in the background.

T - My first tasted of this beer was straight after pour when it was very cold. Definitely rounded out a lot better the closer it got to room temp. First couple of sips were pretty harsh leaving me thinking what the hell is the ABV on this? Get a nice roasted malt base on this beer with the sweet chocolate and a bitter finish. Warm with alcohol on the finish.

M - A medium-thick bodied brew with a lower level of carbonation.

O - After drinking what seems to be an endless number of milk stouts, oatmeal stouts, and RIS's, this one sits somewhere in the middle. Not bad but still got the sense of too much booze on it. It could do well to have some more sweetness to it. I've had better but it's not bad.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was part of the 2012 Beer Camp Variety Case.

Poured and enjoyed from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a dark brown, almost black color. Totally opaque. A quickly fading tan colored, half-finger head on the initial pour that fades to a light skim. Little to no lacing left on the glass.

S - A slight roasted malt aroma. Not really impressive.

T - A slightly tangy, roasted malt taste. A tad on the bitter side but it still rather creamy with a touch of mocha sweetness. The ABV is not initially present but as the beer warms up the alcohol does peak through.

M - A medium consistency. Decent carbonation.

O - A decent imperial stout. It's a brew that really doesn't set itself apart or stand out from other stouts I've had. That being said, it is tasty and is still a very good brew that's worth giving a try.


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Photo of hoplover82
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar around the rim of the beer with very good sticky lacing.
S-The aroma is very faint when first poured, we'll see how it progresses as it warms a little. Right now, just faint dark chocolate and some roastiness. Yeah, even after the beer warms a little, I give it a swirl and it's still not as "in yo face" as I'd like an imperial stout to be...
T-The flavor is sweet up front, could actually use more bitterness imo, sweet and roasty with a dark chocolate finish, and there is some caramel there as well.
M-VERY CREAMY indeed! But it has a lot of that harsh acidic roastiness that I actually think some more bittering hops would benefit this beer very much, the huge sweetness coupled with that huge roastiiness without a hefty "bitterness" is kind of overwhelming my palate.
O-Overall it's ok... I think I should give the overall score a 3.0, but because it's SN beer, I give it a .5 point curve. Cheers Everyone!

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Photo of jjanega08
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.
Bottle stamped

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice looking finger of dark brown head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smell is somewhat faint of roast malt and some coffee notes.

T= The taste is a nice powerful punch of roasted malt and a nice dark chocolate flavor. Much more of a dark chocolate flavor than coffee actually. This is a pretty nice smooth flavored stout.

M= Silky smooth

O= This is a really smooth nice flowing stout. It works well together and tastes great. It's not a mind blowing crazy stout but it tastes good and is among the most solid examples I've tried.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/13/12

The beer is a very dark brown; nearly black once in the glass. A one and a half finger cap of sandy colored bubbles begins to deflate immediately.

The aroma is deep and dark, full of roasted dark grains, dark chocolate and oatmeal. It does smell sweet, like liquid no bake cookies. I'm giving a pass on the sweetness here; I do like no bake cookies quite a lot. Some tangy roast as it warms. Alcohol is well-hidden.

The feel is fairly smooth, too. Viscous, inky, full body with moderately low carbonation. The taste however, is not. Brash flavors come from all directions: burnt tones, scorched chocolate, roasted bitter coffee, earthy/piney hops and a thick mash of oatmeal and alcohol. though not terribly sweet, the feel has a sticky, sugary quality. Residuals are heavy and long lingering.

All in all, this isn't a bad beer and truthfully, it's mostly enjoyable. It's roughish at the moment and perhaps needs some time to cool down. If I get another Beer Camp box, I'll be letting the Oatmeal Stouts hang out for a while.

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

A- pours black with deep brown highlights. A finger of dark tan head is produced from an average pour. Good head retention.

S- a bit to hot on the nose up front. Aromas of chocolate syrup and coffee liquor play off each other nicely in the middle. Slightly nutty with the roasted malt bringing some balance to the initial sweetness. Bakers chocolate on the finish.

T- iced mocha coffee and nutty brownie batter give an initial richness. Alcohol presence in the middle with a coffee liquor tone. Finishes semi-sweet with roasted malt and a note of dried cherry and cocoa powder.

MF- creamy mouthfeel with a heavy medium body. A little softer than average carbonation.

D- solid drinkability.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottole into a perfect pint glass.

Pours jet black, fully dark, with some tan broan foam. It settles out but some lays on the top. Oaty roasted smell. Mocha blend. Taste is a thick chewy chocolate oat flavor. Long hold that slides off with a faint finish of bitter. Real flavorful.

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

Picked up the Beer Camp 12 pack at Total Wine in early August for $18.99.

Beer poured black with a beautiful trademark SNBC head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasted malts and mocha.

Taste is roasted malts, cocoa nibs, black licorice, and mocha.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is the best brew in the pack that i have sampled to date (impy red still pending). Very nice brew from a very flexible and fun brewing company.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with ruby highlights and a thin, low profile, light tan head that recedes to a surface ring. Aromas of dark, bittersweet chocolate, roasted oats, and a touch of coffee. Flavors are rich and roasted on a smooth, slightly dry body. Rich, bitter cocoa nibs dominate the palate, with a subtle char in the backbone. Bitter and slight roasted coffee aftertaste leads to a slick, slightly drying finish. You start to get a campfire beer at the end of the palate. Very tasty.

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Photo of DavidST
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet, this is the 2012 edition. This pours a nice dark brown almost black color with a two finger thick mocha color head. The smell is of dark roasted malts, some alcohol. The feel is medium to a little thick and creamy. The taste is okay a little roaster malts, but a not well hidden alcohol taste.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate and a bit of espresso bean on the nose. Nothing really jumps out at me other than that.

Pitch black with a nice mocha head which laces quite funny. Its spotty and interesting. I like it.

Its very rich in flavor and mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted coffee beans are prominent and elevated with the silky texture and low carbonation. Overall a very nice beer. Short review because I have things burning on the stove..

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 12oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Darker than used motor oil with only faint hints of brown near the edges under intense light. Tan head quickly reduces to a durable ring and partial top coat, but leaves some lace on the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts with hints of light smoke, oatmeal and black licorice. Slightly fruity with some spicy hops. Some alcohol esters after warming; plenty after more warming.

T: Appropriately rich dark roast grain flavors, with a light smokiness. Alcohol is well hidden. Hops add spicing and high (for style) bitterness. Some coffee in the mildly bitter, and long-lasting, aftertaste.

M: Full body with low but adequate carbonation. Very smooth. Some light harshness and warming from the alcohol.

O: Relatively subtle aroma but the flavor is plenty rich, with fine roasted grain flavors should appeal to beer geeks who enjoy dark breads.

(revised with new sample and .25 increments in Feb. 2013)

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

12oz bottle to snifter

A: Looks super dark akin to a motor oil black. Edge reveals more of a ruddy brown color. Thin milk chocolate head with very little retention and just some light dotting of lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of deep roasted malts with some burnt caramels and a touch of licorice. Lots of roast grains here. There are some dark fruit aromas noted as well.

T: Rich dark roast malt flavors are accentuated with prominent toasted oat. Sweetened dark chocolate is firm, giving way to some lesser notes of shade grown coffee, dark fruits/cherry, molasses, and a hint of smoky char. There is an upper level of bitterness I was not expecting and an almost umami component here. Alcohol is well hidden. Such an intense roast. Slightly tart and acrid but nice.

M: Body is on the heavier side but with such a nice frothy feel. Super creamy on account of the oats with a nice sleek remnants to it.

D: Another nice offering from the Camp. Bold rich intense roast flavors. Probably the Oattiest Stout I have come across yet.
This one drinks relatively big and makes for a nice sipper.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as coal. Very little head develops from the gentle pours of my bar wench. No lace, no surprise as there is no head. I finish the pour later and got a short-lived, dark tan almost espresso colored head to form.
Smell is very weak, nothing more than a bit of
Taste more than makes up for the lack of nose. Toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, hops. Great balance, flavors are woven together very well.
Reasonably smooth considering. Slightly drying and slightly cloying on the palate, a decent film on the roof of the mouth. If it had a nose and skipped the film this could be 4.5 across the board.

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

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter. I need a high-octane glass for a high-octane brew.

A: Even the liquid pouring from the bottle was black as night... jeez. The mocha head was about a finger plus in color and had tremendous staying power.

S: Not really much, which was disappointing. I got a tinge of dark malt and mocha coffee.

T: Bitter coffee notes, with some slimy oatmeal in there as well, but overall, this was a roasty, chocolatey, meh....

M: It was fairly thick, but I wish it were a bit more snot-like considering the 9% ABV. Bitter finish, which I actually loved in this setting.

O: This was good, but I was expecting more. I dug the mouthfeel overall, but the taste had a bit of artificiality that I couldn't get over.

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

Bottle opened on 9.14.12.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin dark tan head that quickly moves to the edges.

S - Nice choclate, licorice, some coffee.

T - Oats, chocolate, licorice, coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body, lots of oats in the finish.

O - Best Beer Camp this year.

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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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