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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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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 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 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 Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Ommegang tulip. Pours slightly darken than cola with a dense, creamy, 2.5 inch, khaki-colored head with raised bubbles clustered across the surface. Head eventually settles into a consistent 1/8th inch cap with thin clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is roasty with a light charred character and aromas of mocha. Taste follows nose - the mocha definitely takes the forefront, with the roast and char falling in neatly behind. The back end expresses a trace of artificial sweetener and a faint metallic quality before finishing with a slightly earthy hops bittering that nicely dissipates any residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation and a pleasant, silky texture. Overall, a pretty tasty offering. Just a couple slightly off flavors keep this beer from being exceptional.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Black with a slight light brown head.

S: Oatmeal, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the nose.

T: Nice pleasant bitterness, medium and dark roast coffees, roasted malt and dark chocolate.

M: Medium-full bodied, and creamy smooth.

O: Very typical of the oatmeal stout style. Definitely recommended if you can find it. I personally had it on tap at the brewery.

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

A- Pours a pitch black, just like a good Imperial stout should. Small, half finger head. Heat retains well despite its size and is tan in color. Lacing is great. Overall, a delicious pour.

S- Chocolate is prominent on the nose. Deep, deep roasts of coffee and slight sweet hints from the oatmeal and chocolate mix are also very apparent.

T- Starts off with a dark roast bang. Coffee is the most prominent flavor, with only slight hints of the chocolate from the nose. About midway through the drink anise flavors come through. Throughout the drink, flavors provide an overall bitter profile from the coffee and anise. The drink ends with a slight sour milk note to accompany the dark bitter flavors.

M- Very smooth, as most oatmeal stouts are. Slightly thin compared to most stouts, with a fair amount of carbonation, but nothing too extreme. Can't feel the alcohol at all with the dark roasts.

Overall, nothing too impressive here, but a solid stout from a great brewer. I'd like to see them do more stouts like this. I have one in the cellar, we'll see how it holds up.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, no dating or freshness info that I could find.

Pours midnight black, dark tan head, rich and creamy. and leaving some low sheeting and minimal slippery lace.

Dense, dark chocolate, roasty malt and a hint of vanilla in the nose.

Flavorful and quite enjoyable double stout. Lots more chocolate, sweet, bitter and complex.

Super smooth over the tongue. Thick and oily. Double stout goodness.

All in all a fine stout, big and bold, but at the same time so smooth and not crushing the palate. Fine night capper

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

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger light tan head with decent retention and slippery lacing. Mild aroma of dark toasted malt with slight coffee, a bit of hay. Flavor follows, with toasted and biscuit malt, light chocolate and coffee and hay; a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium bodied with decent creaminess. A pleasant, well made stout that is somewhat understated in flavor and complexity.

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

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Snowed In Oatmeal Stout from the Beer Camp series last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. After hearing about what beers were going to be in this years Beer Camp, I was the most excited about this beer since I really like Oatmeal Stouts, so lets see how it goes. 2012 vintage fairly fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is the same as the other beers in the series and as I stated before I like the label and the information about the beer. It poured a dark motor oil black color that didn't let any light come though when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a good bit of lacing. This was a nice looking Oatmeal Stout, the color was what I expected and the head was pretty impressive.

S- The aroma starts off with ton of malts that had a medium amount of sweetness and imparted some nice roasted aromas along with some dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, followed by a nice oatmeal like aroma that blends nicely. In the middle I get a slight dark fruit aroma, mainly figs, followed by a little more oatmeal and a slight charred and smokey aroma, with just a slight amount of booze showing up. Towards the end comes a slight bit of spicy hops. I like the aroma of this beer, it's pretty true to style and I really like the complexity.

T- The taste seems to be quite similar to the aroma and it starts off with loads of roasted malts that have a lower amount of sweetness and impart lots of roasted, dark chocolate, with a little bit of toffee and molasses flavors. In the middle comes the oats along with some charred and slightly smokey flavor and a slight bit of dark fruits and a slight boozy flavor. On the finish I get a slight amount of spicy hops with a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness on the finish with an oatmeal and roasted malt aftertaste that really sticks around and is enjoyable. This was a good tasting beer, it had some good complexity, some good balance and the alcohol was hidden well.

M- Fairly smooth, silky, slightly creamy, on the full side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer, and a good and proper example of a stronger Oatmeal stout, it had everything that I look for in the style with nothing seeming out of place. This beer had good drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, and the flavor held my attention, I could see drinking two of these on a cool fall night by the bonfire. What I liked most about this beer was how balanced and complex it was, I also really liked how well the alcohol was hidden, it sure didn't taste like it was 9%. There was nothing that I didn't like about this beer, it hit the mark in all categories and I have no complaints. I would for sure buy this beer again, but when I went back they were all sold out, so my only hope is that they bottle this on it's own, if they do I'll buy the shit out of it, and for a $1.69 for a good and strong Oatmeal stout it's a great deal, that's probably why it didn't last long at the store, highly recommended to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was satisfied with this beer and I thought it was a very solid and good tasting Oatmeal Stout, so far I have to say this has been the best from this years Beer Camp but I still have to have to try the Pilsener. Good job guys this Oatmeal Stout is a winner.

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Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with minimal head. Somewhat mild smelling for an imperial stout. Roasted malts. Chocolate, coffee, oats. The taste is similar. Nice thick body and smooth oatmeal stout feel. A little sweet, but not too much. Some chocolate and coffee characters, but also mild for an imperial stout.

One of the more drinkable imperial stouts I have had. Goes down smoothly, and doesn't make you feel like you've just had a 9% alcohol drink.

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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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Starting in on this year's Best Of case with the oatmeal stout. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, light coffee, and cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa, now more of a fudgy chocolate syrup, holds the prime position. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout, one that could stand to be a bit creamier, but one that still ends up being a tasty and enjoyable brew.

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

A- Pours near pitch black with a thick and foamy tan head into my Ithaca Excelcior tulip. Thick spider web lacing clings to the side of the glass. A decent amount of carbonation that settles down fairly quickly.

S- Dark roasted espresso with whipped cream. Notes of mild chocolate, caramel, dried cherries, fresh cut figs, and smoked malt. Not the most depth and lasting impressions, but very nice none the less. Little whiffs of alcohol hide nicely beneath.

T- Its a perfect match to the nose... dark coffee, dried fruit, caramel and chocolate. Roasty and fruity up front, and nice and dry on the back end. Just a subtle hint of the alcohol buried under all that roasty, toasty malt!

M- Thick and chewy like an oatmeal stout should be! Has a nice dryness on the finish. The alcohol is pleasantly present, but it mixes really well with the cocoa, coffee and dark fruit. Has a subtle sweetness lying beneath it all.

O- Nothing ground breaking about this stout, just very well done and delicious! Nice coffee, cocoa, and dried fruit. They should release this all on it's own.

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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 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 CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.... this beer is imperial. Nice dark appearnce and good head retention. Lots of dark malt aromas, chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla... tastes like it smells. Just a very solid oatmeal stout. Has the typical silky body and drinks very smooth for the abv... it still packs a punch though

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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 confer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is pitch black. No light passes through it at all. Minimal tan head.
Not very much to the smell. Slight sweet roasty smell.
The alcohol can be tasted but only a bit, with a slight roastiness in the finish.
Thick and chewy, this beer is very syrupy.
Overall a good Imp Stout for a cold night.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light brown head stay around a while and then settles into a pretty decent lacing above a what I believe is a clear super dark brown to blackish colored beer. A very think and dark color to this stout is very enticing.

Surprisingly light aroma consisting of rich dark roasted grain malt, with hint of coffee, toffee, and what seems to be burnt cherries.

Dark roasted Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate grain malts with dark roasted cherries with mocha adds to the deep dark oatmeal taste.

A slight bitterness along with the dark roasted malts appear in a dry aftertaste on this full bodied stout.

A dark roasted taste that I'm quite sure stout and porter lovers will enjoy, it's not the best of those styles but a worthy addition to the fridge.

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

Looks great coming out of the bottle in to the glass. A dark jet black pour with a typical white head that stays for a bit.
The bouquet was of malt,barley, chocolate, coffee and some Asian spices.

The mouthful was big and bold as a good oatmeal stout should be. I think this one has a bit too much in the ABV.... I think a percent or two lower would have made this would rounder and totally enjoyable.

The finish to this one was big, but as I mentioned above, a little bit too much with the 9% ABV

I will have to save a few bottles when it is really Stout season

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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 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 phishsihq
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer Camp #45, Oatmeal Stout, pours an opaque black, and it is capped by a dark brown head that provides plenty of lacing. Dark flavors of mocha and chocolate lead way to darker fruit flavors like cherries and plums. The flavor follows the same dark flavor profile. Roasted malt, coffee, and just a touch of molasses mix with dark fruits and a bit of booze across the palate. The malt adds a bit of creaminess in this full-bodied, moderately carbonated ale.

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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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