Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal StoutSnowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #840
Ranked #3,372
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal StoutSnowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Notes: Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels, with Coffee & Chocolate. Brewed with locally roasted Pablo's Coffee, aged in bourbon barrels from Breckenridge Distillery. Part of their Barrel-Aged Series.
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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out with no head whatsoever. Almost no lacing as well.

Smell is coffee dominant. Mild sweetness from the chocolate. Some wood, but fleeting. If you're a coffee fiend you'll love this.

Taste is very similar. Coffee forward merging well with the oakiness of the bourbon. The chocolates adds some sweetness to take some of the edge of off the abundant bitter smoky flavors. Vanilla towards the end.

This is one of the smoothest non lactose stouts I've ever had. Very little carbonation but enough not to feel flat. I imagine this is because of the inclusion of oatmeal.

Despite the fact that this beer is called Snowed In and recommended to be consumed in winter in front of a fireplace, I'm drinking it in August. Very enjoyable coffee stout. Perhaps not as memorable as Founders Breakfast Stout but a good contender. Very well done. Cheers to Copper Kettle Brewery.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small foamy head, and not much lacing.

This smells incredible- there's such a deep, gnarly, roasty and heavy coffee aroma on this one, with cookie dough, dark roasted malts, oak, silky bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla.

This was not on my radar, and clearly it should have been. It's a nearly perfect representation of a BA coffee stout. The barrel flavor is well integrated, and doesn't add overt booziness. It does add some warming and enveloping bourbon flavor, with some spicy toasted oak. The coffee flavor is unreal good here- very chocolatey, with a slight spice on the finish. There's some licorice too, and a hint of vanilla, with a nice roasty kick on the finish. This is exceptional.

This is medium bodied, rich and creamy, with a typical level of carbonation for the style.

I am honestly blown away by this one. It's everything I want in this style.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial impression is lackluster. Appearance is flat, no head, and the carbonation are big thin bubbles.

After that, things get much better. Really nice aroma with big bourbon notes, wood and vanilla. Coffee and Chocolate. Boozy.

Lot's of heat and booze in the flavors. The coffee is nice but could use a little more punch. The bourbon dominates with oak and vanilla, light caramel.

Mouthfeel is heavy and supports the big boozy flavor. Thankfully, the carbonation is there. I was a little worried from the appearance but it's adequate.

It's a pretty solid BA stout. The mouthfeel could be a little thicker and the head was nonexistent, but those are pretty trivial knocks. It's really boozy, but good flavor. Bring a little more coffee and it would really up the game.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a ~ 3 month old bottle (November 2015).

Black with a lovely beige head. Mild alcohol presence on the nose which diminishes as the beer warms. More bourbon than chocolate. Taste is also bourbon forward, but chocolate, coffee, and oak come through in the finish. I would love it to be a tad more coffee forward, with more of a fruit character and less char. Regardless, it really drinks nicely as it warms up. Nice body to back up the sweetness. Chewy without being heavy; the silkiness from the oatmeal stout shines here. The alcohol is just a tad too strong here. Might do from some further cellaring, but the chocolate flavors are quite nice right now. All in all, a delicious winter beer.

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Photo of bgold86
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured at just above room temp into a 13 ounce snifter glass. Nose is of huge huge chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla. Taste is even better, first of all, this beer is surprisingly super smooth for all complexity going on, tons of chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruits and vanilla.

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Photo of YogiTheBeer
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a light creamy head. Slight deduction for carbonation that seemed to dissipate rather quickly.
S: There was massive roasted espresso notes all over this with much less emphasis from the bourbon than I'm used to.
T: I was surprised at how balanced I actually felt this was. Coffee forward, with the vanilla and heat from the bourbon barrel more on the finish. Sweetness from the chocolate all the way through.
M: While I thought there seemed to be minimal carbonation in the appearance, it was actually ample upon drinking and provided a consistent, creamy rich mouthfeel.
O: I was skeptical, but this was a real pleasure to drink. My wife and I are huge stout fanatics and both agreed this was phenomenal.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 14 and it's still a little hot, but damn good. Nice think feel and a wonderful smell. The coffee has mostly faded, but left some roasted bitterness behind.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little less complex than I like in a BBA beer, but really a tasty offering, and certainly worth putting down a bottle or two for comparison in the months to come. I really only get coffee, chocolate and some bourbon character here, but still very tasty.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Smell was soft bourbon, cold brew coffee with mild coconut. The taste was where thing shined. Cold brew coffee, chocolate, brown sugar with vanilla all accentuated by bourbon. Almost a chocolate milk feel to it. I was very pleased and surprised with this purchase. 2015, poured from the bottle.

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Photo of Dan_K
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep, dark brown color, with a foamy, creamy head, 1 1/2 fingers that settles into fine mocha bubbles. Looks great.
S: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of oats
T: Tastes of rich roasted coffee, dusty cocoa powder, vanilla, oak, firm taste of bourbon. A very pleasant and delicious tasting brew.
F: This beer has feel in spades, it's very smooth and creamy, with a silky mouthfeel and a medium body. Not overly heavy, not cloyingly sweet. I wouldn't call it "sticky", the oakiness has kind of a slight drying sensation in your mouth. Just delightful.
O: This beer is everything you could hope for. Tastes great and feels great too. Imminently drinkable, this is a beer to savor and enjoy with friends or even on your own.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2015 release is subtle coffee, subtle bourbon and chocolate forward. As always it is very tasty. The Dickel limited release is the star this year! It is far less chocolate and takes on much more of the carmelized qualities of theTN bourbon.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking the 2014 bottling of this beer. ABV is listed at 12%.

Huge chocolate flavor, nice and creamy mouthfeel. I assume from all of the delicious oats that are in the beer. I also get some boozy high alcohol flavors but they are not at all harsh. Great jet black and oily color. Almost viscous in the glass. Very complex. The aroma is only so-so but otherwise this is a really good beer.

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Photo of Econoceki
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had the 2014 both on tap and by bottle. This is an amazing beer. It pours an incredible dark color, with a thick head and good retention. From the moment it pours, there is the heavy scent of coffee, which continues to the first sip. Tasting it, the coffee and chocolate are both evident, though the coffee can be a bit overpowering. I've been told that the 2014 was exceptionally heavy with the coffee, however. Overall, an amazing beer!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good winter beer, perfect for snowy nights. I actually like this better than their signature Mexican Chocolate Stout. You wouldn't know it was a 10% alcohol beer, and it was very flavorful and complex. Well done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Bottle No. 0983 of 1,200.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, toasted oat, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, toasted oat, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between the oat and bourbon barrel aged qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Light mocha head, dark brown body. Drink by drink step lacing.

S- Initial whiffs of deep roast, coffee. Another take results in bitter chocolate.

T- More with coffe/cocoa. Just the slightest hint of vanilla notes with just a tinge of barrel heat.

M- Mouthfeel is next to amazing, so thick. Low carbonation.

D/O- The extreme coffee-esque roastiness combined one of the best mouthfeely stouts I've had in a long time make for a great beer. Thanks kojevergas!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the most intensely flavored beers out there right now, equal parts heavy roasted barley, dark black coffee, and raw chocolate. the bourbon barrel is anything but subtle too, adding the boozy vanilla oak complexion it usually does, and the oatmeal in here gives just a little residual sugar and a ton of body. i always loved the mouthfeel of the mexican chocolate stout, and i think that same richness carries over into this one really well. coffee is strong in the nose, as is the barrel, but its more well integrated in the flavor, where bitterness from all three elements really combine for an intense flavor rush. it almost tastes like rum not bourbon for a minute there, with an unexplained spice and raw sugar complexion, but it evens out pretty quickly. thick like fudge to drink, and not much in the way of bubbles, but you never really miss them, or at least i didnt, the viscosity is almost required with all the flavor in this one. i dug this pretty hard, a very slow drinker, especially at this alcohol strength, but its a very impressive example of the style, and one that should age awfully well.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super large tan foamy dense head rises off thick motor oil esque brew. Nice retention. Missing lacing...

Lots of oats, toasty, caramelized goodness, lactic, slight twinge of awkward roasted malt with a nice boozy bite.

Flavors are much like the aroma. Heavy vanilla-booze flavors with tons of dark-roasty-chocolate. Lots of creamy smooth malt burred in booze. I believe the awkward aroma to be liked to hazelnut, minus *some* of the weird hazelnuttyness. Toffee strikes nice too. Carbonation is perfect and light, much different than appearance. Dryness is a bit too high and sweetness is a bit too low.

Knowing Copper Kettle, I expect some of the weird kinks to be worked out of this one next time around. They seem to be a brewery that is never satisfied. This is a good brew, but I expect it will be better next time, there's a bit of room for improvement. Oats are not as smoothly placed with the booze as I had expected.

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Photo of Shumania
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. 2013 version, bottle #0827

A: dark as can be, small tab head

S: sweet roastiness, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee

T: very mellow blend of flavors comes together well. Same flavors as the smell, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, slight roast

M: extremely creamy from the oatmeal!

This is a very nice beer. Alcohol is hidden. Very good flavors and nothing is too overpowering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 10.6% ABV per the label. 68 IBUs. Bottle #0304. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with black wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap and understated appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the description on the label - "Oatmeal stout ale aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and chocolate."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Decent consistency and complexion.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Not unique or special. Pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Cream, chocolate malts, oats, dark malts, cocoa dust, caramel, faint vanilla (likely from the bourbon), and chocolate.

A very pleasant, clean aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or hop character is detectable.

I'm looking forward to trying it, but I do wish the bourbon was more forward.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, bourbon-induced vanilla, cocoa dust, cream, and caramel. It's pretty well balanced, if a bit too sweet. The vanilla in particular is quite forward and contributes substantially to the sweetness. Build is certainly cohesive, but not gestalt. The oats are quite subtle. As is the coffee. There's not much roast or graininess, but the coffee they chose works well with the rest of the flavour profile.

Lacks any real oak or barrel notes. Some toasty refined oak would really help it.

Fair subtlety and nuance, but it's not real complex or intricate. Amplitude is pretty high; it blends its notes well and integrates the bourbon into the base pretty well.

Pretty decent depth of flavour for the style. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

I like it.

Not at all boozy or hot - a feat for a fresh imperial stout at 10% or more ABV. No yeast character or hop character comes through. I love that it isn't too sweet.

It really opens up as it comes to temperature. The depth of the coffee really picks up.

Mf: I love how creamy it is. Succulent. Smooth and wet. Silky. Good body and thickness. Good presence on the palate. Soft and comforting. Sleek and somewhat glossy. A biteen chewy. Clean. Well-carbonated, if a bit overly so. Texture complements the taste well, though it doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.


Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

I love that it's smoother than most imperial stouts without feeling too porter-like. Many oatmeal stouts can't walk that line as finely as this one does.

Dr: Quite drinkable considering the high ABV. As much as I like it, it's not in the same league as the best beers in the style, particularly in terms of complexity and balance. The bourbon barrel does play on and complement the characteristics of the base beer to an extent, but really all that comes through is the vanilla of the barrel. It's set at a high price point, but I'd probably try it again aged or at a bar. It's a very likable imperial stout with a lot of good characteristics, and I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners, albeit with reservations. I'm really glad I picked it up. I could see this becoming a sleeper hit.

I'm really looking forward to trying more beers from Copper Kettle. This is an impressive introduction to their lineup. These cats clearly know what they're doing.

The softness and creaminess of the texture are the highlights of the beer for me personally. That texture really works great in a good imperial stout.

Low B+

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Photo of Ratman197
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Copper Kettle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, oak, vanilla, coffee and light bourbon. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee and light bourbon with a smooth dry lingering oak finish.

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Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout from Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 97 ratings