Snow Pants | Union Craft Brewing Company

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Snow PantsSnow Pants

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 128
Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

L: Inky dark pour with 2 fingers of foamy brown head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted grains... espresso and dark chocolate.

T/F: Rich and roasty... lots of dark malts and Italian roast espresso. Cocoa and grains. Thick and almost creamy body from the oats. Nice hop bitterness complements the bitterness of the roast at the finish. Well carbonated.

O: Fantastic oatmeal stout. One of the best I've had lately.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A CAN tip from the creator of The CANQuest (tm): if a CAN displays a wedge-shaped pooching anywhere on its lid, move it to the head of the line in the queue & get it into either the reefer or if there is snow on the ground, throw it into the snow like the tiny grenade that it is becoming! I had noticed the pooching a few days ago on this one, but then I got distracted & forgot about it. I was riveted, watching the 'Ning/Pens Game 7 on Thursday night when I heard a metallic "Ping!" that a) nearly caused me to crap my pants & b) motivated me to find the culprit in the backlog & get it into the reefer. Upon close inspection, there were four (4) points on the lid where pressure had pooched it out. The loud noise that I heard was the bottom of the CAN going from being an inverted parabola to a distended one! I was f**king lucky, lemme tell you! This was an extremely well-seamed CAN as not only did the seam only show minor leaking this morning, but what usually happens next is that the panel will fail and a geyser will erupt through the vent. Man, did I dodge a bullet on that one!

From the CAN: "It is eerily quiet in the city streets. School and work are closed. Your car is buried. There's only one thing left to do: bust out your SNOW PANTS! Snow Pants Oatmeal Stout is a full-bodied ale packed with flavor. This jet black beer warms the palate with the roasty, chocolate flavor of rich, dark malt [CAN]plimented by a gentle, creamy body from a hefty dose of oats. A generous addition of Cascade and Columbus hops provides balance and lends a bit of a piney character to this tasty winter brew."

When I Crack!ed it open, there was actually a realease of CO2 through the vent, which surprised me, given the leaking at the seam. It looked Underfilled, but only because it had created so much room for itself. To say that I employd the gentlest of Glugs would be an understatement. Even the lightest Glug caused massive foaming in the glass. It finally settled into two fingers of massive, dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled richlyof coffee & dark chocolate. Mmm. Mouthfeel was full, very big, especially with the presence of so much carbonation. The taste was much more like dark chocolate than coffee, but the hops imparted a light mintiness to the point that I was put in mind of a liquefied York Peppermint Patty. Finish was dry, kind of bitter, but a pleasant stout in total. In fact. as I drank through it, I began to really get the coffee flavor on the extreme finish, well after the swallow.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a nearly opaque balck with a tan head. Initial impression is roast coffee, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Avtually sort of bland. Mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. OK, but I wouldn't seek this out.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into glass

black in color, with thin head that disappears quickly. dry roasty aroma. taste is quite acidic and sharp, I would have expected more balance. body a little thin for style too.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look, dark brown, cinnamon colored head, and no lacing.
smell: smells like creomulsion cough syrup.
taste: pretty tasty for an oatmeal stout, coffee, chocolate, and oats.
feel: medium body and a easy drinker
overall: pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Beautiful beer in the glass, black with 1 finger brown head. No lacing and head retention faded quickly. Smell is very roast heavy, with minimal chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is coffee and roast but not anything with much umph. Minimal sweetness and chocolate is somewhat missing as well. Very watery feel, especially for 8%.

Its a decent beer, but seems lacking in flavor and thickness. Want something a little more from this one.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

Look- Black with a one finger light chocolate head that dissipated lacing

Aroma - roast malts, light coffee and dark chocolate

Taste- roasted (almost burnt) malt...oatmeal, dark chocolate and a little nuttiness...a little thin in flavor fullness for a stout

Feel - This is very then in taste and mouth...I like my stout with some chew and substance.

Overall - Not near the top of oatmeal stouts. It's thin in both taste and mouth and the malt seems more than roasted (near burnt)

O- A decent oatmeal stout. Easy drinking.

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Photo of larryi86
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- Black with a massive mocha head

S- Roasted malts, faint roasted coffee, cocoa powder, earthy.

T- Some coffee, dark chocolate, some oats, roasted malts, earthy bitterness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent oatmeal stout. Easy drinking.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to PuppyClawz for this one.

A - Pours dark brown/black color with a minimal head and lacing.

S - Earthy dark chocolate.

T - Mild dark chocolate with some astringency.

M - Medium body, velvety feel.

O - Decent stout.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a little thin, both in the flavor and mouthfeel departments. The palate is dominated by nice burnt, bitter notes that border on astringent. But there's not quite enough sweetness and body to balance it out. Not a bad brew, just not very assertive for an 8% stout.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Deep dark espresso brown head, cascading up nicely to an easy four fingers. Settles a little quick to a small puck, resting up on a totally opaque classic dark walnut body.

Excellent aroma. Thick sensing roast grains, husky rich in smell giving to airy dark cocoa powder even a little bit nutty. Sense of light cream, even a bit thick almost into vanilla territory as well. Real nice and inviting.

Palate takes a much more interesting turn. Hints of aroma sweetnes are very much contrasted by a different angle. Mid palate fills with a good bitter char, crackling very dark roast as well. Hints of light bitter tobacco leaf and mild hop bitterness hit the finish like a real simple cigar. Tobacco embers and almost a woody tone comes out of this, leaving much of the perceived chocolate notes in the dust. Mouthfeel doesn't quite get the incredible creamy quality but is decent enough to let the flavors permeate through.

A real contrasting oatmeal stout from aroma to palate, a solid good one too!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This certainly expresses itself as a roastier, hoppier example of the style on the nose. I get a ton of espresso bean, along with subtle touches of chocolate and oat. It's not a knockout aroma, but a very sound one. Its flavor, though, is more impressive. It opens up with some chocolate and Irish cream flavors, with subtle oat qualities showing up on the back end. The aftertaste is faintly hoppy yet roasty, with an honest-to-goodness roasted barley characteristic. While a touch thin, the feel is silky smooth yet dry - exactly what I want from a stout. Carbonation manages to be soft yet just assertive enough. Another great beer from Union: it tastes like an Irish dry stout cranked up to 11, without any sacrifices to drinkability.

4.03/5: The only pair of snow pants worth owning

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Photo of Kubishark
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft. Completely black. Smells like something nice to drink on a cold day. Tastes the same. Rich, creamy, yet not as strong as I thought it would be for 8%, and that's a good thing. Feels creamy and medium bodied, I could probably drink another right after finishing the first. Overall I think this is a very well done oatmeal stout, one I would highly recommend if you're in Maryland when it's chilly outside.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour. Thick in the glass. Flavor is roast malt, toffee, espresso. Feel is creamy and silky. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout that I could drink often.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy flavor country, Batman! Whatever you do, don't let this beer be your last of the evening (especially after 2 DIPAs and a barleywine!) or it might work up a bit of gag reflex. As long as you're smart enough to start this one with a fresh palate and clear head, you're in for a gloriously rich, powerful, sweet, roasty oatmeal stout. Dense as a bog, and featuring a bit of the earthy smell of one too, but the real flavor players here are some intense roasted, smokey oatmeal, wood, sweet malts, whole grain bread, and even a bit of barbecued meat. This would go really well with a well-done steak and potatoes dinner, and could probably even substitute for your dinner if you were in a pinch. Not sure if I could recommend drinking more than one at a time without getting a little palate cleansing pale ale in between (or a glass of water, I guess).

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Photo of bluehende
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is everything an oatmeal stout should be. Nice roasted malt flavor with the creaminess you would expect from the oats. I would seek this one out,

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Photo of KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours intensely thick and builds a creamy head of dark brown foam. Nicely aromatic nose of charred oats, marshmallows, coffee roast, chocolate malts, Graham cracker and embers.

The flavor is dry with a ribbon of sweetness. I'd swear it was a fruit stout. It ends with a charred oatmeal, chocolate malt and light roasted coffee. It also holds some bitterness from the hops.

This drinks a bit thin, for how viscous the pour was, but overall it's a satisfying beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a lighter black with a small brown head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of slight chocolate and slight caramel with coffee predominance. Beer is medium bodied good carbonation, goes down very easy for its potency. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Union. Served in a Union sampler glass.

Pours a very dark brown. Nice big tan head with good retention and nice lacing as it goes down the glass. Thin collar throughout.

Nose is really nice with roast and chocolate alongside a faint hoppiness. Rich body with heavy chocolate and a bit of roast. Nice backing oats. A bit too roasty through the finish for me, but otherwise quite nice.

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Snow Pants from Union Craft Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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