Snowmageddon | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 152
Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent scarlet-hued mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffy caramel colored head. Slightly above average lacing & head retention

S: Faint smokeyness, fainter coffee

T: Dryness, herbal & woody bitterness, a touch of charred grain , along with smokeyness up front , faint boozey notes as well. Charred grain, a little smokeyness, some dark chocolate sneaks through as it warms, more woody & herbal notes. finishes dry, smokey with herbal hop bitterness, a touch of mintyness sneaks in, weird... Faint traces of Rauschbier in this

MF: Fairly chewy, slight carbonation, that grows smoother as it warms

As much a smoked Imp Stout as an Oatmeal, but a decent, not good brew any way you slice it. Not one I would buy again. 9.0% ABV asserts its self

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into an oversized tulip.

This is a solid brew. Roasty malt flavor and oatmeal with a strong dark fruit flavor on the finish. Light chocolate and vanilla kind of gives it the faintest of chocolate chip cookie vibes. Imagine some raisins added to that cookie.

Gotta give it up for the feel here, it's roasty and bitter, but full and masks any sign of booze. Pretty damn smooth.

Well done brew out of the Dallas area. I'd love to see more goods from these guys.

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Photo of ranger7
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black. Small tan head with good lacing. Good carbonation.
S: Dark, malty, boozy, oats.
T: Somewhat nutty, slightly roasted oats. Hides the high booze.
F: Smooth. Medium, slick.
O: Nice. Good. I love the smoothness. A boozy oatmeal stout.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

2014 bottling. Pours very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Booze aroma, toasted malt, lightly roasty. Not a whole lot going on. Flavor is big brown ale up front with chocolate malts. Aftertaste of coffee and booze. Mouthfeel is somewhat flat and very sticky. Not good.

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Photo of Premo88
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(2015 printed on label)

L: black/black-brown liquid pushes up a FANTASTIC high-gravity head of tan foam that looks like coffee ice cream it's so thick ... super sticky, the foam is coated on the inside of the glass ... what a pour! so much percolating. lacing is good, too, and the tan collar and light skin is beautiful. no question a 5.

S: big bourbon, vanilla, soft oak ... this isn't barrel-aged? the dark malt here is massive, really pouring on the bourbon note with some darker fruits (raisins, dates) in there; as it warms, the toasted/burnt wood hits; yep, as we go, the bourbon notes are gone and the standard darker American porter/stout burnt notes take over ... still plenty of good malt sweetness, though

T: holy crap ... it's coffee-vanilla ice cream with a roasted oak character, so sweet and good, and a bitter bite runs throughout to dance with the sweetness -- bitterness might be from hops (earthy?) and could be burnt malt ... as we go, a milder flavor settles in, almost Scotch ale/old ale like with a hint of peat, bourbon/vanilla falls off considerably and raisins and huge chunk of bitterness takes over; the alcohol warmth is there, but the taste of alcohol is mostly hidden

F: relatively light and not slick ... looks thick but it's not a full heavyweight, maybe midweight with solid carbonation

O: it's no average oatmeal stout, that's for sure, playing with Russian imperial and American imperial notes as much as some good British ale notes ... it's a perfect sipping beer without being overly slick and heavy, and while it doesn't maintain its fantastic start of bourbon flavors, it's foundation of charred/burnt oak and raisin/raisin bread darkness include just enough sweetness to make it quite tasty

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Photo of clearwall
1.46/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This was the worst beer I've had in quite some time. Have you ever seen a chocolate coke? The pour looked almost exactly like that but more watered down. The smell was extremely bitter and overly sweet at the same time. The taste was the worst part. It was like the hops spoiled in the fermentation and they were awful. mouth feel was the thinnest beer I think ive ever tasted, almost like drinking water. Bad bad bad. Avoid this one

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +7.8%

2012 vintage
A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense tan head that is slow to fade and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of roasted malts and chocolate with a little coffee. slightly sweet on the nose
T: taste is fairly delicate with some milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and light sweetness. swallow is assertive roasted malt flavor with some lingering chocolate
M: smooth and velvety on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: As an Oatmeal stout this is really good. I should have drank it a little sooner but the flavors are still there and very smooth and balanced. Well made and goes down easy.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. 9% ABV according the label. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as an oatmeal stout since Rahr & Son's website identifies it as such.

Served cold - at fridge temp - 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 half finger wide head of nice khaki colour. Healthy looking. Nice creaminess and thickness. Complexion could be softer, but it's decent. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - about 1 minute - not a great sign.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears undercarbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an oatmeal stout. Not unique or special. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, oats, lactose, cream, and a kiss of burnt sugars/char. Unfortunately, I don't find any roasted barley in the aroma. Coffee is also sorely missed.

No yeast character, alcohol, overt hop character, or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma on the sweeter side for an oatmeal stout. Average in terms of strength.

T/Mf: Taste is too sweet, and the creamy/lactose notes feel artificial, as does the vanillicin. The body features a generic dark malt/chocolate malt build, with no perceptible roasted barley. While the flavour profile does evoke chocolate, it doesn't evoke coffee - to the beer's detriment. The oats are also quite buried, but the smoothness and wetness of the texture reveals they've done their work.

Below average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Has a nice balance and cohesion, but it's far from a carefully brewed gestalt beer, and lacks intricacy, subtlety, and complexity. It's more simple an oatmeal stout than it really needs to be.

No yeast character, overt hop character, or off-flavours come through. There is some unnecessary alcohol warmth, unfortunately.

Has a decent presence on the palate, with moderate thickness and a medium body. Overcarbonated. Filling. Sticky. This texture doesn't really enhance the taste in any way, but it does an okay job at not drawing attention to itself. Far from ideal. I do like that the texture is creamy.

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

Dr: There are a wealth of superior oatmeal stouts available well below this price point. The one contract brewed for Trader Joe's comes to mind. This is just more disappointing work from Rahr & Sons, and while I'll finish the bottle with some effort, I see no need to buy it again. It's just a very boring oatmeal stout with no boldness or inspiration behind it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners; it's pretty underwhelming.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark brown, almost black, with a nice tan head that lasted quite a while, eventually subsiding to a thin sheen along the top with a nice froth around the sides of the glass, leaving good lacing.

Smelled of roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate.

Tasted bold, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts for sure, with a touch of dark fruits and a bit of alcohol warming.

Feel is somewhat medium bodied, thinner than expected for the style, but still nice. Carbonation is light. Bitterness and coffee flavors linger nicely afterwords.

Overall it's not spectacular, but I do like this beer. It's almost along the lines of an oatmeal stout, but a little heavier.

RE-review notes: I wouldn't change much, except to note that it's really hard to tell this is anything higher than about 8% alcohol. Otherwise I would say that the consistency between batches seems to be excellent. Once again I enjoyed this beer, will pick one up every year. Rahr has done well lately, I have enjoyed several of their selections that I've had of recent.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown glass shows murky edges when back lit. Struggles to hold a thin halo of brown foam that leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Rich malty base has toffee sweetness, a dark rum raisin note, a bit of smoke or dark roast, and a small black bread crumb.

Taste: Malty but comes back to center in the swallow. A hint of earthy hop leaves in the finish. Pretty clean profile, I'm getting a bit of brown paper bag (ah, just noticed the 2012 vintage, will have to talk to my local Specs about selling older stock). Light sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, slick medium heavy body has a mild chew.

Overall: A nice big brown ale, hard to call it a stout. Has a lot of character and flavor, but not so OP that it is any kind of challenge to tackle the bomber. A happy reminder that Rahr survived their roof collapse and came back stronger.

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Photo of mhksuccess
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour from a bottle into a snifter glass
pour was dark very little head and no lacing
smell is nice probably one of the better aspects
roasty and chocolate
taste is ok nice upfront a little thin on the back and getting an odd taste on the finish
overall this beer is average nothing special but worth a try

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Photo of BigBarley
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - poured into goblet, a standard imperial stout black, with obvious viscosity causing a glugging effect. Head about 1 finger, solid tan, and receded quickly to a consistent thin ring of foam. not much lacing to speak of

S - roasted malt, surprising alcohol presence, caramel sweetness with a touch of coffee. not very strong on the nose

T - chocolate, touch of coffee, decent alcohol character, not all that surprising considering the supposed abv. slightly less prominent are the hint of smoke, the faint presence of vanilla, and a very light, fading note of darker fruit on the back. Pretty well rounded stout. Only drawback to these flavors is that none seem prominent, and it's just a little messy and jumbled.

M - Thick, smooth, great carbonation when agitated, kinda creamy. All around excellent mouthfeel

O - I would drink this beer again, no doubt. As to whether I can say it's a GREAT or WORLD CLASS imperial stout... neither one. It has its charm, it's certainly drinkable, but unfortunately it's outshined due to lack of direction and a sloppy execution.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Black as night with a thick brown head that laces down the glass.

Aroma is kind of lacking for a stout. Lots of sweet maltiness almost gives it a hint of a soda flavor, which is unusual for a stout, but characteristic of many Rahr beers. Everything improves as it warms.

Flavor follows the nose. Good stout, but overly sweet and would benefit from some chocolatey or coffee flavor balance. Mouth is nice and creamy, but a touch thin.

Overall a good but not great stout, certainly not my favorite, but I enjoy having Rahr as a local option.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently found and eagerly purchased a 22 oz bottle of Rahr Brewery’s Snowmageddon Anniversary Ale. The style is American Double Imperial Stout. The anniversary part of the label pays homage to the snow storm that caused the brewery’s roof to collapse in February 2010. This is a seasonal brew for Rahr. Rahr does not list ABV on the bottle nor on their website. Rahr needs to get their act together and list ABV on each and every bottle.

BeerAdvocate lists the ABV at a hefty 10% however I’m not sure if that is from their research or reported by reviewers.

This beer pours pitch black with two to three fingers of a thick brown head.

Aromas of roasted malt, coffee beans and caramel greet the nose with hints of cocoa.

Flavors of malty sweetness, coffee, and dark fruits like raisins and dates are prominent and rich.

Mouth feel is velvety and viscous with a lingering, flavorful finish

This beer really delivers on the factors I like in a beer of this style.

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Photo of cavedave
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkest brown, opaque, thin tan head that is quick to trim to a skim, finally bald cap.

Not the strongest aroma, honestly not much going on here. Some burnt caramel and sweeter notes, bitter chocolate, very minor dark fruit notes.

Herbal, roasty malt, bitter chocolate, rum, and some hoppy bitter edge in it too. Not the strongest taste for style, but a lot going on here that builds, and it ends strong and herbal. Good beer that might benefit from a bit lighter treatment of rooty flavors. A touch mediciny as it warms.

Highly viscous, low carb., resinous, with finish that could be a touch cleaner, and flavor profile with a touch too much rooty flavor in finish.

All in all a good beer looking to be a Texas Abyss, but there can only be one Abyss. Worth a shot for sure if you see this on shelf

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it has a fairly bitter hop flavor that doesn't work all that well in my opinion.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought I had already reviewed this but BA says differently. The first time I had Rahr's Snowmageddon, I thought it was a pretty good beer. It was was tasty but I thought wasn't heavy enough for my liking. The first Snowmageddon I tried was the first batch from 2010. Since then I've come to like the Rahr brewery a lot more, mostly because of their beers that use roasted and chocolate malts. For some reason their beers that use them are by far their best (Ugly Pug, Iron Thistle, Winter Warmer, especially the BBWW[, and the Snowmageddon]). I remember having some of my brother's Snowmageddon not too long ago and enjoyed it more then than the first time I had it. Now I'll see if that wasn't a fluke.

When you pour this out, try to tip the bottle more than you think you should because I didn't get much head on mine, about half an inch. It was light tan in color and creamy, had decent retention, and fizzed away fairly quickly. No lacing. Pitch black at first glance, the beer is a deep, dark ruby color and a bit opaque.

This smells good as soon as you pour it out. None of the aromas are very strong but the smell is complex overall. Roasted coffee, rich cocoa, sweet and sugary chocolate, dark fruits of fig and raisin, a mild booziness, and a touch of tobacco.

This is definitely a beer you want to let warm up in order to better appreciate it. The taste is much like the smell in that none of the flavors are very strong but there is good complexity. There's more of a hoppy bitterness than I expected but it's mild. More prominent are the dark fruit flavors of fig and raisin, adding sweetness and come after the initial hop presence. Next comes the goodness, what I love about stouts, the roasty, chocolatey, coffee flavors. There is some warm booziness but it's not overpowering at all. Later on comes tobacco, and since I love cigars, I welcome it. This isn't a very robust or in-your-face stout but it does taste good.

The beer is very smooth and has a medium carbonation that keeps it interesting with the drinkability being high. Sweetness makes it just a bit slick.

This is a good stout although I wouldn't say it's a very good representation of what most would think of an imperial stout. You think big, bold flavors with the style, and although the Snowmageddon can't be described as that, the beer still has good flavors and enough of them to make it a well-balanced and tasty beer. I'd rather it have a heavier beer but it is drinkable. So, while I wish it was "more", it's still good. I'd love to have another!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle. Thanks greid!

Pour is pitch black with like no head. Smell has alot of thick roasty malts and loads of chocolate. Very sweet milk chocolate. Light and sweet. The taste follows suit, with a nice roasty characterstic to balance out the sweetness. Some nice hop flavors.

A lighter, sweeter Old Rasputin.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pitch black, even when held to the light. The thick tan head sticks around forever and leaves plenty of lace.

The smell is coffee beans, dark chocolate, sweet brownies and dark fruits.

The flavor is much like the aroma. Up front is roasted malt, dark bread and dried figs. The alcohol shows up in the middle but is not at all overpowering or overly warm, it just blends with the chocolate, roast and sweet malt flavors. It finishes smooth and big bodied with bitter cocoa and a hint of burnt grain.

This beer has all of the trappings of a good imperial stout but it doesn't stand among the greats. However, I will have another.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep garnet-colored body topped by a massive, persistent tan head, with lots of Belgian lacing. Lots of fine, slow-rising bubbles are visible before a strong back light.

Aroma: Sweet vinous alcohol dominates the aroma. There are also notes of dark fruit, espresso beans, and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Opens with lots of dark roasted malt, dark bread, sweet alcohol. Throughout the taste, strong dark malt flavors dominate. Later in the taste, bitter chocolate notes appear, and linger on to the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft,very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, quite drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Or, our roof collapsed and we decided to brew this beer?

Pours a dark black in the glass with some foam and thin lacing. There’s some roast, some cocoa, some weak coffee… thin mouthfeel. Hits all the right notes for an imperial stout but lacks any poetry in doing so. I’m not wow’d or surprised by this beer in the least. The story behind it seems to be the most interesting thing about this beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got so much beer laying around, picked this up about 6 months ago or so, have to drink it eventually, right?

Appearance-I wouldn't say it's the blackest of blacks, but it's pretty dark. The head is an amazing 2 finger frothy tan head, it's been sitting there for 5 minutes and it's still got a solid fingers worth, amazing for 10%. Leaves some oustanding lacing as well. Spot on.

Smell-Lots of milky chcoolate, some very light bitterness in there. Subtle dark fruits, raison. Theres a little awkward off flavor that I pick up in some homebrews that I've tried, maybe from the dried yeast? not sure. The more it warms, the more this aroma comes through.

Taste-By the look of the beer and the initial aroma I was expecting some good things, but ehh, kind of odd. Some coffee comes through and some roastiness. There really isn't any sweetness, it's just kind of weird, I'm not sure how to describe it. It's like theres some spices in there that aren't supposed to be. In a blind taste test I wouldn't be too positive this was an Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel-Very thin beer, extremely watery. Carbonation looked higher then it really was.

Taste-You may like this beer, I won't be revisiting it. Too many awkard flavors and it's not really Stoutish. I'm glad I don't have to look at this beer in the fridge anymore.

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Photo of ms11781
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown color with light brown hues on the sides and bottom of the glass. A huge, creamy beige head develops and takes its time settling down. It ends up as a nice foam cap that stays for the time it takes to finish the beer. Excellent foamy lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Some of it clings and some of it slowly slips back down the glass to meet the head. Really great looking beer.

The nose isn't all that strong. It takes a bit for the aromas to show themselves and even then they aren't all that potent. Some slight roasted notes are present along with a bit of coffee to a lesser extent. Again, there really isn't a ton going on. What is notable is that zero alcohol is detected. Usually with a beer of such high ABV and a weak nose some booze with come through. Not the case here.

The taste has a bit more going on with the nose but not a considerable amount. Roasted malt character is most prominent but that's not saying much. The coffee that was in the nose is present along with a touch of some chocolate. There is a slightly charred character to the taste that wasn't in the nose. Semi dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit off with this beer, relative to the style. Medium to full mouthfeel with a higher amount of carbonation. Feels less full than most imperial stouts The higher carbonation helps thin out the mouthfeel. As mentioned, the finish is slightly dry.

Overall, this beer looked great but was lacking in the smell and taste departments. Perhaps the beer was a touch too cold but it went from room temp to the fridge for 10 minutes and then to the glass. Even so, the beer was allowed to warm up in the glass and the flavors and aromas didn't change that much.

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Photo of kcopelan002
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. I picked this beer up days before i went on a tour at this brewery. I choose this after reading about the story on the bottle. Also to support my local brewery. The apperance is opaque b dark brown with a tan head. There is nice chocolate and malt taste. Medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty decent ale.

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

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. Released earlier this year. Heard it needed some aging so let it sit till now. It was mostly black in color with mahogany edges. It had an average sized, brown foamy head that settled into a collar and covering film. Good sheeting with just a little sticking.

The aroma was roasted malt, slight char, bitter coffee and still a good dose of booze. Was good but needed something more to it. The taste follows the aroma. Starts with a bit of sweet and then the bitter from the coffee and chocolate come in at the end. Again, good but doesn't really make a lasting impression. Mouthfeel is near full with good carbonation and good aftertaste.

Overall, a good middle of the pack ImpStout for me. I was here for the Snowmageddon in DFW that hit the brewery and is the story behind the beer so had to try it. Good to see Rahr continue their maturation as a brewery and try new styles. Avail here in TX obviously. Rotation - it was good but one was enough for me. [N;O]

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Snowmageddon from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 152 ratings