Snowed In Stout – 2012 Oatmeal Stout Beer Camp #45 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Double/Imperial Stout

9.0% ABV


This bottle and all the bottles from Beer Camp are nice.  As the color is the only difference in the bottles I will only be doing one visual review for the Beer Camp labels, but I will be reviewing all of the beers.  I like the woodsy, cut-paper feel of the label, and the scrolls with the beer title are very nice, as is the large brew kettle getting stuffed with hops.  The overall label has a woodsy/steampunk look going on, which is interesting.  Font choices are okay, though not superb, and all of the confusing stuff is thrown on the label on the back, which makes this label nicely uncluttered.  This label is worthy of scrapbooking, and if you want a Beer Camp collection you can keep the bottles too.


The beer pours much as the back label describes it; “midnight black.” There are faint ruby glimmerings from within the body, and some very light carbonation bubbles.  The head is a very light tan color and not too large, leaving behind lacing that is sticky and long, like tentacles rising up from the rescinding beer-line on my glass.  The beer smells roasty with nice notes of chocolate and coffee.  The oat is also slightly present as a sweet cereal hint that melds with the roasted malts, and there is a light hint of spicy alcohol ii.  The beers taste follows the nose nicely with big roasted malt notes, strongly reminiscent of coffee.  The taste begins first and foremost as those roasted malts with light chocolate notes which opens up to further roasted notes and then begins to suggest slight citrusy notes (presumably from the hops) before falling back into the roasted grain and cereal flavor that hints at the oats within the beer.  Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and clean, leaving a slight dry feeling tingling over the tongue, even as some saliva pools there to await the next sip.  Overall this is a nice roasty oatmeal stout.  Nothing too fancy is introduced with this beer, but it is a lovely example of the style, and well worth sampling.



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