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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
February 11, 2010 – cold dark and snowing. Not any ordinary snow – but instead a heavy, mean, ugly snow that spilled over the brewery. Leaving the brewery that late evening – who would have known there would be no brewery that next morning. February 12, 2010 – awoke to the sounds of twisted metal, gushing water and alarms as tons of snow came crashing down through the roof and into the brewery. We tried to save what we could and accept the loss of what we could not. As the day waned, through many a friends helping hands, a new beginning was forming. This was not the end, but alas a start to something new and wonderful. Snowmageddon is a tribute to those who stood by and supported the rebuild of Rahr and Sons Brewery. Hard work, dedication, love and passion for brewing is what makes this late winter selection so special. Snowmageddon is a limited release available annually in late February to celebrate the rebirth of a brewery. Snowmageddon will be an annual limited release, with the style changing from year to year. This first year is an imperial oatmeal stout, based on a winning recipe by a local homebrewer.

kevinator's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1477) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2012
This is for the 2010 version as I aged it a bit. Still nice roasted malt aroma. Dark color that was difficult for light to shine through. No substantial head but OK lacing. Average palate and the carbonation seems to have dropped some. Roasted flavor with a rounded finish that was not too dry. Oatmeal added a fullness to it. Alcohol was barely noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5173) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Rich, deep dark brown coloured body with hints of pure plack and a super large, slightly dense lighter brown head - showing some microfoam. Aroma of prunes, raisins, plums, earth, roasted malt, light cocoa and a touch of alcohol - more of a porter smell than an imperial stout. Full-bodied; Assertive effervescence with a deep roasty malt flavour, some subtle nuts and cream flavours with vanilla and prunes very noticeable. Aftertaste shows more of the pitted fruits with plums, apricots and even concord grapes coming through with a large malt note and some cream near the end with all the bubbles still hanging around. Overall, this is definitely more of a Baltic Porter than an Imperial Stout, and it’s not a bad beer overall, just keep expectations in check and you’ll be okay - not worth searching out for nor cellaring for a long time - it would probably explode in a few more years time, given the carbonation now at a single year. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Central Market in Austin, Texas on 06-May-2014 for US$6,99 sampled at home in Washington, just a few hours before leaving for Texas again on 31-August-2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3033) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Cask with cocoa nibs and mint sampled at ACAT 2015. Pours a deep black with bubbly tan head. Aroma of big roast over dark chocolate and earth. Taste follows with a nice cocoa finish, no real mint there for me. Good balance and light bitterness, thick mouth, soft carbonation, solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours a black with a thick khaki head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, sugar, coffee, chocolate. The taste is very similar to the aroma. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1536) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Sample at ACAT. Pours black, with a bubbly, brown head. Nice aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Cinnamon and molasses follow. Sweet, with almost perfect hop balance. Heavy body, sticky, and surprisingly dry. This is an excellent stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4169) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours opaque coffee brown with a decent light tan head. Aroma has roast malt, chocolate, nutty, and earthy notes. Flavor rolls roast malt, chocolate, caramel, and earthy tones across the palate. Texture is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy. Get snowed in - just don’t get too "snowed."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (16849) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Draft. Almost completely black, brown head with good retention. Aroma of licorice, cherries, coffee, chocolate. Taste has cocoa, toffee, burnt espresso. Nice body. Delicious, complex, characterful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle
Doing a side by side of the original release with a bottle from the next year shows that three years seems to be the sweet spot before this starts to slip. Before that point you should experience a solid imperial stout that borders on sweet like an amped up oatmeal winter warmer.

Aroma / Appearance - A ivory head bobs above the ruby red base. At its core the beer retains a deep black heart. Dark malty tea, rich thick malts, and oated coffee hang out with a laid back feel that comes for a few years of cellaring.

Flavor / Palate - Coffee and malts cling to the corners of the palate with sweetness. Fresh tea leaves warm the throat as the experience carries to a clean bitter finish. Unlike big imperial stouts this feels more refreshing than harsh. For 10% ABV it certainly drinks like less. Thanks to the trader(s) who sent me the bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Pours inky black with a thick brown head and lots of lacing. Woody an nutty aroma. Taste is somewhat light with chocolate, wood and smoke coming through subtly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Thanks to roxtersoxter for the trade. Black, big dense head. smells like chocolate and vanilla, plus hints of coffee and pine. Taste is vanilla and coffee again, plus some crackery flavors. Pretty good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2013 release, aged about a year. Pours walnut-black with a moderate head. The aroma is actually pretty slight but good nonetheless, even as it warms. The taste is very bitter still for having aged a year, it has a little bit of complexity but still underwhelming. Primary tastes are licorice and dark chocolate at the end. Palate is good, relatively dry but still balanced. I hate to rate a beer that had this much work put into it this low, but hey, I calls em like I sees em.

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