Snow Melt Winter Ale - East End Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
This is the first offering that I have had from East End and I must say I was quite pleased. A mere $3 on draft at The Library in Pittsburgh during happy hour. The beer itself was almost black and let very little light through. Minimal head with little lacing. I picked up primarily dark, roasty notes in the nose. Flavor was similar. The dark malt really stood out, but it was followed by a subdued bitterness. Some of this was hops for sure, but there was a sort of coffee bitterness as well. Mouthfeel was outstanding. It coated the tongue and lingered awhile before going down smooth, a great full-bodied feeling. A lot of firsts on this one, its peaked my interest in the style as well as the brewery.
03-18-2009 01:14:39 | More by CrossansWright
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
Served from a growler brought to me by the WVbeergeek,poured into my Samuel Smith nonic glass.
Mirky,reddish-browm color,head was off-white towards tan,very thick,creamy,dense. Very good retention leaving rings of lace down the sides of the glass.
Good strong aromas of hops and malts nicely blending into a very inviting aroma. Very citrusy and piney with a stout-like malt nose thats carmelly/roasty/chocolaty. A hint of smokiness with a woody,earthy quality. Had a hard time pulling the glass away from my nose long enough to get a taste.
Glad i finally pulled this beer from my nose to finally taste this beer. Delicious, even better than anticipated. Great balance here,lots of citrus and pines tastes,very complex malt character,a burnt carmelly,roasty.chocolate,black coffee taste.Woody,a nice earthness to this beer. A sugary sweetness mid-taste,finishes with a pleasingly clean,sharp hoppy citrus rind bite. Leaves a great citrusy flavor lingering on the palate. Not a spicy winter brew, maybe a hint if any.
One of the best tasting winter beers i've had,
A robust beer,medium body feel light,because of all the great creaminess. Drinkability ? Was going to have a beer or two from the growler ended up drinking the whole growler. How's that for drinkability?
East End Brewing is putting out some great beers,this is another great beer,if you can get some of these beers you should give them a try !!!
Thanks Scott from East End and my best beer buddy WVbeergeek for this great beer.
01-20-2007 04:54:19 | More by jcdiflorio
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
It was a real pleasure to meet BA jcdiflorio this weekend. Much thanks to John for bringing a treat from western PA. Thanks for sharing the growler of Snow Melt Winter Ale. I am a huge fan of roasted porters. This beer was refreshingly more like a perfect porter than an overly spiced winter warmer. Delightfully malty rich tasty and drinkable. Here's the breakdown:
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that is only partly translucent and a big ivory head little lace.
Smell: This is a very sniffable beer. Roasty, chocolaty bittersweetness, toasted malts, black licorice, anise, and pine and coffee fill the nose with a surprising blend of delightfully scents.
Taste: Like the nose the taste is roasty and dark. There maybe a hint of cinnamon in with those dark roasted chocolate flavors but this one does not get too spiced. That is a plus in this case. It has all the roasty chocolate malts that I love in a Porter. Some dry bitter coffee and nice balance of hops with a distinct milky chocolate and caramel flavor that move eloquently through the mouth and leave a lasting impression all the way through the delightful aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: This is a bold creamy solid medium body beer that slides across the palate very easily and is very well rounded with flavors and texture to enjoy.
Drinkability: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. I could have finished the growler by my self if I didn't have so many great friends =).
Thanks to John for bringing this across the state.
Thanks Scott for making so many great beers. I LOVE Gratitude 05, but I also really enjoy the unique approach you took with this Snow Melt. Keep up the good work.
Hope this is helpful.
02-25-2007 23:11:28 | More by Phatz
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
East End Snow Melt has a dark brown body that is black and opaque at its center. At least two fingers of light brown head are present, and the retention and lacing are both good.
Rich, dark malts are the first thing I notice, with notes of coffee and roast, followed by a good pine aroma from the hops. Well-balanced and nice-smelling.
Snow Melt manages to be fantastically hoppy and malty at the same time. The malt is first up, with loads of roasted and toasted malt, a lot of coffee flavor, some toffee and a hint chocolate. The malts are smooth and rich, and only supply a little bit of sweetness. At the tail end of the malt flavors there is even a hint of tobacco. This malt profile alone, without any hop flavor, would make a great beer. After the malt flavors, however, Snow Melt, also packs a pretty solid hop profile. Flavors of resinous pine along with bitterness hide in the back end of this beer, and there is perhaps a hint of citrus too. The finish and aftertaste are a mix of both malt and hops, with the finish being pretty dry.
Pretty big body with a carbonation that gives it a creamy feel.
I don't know if this year's batch of snow melt is better than usual, or if it's me, but I've had it a few times and I love it. Great drinkability and pleasing whether you're in the mood for hops or malt.
12-24-2010 18:53:07 | More by Hojaminbag
4.4/5 rDev +10%
A delicious winter warmer. A not too thick dark ale with a nice hoppy center with an xtra alcohol kick to warm you up when it is snowing in late March. And in the burgh...it is snowing in late March.
With it's lighter viscosity than a Guinness or other heavy porters and stouts,it can be an enjoyable brew for even those that steer away from the standard dark ale.
03-25-2013 05:18:56 | More by LordWhite
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Picked up a growler at the brewery during their "2-for-1 clearance." Granted, this means that the beer is not at its freshest, but still had every bit of character.
Poured a dark brown, nearly black, almost no light coming through but some dark amber highlights near the bottom. Two fingers of tan head, big bubbles, solid lacing with each sip.
Smell is rich, malty, with some roast notes in it. Coffee, chocolate, some subtle piney hop smells. The taste delivers on all counts, with a stronger hop bite at the end, rounding out into that crayon-like flavor I get from coffee-tasting dark beers. Though this is not categorized as a stout, the closest comparison I can think of is Wake 'n' Bake from Terrapin, the first time I noticed the crayon. I'll repeat, not unpleasant, but unexpected.
Mouthfeel is good, not as thick as a stout, but not watery. The bubbles dance around on the tongue a little. A drinkable winter ale, could easily spend an evening with this one. One of the best offerings from East End, in my opinion.
05-02-2009 18:50:01 | More by OneDropSoup
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; the inch of foam on top of the liquid leaves a nice smattering of lace
Smell: Spice cake and toffee, with piney undertones; hops dominant
Taste: Spice cake and toffee, up front, with nutmeg and clove elements building; by mid-palate, the piney hops dominate and provide a nice balance to the resurgent spices in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: A very nice take on the Winter Warmer style; like the way there are a load of hops in the recipe to provide balance
03-21-2012 01:28:22 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
We went in to the East End Brewery for a sixth of Black Strap as a gift to a good friend but after sampling Snow Melt we switched our purchase. I am now a very big fan of this brew, possibly my favorite East End beer.
This malty beverage is smooth with hints of carmel and chocolate. It's dark pour reminds you of a good porter or stout but tops it off with a bubbly head.
I suggest getting a taste of this when you can and hopefully you can write a more detailed review.
05-04-2007 14:03:35 | More by Pappy121
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Serving Type - Growler
Appearance - Dark tan, black with insane 4 inch thick creamy head
Smell - Hops, malts, barley, brown sugar, some spices.
Taste - A nice mix of sugar with the bitter hops and spices. I really enjoy the hop kick it has. Also love the plum and malt taste. The malts make it not that far off from a smoked porter. Very smooth and tasty.
Mouthfeel - It has a load of flavor. Theres sweetness, theres bitterness, mouth gets a decent workout. I would stick with dark beers after this.
Drinkabilty - This is my favorite east end beer. I really wish it was year round. Can drink this with a steak, or a piece of chocolate cake. Fantastic, cant wait for more
11-11-2010 04:09:44 | More by wvsabbath
4.28/5 rDev +7%
A 1 L swingtop growler from Al's. It is snowing outside, so a winter warmer seems appropriate.
A: The ale is a dark mahogany brown, full enough to be opaque. A voluminous head, over two fingers on first pour left thick splotches of lace behind. The reddish brown nature of the mahogany lends to the cloudiness.
S: Chocolate, toffee and spices are strong, standing out immediately. Ample hoppiness, citrusy, pairs nicely, creating a Black IPA-like effect.
T: Dark malts, toffee and chocolate along with burnt toast start things off. The rich flavor is met by an equally strong. The pine flavor is rich and bitter, moving the ale towards Black IPA territory. The combination of dark malts and bold hops works, even my wife likes the ale (and ksak is no hophead). The bitterness lasts, as does the well-roasted breadiness. A winter warmer that gets the job done without a heavy spice profile.
M: The mouthfeel is a rousing combination of malts and hops, a warming pair that builds to a crescendo. A great flavor lingers long after each sip is gone.
D: The ale packs more of a punch than beers much stronger than it. A strong flavor, great finish and sharp hoppiness are all I need tonight.
01-21-2011 02:07:31 | More by akorsak
4.28/5 rDev +7%
I'm not usually a big fan of this style; or just a fan at all. But this is good. Really great level of spices to it. Appropriate level of sweetness. Pretty smooth. Carbonation nips at the tongue a bit more than I like, but it just keeps things lively. Overall, this is really really good. Been quite some time since I've tried something from East End that I hadn't yet tried. This is a good one to get back into the mix with.
12-12-2012 23:38:50 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
A - Deep Mahogany in color indeed! Very little light escaping from the glass. A inch of head due from growler pour.
S - Smells kind of like a porter with roasted coffee and a bit of hops but a nice sweet malt smell. No real spices on the nose.
T - Comes off very creamy. Tastes of bitter chocolate and hops with a nice balances of some winter all spice and a sprinkle of cinnamon. The hop presence is very mild delivering a sweet malt which I love in my winter warmer. Very complex.
M - Light to medium. Hard to believe this is over 6 percent ABV.
D - Well funny story actually my local place is the only location I know that carries this and I wanted a growler fill for 9 bucks. After about 1 1/2 beers the line kicks and he charges me 1.50 for the pour and sends me on my way. I ended up getting two pours out of that for buck fifty. If I did see it again on tap and the price was right I would get a fill but as of now I guess I have to wait till next year. Overall a damn fine winter warmer!
12-21-2010 00:53:37 | More by DrDemento456
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
A - pours a murky brown with a slight off white foam that disappeared quickly
S - earthy roasted maltiness
T - maltiness dominates with a nice hop bite that was way unexpected
M/D - Totally not what i was expecting. I was waiting for spiciness and alcohol, but was surprised with a nice malt and hoppy flavor. Definitely a nice surprise and the growler went by way too fast.
01-06-2009 17:26:42 | More by mikereaser
4.23/5 rDev +5.8%
Bought a growler at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the strip
A: Poured into my Bogota Beer Company pint glass. Half inch of foam, good head retention. Deep chestnut brown color
S: Pleasant coffee aroma
T: Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee with a subtle hop finish
M: Moderate carbonation. Warming. Hop bitterness lingers
O: I really enjoyed this beer. When i think of a winter beer i usually think of something that is overspiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. This beer goes against those notions.
11-11-2012 18:53:46 | More by brewsadedotcom
Snow Melt Winter Ale from East End Brewing Company
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