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Snow Blind - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: mvanaskie13 on 11-16-2013

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Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 38
Photo of DuffDaddy
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11oz at Alpharetta Ga Taco Mac

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, sweet, and dry, this is a champion doppelbock.

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle in a paired tasting with Leinenkugel's Big Butt Dopplebock.

Like the Leinenkugel Big Butt Dopplebock, the aroma is more appealing than the flavor.

Feel: medium-ful body with medium-low carbonation.

O: compared to the Leinenkugel, this is more traditional, with a notably higher ABV, less caramel malt, and more bitterness. Overall, I preferred the Leinenkugel Big Butt.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Giant Beer Garden in Enola ,pa

A- dark maroon in color that is opaque with a half finger head that has splotchy lacing.

S- bready yeasty malts with maybe a hint of some dark plum or dark fruit.

F- brown sugar and molasses. Very sweet with bready malts to complement. Very nice.

M-chewy and malty but not bad.

O- a good doppelbock. I would love this in the restaurant with some cheesecake.

Photo of KWolf
4.66/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderfully clean and malty, pure silky sweet, excellent example of the style.

Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks, but this offering from Starr Hill is, IMHO, exceptional. The appearance is a bit off in that it is a bit too dark for the style, but the clarity and fine wreath of persistant foam are perfect. The aromq is a bit understated, but, with a nice swirl in my hand-warmed goblet stimulated a beatiful caramelly malt cloud. Very appropriate. The flavor is what aces this beer for me. Very well balanced between a rich malty sweetness balanced by a spicy but gentle hop backbone snd a dry mouthfeel. Speaking of that, many doppels are syrupy or teacley, but not this one. Again, bery nice balance of dryness, spice, and malty sweet ess with a touch of caramel. The finish is clean and dry. Well done!

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and malty, with some caramel and licorice notes.

Photo of Pantalones
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having my second bottle of this (out of three from the Loadout variety pack) right now. Bottling date December 16th, 2014.

Pours very dark brown. Once settled into the bottle it's hovering between dark brown and black, with lighter red-brown around the edges and a light tan head. Head shrinks fairly fast, but a thin covering hangs around for quite a while. Hard (nearly impossible) to see without shining a light in since it's just so dark in color, but there are some little bubbles rising up here and there.

Pretty noticeable "beer-y" smell as it's poured--dark, bready, a bit of alcohol. Once in the glass, smell is fainter, and mostly sweet with a hint of alcohol. A noticeable breadiness seems to come back into the smell later on, once the beer has warmed a bit.

Taste is some dark bread, a brown sugar type sweetness, occasionally something dried-fruit-ish that makes me think of dates or very sweet raisins. Definitely stronger in flavor than in smell, that initial burst of "remember, this is a beer you're pouring!" aroma on the pour notwithstanding. The fruity flavor is very prominent when I burp. A little bit of an alcohol taste here too, but it blends in so nicely with the brown sugar and fruit-like tastes that it actually really works well with this beer. This beer doesn't need to be paired with your dessert, it *IS* your dessert in and of itself. Really, really good.

Feel is also very nice. Might just be my favorite beer so far in terms of mouthfeel, it's just really nice and really different from the typical beer. Smooth, not too heavy on the prickly carbonation bubbles, quite a bit more substantial than water or other drinks, maybe even a bit sticky--according to what I wrote down the first time I had one, I felt like the beer was actually sticking to my lips a bit when I took a drink. I'm noticing that a bit now, too. A bit of warmth from the alcohol, but this is nearly 7.5% ABV so that isn't too surprising.

Overall... wow. This one is one of the few beers so far that really amazed me the first time I had it, and it's just as tasty as I remembered the second time around. Yeah, this is good stuff. Definitely one of my favorite beers so far, and by far my favorite from the Starr Hill variety pack. If the fact that this is only rated "good" on here--rather than "very good" or "outstanding"--means that other doppelbocks I haven't tried yet are EVEN BETTER, then I'll definitely have to seek out more in this style in the future.

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dopplebock add this to my list of winter go to

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark tasty good sipping beer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with some reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread. I also get some aromas of brown sugar, black pepper, and some faint aromas of piney hops.

Taste: Nice and malty up front, in fact, this is a great malt bomb! Tons of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked and toasted dark bread, a little coffee and a little smoke. I also taste some brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of licorice. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this beer. It’s a massive malt bomb, which I’m a fan of, nicely sweetened and flavorful. Highly recommended for fans of malt.

Photo of microbrewlover
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a brown color with copper highlights when held up to the light. There is a low, off white 1/2 finger head which does not last long.

The smell is heavy on chocolate and sweet malts. There is a nutty smell in there as well along with very light spiced hops.

The taste first hits with chocolate then light roasted and sweet malts. The hops are almost indiscernible. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Overall this is a Doppelbock that has neither the rich nutty taste nor the strong malts of other Doppelbocks.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep mahogany in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger thick dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel & toffee malts with a moderate amounts of sweetness and lighter notes of dark fruits - figs and plums.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark, caramel & toffee malts with a hint of roasted malts as well. There is a light amount of sweetness and a light to moderate flavor of dark fruits (figs and plums). Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy enough to drink and enjoyable but not exceptional - probably would not go for it again but not unhappy to have tried it. Alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle
A - A nice dark brown/mahogany color; looks to be very carbonated, but only on the pour; foamy 1/2" head dissipates in about 5 minutes and disappears
S - Hints of alcohol and subtle malt, feint spice
T - Good drinkable dopple, not overpowering, malt is dominant with background tastes that I couldn't discern
F - Surprisingly flat
O -

Photo of Zach136
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear amber, small off white head, negligible lacing.

Aroma: Pretty intense bubblegum yeast character, which I enjoy, but I didn't expect it in a doppelbock. Some other sweeter, dark fruit malt character.

Flavor: Malt forward, dark fruit, toast, melanoidin.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body, sticky for a lager.

Photo of JPowell712
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Very bitter not a pleasant after taste. It was drinkable but for me it wasn't enjoyable. This is a one and done for me.

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/19...pours medium dark brown, very little foam and the finish is still. Stale malt nose, small dark fruit. Sweet cherry vanilla taste, sneaky carbonation and then a right turn to a toffee malt close. Rum raisin? Light bodied.

Photo of Mrbseward
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good, warm, winter flavor and smell

Photo of njtmayhem
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, enjoyed bottled and tapped. Too bad I can't get it all the time around me.

Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep caramel color with decent head and lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel and malts, quite nice. Taste is good with hints of caramel and a good mix of malts. Overall, feels good going down and is a quite easily drinkable doppelbock. Nice Job !!

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

This beer had a somewhat divisive reception at the bottle tasting I attended. Some loved it and some really hated it.

Personally, I thought it was quite good. Different than the average doppelbock, there is less caramel and toffee flavors than is typical of the style. i know that this was brewed with a small percentage of chocolate malt. I think that flavor shines through, really making this beer unique and delightful. There's is also a touch of smoke to the flavor.

Good body, excellent head retention and lacing. Very soft mouthfeel, makes it very enjoyable.

Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

aroma slightly sweet, black cherry, root beer, a little spice. flavor notes are hints of sugar, coacoa, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice. some floral notes detected

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein a deep roasted chestnut color with a blooming light beige head atop.Caramel and toast in the nose with a light tinge of iron.Buttery caramel flavors with more of the toast,some dark fruit is detected in the finish.The finish is a little thin wich takes away from a pretty good flavor profile.Honestly not bad.

Photo of keating603
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

After tipping over a cornhole players beer i bought this for him. great flavor

Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I am almost out of the Winter woods here at Chez Woody, but I still have a few from The Friendly Greek in bottle format that need to be reviewed before Spring can be sprung.

From the bottle: "The Gift of Great Beer [undersigned] Mark A Thompson Master Brewer".

A screw-top bottle made it easier for me to get started but I was startled when I got foam coming through the neck right afterwards. I quickly began the pour and I got some pseudo-cascading action as it generated some tawny head. Head retention was very low, however, and quickly turned into a skim of wisps atop the beer. Color was a dark-brown with ruby highlights (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sugary malty sweet with an alcohol burn that tickled my nostrils. This may get me where I am going in one quick hurry! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of caramel, anise, malt husks and of course, a little bit of alcohol burn for good measure. Man, but this was super sweet as compared to the AIPAs that I usually drink and I began to sweat as a result. Finish was sweet, no two ways about it and the alcohol burn was literally breathtaking in the throat. Phew! One of these at a time, please. No wonder the monks could be held over all day after one. Bro. Woody has spoken.

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Snow Blind from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.