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Snow Blind - Starr Hill Brewery

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of terpdog
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mflamar
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VAcrossr
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nublife
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
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 SonOfKyuss
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +22%
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 slay
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldSmaug
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
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 lillitnn92
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark tasty good sipping beer.

Photo of lupercmda
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lilladymegan
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 KWrightVT
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rizlazz
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mthomp081
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greeniedgator
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Snow Blind from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.