Snow Blind - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 177
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 3.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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 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. (389 characters)

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. (400 characters)

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! (727 characters)

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. (2,494 characters)

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. (1,079 characters)

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. (516 characters)

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. (1,011 characters)

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 - (363 characters)

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. (319 characters)

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. (228 characters)

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 !! (257 characters)

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. (570 characters)

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 (161 characters)

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. (361 characters)

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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

- dopplebock. pkg on 10/28/13. consumed 2/26/14.

A: Soapy thin capping overlays a brazilian cherry colored body. Short retention time, no legs on the vessel, with a moderate display of quick release carbonation.

S: Aroma was cola, rootbeer candy, with a hint of raisiny caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor was raisiny caramel, speciality grains, light chocolate, honey-munich toastedness, with some cola. A light woodsy-flowery hopping arrives late as well a light fade of dry alcohol.

M: Chewy raisiny-caramel body, decent carbonation factor.

O: Overall pretty decent flavor wise, nice finish, decent, and perhaps a few shades light of a good recommendation but nothing to get to finicky about. (697 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- a nice deep, clear brown. A dark tan head pours out as well, but it has no retention at all.

S- mild, with some earthy hops and some light toffee aromas

M- non-descript maltiness with some mild earthy hops.

M- a decent thickness to it and fairly crisp

O-not terrible, but not nearly as full-flavored as its German originators. (334 characters)

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

A: Pours a nice clear dark ruby with a small light tan head that doesn't linger long.

S: Aroma of dark fruits, raisin with a definitive maltiness. There's a bit of a spicy, earthy component that comes through with a nice rich caramel and bread crust backbone.

T: Nice full malt flavor with dark fruits and caramel with a bit of chocolate in the background. There are pleasant earthy, bready tones with a pronounced sweetness, although not cloying. A light alcohol flavor is detectable but not overpowering A medium low carbonation is present.

M: There's a medium/ full body to this brew with a bit of a pleasant silky mouthfeel.

O: I like this doppelbock. It lacks the complexity of say... a Celebrator but it's a very nice beer. I would like to see it a hair bit dryer but I would buy this again. (802 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish brown color with good clarity. The head is really disappointing - it's not even a finger high, and even then doesn't have good retention. It's more or less a mocha-colored film. No lacing to speak of, either.

S: Pretty typical for a doppelbock. The primary note here is caramel sweetness, but there's also a goodly amount of brown sugar (and later, nuts) emanating. Some of the fruitier notes - like, say, cherry - aren't as prevalent as I'd like them to be. Let's call the nose 'satisfactory', shall we?

T: Yep, this is a total caramel-and-brown sugar bomb. It finishes with a faint hint of fruity lager yeast. This is a solid (but simple) doppelbock, with one problem...a mustiness builds up on the back end, and it's kind of off putting.

M: The light flavor profile does give it an advantage here...despite the high sweetness level, it's zesty carbonation and semi-dry finish makes this one pretty drinkable. The lager yeast is a little too biting in its crispness, but otherwise there's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel.

O: For better or worse, this is a lighter doppelbock. It's not bold, but it's easy to drink. It's only problem is there are a couple other examples out there that ARE bold, while retaining its drinkability. I wouldn't put this one on my "must purchase again" list, that's for sure. (1,362 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet. Attractive mahogany color with excellent clarity and a gorgeous ruby tinge. Moderate sized cream colored head that lasts for a while.

This has a faint aroma, with notes of baked bread, noble hops, and some cherry pit. Very reminiscent of true German doppelbocks.

The taste is also mild. A bit too mild in my opinion. Strong malt backbone, with flavors of toasted bread, crackers, and a supporting hop flavor up front, and a lightly bitter finish. Well-balanced, but could use a dial up.

Perfect carbonation, perfect body, not a thick beer, but not thin either. Very well balanced, with a slight sharpness up front that is followed by a smooth finish.

Good beer, true to style. A tad on the lighter side for doppelbocks, but they didn't skimp. Really thought this was a good approximation of the style. If you're a fan of the style, then you should check this beer out. (895 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, bottle date of 11/15/13

pours a clear ruby brown color, not really any head. sweet and nutty aroma, all malt, no hops as expected for the style. taste is one note - slightly sweet caramel malt. okay flavor. lower carbonation, full mouthfeel, but still drinks easy. (279 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, but it's cherry red when held next to a bright light. A 2 finger tan head recedes quickly to mostly a ring around the glass.

Aroma of honey and toasted malt, caramel and dark fruit. Some light metallics very early.

Caramel, dark fruit and toasted malt in the flavor as well. Very sweet, especially at first, with a bit of cloy that quickly moderates. The bitterness seems just a bit harsh, but it also moderates somewhat as the beer warms. Alcohol is apparent.

Rather thick in feel. A bit sticky or syrupy. I didn't see any carbonation bubbles, but there is a definite bite. The alsohol probably contributes to that as well. There's a significant burn on the way down.

Not at the top of it's class, but a pretty good brew. There's enought going on to keep it interesting. I'd try it again. (821 characters)

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

I picked this up at Wegmans in a mix-a-six. Poured chilled in a teku.

The color is very dark brown with visible carbonation and thin tan cap after settling, the bead is fine. The smell is lightly sweet with an earthy malty aroma with a subtle raisin-like scent and mild toasted grain. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and moderate sweetness with generally full texture of malt with slight warming finish.

This strong bock has a nice malt flavor which is in the dark caramel and toffee range with some slight chewy raisiny flavors and mild yeast elements in the taste add to the enjoyment with subtle spice and an almost cereal like toastiness. I think this is a decent bock, pretty apparent strength wise in the taste, but enough malt to fit the bill and pretty clean lager characteristics-I would have this again. (835 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma big and sweet with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a little bit of a darker fruit aroma of raisin and plum. Along with these sweeter smells are some strong roasted malt smells as well as a bit of a toasted brown bread aroma. Rounding out the smell is a little bit of a spice smell mixing with the rest to create a sweet and roasty smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted and malty taste with a strong taste of some fruitiness of an apple and plum nature. As the flavor advances some spice flavors of a light clove and cinnamon flavor join the tongue. The fruit flavors lose their strength later on in the taste, being replaced by a light toffee flavor. At the same time some alcohol tastes come to the tongue and in the end, the combination of flavors, ends up leaving a rather warming and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a doppelbock of 7.4 % abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. While OK, the carbonation was a bit too high and the body a bit too weak for supporting the mainly roasty and malty nature of the brew.

Overall – Nothing too special here. It is a decent run of the mill doppelbock. (1,534 characters)

Photo of steven911
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours dark with an dark amber color when held up to the light. Head is a caramel color and about a quarter of an inch but dissipates rather quickly. Typical double bock style with a malty flavor and pretty low carbonation. However this beer has a sort of spice that lingers on the back of my tongue. I can taste some chocolate and some bread. Troeginator is one of my favorites and if I had to compare Snow Blind to it I would say that they are similar but that Troeg's just tastes a little better. Still a great beer though. (579 characters)

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Snow Blind from Starr Hill Brewery
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