Snow Blind - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, color is dark brown, head is tan and presents nicely at first, but large bubbles and quick dissipation lead to no linger head or presence.

Smell is sweet, not too caramelly, hint of light german hops, earthy, floral; malt scents are subdued and oversweetness is present.

Taste is sweet, not caramel, but sweeter presence from the malts used, maybe lingering dark german malt flavors, hint of munich stlye flavors; hops are earthy. There is too much upfront sweetness and not a distinguishing flavor, in the style of doppelbock but missing something.

Mouthfeel is a sharp from carbonation on the tongue, but otherwise the sweet lingering presence is typical of doppelbocks, hops provide lighter balance.

Overall, a slightly sweet take on the doppelbock style, not bad just could be a little less sweet for my liking; flavors are appropriate and strength is good.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Photo of Chrobeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I understand what Starr Hill was going for on there season Snow Blind offering. I think they nailed the overall taste and finish of the beer. Very delicate and complex upfront and great going down. Almost too smooth for a dopplebock. The biggest detractor was nose at first sip. The caramel aroma was weak and had a slightly off aroma to it. If smell is not very important to you this beer is perfect for a late nightcap by the fireplace.

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Snow Blind from Starr Hill Brewery
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