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Snow Blind - Starr Hill Brewery

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.39%


Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mvanaskie13 on 11-16-2013)
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by slusk:
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slusk

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 23:32:07 | More by slusk
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ilkelma

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

04-08-2014 23:06:27 | More by ilkelma
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-06-2014 15:13:50 | More by NYR_Rob
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-25-2014 03:43:43 | More by brpendergast85
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-19-2014 16:36:39 | More by BSuter
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wollefdoogylloj

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

03-15-2014 23:23:17 | More by wollefdoogylloj
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:29:58 | More by beerthulhu
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-22-2014 01:26:18 | More by djrn2
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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-21-2014 22:51:56 | More by MrIncognito
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-20-2014 04:19:31 | More by abcramer
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-18-2014 15:22:13 | More by ConradKenney
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-17-2014 23:00:46 | More by Mantooth
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-01-2014 23:54:57 | More by PGVG
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delta490

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:19:38 | More by delta490
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-01-2014 03:59:28 | More by aqualung23
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-01-2014 00:34:39 | More by acurtis
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-31-2014 04:49:53 | More by ShepardCommander
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:15:17 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-25-2014 19:11:33 | More by alelover
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-24-2014 00:45:12 | More by WoodBrew
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 15:34:05 | More by MusicaleMike
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:14:00 | More by jmdrpi
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obywan59

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:49:05 | More by obywan59
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-19-2014 06:01:05 | More by domnalbrecc
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Snow Blind from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.