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First Frost - Fullsteam Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Verecund on 02-06-2011)
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3.04/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of cwguy5
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #1879/3000.

A - deep ruby, rusty brown color with a light brown, half-inch head that quickly settled to a thin cap; there was no lacing at all left on the glass

S - a floral-fruity aroma that i assume was persimmon since i am not very familiar with it; toffee, rye bread

T - dry, bitter bite with some dark fruit and a bit of vegetable; a bit of a solvent alcohol spike in the middle followed by the bread-y, heavy malts of a winter warmer

M - medium-thick bodied, a bit chewy; medium carbonation with a coating, mildly bitter finish

O - im sure the persimmons would have been stronger when it was fresher. the fusel alcohol was a bit distracting and it seemed a bit loose overall. i would not go out of my way to try this again though i would have liked to try it just-bottled to compare.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall I was a little disappointed in this beer. I have fond memories of harvesting persimmons in childhood, and I love the taste of these underutilized fruit. The Southern variety is something special and packed with flavor, as long as they are harvested very ripe to avoid the astringency. No problem with that here- in fact, no real problem with flavor at all- there is very little of any kind. You get a vague musty fruitiness, some very light tartness, and a bit heavy fry maltiness with a hint of bitter. Very, very little persimmon flavor, just that muskiness that could be from any sort of fruit and some sugars that are a bit too converted. I'd be fine with that if some interesting (but clean) funky flavors had been created, but that didn't really happen. Pours a murky chestnut as well, with a short but reasonable tan head. There is at least a promise of persimmon in the aroma, but that simply isn't delivered in the flavor. I really wanted to like this beer, but it just isn't happening for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bmanning for opening a bottle of this. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderately-hazy orange color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of light spicing and a bit of fruitiness. The taste adds a bit more fruit and a bit of earth. The persimmons are there, but not over the top. Body is light with good carbonation. Drinks fairly well and was a nice take on the style. Certainly couldn't tell that the ABV was this high.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gem clear, SRM 16-17 (dark copper), with lots of random, fine carbonation under a one-inch, creamy ochre head that has amazing longevity. A dense coating of foamy lace lines a Lost Abbey pint glass.

The aroma contains light gingerbread and spruce with very faint spices and plums.

Cinnamon and graham crackers are prominent as First Frost warms. The flavors overall are clean, but lack the punch and complexity generally sought after in this style. A subtle, lingering dry finish brings out dark stone fruits. Style guidelines aside, this was quite enjoyable.

The full body is complimented by a light, creamy texture and faint, prickly carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not hot, possibly due to the noticeable residual sugars.

This is a good sipping beer, but perhaps better with a rich, meaty meal.

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3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a clear amber shade with a lacey slight off white head atop.Spiced yeasty esters in the nose along with a noticeable sour element.Belgian yeast flavors with a tannin-like fruitiness with a light lactic touch in the finish.Not bad a little different than I was expecting but quite good.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage, 750ml, split

Muddy amber body - really minimal head. Aromas of dry malt, sugars, and earthy dark fruits. A bit of a floral taste, malty, earthy, spice, corriander. Interesting, though not particularly great. A bit of a dry finish - more belgian dark than winter warmer to me.

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First Frost from Fullsteam Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.