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First Frost - Fullsteam Brewery

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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

ygtbsm94, Dec 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Yodo, Jan 25, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -22.8%

jaswilson2, Nov 09, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -22.8%

KevinDixonBeer, Oct 04, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

cwguy5, Mar 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

oline73, Sep 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Georgiabeer, Apr 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

devilben02, Oct 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JohnnieNepal, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

EasyReader, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

cbwufpack, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

fehrminator, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Lantern, Oct 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Iamjeff6, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BigGingDrinker, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jak, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BigTrubble, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bonko_the_sane, May 12, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

SLeffler27, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

dirtylou, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Verecund
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first bottled beer from Fullsteam. A winter ale brewed with 75lbs of locally-gathered persimmons. Picked up a few of these at the Sam's release on 02.04.2011; opened on 02.05.2011. Bottle #048 of 800.

Pours a darkened prune, with a burlywood-hued half-finger head. It recedes to a contact lens about the rim of the glass, accompanied by a milky blot of foam sporadically resting on the rest of the surface. Subsequent pours yield a full one-finger head with very bubbling activity that settles down nicely.

Smells like spiced cake or mulling spices: allspice, cinnamon, minor star anise, and dried fruit. On the tail end of the nose, I pick up on a wonderful sweetness that avoids classification (think halfway between orange and raspberry). The yeast is quite present. It's soft, but complex.

Brown sugar maltiness, sweetened cocoa, some clove spiciness, allspice, and cinnamon. The fruitiness is sweet, reminding me mostly of apricot (hold the beer in your mouth and introduce oxygen - there, that's where the persimmon shines), but there's a pleasant pecan nuttiness mid-palate, and the finish is spicy and slightly tannic.

Medium-bodied, with just under medium carbonation. At times, it seems too watery. The finish is slightly dry and borderline astringent.

It hides its ABV well, but warms as you get further into the bottle. Overall, I'm a fan of persimmons and this beer delivers both conceptually and executively. If I hadn't been told that persimmons were in this, I'm almost positive I couldn't pinpoint it - but the generic brown maltiness really shows the fruit's complexity: it begins like gingerbread, shows its fruity sweetness, and finishes nutty and spicy. There's room for improvement, but a nice showing from their first bottled beer.

Verecund, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber that my friends brought from NC. This is bottle 712 of 800 for the 2011 batch. The beer pours a light hazy, amber-copper coloring with a substantial cream-white, dense bubbled foam head. Smells of sweet malt, fruit (persimmons), and peppery spices. Flavors are a tangy sweet and sour malt flavor, with effervescent crisp and toasted notes. Persimmons semi-sweetness are present to balance the peppery flavors. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, and it has a toasted malt flavor on the finish with fruity notes and peppery characteristics, once again, in the aftertaste. Great winter warmer, and could likely support a higher ABV, but tasty nonetheless.

GarthDanielson, Mar 15, 2011
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First Frost from Fullsteam Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.