First Frost - Fullsteam Brewery

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very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Verecund on 02-06-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of brewdude1982
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12 oz tulip on draft from Bottle Mixx in north Raleigh.

This beer pours a nice brown with red undertones and decent lacing. It smells a little boozy but not too overpowering. It tastes amazing with what I was later told persimmons added to this beer. It had good carbonation and a medium body. I would highly recommend again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #1779.

Pours a deep copper that looks almost black in the glass with a small fizzy beige head that recedes to a small collar and collection of bubbles fed from the middle.

Aroma is fruity with the persimmons definitely coming through, but sweeter than just the fruit, caramelized sugar maybe. There are hints of spices but very faint.

Taste is also dominated by the fruitiness which comes is two waves - first, the slightly tart persimmons, second, the fruity esters.Then some spices, which are more prevalent than in the aroma, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation, fruity and dry in the finish.

This is my first Fullsteam brew and I'm really enjoying it. It's certainly a unique take on a winter warner.

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber purchased at the brewery. Bottle says 9.1% ABV.

Pours a dark amber with a thin fizzy, soap-bubble head that quickly fades. The nose is complex; baked apples, raisins, dark fruit, bread, barley malt. The flavor is also complex; sweet, candy sugar, pears, baked apples, barley malt, bread, dark fruit, alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, warm, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is delicious! It's complex, flavorful, and intriguing. It doesn't have the typical winter warmer spices. Instead it offers a more unique, fruity, rich, complex, malty, enjoyable beer. I will definitely get this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked bomber (bottle # 1608 of 2400) into a New Belgium Tulip and the brew is a translucent brownish red with a -1 finger off white head and a slippery lacing on the glass.

The aroma is caramel sweetness, persimmon, and a touch of alcohol in the background.

The thing about persimmons, for those unfamiliar with them; is that if they are picked from the tree (basically unripe) they are a mouth puckering astringent flavor that about takes Ajax ands a toilet brush to get it out of your mouth/off your tongue. On the other hand, those that have fallen to the ground and ripe are amazingly sweet. Nothing better than a simmon puddin made by the hands of someone that knows what they are doing.

At any rate lets take a sip and swish. The caramel and persimmon (ripe ones) flavor comes through with no bitterness or astringancy. Perhaps just a speck of alcohol on the backside, but it's not hot or biting. It almost has a Cheerwine taste ( if you don't know what Cheerwine is, the best description is a kinda cherry type soda produced in Lexington, N.C.). I can definately taste the carmel and persimmons combining and bringing a dark cherry flavor to the game.

2nd pour produced a much frothier head than the 1st and a more layered lacing on the tulip (attributedd to warming somewhat).

Medium mouthfeel with very nice carbination, the bittering agents (hops assumed) keep this from being to overly sweet.

This is definately a great brew and much different than any Winter Warmer I've had thus far. Fullsteam, you've made an amazingly lucious brew, a big KADOOS to you. The only problem now is trying to scramble to find 3 more bottles, 1 to drink in the near future and 2 to cellar out.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 key tapped in honor of the first frost in the Triangle!

Pours exactly like GL Chistmas Ale. Minimal head though.

Smells like caramelized sugars. Very sweet with with a latent spicness.

Taste is somewhat dry, with hints of of crystalized caramel sugars. Grain bill leaves he mouth feeling parched. Maybe age has dried out this one. Mouth does feel coated with syrup and the flavors feel prickly.

Light body.

UPDATE
2011 batch

The difference is night and day. The fresh is clear amber with a white head. Smell is full of persimmon spices. Taste is way too hot for my tastes. Boozy.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sheets, and sheets of lacing...sheets. Tawny brownish red and translucent. Aroma is of spice, cinnamon, allspice, and an apple pie like aroma, most likely the persimmon. Very fruity/spicy flavor. I pick up cinnamon and allspice again, some nutmeg. A distinctly apple like flavor again, persimmon I assume. Nutty and malty balances out the parade of supporting flavors. Really well balanced flavor that makes for a round warm taste. Smooth and malty with a medium body and slightly drying finish. I really liked this beer. I am hit or miss with winter warmers but this beer was terrific.

First Frost from Fullsteam Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.