Thunder Snow - MadTree Brewing

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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MadTree Brewing visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Lukass on 12-01-2013

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Rick's Tavern & Grill in Fairfield, served in a shaker pint.

A: Arrived as a clear walnut wood-hued brew with a thin pale head that died to a ring pretty quickly. It left some lacing on the glass in sticky patches.

S: Bar with kitchen atmosphere always interferes with my detecting the aroma. What I was able to smell was an earthy toffee malt with hints of spice.

T: This drinks like a spiced Scotch ale, heavy on the earthen and peaty notes, which fight for dominance with the sweet toffee malt background. The spices present are subtle, skulking about the edges of the sweet-bitter skirmish as though looking for their time to strike - primarily cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, but all faint additions rather than showcase pieces. There's a bit of pine flavor to this as well, especially at the finish.

M: Thin bodied, sharply carbonated.

O: While I'm pleased to find one MadTree offering that is not "all hops, all the time, have more hops, whee hops", this still has enough of them to not be a favorite winter warmer.

Photo of Lucnifter
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent beer, but in my opinion, the spices are all over the place and overpower the beer.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one thanks to a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
Poured in a pint glass, this interesting Christmas spiced Scottish ale. Nose of rich caramel malts, cinnamon, and a hint of chocolate. Flavors are quite interesting. Caramel malts, toasted bread, and cinnamon assault up front, with nutmeg and ginger coming through on the aftertaste. Solid malt backbone with a heavy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg, with warming alcohol coming through after each sip, especially as it warms. Coating spice aftertaste with decent carbonation. Brewers recipe shows vanilla, although I can not detect it. Viewable online from the MadTree website. Solid offering.

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
1/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


Everything that is wrong with craft beer right now...

Tastes like the fluids that accumulate in the gutters on Bourbon St after a log weekend.

Bourbon fusion beers = terrible
Scotch fusion ales = disgustingly horrible

Whiskey has been around forever. Beer has been around forever. Don't you think someone already thought of mixing the two hundreds of years ago?

There is a reason it did not catch on.

I can't wait for this fad to go away...

Photo of zdk9
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a thick, darkest of dark brown without quite hitting the black mark. A half inch of head and tendrils of lacing lifting up like brambles reaching to the top of the glass tower.

S- Sweet, boozy, a little bit of coffee. Lots of brown sugar, and almost honey. There's some spice, especially ginger.

T- A lot of the same as the aroma. Tasty beer.

M- Kinda sweet and sticking

O- It's a tasty winter beer.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Taste like a brown scotch ale mixed together. Fantastic beer!

Photo of bmantravel
2.24/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not good in cans, Better on draft

Photo of six2ten
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

This beer reminds me of Old Chub by Oscar Blue's younger brother. This is a very impressive ale from an otherwise overrated brewery. I recommend it.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like finding a four-leaf clover for meteorologists, the rare occurrence of thunder snow really get their rocks off. And the MadTree brewers are hopping that the same happens with the craft beer crowd and their winter warmer by the same name.

Chestnut brown with faint haze, the wintry ale casts a foamy head of cotton. Trailing quickly, the beer sheds a masculine array of aroma. Nutty, sweet and robust, its deeply malted character slathers on the palate with toffee, toasted pecan, peat, chocolate and light coffee.

As the sweet maltiness cuddles up with the tastebuds, its sweetness begins to relax to allow for spicy elements of nutmeg, ginger and vanilla to give the middle palate a spicy edge and a soothing balance. Trending nutty and earthy, notions of cola and whisky round out the bulk of flavor.

Medium-full, the ale satisfies the cold weather thirst for hearty and meaty beer, but it also finishes substantially lighter with its firm carbonation, peppery spice and a boost from alcohol dryness. Its aftertaste of pecan and vanilla outweigh a lingering cola flavor and give the taste a calming presence to help us get through winter

Photo of Pukstopper
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Had this at a place called Knock Back Nat's. A little place in Downtown. It was very cold outside but this beer warms you up. It comes in a Can, and we didn't get a glass. It has nice maltness, and spice flavors. It's 8+% abv warms you up nice. Since we didn't get a glass i can't comment on the head or lacing.

Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 12/22/14 poured into a pint glass
A:Dark brown color with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: Nice roasted malts, hints of molasses and spice, but also a bit of an off metallic note
T: Roasted malt, caramel/toffee and warming spices. Quite tasty
M: Medium-bodied, smooth yet with a nip of bitterness from the spice
O: Unlike many beers that look/smell great but fail to follow through, this one didn't give me great initial expectations but delivered. I'm very much enjoying drinking this on a cold snowy day

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. Centimeter of tan head. Nice lacing forms as this drinks down.

Rich bready nose. Vanilla and nutmeg come through as well.

Medium body. This needs to warm a bit because I feel like it is masking quite an bit of the flavors. Some tobacco notes go along with the rich caramel flavors. Little hops to speak of. Big bready malt characters come through. Nothing really overwhelming or more specifically not one element of this beer truly dominates. The malt character really sits well with the spices and there is just a touch of residual sweetness leftover.

Some alcohol notes b come evident as this warms up a bit. More tobacco and leathery characters but this doesn't take away anything from the beer. There is a bit of roasted malt but again this just adds to the overall complexity.

Very nice beer. Big but that is to be expected from a winter warmer. Darker and a bit more roasted character than some but a very solid beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Has a kind of mildly smoky thing going. So much so that it seems a hybrid of a rauchbier (mildly so) and brown ale? Either way, it's a smooth feel. I enjoyed this one more than I anticipated.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste starts off similar to a holiday spiced beer like GL Christmas Ale. Really enjoy the Scottish flavor and scent as well.

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep brown with a frothy khaki head slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Chocolate, ginger, roast malt and nutmeg form the aroma. There's an underlying malted milk ball character.

Fairly sweet brown sugar carries throughout the flavor, finishing a touch acrid and dry. Spices are more subtle than the aroma indicated. Ginger and nutmeg are evident, but not at all dominating. Nutty malt adds balance, and the roast tones balance the sweetness.

Body is extremely smooth and pretty moderate, with modest carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Very nice version of the style. Holiday tones are subtle and the malt character is of high quality.

Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad winter warmer from Cinci

Photo of Illini5596
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

Not my preference. Didn't taste much like a Christmas or Winter ale to me, more just sour. I like some of the other MadTree beers I've had, just not this one.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark brown with a red hue. It is slightly darker than Dr. Pepper. Head is thing and tan. Lacing does not stick around.

Smell - Ginger and Christmas spice. Chocolate.

Taste - A lot of spice. Coffee, light bourbon, and chocolate. Mint. Finishes with ginger and gingerbread.

Feel - Medium body. Carbonation does not explode as much as expected, good.

Overall - This beer is half the reason for my name sake. It may be May, but there is no reason you can't enjoy some Thundersnow. Mad Tree!

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just the right amount of spice. Nice color and mouthfeel. A really well done winter warmer.

Thunder Snow from MadTree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.