Snowbound Winter Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +3%
A- Half-inch bubbly head, dark amber/brown beer. Mediocre head retention and lacing.
S- Faint spices. Not getting much from the nose (due to age?).
T- Woo. Sweet, honey. Well hidden alcohol. Some spices, little hops.
M- Smooth, creamy. Nice carbonation still.
D/O- I actually really liked this. TATURBO supplied this out of his cellar after being there for who knows how long. Very sweet. Never heard or seen this one before. Thanks Chris!
08-08-2011 01:34:04 | More by Duff27
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
This winter warmer poured out as a dark orange color with a bit of a small head on it. The smell was really spicy, tons of cinnamon spewing out of this beer along with other wintery spices. The taste was a little lighter than the aroma surprisingly. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth but felt a little flat too. This was good, I'd try it again if I ever came across it one day.
05-19-2011 23:25:05 | More by Knapp85
2.75/5 rDev -25.1%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a very short head. The nose brings loads and loads of spicing with some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light ginger, and a bit of pepper. Just too much and this carries over into the taste, where it really just is quite a bit too much. The feel is spicy and I'm not a fan. Not easy to go through much of this.
11-14-2010 02:23:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Let this bottle sit a while outside the fridge before opening. With aggressive pouring I got a small to medium sized light tan head and no lace. Color is a clear dark amber with orange accents. Aroma is very nice - malt, dark ripe fruits, spices, a hint of honey and orange as described, also a bit of vanilla. Flavor is not quite as deep, but pretty much all still there and a little brandy too. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short to medium length with definite alcohol at the end. Not really a session beer.
10-10-2010 00:50:21 | More by drpimento
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
A bottle of the 2008 Vintage, but had I known that this was retired, I would have picked up more of these, since they were going for $4 a bomber...Poured into a long-stemmed tulip at a summer bbq.
The pour yields a dark brown beer that is very clear. It is highlighted by garnet around the edges and in the body when held up to light. There was no head and no lacing.
The aroma is exactly what I hope for in a winter warmer. An assload of spices. Toffee, caramel, and piney notes highlight a spiced base that holds ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, among other trace spices. The taste is pretty much the same.
On the palate, it is smooth and creamy with a medium texture. Very well done, and it packs the punch that I was looking for. Too bad it is now retired...
08-08-2010 22:13:57 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4/5 rDev +9%
Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.
Real American craft brewers have the courage to brew big seasonals, especially for the wintertime. Snowbound is a hefty 8.6% ABV and brewed with honey, orange zest, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
Dark leather-brown color, clarity is fine. Nice fluffy head with a sticky crown of lace. Flamboyant spicy aroma with the strengths in this order: ginger, honey, clove, cinnamon, orange zest and cardamom. A perfect level of spicing, being that we could pick every one out within the thick-toasted malt nose. Full, crisp body. Sturdy malt backbone throws smatterings of toasted grain, caramel, brown bread and a hint of carob. Spicing hits firm but never overwhelming; ginger, cinnamon and clove upfront with hints of orange zest and honey in the back. The alcohol is sneaky and starts to warm the palate and throat after a few sips. Sweet and spiced ending which point to semisweet.
This is a spiced ale done right, nothing light and dainty about this beer at all. Its just the way we like our Winter Warmers, with some character and girth.
08-01-2010 14:13:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Part of the Christmas in July event, this was one of two X-Mas beers served on a hot late July day. The other was Cleveland's favorite, Great Lakes Christmas Ale. This was hands down the better beer, destroying that aged mess of a spiced ale.
Looks nice in the pint glass. Plum color with a small white head that sticks around. Lace is nice.
Smells of spices (ginger, nutmeg) and some vanilla, all atop a caramel mountain of malt. Some oxidation from the 2 year old keg is evident but overall it smells like a malty warmer should.
Taste is really decent, better than I expected. Initial spices leave a trail of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Malt driven, there's a nice bready malt and some molasses. Actually reminds me of raisin bread or gingerbread. Slight booze but not distracting.
Medium body and creamy carb. Nice mouthfeel makes this seem richer than it is.
OK, so it is a bit weighty. And it probably was better fresh as supposed to 2 years old. But this beer kicked aged Great Lakes Christmas in the nuts. Glad to have tried this for the last time in Ohio.
07-30-2010 13:47:32 | More by jampics2
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
Had on tap at Winking Lizard for their 2010 Christmas in July celebration. I was not aware that the beer was actually retired... I hope I was not served old beer, however if this had been sitting around since last winter it could explain a lot.
Appearance was black as oil but thin with a two-finger tall head of light caramel color. It took several minutes for the head to recede to a point where I was not drinking mostly head in each sip.
Smells of very strong molasses. There is also definitely cinnamon and ginger in there as well.
Taste is of even stronger molasses flavor than in the smell. If they didn't brew this with molasses then I should never review a beer again, it is very thick and syrupy tasting. I taste slight ginger and nutmeg and a little orange peel. The other predominant flavor is cinnamon hiding just beneath the malt profile.
As far as mouthfeel goes, the beer was thin, almost flat, although the flavor of the various ingredients was thick and oily.
I found this to be a very interesting beer, one which would likely only be better fresh and during the Christmas season. However it was not very drinkable in my book, I found myself struggling to finish the pint (and I love molasses). Maybe if paired with a molasses or gingerbread cookie it'd be easier to stomach.
All in all I can see why it was retired, though there is a chance I was served 8 month old beer. I give Left Hand props for pushing the envelope, because all of their other beers are so well balanced and restrained. Keep experimenting - I'd be happy to try the new holiday replacement!
07-25-2010 04:57:01 | More by Spider889
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
Had this at the Winking Lizard Christmas in July.
A- Pours a super dark red color with just a few bubbles of head. Bubbles are gone fairly quick and leaves no lacing.
S- The smell is pretty spice dominated. Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg all over the place. Some sweet malts and maybe a bit of sugar and honey in there too.
T- Follows the nose with cinnamom being the most pronounced flavour.
M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was ok.
D- Not my favorite winter beer. I'll stick with Great Lakes.
07-24-2010 20:46:38 | More by nrbw23
Snowbound Winter Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
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