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Snowbound Winter Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Snowbound Winter AleSnowbound Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 11-24-2006)
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Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, dark amber....very little light penetrates it.
Smallish off white head that melts away rather quickly.
Aromas are sweet amber malts and fresh winter spices...cinnamon, predominately.
Flavor is much stronger than the scents...strong toasted dark malts, raw cinnamon and cardomon, raw alcohol.
This becomes a very big winter warmer with very heavy and intense flavors. Very different...don';t know if I'll get another but I'm going to enjoy this entire bomber.
Interesting.

IntriqKen, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.99 at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC. Seasonal Winter snow covered cabin motif label. 7.6% ABV stating "Fight Cabin Fever." OK.

Pours as a mahogany brown clear hue with a top of brighter than expected ivory head cap that settles to a wafer thin layer.

Nose is a complete 100% gingerbread and spice wafer blast. After thoughts of cinnamon and nutmeg but a blast of scents that scream Christmas.

First swigs: Cookie dough with cocoa and mirrored nose of cinamon and spice wafer. Dry nutmeg full flavor.

Feel is medium bodied with a dryness that derives from the dusty spice.

Last swigs: I coughed nutmeg! Too much hum-drum and not enough "Wow!"

blitheringidiot, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not sure how old this bottle was. Winter brews are a fascinating category in so many ways. Spices always seem to age rapidly and the taste can vary widely over a year. This sample was recieved via trade!

A - brownish amber with a small light tan head that quickly disipates.

S - lightly malty, with a dominating nutmeng and cinamon nose.

T - a bit richer on the cinamon and nutmeg in the taste. Very faint hops provide enough of a balance to keep from being too sweet.

M - medium bodied, mildy carbonated and smooth.

D - An above average example that's quite pleasing to drink.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The scene of a cozy ski lodge on the label of this bomber set the mood for a spiced winter ale tasting. The beer poured out clear boron, and displayed a one finger thick fizzy head. It was a lighter looking than the typical spiced ale, but was quite spicy smelling with assertive spruce, ginger, and cinnamon aromas. Taste was festive, as spices detected via the nose were present in abundant quantities to form an initial spice cake-like crust, on the tongue, which subsequently dissolved into gingerbread like malty body. The texture was airy and soft, and the finish continued with the spices, and ended on a lingering nutmeg note. Some might consider the spicing overdone, as there was not a hefty body to go along with it, but I found it to be pleasantly bold. Worth a try, if you enjoy winter spices.

rajendra82, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahagony and ruby hue with some light bubbling. The head is equally light, but not bad. Just could've been better. The aroma isholiday spicey and good English ale malty. Kudos on the nutmeg aroma. The taste has the nutmeg develop a bit more and integrate with the malts. Some cinnamonj also hits the tongue in light patches. The palate is graet on malts. Sweet and a little dry too. Not a bad brew. I also feel very fortunate to get a hold of this brew. Seeing as most of its previous reveiwers are from the Carolinas.

scruffwhor, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of dedrinker
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I popped this open to get me in the mood for the Charlie Brown Christmas special. It reminded me pretty much of the other holiday beers with these spices - namely Anchor Our Special Ale. It was a little sweeter and fuller bodied, but I missed the partial dryness and slight grainy roast the aforementioned example has on good years. I'd do it if I couldn't get my hands on the others I like better, but one bottle is enough for the year.

dedrinker, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear copper amber in color with a short-lived head of light tan that quickly settles into a thin veil.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with juicey orange and citrus. There's light spice, ginger, and honey sweetness.

Flavor has big malt and honey sweetness with dominant orange peel notes and subtle spice. There's a light toasty pine note and a touch of herbal hops in the finish. Needs a little more bitterness to balance the big sweetness.

Body is big, slippery, and coating. Too thick at times and drinkability is limited by the sweetness and noticable alcohol. Needs a few months to mellow out the rough edges.

AlexJ, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In honor of the snowstorm that just pounded this area (and my former residence): Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Appearance is a dark amber/chocolate colr with a creamy head. Little lacing. Head forms a silk screen on top of the beer.

Aroma is pleasing. Spicy and festive. Pine trees and cinnamon. Some gingerbread as well. A very Holiday Season smelling beer. Spiced berries like blueberry and strawberry. Cherry pie. Man, thats nice. Reminds me of those Yankee Candles I buy at this time of year.

Taste most certainly mimics the aroma here. Very festive and winter like. Lots of pine tree and Christmas tree flavors backed by cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy berries, holly (?). A very festive beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Some alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms but actually adds to the overall flavor and experience of the beer.

Overall, this may be my favorite winter time/ holiday beer. Along with Highlands Cold Mountain, this is up there. I wish I had another to enjoy while I open the presents by the fire this evening with my wife :( Will Certainly pick up more if given the opportunity this year. A must try!

SaCkErZ9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany with an average amount of cream colored head, light tracing around the pint glass. Aroma is intoxicating to say the least, hints of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon plus fruity notes apple and grapefruit. You smell it and think "Christmas", fits the winter warmer style to a T.

The taste is excellent, again nuts and spices very strong. Light carbonation and frothy mouthfeel, not too overwhelming though. Drink this beside a yuletide fire on Christmas eve, truly a holiday brew.

wagenvolks, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a fairly dark amber with minimal head and lacing. Heavy pine and cinnamon smells. Too heavily spiced for me. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove but has a neat bitterness and an unusual aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on. High carbonation and decent alcohol warming effect. A quality made beer but just too heavily spiced for my taste.

sabrills70, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this on a whim at The Good Beer Store in Chapel Hill. Opened this evening after work, not knowing what to expect. Seasonals can vary so much in style that one can hardly predict what one brewer's version will be until tasted. Here goes!

It pours a dark brown with copper highlights. A petit layer of off-white bubbles formed on the surfact. By the time I finished the 22oz bottle they had completely subsided. I took a sniff from the top of my Dogfish Head ergonomic pint glass and was pleasantly surprised by the aroma. Mainly of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves, the smell reminded me of several of the pumpkin ales I tried just a few months ago. This wasn't what I expected; several of the winter seasonals I've tried thus far were focused more on hops and bitterness than spicyness. The flavor is much like the aroma: it's full of the same spices plus a nice alcohol warming and some breadiness as well. It seems well balanced, and the spices are just to the point of overwhelming. I liked it! It has a medium body, and the aftertaste is mainly of toasted malts, with some nuttiness.

CWiggins, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice crimson red color with a small head that fades after a few minutes. Aroma is very spicy. Notes of cinammon, ginger, allspice and clove in the nose. Smells like Christmas pudding. Taste is equally spicy, but backed with some alcohol and chocolatey malt in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Drinkability was pretty good considering the spicy character. I'm not a big fan of spiced/flavored beers, but this one is a good deal for around 4 bucks a bomber.

rodrot, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a mahogany color with a small white head. The smell is like raisins. The taste is like a christmas fruit cake. There are hints of cinnamon and there is also a sweetness to it. The drinkability is fair. Overall a average beer for the style. This beer reminds me a little of Raison D'Etra from DFH. Fair.

Enola, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear deep amber brown with a medium off-white, almost tan head, which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong dark caramel presence and also a strong spice presence. The spice was allspice with a lightly sulphury molasses presence. The aroma was fruity with a strong orange citrus presence and a light spice of ginger, much like a ginger snap.

The flavor was malty with a strong malt presence of dark caramel and dark fruits. Raisins and prunes were notable with a fairly low level of bittering which was remedied by a strong spice presence. The flavor had a strong citrusy and ginger character and cloves coupled with allspice. The flavor was just a bit too sweet and could have used a bit stronger bittering to balance.

The finish was dry with lasting citrusy orange and strong spices long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the beer had a fairly low level of carbonation. Alcohol was not really a presence in the beer except for a very light level of warming post consumption. A strongly spiced beer with just a smidge too much sweetness for my tastes which lowered the drinkability.

22 ounce bottle. The website lists:
"A strong spiced ale using all natural ingredients, including crushed cinnamon, chopped ginger, orange zest, cardamom and cloves. The addition of locally harvested clover honey, coupled with the sparing use of hops, creates the illusion of liquid cake. Pairs with the Christmas Goose!"

GCBrewingCo, Nov 24, 2006
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Snowbound Winter Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.