Snow Blind Doppelbock | Starr Hill Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
273
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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9
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84
Trade:
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User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 273
Photo of SDM1994
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfect balance of rich maltiness and sweetness. Very little bitter aftertaste. Beautiful dark color even when held up to the light. Comparable to its imported euro dopplebock cousins, shame this is only a seasonal beer

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Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in color with a ruby hue when held to the light. Light tan head that disappears fairly quickly.

S: Caramel, raisins, and brown bread notes.

T: Bready with a good amount of chocolate, with raisins, and caramel.

M: Medium thick in body with moderate carbonation, and a slightly slick finish.

O: Overall not bad, but also not great. Mid-line.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty dark caramel, headed towards chestnut. There is a pretty thick head that forms in a light, creamy khaki color, but it fades pretty quickly, with only a thin wisp left behind. Definitely low on the clarity scale, too. Lots of sweet malt on the nose, and the smell is very one-note. There's a bit more depth in the flavor: you definitely get the sweetness of the malt, but there's some roasty character in there, too. The mouthfeel is average, and the high ABV is not obvious in either the taste or mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer, but there's nothing in particular that makes it stand out, either.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

beautiful looking brew, dark brown in color with an off white to light tan head. on nose and palate is some sweet bready notes, brown sugar, nuttyness, an almost caramel like sweetness, some sort of dark fruit lurking in there too... cherry maybe? overall this has nice aspects to it but overall the flavor just doesnt come together all that cohesively.

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Photo of djembeist
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Malty with warm alcohol mouthfeel. Hints of chocolate, sweet....virtually no carbonation. Sophisticated winter beer that is just a bit rough around the edges. It's "Starr Hill Rough" for sure. Will definitely drink it again....happy warm belly.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

So, this may be a little unfair since I reviewed an all time classic of this style just last night (Andechs of Munich). Nice carity and medium head above a standard chestnut body. Nose is deep chocolate and caramel and a touch of dark fruit.

A little yeasty in the taste, along with the dark chocolate. Also a little bit chalky, but I like the chewy, substantial texture. Coud be a touch smoother, but I like it. This is a solid try and a good start to the Starr Hill winter variety pack.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads. Taste is malty, dark bread, some brown sugar, a faint hint of alcohol and dates. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of flgimp
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured it hard into a pilsner glass. It gave me a two finger khaki colored head. Dark copper color. Slightly opaque. Virtually no lacing on the glass. Smell is very faint bread and malt. Taste is good. Toasted bread and dark fruit, raisens with a little warm booze in the after taste. Feel is medium with mild carbonation. I do like this doppelbock.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear coppery amber with a modest head that quickly dissipates to a ring with islands. Some bread in the nose. The mouth gets malty breadlike flavor with some raisin notes.

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Photo of bret717
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- brown/ruby hue, crystal clear, 1/2 finger head after a vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip. No lacing.

Aroma- starts bready, almost pumpernickel, followed by raisins and a little sweetness

Taste- closely follows aroma, starts bready, finishes sweet, with raisins there throughout

Feel- medium body and super smooth/creamy

Overall- very enjoyable drinking experience. My dopplebock experience is very limited, but this has me wanting to try more.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru brown body with minimal head and lace. The aroma hits me with hints of fruits/bananas, some sticky malts (caramel/toffee) and a bit of spice (clove?). The beer is smooth and medium bodied with a bitter dryness and while not balanced there is a decent amount of dark fruits/fruits, sweetness and spice/yeast twang. Clean, dry finish with touch of warming sensation from spice/booze.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich deep mahogany with a tan head that dissipates half way through.

Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and toasted whole bread with some plumb and raisin notes.

Taste is caramel, tobacco, plumb, and raisin, balanced by bitter coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Normally, the term Snow Blind refers to other things (at least three I can think of right now) than a beer. But I get where they are going. 12 oz bottle, 11/18/16 poured into a tulip glass. Dark ruby mixed with dark brown, the beverage poured with little head that moved quickly to just a thin rim of lace. Smell is of deep malted grains, vanilla, and a hint of nuts and dark fruit. The taste follows suit, with mild smokiness. It opens up and becomes a little sweeter as it warms. The feel is medium, not overly heavy or sticky. Not as robust or sweet as some of the better doppelbocks I have had, but definitely worth a go.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - deep amber brown with minimal tan head
S - malt and caramel - not overpowering though.
T - caramel and lots of malt with some dried fruit and biscuit flavors in the back end
F - Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation
O - overall a solid doppelbock but nothing that really sets it apart from others of the style.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark caramel but see through beer. Tan head fades and leaves no lacing. Smell is sweet boozy and slightly smells like chocolate. Taste is chocolaty and sweet and bitter. Not my favorite beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

**
01/09/2015
Aroma: hops , caramel, molasses.
App. Dark brown in color, clear, Small off white head.
Taste : cola, light toasted grains. Some nuttiness.
Feel: kind of flat.
Pretty good."
**

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby brown with a rapidly vanishing cream colored head.

Smells slightly sour and malty.

Tastes like dark fruits. A mix of cherry and raisin. Dark sourdough bread. Slight spice. Syrupy malt dominated.

Very good doppel overall.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Despite the noted sweetness, this doppelbock is about grains.

Pours a medium dark mahogany brown with a one-finger head that dissipated quickly.
Smells malty and thick, a touch of syrupy sweetness. Some bright leathery or barn-like aromas.
Tastes malty, grainy, biscuity, with a sweetness that's more ripe fruit that sugar syrup. Noticeable alcohol that lingers with the biscuit and toasted cracker finish.
Feels somewhat thick and coats the mouth a little going down, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed, cylinder style glass.
Dark brown color and white head.
Nice roasted malt aroma and taste.
Very light for a doppelbock, and smooth for the abv.
A solid, overall doppelbock.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi thick mouthfeel
Minimal perceived hop flavor
Little to no aroma. The aroma that is there is a faint rich sweet and malty.
The flavor is slight spice, caramel, kilned malts. The flavor is nice but not as intense as one would expect for a dopplebock. Ultimately it comes across as a little underwhelming. A good beer B minus range. If you amplified it this beer would easily be in the A minus range.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I was prepared for a high quality beer, but unfortunately the complete/total lack of a head disqualifies this beer up front. On American or English ales a tiny or non-existant head can be acceptable, but this beer pours more like a coca cola....head immediately vanishes.

Good aroma, and nice body, mouthfeel and taste--very bocky, but how can you have a German beer with no apparent head?

C'est la vie.....

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Photo of 57md
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brownish copper in color with almost a finger of head. The nose is nutty and malty. The flavor follows the nose with a mildly sweet finish. The body is right on for the style.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12 pack sample winter pack by Starr Hill and one of them is this Snow Blind Dopplebock that has a hearty 7.7% ABV and promises to be delightful. Here we go.

Look-It pours a creamy smooth slightly off-white head that quickly settles into a thin film. The bubbles are tiny and creamy. It has a dark black color with mahogany hues in the light. I poured into a 22 oz goblet glass.

Smell-I smell sweet dark fruits and esters as well as licorice and cocoa. Specifically, black cherries and a malt backbone come through nicely.

Taste-I get a sweet flavor up front with the cocoa and fruits and then a lingering mildly acidic fruity flavor from the cherries and dark licorice.

Mouthfeel-It has a rich and smooth feel that isn’t too sweet, but serves as a nice winter brew. It is a medium-bodied brew with lots of character and flavors to explore.

Overall-The alcohol content is noticeable and warms the body as you drink if and provides many flavors to enjoy in front of a fireplace, for example. Be sure to pour this one though, because then you’ll get all the aromas that assist in the detection of the flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark Brown: waning 1finger head

Smell: Vinous alcohol

Taste: Sweet grape upfront, with a fairly forward alchohol note, with both carrying
toward the finish: No real bitterness: Perhaps iron or some other mineral note present?

Feel: Spicey

Overall: Not bad; A bit one-dimensional, but I'd rather have it lean toward sweet--as it is in this
case--as opposed to being bitter. Definitely a little kick to it as well.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Two fingers of head stays for a while, deep crimson brown hue. Big malty nose, more toasted bread and hay than anything else. Semi-chewy malt forward palate, lots of toasty and almost biscuity graininess. Warming, some hop bitterness as well which helps to balance. Long linger of toasted grain in the finish.

A pretty good job at going after this style, could be a bit cleaner and the alcohol should be a little less noticeable but still good drinking regardless.

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Snow Blind Doppelbock from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 273 ratings