Snow Blind Doppelbock
Starr Hill Brewery

Snow Blind DoppelbockSnow Blind Doppelbock
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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #221
Ranked #42,000
3.64 | pDev: 12.09%
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
Snow Blind DoppelbockSnow Blind Doppelbock
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teromous from Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the neck of the bottle in blue ink: "PKG ON 12/12/19C"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark reddish-brown with good clarity. It has a short off-white head that is almost tan colored. The head slowly sinks in the glass. No lacing.

Aroma: There is a very weak nutty aroma that smells slightly burnt.

Taste: Toasted caramel flavor persists throughout the beer with a light hint of alcohol. Sweet tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: It feels light with low carbonation.

Overall: It wasn't that great of a Doppelbock. The flavor and aroma were very weak and the presence of alcohol flavor didn't do much to improve the beer. It's drinkable and it does have a light bit of caramel and sweetness but it's just not very enjoyable to drink. I'd recommend passing on it unless you bought it in a variety pack, in which case it's still drinkable.

Jan 12, 2020
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours about the color of a Coke or Pepsi. Nearly no head which made me wonder if the one I tried was old or possibly too cold?? Light aroma first with a little burst of caramel first, followed by some yet to be determined scents of spice. Not a real demanding flavor leading in any direction. I initially thought I would like it more than I actually did. The more I drank, the less I liked it. Maybe this was anomaly and I should give it another shot??

Dec 29, 2019
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SDM1994 from Virginia

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

Feb 25, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

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.

Jan 21, 2019
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

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.

Jan 24, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 04, 2017
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djembeist from Virginia

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.

Dec 01, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

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.

Nov 19, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 15, 2017
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

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.

May 07, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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.

Feb 22, 2017
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 05, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Feb 02, 2017
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 08, 2017
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Apellonious from North Carolina

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.

Jan 05, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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.

Dec 26, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

Dec 10, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

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

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."

May 25, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

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.

Apr 03, 2016
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88caprice from Virginia

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.

Feb 25, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

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.

Jan 03, 2016
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Theheroguy from Maryland

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.

Jan 01, 2016
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AnalogReigns from North Carolina

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.....

Dec 20, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 19, 2015
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

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!

Dec 08, 2015
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 278 ratings