Snow Blind Doppelbock | Starr Hill Brewery

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Snow Blind DoppelbockSnow Blind Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by mvanaskie13 on 11-16-2013

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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 Ryan4120
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

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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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle poured into pint glass

Look - Dark amber with small frothy head
Smell - Malty with hints of caramel, dark cherry, and chocolate
Taste - Sweet up front transitioning to a spiced, malty, long lasting finish
Feel - Smooth with rich body without being too thick for the style. Nice bubbly carbonation stimulates the tongue as the finish sets in.
Overall - Excellent beer for what, in my opinion, is a difficult style to master. A warm winter treat that I have grown to look forward to every year. Pairs great with bold flavors. My favorite time to enjoy is after a long, cold winter training run.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle in a paired tasting with Leinenkugel's Big Butt Dopplebock.

Like the Leinenkugel Big Butt Dopplebock, the aroma is more appealing than the flavor.

Feel: medium-ful body with medium-low carbonation.

O: compared to the Leinenkugel, this is more traditional, with a notably higher ABV, less caramel malt, and more bitterness. Overall, I preferred the Leinenkugel Big Butt.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Giant Beer Garden in Enola ,pa

A- dark maroon in color that is opaque with a half finger head that has splotchy lacing.

S- bready yeasty malts with maybe a hint of some dark plum or dark fruit.

F- brown sugar and molasses. Very sweet with bready malts to complement. Very nice.

M-chewy and malty but not bad.

O- a good doppelbock. I would love this in the restaurant with some cheesecake.

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Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks, but this offering from Starr Hill is, IMHO, exceptional. The appearance is a bit off in that it is a bit too dark for the style, but the clarity and fine wreath of persistant foam are perfect. The aromq is a bit understated, but, with a nice swirl in my hand-warmed goblet stimulated a beatiful caramelly malt cloud. Very appropriate. The flavor is what aces this beer for me. Very well balanced between a rich malty sweetness balanced by a spicy but gentle hop backbone snd a dry mouthfeel. Speaking of that, many doppels are syrupy or teacley, but not this one. Again, bery nice balance of dryness, spice, and malty sweet ess with a touch of caramel. The finish is clean and dry. Well done!

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Photo of Pantalones
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having my second bottle of this (out of three from the Loadout variety pack) right now. Bottling date December 16th, 2014.

Pours very dark brown. Once settled into the bottle it's hovering between dark brown and black, with lighter red-brown around the edges and a light tan head. Head shrinks fairly fast, but a thin covering hangs around for quite a while. Hard (nearly impossible) to see without shining a light in since it's just so dark in color, but there are some little bubbles rising up here and there.

Pretty noticeable "beer-y" smell as it's poured--dark, bready, a bit of alcohol. Once in the glass, smell is fainter, and mostly sweet with a hint of alcohol. A noticeable breadiness seems to come back into the smell later on, once the beer has warmed a bit.

Taste is some dark bread, a brown sugar type sweetness, occasionally something dried-fruit-ish that makes me think of dates or very sweet raisins. Definitely stronger in flavor than in smell, that initial burst of "remember, this is a beer you're pouring!" aroma on the pour notwithstanding. The fruity flavor is very prominent when I burp. A little bit of an alcohol taste here too, but it blends in so nicely with the brown sugar and fruit-like tastes that it actually really works well with this beer. This beer doesn't need to be paired with your dessert, it *IS* your dessert in and of itself. Really, really good.

Feel is also very nice. Might just be my favorite beer so far in terms of mouthfeel, it's just really nice and really different from the typical beer. Smooth, not too heavy on the prickly carbonation bubbles, quite a bit more substantial than water or other drinks, maybe even a bit sticky--according to what I wrote down the first time I had one, I felt like the beer was actually sticking to my lips a bit when I took a drink. I'm noticing that a bit now, too. A bit of warmth from the alcohol, but this is nearly 7.5% ABV so that isn't too surprising.

Overall... wow. This one is one of the few beers so far that really amazed me the first time I had it, and it's just as tasty as I remembered the second time around. Yeah, this is good stuff. Definitely one of my favorite beers so far, and by far my favorite from the Starr Hill variety pack. If the fact that this is only rated "good" on here--rather than "very good" or "outstanding"--means that other doppelbocks I haven't tried yet are EVEN BETTER, then I'll definitely have to seek out more in this style in the future.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with some reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked dark bread. I also get some aromas of brown sugar, black pepper, and some faint aromas of piney hops.

Taste: Nice and malty up front, in fact, this is a great malt bomb! Tons of roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked and toasted dark bread, a little coffee and a little smoke. I also taste some brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of licorice. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this beer. It’s a massive malt bomb, which I’m a fan of, nicely sweetened and flavorful. Highly recommended for fans of malt.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a brown color with copper highlights when held up to the light. There is a low, off white 1/2 finger head which does not last long.

The smell is heavy on chocolate and sweet malts. There is a nutty smell in there as well along with very light spiced hops.

The taste first hits with chocolate then light roasted and sweet malts. The hops are almost indiscernible. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Overall this is a Doppelbock that has neither the rich nutty taste nor the strong malts of other Doppelbocks.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep mahogany in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger thick dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel & toffee malts with a moderate amounts of sweetness and lighter notes of dark fruits - figs and plums.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark, caramel & toffee malts with a hint of roasted malts as well. There is a light amount of sweetness and a light to moderate flavor of dark fruits (figs and plums). Hints of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Easy enough to drink and enjoyable but not exceptional - probably would not go for it again but not unhappy to have tried it. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle
A - A nice dark brown/mahogany color; looks to be very carbonated, but only on the pour; foamy 1/2" head dissipates in about 5 minutes and disappears
S - Hints of alcohol and subtle malt, feint spice
T - Good drinkable dopple, not overpowering, malt is dominant with background tastes that I couldn't discern
F - Surprisingly flat
O -

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