Snow Blind Doppelbock
Starr Hill Brewery

Snow Blind DoppelbockSnow Blind Doppelbock
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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #221
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,480
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
273
From:
Starr Hill Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  9
Gots
  84
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 273
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger of foamy tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma big and sweet with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a little bit of a darker fruit aroma of raisin and plum. Along with these sweeter smells are some strong roasted malt smells as well as a bit of a toasted brown bread aroma. Rounding out the smell is a little bit of a spice smell mixing with the rest to create a sweet and roasty smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted and malty taste with a strong taste of some fruitiness of an apple and plum nature. As the flavor advances some spice flavors of a light clove and cinnamon flavor join the tongue. The fruit flavors lose their strength later on in the taste, being replaced by a light toffee flavor. At the same time some alcohol tastes come to the tongue and in the end, the combination of flavors, ends up leaving a rather warming and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a doppelbock of 7.4 % abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. While OK, the carbonation was a bit too high and the body a bit too weak for supporting the mainly roasty and malty nature of the brew.

Overall – Nothing too special here. It is a decent run of the mill doppelbock.

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Photo of steven911
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours dark with an dark amber color when held up to the light. Head is a caramel color and about a quarter of an inch but dissipates rather quickly. Typical double bock style with a malty flavor and pretty low carbonation. However this beer has a sort of spice that lingers on the back of my tongue. I can taste some chocolate and some bread. Troeginator is one of my favorites and if I had to compare Snow Blind to it I would say that they are similar but that Troeg's just tastes a little better. Still a great beer though.

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Photo of Chrobeer
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I understand what Starr Hill was going for on there season Snow Blind offering. I think they nailed the overall taste and finish of the beer. Very delicate and complex upfront and great going down. Almost too smooth for a dopplebock. The biggest detractor was nose at first sip. The caramel aroma was weak and had a slightly off aroma to it. If smell is not very important to you this beer is perfect for a late nightcap by the fireplace.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cola-colored with carbonation that matches, initially. Quickly dissipating head that leaves nothing after a minute.
S: licorice, cola, little smokiness, and a twinge of alcohol
T: light biting sweetness - ginger like, but backed with earthy, cola tastes, can get a little toastiness and maybe a little dark chocolate deep in there. There is a presence of alcohol that grows as well
M: little pull from the alcohol and a very small amount if dryness from the hops. Carbonation is present as well, and a coating of licorice-like taste ends lingering.
O: my first few steps I liked it, it had a spiciness of a winter beer. The taste didn't grow on me though. There are some interesting flavors, and it does fit the seasonal style, but my palette was left wanting a little more body.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, color is dark brown, head is tan and presents nicely at first, but large bubbles and quick dissipation lead to no linger head or presence.

Smell is sweet, not too caramelly, hint of light german hops, earthy, floral; malt scents are subdued and oversweetness is present.

Taste is sweet, not caramel, but sweeter presence from the malts used, maybe lingering dark german malt flavors, hint of munich stlye flavors; hops are earthy. There is too much upfront sweetness and not a distinguishing flavor, in the style of doppelbock but missing something.

Mouthfeel is a sharp from carbonation on the tongue, but otherwise the sweet lingering presence is typical of doppelbocks, hops provide lighter balance.

Overall, a slightly sweet take on the doppelbock style, not bad just could be a little less sweet for my liking; flavors are appropriate and strength is good.

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Snow Blind Doppelbock from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 273 ratings