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Snow Ermine Holiday | Weasel Boy Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Weasel Boy Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by Deuane on 02-07-2011

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 12
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half pint at the brewpub. Medium cloudy brown pour. Just a thin layer of off white.

Aroma, malt chocolate, heavier vanilla.

Taste, caramel, chocolate, slight earthiness. Most dominant though is the vanilla. There is a nice holiday dessert spice as well.

Just medium with a good amount of carbonation. Helps it the sweetness a little, but probably not quite enough. Drinks easy, but you'll probably only have one. Worth trying though.

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Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snow Ermine pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s very hazy. Not a lot of light cuts through. A little does and gives it a few crimson highlights. Nice. A light tan head covers the top and rises to just a bit over the surface. It recedes quickly, leaving very little lace behind. Not bad.

The nose is good. It definitely smells sweet. Chocolate malts are definitely the base. It smells mostly like cocoa, rather than sweet milk chocolate. Coffee is noted, but is rather subtle and light. I am getting vanilla, and to a lesser extent, honey. They’re an excellent complement to the malt base. Alcohol is very light in the mix. I’m not getting much at all. Pretty impressive for 7.7% abv.

The flavor is consistent with the nose. It tastes a little sweeter than I anticipated. The chocolate malt base is certainly flavorful. Cocoa is readily apparent. It’s complemented by a nice mix of honey and vanilla. Vanilla is certainly the stronger of the two. It all works really well. Roasted coffee emerges late and has a very subtle presence. It’s effective though. Good stuff. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes sweet with a mix of cocoa and vanilla. Good stuff. Very good.

Snow Ermine has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels nice and smooth. It goes down dangerously easy, too. At 7.7%, it’s deceptive and quiet. I could take this growler down tonight. No problem.

Weasel Boy did a really nice job with Snow Ermine. It’s an interesting holiday release that’s a bit left of center. It doesn’t have any holiday spices. I like that. It’s a tasty Porter that benefits a lot from the use of honey and vanilla. If it has any shortcomings, it might be a little too sweet. That’s it. Good stuff otherwise. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler on 2/6/11.

A - Poured a cloudy, almost murky brown with burgundy and garnet highlights around the edges and a thin tan ring that reduced to a patchy film.

S - Vanilla, brown sugar, cookie dough and winter spices all come to mind, the latter of which imparts herbal, earthy tones. Alcohol presence is very mild.

T - Flavor is quite sweet with many of the same attributes as the aroma - vanilla, cookie dough and brown sugar. A hint of chocolate and cinnamon also develops midway through, then moves into more earthy, herbal bitter territory in the finish. Again, alcohol is quite restrained throughout.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and ample carbonation. Finishes with a tinge of earthy bitterness and plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Really unique and tasty winter beer from Weasel Boy. I can't wait to sample more brews from this up-and-comer, because everything I've had so far has been excellent!

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Photo of Deuane
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap over the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend. A growler was secured and finally enjoyed with friends during the 2011 Super Bowl.

A honey vanilla porter with cocoa added....hmmm, sounds promising!

A-Deep black tinted copper with a thin tan head that reduces to a ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Like a vanilla cream soda dream! Underlying notes of roasted malt, turbinado, maple syrup and earthy hops.

T-The vanilla cream is even more pronounced on the palate that the aroma belies! Delicious, sweet honey, vanilla cream lying on top of rich roasted malt, light mix of holiday spices and a sharp bite of earthy hops. Dry and astringent in the finish with moderating brown sugar, maple syrup and honey sweetness.

M-Medium bodied and not quite as rich and robust as I would have liked. Not that it is thin but I was expecting more. Good lingering amalgamation of flavours.

D-A very impressive holiday offering that is certainly different than the usual holiday spice offerings. I really like the sweet/bitter play and the use of local honey. At no point though does it become too anything...sweet, dry, rich, bitter....impressively balanced and quite tasty! You had best like vanilla sweetness to dig this one. Nice job Weasel Boy!

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Snow Ermine Holiday from Weasel Boy Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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