First Snow Ale | Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company

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First Snow AleFirst Snow Ale

Brewed by:
Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 12-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on christmas eve...

Poured a solid brown, with tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is a mix of winter themed spices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg... followed up by a nice malt sweetness.

Taste is a quick hit of spices, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, balanced by a malt sweetness. A very balanced mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel is just a touch on the clinging side, but it sits on the tongue very well and finishes somewhat smoothly.

Drinkability is very good for a spiced winter warmer. ABV is not noticable at all, very smooth and balanced.

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Photo of Kuriga
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the other reviewers below have noted, this is a spiced (not overly) winter warmer. Do not confuse this with a highly alcoholic, or fortified, beer, though it is in the 7.5% range. This was an easy to drink, interesting beer. A word of note, this years batch has a slightly different spice profile (ingredient list) than the 2008 version. This translates into a slightly smoother taste while maintaining complexity.

I enjoyed last years batch, and will be enjoying more of this years batch very soon.

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Photo of Deuane
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBBC's first go at a holiday brew...let's see how this one came out!

A -Deep, dark copper tinted brown with a medium tan head that reduced a bit and left nice lace.

S-A whirl of holiday spices with nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon all vying for your attention. Other aromas come out with warming to include blackstrap molasses and a hint of turbinado.

T-Initial spice smack from the aforementioned spices combine nicely with a deep bready malt base. Dank earthiness and sweet caramel round out the flavour profile. Like a gingerbread cookie in a glass!

M-Medium body with a smooth, creamy texture. Lots of lingering spicy notes.

D-Plenty flavourful without going overboard. This is a nice winter warmer that makes you feel like you are really drinking in the holiday spirit! A mighty fine job for this first time offering.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 12/26/08, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Deep chestnut brown body with moderate carbonation and two fingers of creamy tan head that diminished to a half inch of retention and left decent lacing around the glass.

S - Spicy nose with predominantly cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, but also traces of clove, brown sugar and molasses. A mild licorice aroma also comes through, as well as winter allspice. Reminds me of an old style root beer or even a ginger ale.

T - Spicy, earthy and woody notes combine with lots of spice to create a wonderfully diverse Winter Warmer ale. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are at the forefront, with hints of licorice and molasses in the background. Malt is sweet and caramely with some toffee notes as well.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and pretty assertive carbonation, resulting in a mild prickly sensation on the tongue, yet still retains a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a touch of earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be an excellent example of the Winter Warmer style. This ale boasts plenty of spicy character with a heft malt presence, resulting in a flavorful brew that will warm you up on a chilly winter night.

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First Snow Ale from Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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