Snow Beast Winter Ale
Kinkaider Brewing Co.

Snow Beast Winter AleSnow Beast Winter Ale
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Kinkaider Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #42
Ranked #16,346
3.88 | pDev: 14.18%
Dec 16, 2023
Nov 23, 2016
A winter beast of cinnamon and malt, creamy with a sweet aroma. This beer finishes strong with sweet vanilla. Snow Beast is the perfect beer for when you're caught in a harsh Nebraska snow storm.
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Copper colored with a fingernail of off white around part of the rim. The aroma is of caramel and cinnamon. I'm tasting cinnamon, lots of malt, and some vanilla. The mouth is dry and crisp.
Dec 16, 2023
Rated: 3.69 by DiggerDahl from North Dakota

Oct 20, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can. Can bottom is stamped '11/22/2022'.
Medium amber colored body. Very brief brown tinged, off white head disappears within a few seconds, leaving some surface bubbling and a very thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma is sweet, with vanilla and caramel.
Taste is also sweet, with the flavors of caramel, nutmeg, vanilla, and a touch of cinnamon. Finishes a little bitter from the spices.
Medium smooth and creamy mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Pretty body color and a balance between sweet and spicy flavors.
Mar 01, 2023
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was the last of four beers that I picked up from Kinkaider in Lincoln, Nebraska when I was out that way not too long ago. It wasn't winter then but it is now and even though it's been mild here, this was an enjoyable Winter Ale with plenty of nuance in the flavor and a subdued alcoholic presence to it. Indeed, this was a nice take on the style that was easily accessible, true to form, and not the least bit strong or spicy!

Lovely chestnut hue to this as it was topped off with enough head that softly settled down. Only a ring of suds stuck around on the liquid once that happened as there wasn't any lacing to be seen down the sides of my glass. Lots of cinnamon, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, and sticky marshmallow in the nose as the taste had all of these in it. This felt more like an fall beer than something for the winter months as just a bit of caramel stickiness and nutty spiciness emerged once this fully warmed up. Nicely carbonated and spot-on with the alcohol, this warmed up without me even realizing it!

Not like a darker Winter Warmer or overly spiced Wassail, this straddled the line between two seasons but would still be fine for enjoying after a soft snowfall. I wasn't familiar with the malts used here and the vanilla felt like extract in the taste that kept this as light as possible for the style. Not your typical Winter Warmer here but this was still worth enjoying - especially if you wanted something after Thanksgiving as a transitional beer. Even without a legible date on the bottom of the can, I still have to give props to Kinkaider for straddling the proverbial line with this offering!
Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 4.36 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Savan from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Faint smell of cinnamon and toasted malt, pours with week head that quickly dissipates leaving a gorgeous red-brown elixir. Med- light mouth feel. I'd be pleased even if I had paid for the beer.Not bad, Cheers!
Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 2.71 by Try-em-all from Missouri

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by Tbulling from Nebraska

Nov 12, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by socon67 from New York

Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 3.42 by Myboymi from Kansas

Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 3.37 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Drak-Nib from Nebraska

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
They say vanilla, cinnamon, malt can be found lurking in the unexplored regions of this beer. Like other cryptids we’ve encountered, this brew tantalizes, with each flavor allowing itself to be briefly sensed before disappearing behind the next flavor. There’s an interesting point-counterpoint between the sweeter vanilla and harsher spice/malt flavors. Rather harsh finish, which ain’t good. I drank the second one from a glass, and the finish was much smoother. 2018/01/12
Nov 19, 2018
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Rated by Jimbob-gbr from Nebraska

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Great winter beer. Malty sweet up front with vanilla and cinnamon to finish. Doesn't taste of 7.3 abv
Nov 11, 2018
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Rated by Rtmfolife from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is one of the most best in its class 2018 is stronger 7.3 an more cinamon notes must try if you havent .
Oct 24, 2018
Rated: 4.94 by BeerFire from Nebraska

Jan 23, 2018
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Rated by Errk1987 from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious 7% that you cannot taste the alcohol. The vanilla and cinnamon notes reminded me of roasted marshmellows.
Jul 24, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep bronze brown with a finger of off-white head. Head retention is okay with fair lacing. Aroma is spices, caramel, molasses, and toasted and nutty malts. Flavor profile is just as sweet and sugary with powerful notes of caramel, molasses, and toffee. Toasted and nutty malts present as well. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth consistency. Overall, a flavorful sugar bomb of a winter warmer. Lots of sweet, winter goodness in the aroma and flavor profile, but it may be too focused on the sweet for some.

Served in a 12oz snifter.
Mar 19, 2017
Snow Beast Winter Ale from Kinkaider Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 27 ratings