Snow & Tell
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Snow & TellSnow & Tell
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #332
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,625
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 9.84%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
324
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  7
Gots
  85
SCORE
83
Good
Snow & TellSnow & Tell
Notes: Oak aged.
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 324
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Best by 3/14/16"; drank 1/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque blood red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; minimal lace.

Raspberry, vanilla & faint red grape notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream soda & raspberry soda flavors up front; smooth oak notes on the finish.

Sessionable, with nice winter flavors; more Scottish than Scotch, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

**
04/04/19

Bottle to wine glass.

Look: medium brown, with a medium off white head.
Aroma: wood, bread, malt.
TASTE: wood, light nuttiness, touch of soap.
FEEL: a touch flat, a touch thin for a winter beer.

OK.

**

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut with thick, lingering head. Mostly oak in the smell. Taste is mild with some oak, toasty bread. Thinner body, kind of watery. Really a weaker beer for a wee heavy.

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Photo of bret717
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear ruby-hued chestnut brown with a fluffy tan head and spotty lacing.

The nose is pretty heavy on the woody oak, but there’s also caramel, lightly toasted bread and vanilla

That woody oak doesn’t assert itself until toward the end of the flavor, and it lingers into the finish. Before that, there’s ample caramel and lightly toasted bread.

The feel is a bit light, and the finish is a bit sweet.

This was really enjoyable to drink, and I’m glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

No smell or taste to me. Maybe a light cinnamon flair but not much to speak of. Pours a rich amber color with medium head. Finshes light and smooth but then again it tasted like water to me. Boring beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with one finger of khaki head. Good retention. Aroma is nutty, caramel, toasty malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and yeast sprinkled throughout. Flavor profile is nutty, caramel, toasty, earthy malts with nice back end sweetness via caramel and toffee. Mouth feel is lightly fuzzy, but overall has a watery, still texture. It has a medium thickness. Overall, good balance out of this one with malts leading the charge. Less sweet than others of this style.

Draft. Reviewed on phone.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best by 4/2/19

Pours a deep brownish amber with a finger of fluffy, tan head; solid retention and decent bits of spotty lacing left around the glass.

Aromas of vanilla with an oaky influence, toffee, and smooth roastiness bringing in hints of coffee and light cacao nibs; can verge toward artificial at times, but maintains a general pleasantness.

Taste shows bits of gritty oak meshing with soft vanilla, caramel, and toasty toffee notes that all thin out far too quickly and leave a faded, somewhat watery finish; solid while it lasted.

Mouthfeel has a light-medium body with light carbonation that fades fairly quickly; holds a firm, dry, and gritty crispness that also thins out a bit too quickly for my liking, leaving a light and uninspired finish.

A decent base on an inconsistent beer. Totally palatable, but the inconsistencies don’t contribute to any sense of enjoyability, and are pretty pronounced unfortunately.

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Photo of jkblr
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 9/4/18 (2 months ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.3% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is caramel sweetness. The taste is semisweet caramel up front with a drying mild oak and earthy hop finish. The bitterness is medium to low. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. Good and enjoyable beer, but not the best example of a Scotch ale.

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Photo of GratefulFC
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell is hops and slight vanilla. Has a creamy taste. Taste is vanilla, butterscotch and toffee. A slight oak taste. Overall lacks malt and caramel and scotch taste for style.

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 11-4-17 for $1.99. Bottled on 090817, best by 06APR2018.

Beer poured brown with a nice tan head.
Nose is malty and nutty.
Taste is carmelly, nutty, with a touch of oak.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty smooth.
Overall a solid beer that I am glad to have tried.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, very light oak. Taste is of dark fruits, brown sugar, some malts, hints of oak. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark crimson body with dark tan head

Smell - oak, hint of cherry, toffee
Taste - toffee, caramel, oak

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, some oak upfront, caramel and toffee in the back

Overall - an underwhelming version of a scotch ale, lacks bold flavors associated with the style

Price Point - $10.99/ 6 pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Nearly clear dark copper brown pour. Massive white head and great lacing.

S: Dark sugars and malts. Peat and a bit of oak.

T/F: Follows the nose. Toasted grains... caramel and sugars... sweet but balanced by some hop bittering. Peat, very mild smoke... mild barrel character with some oak and vanilla. Medium to light in body. A little sticky... finish is toasted sugars.

O: A pretty mild/inoffensive Scotch Ale. Middle of the road.. well made, but nothing to get excited about. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of ctm105
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank bottled. Walnut color with moderate haze. 1/4" head, dissipates quickly with first sip. Smoke/slight pine aroma. Moderate-thick body. Flavor arrives late on a gentle wave, notes of toasted almonds, dark coffee. Finishes with a strong and pleasant hazelnut and malt flavor. Goes well with brie or a brined/charcoaled bone-in pork chop. Enjoy in your robe and underpants or union suit in front of a roaring fire this winter.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really really tasty Scotch Ale that is light on ABV but really flavorful. Oak barrel flavors give it a slight smokiness and the caramel and darker notes shine through. Very smooth and hops are very light and hidden. Really liked this beer and thought Boulevard did an outstanding job.

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Photo of DIM
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glad I got a single and not a pack. This was a bland, watery disappointment. Mildly sweet toffee and vague peats. The finish is an unpleasantly dry, floral oakiness.

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Photo of avalon07
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A somewhat underwhelming aroma of caramel, malt, oak, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a lot of malt (particularly in the finish, a bit of caramel and toffee (not quite enough), some oak notes, light vanilla, and some very muted spices (cinnamon, maybe?). Like the smell, the taste was a bit underwhelming. The ingredients seemed pretty tame; not pushed far enough.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a decent finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a disappointing beer in many respects. Not the worst beer, but it feels almost unfinished.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with an amber hue, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing. Nose is sweet with toffee and caramel dominating. Flavour is loaded with caramel and toffee, sweet yeast esthers and subtle oak and some leafy hops linger on the finish. Solid brew.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish-brown body that looks thick, with a bit of visible carbonation and a light tan head that virtually disappears. Nose offers rich butterscotch, vanilla, fresh oak, caramel malt, and faint herbal bitterness. The flavor also displays many of these characteristics although the depth isn't quite there. Despite the malt-heavy flavor the finishing bitterness is more powerful than the initial sweetness. The body is a rich, medium-heavy weight with an undertone of carbonation but not so much as to make it very noticeable or take away from its gravity.
What a great beer, the balance of sweet/bitter was the opposite of what I expected but well done (and thus much appreciated), and the oak added a new dimension in a subtle but well-rounded manner. A well made, creative, and very pleasing beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drinkable, thin bodied wee heavy that has some oak characteristics but doesn't seem barrel aged.....probably oak chips....the base wee heavy ale lacks smokiness and richness....but despite all this I find this an ok drinker....just not great per style..nice caramel/oaky aroma had me intrigued but the flavors are pretty muted..some caramel does come through on the taste and some oak....decent enough

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Photo of dcscientist
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an interesting take on a traditionally seasonal beer. I'm getting into more barrel-aged beers now, and I could finally taste the oakiness that seeped through from the barrels, but I'm not totally sure that was the right type of barrel to use for this one. It's not a winter warmer with cinnamon and nutmeg, so it didn't have any spice to it, and I wonder if that was even more muted by the oak. Great coloring, and overall a solid Scotch ale, but maybe should have been aged in a whiskey barrel instead?

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was rather disappointed by this one. The flavor has nice maltiness but the body seems rather thin for the style. It says it's oak aged, I'm guessing they seeped wood chips because there's no way it was barrel aged.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass: color amber, dense looking but not hazy; head is light tan with fine bubbles and presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is on the lighter side for the style, touch malt, touch raisin/fig fruitiness that lingers well.

Taste similar to the aroma: malt and fruitiness that is just starting to pop out and a little lighter than many of this style, but the flavor is great. There are some subtler flavors present, notably oak like character and creaminess, maybe some peat.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, maybe overcarbonated or a bit dry at first, with some warmth this seems to subside some.

Overall a very good beer, i'd call it a sessionable wee heavy because the flavors are noticeable but the strength is lower than many you come across.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on draft

dark amber color, almost brown, khaki colored head. caramel malt aroma. taste is well balanced, malty but not sweet. medium to fuller bodied.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Darkish copper, low khaki head. Clear, a nice looking beer. Caramel, stone fruit, figs, and hay as far as aroma goes. Lots of hop elements--a mix of American ans Saaz-- like spicy biscuit, elderflower, and lemon. The oak definitely equalizes the hops with toasted maltiness. Feel is smooth, but sharp carbonated burst at end. Biggest qualm though is a rather ascerbic aftertaste. Not so much that it is present, but because it lingers. Overall, I want a malty beer, or something that sings the malt's praises. They seem just along for the ride her.

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Snow & Tell from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 324 ratings