Snow Blind

Virginia
United States
Starr Hill Snow Blind
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
33 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Starr Hill’s Snow Blind Doppelbock Lager is a full-bodied winter seasonal brew. Its massive caramel aroma belies its fresh and lightly toasted malt flavor. Sweetness dominates the front of the pallet while the beer finishes with a neutral lager taste that is clean and crisp. Snow Blind is smooth and will keep you warm throughout the winter months.
 

Profile

ABV: 
7.7%
IBUs: 
13
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
33 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Doppelbocks are a strong, rich and very malty German lager. The most common versions are darker and have a deep malt character that's full of Maillard products typical of decoction mashes. Although typically malty-sweet, it comes from the rich character and low bitterness rather than caramel malts. This example does a nice job of hitting most of the notes, but unfortunately suffers from excessive sweetness. It pours a beautiful copper with some mahogany hues and great clarity, however, the off-white head is fast to fade. The glass opens up to rich malt flavors, full of melanoidins, toasty bread crusts and a light chocolate note, and follows with deep caramel, burnt sugar and prunes. The flavors are complex and layered, starting with similar notes of rich malty sweetness, toast and prunes, while adding in some molasses and brown bread. Despite the sweetness, it has a fairly dry finish enhanced by the light cocoa-like roast and a bit of warming alcohol. It would definitely pair well with a nice slice of German chocolate cake on a cold winter night.

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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