Another week is coming to a close and that means it is time for the newest segment of Tasting Notes. Since the temperatures are beginning to dip again, let’s take a look at the Snow Blind Doppelbock from Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia).
For those of you who may not be familiar with this offering, Snow Blind is Starr Hill’s winter seasonal that takes on the full-bodied, Lager-style known as the Doppelbock. This German style is all about the malt and providing its drinker with a slow-sipping, satisfying brew perfect for a little warmth on a cold evening. This offering comes in at 7.7% ABV and 13 IBUs. Snow Blind is available from November until January in Alabama and throughout Starr Hill’s distribution area. You can find this brew on draft and in six-packs of 12 oz. bottles. With all of that said, let’s get down to business and cover some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes on Snow Blind Doppelbock from Starr Hill Brewery
Appearance: Snow Blind pours up a dark, cola colored brown in body. Held to the light, deep red hues push through to add vibrancy and display that this dark lager is crystal clear. There is a steady carbonation stream coursing through the center of the glass. The pour produced a little less than a finger of light brown head that disappeared with a bit of a quickness. There is no lace or foam to notch the glass, but it is still a good looking brew.
Aroma: This beer is all malt in aroma just as it should be. Toasted malts start things off here with biscuit, caramel and toffee following close behind. Subtle notes of brown sugar, black cherry and a touch of alcohol linger in the background. It smells like a glass of grains and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.
Taste: The malts are shining in this department as well. A hearty, grain-laden bread flavor leads the way to lay a very nice foundation of toasted maltiness. Caramel sweetness then enters the picture along with supporting notes of toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits. A nondescript hop presence then joins the party to lend some bittering qualities but without much flavor behind them. This provides just enough balance to the beer, but still allows the spotlight to remain on the enjoyable malt notes. Very well done.
Mouthfeel: Snow Blind is on the lighter side of full-bodied and displays a wonderful malty chewiness. The carbonation level is moderate to light. A touch of alcohol shows up on the palate and then settles in the belly with a steady warmth. This beer is sweet and sticky at times, but it does not linger as much as you would assume. The aftertaste is all caramel and toasted biscuit notes.
Final Thoughts: All in all, this is simply a really nice American-made Doppelbock and a great brew for anyone who enjoys malty beers. This is a perfect offering to provide you with that warming, sweeter beer experience that we all tend to look for in the winter, and it is a fine representation of the fact that you can look well beyond the typical Porter and Stout offerings during the cold months to discover a new beer and/or style the next time you are on beer run. If you are intrigued to give this one a try, just make sure to keep in mind that this is a limited seasonal offering that will be leaving shelves and taps in January. Prost!