Posted 5 months ago | Beer, Reviews, Virginia Beer

Starr Hill Snow Blind

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About this time of year, as the weather grows colder and the days shorter, my fridge starts too fill up with warming, boozy beers. Troeg’s Troegenator is a frequent visitor as it provides the right amount of heft, warmth and sweetness to thaw out cold bones in the evening. It’s pretty much a staple during the Winter months. Starr Hill also have a darn tasty doppelbock, in the form of their Snow Blind, that very well may be sitting side-by-side in the fridge going forward.

The 7.7% ABV Snow Blind is available right now as part of the brewery’s Winter Tour variety pack. It’s boozy and warming as it should be with a good amount of bready malt, sweetness and soft raisin/dark fruit notes (which were a nice touch). The beer’s carbonation is lacking a little bit as it glides without much liveliness across the palate. This ends up giving the seasonal release a slightly viscous mouthfeel, which still works nicely with the long, warming finish. There’s a light numbing of the tongue — probably the result of the alcohol — but that subsides after a few sips.

Snow Blind has been around for a few years now, but this was, I believe, the first time I had crossed paths with the doppelbock. It’s nice to know that there’s a more localized substitute for the wife’s favorite (Troegenator) as the temperature continues to drop. I’d personally like to see a touch more carbonation to help cut the malt sweetness a bit, but when it’s time to defrost, I certainly won’t complain to find a glass full of Snow Blind in front of me.

This is a review of a promotional sample.

Appearance

Ruddy brown in color with a rusty edge. A small head of beige foam disappears quickly.

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