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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Beer Tasting: Left Hand Snowbound Ale

The Beer: Left Hand Snowbound Ale (formerly XXXmas Ale)
Style: Winter Warmer
Reviews: Beer Advocate Rate Beer
Packaging & Date Stamping: 22 oz. brown bomber bottle; no date stamp

From where & how stored: Obtained via holiday beer exchange

Pricing: $x.xx

Availability: Winter seasonal

ABV, IBU, and Other Available Stats: 7.6% ABV, 16 IBU, 18.5 Plato
Bryan's Notes
The Look:
- 1-finger head, medium-sized bubbles
- clings to walls
- solid brown color

The Aroma:
- smells of a spicy holiday ale, for sure

The Taste:
- nutmeg, cinnamon flavors dominate; but not overly spiced or cloying (like the aroma might have hinted)
- medium-bodied, sturdy beer
- medium carbonation

The Verdict: The nose was "big", but otherwise this was a very medium-style beer. Medium spices, medium body, medium flavor...just medium. Which makes it a good once-a-year treat, but not overwhelming.
Adam's Notes
The Look:
- cloudy brownish bronze
- decent head dissipates to a carpet of foam

The Aroma:
- faintly spicy
- a big fruity

The Taste:
- kinda malty pepper taste
- finishes a bit off
- I wonder if it will be better as it warms? ok, so the spices are a bit more present when warm

The Verdict: I wouldn't buy it again. I'm disappointed. Did I taste butter?


Jeremy said...

Guess I should have read this post before picking up a bottle of this last night at Ron's Schoolhouse Grill in Lionville, PA. Oh well, maybe I will like it better than Adam did!

I also picked up a Stone IPA.

Adam said...

Don't be swayed by my experience. I'm interested to see what you think. Let us know.