Clear maroon ruby mix with a small khaki colored capping. Nice lacing in thin sheeting with some broken holes and strings in a few areas.
Mildly set aroma with some cocoa, toasted grains, and a tender sweet bready undertone. Notes of red malt, caramel, grass, and partial roasted malt too. A fairly complex nose, just not all that potent; takes some major wiffing to get it in. However, what's there is quite nice.
Taste is quite nice with a pleasing easy tone of slightly roasty maltyness, caramel, mixing with a fluffed cocoa-esk tweak on top of some slight burnt grassyness. Smidgeons of burntness play off the finish as it stays mildly set in a firm but light amount of toasty bready sweetness.
Feel is a firm, nearly creamy, and smooth medium body with a finely drifted tone of sweetened roast, caramel, and cocoa dryness floating about adding a great complexity that is much like a great brown ale. Which this comes across more like then a Bock, but that may be splitting a few hairs I'm sure.
Very drinkable stuff and quite enjoyable. Glad to have been convinced to grab some after many other various years of the Snowstorm being fairly disappointing. This 2008 more then makes up for it.
Pours a nice deep clear amber red with a big foamy off-white head. The foam settles slowly and leaves the walls of the glass coated in nice wispy lacing. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom and make their way to the top.
Smooth malty aroma with a nice hint of dried fruit. Touch of apple and berry. Hint of lager yeast. Touch of caramel. Much like an Oktoberfest in some ways.
Super smooth malty body. Lots of caramel mixed with a touch of toffee. Fruity esters of dried raisin and a hint of berry. Once again it's like a bock only fruitier and deeper in flavor.
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