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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fight cabin fever! Made with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, yeast, honey, orange zest, and other spices.

Editor’s Note: beginning in 2006, Snow Bound became the name for Left Hand’s strong winter seasonal beer made with honey and spices. It was previously known as XXXmas Ale. Below is the original XXXmas Ale description for reference.

XXXmas Ale is a spiced strong ale, using all natural ingredients to give it its festive nature. We brew this beer from a relatively high initial gravity to give it strength and body. This is (in our opinion) appropriate to a winter beer, and it helps to balance the numerous spices added. Honey is also added to increase fermentable sugars and give additional sweetness. Northern Brewer and Saaz hops are used sparingly, to allow the spices to evidence themselves. We add ground nutmeg, whole cloves, crushed cinnamon, orange zest and chopped ginger to spice the beer. Carbonation is kept low to accentuate the flavor of the beer and spices. It’s like a liquid cake. Brew water is relatively soft.


Illini08's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Bottle, shared by barleyPops. Thanks! Definitely a good Christmas beer. We drank it in June though... Brown pour with a tan head. Basically as barleyPops describes. Strong clove and cinnamon spiciness with plenty of honey and molasses as well. The spice may have been a bit strong, but this was still a good one.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1085) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
Overall: Mince pie, Christmas galore.
Note: Bottle 650 ml. Reviewed 2014-01-18.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
A pretty decent winter ale. Its been awhile since I’ve had a new, decent Christmas Ale. Peppery, citrus, with nice amounts of spice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (3668) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Pint at The Rackhouse Pub, from a 2008 keg for a tap-takeover. Clear dark brown with a thin beige cap. Spicy and malty nose like nutmeg and cinnamon with an odd candle-wax tone and earthy sweet maltiness. Flavor was much the same and not as full bodied as I had hoped. Earthy sweet with some nutmeg and cinnamon, potpourri, and some candi sugar, maybe some apple and a little toffee. Slightly boozy sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
bought at Left hand. 2008 keged version aged for a year A-- A dark reddish brown color. Got a very large head (3 fingers) on the pour that stayed very nicely and left a good lacing on my pint glass. S-- Every Christmas spice you can think of is in this. Do get an alcohol smell in it as well. T-- Lots of spice in this puppy. Nutmeg, cinimmon, clove, candied sugar, orange, and on and on and on. M-- Spices then the alcohol in the mouthfeel. it is OK at start but gets tiresome. D-- for a $5 dollar growler I am not complaining but it is a tiresome beer. Too much going on and early on too spice driven. Once it gets air the spices calm down a bit. Good effort but one 750 is enough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
On tap at Pour house a couple years ago, 08 vintage. Deep crimson black pour, small head/lacing. Notes of chocolate malts, cinnamon, dark cherry, hops, and a little ginger hidden in the back end. Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Ultra warming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Holiday spiced, cinnamon and ginger. Deep brown in color with descent head. Tastes like a ginger bread house! Notes: GABF visit a few years back

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle, with yellow-bordered label as pictured. This has got to be at least a couple years old. Thin to minimal off-white head. Clear dark brown color. Few dots of lace. Nice honey and cinnamon aroma. Spicy taste, hint of booze. Lighter carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3086) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of nuts, cinnamon, spice and sweets. A flavor of sweets, nuts, spice and weak cloves.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Fruity with hints of spice. Finished with slight alcohol and citrus/spice.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Brown with red tinges, and a modest but promising head. Smells like a damned shaker of nutmeg, though, which worries me greatly. Snow Bound tastes like a beer you’d want to drink exactly twice during the winter; any more and your blood might turn into egg nog. Sneaky potency, though, as the only sign of the beers elevated ABV is the growing fuzziness of my brain. Most assuredly an after-dinner beer, perfect for drifting off on the couch as the Lions lose again. (12/7/08)


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