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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 102   ABV: 3.4%
White Stout with fresh Ethiopia Harrar coffee beans from J.P. Licks added right before bottling

When the warm weather hits, we bring out the Snow. Confusing? Indeed, and so is this beer. With zero chocolate malts in the mash, Snow looks like a pilsner. With heaps of wheat and oatmeal, it sips like a creamy stout. With fresh coffee beans added, it smells like a cup of espresso. And with a fairly low ABV, it drinks like a session beer. You’ll be totally perplexed by this beer, and you’ll like it. Look for Snow to hit Boston in late April/early May 2013 Note: With no dark malts, this beer is definately not a stout. It is a mix of styles and ingredients. It does not seem to fit any known styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2015
Draught at 5k Freedom run back in 2013
It certainly does pour a deep yellow, with a fair amount of cloudiness and a small beige head.
Coffee in the nose is off-putting given the color, but all-in-all the aroma comes off stout-like enough, er coffee stout-like, I guess. The backing wheat and oatmeal arent exactly known for their aromatics, nor do they provide much.
The flavor is full of light coffee notes, with a wheat like dryness, creamy, soft texture and touches of grassy/herbal hop notes on the finish, as well as the coffee. I think it works fine. Somewhat novel, but not surprisingly, roasted coffee beans approximate roasted malt very similarly, so if you close your eyes, you can certainly imagine you are drinking a light stout. All of the wheat and oats work wonders on the texture, as well as adding a touch of sourdough-like maltiness. High carbonation (probably higher than it needs to be).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (6281) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2014
750 ml bottle with a bottling date of 5/7/2013. Batch 1. I used an English pint glass that shows me a clear gold color with lasting head retention. Aroma has a light jalapeno pepper, wheat and flaked oats. Not the most tempting aroma I ever smelled.

Flavor of bitter coffee beans, yeast and pale grain. And not all out pepper but I get a light vegetable note. Oatmeal chewy texture in a medium body. Yeah…. Really odd stuff here gentlemen. I think I like my “stouts” with roasted chocolate malt and rich roasted barley. I enjoy coffee but the low ABV really required a fresh sample. My fault I forgot about this bottle, not sure how much better this would have been had I had it earlier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Ron at California 10K event. Pours dishwater gold with a fizzy head. Aroma is coffee. Med minus body. Flavor is very coffee - but lacking malt. Different take.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared by Ron at California 10k event. Pours golden with white head. Taste is saison with some roasted taste without the Color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9216) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared by Ron at the Capitol Beer bottle share. Pours golden with a nice white head and a fruity aroma. There is a slightly sour light malt flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dodgrblu (732) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
750 ml bottle at Cap Tap Sacramento, tastes like Re-use coffee grounds, spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5910) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with a one finger fizzy white head that had nice retention. The nose is mostly a mix of malt varieties, wheat, oatmeal, and bready pale malt. The coffee is pretty intense for what you’d expect from a beer of such light color. The flavor is rather unusual, primarily wheat and bready malt under a fairly strong layer of coffee. Lingering light roast coffee on the finish. Lighter bodied with lots of fizzy prickly carbonation. Pretty easy drinking, but the coffee gains intensity the more you have of this and it does get a bit tiring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dogfish120love (1159) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle bomb. Pours a hazy golden color with a massive white lacing. Aroma consists of cat food, coffee and some form of infection. High effervescent palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Light easy drinker, highly drinkable at 3.4% and yet brings more flavor to the table than I expected. A beer worth trying for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle shared courtesy of Jay at Paul’s July 2013 tasting. Pours a milky white body with nice haze and white lacing. Aroma is peppery, spices and tangy wheat. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of peppery wheat, tangy funk, spice and vegetable flavors. Ok, but very strange overall.

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