I tried this right after coming back in after experiencing some sub-freezing weather and it hit the spot. Without a doubt this winter warmer was like sitting in front of an open fire on a very cold day.
Snow Cap poured dark brown with a creamy tan head that did not have good retention.
Its aroma was complex with deep sweetness in the form of burnt sugar and subtle chocolate notes along with alcohol.
I certainly could taste the alcohol, which was 7.0 ABV as that was the first thing about this beer that hit me. Sometimes, I do not like that in a beer, but it worked here as it came across as the warmth experienced drinking a fine brandy.
The beer was dark caramel sweet, balanced with a slight tanginess. The roasted malts were rich and complex adding chocolate and coffee notes, blended well and smooth. There was a medicinal quality about this beer that finish dry and clean.
This was a full-body, slightly syrupy ale with about a medium amount of carbonation.