Fullsteam Brewery is a pretty cool spot in Durham, NC. I knew I had to have this beer since we've had the first round of really cold weather we've had in a while over the past two weeks. First Frost is a winter ale brewed with persimmons. I'm not sure about you, but I had no clue what persimmons were. Apparently, they are the "fruit of the gods" that have natural notes of cinnamon and apricots. Fullsteam collected North Carolina persimmons, before the "first frost," to brew this beer.
The color of this beer is a beautiful dark amber. At 10 percent alcohol and in a big bottle, I had high expectations for this beer. The final result: too sweet. The fruit sugars likely amp up the alcohol content, but they also rack up the sweet flavor. It's definitely more malty than hoppy. I drank a decent amount of this beer (split with D who also agreed it was too sweet), but I wouldn't buy it again. It's not the same kind of sweetness that you get from a stout (like this one)...almost a bitter sweetness if that makes sense? Do I hate that I tried this beer? No way!
From NC and interested in other Fullsteam beers? I'd recommend the Summer Basil and the Working Man's Lunch.