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Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,378 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones. This beer is the deep garnet of a roasted walnut and presents a creamy tan head, floating artfully atop. Snow Day is bold and hoppy, drinkable and strong.

(Beer added by: NStLincoln on 10-14-2011)
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Ratings: 1,378 | Reviews: 363 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +9.6%

1Adam12, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

axman, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Etan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark brown or black with about half a finger’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – surprisingly hoppy smelling for this type of brew. But it still has a bit of a syrupy smell to it as well.

Taste – the taste is surprisingly hoppy as well, but not overwhelming or overpowering. When you look at it, you think you’ll be tasting a porter or a stout, but it tastes quite different. The residue left over from the aftertaste is pure Cascade type of hops.

Mouthfeel – less creamy than you would have expected. In fact, the balance is pretty good.

Overall – very intriguing brew…different looking and different tasting than one would have suspected.

Nerudamann, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -17.8%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

christy13, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Antnyd82, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of rogerdclark
4/5  rDev +9.6%

rogerdclark, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of harlotry
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

harlotry, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a dark crimson/blood red colour with an ample light tan head with some staying power. generous lace to boot. quite the dominant hoppy aroma on this one...leaning towards the minty and piney side with maybe a dollop of citric rind. maltiness is a bit roasty and toasty, bready and wheaty. the house yeast of NB plays nicely with the flavour profile of this ABA/CDA whatever it is by profiling everything in balance. alcohol well hidden; the malt profile does its best to throw off some caramel corn, cocoa and toffee flavours, with the requisite chalkiness that seems to go with this style for some reason. hop notes have very complex aspect to them...grassy then herbal then spicy and finally a dab of pine and citrus. eventually the bitterness takes over and lingers on the tongue wiping out any residual sweetness. therefore it finishes dry and drier. well rounded, full body on this one with a dry, chalky mouthfeel. drinkability is really nice on this one considering the fact that this tries to ride the fence between winter warmer and india black ale.

overall...i could see where this might be easily disliked, or easily admired. i lean strongly toward the latter just for the fact that i've been running into this style a lot as of late and this one rubs me the right way for some reason. it has that "drink me by the fire and watch some bowl games" aura to it. ok i will then...

budgood1, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of rudy0908
2/5  rDev -45.2%

rudy0908, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #98
Served On: 12/30/2011
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.2%
Date/ Code: 12 March 2012

My regular bottle shop finally started getting in New Belgium offerings.

Look: A clear dark ruby red color. Fairly good carbonation. Head was 2 fingers of tan soapy foam.

Smell: Aroma had the usual notes for a American Black Ale; hops, roasted malts. I also noticed some Belgian yeast esters.

Taste: The roastiness hit first with some dark chocolate and toffee notes. Then a multitude of hops formed the middle. Finish was fairly earthy with some juniper and black licorice mixed in. A pleasant hop bitterness made up the aftertaste.

This is an excellent take on a Black Ale. Well balanced yet has some exceptional complexity.

CraftBeerTastic, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Josiah2729
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Josiah2729, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a dark coffee color with dark amber hues and topped off with a thick off white head
that’s thick and bubbly. There lots of lacing and the head sticks around through the life of the beer.
The aroma is a bit on the mild side, nothing is too present, some mild citrus, some roasted coffee smells come through but not much else. it has a light -to-medium body and is quite bitter through-out
No coffee flavors, but I can pick up some roasted malt flavors.

vickersspitfire, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of cfergusn
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick head, dark red, slight bitter taste with a hoppy after taste. Find it has a piney smell, a little burn, but over all desert winter beer. Half way thru my beer, the head was still present. After taste is bitter in the mouth, smooth yet dry. Its a cold night here so it went well with dinner. The caramel hint has a unique catch while sitting back.

cfergusn, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

flexabull, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of stakem
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass, this brew appears brown in color with some amber hints of clarity around the edges. An initial surge of tan head forms with more than 3 fingers worth of froth that slowly fades leaving an entire web-like pattern of lace on the glass. The cap maintains a fluffy pillow of lace and uneven craters across the top.

The smell includes some minty to herbal hops that come across with a character that is reminiscent of stale menthol cigarettes. It has a cooling aspect to the nose mixed with some mineral inclusion. Faint notes of stale coffee round out the back end mixed with some burnt character not too far off from plastic or some strange concoction of medicine.

The taste of this brew includes a fairly forward flavor of herbal hops that integrate with dark roasty grain character and produces a bit of bitterness. Overall it blends into a flavor that is somewhat medicinal and not too much unlike the artificial flavor of black licorice candy (but without the sweetness.) More sips yield a bit of dark fruity character from the hops that blends into a burnt flavor somewhat like old coffee and faint musty chocolate.

I am not the biggest fan of the black/cascadian/american black ales or whatever you want to call them. But I approach them with an open mind. The aroma of this brew fails in all departments whether you consider it a winter ale/warmer or a black ale. The nose is quite unpleasant and unfitting of any style of beer. The taste is somewhat fitting for the black ale style but doesnt fully come together for me. This brew is medium to light bodied, favoring a bit to the medium side and it has a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly well integrated but overall this is not something I would enjoy having more than a sample of. Heath, I appreciate of the opportunity to try this but it just wasnt for me.

stakem, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Jtthegreat, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

babybew, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

MikeDre, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

PaBeerLover, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37%

HWren, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

airforceale, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Kahlerbock, Dec 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.