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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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1,389 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle (best before 26Feb12) into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a pleasant very dark coffee brown with 1 inch light tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Pine hops predominate. Some caramel and chocolate malt. Hint of citrus.
T: Nice balance of pine hops and roasted chocolate malt. Bitter dark roast coffee, toasted grains, hint of cream.
M: Light feel (but drinks heavier...I like curveballs like this in my beer) with a hint of wheat softness. Bitter hops dominate with an acidic and dry finish. Pleasant roasted notes linger on the palate.
D: A solid offering from NBB and one that pleasantly surprised me! Good session brew.

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of litheum94
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/4/12.

Dark, ebony body with a big, brownish head. Foamy and frothy, it falls to a patchy cover.

Cream of wheat and pungent, oily citrus hops. Floral with burnt toast aromas.

Creamy, wheat grains, along with roasted malts, with a slight coffee taste. Good, hoppy bite, floral and citric. Lingering bitterness, softened by more grainyness.

Wasn't sure to expect with this, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very tasty and a welcome addition to my usual winter time brews.

Photo of jaylew61
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best before March 11, 2012.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color; almost nearing black. Produced a great cap of tan froth. Good retention and plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A nice mellow roasted bread component with bits of citrus, pine, and a dry, almost dusty cocoa spice at the end.

(T)- Again, a nice mellow roasted bread; almost oatmeal-like backbone with some balanced and subtle citrus, raisin, and cocoa.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level, balance, and just overall feel. Rich, but in a mellow way.

(D)- Color me impressed with this one for its smooth drinkability, mellow richness, and subtle festive spice. This would be a great 6er to drink on Christmas day.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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...

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.