Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

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1,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of Josiah2729
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.

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.

Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Photo of Jtthegreat
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of docrates
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of grover37
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

Appearance (4.5): Pours a deep, mahogany brown with a finger and a half of light cream head. reduces to a layer with heavy lacing at the top but not further down. Decent head retention too.

Aroma (4): Spicy, piney, and slightly sweet with a touch of chocolate. some citrus notes in there too once it warms, like mango, orange, and maybe grapefruit.

Taste (3.5): Dominated by a resinous and piney hop character. The hops are still balanced with dark caramel notes, but still a bit thin. No sweetness leaves a little more malt character to be desired; it's there but doesn't have a lot of body. Some citrus through the finish but mostly pine which lingers along with a light chocolate.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Medium carbonation and medium-light body. Slick and too watery for me.

Overall (3.5): A decent black IPA when I was expecting a winter warmer. Spicy enough to be mistaken for a warmer if it weren't for the resinous hops. A decent winter beer, but that's not a high standard outside of Belgium imo.

Photo of estes42
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of mbarnes0
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $1.75 Dark smokey brown beer with a nice sized creamy thick tan head. Nice hoppy aromas..citric/resiny..seems fresh..some coffee/chocolate in the background Taste is somewhat more balanced towards the caramel maltiness than the aroma..but the hops are certainlly alive! Good solid beer on the palate..semi dry finish. Overall a nice CDA but not top notch

Photo of MarkBlackout
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as a gift -- part of a holiday mixed 12-pack. 2nd one I've tried, just got through reviewing Fat Tire. I thought this tasted somewhat similar at first, at the risk of sounding ignorant. There is SOMETHING similar about these, though. I'm not really tasting the supposedly considerable hops that much in this. Bready smell, toasty taste, a bit of hop bite. Pretty boring, thank god for the slightly elevated abv to provide a bit more flavor and punch. I would hope to have something better than this if I was snowed in, but I wouldn't cry real tears as long as I had enough of them.

edit: Tempted to up the overall score to 3.5, but I wont, due to a lack of 'winter' spices. Not too into spiced brews unless they're tasty belgians or something worth adding an extra dimension to.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of Schwarzwald
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of the winter brews but this one is really good. Pour is very nice with a good 1-2inch head. Very dark brown to black brew with some good hoppy notes. Caramel and chocolate make this a true winter taste and feel. Very nice and drinkable without being too heavy. Nice ABV gives it a warmth that you remember.

Very nice job!

Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.