Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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2.55/5 rDev -30.1%
The head was less than impressive, only 1/4 inch in pint glass. (I did pour a second and forced a larger head that quickly faded.) Despite the weak head, very impressive lacing.
Deep dark chocolate appearance with minimal malty aroma with a hint of spice that didn't make it to the palate. Very flat.
Overall not something I will buy again, though I am a fan of New Belgium Brewing.
12-23-2011 07:23:29 | More by marshrat63
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a pint glass. A solid two fingers of brown head on top of dark brown ale.
Lots of citrus smell: lemon and orange zest. There is a malt tone back there, but it's hidden well.
Tastes like a bright IPA with grapefruit, lemon and lime coming through. That is followed by a more mellow toasted malt flavor. A really nice combo.
Crisp at first, a little chewy middle to end, low carbonation and medium body.
Good smelling and great tasting. Interesting (in the best way) combination of bright hops and then sudden malt.
12-23-2011 00:08:18 | More by Fatehunter
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz bottle into a pint glass
Pours dark amber with little head or carbonation. Smell is winter spices and tea.
Taste follows along with the smell -- winter spices and tea. Some clove, maybe a little hint of hops. A little caramelly.
Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, not too bad.
12-22-2011 03:36:34 | More by snaotheus
2.63/5 rDev -27.9%
Poured into new Belgium globe.
Very similar to their black ale in appearance. Smell is a bit of cinnamon, some toffee and a bit if steeped tea, certainly unexpected
Taste is piney hops followed buy some dark malt and coffee flavors. A bit of dark chocolate as well. However, still get an overwhelming taste of tea with high tannins.
12-22-2011 01:57:31 | More by DAllspaw
2.15/5 rDev -41.1%
Very bizarre first smell. Can't really even describe it. Under a half=inch head. Hard to distinguish which hop actually smells/tastes okay. Very strange mixture. It does taste better than it originally smells I will give it that. Otherwise, happy I purchased this with a mixer pack and will not get any more.
12-21-2011 20:56:20 | More by PossumMunsen31
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Draft. Not quite black, nice frothy layer. Retained and laced ok.
Aroma, hops piney resin, less citrus. Only a little roast or malt really.
Taste, mostly ipa. Resiny pine and citrus. Smaller dose of roast, cocoa and Christmas/wheat spiciness. Actually these lesser flavors open up a bit as it warms.
Heavy side of light, this drinks easy. Nothing offensive or amazing, like many a New Belgium brew. So not terribly interesting and a bit thin, but worth trying. Glad I tried on draft.
12-21-2011 01:41:11 | More by Bung
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
A - Pours a dark mahogany brown brew with a light tan with terrific lacing.
S - Lots of scents here. Earthy hop, burnt cinnamon, coffee
T - Caramel malt with a kick of sweet spices - warm finish. Recognizable bitter finish as you might come to expect from the New Belgium family.
M - Heavy carbonation - full flavor.
Have been testing the New Belgium line-up now that it is available in VA. The dense flavors makes this one to sip and enjoy over the holidays. A black ale for snow day? Ironic - yes, but boy this is good.
12-20-2011 04:41:47 | More by KomodoDragon
3.43/5 rDev -6%
Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Dark brown/black with little head, but excellent lacing that clings to the sides of the glass and forms trails throughout enjoyment.
N: Subtle chocolate and a hint of hoppy pine.
T/M: Although this beer has a somewhat watery body, the flavors are well rounded and complete. Roasty notes of chocolate meld quite well with a citrus pine to make a complete and simple beer.
Overall, this is a nice beer. It does not stack up all that well compared to others in its style, however; there are several other beers in this category that I find to be much more complex and rich. Although I like this beer, I think it could be much more rich and a little bit less watery.
12-20-2011 00:46:45 | More by peacebone116
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours out a very deep dark brown with a fluffy light tan two finger head that collapses quite rapidly yet leaves some nice craggy chunks of lacing behind in the glass. Smells of musty damp earthen basement floor at first, but as it warms up the aroma also gets a mild roasted tone that builds up from underneath in tandem with some nicely restrained pine hopping odor. Taste is a steady wave of pine bittering hops tag teamed with a malt bill that comes across as a blend of porter and caramel malts, but leaning a bit further into caramel territory than I personally prefer in my black ales. I am not able to detect any coffee or baking chocolate in this malt bill at all...just straightforward roasted grain being itself. I would have liked to have tasted some more complexity....
Texture is nicely smooth and creamy but also feels slightly under-carbonated. Not a bad black ale, but I still prefer Black Top over this one any day. Why? Because this brew doesn't really come across as memorable or distinctive... It's just not complex enough to impress, nor is it simple enough to sell the minimalism approach... so I end up with mediocrity.
12-19-2011 21:37:10 | More by WastingFreetime
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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