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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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1,366 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,366
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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 Chopman50
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Chopman50, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a small head and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, some roasted malt, bit of coffee with cinnamon and spice.

T: Taste of roasted malt with some sweet spice, dark fruit and cinnamon. Has a nice underlying bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Very good balance. Flavor becomes more robust as it warms.

O: Easy drinker, a very nice winter warmer.

soju6, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of 1fastz28
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with a big cloudy head that lingers and laces quite well. The aroma is strong with roasted malt and light chocolate and toffee hints. Taste is ok but surprisingly bland, with the stronger aroma one would think that the flavor would be more pronounced. Mouthfeel is decent and overall its a fine beer.

1fastz28, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of GolamKovach
4/5  rDev +9.6%

GolamKovach, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

dexterk1, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with lots of red pouring through when held up to the light. 2-finger tan head, no retention, and no lace.

Nose is vanilla, caramel, light roast malt, and a bit of citrus underneath. Understated, but nicely done.

Caramel malt and citrus hops combine for a nice flavor. Hops come out in the finish with a flourish. Light coffee backs the finish up. Good carbonation makes the beer nice and fizzy.

Body is about right for the style. Not too thick, but stands up to the caramel malt and coffee.

Overall, a nice surprise.

beer2day, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Slikpitt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Slikpitt, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of riotinmyskull
4/5  rDev +9.6%

riotinmyskull, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of ChuckStingray
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ChuckStingray, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of harrylee773
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

harrylee773, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of marshrat63
2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

marshrat63, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of VegasHockey
3/5  rDev -17.8%

VegasHockey, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Simo5301, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mcdsports, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of AndrewK
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

AndrewK, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Fatehunter, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ponbon63
4/5  rDev +9.6%

ponbon63, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

isualum12, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

snaotheus, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

DAllspaw, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of PossumMunsen31
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

PossumMunsen31, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mattafett
3/5  rDev -17.8%

mattafett, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bung, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of AJN136
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

AJN136, Dec 20, 2011
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,366 ratings.