Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
84
good
1,501 Ratings
Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by NStLincoln on 10-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,501
Reviews:
384
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.71%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
152
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,501 |  Reviews: 384
Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite being May, it was 39 in Chicago; so it was good I saved this Winter Ale past its "Best Buy" date.
As tasted before, I think this is a good take on the style... all around subtle.
It is very dark with good head retention and some sticky lace.
Aroma gives me mostly fruits and malts; seems like a good yeast strain from New Belgium.
Taste is balanced with modest hops (despite the label saying they piled them in.)
And the carbonation is relatively low, which suits me.
Overall, I like these guys. Their beers make small innovations on the style and they give their employees a cut in one of the largest and most successful craft brewers.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishCowboyBend
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JulianBaughman
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Dark brown with finger tan head, fades slowly with coating lace. Citrus aroma with roasty malt. Similar taste with roasted chocolate and some char, plenty of hops, citrusy n floral in the finish. Thin smooth mouthfeel. Overall good brew.

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Photo of MichMike
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FitgerFanatic
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, lots of clarity despite how dark it is, 1/2" white to off white head. Aroma was of dark malts, sweetness more than roast.

Hops are there, brown and chocolate malts, slight sweetness, thicker than most winter warmers, this had the edge in viscosity. Chewy. Bitter. This was like an imperial fat tire.

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Photo of godawgs
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sir-Buddly-Longfellow
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenNebulous
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeard89
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mkaram
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aknalley
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McBraniel
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisledTitan
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dface
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of beerimthere
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewSTL
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly black with a slight tan head.
Aroma is primarily chocolate and light citrus.
The citrus hits my tongue first followed by a bit of chocolate. The swallow finished with dark chocolate bitterness and a slight warming spice and pine.
Moutfeel is thin and well carbonated.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Love the artwork on the bottle! This Black Ale pours a roasted walnut color and has simply excellent lacing! Carbonation appears to be mild and creamy and the head is modest, that being around a half finger in thickness and settling into a soapy looking ring.

S- Its complicated....in a good way! Almost burnt caramel sweetness from the malt, with tinges of deliciously dark cocoa nibs, mild french press coffee, bold toffee nuts and some citrus hop bitterness to round everything out on the finish....impressive!

T- This is different than the aromas let on.....much more of the cocoa semi sweetness balanced with some astringently bitter coffee tones to be precise! There is perhaps some tart berries in the background....just a hint of fruitiness, and some dry grains throughout. The finish is pleasant and refreshing with plenty of cleansing hop bitterness to keep the palate wanting more!

M/O- This is a rather creamy, with mellow carbonation and is an excellent accompaniment to an 85% dark chocolate...everything pulls from each other in a rather mild tug of war....super nice! This hides the alcohol well and is a nicely balanced black ale that is complex and has a wide range of characteristics....I like it and recommend!

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,501 ratings.
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