Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale
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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brow with hints of red. A large fluffy tan head left some nice lacing.

Smell has some floral hop and light caramel, and some underlying booze. Nice.

Taste is of toasted bread, light bitter hop aftertaste. Not bold at all.

Feels smooth and almost creamy. No warming effects. Carbonation seems normal.

Overall, the smell is better than the taste, and I really want some warming booze from a Winter beer. In both these instances, it's lacking, yet, the beer overall is a fine beer.


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Photo of thatruth
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bodacious creamy off-white finger and a half head, with lacing that never really breaks off on its own, when it does its hella frothy, akin to hot cocoa. pours a root beer, black coffee type color into a mellow deep brown that light has trouble getting through.

smells like cedar and pine trees. hella hoppy, hella malty.

tastes warm. sort of spicy, but with an herbal balance. plethora-like on-bringing settles into a malty tongue lingering feel. piney hops fil the nose, overtake the palette.

nice, warm winter ale. little on the piney side, but that's just my opinion; good stuff overall.

**bottled on date: MAR 25 12

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Photo of mralphabet
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adam's Perfect pint glass

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Good 2 fingers with of head with wonderful lacing.

S: Piny hops really comes on strong... light notes of caramel and chocolate... Maybe some roasted malts mixed in.

T: The hops hits first... then a little caramel and chocolate drop in mid palette... the finish is a little on the bitter side.

M: Medium body but smooth.

D: Not a bad winter ale. Little more hoppy than I was expecting. Not my favorite from New Belgium but not bad.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color, with some ruby highlights. The beige head is medium-sized, with a frothy consistency. Retention is decent, and lacing is above average.

S: Some slightly roasty, chocolatey malt aroma up front. Light caramel. Hop notes are primarily citric, with some added piney character. Some light fruitiness is also available.

T: Modestly sweet up front, with some nice chocolatey flavor balancing with a bit of caramel. Hop bitterness is medium-firm; think pale ale territory. Citric (orange) and piney hop flavors are noticeable. A bit of earthy/fruity English character as well, though I'm not sure if it's from the hops or the yeast. Semisweet cocoa powder returns into the fading finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly refined. Lightly creamy up front, before becoming a bit dry and prickly towards the finish. Light roastiness adds some feel here.

D: A bit of a mutt in terms of style, but it's an enjoyable beer that brings a little of everything to the table. A pleasant drinking winter seasonal from New Belgium.

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Photo of jkrich
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated bottle: nearly opaque black with a slowly dissipating off-white head; quit a bit of lacing on the glass.

This is perhaps the most strongly aromatic ales I have had in a long time. The hop aroma simply explodes from the bottle and the glass. It is almost enough to tickle the nostrils. No citrus here, but a strong abrasive piney and rye aroma greets the olfactory at the expense of everything
else - still, quite impressive.

By comparison the hop flavor is rather restrained with a taste of husky wheat and some licorice. There are faint hints of molasses as well as a rye flavor. The roastiness is also faint. There is a nice coating of hop bitters left on the palate. Overall, the flavors just don't come together, though it is enjoyable and somewhat unique.

I found the body to be a little too thin with higher than needed carbonation. The mouthfeel is clean with the aforementioned bitterness on the palate.

Another nice experimental ale from a good brewery, though I am not familiar with the "American Black ale" style. I'll have to try a few others before I pass judgement on the style.

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Photo of bendersez
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TCJosh
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of krabriter
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like orange and lemon zest, with some grapefruit and herbal hops, and a little honey and rye bread.
T: It tasted like orange and grapefruit, with more grapefruit and a little honey and roasted barley. It had a clean and bitter grapefruit aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice hoppy beer with great grapefruit character in the scent and taste. The body was good too, and the alcohol wasn't noticeable, so it was easy to drink. Not a revolutionary brew, but it was fully enjoyable and a good change of pace from most holiday beers.

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Photo of JRod1969
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jskennedy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Brutmasta
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of abrand
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty regular beer for me this winter. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Pours like cola. Smells of caramel, roasted malts, and some hops. Toffee, roasted malts, some spice, and hops are on the palate. Very session able dark ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a solid one.

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Photo of bsu2005
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Creamy beige colored head. It stayed longer than expected, but disappeared rather quickly.

S-Nice and hoppy with a roasted dry hop smell.

T-Reminds me of an IPA from the first taste, then switches to a smoky malt flavor with a nice finish. Nice malt to hop balance.

M-Slightly creamy with some carbonation. Feels like a mix of a Stout and IPA.

O-Definitely a good winter seasonal and will have to pickup next year. I'd like to try this on tap and compare to the bottle. I wouldn't classify this as a winter warmer, but rather a Black IPA.
This beer was a nice experience and I'm going to seek out different brands that produce the black ale.

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Photo of mtparty37
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CBlack85
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beef 'O' Brady's in Fort Mill, served in a pint glass.

The beer is a deep, deep brown color that borders on black with lots of ruby highlights. There is about two fingers worth of tightly packed light tan head. The head lingers for quite some time, leaving behind an impressive amount of lacing.

The scent is very balanced between citrusy and piney hops, and a rather distinct malt sweetness of chocolate, caramel, dark wheat, and just the slightest bit of roast. Interesting

The taste seems to pop on the tongue, very clean and inviting, despite the fact that there is alot going on here. The first thing I get is a generous dose of citrusy and fruity hops, followed by a moderately sweet maltiness that consists of dark wheat, roasted malts, chocolate, maybe a bit of toffee, and just a hint of dark fruits... The malt profile is reminiscent of a dunkel. The beer finishes dry with just a bit of bitterness. Medium bodied and well carbonated this beer is really quite easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very nice beer. I am not quite sure what style this would fit into the best as it kind of takes on characteristics of several styles; whatever you classify it as I find it to be quite nice and supremely drinkable.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of madman45
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bmcduff2
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of zest4itall
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice blending of hops and malts in the aroma. Floral sweetness and solid malt grounding.
Big full beige head. Very dark body with brown-red in color. Very attractive.
Mild but complex flavors. Hop forward in flavor with a soft and extensive finishing bitterness. Malt again is grounding. Hop flavors seem to indicate more than one type used.
Soft lighter body that helps drinking and balances of the intensity of the hop flavors.
Nice drink and I wouldn't expect anything less from this brewery. Interesting and complex flavors in a drinkable beer.
Thanks to John my brother in law for the sample.

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Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mntlover
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with some red hints, almost looks black in a dark room. Head is nice and fluffy light tan falls kind of slow with some spotty lace.

Aroma is light chocolate malt hints mingled with wheat notes with a good citrus and pine aroma from ample hops. Overall aroma is good but not overly intense. Since good is not a choice anymore think my ratings are going to go down, would say its good because its not bad but average in most beer i drink is good.

Taste is like the nose seems like a dunkel with some hints of chocolate malt and a decent dose of some hops. Its an ok beer but not something I would go buy more of. Kind of miss a good old fashion malty winter warmer brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent for this brew light medium easy drinking brew, easy to knock a few of these back.

Overall eh not bad but not what I was expecting I guess and the fact good is gone guess I will be rating more stuff average. Which is what this is really an average brew, not something I would choose to be snowed in with give me a big brew for the snow.

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Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of claytong
3/5  rDev -18%

Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,503 ratings