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 Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a few beers get jumbled in the "winter warmer" category, but this beer deserves the designation. Deep roasted malt notes with hints of chocolate malt. Nicely assertive hopping, akin to perhaps a double brown ale, if there is such a thing. Finish is malty competing for attention against the bittering echo.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a nice, light tan, thick, foamy, slightly frothy head that slowly settled out and lots o lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast. Flavor is similar to nose plus toffee, bare sweetness, and some carbonic tang. Body is good, ditto carbonation. Finish is decent, a little short, balanced. Easy to have another.

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Photo of Gilly1980
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very dark with a hint or red when the light shines through it. I'm talking porter-like dark. Nice off-white head and moderate lacing.

S- Surprisingly hoppy for a beer this dark. Once you get past the grapefruit aroma of the hops it's earthy but I can't pick up on any individual aromas.

T- Not as hoppy as it smells. Caramel malt and chocolate with a hint of pretzel in the aftertaste.

M- Slightly fizzy and over-carbonated. I like dark beers to be chewy and thick, which this is not. Quite the conondrum...

O- I thoroughly enjoy New Belgium beer and this one is no exception. A very good winter beer that I will definately drink again.

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Photo of diamondc
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, some shades of ruby. Lots o' long lasting head and lacing.

S: Slightly charred malts. A fresh minty, wintergreen-like pine hop aroma. Nice.

T: Piney, resiny hop flavors, nutty malts. Some hints of chocolate and caramel.

M: High bittering hops, and the toasted malts linger on the aftertaste.

O: Enjoyable, but not sure I'll buy this one again. Bordering on Black IPA.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ogasnor
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a straight sided glass.

A - Dark brown with just a hint of red where the light shines through it, reminiscent of a cola with nearly no carbonation. Thick light tan head that retains excellently, plenty of lacing.

S - During the pour, piney hops dominate. After the head settles, roasted malt and toffee sweetness with a hint of citrus underneath the hops.

T - Strong grapefruit and pine opening, gives way to an earthy chocolate and a general spicy twang. Hops stay all the way through, ending up dominating the finish. Left wishing there were a little more holiday spices, and for something with a 6.2 ABV, there wasn't enough alcohol bite.

M - When you see a beer this dark, you expect it to be thicker than this comes off. Also, there is just a little more carbonation than expected.

O - Not outstanding, but still not a bad beer. If you like hoppy black ales, I would definitely recommend this beer, although a full six pack might be a little much for one setting.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Chiefy770
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served: From 12oz bottle to a New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: On the initial pour it produced plenty of bubbles. The bubbles disappeared quickly and the beer stood rather flat in the glass.

Smell: Complex scents in this beer. Very vague scent of a coffee shop. A drop of citrus. Toasty/nutty scent seems to be the dominant trait here.

Taste: The first sip gives a bitter taste of roasted nuts. Very rich taste. Very minor pickups of chocolate and almond.

Mouthfeel: Very flavorful. Thick swish to the brew. The malts and hops leave the mouth feeling like it just ate a citrus fruit.

Overall: Winter warmer. Lives up to the hype and gives a satisfying taste. Lacked on the foam for me. Perhaps it was just a bad pour on my part. It was smooth and then it was bitter and then it was smooth again. Complex, thick, and warming. Perfect companion on a cold winter night.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, seemingly clear. Light-tan head is a fluffy 1-finger, and leaves a bit of lacing. Not much retention.

Smell: Hardly any aroma; I suppose there's a mild hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild malts with a bit of citrus-y hops on top. Similar finish and aftertaste. Not much as far as spices go.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with quite a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Relatively easy to drink, with a moderate ABV.

Fairly disappointing "winter" beer from New Belgium - honestly, much closer to a black IPA, and not a particularly good one at that.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dbell23
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my New Belgium tulip glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a dark beige two finger head. Nice lacing.
Smell is slightly hoppy sweet.
Taste is slightly hoppy with a nice chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with good carbonation.
Overall a very good winter beer.

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Photo of inbierveritas
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of blakelive784
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in an oversized wine glass, reviewed live,

A - presents an incredibly dark ruby color with a half fingers head. Retention isn't good, but then again there wasn't much room for the head to begin with.

S - toasted malt and caramel build the foundation. It's ploy, with some piney and citrus notes that are held in check by chocolate. Nice

T - a citrus open masks a toffee and toast build. Theops linger all the way to the finish were they leave you with a piney aftertaste. Not as balanced as the nose predicted.

M - coarse on the open but finishes smooth and creamy. One of the best features.

D - another decent offering from nb, but that's all it is.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A) Deep dark brown, red highlights when held up to light. Nice full finger of head. Nice retention, some lacing.

S) A nice layer of aromas, more complex than I anticipated. Dark roasted malt, light coffee, brown suger, pine and some citrus.

T) Roasted malt and caramel, slightly burnt and some coffee,chocolate, mild spices,nice hops presence.

M) Medium to lighter medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth. The finish is slightly dry with a little citrus peel. Decent aftertaste.

O) A really nice winter offering from New Belgium. I would gladly recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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