Snow | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Stout.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 11
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled batch #2 bottled 5/20/13 into a Baxter can-glass. Bought at the brewery.

A - Cream/white-orange color, hazy with a watery but firm head.

S - Nice coffee aroma smells like a bag of ground coffee. Earthy.

T - Sweet oatmeal with a cream and coffee taste. The head has a lighter flavor and provides depth to the beer. Blueberry, toffee, lime, and cranberry notes.

M - An aerated version of a stout. Not sticky which balances out nicely with the creamy texture.

O - A worthy idea to make a white stout. Low alcohol allows this beer to have lots of little flavors along with a big coffee overtone.

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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, bottled 5-20-13, 3.4% ABV. Lowest ABV stout on the list?

A: Pours a completely cloudy pale golden orange. Almost exactly like a witbier. Big fluffy white head. Head fades away slowly, with just the lightest specks of lacing left behind. Good head retention.

S: Coffee beans and oatmeal. Wheaty, like a witbier. Unique is an understatement.

T: Coffee beans, wheat and oatmeal. It's like a coffee oatmeal witbier. A breakfast witbier? A little caramel in the middle, briefly. Sharp bitterness in the aftertaste from the coffee and maybe some hops? Hard to tell, just kind of an indistinct bitterness. Kinda metallic in fact.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for 3.4% but still fairly light.

O: Another unique beer from night shift. I wonder where they dream this stuff up? Nice strength of flavors in this one for such a low ABV (again, only 3.4%, it's like bud light light). Only thing I didn't like was the strong acrid bitterness in the finish. Obviously there isn't much malt balancing it out so it's not surprising I guess. It would be really good without that odd bitterness though, I think.

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3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Less than a month old.

A - Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden hue with a nice two finger white head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket and nice light lacing.

S - Heh, this is fun. I was expecting, and wanting more coffee. What I get though is deep fresh grounds. Not too roasted smelling, just fresh, almost bright green coffee grinds. Fun

T - Lots of wheat in this, almost unpleasantly so. I can understand the watery aspects of this. I do not have an issue with that, coffee seems a bit on the old side, and the wheat and it kinda clash on my pallet.

M- Mouthfeel is solid, given its low ABV. Spot on carbonation for a stout.

O - Overall, this was a weird beer, to be expected. I want to like it, I want to REALLY like it, but the wheat just throws me for a loop.

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3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter

A - this pours a hazy, golden orange like a pale or IPA. Pours with about 2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly. Quite a bit of carbonation to this one.

S - the smell is that of a porter or stout, its all roast and malt. smells of coffee and little bit of cocoa bean. underneath the roast smell is a little hint of hops.

T - a very unique taste to this one. what comes to the front is the maltiness of a porter or stout, but as it progresses the flavors to fight with the hops for taste with a little vanilla underneath. the hops tend to take over slightly in the back of the tongue and a bitterness is left. very interesting.

M - like the taste, the mouthfeel is rather unique as well. there's a slight dryness to the finish. the aftertaste has a little vanilla, hops and maltiness.

O - this is a rather unique beer that has a few conflicting tastes to it. Its rather easy to drink at 3.4%. There is too much contrast in the flavors for me to want to have this again. It wasn't necessarily a bad beer, very creative and imaginitive, but there is too much going on for me to enjoy it. The different tastes draws too much of my attention for it to be enjoyable. I love the creativity and definitely gets points for uniqueness if nothing else.

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2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too odd to pass up. Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Wicked roasty caramel coffee aroma drowns out anything else in the nose for me. The flavor is over the top coffee with bits of butterscotch, bready malt and little else. Hints of astringency and a solid coffee bitter bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bitter mouthfeel. Interesting to try, great outside the box thinking, but not that great a beer in my opinion.

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.1%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is too unique to not review. Fresh 750ml bottle poured into Night Shift snifter.

A: Body is golden and gueuze-like, and it is very (assuming intentionally) murky and thick looking. Head is very white - you could even call it snow colored! Lacing decent. If I blindly looked at this beer, with the head I'd assume a tripel.

S: Here is where the senses go off the track. Coffee. Close my eyes and it smells like a coffee oatmeal stout. Some wheat lies underneath.

T: Coffee is the immediate and dominant flavor here, but the body holds strong with wheat and oatmeal. Very low alcohol, and thus a watery flavor mixed in. A bit of bitter astringency on the backend, and then the coffee aftertaste lingers in the mouth.

M: I wouldn't call it full bodied, but it's shockingly medium bodied for a 3.5% beer. Carb is spot on.

O: If you like coffee beers, this is well worth seeking out, especially if you are local.
Others may be interested in the novelty, as this is definitely something a bit different. At $10, it's hard to call this a session beer, but otherwise I could drink a few glasses of this in a night.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Snow from Night Shift Brewing
3.5 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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