Below Zero | Double Nickel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Double Nickel Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Snow Way Out

In frigid temperatures and roaring winds, its time to light the fire. Brewed with cinnamon and cardamom, our delicious spiced ale will give a new meaning to surviving Below Zero.

Added by ColForbinBC on 12-29-2015

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First time trying this one. Its okay. Beer could just be labeled a scotch ale. Don't get too much of the spices as advertised on the can. Overall for $9 a sixer, good beer.

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Photo of srw
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker.

Deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Good clarity. Moderate carbonation. No head.

Caramel, cola, coffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Caramel, roasted barley, and earth. Medium roast coffee, cola, and birch beer. Light brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Finishes with some earthy, piney hoppiness.

Medium bodied, crisp, and effervescent with a medium bitterness.

An enjoyable Winter Warmer. Complex malts with some robust hops and subtle spicing.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: January 26, 2018... OCCASION: a long, demanding week requires an equally strong, demanding ale--thus, the Double Nickel... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice...pours a dark purple, cola body that quickly hushes its off-white head to a pencil-thin mustache and idle eddies... heavy bouquet of cinnamon and pine--anise, cardamom, medicinal acetyl alcohol, refrigerant (?)and bread malts make for an aggressive, promising mix for a winter warm-up... sips as a cola, with bright, punchy bubbles at its start; heavy, slightly oily, and unabashed in its alcohol peaking through the finish.... it does dry slightly at the end, leaving a coating warmth to the throat... the initial flavor of cinnamon and pine give way to vinous merlot--cool yet strong, stoking the profile with stone fruits, cherries, heavy bread malts, bitters akin to bourbon, and sweet candied sugars... this actually plays best when drinking--go figure--as it develops a full, appreciable flavor... robust, rugged, and not much of a golden ale, as the nomenclature would suggest... still, a souped-up winter ale that delivers its weight by midway through its second chalice.... my first DN experience is one that will lead me to another opportunity--maybe the IPA or the pilsner?

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Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
2.36/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of wonothesane42
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, almost black like a stout! No real head to speak of, and little apparent carbonation. Nice blend of spices such as cinnamon are prominent in the aroma, but there's almost something sour or funky there. Sorta like a strong citrus fruit. Taste is a delicious assault of dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, and everything that I love about dark Belgian ales. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy, which I love. Overall, an excellent Belgian inspired seasonal from a brewery I admire.

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Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a deep rich mahogany color with a 1/2" light tan head that soon recedes to a small ring, a thin film and an irregular island of foam. Sipping creates two arched sheets of foam that soon becomes a collection of tiny patch, legs and speckles of foam. Some foam and small patching of foam on the sides of the glass and persist throughout the beer.

The aromas consist of a nice blending of cardamom and cinnamon supported by a background of dark caramel from the malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the cardamom and cinnamon blend up front and being backed up by some rich dark caramel sweetness. There is also a slight bitterness that almost seems to be more from slightly burnt roasted malt than from hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly from the gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness recedes leaving the spices and some slight bitterness in charge. As everything moves to the back of the palate the spices disappear, leaving the show to that almost burnt touch of bitterness that fades into dryness at the end.

Overall I was glad to have a chance to try this beer and while I thought it was well made and tasty and really enjoyed the blending of cardamom and cinnamon. That said I'll probably not be revisiting this beer soon since there are other Winter Warmers I prefer. There's something about having that slightly burnt part of the flavor profile and finish that is almost, but not quite, unpleasant to me. I should also mention that this beer is fairly temperature sensitive. Initially what bitterness is there seems close to burnt in character but as the beer warms that becomes more subdued and just slightly bitter in nature.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Nickel Brewing Company "Snow Way Out"
on tap at the brewery on 23 April 2016

Notes: Dark mahogany body beneath an off-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lacing as it goes. The aroma displays soft spice and caramelish malt, and the flavor backs that up with notes of cinnamon, burnt sugar, and golden & medium caramel. A median bitterness of around 30 IBUs anchors it while still allowing the spice to have some effect. It's not too spicy, but there's a pleasant bite in the finish. Quite nice, and thankfully not over-done with spice.

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Photo of skriv
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Below Zero from Double Nickel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 15 ratings