Chadski4 (168) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first experience with an American Black Ale. Enjoyed the mix of hoppy and roasty flavors.
eRock_2013 (335) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well as I sit here enjoying a five day weekend courtesy of some unusually snowy weather in SC, Iím thinking back to how much I enjoyed this brew last winter and how I wish I had some now. From what I recall this was a deep brown almost black beer with some tan head, and a very enjoyable roasty and hoppy aroma. The taste was very bitter from a variety of strong hop flavors, but also allowed for the heavily roasted dark malt flavor to come through. Enjoyed the complexity and was refreshing for the winter season. Definitely was beyond my usual bitterness threshold, yet I really appreciated this brew, hope to find this one again sometime. ---Rated via Beer Buddy
jbuskirk (716) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 New Belgium has proven to be decidedly eclectic in their creations. In fact, some of the resulting concoctions have defied categorization. Snow Day is one such beer. It baffles your palate. Is this a Black IPA with its roasted malts and big, bitter helping of hops? Is it a Black Ale with its light, low-carbonation body and midnight color? Or is it just another seasonal beer that can enjoy the catch-all title of Winter Warmer? Beats the shit out of me. But I donít mind. Snow Day is a complex brew that is full of flavor and bite. Easily one of my favorite winter ales.
jkwalking05 (4231) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) Brownish, dark color, light tan head. The smell is hops, fruits, pine, citrus, and roast. The taste is roasty, pine, citrus, pine, cocoa, and some bitterness.
jake65 (2902) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Found this lost in the backlog; enjoyed 2/16/13. Dark brown pour with a modest beige head. Roasty nose, cocoa, and piney. The citrus and floral hops come through as dominant in the flavor, but still a fair amount of roast/toasted malt. Light cocoa. Good stuff.
BrettTaylor (639) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this in the cellar today - best by date was 12 Apr 2012! Poured from bottle to glass - thick 4 finger head that was light tan in color setting on top of a dark, with hints of red, liquid. Hops are apparent, especially the Goldings, and an undertone of wheat/bread. Tastes like a mix between a pale ale and a porter, but with hints of wheat underneath. Still very pleasant to drink, even though well past itís best by date!
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best by: 23FEB12
A: black with a finger off toasted cream head which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. sheet lace.
S: Spicy hops and toasted malts. Smells like an ABA. Some hints of burnt raisins. Me like.
T: Sharply bitter with a spicy tone over a nice toasted, dark malt profile. Good stuff.
M: medium bodied with slightly hi carb and a little to wet for my preference in this one.
O: This is the first beer in quite some time Iíve purchased and consumed over and over. I like it.
Serving type: bottle
gschrade (862) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste Carmel, chocolate, sweet. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bigguns22 (728) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís like a brown ipa. Dark brown color with hints of red. Tall tan head that lingers and sticks to the glass. Aroma is sweet,cocoa and hops. A great mix of hops and malts that will not let you down.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 Bottle: looks completely black upon pouring, but holding to the light reveals some deep ruby highlights. Beige-ish head with great retention, leaving a huge web of lacing all around. Aroma includes heavy cocoa & chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, & a wet, dripping dank note from the hops. Kind of herbal & maybe slightly citric, too. Taste starts off with some stale cocoa malt & a touch of ashiness with a floral, slightly dank & oily hop presence over top. Slight green, earthy, & onion-y notes hidden. Mildly bitter finish with a faint staleness about it. Citric bit grows with warmth but is still balanced by roasted, chocolate malts.