bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2012 (12oz bottle) Pours a dark burgundy, brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, graham cracker, minerals, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, caramel, nuts, minerals, and grass with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The seal brown colored body was nearly opaque, and the head atop was two fingers thick. The aroma was a mix of well toasted malts and citric hops. The taste provided flavors of anise, pumpernickel bread and light toffee. The taste was bit less flavorful than I had hoped it would be. The body was light to medium dense, and the finish astringent and abrupt. This beer started out very well., but didnít quite deliver what it promised.
Mora2000 (6135) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle served at Onion Creek in Houston.
The beer pours a deep brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has quite a bit of pine in it, as well as some nice roasted malt notes.
The flavor is similar to the aroma. I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, as well as some pine from the hops. The bitterness is low to medium.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
properhops (88) - - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIfoY9r2R_w
Appearance: Jet black + brown transparencies, 1-finger head, above average lacing
Aroma: Piney hop aroma, cherry wood, carmel malts, burning leaves smokiness, red apple, bittersweet chocolate, espresso
Flavor: Medium body, lemon rind, bittersweet chocolate, burning leaves smokiness, burnt marshmallow, plum, raisin, spruce, fresh pine needles, espresso residual, creamy + subdued bitterness on finish, medium carbonation
Pairings: Fish & chips
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at West End. Pours hazy dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of roast, pine, some citrus, and caramel. Flavor roasted malts with pine and citrus. Finish with decent amount of hop bitterness. Nice tasty ale that is highly drinkable.
just4beer (4) - Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2011 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served in a pint, dark with a thin creamy head. toasty chocolate coffee notes. Has a nice hoppness while you drink it ,with no bitter after taste. fairly strong but I found it easy to drink.
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a pleasant surprise when a friend offered me a bottle of Snow Day. For me, balance is everything, and if a brewer can pull off a unique, in-your-face beer with balance, Iím going to crow.
This beer hits you hard with the fairly unusual combo of roasty malt and very strong West Coast IPA style hop aroma and taste presence. What ties it all together is New Belgiumís trademark clean fermentation, which allows for the dramatic malt-hop interaction without a lot of competing IPA-type esters. The beginning---a rich, persistent tan head, and the finish---a lingering malt aftertaste, wrap it all up in a bright ribbon. Perfect for a cozy ending to a chilly winter day.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black IPAís are an interesting breed. Snow day has a malty character like a stout but itís light in body along the lines of many IPAs. I liked the pitch black color of it. There wasnít much flavor here though and the hops fell to the wayside.
improvjock (326) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with pencil-thin tan head. Aroma is of floral hops. Taste is of roasty malts, a hint of coffee, and medium hop bitterness. Very drinkable, I like that itís not as bitter as most IPAs. Iíll have to save one for when they close the schools!
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit light for my idea of a seasonal. At least for most of the country, weather wise. Woodsy aroma. Some spice notes linger in the taste. Some grain taste in there too.