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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
With three feet of powder closing the roads, a brewery is not a bad place to get snowed in. Given the unanticipated hall pass of a snow day, our brewers decided to experiment. HmmÖwhat about this dark caramel roasted Midnight Wheat braced with a serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops? Shovel it in. What a deliciously unexpected way to spend a SNOW DAY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
properhops (88) - - NOV 20, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
just4beer (4) - Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2011 does not count
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
improvjock (327) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scooterbub (1031) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red brown with a thin quarter inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of hops, roasted malt, caramel, citrus, pine, resin and some smoke. Similar aroma. Has a dry and bitter finish that is a little smoky. Has decent body that is on the thin and slick side. Easy to drink and good to have on a cold day.

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