I wasn’t a fan of New Belgium’s “Fat Tire”… yes, I know I’ll get yelled at for that – but it just tasted a little “funky” to me. Honestly, I think most people in VA only loved it because we couldn’t get it here. This Snow Day, however, is a yummy treat!
I don’t give up on a brewery, just because I don’t like one or two of their brews – so I picked up New Belgium Brewery’s Winter Ale. I was expecting this beer to taste like most Winter Seasonal Ales, lots of spice and hints of coffee and chocolate. Snow Day, is certainly warm and inviting, but it’s not as sweet and spicy as I thought it would be. This rich brew tastes of bitter chocolate and a little more hop taste than most Winter beers. All in all, I really like it! It’s nice and bold and a little chocolaty!
My husband picked up some Belgian beers to share this weekend. This particular beer is the Stillwater Artisanal. My friend Monica describes it as, “perfectly balanced!”. It has a rich, dark chocolate flavor up front, and a spiced caramel finish – without being sweet.
It’s an 11.2oz bottle, but plenty rich to share with friends! Cheers!
Brew a beer with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and it’s sure to be a hit with me! Winter beers should give you the “warm fuzzies” and that’s exactly how I feel about Harpoon’s Winter Warmer. A malty, delicious, spicy brew – it’s perfect for a cold day. And while it does make you think of Mom’s Apple Pie, it isn’t overly spiced to the point of annoyance, like some other holiday Winter beers.
Harpoon is an all around great brewery serving up other yummy beers such as their Chocolate Stout and IPA! My only real complaint as that you can only purchase the Winter Warmer and Chocolate Stout in their Winter Mixed 12-pack… which is only available in, you guessed it, Winter! So, if anyone still has any of these delicious bottles laying around – invite me over!!