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Four Peaks Winter Wobbler 2012: Black IPA

Four Peaks Winter Wobbler 2012: Black IPA
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Much controversy surrounds this pretty simple style. I donít know why. Itís an IPA....and itís black. Basically, itís a lot like a robust porter without the burnt astringency of the highly kilned malts, and with a lot more hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap @ Brewery. Pours black with thin mocha head. Smell is roasted malt, hops and chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, bitter hops and sweet bitter chocolate. Very balanced. Medium to thin bodied highly carbonated black IPA. Nice brew. Four peaks winter seasonal beers seem to be the best they offer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3558) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Tap at brewpub (Tempe) February 2013 Pours pretty much deep brown almost black with a small soapy lite tan head. nose is roasty, ashy and lite baking chocolate with lite woody hops. I can tell that this beer has a bit of age on it. flavors of burnt malt and woody hops, not very punchy hops here. body is a little on the lite side however, makes it easier to drink. not a bad beer but not really a black ipa. I was told it is also called PitchFork, but that beer is listed as an APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2013
Growler from the Wilson street. location, and called Pitchfork and not Winter Wobbler, pours with a very dark body that supports a nice and nearly creamy dark tan head of foam. The modest aroma offers up earthy malts, dark roasted maltiness, some chocolate malts and then a faint root beer note. The taste begins with dark roasted malts that are thinly ringed with burnt malts as well as a modest yet vague hop bitterness. It gets to some chocolate and malt sweetened earthy malts midway and into the finish where the dark roasted malts linger for a while. Nice easy going Black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Draft @ Four Peaks. Clear dark brown almost black with a spotty khaki head. Aroma of coffee, pine, chocolate and citrus. Flavor of dry cocoa, medium hop bitterness and acidic coffee. Medium body with a long, bitter finish. Good aroma but the taste is a bit harsh and acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2013
At Four Peaks 8th street. Pours near black with a creamy espresso head. Aroma has some nice bright citrusy hops. Taste is semi sweet with bitterness on the end. Thinner bodied and dry. Pretty good for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10859) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Very dark brown pour at the brewery. Thin tan head. Aroma is a mix of cocoa, roasted malt and hops. The hops are nice and bitter, but not overly so. The hops and roasted malt meld well in this one. But as their winter beer, I donít think I would have chosen a black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (5431) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at the Scottsdale brew pub. Comes a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of pine and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, pine, and grass. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
On draft at Four Peaks Tasting Room. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a two-finger beige head and even lacing. Wet pine, earthy hops, and some alfalfa on the nose with a hint of anise. Sadly, the good aroma doesnít come through at all on the taste, which is dry and woody without much of a bitter hop bite. Thin body for a black IPA.†

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2012
In a snifter, black pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasty malts with a little hop character. Taste has hop bitterness and some toasted malts and a little chocolate flavor. A nice brew.

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