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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This winter seasonal is in the style of a black IPA. It has the characteristics of an American IPA in having intense bold hop flavors with a twist of dark malt bringing out the roasted chocolate flavor. Three different types of hops and imported dark crystal malts are used to maximize this flavor and create fresh hop taste and aroma. It is dry-hopped in the fermenter to give it its great hop aroma. This brew was meant to be consumed immediately upon opening on that cold winter evening. Enjoy


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Black with a cream head. Nose is coffee, hops, chocolate, and bitter. Smooth palate, chocolate up front, coffee, hops, citrus, and a nice finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle from the bottle shop. Pours black with a thin tan head. The aromas are citrus, grass, chocolate. The mouthfeel is dry, roasty and bitter with a heavy body and medium carbonation. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2480) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, long duration, beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, brown (SRM 25) body....nose is dusty cocoa, coffee, chocolate, hints of pine, citrus....taste is cocoa, chocolate, then lighter coffee, citrus, pine bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, carbonation low adding a prickly spritz. This meets the style quite nicely, is quite nourishing, with adequate complexity in both aroma and flavor. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
The pour is nearly black with garnet edges and a moderately full, beige, dense, pillowy head which settles to a thin layer and leaves sticky lace. The nose is roasty, dark toasted breads, some burnt chocolate, some ruby red grapefruit notes, and light pine in there too. The flavor is more IPA with pine resins, pink grapefruit, some mineral, light herbal, some chocolate, and cedar notes. The palate is moderate, soft to lively, and creamy. The finish is drying a bit, still chocolatey and slightly roasty, grapefruit, and pine resins. The bitterness is nice and the roast notes do not get overwhelmingly dry. The bitterness is a bit low and the palate is a bit thin. Nice beer but just adequate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
Bottle @ home. Dark brown appearance with a big brown head. Charred, roasty dark chocolate malty, light citrusy, piney hoppy aroma. Burnt chocolate malty, slightly acidic coffee, lightly fruity, charred piney flavor. Fairly typical black ipa and not all that interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
On tap. Pours with a black body and a tan head that lasts. Aromas are fruity, mild esters, citrus, light tropical fruit hop character, dry roast, coffee, mild bready malt. Flavors show a big dry coffee presence, balancing citrusy hops, grapefruit and pine. Nicely dry and seems mostly devoid of caramel malt (a good thing). Tangerine zest. Medium bubbles, dry with a lasting bitterness. Medium bodied.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhclem (355) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Verbiage on the bottle says that this is meant to be consumed on a cold winter’s evening, but I have to tell you it went down very, very well on a warm spring afternoon.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9024) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of roastiness, cocoa, coffee,earthiness, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, coffee, charcoal, grapefruit, earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry lingering roasty citrus finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
pours black with a large mocha head. floral hoppy aroma. Has a balanced flavor with a light malt head. has a bitter hop licorice finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Dark brown pour with tan head and lace. Resin and toasted malt. Toasted malt with light resin and a very dry finish. Medium bodied but a tad fizzy.


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