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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, nutty and toasted caramel malt, pine, resin, and grapefruit hops with dark fruity esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, well balanced with chocolate malt and dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bomber from Windy City. Roasty toasty nose. Some hoppiness as well. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Decent hop character with a dominating roastiness. May be from the winter, so the hop character could have faded. Still pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1028) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Taste is a nice blend of chocolate, hoppy bitterness, charred wood and malt. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WhitestRhino (2) - - JUN 10, 2012 does not count
Really nice black IPA. Roasty chocolatey and a well balanced hop bitterness and aroma. A little on the expensive side but that may be due to it being imported. Great label, good to see a bodyboarder rather than a surfer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with nice bubbly tan foam. Aroma is prickly roast, flavor is ultra creamy and smooth chocolate malted and some light bitterness, makes a great stout

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4787) - 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 (1181) - 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 (2586) - 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
SirADNielsen (8949) - 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.


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