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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9106) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. The nose provides perfumy, grassy hops and deeply roasted malts. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Burnt, bittersweet flavor and finish - more bitter than sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle provided by hopscotch. Dark brown pour with brown head. Roasted malt and hop aromas. The taste is slightly bitter with big hop characteristics and undercurrents of chocolate malt, citrus, and nut flavors...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bomber from Albertsons in Mira Mesa: Deep dark brown with a huge cocoa froth colored head. Aroma is roasty with dark chocolate. Flavor starts dark roast, kinda stout like, followed by nutty and bitter dark chocolate flavors and a long light citrus bitter finish. Ligh to medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2011
huge hop aroma, citrus pine that rich dark malting comes in seconds later,hop aroma lingers nicely, flavor is the mixture of bitter roasted malts and hops , you can truely tell the clash of the fight over your tongue, sometimes its the hops ,sometimes the bitter chocolate,Confuses your palate at first ,but soon settles to enjoyable harmony,love this style,especially when well done

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DConn007 (22) - - FEB 24, 2011
Pours dark maple syrup with the appearance of a stout. A strong hoppy aroma bites the nose. Upon initial taste, there is a chocolate malt flavor that excites, but quickly fades into the classic bitterness of an IPA on the close.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market. Pours jet black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a chocolate and anise flavor with a noticeable piny hop finish. It all goes together quite well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bomber. Pours a solid black with thin, lacey white head. Aroma is rich of licorice, bark, earth and booze. Taste is darkly bitter, almost like a impy stout, until a sweetish anise taste kicks in late in the palate. This brew has a lot going for it. Solid mouthfeel, slick and oily, but not too sticky. Good body and palate... lots of woody smoky character coming through minutes after the swallow. Nice.. nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10935) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bomber from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown/black with a big frothy tan head. Nice hop aroma. Seems like resin/pine. Tastes more like grapefruit though, and there’s a lot of dark roast malt - much more than in many "black" IPAs. The finish is like a bitter pine hopped stout. Grapefruit - pine - so many taste buds, so little talent. Think it’s resin now. Very good ale.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22 Oz. Pours a very very dark amber just about completetly black with big creamy head. Mild aroma of pine, and roasted grain. Taste on the other hand is quite delicious. A decently strong bitterness backed by a mild sweetness but mostly darker malt characters. Has a chocolate appeal to it. A climaxing bittersweet finish gets this beer serious points. Palate is suprisingly crisp with a slight oiliness to it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2118) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Bottle from the San Clemente location. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a medium off white head that has good retention and ample lacing. The aroma is somewhat mild with roasted grains, mocha and spicy hops. The flavor is more roasty than hoppy with roasted barley malts, biter chocolate, walnuts and mild nutty hops. The palate is just a bit thin with lively carbonation. Finishes long with lingering bitter walnuts. Overall: Very sessionable ale, very nice.


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