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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is resin, some dark malt. Taste is resin hops with some bite, dark malt-roasty/ashy. Drying that finishes unpleasantly.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10696) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10539) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
A: The pour is a dark mahogany sort of color with a huge tan head that has excellent retention. S: A really nice nose to this beer consisting primarily of grapefruit with a nice lemon zest thing going on as well. There’s quite a bit of floral hop aroma to it and overall it’s quite perfumey. Some roast is there, but not as much as usual for a Black IPA. T: Not as impressive flavor-wise, but still good. It’s very bitter with a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit peel. There’s a slight astringency as well as some grass hop notes. M: The body and carbonation are both medium. D: I’ve never been terribly impressed by this brewery, but this was really quite good. I would even drink this again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9448) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
An average black ipa, from craftshack. Thick black appearance. Roast more than hops. Pretty good drinkability, filling. Roast and hop aroma. I would have liked more hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7817) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
22oz bomber pours with a deep mahogany colored body the supports a nice looking mocha head. The aroma offers up inviting notes of chocolate bar, dark roasted malts and the some earthy spicy onion like hops. The taste has fairly firm dark roasted malts to thin ribbons of burnt malts flowing into both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Behind the roasty malts lurks a pleasing degree of hoppiness such as dank spicy onion and grapefruit where the bitterness rises into some resiny notes toward the finish. Solid brew.


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