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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AlanSShole (1) - Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
Upon opening the bottle I was struck by a smooth scent of hops. Strong but not overpowering. The first taste was a very pleasant experience. Iím fairly new to describing craft beers but this is among the smoothest beers Iíve enjoyed. I mainly consume micro brew products and I can say I will be seeking this beer for purchase. I received it as a gift. A very welcome gift!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lakers1 (1) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2010 does not count
This Black IPA has a nice Piney Aroma. For someone that loves darker roastier beers as well as hoppy beers, this heads right down my alley. The darker malts mellow out the bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Bottle from Whispering Willows Liquor: Poured with a thick topping of frothy head while the liquid was a dark brown that was completely opaque. As for the nose, a bold presence of fresh green hop greets my nose while also having a delicate scent of roast malt in the background. The flavor is rich with a squeeze of citrus fruit most notably grapefruit or an orange but the roasted malts come together well with in this recipe. I have to honestly say that this was the tastiest and most delicious Black IPA Iíve had to date. Iíve had some other good ones but they just canít compare to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bomber from Taylorís 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 thereís 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 itís resin now. Very good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetmaxx (901) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Poured into a shaker from a bomber. Pours a nice dark black with a thick creamy head. Has a lot of hop character in the aroma, especially pine, some chocolate and roasty aromas as well. Flavour is all about the dark malts. Lots of chocolate, and roastiness. Not to bitter, overall a nice blend of the sweet malt and bitter hops. Full bodied with a oily texture to it, finishes sweet and moderately dry. This is an excellent black ipa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Verbiage on the bottle says that this is meant to be consumed on a cold winterís evening, but I have to tell you it went down very, very well on a warm spring afternoon.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5644) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2013
A strong roasty body is evident throughout though it has a good amount of hops as well. Dark black but not quite imperial stoutish. This is a pretty good, albeit slightly heavy black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7022) - Utah, USA - JUL 17, 2013
22oz bottle picked up at Wilburs
Clear dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and pine. Flavor is roasty, milk chocolate, grapefruit and pine
Very good bipa, silky mouthfeel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - 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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