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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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With three feet of powder closing the roads, a brewery is not a bad place to get snowed in. Given the unanticipated hall pass of a snow day, our brewers decided to experiment. Hmm…what about this dark caramel roasted Midnight Wheat braced with a serious load of Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade hops? Shovel it in. What a deliciously unexpected way to spend a SNOW DAY!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Dark brown, small tan head, light lacing. Sweet malt, chocolate, roasted, hoppy. Medium body, not.too sweet not too bitter. Nice. Worth a try.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchin (15) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2013
It pours dark brown with an attractive sugar cookie batter colored head of froth. Mouth watering aroma with notes of chocolate and rich malts. First sip. Wow. Toasted grain, caramel, chocolate, and malt. Really good. Medium body and carbonation, hoppy, with a nice bittersweet quality. The finish is crisp, refreshing, and ends with a nice lingering chalky dark chocolate finish. Great Brew for the price.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2198) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2013
12 oz bottle pour brown with a off white head. Aroma of malts, pine and spice. Taste is the pine , citrus and nice malts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2288) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle. Moderate toasted grain for the malt, lightly to moderate pine resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with a note of charcoal. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and has a dry finish. A lighter than most Black IPAs, but it’s still packed with a lot of BIPA flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Appeared as a dark brown liquid while a thick frothy layer of foam almost poured over the rim of my pint glass. The aroma is all hops and gives off a touch of pine or citrus that smells similar to orange juice, but I’m unable to pick up on the dark malts used. The flavor is smooth and tends to be heavily weighted in the hops department while a soft touch of lightly roast malts hangs in the balance. Certainly a more tame Black IPA style that was meant for a 6 pack session.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
This I actually drank on a snow day back in college and loved it. Dark and roasty with a nice caramel flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1276) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2013
Nice. I particularly like the strong caramel notes in the flavor. That's preceded by a translucent amber pour with white froth. Although not a Christmas ale per se, some spicing apparent albeit not dominant. Grading a little easy because the bottle I'm tasting may be outdated, and right now it's >90 F in Phoenix ... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for giving me an extra bottle of this. I think it is one of those beers that is just so widely available I always assumed I would get to it later. A solid release, it is something that I imagine I’ll pass on for now. New Belgium certainly has too many other releases for me to try first to return to an average session beer.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid brownish base has a black tint. The heavy head settles over time to virtually nothing. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts provide the setting for an ashy profile.

Flavor / Palate - The light fluid mouthfeel consists mainly of cocoa and malts. The hops that are present provide a distraction before the dry finish. This is a respectable release yet I find myself thinking "if only there could be a bit more complexity." Check it out if you want a widely available solid beer; otherwise go for something more flavorful and local.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
truebluehes (173) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle. Biscuity wheat aroma and a bit more hoppy than you'd expect. Nice dry roasted initial flavor that quickly turns flat dissipates with a slight hop lingering around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (711) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2013
good slightly hoppy smell, taste is also medium-low hops, 50/50 mix of malt and hops, slightly smokey...decent beer


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