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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scooterbub (1014) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red brown with a thin quarter inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of hops, roasted malt, caramel, citrus, pine, resin and some smoke. Similar aroma. Has a dry and bitter finish that is a little smoky. Has decent body that is on the thin and slick side. Easy to drink and good to have on a cold day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Almost black mahogany, light beige head. Slightly dank nose, toasty, piney, a little citrus. Toasty caramel start, becomes a bit dank and herbal in the middle, finishes with citrus zest and piney bitterness. A little low on roastiness for me to consider this a black IPA, but still darn tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1639) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Dark dark red, really just black, with a one-finger tan head and nice lacing. Bright piney hop aromas with spruce tips to give it a holiday feel. Flavors are a bit more subdued, with plenty of bitter hops and solid caramel and roasted malt notes. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, and a clean crisp hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rader58 (871) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark cola brown. Aroma of pine, molasses, dried cherries, floral, citrus. Flavor is grass, spruce, pine,molasses, toasted grain, with a touch of coffee. Slightly dry and bitter in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7846) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle from the Strawberry Street vineyard, Richmond. Mahogany with a big, off-white head. Hoppy aroma, with a touch of caramel. Flavour had some sweetish, grainy malts, toffee and a big, dry finish. Unusual.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours opaque brown with a light tan head, looks like a stout or porter, actually. Aroma is totally different though, all on the hops. Lots of grassy, piney hops. Flavor is the same, all hops at first, but then it gives way to a roasted malt undertone that hangs on beneath the hops through the medium finish. Palate is excellent, nice and thick without being harsh or overcarbonated. A nice hybrid between IPA and porter.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Pours dark brown with light tan foamy head, decent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of nutty sweet roasted malt and citrus/piney hops, with the hoppiness being predominant. Taste is rather the opposite with caramel malts leading the way and not enough hops coming through. The aroma is deceiving on this one. Overall, it’s a drinkable balanced brew - but I’d prefer the balance to tip more to the hoppy side for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theOptimator (363) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Aroma is heavy pineapple sweet citrus malt. Appearance is almost black with a hint of red. Medium tan head. Taste is sweet pineapple citrus floral hops forward closely followed by a very mild roast. Palate is medium with some floral hop aromas lingering. Overall a nice beer. Hops are enjoyable. That said, the malt is lacking complexity for the style and for a winter warmer IMO.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edraz (12) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Had this from a bottle at home. What a great surprise this was. Appearance was dark brown and aroma was light to medium hop. Just enough to please the happy beet lover in all of us.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, with some fruit and resiny, piney hops.

The flavor is roasted malts with fruity, resiny, piney hops and a roast bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice, slightly mellow, black IPA.


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