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RATINGS: 507   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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
10/27/11 snowday at paps. woody brown... black ipa-ish with a creamy dense tan head. a+f are pine, dusty hops, some spice... resin, citrus pith.... meh, needs more hops to be a bipa crisp yet a little creamy. 6/3/6/3/13

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
I kind of miss 2* Below. On tap at GABF and the brewery. Pours with a hazed deep brown body with a tan head. Aromas are roasty, black malt, wheat, spicy and fruity. Light citrus hops. Flavors are fruity, hay, a bit of burnt roast, caramel, grainy, spicy hops. Dry, medium bitter. Okay.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
tfratzke (51) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Pours a dark opaque brown. Team head with good lacing. Smells of bread dough and a hint of chocolate. Good carbonation on the palate. Taste is where it loses me. Shoe leather, leaves, earthy. Some strange herbs that I’m not sure how to describe. Not very hoppy for a black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strap (413) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 1, 2011
pours about the color of iced coffee. moderately hoppy with roasted malts. decent brew. though not sure why it’s classified as a winter ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Real boring black ipa. Not much of a hop presence and really thin. Some odd herbs in there however

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Strong roasted malt blended with pine, tropical fruit, citrus fruit and hop resins. Taste is more roasted malt, faint chocolate, citrus fruit, grapefruit pulp, pine and hop resins. Body is medium and slightly oily with a smooth, bubbly carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more pine, roasted malt, citrus fruit, floral hops, grapefruit and hop resins.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Dark caramel body with a luxurious carmelized foam head. First whiff indicates this is more hopped than your typical winter ale and is approaching Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA territory. The nose is replete with hop resin. Centennial dominates. Thorough Centennial hop flavor. Nicely rounded bitterness. Smoother than the aroma would indicate. Full of hop flavor from start to finish. Full-bodied, yet well-balanced. This one is fully flavorful, yet, at the same time, restrained in hoppiness and in alcohol content. Solid malt backbone perfectly supports the hop character and lets it shine. Spicy hop finish that has a noble character to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a thin creamy off-white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, roasted notes, nuts and spicy hops. The taste is chocolate, toasted malts, roast and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Quite drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle... Poured a nightly dark brown -- near black with a light tab head. Nose had citrus and pine, a little bit of cigarette smoke. Nice mouthfeel, lively on the palate. Nice hop flavors with loads of citrus and hop spicinous. Not overly resinous with a hint malt roastiness. Mult grain bread-like balance.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1223) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
On tap at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver Airport. Pours dark brown with hints of amber. The aroma is burnt toast, wheat, caramel, along with some fairly forward floral and spicy hops. The flavor is mild bitterness, and the malts are subdued. The aftertaste is long and mellow bitterness. The palate is light to medium, grainy, and a little astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer, and well made, but the flavors don’t mix well, in my opinion.


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