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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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. HmmÖwhat 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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5569) - 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 (3502) - 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 (10501) - 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 (4191) - 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 (1470) - 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 donít mix well, in my opinion.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (4105) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Harris Teeter, DC sixer ($8): Pours a black color with a greyish cream head. Aroma is predictably a combination of citrusy hops and coffee/chocolate. Taste is pretty much up the same alley. Good balance through and through, with neither the porter or the IPA side really taking the lead. hat being said, there are many more interesting Black IPAs out there. Iím glad I serendipitously purchased this the day before Washington DCís first freak snow storm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1502) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Rich-looking in the glass, with an amber glow. Lots of fruit and yeast aromas, and then a surprising amount of hops on the palate. This is a big beer in a small beerís body. Aggressive flavors of juicy raisin, light caramel, grapefruit, orange and bitters, with a slight candy sugar finish. The beer borders on sweet, but pulls back at a smart moment to let the significant contribution of the hops be tasted.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of piney hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor of piney hops followed by a nice coffee or chocolate sweetness. Balanced and tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1464) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Iím yet to have a bad black ipa but this is on the weaker side. What i do appreciate is that new belgium has releasing new quality beers in unique styles. Curse fat tire. Anyways thereís definitely some centenniel hops up front quickly fade and you get kind of mediocre porter roasty malts and chrarcoal butterness. A nice addition to Ranger.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sickboy79 (66) - USA - OCT 28, 2011
Dig it. Very interesting flavors. Donít taste a lick of wheat at all. A nice carmel malt head and floral hoppy finish. Very enjoyable. Another great seasonal from New Belgium!


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