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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. 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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3281) - 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 (1359) - 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 (1361) - Seattle, Washington, 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!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7874) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
brown. dull cola brown, and surprisingly smells like cola too: light pepper, plum / caramel flavoring, semi-sweet with a touch of egg-shell / powder yeast and light dried cheese powder hop aromatics, dull and dried rather than fresh and green. medium-light body; mild toast / burnt cracker malt, light dough / yeast powder / cracked grains, light roast, a bit like the character found in poorly-made schwarzbier - toasty black patent char without roast or the typical chocolate / coffee notes of stout and porter. and the hops? entirely lifeless and dull.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Very dark brown pour with a fairly dense ivory head that built quickly and impressively. Nose holds a nice combination of earthy hop, spruce tips, chocolate, roasted bitterness, and caramel apple. Flavor holds notes of bark mulch, pine sap, and bitter chocolate. Also some herbacious hemlock wood. Fairly light on the mouthfeel, but otherwise quite a nice effort.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Black pour with reddish tints. Medium sized off white head. Earthy wet sod and evergreen bark in the nose, with a citrus and pine oriented flavor, rounding out with bitter chocolate. Medium body with low carbonation and a hint of wood flavored tannic acidity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomTron (366) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a minimal white foamy head. Aroma of licorice, citrusy hops and some chocolate. Tastes strange like most black IPAs do to me. The hop bitterness of an IPA is there, with the inclusion of licorice, chocolate, and some dark fruits, but overall this is not something I would consider an optimal snow day beer. Interesting but not my favorite style...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3602) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2011
12 oz. Clear, deep mahogany with a spongy-sticky foam. Nose is resiny cocoa, with hints of berry and earthy ozone. Flavor is coffee, then a big orange and grapefruit combo, resin, creamy chocolate and a glint of metallic ozone. Citrusy wheat, menthol and ash in the long finish. Mouthfeel is comfortably medium-bodied, but dry and tingly enough with acidic hops and char to be more than just a slow sipper.


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