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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8602) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomTron (424) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4176) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle:   Nearly black, large frothy sandy head, very nice lacing.   Faint musty hop nose, a little pasture, very faint toasted malts.   Pretty muted overall.   A little citrusy start, very pale hop bitterness, no real roastiness.   This one falls of super quick.   Its also bordering on thin.   Wow, yeah, this one is too subtle, too thin, too lacking on flavor overall.   Very much a watered down Black IPA.   So much so, hard to even tell that it is a Black IPA.   Not my idea of a Winter type offering.   Neat label, but thats about it.   Too thin and simple overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
6 pack from the old Food City. Best before March 2012. Pours a deep ruby color with a very well formed head. Iím glad to smell the hoppy goodness on this one. Cascade is most dominant, giving this a very citrusy feel. This is not as roasty or heavy as many other black IPAís. The malts impart a little chocolate, coffee and a bittersweet finish but the hops remain the most standout quality. Given the relatively crappy selection in my hometown, Iím glad to finally see a decent black IPA hit the shelves at my local grocery store.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2684) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Pitch black with a beige head. Smells like cheap cologne wait thatís the bartender. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, and citrus. The flavor is well balanced with some caramel and chocolate and grapefruit and oranges. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (788) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Poured from the bottle, I cannot believe this is only the fourth rating. Aroma was really nice citrus hops. Flavor was also nicely hopped. Palate is nice and balanced for a ipa. Overall this is a nice cascadian ipa, but there are better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Just finished making some kick-ass jack-o-lanterns with my son - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - time for a beer - pours a very dark mahogany color, with a fairly thick, off-white head/lace - nose is mostly herbal and peppery hops (mostly the cascade) with some notes of pine that work well with the mild earthiness of the styrian - flavor is an interesting mix of black IPA meets dark wheat (though, much like the aroma, the hops are the dominant flavor) - there is a moderately sweet malt base that brings flavors of toasted wheat and caramel - the toastiness is complimented fairly well by earthy, woody hop flavor through the middle - hops dominate the tail end and finish - peppery, herbal, spicy finish creates a warming sensation - itís decent, but like most mass appeal NB products, it has a certain pedestrian, "this could have been so much more" kind of quality - Iím digging it, but probably wonít buy it again.

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