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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CharmCityCrab (231) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Aroma is mostly hops with just the smallest hint of porter/stout malt. Appearance is light black with that slightly darker white head that one associates with stouts and porters. Taste is similar to an IPA with piney cascade notes and some milder hops similar to what one might find in a Vienna lager mixed in, plus slight notes of chocolate and roastedness from the malt. Word is they used a wheat malt in this beer that’s relatively new to market- it tastes good, but more like traditional barley malt than a wheat malt, which is a good thing in a beer like this, in my opinion. Overall, a strong seasonal outing from New Belgium. A nice hearty beer to ward off the winter chill. Refreshing, but with a complex enough taste profile to keep anyone from getting bored. I’d give it the edge over the Sam Adams Winter Lager and the Sierra Nevada Celebration in a big craft brewers flagship winter seasonal show down, if there was such a thing. ;) Introductory price in this market a little higher than SA and SN, though, which may keep me from buying this as often as I’d like- I assume competition will bring that down eventually.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pouts a nice dark brown with a thin, but pretty dense head. Enticing chocolate aroma with a hint of hops to balance it. Taste is smooth with a nice balance and a significant acidic kick at the end. Would be great on a snow day.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (4447) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Root beer brown. A tan head that wont quit. Aroma that conveys the.perfect balance of malt and hops, 40/60 that is. Smooth start developing in a pleasurable bite and a refractive finish, all good things. Flavors of brown malt, hop dominated malt and awesomeness. This beer. No, THIs beer.

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 (7914) - 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 (95) - 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 (715) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - 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 (5373) - Arizona, 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 (5921) - 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 (3769) - 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.


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