Pawola22 (3100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Pours a very deep brown, almost black colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty roasty with a good amount of spiciness from the hops and a moderate grapefruit citrus. Some florals, a light chocolate sweetness, and a bit of a plastic note. Flavor is better with lots of roasts, a solid grapefruit bitterness, and a light chocolate sweetness. Some florals, spiciness from the hops, earth, and a slight burnt grain note. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with a good amount of roasts and citruses. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a simpler Black IPA without the depth that some of the good ones have. Dry, bitter, and pretty roasty with a good amount of citrus hops and a light enough sweetness to balance. Nothing special, but not bad.
Ret12 (377) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This I actually drank on a snow day back in college and loved it. Dark and roasty with a nice caramel flavor.
mikedR (361) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. I particularly like the strong caramel notes in the flavor. That's preceded by a translucent amber pour with white froth. Although not a Christmas ale per se, some spicing apparent albeit not dominant. Grading a little easy because the bottle I'm tasting may be outdated, and right now it's >90 F in Phoenix ...
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Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for giving me an extra bottle of this. I think it is one of those beers that is just so widely available I always assumed I would get to it later. A solid release, it is something that I imagine I’ll pass on for now. New Belgium certainly has too many other releases for me to try first to return to an average session beer.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid brownish base has a black tint. The heavy head settles over time to virtually nothing. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts provide the setting for an ashy profile.
Flavor / Palate - The light fluid mouthfeel consists mainly of cocoa and malts. The hops that are present provide a distraction before the dry finish. This is a respectable release yet I find myself thinking "if only there could be a bit more complexity." Check it out if you want a widely available solid beer; otherwise go for something more flavorful and local.
truebluehes (127) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Biscuity wheat aroma and a bit more hoppy than you'd expect. Nice dry roasted initial flavor that quickly turns flat dissipates with a slight hop lingering around.
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geologyguy (335) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
good slightly hoppy smell, taste is also medium-low hops, 50/50 mix of malt and hops, slightly smokey...decent beer
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a black with ruby edges and won top a bright white head. Aroma has spices followed by pine hops. Taste is of black pepper and earthy hops followed by a touch of bitter grapefruit. Mouthfeel is light with very prickling carbonation on the top of the palate.
trujahwarrior (267) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown almost black color with a medium light tan head with great lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, and roasted malt. Tastes of all the same things with a few spices added and chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a well done black ipa with a seasonal twist. Props to New Belgium.
Mittenator (453) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Crunchy’s (from backlog). Pours near black with minimal head. Light malt and hop aromas. Similar flavors with not much depth.
Acknud (1024) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark pour with soft amber head. Roasted malt aroma. Nice bitter finish. Mouth feel holds up well.
tonyth1965 (30) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got this in the very late winter, but the cold is hanging on in So. Illinois. Very dark brown pour with a tan head that doesn’t mind hanging around awhile. Chocolatey, roasted malt aroma. Taste is similar, though there are plenty of hops here. No taste of overwhelming adjunct spices that many winter beers have, though spices can be a good thing if done right (e. g., Sam Adams Winter Lager). Leaves me with a pleasant aftertaste. Overall, one of the better winter beers I’ve had.