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Brewed by Rogue Ales
Style: Black IPA
Newport, Oregon USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A lively seasonal ale, assertively hopped, dark in color, and festive in taste. Debuting in November 2009, in honor of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Brewed with 2-Row, Munich, C-120, C-150, Kilncoffee, and Carofa’s Special 2 malts. Hop bill comprises Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Continental, Crystal 90, Amarillo, and Rogue Farm Willamette. Free range coastal waters and top-fermenting Pacman yeast complete the recipe. No chemicals, preservatives, or additives. 16.5P, 68IBU, 77.7AA, 36L.


TomDecapolis' rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4501) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a brownish amber (not black that’s for sure) with a medium creamy bubbly light tan head that laced. Aroma of fresh citrusy and pine hops, caramel and honey roasted nuts. Flavor of toffee, caramel, tobacco, pine and citrusy hop notes. A solid dose of malt flavors going on here with the aggressive American hops to balance. They didnt hit the black in the appearance on this one and are getting too much of the malt flavor. More like a hoppy amber. Great beer but not a black IPA.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"very interesting. rich and full bodied. has an herbal aspect...can’t tell if it’s the hops or yeast. low bitterness and flavorful. sweet, bready and thick, but the tripel aspects come through a little more than the bock. nice unique brew."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1742) - - AUG 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-31-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance- Served a deep orange-amber colored brew with a tiny off white head. While tiny the head was quite persistent slowly fading to leave a small amount of lacing. Smell – Not the standard winter warmer aroma as it is not too sweet, but instead bready and hoppy. It is heaviest of a toasted bread and biscuit aroma with a strong showing of citrus and pine hop smells. Unexpected but quite pleasant. Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready taste with some lightly roasted malt flavors. Mixed with these are a light citrus flavor of both a sweet (tangerine) and hoppy bitter (grapefruit) citrus. As the taste advances the sweeter citrus fades and the bitter gets stronger. Soon some resinous pine hop flavors start entering the taste. They start out more mild but get more intense as the taste advances. In the end the little bit of sweet caramel comes to the flavor profile and mixes with the bready and now rather strong pine and citrus hop to leave a lingering bitter flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The creamier body and lower carbonation really allowed all the bready and hop flavors to linger on the tongue and allowed them to shine through, while the lower carbonation matched well the lower sweetness of the beer. Overall – An unexpectedly hoppy winter warmer. While unexpected, it was rather nice; not too sweet but rather balanced overall. It’s a beer to try if you get a chance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbhenry (126) - El Paso, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
this excellent ale is medium bodied, with a nice head. Both the malt flavorings and the hops are very complex, creating a very good taste and a very interesting taste at the same time.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2669) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, pine, citrus and coffee. Flavor was roasty with chocolate, coffee, caramel, pine, citrus and had a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2285) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Decent Black IPA. Smooth taste of hops and malt, not much else though. Bit standard.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (1025) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 8, 2014
Botella de 65 cl en el lúpulo en septiembre de 2013. Lote mm013 hasta 17-05-2014. Color negro con espuma beige. Aromas y sabores bastante especiados con un cuerpo ligero a medio de 6.5 vol con fácil paso por boca. Ligeros notas dulces y tostadas. Normal, sin muchas sorpresas.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3837) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
Draft: Nearly clear, red-brown.... Woody, caramel and alcohol aroma. Taste is woody.....dry...caramel and citrus. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dixebra (5) - La Felguera, SPAIN - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
Botella de 65cl en El Cabanon, con Andrés Lúpulo. Sabor perfecto. Gran cerveza para una gran ocasión

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
junon (421) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Black IPA? Ehh dunno. Balanced malt and hop flavour. Viscous mouth feel. Spiced bouquet. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fugitive (1373) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 25, 2014
Color deep red with medium brown head. Aroma malt, caramel, roasted, hoppy, orange. Taste bitter, fruits, malt, roasted, caramel.


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