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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber/brown with a full beige head. Minimal lace. Fairly strong pine resin hop aroma with some caramel malt background. Smooth, full bodied palate with average carbonation. Flavor is pine, citrus hops as well as some caramel, light chocolate and dark fruit. A nice blend of bitter and sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Full hoppy aroma, dark amber color, sticky tan head. I dig a 9% beer in a 6pack just like anyone else, but I find this a bit stemmy and too earthy. The hop finish has an unbalanced bite and the malt backbone is too thin to hold up. All of this is only slight and the beer is enjoyable as a whole. There’s a touch of caramel and a warming finish. 052411 Perhaps I’ve come around a bit as I find these flavors more complimentary now. Deep full roasted malt backbone allows for a unique contrast with the leafy hops that I don’t find in most black IPAs

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Caramel colored with a decent unlasting head. An arma that’s at battle with itself between the dark malt and the generous hopping. Flavor is the same in a delicious way. Morw drinkable for most than their pils r hop devil. Memorable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10196) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine, and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish. BIG Hops in this one!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2009
ruby pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is piney and some citrus hop. toasted caramel maltiness under that. Flavour is hop forward. predominantly piney. some toasted malt character backing that. hints of citrus, as well as some raisiny sweetness. some burnt sugar tones in the finish as well. super drinkable for almost 9%

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown color with a small sized off white head that was long lasting with some lacing. Smells of floral hops, pine resin, chocolate, dark fruits, and rye bread. Tastes of pine, chocolate, roasted malt, rye, caramel, raisins, and a combination of citrus, mint, and earthy hops with a nice warmth of alcohol to finish. Smooth and creamy, texture with a soft mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers for a while on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Draught in a pint glass during a connection at Philadelphia Int. Airport. Caramel and roasty malt aroma. Thin, light caramel head that sticks around while you drink it, decent lace, dark blood red/caramel color. Flavor is what you expect from a winter seasonal American strong ale- bitter hops dominating the sweet without completely snuffing them out, light spice (subtle, but i wanted more), and a very satisfying malt aftertaste. At 8.7abv, this beer hides its booze well. Fair warning.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Dark malty with a hop balanced aroma. Deep amber with excellent lacey off-white head. Caramalty/chocolate malty with a strong hop, a bit of fruit in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Robust amber body with thick, poofy caramel foam top. Blissfully hoppy aroma ringing with candi malt and a medley of floral and fruity hops. Sharply hoppy flavors bursting with fresh hop leaf flavor and bitterness. Cascade and a hammering of Chinook--perhaps Magnum as hell. Semi-harsh bitter bite along with some sour soapiness. A viciously uneven hop monster with chocolate roast undertones that grate against the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Thisis hard to classify. The flavor is complex. It has hoppy IPA characteristics but also it has some dark roasted malt flavor. There is a slight bit of bit chocolate. It is very interesting.


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