RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This winter seasonal is in the style of a black IPA. It has the characteristics of an American IPA in having intense bold hop flavors with a twist of dark malt bringing out the roasted chocolate flavor. Three different types of hops and imported dark crystal malts are used to maximize this flavor and create fresh hop taste and aroma. It is dry-hopped in the fermenter to give it its great hop aroma. This brew was meant to be consumed immediately upon opening on that cold winter evening. Enjoy

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2863) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bomber from Rays in Tosa, shared with Eric. Pours root beer colored with a bit of a white head. Some floaties. Aroma has caramel and grapefruit and ginger, with some black patent malts. Taste is of sweet chocolate, black patent malts, some bitter citrus and some herbal ginger. Medium bodied and syrupy. Finishes nicely bitter and sweet, with the chocolate and the citrus. Not a top representative of the style but solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body, almost black, with a small fizzy light brown head. The nose is really nice, very chocolaty and lightly roasty with a bright citrusy hoppiness. The flavor is a little thinner and less hoppy than I was hoping for. The malt is a bit thin and weak, lacking in body, it comes across as a bit watery. The hops are just lightly bitter with just a little citrusy hoppiness towards the back end. Theres some decent coffee and roast notes, but the overall experience is a little lacking. Lighter bodied than expected given the 7.1% ABV. Its drinkable enough, but not among the top tier of Black IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Black beer with a dark cream head. Roast and grapefruit aroma with light chocolate. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light roast. Medium bodied. Roast and grapefruit lingers with light pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2408) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
Draft sample. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas combine nicely with some spicy citric hops. Reverse order in the mouth, with the hops being more forward and the roast coming through on the back end. A bit of caramel malt provides balance and body, although the roast seemed a touch harsh by the end of my pint. Solid overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish light brown head on it. Nose is very roasty, with just some hints of some floral hops coming through underneath. Taste is roastier than it is bitter, but there is a little bit of hoppy bitterness in there. Decent, but a bit muddled for my preferences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
22oz bomber pours with a deep mahogany colored body the supports a nice looking mocha head. The aroma offers up inviting notes of chocolate bar, dark roasted malts and the some earthy spicy onion like hops. The taste has fairly firm dark roasted malts to thin ribbons of burnt malts flowing into both milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Behind the roasty malts lurks a pleasing degree of hoppiness such as dank spicy onion and grapefruit where the bitterness rises into some resiny notes toward the finish. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, sediment floating about, frothy tannish head, little lacing.   Roasty, soft cow pasture.   Faint hop presence.   Pale roast and hop on the tongue.   Thankfully no cow pasture or sulphur like qualities, however seems like a lighter example.   Mild overall.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Little bit more of a bitterness on the finish versus the start.   The roasty bits have lessened, the hop bitterness has emerged.   Moderate example, fairly clean, but not as sweet, big, or hoppy as others.   Thankfully it wasnt loaded with cow pasture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3022) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Dark mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Dark roasty addition to the hop profile. Unfortunately, the grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest are overpowered by the smoky malt profile. Very average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bomber. Nice jet black pour. Hints of burnt pine, roast, and citrus on the nose. Similar flavors, very burnt hop roast on the finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1813) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2014
At Aces and Ales Winter Beer Festival. Dark and brooding with a creamy tan head with lots of lacing. Good body and light carbonation. Citrus on the nose with a nice hoppiness. Dark malts are not as noticeable as the hops take the lead and remain long in the finish.

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