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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
pours black with a large mocha head. floral hoppy aroma. Has a balanced flavor with a light malt head. has a bitter hop licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (6198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Dark brown pour with tan head and lace. Resin and toasted malt. Toasted malt with light resin and a very dry finish. Medium bodied but a tad fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12394) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2011
22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is resin, some dark malt. Taste is resin hops with some bite, dark malt-roasty/ashy. Drying that finishes unpleasantly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Black color with lingering tan foam. Dark chocolate, pine sap, floral, black malt aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Semi sweet chocolate, pine sap, citrus flavors with a drying black malt finish--good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetmaxx (912) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Poured into a shaker from a bomber. Pours a nice dark black with a thick creamy head. Has a lot of hop character in the aroma, especially pine, some chocolate and roasty aromas as well. Flavour is all about the dark malts. Lots of chocolate, and roastiness. Not to bitter, overall a nice blend of the sweet malt and bitter hops. Full bodied with a oily texture to it, finishes sweet and moderately dry. This is an excellent black ipa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Pour: thick black with a large tan head, plenty of lacing. Aroma: bittersweet chocolate, woodsmoke and charcoal, hints of herbs and pine -- nice. Taste: strong bitterness tempered by dark, roasted, earthy flavors. Palate: thick and resinous, dry finish, lingering hops essence. This is a delicious beer, easy to drink and ever so satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
A: The pour is a dark mahogany sort of color with a huge tan head that has excellent retention. S: A really nice nose to this beer consisting primarily of grapefruit with a nice lemon zest thing going on as well. Theres quite a bit of floral hop aroma to it and overall its quite perfumey. Some roast is there, but not as much as usual for a Black IPA. T: Not as impressive flavor-wise, but still good. Its very bitter with a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit peel. Theres a slight astringency as well as some grass hop notes. M: The body and carbonation are both medium. D: Ive never been terribly impressed by this brewery, but this was really quite good. I would even drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle Pours black with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. The nose provides perfumy, grassy hops and deeply roasted malts. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Burnt, bittersweet flavor and finish - more bitter than sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3590) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle provided by hopscotch. Dark brown pour with brown head. Roasted malt and hop aromas. The taste is slightly bitter with big hop characteristics and undercurrents of chocolate malt, citrus, and nut flavors...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bomber from Albertsons in Mira Mesa: Deep dark brown with a huge cocoa froth colored head. Aroma is roasty with dark chocolate. Flavor starts dark roast, kinda stout like, followed by nutty and bitter dark chocolate flavors and a long light citrus bitter finish. Ligh to medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation.

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