RATINGS: 76   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Interesting brew... Black IPAs are fairly new to me... Pours a black cola with a nice foamy off white head. Looks great, nearly rated it a 5 for Appearance. Aroma is potent and pleasant: some coffee, some chocolate, caramel, cereal, grassy hops, and some dough. Taste is nice but way off balance towards bitter. Same with the finish that leaves a long linngering bitter burn. I like it. Would drink again. Would buy again.

Habanero (4908) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2016
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and pine. Sweet flavor that ends up being dry and bitter. Medium bodie, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice BIPA. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Shroy (3) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
I would rather categorize this as a porter. Not enough hops to justify it as a Black IPA. Aroma smelled more of alcohol than anything. Tastes a bit old and chalky though the chocolate tones were pleasant.

Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle. Dark yet shiny, the head is an average presentation. As I’ve said with many Black IPAs, I just don’t really get this style. To me, we should just call these Hoppy Porters. That’s what this is ... a chalky, chocolatey beer at its base, but topped with some woodsy, assertive hops. Well made, I’m just not a huge fan of this blended style. (#6057, 11/5/2015)

Larkin (25) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2015
From bottle. Pours like a stout but with more head. hops appear sightly at the start mid palate the dark malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee show through with a roast bitter finish. Great black IPA.

commonmac (1367) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
On tap at the source. Dark black in color. Mild tan head. Strong roasted malt and hop bitterness on the nose. Aggressive aroma. The intensity continues as the sip progresses. The hops are the leader of this black IPA world. Lingering roasted malt quality that almost burns the mouth. They fulfilled the style mission but there’s something underwhelming about this beer. Meh.

CObiased (561) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Big roasty burnt aroma along with a nice dose of citrusy hop. Body is full and well structured/balanced. On one side I taste a great mix of roasted malts, cacao and a bit of tar. On the other side I taste citrusy hop bitterness. The two opposites meld perfectly. Tasty, lingering burnt finish.

nuplastikk (6511) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Pretty weird Black IPA, potentially old or off. 22oz bomber. Burnt oily caramel aroma, not pleasant. Black brown body, beige head. This is pretty bad, sweet and sugary, with some odd pungent undertones. Comes off like an old Milk Stout with too much specialty malts. Pretty good....for a Caribbean Stout. Weak, poorly made Black IPA.

arnold931 (1261) - Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours fairly clear dark brown with a medium beige head. Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate and some pine. Flavor is same with some grapefruit.

mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Good, and this is one of my favorite styles (top two or three), but somehow something’s lacking here. All the parts are there. But, I’m not getting enough roastiness. And particularly troublesome, not enough hoppiness. Not sure if I have an old bottle (says this is a winter seasonal, and I bought this in June), or what -- I usually expect better from Left Coast. That said, it’s good -- but there are many better.

douglas88 (9789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bomber. Pours a murky dark brown color with a small brown head. A big chocolate and fruity hop nose. The flavor is more chocolate and ash, a bit of milk, sweetness, certainly fruity hops, but this is hardly distinguishable from other hopped up porters or stouts, not a robust CDA, pine. Quite nice though. Medium bitterness. As it warmed it became more fruity and bitter.

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