Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle from Bier Stein. Mahogany pour with a touch of red and a light tan head. Aroma is a nice mix of caramel and chocolate malts plus a totally unexpected blast of citrus and pine hops. Tastes much the same, very much hoppier than I was anticipating, nice surprise for a NB seasonal. CharmCityCrab (249) - Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Aroma is mostly hops with just the smallest hint of porter/stout malt. Appearance is light black with that slightly darker white head that one associates with stouts and porters. Taste is similar to an IPA with piney cascade notes and some milder hops similar to what one might find in a Vienna lager mixed in, plus slight notes of chocolate and roastedness from the malt. Word is they used a wheat malt in this beer that’s relatively new to market- it tastes good, but more like traditional barley malt than a wheat malt, which is a good thing in a beer like this, in my opinion. Overall, a strong seasonal outing from New Belgium. A nice hearty beer to ward off the winter chill. Refreshing, but with a complex enough taste profile to keep anyone from getting bored. I’d give it the edge over the Sam Adams Winter Lager and the Sierra Nevada Celebration in a big craft brewers flagship winter seasonal show down, if there was such a thing. ;) Introductory price in this market a little higher than SA and SN, though, which may keep me from buying this as often as I’d like- I assume competition will bring that down eventually. TheGB (579) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pouts a nice dark brown with a thin, but pretty dense head. Enticing chocolate aroma with a hint of hops to balance it. Taste is smooth with a nice balance and a significant acidic kick at the end. Would be great on a snow day. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Root beer brown. A tan head that wont quit. Aroma that conveys the.perfect balance of malt and hops, 40/60 that is. Smooth start developing in a pleasurable bite and a refractive finish, all good things. Flavors of brown malt, hop dominated malt and awesomeness.
This beer. No, THIs beer. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
10/27/11 snowday at paps.
woody brown... black ipa-ish with a creamy dense tan head.
a+f are pine, dusty hops, some spice... resin, citrus pith.... meh, needs more hops to be a bipa
crisp yet a little creamy.
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
I kind of miss 2* Below. On tap at GABF and the brewery. Pours with a hazed deep brown body with a tan head. Aromas are roasty, black malt, wheat, spicy and fruity. Light citrus hops. Flavors are fruity, hay, a bit of burnt roast, caramel, grainy, spicy hops. Dry, medium bitter. Okay. tfratzke (99) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Pours a dark opaque brown. Team head with good lacing. Smells of bread dough and a hint of chocolate. Good carbonation on the palate. Taste is where it loses me. Shoe leather, leaves, earthy. Some strange herbs that I’m not sure how to describe. Not very hoppy for a black IPA. strap (981) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2011
pours about the color of iced coffee. moderately hoppy with roasted malts. decent brew. though not sure why it’s classified as a winter ale. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Real boring black ipa. Not much of a hop presence and really thin. Some odd herbs in there however TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Strong roasted malt blended with pine, tropical fruit, citrus fruit and hop resins. Taste is more roasted malt, faint chocolate, citrus fruit, grapefruit pulp, pine and hop resins. Body is medium and slightly oily with a smooth, bubbly carbonation and a lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more pine, roasted malt, citrus fruit, floral hops, grapefruit and hop resins.