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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Black IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black IPA. Again, an american invention. This style was born at the "Vermont pub and brewery" around 1997. It could be said that this beer tries to be an hybrid between a regular IPA and a porter. The Pénombre presents a light body and well expressed tofferaction tastes. The whole is however dominated by an evident bitterness, which stays always in balance with the other tates found in the beer. In the after taste, the bitterness and hops flavours are growing slowly dut surely, sip after sip.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (415) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
(341mL bottle shared by a friend, think it must be 4mo+ old) Pours a deep brown with russet highlights, clear, tiny white head, no lace. Aroma is roast malts, light coffee, slight ash, anise, faint pine hop aroma. Flavour has a balance of sweet toffee dark malts and moderate roast, light coffee, cocoa powder, a bit of black licorice and dark fruit, light pine and orange/grapefruit peel. Finishes pretty dry and roasty with a light hop bitterness. Light to medium body with soft carb. I know this bottle’s freshness wasn’t flattering it because the hops seemed quite faded, unfortunately. More like a light porter with a bit of hops. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the DDC black DIPA I had on draught a few days prior.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, some caramel, mocha,black licorice and guava. Taste is a dark rick maltiness with character similar to the aromas. Slight balanced hopiness. Finishes smoothly. The beige head retains fairly well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuelMTL (81) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Dark black appearance with a brownish head and nice lacings. The nose is roasted coffee beans, malty, and hoppy in the background. Medium mouthfeel. The flavours are mainly roasted malts, chocolate, and some piney hops. Aftertaste is bitter hops. Excellent black IPA with lots of roasted flavours and aromas.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cagou007 (328) - FRANCE - MAY 28, 2014
Pours deep dark with ruby reflects and medium tan head. Nice lacing. Hoppy nose. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, caramel and huge resinous pine. Quite dry and bitter finish. Medium body, high carbonation. Powerful black IPA, but lack some sweetness and body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Draft pour at their brewpub in Montreal. Black with foamy tan head - unexpected. Super bitter and aggressive hops. Doesn’t seem like an IPA or black IPA to me. I keep questioning if this is the right beer I asked for. Has a stout / red beer flavor. Weird.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pour out of 11.2 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, roast, hints of coffee, slight anise in there, hints of orange peel is as well, pretty interesting. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, cocoa, orange peel, anise, dark fruit, slight roast and coffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6162) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
(Bottle) Black colour with frothy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, pine needles, dark rye bread, liquorice and hints of grapefruit. Malty, roasted nose with black coffee, cacao, black rye bread, liquorice, grapefruit and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Despite the piney bitterness, it’s not quite as aggressive as black IPA’s sometime are, but rather quite well rounded, relaxed and very well balanced. Tasty and very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTheRick (382) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Brune très foncée aux reflets acajou discrets, une jolie mousse beige laisse une belle dentelle dans le verre. Un bouquet torréfié et caramélisé prend le dessus, les houblons n’étant pas très présents. Ceux-ci se glissent dans un amas chocolaté et torréfié en laissant passer une amertume puissante qui dure très longuement en bouche ... peut-être même un peu trop à mon goût.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (719) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a thick and creamy head that settles to a nice dollop and leaves good lacing. Aroma is light coffee, cocoa, some toastiness and some slightly dank and earthy hops. Taste has some mild coffee and light sweet toffee notes, followed by some cocoa and toastiness. The hops kick in mid taste with some herbal and bright piney bitterness that continues to build as you drink. Finishes with a growing bitterness that presents a bit of spiciness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable with a bright piney bitterness and decent dark malt flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5005) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a small fizzy beige head that had decent retention. The nose is pretty well balanced between the Porter qualities and the IPA notes. Nice and chocolaty with some light roast and coffee under citrusy and piney hoppiness. Nice chocolate malt up front in the flavor fading to a moderately bitter resiny hop finish that really lingers well. Some light coffee notes towards the finish as well. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and just a touch of a menthol like note late in the finish as well. Pretty decent BIPA.


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