gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 341 ml thanks to Nisse666! Sampled on February 6, 2016 at crazy ticking evening with Thomas.
Black color with a slight hint of brwon to the very bottom of the glass. Nice brown head. Malty, roasted, some chocolate, citrus scent. Malty, resin, bitter, chocolate (dark) taste. Chocolate, slight bitter aftertaste. Fizzy fairly high CO2 mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate-covered almonds move into caramel and conifers in this beautifully expressive Imperial Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces all around the blackness and its dark brown edges.
-The potent resinous hop bitterness is longlasting. It could have been softer to increase drinkability.
-I love the aromas and flavors that come from this grain bill.
-Almond skin angles are delightful.
-This can be as good as their Lapatt Robust Porter. World-class, in its category.
Bottle and on tap at Brouhaha, Vices et Versa and Hivernale des Brasseurs.
olio (8719) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. Bottled on 27.04.2015.
Pours very dark red, practically black color with a small off-white head. Nice roasty-coffee-hoppy thing going on on the aroma here, some dark chocolate and pine also, mild grapefruits. Quite creamy and fluffy palate, roasted bitter malts, slightly burnt, some espresso, faint licorice and pine-y hops. Quite well balanced, more like a black and tan than a BIPA, very Stout-y. Would love to have this more fresh but still excellent.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[7425-20150730] Tap. Light cola and plant aroma with a hint of friendly spices. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Boozy bitter roasted grains flavour has a burnt wood background. Full body. Good. (8-/3/8/3/16) 3.8
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the sky high Canary wharf tasting. Many thanks to Kenny. Hazed caramel brown coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Coffee bean, black malt, and a little salt on the nose. Flavour is bitter black roast, coffee, and dark choc, pine hop. Palate is medium full, moderate carbonation, little sticky. Good black ipa
blankboy (7044) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (341ml)] Pours a very dark brown with an average size lasting frothy beige head. Some lacing. Aroma of leafy hops, vanilla, nuts, toasted malt and chocolate. Flavour of toasted malt, chocolate, leafy hops, nuts, a hint of alcohol and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. A well done Black IPA.
czar (6944) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours pitch black with a low beige head, some retention and lacing. deep roasted malts, some lightly burnt-smoky notes, lactose-like sweetness, bitter chocolate, tingling yet warming alcohol, big piney but mostly citrusy hops. average to soft carbonation, full body - maybe too much as per drinkability, medium long citrusy finish. relatively sweet and boozy but very good offering.
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté à l’Hivernale des Brasseurs 2012 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’agrumes. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe d’agrumes et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #4151)
solidfunk (6765) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good. Very citrusy initial smell with lots of roast malt. Pours black with great mocha head and carpet lacing. Finishes bitter with a touch of sour. consistency is like thick citrusy fruit juice. A nice all around package, though the IPA and roasty malt don’t entirely mesh well here. Bottle from Bieres du Monde.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New tasting out of the recent bottles after a brief visit in February at the Winter Warmer. A tenacious, healthy dark tan foam of great endurance resides above the close to blackness. Tenebrous aroma packed with dark malt flavours, very roasty and particularly chocolatey. Were it not for the unforgiving hops, this would be a fine stout, which is rather rare among black IPAs. The chocolate notes are rich, cakey, filling, yet the hop wave eats it all, its resin-thrower drying out any hint of sweetness, leading to an almost astringent, very bitter finish that lasts on and on. Despite all the malts laudability and surprisingly full palate, this comes across as too brutal and unsubtle for my tastes. The hop profile does indeed showcase some complex green citrusy, earthy notes, but in the end, it all feels a bit purposeless besides for people with a desire for a drink who annihilates the potential for appreciating any other drink on a particular day. After having had a Leo’s early breakfast an hour ago, I’m feeling a bit lost as to how the immense care for balance of the former is completely gone havoc with the latter. For impact beer fans only.