MartinT (8736) - 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.
mabel (7712) - 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)
blankboy (6787) - 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.
TaktikMTL (6571) - 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)
mR_fr0g (6519) - 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
czar (6211) - 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.
Rastacouere (6162) - 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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A delicious chocolaty maltiness and a dry super-bitter hopping. Good even if a bit too harsh
How: Tap at Les Soeurs Grises, Montreal
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is intensely piney with also presence of chocolate, roast and citrus fruits. Taste starts like a rich fluffy chocolate cake with no icing and light roasty notes. Very pleasant chocolaty malt bill here, most imperial stouts only dream of a rich mouthful of chocolaty malts like this Black IPA. But then comes the abrasive extremely sharp and bitter hops. Very dry roasted uber-bitter finish. I remember loving this beer in small samples at Hivernale Des Brasseurs 2012, but somehow when I had a full serving at Soeurs Grises I thought it was a bit too harsh, even for a hophead-black-ipa-lover like me. Still pretty good but one glass was enough. But this is only my opinion expressed in my own words, because I think it is doleful when people try to appear more erudite and apropos by using fancy words like “doleful”, “erudite” and “apropos”.
solidfunk (5989) - 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.
Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a generous dark color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter citrusy and resinous hops is totally dominating with some dry roasted malt also discernable. Taste is also dominated by herbal citrusy hops with some resinous notes and some dry roasted malt. Body is full with somewhat of a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Usually not a style that I am very fond of but this one was quite enjoyable.