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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial India Black Stout. This is a complete RTD Black and Tan. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where we flawlessly mixed a flippant good Imperial IPA with a profoundly evil Imperial Stout and sustained sweet beer balance. 33% Stout and 67% IPA.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a fluffy looking two finger mocha shade. Iím damn impressed by the retention and the lacing it leaves behind. Really damn impressed by the latter especially. S: Ohmigawd, it smells like someone blended a DIPA and an imperial stout in the same bottle! Both roasted malts and chocolate exist alongside citrusy hops and a toffee-like sweetness. For the uninitiated, anyone whoís ever had Storm King will know what to expect here - that quality of roasted tobacco is hard to shake, and I like it. T: Flavor wise, this first seems to err closer to the DIPA side (Yang) for me. The palate is awakened by leather, candy, and citrusy hops at first, with exhales that are pretty much pure candy-coated hops. It builds a touch of roasted malt and chocolate on the back end, and the more thatís sipped, the more this seems to layer itself well: a charred, smoky quality comes out as this sits in the glass. One of my friends likened this to a "black barleywine" and I can see where he was coming from. And even better, the alcohol is well hidden. M: The feel isnít the creamiest: definitely more like the DIPA portion than the stout one. Even still, itís mostly a sweet-finishing beer with just a welcome twinge of dryness right on the back of the palate. Thereís a slight prick on the tongue to suggest a hint of heat, picking up ever-so-slightly as it warms up even further. Still, for 11.1%, it drinks rather easily. O: This isnít the most harmonious blend Iíve ever had. But it may as well be the most harmonious pre-made blend Iíll likely have. As much as I enjoy this, Iíd personally rather just buy Yin and Yang separately. Despite my mild reservations, this one is still quite good.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
killroy (71) - BULGARIA - APR 30, 2015
Dark brown, almost black color. Some coffee and hops in the aroma. Full body, taste - coffee, chocolate with bitter, hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerman33190 (66) - FRANCE - APR 29, 2015
Getting a lot more stout than IPA in the taste. To be honest I get a lot more quadí than stout in the aromas (boiled sweets). Canít find a label that fits for this beer but itís interesting. Palate is very velvety and laaaaaasting bitterness !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2064) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 26, 2015
Bottle at WilliamK. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with coffee, hops, roasted malts, nuts, licorice and dark fruits. Bitter finish with coffee, licorice, hops, nuts and a bit chocolate. Excellent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barrelbelly (661) - BELGIUM - APR 25, 2015
Pitch black with large head. Limited aroma, mostly chocolate with some vanilla. Chocolate taste with some liquorish aftertaste. Warm alcohol finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adasko (807) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 23, 2015
Itís perfectly clear, dark copper color, with beautiful head. Very nice aroma of dark malts, but yet itís so fresh and lite. Itís the same history in the taste. IPA start, CDA finish and huge stout in aftertaste. Itís a bomb of flavours and aromas. Huge and awesome beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soolash (172) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
Beczka 0,2 l, Zaklęte Rewiry, Wrocław. Aromat: palony, czekoladowy z amerykańskim chmielem (jakieś cytrusy i sosna). Piana beżowa, dość obfita i trwała. Ładnie zdobi szkło. Smak: podobnie jak w aromacie. Słodkie, z wyraźną goryczką. Tekstura gęsta, wysycenie niskie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4986) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head that fades very fast. Aroma of a surprisingly nice mix of super hoppy resinous notes and a very roasted, coffee scent with malt front and centre. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavours with vanilla, oak and chocolate the most noticeable, but the bitter hop flavours show through as well with a good citrus and piney bite near the end. Aftertaste shows a deep robust chocolate and coffee flavour of malts with a good hop flavour as well - a surprisingly nice balance, even though itís strong on both fronts. Overall, a nice beer, especially for the price - good to try, but not worth searching out for. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased a few hours ago from Southern Season in Charleston, South Carolina on 19-April-2015 for US$3,19 sampled in my hotel room in Charleston, South Carolina a few hours later on 19-April-2015.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (158) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark black with a light mocha color head and gentle lace along the edges of the glass. It has a dark roasted coffee aroma with a strong coffee, coca and a hoppy taste. There is a thick creamy mouth feel along with a good amount of bitterness at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (824) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2015
On tap. Black with a nice beige head. Coffee aroma. Coffee, pine, dark fruit taste. This is excellent. I love this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (798) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Wilburís. Appearance: finger chocolate head, good lacing, brown, clear to opaque. Aroma: chocolate, light toast, molasses, floral. Palate: full body, average carbonation, sticky texture, bitter finish. Taste: sweet chocolate and caramel, with floral and pine hops boiling up and destroying the palate on the back end, super bitter finish. Overall, amazing! super good combination, very good beer.


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