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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mateuszk (860) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Draught. Almost black, bit transparent with creamy head. Aroma of floral and tropical fruits with roastiness. In taste sweet, hoppy, lightly roasty. Full bodied, smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdjuice (453) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2015
Aroma is more dominated by floral, herbal hops, with slight molasses aromas from Yin. Flavors are really interesting, oscillating back and forth between the lighter and darker flavors of Yin and Yang, but linked together by a pervading bitterness. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (151) - Rennes, FRANCE - JUL 30, 2015
Dark but rather transparent, with a tan medium creamy head. Hoppy, roasted, bitter orange aromas. On palate dry and bitter roasted, some orange peel, malty bready. Finish is very sweet, with a sour red fruit-prune taste, and lightly boozy. A bit awkward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (589) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle, pours black with a beige head. Aroma: roast, tropical fruit, liquorice. Taste: liquorice, pine, tropical fruit, chocolate, orange, spices. Medium sweet, medium to high bitter, creamy texture, medium body, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scotty001 (286) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2015
Poured deep dark brown, frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and toffee, quite muted. Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, sweet and dry, moderately bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (1752) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle from bierkoning, amsterdam. Black color, tanned head. Aroma has rich roasty malts, coffee, some fruity hoppy notes. Balanced full roasty body, coffee, licorice, hops at the end. Nice and tasty ipaish stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours a very dark brown with a huge fluffy khaki head with some lacing on da glass.

The aroma is mildly sweet with some chocolate and some herbal on fruity hop character. Itís got a touch of booze & some prune...but itís chill.

The flavor is bitter enough to be labeled bracing but far from astringent, & sweet enough but far from unbalanced or cloying. Itís certainly tipped towards the Hoppier end with a big fruity & leafy hop presence with a lingering herbal bitterness. In fact the bitterness seems decidedly more hop driven than malt driven... there is a decent enough bit of roast and even a lingering sort of espresso character to it. Itís got some dark chocolate as well. Maybe because Iím expecting the stout characteristics I donít mind them so much, but itís funny... I normally reject big roastiness in a Black IPA (not to say that this is strictly such) but yeah somehow this seems to balance better than your typical roast heavy black IPA.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
__Rb81 (359) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2015
On tap at Beertemple. Black with a beige head. Aroma of hops, chocolate, licorice, coffee. Taste is bitter sweet, hoppy, roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, bitter hoppy aftertaste with hints of chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1590) - Haderslev, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2015
Black with small sudsy light beige head. Aroma has chocolate, some licorice and hoppy notes. Similar flavour, big mouthfeel with strong bitter bite. Woody and fruity notes later on. Semi sticky with lasting strong coffee and piney bitterness. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (999) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 8, 2015
Hazy light brown colour (EBC ~25) with a small tan head. Aromas of tropical fruit, pine and a good dose of roasted chocolatey malts arise with hints of citrus peel, and faint milk coffee. Fine carbonation, medium slick with a full body. Fruity malt centered sweetness with phenolic astringency and fruity hoppy bitterness. Lasting bit astringent finish. Good balance and interesting, yet potent.

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