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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Know Your Brewer- Join us as we release Imperial Black IPA, the first of our Incredible Hop Series and kick off the Know Your Brewer series. Know Your Brewer will take place at each Incredible Hop release. It’s your opportunity to meet the masterminds behind these brews and ask all those questions you’ve been dying to ask- or maybe you just want an autograph and a picture.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2011
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. This is very well balanced- a nice citrus and piny hop forwardness that fights its way through a robust roasty backbone. A battle of coffee and chocolate roast versus bittersweet citrus and piny hops. A big body that actually seems to be more hoppy at the front, leaving a dry roast at the finish. Is this really 10%? Delicious and fairly priced!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
651mL thanks to beerandblues2. The pour is a near black, looking jet black in the glass, with a thick, coffee head. Nice retention. Aroma is olives, meat, strawberry, cheesy hops. Odd combo. Taste is a hazelnut, bitter, nutty hops, coffee, cocoa, light alcohol spice. Palate is oily, bitter, drying. Fairly thick and viscous. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Nice chocolate and roast nose with a solid shot of citrus. The taste is a but sweet, moderately bitter, lots of roast, lots of chocolate, some molasses.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a big fresh piny hoppy nose with some good mild dark malty sweetness. Starts with good malty fullness and light sweetness with lots of citrus and piny hop flavor before a lingering resiny bittersweet finish. Has lots of good hop character and malty balance throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy - pine and citrus - with notes of chocolate. Dark roasted malt with tons of hops. Very piny with a heavy bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy tan head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisins, prunes, peat, and alcohol. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisins, prunes, peat, and alcohol. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry and biting finish.
Earlier Rating: 9/29/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Tap at Fort Collins. Pours clear black with an average, creamy tan head, high retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), average esters (apple/pear) with notes of prune and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, coffee, chocolate, roasted), heavy hops (floral, earthy, spicy), light esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, prune, and dates. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess, dry and biting finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhclem (355) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
I’m not normally a fan of dark IPA’s - especially ones this strong. Imagine my pleasant surprise. Nose is malt, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Flavor is a creamy blend of malt chocolate and hops. Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is present but well integrated. Nice long finish. I will drink this again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy creamy brown head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is bitter, slightly charred, roasted malts with a little black licorice and chalky alcohol.

The flavor is a little sweet chocolate and heavily roasted malts with a big harsh charred bitter bang in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, too much harsh charred bitterness, with not a lot redeeming for me. This was a bit more balanced and pleasant on draft.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (465) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pours inky brown, black in the glass, with a medium tan head, very fine lasting lacing. Aromas of pine resin, hay, coffee, rye bread, and a slight floral aroma. Medium body, zesty, crisp, dry. Medium sweet, then a nice medium-strong bitterness, just a little tartness in the lasting bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 Tap @ brewery. Dark black appearance with a brown head. Piney hoppy nose with some dark malts. Pretty bitter, piney hoppy flavor on top of roasted dark malts. Pretty bitter hoppy, piney, earthy finish. Not my favorite Black IPA but it’s worth another try.


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