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RATINGS: 119   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. Itís your opportunity to meet the masterminds behind these brews and ask all those questions youíve been dying to ask- or maybe you just want an autograph and a picture.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (746) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Poured into a shaker glass. Aroma is of Carmel malt, chocolate, and roast malt. Also some dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Palate is medium carbonation, slightly oily and full bodied. Overall, not my favorite black ipa, but its good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Pours black as night with a brown head. Under intense halogen light, it shows a crystal clear deep ruby color, but still very dark. Aromas of dark molasses and brown sugar along with slight vegetal and rubber mat scents. I was expecting a "Black IPA" in the new "West Coast" style, but this is much more like a highly hopped stout! The sweet and roasted/charred malt flavors of a traditional stout are slapped upside the head by a mouth filling herbal/vegetal bitterness. Itís a very intense combination, but it mostly works. All of these flavors are left behind to linger and invite another sip. Not something Iíd drink all the time, but a very interesting and unique beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle shared by brett (BAJ54)... thank buddy. Black in color, duh... decent head. Nose is really hoppy for a black ale... roasted malts and some chocolate... Taste is intially hoppy, followed by roasted malts and chocolate. Definetely a black IPA... medium body. Overall: This isnt my favor style.... I like my hoppy beers and I like my stout/porters........just not mixed together...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with moderate tan head. Aroma of chocolate, citrus, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, grapefruit, roasted malt, grass, and toasted grain.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma. Chocolate and caramel flavor with grapefruit. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Chocolate and caramel lingers with light pine and grapefruit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2254) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Draught from the tigre. Dark pour with hint of red brown. Small but persistent head. Aroma is earthy and floral. Taste is malty and chocolatey with a hops kick. A bit sweet but pretty excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black with a tan head. The nose is rich caramel with a hint of anise. Softer hops, too. Chocolate is mixed with big hops in the flavor. The hops are bitter but somewhat indistinct. Pine and tart citrus. The aftertaste is bitter chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bomber bought from the brewery and opened into pint glass in San Diego. Looks like night. Soapy initially thick brown head. Smells like coffee and light roasted chocolate and a crisp hop aroma. Tastes of mostly palate flooding hop crispness. Enjoyed this beer for itís relatively easy drinkability for the style but if there a bit more of both malts and hops to truly be awesome. Overall 7 of 10.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a quite a black body with a medium sized tan head with fine bubbles. Good retention with modest lacing. Aromas of roast, light tropical fruit, tangerine and pine. A good amount of milk chocolate. Very light esters on the back end. Some alcohol notes. Bready and lightly roasty malt profile, floral hop profile. Flavors of bitter chocolate, bread, some pine and citrus notes. Really short duration and somewhat sedated. Very mild in the overall bitterness from what I was expecting (thought there would be more hop bitterness ideally, or, less ideally, some malt astringency). A good amount of warming. Some fruity notes on the mid palate. Lots of chocolate, mild coffee from the roast. Medium, creamy bubbles. Roast is quite smooth, no astringency. Quite warming. Interesting, yet middle of the road, big Black IPA. No immediate faults, but nothing extraordinary either.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (812) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bomber. Pours black with a thick velvet tan head. Flavor and taste have rich toasted malts. You can also detect vanilla, caramel, coffee and maybe a hint of pine. Light on the palate with a strong bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent.


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