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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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We submit to you this Imperials Cascadian Dark Ale. A black elixir of malt and hop goodness. Forget the craziness of the fall and fear not as the dark days approach.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1329) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2013
From bottle. Midnight dark, with huge tan head. Aroma of pine hop and tar. Kicky grass hop with molasses and darkest chocolate. A lot of bitterness and roasted malt on the finish. Stays on palate for a while.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Dégustée (bouteille) le 1er juin 2013 au Mondial de la Bière 2013 à Montréal (D19C4KPPPi). Bière noire opaque. Col mince beige foncé crémeux et persistant. Odeur de chocolat noir. Assez douce, très sucrée, assez amère en finale. Saveur de chocolat noir bien présente. Pas trop sirupeuse malgré le sucre. Alcool bien caché.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Bottled: unk It’s black with a finger of tan foam. Smells of coffee, soil, resin, pine and some cocoa. Okay nose for the style, pretty standard. Flavor is hoppy porter: toasted malts, dry dusky flavor with a strong bittering addition and plenty of PNW hops - resin, pine, some BO. Medium bodied with moderated carb and a dry finish. This is an average beer in most respects. Serving type: bottle 11-21-2012

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
651mL at Scion shared by Travlr. Thank you! Clear cola pour. Weak bubbles..okay head when poured correctly. Nose is sharper plastic, acetone, paint thinner. Eventually these volatile notes dissipate and leave the aroma meaty and smokey like a good Black IPA but flashes of PTSD from the acetone aren’t helping. Taste is tangy, dry, dusty at first moving to something in the Black IPA realm but not quite there- too much lemon, aggressive piney hops peek through, small roast. Not so bad besides the aroma.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of light cocoa. Taste is bitter coffee grounds.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
In short: A well made Black IPA on the nutty side. Good.
How: From a bottle at Montreal Mondial 2013.
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention.
In long: The hop-forward nose of medium intensity is mostly piney with citrusy and floral notes as well as a good roast coming through. Taste is a bit sweet on the attack with a favor a nutty chocolaty brownies. Good hopping that feels a bit more citrusy than in the aroma. Not quite refreshing but still very easy to drink. Medium body and medium carbonation. Named after a long-standing tradition during which all Americans go shopping and feel sad for the people who live in the countries where families cannot afford diet pills for their children.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4706) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a rich, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of nice rich roasty malt, oatmeal, caramel, grass, pine and a good amount of lighter, but still assertive hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour of malt and caramel mixed with a big dose of grassy and citrusey PNW hops with a super rich earthy and sweet finish. Aftertaste shows a very rich almost chocolatey malt finish with a lot of sweetness, but even more hop bitterness - very good and very strong. Overall, a very nice Black IPA that borders on being an Imperial Black IPA, perhaps it is so - but it’s a very good beer, drinkable, yet assertive and strong. Probably the best so far of this numbered series of Gigantic beers, and one that I wish I had more of! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Pearl Specialty Market in Portland, Oregon on 26-April-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-October-2013.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2013
You have two basic was to go with a Black IPA:<
1. IPA with dark malts added for coloring
2. IPA with dark malts added for flavor and color

Gigantic clearly went with option #2 and did a damn fine job of it. Quite possibly the best beer for Friday the 13th. Evar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2966) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
Glass, 4-ounce, from a bottle, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on May 29 2013; eye: dark brown, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head; nose: roasted barley, coffee, roasting, slight fruity, light resinous hops; mouth: roasted barley, black coffee, roasting, slight fruity, bittering hops, dry finale in roasted barley with good presence of bittering hops, mild astringency, average carbonation, quite bitter, lightly grainy texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, d’une bouteille, bue lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 29 mai 2013; œil : brun foncé, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige; nez : orge torréfiée, café, rôti, très léger fruité, léger houblon résineux; bouche : orge torréfiée, café noir, rôti, très léger fruité, houblon amérisant, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec bonne présence de houblon amérisant, astringence moyenne, carbonatation moyenne, pas mal amère, texture légèrement granuleuse; en résumé : bien bon

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5798) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Black color with a rich tan head. Nice floral, pine, dark chocolate, dry black malt aromas. average carbonation. Floral, pine sap hoppy flavors with a dry chocolate, caramel malt base---tasty BIPA

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1155) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2013
May very well be my favorite black IPA. Pours porter-like -- midnight with a yellowish head. The flavor is what gets you. Stunning malty foundation, with a sublime sweetness that is unusual but a thing of beauty. Hops contribute complexity and a slight kick, playing a secondary yet important part of the story, without stealing the show. Just wonderful, and recommended highly! Solid A. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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