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Great Lakes Brewery 25th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Black IPA
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
... Massive amounts of hops are added late in the boil and in the fermenter (dry hop) to create a wonderfully aromatic and powerful ale. Dark malts give out IPA several more layers of flavour such as chocolate, coffee, anise and roasted malts that we hope you’ll enjoy exploring. American IPAs don’t travel as well as their traditional relatives so please consume as fresh as possible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (1226) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
(on tap at Bryden’s, 12-31-2012) Pours pitch black with an inch of fairly dense and creamy tan head that left a curtain of lace. Aroma is massively citrus hop forward, some pit fruit, bit of pine resin, light roasted malt and a bit of alcohol when warm. Flavour is again big and hop-forward, citrus primarily with some pine, dark malt, light roast coffee coming through more on the finish. A little woody, big bitterness throughout, dry but not really astringent on the finish. As it warms, more sweetness up front from the malt plays in with the fruitiness, downplays the bitter coffee finish. Booze almost undetectable until warm, dangerous... Mouthfeel is quite full but not syrupy, a little overcarbonated as I find GL beers’ Achilles heel on draught to be. Top flight black IPA, nails the style on the head. Great impy IPA period, actually.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
November 5, 2012 - on cask at Volo. Pours - black; smallish lasting frothy/bubbly light brown head. Aroma - oh yeah, that’s the stuff - resin, pine, light roast - incredibly light in alcohol presence, and the roast is neither sweet nor imposing - this is about lush hoppy bitterness, damned fine (9-). Taste follows, a little buttery (not diacetyl) - still not much alcohol, more roast, less hops, still good. Light body, a tiny bit syrupy, perhaps a tad undercarbonated (cask, on draught it would be better), only a medium length finish - soo smooth, soo easy to drink. Another GL winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[4930-20121108] Tap. Roasted wood malt aroma. Hazy, black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Roasted bitter woodsy malt grain flavour. Full body. Quite tasty, nice bitter balance. (7/4-/8/4/16) 3.9
(Project X @ Wvrst, Toronto, ON)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3136) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Pours black with a moderate off white velvet top. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is big citrus hops and bitterness. Had just after the Puzzler, not so much roasted malts. This is the stereotypical "black" IPA. It’s a great IPA that happens to be black. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1344) - - DEC 18, 2012
Black pour with a couple fingers of brown head. Hoppy aroma, Pine, Grapefruit, grass. slight coffee and molasses. Very bitter up front - Pine, Grapefruit, Citrus fruit peels, grass, followed by mild coffee,a bit of black chocolate. The hops dominate this one. Medium body. A black IPA for the hophead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
750ml bottle
9.5% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
November 18, 2012
45th Birthday weekend beer (a 4 day weekend to boot) and it looks good. A coca-cola coloured pour, solid, with a half inch brown head. Hops are the dominant player in the aroma with weak hints of coffee and grass. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy with ample carbonation. Flavour is grapefruit, coffee, and a lingering weak sourness that is just strong enough to detect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice black, aroma is a nice hoppiness and flavour is hoppy as well a nice amount of roastiness and a good flavour, a really nice offering

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle, thanks Colin for picking this up in Ottawa, I never saw it in KW. Pitch black with a gigantic bubbly tan head. What a fantastic fruity hop aroma! Lovely. Taste - yep, juicy juicy hops, very fruity over a nice medium malt body. So drinkable without a hint of alcohol. Served blind I could not guess it was a black IPA, so not sure what that adds besides a cool looking pour. What it is though is simply one of the best Ontario beers I have ever had. Thanks Great lakes!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle from the brewery. Pours an opaque black with some tan foamy head and some sediment. Smell is primarily hoppy with lots of citrus and a bit of grass, and also a bit of chocolate maltiness. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation. Taste is quite bitter at first that gets less bitter over time and has a slight hint of roasted coffee bitterness. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the smell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dandeman (826) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma: Very hoppy nose with citrus, grapefruit, conifer and herbal notes. May be also a tiny touch of anise. But mainly, citrus and grapefruit is dominant. Appearance: Black, with generous head, creamy and very long lasting. Lacing is marvelous, a piece of art. Taste: Citrus and grapefruit are hitting the tong first and leaving space for pepper, coffee and chocolate. Roasted notes are adding to hops but there is room for more powerful malty flavors. Pepper notes are also adding a particular touch. We can also detect conifer notes like fir and spruce. Body is medium and texture is oily. Carbonation is lively. An excellent IPA that would benefit more malty accents.

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