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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


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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 youíll enjoy exploring. American IPAs donít travel as well as their traditional relatives so please consume as fresh as possible.

solidfunk's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Smells hoppy, roast malty. Pours pitch black with greatt, lasting foamy head and thick carpet of lacing. Aroma also has booze and caramel. Taste is bitter, a little sweet and a bite of spiciness. On tap at volos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
bottle at Rudyís. black pour, medium body. Big roastiness, somewhat boozy @ 9.5%. Some dark chocolate, piney bitterness, shows the high IBUís it claims. Big beer, nice job

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: A very hoppy Black IPA. Tasty, very good even if it felt a bit too yeasty.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed fresh one month after first bottle rating. Bottle sent to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul.
The look: Black body topped by a large rocky beige head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is intensely scented pine-tree and grapefuits, only light notes of coffee hiding in the back reminded me that this is a Black IPA and not a regular IPA. Taste is chocolaty malts, a sip of black coffee, burnt-blackened toast, fluffy yeast, coniferous hops with light citrusy notes. Bitterness level of medium intensity and a little resinous. The malts lacked presence for this type of beer and the beer feels a little too yeasty, felt a bit like a Belgian Black IPA. But Iím nitpicking here, this is a fine beer, above average example of the style. Hard to believe this is a 9.5% beer, I downed my 750ml bottle like it was session beer. It is because of beers like this that Iím getting increasingly frustrated with car cup holders that donít fit 750ml bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3726) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
750 ml from LCBO, cool, tulip, shared. Deep brown black with a smallish ashen tan head. Rich, dank hops, resinous, pine, inky rich malts, molasses notes, peppery, lovely. Medium-full body, fine, relaxed effervescence. More of the same hops notes as the nose, tangy, rich molasses, really big; dry with good bitterness and a long molasses, licorice and dank hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2013
Dark brown color. Hops outshine roasted malt in the nose. The mouth is surprisingly medium body for such a heavy beer. Very well balanced, with caramel, toffee and roasted malt in the back of the throat and grapefruit up front. Never too full on in any direction, or super complex, but just highly enjoyable black IPA. Moderate bitter finish. Very pleasant. beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
750ml bottle. Huge mocha head, dark coffee body. Chocolate, grapefruit and piney aroma. Huge pine, floral and grapefruit hop taste, sweet chocolate malt with a little coffee. Slight sharp vegetable taste. Very little booze for 9.5% Body is slightly sticky, but not too heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle [750ml]. Pours a lovely dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting frothy light-brown head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of toasted malt, lots of leafy hops, some herbs, light alcohol and notes of coffee and lactic notes. Flavour is equally toasted malt and a good amount of leafy hops along with some coffee. Alcohol is pretty much hidden in the flavour. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A fantastic Black IPA, in fact, one of the better ones Iíve had. Well done! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours an opaque black with a small tan coloured head leaving a lot of lace up the glass. Aromas are citrus, roasted malts, chocolate. Flavours are roasted malts, black malts, citrus hops, medium-high bitterness, coffee like dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Thanks to cfrancis for this. Pours an opaque black with a brown frothy head that leaves lots of stucky lacing. Aroma of mild citrus hops, roast malts, some chocolate and cocoa. Taste is citrus hops, some roast malts and mild coffee bitterness. Very good balance of malts and hops but seems more like an American ipa rather than a black ipa in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large light brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter, floral and earthy hops with a nice side of roasted malt with light lactose notes. Taste is a great balanced mix between some roasted malt with dry bitter notes and light coffee notes overplayed with some good pungent, floral and citrus hops. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with lots of complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalchopz (3095) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
I like these anniversary edition brews from GLB. I think this is my second time enjoying an Imperial Black IPA (the first being the Uinta Dubhe version in Vegas). Pours a real dark brown colour with little ruby highlights. The big head is mocha colour, foamy, creamy (like chocolate milk) but stays quite a long time and is full of lace. Beautiful fresh Cascade hop scent with the grapefruit notes. After breathing, light roasted malt appears in the aromas. Real smooth with burning at all. The hop shows up in the taste, but just a tad milder, or should I say, well-blended with the roasted malt. Pursuing are hints of coffee, chocolate and beautifulness. Wow !! So impressed by this one. I really hope they bring back this one, as it is simply awesome !

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