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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
On tap at WVRST tap takeover. Cascade aroma, not the puzzlerís balance. Back with a bubble head, big roast, carbonation, and these characteristics dominate the hopping. good drinkability

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2012-11-08. Black body, nice tan head and lace. Pleasantly hoppy, leafy green hop character. 7++ Flavour is similar, nice bitterness throughout, green leafy hops, nice malty core. 7++ Average plus bodied palate. Less complex than the Puzzler was earlier, but richer and dangerously drinkable. Lovely stuff. On tap at Project X at Wvrst, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
Dark black pour with a tight dark head. The aroma is quite spicy and peppery. More chocolate and less resin than the Puzzler. A touch of spiciness. Pretty nice as well.

   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 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 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - 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, thatís 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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5940) - 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.

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