ametras (623) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Union 613. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, caramel, strawberry, melon and grapefruit with herbal and resinous notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.
UXO (654) - CANADA - APR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brown with two fat fingers of pillowy light tan head, good retention and excellent lacing. (4/5) Nose is light citrus, pine resin, grassy, moderate dark malt and mild coffee. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, immediate strong bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry bitter and warming finish. (4/5)
Whattya mean, “Imperial Black IPA” isn’t a BJCP style? (Nor, I guess, is Black IPA, at least not formally, yet.) Bit of a beast - huge bitterness and big (but not overwhelming) booziness battle it out on the tongue, along with a little onion aftertaste. Interesting, if not perfectly balanced - a bit of an odd duck. (15/20)
Helsdon (248) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Always late to the party, has everyone had this but me? Can from the brewery. Pours a inky black with only a sheeting of off-white head. Nose heavy with, what is that?, summit hops? Heavy resin, onions nose. Taste is similarly heavy with the hops. Big resins, bitterness with heavy toasted malts, some sweetness. Whatever that hops is, it isn’t my favourite. (It’s a favourite of Bellwoods) I suspect when I look at my list of followees they’re rate it better than me. But to each his own.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light roasted malt notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt notes with quite bit of green citrusy hops with medium bitterness level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but hops profile could be even more dominant.
samzim (301) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy aroma with chocolate and coffee notes. Opaque, near-black colour. Citrus front with espresso finish; mild bitterness sustained. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty nice.
Beerenberger (1560) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Trade from Sammy- An assertive nose of resin, roasted malts and suggestions of bitter coffee. A handsome espresso hued foamy head sits atop an almost black pour providing abuntant lacing. The palate is overall bitter - malt driven up front giving way to a hoppy finish and aftertaste. Burnt malts, black coffee, while resin flavors round out the taste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, how can you not like a a beer with humorous art work and labeling?
sudomorph (811) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
473ml can. Pours nearly black with a one finger, tan head that sticks around forever and laces well. Aroma has well blended notes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, citrus, pine, and resin. Yum. Taste is a strong bitter with notes of caramel, pine, resin, milk and bitter chocolate, and a drawn out bitter aftertaste. Very mild alcohol taste. Well hidden. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Creamy texture in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall lots of flavour. Caramel, pine, resin, milk and bitter chocolate. Would get again.
RhetoricalAns (501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black pour, thick creamy tan head great lacing. Aroma is coffee, espresso, roasted malt, hoppy as well. Body is nicely balanced, strong hop flavors. Full round body, alcohol is pleasantly present, not overwhelming.
markas101 (1974) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, Brothers bistro, Ottawa, Canada. Jet black, off white head. Hop and coffee aroma. Black cherry flavor, bright juniper finish.
Eructoblaster (3259) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brothers Beer Bistro (Ottawa, ON). Opaque black body with a thin beige creamy head. Good malty/hoppy aroma with fruity, vanilla, and chocolate hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its well balanced malty/hoppy taste carries chocolate, roasty, and vineous notes. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.