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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Black IPA
Etobicoke, Canada
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 12, 2013
Fresh guest tap at Indie alehouse. Black as night, a little retained head, with lace left behind. The aroma is the Cascade hops. The taste gives more finish to the roasted malt. A big beer, with hops hops hops. Palate erasing on.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (631) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (673) - CANADA - APR 9, 2015
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)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Helsdon (251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5033) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
samzim (304) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1561) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2014
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?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sudomorph (818) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (513) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1976) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Tap, Brothers bistro, Ottawa, Canada. Jet black, off white head. Hop and coffee aroma. Black cherry flavor, bright juniper finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3273) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
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.


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