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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The second in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #2 is essentially an Imperial version of James, our Black IPA. Brewed with buckets full (literally) of Simcoe and Columbus hops, in the kettle and, as dry hops, in the fermenter. This Imperial Black IPA is a mere 9.5% abv and heavily, heavily hopped…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jool (198) - - JUL 23, 2013
Growler 750 mL. Noire, sans grande surprise. Notes de grains rotis et d’agrumes au nez et en bouche. La bouche est soyeuse et l’alcool n’est pas perceptible. Probablement le plus bel exemple du style que j’ai pu goûter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7711) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
growler. pours very dark brown with a very nice frothy beige head, good retention and lacing. big juicy fresh citrus and resin collide with nicely roasted chocolate and lightly smoked malts, bit of licorice and dirt, some leather notes too. hint of sweetness. moderate and subtle carbonation, medium body - oily, very nice lightly piney and citrusy short to medium long finish. balanced - how rare is it for a near 10% beer? insanely drinkable imperial bipa.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Nez extrêmement vert et résineux, corps parfaitement velouté à la HF et les conifères explosent en bouche avec une amertume qui fascine par sa justesse. Grande bière dans un style que je trouve rarement exceptionnel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3379) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Growler shared by Colin. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Grapefruit hop notes with a subtle roasted malt undercurrent. Good mouthfeel and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Growler from HF. Pours black with a tannish head. Nose is piney and resiny, low citrus and some celery seed noted. Faint roast and caramel. Clean with notes of ethanol. On tasting, big bitterness and low sweetness. The roast is a bit strong overall. Resiny hop flavor. Some grainy bitterness and an ashy finish. Good but not top shelf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 Swing-top growler at the parentals, shared with my Dad. Pour is pitch black - a few floaters - with a huge brown head and great lacing. HF beers always have amazing head retention. Big roasty, juicy hops, burnt malty, cocoa, piney, somewhat resinous, bready, vanilla, graham crackers, grassy, and woody aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, dank piney, weedy, roasty, sweet vanilla, grapefruity, fresh spruce needles, and graham crackers with a medium bitter finish. Creamy/slick mouthfeel with medium-to-soft carbonation. Rich, hoppy, well-balanced and tasty beer. Easily one of the best, if not the best, Black IPAs I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750 growler from HFS. Poured deep brown/black with 2 finger pillowy head, good retention and lacing. Medium full body, low carbonation. With the amount of hops and 9.5 abv can’t believe how smooth the taste is, great mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
A - pours dark cola brown with 1 finger tan right bubbled head. S - strong dank hops up front. Resin, pine and light soap. Nice transition to darker malts. Cola, molasses, Chocolate, toasted malts and vegetal malts. Peppery notes, with citrus and misty barn. M - medium body with high carb. Dry and lightly bitter. Lingering malt and bitter. T - resin, soap and grassy hops up front. Vegetal malts, caramel malts, floral notes. Hints of pepper and bitter chocolate. Lingering bitter malts. As it warms up it becomes more of a porter. O - balanced dark malts and dank hops. Nice imperial black. 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750 ml growler from HFS. Black color thin head. Nose is great mix of Simcoe, Chinook and even a mild bright citrus note. Flavor is a blend of cedar wood, pine cones, charred malt with light tones of chocolate. Carbonation gives a pleasant tingle on the tongue. This drinks like a 6% brew, never would have guessed it was 9.5!! I personally am not a huge fan of pine hops but... This is a truly tasty with a deep complexity of hop varieties. Wonderful Black IPA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 Sampled at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts, a lot of floral and citrusy hops, and some light roasted notes. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A great beer. Edit : On Tap At Parker pie. Flavor the same as before with a strong hoppiness. So good.

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