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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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…


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickd717 (3558) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Growler. Darkest brown color with a small light tan head. Great rich roasty aroma with dark chocolate, and piney hops. Complex, balanced, and insanely tasty flavor. Roasty and malty with bittersweet chocolate yet hoppy, piney, and resinous. Medium-bodied, dry and slightly palate-wrecking. Damn, this is about as good as black IPAs get. Phenomenal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
750 ml growler from fbm115. Thanks! It pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is very fresh with lots of pine and citrus with hints of black licorice and sweet tropical fruit. The flavor is a bit fruity and sweet up front with mango and peaches followed quickly by a very spicy, piney hop bite. the finish is incredibly strong with more pine and a slight roasted malt character that is balanced perfectly with the hops. The piney/spicy/dank and roasted finish give the impression of campfire without the smoke. The mouthfeel is incredible. I can’t imagine this style getting any better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pour out of growler, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of citrusy orange, lemon, going into grassy pine and slight mint, touch of roast and coffee notes. Taste is roasty and coffee, nice chocolate going into orange and lemon, some dank resinous and big pine notes, finishing fairly sweet with a clean but very hoppy finish. This is intense, and probably the most unique black IPA I’ve ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
Great beer! Aroma is a bit malty with hints of hops and roasted malt. Smooth texture. Malty nose with a slightly bitter finish. Roasted malt on the aftertaste. Only critique is that the maltiness is a bit pronounced on the nose. Overall superb.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
Growler @ Dans house, courtesy of glouglouburp. Huge thanks! Pours a black appearance with a small tan head. Big roasty, somewhat burnt, a touch piney aroma with a touch of booze. Huge roasty, a bit charred malty, light chocolate, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Roasty aftertaste with a bit of booze.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3256) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2012
750 growler, drank one week after purchase. Appearance: Beautiful black pour with thick moka head. Aroma is roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, burnt toast but also incredibly hoppy and resinous. So resinous, it smells like weed. Taste: Lots of coffee and dark malts and also very hoppy and resinous. Full bodied and lively carbonation. Didn’t suffer at all from the wait unlike Double Galaxy. I’m not a big fan of Black IPAs but I absolutely loved this.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
A - Pours a dark black color with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace. S - Aroma is full of pine hops and roasted chocolate malts. There is also some citrus hop alongside some lightly burnt malts. T - Starts off with some pine hops with some deep roasted dark chocolate malts with some light bitterness. Through the middle, some more chocolate malt flavor comes through alongside some citrus hops and a touch more bitterness. The finish is a mix of chocolate malt, citrus and pine hop, some bitterness, and a touch burnt malt character. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, roasted, and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. The mix of roasted chocolate malts and hop flavors is incredible in this one. The balance here is just perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2012
750ml growler opened on April 13, 2012.

“We pray to be conventional. But the wary Heaven takes care you shall not be, if there is anything good in you.”

Pours seal brown, with a half finger of tan head, the bubbles of which sluggishly banish themselves to one side of the glass.

An artful nose of citrus, grapefruit, sweet melon, and an indescribable mulchy earthiness. More piney and cedary on the palate—as with Jim, I get some Tsuga-in-the-winter evergreen, presumably from the simcoe. Peppercorn dark chocolate malt backdrop. The hop oils give the illusion of sweetness on the late palate, but it ends with a bitter and spicy kick on the finish.

Creamy, a touch oily, with medium, medium-low carbonation.

Another beer from Shaun that asks us to reflect on its art, and the source of our pleasure. I’m not sure you can ask more from a Black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
750ml bottle at a tasting.

Appearance : Deep black with small head.
Aroma : Resinous hops with light chocolate and pine.
Taste : Resinous with citrusy hops. Great chocolate. Finish is citrusy and resinous. Light chocolate and light coffee as well.
Overall : Very nice, fairly well balanced. Nice malt with nice hops. Great dry and sharp finish. Really nice. Kept it’s balance even with all this hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2405) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Awesome beer. Pours black with a brown top. Aroma is almost all hops, So fresh! Roasted malt fills the nose with a great balance of aroma. Taste has big roasted notes of malt and dark chocolate but the fresh pine hop flavouring is amazing. Best black IPA I’ve ever had.


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