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RATINGS: 91   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…

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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Draft. Pours black with a thick creme colored head that lingers. Mild carbonation over bitter chocolate aroma. Great balance of malt and hops with sweeter chocolate finish. Best black ipa I've ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lefossoyeur (482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
Sampler at the brewery. Pours black with a mocha head. Very nice piny aromas with some chocolate. Medium body, crispy, great hoppiness, again so smooth and balanced, my favorite trademark from HF. Finishes with light chocolate and just a bit of roastiness to complement the piny/cedary hoppy flavors. Wish I brought back a growler of it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (249) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Opaque brown-black, ample, fine, tan head. Light black licorice, molasses, caramel, some light resin. Fairly bitter, relatively sweet. Medium body, light effervescence, fairly acidic. Long lingering aftertaste. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1564) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pour is black, faintly lighter on the edges, lots of tan head and leaves a huge lace. Nose has a light roast, hint of sweetness, loads of citrusy and peachy hops. Taste follows suit, roast is light, faint touch of chocolate, load of hops, citrus and peach flavors. Moderate bitterness, creamy light body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9069) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Growler. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of dank hops, resin, coffee, roast chocolate, pine and toasted coconut. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Growler. Black pour with tan head. Herbal and dank aromas. Grassy, herbal and earthy very dank.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellco33 (397) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Rating from past notes: I’ve had this beer many times on tap and in growlers and it’s one of my favorites ever. Pours dark brown / black with a one finger frothy head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, and resin. Taste is somehow not overwhelmingly dark or bitter, but is perfectly balanced with the citrus and pine hops to make a complex, well balanced flavor. Finishes dry, medium to dark body, perfect carbonation. I wish I could drink this every day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9733) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Growler... Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose furnishes a boatload of roastiness and dank hops. Full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is burnt and bittersweet up front, followed by lingering bitterness in the finish. Very nice for a style I don’t adore. Growler courtesy of landhoney!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
9th December 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to the lord of HF provisions - Leighton. Dark brown beer with a good tan head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Smooth dark malts, little cream. Touch of coffee. Light piney hops with a whisper of citrus. Spice. Smooth finish. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Growler, muled over by Leighton. It pours near black with a medium+ tan head. The nose is fresh pine, toast, orange peel, pot pourri, juicy, ccoa, cola and liquorice. The taste is roasted malt, earth, dirt, toast, a good deal of warming alcohol, decent bitterness, ash, resin, grapefruit, cocoa and liquorice with a dry finish. Medium+ body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. A bit hot, but pretty great otherwise.

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