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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial/Double Black IPA
An uncivilized amount of american hop spicyness along with a chocolaty mix of dark roasted flavors.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gnoff (8173) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 First rating
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, chocolate scent. Sweet, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
9/4/8/4/17=4.2

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Bottle thanks to Dunbar72! On Feb 22, 2014.
Black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, hoppy, roasted scent. Sweet, malty, grainy, a bit hoppy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Rather lovely this one!
9/4/9/4/19=4.5

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 19/20
Swans (128) - FRANCE - OCT 13, 2012
I’m not a big fan of the cascadian dark ales. Black malts need time and fresh hops is better.... But this one is explosive! Perfect Mix

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (5813) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle (bomber) from bierkompass.de. Black with a red edge, medium beige head. Strong hoppy aroma with pine needles and apricot, som perfumy notes, dark chocolate and coffee. Meidum bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4077) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2012
Black IPA’s confuse me and appeal to me at the same time this one is a good one they have decided to call it an Imperial Black Ale. Loads of american hops in aroma which are present in the taste well balanced with chocolate roast malts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pissed. Why is detroit’s bullpen so bad? Drinking this beer supposedly to celebrate but nevermind. We are going to give up three runs in the 9th. Nice work. Weee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3046) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Bottled. Clear and deep brown with a huge, creamy and off-white to beige head. Good lacing. Nose of toasted malt, caramel, dark coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits pine and grassy notes. Sweet flavor with grapefruit and toasted caramel. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft to average carbonation. Ends up more dry with bitter chocolate and alcohol notes. A nice one from Hoppin’ Frog.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (1693) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
This was not my thing. Bottle purchased and immediately refrigerated, drank about two weeks after purchase. Very heavy burnt coffee taste, slight spicy hop note but muted by the overwhelming taste of charred malt. Not outright BAD but also not good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5330) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear brown body with a small tight bubbled beige head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is balanced, leaning a bit toward the chocolate and roasted malts more than the slightly citrusy hops. I could actually do with a little more hops for something called an Imperial Black IPA. The flavor is much the same way, lots more chocolate and roast with a little bit of licorice up front. The fairly moderate bitterness emerges on the finish. On the lighter side for an Imperial as far as body goes with light fizzy carbonation. Not bad, but I think I was looking for a bit more from this beer given the boastful commercial description.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (4589) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2012
650ml bottle. Clear darkest brown with small, frothy to creamy, lasting, lacing, tan head. Intense grassy hop aroma, green onions, a touch of fruit, underlying dark malty notes, hints of roast and coffee. Taste holds for a long time a mixture of minimally biting bitter hop, a peppery touch of green onions and some roasty dark malty notes; right before the finish the malty side gains more weight with minimally sweet chocolately and nuttily notes, while in the finish dry to bitter roasty notes predominate. Wicked!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (6298) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus hops, some floral and cheesy notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some roasted malt, chocolate, floral and citrus hops with some caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.


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