omhper (21279) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at SBWF. Near black, small head. Aroma of vanilla and grapefruit. Medium-full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Under the hoppy nose rests dark chocolate and coffee as well as white pepper and licorice. Juicy citrus is interrupted by chili-like heat and alcohol in the finish.
mile (3427) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, hazy, average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and light roasted malt with some tropical fruitiness, lots of grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, light caramel and some roasted malt, some fruitiness, lots of grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and some roasted malt and lots of piney hoppyness. Really well hopped (black)IPA - not too sweet/too much caramel.
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
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!
Swans (128) - FRANCE - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
ekstedt (5990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
RichTheVillan (4493) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
arone12 (924) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Habanero (3263) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.