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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Imperial/Double Black IPA
An uncivilized amount of american hop spicyness along with a chocolaty mix of dark roasted flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3546) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2012
Bomber @ The Rover. Pours very dark wooden brown, almost black, with a frothy and creamy brownish beige head that leaves some lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet, tiny sour, malty and herbal with roasted malts, wood, alcohol, lemon balm, salty liquorice candy, dark bread, pine, orange zest, grapefruit juice, vanilla fudge and subtle hints of canned mushrooms. Taste is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt wood, grapefruit juice, salty liquorice hard candy, wet soil, ash, apricots, peaches, mandarin oranges, pine, coffee, dark grapes, cocoa powder and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is slightly smooth, round, slightly oily bitter and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, roasted malts, liquorice fudge, pine, wood, grapefruit peal, fresh grass and hints of ash. Very nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a nougat coloured head. The aroma holds canned mushrooms, salt liquorice, asphalt, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, coffee, black currant, grapefruit, pine and tropical fruits. Balanced and harmonic nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of green juicy hops and perfect balanced roast. The mouthfeel is soft, round and velvety with a light carbonation. Salt liquorice and super yummy hops on the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2012
65cl, new American brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex bitter brew, bitter/sweet and slightly roasted/spicy, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle thanks to StFun! Thick dark black pour, thin cookie colored head, lasting lacing and a nice chocolate roast and bitter hops aroma. Flavor is also a nice meld of creamy chocolate, a very light bite of spicy hops, milk and some earthy warmth on the finish. Stellar example of a black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle at home - Thanks to my wife for sharing. Black - light brown head. Burned malts, sweetness, nice hoppy, fruity, light citrus, chocolate, cheese hoppy, light skunky hoppy, light dried fruits, spicy hoppy notes, peppery, nice malty, nice roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2765) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 Pours a pretty clear very dark black color with a small head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Taste is very smooth and pretty bitter. Not a whole lot of hops really except for the bitterness and slight spiciness they provide. Mouthfeel is pretty thin but creamy. It’s like a thin imperial stout really. I like but it’s not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12455) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bomber from bittermestupid. Thanks Greg! Pours really dark with a creamy bubbly tan head. Aroma of chocolate and resin. Full bodied. It starts a bit sweet, and some chocolate is present. Then there’s some fairly smooth burnt malt and a hint of coffee. Not to mention there seems to be a lot of resin hop. It’s certainly drier than not, but the chocolate confuses the issue. So does the burnt malt. This is pretty complex, and I think it’s very bitter. Very good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radarsock (1116) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Damn, Chris, you really love Black IPAs, huh? Poured a starchy, swarthy chestnut purple-brown into snifter with 55% carbonation which was tannish khaki in color. Smells of pitched California yeast, plum syrup, roast, hops and sidelined with a nice booming boozy fragrance. Word. Tastes of durum, wheat flour, olives, fennel, char, hops and brown sugar. Ends bitter and with a slight artificial molasses characteristic. Booze is favorable in this beer, as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2012
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Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dark malt and lots of awesome hops aroma and flavors. Good chocolate and great hops flavors. Very tasty CDA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2012
A three-way vertical between Lakefront IBA (India-Style Black Ale), Three Heads Skunk Black IPA, and Hoppin Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale.

Bottle and served in one of my numerous Duvel snifters: Appearance: All three have basically the same color, very deep brown nearly opaque. The difference is head retention with the Three Heads maintaining a fluffy head and producing the best lacework (5). The Lakefront had a slight better head and spotty lace (3) versus the Hop Hopping Frog which left almost no lace on the glassware (2).

The nose: Resiny, bile, oniony hops with some pale chocolate and roast for the Lakefront. Juicy, grassy, piney and a tad faint hop with a dusty roasted malt note for the Skunk. The Hop Heathen is most unique for sure with a grapefruity, piney and smoky earthy malt vapour. Almost meaty and oh so earthy. I love the aroma of the Hopping Frog (9), while the Three Heads is tame and weak but not offensive (7) and the Lakefront has the oniony, garlic, and catty overtones I do not care much for (5).

The taste profiles: We start with the Hop Heathen this time and I get quite a bit of heavy resin, pine sap, and some of the catty high alpha notes that were much more noticeable on the aroma of the Lakefront. There is a nice roasted and slight smoked, leathery, tobacco, liquorice undertones as well for the Hoppin Frog. It is complex for the genre, perhaps too much so. (7). The Skunk has more a basic fruity, piney, and cardboardy taste. Much like the aroma this beer is tame and weak compared to the other two. Even the finish is far too short (5). The Lakefront has a nice bitterness but is still not quite as aggressive as I would like, a bit too malty (but not sweet). Coffee and earth are pronounced with this beer. (6)

Mouth feel/Palate: Start with the Three Heads Shunk this time: Lively enough, too much (which explains the lasting head), over carbonated, thin, ashy, short. Not all that good (2) The HFHHIBA (haha) is aggressive, biting, a tad boozy, and a tad medicinal. This one suffers from being the one that is a tad under-carbonated. (3). Then there is the Lakefront IBA which a bit thin and a bit over carbonated as well. There is a minerally and metallic quality about this I found a bit off-putting (2). Wow, NONE OF THESE are clean nor properly carbonated, either over or under. All have major flaws on the palate IMO. <insert sad face emotion here>:

Final Verdict: None of the beers are something I would buy again. Each failed to meet expectations. Each are classic examples of when a brewer attempts the "next big thing" without a clue on what they are doing. (Remind me not to but a Berliner Weiss from any of these three breweries.). Off to find a good beer and dump the remainder of these bomber, such a waste of my time and monies.

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