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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5900) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bomber thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a pure black color with a small white head (initially a large head). A sweet nose of fruity hops, some roast and caramel. A rich spicy and bitter flavor balanced by chocolate malts and light roast, very smooth and much like the Dubhe from Uinta. Light oranges. Very nice. Lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bomber. Impatient guy that I am, I opened this when it was still not completely chilled. We’ll call it cellar temperature. Pour is dark brown and releases a huge tan head on the first pour, but the rest of it chilled further and the second glass was less rambunctious. Aromas are a punch to the nose of resin and grapefruit that later thin out a bit and become more lemony. Flavor was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting that heavy of a chocolate presence, but it is in full force and balances nicely against the spruce forest hoppiness. ABV is high enough to give a slight warmth down the throat and finish is nice and resiny. Great stuff again, Fred!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tribefan3521 (5) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
This is my first experience with Hoppin Frog even though I have lived near Akron for almost two years. Shame on me! This beer poured a thick black and contained some particles in it that showed it was unfiltered. This is not the most beautiful beer you will ever lay your eyes on. The aroma and taste will make up for the appearance! This beer has great balance and is just what it says, Imperial Black Ale. This is not a Black IPA. It is merely a hoppy black ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
Bottle shared by jmborggren. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a dry slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (696) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
Pours blackish brown, decent tan head that persists. Nose is distinct, cocoa puffs, cereal, smoke, roasted malts, coffee and subtle pine hops. Flavors are herbal malt, bitter chocolate bitterness, spice and dry long finish. Some alcohol on the finish. This developed nicely as it warmed. Balanced and quite good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5305) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; black with decent lacing. Smells solid too; bitter and malty. Tastes decent, but I’m picking up some soy. Mouthfeel is average. Decent, but not worth spending too much effort to get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
Bottle sample at the Elevator tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/13/12. Clear brown pour with a medium tan head. Roasty nose with lots of spicy and piney hops. Malty flavor with slight caramel before an oniony hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2012
22oz bottle, shared with robotopera. Great light brown head. Good lace. Opaque black color. Nice light and crisp carbonation. Big body, dry texture. Nice herbal big hop aroma. The chocolate malt is definitely there, and it’s almost as big as the hop. It’s actually... A good balance, which makes this a very interesting ale. Awesome bitterness, some spice and sweetness. Very tasty. One of the best beers I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
livewyre (1) - - APR 17, 2012 does not count
A great idea that made it from concept to kettle to bottle to glass. A dual identity beer that does not suffer from split personality. The Frog has captured my desire to have a dark beer with the right color, carbonation and flavors that meld not fight to satisfy my palate. Drank craft beer fromNew hampshire to New Mexico that do not rival this distinct taste that works my palate without offending my senses. I can drink more than one of these at a session. I have a cultivated taste without being a beer nazi. Well done Hoppin Frog!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7870) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
This brew pours dark brownish-black with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, pine and roasted malt. Medium body with a roasty character and notes of resiny hops, pine and sweet malt. The finish is hoppy with a toasty malt aftertaste. Solid Black IPA all around.

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