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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial/Double Black IPA
An uncivilized amount of american hop spicyness along with a chocolaty mix of dark roasted flavors.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3001) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Shared bomber poured to snifters at Lunar Brewing Co., Thanks, Jack! Displayed a darkest brown color with some ruby highlighting noticeable at the base, a modest layer of tan foam that diminished quickly to a thin ring & film, and left some spotty lacing. The nose was roasty, espresso, cocoa, some citrus & resin, mellow smoke & char, and earthy & herbal notes. The flavor was similar but not as expressive, adding a little tartness, moderate but lingering hop bitterness, soft carbonation, and a medium+ body. Alcohol was present but subdued, and the finale was bitter and dry. Next time, another bomber at Lunar. Thanks Taps! The head was more lasting and laced well, the flavor added a little sweetness & carmelization, and the body seemed fuller. +.2

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1573) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavors seem to be stronger overall in comparison to the aroma. There’s also a nice lingering bitter hoppy and roasty finish. Good balance between the hops and malt in both the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. Overall, I think it’s a very good brew. $9.99 a bottle, I’d certainly buy this again in the future.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3798) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
22 oz. pour. This beer pours black with a thick tan head that nearly coats the glass. The aroma centers around chocolate and spicy hops, nice roast presence. I get notes of mint, fresh bakery goods, girl scout thin mint cookies. Flavor has strong chocolate and mint. I get medium bitterness, mild sweetness, strong roast. Some salty notes as well. Fresh piney and citrus hops are plentiful. Big, full bodied, nice carbonation. Finishes bitter and roasty, with plenty of pine. Nice Black IPA. One of the best I’ve ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of a generous trader. Grazie! Dark brown/black appearance with a light brown head. Piney, sprucey, minty, roasty dark chocolate malty aroma. Fairly bitter, dull piney hoppy, slightly herbal, dull chocolate flavor. The aroma is excellent but the flavor leaves something to be desired.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8679) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Aaron for the pour! Dark brownish black pour with nice thin tan head, aroma brings notes of big pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, lemon and orange notes, hints of grassy and slight floral notes, touch of roast and chocolate. Taste is slightl caramel, chocolate, hints of slight pine, grass notes, slight spice with some onion and garlic, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. Interesting, but a bit off.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade with bittermestupid - Pours a deep brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is resin and pine hops, and lightly roasted malt. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, chocolate, and pine hops. Nicely balanced at this point. Medium body. A very nice beer. Thanks Greg.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle from Jeff - thanks! Black pour with a medium depth tan head that fades down quickly to a slick of foam. Aroma is sharp resinous pine (maybe some citrus) over a dense, roasted malt backbone that includes some bitter chocolate, a dusting of coffee, and light char. Taste is a balanced presentation of pine/hop bitterness with a smooth, complex and heavily roasted malt profile that includes tobacco, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth overall with just enough carbonation in the right places to accentuate the bitterness and spice. Damn - this is impressive! I’ll give it a slight edge over the Wookey Jack simply because the malt profile on this beer is more in line with my personal tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
Very black pour with a light head. Very roast aroma that boarders on astringent. Fairly complex flavor with roast, citrus, carbon astringecy, coffee and a solid grain presence. Medium body with a drying mouth feel. Good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1519) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2012
Delicious aroma of roasted chocolate paired with pine notes, there is a hint of alcohol there as well. Pours an opaque black, with a full light tan head. This is an amazing beer, slick mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a well balanced battle between roasted notes and hop presence. This is another solid beer from Hoppin’ Frog, and I’ll be picking up more of this before it disappears off the shelf.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7354) - 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.


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