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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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 6, 2013
FROM NOTES: August 7, ’12 Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. A: Roasted malts and chocolate notes dominate the aroma initially, but a strong piney, citrus hop profile reveals itself quickly. Smells fantastic. A: Pours a very dark near-black, with some brownish/ruby highlights and a tan foam head that settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework. T: Delicate but successful balance between the hops and malts. Nice and hoppy with a fair amount of sweetness. There is also a strong amount of chocolate and roast with a equally as strong amount of hops. P: Medium in body and moderate carbonation. O: I tried to find fault with this beer, but it is excellent. The chocolate, roasty malt notes set it apart from other American Black Ales. If you like Black Ale, you MUST try this, IMO.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kappldav123 (5000) - GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
On tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Malty hoppy aroma, a bit earthy. Starts well balanced malty, hoppy-spicy, more and more stouty. Well balanced finish, dominated by strong malty notes. Nice!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Markth (7) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
Very nice beer to see. Almost black in the glass. From tap at Biercab. Taste with caramel, coffee and a complex nose.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2846) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Licorice, grain, some coffee and roasted malts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6838) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
22 oz bottle. The Kitty's, Helsinki, Finland. The aroma is black colour with a tiny head. Liquorice, sweetness, seaweed and medicine in the aroma. The flavour is liquorice, bready malt, mild hops and mild bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrunoSanchez (90) - Fermo, ITALY - JUN 25, 2014
Wow! Incredibilemente buona una black IPA che regala in bocca un buonissimo sapore di liquirizia luppolato. Nera impenetrabile con schiuma marrone. Al naso sentori di luppolo, fumo e carruba. In bocca tutto sapore e benissimamente bilanciata. Birra pericolosa che nasconde benissimo il suo tenore alcolico. Consigliata assolutamente!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2609) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and balanced roasted malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great roasted malt/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and robust roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9509) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 30, 2014
draught@Au Trappiste - very brown almost black beer with a chaotic yet long lasting foam; aroma of bla - balance and characterck cherries and licorice, fairly hoppy, moderate roastiness; full-bodied, some malt sweetness, light sticky and very tasty; a solid bitterness; long hoppy notes of quince marmalade, prunes, spices and more licorice - balance and character

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (547) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2014
Color rojizo oscuro con densa espuma beige. Aromas tostados, resinas, mandarina. cuerpo medio inicio tostado que pasa a un intenso sabor lupulado entre herbal, resinoso y cítrico. Muy rica.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2095) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2014
tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - black pour with tan head. Medley of roasted malts and fruity hops in the aroma and taste, some caramel, coffee, choc. Beautiful (D15)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4253) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle - Skunky hops and dark roast with a ton of booze. Big roast, molasses and a dank happiness that mixes well with the roast. Huge beer.


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