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Moab Brewery Desert Select Black Imperial IPA

Brewed by Moab Brewery
Style: Black IPA
Moab, Utah USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.59%
Black Imperial India Pale Ale, spawned from west coast brewers who have no problem bending what we think about traditional ale styles, is dark, rich and extremely hoppy. Made from the finest Two Row barley, fresh Moab water, house yeast and lots of hops, it’s then fermented in American oak, dry hopped and bottle conditioned. The bottle conditioning, or secondary fermentation, provides carbonation. Expect a small amount of yeast in the bottle. The Black Imperial Pale Ale with pair with nachos, buffalo chicken wings, gyro salad or wrap, smoked chicken salad sandwich and margarita chicken. Store bottle upright, chill to 50°F - 55°F for serving in wide mouth glassware. It is important to allow this ale to warm in the glass; a fuller flavor will be yours to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Very roasty, this is thick and hoppy. The alcohol is a bit too prevalent, but otherwise this is a decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8506) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle. Brownish beer with a big dark cream head. Chocolate and malt aroma with light grapefruit. Chocolate and light grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light grapefruit lingers with light oak.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Black imperial IPA. ホッピーで、&

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1601) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Pours a hazy deep brown with a medium off white creamy head. Aroma of sweet candy orange, pine, toasted malt, caramel and floral notes. Flavor of toasted malt, very earthy, grapefruit, pine, nuts and loads of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy and phantomhennes. Dark brown, amber highlights. Brown bread, caramel, earthy/piney hops, moderate bitterness. Not much roast here, yet very malt driven. I enjoyed it, but I love malty American strong ales; I could see why some hopheads may be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 18, 2015
Herbal, citrus fruity hops and sweet, caramel, chocolate malt aroma and flavor. Some raisin-like flavor, and a little harsh alcohol. Firm bitterness. Finishes sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Braudog (6299) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. This is all foam, a foam that never quits. Perhaps I got a flawed bottle. There’s a chalky, roasted aroma. The flavor is vaguely coffee-tinged, but comes with a riding funk that doesn’t belong. A bit watery in the end, too. (#5962, 4/18/2015)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3373) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, light beige head, with slight lacing, over a cloudy particle laden, brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is pine, resin, citrus notes from the hops, cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, no esters, balanced.....taste is chocolate, cocoa, hints tobacco, pine, resin, grapefruit notes, slightly sweet throughout......mouth feel, medium body, sticky, alcohol warmth present, mild astringency, carbonation adds slight tingle, and slight creaminess. This is a reasonable representative of the style, nicely balanced, complex and quite drinkable. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simonblaine (571) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
Pours murky coffee black with fair size head and a bit of sediment. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel. Taste of coffee, slightly hoppy, dark chocolate. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2014
22 ounce bottle
This bomber was opened fairly fresh after being discovered during a run to the local store. Piquing my curiousity due to its Utah origins, the release offered a respectable imperial IPA with heavily malted influences. For the price you couldn’t go wrong with at least one try.

Aroma / Appearance - A black fluid core flows freely down the sides as a creamy vanilla head grows to a finger’s thickness. Black tea, malt, coffee, and dark chocolate simmer above the surface. A bitter texture binds it all together.

Flavor / Palate - Black coffee, cola, and dark chocolate scrub the tongue clean. A moderate transition carries musty tree bark and earthy malts to a strong conclusion. The lingering finish refreshes by providing a solid balance of malts and hops. Licorice and chocolate coffee conclude a grounded beer well worth a look.

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