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Moab Brewery Desert Select Black Imperial IPA

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

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common

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.59%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1033) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
A- pours a dark and cloudy walnut amber. One finger of solid frothy light tan head with decent retention and lacing. S- sweet candied hops, dirty malts, pine, earth, coffee grounds, and some grass. Slightly nutty and woody as well. Relatively simple. M- light to medium chewy body with a light to medium malty and bitter palate. Decent carbonation. T- hops at first, with some grapefruit, bitter orange pith, and dirt. Mid palate is dry and earthy with some grass and zinc and nice touch of baker's chocolate. Ending is bitter under the tongue and in the back of the throat. Mostly a mix of aforementioned hops and chocolate with some wood. Grapefruit at the very end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathcacr (630) - Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Reminds me of Hair of the Dog Adam. Large puffy head with amazing retention, surprisingly unbitter/sweet for an imperial IPA (?) - it’s actually a rather weird taste for any style, seemingly candied or fruity but not sweet enough for that - but the key thing is the ridiculously "filling" feel that reminded me of HotDA (and Fred).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (647) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark cloudy brown with thin lasting brown head; rich hoppy aroma with some notes of sweet malt; Flava is rich hoppy and slightly spicy with notes of bourbon/scotch barrel; feels thick and chewy; finishes dry hoppy bitter

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2013
0.5 L bottle. Dark hazy, muddy brown, with a big, beige head, and thick lacing. The aroma is light chocolate, toffee, resin, and pine. The flavor is malty and sweet, with a good, mellow bitterness. Medium body, sticky, creamy, and a little astringent. Overall, this is a beautiful, nicely balanced beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2379) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
From a 750ml black flip top bottle. Pours deep brown, large tan head. Lighter appearance than I was expecting. Notes of fruit and citrus in the aroma. Taste has citrusy hops, some toasty malts and light roast in the finish. Dryish, nice late bitterness, some grapefruit aftertastes. Good beer, could be roastier for my tastes...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2000) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle - Toasted malts and earthy hops with a malt backbone. Super thick head and jet amber. Candy hops with a slight malt richness, as an IPA great, but as CDA doesn’t have the roasted malts I was looking for.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lupulucid (185) - - AUG 11, 2013
Moab Black Imperial IPA pours a dark walnut and has plenty of malt expression. Hops add some flavor but more bitterness. I couldn’t find a date on the bottle but I wouldn’t be surprised if the hops had faded a bit in this bottle. Bitterness was a bit out of balance.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (2654) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared in Virginia. Pours a murky brown with a thick ecru head with lots of lacing. Caramel malt nose. Grassy hop flavors. Light bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4190) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Big one quart swing top growler. Pours a hazy, deep garnet amber with some creamy, slightly off white head. Classic black IPA nose, if there is such a thing, dust, pine, some bread, a little orange, pine cone, soap. Flavor is crisp, pithy orange, light grapefruit rind, pine, dusty, a little dried wood. Medium bodied, dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2013
1Q, thanks travlr. Medium beige head atop murky brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramle, roast, light milk chocolate. Medium body, some acidity.


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