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Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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We don’t actually wish you harm but our Malvolent Imperial Black IPA will assault your taste buds with reckless abandon. Evil might be represented in its black colour. Alchol is definitely there. But simcoe columbus and centennial hops have been used in a distrubing amount to give the flavour and aroma in this behemoth Imperial Black IPA. You have been warned


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle, thanks Colin . Black , huge frothy tan head . Wonderful big fruity hop aroma . Taste is a huge fruity hop kick over a surprisingly light foamy body . Alcohol warms your ears but not really present . At this alcohol and ibu, it is I impressive to make this not just am alcoholic hop juice sort of thing . Great job guys .

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BreWedge (365) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
On tap at Union 613 Ottawa. Pours a near opaque dark brown with a thick creamy mocha head. Aroma is assertive pine resin and tropical citrus. Taste is dominated by an assertive pine resin but there's also some roasty malts and a bit of smoke and earth. Medium body and carbonation with a long astringent finish. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1373) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle; pricey at $12, especially considering I bought directly from the brewery. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Aroma: this is Nickel Brook? Huge fruity hops with slight roast notes; wonderful! Taste: again, this is Nickel Brook?? Licorice, molasses, roasty, slight fruit notes, bitter finish. Tasty. Syrupy, full body. I hope Nickel Brook can keep up this quality in their future offerings; well done!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Black pour, frothy tan head really sticks to the glass. Big roasty aroma. There’s some smoke, licorice, resin, nutty and sweet with a sharp booziness. Medium and creamy cask body. Roasted light bitterness throughout with a very dry hoppy, boozy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
Draught at Rhino. Deep brown with a thin, creamy mocha-tan head. Big aroma that balances stout-like roastiness with over-the-top hops. Flavour similarly finds a good balance between big, dark malts (cocoa, coffee) and big, sticky hops (pine, citrus). Body is full, supporting the flavours well. A great example of the style, really enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
on tap at wellington gastropub, ottawa. very dark brown with a creamy long-lasting light beige head, strong lacing. strong piney, citrus, dankness, coffee, dark cocoa, dark malts, some burnt caramel, earthiness and dark roasted nuts. warming alcohol. average to soft carbonation, medium body - oily, sticky, bit of sweetness though, nice citrusy-piney medium long finish. solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
750ml bottle, 9.5% a/v Straight from the brewshop courtesy of my brother. Pours jet black with a gorgeous dense brown head. Aroma is a punch in the face of hops, citrusy, slightly piney, and a very slight hint of roasted malt. The taste is also heavily skewed towards the hoppy spectrum with a massive assault on the tongue of the same citrus and pine hops in the aroma. You have to like hops to like this beer, and thankfully, I LOVE hops. The aftertaste is nice and rich malt to balance it out, the beer feels almost creamy in the mouth, and leaves you wanting more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1293) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
Black colour with a tan head. Roast and caramel aroma with a floral hoppy, pinecone and grapefruit note. big beer with a fruity hoppy bitterness and a citrus finish. has a slight boozy finish. I like this one alot!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (7012) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle - Pure hop heaven, pine, grapefruit and earthy. Jet black thin brown head. Creamy mouthfeel, nice bitterness that ties on well with booze burn. All hops and some anise. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
Draught at Bar Hop. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small lasting frothy light-brown head. Some lacing on the glass. Nice aroma with lots of leafy hops, some fruit and toasted dark malt -- it gets quite catty and hempy as it warms, in a good way. Flavour is also quite hoppy along with roasted malt, a bit of coffee, light lactic notes, cocoa and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Really good, a Black IPA done right.


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