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


on tap

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
2013-04-19. Black body with a huge tan head. 4+ Pleasant green leafy hop aroma. Dusty cocoa undertones. 7++ Flavour is similar, nuanced layers of green leafy hops and soft roasty dark malt. Whispers of cocoa in the background. 7++ very smooth average plus bodied palate. 4+ Lovely, much better and more complex than expected. Probably the best beer they have done so far imho. Bottle from the brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rob6239 (671) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
Pours dark black with frothy beige head. Aroma was delicious with the addition of the hops and taste was roasted and malty. Though this beer should probably be more aptly named hoppy stout than black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Pitch black pour with a tight brown head. The aroma is very fruity and a little bit citrusy. Pine and juicy grapefruit. Moderate bitterness but has a nice kiss of dark malt. Rich and juicy with a lingering citrusy hoppiness. Very nice product. The dry hopping really comes through. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2196) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Missed the oportunity to try this in Toronto however got it on tap at Brothers in Ottawa and happy I did. Black with a nice brown head. Resiny hops, some grapefruit, smooth and balanced bitterness. Full body, moderate carbonation, qutie bitter but not overwhelming and surprisingly well balanced with a great finish that makes you want more. Alcohol is well hidden and the flavour packs a powerful punch. I don’t always agree with Luc’s ratings but guess we see eye to eye on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
A deep dark IPA with a thick lacing brown head. In aroma, loads of fruity and citrusy floral hops with catty resinous notes, fragrant and delicious. In mouth, a sweet delicious chocomalt with floral resinous hops, grapefruit, mentol, lingering and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
On cask at Bar Hop. 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. I’m a fan of the style and this is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
750ml bottle From Jon, thx Jon! Shared with jsprime. Black with a tan head. Muddled aroma, malts and hops clash rather then compliment. The flavour is in balance but is not big enough. Hides the alcohol well. This beer is fine but I’m not rushing out for more

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2013
On tap at Bar Hop. Hits the style, biased towards roasty beer with some mineral hops. Interesting. Above average carbonation and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1611) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2013
On tap @ Imbibe – this is a dark brown-black ale with a 3 finger puffy off white cap that has a viscous mouth feel. Aroma is very roasty with a healthy pine-citrus hop tone and, yes, there is a minty note created from the hop-yeast ester combo. The flavour has big roasty-toasty malts assault the palate, hops balance with a resinous piney flare – complexity mid palate with some Spearmint, smoke, citrus peel, tobacco, roast walnut – then it goes to a rich viscous roasty-piney finish. Every once in a while a local crafter produces a unique twist on a style that just lights up your palate – Malevolent is that type of brew. I like the cascade style (so called “black IPA”) and this take on it had everything just click right. Great brew, I hope it becomes available all year round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4912) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
Some kind of interesting mintiness in this. Sits in the balance between pine and toasty malt. Pours black with a little lacing and initial small head. Smells very hippy with some smoke as well. Consistency a little on the syrupy side, bit this beer is very well balanced. There is also some muskiness in this. Booze is well hidden. Tap at volos.

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