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

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
Tasting at Matt’s, can
Dark brown color, medium sized head. Aroma of pungent hops, a bit cheesy too; atypical but interesting. Nice dark malts, dry but chocolatey, with a gourmet coffee side; massive amount of hops that provide a lot of pungent resins, some bitter orange peel. A bit dusty.
Aggressive, very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11014) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9448) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9223) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
500mL can, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours black with a small brown head. Nose brings out lots of roasted malt upfront, with some chalky notes and only a slight bit of hops. Flavour brings out earthy caramel malt, and piney hops, only a touch of roast. Very well-balanced and not harsh in any way. Finishes with a touch of caramel. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8423) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (7579) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
[5235-20130419] 650mL bottle. Cardboardy wood malt hops aroma has a mild coffee note in the background. Black body with a huge long-lasting tan head. Char-roasted coffee wood and bitter roasted hops flavour. Full body is bitter and bold. Delicious and surprisingly well-balanced. (7/4/9/4/16) 4.0

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
can at Thirsty & Miserable, Toronto. thick, fuller bodied black pour. heavy dark roasted maltiness, burnt coffee, piney hops. roastiness dominates but hops fight bravely. Big beer at 9.5%. Good beer

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Tap at Volo
Aroma malty, smoky, roasty, slight sourness with muted alcohol. Not much depth provided. 6+
Appearance poured dark brown with medium plus creamy cap. Good lace.
Flavor and Palate : Dry, tad metallic with chocolate. Bit rough at edges. Alcohol well hidden considering numbers. Felt but rusty with metallic blend on brown malts. Still better than it sounds from my description.


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