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


on tap

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (12927) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1693) - Hopville, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1492) - 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!

   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 .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
Can. Pours a dark black/ brown cola colour tannish head, a shit ton of lacing. Nose is sweet citrus hops, a little roast malt. Taste is very balanced between malt and bitterness. This may be the beast black IPA I’ve ever had save one, from upstate New York.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (1342) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2016
473ml can at Brothers. Black with a frothy tan head. Flavors are chocolate, resinous hops, coffee, earth, grass and alcohol with dank, grainy and ashy notes. Full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (2021) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (800) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
Can from the brewery. Almost black pour with slight burgundy highlights underneath a big frothy khaki head that clings to the glass and lasts forever. Nose is lots of roast and molasses accompanied by an equal measure of pine and citrus hops. Taste is medium light toffee, coffee and cocoa supporting a big hop bitterness with pine, citrus and grass. Medium creamy mouth with soft carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Big bold flavours integrate the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleRider78 (682) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2015
On tap at Brothers Beer Bistro. Pours a nice thick creamy head and has a very dark appearance, pitch black. Lacing is decent, but more sticky as you go down. Aromas are light chocolate and coffee, piney and grassy hops. Flavours are quite overwhelming at first, lots going on. We got chocolate, coffee, herbal and grassy hops, the palate finishes sort of with some vegetable notes. Also some earthy hops and mild sweet malts. Alcohol is nicely hidden and pretty much stays that way till the end. Lively carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2627) - 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.

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