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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Imperial Black Pale Ale Hoppy Double Stout... does it matter? just drink it!

Batch #007 bottled: 4/5/12
Batch #010 bottled 4/25/12
Batch #023 bottled 7/20/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1753) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is complex, lots of roasty, chocolate, coffee notes with underlying bitter hoppy notes with bitter and roasty tones coming through in the finish. Great black IPA, roasted malt and hops come together nicely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Have enjoyed every Pipeworks efforts I have had the pleasure to drink and this is no exception. VERY roasted malts and hop bitterness hit me first - in a good way and all seemed to continue to pull together for a cohesive quenching of the fly need for beer, Me likey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (2327) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Batch #007 Bottle..Pour is black with a light tan head..Nose is nice coffee, chocolate, spice, roast..Taste is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, spice..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa/chocolate, hops, & some coffee; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, cocoa/chocolate, pine hops, some citrus, and light licorice; Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, this was more of a stout - but I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Batch #127 Black pour, thick oily with a thin tan head and light lacing ..... Aroma of fresh deep roast grinded coffee, hop oil, roasted malts and pine hops ..... taste of deep roasted coffee, hop oils, piney and citrusy hops with a nice fresh coffee and a great hop/roasted bitterness .... well put together and the abv is hidden well .... mouthfeel is slick and oily with a nice bitter hop and roastedness .... awesome brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1821) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle from Binnys. Poured black with decent dark tan head/lace. Resinous coffee aroma like Dayman. Bitter resin tar taste that sticks to the tongue. Quite smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1513) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Pours a dark black color with a huge, deep tan, creamy head. Aroma has a good dose of hefty roasted malt, modest chocolate, smooth toasted notes, light raisin with some resin and citrus hops in the nose. Flavor starts off with a nutty, deep roasted malt presence, light licorice, very creamy, almost milky feel and a light/modest hops kick. Body is dense with a slightly oily feeling. Overall a pretty tasty brew. Would definitely have again. Looks like it was batch #27..kinda smeared so hard to tell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (5194) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep black with a large creamy brown head and great lacing. Aroma is pine resin, light citrus, roasted malt. Flavor is the same, hoppy and roasty, notes of chocolate, date. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Aroma is a great hop presence of sharp west coast pine and resin with a great roast coffee behind it. Pours black with a nice light khaki head. Tastse is very hoppy with great pine resin and a grass sting. The hops give way to a very roasty stout. Notes of bitter ground coffee and roasted malt. Best of both worlds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3583) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle, thnx to Themicuda1971. Has a pitch black colour with a big, tanned head on top, consisting out of big bubbles and has very decent lacing. Aroma is big and roasty with hoppy touches, as well as molasses and grapefruit. Flavour starts of sweet with loads of licorice and a touch of booze, but ends nice and hoppy. Very well balanced between hops and malts and the licorice makes the mouthfeel very dry and bittersweet. Great brew!

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