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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Interesting take on an imperial stout. Along with nice roasted malts the citrus hops make this very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Black pour from bottle at farmhouse. Tan head. Wheat malty and chocolate flavors. Super rich. Bitter. Cocoa taste. Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1807) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Batch 93. Probably 6 months since I bought it. Light swallowing black with persistent ring. Nose is medicinal menthol, eucalyptus, burnt malt, touch of coffee. Pretty thick, ashy char, bitter hops, and minty finish. Complex and unique stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (5482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Batch #171: Pitch black coloured body with absolutely no light penetrating the beer at all and a thin, oily deep dark brown head - very nice looking, like an oyster stout almost and closes to an imperial ipa - not a black IPA. Aroma of biting piney and citrusey hops coupled with a ridiculously amount of deeply roasted malt, alcohol, anise and a bit of vanilla. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with anise, oak, vanilla, cherries and bunches of bright hops all come together very nicely with one trying to overtake the others ever single second - but the roasted malt winning out most of the time. Aftertaste is super deep with a lot of complexity, but a big bitterness related to the malt and a little coffee note, all with a light sweetness and some pungent hops - still after a few minutes following a sip. Overall, a great black IPA, with tons of flavour, a great complexity and easily one of the best black IPAs or hoppy [lighter] imperial stouts i’ve ever had. If this was labelled three floyds, it would be even higher rated - but this is the real deal, a great beer that should be sampled if you can find it..and if you can find it, it’s best to buy a few bottles - I wish I would have, but i’ll try to find it again the next time in Chicago! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Binny’s in Chicago (South Loop), Illinois on 21-August-2013 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington in advance of running the 2013 USMC Marine Corps Marathon on 25-October-2013.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1925) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bomber via Archer Liquors, Chicago, pours a dark black color with a nice java head. Nose is roasted malt with bitter hops, very well balanced. Taste is full of flavor, deep chocolate with a well balanced bittersweetness. Texture is thick and finishes on sweet fruity chocolate notes. Superb ! Quaff Score 9 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1858) - 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 (1455) - 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 (2440) - 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 (2554) - 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 (2778) - 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

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