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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Pours dark unclear black with a light cocoa head. Aroma brings big bittersweet, piney, and some lemon hops over the roasted malt notes. Body is solid, not too thick, just about right for the ABV. There is a nice base of roasted malts, but the hops are dominant in the flavor as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Nose was filled with smoke & bark. Hints of caramel and other sweet notes. Pours very dark brown. Thin but constant head. Sticks. Taste starts and ends very different. Initial taste is crisp and a bit sweet. Finish is caramel, malt, with earthy notes. Leaves your mouth heavy. Great beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Batch 93. Date on bottle reads 3/12/13. Very dark brown color. Brown head. Good splotches of lace. Nice earthy herbal hop flavor. I like that a lot. The kind of hop profile I like to see in my Black IPAs. More dark chocolate, roast malts in the finish. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky, but more on the chewy side. Hint of citrusy hop, hint of coffee. This is good. Awesome hoppy stout. Has a lot of the black IPA characteristics that I really like. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Shared with DrSilverworm. Pours a deep dark brown with two fingers of light brown head. The smell is rich and malty with hints of coffee and chocolate as well as hops. The taste is superb with a sharp hop presence up front finishing with a rich roasted flavor with hints if coco and bitter coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle, batch 93. Pours near black with thick, lasting, tan head and bubbly seam foam lace. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, booze, pine. Medium to full body, all roasted malt, boozy as hell and astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3207) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2013
22oz bomber. Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Taste is rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla, and piney hop bitterness. More of a hoppy stout then a black IPA, but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2724) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2013
22 oz bottle from De Bierkoning, batch 57. Pitch black color. Beige/mocha colored head, sticky, but uneven. Aroma’s: pine/resin at first with dark chocolate, roasted malts, ground coffee. Pine diminishes a bit and there’s molasses retronasal as well. Flavor is bitter, acidic, roasted, chocolate. Body is going towards medium, actually a bit on the thin side. Finishes with hard roasted malts and a long lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2013
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted and dark malts plus a good amount of citrusy and floral hops. Flavor the same, with a nice blend of the malts and hops in a way that each adds to each other rather than combining to taste like soap (crappy black IPAs, you know who you are...). Average texture. A pretty good black IPA or hoppy double stout imperial beer thing ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (2043) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head, lots of chocolate on the aroma. Hops on the tongue, kinda drunk when I tried this I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
651mL from Binny’s on Grand in Chicago. GET IT AT BINNY’S!! Pours full ink with billowing, rocky mocha foam. Great Black IPA hop resin retention. Sheets of complete 360 lacing. Nose is gamey coffee, black crayon, waxy to near plastic note. Palate is chalky, gritty in texture. Flavors of licorice, dark chocolate, and dusty black cocoa dance around. Powerful bitter chocolate all around. Really fantastic save for the overly dusty, sandy palate. Awesome.

My fiance, biggirlpanties, the Black IPA Queen had this to say: a little papery in finish, perhaps heat damage from our car ride. Nice roasted coffee bean aroma. Maybe some toffee. 3.7

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