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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle... Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. Great retention. The bouquet is a merger of mocha, vanilla and metal. Medium-bodied with stinging carbonation. The flavor leans lightly sweet overall, offering notes of dark chocolate and café con leche flanked by a moderate amount of burnt and rindy bitterness. Deeply roasted, bittersweet finish. Bottle courtesy of KickInChalice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black with a creamy pale brown head. The aroma holds grapefruit, grass, tutti frutti, salt liquorice, dark chocolate, black coffee, toffee and asphalt. The flavour is light sweet to dry, heavily bitter and light to medium acidic with tons of hops and deep roasted malt, really brutal. The mouthfeel is fat, round, oily and astringent with a soft carbonation. Brutal, almost burned roast and mega bitter hops on the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18188) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle at A Drink To The End Of Days, 121220. Pitch black beer with a rich brownish head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, licorice, tar, hops, fruity, candy notes, caramel, floral notes. Huge salty licorice flavor, chocolate, cocoa, fruity, figs, smoke, raisins, caramel, roasted, tar, ash, raisins, rather bitter hops, citrus, some mango.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bomber @ DTTEOD. Pours black with a huge creamy tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is roasted malty fruity licorice chocolate candy slightly smokey. Flavor is nicely balanced between the black and hoppy; roasted bitter dark chocolate, salty licorice, coffee has slight sweetness and fruityness. Finishes longlived roasted bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
Bottled at DTTEOD Black with a large, beige head. Licorice, chocolate and dark toffee with grassy notes n the aroma. Juniper-berries too. Salty licorice/salmiak in the flavour with a rather creamy mouthfeel. Medium to high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Dark pour and one of the few really nice black IPA’s as of late. Love the mix of the dark roasted malt and the hops. Not overly roasty, not overly hopped. Great balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours an inky black with a medium, although quickly fading, tan head. Interesting aroma of roasted malts, pine, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and even a bit of grapefruit as well. The taste is just as interesting, or maybe different is a better description. Pine is the dominant taste, and there is lots of it. It is mixed with very roasted malts and coffee, with that touch of citrus grapefruit. It is very bitter and has a good hoppy kick that I like. The aftertaste is pine and those herbal hops, while still being very roasted. Medium in body, an oily texture, without any carbonation. This is a very unusual beer. It feels like a big stout, yet the tastes more like a big IPA. Even due to the fact that you don’t find something like this everyday, this one is highly recommendable simply because it is so good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 506 between Portland and Seattle (from Binny’s South Loop) 08/11/12. Batch # 010. Dark black with a big dirty tan head - this looks the bollocks! Nose is dark roast malt, light hops, chocolate, molasses, leather, wood, tobacco, touch of smoke. Taste follows, bitter chocolate, a little hops, some pine, a touch of soap. Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, dry bitter finish. Good stuff but this really came across as to me more of a stout than a Black IPA! I was picking up pine and hops and bitterness, but the stout elements maybe shaded it 55-45 for me !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle at THE Sour and Saison Tasting, London. Many thanks to Ken for adding a bit of variety to the menu. Pours black-brown with a strong, beige foam head. Lots of roasted malts and burnt pine on the nose. Medium to big sweet flavor with strong pine, burnt brown sugars, wood, grapefruit and other fruit sugars. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Resinous finish, some anise and herbs, sturdy hop character, burnt grass, cocoa, earth, strong roast. Great balance, not abrasive or anything. Classic black IPA. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer

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