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RATINGS: 132   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

FullObs' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bomber - batch 10. black pour into a tulip glass witha 2" tan head. listed as a hoppy double stout itís certainly not what I expected. Very thin body, lots of carbonation. The first sip has me expecting a little tartness but it doesnít appear. A little sweetness and then a hop explosion and a finish with tons of bittnerness. Too muich hops here and unfortunately the beer has a lot of unique flavors but itís a little too extreme ith the hops. Itís also certainly not a stout, maybe itís a black ipa but an odd one, kinda seems like something iíd create if i mixed a few solid beers together myself. . Props for uniqueness and creativity. Worth a try but not really my style. nice label too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at The Ginger Man, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out roasted malt upfront, with a fair amount of bitter hops, booze and liqueur-like notes. Flavour is similar, with lots of earthy hops and roasted malt. A bit muted and obscured, but decently balanced. I donít understand the hype on this. The bar has this listed as 8.5%, so I assume this is the retired version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2016
Can. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma of citrussy hops, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, citrus fruits and pine. The taste is roasted with smooth cocoa notes along with some citrussy hops, grapefruit and some slight coffee. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cousin_Larry (878) - - JUN 9, 2016
Sample at WOBFest 2016. Light body despite the black color and moderate alcohol content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueshockey24 (461) - Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Can. Pours Black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, malt and citrus. Taste is smoky sweet and malty up front with a hoppy piney chocolate finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMeFitz (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
this pours black with a tan head. Nice lacing and chocolate aroma and taste. great mouth feel. dig this big time

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1192) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Can. Clear brown with a foamy tan head that lasts in a ring and laces some. Aromas of roasted malt, toasted malt, coffee, charcoal, some herbal notes, pine and light citrus. Flavor is roasted malt, charcoal, coffee, pine, light citrus and herbs. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry, roasty and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2016
itís juicy and fruity red. it also is dark with a bit of MEALY fine grit and ashy roast. (but not very ashy) it has a bitter lingering finish. it looks like cola with a mocha head. and a clear burp of ....DILL PICKLES!!! ITíS THAT funky malt. live cans at whole foods Chelsea NYC. OH YEAH BIG PINE HOP.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (556) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Tasted from a pint can. It poured an opaque blackish/brown with a thick cascading frothy brown head and solid lacing. Chocolate malt aroma that the hops fight to punch through. Oh D-Lish! (1st sip). Powerful, complex, and well balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, and bitter hops on the buds. Not one for the typical hophead, but if you also dig a bold stout, this is defiantly a treat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bruce. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is roast and pine. Thin mouth, strong roast, light spice, nice bitter hop biter, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3297) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle 22oz. Pours black with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Nice roast features. Good, but this is not a Black IPA in me books.

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