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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


Scipio's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (817) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2177) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cousin_Larry (873) - - JUN 9, 2016
Sample at WOBFest 2016. Light body despite the black color and moderate alcohol content.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blueshockey24 (402) - 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.

4.6
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1141) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2538) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2016
it’s 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!!! IT’S THAT funky malt. live cans at whole foods Chelsea NYC. OH YEAH BIG PINE HOP.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChiGuy68 (528) - 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

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (9563) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7484) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks brah. pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small yet reviving and persistent beige head, nice lacing. fresh roasted cereals, strong fresh coffee - bodum-like, some burnt and lightly smoky notes, dry molasses and maple, bold piney and resinous hops, citrus zest, spices - licorice-oriented. moderate carbonation, medium to full body - heavy for a black ipa even though it clearly wasn’t the intent here, sweetish and assertive bitter coffee-piney finish. enjoyed!


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