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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (22535) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
19th October 2012
THE Sour and Saison tasting. Another Rogue entry - tee hee! Very dark brown beer, big tan head. Smooth palate. Mild fine carbonation. Rich dark malt with a trace of roast. Nice hops - good and fresh and quite orange like. Pretty much does what it says on the tin and does it very well. Smooth, hoppy and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18745) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18323) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17260) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of mocha, sarsaparilla, resin, grassy hops, vanilla, roasted chocolate and deep roasted coffee. Well-balanced. Finishes a bit dry roasted cocoa and resinous pine. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14690) - 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 don’t understand the hype on this. The bar has this listed as 8.5%, so I assume this is the retired version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12721) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (batch 10) thanks to Ken. It pours opaque very dark brown, with a medium beige head. The nose is pine, roasted malt, charcoal, citrus peel, juicy fruit and chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, ash, charcoal, coffee grinds, bitter pine, some underlying spice, salted caramel and faint citrus peel, with a pleasantly bitter finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Flavoursome and very well balanced. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle from batch #23 shared by a friend. Brownish-black pour with a medium foamy khaki head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy with some toasted malt notes. Medium body with flavors of resiny hops, roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is moderately bitter with a piney hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Very robust with the stout component. I like that. I didn’t get a huge amount of hop flavors just the bitterness, which I like.

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