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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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brian2d (43) - SPAIN - DEC 22, 2012
22oz bottle pours pitch black. With dark brown head. Very rich full body, medium carbonation. Bitter chocolate flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 Bomber at Jerryís. Black with big, creamy, brown head, good legs / Bright, fruity nose of cut pine, citrus, roast grain, coffee / Full body, chewy, touch of sweetness upfront but then dry with fine, bitter finish / Dry, dusty flavors of dark roast coffee, roast grain, unsweetened chocolate, tobacco, pine, orange, licorice, plum, prune / A great, big, dry stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Batch #10. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a very cool early fall night watching playoff hunt baseball. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a very rich tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is a complex mixture of grassy hops, dark chocolate, nuts, lactose, rich coffee, but the hops really stand out moreso than any "black IPAís" or hoppy imperial stouts Iíve had before. Taste is pretty phenomenal, it gives both punches that are found in a rich stout and a bitter hoppy IPA. The hops come out a bit more piney in the flavor and go down pretty bitter, with that rich chocolate/coffee flavor, Iím not sure of any other beer Iíve had that packs both sides of the punch equally hard. Great stuff, best brew Iíve had from this brewery hands down.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
soulpolisher (33) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2012
BOttle. Black as night and a nice thick tan head. Aroma is an awesome blend of chocolate, dark cocoa and an aggressive pine character. Plenty of both. It tastes much like it smells, tons of chocolate and roast, thick piney woody character that balances both the sweet and bitter, medium to full body, just delicious

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bakebisbife (13) - - NOV 5, 2012
Nice brown head. Pine & citric hop profile apparent in nose. Plenty of chocolate and roast as well. Taste is dank and rich. Mild saltiness--slight umami. Savory. Chewy. Heavy-bodied. Espresso and 70% cacao dark chocolate. Resinous, juicy hops on finish. Beautiful beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Batch #171: Pitch black coloured body with absolutely no light penetrating the beer at all and a thin, oily deep dark brown head - very nice looking, like an oyster stout almost and closes to an imperial ipa - not a black IPA. Aroma of biting piney and citrusey hops coupled with a ridiculously amount of deeply roasted malt, alcohol, anise and a bit of vanilla. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with anise, oak, vanilla, cherries and bunches of bright hops all come together very nicely with one trying to overtake the others ever single second - but the roasted malt winning out most of the time. Aftertaste is super deep with a lot of complexity, but a big bitterness related to the malt and a little coffee note, all with a light sweetness and some pungent hops - still after a few minutes following a sip. Overall, a great black IPA, with tons of flavour, a great complexity and easily one of the best black IPAs or hoppy [lighter] imperial stouts iíve ever had. If this was labelled three floyds, it would be even higher rated - but this is the real deal, a great beer that should be sampled if you can find it..and if you can find it, itís best to buy a few bottles - I wish I would have, but iíll try to find it again the next time in Chicago! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Binnyís in Chicago (South Loop), Illinois on 21-August-2013 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington in advance of running the 2013 USMC Marine Corps Marathon on 25-October-2013.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (613) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Deuce, batch #23. Pours a solid black with a tall dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate and boozey. Taste is bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate, piney, earthy hops, lots of bitterness. Really well executed mix between a strong stout and some massive hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2159) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bomber from trade with dfonorow. Thanks! Awesome appearance. Pours pitch black with a big foamy head that fades normally and leaves some oily webbing. Huge aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, tobacco, orange and pine. Taste is very roasty, chocolaty and hoppy all at once. Intense bitterness somehow balances with the deep roast and dark chocolate. Tobacco, citrus, and pine all show up in the long finish. Thick and oily mouthfeel with a slight chalkiness too. Overall, this is great stuff. I really love a good Black IPA and this is right up there with my favorites.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1458) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is complex, lots of roasty, chocolate, coffee notes with underlying bitter hoppy notes with bitter and roasty tones coming through in the finish. Great black IPA, roasted malt and hops come together nicely


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